Natural and Applied Sciences

NAS Course Descriptions

Note: Many classes have prerequisites that need to be met before registration. At times, though, these prerequisites can be waived by the instructor if similar classes have been taken in the past by the student.  If you are having trouble registering, please contact your advisor or the instructor to seek a wavier.  

SCI 105 Biological Principles I
An introduction to scientific principles underlying the unity and diversity of life. Prerequisite: students must have fulfilled the University minimum proficiency requirements in writing and mathematics. Cr 3.

SCI 106 Laboratory Biology I
Laboratory experiences illustrating concepts and principles introduced in SCI105. Must be taken concurrently with SCI 105. Cr 1.5.

SCI 107 Biological Principles II w/ Lab
This is an integrated lecture-laboratory course introducing students to biological diversity. The lecture and laboratory each meet three hours weekly. Prerequisites: SCI 105 and SCI 106 with a grade of C or higher. Cr 4.5.

SCI 108 Chemistry for Health Sciences
This is a one-semester introduction to general, organic, and biological chemistry that is specifically tailored for students in the health sciences. The course lays a foundation for the interactions that take place between small molecules, large molecules, and biological molecules. The class will initially focus on the language of chemistry and qualitative description of how chemical reactions take place. This includes a basic model for the electronic structure of atoms and molecules, and extending to the physical/chemical properties of a material. This foundation serves as a basis for the descriptive chemistry of functional groups of interest in biology, biochemistry and biological molecules such as carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids. This course is not suitable for chemistry majors or biology majors. This course meets the chemistry requirements for entry into the USM Nursing program. Cr 3.

 SCI 113 Principles of Chemistry I
A presentation of fundamental principles of chemical science. These principles will be presented in quantitative terms and illustrated by examples of their applications in laboratories and in ordinary non-laboratory experience. This course and SCI 114 (normally taken concurrently) provide the basis for further study of chemistry. Prerequisite: MAT 108 Cr 3.

SCI 114 Laboratory Techniques I
Laboratory experiments to illustrate the principles that are presented in SCI 113 lectures. Three laboratory hours per week combining recitation and practical lab work. Corequisite: SCI 113. Cr 1.

SCI 115 Principles of Chemistry II
A continuation of SCI 113. This course is designed to provide the foundation for all further studies in chemistry and is a prerequisite for all upper-level chemistry courses. Prerequisite: SCI 113 or CHY 113. Cr 3.

SCI 116 Laboratory Techniques II
Laboratory experiments to illustrate the principles that are presented in SCI 115 lectures. Three laboratory hours per week combining recitation and practical lab work. Prerequisite: SCI 114. Co-requisite: SCI 115. Cr 1.

SCI 153 AIDS: Biology, Social Policy, and the Law
AIDS is by definition a multi-disciplinary phenomenon that greatly impacts social policy, health care systems, personal relationships, the criminal justice system, and the legal system. To address the biomedical, ethical, and legal issues raised by AIDS in society, this course will inform students of the legal and public policy ramifications of AIDS while grounding this analysis in the biological and virologic facts of the disease. Cr 3.

SCI 170 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (SE)
This is the first course in a two-semester sequence in human anatomy and physiology. It introduces basic principles of physiology and anatomy through chemistry, cellular structure and function, genetics, and embryology. This course discusses several physiologic systems including the muscular, skeletal, nervous and integumentary systems. Prerequisites: students should have an understanding of basic biology and chemistry from high school courses or GED. SCI 170 must be taken concurrently with SCI 171. Cr 3.

SCI 171 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory (SE)
Laboratory experiences illustrating topics introduced in SCI 170. Must be taken concurrently with SCI 170. Cr 1.5

SCI 199 Special Topics

This is a class that has topics that vary from year to year and is meant to be taught at the introductory level with a minimum of prerequisites. Cr. 3-4

SCI/SBS 209 Human Genetics
This course examines the role of heredity in human growth, development, and behavior. Decision making, ethical issues and societal responsibilities related to genetic disorders will be discussed. Prerequisite: LCC 130 or SCI 170  or SCI 105.  Cr 3.

