Science

Course Descriptions and Syllabi

The chart below lists courses in the following subject areas:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Science

 

Online Science Courses

 

BIOLOGY

BS 100 - Human Biology

4 credits
(also available online)

A one-semester lecture and laboratory designed for non-science majors for the study of the structure and function of all the body systems. Covers such current issues as genetic engineering and biotechnology and such health concerns as AIDS and cancer. Laboratory experiments include light microscopy, human anatomy and physiology, and representative dissections.        

3 hours lecture; 3 hours laboratory
Prerequisite: Admission into college-level courses; open to non-science majors only

Course Supervisor:
Master Course Syllabus

BS 101 - Biology I

4 credits

Basic study of the principles underlying the science of cells and organisms. Included are topics related to biochemistry, cell structure and function, effects of the physical environment on cells, genetics, genetic engineering, heredity, evolution, and selected biological problems. Laboratory experiments include investigations of physical and chemical life processes, analysis of cellular components, cellular functions, cell reproduction, and heredity.                                                         

3 hours lecture; 3 hours laboratory
Recommended: CH 103 or equivalent 

Course Supervisor: Dr. Mayur
Master Course Syllabus

BS 102 - Biology II

4 credits

Basic study of representative organisms of the five kingdoms, with an emphasis on classification, differential features, and reproduction. For the plant and animal kingdoms, covers fundamentals of development, physiological control systems, organ systems, nutrition, movement, ecology, and selected biological problems of representative organisms. The laboratory sessions include dissections and experimental studies of selected representative organisms for all kingdoms.

3 hours lecture; 3 hours laboratory
Recommended: CH 103 or equivalent

Course Supervisor: Dr. Greidanus
Master Course Syllabus

BS 103 - Anatomy and Physiology I

4 credits
(also available online)

Introduction to the basic structural and functional relationships of the human body at the cellular, organ, and system levels, including the major histological and gross anatomical structures of the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Anatomy emphasized in the laboratory. Knowledge of chemistry required.

3 hours lecture; 3 hours laboratory

Course Supervisor: Dr. Hager
Master Course Syllabus

BS 104 - Anatomy and Physiology II

4 credits
(also available online)

Studies the major anatomical and functional aspects of the endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems, as well as nutrition, metabolism, and acid-base balance, and homeostatic mechanisms.  Laboratory exercises include anatomical dissections, microscopic study and physiology activities.

3 hours lecture; 3 hours laboratory
Prerequisite: BS 103

Course Supervisor: Dr. Mayur
Master Course Syllabus

BS 111 - Concepts in Biology

4 credits
(also available online)

A one semester lecture and laboratory course for non-science majors covering life’s unity and diversity.  How living things are built, how they function and how they evolve.

3 hours lecture; 3 hours laboratory
Prerequisite: Admission to college level

Course Supervisor: Dr. Hager
Master Course Syllabus

BS 171 - Honors Biology I

4 credits

Provides an enriched curriculum with enhanced laboratory and field experiences. Topics concerned with current issues in Biology as related to cells, genetics, organisms, ecology, taxonomy, ethics, and methods of scientific inquiry. A special project or report is required. Meets General Education requirements for A.A. degree programs and science options (A.S. in science degree programs) as specified in the College catalog for BS 101. 

3 hours lecture; 3 hours laboratory and field trip
Prerequisites: high school biology, chemistry, and physics; college-level Test placement in math, reading, and English; acceptance into Honors Program.

Course Supervisor: Dr. Mayur
Master Course Syllabus

BS 201 - Fundamentals of Exercise Physiology

4 credits

Studies the research about the impact of exercise upon fitness and health. The effects of exercise on various body systems are discussed. Methods available to quantify exercise intensity and measurement of energy expenditure during exercise are demonstrated. Laboratory sessions provide experience in measurement and testing of cardio respiratory response to exercise. Fitness testing and data collection during lab sessions will provide practical experience for the workplace.

