Goal 3 - Natural Sciences

A minimum of nine credits, including two courses from two different disciplines.  One course must be a laboratory course.  

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ASTR1000
Introduction to Astronomy (Goal 2 & 3)

This introductory course in astronomy focuses on the goal of learning the basic principles of astronomy, as well as being able to apply those principles to the study of various objects in our solar system, i.e. the solar planetary system, the sun, comets, asteroids, etc. Building rudimentary telescopes with lenses, studying celestial objects through a Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, examination of various astronomical models, etc, provide in-class, lab-like experiences for students of the course. MnTC (Goal 3/NS and 2/CT); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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BIOL1000
Biological Science (Goal 2 & 3)

This is a one-semester course is designed for students who do not plan to major in science. Emphasis is placed on the major biological principles and their relationship to man and ecology.  Topics studied include the scientific method, characteristics of life, biological chemistry, cell structure and function, genetics, evolution, classification and ecology. 

      MnTC (Goal 3/NS and Goal 2/CT); (3 Cr – 2 lect, 1 lab) 

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BIOL1010
Principles of Environmental Science (Goal 3 & 10)

This course covers general ecological principles related to human impacts on the environment. Environmental problems including population, land use, resources, energy, water pollution, and air pollution will be addressed.         

MnTC (Goals 3/NS and 10/PE); (3 Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab) 

Also satisfies: Goal 10 - People and the Environment

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BIOL1020
Current Topics in Biology (Goal 3 & 9)

This course is designed for students who do not plan to major in science. The primary, organizing themes of the course are centered upon learning the basic concepts and theories of life science integrated with issues of current interest and analyzing the current issues from the perspective of ethical and civic responsibility. Biological concepts and theories included in the course are the scientific method, biological molecules, cell biology, evolution, classification, genomics and genetics, ecology and environmental issues, and emerging infectious diseases.

MnTC (Goals 3/NS and 9/EC); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)  

Also satisfies: Goal 9 - Ethical & Civic Responsibility

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BIOL1030
Human Biology (Goal 2 & 3)

This course is an introductory study of human biology. The scientific method, biological molecules, and cell biology will be studied as a foundation to learning human histology (the study of tissues) and organ systems. Each human organ system will be investigated to develop an understanding of its contribution to the human body. Current health and social issues, and other diseases related to human biology, will also be studied.

MnTC (Goals 3/NS and 2/CT); (3 Cr – 2 lect, 1 lab)

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BIOL1040
Biology of Women (Goal 3 & 7)

This course is designed to explore aspects of biology that apply specifically to women. The course examines the following general areas: male and female reproductive systems and reproductive cycles, sexually transmitted diseases, cancers and other diseases of the reproductive system, pregnancy, aging, and human behavior as it relates to the biology of women. Current women’s health issues as they arise will also be considered.

MnTC (Goals 3/NS and 7/HD); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

Also satisfies: Goal 7 - Human Diversity

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BIOL1050
Introduction to Forensic Science (Goal 2 & 3)

This introductory course will apply the principles and theories of biology and chemistry to the study of forensic science. The focus of forensic science is the crime lab using scientific principles and techniques in order to analyze evidence that would be admissible in court.  An orientation to crime scene investigation and evidence collection will lead to analysis of the following:  Impressions, drugs and powders, blood, serology, hair, questioned documents, firearms/tool marks, bones, glass, paint, fibers, and DNA. This course is activity-based and the student participates in a variety of lab and lab-like experiences demonstrating the principles covered in the course and illuminating how scientific experimentation and research are performed and interpreted.

(MnTC (Goal 3/NS and Goal 2/CT); (3 Cr – 2 lect, 1 lab) 

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BIOL1070
Human Nutrition (Goal 2 & 3)

This course explores the role of nutrition in promoting, maintaining, and improving the health of the human body. Traditional aspects of nutrition will be studied, as well as emerging issues and nutritional controversies. This course will focus on the science of nutrition, including nutrients and nutritional needs over the lifespan. This course will also cover the application of the principles of nutrition as they relate to individual food choices, health behaviors, public health, wellness, obesity, eating disorders, the use of supplements and botanicals, and the prevention of chronic disease. Issues facing society including food safety and sustainability will also be covered.

