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BIO 110 PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY

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3 credits, 3-hrs. lecture
Pre/Corequisite: Pre-requisite:MAT 010 (formerly MAT 1604) and Eng 091 (formerly ENG 1301) or ESL 091 (formerly ESL1301).
Co-requisite: BIO111 Principles of Biology laboratory
This course is designed to give students an overview of the principles of biology that apply to living organisms. Topics examined will include the structure and function of the cell, diffusion and osmosis, types of plant and animal tissues, molecular biology, and animal reproduction and development. The laboratory illustrates the concepts discussed in the lecture. This course is for non-science major students. Offered in Spanish and English.
BIO 111 PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY LABORATORY

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1 credits, 2-hrs. laboratory
Pre/Corequisite: Pre-requisite:MAT 010 (formerly MAT 1604) and Eng 091 (formerly ENG 1301) or ESL 091 (formerly ESL1301).
Co-requisite: BIO110 Principles of Biology lecture
This course is designed to give students an overview of the principles of biology that apply to living organisms. Topics examined will include the structure and function of the cell, diffusion and osmosis, types of plant and animal tissues, molecular biology, and animal reproduction and development. The laboratory illustrates the concepts discussed in the lecture. This course is for non-science major students. Offered in Spanish and English.
BIO 120

PLANTS AND SOCIETY

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4 credits, 3-hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. lab
Prerequisite: BIO 110
Pre/Corequisites: if taught in English: ESL 91 or ENG 91
Pre/Corequisites: if taught in Spanish: SPA 222
This course introduce students to the world of plants; their vital role in human life and in human society as sources of food, medicine, fiber, fuel, technology and the environment. Students will study plant domestication and social implications associated with the biological and technical aspects of crop production including historical developments and global environmental issues.
BIO 130 ORGANISMIC BIOLOGY

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4 credits, 3-hrs lecture, 3 hrs lab
Prerequisite: BIO 110
Lecture topics include the theory of evolution by natural selection, the evolution and diversity of organisms and their classification into the five kingdoms. Students will learn the main morphological features of each group as well as animal digestion, endocrine system, circulation, immunity, nervous system and basic concepts of ecology. The laboratory illustrates the concepts discussed in the lecture. This course is for non-science major students.
BIO 210 GENERAL BIOLOGY I

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4 credits, 3-hrs lecture/3 hrs lab
Prerequisite: ESL 91 or ENG091; MAT 20 or Exempt
This course, the first of two courses in biological science is intended for students preparing for careers in science. Lecture topics include basic properties of living organisms, metabolism, energy transformation, cellular reproduction, Mendelian genetics, molecular genetics and gene expression. Offered in English.
BIO 220 GENERAL BIOLOGY II (Formerly BIO 3904)

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4 credits, 3-hrs. lecture/3 hrs. lab
Prerequisite: BIO 210
This is the second part of two courses in biological science intended for students preparing for careers in science. Lecture topics include the theory of evolution by natural selection, the evolution and diversity of organisms and their classification into five kingdoms. The students will learn about animal nutrition, circulation, gas exchange, homeostasis, immunity, nervous control, reproduction and development and ecology. Offered in English.
BIO 230 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I

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4 credits, 3-hrs. lecture/3-hrs. lab
Corequisite: ENG 91, ESL 91 or ESL035; MAT 20
The student will demonstrate knowledge of basic chemistry, body fluids, and the structure and function of the cell. The student will also list and describe the four kinds of animal tissue; list major bones and their function; and describe structure and function of the muscular and circulatory systems. Offered in English only.
BIO 240 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II

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4 credits, 3-hrs. lecture/3-hrs. lab
Prerequisite: BIO 230
The student will study and describe the structure and function of the urinary, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, nervous, and reproductive systems. Offered in English only.
BIO 260 INTRODUCTION TO GENETICS 4 credits; 2 hrs. lecture/ 4 hrs. Lab
Prerequisite: BIO 220
Corequisite: MAT 160
This course focuses on topics from Mendelian, molecular and population genetics; including concepts of inheritance, history of genetics, molecular genetics using the DNA organization, chromosome structure, genes, alleles and the transmission of genetic information, and the use of genetic techniques in ecological/conservation programs Laboratory work includes experiments in Mendelian genetics using plants and animals and the study of chromosome material in bacteria.
BIO 299 INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN BIOLOGY 3 credits, 3 hours.
Prerequisite: BIO 220 and CHE 220 with a minimum grade of B
This course is designed to help students study particular topics of interest in the biological sciences while developing advanced research skills fundamental in planning and carrying out an independent scientific research project. Students will conduct laboratory, field research or library research using sophisticated methodology equipment and techniques to obtain and analyze data. The research findings will be presented using oral and written papers.
BIO 310 MICROBIOLOGY (Formerly BIO 3912)


