Course Descriptions

 

NSC 20303 Physical Geology (3 Credit Hours)

This course covers the materials and structures of the earth’s crust, the forces that shape the surface of the earth, and the geologic/ topographical features these forces produce.

NSC 22304 (TM) Environmental Science (4 Credit Hours)

This is an interdisciplinary course that emphasizes the impact of humans on the environment. The course begins with a study of the structure and function of ecosystems. Then various environmental problems are examined including population growth, food supply, energy issues, water issues, air pollution, extinction, solid waste disposal, and hazardous materials. Students examine how culture and technology affect environmental policies. Students also do several group activities that require value judgments and decision-making about environmental issues. Prerequisite: Must have completed ENG
10503 with a C- or better or placement in the higher-level English courses via placement exam score. Completion of MTH 10403 is highly recommended. Students enrolled in ENG 10503 cannot enroll in NSC 22304. Three hours lecture, two hours lab. Course fee required. Fall/Spring

NSC 23101 Environmental Practicum (1 Credit Hour)

This course is a practicum. The student will spend thirty (30) hours with a local environmental agency. The student will write a report of their experiences and be evaluated by an agency supervisor. Prerequisite: NSC 22304.

NSC 31303 Comm Environmental & Natural Resources (3 Credit Hours)

This course examines concepts and practices to communicate environmental and natural
resources technical information. Oral and written formats currently used for scientific conferences and publications (both agency and peer-reviewed) will be emphasized.
Prerequisites: ENG 11103 or equivalent, ENG 11203 or equivalent, and COM 11103 or equivalent with C - or better. Spring


NSC 33202 Laboratory Management (2 Credit Hours)

This course is designed for the prospective teacher of a laboratory science. Topics include: lab safety; legal issues; ordering supplies and equipment; inventory; planning, conducting, and evaluating a laboratory experience; and the proper and ethical treatment of living organisms. Students are required to plan, implement, and evaluate a laboratory activity and to work with a college faculty member as a laboratory assistant for one semester in an introductory-level course in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. One hour of class per week. Prerequisites: Three courses in one of the sciences (Biology, Chemistry, or Physics), or permission of the instructor. Fall 2016


NSC 38801-03 Selected Topics in Natural Science (1 to 3 Credit Hours)

This course is designed to extend the knowledge of Natural Science from the basic to the complex. Topics may include: biochemistry, relativity, atomic physics, nuclear physics, or environmental issues. Prerequisite: CHM 15505 and/or PHY 17505 and/or NSC 22304 or permission of instructor and School Chair. On Demand

NSC 45303 Integrated Science (3 Credit Hours)

This is a capstone course for science majors. Topics include: contemporary events and current research results from Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Each topic will be approached in an interdisciplinary manner that includes historical background, contributions from various cultures, major findings, technology used, and societal implications. Each student will be involved in an inquiry-based research project that involved lab or field data collection, statistical analysis, and interpretation of results. Prerequisite: Junior/Senior standing with a major/minor in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, or Physics; or teacher licensure in adolescent to young adult or middle childhood concentration in science.

NSC 49808 Environmental Internship (8 Credit Hours)

In this course, the student will work for a ten-week period (400 hours) as an intern in an environmental position approved by the Field Placement Coordinator. The student will learn the duties and responsibilities of the position, the organizational structure of the
agency/business, and gain practical work experience. Prerequisites: Senior Environmental Science Major and permission of Field Placement Coordinator. On Demand

NSC 49904 Directed Studies Environmental Policy (4 Credit Hours)

This is a directed study course. The student will research 15 environmental laws using the Internet and printed resources. The student will put together a portfolio illustrating the key terms and features of the laws. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing, and permission of instructor.

BIO 12104 Biology 1 (4 Credit Hours)

Introduces students to the basic concepts of cellular and molecular biology, including
but not limited to the studies of the molecules of life, membrane structure and function, cell structure and function, DNA, DNA replication, cellular replication, and basic patterns of inheritance. Students will also be introduced to the process of scientific inquiry, including hypothesis testing and data analysis. Three hours lecture, two hours lab. Course fee required. Note: This course can be used in place of Principles of Biology to meet the General Education requirement for life sciences. However, Principles of Biology may not be substituted for Biology I for a major in biology or environmental science. Prerequisites: Must have completed ENG 10503 with a C- or better and MTH 10403 with a C- or better or placement in the higher-level English and Math courses via placement exam score. Students enrolled in ENG 10503 or MTH 10403 is highly recommended. Students
enrolled in ENG 10503 cannot enroll in BIO 12104. Fall/Spring

BIO 12204 Biology 2 (4 Credit Hours)

Survey of living organisms, including bacteria, archaea, protists, fungi, plants, and animals, with emphasis on evolution, classification, and the design and function
120 of major biological systems. Students will also be introduced to basic evolutionary and ecological principles. Scientific inquiry including observational skills, experimental design, and data analysis will be emphasized throughout the course. Three hours lecture, two hours lab. Course fee required. Prerequisites: C- or better in BIO 12104. Must have completed ENG 10503 with a C- or better and MTH 10403 with a C- or better or placement in the higher-level English and Math courses via placement exam score. Students enrolled in ENG 10503 or MTH 10403 cannot enroll in BIO 12204. Fall/Spring.

