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Science 101: Introduction to Natural Sciences

Course Category: 
Location: 

Various; distance learning format.

Length: 

24 hours (16 weeks).

Dates: 

December 2012 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: model the structure and describe the function of atoms; appraise the laws of thermodynamics; diagram the characteristics of planets in our solar system; differentiate between speed, velocity, and acceleration; illustrate the theory of relativity; diagram and explain the makeup of Earth's center and surface; label the organelles of a cell and illustrate the concepts of passive and active transport in cells; summarize basic biochemistry topics, including DNA, RNA, and anaerobic respiration; diagram how different types of waves are interpreted as sound or light; and predict how different organisms, populations, and communities interact with each other and their environment.

Instruction: 

Course materials are presented via audio visual materials. Major topics include: atomic structure; fundamentals of matter; introduction to thermodynamics; mechanics of physics; introduction to relativity; fundamentals of electricity; introduction to magnetism; fundamentals of waves, sound and light; space, the solar system and the universe; introduction to atmospheric science; geology basics; introduction to molecular biology; cell biology fundamentals; introduction to biochemistry; molecular genetics overview; cell processes; plant biology foundations; human anatomy overview; animal reproduction, growth and development; fundamentals of genetics; introduction to ecology; the origin and history of life on earth; phylogeny and the classification of organisms; and basics of evolution.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Natural Science (12/16). 

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