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Natural Science Division

Chair Susan J. Klein

Courses NASC

103 PHYSICAL SCIENCE - 3 hours
A survey of elements of physical science with a focus on the important role of energy in our society. Topics include elementary aspects of astronomy, Newtonian mechanics, energy conservation, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics. Laboratory activities are a required part of this course. This course is NOT intended for students majoring in mathematics or the natural sciences. C-4NP.

203 DESCRIPTIVE ASTRONOMY - 3 hours
A study of our universe with an emphasis on matching scientific models to astronomical observations. Objects studied include planets, stars, galaxies and the universe as a whole. The class will concentrate on interpreting scientific theories and observations using these objects as examples. Recent research will also be studied and evaluated by reading scientific journal articles. C-4NE.

207 HISTORICAL GEOLOGY - 3 hours
This course will cover the history of geology and the principles of interpretation of earth history, such as geologic dating, correlation of strata, and plate tectonics. Processes of fossilization will also be covered. This course will focus on the study of the evolutionary history of plant and animal life of Earth. Corequisite: NASC 207L. Spring.

207L HISTORICAL GEOLOGY LAB - 1 hour
Laboratory experience in historical geological methods. Lab work will include, but is not limited to, geologic interpretation and identification of fossil remains of plants and animals. Corequisite: NASC 207.

209 PHYSICAL GEOLOGY - 3 hours
A study of the earth and the changes that it undergoes. Topics include minerals, rocks, weathering, volcanism, glaciation, mountain building, and earthquakes discussed in the context of the theory of plate tectonics. The course has a laboratory component and may include one required field trip. Lab fee. C-4NE.

211 WEATHER, CLIMATE AND CIVILIZATION - 3 hours
Physical principles underlying weather and climate processes, microclimate, global climates in relation to astronomical and geographic factors, regional climates, climate and human well-being (health and agriculture), reconstructing past climates, climate change and its effects on the biosphere. Prerequisite: MATH 105 or higher. C-4NE.

310 MEDICAL PRACTICUM - 3 hours
An opportunity for students to experience the culture of a rural Third World area and to learn the needs and problems in health care delivery systems in a work/study program. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. January. P/NP.

375 HEALTH SCIENCES PRACTICUM - 2-3 hours
A course designed to provide qualified students on-the-job experience in a professional setting. Students will be placed in a selected clinic or office, under the supervision of a licensed professional, and will observe a full complement of diagnostic and therapeutic regimens, familiarize themselves with the theory and practice of the selected discipline, and, when possible, participate in the program. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.