Natural Sciences

Requirement  (7 credit hours)

  • A total of seven credit hours from the university approved GEP Natural Sciences course list including at least one laboratory course or course with a laboratory.

Double-counting

  • A course taken to satisfy a Major requirement may also satisfy this requirement if the course is on the approved GEP Natural Sciences course list.
  • A course that satisfies the Natural Sciences requirement may also satisfy the Global Knowledge or U.S. Diversity co-requisite if the course also exists on either university approved GEP co-requisite course list

Rationale

The natural sciences pursue basic questions about the workings of the universe, and the richness, variety and interconnectedness of the world around us. Students today are exposed to an increasing volume of information, from a large variety of sources, in diverse and changing formats. Training in the natural sciences is essential to help students develop skills to distinguish between testable and un-testable ideas, recognize scientifically valid tests of theories, and understand how information relates to those tests. By studying the natural sciences, students learn to reason both inductively and deductively, develop and test scientific hypotheses, and understand the value and limitations of scientific studies. The development and application of new technologies require scientifically literate citizens who can understand technological issues and evaluate the role of science in society’s debate of those issues.

Category Objectives

Each course in the Natural Sciences will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:

  1. use the methods and processes of science in testing hypotheses, solving problems and making decisions; and
  2. make inferences from and articulate, scientific concepts, principles, laws, and theories, and apply this knowledge to problem solving.

Current NS GEP Category

Prefix/Number Course Title Eff Date Review Date CoReq/Lab/Subcat Credit Hour
ANS 105 Introduction to Companion Animal Science Jul-09  2.2017 3
ANS 110 Introduction to Equine Science Jul-09  1.2017 3
ANS/FS/PO 322 Muscle Foods and Eggs Jul-09 Lab 3
ANS/HS 215 Basic Agricultural Genetics Jul-09  1.2017 3
BIO 105 Biology in the Modern World Jul-09 3
BIO 106 Biology in the Modern World Lab Jul-09 Lab 1
BIO 140 Survey of Animal Diversity Jul-09 3
BIO 141 Animal Diversity Laboratory Jul-09 Lab 1
BIO 181 Introductory Biology: Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity Jul-09 Lab 4
BIO 183 Introductory Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology Jul-09 Lab 4
BIO 212 Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology Jul-09 Lab 4
BIO 227 Understanding Structural Diversity through Biological Illustration Jan-11 1.2011 IP 3
BIO 230 The Science of Studying Dinosaurs Jan-17 3.2017 IP 3
BIT 100 Current Topics in Biotech Jun-10 8.2011 Lab
IP
4
BIT 200 Early Research in Biotechnology Jun-13 6.2013 Lab 4
BIT/MB 210 Phage Hunters Jan-09 1.2009 Lab  3
BIT/MB 211 Phage Genomics Jun-09 6.2009 Lab  2
CH 100 Chemistry and Society Jul-09  11.2016 Lab 4
CH 101 Chemistry – A Molecular Science Jul-09 3
CH 102 General Chemistry Lab Jul-09 Lab 1
CH 103 General Chemistry I for Students in Chemical Sciences Aug-14 9.2014 3
CH 104 General Chemistry Laboratory I for Students in Chemical Sciences Aug-14 9.2014 Lab 1
CH 111 Preparatory Chemistry Jul-09 3
CH 201 Chemistry – A Quantitative Science Jul-09 3
CH 202 Quantitative Chemistry Lab Jul-09 Lab  1
CH 203 General Chemistry II for Students in Chemical Sciences Jan-14 9.2014 3
CH 204 General Chemistry Laboratory II for Students in Chemical Sciences Aug-14 9.2014 Lab 1
CS 210 Lawns and Sports Turf Jul-09 3
CS 213 Crops: Adaptation & Production Jul-09 Lab 4
CS 224 Seeds, Biotechnology & Societies Jul-09 GK
IP
3
CS 312 Grassland Management for Natural Resources Conservation Jul-09 Lab 3
ENT 201 Insects and People  Jul-09 3
ENT 203 An Introduction to the Honey Bee and Beekeeping Jul-09  3.2017 3
ENT 207 Insects and Human Disease Jun-11 6.2011 IP 3
ENT 305 Introduction to Forensic Entomology Jul-09  9.2017 3
ENT 425 General Entomology Jul-09 Lab 3
ENT/FOR 402 Forest Entomology Jul-09 Lab 3
FOR 252 Introduction to Forest Science Jul-09 Lab 3
FOR 339 Dendrology Jul-09 Lab 4
FOR/ENT 402 Forest Entomology Jul-09 Lab 3
FOR/PP 318 Forest Pathology Jul-09 Lab 3
SMT/FOR 202 Anatomy of Properties of Renewable Materials Jun-13 6.2013 Lab 3
FS 201 Introduction to Food Science Jan-17 9.2017 3
FS/NTR 301 Introduction to Human Nutrition Jan-17 9.2017 3
FS/ANS/PO 322 Muscle Foods and Eggs Jul-09 Lab 3
FW 403 Urban Wildlife Management Jul-09 3
FW 465 African Ecology & Conservation Jul-09 GK 4
FW/BIO 221 Conservation of Natural Resources Jul-09 8.2011 GK
IP
3
GN 301 Genetics in Human Affairs Jul-09 3
GN 311 Principles of Genetics Jul-09 4
HON 292 Special Topics – Natural Sciences Jul-09 3
HON 321 Music and the Science of Sound Jul-09 3
HS 200 Home Horticulture Jul-09 3
HS 201 The World of Horticulture; Principles and Practices Jul-09 3
HS 202 Power of Plants: Appreciation and Use Jan-15 4.2015 3
HS 203 Home Plant Propagation Jan-15 4.2015 3
HS 204 Home Landscape Maintenance Jan-15 4.2015 3
HS 205 Home Food Production Jan-15 4.2015 3
HS 301 Plant Propagation Jul-09 Lab 4
HS 303 Ornamental Plant Identification I Jul-09 Lab 3
HS 304 Ornamental Plant Identification II Jul-09 Lab 3
HS/ANS 215 Basic Agricultural Genetics Jul-09  1.2017 3
MB 200 Microbiology and World Affairs Jul-09 3
MB 351 General Microbiology Jul-09 Lab 3
MB/BIT 210 Phage Hunters Jan-09 1.2009 3
MB/BIT 211 Phage Genomics Jun-09 6.2009 2
MEA 100 Earth System Science – Exploring The Connections Apr-14 5.2014 Lab
GK
IP
4
MEA 101 Geology I: Physical Dec-13 12.2013 3
MEA 110 Geology I Laboratory Dec-13 12.2013 Lab 1
MEA 130 Introduction to Weather and Climate Dec-13 12.2013 3
MEA 135 Introduction to Weather and Climate Laboratory Dec-13 12.2013 Lab 1
MEA 150 Environmental Issues in Water Resources Jul-09 12.2013 Lab 4
MEA 200 Introduction to Oceanography Apr-14 5.2014 3
MEA 202 Geology II: Historical Apr-14 5.2014 3
MEA 210 Oceanography Lab Apr-14 5.2014 Lab 1
MEA 211 Geology II: Laboratory Apr-14 5.2014 Lab 1
MEA 220 Marine Biology Jul-09 2.2016 Lab 3
MEA 250 Introduction to Coastal Environments Apr-14 5.2014 3
MEA/BIO 220 Marine Biology Jul-09 12.2013 3
NTR/FS 301 Introduction to Human Nutrition Jan-17 9.2017 3
PB 200 Plant Life Aug-17 9.2017 Lab 4
PB 205 Our Green World Aug-11 8.2011 3
PB 220 Local Flora Aug-17 9.2017 Lab 3
PB 277 Space Biology Jul-09 3
PB 400 Plant Structure & Diversity Jul-09 Lab 4
PB 405 Wetland Flora Jul-09 Lab 3
PCC 203 Introduction to Polymer Chemistry Jul-09 3
PO 201 Poultry Science and Production  Jul-09 6.2011 3
PO 202 Poultry Science and Production Laboratory May-11 6.2011 Lab 1
PO/FS/ANS 322 Muscle Foods and Eggs  Jul-09  Lab 3
PP 222 Kingdom of Fungi  Jul-09 3
PP/FOR 318 Forest Pathology  Jul-09  Lab 3
PY 123 Stellar and Galactic Astronomy  Jul-09 3
PY 124 Solar System Astronomy  Jul-09 3
PY 125 Astronomy Laboratory  Jul-09 Lab 1
PY 131 Conceptual Physics  Jul-09 Lab 4
PY 201 General Physics I  Jul-09 Lab 4
PY 202 General Physics II  Jul-09 Lab 4
PY 203 General Physics III  Jul-09 Lab 4
PY 205 Physics for Engineers and Scientists I  Jul-09 8.2013 3
PY 206 Physics for Engineers and Scientists I Lab Jan-14 8.2013 Lab 1
PY 208 Physics for Engineers and Scientists II Jul-09 8.2013 3
PY 209 Physics for Engineers and Scientists II Lab Jan-14 8.2013 Lab 1
PY 211 University Physics I Jul-09 Lab 4
PY 212 University Physics II Jul-09 Lab 4
SSC 200 Soil Science Jul-09 3
SSC 201 Soil Science Laboratory Aug-10 8.2010 Lab 1
SSC 361 Role of Soils in Environmental Management Jul-09 Lab 3
TMS 211 Introduction to Fiber Science Jul-09 Lab 3
TOX 201 Poisons, People and the Environment Jul-09 3
SMT/FOR 202 Wood Anatomy and Properties Jul-09 6.2013 Lab 3

