Science

SCI101R  Biology: Chemical and Cellular Basis of Life - 3 Class Hours/3 Lab Hours/4 Credits
The course focuses on the study of the cell and the molecular biology of life. This course will give a broad overview of what living organisms are made of and how they are characterized. It will focus on the main features that all living organisms share: macromolecules, cells, and genetics. Labs will complement the lecture. (Prerequisites: Reading score of 70 on Accuplacer or successful completion of Reading Strategies or Permission of Math/Science Dept designee)

SCI102R  Biology: Adaptation, Evolution and Ecosystems - 3 Class Hours/3 Lab Hours/4 Credits
This course will involve the study the evolution of living organisms in all kingdoms of life at the organismal level, including study of their form and function, adaptation and evolution, behavior, and interactions with one another and with the physical environment. Labs will complement the lecture. (Prerequisites: Reading score of 70 on Accuplacer or successful completion of Reading Strategies or Permission of Department designee)

SCI103R  Human Biology - 3 Class Hours/3 Lab Hours/4 Credits
This course is an overview of the structure and function of the human body including how the skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, immune, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems interact, to sustain life of the human organism. Unifying conceptual threads are science as a process, levels of organization, homeostasis and feedback systems and the relationship of anatomical structures to basic physiological function. The laboratory component of this course will provide students an opportunity to have hands on experiences that will complement the theoretical content of the course. Labs will include basic psychomotor technical laboratory skills, learning, use of scientific process experimentation. (Prerequisites: Reading score of 70 on Accuplacer or successful completion of Reading Strategies or Permission of Department designee)

SCI105R  Investigation in Natural Science - 3 Class Hours/3 Lab Hours/4 Credits
Investigation in Natural Science is a Physical Science course. This course is a basic science course, not a course about basic science. The course provides the student the opportunity to be immersed in science experientially. Major emphasis is placed on the learner demonstrating understanding via experimentation. Topics included are observation and description, controlled experiments, multi-element experiments, hypothesis development, model development, scientific measurement, graphing techniques, and scientific reasoning. Basic scientific tools are utilized with attention to expected accuracy and precision.

SCI115R  Astronomy - 3 Class Hours/3 Lab Hours/4 Credits
This course is an introductory Astronomy course offered in an experiential mode. The course will consider theories of the origin of the universe, our galaxy, as well as the structure and mechanics of our solar system. Stars, including our sun, nebula and galaxies will be investigated. Comets and asteroids will be included. Navigation on the celestial sphere as well as basic spectroscopic skills will be explored. Naked eye observations, binocular use as well as some telescope work will be integrated into this experience.

SCI116R Field Botany - 2 Class Hours/6 Lab Hours/4 Credits
In this field study course students will explore, patterns of plant life in the Connecticut River eco-system. Students will learn plant taxonomy, collect and identify vascular plants naturally occurring in the local river valley basin. Lecture emphasis will be on the flowering plants, form and function, growth and development as well as relationship to the local economy and conservation principles. This course will require a short-term field-based research project, paper and/or presentation on-campus following the study. Field study labs in this course will take advantage of the major ecosystems of the Connecticut River Valley region. Laboratory learning opportunities will be on and off campus in woodland, riverbank, bog and field locations. Students will be expected to travel to offsite locations and come prepared to work in a variety of dry and wet conditions.

SCI117R Environmental Science - 3 Class Hours/3 Lab Hours/4 Credits
This course introduces students to the study of major environmental problems and issues facing society today.  Topics include the scientific method; ecosystem structure and function; population trends and dynamics; the pollution and management of air, land, water and energy resources; the pollution and management of air, land, water and energy resources; and the interrelationship of science and public policy.  The laboratory section will be utilized for experiments, field trips, guest lectures, demonstrations and discussions.  (Prerequisite: Reading score of 70 on Accuplacer or C or better in Reading Strategies or permission of department designee)

SCI130R  Physics I - 3 Class Hours/3 Lab Hours/4 Credits
A study of elementary classical physics with emphasis on the application of physical principles to problem solving. Topics include linear and projectile motion, Newton’s laws translational and rotational equilibrium, work and energy, momentum, circular and rotational motion, and mechanical properties of matter. (Prerequisites: MATH110R)

SCI131R  Physics II - 3 Class Hours/2 Lab Hours/4 Credits
A continuation of the study of elementary classical physics with emphasis on the application of physical principles to problem solving. Topics include simple harmonic motion, waves, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism and geometrical optics. If time permits, some modern physics topics may be discussed . (Prerequisite: SCI130R or permission of instructor)

