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BIO-105: Modern Biological Concepts Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

An introduction to biological concepts designed for non-science majors. This course presents the central principles of biological theory: Cell structure and metabolisms, reproduction, genetics, biodiversity, ecology and evolution in relation to current issues. The course provides students with an understanding of the living world through the process of science. Three lecture hours per week. Corequisite: BIO-145. Students may only receive credit for one of the following: BIO 105/145 or BIO 110/151.


BIO-110: Principles of Biology Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

An introductory biology course designed for students with interest in pursuing a major in science. This course provides a rigorous scientific basis for the central concepts of biology and prepares students with a foundation for further study. Areas of study include biochemical aspects of cells, eukaryotic cellular structure, principles of cellular reproduction, mechanisms of inheritance, and processes of energy production and utilization. Three lecture hours per week. Corequisite: BIO-151. Students may only receive credit for one of the following: BIO-105/145 or BIO-110/151.


BIO-145: Modern Biological Concepts Laboratory Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

An introductory laboratory designed for non-science majors. Laboratory exercises designed to illustrate the principles considered in BIO-105. Topics include cellular structure, respiration and photosynthesis, ecological, relationships, DNA structure and function, cellular reproduction, genetics, and evolution. Meets two hours per week. Corequisite: BIO-105. Students may only receive credit for one of the following: BIO-105/145 or BIO-110/151.


BIO -151: Principles of Biology Laboratory Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

An introductory laboratory designed for students with interest in pursuing a major in science. Laboratory exercises designed to illustrate the principles considered in BIO-110. Topics include cellular structure, respiration, photosynthesis, DNA structure and function, cellular and organismal reproduction, and genetics. Meets two hours per week. Corequisite: BIO-110. Students may only receive credit for one of the following: BIO-105/145 or BIO 110/151.


BIO-200: Medical Terminology Session(s): Summer | Course Offered Every Year

An introduction to terminology used in the health professions. This is an on-line, self-paced course covering root words, suffixes, and prefixes commonly used in healthcare professional settings. Students will be guided through development of a medical vocabulary and use of this knowledge to analyze primary literature in the medical field and presentation of medical information.


BIO-201: Pathways to Careers in Life and Physical Sciences Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

The course will provide exposure to professions related to the life sciences, physical sciences and environmental sustainability.  Using student identified Strengths from StrengthsQuest, students will develop the professional skill sets to start a career path in various science and sustainability fields.  Employment opportunities at all levels (technician, field specialist, human resources, sales, marketing, education, writing, advocacy, management, coordinator, etc.) in nonprofit, government, academic, and private sector industries will be discussed.  Also offered as CHE-201.  


BIO-202: Pathways to Careers in Healthcare Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

This course introduces students to concepts of inter-professional education as it is being practiced in the field of healthcare.  Students will be guided through reflection on ethical and practical issues of a career in the healthcare field.  Students will review requirements and application processes for a variety of careers including medical, dental, physician assistant, veterinary, as well as the many allied health programs. Additional topics covered include study of the variety of healthcare professions, avenues of application, professionalism, personal statements, and developing an academic plan.  This is a seminar course with speaker and discussion format.


BIO-204: Women in Science Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only

A course that delves into the role of women in science throughout history. Students will examine relationships of women to society in general and to science as it evolved through changing societies. The lives of an assortment of women who contributed to scientific advance will be examined. Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: any laboratory science.


BIO-205: Biology and Society Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

Recent advances in biology and medicine are creating many new and complex social issues and conflicts.  Developing a community of concerned responsibility to resolve these issues requires an understanding of the underlying biological principles involved and of the various potential solutions.  Through a series of selected topics Biology and Society will present the pertinent basic biological concepts and will foster discussion of values and issues involved in making personal decisions about each topic. Prerequisite: any lab science course.


BIO-211: Plant Biology Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

This course emphasizes the evolution, morphology, physiology, systematics, and ecology of land plants as well as fungi and algae. Three lectures per week. Prerequisites: BIO-110, BIO-151. Corequisite: BIO-241.


BIO-222: Animal Biology Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

A comparative phylogenetic study of protozoans and animalians.  For each taxon structural and functional consideration will be given to the systems of maintenance, activity, and continuity. The course will also emphasize the ecology, behavior, and evolution of each group. Prerequisites:  BIO-110, BIO-151.  Corequisite: BIO-242.  Three lecture hours per week.


BIO-225: Environmental Science Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

Application of scientific principles to the study, conservation and management of the environment with emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving used to study this broad field. Three class hours and three laboratory hours per week. Corequisite: BIO-265.


BIO-241: Plant Biology Laboratory Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

Laboratory study of plants to illustrate and supplement lecture material presented in BIO-211. Laboratory exercises will deal with life cycles and morphology of the major groups of the plant kingdom, anatomy and morphology of higher plants, and experiments in plant physiology.  Three laboratory or field trip hours per week. Prerequisites: BIO-110, BIO-151. Corequisite: BIO-211.


BIO-242: Animal Biology Laboratory Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

Laboratory studies include specific reference to classification, structure, function, ecology and phylogeny of the major animalians.  Special emphasis is placed on the observation of living animals.  Three laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites:  BIO-110, BIO-151.  Corequisite: BIO-222.


BIO-251: Cell Biology Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered

The fundamental unit of life is the cell; therefore, cell biology forms the base upon which all modern biology and medicine is built. This course provides advanced study of microscopy and associated techniques such as freeze-fracture, fractionation, centrifugation, immunofluorescense, and cell fusion.  Both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells will be covered but the course will emphasize eukaryotic cells. Topics covered will include:  cell chemistry, bioenergetics, enzymes, membranes, transport across membranes, endomembrane system, cell junctions, respiration, photosynthesis, cell cycle, cell division, information flow, gene regulation and expression, cytoskeleton, motility, contractility, signal transduction, cellular aspects of the immune response, and the cellular aspects of cancer. Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisites: BIO-110, BIO-151, CHE-111, CHE-141.


BIO-254: Evolution of Biological Systems Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

A study of the emergence and history of life on earth.  Emphasis is put on the mechanisms that result in evolutionary change at the cellular, population, and ecosystem level.  Areas covered include genetics, population ecology, speciation, and extinction. Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisites: BIO-110, BIO-151.


BIO-256: Techniques in Microscopy Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

The microscope and microscopy [techniques] are central to the development and practice of modern biology.  This course provides a historical outline of microscopy and a review of its modern techniques.  Topics included are phase-contrast, interference, fluorescence, confocal, scanning electron, and transmission electron microscopy. One practicum hour per week. Prerequisites: BIO-110, BIO-151.


BIO-258: Techniques in Tissue Culture Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year, Even-Numbered Years Only

A presentation of current methods in plant tissue culture.  Discussion and research experiments to develop understanding and expertise in such areas as:  sterile technique, plant propagation, nutritional effects, isolation and fusion of protoplasts, and other current plant tissue culture techniques.  Three practicum hours per week. Prerequisites: BIO-110, BIO-151.


BIO-260: Introduction to Pharmacology Session(s): Summer | Course Offered Every Year

A course presenting many of the central principles of pharmacology and the mechanisms of drug action on biological systems.  Areas of study include drug development, dose-response relationships, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacokinetics. Prerequisites BIO 110/151, CHE 111/141


BIO-265: Environmental Science Laboratory Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only

Students will apply biological, chemical, and geological techniques to investigate environmental processes and how these processes are impacted by humans.  Class time will be spent in the laboratory and field. One three-hour lab meeting per week.  Co-requisite: BIO 225


BIO-299: Research Development Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

A research development and seminar course in which freshman and sophomore level students will be introduced to processes and mechanisms for conducting original laboratory, field, or library based research.  Students are required to present their findings orally and in written form.  May be repeated for credit for a maximum of four semester hours. Prerequisites: BIO-110, BIO-151.


