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General Education Core & Areas of Inquiry

Undergraduate General Education Core
Fulfillment of the General Education Core helps to ensure that students gain the necessary skills and the breadth of knowledge needed to be responsible, competent, and contributing members of a diverse and increasingly technological society, both within and beyond their chosen professions. The General Education Core establishes the basis for lifelong learning after graduation from the College.

General Education Areas of Inquiry (21-23 credits)
The first five of the seven General Education Areas of Inquiry (AI) must be fulfilled with courses in the Arts & Sciences. A single course may not be used to fulfill more than one Area of Inquiry unless otherwise allowed under a specific Major's course requirements. In certain Majors, designated course requirements fulfill some of the Areas of Inquiry, as noted in the catalog.

General Education Core Continued

Majors Requiring a Foreign Language

Aesthetic - Area of Inquiry

Historical - Area of Inquiry

Multicultural - Area of Inquiry

Psychological and Societal - Area of Inquiry

Scientific - Area of Inquiry

The ability to connect relevant scientific issues to students’ personal and professional lives. The confidence and proficiency needed to integrate scientific information into the process of making informed, rational decisions.

COURSE CODE
COURSE TITLE
CREDITS
BIO

 

 

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BIO101

BIO101 - Principles of Biology

This is an introductory lecture and laboratory course in biology to develop an appreciation for the patterns and functions that characterize living organisms. Emphasis is placed on cellular biology. Topics include: the chemistry of life, cell structure, and cell metabolism (respiration, photosynthesis, protein synthesis.) Corequisite: BIO 101L.

X
Principles of Biology
4
BIO102

BIO102 - Diversity of Living Organisms

This course emphasizes the evolutionary history of life on earth. Topics include: Darwinian evolution, genetics, a survey of the five kingdoms of life, principles of ecology, and human ecology. The laboratory introduces the student to the diversity of living organisms. Corequisite: BIO 102L.

X
Diversity of Living Organisms
4
BIO107

BIO107 - Topics In Biology

Preliminaries of the molecules of life and cell structures are investigated in this course. Topics from cell biology, nutrition, energy production, respiratory and circulatory systems, genetics, reproduction, evolutionary thought, and ecosystems are also explored.

X
Topics In Biology
3
BIO110

BIO110 - Nutrition

This course focuses on the function of nutrients and their requirements throughout the life cycle. The course reviews current nutrition issues as they relate to personal health. Topics include disease prevention, weight and fitness management, fad diets and nutritional trends.

X
Nutrition
3
BIO111X

BIO111X - Contemporary Issues in Biology & Health

This interdisciplinary course promotes student understanding of the interrelated contemporary issues of biology, scientific principles, health and society. The course will first analyze specific current issues in biology by building a sound scientific foundation of biological information and scientific thinking. Next, students will explore the health, social, ethical and political implications of the issue by formulating discussions and alternative positions. Some of the timely issues that will be discussed are embryonic stem cells, the Human Genome Project, gene therapy and personalized medicine, diet, drug and obesity issues, cancer treatment dilemmas, HIV / AIDS, evolution, drug addiction, drugs and mental health, and menopause and hormone replacement therapy. This class should enable students to discuss and make judgments on issues in biology and science that impact on their daily lives and on society.

X
Contemporary Issues in Biology & Health
3
BIO112

BIO112 - Human Biology

This is a one semester lab course focusing on the functions of the human body in health and disease. The structure and function of the major body systems are emphasized. Systems discussed include: skeletal, muscular, digestive, circulatory, excretory, reproductive, nervous and endocrine. Corequisite: BIO 112L.

X
Human Biology
4
BIO205

BIO205 - Anatomy & Physiology I

This is a comprehensive course focusing on the structure and function of the human body. The course introduces students to aspects of human biology ranging from the chemical basis of life and cell biology to the anatomy and physiology of the major organ systems. Topics covered include: cell biology, major body tissues, and the structure and function of the following systems: skin, skeletal, muscular, and nervous. The laboratory component includes dissection. Students should have successfully completed one year of at least secondary (high school) level Biology before electing this course. Corequisite: BIO 205L.

