Courses for Non-Majors
Courses in Astronomy
AST 1010: Introduction to Astronomy I (3)
Pre- or corequisite: MTH 1010
The first semester of a year-long introductory course in astronomy. This semester covers the celestial sphere, the formation of the solar system, the interiors, surfaces and atmospheres of the planets, the formation of moons and ring systems, the asteroids, comets, and Pluto. Three lecture hours.
AST 1011: Introduction to Astronomy Laboratory I (1)
Pre- or corequisite: AST 1010
Laboratory component of AST 1010. In addition to lab exercises which will complement the AST 1010 lecture material, this course focuses on practical observing skills such as naked eye observations of the night sky and the use of telescopes. Three laboratory hours.
AST 1020: Introduction to Astronomy II (3)
Prerequisite: AST 1010
The second semester of a year-long introductory course in astronomy. This semester covers stars, galaxies and quasars, and the universe, including the birth of the universe in the Big Bang and its ultimate fate. Three lecture hours.
AST 1021: Introduction to Astronomy Laboratory II (1)
Prerequisite: AST 1011
A continuation of AST 1011. We will continue to do lab exercises to complement the lecture material in AST 1020, but our observing focus will shift to deep sky objects such as galaxies, nebulae, and quasars. This semester will include the collection and analysis of astronomical data using the telescope. Three laboratory hours.
BIOL 160: Human Biology
Biological principles of the human body
BIOL 161: Human Biol. Lab
Laboratory component of BIOL 160
BIOL 180: Biodiversity/Conserv.
Survey of biological diversity and issues that threaten all living organisms
BIOL 181: Bio./Conserv. Lab
Laboratory component of BIOL 180
CHM 1000: Principles of Chemistry (3)
Selected topics from descriptive and theoretical chemical literature. No previous knowledge of chemistry assumed. Not open to students who have successfully completed CHM 1010 or 1020. (Satisfies no departmental degree requirements.) Three class hours per week.
CHM 1001: Principles of Chemistry Laboratory (1)
Pre- or corequisite: CHM 1000
Laboratory component of CHM 1000. Three laboratory hours per week
CHM 2000: Chemistry in Our Daily Lives: Consumer and Environmental Chemistry (3)
Prerequisites: ENG 1020, or permission of instructor
Examination of the inorganic and organic chemicals that affect our daily lives (food, clothing, health, cleanliness, transportation, air and water, appearance and agriculture). (Satisfies no departmental degree requirement..) Three class hours.
CHM 2001: Chemistry in Our Daily Lives Laboratory (1)
Pre- or Corequisite: CHM 2000
Laboratory experiments to support lecture material in CHM 2000. Two laboratory hours per week.
GEO 2010: Introduction to Physical Geography (3)
The major physical elements of the natural environment, such as land forms, weather and climate, natural vegetation and soils.
GEO 2011: Physical Geography Laboratory (1)
Pre- or co-requisite: GEO 2010
Laboratory component of GEO 2010. Three laboratory hours per week. (Note: Students who take GEO 2010/2011 may not receive General Education credit for GLG 1010.)
GLG 1010: Physical Geology (4)
Prerequisite: Ability to make measurements with a ruler in both English and metric units.
An introductory study of minerals, rocks, land forms, and the internal structure of the earth, and the processes by which these develop. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
NAS 1000: A Citizen’s Guide to the Environment (4)
An introduction to the process of science, including how science works, its limitations, and how science and society influence each other. Focusing primarily on the principles of biology and chemistry, the course attempts to foster a sense of personal responsibility for the environment based on an awareness of environmental issues, including their causes and social, economic, and geopolitical implications. The laboratory uses inquiry-based exercises and promotes civic engagement activities. This course does not apply to any major or minor in the natural sciences.
NAS 1001: Science, Medicine, and Society (4)
Prerequisite: NAS 1000
An introduction to human health, including how science and society influence each other on health-related issues. Focusing primarily on the principles of biology and chemistry, students will explore current health- related topics to understand the science involved, as well as discuss the individual and societal implications of these issues. The laboratory uses inquiry-based exercises and promotes civic engagement activities. This course does not apply to any major or minor in the natural sciences.
NAS 1010: Science and Society (4)
This course allows students majoring in a non-science field to learn about the process of science, including how science works, its limitations, and how science and society influence each other. Topics are variable but will be problem-based, communication intensive, and engage students with focused topics in science to show how science and society interact. Inquiry-based field or laboratory exercises will account for a quarter to a half of the class time. This course counts toward general education laboratory science credit but does not apply to any major or minor in the natural sciences. Students may take this course more than once as long as the specific topic is different.