Natural Science

NSC 12303 Descriptive Astronomy

This course is a survey of astronomy including an introduction to the solar system, stellar astronomy, galaxies, and cosmology. Introduction to the use of a telescope with some laboratory problems designed to familiarize the students with the art of celestial observation.

Offered On Demand for 3 Semester hours.

NSC 15004 Scientific Explorations

This is a survey course that emphasizes the integrated nature of science and stresses the application of scientific inquiry to real-world problems. Scientific content is taught within the context of a series of case studies that are researched and resolved throughout the lecture and laboratory. Three-hour lecture, two-hour laboratory. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Rio Grande Honors Program.

Offered On Demand for 4 Semester hours.

NSC 20303 Physical Geology

This course covers the materials and structures of the earth’s crust, the forces that shape the surface of the earth, and the geologic/topographical features these forces produce.

Offered for 3 Semester hours.

NSC 22304 (TM) Environmental Science

This is an interdisciplinary course that emphasizes the impact of humans on the environment. The course begins with a study of the structure and function of ecosystems. Then various environmental problems are examined including population growth, food supply, energy issues, water issues, air pollution, extinction, solid waste disposal, and hazardous materials. Students examine how culture and technology affect environmental policies. Students also do several group activities that require value judgments and  decision-making about environmental issues. Three-hour lecture, two-hour lab. Course fee required.

Offered Fall, Spring for 4 Semester hours.

NSC 23101 Environmental Practicum

This course is a practicum. The student will spend thirty (30) hours with a local environmental agency. The student will write a report of their experiences and be evaluated by an agency supervisor. Prerequisite: Professor Permission Only. NSC 22304.

Offered Fall for 1 Semester hours.

NSC 29901-03 Directed Studies in Natural Science

This course is an independent study and/ or research under the supervision of an instructor of Natural Science. It may include directed research and readings, formal in- depth study of a topic of special interest to the student, individual projects, special educational experiences, or a practicum in which theories and their practical applications  are brought together in a single educational experience. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and School Chair.

Offered On Demand for 1-3 Semester hours.

NSC 31303 Comm Environmental & Natural Resources

This course examines concepts and practices to communicate environmental and natural resources technical information. Oral and written formats currently used for scientific conferences and publications (both agency and peer-reviewed) will be emphasized. Prerequisites: ENG 11103 or equivalent, ENG 11203 or equivalent, and COM 11103 or equivalent with C – or better.

Offered Spring for 3 Semester hours.

 

NSC 33202 Laboratory Management

This course is designed for the prospective teacher of a laboratory science. Topics include: lab safety; legal issues; ordering supplies and equipment; inventory; planning, conducting, and evaluating a laboratory experience; and the proper and ethical treatment of living organisms. Students are required to plan, implement, and evaluate a  laboratory activity and to work with a college faculty member as a laboratory assistant for one semester in an introductory-level course in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. One-hour of class per week. Prerequisites: Three courses in one of the sciences (Biology, Chemistry, or Physics), or permission of the instructor.

Offered Fall for 2 Semester hours.

NSC 38801-03 Selected Topics in Natural Science

This course is designed to extend the knowledge of Natural Science from the basic to the complex. Topics may include: biochemistry, relativity, atomic physics, nuclear physics, or environmental issues. Prerequisite: CHM 15505 and/or PHY 17505 and/or NSC 22304 or permission of instructor and School Chair.

Offered On Demand for 1-3 Semester hours.

NSC 43101 Lab Experience

This course is a practicum. The student spends thirty (30) hours working for a science faculty member for a particular science lab course. The student will be present during all labs for ONE section of the course. The student will also be responsible for preparing and teaching at least one lab. This student will write a report of their experience and be evaluated by the instructor. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor, 3.00 G.P.A. or above in science.

Offered Fall, On Demand, Spring for 1 Semester hours.

NSC 45303 Integrated Science

This is a capstone course for science majors. Topics include: contemporary events and current research results from Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Each topic will be approached in an interdisciplinary manner that includes historical background, contributions from various cultures, major findings, technology used, and societal implications. Each student will be involved in an inquiry-based research project that involves lab or field data collection, statistical analysis, and interpretation of results. Prerequisite: Junior/ Senior standing with a major/minor in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, or Physics; or teacher licensure in adolescent to young adult or middle childhood concentration in science.

Offered On Demand for 3 Semester hours.

NSC 49808 Environmental Internship

In this course, the student will work for a ten-week period (400 hours) as an intern in an environmental position approved by the Field Placement Coordinator. The student will learn the duties and responsibilities of the position, the organizational structure of the agency/business, and gain practical work experience. Prerequisites: Senior Environmental Science Major and permission of Field Placement Coordinator.

Offered On Demand for 8 Semester hours.

NSC 49901-04 Directed Studies in Natural Science

This course is an independent study and/ or research under the supervision of an instructor of Natural Science. It may include directed research and readings, formal in-depth study of a topic of special interest to the student, individual projects, special educational experiences, or a practicum in which theories and their practical applications are brought together in a single educational experience. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing, and permission of instructor and School Chair.

Offered On Demand for 1-4 Semester hours.

NUR 10505: Nursing I

The theory content of this course introduces the nursing student to the roles of the associate degree registered nurse and the standards of clinical nursing practice. Critical to this discussion is the introduction of basic human needs, growth and developmental theories, patient rights, communication, nursing process, and nursing skills necessary for  the delivery of health care. The clinical component of this course utilizes health care delivery settings in both acute and extended care to provide the student an opportunity to  use the nursing process to provide basic nursing care to adult patients. Three-hour class, six-hour lab. Each week three hours lecture; four hours lab for four weeks, and fours  clinical for 11 weeks. Course fee required. Prerequisites: Official acceptance into the School of Nursing Program and current and valid CPR card.

Offered Fall for 5 Semester hours.