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SCI1040L Astronomy and Space CL3 L2 CR4

An introductory course designed to acquaint students with the wonders and complexity of the universe. Topics covered include Earth's place in the universe, the day and night skies, the origins of modern astronomy, gravity and orbits, telescopes, the solar system, newly discovered planets around other stars, types of stars, the birth and death of stars, the Milky Way and other galaxies, the Big Bang, Dark Matter and Dark Energy, and the fate of the universe. The lab component consists of outdoor observations, use of telescopes, (weather permitting), computer simulations, and scheduled trips to planetariums.
(Prerequisite: Successful completion of MATH0610L or LMAT0610 or competence as demonstrated on math placement exam.)

SCI1120L Energy and Sustainability CL3 L0 CR3

In this course energy will be examined holistically and scientifically. As a foundation, this course will first trace how the sun’s energy flows through physical matter and all life forms. The interrelationship between energy flows and the earth’s climate will also be examined. The course includes an investigation into commercial energy use and conservation. Using scientific inquiry, human sustainability will be examined in light of dwindling stocks of fossil fuels as well as technological advances in renewable energy sources. (Prerequisite: Successful completion of MATH0610L or LMAT0610 Math Prep or equivalent competence as demonstrated on math placement exam. May be satisfied by concurrent enrollment in MATH0610L. Credit only given for one of the following courses: SCI1120L or LSCI1120 OR EST1120L or LEST1120.) (1/2015)

SCI1130L  Energy and Sustainability Lab CL0 L2 CR1

In this lab companion section of the Energy and Sustainability course, students conduct hands-on activities that apply the principles in the classroom section. The lab uses scientific inquiry as a means to understand energy flows, commercial energy use and human sustainability. Students also have the opportunity to design and carry out their own research project. (Prerequisite: Successful completion of MATH0610L Math Prep or equivalent competence as demonstrated on math placement exam. May be satisfied by concurrent enrollment in MATH0610L) Credit only given for one of the following course: SCI1130L or EST1130L (Fall 2015)

SCI1210L Chemistry I (3 Credits)

This course provides an introduction to chemistry on a qualitative level. The major topics covered include measurement, energy, chemical terminology, classification of matter, atomic models, the Periodic Table, sources and types of chemical bonds, chemical reactions, acids and bases, phases of matter, the properties of common gases. This course is not recommended for students in Liberal Arts or Fine Arts, or for pre-nursing students. Credit will not be given for more than one of the following courses: SCI1210L or LSCI1210 OR SCI1360L or LSCI1360.
(Prerequisite: Successful completion of MATH0610L or LMAT0610 or competence as demonstrated on math placement exam.)

SCI1250L Technical Physics (3 Credits)

This course is an introduction to the principles and concepts of physics. Math review, vectors, motion, Newton's laws, work, power, energy, friction, equilibrium, torque, concurrent forces, mechanical advantage, simple machines, and the properties of matter are covered.
(Prerequisite: C or better in MATH1280L or LMAT1280 OR MATH1370L or LMAT1370 OR MATH2110L or LMAT2110 or equivalent.)

SCI1280L Introduction to Physical Sciences (4 Credits)

This fast-paced course covers the major concepts of physics and uses them in explaining how our world actually works. These concepts are developed through demonstrations and experiments, and require a minimum of mathematics. What is required is the ability to conceptualize the big underlying ideas, the ability to overcome notions about what we think we see versus what is actually happening, and the ability to combine and apply previously learned concepts to explain technology. The physics content covers motion, mechanics, work and energy, thermodynamics, waves, electricity, magnetism, light, and radioactivity. Amongst the course topics covered are the workings of air conditioners, electric motors, musical instruments, rockets, hot air balloons, four-stroke automobile engines, and radios.
(Prerequisite: Successful completion of MATH0610L or LMAT0610 or competence as demonstrated on math placement exam.)