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4 credits, 3-hrs. lecture/3-hrs. lab
Prerequisite: BIO 220 or 240
The student will study and describe terms related to the following aspects of microbiology: history, methods of studying and cultivation, reproduction and growth, metabolism, genetics, and control. The student will also study the following topics: pathogens, resistance and immunity, bacteria, rickettsia, chlamydia, viruses, parasitology, mycology, and epidemiology. Offered in English only.
CHE 105 INTRODUCTION TO GENERAL CHEMISTRY

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4 credits 3 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. Lab; 1 hrs. Recitation
Prerequisite: MAT 105
The student will solve problems and analyze data which require knowledge of general chemistry and inorganic chemistry including principles of scientific measurements, atomic theory, chemical bonding, nuclear chemistry, gas of organic compounds. This course is required for Dental Hygiene and Nursing students. Offered in English only.
CHE 110 INTRODUCTION TO CHEMISTRY (2 excess hours)

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4 credits, 3-hrs. lecture/1 hrs. recitation / 2-hrs.lab
Prerequisite: MAT 110 or satisfactory performance on math skills test.
Coerequisite: MAT 020 or satisfactory performance on math skills test.
The student will solve problems and analyze data which require a knowledge of the principles of atomic theory, chemical bonding, the gas laws and solutions. The student will also recognize the different classes of organic compounds. This course is for Dental Hygiene students and a requirement for entry into the Nursing Program. No student may receive credit for both CHE 110 and CHE 4019. Offered in English only.
CHE 120 PRINCIPLES OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY (Formerly CHE 4018) 2 credits, 2-hrs. lecture
Prerequisite: CHE 110
A survey of the fundamentals of organic and biological chemistry. This course is for Dental Hygiene students and a requirement for entry into the Nursing Program. Offered in English only..
CHE 210 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I

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4 credits, 3-hrs. lecture/3 hrs. lab/1-hrs. recitation workshop
Prerequisite: MAT 30
Corequisite: MAT 160
The students will analyze data and solve problems related to the principles of modern atomic theory, stoichiometry, oxidationreduction reaction, gas laws, thermochemistry, electromagnetic radiation and quantum theory, chemical bonding and molecular structure, and properties of solutions. This course is intended for students preparing for careers in the sciences and engineering.
CHE 220 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (Formerly CHE 4104)

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4 credits, 3-hrs. lecture/3-hrs. lab/1-hrs. recitation workshop
Prerequisite: CHE 210
Students will work on laws, concepts and techniques of chemistry including chemical kinetics, ionic equilibria in aqueous solution, thermodynamics electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, classes of organic and biochemical compounds. This course is intended for students preparing for careers in the sciences and engineering.
CHE 299 INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN CHEMISTRY 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: BIO 220 and CHE 220 with a minimum grade of B
This course is designed to help students study particular topics of interest in the Chemistry sciences while developing advanced research skills fundamental in planning and carrying out an independent scientific research project. Students will conduct laboratory, field research or library research using sophisticated methodology, equipment and techniques to obtain and analyze data. The research findings will be presented using oral and written papers.
CHE 310 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I 3 credits, 3 credits, 3-hrs. lecture/1-hrs. recitation
Prerequisite: CHE 220 and CHE 222
This course will provide the student with a thorough understanding of the basic concepts of organic chemistry. Molecular structure and bonding will be introduced at a theoretical level. Students will become familiar with molecular orbitals and their use in understanding chemical phenomena, hydrocarbons, stereochemical (3-dimensional) aspects of structure; strategies of organic synthesis will be emphasized by means of problem solving. This course is intended for chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, chemical engineering, and other students on scientific or professional careers paths.
CHE 312 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I Lab 2 credits, 4 hours lab
Pre/Corequisites: CHE 310
The student will perform exercise involving the preparation and purification of carbon compounds. For students majoring in Engineering.
CHE 314 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I Lab 3 credits, 6-hrs lab
Pre/Co-requisite: CHE 310
The students will be introduced to organic chemistry laboratory techniques, including methods of synthesis, isolation, purification, and analysis. The major techniques introduced will be distillation, extraction, and recrystallization. The chromatographic techniques that will be used include thin layer, micro-column, and gas chromatography. Infrared spectroscopy will also be introduced. These techniques will be introduced in conjunction with a synthetic experiment (e.g. Sn1 reaction, aldol condensation, Diels-Alder reaction, synthesis of aspirin and acetylferrocene). For students majoring in Natural or Physical Sciences. this is the Organic Chemistry I Laboratory course for chemistry majors
CHE 320 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II 3 credits, 3-hrs. lecture/1-hrs. recitation
Prerequisite: CHE 310 and CHE 312 or CHE 314
Coerequisite: CHE 322
The objective of this course is to give students of chemical, physical sciences and molecular biological sciences a complete and in-depth understanding of organic chemistry. The chemistry of the remaining functional groups not covered in CHE 310 will be discussed including nomenclature, stereosomerism, and stereoseletivity of reactions. Organic functional groups will be introduced and discussed in detail. Problem solving will be used to give the student a working understanding of multi-step reaction mechanisms, modern reagents used for organic synthesis, and synthetic strategy. Polyfunctional compounds and interactions between functional groups will also be covered, as well as applications of organic chemistry in biochemistry, biotechnology, and materials science. Modern organic analytical methods, such as mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance will be covered in detail.
ENV 110 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE I
(formerly ENV 4014)