3 hours lecture; 3 hours laboratory
Prerequisite: BS 100

Course Supervisor: Prof. Deblinger
Master Course Syllabus

BS 203 - Microbiology     

4 credits

Studies the characteristics of microorganisms including morphology, metabolism, genetics, cultivation, effects on human life and the environment.  Clinical aspects as well as emerging topics such as food poisoning outbreaks, antimicrobial resistance, genetic engineering and bioterrorism are included.  Laboratory sessions cover basic procedures culminating in the identification of unknown bacterial samples.

3 hours lecture; 3 hours laboratory
Prerequisites: CH-103 or equivalent; BS 101 and BS 102 or BS 103 and BS 104

Course Supervisor:
Master Course Syllabus

BS 204 - Introduction to Ecology     

4 credits

This course provides an exploration of the fundamental processes by which organisms interact with the living and nonliving components of their environments. Topics will include evolution and adaptation to the environment, types of species interactions, threats to ecological systems, population and community dynamics, and the influence of human activity in ecological processes.  The laboratory component will include the scientific method, collection and analysis of data, field study methods, computer simulations, and field trips designed to explore the variety of habitats in New Jersey.

3 hours lecture; 3 hours laboratory
Prerequisites: CH-112 General Chemistry I
 

Course Supervisor: Prof. Baranowski
Master Course Syllabus

BS 205 - Physiology of Disease

3 credits
(also available online)

Introduces the study of disease pathology.  Includes description, etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, current medical treatment including pharmacology, progress and prevention of diseases of the major body systems, with emphasis on basic concepts and the terminology of pathology.

3 hours lecture
Prerequisites: BS 104, HIT 104

Course Supervisor:
Master Course Syllabus

BS 207 - Cell Biology

4 credits

Provides a survey of principles of cell biology structure and function and hands-on instruction of common techniques.  Topics such as subcellular compartmentalization, sorting, trafficking, membrane function & dynamics, cell cycle & control, signal transduction, cytoskeleton function, cell-cell interactions are presented.  The laboratory component will include the scientific method as a means of investigating cell staining, cell fractionation, protein isolation and separation, microscopy techniques.

3 hours lecture; 1 hour laboratory
Prerequisites: BS 101, BS 102

Course Supervisor:
Master Course Syllabus

BS 211 - Molecular Genetics

4 credits

Focuses on the steps required to synthesize proteins from genes, the regulation of these steps as well as the manipulation and analysis of genes.  Topics discussed include:  a) Mendelian genetics; b) chromatin structure, DNA replication, repair and recombination; c) the control of gene expression at various levels; d) Recombinant DNA techniques; e) Proteonomics and Genomics techniques.  Laboratory experiments provide hands-on instruction of techniques in DNA purification and recombinant DNA technology and the principles of Mendelian Genetics.

3 hours lecture; 1 hour laboratory
Prerequisites: BS 101

Course Supervisor:  Prof. Baranowski
Master Course Syllabus

 

CHEMISTRY 

CH 103 - Introduction to General and Organic Chemistry

4 credits

Covers an introduction to chemical principles including atomic structure, stoichiometry, solution chemistry, pH, organic and inorganic nomenclature, basic reaction chemistry, physical properties of organic and inorganic compounds and an introduction to nuclear chemistry. Laboratory exercises reinforce chemical principles.  Medical applications of chemical principles and solutions to numerical problems are stressed.  A course for non-science and allied health science majors.

3 Hours Lecture, 3 Hours Laboratory
Prerequisites: MA 005 and either SC 004 or H.S. equivalent

Course Supervisor: Dr. Safarowic
Master Course Syllabus

CH 104 - Introduction to Biochemistry
      This course is no longer available.

CH 111 - General Chemistry I

4 credits

For science, pre-professional and engineering majors. Covers basic concepts and introductory inorganic chemistry. Topics include: stoichiometry, solubility, atomic and molecular structure, gases, solid structure, quantum mechanics, chemical formulas, reactions, solutions, enthalpy and bonding theory. Solutions to numerical problems are stressed throughout.  Laboratory experiments reinforce theoretical principles. 

