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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Science - Consortium for International Studies

Descriptions and credit recommendations for all evaluated learning experiences

Location:

Various; distance learning format.

Length:

Varies; self-study.

Dates:

September 2018 - Present. 

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: describe Earth’s major spheres; identify the composition of various rocks and minerals; explain how weather and erosion affect the surface of the Earth; identify the water cycle and the processes involved within; explain how earthquakes and volcanoes affect the Earth’s surface and how they are measured; detail the various oceans and ocean life; identify the characteristics of various types of climates; and describe the solar system and the various bodies encompassed within.

Instruction:

Topics include the study of the composition of various rocks and minerals, the major spheres of the earth, weather and erosion, the water cycle and its process, volcanoes, ocean life and bodies of the solar system. The 15-week course uses textbooks, study guides, and is graded based on a final examination.  

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Earth Science, Meteorology, Oceanography, Astronomy or Architectural Engineering (8/18).

Location:

Various; distance learning format.

Length:

Varies; self-study.

Dates:

September 2018 – Present.

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: organize biological systems based on the canonical hierarchies; describe a variety of basic chemistry and organic chemistry concepts as they apply to the study of biology; identify sub-cellular structures and explain the function of each one; differentiate between animal cells and plant cells, as well as prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells; explain various processes of membrane function in living systems; understand basic concepts of photosynthesis and cellular respiration; identify the stages of the cell cycle and explain the significance of each step; understand basic concepts of genetics and heredity; identify components of DNA structure; and define basic concepts of DNA replication, transcription, and translation. 

Instruction:

The course includes weekly readings based on 15 weeks of self-study, review questions, assignments and a final examination.  Topics include: biological systems, chemistry, cellular structures, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, genetics, heredity, and DNA. 

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Biology or Introduction to Biology (8/18). 

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