X
Anatomy & Physiology I
4
BIO206

BIO206 - Anatomy & Physiology II

This course is a continuation of BIO 205. The following systems are covered during the semester: endocrine, digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, urinary, and reproductive. The laboratory component includes dissection. Prerequisite: BIO 205. Corequisite: BIO 206L.

X
Anatomy & Physiology II
4
CHEM

 

 

X
 
 
CHEM203

CHEM203 - General Chemistry I

The course begins with a study of measurement and matter. An introduction to atomic theory follows. Mass relationships in chemical reactions are introduced, followed by the study of chemical reactions in aqueous solutions. The gas laws are then covered, followed by an introduction to thermodynamics. Concepts of chemical bonding are studied along with periodic relationships among the elements. Quantum theory is used to explain the electronic structure of atoms. Laboratory experiments complement the material covered in lecture. The laboratory experiments are designed to introduce methods, materials, and equipment of chemistry as well as to illustrate important chemical principles. Prerequisite: MATH 104. Corequisite: CHEM 203L.

X
General Chemistry I
4
CHEM204

CHEM204 - General Chemistry II

This second half of this two-semester sequence explores areas of solution chemistry, acid/base chemistry, chemical kinetics and physical chemistry, nuclear, and organic chemistry. Physical properties of solutions are explained including vapor pressure lowering, boiling point elevation, freezing point depression and osmotic pressure. The effects of chemical kinetics on reactions are covered. Chemical equilibrium, acid and base equilibrium, and solubiity equilibrium are introduced. Laboratory experiments complement the material covered in lecture. The laboratory experiments are designed to introduce methods, materials, and equipment of chemistry as well as to illustrate important chemical principles. Prerequisite: CHEM 203. Corequisite: CHEM 204L.

X
General Chemistry II
4
PHYS

 

 

X
 
 
PHYS111

PHYS111 - General Physics I

This is the first semester of a one-year course that surveys the field of physics at a non-calcu­lus level. Topics include motion in one and two dimensions, force, uniform circular motion, work and energy, and statics of rigid bodies. The laws of thermodynamics are introduced. Laboratory experiments are conducted to com­plement the material covered in lecture. Prerequisite: MATH 203 or equivalent with a grade of C or better. Corequisite: PHYS 111L.

X
General Physics I
4
PHYS112

PHYS112 - General Physics II

This is a continuation of PHYS 111. Topics include waves motion, electric potential, electric current, resistance, capacitance, and magnetism. Geometrical and wave optics are introduced. Atomic and quantum theory are also included. Laboratory experiments are conducted to com­plement the material covered in lecture. Prerequisite: PHYS 111. Corequisite: PHYS 112L.

X
General Physics II
4
SCI

 

 

X
 
 
SCI103

SCI103 - Science for Educators I

This course provides education students with an introduction to the scientific principles governing the contemporary technological world. Topics include scientific methodologies, gravity, energy, electricity, magnetism, light, and introductory chemistry. Laboratory experiments are conducted to complement the material covered in lecture.

X
Science for Educators I
3
SCI104

SCI104 - Science for Educators II

This course provides education students with an introduction to earth science, astronomy, and environmental science. Topics include the weather, solar system, stars, the universe, and global pollution. Laboratory experiments are conducted to complement the material covered in lectures.

X
Science for Educators II
3
SCI105

SCI105 - Principles of Astronomy

This course is an introduction to descriptive astronomy. The course covers general physical principles that lead to an understanding of how the universe was formed, the laws of planetary motion, how stars shine, and the creation of black holes. Other special topics in astronomy are covered. Special evening sessions for observing the stars and planets may be offered.

X
Principles of Astronomy
3
SCI108X

SCI108X - Windows to Our World

This course will view the world through different windows. Students will explore the environment and its natural treasures through the eyes of scientists, explorers, and naturalists such as John Muir, David Thoreau, and Theodor Roosevelt who strove to conserve the wilderness including the towering Redwoods and Sequoias, Yellowstone's natural lands, and the Grand Canyon.Students will investigate some of the environmental issues we face today including soil erosion, population explosion, forest destruction, food and energy production, air and water pollution, and biodiversity depletion. References to films and video text sources will be used for discussion and debate.

