Science

SCIC101  Biology I: 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

SCIC102  Biology II: Adaptation, Evolution and Ecosystems - 3 Class Hours/1 Lab Hours/4 Credits
This course will study the evolution of living organisms in all six kingdoms of life, including study o their form and function, adaptation and evolution, behavior, and interactions with one another and with the physical environment.  It will not cover all aspects of life on earth, but focus instead on the mechanism of evolution, which is shared by all organisms, similarities and differences between organisms in their adaptation and behavior, and the relationships within and between species and their environments.  Introductory biology courses provide the factual and theoretical basis for the study of biology, and an introduction to methodologies.  Lectures will be a mixture of formal presentations and discussions.  Lab activities will consist of discussions, experimental design, experimentation, and the evaluation and presentation of results. 

SCIC103  Human Biology - 3 Class Hours/3 Lab Hours/4 Credits
This course is an overview of the major biological processes necessary for human survival. Emphasis will be placed upon unifying concepts of: science as a process, biological levels of organization, homeostatic mechanisms and the relationship of anatomical structure to function. The impact of lifestyle choices in the promotion of health and disease will also be discussed with each body process. Current issues such as gene technology, cancer research, nutrition and globalization of health and disease will be included. The laboratory component of this course will include analysis of current optics in human biology through scientific observation, experimentation and evaluation. (Prerequisite: Minimum Accuplacer Reading score of 70 or permission of instructor.)

SCIC105  Investigative Science - 3 Class Hours/3 Lab Hours/4 Credits
Investigative 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.

SCIC111  Anatomy and Physiology Essentials - 4 Class 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 the human organism. Unifying conceptual threads are: science as a process, levels of organizations, homeostasis and feed back systems and the relationship of anatomical structures to basic physiological function. (Prerequisites: Reading score of 70 on Accuplacer or successful completion of Reading Strategies or permission of the instructor)

SCIC112  Topics in Human Biology - 3 Class Hours/3 Lab Hours/4 Credits
This course is in part an overview of the structure and function of the systems of the body including how they interact to maintain health. A substantial portion of the course deals with such relevant topics as inheritance, nutrition, evolution, aging and fundamental differences between men and women. The laboratory component consists of exercise typical of a human biology course that explores the structure and function of the human body and include dissection of a small mammal and examination of a mammalian heart and brain.

SCIC115  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.

SCIC117 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)

SCIC130  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: MTHC110 or permission of instructor)

SCIC131  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: SCIC130 or permission of instructor)

SCIC140  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 Elementary Algebra score of 78, OR satisfactory completion (74 or higher) of Instructional Services Fundamentals of Mathematical Literacy for STEM (ISVC/K019), OR written permission of an authorized college official (e.g., instructor, advisor, academic administrator) for students with an accuplacer Elementary Algebra score in the range 63 – 77, OR written permission of instructor. )

SCIC141  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:SCIC140)

SCIC162  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.

SCIC201  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 ISVC030 Introduction to Chemical Principles or permission of instructor)

SCIC202  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: SCIC201 or permission of instructor)

SCIC205  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:SCIC101 or 201 or matriculation in MLT program)

SCIC210  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: SCIC101, SCIC102, SCIC103, SCIC201, SCIC202, SCIC205 or Permission of Instructor.)

SCIC231 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: MTHC 210)