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Science Electives

The Associate of Arts degree requires a student to complete a total of 9 credit hours in science. In addition, the science courses must represent each discipline (BIO and PHY) and include a minimum of one lab course. If a student chooses to complete only one science course with a lab, two additional science courses will need to be completed to meet the Associate of Arts degree requirements.

The Associate of Applied Science degree requires a student to complete a total of 3-5 credit hours in science depending on the major.

 

Biological Science

BIO 101 Biology 4-2-5
This course is designed to provide each student with an understanding and appreciation of the diversity of living things and their cell structure, chemistry, genetics, evolution, and ecological relationships.

BIO 105 Introductory Conservation Biology 3-0-3
This course involves a study of the earth’s ecosystems and biodiversity as well as historical and current human impacts on these systems. The importance of conserving the earth’s biodiversity is also discussed.

BIO 105H Introductory Conservation Biology Honors 3-0-3
This course involves a study of the earth’s ecosystems and biodiversity as well as historical and current human impacts on these systems. The importance of conserving the earth’s biodiversity is also discussed. Honors sections of Conservation Biology stress critical thinking and analytical writing. Prerequisite: Student must meet criteria for admission to Honors program. (IN)

BIO 150 General Zoology 4-2-5
This course involves a comparative study of animal life and the anatomical adaptations that enable animals to inhabit nearly all ecological niches. Extensive lab work and some field trips are required.

BIO 151 Introductory Plant Biology 4-2-5
This course examines general biological principles with emphasis on the structures, reproduction, and ecology of seed plants. Course includes lab work and field trips.

BIO 205 Human Anatomy 3-2-4
Human Anatomy is a general study of the structure and function of the human body and considers all major organ systems. Significant laboratory work is required to identify various systems of the human body by flag-spotting. Dissection is included in this course.

BIO 206 Microbiology 3-2-4
This course studies the role of bacteria and other microorganisms in nature. The principles of the subject can be related to agriculture, domestic science, and nursing. Extensive lab work is required. Students perform simple, Gram, and special stain procedures on bacteria. Prerequisite: BIO 205 or instructor approval.

BIO 209 Physiology 3-2-4
This course studies metabolic functions of the cell; diffusion physiology; and the nervous, muscular, respiratory, digestive, excretory, reproductive, and endocrine systems. Physiology lab is a very important part of this course. Prerequisite: BIO 205 or instructor approval.

 

Physical Science

PHY120: Foundations of Chemistry 4-2-5
Foundations of Chemistry introduces students to the basic principles of chemistry. Topics covered include scientific measurement, atomic and molecular structure, chemical nomenclature, stoichiometry, solutions and gases. This course is intended for non-science majors and includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or higher in MTH011 or successful completion of the appropriate module in the Computer Assisted Pre- Algebra sequence or eligible placement scores for MTH100 or MTH130.

PHY121: General Chemistry I 3-4-5
General Chemistry I is the first course in the general chemistry sequence and emphasizes the fundamental principles of chemistry. Topics include measurement, physical and chemical processes, nomenclature, atomic structure, quantum theory, stoichiometry, molecular structure, bonding theory, physical properties of gases, thermochemistry, and properties of solutions. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental chemical laws and concepts and will obtain prerequisite chemical knowledge needed for advancement to General Chemistry II. This course is designed for pre-professional, science, and engineering majors but is open to all students who have met the prerequisite. Course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: Two years of high school algebra or must be enrolled in or have completed MTH140.

PHY122: General Chemistry II 3-4-5
General Chemistry II is the second course in the general chemistry sequence. The course includes study of chemical equilibria, acid-base chemistry, chemical kinetics, thermodynamics, oxidationreduction reactions, nuclear chemistry, and introduction to carbon chemistry. This course is designed for pre-professional, science, and engineering majors but is open to all students who have met the prerequisite. Course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: PHY121.

PHY 125: Foundations of Physics 4-2-5
Foundations of Physics is an introductory course which presents the fundamental concepts and symbolism of physics with applications to everyday life. The course emphasizes mechanics, heat, light, sound, electricity, magnetism, and some modern developments. Course includes a laboratory component and is intended for non-science majors. Pre- or corequisite: MTH100, MTH130, or eligible placement score for MTH140. (FA)

PHY 181: General Physics I (4-2-5)
General Physics I is the first course in an algebra-based physics sequence. The course covers the principles of mechanics, gravity, thermodynamics, and waves with an emphasis on problem solving and application. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the knowledge needed for advancement to General Physics II. This course is designed for pre-professional and life-science majors but is open to all students who have met the prerequisite. Course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: MTH140 or MTH150 with a grade of “C” or better or eligible placement score or two years of high school algebra.

PHY 182: General Physics II 4-2-5
General Physics II is the second course in an algebra-based physics sequence. The course covers the principles of electricity, magnetism, circuits, and light with an emphasis on problem solving and application. This course is designed for preprofessional and life- science majors but is open to all students who have met the prerequisite. Course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: PHY181 with a grade of “C” or better.

PHY 201: College Physics 3-4-5
PHY201 is the first course in a calculus-based physics sequence for science and engineering students. The course covers the principles of mechanics, gravity, thermodynamics, and waves with an emphasis on problem solving and application in science and engineering. Course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: MTH201 with a grade of “C” or better. Pre-or corequisite: MTH202.

PHY 202: Engineering Physics II 3-4-5
PHY202 is the second course in a calculusbased physics sequence for science and engineering students. The course covers the principles of electricity, magnetism, circuits, and light with an emphasis on problem solving and application in science and engineering. Course includes a laboratory component. Pre-requisite: PHY 201 Engineering Physics I with a grade of C or better. Co-requisite: MTH 203 Analytic Geometry & Calculus III. Recommended: MTH203.

PHY 222: Elementary Organic Chemistry 4-2-5
Organic Chemistry I emphasizes the fundamental principles of chemistry. Topics include: introduction to structure, nomenclature, properties, synthesis and reactions of aliphatic and aromatic carbon compounds. This course is designed for all science majors but is open to all students who have met the pre-requisite. Course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in PHY122. (IN)