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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 2332 Age of Dinosaurs (3 semester hours) Introductory survey of the origin, evolution, anatomy, physiology, life-styles, population dynamics, and extinction of dinosaurs and marine 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. $50 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 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. This course is specifically designed for non-majors and may not be used for credit by Natural Science and Mathematics students. (3-0) S
NATS 3331 The Clash of 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 Biblical authority and celebrated man's achievements. A study abroad component supplements this course. (3-0) Y
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