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  • First Year Seminar


  •  NSF100: First Year Seminar for Natural Sciences
     Course ID NSF100 
     Course Title First Year Seminar for Natural Sciences
     Department Natural Sciences
     Discipline 
     Course Credits 2 credits; 3 hours
     Course Description This First Year Seminar is required of all new students in any of
    the majors offered by the Natural Sciences Department. Its goals
    are to help students transition to campus culture, develop a clear
    understanding of the learning process, and acquire the skills and
    dispositions essential to the study and practice of science. Taught
    by NS faculty and supported by peers, advisors, and cocurricular
    professionals, this course addresses issues related to
    contemporary college life and majors within the natural
    sciences.
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  • Biology


  •  SCB101: Topics in Biology
    Course ID SCB101 (download syllabus)
    Course Title Topics in Biological Sciences
    Department Natural Sciences
    Discipline SCB - Biology
    Course Credits 3 credits 4 hours (2 lecture, 2 lab)
    Course Description This course gives an introduction to the scientific method, the origin and organization of life, and reproduction and ecology. The relevance of modern biological theory to human life in particular areas will be emphasized using selected topics such as urban pollution and population control.
    Prerequisite CSE099, ENA/ENG/ESA099, MAT096
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     SCB115: Principles of Biology
    Course ID SCB115 (download syllabus)
    Course Title Principles of Biology
    Department Natural Sciences
    Discipline SCB - Biology
    Course Credits 4 credits 6 hours (3 lecture, 3 lab)
    Course Description This is a one-semester laboratory-based course in biology stressing general concepts and amplifying them through a study of the human organism. The scientific method of thinking will be emphasized. Topics will include biological chemistry, cell structure and function, classical and molecular genetics, evolution and ecology, and homeostasis will be explored in the context of human biology. Laboratory exercises will include chemical analyses of nutrients, microscope slides and dissection of the fetal pig.
    Prerequisite CSE099, ENA/ENG099, MAT096
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     SCB160: Food Microbiology
    Course ID SCB160
    Course Title Food Microbiology
    Department Natural Sciences
    Discipline SCB - Biology
    Course Credits 4 credits 6 hours (3 lecture, 3 lab)
    Course Description This course is an introduction to the science of food, with emphasis on microorganisms which affect it. Digestive processes and fundamental chemistry of food are studied, as well as the complex interactions which exist between food and microorganisms, including handling, preparation and storage. The laboratory will focus on morphological and physiological characteristics of microorganisms associated with contamination, spoilage, preservation, and food-borne disease. This course does not fulfill the Dietetic Technology General Microbiology requirement. (Note:This course satisfies the New York City Department of Personnel requirement for the foods course for eligibility for School Lunch Manager.)
    Prerequisite SCD100
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     SCB165: Vertebrate Evolution
    Course ID SCB165 (download syllabus)
    Course Title Vertebrate Evolution
    Department Natural Sciences
    Discipline SCB - Biology
    Course Credits 3 credits; 3 hours
    Course Description This is a one semester lecture course that surveys the anatomy,systematic, evolution, life histories, behavior and ecology of theVertebrata or back-boned animals. Topics include the diversity,classification and evolution of vertebrates, radiation of theChondrichthyes, the major radiation of fishes, synapsids andsauropods, the lepidosaurs, Mesozoic diapsids, avianspecializations, the Synapsida and the evolution of mammals,mammalian specializations, and Primate evolution and theemergence of humans.
    Prerequisite CSE099, ENG099, MAT096
     SCB201: Fundamentals of Biology I
    Course ID SCB201 (Download Syllabus)
    Course Title Fundamentals of Biology I
    Department Natural Sciences
    Discipline SCB - Biology
    Course Credits 4 credits 6 hours (3 lecture, 1 recitation, 2 lab)
    Course Description This course is an integrated two-semester laboratory-based sequence, stressing major concepts of biology designed to assist the student in relating these concepts to the environment. The scientific method of thinking and the experimental approach will be stressed. Among the topics studied are: SCB201: Cellular and molecular basis of life, heredity, and the evolution of life. SCB202: Survey of the kingdoms, organismic anatomy and physiology with emphasis on the human system. The principles of ecology and problems of population.
    Prerequisite CSE099, ENA/ENG/ESA099, MAT096
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     SCB202: Fundamentals of Biology II

