The physical science and biological science courses are appropriate
for students who have a good background in algebra but a minimal one
in other sciences. Students with excellent preparation in the
sciences may elect one of the regular lecture-and-laboratory courses
in biology, chemistry, or physics.
The following courses are offered in General Science.
|GEN 101. Natural Science: The
course will examine the many facets of scientific investigation.
These include the underlying assumptions, the limitations, the
provisional nature, and the power of the scientific process, as
well as the influences of science on other aspects of human
activity. Experimentation is the hallmark of scientific
investigation. As such, laboratory experimentation will be a
distinguishing feature of this course. Course time devoted to
experimentation in the laboratory, as well as inside and outside
the classroom, will intertwine with time devoted to discussion
and lecture. Natural Science: The Physical Sciences will deal
with a topic drawn from the physical sciences. These will
include, but not be limited to: Chemistry, Cosmology,
Descriptive Astronomy, History of Science, Meteorology, Modern
Scientific Perspectives of the Universe, and Oceanography.
Prerequisite: MAT 103 or by examination.
|GEN 102. Natural Science: The
|This course is designed
to examine the many facets of scientific investigation.
Laboratory experimentation will be an important feature, with
course time devoted to experimentation in the laboratory as well
as the classroom. Rather than a survey of the entire field of
biology, this effort will be directed toward specific topics
such as, but not limited to: Cancer, Cell Biology, Human
Biology, Ecology, and Evolution.
|GEN 200. Internship in Science
|An internship is
designed to provide a formalized experiential learning
opportunity to qualified students. The internship generally
requires the student to obtain a faculty supervisor in the
relevant field of study, submit a learning agreement, work 30
hours for every hour of academic credit, keep a written journal
of the work experience, have regularly scheduled meetings with
the faculty supervisor, and write a research paper dealing with
some aspect of the internship. Written work should total five
pages of academic writing for every hour of credit. An extensive
list of internships is maintained by the Career Services Office,
including opportunities at Piedmont Hospital, The Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, and Accura Analytical
Laboratory. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.
Prerequisites: Permission of the faculty supervisor and
qualification for the internship program.