3 hours lecture; 3 hours laboratory 
Prerequisites: MA 005 or equivalent

Course Supervisor: Dr. Safarowic
Master Course Syllabus

CH 112 - General Chemistry II

4 credits

Covers thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, oxidation-reduction reactions, electrochemistry, reaction rates and mechanisms, coordination complexes, main group chemistry and nuclear chemistry.  Laboratory experiments reinforce theoretical principles.  Continuation of CH 111.

3 hours lecture; 3 hours laboratory
Prerequisites: CH 111 and MA 108

Course Supervisor: Dr. Safarowic
Master Course Syllabus

CH 201 - Organic and Biochemistry


     This course is no longer available

CH 211 - Organic Chemistry I    

4 credits

Covers the alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, and alkyl halides.  Major classes of reactions covered include: nucleophilic substitution, elimination, addition, free radical and polar mechanisms.  Reaction intermediates and chemical synthesis are stressed.  Laboratory experiments include an introduction to purification and identification techniques as well as an introduction to chemical synthesis.  A laboratory science course for science, pre-professional and chemical engineering majors. 

3 hours lecture; 3 hours laboratory
Prerequisite: CH 112

Course Supervisor: Dr. Chang
Master Course Syllabus

CH 212 - Organic Chemistry II

4 credits

Covers Infra-red, UV-Vis and Mass Spectroscopy and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance.  Major functional groups covered include aromatic compounds, aryl halides, alcohols and ethers, organometallics, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, amines, dicarbonyls and an introduction to biochemistry. Major classes of reaction covered include oxidation and reduction, electrophilic aromatic substitution, nucleophilic addition and substitution to carbonyl and nucleophilic substitutions to acyl carbon reactions.  Laboratory experiments stress organic synthesis and product identification with formal lab reports written to ACS specifications.  Continuation of CH 211.

3 hours lecture; 3 hours laboratory 
Prerequisite: CH 211

Course Supervisor: Dr. Safarowic
Master Course Syllabus

 

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS

GIS 101 - Fundamentals of GIS

4 credits

Fundamentals of Geographic Information system (GIS) covers basic topics in storing, retrieving, mapping, and analyze different types of data (scientific, political, cultural, economic, etc.) with ESRI & ArcGIS software. Students will learn the basic use of GIS and be exposed to how applications are used in various disciplines and employment settings. Labs include class use of the software and Web CT facilitated projects.

3 hours lecture; 3 hours laboratory
Master Course Syllabus

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION 

PE 110 - Strength and Conditioning

1 credit

Introduction to strength and muscle endurance conditioning.  Students will learn a variety of weight training systems.

2 hours lecture

Course Supervisor: Prof. Deblinger
Master Course Syllabus

PE 111 - Heart Attack Prevention for  Police and Fire Science

1 credit

Special exercise program develops the high level of fitness necessary for successful work in police and fire science careers. To reduce stress, careful attention is paid to relaxation techniques. Other health topics are covered as they relate to police and fire science vocational life styles.

1 hour lecture

Course Supervisor: Prof. Deblinger
Master Course Syllabus

PE 112 - Physical Education for Children

1 credit

For professionals and parents interested in presenting and enjoying planned, progressive physical activities for children. In-class practice teaching sessions are used. Recommended to students in the Early Childhood Education curriculum, but open to all students.

1 hour lecture

Course Supervisor: Prof. Deblinger
Master Course Syllabus

PE 114 - First Aid, CPR, and Safety Education

3 credits

For those interested in the theory and practice of basic life-saving skills and accident prevention. Instruction covers how to recognize medical emergencies and deal with them properly. Instruction includes basic first aid, rescue breathing, cardiopulmonary resuscitation/CPR, and training on automated external defibrillators is also included.