      MnTC (Goals 3/NS and 2/CT); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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BIOL1091
General Biology I (Goal 2 & 3)

This course is the first semester of a two-semester course sequence in general biology. Topics include the scientific method, characteristics of life, biological chemistry, cell and membrane structure and function, enzymes, metabolism, mitosis, meiosis, genetics, the structure of DNA, and protein synthesis. This course includes laboratory exercises and experimentation that illustrate core principles covered in the course. Prerequisite: CHEM

1121 or 1201

MnTC (Goals 3/NS and 2/CT); (4 Cr – 3 lect, 1 lab)

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BIOL1092
General Biology II (Goal 3 & 10)

This course is the second semester of a two-semester course sequence in general biology. Topics include evolutionary biology, a survey of biological diversity, animal structure and function, plant structure and function, and ecology. This course includes laboratory exercises and experimentation that illustrate core principles covered in the course.  Prerequisite:  BIOL 1091. 

MnTC (Goals 3/NS and 10/PE); (4 Cr - 3 lect, 1 lab)

Also satisfies: Goal 10 - People and the Environment

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BIOL2021
Anatomy and Physiology I (Goal 2 & 3)

This course is the first semester of a two-semester course in human anatomy and physiology. Basic concepts in biology are covered in the first part of the course including the scientific method, biological chemistry, cell structure and function, metabolism, cell division, genetics, and DNA structure and function. The second part of the course includes histology and the integumentary system, as well as the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems.  Prerequisite: CHEM 1121 or 1202.

MnTC (Goal 3/NS and Goal 2/CT); (4 Cr – 3 lect, 1 lab)

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BIOL2022
Anatomy and Physiology II (Goal 2 & 3)

This course is the second semester of a two-semester course in human anatomy and physiology. Topics include the nervous system, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, the lymphatic and immune system, digestive system, urinary system, and the reproductive system. Acid-base and fluid balances, human embryology and development are also covered.   Prerequisite:  BIOL 2021. 

MnTC (Goal 3/NS and Goal 2/CT); (4 Cr – 3 lect, 1 lab)

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BIOL2040
General Microbiology (Goal 2 & 3)

This introductory course is designed to provide an overview of major concepts in microbiology. Thematic areas to be studied include prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structure and function, prokaryotic metabolism (including growth and nutrition), microbial genetics, microbial classification, isolation, and identification, and microbial roles in the disease process, environment and industry.  Laboratory exercises will stress the microscopic study of microorganisms and the application of culturing and identification techniques.  An emphasis will be placed on safe laboratory practice.  Prerequisites:  BIOL 1091 or BIOL 2021.

MnTC (Goal 3/NS and Goal 2/CT); (4 Cr – 2 lect, 2 lab)

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CHEM1000
Introductory Chemistry (Goal 3 & 10)

This is a laboratory science course for students not intending to major in chemistry or science.  Topics include atomic theory, and structure, chemical bonding, chemical accounting (mass and volume relationships), acids and bases, as well as an introduction to organic and biological compounds.

MnTC (Goal 3/NS, and 10/PE); (4 Cr – 3 lect, 1 lab)

Also satisfies: Goal 10 - People and the Environment

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CHEM1121
General, Organic, and Biochemistry (Goal 3 & 10)

This is a laboratory science course covering the principles of general, organic and biological chemistry with emphasis on chemical applications in biological systems.  Topics include the scientific method, atomic theory, chemical bonding, organic functional groups, biological chemicals, and metabolic processes.

      MnTC (Goals 3/NS and 10/PE); (3Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)

Also satisfies: Goal 10 - People and the Environment

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CHEM1201
General Chemistry I (Goal 3 & 10)

This is the first course of a two semester sequence in general inorganic chemistry, Atomic Theory, stoichiometry, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, chemical bonding, molecular structure, and atomic structure, periodicity, and the gas phase.  This course is for students  intending to transfer or pursue Bachelor’s preparation and/or careers in chemistry and the other physical sciences, engineering and health sciences (medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, four-year nursing). Prerequisite: Math 1110 or concurrent registration in Math 1110.

MnTC (Goals 3/NS and 10/PE); (5 Cr – 3 lect, 2 lab)

Also satisfies: Goal 10 - People and the Environment

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CHEM1202
General Chemistry II (Goal 2 & 3)

This is the second course of a two-semester sequence in general inorganic chemistry. Content includes properties of solutions, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, thermodynamics and electrochemistry.  This course is for students intending to transfer or pursue Bachelor’s preparation and/or careers in chemistry and the other physical sciences, engineering and health sciences (medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, four-year nursing). Prerequisite: MATH 1110 and CHEM 1201.

