SFCC

Physical Science & Engineering Department

Mission Statement

The mission of the Physical Science and Engineering Department is to offer a solid foundation in the physical sciences enabling students to appreciate and understand the physical world around them. This is accomplished by offering basic, liberal arts, and specialized courses with an emphasis on lab experience. All offerings are to be transferable to four-year universities. An understanding of the scientific method of experimentation, observation, and analysis of results is a major educational emphasis for the department.

Specific areas of interest are:

Contact information is listed below. For general program information, contact the administrative assistant. Click the email link to send an email. The globe icon Globe Icon identifies faculty web sites. Click the globe to visit the site.

All course offerings are subject to change. The college cannot guarantee class offerings, designated times or specific instructors - as funding levels and student interest may affect whether or not an offering is available.

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For more information, contact:
John Whitmer
Bldg/Rm 18-104
(509) 533-3673
John.Whitmer@sfcc.spokane.edu

All course offerings are subject to change. The college cannot guarantee class offerings, designated times or specific instructors - as funding levels and student interest may affect whether or not an offering is available.

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The SFCC pre-engineering program is designed to match those classes that a student would take in engineering during the freshman and sophomore years at a university. All SFCC classes are transferable, and coordination is done twice yearly to ensure compatibility with the university. After completing the SFCC program, approximately 50% go on to Gonzaga University, 40% to Washington State University, and 10% to the University of Washington or other Western Washington engineering schools.

Topics

What's this field like?

People who seek a career in engineering typically share a curiosity about how things work-and how they could work better. It's an exciting field with many challenges and job options.

The largest and most popular disciplines of engineering are civil, mechanical and electrical engineering. Many students, however, are attracted to smaller, more specialized fields such as chemical, industrial, nuclear, environmental, mining and materials engineering.

All engineering disciplines have common core courses, and these are the courses offered in the Spokane Falls Community College engineering transfer program. Deciding on a particular discipline does not become necessary until the start of the junior year.

What is the SFCC engineering program like?

The SFCC six-quarter engineering program is intended to prepare students for transfer to a four- year engineering college at the junior level. In order to complete the SFCC curriculum in two years, students must rigorously prepare themselves in high school with four years of high school mathematics, a year of chemistry and physics, and a good background in English composition.

The SFCC program is closely coordinated with various four-year engineering institutions in the state to ensure a smooth transfer. Classes are small and individualized attention is given to students to help them succeed. This close relationship between faculty and student is a key advantage to starting at SFCC.

What classes will I take?

The SFCC engineering transfer program emphasizes math and science. Since mathematics is the "language of engineering" students take a year of calculus and a second year of advanced calculus, linear algebra and differential equations. They also study a year of physics and advanced chemistry.

If college preparatory classes were not taken in high school, students must first prepare by taking lower level math/science courses. This will lengthen the two-year transfer program.

Other disciplines are also important to engineering. English composition and technical writing are critical to the practicing engineer. Coursework in economics, the social sciences and humanities ensure that an engineer's designs are consistent with our culture and environment.

Finally, first-year students also study manual and computer-aided drafting, and spatial relations in the engineering graphics/CAD course. A problems/orientation course teaches problemsolving techniques and orients students to the various fields of engineering. Second-year Students study the effects of forces acting on bodies, and the necessary body sizes. Study of electric circuits enables students to predict the voltage and current found in an electrical model.

The above program gives the student a solid background for transferring to the college or university level.

What types of jobs are available in engineering?

Opportunities and salaries in the engineering field are limitless in a world that is becoming more technical all the time. After completing coursework at SFCC and a university, students will earn a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree. These graduates can expect to find several job openings in most disciplines, provided they are willing to go where the jobs are.

Some graduates may find themselves working for companies who want a person with an engineering background even though it may not be a position designated as an engineer.

The engineer with a B.S. degree may work in any of a number of functional areas. The functional area depends on the nature of the job rather than the discipline studied.
The design engineer is what most students think of when they think of engineering. However, the graduate may work as a "field" engineer ensuring that designs are built according to plans and specifications.

If the graduate engineer enjoys working with the big picture and analyzing the feasibility of projects, perhaps concept/development engineering would be exciting. For those interested in working at the edge of knowledge, research engineering may be the most challenging.

A plant engineer may supervise a manufacturing process crew with great responsibility for ensuring a smooth running operation. The sales engineer and applications engineer must be thoroughly familiar with a company's product and its best utilization to solve a customer's problem.

Finally, the graduate engineer may find that a teaching career is meaningful and rewarding.

There are numerous areas of employment as an engineer and each has its own challenges and rewards. During their careers, most engineers work in several different functional areas. This guarantees that engineering will never be dull.

All course offerings are subject to change. The college cannot guarantee class offerings, designated times or specific instructors - as funding levels and student interest may affect whether or not an offering is available.

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For more information, contact:
Mark Gorski
Bldg/Rm 18-114
(509) 533-3250
markg@spokanefalls.edu

All course offerings are subject to change. The college cannot guarantee class offerings, designated times or specific instructors - as funding levels and student interest may affect whether or not an offering is available.

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General Geology
Superior Geology Links - Geology Links
Earth Science Library - Earth Science Virtual Library
United States Geological Survey - U.S. Geological Survey Home Page
Good Geological Library - Univ. of Calif. (Berkeley)
NOVA Hot Science Library - NOVA
Geologic Hazards - Mt. Ranier
Mineral
Minerals & Rock Photos - Bob Keller's Rockshop
Mineral Physical Properties & Identification - Mineral Galleries
Earthquakes
Northwest Earthquake Information - Univ. of WA Geophysics
Volcanoes
World Wide Volcanic Information - USGS Volcanoes
Excellent Photos of Erupting Volcanoes - Michigan Technological University Volcanoes Page
Mining
Excellent Mining Link - Info-Mine Home Page
Environmental
World Climate Report - Global Warming
Climate Research - NOAA
All course offerings are subject to change. The college cannot guarantee class offerings, designated times or specific instructors - as funding levels and student interest may affect whether or not an offering is available.

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Questions about physics courses?

Åsa Bradley
Bldg/Rm 18-108
(509) 533-3837
asab@spokanefalls.edu

Michael Rodman
Bldg/Rm 18-106
(509) 533-3668
miker@spokanefalls.edu

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