Math, Computers, Geology & Physics General Education
UC Clermont College, as part of the University of Cincinnati, requires that all students in associate and bachelor's degree programs take General Education courses. Requirements vary by degree. The Math, Computers, Geology and Physics Department offers General Education in the following disciplines:
Geology is an earth science comprising the study of solid Earth, the rocks of which it is composed, and the processes by which they change. At UC Clermont, our dedicated instructors help students to understand how it all fits together.
Geography is a field of science dedicated to the study of the lands, its features, inhabitants and the phenomena of Earth. At UC Clermont, students cannot only learn about geography in the classroom, but can take advantage of our study abroad program to live it and learn it!
UC Clermont offers a range of Mathematics courses from the Fundamentals of Algebra to Differential Equations and Linear Algebra. These courses are offered in a traditional face-to-face lecture format and also in a fully online environment. Our Statistics courses include freshman and sophomore introductory courses that are both algebra and calculus based. These courses are also offered in an online format.
All of the distance learning courses offered by the Math, Computers, Geology and Physics Department feature instructors who have completed both Distance Learning Design training and certification in the Quality Matters rubric.
For support outside of the class environment, UC Clermont's Academic Success Center offers professional and peer tutoring in all courses.
Isaac Newton once said, "If I have seen further than others, it is because I stood on the shoulders of giants." The goal of the physics program at UC Clermont is to provide the shoulders that will allow you to see your way to degrees at the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS), along with degrees in Chemistry, Biology, Pharmacology and Physics. Our mission is to give you the tools you need to understand the physical world around you. How do you solve problems given just a small amount of information? How can we use just a few rules and laws to understand the complexity of the universe? The answer to these questions opens up a world that Albert Einstein summarized,
"The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is, as indeed, comprehensible."
At UC Clermont, we provide small class-sizes where you are not a number, but a name, a face and a person we will know and work with to meet your intellectual goals. Physics is not easy, but our setting as a regional campus whose primary mission is teaching guarantees that you will have all the resources you need to succeed. Whether through individualized sessions with your instructor, using our campus Academic Success Center, or forming small study groups with your peers, we will invest in your intellectual development so that physics becomes not an obstacle, but a foundation to a career and a life of looking at the world in a more critical and informed way.
UC Clermont does not have an associate degree in physics; rather the physics curriculum at the college serves to allow you to transfer to other programs at UC (or other institutions) in STEM-related fields, with the problem-solving skills needed to assure success. In the last six years, students taking physics at UC Clermont have gone on to major in physics at UC, Miami University, South Florida and Penn State. In the last four years, over 90 percent of the students who have taken physics at UC Clermont and transferred into CEAS (as a part of the Pre-Engineering curriculum) have either graduated or are still in the CO-OP program (which is above the university average for incoming freshmen). Some of the engineering fields our students have entered included electrical, aerospace, chemical, computer, civil and biomedical engineering. Other students taking physics as part of Pre-Chemistry and Pre-Pharmacy have found success in both areas, with some of our former students graduating with degrees in chemistry and pharmacology at UC Uptown, and recent graduates moving on to graduate school in chemistry, environmental studies, biology and engineering at UC and Ohio State University.
In addition to physics, we offer courses in astronomy (Solar System Astronomy & Stars & Galaxies) for a general, non-science major audience. However, these courses are required for a major in Astrophysics at UC, and we have had several students go on to minor in Astrophysics as part of their degree plan. In addition, students majoring in education often take astronomy courses to meet their requirements in teaching middle or high-school science. Keeping in touch with these students is important to our mission, and in this spirit we sometimes offer workshops to aid in the goal of lifelong learning and professional development, such as the annual 3T conference or STEM workshops sponsored by Duke Energy.