    Course ID SCB202 (Download Syllabus)
     
    Course Title Fundamentals of Biology II
    Department Natural Sciences
    Discipline SCB - Biology
    Course Credits 4 credits 6 hours (3 lecture, 1 recitation, 2 lab)
    Course Description This course is an integrated two-semester laboratory-based sequence, stressing major concepts of biology designed to assist the student in relating these concepts to the environment. The scientific method of thinking and the experimental approach will be stressed. Among the topics studied are: SCB201: Cellular and molecular basis of life, heredity, and the evolution of life. SCB202: Survey of the kingdoms, organismic anatomy and physiology with emphasis on the human system. The principles of ecology and problems of population.
    Prerequisite SCB201
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     SCB203: Fundamentals of Human Biology I
    Course ID SCB203 (Download Syllabus)
    Course Title Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    Department Natural Sciences
    Discipline SCB - Biology
    Course Credits 4 credits 6 hours (3 lecture, 1 recitation, 2 lab)
    Course Description Part one of a two semester introduction to human anatomy and physiology that examines the relationships between structure and function of organs and organ systems in the maintenance of normal function in the whole organism. The lab includes experimental activities, microscopy and gross anatomy. Dissections and clay modeling will be used to study select organ systems. Lecture topics include the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, lymphatic and immune systems.
    Prerequisite CSE099, ENA/ENG/ESA099, MAT096
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     SCB204: Fundamentals of Human Biology II
    Course ID SCB204 (Download Syllabus)
     
    Course Title Human Anatomy and Physiology II
    Department Natural Sciences
    Discipline SCB - Biology
    Course Credits 4 credits 6 hours (3 lecture, 1 recitation, 2 lab)
    Course Description Part two of a two semester introduction to human anatomy and physiology that examines the relationships between structure and function of organs and organ systems in the maintenance of normal function in the whole organism. The lab includes experimental activities, microscopy and gross anatomy. Rat dissections will be used to study select organ systems. The major organ systems covered include the nervous, endocrine, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.
    Prerequisite SCB203
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     SCB208: Vertebrate Anatomy & Physiology I
    Course ID SCB208 (Download Syllabus)
    Course Title Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology 1
    Department Natural Sciences
    Discipline SCB - Biology
    Course Credits 2 credits 3 hours (1 lecture, 2 lab)
    Course Description This course introduces the student to the evolution, anatomy, and physiology of the major vertebrate classes. Emphasis is placed on the taxonomy and characteristics of vertebrates. Muscle and bone organization and the physiology of contraction are also covered in depth. In the laboratory, students have the opportunity to dissect representative non-mammalian vertebrates.
    Prerequisite SCV101 for students in Veterinary Technology Program, SCB202 for all Associate of Science students, SCC140
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     SCB209: Vertebrate Anatomy & Physiology II
    Course ID SCB209 (Download Syllabus)
    Course Title Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology 2
    Department Natural Sciences
    Discipline SCB - Biology
    Course Credits 3 credits 4 hours (2 lecture, 2 lab)