SCI1290L Nutrition for Health and Fitness (3 Credits)

This course is a study of the nutrients and how the body handles the nutrients throughout the life cycle. Topics include metabolism of macro- and micro-nutrients; physiological benefits of an optimal diet with exercise; behavioral issues related to eating; energy balance and weight control; and disease prevention strategies related to diet. Life style behaviors, which optimize nutritional health and wellness, are also emphasized.

SCI1310L Nutrition for Health and Fitness Lab (1 Credit)

This lab course is designed to reinforce selected topics covered in the lecture portion of Nutrition for Health and Fitness including energy requirements and ideal weight, chemical composition of common foods, chemical aspects of digestion, and several other topics. (Prerequisite: Successful completion of MATH0610L or LMAT0610 or competence as demonstrated on math placement exam; SCI1290L or LSCI1290 with a grade of B or better OR may be taken concurrently)

SCI1340L Chemistry of Cooking (4 Credits)

This course is an introduction to the chemical reactions involved in cooking. (Prerequisite: MATH0610L or LMAT0610) (Available 9/2015)

SCI1360L Principles of Chemistry (4 Credits)

This algebra-based course with integrated laboratory component is a standard first-semester college introductory chemistry course. Beginning with the basic concepts of measurement, energy, classification of substances, and chemical terminology, it examines how the history of atomic models leads to the development of the wave mechanics model of the atom and the modern Periodic Table. These are then used in explaining chemical bonding and the nature of ionic, metallic, and covalent substances. Chemical reactions and the mole concept are then introduced leading to stoichiometry problems. Finally, the kinetic theory of particles is used in explaining the behavior of the phases of matter. Credit will not be given for more than one of the following courses: SCI1210L or LSCI1210 OR SCI1360L or LSCI1360. (Prerequisite: C or better in MATH1370L or LMAT1370 OR MATH1420L or LMAT1420 OR equivalent. Math prerequisite may be fulfilled by competence as demonstrated on math placement exam.)

SCI1380L General Chemistry I (4 Credits)

This is the first course in a full-year sequence examining the core concepts of chemistry. Students considering this course must have previous exposure to chemistry concepts, and must be prepared to work to develop their problem solving skills. Topics include atomic and molecular structure, stoichiometry, types of reactions, thermochemistry, gases, chemical bonding, molecular structures, intermolecular forces and solutions. The laboratory component is strongly connected to the subject material and promotes student experience with experimental techniques. (Prerequisites: C or better in SCI1360L or LSCI1360 or equivalent AND C or better in MATH2110L or LMAT2110 or equivalent OR permission of instructor. Math prerequisite may be fulfilled by competence as demonstrated on math placement exam.) (Fall 2011)

SCI1390L General Chemistry II (4 Credits)

This is the second course in a full-year sequence examining the core concepts of chemistry, further expanding upon the content in General Chemistry I. Topics include kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, properties of representative elements and transition elements, and an introduction to organic chemistry. The laboratory component is strongly connected to the subject material and promotes student experience with experimental techniques. (Prerequisites: C or better in SCI1380L or LSCI1380 General Chemistry I OR permission of instructor). (Fall 2011)

SCI1440L Human Biology with Lab (4 Credits)

This course is a study of the human anatomical structure and physiological systems. It is designed to provide the student with knowledge and perspectives necessary to work cooperatively with professionals in medicine and other human service disciplines. Background topics include chemistry for human biology, cell structure and function, and human organization. Major topics include the digestive, circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, urinary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, reproductive systems, the senses and genetics. Lab activities are designed to enhance and reinforce selected lecture topics. (Prerequisite: Successful completion of MATH0610L or LMAT0610 or competence as demonstrated on math placement exam. Math prerequisite may be taken concurrently OR POI.)