3 hours lecture; 2 hours laboratory
Co-requisites: EN 004, RD 004

Course Supervisor: Prof. Deblinger
Master Course Syllabus

PE 115 - Self-Defense

1 credit

How to avoid, recognize, eliminate or modify dangerous circumstances in everyday living. Learn the skills and strategies necessary for self-defense.

Co-requisites: EN 004, RD 004

Course Supervisor: Prof. Deblinger
Master Course Syllabus

PE 116 - Concepts of Fitness and Wellness

3 credits

Helps students assess their levels of fitness for achieving their goals of overall fitness. Emphasizes maintaining total wellness and physical fitness in daily life, and promotes proper nutrition, stress management, and healthful lifestyle. Students develop exercise program to meet their individual needs.

3 hours lecture

Course Supervisor: Prof. Deblinger
Master Course Syllabus

PE 117 - Applied Concepts of Fitness

3 credits

Introduces the principles necessary to promote  and supervise fitness activities and the proper detailed use of equipment in health/fitness facilities. Emphasizes the creation of exercise programs for average adults, and the creation of exercise activities for special populations. Covers the marketing of health services and fitness facilities.

3 hours lecture
Prerequisite: PE 116

Course Supervisor: Prof. Deblinger
Master Course Syllabus

PE 119 - Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries

3 credits

Provides information of the assessment of the nature and severity of athletic injuries to all areas of the body. A review of functional anatomy is followed by discussions of the mechanisms of athletic injury, associated signs and symptoms, and the process used to assess athletic injury.

3 hours lecture; appropriate activities

Course Supervisor: Prof. Deblinger
Master Course Syllabus

PE 120 - Lifestyle Fitness

1 credit

This course is designed to help students develop a commitment to a lifetime of fitness.  Lifestyle Fitness will provide students with the opportunity to participate in a class related to their personal physical fitness.  There are no athletic skills involved, as this course will educate students to pursue health-related fitness activities and follow a healthy diet.

Course Supervisor: Prof. Deblinger
Master Course Syllabus

PE 121 - Folk and Square Dance

1 credit

Explore in-depth dance skills in international Folk and American Square Dance; increase proficiency in the performance of locomotor skills, including formation and pattern; increase understanding of other countries through their musical and cultural heritage as reflected in dance.

2 hours lecture;    appropriate activities

PE 140 - Yoga

1 credit

Instruction in practical knowledge to assure a foundation in basic yoga skills. Learn yoga postures and philosophy, gentle breathing exercises, relaxation, and meditation techniques.

1 hour lecture; appropriate activities

Course Supervisor: Prof. Deblinger
Master Course Syllabus

PE 150 - Tennis I

1 credit

Instruction in the fundamentals of basic strokes and conduct of play to develop the skills necessary to play tennis as a recreational sport.

1 hour lecture; appropriate activities

PE 151 - Tennis II

1 credit

For those who have developed the fundamental skills of the game and wish to develop singles and doubles strategy. Emphasis on the backhand, return of serve, lob, smash, and net play.

1 hour lecture; appropriate activities
Prerequisite: PE 150

PE 160 - Badminton

1 credit

Fundamentals of basic strokes and conduct of play necessary to develop the skills to enjoy badminton as a recreational sport.

1 hour lecture; appropriate activities

PE 180 - Basketball (Coeducational)

1 credit

Instruction in the fundamental skills of basketball. Emphasizes physical fitness, the concepts involved in cohesive team play, and appreciation of the game.

1 hour lecture; appropriate activities

PE 182 - Volleyball (Coeducational)

1 credit

Instruction in the fundamental skills of volleyball. Emphasizes physical fitness, concepts involved in cohesive team play, and appreciation of the game.

1 hour lecture; appropriate activities

 

PHYSICS

PY 101 - College Physics I

4 credits

This is the first in a two-semester sequence of algebra and trigonometry-based physics. Recommended for majors in natural science, liberal arts, or technology. Covers vectors, kinematics, dynamics, Newton's laws, energy, momentum, rotational motions, solid and fluid mechanics, heat, thermodynamics, and sound.

