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Course Descriptions: Science
SC 100 Science Seminar
This course is meant to be a foundational course from which students can build a greater understanding of science and develop science success skills. It will introduce students to the equipment, terminology, and major concepts used in Physical Science, Earth Science, Chemistry and Biology. There will be a hands-on emphasis, focusing on inquiry and the Scientific Method of problem solving. The Physical Science portion of the course will include scientific measurements of distance, area, volume, and mass (in SI, metrics), as well as properties of force, light, magnetism and electricity. Earth Science will focus on atoms, molecules, compounds, mixtures, and bonding. The Biology portion of the course will include cell structure, cell division, classification, and body organization. This course can not be taken for credit after passing any other science course offered at CDKC. This course does not meet the science requirements for an AA degree. Satisfactory score on placement test or consent of instructor.
SC 152 Introductory Ecology
An introduction to ecological and environmental science principles, stressing the structure and function of natural ecosystems and examining human effects on them. Environmental issues such as coal mining, deforestation, wildlife habitat loss, agricultural management, global climate change, and ozone depletion will be discussed. Satisfactory score on placement test or consent of instructor.
SC 153 Astronomy
A survey of the struggle to understand the universe and our place therein. The structure, growth, methods and limitations of science will be illustrated using the development of astronomy as a vehicle. Present-day views of the universe are presented. Satisfactory score on placement test or consent of instructor.
SC 154 Geology
Examination of minerals and rocks, geologic time, plate tectonics, earthquakes and volcanoes, rock deformation and mountain building, ocean floors, geophysics, earth resources, and planetary geology. Satisfactory score on placement test or consent of instructor.
SC 155 Conceptual Physics/LAB
An introductory physics course for nonscience majors. Stresses the comprehension of physics concepts including: linear and non-linear motion, the properties of matter, heat transfer, thermodynamics, sound, electricity, and magnetism. Laboratory is a required part of this course. Corequisite: MA 076
SC 156 Introductory Plant Biology/LAB
This course is an introduction to the basic principles of plant classification, structure and function, and ecology. Included in this course will be examinations of: plant structure from cell to plant level of organization; plant functions including photosynthesis and growth; plant reproduction; an overview of the classification of plants and their ecological role; and a more specific look at the conifers and flowering plants. Laboratory is a required part of this course. Satisfactory score on placement test or consent of instructor.
SC 157 Environmental Science
An introduction to the scientific principles that underpin environmental science and how these inform social policies and individual action. Features local approaches to solving environmental problems using environmental science. Satisfactory score on placement test or consent of instructor.
SC 158 Discover Biology/LAB
This course emphasizes principles of Biology related to the unity of life. Covers cell structure and function, cellular metabolism, mechanisms of energy trapping, cellular reproduction, genetics, evolution and a brief introduction to ecology, classification and biological diversity. Lab is a required component of this course. Satisfactory score on placement test or consent of instructor.
SC 161 Principles of Living Systems/LAB
An introduction to living systems at the cellular level with emphasis on cell structure and function. Biochemical processes including photosynthesis, intermediary metabolism, protein synthesis, and enzyme systems are covered. Cell division, gamete formation, and genetics are emphasized. Laboratory is a required part of this course. PREREQUISITE: SC 171.
SC 162 Principles of Biological Diversity/LAB
This course will be an examination of the three Domains of Life consisting of six kingdoms; Bacteria, Archaea, Protistans, Fungi, Plants, and Animals. The course will emphasize the plant and animal kingdoms and consider analogous structures, survival strategies, nutrition, reproduction, and the ecological and economical importance of each. Laboratory is a required part of this course.
SC 171 Introduction to General Chemistry/LAB
Measurement systems, atomic structure, chemical periodicity, bonding, chemical reactions, acid-base chemistry, gas laws and electrochemistry. Laboratory is a required part of this course. Satisfactory score on placement test or consent of instructor.
SC 172 Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry/LAB
An introduction to functional group organic chemistry and important biochemical structures, concepts, and processes. The lab is closely integrated with lecture coverage. Laboratory is a required part of this course. PREREQUISITE: SC 171 or consent of instructor.
SC 263 Human Anatomy and Physiology I/LAB
A course designed for pre-nursing students and others specifically interested in the allied health fields which introduces the relationships between structures and functions of the human body. General concepts of biochemistry and cell biology are reviewed and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems are covered in depth. Laboratory activities including mammalian dissection required. PREREQUISITE: SC 161 or equivalent.
SC 264 Human Anatomy and Physiology II/LAB
Continuing instruction in the structure and function of the organ systems of the human body. In-depth instruction and investigation of the endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems plus the mechanisms of homeostasis, fluid balance, salt balance, and internal pH maintenance complete this sequence. Laboratory activities including mammalian dissection required. PREREQUISITE: SC 263.
SC 266 Introduction to Microbiology/LAB
An introduction to the world of microorganisms including: viruses, bacteria, protozoa, and fungi. Disease-causing organisms from each group are discussed, as well as diagnosis, symptoms, and treatment. Prokaryotic cell structure, function, and genetics are included along with immunology, epidemiology, and pathogenesis. Laboratory is a required part of this course. PREREQUISITE: SC 161 or equivalent.
SC 273 College Chemistry I/LAB
The first of a two-semester sequence about the general principles of modern chemistry with emphasis on atomic structure, chemical bonding, the periodic table, equilibria, and elementary thermodynamics. Laboratory is a required part of this course. PREREQUISITE: Math 151 or equivalent. It is recommended that students also have completed high school chemistry or SC 171.
SC 274 College Chemistry II/LAB
The second semester of the two-semester general chemistry sequence. Laboratory is a required part of this course. PREREQUISITE: SC 273