Course Descriptions


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. Three hours lecture, two hours lab. Course fee required.

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. Three hours lecture.

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 42403 Introduction to Biological Anthropology (3 Credit Hours)

This course is an introductory survey of human physical variation with an emphasis on human skeletal variation, modern human population, and non-human primates. Dual-listed as NSC 22403 and cross-listed as ATH 42403.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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. Biology 1 (BIO 12104) with C- or better.

BIO 20303 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 33504 Field Biology and Methodology (5 Credit Hours)

The course focuses on the various types of terrestrial and aquatic communities 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. Prerequisites: Ecology (BIO 20303) with a grade of C- or better.

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 20303) and Microbiology (BIO 21303).

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 20303) and Microbiology (BIO 21303).

BIO 40303 Evolution (3 Credit Hours)

Evolution is the one unifying theory of modern biology. This course is an examination of the history of evolutionary theory, current concepts of the 
mechanisms producing change in living organisms, and evidences 
of these mechanisms. Three hours lecture. Prerequisite: BIO 36404.

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  20303) and Microbiology (BIO 21303).

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)

An intensive course in fundamental atomic and molecular structure, chemical 
bonding, stoichiometry, states of matter, and solution chemistry.  Four hours lecture, three hours lab. Course fee required. Prerequisite:  MTH 14505 (C or better) and previous chemistry course (C or  better).

CHM 15505 General Chemistry II (5 Credit Hours)

An intensive course in chemical and ionic equilibrium, group properties, advanced 
chemical topics, and introductory quantitative and qualitative  analysis concepts. Four hours lecture, three hours lab. Course fee  required. Prerequisite: CHM 15005.