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Natural Sciences (Required 4 Hours)

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ASTR 111 General Astronomy Three hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Survey of astronomy from ancient cultures to present day, nature of light and gravity, telescopes and  astronomical observations, evolution and dynamics of Earth and our solar  system.
ASTR 112 General Astronomy II Three hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Stellar evolution and nucleosynthesis, the universe beyond the solar system and the cosmic distance ladder, black holes and other exotic objects, galaxies, origin and evolution of our universe.
BIOL 103 Environmental Biology Three hours lecture: two hours laboratory. For any student who is not a Biology major. An introduction to how the natural world works and of the scientific methods used to study the natural world. Emphasis is on the study of ecology and the process and products of evolution. Applications are made to the importance of biological diversity, and the impact of humans on the natural world and the methods used to understand and ameliorate such impacts. Biology majors should take BIOL 131. Students who are not Biology majors but need to take upper level Biology courses should take BIOL 105.
BIOL 104
Human Biology
Three hours lecture; two hours laboratory. For students who are not Biology majors. An introduction to the basic principles of biology, with emphasis on human beings as biological organisms. Humans will be considered as products of evolution, as physiological systems, as reproducing entities, as members of their ecosystem, and as biological engineers able to change other
organisms. The nature of scientific investigation will be stressed and current applications to biological technology and its effect on society will be considered. Biology majors should take BIOL 131. Students who are not Biology majors but need to take upper level Biology courses should take BIOL 105.
BIOL 105 Biology for Health Sciences Three hours lecture; two hours laboratory. Intended for any student who is not a Biology major, but who needs to take microbiology or human anatomy courses for their majors. Students who are not Biology majors must pass BIOL 105 prior to taking Microbiology (BIOL 223), Human Structure and Function (BIOL 310, 311), or Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 322).
An introduction to the basic processes of life and science. Emphasis is on scientific investigation and processes common to most organisms including humans: cellular structures and functions, mechanisms of inheritance, and mechanisms of adaptation. Applications are made to genetic technologies, human disorders, and bioethics.
CHEM 101 General Chemistry Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory. Introduction to principles and applications of chemistry. Students whose major requires upper-level chemistry courses must take CHEM 101:102. Others may take CHEM 101:102 or CHEM 101:103 to satisfy either the two semester sequence required by their major or the core curriculum science requirement. A student may receive a maximum of 8 hours credit for General Chemistry. CHEM 101
includes measurements, stoichiometry, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, gases, and solutions.
CHEM 102 General Chemistry Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory. Introduction to principles and applications of chemistry. Students whose major requires upper-level chemistry courses must take CHEM 101:102. Others may take CHEM 101:102 or CHEM 101:103 to satisfy either the two semester sequence required by their major or the core curriculum science requirement. A student may receive a maximum of 8 hours credit for General Chemistry. CHEM 101 includes measurements, stoichiometry, atomic and molecular
structure, chemical bonding, gases, and solutions.
CHEM 120
Chemistry of Life Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory. The most basic concepts and techniques of general, organic, and biochemistry will be presented by concentrating on the chemistry necessary to understand living systems.
GEOL 100
Earth Resources & Natural Hazards Three hours lecture; two hours laboratory. Examines the effect of geologic processes and hazards on human activities, the appraisal of human impact on the natural physical environment, and the geologic occurrence, availability and use of mineral and energy resources.
GEOL 105
Exploring Earth
Three hours lecture; two hours laboratory. Develops understanding of physical aspects of the science of geology, including study of the earth’s materials, processes and structure.
GEOL 106 The Earth Through Time Three hours lecture; two hours laboratory. Develops understanding of physical aspects of the science of geology, including study of the earth’s materials, processes and structure.
PHYS 111 General Physics Three hours lecture; two hours laboratory. Prerequisite: High school algebra and trigonometry. Vectors, mechanics, heat, electricity, magnetism, sound, light and selected topics in modern physics.
PHYS 112 General Physics Three hours lecture; two hours laboratory. Prerequisite: High school algebra and trigonometry. Vectors, mechanics, heat, electricity, magnetism, sound, light and selected topics in modern physics.
PHYS 221 Physics Three hours lecture; two hours laboratory. Prerequisite: MATH 151. Topics of PHYS 111 are studied utilizing calculus. *Students may not receive credit for both PHYS 111:112 and PHYS 221:222.
PHYS 222 Physics Three hours lecture; two hours laboratory. Prerequisite: MATH 151. Topics of PHYS 111 are studied utilizing calculus. *Students may not receive credit for both PHYS 111:112 and PHYS 221:222.