Science Courses

SCI 110 Medical Terminology

1 hour

This course is designed to meet the needs of students anticipating careers in the health sciences. The course will focus on the origin and contemporary meaning of medical terms. This course does not count toward the natural science requirement.

SCI 111 Physical Science

4 hours

A basic course dealing with important aspects of the physical and chemical world. Topics include the development of the scientific method, Galileo, Newton and the study of motion, work, energy, electricity and light, elements and the Periodic Law, compounds and chemical bonds, and the chemical nature of matter. The laboratory program will stress the development of skills in designing and conducting laboratory experiments. This course is intended for the student with no special background in science or mathematics. Strongly recommended for elementary education majors. (NWL)

SCI 112 Energy and the Physical World

4 hours

The unifying theme of energy molds the physical concepts of motion, gravitation, electromagnetism, heat, radiation, and nuclear physics. Solar, wind, nuclear, tidal, hydroelectric, and thermal electric energy conversion processes are also included. This course is intended for the general student with no special background in mathematics or science. (Same as ENVS 112 and PHYS 112) (NWL)

SCI 121 Introduction to Astronomy

4 hours

A course designed to develop an understanding and appreciation of our larger environment, the physical universe itself: planets, stars, galaxies, and space. Instruments and methods used in astronomical investigations. The Spitz planetarium is used throughout the course. Occasional evening observation periods using both the naked eye and the telescope. (NWL)

SCI 123 Introduction to Meteorology

4 hours

Topics may include, but are not limited to, origin and composition of the atmosphere, atmospheric variables and measurement, solar radiation and the earth's energy budget, precipitation forms and processes. Significant attention is given to the mechanics and thermodynamics of atmospheric circulations on a broad range of scale: planetary (short-term climate considerations), synoptic (week-long circulations such as mid-latitude cyclones and hurricanes), and mesoscale (hours-long events such as convective complexes and supercells). Students will participate in forecasting activities. Prerequisite: MATH 140 or higher, or consent of instructor. (NWNL)

SCI 125 Great Ideas in Natural Science

A look at how our understanding of the natural world has grown over the past 500 years. This course will examine a set of important concepts selected from the fields of astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, physics, and psychology. Specific topics will include the origin of the universe, atomic theory of matter, the chemical nature of the physical and biological systems and biological evolution. The growth of each topic will be traced through the accumulation of experimental evidence and the formulation of theories. Similarities and distinctions among topics will be highlighted. (NWNL)

SCI 127 The Science of Science Fiction

4 hours

An examination of the scientific principles contained in a number of popular science fiction books and movies. Designed to acquaint the student with many of the major principles of the natural sciences (physics, chemistry, and biology), while examining the relationship between science and fantasy. In addition, the ways in which popular science fiction affects how the public views science will be examined. No previous background in science or math is required. (NWNL)

SCI 139, 239, 339, 439 Special Topics

Credit arr.

SCI 185 First-Year Seminar

4 hours

A variety of seminars for first-year students offered each January Term.

SCI 225 Women in Science

4 hours

This course studies various topics in the sciences by looking at great discoveries of female scientists. The class will start by examining scientific methodology, research, and process as well as an introduction to the various field of science. The history of women in science is followed through daily reading assignments. In addition to the history and science taught by the instructor, students will be responsible for an in-depth project on an individual female scientist, studying both the science and other aspects of her life. The class will include some student-led class discussions and oral presentations, along with class lecture, activities assignments and tests. (Same as WGST 225) (NWNL)

SCI 240 Pathophysiology

4 hours

This course offers a foundation in understanding the molecular, cellular/tissue, and organ system changes that are present in numerous disease states and injuries. Mechanisms and etiologies of selected pathophysiological processes will be utilized to understand the evidence of disease and its clinical manifestations. These principles will enable the student to frame clinical problems through the critical thinking process. Prerequisites: BIO 115, 116, 152. Co-requisites: BIO 243; NURS 234, 235.

SCI 250 Clinical Pharmacology

4 hours

This course provides a basic understanding of pharmacology as a foundation for clinical education in the appropriate and safe use of medications. Fundamental concepts including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacogenetics will be covered along with an in-depth analysis of important medication classifications. The laboratory component of the course will provide opportunities to apply pharmacological knowledge in a context that realistically models patient care. Prerequisites: BIO 152, 243; NURS 234, 235; SCI 240. Co-requisites: NURS 236, 237. (Quant)

SCI 340 Science Communication Seminar

1 hour

This course examines the role of communication in math and science as well as the theory and practice of different types of science communication. The course will include observation, evaluation, and practice of oral and poster science presentations for different audiences, both general and scientific. Communication strategies for science educators will also be explored. Intended for students participating in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Trio program, though other students with extensive research experience may also inquire. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.