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Natural Sciences Core Curriculum Courses
NATS 1111 From the Cosmos to Earth Laboratory
(1 semester hour) A laboratory to accompany NATS 1311. Corequisite:
NATS 1311. (0-3) Y
NATS 1311 From the Cosmos to Earth
(3 semester hours) A multidisciplinary study of nature expressly designed
for those who have chosen not to major in the natural sciences or engineering.
Early models of the solar system and the transformation to current models
are examined, as are order in the universe, the nature of matter and
the planets, sun, and life cycle of stars. The course will be enhanced
by frequent demonstrations of the principles underlying the origin and
evolution of the universe. Corequisite: NATS 1111. (3-0) Y
NATS 2132 Age of Dinosaurs Lab (1 semester hour) Hands-on activities that include classification, taphonomy, form analyses of bones, calculation of dinosaur mass, calculations of speed from fossil trackways, and building your own sauropod dinosaur from chicken bones. Pre- or Corequisite: NATS 2332. (0-3) Y
NATS 2332 Age of Dinosaurs (3 semester hours) Introductory survey of the anatomy, physiology, life-styles, population, and evolution of dinosaurs and swimming and flying reptiles, as well as Mezozoic climates and basic Earth history of the “Age of Dinosaurs.” One Saturday trip to Dinosaur Valley State Park. $65 field trip fee required. No prerequisites. (3-0) Y
NATS 2V10 Special Topics in Natural Sciences (1-6 semester hour) Subject matter will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. ([1-6]-0) S
NATS 3130 Evolution Field Laboratory
(1 semester hour) Field laboratory to accompany NATS 3330. Laboratory
is primarily conducted in the Caribbean. Compare present flora and fauna
to the archeological and paleontological records. Special focus will
be directed at evaluating the impacts of introduced species and human
colonization. May be repeated for credit if taken at different locations.
This course may not be used for credit by Natural Science and Mathematics
students. Co- or prerequisite: NATS 3330. (0-3) S
NATS 3330 The Basis of Evolution
(3 semester hours) Wide-ranging discussions of the unifying theory of
the origin and modification through time of all organisms. Pertinent
history, the fossil record, evolution as concerns the human experience,
processes and mechanisms and a look at the future are major topics.
An optional field laboratory is offered. This course is specifically
designed for non-majors. This course may not be used for credit by Natural
Science and Mathematics students. (3-0) S
NATS 3331 The Clash of the Cosmologies
(3 semester hours) Science and Revelation in the Nineteenth Century.
A study of the 19th-century rise of scientific inquiry into the origins
of life, and the reaction and response to its discoveries by the Victorian
culture that both maintained Bilblical authority and celebrated man's
achievements. A study abroad component supplements this course. (3-0)
NATS 4310 Advanced Writing in the Natural
Sciences and Mathematics (3 semester hours) A writing-intensive
course on questions or problems in natural sciences and mathematics;
satisfies the advanced writing requirement for graduation. (3-0) S
NATS 4V90 Special Topics in Natural Sciences
(1-6 semester hours) Subject matter will vary from semester to semester.
May be repeated for credit as topics vary (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: consent
of instructor. ([1-6]-0) S