SCI140R  Chemistry I - 3 Class Hours/3 Lab Hours/4 Credits
This is the first course of a two-course sequence. This course presents the basic principles, laws and theories of chemistry. Atomic structure, bonding, chemical nomenclature, and chemical reactions are investigated. The behavior of solutions, basic acid-base theory, stoichiometry and the behavior of gases are explored. (Prerequisite: Minimum Accuplacer score of 78 or satisfactory (74 or higher) of INSV019R Fundamentals of Mathematical literacy for STEM fields, or written permission of an authorized department representative.

SCI141R  Chemistry II - 3 Class Hours/3 Lab Hours/4 Credits
Acids and bases are revisited with attention to Bronsted-Lowry and Lewis acid-base theory. The course presents principles of molecular, geometric and bonding theory along with intermolecular forces in gases, liquids and solids. Properties of solutions, chemistry kinetics, the concept of chemical equilibrium, chemical thermodynamics and electrochemistry are investigated. (Prerequisite:SCI140R)

SCI162R  Nutrition: The Science of Sustenance - 3 Class Hours/3 Lab Hours/4 Credits
This course is designed to teach the scientific principles behind the biological importance of nutrition to health and well-being. It will establish a common understanding of nutrition basics and an appreciation of the importance for maintaining proper nutritional balance to maintain a healthy state. The course will focus on the study of the principles of food metabolism with an emphasis on the importance of nutrition to maintaining normal cellular physiological function. Specific nutrient functions will be discussed and personal diet and nutritional analysis completed. The laboratory component consists of food dissection, case studies and nutritional analysis which will foster scientific literacy, an appreciation and application of the scientific process. . (Prerequisite: Reading score of 70 of Accuplacer or successful completion of Reading Strategies or Permission of Math/Science Department designee)

SCI201R  Anatomy and Physiology I - 3 Class Hours/3 Lab Hours/4 Credits
An introduction to the structure and function of the human body. Includes elementary cytophysiology, histology, and anatomy and physiology of the integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous system. Laboratory work parallels lecture topics and includes microscopy, study of human anatomical models, dissection of appropriate laboratory specimens, and physiological experimentation. (Prerequisite: Successful completion of high school chemistry or INSV030R Introduction to Chemical Principles or permission of instructor)

SCI202R  Anatomy and Physiology II - 3 Class Hours/3 Lab Hours/4 Credits
A continuation of Anatomy and Physiology I. Includes anatomy and physiology of the endocrine system, circulatory system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, excretory system and reproductive system. Other topics covered include nutrition and metabolism, acid/base balance, and fluid and electrolyte balance. Laboratory work parallels lecture topics, and includes microscopy, study of human anatomical models, dissection of appropriate laboratory specimens, and physiologic experimentation. (Prerequisite: SCI201R or permission of instructor)

SCI205R  Microbiology - 3 Class Hours/3 Lab Hours/4 Credits
This is a comprehensive study of the basic principles of microbiology as it applies to the health field. A brief survey of the history of the science is given. Emphasis is placed on understanding the variety and differences of microbes and their relationship to humans. Laboratory study accompanies this and successful completion of these exercises is a partial requirement of the course. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to use the concepts and principles of microbiology to explain the relationships of microorganisms with other microbes. (Prerequisite:SCI101R or SCI201R or matriculation in MLT program)

SCI210R  Genetics - 3 Class Hours/3 Lab Hours/4 Credits
A second-level laboratory science, this course introduce students to the theory and advanced lab techniques used in the study of genetics. Topics covered will include Mendelian genetics, patterns of inheritance, nucleic acids, cell cycle, the molecular nature and regulation of genes, recombinant DNA technology, and genomics. Labs will complement the lectures and incorporate hands-on applications of the scientific method. (Prerequisite: Any of the following: SCI101R, SCI102R, SCI103R, SCI201R, SCI202R, SCI205R or Permission of Instructor.)

SCI231R Physics I with Calculus - 3 Class Hours/3 Lab Hours/4 Credits
Lecture and laboratory experiences will provide a study of classical physics using calculus.  Topics include linear and projectile motion, Newton's laws, translational and rotational equilibrium, work and energy, momentum, rotational motion, hydrostatics, mechanical properties of matter and oscillations. (Prerequisite: MTHC210R and SCI232R))
 

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