    Course Description This course is a continuation of Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology 1. Major organ systems are discussed while emphasis is placed on mammalian anatomy and physiology. In the laboratory, students have the opportunity to view these systems through the dissection of a cat.
    Prerequisite SCB208
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     SCB252: Fundamentals of Biotechniques
    Course ID SCB252
    Course Title Fundamentals of Biotechniques
    Department Natural Sciences
    Discipline SCB - Biology
    Course Credits 2 credits 4 hours (1 lecture, 3 lab)
    Course Description This is an intensive one-semester laboratory-based course in biotechniques. Students will learn how to form hypotheses, design experiments, analyze data, and review science literature. Students will perform techniques such as bacterial transformation, purification of nucleic acids, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), electrophoresis, DNA microarray analysis, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and histological techniques, while learning the responsible conduct of research and bioethics.
    Prerequisite ENC/ENG101, SCB201, SCC201 and MAT115
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     SCB255: Cell Biology
    Course ID SCB255 (Download Syllabus)
    Course Title Cell Biology
    Department Natural Sciences
    Discipline SCB - Biology
    Course Credits 4 credits 6 hours (3 lecture, 3 lab)
    Course Description This is an upper-level one-semester laboratory-based course stressing essential aspects of cell biology. Cell structure and function will be introduced. Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to, membrane transport, protein sorting, vesicular trafficking, cytoskeletal components, chromatin remodeling, signal transduction, cancer, apoptosis and stem cells. Students, by conducting hypothesis-driven science, will be introduced to state-of-the-art techniques.
    Prerequisite ENG102, MAT200, SCB202 and SCC202
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     SCB260: General Microbiology
    Course ID SCB260 (Download Syllabus)
    Course Title General Microbiology
    Department Natural Sciences
    Discipline SCB - Biology
    Course Credits 4 credits 6 hours ( 3 lecture, 3 lab)
    Course Description This course offers an introduction to microorganisms found in nature, industry and disease. The student is introduced to virology, bacteriology, immunology, epidemiology, pathology and other related areas of microbial physiology. The laboratory will deal with the isolation and identification of common pathogenic and nonpathogenic organisms utilizing techniques of staining, culturing, fermentation reactions and microscopic inspection.
    Prerequisite SCB202 or SCB204 or SCB209
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     SCB265: Fundamentals of Ecology
    Course ID SCB265 (Download Syllabus)
    Course Title Fundamentals of Ecology
    Department Natural Sciences
    Discipline SCB - Biology
    Course Credits 4 credits 6 hours (3 lecture, 3 lab)
    Course Description This course is a comprehensive introduction to ecology. Students will be introduced to the kinds of questions asked by ecologists, the principal concepts and theories that guide ecological inquiry and the methods that are used to answer ecological questions. Particular emphasis will be paid to population, community and ecosystem level processes and both terrestrial and aquatic systems will be considered. The practical component of the course will include laboratory exercises as well as field work.
    Prerequisite SCB202, SCC202
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  • Chemistry


