NSCI Course Listing

Introduction to Physical Science (NSCI 100, 3 Credits)
(For students not majoring in a science.) Prerequisite: MATH 012 or higher. An introduction to the basic principles of physics and chemistry, with applications to geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy. The objective is to use scientific and quantitative reasoning to make informed decisions about topics related to physical science. Discussion covers the development of scientific thinking, the scientific method, the relationships among the various physical sciences, the role of the physical sciences in interpreting the natural world, and the integrated use of technology. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: GNSC 100, NSCI 100, or NSCI 103.

Physical Science Laboratory (NSCI 101, 1 Credit)
(For students not majoring or minoring in a science. Fulfills the laboratory science requirement only with previous or concurrent credit for NSCI 100.) Prerequisite: MATH 012 or higher. Prerequisite or corequisite: NSCI 100. A laboratory study of the basic principles of physics and chemistry, with applications to geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy. The objective is to apply the scientific method and use scientific and quantitative reasoning to make informed decisions about experimental results in the physical sciences. Discussion and laboratory activities cover the development of scientific thinking, the scientific method, the relationships among the various physical sciences, and the role of the physical sciences in interpreting the natural world.

Fundamentals of Physical Science (NSCI 103, 4 Credits)
(For students not majoring or minoring in a science. Fulfills the laboratory science requirement.) Prerequisite: MATH 012 or higher. An introduction to the basic principles of physics and chemistry, with applications to geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy. The objective is to apply the scientific method and use scientific and quantitative reasoning to make informed decisions about experimental results in the physical sciences. Discussion and laboratory activities cover the development of scientific thinking, the scientific method, the relationships among the various physical sciences, the role of the physical sciences in interpreting the natural world, and the integrated use of technology. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: GNSC 100, NSCI 100, or NSCI 103.

Explorations in Natural Sciences (NSCI 120, 1 Credit)
Prerequisite: MATH 012 or more advanced MATH or STAT. An introduction to scientific reasoning and applications of the scientific method from an interdisciplinary perspective. The objective is to apply scientific and quantitative reasoning to conduct experiments and interpret results in astronomy, basic chemistry, geology, environmental science, and oceanography. The course emphasizes hands-on activities that focus on hypothesis testing, experimental design, natural observation, data collection, data analysis, interpretation of results, and integration of relevant technology.

Concepts of Meteorology (NSCI 170, 3 Credits)
(For students not majoring or minoring in a science.) Prerequisite: MATH 012 or higher. An introduction to the basic principles of atmospheric science. The goal is to use scientific and quantitative reasoning to make informed decisions about topics related to atmospheric science. Topics include the effect of different weather elements (such as temperature, pressure, winds, and humidity) on weather patterns and climate. Discussion also covers weather phenomena such as El Nino, thunderstorms, tornadoes, tropical cyclones, and midaltitude cyclones, as well as the impact of humans on Earth's atmosphere. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: GNSC 170, GNSC 398D, or NSCI 170.

Laboratory in Meteorology (NSCI 171, 1 Credit)
(For students not majoring or minoring in a science. With NSCI 170, fulfills the laboratory science requirement only with previous or concurrent credit for NSCI 170 or GNSC 170.) Prerequisite: MATH 012 or higher. Prerequisite or corequisite: NSCI 170. An introduction to the basic concepts of meteorology. The aim is to apply the scientific method and use scientific and quantitative reasoning to make informed decisions about experimental results in meteorology. Focus is on the observation, measurement, and analysis of weather data, including the interpretation of weather patterns and conditions found on weather maps, satellite images, radar imagery, and atmosphere diagrams. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: GNSC 171 or NSCI 171.

Laboratory Management and Safety (NSCI 301, 3 Credits)
(Does not fulfill the general education requirement in the biological and physical sciences.) Recommended: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. An overview of the day-to-day management of laboratories and personnel. The aim is to manage personnel, space, inventory, equipment, and safety and health compliances, as well as to communicate effectively in different formats with a broad array of stakeholders. Topics include laboratory operating systems, finances and recordkeeping, communication systems, safety regulations and procedures, data management, project planning, problem solving, procurement, personnel matters and training, and inventory execution and maintenance. May now be used as a Science without Lab. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: GNSC 301, MEDT 301, or NSCI 301.

Environmental Change and Sustainability (NSCI 362, 3 Credits)
A multidisciplinary study of the global environment and human impact on it. The goal is to apply scientific reasoning to make informed decisions about the role of human activity on global environmental sustainability. Emphasis is on the concept of sustainability as it applies to human interactions with the environment. Current scientific research is used to explore the scientific, social, and global implications of environmental issues such as global warming, population growth, energy resources, biodiversity, and the genetic modification of organisms. Discussion covers the environment as "global commons" and individual responsibility in environmental sustainability. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: BEHS 361, BEHS 365, ENMT 365, GNSC 361, HUMN 360, NSCI 361, or NSCI 362.

Special Topics in Natural Science (NSCI 398, 3 Credits)
A study of topics in the sciences of special interest to students and faculty.