New physical science online course rolls out Oct. 15
September 17, 2018
LBW Community College is rolling out its first physical science course completely online, including laboratory requirements, beginning in an eight-week session set to begin Oct. 15.
“This is yet another course completely online and available students no matter where they live, and it is one of several online core curriculum classes available toward an Associate Degree,” said LBWCC President Dr. Herb Riedel.
“Our goal is to reach 100 percent online availability of all core curriculum courses, which we hope to achieve in the near future.”
LeAnn Judah, LBWCC division chair for mathematics and science, said the online physical science course was in development for a year.
“This physical science course is comparable to a traditional course. The laboratories are developed specifically for online access so students can complete them at home without coming to campus, as they would in a traditional or hybrid course,” she said. “We’re excited to roll it out in this eight-week session.”
This course provides non-technical students with an introduction to the basic principles of geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy, she added.
“It is an earth science class, beginning with rocks and minerals and goes all the way to the solar system, atmosphere, weather and climate, and how our earth was formed.”
The second physical science course in the sequence is currently in development for online access, aiming for completion by spring 2020, she said.
The upcoming eight-week session includes several online courses, including art appreciation, microcomputer applications, English composition, western civilization, ethics, music appreciation, orientation to college, general psychology, human growth and development, and introduction to sociology.
“This eight-week session is a great opportunity to get started if you missed the beginning of fall semester,” said Riedel. “There are many courses available during the day at all campus locations, an evening class in the air conditioning and refrigeration program, and hybrid courses which require both online and classroom instruction.”
A new placement assessment date is also added to the schedule for 9 a.m. on Sept. 28, in Andalusia, Opp, and Greenville for those needing to get started, he added.
In addition, new students can apply for financial aid for the short session by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.gov using LBWCC’s school code of 008988.
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