SCI 240 Applied Botany w/Lab
The growth, structure, reproduction, and physiology of plants will be studied, and the role of plants in human affairs will be discussed in this combined lecture and laboratory/field course. Prerequisites: SCI 105/106.  Cr 4.5

SCI 250 Applied Physics w/ Lab
An introductory course with a comprehensive presentation of the basic concepts and principles of physics. Lecture, problem solving, and laboratory experiments serve to strengthen the understanding of classical mechanics, vibrations and wave motion, light and optics. The course focuses on sound physical arguments and discussion of everyday experiences while providing practical examples that demonstrate the role of physics in other disciplines. Knowledge of spreadsheet software and trigonometry is essential. Prerequisite: MAT 108. Cr 4.

SCI 252 Medical Microbiology w/ Lab
This lecture and laboratory course introduces basic medical microbiology and focuses on the viruses, bacteria, protozoans, and multi-cellular organisms which cause human diseases. It also discusses epidemiology and the immune system. This course meets the requirements of nursing and allied health programs. Prerequisite: SCI 107 or SCI 270/271. Cr 4.

SCI 270 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
This is the second course in a two-semester sequence in human anatomy and physiology. Topics in this course will include the nervous system, special sense organs, blood and circulatory system, immune function, respiratory system, digestion and metabolism, endocrine function, renal function, and electrolyte balance. Prerequisites: SCI 170 and SCI 171. Must be taken concurrently with SCI 271. Cr 3.

SCI 271 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
Laboratory experiences illustrating topics introduced in SCI 270. Must be taken concurrently with SCI 270. Cr 1.5.

SCI 305 Molecular Physiology w/ Lab
This lecture and lab course examines the linkage between cellular and organismal events and those at the molecular level. Particular attention is given to DNA replication, signal transduction and the control of transcription, genomics, proteomics, metabolism, and the compartmentalization of cellular functions. Prerequisites: SCI 209 and SCI 252. Cr 4.

SCI 315 Environmental Health 
This course explores issues in environmental health from the dual perspectives of environmental issues and human health. A healthy environment includes species diversity, bountiful resources, and the absence of pollutants. Environmental health comprises those aspects of human health and disease that are determined by factors in the environment. It also refers to the theory and practice of assessing and controlling factors in the environment that can potentially affect human health. Prerequisites: LCC 230. Cr 3.

SCI/SBS 336 Introduction to Public Health
This course provides an overview of the public health system and examines the purpose, history, organization, approach, functions and determinants of health. The course places special emphasis on current health issues from our daily lives to highlight the relevance of public health. Trends, successes and challenges from a population perspective will be discussed as well as various tools and techniques used to address public health issues. Cr 3.

SCI/SBS 337 Introduction to Epidemiology
This seminar course introduces the student to epidemiology as a utility for the establishment and maintenance of public health. In essence, epidemiology involves the observation and statistical analysis of the occurrence of health and disease in human populations. This science informs the practice of preventive health/disease control and the formulation of public health policy. Seminar topics will be drawn from both infectious and chronic disease epidemiology ranging from the historical plagues such as the Black Death to the modern plagues of AIDS, cancer, and obesity. Recommended prerequisites include Introductory Biology and Statistics. Cr 3.

SCI 350 Science Projects
This course is an independent study under the direction of a faculty member. Students develop and complete a laboratory or library project. Cr 1-3.

SCI 355 Ecology w/ Lab
This lecture and laboratory course examines the theoretical bases upon which ecological investigations are based. The laboratory portion of the course consists primarily of fieldwork during which students complete an ecological assessment of local habitat. Prerequisites: SCI 105/106 and LCC 230 or ESP 101. Cr 4.5.

SCI 359 Cancer and Society
This course will use an epidemiological framework to explore the scientific background and genetic, social, physical, and biological determinants of cancer. The course will examine the response of individual, family, and society to a diagnosis of cancer. Traditional and non-traditional medical approaches to a diagnosis of cancer will be explored. This course is approved as a substitute for LCC 310. Cr 3.

SCI 360 Sustainablity Issues
Sustainability is one idea that shapes the past and future of the human race. The goal of this course is to allow students to develop a comprehensive worldview from which to evaluate current environmental issues and problems. Students will discuss concepts and data derived from the disciplines of ecology, biology, ethics, sociology, and politics and application of those concepts to sustainable development and the sociopolitical ramifications of environmental issues. Prerequisites LCC 230 and SCI 107. Cr 3.

SCI 365 Marine and Coastal Biology w/ Lab
A field-based course examining three major coastal habitats: the rocky shore, the sand beach, and the salt marsh along with the interactions among the living organisms in the earth's oceans. The course will focus on the relationships between the different aquatic trophic levels. Topics include species systematics and adaptations, ecosystem structure, and the relationship between humans and the biological systems. Where possible, local field examples will be utilized to illustrate these points. Prerequisites: SCI 107 and LCC 230 or ESP 101. Cr 4.