  •  SCC101: Topics in Chemistry
    Course ID SCC101 (Download Syllabus)
    Course Title Topics in Chemistry
    Department Natural Sciences
    Discipline SCC - Chemistry
    Course Credits 3 credits 4 hours (2 lecture, 2 lab)
    Course Description This course is a one-semester survey of the principles and applications of chemistry. Emphasis will be placed upon descriptive chemistry in areas such as food and drugs, synthetics, and biological chemistry. Lecture and discussion will be complemented by laboratory experiments in which chemical principles and techniques are applied to the analysis and synthesis of familiar items. Note: This course is not open to students with credit in SCC140 or SCC201.
    Prerequisite CSE099, ENA/ENG/ESA099, MAT095
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     SCC105 (formerly SCC205): Introduction to Chemistry
    Course ID SCC105 (Download Syllabus)
    Course Title Introduction to Chemistry
     
    Department Natural Sciences
    Discipline SCC - Chemistry
    Course Credits 4 credits 6 hours (3 lecture, 1 recitation, 2 lab)
    Course Description This course serves as an introduction to chemistry. It is intended for students who require one semester of laboratory based science. Topics include measurements, atomic structure, the Periodic Table, ionic and molecular compounds, stoichiometry, energy, physical states of matter, solutions, acids and bases. This course does not fulfill the requirements for students planning to apply to the pre-health or veterinary programs at Laguardia.
    Prerequisite CSE099, ENA/ENG/ESA099, MAT115 or 200 level.
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     SCC110 (formerly SCC210): Foundations of Chemistry
    Course ID SCC110 (Download Syllabus)
    Course Title Foundations of Chemistry
    Department Natural Sciences
    Discipline SCC - Chemistry
    Course Credits 4 credits 6 hours 3 Lecture, 3 Lab
    Course Description This course presents essential facts, laws, and theories of general chemistry. Topics include measurement and significant figures, atomic structure, elements and compounds, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, solutions, acid and bases, nuclear radiation, and classification of simple organic compounds according to functional groups. The laboratory component is designed to illustrate the fundamental laws and techniques of general chemistry. The course addresses the needs primarily of allied health students.
    Prerequisite CSE099, ENA/ENG/ESA099, MAT096
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     SCC201: General Chemistry I
    Course ID SCC201 (Download Syllabus)
    Course Title General Chemistry I
    Department Natural Sciences
    Discipline SCC - Chemistry
    Course Credits 4 credits 6 hours (3 lecture, 1 recitation, 2 lab)
    Course Description This course is part 1 of a two-semester sequence covering concepts of General Chemistry. It is intended for students planning to major in science or engineering who require one year of chemistry. Among the topics studied are atomic structure, chemical bonding and reactivity, quantitative relationships in chemical reactions, thermochemistry and gases
    Prerequisite CSE099, ENA/ENG/ESA099, MAT115 or any 200 level.
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     SCC202: General Chemistry II
    Course ID SCC202 (Download Syllabus)
    Course Title General Chemistry II
    Department Natural Sciences
    Discipline SCC - Chemistry
    Course Credits 4 credits 6 hours (3 lecture, 1 recitation, 2 lab)
    Course Description This course is a part II of a two-semester sequence covering concepts of General Chemistry. It is intended for students planning to major in science or engineering who require one year of chemistry. Among the topics studied are: liquids, solids, solutions, acid-base theory, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, chemical thermodynamics, electrochemistry and nuclear chemistry.
    Prerequisite SCC201
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     SCC251: Organic Chemistry I
    Course ID SCC251 (Download Syllabus)
    Course Title Organic Chemistry I
    Department Natural Sciences
    Discipline SCC - Chemistry
    Course Credits 5 credits 7 hours (3 lecture, 4 lab)
    Course Description This course is a two-semester sequence emphasizing the synthesis, structure, reactivity and mechanisms of reaction of organic compounds. Laboratory stresses synthesis, purification, separation and identification of compounds. SCC251: Aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons; sterochemistry.
    Prerequisite MAT096, SCC202
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     SCC252: Organic Chemistry II
    Course ID SCC252 (Download Syllabus)
    Course Title Organic Chemistry II
    Department Natural Sciences
    Discipline SCC - Chemistry
    Course Credits 5 credits 7 hours (3 lecture, 4 lab)
    Course Description This course is a two-semester sequence emphasizing the synthesis, structure, reactivity and mechanisms of reaction of organic compounds. Laboratory stresses synthesis, purification, separation and identification of compounds. SCC252: Alcohols, ethers, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, amines, heterocycles, biomolecules.
    Prerequisite SCC251
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  • Environmental Science


  •  SCG150: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
    Course ID SCG150 (Download Syllabus)
    Course Title Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
    Department Natural Sciences
    Discipline SCG - Environmental Science
    Course Credits 4 credits 6 hours (3 lecture, 3 lab)
    Course Description This course covers the entire Geographic Information Systems production process from data acquisition and modeling to editing, analysis and cartographic output. Lectures will introduce the theory of GIS science and laboratory classes will familiarize students with GIS software needed to accomplish the course objectives. The course will use data collected by students participating in the Newtown Creek analysis project, among other data sources, for a final mapping exercise.
    Prerequisite MAT096, ENG101
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     SCG250: Environmental Science
    Course ID SCG250 ( Download Syllabus)
    Course Title Environmental Science
    Department Natural Sciences
    Discipline SCG - Environmental Science
    Course Credits 4 credits; 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
    Course Description Environmental Science is the capstone course of theEnvironmental Science major. The course integrates biological,chemical and physical concepts with service learning.Understanding the earth as a dynamic system and addressinglocal environmental issues will be emphasized. Lab and fieldanalysis of locally collected water, soil and air samples will beconducted as part of a team research project.
    Prerequisite ENC/ENG101, MAT200, SCG150
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    Pre or Corequisite SCB260, SSE104, SSE250
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  • Physics


