Natural Science

Academic Division of Natural & Health Sciences

This program is for students who desire a broad study in the natural science disciplines that include biology, chemistry, physics, and the health sciences. The natural science curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers in a variety of fields in science and industry including the life sciences, education, conservation, and as technicians in laboratory research. The program includes a three semester math component to prepare students for the computation rigors required to be successful in the sciences. The skills acquired by natural science majors contribute greatly to their ability to work in teams and think critically. This program provides the foundation for students who plan to attend a four-year institution and major in a science area.

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This program is for students who desire a broad study in the natural science disciplines that include biology, chemistry, physics, and the health sciences. The natural science curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers in a variety of fields in science and industry including the life sciences, education, conservation, and as technicians in laboratory research. The program includes a three semester math component to prepare students for the computation rigors required to be successful in the sciences. The skills acquired by natural science majors contribute greatly to their ability to work in teams and think critically. This program provides the foundation for students who plan to attend a four-year institution and major in a science area.

Program Outcomes
At the completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Think critically using the scientific method and scientific reasoning
  • Communicate scientific information (orally and in writing) and work as part of a team to carry out project-based activities
  • Use laboratory investigations and appropriate procedures to generate accurate and meaningful quantitative and qualitative data and derive reasonable conclusions from them
  • Demonstrate technical, equipment, and measurement skills essential to basic scientific inquiry

