Course Offerings | Natural Science

Division of Science and Mathematics

Preston Miles (chair), Keith Dunn, Anne Lubbers, Brent White, Rob Ziemba

The course sequence NSC 110 and 120 is intended to serve as one option for fulfilling general education science requirements for students not intending to major in a science. The primary goals of these courses are:
- to develop an appreciation of the natural world and
- to gain an understanding of the scientific worldview and how it differs from other ways of perceiving the world.

Because of the ease with which connections can be made between areas of inquiry, the integrated approach, used in NSC 110 and 120, has greater likelihood of being successful in accomplishing these goals. Disciplinary distinctions, which are necessary for training specialists in a field (major), can limit the background obtained by general education students.

NSC 110 and 120 is built on a general chronological framework with topics selected that support a solid understanding of the major areas of cosmological and biological evolution. Students considering a major in science are encouraged to complete general education requirements in science through our traditional disciplinary courses (BIO 110, CHE 131, PHY 110, PSY 110).

Other elective courses are occasionally offered in this program.

Natural Science Courses

NSC 110, 120 Natural Science-I, II (four credit hours)
An introductory survey of science with emphasis upon how scientific understandings have developed and the bases upon which current explanations depend. The course presents a science-based world view that traces the continuity of natural processes in cosmology and in the physical and biological evolution of our planet. Topics include motion, astronomy, energy, the structure of matter, the origin of the world, evolution, biological diversity of life, regulation of life, and the human position in the world. Laboratory work is required. Prerequisite: basic skills in math. NSC 110 is not a prerequisite for NSC 120.

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