GEN (General Science)

GEN 101 Natural Science: The Physical Sciences (4 hours)

This topically-oriented course will examine the many facets of scientific investigation. These include the underlying assumptions, limitations, provisional nature and power of the scientific process, as well as the influences of science on other aspects of human activity. Experimentation is the hallmark of scientific investigation. As such, laboratory experimentation will be a distinguishing feature of this course. Course time devoted to experimentation in the laboratory, as well as inside and outside the classroom, will intertwine with time devoted to discussion and lecture. Natural Science: The Physical Sciences will deal with a topic drawn from the physical sciences. These will include, but not be limited to: Chemistry, Cosmology, Descriptive Astronomy, History of Science, Meteorology, Modern Scientific Perspectives of the Universe and Oceanography. Prerequisite: Satisfaction of the mathematics placement requirement (Sec. 6.4.1. and Sec. 6.4.2.). A non-refundable fee is billed to every student who is registered for this course at the end of the drop/add period.


GEN 102 Natural Science: The Biological Sciences (4 hours)

This course is designed to examine the many facets of scientific investigation. Laboratory experimentation will be an important feature with course time devoted to experimentation in the laboratory as well as the classroom. Rather than a survey of the entire field of biology, this effort will be directed toward specific topics such as, but not limited to: Cancer, Cell Biology, Human Biology, Ecology and Evolution. Prerequisite: See individual course listings in the current semester class schedule.

GEN 200 Independent Study in General Science (1-5 hours)

This course provides the opportunity for an intense study of diverse topics under the direct supervision of the instructor. The student and instructor will collaborate to develop the content of the course, which must be approved as outlined by the Independent Study Policy.  (Sec. 6.15.)


GEN 290 Special Topics in General Science (1-5 hours)

Courses of selected topics will be offered periodically as determined by the needs of the curriculum. Prerequisites can vary based on the topic selected. See individual course listings for each semester for the specific topic and any prerequisites.


GEN 400 Advanced Independent Study in General Science (1-5 hours)
This course provides the opportunity for an advanced, intense study of diverse topics under the direct supervision of the instructor. These offerings are generally suited for junior or senior students. The student and instructor will collaborate to develop the content of the course, which must be approved as outlined by the Independent Study Policy.  (Sec. 6.15.)

GEN 490 Advanced Special Topics in General Science (1-5 hours)
Advanced courses of selected topics will be offered periodically as determined by the needs of the curriculum. These offerings are generally suited for junior or senior students. Prerequisites can vary based on the topic selected. See individual course listings for each semester for the specific topic and any prerequisites.


GEN 495 Internship in General Science (1-12 hours)

An internship is designed to provide a formalized experiential learning opportunity to qualified students. The internship generally requires the student to have an application (which satisfies all internship requirements developed by the academic program that oversees the internship) and to obtain a faculty supervisor in the relevant field of study. All internships are graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisites are determined by the academic program overseeing the internship course.