BIO-305: Immunology Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

This course is designed to give students exposure to the fundamental concepts of human immunology. Course topics include the history of the discipline, innate and adaptive immunity, antigen recognition, B-cell and T-cell maturation and selection, the complement cascade response and control and manipulation of the immune system. Special topics on human immune diseases, including autoimmunity and immunodeficiency, will be discussed.  Additionally, the course will explore practical applications of immunology in laboratory, diagnostic and public health settings. Prerequisites: BIO 110/151, BIO 251, CHE 111/141, CHE 112/142


BIO-311: Histology Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

A combined lecture-laboratory course.  The microanatomy of mammalian tissues and organs at both the light and electron microscope level are surveyed.  Histology by its nature is highly visual, therefore, lecture and laboratory work will be integrated into a unified format. Students are introduced to the basics of microscopy and microtechnique, and are responsible for tissue and organ recognition and critical interpretation. Students are given a comprehensive set of prepared slides for detailed study. Three lecture-laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BIO-110, BIO-151, BIO-222, BIO-242.


BIO-314: Medical Parasitology Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

A combined lecture-laboratory course.  This course is a comprehensive investigation of protozoan, helminth, and arthropod parasites with special emphasis to those of medical and veterinary importance.  The techniques of parasitology are covered including egg sedimentation, life cycle studies, animal necropsy, and the use of taxonomic keys. Students are given a comprehensive set of prepared slides for detailed study. Prerequisites:  BIO-110, BIO-151, BIO-222, BIO-242.


BIO-321: Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only

A course in the comparative morphology of protochordates and vertebrates.  The sequence of study includes protochordate origin, vertebrate origin, vertebrate diversity, early embryology, and the comparative morphology of vertebrate organ systems.  The evolutionary and developmental history of vertebrates will be of major importance. Three lectures per week. Prerequisites: BIO-110, BIO-151, BIO-222, BIO-242. Corequisite: BIO-345.


BIO -322: Human Anatomy and Physiology Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

Study of the structure and function of the major tissues, organs, and organ systems of the human body.  Three lectures per week. Corequisite course: BIO-342. Students can only receive credit for one of the following: BIO-338/348, BIO-322/342.


BIO-323: Vertebrate Physiology Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

A comprehensive study of the principal processes involved in vertebrate cells, tissues, and organ systems, including circulation, respiration, excretion, acid-base and fluid balances, digestion, reproduction, and muscle-nerve coordination and integration.  Anatomy is studied as necessary to understand the functions of the different systems.  Three lectures per week. Prerequisites: BIO-110, BIO-151, CHE-111, CHE-141, CHE-112, CHE-142. Corequisite: BIO-343. 


BIO-326: Principles of Ecology Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only

A study of the interactions between plants and animals and their environments.  The effects of environmental factors on living systems are considered at the individual, population, and community levels.  Three lectures per week. Prerequisites:  BIO-110, BIO-151, CHE-111, CHE-141, (MAT-181 or MAT-191).  Corequisite BIO-346.


BIO-334: Microbiology Session(s): Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

A course designed to provide a general understanding of the structure and function of bacterial cell types along with the application of bacteriology to certain medical, food, environmental and industrial processes.  Three lectures per week. Prerequisites: BIO-110, BIO-151, BIO-251, CHE-111, CHE-141, CHE-112, CHE-142. Corequisite: BIO-344.


BIO-338: Human Anatomy and Physiology I Session(s): Fall; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

A lecture course on the functional anatomy of human cells and tissues, organization of the body, the integument, the skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system and sensory structures. The perspective of the course is on the relationship between structure and function, adaptation through evolution, and homeostasis. Three lectures per week. Corequisites: BIO-348. Students can only receive credit for one of the following: BIO-338/348 or BIO-322/342.


BIO-339: Human Anatomy and Physiology II Session(s): Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

A lecture course on the functional anatomy of the endocrine system, reproductive system, digestive system, respiratory system, excretory system, and circulatory system. The perspective of the course is on the relationship between structure and function, adaptation through evolution, and homeostasis. Three lectures per week. Prerequisite: BIO-338, BIO-348. Corequisite: BIO-349


BIO-342: Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

Students examine the structures of the human body by use of models, charts, and dissection of preserved and fresh animal organs.  Also, experiments are used to demonstrate functional aspects of the major organ systems.  Three laboratory hours per week. Corequisite: BIO-322. Students can only receive credit for one of the following: BIO-338/348, BIO-322/342.


BIO-343: Vertebrate Physiology Lab Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

Includes experimentation in cellular physiology, blood analysis and circulation, respiration, excretion, and neuromuscular function.  Some dissection of preserved and fresh animal organs is required as necessary to understand organ functions.  Three laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BIO-110, BIO-151, CHE-111, CHE-141, CHE-112, CHE-142. Corequisite: BIO-323.


BIO-344: Microbiology Laboratory Session(s): Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

A series of laboratory exercises chosen to acquaint students with procedures used in studying bacteria, including aseptic technique, culturing methods and staining techniques.  Students isolate strains from natural habitats and also carry out exercises associated with food and medical microbiology.  Three laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BIO-110, BIO-151, BIO-251, CHE-111, CHE-141, CHE-112, CHE-142. Corequisite BIO-334.


BIO-345: Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Lab Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only

A vertebrate dissection course.  A comparative systems approach is used in the detailed dissection of the lamprey, dogfish shark, mudpuppy, and cat.  The course also includes the microscopic and gross examination of hemichordates and protochordates.  Three laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BIO-110, BIO-151, BIO-222, BIO-242. Corequisite: BIO-321.


BIO-346: Principles of Ecology Laboratory Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only

Laboratory studies of ecosystems to supplement lecture material presented in BIO-326 and illustrate some techniques involved in current ecological studies.  Laboratory exercises will combine studies of plant, animal, and environmental interactions with experimental manipulations of selected ecosystems.  Three laboratory or field trip hours per week. Prerequisites:  BIO-110, BIO-151, CHE-111, CHE-141, (MAT-181 or MAT-191). Corequisite BIO-326.


BIO-348: Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

Students examine the functional anatomy of cells and tissues; the organization of the body; homeostasis; the integument; the skeletal system, histology and development of bone; micro anatomy and physiology of muscle; origin, insertion and actions of muscles, articulations and body movement; functional organization and histology of the nervous system and sensory structure including the integument, nose, tongue, ear and eye; light microscopy; physiological recording of simple muscle contractions, electromyographs, and reflex arcs; bone surface features; and cat or sheep dissection of muscles, the brain, and the eye. Three laboratory hours per week. Corerequisite: BIO-308. Students can only receive credit for one of the following: BIO-338/348, BIO-322/342.


BIO-349: Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory Session(s): Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

Students examine the functional organization and histology of the endocrine system, reproduction in the male and female; hormonal control of reproduction; functional organization and histology of the digestive system (including digestion, absorption and utilization), gas exchange, urinary system, and circulatory system; physiological recordings to include spirometry, respirometry, urinalysis, blood pressure, plethysmography, and electrocardiography; and, cat or sheep dissection of the heart and kidney. Three laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BIO-338, BIO-348. Corequisite: BIO-339.


