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NATURAL SCIENCE (NASC)

290  Topics in Natural Science (1-4 hours).  Formal course in diverse areas of natural science.  Course may be repeated for different topics.  PR:  4 credits in natural science.

301  Integrated Science I (3-2-3). Provides the student the opportunity to integrate the physical and life sciences with technology to attain further knowledge in the areas of scientific methodology, physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and astronomy. The student will investigate two major scientific themes: earth and ocean. PR: PHSC 101-104 and BIOL 101-104, or permission of instructor.

302  Integrated Science II (3-2-3). Provides the student the opportunity to integrate the physical and life sciences with technology to attain further knowledge in the areas of scientific methodology, physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and astronomy. The student will investigate two major scientific themes: atmosphere and space. PR: NASC 301 or permission of instructor.

474  Cyberinfrastructure (3-0-3).  An introductory study of the cyberinfrastructure – the computational, communication, and storage resources required to support current and future scientific and engineering research. It focuses on biology information systems and applied genomics (bioinformatics). It provides students with a diverse array of backgrounds from mathematics, biology, computer science, and engineering with the capability to function at a high level and contribute solutions in the burgeoning professions of bioinformatics while retaining their own unique perspectives. Students will survey the relevant literature available online via graded discussion and forum postings and make application of the current body of knowledge for cyberinfrastructure and bioinformatics in all assignment submissions. The course emphasizes inter-disciplinary teaming in face-to-face and online environments. PR: Junior/Senior standing or consent of the instructor. 

498 Research/Planning (1-0-1). This course provides applied science students with the fundamental research skills needed to successfully complete their senior research project.  In this course, students will learn how to plan and write research proposals.  Instruction will focus on implementing scientific methods of designing testable hypotheses and developing research goals and objectives.  In addition instruction will include appropriate research methods on bio and chemical safety in the laboratory and scientific ethics and their role in research publications.  PR:  Junior standing.

499  Research/Projects (1-2 hours credit per semester; may be repeated to a maximum of 3 credit hours). Approved projects requiring independent laboratory work culminating in professional written, oral, and poster presentations.  PR:  NASC 498.