GEOG101 Introduction to Geography (3 hours)
This course is a basic overview of the Geographer’s study of the location and distribution of features on the Earth’s surface. These features are both natural and man-made, both physically and culturally determined. The relationship of people and place is central to an understanding of human history, contemporary events, and possible global futures. As an introductory course it covers the whole globe and all its greatest geographic features and relationships. This dictates that the approach is broad and not too deep. However, knowledge of the Geographer’s art will enable students to delve as deeply as their interest and energy will allow, into the dynamic spatial realities that surround them.
GEOG103 Physical Geography (3 hours)
Physical Geography includes the study of processes of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere. Specific topics include maps and map reading, temperature cycles, storms formation, plate tectonic theory, structures of volcanoes, flooding, coastline formation, glaciations, ice ages, and the distribution of plants and animals on the planet. This course is an excellent choice for anyone with interest in environmental studies, natural hazards and the science behind earth processes.
GEOG200 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems I (3 hours)
The term “Geographic Information System” refers to the synthesis of information (data), software, and hardware for the express purpose of better understanding the world in which we live. Data are collected and managed within this system, and are ultimately used to question, analyze, and interpret patterns that occur throughout physical space. The interaction between different types of data reveal patterns and relationships that are not otherwise readily detectable. This course will provide students with the theoretical concepts necessary for advancement in the field of GIS, and further enhance their experience in a wide range of multidisciplinary endeavors.
GEOG201 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems II (3 hours)
This course builds upon principles covered in Fundamentals of GIS I and will provide students an emphasis of hands-on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) experience while solidifying the foundation of the concepts learned in Fundamentals of GIS I. The objectives of this course are to begin establishing a solid foundation in the operation of GIS systems and to teach organizational skills needed for successful GIS project management. Overall this course prepares the student for learning beginning and intermediate functional applications of GIS as well as spatial data analysis.
GEOG307 Modern Military Geography (3 hours)
Warfare is inherently spatial in nature. People strive for the control of places using military art and science. The geographer’s study of the location and distribution of features on the Earth’s surface is central to this endeavor. These features are both natural and man-made, both physically and culturally determined. The effects of geographic factors on the planning, preparation, and conduct of military operations are the focus of this course.
SCIN130 Introduction to Biology with Lab (4 hours)
This course introduces students to the biological systems within their associated environments. The course furnishes an understanding of biological principles and the properties of life. Topics covered in this course include the structure and function of plants and animals, cell biology principles, genetics, reproduction, development and growth, biological diversity, principles of evolution, and interactions among organisms and with their environment. Online laboratory experiences are incorporated, which are designed to correspond to, complement, and reinforce the concepts presented in the assigned reading material. The lab involves study through interactive simulations, videos, and animations, which will be provided to the student in the form of exercises provided throughout the semester.
SCIN131 Introduction to Chemistry with Lab (4 hours)
This course introduces students to the principles of basic chemistry, the terminology, methodology and worldview of chemistry, and the practical application to everyday living. Topics are both descriptive and mathematical and include acids and bases, atomic structure, chemical equations and reactions, chemical language and nomenclature, gases, molecular structure, solution chemistry, chemical mathematics, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. The chemistry lab is designed for students to learn how to make qualitative and quantitative observations about physical and chemical phenomena, to make calculations, and to test their own reasoning. Students will acquire skills in laboratory techniques and thought processes through interactive virtual laboratories designed to help reinforce and build upon the concepts presented in the lecture portion of the class.
SCIN132 Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab (4 hours)
This course introduces students to the fundamental principles associated with the structure and function of the human body. The course will begin with a general introduction to anatomy and physiology, an overview of organic chemistry, and a study of cellular and tissue structure and function and then move on to survey each of the following 11 organ systems of the human body: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive. Online laboratory experiences and exercises are incorporated, which will provide the student with a deeper and practical understanding of the basic principles of human anatomy and physiology by using laboratory simulation software.