3 hours lecture; 3 hours lab
Prerequisite: MA 109

Course Supervisor: Dr. Djuric
Master Course Syllabus

PY 102 - College Physics II

4 credits

This is the second in a two-semester sequence of algebra and trigonometry-based physics. Covers waves, electrostatics, electric fields, direct current electricity, magnetic fields, induction, alternating current electricity, light, relativity, quantum mechanics, atomic and nuclear physics.

3 hours lecture; 3 hours lab
Prerequisite: PY 101

Course Supervisor: Dr. Djuric
Master Course Syllabus

PY 120 - Physics I

4 credits

This is the first in a three-semester, calculus-based physics sequence. Recommended for majors in engineering, pure science or mathematics. Covers vectors, kinematics, dynamics, Newton's laws, energy, momentum, circular and rotational motion, gravitational forces, solid and fluid mechanics, heat and thermodynamics.

3 hours lecture; 3 hours lab
Prerequisite: MA 120

Course Supervisor: Dr. Djuric
Master Course Syllabus

PY 121 - Physics II

4 credits

This is the second in a three-semester, calculus-based physics sequence. Covers waves, sound, electrostatics, electric fields, Gauss's law, electrical potential, capacitors, circuits, magnetic fields, Ampere's law, Lenz's law, induction and alternating currents.

3 hours lecture; 3 hours lab
Prerequisite: PY 120

Course Supervisor: Dr. Djuric
Master Course Syllabus

PY 220 - Physics III

4 credits

This is the third in a three-semester, calculus-based physics sequence. Covers electromagnetic waves, geometric optics, interference, diffraction, relativity, quantum mechanics, atomic and nuclear structure, and elementary particles.

3 hours lecture; 3 hours lab
Prerequisite: PY 121

Course Supervisor: Dr. Djuric
Master Course Syllabus

 

SCIENCE  

SC 004 - General Science

3 credits

Survey of basic topics in high school science for students at the RD 004, EN 004, and MA 004 skill level or higher. Includes applications of basic math for solving scientific problems, data analysis, and SI unit system.  Laboratory exercises reinforce basic concepts in applied science, including observation and analysis of variables and care/operation of basic scientific equipment.  
Recommended for students requiring a 100-level or higher science course, but have not taken high school biology, chemistry and/or physics within the previous five calendar years. 

2 hours lecture; 2 hours laboratory
Co-requisite: MA 004

Course Supervisor:
Master Course Syllabus

SC 101 - Introduction to Physical Science

4 credits

Study of the basic concepts of chemistry, biology, earth science, and physics. Development and application of appropriate
scientific computational abilities and the skills required for laboratory operations.

3 hours lecture; 3 hours laboratory

This course is not currently offered.

SC 102 - Health and Nutrition

4 credits

This course is no longer available.  Students should enroll in SC 103 below.


SC 102L - Health and Nutrition Lab

  

This course is no longer available.  Students should enroll in SC 103 below.


SC 103 - Nutrition

4 credits

This course introduces students to the biochemical basis of nutrient action. Topics include the structure, function and metabolism of the three primary nutrients- carbohydrates, lipids and proteins - as well as the interaction of various enzymes, vitamins and hormones on food metabolism. Physiology of nutrient deficiencies and study in methods of research in nutrition will also be included. Laboratory experiments include chemical analysis of major nutrients, measurement of kilocalories, metric units and percentages of nutrients. New in Spring 2011

3 hours lecture; 3 hours laboratory

Prerequisites: EN 004, RD 004

Course Supervisor: Prof. Deblinger
Master Course Syllabus

SC 104 - Environmental Science

4 credits

Provides an introductory survey of man-made and naturally caused environmental problems and their proposed solutions. Topics such as river pollution, chemical hazards, the atmosphere, ecosystems, energy, recycling, and endangered species are presented and discussed from a scientific perspective. The laboratory component includes the scientific method as a means of investigating the environment, some laboratory analysis, field study methods, as well as computer simulations.  Meets science requirement(s) for liberal arts and other majors requiring a science course or course - elective for science and allied health majors.