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4 credits, 3hrs. lecture/2 hrs. Lab
The student will analyze data and explain concepts related to the classification of matter, basic principles of atomic structure and bonding, energy sources, and the health-related environmental effects and the social implications and control of major air and water pollutants. Offered
in English and Spanish.
ENV 120

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE II
(formerly ENV 4016)

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4 credits, 3-hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. lab
Prerequisite: ENV 110
The student will classify organic compounds according to functional groups and explain the health and environmental effects of pesticides, social problems related to adequate diet and malnutrition, availability of food, food preservation, new food sources, food additives and their regulation, and drugs.
*PHY 4302

*PHY4402
PHYSICS I


PHYSICS I -LABORATORY
3 credits, 3-hrs. lecture/1-hrs. recitation

1 credit, 3 hours
Prerequisite: MAT 20
Corequisite: MAT 30
The student will apply the laws of motion to the solution of problems in mechanics. The student will recognize or state the definition of force, momentum, work and energy, and the corresponding concepts of the kinetic theory of matter, and solve simple and practical problems related to heat. Offered in English only.
*PHY 4304

*PHY4404
PHYSICS II


PHYSICS II - LABORATORY
3 credits, 3-hrs. lecture/1-hrs. recitation

1 credit, 3 hours
Prerequisite: PHY 4302/4402
The student will explain the principles of electrostatics, simple direct current circuitry, and the practical generation and properties of alternating current. The student will solve problems involving electro-magnetic waves and optics and state or recognize terms related to the atomic quantum theory. The student will also correlate the failure of the classical theory with the emergency of quantum concepts, explain or recognize terms related to the atomic and nuclear theory of matter, and perform simple radioactivity experiments. The student will give a descriptive account of contemporary physics. Offered in English only.
PHY 210
GENERAL PHYSICS I

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4 credits, 3-hrs. lecture/2-hrs. lab/2-hrs. recitation
Pre/Co-requisite: MAT 220
Students will study vectors, Newton's Laws and their application to one-and two-dimensional motion, work and energy, momentum, collisions, torque, angular momentum, periodic motion, fluids, heat and thermodynamics processes. This course is intended for students preparing for careers in the sciences and engineering.
PHY 220 GENERAL PHYSICS II (formerly PHY 4504)

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4 credits, 3-hrs. lecture/2-hrs. lab/2-hrs. recitation
Prerequisite: PHY 210
Pre/Corequisite: MAT 310
Students will study waves and acoustics, optics, diffraction, electricity, D.C. circuits, magnetism, electromagnetism and their application, power and A.C. circuits. This course is intended for students preparing for careers in the sciences and engineering.
PHY 299 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN PHYSICS 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: CHE 220 and PHY 220 with a minimum grade of B
Pre/Co-requisite: MAT 310
This course is designed to help students study particular topics of interest in the Physical sciences while developing advanced research skills fundamental in planning and carrying out an independent scientific research project. Students will conduct laboratory, field research or library research using sophisticated methodology, equipment and techniques to obtain and analyze data. The research findings will be presented using oral and written papers.

Courses identified with an asterisk (*) will be offered when there is sufficient demand.