SCIN133 Introduction to Physics with Lab (4 hours)
This course offers an introduction to classical physics for non-scientists. Students will learn to apply Newtonian principles to the fundamental topics of motion, gravitation, momentum, work and energy, heat, wave behavior, sound and light, electricity and magnetism. Basic algebra is used to demonstrate how mathematics can describe and predict the real-world behavior of objects, from electrons to planets. Students will be expected to relate physics principles to their daily lives. The Physics lab teaches students how to take measurements and make observations about physical phenomena, make calculations, and test out their own reasoning. Topics covered in this lab course range from motion to magnetism. This course also involves study through interactive simulation laboratories designed to help reinforce and build upon the concepts presented in the lecture portion of the course.
SCIN134 Introduction to Astronomy with Lab (4 hours)
This course will introduce students to the wonders of the universe. Topics will include deciphering the motions of objects in the sky, learning how astronomers decode the light coming to us from distant objects, exploring the Earth and other bodies in our solar system, and investigating the properties and structure of stars, galaxies, and the universe itself. Students will be encouraged to develop conceptual understanding of these topics beyond memorization of facts. In the laboratory component, students will engage in astronomical inquiry using online tools to learn how astronomers work: by asking research questions, collecting data, and defending evidence-based conclusions. While the course is conceptual in nature, students should expect to use some mathematics. Completion of at least college algebra prior to taking this course is highly recommended.
SCIN135 Introduction to Forestry with Lab (4 hours)
This course will examine basic forestry definitions, historical factors in U.S. forest history, forest flora and fauna, forest management, the relationship between forest resources and human uses, and case studies. The Forestry lab provides students with hands-on application of forestry principles with or without having access to forest resources. The course will involve learning techniques for measuring forest resources; identification procedures for soils, trees and climate; and research techniques of current forestry concerns, such as urban forestry and deforestation. If the student has access to forested areas, he or she will be able to conduct research in the field; however, if the student is located in a non-forested area, all necessary data will be available online.
SCIN136 Introduction to Oceanography with Lab (4 hours)
This course covers the principles of oceanography for students who are non-scientists. It introduces oceanographic terminology, research methodology, and the major concepts of physical, geological, chemical, and biological oceanographic systems. Students will become familiar with the scientific method and specific aspects of the ocean by focusing on problems involving, for example, icebergs, acoustics, pollution, fisheries, ship routing, and offshore minerals exploration. Laboratory exercises based on real-world data allow the student to apply oceanographic principles to real-world questions or problems, and to practice data visualization, data analysis, multimedia integration, technology literacy, and transferable technology skills.
SCIN137 Introduction to Meteorology with Lab (4 hours)
Introduction to Meteorology covers the fundamental principles governing the behavior of our atmosphere and the duties and methods of the professional meteorologist. Students will gain insight into the exciting discipline of meteorology, discussing topics such as cloud formation, movement in the atmosphere, thunderstorms, tornadoes, meteorological satellites, and climate change. The Meteorology laboratory will take the student deeper into the aspects of our weather through the study and exploration of our atmosphere via online interactive modules prepared by professional meteorologists. Topics to be discussed range from hurricane formation and the impacts of extreme weather to forecasting local weather and toxic pollution. The online laboratory modules increase the student’s awareness of our planet through hands-on activities.
SCIN138 Introduction to Physical Geology with Lab (4 hours)
Geology encompasses the study of our planet, and students in this course will explore: how it formed, the nature of its interior, the materials of which it is composed, landforms, earthquakes and volcanoes, geologic resources, and geologic history. Current events that students learn about in the news, ranging from volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides, and more will fit into a larger picture of how Earth works and why such things happen. The Geology lab provides students with a laboratory manual, 36 rock and mineral samples, a topographic map, and other tools to give students a hands-on opportunity to explore geologic concepts covered in the lecture portion of the course as well as virtual field trips related to the geologic sciences.
