Basic Science

B.S. Degree — Basic Science Major

In addition to the general education requirements, students majoring in Basic Science must complete the following courses.

Requirements 41 s.h.

  • BIOL1400 Fundamentals of Biological Science 3 s.h.
  • BIOL2360 Microbiology 4 s.h.
  • BIOL2430 Animal Biology 4 s.h.
  • BIOL2440 Plant Biology 4 s.h.
  • CHEM1430 Principles of Chemistry I 3 s.h.
  • CHEM1431 Principles of Chemistry I Lab 1 s.h.
  • CHEM1440 Principles of Chemistry II 3 s.h.
  • CHEM1441 Principles of Chemistry II Lab 1 s.h.
  • CHEM3410 Organic Chemistry I 3 s.h.
  • CHEM3411 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1 s.h.
  • MATH1510 Calculus I 3 s.h.
  • MATH1520 Calculus II 3 s.h.
  • PHYS1410 Elements of Physics I 4 s.h.
  • PHYS1420 Elements of Physics II 4 s.h.


Teacher Certification in General Science

FOR BASIC SCIENCE AND NON-BASIC SCIENCE MAJORS WHO WANT A SECONDARY SCIENCE ENDORSEMENT (5-12) IN GENERAL SCIENCE: Students who desire Iowa Teacher Certification with a General Science secondary endorsement must complete 24 s.h. in science to include 12 s.h. in biological sciences, 3 s.h. in physics, 3 s.h. in chemistry, 6 s.h. in physical science (SCIE prefix), and the Secondary Education Program (with SCIE3360 Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics as the appropriate methods course).


Courses in Science

SCIE1250 Descriptive Astronomy 3 s.h.
A descriptive presentation of the theory and structure of the universe to include celestial coordinates, laws of orbital motion, evolution of the solar system, comets and meteoroids, stellar and galactic structure. Some use of the observatory is included. Goal 1A

SCIE1251 Descriptive Astronomy Lab 1 s.h.
Observational laboratory exercises, demonstration exercises, and elementary calculations to illustrate methods used in astronomy. The student will learn to locate and observe astronomical phenomena using optical devices. Specifically the student will learn to identify constellations and how to use a telescope. There will be evening observations, visits to virtual and real world planetariums. Experiments will include geometrical optics and the construction of telescopes. In addition, there will be labs based on astronomical calculations that will include a rudimentary investigation of navigation systems, star charts and atronomical coordinate systems. Co-requisite: SCIE1250. Goal 1A

SCIE1310 Fundamentals of Physical Science 3 s.h.
An integrated study of selected principles and concepts of physics, earth science, and chemistry. (Not intended for science majors.) Goal 1A

SCIE2000 Individual Study Goal 1A 1-3 s.h.

+ SCIE2100 Earth Science (3-0) 3 s.h.
A study of physical geology, using plate tectonics as the unifying theory. The major components of the Earth’s crust (rocks and minerals) and forces that shape the Earth’s surface (winds, streams, glaciers, volcanoes, earthquakes, etc.) will be considered. Goal 1A

SCIE3000 Individual Study  Goal 1A 1-3 s.h.

SCIE3030 The Nature of Science 3 s.h.
An overview of the history and philosophy of science and an investigation of contemporary problems, issues, and concepts in the sciences. A study of the interrelatedness of the several fields of science as well as the relation of science to other areas of scholarship. Prerequisite: Any college biological or physical science course. Goal 1A

SCIE3360 Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics (Also MATH3360) 3 s.h.
A study of the objectives, methods, techniques, materials, and activities related to teaching science and mathematics in the secondary schools. Prerequisite: 20 hours in science or mathematics. Goal 1A

SCIE3900 Advanced Topics in Science 3 s.h.
Designed to cover current areas of advancement in biology, chemistry, and medicine. Topics will be selected from various areas such as biotechnology, bioinformatics, genomics, molecular modeling, drug discovery and drug design, and disease pathology and therapeutic approaches (cancer, inflammatory and bone disorders, and AIDS). The course will consist of lectures, discussions, and journal article reviews/presentations. Prerequisites: BIOL1300 or CHEM1320 or Instructors consent. Goal 1A

SCIE4000 Individual Study Goal 1A 1-3 s.h.

+Denotes an alternate year course.