NSCI 104 Biology of Non-Infectious Disease

Professor: J. Ferguson

CRN: 11466

Distribution: E/G

Time: Tu Th 4:20 pm - 5:40 pm HEG 106
Lab: Tu 9:30 am - 12:00 pm ROSE 306

This course, intended for the non-science major, will investigate several human non-infectious diseases in detail, using where possible actual case studies. A wide variety of problems will be covered, including inherited disorders, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and poisonings. Students will be expected to read each case before class and be prepared to discuss the manifestations, detection, diagnosis, and treatment of each case. Most case studies will come from the non-technical literature and will serve as paradigms of scientific methodology as applied to the diagnosis and rational treatment of human disease. Amplification of the physiological bases of the diseases will be provided through lectures and additional reading.


NSCI 130 Chemistry of the Environment

Professor: S. Sattar

CRN: 11468

Distribution: E/G/Q

Time: W 10:30 am - 12:30 pm HEG 106
M 10:30 am - 12:30 pm OLIN 307

A study of environmental problems and their relation to chemistry. The first part of the course concerns the atmosphere: its constituents, the greenhouse effect, ozone, and photochemical fog. The second part of the course concerns water: natural waters, acid rain, and drinking water. Laboratory experiments throughout the semester illustrate topics discussed in class. Chemical principles are introduced and developed during the course as needed, but facility with algebra is required.


NSCI 162 Cosmology

Professor: P. Skiff

CRN: 11469

Distribution: A/E

Time: Tu Th 1:20 pm - 2:50 pm HEG 102

The course will be a descriptive review of the astrophysical theories of the origin and development of the early universe. The "standard model," the so-called "big bang theory," will be examined in detail, with attendant evidence and theories of particles, fields, energy and entropy, and space-time geometry. Current models of supernovae, quasars, black and white holes, dark matter, and quantum foam will be evolved, and recent alternative models of super symmetry and superstrings will be reviewed. Various historical notions of "time," "space," "matter," and "cause' will frame the discussions. No prior experience in collegiate science is required. This course can be taken for distribution credit in science, but does not meet the requirement for computational or laboratory experience.


NSCI 182 Acoustics, Physics, Music

Professor: M. Deady

CRN: 11470

Distribution: E/G/Q

Time: W 1:20 pm - 3:20 pm HEG 102
Lab A: F 1:20 pm - 2:40 pm ROSE 108
Lab B: F 2:50 pm - 4:10 pm ROSE 108

This laboratory course gives an introduction to the phenomena of acoustics, particularly aspects that are important in the production and perception of music. The physics of sound is covered in depth, and characteristics of acoustic and electronic instruments are discussed. Mathematical and laboratory techniques are introduced as needed. No specific science background beyond algebra is assumed.


NSCI 210 Bugs

Professor: J. Wolfson

CRN: 11467

Distribution: E

Time: Tu Th 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm HEG 201
Lab: Th 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm HEG 350

This course, designed for the student with little or no background in the sciences, will introduce the largest group of animals on earth, the insects. The lecture will address such topics as the ecological role of insects in natural communities, their novel solutions to various problems, their unusual communication patterns and behaviors, and their important (positive and negative) impacts on humans. Laboratory exercises will provide the student with the opportunity to observe this fascinating group of organisms first hand.


NSCI 222 Physical Science before Newton

Professor: P. Skiff

CRN: 11471

Distribution: A/E

Time: Tu Th 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm HEG 102

An introduction to the history and philosophy of science. T. S. Kuhn's model of historical progress will be used to examine selected parts of discourses involving pre-Socratic philosophy, mythology, Copernican astronomy, Galileo's trial, and Newton's philosophy. A critique of method will introduce modern historiographic and philosophic controversy, which will continue in the sequel courses, Natural Science 223 and 304. Designed as a core course for studies in history, philosophy, and sociology of science; no prior mathematical or technical expertise will be presumed at this level. Readings include excerpts from the Enuma Elish, the Milesians, Pythagoras, Heraclitus, Plato, Aristotle, Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, and Newton. Secondary commentary by Nahm, Butterfield, Kuhn, Munitz, and others. No prior mathematical or technical expertise will be presumed at this level.