Science Courses

Environmental Science


A scientific investigation of interactions in the environment, including cause-and-effect relationships and a focus on the impact of humans on the natural environment. Biological, chemical, physical, and geological principles are integrated into the presentations. This course promotes a basic scientific understanding of environmental issues and informed decision making. Appropriate for students in all programs. 3 Credits (3 Lecture)

Introduction to Forensic Science


Study and application of science to the processes of law and crime scene investigation. Capabilities and limitations of forensic science are discussed. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): ENL111 and MTH005 or ENL111 and Placement by Examination. (Science, Technology and Society)

Introduction to Forensic Science Laboratory


Instrumentation and techniques in basic forensic science are employed to analyze known and unknown physical and biological evidence. Basic forensic anthropology are discussed when identifying unknown skeletal remains. Mock crime scenes are used as a method of assessment. 1 Credit (0 Lecture - 3 Lab) Corequisite(s): SCI101.

Science in Modern Society


A basic introduction to science in the "everyday world", with emphasis on the role that science plays in personal and professional lives. Basic concepts in the natural sciences are used to enable critical thinking about current issues in science and technology. Intended for non-science majors. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) (Science, Technology and Society)

Introduction to Astronomy


Scientific methodologies and theories relating to the extraterrestrial universe, beginning with the beliefs of ancient civilizations and progressing through modern scientific ideas about astronomy. Social contexts that historically have advanced or retarded progress in this discipline are addressed. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) As needed, Fall.

Astronomy Laboratory


Laboratory investigations emphasize geometrical and physical optics; spectroscopy; computer simulations of orbital mechanics; and construction of instruments for stellar investigations. Study includes naked-eye and telescopic observations of the night sky. 1 Credit (0 Lecture - 3 Lab) Corequisite(s): SCI155. As needed, Fall.

The Science of Spaceflight


Investigation of the history and science of spaceflight, including the social, political, historical, and scientific implications of the space program since President Eisenhower initiated the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1958. Topics include the political and economic implications of the space program, basic science of propulsion and trajectories, operational facts about the space shuttle, basic physical laws that govern spaceflight and planetary motion, living and working in space, spacesuit design, overview of our solar system, satellites, Hubble Space Telescope, global positioning, robotics, the space station, future ventures into space, and the effect space technology has on society. Emphasis on conceptual models, although some mathematical analysis and problem solving is involved. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): ENL111 and MTH006 or ENL111 and Placement by Examination. (Science, Technology and Society)


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