2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
    
    May 24, 2020  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog

Courses


Undergraduate Prerequisites Course Numbering
A “C-” or higher is required in all prerequisite courses 100-299 - Lower division undergraduate
  300-499 - Upper division undergraduate
  500-699 - Graduate
Search Tip 700-799 - Doctoral
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    SCI 105 - Astronomy


    Credits: Three (3)
    Astronomy presents a survey of celestial bodies, the means of gathering information on them, and theories of their origin and evolution.
    General Education Area: Social Science
    Cross-listed: PHYS-105
  
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    SCI 120 - Physics of Light & Sound Waves


    Credits: Three (3)
    This course covers basic concepts of light, color,visual phenomena, and the physical principles involved in the descrption, generation, and production of sound .
    General Education Area: Social Science
    Cross-listed: PHYS-120
  
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    SCI 131 - Nutrition


    Credits: Three (3)
    The course introduces students to the biology, chemistry and biochemistry disciplines by learning about the applications to nutrition in all three subject areas. In addition to an introduction to the human body the course covers carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and fluids. Understanding alcohol consumption, physical activity levels and healthy body weights will also be discussed.
    General Education Area: Social Science
  
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    SCI 132 - Energy and Our World


    Credits: Three (3)
    This course will survey the significant chemical and physical concepts related to energy usage. An initial introduction to energy mechanics and the laws of thermodynamics, applied to ‘real-world’ situations, will be given. Present modes of energy generation and usage will be discussed and related to environmental considerations. Significant time will be spent with an assessment of energy sources. These include fossil fuel, solar, nuclear, geothermal and biomass sources. The course will have lab components woven into the course. Physics and chemistry laboratory experiences will illustrate topics covered in the class. Emphasis in the lab learning exercises will be placed on classical mechanics and energy, thermodynamics, and biofuel experiments.
    General Education Area: Social Science
  
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    SCI 132H - Energy and Our World


    Credits: Four (4)
    This course will survey the significant chemical
    and physical concepts related to energy usage. An
    initial introduction to energy mechanics and the
    laws of thermodynamics, applied to ‘real-world’
    situations, will be given. Present modes of
    energy generation and usage will be discussed and
    related to environmental considerations.
    Significant time will be spent with an assessment
    of energy sources. These include fossil fuel,
    solar, nuclear, geothermal and biomass sources.
    The course will have lab components woven into
    the course. Physics and chemistry laboratory
    experiences will illustrate topics covered in the
    class. Emphasis in the lab learning exercises
    will be placed on classical mechanics and energy,
    thermodynamics, and biofuel experiments.
  
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    SCI 140 - History and Philosophy of Science


    Credits: Three (3)
    Humans have practiced science from primitive times to the present. Worldwide historical and philosophical perspectives on scientific inquiry will include empiricism, rationalism, materialism and utilitarian morality.
    General Education Area: Social Science
    Cross-listed: BIOL-140
  
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    SCI 208H - Global Infections


    Credits: Four (4)
    Global Infections will provide an overview of the biology of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. The course will also explore the effects of poverty, nutrition and politics on these diseases. In spite of advances in science and medicine, infectious diseases remain a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. While much of the recent focus has been on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, close to one billion people are also infected with a variety of worms and other parasites and suffer from impaired development, stigma and medical complications. These diseases disproportionately affect the poor and are to a large extent responsible for the disparate life expectancy between developed and developing countries. However, only 10% of global research addresses the diseases responsible for so much human suffering. In addition, the significant social and economic challenges facing developing countries essentially ensure that health outcomes for their citizens will be poor. Strategies for addressing these challenges will be analyzed.

    Prerequisite: Honors status
  
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    SCI 222 - Meteorology


    Credits: Three (3)
    Meteorology is the scientific study of Earth’s weather and climates, including the structure and composition of the atmosphere and how the elements of temperature, pressure, moisture, and energy interact to produce various weather phenomena. Current events in weather, including extreme weather and environmental concerns, will also be emphasized.
    General Education Area: Social Science
    Cross-listed: PHYS-222
  
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    SCI 250 - Simulations in Science


    Credits: Three (3)
    Simulations in Science is designed to introduce students to scientific simulation techniques, the appropriate use and adaption of mathematical models to study scientific problems, and the use of computational software as a research tool. A portion of the course will cover a general introduction to simulation as applied to chemistry, computer science, biology, archeology, geology, biochemistry, etc. It will be accessible to all science and math majors.
    General Education Area: Social Science
    Prerequisite: CHEM-104, BIOL-118, or PHYS-154
  
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    SCI 309 - Geology


    Credits: Four (4)
    Geology is the scientific study of the rocks and minerals that make up the earth and the processes that have shaped its long and interesting history. Topics include plates tectonics, earthquakes, volcanic activity, the work of water, wind and ice, and the fossil record.
    General Education Area: Social Science
  
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    SCI 337 - Intro Geographic Information Systems


    Credits: Three (3)
    This course provides an introduction to the principles and application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related spatial analysis tools. The course is designed to offer a broad overview of technologies used in examination of natural and man-made environments and cultural landscapes. Lectures will introduce students to theories, terminology, and examples of spatial analysis with emphasis placed on the application of this technology in archaeological and cultural resource contexts. Students will gain hands-on experience in the application of these technologies through laboratory exercises that introduce the state of the art GIS and spatial analysis software.
    General Education Area: Social Science
    Cross-listed: ADAH-337
  
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    SCI 401 - Research


    Credits: Three (3)
    This course will introduce to the full spectrum of scientific research. Students will conduct literature reviews, generate and collect data, analyze data, and write and present their results via posters and/or oral presentations.
    General Education Area: Social Science
  
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    SCI 498 - Advanced Topics Seminar


    Credits: Two (2)
    The advanced topics seminar provides students an opportunity for advanced inquiry into topics of scientific interest and importance, and development of skills in technical and professional reading.
    General Education Area: Social Science
    Cross-listed: BIOL-498, CHEM-498, ENV-498