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Natural Science CART  Web Site

This web site contains information about the Natural Science portion of our Core curriculum. This Core Area Responsibility Team is led by CART Co-Coordinators Kristi Concannon and Jeramia Ory, who is also the website administrator.

The purpose of this site is to provide students and faculty information about the general strategies of the curriculum, but also some particulars about the implementation of the general course designs by various faculty. Resources contained herein include "master syllabi" that provide a general template for a course. All instructors teaching a course must conform to the general guidelines in the master syllabus for that course. However, each instructor is free to adapt his or her course. Therefore, some specific syllabi are also provided from past offerings of the course. If you're a student trying to decide whether a particular course or instructor is right for you, these particular syllabi may be helpful. Note, however, that future offerings of the same course, even by the same instructor, may differ (assignments, textbook, etc.) from what is presented here.

Course number, title and description, master syllabus specific syllabi for past offerings of this course
Core 270    Natural Science Perspectives

A study of the scientific approach, its limits, and what distinguishes it from other approaches to understanding the world. While examining contemporary issues in science, students will compare scientific investigations to other forms of human intellectual activity and form an appreciation for the proper domain and the limits of each.  Students will learn to recognize the power of quantifying scientific observations, the role of mathematical procedures and instrumentation in modern science and should come to appreciate science as a means of acquiring human knowledge of the material universe.

Master Syllabus for Core 270

Boucher Spring 2006

Core 270e:   Natural Science Perspectives: Environmental

This course focuses on understanding the fundamentals of science within an environmental theme.  We will explore subjects that pertain to all the sciences such as the nature of science, the scientific method, the rules of research, and the invasion of pseudoscience, but do so within a framework of topics related to ecology, planetary function, biological evolution, conservation, and biodiversity.  Special emphasis will be placed on the ramifications of human activities as they relate to these issues. This course is open to all students who need to take Core 270

Master Syllabus for Core 270e


CORE 271-279 Natural Science II (3 credits)

Each of the courses listed below is a study of a specific natural science discipline or topic that builds upon the essential concepts, universal to all the natural sciences, explored in Core 270. The topic or discipline is used to illustrate scientific methodology, principles and concepts as well as to demonstrate the unity of the scientific approach.  Prerequisite: CORE 270


CORE 271 Descriptive Astronomy

The study of the nature of the universe and our place in it. Topics include the nature of astronomy as a science, its historical development, a comparative study of the bodies in our Solar System, the life cycle of stars, the large scale structure of the Universe, and scientific theories of extra-terrestrial intelligence.  An observational component may be required. Prerequisite: CORE 270

Master Syllabus for Core 271


CORE 272 Chemistry in Context

This course will expand the chemistry knowledge of those students that have already been introduced to chemistry while also being easily comprehendible to newcomers to the subject.  The historical development of the fundamental principles of chemistry will be explored to lead up to issues important to everyone like energy generation, medicines, and nutrition. Prerequisite: CORE 270

Master Syllabus for Core 272


CORE 273 Contemporary Biology

Selected issues in contemporary biology. Topics may include world hunger as an ecological problem, the impact of genetic technology on medicine, and the biological and ecological problems of toxic and hazardous wastes. Prerequisite: CORE 270.

Master Syllabus for Core 273

Ory spring 2008

CORE 274 The Environment and Natural Resources

This course focuses on the principles and issues of environmental science associated with natural resource use and abuse.  We will survey our reliance on natural resources relating to food, water, energy, economic and agricultural products, waste disposal, and human health.  Emphasis will be given on making choices that minimize environmental abuse. Prerequisite: CORE 270

Master Syllabus for Core 274


CORE 275 Genetics: Current Knowledge and Applications

This course will introduce students to the study of genetics, both human and non-human.  The goal of this course is to instill in the student a broad base of knowledge concerning the study and application of genetics in the areas of medicine (gene therapy), scientific research (trends), and agricultural application (genetically modified crops). Prerequisite: CORE 270

Master Syllabus for Core 275


CORE 276 Science, Music and Sound

Study of the basic methods and principles of acoustics and electronics with emphasis on what sound is, what music is, and the means by which they are generated, recorded and reproduced. The design and use of musical instruments and sound systems will be used to illustrate these principles. Prerequisite: CORE 270

Master Syllabus for Core 276

Boucher Summer 2007

CORE 277 Conceptual Physics

An introductory course on elementary physics for non-science majors. The connection of physics and its relevance to society and the environment will be emphasized. The course will be descriptive, conceptual, and will include nearly no math. The key topics, mechanics, energy, electromagnetism, atomic & nuclear physics, will be chosen to emphasize the connection of science to society. Prerequisite: CORE 270

Master Syllabus for Core 277


CORE 278 Forensic Science

Application of scientific principles to crime prevention, detection, and the analysis of physical evidence.  Evidence collection and analysis are considered from both legal and scientific viewpoints.  The advantages and limitations of presently utilized methods of analysis are examined.  Topics include toolmarks, firearms, fingerprints, trace evidence, drugs, and bloodstains.  Prerequisite: CORE 270.

Master Syllabus for Core 278

Sauls spring 2008

CORE 279 Special Topics in Natural Science

An investigation of selected topics that focus on some aspect of natural science and its application to the way we think and the way we live. Topics, such as meteorology or geophysics, may come from a variety of scientific disciplines and may include an interdisciplinary perspective. Each offering of this course will be unique and have a unique subtitle. Possible titles include: Physics of Superheroes, Chemistry of Cooking, etc. Prerequisite: CORE 270

Master Syllabus for Core 279

Intro. Forensic Bio., Sanders 2007