SCIN139 Introduction to Human Ecology with Lab (4 hours)
This course is an introduction to the terminology, methodology, and general topics of human ecology. It provides a survey of the linkages between human populations and the ecological and environmental niches in which we live. Course material will center on core human ecological elements of diet, disease, demography, and development. Specific topical material will include ecological concepts, demographics, population growth, fertility rates, food energy, health, and diseases. Investigations are framed within the framework of human-environment interactions. The Human Ecology lab provides students with hands-on application of basic human ecological research principles. The student will be guided in areas of qualitative and quantitative data collection, investigations into human-environment relationships regarding health and environment, and human-environment investigations through survey creation and assessment.
SCIN140 Introduction to Environmental Science with Lab (4 hours)
This course will give students the opportunity to learn and connect with the central issues of environmental science. This is a course primarily for the non-scientist. The basic concepts of ecology, geography, chemistry, economics, ethics, policy, and many other disciplines will be used to examine the overarching role that humans play in our planet's environmental problems and successes. The laboratory exercises will allow students to use hands-on, field, and/or Internet resources to collect and evaluate qualitative and quantitative data regarding the human-environment relationship. Lifestyle examination, ethical considerations, and critical analysis of individual contributions to local and global impacts in regards to environmental sustainability will be emphasized in the laboratory portion of this course.
SCIN202 Introduction to Microbiology (3 hours)
Introduction to Microbiology includes the study of the history of microbiology, as well as the fundamentals of microbe staining, culture, and growth. We will also focus on sterilization, disinfection and antimicrobial therapies that help to keep microbes in check Finally, we will focus on microbial infections of the skin, eyes, and wounds as well as the urogenital, respiratory, oral gastrointestinal and nervous systems.
SCIN206 Marine Biology (3 hours)
This course covers key principles and topics in oceanography and marine biology. It is focused on applied problems; it will use problems involving the basic biology of organisms, taxonomy, marine ecosystems, pollution, fisheries, aquaculture and sustainable marine resources to investigate topics in marine biology. A working knowledge of the material in Introduction to Biology and Introduction to Oceanography will be assumed.
SCIN211 Principles of Genetics (4 hours)
This course is an introduction to the basic principles of human genetics and heredity. Students will investigate both classical Mendelian genetics and modern molecular genetics. Topics include the transmission of genes from one generation to the next, the molecular structure of genes, the regulation of gene expression, genes and cancer, genetic technology, genetically modified foods, gene therapy and population genetics. The course is designed for all students interested in human genetics, the application of genetic principles and genetic technology. PREREQUISITE: SCIN130
SCIN230 Hazardous Weather (3 hours)
Hazardous Weather takes an in-depth look at the many types of severe weather that impacts day to day life. Students will cover review the basics of meteorology and look at topics such as severe weather and tornadoes, hurricanes, winter weather, and fire weather. The course will focus on the “ingredients” that create these severe weather events as well as the tools necessary to diagnose current weather and forecasts. Students will finish this course with knowledge of data sources and interpretation of weather information.
SCIN233 Physics I with Lab (4 hours)
This fundamental Physics course is the first of two courses that examine basic Physics using Calculus techniques. Topics include Mechanics, Fluids, Oscillations, Waves, Temperature, Heat, and Thermodynamics. Calculus I should be taken prior to or concurrent with this course. The course involves study through interactive simulation laboratories designed to help reinforce and build upon the concepts presented in the lectures. (Prerequisite MATH225)
SCIN234 Physics II with Lab (4 hours)
This fundamental physics course is the second of two courses that examine basic physics using Calculus techniques. The course covers Electric Forces and Fields, Electric Currents and Circuits, Magnetic Forces and Fields, Electromagnetic Induction, Alternating Current, Electromagnetic Waves, Reflection and Refraction of Light, Optical Instruments, Interference and Diffraction, and an Introduction to Quantum and Particle Physics. Calculus I and Physics I should be taken prior to this course. Calculus II should be taken prior to or concurrent with this course (Prerequisites: SCIN233 and MATH226).