SCI1450L Anatomy & Physiology I (4 Credits)

An introduction to the structure and function of the human body. Includes a review of the chemical and biological basis of living organisms and the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Integrated lab experience is provided using anatomical models and dissection of selected specimens, as well as observation of histologic preparations. (Prerequisite: SCI1440L or LSCI1440 or SCI1480L or LSCI1480 or successful completion of high school biology with lab within 5 years)

SCI1460L Anatomy & Physiology II (4 Credits)

Sequential study of the structure and function of the human body. Includes the anatomy and physiology of the blood and lymphatic systems, respiratory system, circulatory system, excretory system, fluid and electrolyte balance and reproductive system. Laboratory work parallels lecture topics, and consists of selected exercises in the study of anatomical models, dissection and physiological experimentation. (Prerequisite: C or better in SCI1450L or LSCI1450)

SCI1470L Music and the Brain (4 Credits)

This course is an introduction to the structure and function of the special sense of hearing and its relationship to music, including the neurological functions involved in processing sounds and music. We will also examine the relationship between music and the cognitive functions of memory, movement, emotion and identity. Case studies involving music and its effect on humans will be examined. Labs will examine the anatomy and physiology of the ear, auditory nerve and associated brain structures. Subjective assessments of various types of music will also be studied. (09/2009)

SCI1480L General Biology I (4 Credits)

This college-level course covers the principles of cell biology, including cellular physiology, cellular metabolism, molecular biology, biochemistry and genetics. Laboratory exercises are designed to reinforce theoretical concepts presented in the lecture portion of the course. (Prerequisite: high school Biology) (09/2014)

SCI1490L General Biology II (4 Credits)

This course covers the biology of organisms, including the four areas of kingdoms, behavior, evolution and ecology. Laboratory exercises are designed to reinforce theoretical concepts presented in the lecture portion of the course. (Prerequisite: SCI1480L or LSCI1480 with a grade of C or better)(Available 1/2015)

SCI1500l Environmental Science (4 Credits)

This course provides an introduction to environmental science as a complex, interdisciplinary, scientific area of study. The focus of this course is on the scientific and ecological principles basic to understanding environmental issues. Major themes examined include water quality, human population, sustainability, biodiversity, and the relationship between human society and the natural world. Coursework will include lecture, laboratory exercises, field trips and in-class discussions.
(Prerequisite: Successful completion of MATH0610L or LMAT0610 or competence as demonstrated on math placement exam.)

SCI1520L Ecology (4 Credits)

Students will study the general ecological principles regarding the relationships between organisms and their physical and biological environments in both lecture and the laboratory. These principles will be used to interpret patterns in the distribution, abundance, and characteristics of organisms over space and time. Students will study the differences among the various segments of ecology including individuals, populations, communities and biomes. The focus of this course is on the scientific and ecological principles basic to understanding environmental issues. Coursework will include lecture, laboratory exercises, field trips and in-class discussions. (Prerequisite: ENGL1200L or LENG1200 College Composition with a C or better or POI) (09/2009)

SCI1530L Introduction to Plant Biology (4 Credits)

This course is an introduction to the structure, function and diversity of plants. Covered topics include plant structure and function, growth and development, reproduction and genetics, and ecology, identification, classification and naming of plants. Laboratory activities are designed to enhance selected topics.
(Available 9/2012)

SCI1540L Plants & Man (4 Credits)

People have depended on plants for food, shelter, clothing, warmth, communication and medicines. This course will present the major processes of biological sciences as applies to topics in the lecture material including plant anatomy & physiology review, plants as food, drink derived from plants, plants and health, and impact of other plant forms on society. Lab activities will be selected to enhance specific topics. (Prerequisite: SCI1530L or LSCI1530 with a C or better)
(Available 1/2013)

SCI1550L Biology of AIDS (3 Credits)

This course provides the student with an opportunity to explore the biology, immunology, epidemiology and treatment of acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or AIDS. This course includes: 1) the emergence of AIDS and the HIV-AIDS connection; 2) viruses and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV); 3) the immunology of HIV-AIDS; 4) clinical progression of HIV disease and AIDS; 5) the epidemiology of AIDS; 6) transmission of the HIV virus and preventing HIV transmission; 7) HIV testing and diagnosis; 8) treatment of HIV infection and AIDS; 9) possible HIV vaccines; 10) prevalence of HIV and AIDS in various populations; and 11) the social and political aspects of AIDS worldwide.