BIO-358: Aquatic Field Studies Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only

This course provides experience in the techniques required for research in the aquatic environment. Aspects of organism identification, habitat classification, water chemistry, and sampling techniques will be included.  One three-hour field meeting per week. Prerequisites: BIO-110, BIO-151, CHE-111, CHE-141, CHE-112, CHE-142, MAT-175 or MAT-248.


BIO-359: Terrestrial Field Studies Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only

This course provides experience in the techniques required for research in the terrestrial environment.  Aspects of organism identification, community classification, soil study, and sampling techniques will be included.  One four-hour field meeting per week. Prerequisites: BIO-110, BIO-151, CHE-111, CHE-141, CHE-112, CHE-142, MAT-175 or  MAT-248.


BIO-399: Biology Seminar Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

An upper level seminar course that focuses on one of the major modern biological themes. One seminar hour per week. Prerequisite courses: Completion of 16 hours in the sciences.


BIO-421: Scanning Electron Microscopy Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

The course is a comprehensive introduction to the theory and use of the techniques of scanning electron microscopy. The course is for students from a variety of disciplines, including but not limited to biology, chemistry, art, and human environmental science. Topics include history of SEM, electron optics (gun, lenses, probes, current), electron beam interactions (scattering and volume), image processing and optimization, critical point drying, and sputter coating. Designed as an instrumentation course it is necessary that students gain hands on knowledge of the SEM by completing a project. Each student will prepare a poster of her project results for presentation on the Celebrating Student Achievement Day. Three hours instruction per week. Prerequisites: BIO-110/151, or BIO-105/145. Junior or Senior status required. Enrollment must be limited to 10 students.


BIO-431: Genetics Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

A course designed to provide an understanding of the principles of classical, population, and molecular genetics and the relationship of these principles to human heredity, agriculture, evolution, and selected environmental problems. BIO-461 is a corequisite for Biology majors. Prerequisites: BIO-110, BIO-151.


BIO-436: Biochemistry I Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

A study of the chemistry of biological systems including metabolic interrelationships, reaction rates, control mechanisms, and integration of these reactions within the structural framework of the cell. Also offered as CHE-436. Three lectures per week. Prerequisites: BIO-110/151, BIO-251, CHE-111/141, CHE-112/142, CHE-221/241. Corequisite: BIO/CHE-437.


BIO-437: Biochemistry I Recitation Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

This is an upper-level seminar-style course that will focus on problem-solving, and analysis of primary literature in Biochemistry. The course will extend and reinforce the material covered in BIO/CHE-436. One meeting per week for 50 minutes. Corequisite BIO/CHE-436.


BIO-438: Biochemistry II Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

The second part of a 2-part course in Biochemistry, this advanced course is designed to prepare students for graduate study and careers in the fields of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. The course will present topics in modern Biochemistry including bio-molecular structure, enzyme catalysis, bioenergetics, biosynthesis of bio-molecules, and culminate with a discussion of special topics such as cellular signal transduction. Three lectures per week.
Prerequisites: BIO-110/151, BIO-251, CHE-111/141, CHE-112/142, CHE-221/241, CHE-222/242, BIO/CHE-436, BIO/CHE-437.


BIO-446: Biochemistry I Laboratory Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

A collection of laboratory exercises designed to provide practical exposure to some of the general principles and methodology of biochemistry. Techniques include photometry, polarimetry, electrophoresis, centrifugation, and various chromatographic techniques. Also offered as CHE-446. Three laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BIO-110/151,
BIO-251, CHE-111/141, CHE-112/142, CHE-221/241. Corequisite: BIO/CHE-436.


BIO-456: Techniques in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

This course will cover the basic techniques used in molecular biology and biotechnology. The course has both lecture and laboratory components in which fundamental concepts and techniques will be presented and then practiced. The laboratory skill introduced in this class would be useful for students interested in pursuing graduate studies or employment in research laboratories, and those interested in environmental or health issues. Prerequisites: BIO-110, BIO-151, BIO-251, CHE-111, CHE-141, CHE-112, CHE-142.


BIO-461: Genetics Laboratory Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

Collection of laboratory exercises designed to provide practical exposure to some of the general principles considered in BIO-431. Laboratory work will be based upon a number of organisms including bacteria,  fungi, higher plants, fruit flies, and man. Three laboratory hours per week.  Prerequisites: BIO-110, BIO-151. Corequisite: BIO-431.


BIO-495: Health Issues Research Seminar Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

A Pre-Health Post-Baccalaureate seminar course in which students will conduct literature research on current health issues facing society.  Students will present their findings in both an oral and written format. Prerequisite: enrolled in Pre-health Post-baccalaureate Certificate Program


BIO-498: Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

This is a research and seminar course in which junior or senior level students who are members of the Honors and/or Teaching Fellows Programs conduct original laboratory, field, or library based research.  Students are required to present their research orally and in written form. The project must meet Honors Program thesis requirements as well as expectations of the biology faculty. Prerequisite: BIO-299 or permission of instructor.


BIO-499: Senior Research Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

Senior research is a research and seminar course in which junior and senior level students conduct original laboratory, field, or library based research. Students are required to present their research orally and in written form. Prerequisite: BIO-299 or permission of instructor.


CHE-100: Chemistry and Society Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

A study of the fundamental principles of chemistry including atomic structure, chemical bonding, and the laws of conservation of mass and energy.  In addition, this course will emphasize aspects of chemistry relevant to today's society.  This course may not be used to satisfy major or minor requirements. 


CHE-111: General Chemistry I Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

Fundamental concepts of chemistry, emphasizing stoichiometry, thermochemistry, atomic and molecular structure, and chemical bonding.  Three class hours per week.  High school chemistry or  CHE-100 is strongly recommended as a prerequisite to this course. Corequisites: CHE-141. Students must pass CHE-111 with a C or better in order for it to fulfill the prerequisite requirement for CHE-112.


CHE-112: General Chemistry II Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

A continuation of fundamental concepts with emphasis on kinetics, equilibria, electrochemistry, thermodynamics, and descriptive chemistry. Three class hours per week.  Prerequisites: CHE-111 with a grade of C or better, CHE-141. Corequisite: CHE-142.  Students must pass CHE-112 with a C or better in order to fulfill the prerequisite requirement for other courses in the department.


CHE-141: General Chemistry I Laboratory Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

Laboratory experiments designed to supplement the work in CHE-111. Three laboratory hours per week. Corequisite: CHE-111.


CHE-142: General Chemistry II Laboratory Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

Laboratory experiments designed to supplement the work in CHE-112 including qualitative and quantitative analysis.  Three laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: CHE-111/141. Corequisite: CHE-112.


CHE-201: Pathways to Careers in Life and Physical Sciences Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

This course will provide exposure to professions related to the life sciences, physical sciences and environmental sustainability. Using student identified Strengths from StrengthsQuest, students will develop the professional skill sets to start a career path in various science and sustainability fields. Employment opportunities at all levels (technician, field specialist, human resources, sales, marketing, education, writing, advocacy, management, coordinator, etc.) in nonprofit, government, academic, and private sector industries will be discussed.  Also offered as BIO-201.


CHE-203: Science and Human Values Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

This course provides an overview of the development of some of the great ideas in the natural sciences, the evidence for these ideas, and the process by which these ideas came to be accepted. Students will explore how these ideas have influenced society, our understanding of our place in the universe, our understanding of what it means to be human, and our values. Also offered as PHY-203 and SCI-203. This course may not be used to satisfy major or minor requirements. Prerequisites: One laboratory science course (BIO-110/151, CHE-111/141, GEO-200/240, or PHY-211/241).


CHE-221: Organic Chemistry I Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

Essential principles, reaction mechanisms,  structures and stereochemistry of carbon compounds.  Three class hours per week. Prerequisites: CHE-111 with a grade of C or better, CHE-141, CHE-112 with a grade of C or better, CHE-142.  Corequisite: CHE-241.


