• Astronomy I SCI 111

    History of Astronomy from the ancients to Newton; light; telescopes; sun; earth; moon; planets; comets; asteroids; meteors; space programs; science and technology in society. For non-science majors. 3 credits

  • Astronomy I Lab SCI L111

    Laboratory experiments and exercises to illustrate the principles discussed in SCI 111. 1 credit

  • Astronomy II SCI 112

    Astronomy of the Cosmos; sun, stars, interstellar materials, galaxies, pulsars, quasars, black holes; nature of time relativity cosmology. For non-science majors. 3 credits

  • Astronomy II Lab SCI L112

    Laboratory experiments and exercises to illustrate the principles discussed in SCI 112. 1 credit

  • Environmental Biology with Lab BIO 104/L104

    An introduction to basic ecological issues in which concepts including ecosystem ecology, behavioral ecology, community ecology and population ecology serve as a basis for the understanding of life support systems. Major ecosystems of the world are also studied with the aid of audiovisual sessions that visually help enhance the diverse characteristics of each system including a final overall view of the main environmental aspects of Spain. Field trips to the Guadarrama Mountain Range, the National Educational Environmental Center, the Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid, along with the study of microorganisms in the laboratory and ecological aspects of ecological succession surrounding the Royal Palace and the city’s river, reinforce in situ the main aspects studied in the classroom. 4 credits

  • Environmental Science with Lab SCI 103/L103

    An introduction to basic evolutionary, behavioral and ecological principles. Readings and discussion emphasize the ways that humans are affected by ecological processes and principles as well as how humans and their technology affect ecosystems. Laboratory exercises illustrate topics covered in SCI 103. Field testing and analysis of environmental samples. 4 credits

  • General Chemistry I CHEM 111

    Fundamental principles of chemistry are discussed. Topics include introductions to atomic structure, periodic table, nature of chemical bonds, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, acid-base systems, chemical equilibria, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, kinetics, and chemistry of selected elements. 3 credits

  • General Chemistry I Lab CHEM L111

    The basic principles of chemistry illustrated through laboratory investigation. Qualitative analysis is emphasized. 1 credit

  • General Chemistry II CHEM 112

    Continuation of the discussion of the fundamental principles of chemistry. Topics include introduction to solutions, kinetics, equilibrium, acid-base systems, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. 3 credits

  • General Chemistry II Lab CHEM L112

    Continuation of the illustration of the basic principles of chemistry through laboratory investigation. Quantitative analysis, particularly volumetric analysis, is emphasized. 1 credit

  • The Built World SCI 171

    The most basic needs of humans have not changed - water, food, and shelter - but the means of meeting these needs has. In this course, we will examine how technology-driven societies operate by studying how cities are built and how they function. Topics will include water supply and distribution systems; transportation systems (including road and bridge design and construction); building design, construction, and operation (including skyscraper and sustainable building design), and waste removal systems (municipal and industrial wastewater removal and treatment, solid waste removal and treatment). This is not a course about little gadgets and widgets; this is a course about big engineering marvels; and it emphasizes applications of science - how things work - rather than scientific theory. 4 credits

  • Science & Life in the 21st Century SCI 181

    This is a four credit, non-lab, science course that examines the central scientific problems confronting the 21st century. The course studies particular topics and teaches the necessary science around these topics to provide a good understanding of the issues. The topics currently are: Energy, Science and Economic Decisions, Sustainability of Life on Earth, Health and Science. 4 credits