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Life Sciences

APY 203         Principles of Physical Anthropology   The origin and biological development of the human species. (advanced level)

BIL 101          Introductory Biological Science
   An introduction to the life sciences for the non-major. 

BIL 103          Humans and the Environment   Survey of the general principles of ecology; the relationships of organisms to both physical and biotic aspects of their environment. Emphasis on human impact on natural communities. Prerequisite: Does not count towards the BIL major or minor. (Offered periodically)

BIL 104          Genetics and Society   The impact of new knowledge in genetics and heredity on society: questions about inheritance of I.Q. and behavior, racial differences, genetic screening, control of reproduction, genetic engineering, forensic applications.

BIL 105          Elementary Botany   A descriptive presentation of biological principles pertaining to plant science.  Survey of the plant kingdom and the importance of plants to man.

BIL 106          Elementary Zoology   A descriptive presentation of biological principles pertaining to animal science. Survey of the animal kingdom and the relationship between man and other animals. 

BIL 107           Introduction to Evolution    Hereditary variation and the mechanisms of evolutionary change. Processes of species formation and the origin of adaptations. The development of evolutionary thinking from classical to contemporary time, including social issues (e.g., social Darwinism, creationism).

BIL 109          Human Biology   A survey of the anatomy and physiology of man and his relationship to some major biological problems. Lectures and demonstrations. (Fall semester)

BIL 150          General Biology with Lab (BIL 151)   Principles of biology at the cellular, genetic, organismal, population, ity and ecosystem levels of organization.  (Pre-Med majors only, advanced level; Fall semester)

BIL 160           Evolution and Biodiversity with Lab (BIL 161)    Evolutionary processes viewed from an organismal perspective. Biosystematics, biogeography and a survey of the diversity of life, with emphasis on the morphological, ecological, and behavioral adaptations of selected representatives of the Domains of living organisms. (Pre-Med majors, BS degree students , advanced level; Spring semester)

ECS 111         Introduction to the Earth’s Ecosystem   Earth’s ecosystem and the interactions of humans with it.  Concepts in ecology, environmental science and policy.  Two field trips.  Team taught.


Physical Sciences

CHM 101         Fundamentals of Chemistry I   Fundamental concepts of chemistry and their relation to living systems, utilitarian chemical processes, and the environment. Lecture, 3 hours. Not for major or minor credit.

CHM 111        Principles of Chemistry I with Lab (CHM 113)   Fundamental principles of chemical science.  (Pre-Med majors, BS degree students , advanced level)

CHM 112        Principles of Chemistry II with Lab (CHM 114)   Continuation of CHM 111. Lecture, 3 hours. Prerequisite: CHM 111. (Pre-Med majors, BS degree students,  advanced level)

GEG 120         Physical Geography   The Earth system (atmosphere; hyrdosphere; biosphere; lithosphere) emphasizing the interrelationships among its constituent subsystems; human-environmental interactions and geographic dimensions of these four subsystems.

GSC 101         Origin and Evolution of Planet Earth   The origin of the elements and the evolution of the universe. The formation and early evolution of the solar system. The differentiation of the earth into core, mantle, and crust. Origin of the oceans and atmosphere.

GSC 103         Evolution of the Modern Earth’s Environment     The earth’s crust, ocean and atmosphere, climatology and paleoclimatology, and the relationship with human activities.

GSC 105         The Global Environment   Ongoing problems in earth systems:  global warming, ozone depletion, energy shortages, air and water pollution, radioactivity.

GSC 106          Geological Influences on Society     Impact of geological processes on daily human activities and decision-making. Geological hazards and human habitation. Economic geology and exploration of natural resources. Influences of geology on other disciplines.

GSC 110         The Earth System   Interaction among the major components of the Earth System:  geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere.

GSC 111         Earth System History (4 credits)   Earth History, beginning with earliest origins and surveying major steps in the evolution of the geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere.

GSC 114         Marine Geology Lab/Field Study ( 2 credits)   Minerals, rocks, sediments, maps, imagery, fossils and paleoenvironmental reconstruction methods. Current frontiers of knowledge and field introduction to marine geology. Corequisite: GSC 110

MSC 101         Survey of Oceanography   Introduction to the oceans and their significance to mankind, encompassing geological, physical, chemical, and biological processes; man's role in and on the sea, including fisheries, pollution, and ocean management.

MSC 102         Introduction to Weather and Climate   The structure, physics, dynamics and thermodynamics of the atmosphere, weather, weather forecasting, climate and climate change.

PHY 101         College Physics I with Lab (PHY 106)   Elementary mechanics, thermal phenomena, fluids, waves. Courses 101-102-106-108 provide a ten credit 'physics with lab' sequence for premedical students and others. Prerequisite: MTH 108 or 105. (for students with a strong foundation in algebra and trigonometry or pre-calculus, BS degree students)

PHY 102         College Physics II with Lab (PHY 108)   Electromagnetism, optics, and modern physics.  Prerequisite:  PHY 101 (BS degree students)

PHY 110         Descriptive Astronomy   For students not majoring in Mathematics or a Physical Science. brief non-technical treatment of the universe and its contents. Mathematical requirements are minimal with emphasis on our present knowledge about energy and matter in space.

PHY 160          Physics of the Arts    Newtonian mechanics, energy, wave motion, atoms, and electricity. Applications to music, art and communications. (Spring semester)

PHY 205         University Physics I   Mechanics through gravity and harmonic motion, intended for science and engineering students. Corequisite: MTH 110 or 131, with a "B" in MTH 105 or 108 or placement into calculus by MTH placement exam. Otherwise, prerequisite: MTH 110, 111, or 131.  (BS and BSMS degree students)

PHY 206         University Physics II   Fluids, waves, optics, thermal phenomena. Prerequisite: PHY 205. Pre- or co-requisite: MTH 112 or 132. (BS and BSMS degree students)

PSC 101         Physical Science   An interdisciplinary course to provide the non-science major with an understanding of some of the methods, ideas and accomplishments of Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Physics, and Space Science, and their role in the development of civilization.


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