SCI1560L Biology of AIDS Lab (1 Credit)

This lab serves as an introduction to the more advanced concepts in biological laboratory science. The course includes: 1) basics of laboratory safety; 2) use, care and handling of the compound microscope; 3) basic lab skills in pipetting, weighing and measuring; 4) preparing and running agarose gel electrophoresis; 5) staining gels and reading DNA “fingerprints”; 6) preparing and running polymerase chain reactions to amplify DNA; 7) learning to avoid DNA contamination; 8) using PCR to diagnose infectious diseases (including detection of the HIV) and other interesting DNA lab work.

SCI1600L Introduction to Geology (4 Credits)

This course provides an introduction to the geologic processes that make the Earth a very dynamic and active planet. The focus of this course is on discovering why processes such as volcanoes, landslides and earthquakes occur and how these processes shape the Earth's surface on a daily basis. Major themes examined include understanding the Earth's age, the rock cycle, identification of rock types and geologic features, and the interactions of atmosphere and ocean with the geological environment. Coursework will include lecture, homework, oral presentations, laboratory exercises, field trips and in-class discussions. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of MATH0610L or LMAT0610 or competence as demonstrated on math placement exam.)

SCI2200L College Physics I (4 Credits)

This algebra-based course with integrated laboratory component is a standard first-semester college physics course. This course is designed to help students develop thoughtful problem solving strategies in tandem with the coverage of the course material. Topics include mechanics, static and dynamic equilibrium, gravitation, rigid-body motion, conservation laws, energy transformations, and thermodynamics. (Prerequisite: C or better in MATH1370L or LMAT1370 OR MATH2110L or LMAT2110 OR equivalent OR POI) (09/2011)

SCI2210L College Physics II (4 Credits)

This algebra-based course completes the sequence for a year-long physics course having an integrated laboratory. Continuing the approach used in its prerequisite course, one major emphasis of this course is to promote student development of thoughtful problem-solving strategies by explicitly identifying and consistently applying methods to obtain solutions while considering a broad variety of problems. Course topics include the thermal properties of matter, fluids, waves, optics, electricity and magnetism, and electromagnetic waves. (Prerequisite: C or better in SCI2210L or LSCI2210 equivalent.)

SCI2410L Microbiology (4 Credits)

Modern principles and concepts of microbiology. The morphology, physiology, genetics and classification of bacteria, viruses and other organisms are studied. Their relationships to sanitation and infectious diseases are emphasized. The course, nature, incidence and control of communicable diseases, especially those of man, are included. (Prerequisite: SCI1450L or LSCI1450 with a C or better.)

SCI2460L Introduction to Genetics (4 Credits)

The study of human genetics and its application in various disciplines. It is designed to help students gain knowledge of this subject area and to be able to apply this knowledge in cooperative work with medical, research, criminal justice and many other science-related disciplines. Major topics include introduction and history of genetics, cell reproduction (meiosis and mitosis), genetic pedigrees and inheritance patterns, tools used in genetic testing, mutations and cancer. Lab activities are designed and used to reinforce selected topics. (Prerequisites: SCI1440L or LSCI1440 with a C or better AND D- or better in MATH2100L or LMAT2100 OR MATH2110L or LMAT2110. Math prerequisite may also be fulfilled by competence demonstrated on math placement exam.)

SCI2610L Independent Study in Science (4 Credits)

Independent Study in Science is an opportunity for a student to enroll in a higher-level science class to explore focused topics in science. Some suggested topics might be the Biology of Cancer, Neuroscience or Environmental Microbiology. This course includes a lab component. (Prerequisite: Two or more courses in the sciences with a grade of B or better)

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