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Frequently Asked Questions
Physical Science

 

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How do I contact the Department?

The Department Chair is Dr. Mary Perrot. Her phone number is (562) 938-4441. Her office is D-344 and her email is mperrot@lbcc.edu.

The mailing address for Dr. Mary Perrot is

Mary Perrot
4901 E. Carson St.
Mailcode B3
Long Beach CA 90808

The Math and Science Division phone number is (562) 938-4168.

If you need to contact a specific person in the department, click on People at the left for more information.

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What is a prerequisite?

A prerequisite to a course is a mandatory requirement that must be met before enrolling in a course. Usually a prerequisite is another course. For example, PHYS 3A (Physics for Science and Engineering I) has a prerequisite of MATH 60 (First Calculus Course). Some, but not all courses in Physical Science have prerequisites. Usually a grade of C or higher is required in a prerequisite course in order to fulfill the prerequisite.

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What is a corequisite?

A coerequisite to a course is a mandatory requirement that must be met during the semester when enrolled in a course. For example, GEOL 1 or GEOL 2 is a corequisite for GEOL 2F.

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What is Recommended Preparation?

Recommended preparation is a requirement that you should have met to be successful in the course. It is not a mandatory requirement, but is based on many years of experience and expertise of the faculty teaching the course. For example, PHYS 3A (Physics for Science and Engineering I) has a recommended preparation of PHYS 2A (General Physics. What this means is that some exceptional students who have not taken PHYS 2A or its equivalent may be successful in PHYS 3A, the vast majority of students will not be successful in PHYS 3A if they have not taken PHYS 2A.

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What if I took an equivalent prerequisite at another college?

The easiest way to meet a prerequisite is to take the prerequisite at LBCC. For example, a student would normally take CHEM 1A at LBCC prior to enrolling in CHEM 1B. If the student took a course at another college which was equivalent to LBCC's CHEM 1A, it can be used to meet the prerequisite requirement for CHEM 1B. To verify that the course is equivalent, the student must fill out a Prerequisite Course Evaluation Form and submit it to Admissions and Records Office or directly to the department head of Physical Science.
 

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How do I meet the prerequisite for Chemistry 1A so that I may enroll in Chemistry 1A?

The prerequisite for CHEM 1A can be met by one of the following methods.

  • Take and pass CHEM 2 at LBCC.
  • Take and pass the equivalent of CHEM 2 at another college. To see if a course is equivalent, you must fill out a Prerequisite Course Evaluation Form and submit it to the department head of Physical Science. Note that most high school chemistry courses are not equivalent to CHEM 2.
  • Take and pass the Chemistry assessment test. Call the LBCC assessment office at 562-938-4049 for the Chemistry assessment dates, or call Dr. Mary Perrot at 562-938-4441 for further information.

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Does ASTR 1 meet the Physical Science lab requirement?

Astronomy 1 is a lecture only course. If you wish to meet a Physical Science lab requirement with Astronomy 1, you need to enroll in both ASTR 1 and ASTR 1L. You can take both courses in the same semester, but that isn't mandatory.

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Does GEOL 2 meet the Physical Science lab requirement?

Geology 2 is a lecture only course. If you wish to meet a Physical Science lab requirement with Geology 2, you need to enroll in both GEOL 2 and GEOL 2L. You can take both courses in the same semester, or you can take GEOL 2L after taking GEOL 2.

GEOL 2 and GEOL 2L together are essentially equivalent to GEOL 1, which meets the Physical Science lab requirement.
 

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When I enroll in a CHEM or PHYS class, do I have to sign up for a lab section?

All of the Chemistry and Physics classes at LBCC have integrated labs, which means that when you enroll in a Chemistry or Physics class, you are automatically signing up for both lecture and lab. In Physics classes, the lecture and lab portions are typically taught in the same classroom, while in Chemistry classes, the lecture and lab portions are typically taught in separate classrooms. Please check the LBCC Schedule of classes for locations and times.
 

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I am enrolled in a Geology field trip class. When and where is the first class meeting?

First, check the LBCC Schedule of classes to see if the first class meeting is listed. If not, your instructor will contact you about the first class meeting. If you have any other questions, use the People link at the left to contact your instructor.
 

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Where are the rest of the Geography courses?

Courses denoted PGEOG are Physical Geography courses and are taught out of the Physical Science department and meet Physical Science requirements. Courses denoted GEOG are Cultural or Regional Geography courses and are taught out of the Social Science department and meet Social Science requirements.

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