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Natural Science Courses

NSCI 111. INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY The course introduces non-science students to astronomy. It includes naked-eye astronomy and a brief history of astronomy, the present-day tools of the astronomer, the solar system, the sun and stars, and finally the galaxy, the universe, and extraterrestrial life. Three lectures per week. Prerequisite: MATH 105 or higher. Corequisite: NSCI 111L. Offered in the Fall semester. One semester; three credits 

NSCI 111L. INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY LAB Laboratory to accompany NSCI 111. Corequisite: NSCI 111. Offered in the Fall semester. One semester; one credit 

NSCI 115. SURVEY OF SCIENCE: HISTORY AND EXPERIMENTS This course is intended mainly for liberal arts and business students. It will combine readings and experiments using selections from the classical writings from the Greeks to the 20th century. Authors who will be read in part include Hippocrates, Copernicus, Newton, and Darwin. Prerequisite: MATH 105 or higher. Corequisite: NSCI 115L. Offered in the Spring semester. One semester; three credits 

NSCI 115L. SURVEY OF SCIENCE: HISTORY AND EXPERIMENTS LAB Laboratory to accompany NSCI 115. Corequisite: NSCI 115. Offered in the Spring semester. One semester; one credit 

NSCI 122. THE NATURE OF LIGHT An introduction to the field of optics for non-science majors. The question for the course is “What is light?” Different theories that model light as rays, waves, and photons are discussed to explain phenomena ranging from the formation of rainbows and mirages to the operation of lenses, lasers, holograms, and optical fibers. Prerequisite: MATH 105 or higher. Corequisite: NSCI 122L. One semester; three credits 

NSCI 122L. THE NATURE OF LIGHT LAB Laboratory to accompany NSCI 122. Corequisite: NSCI 122. One semester; one credit 

NSCI 126. FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY Prerequisite: MATH 105 or higher. Corequisite: NSCI 126L (Same as ANTH 126) One semester; three credits 

NSCI 126L. FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY LAB Laboratory to accompany NSCI 126. Corequisite: NSCI 126 (Same as ANTH 126L) One semester; one credit 

NSCI 128. PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY Corequisite: NSCI 128L. (Same as ANTH 128). One semester; three credits 

NSCI 128L. PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY LAB Laboratory to accompany NSCI 128. Corequisite: NSCI 128. (Same as ANTH 128L). One semester; three credits 

NSCI 190-199. SPECIAL TOPICS IN NATURAL SCIENCE Courses in different areas of the natural sciences that are not offered on a regular basis. These include courses taught by visiting faculty members with special or unique qualifications or new courses taught by existing faculty members. Prerequisite: MATH 105 or higher. Corequisite: Corresponding lab course. One semester; three credits 

NSCI 190L-199L. SPECIAL TOPICS IN NATURAL SCIENCE LABORATORIES Laboratories to accompany NSCI 190-199. Corequisite: Corresponding NSCI 190-199 course. One semester; one credit 

NSCI 390-399 ADVANCED SPECIAL TOPICS Advanced courses in different areas of the natural sciences that are not offered on a regular basis. These include courses taught by visiting faculty members with special qualifications or new courses taught by existing faculty members. Prerequisites: MATH 105 or higher and BIOL 112 Corequisite: NSCI 390L-399L. One semester; three credits 

NSCI 390L-399L ADVANCED SPECIAL TOPICS LABORATORY Laboratories to accompany NSCI 390-399 courses. Prerequisites: MATH 105 or higher and BIOL 112 Corequisite NSCI 390-399. One semester; one credit. 

NSCI 410. SENIOR SEMINAR Students will read current primary literature and will present those papers to the class each week and lead discussion. Required of Natural Science majors. Prerequisite: Senior standing. One semester; one credit 

NSCI 412. SENIOR RESEARCH  Students conduct research under the mentorship of an established scientist. The students will actively participate in the design, implementation and presentation of the research project. Prerequisite: NSCI 410 and permission of the instructor. One semester; two credits