Courses Dropped from NS Category

Prefix/Number Course Title Eff Date Drop Date CoReq/Lab/Subcat Credit Hour
BIO 115 Issues in Biology Jul-09 Removed effective 1.2011 3
BIO 116 Issues in Biology Lab Jul-09 Removed effective 1.2011 Lab 1
BIO Marine Biology Jul-09 Removed effective 2.2016 Lab 3
BIO 120 The Dinosaurian World Dec-13 Removed effective 1.2017 3
BIO 260 Evolution, Behavior and Ecology Jun-10 Removed effective 9.2009 4
BIO 425 General Entomology Jul-09 Removed effective 1.2016 Lab 3
FS/ANS 324 Milk and Dairy Products Jul-09 Removed effective 8.2017 3
FOR 202 Anatomy and Properties of Renewable Materials Jan-16 Removed effective 1.2016 Lab 3
FOR 221 Conservation of Natural Resources Jan-16 Removed effective 1.2016 3
HS 100 Home Horticulture Jul-09 Removed effective 6.2012 3
HS 211 Ornamental Plants I Jul-09 Removed effective 6.2012 Lab 3
HS 212 Ornamental Plants II Jul-09 Removed effective 6.2012 Lab 3
MEA 121 The Dinosaurian World Lab Jul-09 Removed effective 1.2016 Lab 1
MEA 140 Natural Hazards & Global Change Jan-10 Removed effective 1.2016 3
PB 213 Plants and Civilization Jul-09 Removed effective 6.2015 IP 3
PY 126 Computer-Based Astronomy Lab Jul-09 Removed effective 1.2016 Lab 1
PY 133 Conceptual Physics: Optics  Jul-09  Removed effective 1.2016 Lab 4