Course Descriptions

Science

SCI 240
Concepts in Physics
3 credits

This course provides a conceptually-based exposure to the fundamental principles and processes of the physical world. Emphasis is placed on the physics of everyday life and how things work. Topics include basic concepts of motion, forces, energy, fluid mechanics, heat, electricity, magnetism, and waves. Upon completion, students should be able to describe examples and applications of the principles studied. Computer-based exercises will be used to enhance and consolidate the understanding of basic physical principles and applications.

Prerequisite(s): MAT 121 or MAT 205 or MAT 304

SCI 304
Astronomy
3 credits

Students in this course will gain an understanding of the sun and other stars, planets, comets, asteroids, and galaxies in the universe. Emphasis is placed on discovering how happenings in the universe affect everyday life. Stargazing field trips will take place when skies are clear.

SCI 307
Physical Science (with Lab)
4 credits

The relationship between matter and energy and the principles governing this relationship are examined in this course. It sets forth the basic concepts of physics and chemistry, including the physics and chemistry of materials (their properties, the process by which they are changed, and how they are used), and energy (what it is, why it is important, and how it is used). 

Prerequisite(s): MAT 121 OR MAT 205 OR MAT 304

SCI 311
Botany (with Lab)
4 credits

This course involves the study of organisms in the plant kingdom. The course is designed to introduce students to the diversity, ecology, anatomy, morphology, genetics, and physiology of plants. Through lectures and lab exercises, students will gain information about plant biology and lab techniques used to study plants.

SCI 312
Physics (with Lab)
4 credits

This is an algebra-based physics course providing an understanding of the major concepts in physics. Topics covered include Newtonian motion, work and energy, thermodynamics, wave properties, sound, optics, electricity and magnetism, the atom and nuclear processes, and relativity.

Prerequisite(s): MAT 121 or MAT 205 or MAT 304

SCI 315
Applied Chemistry (with Lab)
4 credits

This course explores the chemistry needed to understand the impact of chemical, human, and industrial processes on our lives and our environment. The basics of inorganic, organic, and biochemistry are covered, including the chemistry of life (DNA).

SCI 321
Technology in the Sciences
3 credits

This course provides an overview of technology in the sciences. A review of major technological advances and their relationship to man’s understanding of the universe will be included. The impact of current technology on individuals, society, and the environment, including moral and ethical concerns, will also be discussed.

Prerequisite(s): Junior status (61 credits) or higher.

SCI 335
Human Anatomy and Physiology (with Lab)
4 credits

Students in this course explore the structure and function of the human body. Basic terminology to describe the structure of the body while explaining the basic concepts of body function are presented. The student is introduced to the principles of operation of the major organ systems in healthy humans.

Please be advised that this course may involve dissection.  Students who have a moral or religious objection may not be required to perform dissection, but may participate in other ways as assigned by the instructor.


SCI 441
Co-op Education Experience for Science
3 credits

The student will learn from first-hand fieldwork experience. This experience will vary from student to student and from company to company. The dynamics of the relationships between student, cooperating supervisor and faculty advisor determine the richness, depth and breadth of the work experience.

Prerequisite(s): Student needs at least 60 credits completed and a minimum GPA of 2.5. This course requires approval from the Program Chair and the Director of Cooperative Education.

SCI 442
Co-op Education Experience for Science
3 credits

The student will learn from first-hand fieldwork experience. This experience will vary from student to student and from company to company. The dynamics of the relationships between student, cooperating supervisor and faculty advisor determine the richness, depth and breadth of the work experience.

Prerequisite(s): Student needs at least 60 credits completed and a minimum GPA of 2.5. This course requires approval from the Program Chair and the Director of Cooperative Education.