  •  SCP101: Topics in Physical Sciences
    Course ID SCP101 (Download Syllabus)
    Course Title Topics In Physical Sciences
    Department Natural Sciences
    Discipline SCP - Physical Science
    Course Credits 3 credits 4 hours (2 lecture, 2 lab)
    Course Description This course consists of a survey of the major concepts in physics, astronomy, chemistry, and geology. The physics section includes the theory of motion (kinematics); the law of conservation of energy; different forms of energy, especially electrical and atomic; and the laws of wave motion and optics. The astronomy section deals with both planetary and stellar astronomy. The unit on chemistry emphasizes the structure of atoms and their combination into molecules. Finally, the segment on geology centers on the theory of plate tectonics and how it is used to explain phenomena such as earthquakes and volcanoes.
    Prerequisite CSE099, ENA/ENG/ESA099, MAT095
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     SCP140: Topics in Astronomy
    Course ID SCP140 (Download Syllabus)
    Course Title Topics in Astronomy
    Department Natural Sciences
    Discipline SCP - Physical Science
    Course Credits 3 credits 4 hours (2 lecture, 2 lab)
    Course Description This course surveys modern astronomy with special emphasis on recent developments in space and astrophysics. Among the topics to be covered will be planetary astronomy and geology, the moon, the possibility of life on other worlds, energy production in stars, stellar evolution, pulsars, quasars, “black holes,” and cosmology. Laboratory periods will include field trips to planetariums and observatories in the N.Y.C. area. Students should expect field trip expenses of about $20.00.
    Prerequisite CSE099, ENA/ENG/ESA099, MAT096
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     SCP201: Fundamentals of Physics I
    Course ID SCP201 (Download Syllabus)
    Course Title Fundamentals of Physics I
    Department Natural Sciences
    Discipline SCP - Physical Science
    Course Credits 4 credits 6 hours (3 lecture, 1 recitation, 2 lab)
    Course Description Fundamentals of Physics I and II are together a two-semester sequence covering the basic laws of physics with an emphasis on laboratory experience and mathematical solutions of problems. This is a basic course for students intending to continue their studies in the physical and biological sciences, since more advanced courses in the natural sciences assume knowledge of this material. Among the topics studied are: SCP201: The basic concepts of mechanics; kinematics; Newton's gravitation; conservation of momentum and energy; heat, emphasizing the kinetic theory; and electrostatics (charge, forces, fields, electrical energy. )
    Prerequisite CSE099, ENA/ENG/ESA099, MAT096
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     SCP202: Fundamentals of Physics II
    Course ID SCP202 (Download Syllabus)
    Course Title Fundamentals of Physics II
    Department Natural Sciences
    Discipline SCP - Physical Science
    Course Credits 4 credits 6 hours (3 lecture, 1 recitation, 2 lab)
    Course Description Fundamentals of Physics I and II are together a two-semester sequence covering the basic laws of physics with an emphasis on laboratory experience and mathematical solutions of problems. This is a basic course for students intending to continue their studies in the physical and biological sciences, since more advanced courses in the natural sciences assume knowledge of this material. Among the topics studied are: SCP202: The basic concept of electrodynamics (currents and magnetism electromagnetism); optics (wave theory, lenses); and modern physics (relativity, atomic theory, quantum mechanics.)
    Prerequisite SCP201
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     SCP231: General Physics I
    Course ID SCP231 (Download Syllabus)
    Course Title General Physics I
    Department Natural Sciences
    Discipline SCP - Physical Science
    Course Credits 4 credits 6 hours  
    Course Description This is the first part of a computer-based physics course intended for students who want to major in science, computer science or engineering. Computers will be used in the laboratory in conjunction with traditional equipment for problem solving, data collection, and analysis. Topics covered include vectors, Newton’s laws, equilibrium, rectilinear motion, two-dimensional motion, gravitation, Kepler’s laws, work and the work-energy theorem, rotational motion, simple harmonic motion, the physics of fluids, and heat. This course is the first course in a two course calculus-based physics sequence (SCP231-232).
    Prerequisite CSE099, ENA/ENG/ESA099, MAT201
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     SCP232: General Physics II
    Course ID SCP232 (Download Syllabus)
    Course Title General Physics II
    Department Natural Sciences
    Discipline SCP - Physical Science
    Course Credits 4 credits 6 hours (3 lecture, 3 lab)
    Course Description This is the second part of a computer-based physics course intended for students who want to major in science, computer science, or engineering. Computers will be used in the laboratory in conjunction with traditional equipment for problem solving, data collection, and analysis. Topics covered include waves, wave motion, light propagation, geometrical optics, interference and diffraction, electric field and potential, capacitance and dielectrics, magnetic fields and forces, direct and alternating current, Ohm’s law, and electromagnetic waves. This course is the second course in a twocourse sequence (SCP231-232)
    Prerequisite MAT202, SCP231
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