Plymouth

Quincy

Natural Science Courses
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    • Code
    • Course
    • Credits
    • BIO 106
    • Nutrition
    • 4
    This course focuses on nutrition across the life span. Students will gain an understanding of nutritional principles in both health and illness. Nutrition throughout the life span at all stages of development is emphasized. Nutritional bio-chemistry of all macronutrients will be covered. Lecture topics: Health promotion, nutritional guidelines, macro-nutrient chemistry, micro-nutrient chemistry, menu planning, food labeling, safety, obesity, clinical eating disorders, RDA requirements, and age related guidelines. Lab topics: Understanding of laboratory safety, keeping food consumption record, measuring carbohydrate, lipid, and protein content of food, fermenting, evaluating food oxidation, measuring vitamin solubility and stability, assessing enzymatic activity under pH and temperature change and its effect on food, evaluating artificial sweeteners and energy drinks, practicing safe food handling, understanding and generating food labels, and preparing balanced plates. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, and no open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs.
    • BIO 111
    • General Biology I
    • 4
    An introductory course in Biology with main emphasis on cell structure and function. Lecture topics include: Gene structure and inheritance, study of plants and fungi, evolution, and ecology. Extensive discussion of concerns facing humanity today including quality of nutrition, environmental pollution, genetic engineering, inheritable diseases, and birth defects. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, and no open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • BIO 112
    • General Biology II
    • 4
    This course is a continuation of Biology I. Lecture topics include: Vertebrate animals with emphasis on morphology, behavior, reproduction, and embryology of the human organism. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, and no open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • BIO 131
    • Anatomy & Physiology I
    • 4
    An Integrated study of the structure and function of the human body including atoms, molecules, cells, tissues, and organs. The skeletal, muscular, nervous, sensory and endocrine systems are studied. Laboratory experience is correlated with classroom lecture. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, and no open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs. Prerequisite: BIO 111 with “C” or better.
    • BIO 132
    • Anatomy & Physiology II
    • 4
    An integrated study of the structure and function of the human body including the reproductive, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, and urinary systems. Laboratory experience is correlated with classroom lecture. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, and no open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs. Prerequisite: BIO 131 with “C” or better.
    • BIO 151
    • Microbiology
    • 4
    A study of non-pathogenic and pathogenic microorganisms designed primarily for students in the health sciences area. Topics covered include: microbial characteristics, control of micro-organisms, defenses of the host, and cause, prevention, and control of infectious diseases. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, and no open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs. Prerequisite: BIO 111 with “C” or better. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • CHE 103
    • Introduction to Forensic Science
    • 4
    An introductory course focusing on use of science in solving criminal cases. Basics of chemical, physical, medical, and behavioral sciences will be used to preserve a crime scene and identify, collect, examine and interpret crime evidences to help the process of law. Topics include, but are not limited to, analysis of fiber, hair, body fluids, fingerprints, footprints, bullet residue, toxic substance, illegal drugs, explosives, DNA traces, tool marks, and documents. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, no-open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs. ENG 101, MAT 095 or higher strongly recommended, with “C” or better.
    • CHE 121
    • General Chemistry I
    • 4
    A study of the fundamental chemical laws and theories. Topics include atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, chemical and physical properties, change of state, solution chemistry and gas laws. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, no open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, no-open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs. Prerequisite: MAT 103 with “C” or better.
    • CHE 122
    • General Chemistry II
    • 4
    A continuation of General Chemistry I. Additional topics include solution properties and equilibria, chemical kinetics, thermodynamics, and nuclear chemistry. Also, an introduction to organic chemistry along with a survey of biochemical applications. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, no open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, no-open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs. Prerequisites: CHE 121 with “C” or better.
    • CHE 141
    • Introduction to Chemistry
    • 4
    A preparatory course in Chemistry designed particularly for students in Nursing and Health Science areas who lack previous chemistry training or whose background may require an extensive review. Topics include basic mathematical operations, physical and chemical properties, atomic and molecular structures, chemical formulas and bonding, naming compounds, chemical equations and reactions, gas laws, stoichiometry, periodicity of elements, solution chemistry, acids and bases, nuclear chemistry, organic chemistry and intro to biochemistry. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, and no-open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs. Prerequisite: MAT 097 with “C” or better.
    • CHE 213
    • Organic Chemistry I
    • 5
    This course is the first semester of a two semester course. Lecture topics include: Fundamental concepts of the carbon-containing compounds will be introduced. Topics include nomenclature, electron delocalization, resonance, stereochemistry, conformational analysis, synthesis, structure and reactivity relationships and spectroscopy. Lab skills learned include: Understanding of laboratory safety, organic laboratory techniques used to separate, identify, and purify chemicals, and selected instrumental analysis. Laboratory techniques to be mastered include, but are not limited to, filtration, distillation, extraction, evaporation, recrystallization, sublimation, centrifugation, chromatography, and spectrophotometry. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, and no-open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs. Prerequisite: Successful completion of CHE 121 and CHE 122 with “C” or better.
    • CHE 214
    • Organic Chemistry II
    • 5
    This course is the second semester of a two semester course. Lecture topics include: Study of the structure and reactivity of the main classes of the organic and bioorganic compounds will be continued. Topics include aromaticity, reactions of benzene, carbonyl compounds, oxidation-reduction reactions, bioorganic compounds, and catalysis. Lab skills learned include: Performing micro scale and macro scale laboratory techniques to synthesize, purify, and characterize organic compounds, selected instrumental analysis, and safety procedures. Emphasis is on synthetic, bioorganic, and carbonyl containing compounds, multistep synthesis and catalysis reactions, and application of the principles of chemical kinetics and thermodynamics. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, and no-open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs. Prerequisite: Successful completion of CHE 213 with “C” or better.
    • ENV 101
    • Introduction to Environmental Studies
    • 4
    This introductory course utilizes numerous case studies of current environmental health and safety issues. Lecture topics include: Human/ecological exposure to pesticides and hazardous substances, acid rain, ozone depletion, global warming, and biodiversity. Students will gain environmental literacy by learning about the science behind these issues, the role of the media in public awareness, and subsequent regulation to protect environmental health and safety. Lab skills learned: Conduct hands-on experiments covering a broad range of topics including chemistry, biology, ecology, toxicology and earth science. This course will provide a foundation for students who wish to have a career in environmental science and provide non-majors with a good working knowledge to help them discriminate between valid environmental concerns and unsubstantiated claims. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, and no-open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs.
    • PHY 111
    • General Physics I
    • 4
    This is an algebra based physics course. Lecture topics include: The principles of mechanics emphasizing the conservation of momentum and energy through a study of uniform accelerated motion. Topics include Newton’s laws, work and energy, centripetal force, and moments of inertia Prerequisites: MAT 100, MAT 103, MAT 113, or MAT 204 with “C” or better.
    • PHY 112
    • General Physics II
    • 4
    This is an algebra based physics course. Lecture topics include: Elasticity, density and pressure, wave and vibratory motion, electrostatics, electricity, magnetism, and a summary of the principles of heat and light as wave phenomena. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, and no-open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs. Prerequisite: PHY 111 with “C” or better.

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