MnTC (Goals 3/NS and 2/CT); (5 Cr – 3 lect, 2 lab)

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ESCI1000
Earth Science (Goal 3 & 10)

This course covers the development of the earth throughout its history and relates to processes observed today. Special emphasis is placed on the study of volcanoes, earthquakes, geologic structures, and various types of rocks. Also studied in the course is the interdependence between geologic processes and the environment with special emphasis given to how people cope with changing environmental conditions. Hands-on study of various rocks, examination of various geological models, etc, provide in-class, lab-like experience for students of this course. MnTC (Goal 3/NS and 10/PE); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

Also satisfies: Goal 10 - People and the Environment

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GEOG1211
Honors Physical Geography (Goal 3 & 10)

This honors section of Physical Geography is an enriched study of global physical geography which systematically examines the spatial patterns and interrelationships among physical elements at Earth’s surface. Students study Earth’s physical environment, its systems, and the physical processes that drive them including weather, climate, natural vegetation, soil, and various landforms. Current environmental issues will be discussed and a scientific foundation provided for understanding global warming, geoengineering of weather, and geospatial technologies among others. These topics are not only discussed in groups but also explored in a hands-on manner with in-field exercises and lab-like activities. Honors courses emphasize independent inquiry, informed discussion, and direct application within small transformative classes which feature close working relationships with instructors.

MnTC (Goal 3/NS and 10/PE); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

Also satisfies: Goal 10 - People and the Environment

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PHYS1000
Introduction to Physics (Goal 2 & 3)

This course covers the basic concepts and laws that govern everyday physical phenomena. Topics include mechanics, heat, waves, and electricity. An integral part of the course is the performance of laboratory experiments where students attempt experimental verification of the principles that they learn in the theory class. Prerequisites: High school algebra or equivalent college mathematics. MnTC (Goal 3/NS and 2/CT); (3 Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)

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PHYS1200
Physics of Optics (Goal 2 & 3)

In this course the basic physics principles related to various optical phenomena are studied. The understanding of the historical development of various optics-related physical theories is emphasized. Also, special importance is given to the understanding of modern optical physics theory and its application to modern optical devices. Integral to the course is the performance of in-class laboratory experiments verifying the optics principles learned. Prerequisite: High school algebra of equivalent college mathematics. MnTC (Goal 3/NS and 2/CT); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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PHYS1501
College Physics I (Goal 2 & 3)

This first course in college physics emphasizes the understanding of basic physics principles related to mechanics and the application of those principles to the solution of physics-related problems. Laboratory work is an essential part of the course. Prerequisite: High school algebra or equivalent college mathematics. MnTC (Goal 3/NS and 2/CT); (4 Cr - 3 lect, 1 lab)

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PHYS1502
College Physics II (Goal 2 & 3)

This course is a continuation of College Physics I, PHYS 1501. Topics included in this course are momentum and rotational physics, oscillations and waves, thermal physics, electricity, etc. Prerequisite: PHYS 1501. MnTC (Goal 3/NS and 2/CT); (4 Cr - 3 lect, 1 lab)

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PHYS2501
General Physics Lab I (Goal 2 & 3)

This course is designed to be taken concurrently with the General Physics Theory course sequence, and it is strongly recommended that it be taken with the first of those courses. The overall laboratory course sequence is designed to familiarize students with laboratory techniques and instruments used to perform experiments in physics. Students have the opportunity to test and verify some of the basic principles of physics learned in the theory course. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 2101. MnTC (Goal 3/NS and 2/CT); (1 Cr - 0 lect, 1 lab)

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PHYS2502
General Physics Lab II (Goal 2 & 3)

This course is designed to be taken concurrently with the General Physics Theory course sequence, and it is strongly recommended that it be taken with the second of those courses. The overall laboratory course sequence is designed to familiarize student with laboratory techniques and instruments used to perform experiments in physics. Students have the opportunity to test and verify some of the basic principles of physics learned in the theory course. This lab is a continuation of PHYS 2501. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 2102. MnTC (Goal 3/NS and 2/CT); (1 Cr - 0 lect, 1 lab)

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