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Nature of living things is explored and current developments in biology are discussed. Designed specifically for non-science majors; not for credit toward biological sciences major. Two-hour lecture; one-hour demo/discussion.
This course focuses on biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, and molecular biology. It is intended to provide a background upon which upper division courses will be built. Three-hour lecture; three-hour lab.
A general course which covers basic information about the human body. Designed specifically for non-science majors; not for credit toward biological sciences major. Three hour lecture.
The study of the associations between human populations, biodiversity, resources, technology, lifestyles and environmental crisis from a biological approach. Meets DPI content requirement in environmental education; not for credit toward biological sciences major. Three-hour lecture.
This course is intended to give the non-science major an introduction to the age-related changes in each body system from the standpoint of normal structure and function. The concept of homeostasis is emphasized in relation to age-related abnormal changes in addition to causative factors. Three-hour lecture.
An introduction to the basic principles of chemistry including the composition of matter, measurement, nomenclature, calculations and reactions. Discussion of current issues in science and technology and application of basic chemical principles to everyday life. Intended for non-science majors and as a preparatory course for science or nursing majors not placed into CHEM 101, 113 or 115. Three-hour lecture.
The first half of an introductory course in general chemistry for science majors covering the fundamental principles of chemistry. Three-hour lecture; one-hour discussion; three-hour lab.
Designed for non-science majors. An investigation of contemporary issues including energy and the environment. Intended to introduce fundamental chemical principles and the scientific method of inquiry. May be applied to the environmental studies minor. Three-hour lecture.
A course in the fundamental principles of chemistry including the atomic nature of matter, chemical reactions, gases, solutions, acids and bases, and nuclear chemistry. Required for nursing students. Not open to students with credit in CHEM 102 or 114. May not be applied to the chemistry major. Three-hour lecture; three-hour lab.
Computer components and the principles of operation; networking, the internet and the World Wide Web; problem solving techniques, introduction to algorithms, elementary programming concepts. Two-hour lecture, two-hour lab.
Organization and characteristics of computers, algorithms and programs, fundamentals of programming in a high-level language, and introduction to object-oriented programming. Three-hour lecture, two-hour lab.
Investigates the patterns and processes of Earth's physical and biological systems and their influence on human behavior and distribution. Includes human impacts on climate, hydrologic cycle, and ecosystem development.
Survey of the physical environment, including Earth's place in space, atmospheric processes, the oceans, and the solid earth; humanity's place in the system. Three-hour lecture.
Origin, age, and structure of the Earth; mountain building, volcanism, and continental drift; earth materials; rocks, minerals, and mineral and fossil fuel resources. Field trips. Three-hour lecture.
Interactions between earth system processes and human activities: geologic hazards, water quality, pollution, land use, energy, mineral resources. Uses the physical earth to enable student consideration of the settings and values that produce environmental quality. Meets DPI content requirement in environmental education.
Physical and geologic history and description of the Great Lakes region. Emphasis on hydrologic cycle, economic resources of the Great Lakes, pollution and other environmental issues. Three-hour lecture.
The goal of this course is to develop an understanding of the interaction of good nutrition and exercise habits. Focus on nutritional strategies to maximize energy to get the most out of exercise. The needs and responses of special populations to diet and exercise will also be considered.
Rate of change and limits, differentiation, applications of the derivative, integration, applications of the integral and transcendental functions.
Methods of integration, analytic geometry, polar coordinates, hyperbolic functions, infinite series, power series, and introduction to ordinary differential equations.
A one-semester introduction to fundamental principles of physics, their experimental basis, and applications. For students who need an introductory course in physics. Not open to students with credit in PHYS 105 or 201. Three-hour lecture; one-hour discussion.
Mechanics, heat, and sound. Not recommended for students majoring in physical science or engineering. Not open to students with credit in PHYS 201. Three-hour lecture; one-hour discussion; three-hour lab.
Astronomy for non-scientists. Largely non-mathematical. Planets, stellar evolution, galactic systems, cosmology. Three hour lecture.
Examines primarily the astronomical views of Native Americans and looks at how mythos, science and discrimination intersect. Current cultural conflicts between science and native groups will be examined. Additional examples of the cultural development of astronomy and science will be drawn from the Americas, Africa, Oceania, and Asia. Cross listed as ETHN 120. Three-hour lecture.
Mechanics, heat, and sound. For physical science and engineering majors. Three-hour lecture; one-hour discussion; three-hour lab.
Electricity and magnetism, geometrical optics, and physical optics. For physical science and engineering majors. Three-hour lecture; one-hour discussion; three-hour lab.
Analysis of the fossil evidence for human evolution. Modern human genetics, evolutionary theory, and biological variation within the human species.