CHE-222: Organic Chemistry II Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

A continuation of CHE-221, emphasizing reaction mechanisms, stereochemistry, and physical methods of structure determination. Three class hours per week. Prerequisites: CHE-221/241. Corequisite: CHE-242.


CHE-230: Environmental Chemistry Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only

This course will study the sources, reactions, transport, and effects of chemical species in the atmosphere, soil, and water. The major 76 anthropogenic pollutants and their effects on the environment will also be studied. Prerequisites: CHE 111/141 with a grade of C or better.


CHE-241: Organic Chemistry I Laboratory Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

Experimental techniques in synthesis and reactions of organic compounds.  Three laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: CHE-111/112, CHE-112/142. Corequisite: CHE-221.


CHE-242: Organic Chemistry II Laboratory Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

Experimental organic chemistry with emphasis on qualitative analysis of organic compounds using chemical tests and instrumental analysis. Three laboratory hours per week. Corequisite: CHE-222.


CHE-299: Introduction to Research Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

This course will provide opportunities for freshmen and sophomores to participate in original laboratory research. Students will submit their findings in a formal written report and will give an oral presentation. Students will be expected to spend two to three hours per week in the laboratory and one to two hours per week outside the laboratory for each semester hour credit. CHE-111 is strongly recommended as a prerequisite to this course.  Course may be repeated for credit for a maximum of three semester hours.


CHE-350: Quantitative Analytical Chemistry Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only

A study of the principles and techniques of chemical analysis including volumetric, spectrophotometric, chromatographic, and electroanalytic methods.  Three class hours and three laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: CHE-112 with a grade of C or better.


CHE-415: Special Topics in Chemistry Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

Special topics in chemistry such as instrumental analysis, advanced organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, industrial chemistry, or chemometrics. Instructor's consent required.


CHE-420: Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only

A study of the states of matter, thermodynamics, chemical equilibria, and reaction rates.  Three lectures per week.  Prerequisites: CHE-112 and MAT-212 with a  grade of C or better, and PHY-212.


CHE-430: Atomic and Molecular Structure Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only

A study of the modern theories of atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, and spectroscopy. Also offered as PHY-430. Three lectures per week. Prerequisites: CHE-112 and MAT-212 with a grade of C of better and PHY-212.


CHE-436: Biochemistry I Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

A study of the chemistry of biological systems including metabolic interrelationships, reaction rates, control mechanisms, and integration of these reactions within the structural framework of the cell.  Also offered as BIO-436.  Three lectures per week. Prerequisites: BIO-110/151, BIO-251, CHE-111/141, CHE-112/142, CHE-221/241. Corequisite: CHE-437.


CHE -436: Biochemistry II Session(s): Spring; Every Third Semester | Course Offered Every Year

The second part of a 2-part course in Biochemistry, this advanced course is designed to prepare students for graduate study and careers in the fields of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. The course will present topics in modern Biochemistry including bio-molecular structure, enzyme catalysis, bioenergetics, biosynthesis of bio-molecules, and culminate with a discussion of special topics such as cellular signal transduction. Three lectures per week. COURSE DESCRIPTIONS / 150 Prerequisites: BIO-110/151, BIO-251, CHE-111/141, CHE- 112/142, CHE-221/241, CHE-222/242, -BIO/CHE-436, BIO/CHE-437.


CHE-437: Biochemistry I Recitation Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

This is an upper-level seminar-style course that will focus on problem-solving, and analysis of primary literature in Biochemistry. The course will extend and reinforce the material covered in BIO/CHE-436. One meeting per week for 50 minutes.  Co-requisite: BIO/CHE-436.


CHE-441: Experimental Physical Chemistry I Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only

Laboratory experiments in thermochemistry, equilibria, and kinetics with emphasis on mathematical treatment of data and technical report writing. Corequisite: CHE-420.


CHE-442: Experimental Physical Chemistry II Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only

Laboratory experiments to accompany the theoretical studies of atomic and molecular structure, and chemical bonding and spectroscopy in CHE-430. Corequisite: CHE-430.


CHE-446: Biochemistry I Laboratory Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

A collection of laboratory exercises designed to provide practical exposure to some of the general principles and methodology of biochemistry. Techniques include photometry, polarimetry, electrophoresis, centrifugation, and various chromatographic techniques.  Also offered as  BIO-446.  Three laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BIO-110/151, BIO-251, CHE-111/141, CHE-112/142, CHE-221/241. 
Corequisite: CHE-437.
 


CHE-474: Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only

A study of advanced concepts of theoretical and descriptive inorganic chemistry with relevant biochemical examples.  CHE-222 is strongly recommended as a prerequisite to this course. Prerequisites: CHE-221/241.


CHE-490: Senior Seminar Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

This course consolidates the knowledge of chemistry acquired through coursework and provides a bridge to students' post-graduation experience. Students will explore current trends in the field through discussion with peers, written assignments, and oral presentations. Familiarity with chemical research literature and real-world applications of chemistry will be a major focus of the course. Performance will be evaluated based on quality of participation, assignments, and one major presentation. Through reading and discussion, students will not only learn of potential career applications of the Meredith experience, but also prepare to effectively communicate in the professional arena. May be taken for credit more than one semester.


CHE-498: Honors Thesis in Chemistry Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

Open to senior chemistry majors who are members of the Honors and/or Teaching Fellows Programs. In conjunction with a faculty mentor, the student will formulate and execute an original research project that will culminate in a paper and a presentation.  A research proposal form completed by the student and the faculty mentor is required for registration. The project must meet Honors Program thesis requirements as well as the expectations of the chemistry faculty. Prerequisite: CHE-222.


CHE-499: Research Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

Open to junior and senior chemistry majors or others by permission.  In conjunction with a  faculty mentor, the student will formulate and execute an original research project that will culminate in a paper and a presentation.  A  research proposal form completed by the student and the faculty mentor is required for registration. May be repeated for credit for a total of three semester hours. Prerequisite: CHE-222.


CHE-930: Community Internship Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

CS-110: Ethics and Information Technology Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

Discussion of the ethical and legal issues created by the introduction of information technology into everyday life. Codes of ethics for computer users. Topics may include, but are not limited to, information ownership, individual privacy, computer crime, communications and freedom of expression, encryption and security. 


CS-120: Spreadsheets Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

Introduction to and development of skills in the creation and use of spreadsheets. The student will also learn how to set up and create graphs from spreadsheets and to create macros. Extensive use of microcomputer software such as Excel.


CS-121: Spreadsheets II Session(s): Summer | Course Offered Every Year

This course is a continuation of CS-120. Students will learn how to use Excel as a practical business tool with in-depth use of formulas and functions and efficient worksheet and workbook design. Some topics in Excel databases and the creation of simple macros will also be covered. Prerequisite: CS-120 or competency in spreadsheets.


CS-140: Databases Session(s): Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

Creating a database structure, entering and updating data, generating reports based on querying the database. This course includes a project. Hands-on use of software such as MS Access.


CS-156: Web Site Design & Management Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

This course requires extensive use of an HTML editor and a web design package to create web pages and web sites. Students will also learn site planning management. This will include learning to plan web sites and planning and assessing visitor involvement. Specific topics and techniques include: tables, frames, forms, cascading style sheets, use of animation and sound, and image creation and manipulation. Additional topics will include dynamic content, JavaScript, XML, file management, file transfer protocol and web site evaluation.


