Science

SCI101R Biology: Chemical and Cellular Basis of Life - 3 Class Hours/3 Lab Hours/4 Credits
This course covers the study of the cell and the molecular biology of life and will give an overview of what living organisms are made of and how they are characterized. It will focus on the principles of cell biology, cellular physiology, cellular metabolism, molecular biology, biochemistry and genetics. The course is taught at a level commensurate with the text. Laboratory exercises are sequenced, outcome-driven, and require cognitive, psychomotor, and application of technical laboratory skills are designed to reinforce theoretical concepts presented in the lecture portion of the course. (Prerequisites: Reading score of 70 on Accuplacer or Permission of Liberal Arts Department 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 basic biochemistry of food with an emphasis on nutrient functions to maintain normal physiological homeostasis. The laboratory component consists of face-to-face exercises that focus on digestion, macromolecular chemistry, and nutritional analysis of foods. The lab component will focus on student directed, hypothesis driven, scientific inquiry which will foster scientific literacy and an appreciation of the scientific process. Laboratory exercises are highly-sequenced, outcome-driven, and require cognitive, psychomotor, and application of technical laboratory skills. (Prerequisites: Reading score of 70 on Accuplacer or Permission of Liberal Arts Department Designee)

SCI201R Anatomy and Physiology I - 3 Class Hours/3 Lab Hours/4 Credits
This course is a comprehensive study of the structure and function of the human body. It includes elementary cytophysiology, histology, and anatomy and physiology of the integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous system. The course is taught at a level commensurate with the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS) national outcomes. Laboratory work parallels lecture topics and includes microscopy, study of human anatomical models, dissection of appropriate laboratory specimens, and physiologic experimentation. Laboratory exercises are highly-sequenced, outcome-driven, and require cognitive, psychomotor, and application of technical laboratory skills. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of high school chemistry or a “C” or better in INSV030R and a Reading score of 70 on Accuplacer or Permission of Liberal Arts Department Designee)

SCI202R Anatomy and Physiology II - 3 Class Hours/3 Lab Hours/4 Credits
This course is a continuation of Anatomy and Physiology I. Includes anatomy and physiology of the endocrine system, circulatory system, immune system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, digestive system, renal system, and reproductive system.  Other topics covered include nutrition; metabolism; acid/base, fluid and electrolyte balance.  The course is taught at a level commensurate with the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS) national outcomes. Laboratory work parallels lecture topics and includes microscopy, study of human anatomical models, dissection of appropriate laboratory specimens, and physiologic experimentation. Laboratory exercises are highly-sequenced, outcome-driven, and require cognitive, psychomotor, and application of technical laboratory skills. (Prerequisites: SCI201R  or Permission of Liberal Arts Department Designee)

SCI205R Microbiology - 3 Class Hours/3 Lab Hours/4 Credits
This is a comprehensive study of the basic principles of microbiology. Emphasis is placed on understanding the variety and differences of microbes and their relationship to humans. A survey of the morphology, physiology, genetics and classification of bacteria, viruses and other organisms and their relationship to sanitation and infectious diseases are emphasized. Laboratory work parallels lecture topics and includes microscopy, study of various microorganisms, biochemical analysis and biological experimentation. Laboratory exercises are highly-sequenced, outcome-driven, and require cognitive, psychomotor, and application of technical laboratory skills. (Prerequisites: SCI101R or SCI201R or matriculation in the MLT program or Permission of Liberal Arts Department Designee)

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.)

SCI212R Topics in Biology - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
This is a non-laboratory science course applicable to Liberal Arts or Open Elective credits. This course will provide an in-depth seminar based format to investigate current topics in the broader field of biology. Students will be expected to effectively read, comprehend, and articulate contemporary issues in biology and environmental sciences. The specific content of this course will vary from seminar to seminar, covering in-depth discussions and presentations that relate to biology, global health and disease, and/or ecology. The students will be expected to critique the media and challenge assumptions, by developing skills in researching the science behind the topics. Students will discover the political, ethical, social and legal issues that accompany these topics, and how they impact society, locally regional and globally, now and in the future. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of 1 previous laboratory science course or Permission of Instructor)

SCI220R Biology Capstone: Introduction to Biological Research - 2 Class Hours/6 Lab hours/4 Credits
This is a course which provides students with an opportunity to synthesize previous learning by engaging in independent, student-directed, hypothesis-driven biological research. In the design and execution of experiments, students will demonstrate scientific literacy, scientific process, laboratory skills and techniques, critical thinking, quantitative and qualitative reasoning, written and oral communication skills, and an appreciation of the role that research investigations play in daily life. Classroom-based research provides a framework to foster a culture of undergraduate research at RVCC. (Prerequisites: any 2 of the following lab courses: SCI101R, SCI102R, SCI201R, SCI202R, SCI205R, SCI210R, SCI162R or permission of Instructor)

SCI231R University Physics I - 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,  mechanical properties of matter and oscillations. (Prerequisite: MTHC210R)
 

SCI232R University Physics II  - 3 Class Hours/3 Lab Hours/4 Credits
Lecture and laboratory in University Physics II continues the introduction  of classical physics started in University Physics I.  Topics include thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics and selected topics from electromagnetic waves and modern physics when time permits. (Prerequisite:  SCI231R)
 

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