3 hours lecture; 3 hours laboratory

Course Supervisor: Prof. Baranowski
Master Course Syllabus

SC 105 - Principles of Astronomy and Space

4 credits

Astronomy and qualitative and quantitative means of describing the general nature of the physical universe and its dynamic process. A study of the planets, the solar system, stars and galaxies. Covers the laws of physics and chemistry that govern the movements and composition of the physical universe and historical aspects of the development of the science of astronomy.

3 hours lecture; 3 hours laboratory

Course Supervisor: Dr. Greidanus
Master Course Syllabus

SC 106 - Green Energy

4 credits

This course is an introductory overview of the current and future roles of carbon-based fuels, nuclear fission, hydroelectric, solar and wind as the energy sources that power modern civilizations. Topics include introductory concepts of power and energy, fuel combustion, electromagnetism, nuclear fission and fusion, thermodynamics, and simple quantum physics.  Students will apply scientific theories and principles by analysis of current issues and problems. 

Laboratory: Students will explore energy conversion by building working models and gathering data using inquiry based approaches. Information will be used to analyze problems and draw conclusions in the realm of green energy.

3 hours lecture; 3 hours laboratory

Course Supervisor:
Master Course Syllabus

SC 109 - Introduction to Forensic Science

4 credits

Introduces the field of forensic science through an exploration of its applications to criminal investigation.  This field encompasses many scientific areas, which, if used properly, can make invaluable contributions to the resolution of social and legal disputes.

3 hours lecture; 1 hour laboratory

Course Supervisor: Dr. Chang
Master Course Syllabus

SC 110 - Meteorology

4 credits

Introduction to the principles of weather observation, analysis and forecasting using the latest computer and Internet technology. The students learn to interpret satellite imagery; study weather systems as they develop. A comprehensive analysis of severe atmospheric events such as snowstorms, hurricanes, thunderstorms and tornadoes is used to give students a basic understanding of weather that they can apply to real situations.

3 hours lecture; 3 hours laboratory

Course Supervisor: Dr. Greidanus
Master Course Syllabus

SC 201 - Basic Pharmacology

1 credit

Covers the basic categories of drugs and their effects on human physiological systems. Pharmacological actions, effects, and typical uses, and the associated terminology are also emphasized.

1 hour lecture
Prerequisite: BS 100 or BS 103

Course Supervisor: Dr. Safarowic
Master Course Syllabus

SC 202 - Introduction to Geology

4 credits

The study of the origin and evolution of the Earth, the rocks and minerals which compose it, the processes which are constantly changing it, the risks associated with geologic hazards, and the role of geology in shaping the human environment. The course presents the tools, methods, and approach employed by practicing geologists. Laboratory exercises and field trips introduce rocks, minerals, fossils, maps and landscape features.  The laboratory component will include the scientific method, collection and analysis of data, field study methods, computer simulations, and field trips designed to explore geology of New Jersey. To be offered Spring 2011

3 hour lecture, 3 hours laboratory
Pre/Co-requisites: At least one CH (Chemistry) course and one other Science course.
 

Course Supervisor: Dr. Greidanus
Master Course Syllabus

SC 293 - Science Cooperative Education

3 credits

Students are employed in approved positions in the science field. Students may already be employed or may seek the help of the Cooperative Education Department in securing positions. There is, however, no guarantee of placement. In conjunction with employers and faculty, students establish challenging learning objectives. Objectives must be related to the student’s major and be pursued in the job environment during a 15-week semester equivalent to a minimum of 210 hours. Supervision is provided by the College through on-the-job visits and individual progress review sessions. Students attend a weekly, one-hour seminar on campus.

Prerequisites: GPA 2.0, completion of all coursework preparatory to college-level science subjects, permission of instructor

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