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GS104 General Science: Physics
Covers an integrated study of the force, motion, heat, and light phenomena that we observe in the physical world. F, W, Sp, Su
4 Credits

GS105 General Science: Chemistry
Offers a broad, non-quantitative, and descriptive survey of chemical principles relevant to everyday life. F, W, Sp, Su
4 Credits

GS106 General Science: Earth Science
Introduces various branches of the earth sciences. Includes basic terminology, fundamental processes and respective interrelations. F, W, Sp, Su
4 Credits

GS107 General Science: Astronomy
Surveys the physical properties of planets, stars, and galaxies. Examines the size of the universe and the objects within. Also examines the process astronomers use to gather data and form models. Prerequisite: Placement into MTH070 or higher; or MTH070, MTH095 or higher, with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. F, W, Sp, Su
4 Credits

GS108 General Science: Oceanography
Surveys the four classic disciplines of the ocean sciences: geological oceanography, chemical oceanography, physical oceanography, and biological oceanography. Focuses on the basic principles of the ocean sciences and stress the interdisciplinary nature of oceanography. F, W, Sp, Su
4 Credits

GS141 General Science: Earth Systems Science
Explores the human population and human technology and their impact on our world. Presents how natural corrective processes are not keeping up with the pace of change and considers how the Earth system works, the consequences of human actions, and how we can use our knowledge to protect our world. Evaluates appropriate responses to local and global environmental problems. Offered as needed
4 Credits

GS142 General Science: Geology
Introduces geology using the Annenberg Earth Revealed video series. Studies the Earth as a system. F, W, Sp, Su
4 Credits

GS143 General Science: Oceanography
Focuses on the physical properties of the marine environment as a unique feature of planet Earth. Sp
4 Credits

GS151 Marine Environmental Systems
Investigates a variety of environmental issues facing the world’s oceans, including ocean acidification, sea level rise, melting Arctic sea ice, creation of dead zones, mining and drilling in the ocean, overfishing, invasive species, and more. Emphasis placed on the role of humans in causing physical or chemical changes in the oceans that negatively impact marine life. Also explores solutions and methods to mitigate impacts through field experiences and case studies. F
4 Credits

GS290 Introduction to Research
Focuses on the basic skills essential to ethical conduct of research in the biomedical and social sciences. Covers research misconduct, conflict of interest, use of human and non-human animal subjects in research, research collaboration, peer review, data acquisition and ownership, responsible authorship an publishing, the scientist as a responsible member of society, contemporary and historical issues in biomedical ethics, and the environment and societal impacts of scientific research. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Offered as needed
4 Credits