CS-160: SAS Programming Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

A course in programming in the high-level programming language of SAS which is used extensively in business, government, and education. By the end of the course the student will be able to immediately apply her skills in real-life programming solutions. Applications in data gathering and manipulation, report generation, and elementary statistical procedures. No previous programming experience is required. Prerequisite: computer literacy. Prior experience in statistics is recommended.


CS-190: Beginning Programming Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

Students learn how a computer works and how to make it work as they design, code, debug and document programs to perform a variety of tasks. This course is intended for students who have not programmed a computer before, but may also serve as an introduction to Java (or other language) even if the student DOES know some programming. 


CS-212: Object Oriented Programming Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

A continuation of programming concepts with an emphasis on object-oriented fundamentals (abstractions, encapsulation, inheritance, polymorphism) and more advanced programming projects. Industry best practices will be discussed. Prerequisite: CS-190.


CS-230: Web Programming with Databases Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

This course focuses on the server side of client server programming for the Web, especially database programming. There will be a study of fundamentals of databases including normalization and security, and students will apply this knowledge to real web database applications. Current tools: JavaScript (prerequisite), PHP  (a programming language), SQL (Structured Query Language). Prerequisites: CS-140, CS-156.


CS-240: Visual Basic Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

An introduction to programming in Visual Basic. Emphasis will be placed on the event-driven, graphical nature of Visual Basic, as opposed to procedure-oriented programming. Topics include form layout, event-driven Windows programming concepts, variables and data types, objects and properties, control structures, file management, accessing databases, linking applications, Web page development from a Visual Basic application, and developing and using ActiveX controls. This course is intended for those with programming experience. May be taken without prerequisite course with instructor's consent. Prerequisite: CS-190.


CS-262: Discrete Mathematics Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only

An introduction to various topics chosen from combinatorics, propositional logic and graph theory. Topics include counting techniques, permutations and combinations, induction and recursion, Boolean algebra, planarity, minimal paths and minimum spanning trees. Recommended for middle grades and secondary mathematics licensure students. Also offered as MAT-262. 


CS-299: Introduction to Computer Studies Research Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

This course will provide opportunities for freshman and sophomores to participate in original research in computer science. Students will submit findings in a formal written report and will give an oral presentation. Students will be expected to work approximately three hours per week on the research project for each semester hour of credit. May be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours.


CS-301: Data Structures & Algorithms Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only

Topics include the sequential and linked allocation of lists, stacks, queues, trees, and graphs. Students gain maturity by writing complex algorithms and through studying run time analysis and program integrity. Prerequisite: CS-212.


CS-311: Computer Organization Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only

The fundamentals of logic design, the organization and structuring of the major hardware components of computers. Prerequisite: CS-190.


CS-312: Information Systems Management Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

The main theme of the course is solving problems and creating opportunities with technology in an organizational setting. Topics include how information systems affect and are affected by organizational goals and strategies; basic overviews of the components of an information system; hardware, software, data storage and retrieval, and network communications; the Internet; the information systems development process; and systems development as planned organizational change. Prerequisite: Completion of the General Education fundamental computer skills competency requirement.


CS-326: Networking and Operating Systems Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only

In the ever shifting and related fields of operating systems and networking, this course teaches the fundamental aspects of computing systems including security, memory management, job scheduling, synchronization, client-server programming and distributed programming. There will also be significant hands-on application of principles in the lab. Prerequisites: CS-212.


CS-355: Computer Graphics and Modeling Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only

This course is about visualizing models on the computer screen, including 2D and 3D images, perspective, shading, animation and stereo. The course will use and study numerical models of such interesting phenomena as geometric objects, fractals, trajectories and propagation of waves. Prerequisites: CS-212.


CS-360: Numerical Analysis Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only

A computer-oriented study of analytical methods in mathematics. Topics include solving non-linear equations, least squares approximation, interpolating polynomials, numerical differentiation, and numerical quadrature. Also offered as MAT-360. Prerequisite: MAT-212.


CS-407: Software Engineering Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only

Introduction to the principles of design, coding,  and testing of software projects; the software development cycle; and managing the implementation of large computer projects. Students undertake a large team project. Prerequisites: CS-212 and CS-230.


CS-420: Computer Science Seminar Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

A seminar course for computer science majors. Students will research and present current developments and topics in computer science. Post-graduation opportunities will be explored and preparation for these opportunities will be discussed. Course open to juniors and seniors only. Prerequisites: 12 credits from CS.


CS-421: Topics in Computer Science Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

Topics of current interest in computer science not covered in other courses. Prerequisites vary with topic studied.


CS-480: Computer Studies Internship Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

Supervised experience in business, governmental, or non-profit institutions where work is related to student interest in computer science.  Limited to Computer Science majors with a minimum GPA of 2.00 and 12 hours in computer science.  Can be repeated for a total of 3 credit hours.  Pass/fail grading only.  Instructor consent required.


CS-498: Honors Thesis in Computer Studies Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

With a faculty mentor, the student will formulate and execute an original research project that will culminate in a paper and a presentation. The research project must meet Honors Program thesis requirements as well as the expectations of the computer science faculty. Enrollment limited to seniors or second semester juniors in the Honors and/or Teaching Fellows Programs.


CS-499: Computer Studies Research Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

With a faculty mentor, the student will formulate and execute an original research project that will culminate in a paper and a presentation. Open to juniors and seniors majoring in Computer Studies or others with permission of the department. May be repeated for credit for a maximum of six hours.


EVS-299: Research Development Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

A research development for freshmen and sophomore students majoring in Environmental Sustainability.  This course will expose students to research methodologies and opportunities to conduct original research in their area of concentration for the major using laboratory, library, or other discipline specific methodologies.  Students will be required to produce written and oral reports on their research.  May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credit hours.


EVS-498: Honors Thesis in Environmental Sustainability Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

This is a research course in which junior and senior level students who are members of the Honors and/or Teaching Fellows programs conduct original research.  Students are required to present their work in written and oral form.  The project must meet Honor Program thesis requirements as well as expectations of the sponsoring faculty.


EVS-499: Senior Research Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

Senior research is a research course in which junior and senior level students conduct original research in their area of concentration for the major.  Students will employ the methodologies of the area of concentration, either laboratory, field, literature or other methodologies.  Students are required to present their research in written and oral form.  It is recommended that students take EVS-299 prior to enrolling in EVS 499.  Course may be repeated for up to 6 credit yours.


GEO-200: Earth Science Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

An introduction to the atmospheric, hydrologic, and geologic processes by which the physical environment of our planet is continuously reshaped and reformed.  With corequisite lab counts as a laboratory science for general education requirements. Corequisite: GEO-240.


GEO-203: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

This course provides students with the experience of finding and analyzing a variety of geographically referenced data, and then presenting them in graphical and statistical formats in order to answer research questions from everyday life.  This process will include spatial reasoning, problem definition, and appropriate applications for planning and decision-making.


GEO-205: World Regional Geography Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

A systematic survey of major world regions with emphasis on climates, land forms, resources and economics.  Also includes discussions on political ties and position in world trade. Counts as a social science elective for general education requirements.


GEO-206: Meteorology Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

An introduction to the nature, origin,  processes and dynamics of the atmosphere that result in weather variability and climate change and their impact on human activity. Knowledge of algebra required, but a calculator is not required. Prerequisites: One laboratory science course (BIO-110/151, CHE-111/141, GEO-200/240, or PHY-211/241).


GEO-240: Earth Science Laboratory Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

Field and laboratory exercises involving the atmospheric, hydrologic, and geologic processes by which the physical environment of our planet is continuously reshaped and reformed. One full-day field trip is required. A lab fee covers the field trip cost. With corequisite course counts as a laboratory science for general education requirements. Corequisite: GE0-200.


