Science (SCI) Courses

SCI1010 Environmental Science

This course presents major scientific concepts dealing with the biological and physical nature of the world we live in. A major theme is the impact of human population and economic growth on the biodiversity and ecosystems of our planet, considering how sustainable use of the world's resources may be achieved for both developing and developed nations. Topics such as energy, air, water or resource use, land use and agriculture will be discussed. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, Denver CE, North Miami, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

SCI1015 Introduction to Life Science

This course describes key biological and chemical principles that apply to all living things. Evolution and natural selection are studied as an explanation for the history of life on Earth. Students examine cells and cell functions, genetics, as well as structure and function of human body systems. Application of scientific methodology is included. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, Denver CE, North Miami, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

SCI1030 Marine Biology

This course is an introduction to both the biological and physical aspects of the marine environment, including a survey of the organisms that inhabit the world's oceans, their ecology, species evolution and distribution, and the human impact of commercial marine-related industries. Of particular interest are seafood, shellfish and marine plants as marine food sources, as well as shipping and maritime industries. (HY)
Offered at Denver, Denver CE, North Miami, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

SCI1050 Nutrition

This course in basic human nutrition examines metabolic energy derived from carbohydrates, proteins and lipids. Pathways for utilization of this energy to build new biomolecules, including nucleic acids, are discussed, as are the consequences of nutrient deficiencies. Ways to achieve and maintain nutrient balance are a central part of the course. The significance of vitamins and minerals and possible toxicity due to overabundance are also discussed. Computer-based dietary analysis is a key component of this course. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, Denver CE, North Miami, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

SCI2030 Introduction to Ecology

This course combines biology and other sciences to study how living things interact with each other and with their nonliving environment. Topics such as competition and predation, the one-way flow of energy and the cycling of nutrients through ecological communities are examined. Other topics such as biodiversity, major terrestrial and aquatic biomes, succession, and the methods and goals of environmental conservation are discussed. (OL)
Offered at North Miami, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

SCI2031 Anatomy and Physiology

This basic course covers the anatomy and physiology of the human organism, based on the cell, tissue, organ and system structures of the body. An integral part of this course is the learning of medical terminology. (OL)
Offered at Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

SCI3020 Sustainability Policy and Planning

In this course students are introduced to the application of scientifically sound sustainability policies and their effects. Through the study of relevant case studies, this course demonstrates how corporate leaders can gain a strategic advantage by fostering sustainable development principles within their organizations. Businesses have typically been viewed as major contributors to environmental problems but they have also been extremely important participants in solutions. Students investigate policy efforts that promote responsible management of social, economic, and environmental resources and examine the roles of governments, markets, and nonprofit organizations in the implementation of sustainable development laws and policies.
Prerequisite(s): ENG1021 or ENG1027, SCI1010. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

SCI3070 Food Sustainability

This course introduces students to the natural science aspects of sustainability in food production, agriculture, aquaculture, food distribution, and environmental considerations. Topics include such emerging areas as: organic food industry, slow food movement, local food production, and sustainable food production practices. The class integrates theoretical principles of agricultural and aquaculture sustainability with hands-on learning exercises and evaluates the environmental, social, and economic aspects of sustainable food production issues.
Prerequisite(s): ENG1021 or ENG1027, SCI1010. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

SCI3080 The Business of Sustainability

This course reveals the business advantages of integrating the scientific principles of environmental sustainability in commerce. The application of sustainability principles to business management is investigated. How environmental issues can drive markets and be used to manage risks and costs is examined. The economic necessity of sustainable business practices is analyzed. Business practices are evaluated to determine their true environmental impact.
Prerequisite(s): ENG1021 or ENG1027, SCI1010. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

SCI4090 Research Seminar in Sustainability

This course is a capstone of the student’s undergraduate work in the sustainability minor and an introduction to the professional practice of sustainability. The Research Seminar in Sustainability is designed to provide students with opportunities to experience the methods used in business, nonprofit, and government sustainable development initiatives and programs by approaching a single issue from a variety of perspectives. Student groups select topics related to the main issue. Topics are clustered within the categories of policies and sociology, economics, or health and environment. Each group analyzes its topic, discovers relationships to the main issue and other group’s topics, and presents their findings to the entire class. This multi-disciplinary seminar serves as an integrative course employing the strategies that will build a sustainable future.
Prerequisite(s): SCI1010, SCI3020, SCI3070, SCI3080. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours