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Animal Sciences 2300H - Honors Introductory Animal Sciences (3 credit hours)

A study of the basic principles of genetics, breeding, reproduction, nutrition, behavior, and biotechnology as it applies to the molecular, cellular, and physical underpinnings of domesticated animal form and function.  This course is approved for the BA only.

Prerequisite: None

Anthropology 2200H - Introduction to Physical Anthropology (4 credit hours)

Do you want to understand how evolution, genetics, and fossil finds apply to humans? This course provides a survey of the field of biological anthropology (also known as physical anthropology). Biological anthropology is the branch of anthropology concerned with human biological evolution and variation. Major topics to be covered during the course include: evolutionary theory, genetics, the fossil record of human evolution, nonhuman primates, and human variation. We will address questions such as: What does it mean to be human? How are we similar to and different from other species? How did we evolve? What does the future hold for our species?

Prerequisite: None

Biology 1113 - Biological Sciences: Energy Transfer and Development (4 credit hours)

Exploration of biology and biological principles; evolution and the origin of life, cell structure and function, bioenergetics, and genetics.  A broad introduction to biology comprises both Biology 1113 and 1114.

Prerequisite: Math 1148 or above or Math Placement Level M or L; prerequisite or concurrent Chemistry 1110 or 1210 or 1610 or 1910H

Biology 1113H - Honors Biology I: Energy Transfer and Development (4 credit hours)

Exploration of biology and biological principles; evolution and the origin of life, cell structure and function, bioenergetics, and genetics.  A broad introduction to biology comprises both Biology 1113H and 1114H.

Prerequisite: Math 1149 or above or Math Placement Level L; prerequisite or concurrent Chemistry 1210 or 1610 or 1910H

Biology 1114H - Honors Biology I: Form, Function, Diversity, and Ecology (4 credit hours)

Exploration of biology and biological principles; evolution and speciation, diversity in structure, function, behavior, and ecology among prokaryotes and eukaryotes. A broad introduction to biology comprises both Biology 1113H and 1114H.

Prerequisite: Math 1149 or above or Math Placement Level L; prerequisite or concurrent Chemistry 1210 or 1610 or 1910H

Chemistry 1110 - Elementary Chemistry (5 credit hours)

Introductory chemistry for non-science majors, including dimensional analysis, atomic structure, bonding, chemical reactions, states of matter, solutions, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, along with topics in organic and biological chemistry.  Not approved for the Natural Science GE requirement for BS students.

Prerequisite: Math Placement Level L, M, N, or R (or credit for Math 1116 or above)

Chemistry 1210 - General Chemistry I (5 credit hours)

First course for science majors, covering dimensional analysis, atomic structure, the mole, stoichiometry, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, electron configuration, bonding, molecular structure, gases, liquids, and solids.

Prerequisite: One unit of high school chemistry and eligibility to enroll in Math 1150 (Math Placement Level M or L)

Chemistry 1220 - General Chemistry II (5 credit hours)

Continuation of 1210 for science majors, covering solutions, kinetics, chemical equilibrium, solubility and ionic equilibria, qualitative analysis, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, descriptive chemistry, coordination compounds, and nuclear chemistry.

Prerequisite: Chemistry 1210, 1610, or 1910H; and eligibility to enroll in Math 1150 (Math Placement Level M or L)

Chemistry 1610 - General Chemistry for Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors (5 credit hours)

First course for chemistry and biochemistry majors, covering dimensional analysis, atomic structure, the mole, stoichiometry, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, electron configuration, bonding, molecular structure, gases, liquids, and solids.

Prerequisite: One unit of high school chemistry and eligibility to enroll in Math 1150 (Math Placement Level M or L); and enrolled in chemistry or biochemistry major.

Chemistry 1910H - Honors General Chemistry I (5 credit hours)

Fundamental chemical principles and the chemistry of nonmetals for selected students.

Prerequisite: ACT composite and mathematics scores of 30 or above and ACT science reasoning score of 28 or above; prerequisite or concurrent: Math 1151

Earth Sciences 1121H - The Dynamic Earth (Honors) (4 credit hours)

Minerals, rocks, and their origin; land forms and how they are produced; structural features of the Earth's crust.

Prerequisites: Honors standing, and Math 1075 or above, ACT Mathematics subscore of 22 or higher, or Math Placement Level R or better.

Entomology 2400H - Evaluating Evidence in Biology and Medicine (3 credit hours)

This course explores information and scientific literacies in biology and medicine, with emphasis on science as reported in the media and the use of insects and other organisms as model systems.  It makes use of evolutionary theory as the unifying framework for all life on earth from about 3.8 billion years ago to the present.  It also hones skills for life:  the ability to scrutinize science as reported in various popular sources and to procure additional, credible information if desired. We begin with an understanding of science as a process (“way of knowing”) and evolution as a utilitarian, evidence-based, predictive theory.  To acquire needed foundational knowledge we will discuss different science methodologies, interpret data and evidence, evaluate sources and scientific credentials, examine science in the context of health and well-being, and weigh the pros and cons of controversial findings and issues to render informed decisions.  In a final case study on human vaccination we will explore a science-based, complex contemporary issue that illustrates ethical concerns and difficult choices faced by people in their personal lives and as citizens of a democracy.  This course is approved for the BA only.

Prerequisite: None

 

Horticulture and Crop Science 2201E - Ecology of Managed Plant Systems (4 credit hours)

Origin, diversification, and biogeography of plants inhabiting managed landscapes.

Prerequisite: None

Physics 1201 - Electricity and Magnetism, Optics, Modern Physics (5 credit hours)

Algebra-based introduction to electricity and magnetism, simple optics, overview of modern physics including special relativity and quantum mechanics.

Prerequisite: Physics 1200

Physics 1250 - Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Waves (5 credit hours)

Calculus-based introduction to classical physics: Newton's laws, fluids, thermodynamics, waves; for students in physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering.

Prerequisite: One unit of high school physics or chemistry; and concurrent Math 1151 or equivalent

Physics 1250H - Honors Physics: Mechanics and Conservation Laws; Special Relativity (5 credit hours)

In depth study of classical mechanics including Newton's laws, conservation laws, and introduction to special relativity.

Prerequisite: Concurrent Math 1151 or higher

Physics 1251 - Electricity and Magnetism, Optics, Modern Physics (5 credit hours)

Calculus-based introduction to electricity and magnetism, simple optics, modern physics including special relativity and quantum mechanics; for students in physical sciences, mathematics, engineering.

Prerequisites: Physics 1250 or 1250H, and Math 1151 or above; and concurrent Math 1152, 1161, 1181H, or 4181H