GEO-299: Introduction to Research Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

This course will provide opportunities for freshmen and sophomores to participate in original laboratory research. Students will submit their findings in a formal written report and will give an oral presentation. Students will be expected to spend two to three hours per week in the laboratory and one to two hours per week outside the laboratory for each semester hour credit. GEO-200 is strongly recommended as a prerequisite for this course.  May be repeated for a total of three credit hours.


GEO-326: Environmental Resources Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only

This course is an introduction to the inter-relationships among the physical, chemical, and biological processes and the large variety of resources of the physical world. Consequences from natural phenomena and, increasingly, human activities that use various resources, give rise to a number of environmental problems.  Potential solutions to these problems will be discussed. Prerequisites: CHE-111/141 or GEO-200/240.


GEO-498: Honors Thesis in Geoscience Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

Open to students in the department of Chemistry, Geoscience and Physics who are members of the Honors and/or Teaching Fellows Programs. In conjunction with a faculty mentor,  the student will formulate and execute an original research project that will culminate in a paper and a presentation. A research proposal form completed by the students and the faculty mentor are required to complete registration. The project must meet the Honors Program thesis requirements as well as the expectations of the departmental faculty. Prerequisite: GEO-200/240 or GEO-203.


GEO-499: Research Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

Open to junior and senior geoscience minors or others by permission. In conjunction with a faculty mentor, the student will formulate and execute an original research project that will culminate in a paper and a presentation.  A research proposal form completed by the student and the faculty mentor is required for registration. May be repeated for credit for a total of three semester hours. Prerequisite: GEO-200.


MAT-090: Intermediate Algebra Review Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

This course is designed as a preparation for college algebra and other 100-level mathematics courses covering the following topics: the real number system, exponents, roots, radicals, polynomials, factoring, rational expressions, equations and inequalities, graphing linear equations and inequalities, graphing quadratic equations, and word problems. Counts as two credit hours toward course load and full-time student status but does not count as college credit.


MAT-130: Exploring With Mathematics Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

This course emphasizes reasoning and communicating to clarify and refine thinking in practical areas of life. Students will gain confidence in their ability to apply their mathematical skills to applied problems and decision making. Topics will be chosen from: set theory, probability, financial mathematics, visual representation of information, geometry, voting methods and graph theory.


MAT-160: Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics I: Problem Solving, Number, Operation and Measurement Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

For prospective elementary teachers. Introduction to mathematical concepts, their understanding and communication. Topics include an introduction to problem solving, set operations and their application to arithmetic, numeration systems, arithmetic, and measurement. Emphasis is on developing a deep understanding of the fundamental ideas of elementary school mathematics. Does not apply towards the math/science general education requirement for graduation.
 


MAT-170: Trigonometry Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

This class is intended for students who are preparing to take calculus. Trigonometry will be defined using the unit circle approach, with emphasis on the geometry of the circle. Classical right triangle trigonometry will be studied, along with trigonometric identities and equations, the laws of sines and cosines, and graphs and properties of the trigonometric functions and their inverses. Additional topics from algebra will include logarithmic and exponential functions. A graphical approach will be utilized throughout, with an emphasis on solving application problems. Students will develop skills in basic trigonometry and its applications, with an emphasis on modeling with functions and other algebraic skills necessary for the study of calculus. Not open to students who have credit for MAT-180 or MAT-191.


MAT-175: Statistics I Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

A general introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics, designed for non-mathematics majors.  Topics include elementary probability, distributions, estimation of population parameters, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, correlation, and regression. Students will use statistical analysis technology. This course is not recommended for mathematics majors.
 


MAT-180: Integrated Precalculus/Calculus A Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

This course is the first of a two-semester sequence that integrates Precalculus and Calculus I topics. The course includes the study of the geometric and analytic properties of algebraic and transcendental functions. The course will examine limits, continuity, and derivatives of algebraic and transcendental functions.  Applications of differentiation include motion and related rates. Credit not given for both MAT-180 and MAT-191. Prerequisite:MAT-170 or placement.


MAT-181: Integrated Precalculus/Calculus B Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

This course is the second of a two-semester sequence that integrates Precalculus and Calculus I topics. The course continues the study of the geometric and analytic properties of algebraic and transcendental functions. The course will explore applications for differentiation including optimization and graphical analysis of functions, as well as the theory of integration and basic integration techniques. Applications of integration include area. Credit not given for both MAT-181 and MAT-191.  Prerequisite: MAT-180.


MAT-191: Calculus I Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

A study of functions, limits, continuity, the derivative, and the integral. Applications of differentiation and integration include maxima, minima, marginal cost and revenue, rectilinear motion, and areas. Students will use technology for exploration and problem solving. May be taken without prerequisite courses with department's permission. Credit not given for both MAT-180 and MAT-191 or for both MAT-181 and MAT-191. Prerequisite: MAT-170 or placement. 
 


MAT-212: Calculus II Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

A continuation of the calculus of functions of one variable. Topics include volumes of rotation, transcendental functions, integration techniques, polar coordinates, parametric equations, and infinite series. Students will use technology for exploration and problem solving. May be taken without prerequisite with department's permission. Prerequisite: MAT-181 or MAT-191.
 


MAT-213: Calculus III Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

A study of vectors in two and three dimensions, vector algebra, vector functions, vector calculus and multivariable calculus. This includes three-dimensional analytic geometry, partial differentiation and multiple integrals, line and surface integrals, Green's Theorem, Divergence Theorem, Stokes's Theorem and applications. Students will use technology for exploration and problem solving. May be taken without prerequisite with department's permission. Prerequisite: MAT-212.
 


MAT-220: Linear Algebra Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

A study of vector spaces, linear transformations, matrices, determinants, and their applications. Students will use technology for exploration and problem solving.  Prerequisite: MAT-181 or MAT-191.


MAT-248: Statistical Concepts and Methods for Mathematicians Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

An introduction to statistics for mathematically inclined students, focusing on the process of statistical investigations. Observational studies, controlled experiments, sampling, randomization, descriptive statistics, probability distributions, significance tests, confidence intervals, one-and two sample inference procedures, linear regression. Statistical software will be used throughout the course. Credit in this course is not given to students who already have credit for MAT-175. Prerequisite: MAT-181 or MAT-191.
 


MAT-250: Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

This course is a study of logic and an introduction to various techniques of mathematical proof, including direct proof, indirect proof, and proof by induction. Students will be involved actively in the construction and exposition of proofs from multiple representations - visually, numerically, symbolically - and will present their reasoning in both oral and written form.  Topics covered include sets and basic properties of the integers, rational numbers, and real numbers. Throughout the course, students will explore strategies of problem-solving and active mathematical investigation.  After completing this course, a student would have an appropriate background for upper-level theoretical mathematics courses.  Prerequisite: MAT-212, or Corequisite: MAT-212 with permission of the instructor.
 


MAT-260: Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics II: Geometry, Algebra, Functions, Data Analysis, and Probability Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

The second course intended for prospective elementary teachers continues an in-depth introduction to mathematical concepts focusing on student understanding and communication. Topics include geometric concepts (shape and space, area and volume, transformations and symmetry), algebraic concepts (patterns, equations, and functions), and statistical concepts (designing investigations, gathering & analyzing data, and basic probability). The course will utilize investigative activities and instructional technology. Emphasis is on developing a deep understanding of the fundamental ideas of elementary school mathematics and transitioning from inductive to deductive reasoning. Does not apply toward the math/science general education requirement for graduation. Prerequisites: MAT-160 and (MAT-175 or MAT-181 or MAT-191). Does not apply toward the mathematics major or mathematics minor.
 