X
Windows to Our World
3
SCI112X

SCI112X - Crime Lab Science

This is a hands on survey course that will familiarize students with the principles governing the application of science to solve crimes. This course will involve the analysis of actual criminal cases. The students will be introduced to forensic and chemical concepts including gunpowder analysis (Kennedy assassination), trace evidence analysis, fiber analysis (Wayne Williams), drug analysis (Anna Nicole Smith), blood analysis (Jeffrey MacDonald), and DNA profiling (OJ Simpson). Students will solve a case study using laboratory techniques developed in class.

X
Crime Lab Science
3
SCI114

SCI114 - Modern Science & Technology

This course investigates how areas of science work to develop the technology and materials of our daily lives. Topics may include the design of sports equipment, GPS, demolition derbies, food science, the weather, and modern materials. Students will do some in-class data collection and analysis.

X
Modern Science & Technology
3
SCI116X

SCI116X - Biotechnology & Business

This course investigates biotechnology and the business of biotech discovery and commercialization. The biotechnology industry is becoming a big business. This course is current, relevant, and should be of interest to all students. This course fulfills the Scientific Area of Inquiry.

X
Biotechnology & Business
3
SCI117X

SCI117X - The Primates

This is an introductory course to the various theoretical approaches to understanding the evolutionary ecology and behavioral biology of primates. Topics include functional anatomy, social behavior, grouping and activity patterns, reproduction, behavioral ecology, locomotion, life history, geographic distribution, evolution and conservation issues. This course fulfills the Area of Inquiry-Scientific [AI (S)].

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The Primates
3
SCI203X

SCI203X - Persuading People, Preserving Planet

This Connected Learning Experience is designed to continue students’ development along the Core Curriculum by demonstrating in an inquiry-based way the nature of integrative learning. As such, this team-taught, multidisciplinary course will develop the ability to foster behavior change within the places they live and work as they study how to create a more sustainable planet. Students will explore the environmental challenges created by our use of energy, consumption of water, use of transportation, production of waste, and practices in agriculture. These challenges include climate change, air pollution, water quality, and biodiversity loss. Students will also investigate the behaviors that drive these environmental challenges. Students will select behaviors to study on campus and use the tools of science to collect informing data. They will then study strategies to change behavior from the field of psychology. Applying these strategies, students will develop programs to foster sustainable behaviors on campus. Although this course is a pilot for the proposed Core Curriculum, it will satisfy the following Areas of Inquiry in our current general education curriculum: Psychological/Societal and Scientific. (Co-requisite is that students must register for a lab section on M, W, or F 10-10:50am)

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Persuading People, Preserving Planet
4
Scientific

 

 

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ANTH103

ANTH103 - Human Origins

This course considers the morphological, behavioral and life history features that distinguish the primates from other mammals, and the hominoids from other primates. We begin with an overview of the primates and their behavioral ecology, and then explore in detail the adaptations of each of the major groups of extant primates. Finally, we apply our knowledge of morphology and behavioral patterns in living primates to the fossil record.

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Human Origins
3
ENV211

ENV211 - Environmental Science

During this course, students are introduced to the concept of environmental sustainability. Issues such as climate change, biodiversity, food and agriculture, water resources, and energy are explored. Students are challenged to consider the impact of Lasell College on the environment and will complete a greenhouse gas inventory. Students also examine the role of science and technology in the pursuit of environmental sustainability.

X
Environmental Science
3
ENV220

ENV220 - World Geography

This course surveys the earth's social, cultural and economic patterns and their relationship to the physical geography of the earth. A regional approach is taken to provide a foundation for more intensive systematic studies of important environmental/political issues.

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World Geography
3

Quantitative - Area of Inquiry

Moral and Ethical - Area of Inquiry