BIO 20704 Ecology (3 Credit Hours)

Fundamental ecological principles, including factors controlling species distributions, animal behavior, population growth and demography, species interactions, community structure and diversity, and basic ecosystem processes are covered in this course. Students are required to do inquiry-based investigations and analysis of data. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Course fee required.Prerequisite: Biology 2 (BIO 12204) with a grade of C- or better.

BIO 21304 Microbiology (4 Credit Hours)

This course is a study of the structure, physiology, classification, and interactions of microorganisms with emphasis on microbes of importance to medicine, industry, and biotechnology. It also includes mechanisms  of pathogenicity, body defense mechanisms, and immunology. Three  hours lecture, two hour lab. Course fee required. Prerequisite: C- or better in Ecology (BIO 20303).

BIO 31404 Vertebrate Zoology (4 Credit Hours)

The classification, identification, comparative anatomy, and natural history of the vertebrates are considered in this course. Dissection is utilized to study the organ systems of representatives of the classes.  Emphasis is given to the identification and natural history of the  species common to our region. Three hours lecture, two hours lab. 
Prerequisites: Ecology (BIO 20303) and Microbiology (BIO 21303).

BIO 33404 Invertebrate Zoology (4 Credit Hours)

This course is a survey of the major groups of invertebrates with emphasis 
on taxonomy, structure, reproduction, and evolution. Three hours  lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisites: Ecology (BIO 20303) and Microbiology (BIO 21303).

BIO 35304 Field Biology and Methodology (5 Credit Hours)

This course focuses on the various types of terrestrial and ecosystems common to the region with an emphasis on biotic and abiotic components and their relationships. Laboratory work will include use of specimen collection techniques, use of taxonomic keys, use of soil and water analysis equipment, and other ecological field methods. Students are required to do inquiry-based investigations and analysis of data. Three
hours lecture, three hours lab. Prerequisite: C- or better in BIO 20704 and BIO 21304 with a grade of C- or better or Hocking College Associate Degree in Wildlife or Fish Sciences. Fall

BIO 35403 Field Botany (3 Credit Hours)

This course covers field identification of local plants. Topics covered include basic classification, naming, taxonomic keys, life histories, and basic growth patterns. Emphasis is on the recognition of woody species of the region. Prerequisites: Ecology (BIO 20704) and Microbiology (BIO 21304). Cannot take if have taken BIO 36303. Two hours lecture, two hours lab.

BIO 36404 Genetics (4 Credit Hours)

Variation and heredity in living organisms are considered at the whole organism, molecular,  and population levels. This course includes an examination of the 
historical development of genetics from Mendel to modern research 
on DNA. This course also examines current biotechnology and some 
of its implications to society. Three hours lecture, two hours lab.
Prerequisites: C- or better in: Ecology (BIO 20704) and Microbiology (BIO 21304).

BIO 43404 Parasitology (4 Credit Hours)

This course is a study of the parasites which infect man. Analyses of the morphology  life cycles, staining characteristics, geographical habitats, and  immunological characteristics will be carried out. Specimen source, collection, storage, transportation, and processing will be discussed. Relationship of parasitic findings to disease stages will  be considered. Three hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisites: Ecology (BIO  20704) and Microbiology (BIO 21304).

BIO 47301 Senior Seminar (1 Credit Hour)

A course designed for biology majors in their last semester of study. Course content includes reading, critical review, presentation and discussion of current literature in biology and related areas of specialization. Offered every semester. Students do not enroll until their final semester. Prequisite: Senior Status.

CHM 15005 General Chemistry I (5 Credit Hours)

This is an intensive course in fundamental atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, states of matter, classification of elements, thermochemistry, and gas laws. The laboratory component is intended to build on topics covered in the corresponding lecture, to develop analytical and preparative skills, and to develop the ability to effectively collect, analyze and report data. Four hours lecture, three hours lab. Course fee required. Prerequisites: MTH 14505 (C or better). MTH 14505 may be taken concurrently with CHM 15005. ENG 10503 (C- or better) or placement into higher-level English course via placement exam score. Fall

CHM 15505 General Chemistry II (5 Credit Hours)

This is an intensive course in intermolecular forces and phase changes, solutions, kinetics, chemical equilibrium, thermodynamics and electrochemistry. The laboratory component is intended to build on topics covered in the corresponding lecture, to develop analytical and preparative skills, and to develop the ability to effectively collect, analyze and report data. Four hours lecture, three hours lab. Course fee required. Prerequisite: CHM 15005 (C or better); MTH 14505 (C or better). Spring