Department: Natural Sciences

The Natural Sciences Department consists of the Biology Unit and the Physical Sciences Unit. The former offers courses in general biology, anatomy and physiology, genetics, and microbiology. The latter offers courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics and environmental sciences. Students are offered opportunities to do research in Independent Studies classes in biology, chemistry and physics.

The Biology and Physical Sciences Units offer courses for liberal arts students and for liberal arts and sciences students who intend to continue study in the natural and physical sciences as well as the medical fields. In addition, courses are offered for career-oriented programs in the allied health areas, such as radiologic technology, dental hygiene, and nursing.

Liberal Arts students pursuing the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree must complete eight (8) credits in the Natural Sciences Department in one of the following sequences: Principles of Biology, and Plants & Society (BIO 110-111 and BIO 120-121); or Principles of Biology, and Organismic Biology (BIO 110-111 and BIO 130-131); General Biology (BIO 210 and BIO 220); Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 230 and BIO 240); General Chemistry (CHE 210 and CHE 220); Physics (PHY 110/120 or PHY 210 and PHY 220); Environmental Sciences (ENV 110-111 and ENV 120-122).

Some Biology and Environmental Science courses are offered in either English or Spanish.

The 3 credit courses Exploring Life (BIO 100) or Environmental Issues (ENV 100) are offered for those students seeking an A.S. degree in the Business Management, Accounting or Accounting for Forensics Accounting programs following the Pathways curriculum.

Liberal Arts and Sciences students planning to enter professions in the sciences or in health (medical) related fields should follow the sequence described in the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree. This program of study provides students with the foundation in math and science needed to transfer to senior colleges, where they can continue their studies. This program is designed for students planning to pursue careers in such fields as Medicine, Dentistry, Physician Assistant, Pharmacy, and Optometry or a career in the biological or physical sciences such as science research.

The program requires a minimum of 60 credits and must include the specified number of credits in the areas indicated below. Students are expected to complete two sequences of sciences courses which can be General Biology (BIO 210 and BIO 220); Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 230 and BIO 240); General Chemistry (CHE 210 and CHE 220); and Physics (PHY 210 and PHY 220) as well as a number of credits in science major elective courses. Students interested in this program of study should contact the Natural Sciences Department for information regarding credit distribution, options and transfer to senior colleges.

The department also provides the student with pre-clinical course work to allow the student to move into clinical course work to prepare for a job with an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree.

Biology   

The Biology Unit offers courses in introductory and advanced biology.

Students can earn credits in biology courses by satisfactorily completing all examinations and laboratory work.  Laboratory participation is mandatory.

Courses offered primarily for Allied Health Programs

BIO 230  Anatomy & Physiology I   
BIO 240  Anatomy & Physiology II 
BIO 310 Microbiology                    

Other courses offered are:

BIO 260  Introduction to Genetics  
BIO 299  Independent Studies in Biology 

 Physical Sciences  

The Physical Sciences Unit offers courses in chemistry, physics and environmental sciences.

Students can earn credits in physical sciences unit courses by satisfactorily completing all examinations and laboratory work.  Laboratory participation is mandatory.

Courses offered primarily for Allied Health Programs

CHE 105  Introduction to General Chemistry
CHE 110   Introduction to Chemistry             
CHE 120  Principles of Organic Chemistry    

Courses offered primarily for the Digital Music Program

PHY 105 Physics of Sound 

Other courses offered are:

CHE 299   Independent Studies in Chemistry
PHY 299   Independent Studies in Physics     
CHE 310   Organic Chemistry I                      
CHE 312  Organic Chemistry I Lab               
CHE 320   Organic Chemistry II                     
CHE 322   Organic Chemistry II Lab              
EAS 106   Earth and Atmospheric Sciences