SCIN261 Introduction to Planetary Science (4 hours)
This course is a tour of the planets and moons of the solar system, and an introduction to their internal structures, atmospheres, and surface features. Processes that form planets and act continually to change them (e.g., earthquakes, volcanoes, giant impacts) are discussed, as are comets, asteroids, rings, and life. Information gained from spacecraft missions is highlighted. In the laboratory component, students will engage in planetary science inquiry using online interactive simulations and data gathered from space missions and ground-based observatories to help reinforce and build upon the concepts presented in the lecture portion of the course.
SCIN310 Vertebrate Zoology (3 hours)
The origin, diversity, and adaptations of the vertebrates. Phylogenetic systematics (cladistics) will be used as the basis for determining evolutionary relationships of organisms. Monophyletic groupings provide a framework for examining behavior, physiology, and ecology in an explicit evolutionary context. Vertebrates common to North America will be emphasized.
SCIN311 Fishery Biology (3 hours)
This course will present the principles and methods used in studying the biology of fishes, the ecological requirements of freshwater and anadromous fishes, and the principles and practices in sport fishery management. Students will participate in case studies and critically analyze existing fisheries management plans to ascertain their effectiveness and scientific validity. This course will also emphasize the value of collaboration in effective fisheries management.
SCIN314 Botany (3 hours)
An introduction to the structure, processes, and reproduction of higher plants with an emphasis on flowering plants. This course will use an integrative approach to examine the relationships between structure and function, diversity, and evolution. PREREQUISITE: SCIN130 Introduction to Biology with Lab
SCIN316 Plant Identification, Taxonomy, and Systematics (3 hours)
An introduction to classification and evolution of vascular plants, with emphasis on flowering plants (angiosperms). This course will use structural terminology, characteristics of major plant families, and systematics. Student will use taxonomic keys, floras, and manuals for species identification. For students to be successful, Introduction to Botany is strongly recommended as a prerequisite to this course.
SCIN360 Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology (3 hours)
This course is custom-designed for the student with little or no science background who wishes to go into or improve his or her understanding of the body as to sports or any of the allied health fields. The emphasis is on how the body is constructed and how it operates, with special applications to the maintenance and improvement of health and fitness. Therefore, it is not "overly detailed" as other courses that are taken by medical students; rather, it is a course that will help you understand your own body and why it acts and reacts the way it does to both internal and external stimuli.(Prerequisite: SCIN132).
SCIN401 Mammalogy (3 hours)
The goal of this course is to introduce students to the biology of the class Mammalia. The course will include a survey of the origins, evolution, diversity, and adaptations of mammals to diverse environments. Topics include taxonomy, reproduction, sensory perception, herbivory, population cycles and behavior. Students will use case studies to apply the concepts of mammalogy to broader problems of species management, biodiversity, and the effects of development and habitat fragmentation on mammals.
SCIN402 Ornithology (3 hours)
Ornithology is the study of the anatomy, physiology, and behavior of birds. In this course, students will integrate ornithological study with the principles of bird conservation and management. Students will learn to identify birds by sight and call, and will learn the names of the major orders and families of birds throughout the world. Due to the scientific complexity of the material presented, it is recommended that students complete introductory biology prior to taking this course.
SCIN403 Plant Science (3 hours)
This course will provide an overview of plant growth and development as it applies to the disciplines of agriculture, forestry, and horticulture. Topics presented will include plant production for food, fiber and fuel, the influence of soils on crops and plant propagation, biotechnology applications, pesticide use, impacts of insects and disease, the influence of genetically modified plants on agriculture, invasive species management, and the implementation of sustainable practices in agricultural and forestry operations. To be successful, Introduction to Botany is strongly recommended as a prerequisite to this course.