Science, General Courses

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Courses that do not have a term notation are not offered on a set rotation.

The number of semester credit hours which a course carries is listed in parentheses following the course title.

SC 101 Biological Science Survey (3) Offered Fall. Students learn the basics in biological science. A study of plant biology as well as an in-depth survey of human anatomy and physiology is the focus of this course. This course will not count toward a science teaching field.

SC 102 Biological Science Survey (3) Offered Spring. This course begins with the study of Creation and evolution. Students continue learning basic concepts in biology by studying all major phyla as well as a survey of ecology and environment. The course concludes with the basic concepts of cell biology and an introduction to genetics. This course will not count toward a science teaching field.

SC 122 General Entomology (3) Offered Spring. This course provides an overview of the study of insects. Students will learn anatomy, biology, and taxonomy of insects and identify many common insects to the family level. In addition, they will study the practical uses of entomology.

SC 141 Introduction to Astronomy (3) Offered Fall, Spring. Students learn general principles and practical techniques in astronomy. Topics included are telescopes, the solar system, the constellations, stars, galaxies, and the measurement of time.

SC 211 Earth and Space (3) Offered Fall, Spring. Prereq.: Sophomore or above; or freshman with a teaching field in the science area. Students learn the foundational scientific laws and principles that govern the natural processes involved in geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy.

SC 212 Physical Science (3) Offered Fall, Spring. Prereq.: Sophomore or above. Students learn the foundational concepts, theories, and principles that guide the current understanding of and research in chemistry and physics.

SC 231 Sociology for Health Professionals (3) Offered Fall. Prereq.: Major in natural sciences. Students learn the basic theories and principles of sociology with particular emphasis on its relevance to health care in the United States. Students will learn about the nature of sociology, characteristics of individuals within society, social institutions and human ecology, and social change.

SC 271, 371, 471 Science Research (2 each) Offered Summer. Prereq.: Major in natural sciences; and approval from chair of natural sciences. Students complete a documented scientific research experience in this elective internship. This is an 80-hour minimum summer research experience in an approved off-campus facility.

SC 299 Research Methods (2) Offered Spring. Prereq.: Sophomore or above. This course teaches students an introduction to the methods and techniques that are used to produce and disseminate science information. Students will select topics, review literature, analyze findings, and write reports using correct formatting for science writing. Students will also give a scientific presentation that appropriately addresses/assesses both the topic and the audience effectively. Students will be exposed to collaborative work in science research.

SC 351–352 Physical Therapy Observation Internship (1 each) Offered Both sem., Interterm, and Summer. Prereq.: BY 311; 2.75 GPA or higher; and approval from chair of natural sciences. Students will complete a documented observation of a licensed physical therapist for a minimum of 40 hours. The student will take two different internships from the following choices: a hospital or rehabilitation center, a home health care setting, sports medicine center, or an outpatient-based center.

SC 392 Pre-Health Preparation Seminar (1) Offered Spring. Prereq.: Junior or senior natural sciences major. Students prepare to pursue graduate studies in the health sciences through review of relevant topics in preparation for graduate admissions tests, practice test-taking strategies, learn to communicate goals through a written purpose statement, and participate in practice interviews.

SC 461–462 Biomedical Practicum (1 each) Offered Both sem., Interterm, and Summer. Prereq. for SC 461: Junior or senior; BY 312; major in natural sciences; and approval from chair of natural sciences. Prereq. for SC 462: SC 461. Students receive practical biomedical experience in this elective practicum. Students complete a documented participation in or observation of an approved off-campus health care facility for a minimum of 40 hours.

SC 499 Senior Research Seminar (2) Prereq.: SC 299 and senior. This capstone course helps students with final preparations for job placement or graduate school. Students will demonstrate the cumulative knowledge and technical skills gleaned from major required undergraduate classes and develop and submit a research proposal.

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