General Education: Natural Sciences (3/4 credits)
Students will gain a basic understanding of the natural sciences, which are concerned with people’s relationship to the natural and physical world. The various branches of natural science seek to understand the processes, components, and interactions of the natural world, encompassing physics (matter and energy and their interrelations and transformations), biology (living organisms and their essential processes), chemistry (the physical properties and composition of nature and its products) and the other sub-disciplines which connect the major branches of natural science.
- To identify major concepts in natural science disciplines, which provide insights into the breadth of those disciplines and their relationship to other disciplines;
- To explain the method by which the sciences seek to explain the natural world and the development of hypotheses, models, theories, and laws;
- To identify and assess the basis of the numerous scientific issues which affect the society in which the students live;
- To apply concepts and knowledge as they are related to research, problem solving, and effective decision making in the natural sciences;
- To analyze and evaluate the limitations of collected data and explore alternative interpretations; and
- To recognize that "good" science operates on the same set of "ethical values" that govern society to include but not limited to honesty, objectivity, openness, and respect for others.