SCI 369 Exploring Careers, Choosing Life Roles
In this mid-level course in the career development series, students relate self-knowledge to career and life roles, with an emphasis on gaining and managing career information; learning various career and life decision-making strategies; and communicating formative academic, co-curricular, and professional experiences in such formats as accomplishment statements and informal interviews. Prerequisite: LCC 123 or LCC 345.  Cr 1.5.

SCI 380 Pathophysiology I
This course examines the physiologic, biochemical, genetic, and environmental basis of noninfectious diseases. Emphasis will be placed on inflammation, immunity, cancer, fluid, electrolytes, and acid-base balance as well as the cardiovascular, endocrine, and respiratory systems will be studied. This course meets the pathophysiology requirement for entry into the USM Nursing program. Prerequisites: SCI 270/271 and SCI 252. Cr 3.

SCI 381 Pathophysiology II
This course examines the physiologic, biochemical, genetic, and environmental basis of noninfectious diseases. The nervous, hematologic, renal, digestive, reproductive, muscular and skeletal systems will be studied. Microscopic pathology of selected diseases will be examined.SCI 380 is not a prerequisite. Prerequisites: SCI 270/271 and SCI 252.  Cr 3.

SCI 398 Independent Study
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Cr 1-6.

SCI 399 Special Topics

This is a class that has topics that vary from year to year and is meant to be taught at the junior or senior level and may include prerequisites. Cr 1-6.

SCI 413 Job Search Skills for the 21st Century
In this final course in the career development series, students assume active agency in career planning through learning how to market themselves to prospective employers. They learn to create and use the tools needed for career placement, such as cover letters, resumes, and interviews. Prerequisite: HUM/LOS/SBS/SCI 369.  Cr 1.5.

SCI 421 Natural Resource Policy
Examination of natural resource policies and evaluation procedures used by natural resource decision makers. Case studies focus on topics such as forest industry regulations, the Endangered Species Act, the Maine Environmental Priorities Project, transboundary ecosystems, aquatic and estuarine areas, and marine resources. Emphasis is on natural resource policy processes, conflict resolution through consensus building, and comparative risk assessment as it pertains to policy. Prerequisite: LCC 230   Cr 3.

SCI 440 Sustainability Projects

Students completing Sustainability Projects will develop understanding of the depth and meaning to the term "sustainability" and its differentiation from "sustainable development".  This may include topical material on Sustainability Principles, Local and Global Climate Change, and Consumption Patterns in the developed and developing world with an eye towards local and regional consumption patterns. Also topics of Environmental Refugees, population transitions and migration, utilizing Maine examples, may be explored as well as general ecosystem threats and challenges.  Topics will center on the Human Animal as a sustainable individual and species and local food production (fad or changing marketplace).  Outcomes include:  Relevant literature review and problem awareness, challenge determination, proposal writing and presentation, community-based challenge protocol formulation; field experiences & report writing and community presentation.Prerequisites:  SCI 360 or SCI 315 Cr 3.

SCI 447 Internship
This online course provides students the opportunity to work in their chosen field to evaluate their interest and acquire basic skills needed to market themselves effectively. Students participate in an online seminar in which they learn about and reflect on workplace issues. Students wishing to take more than 3 credit hours must have permission from their faculty advisors. Prerequisite: HUM/LOS/SBS/SCI 413. Cr 3-6.

SCI 450 Science in the Classroom
This integrated lecture and laboratory course is designed for secondary teachers, summer camp counselors, parents, and others who wish to interest children in science. The course discusses the history of science teaching, science reform movements, and the development of science lesson plans. It provides knowledge of basic science and gives examples of inexpensive experiments which children can perform. Emphasis is placed on integrating science with the arts, math, humanities, and with social sciences. Maine State Department of Education, Division of Certification and Placement, accepts this course as an elementary science methods course. Cr 3.

MAT 242 Applied Problem Solving
This course is designed to introduce mathematical concepts and apply them to solving problems in various contexts. The focus will be on mathematical ideas required by Maine's Learning Results. Topics include sets, functions, logic, numeration systems, number theory, geometry, and calculus. Students will formulate key questions, gather and organize data, discover patterns and similarities, interpret and communicate information. Offered only at Lewiston-Auburn College. Prerequisite: MAT 108 Cr 3.