Science (SC)

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SC-100   Discovery and Thinking in Natural SciencesCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): NS

The development of major concepts in the biological, chemical, and physical sciences; their importance today.

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SC-103   Physical GeographyCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): NS

A survey of the Earth sciences from a spatial perspective. We will use maps, diagrams, simulations, and computer mapping software to learn about the systems of the Earth. Students will gain an understanding of physical processes and patterns of the Earth's atmosphere, climate, landforms, and biosphere. Understanding of these systems will be used to examine the ways in which humans influence and adapt to Earth systems. The learning outcomes of this course satisfy a general education requirement for the Natural Sciences. Also listed as GO-103.

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SC-110   Nutrition ScienceCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): NS

An overview of the science of human nutrition, including the basics of protein, carbohydrate, lipid, vitamin, mineral, water, and alcohol metabolism. An analysis of the relationship of diet to various health issues and current controversies in nutrition will be covered. Students will learn the elements of nutritional analysis by evaluating their personal diets. Emphasis will be on the manner in which nutrition knowledge is acquired, including a nutrition study conducted by the students.

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SC-120   The Science of Food and CookingCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): NS

This course covers concepts from chemistry, biology and physics that underpin the principles of food science and the transformations that occur during food preparation and cooking. Students will develop a scientific understanding of food preparation, cooking techniques, and recipes. Cooking demonstrations and experiments will be used to illustrate the scientific concept involved. Note: This course involves the preparation and (optional) consumption of food. If you have specific fool allergies or needs, contact the instructor to discuss any necessary arrangements.

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SC-130   Climate Science for 21st Century CitizensCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): SUS, NS

Earth's climate has changed in the past and will change in the future. Climate science and hypotheses about climate change and man's effects on climate figure prominently in the news and popular culture. However, forces and feedbacks impacting climate are poorly understood by the general public. This lack of understanding originates partially because climate science is complicated and interdisciplinary, and partially because addressing climate change requires significant changes in the global energy economy, turning it into a political issue with skewed and un-scientific public discourse. This course aims to cover parts of climate science that are well established, differentiate them clearly from parts of climate science where genuine uncertainty exists and use these contrasts to illustrate the scientific methods, culture of science and science practices of the 21st Century.

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SC-140   Forensic ScienceCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): NS

An introductory course in which scientific principles will be applied to the methods used to investigate and solve crimes. The course will focus on the principles and methods utilized in the traditional sciences of biology, chemistry, and physics. The scientific techniques used to collect and analyze evidence will be covered.

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SC-150   Drug DiscoveryCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): NS

Concepts of biology, chemistry and pharmacology are used to examine aspects of drug discovery from early recorded history to modern treatments for disease. Additionally, students will understand the impacts of key drug discoveries on society/public health. Note: No prior biology/chemistry knowledge is assumed.

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SC-170   OceanographyCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): NS

Oceanography provides a survey of physical, biological, chemical, and geological resources and the processes that define and affect ocean basins, coasts, beaches, estuaries, offshore waters and marine species. Environmental considerations include the role of oceans in global climate change issues, coastal development, exploitation of marine resources, and marine pollution. Students in the Marine and Environmental Biology and Policy (MEBP) program should take PH-270, Physical Oceanography, for elective credit.

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SC-198   Special Topics in ScienceCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): NS

Study of a particular subject or problem in science to be announced prior to registration. May be conducted on either a lecture-discussion or seminar basis. Courses would meet General Education requirements in the natural sciences.

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SC-230   Introduction to MeteorologyCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): NS

Introduction to Meteorology provides an overview of the structure of the atmosphere, temperature measurements and the role of moisture in the development of clouds, precipitation, dew, air masses, wind fronts, thunderstorms, cyclogenesis, tornados, and hurricanes. This course discusses the relationship between ocean currents and winds and the pivotal role they play in equalizing latitudinal energy imbalances. Elements of weather forecasting, instrumentation, and communication will be examined. The variation between weather and climate will be discussed and related to our global concerns of climate change on our daily lives.