MAT-262: Discrete Mathematics Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only

An introduction to various topics chosen from combinatorics, propositional logic and graph theory. Topics include counting techniques, permutations and combinations, induction and recursion, Boolean algebra, planarity, minimal paths and minimum spanning trees.  Recommended for middle grades and secondary mathematics licensure students.  Also offered as CS-262.  


MAT-290: Honors Mathematics Lab Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

Students work in teams to explore via computer various mathematical concepts. The experiment-conjecture-proof technique allows students to experience some of the excitement of discovering mathematics. During the lab period, the teams interact in a cooperative setting and discuss the meaning of what they are learning. All of the labs contain dynamical graphical displays which enhance the students' understanding of the topics studied. At the end of each experiment, students submit a written report describing their findings. Prerequisites or Corequisites: MAT-181, MAT-191, MAT-212 or MAT-213.
 


MAT-295: Mathematics Seminar Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

This course is a seminar intended for students interested in a major in mathematics. Students will be exposed to various areas of mathematics as well as a brief history of mathematics; students will give short presentations about these topics. Co-curricular opportunities as well as career and graduate school opportunities will be discussed. Students will create materials such as cover letters and resumes. Prerequisites: MAT-212 and sophomore standing


MAT-299: Introduction to Mathematics Research Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

This course will provide opportunities for freshmen and sophomores to participate in original research in mathematics. Students will submit findings in a formal written report and will give an oral presentation. Students will be expected to work approximately three hours per week on the research project for each semester hour of credit. May be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours.
 


MAT-334: Modern College Geometry Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only

A course emphasizing Euclidean geometry and introducing hyperbolic, elliptic, and transformational geometries. Students will use methods of discovery, construction, and proof to study geometric systems. Prerequisite: MAT-250.
 


MAT-340: Probability and Mathematical Statistics Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only

The study of probability and statistical inference. Emphasis is placed on the theoretical development of probability distributions, discrete, continuous, and multivariate, and the sampling distributions used in statistical inference.  Prerequisites: MAT-212 and either MAT-175 or MAT-248.
 


MAT-345: Statistics II Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only

A continuation of introductory statistics which includes one- and two-sample inference, two-way tables, simple and multiple regression, and analysis of variance. Applications of these topics will be drawn from business, the social and natural sciences, and other areas. Students will use statistical analysis technology. Prerequisite: MAT-175 or MAT-248.


MAT-348: Nonparametric Statistics Session(s): Varies, Contact Program Director | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

A study of distribution-free statistical methods. Estimation and hypothesis testing procedures that make relatively mild assumptions about the form of population distribution. Analysis of qualitative (nominal level) and rank (ordinal level) data. Inference for proportions, one- and two-sample location, dispersion, trend, one- and two-way layouts, rank correlation, and regression. Students will use statistical analysis technology. Prerequisite: MAT-175, MAT-248, or PSY-200.
 


MAT-354: Differential Equations Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

A study of first order differential equations, linear differential equations of higher order, Laplace transforms, and applications. Students will use a computer package. Prerequisite: MAT-212.
 


MAT-360: Numerical Analysis Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only

A computer-oriented study of analytical methods in mathematics. Topics include solving non-linear equations, least squares approximation, interpolating polynomials, numerical differentiation, and numerical quadrature. Also offered as CS-360. Prerequisite: MAT-212.
 


MAT-371: Mathematical Modeling Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

A study of mathematical models used in the social and natural sciences and their role in explaining and predicting real world phenomena. The course will emphasize the development of the skills of model building and will address the use of various types of models, such as continuous, discrete, deterministic, and statistical models. Prerequisites: CS-190, MAT-213, and MAT-248.
 


MAT-410: Advanced Calculus Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

A rigorous treatment of the foundations of calculus. A study of the algebraic and topological properties of the real numbers; one-variable calculus, including limits, continuity, differentiation, Riemann integration, and series of functions. Prerequisites: MAT-213, MAT-250.
 


MAT-420: Modern Abstract Algebra Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

A study of general algebraic systems. Topics covered will include relations, mappings, groups, rings, and fields. Group theory is emphasized. Prerequisite: MAT-250


MAT-450: Topics in Mathematics Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

Topics chosen from mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics. Prerequisites vary with the topics studied. May be repeated for credit.


MAT-498: Honors Thesis in Mathematics Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

In conjunction with a faculty mentor, the student will formulate and execute an original research project that will culminate in a paper and a presentation. The research project must meet Honors Program thesis requirements as well as the expectations of the mathematics faculty. Open to seniors in the Honors and/or Teaching Fellows Programs only. Second semester juniors may enroll with permission of the faculty mentor.
 


MAT-499: Research in Mathematics Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

In conjunction with a faculty mentor, the student will formulate and execute an original research project that will culminate in a paper and a presentation. Open to juniors and seniors majoring in mathematics and to others by permission of the department. May be repeated for credit for a maximum of six credit hours.
 


MAT-760: Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only

Introduces licensure students to the philosophy and objectives of mathematics education. The course will focus on the content of school mathematics and examine closely both state and national recommended standards of school mathematics curricula. The emphasis of the course will be on developing a deep understanding of school mathematics and pedagogical content knowledge - the mathematical knowledge for  teaching. Technologies appropriate for conceptual understanding of mathematics will be introduced. A  related field component will be required at a local school site. This class is open to students applying to or accepted in the teacher licensure program; others by permission of the instructor. Prerequisite: MAT-250.
 


MAT-764: Methods of Teaching Middle and Secondary Mathematics Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

A continuation of the study of the philosophy and objectives of mathematics education, emphasizing the methods and materials needed for teaching mathematics in the middle and secondary schools. The course will focus on the selection of worthwhile mathematical tasks, planning for instruction, and assessment of student learning. An emphasis will be placed on technology. Students must demonstrate their skills in planning, teaching, assessing, and making instructional decisions based on formative evidence. Field component will be required at the internship site. Instructor's consent required.
 


MTE-299: Introduction to Mathematics Education Research Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

This course will provide opportunities for freshmen and sophomores to participate in research in mathematics education. Students will submit findings in a formal written report and will give, if appropriate, an oral presentation. Students will be expected to work approximately three hours per week on the research project for each semester hour of credit. May be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours.
 


MTE-498: Honors Thesis in Mathematics Education Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

In conjunction with a faculty mentor, the student will formulate and execute a research project that will culminate in a paper and a presentation. The research project must meet Honors Program thesis requirements as well as the expectations of the mathematics faculty. Open to seniors in the Honors and Teaching Fellows Programs only; students must also be completing the licensure program. Second semester juniors may enroll with permission of the faculty mentor.
 


MTE-499: Research in Mathematics Education Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

In conjunction with a faculty mentor, the student will formulate and execute a research project that will culminate in a paper and a presentation. Open to juniors and seniors majoring in mathematics who are also completing the licensure program and to others by permission of the department. May be repeated for credit for a maximum of six credit hours.
 


PHS-101: Introduction to Public Health Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

This is an introduction to the field of public health that educates students in the interdisciplinary field of public health. Students are introduced to concepts of epidemiology, public health tools of informatics and policy, social and behavioral aspects of public health, environmental and social determinants of morbidity and morality, healthcare and political systems, and health disparities. Through the use of case studies of current public health issues, students will examine scientific aspects of disease, effects of population behaviors, socioeconomic and cultural influences, health education, health policy and management on the overall health of diverse populations. 


PHS-301: Biostatistics Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

This course is an introductory course in biostatistics, with a strong emphasis on statistical applications, in public health and environmental research. This course will provide students with statistical tools for the analysis and presentation of data, and will stress interpretation of statistical results from health science literature. Course topics will include: sampling and study design, graphical presentation of data, simple hypothesis testing, repeated
measures analysis, and regression modeling. Students will develop analytical computing and data presentation skills using the statistical package 'R'. Prerequisites: BIO-110/151 and MAT-175 or MAT-248.


PHS-302: Epidemiology Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

Epidemiology provides students with a quantitative methodology for assessment of risk in diverse populations. Relationships of disease and risk of disease in diverse populations is discussed with applications to case studies. Prerequisites: BIO-110/151 and PHS-101.


PHS-480: Public Health Internship Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

The internship is a culminating experience for the Public Health major. Public Health majors will work with community partners to engage in volunteer experiences that assist the community partner and provide students with exposure to issues in public health practice. Students will apply concepts learned in core courses to a project that will serve the community partner and demonstrate the student's understanding of the field of Public Health. Open to Public Health majors and minors only. Prerequisites: PHS-101, PHS-301, PHS-302.


PHY-100: Principles of Physical Science Session(s): Varies, Contact Program Director | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

A study for the non-science major of the fundamental principles of physical science with emphasis on their relevant applications. This course may not be used to satisfy major or minor requirements.


PHY-202: Introduction to Astronomy Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

This course is designed to introduce students to the science of astronomy and its importance as an influence on our view of human-kind.  Topics include the history of astronomy, the motion of celestial objects, models of the solar system, comparative planetology, stars, and life in the universe. Conceptual comprehension of basic astronomy is reinforced through student-guided class discussions, group problem solving, and student presentation. A strong background in algebra is required for this course.  


PHY-203: Science and Human Values Session(s): Varies, Contact Program Director | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

This course provides an overview of the development of some of the great ideas in the natural sciences, the evidence for these ideas, and the process by which these ideas came to be accepted. Students will explore how these ideas have influenced society, our understanding of our place in the universe, our understanding of what it means to be human, and our values. Also offered as CHE-203 and SCI-203.  This course may not be used to satisfy major or minor requirements. Prerequisite: one laboratory science course (BIO-110/151, CHE-111/141, GEO-200/240, or PHY-211/241).


PHY-207: College Physics I Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

This is a first semester general physics course open to Post-Baccalaureate Certification students only. Topics include kinematics, dynamics, gravitation, momentum, and energy with emphasis on applications in the biomedical field. Prerequisite: a course in pre-calculus, including algebra and trigonometry, or equivalent. Corequisite: PHY-247.


PHY-208: College Physics II Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

This is the second half of a two-semester general physics sequence open to Post-Baccalaureate Certification students only. Topics include fluids, waves, sound, light, optics, electricity, and magnetism with emphasis on application in the biomedical field. Prerequisites: PHY-207, PHY-247. Corequisite: PHY-248.


PHY-211: General Physics I Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

This is a first-semester calculus-based general physics course. Topics include mechanics, kinematics, vectors, forces, Newton's Laws of Motion, gravitation, work, energy, momentum, and conservation laws. Problem solving is an essential part of the course. Classroom engagement activities are used to enhance problem-solving skills and to guide students toward a coherent comprehension of physics. High school physics is strongly recommended as a prerequisite. Prerequisite: A C or better in MAT-181 or MAT-191. Corequisite: PHY-241.


PHY-212: General Physics II Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

This is the second half of a two-semester calculus-based general physics sequence. Topics include fluids, oscillatory motion, waves, sound, optics, electrostatics, electricity, and magnetism. Problem solving is an essential part of the course. Conceptual understanding is reinforced through interactive classroom activities, including group problem solving and discussion questions. Prerequisite: PHY 211 with a Grade of C or permission of instructor, PHY241. Corequisite: PHY-242.


PHY-241: General Physics I Laboratory Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

This course involves experimental studies in mechanics, kinematics, gravitation, forces, momentum, and energy. The laboratory develops skills with basic sensors and measurement of physical quantities. Students work in small groups to record numerical data, assess measurement uncertainty, discuss concepts, and interpret results. Lab reports are assigned to help develop skills in scientific writing and communication. Corequisite: PHY-211.


PHY-242: General Physics II Laboratory Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

This course involves experimental studies in fluids, oscillatory motion, sound, basic electricity, electron charge, and optics. The laboratory develops skills with basic sensors and measurement of physical quantities. Students work in small groups to record numerical data, assess measurement uncertainty, discuss concepts, and interpret results. Lab reports are assigned to help develop skills in scientific writing and communication. Corequisite: PHY-212.


PHY-247: College Physics I Laboratory Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

This is a first semester general physics course open to Post-Baccalaureate Certification students only. Laboratory studies in mechanics, motion, kinematics, forces, and energy. Corequisite: PHY-207.


PHY-248: College Physics II Laboratory Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

Laboratory studies in buoyancy, sound, oscillatory motion, electricity,and optics. Prerequisites: PHY-207, PHY-247. Corequisite: PHY-208.


PHY-299: Introduction to Research Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

This course will provide opportunities for freshmen and sophomores to participate in original laboratory research. Students will submit their findings in a formal written report and will give an oral presentation. Students will be expected to spend two to three hours per week in the laboratory and one to two hours per week outside the laboratory for each semester hour credit. PHY-211 is strongly recommended as a prerequisite for this course. Course may be repeated for a total of three hours credit.


PHY-430: Atomic and Molecular Structure Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only

A study of the modern theories of atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding and spectroscopy. Also offered as CHE-430. Three lectures per week. Prerequisites: CHE-112/142, PHY-212/242, (MAT-181 or MAT-191).


PHY-498: Honors Thesis in Physics Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

Open to seniors who are members of the Honors and/or Teaching Fellows Programs. In conjunction with a faculty mentor, the student will formulate and execute an original research project that will culminate in a paper and a presentation. A research proposal form completed by the students and faculty mentor are required to complete registration. The project must meet the Honors Program thesis requirements as well as the expectations of the departmental faculty. Prerequisite: PHY-212/242.


PHY-499: Research Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

Open to junior and senior science or mathematics majors or others by permission. In conjunction with a faculty mentor, the student will formulate and execute an original research project that will culminate in a paper and a presentation. A research proposal form completed by the student and the faculty mentor is required for registration. May be repeated for credit for a total of three semester hours. 


SCI-203: Science and Human Values Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

This course provides an overview of the development of some of the great ideas in the natural sciences, the evidence for these ideas, and the process by which these ideas came to be accepted. Students will explore how these ideas have influenced society, our understanding of our place in the universe, our understanding of what it means to be human, and our values. Also offered as CHE-203 and PHY-203. This course may not be used to satisfy major or minor requirements. Prerequisite: One laboratory science course (BIO-110/151, CHE-111/141, GEO-200/240, or PHY-211/241).


SCI-764: The Teaching of Science Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

A course for students seeking teacher licensure in science [6-9] or comprehensive licensure in [9-12].  Students are introduced to the specific methods used in science teaching.  Both the theoretical and the practical aspects of teaching science in the middle and secondary schools are stressed. Information on safety practices is given. Emphasis is placed on the importance of demonstration and laboratory work in science classes, on effective use of technology, on understanding and making effective use of objectives, and on individualizing science instruction.



Curriculum requirements and course descriptions are subject to changes with each catalogue.




Contact Information
Liz Wolfinger
Dean, School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences; Professor of Biological Sciences
178 Science/Mathematics Bldg.
wolfingere@meredith.edu
(919) 760-2279


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