This First Year Seminar is required of all new students in any of the majors offered by the Natural Sciences (NS) Department. Its goals are to help student's transition to campus culture, develop a clear understanding of the learning process, and acquire the skills and dispositions essential to the study and practice of science. The topic of this course is Hands on Exploration in Natural Sciences - Learning is done best when we use audio, visual and kinesthetic methods to reinforce material. In this seminar we will discuss some fundamental aspects of science, including reasoning and experimental design. We will understand the College's Core Competencies of Inquiry and Problem Solving, Integrative Learning and Global Learning and linchpins in conducting experiments around the fermentation of yeast, DNA extraction and Climate Change. This seminar will employ the use of assigned readings, video and audio documentaries to enhance the learning experience.
Course Coordinator: Preethi Radhakrishnan, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, M-213, (718) 482-5404, email@example.com
2 credits, 3 hours
This course, which is designed for non-biology majors, is intended to introduce students to some of the most important aspects of current biological theory, methodology, and research. The course earns General Education credit under the Life and Physical Sciences category. Successful students will demonstrate the skills necessary to understand and apply scientific concepts and reasoning. Concepts will derive from cell biology, genetics, biotechnology, evolutionary theory, organismal biology and ecology. Students will also be expected to understand application of the scientific method to data collection, analysis and interpretation. In support of these goals, laboratory work will be an integral part of the course, with every other week exercises that parallel topics covered in the lecture class.
Course Coordinator: Lucia Fuentes, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology, M-220F, (718) 482-6084, firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Coordinator: Claudette Davis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, E-263C, (718) 482-7300, email@example.com
Course information: webpage
Prerequisites: CSE099, ENG099, MAT096 or Waivers
3 credits, 3 hours
Human Biology is a 3-credit course, intended for non-science majors, comprised of 2 lecture hours and one hour of interactive exercises in a computer lab. This course is designed to provide an overview of anatomical and physiological organ systems under different states of health and disease. A comprehensive tour through the human body will take students through the structure and functioning of several systems, including, but not limited to, the cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, gastrointestinal, immune, and reproductive systems. Each of these systems will be examined under normal conditions and from the perspective of the disease. A variety of pathological conditions and contemporary health-related issues, including diabetes, heart and kidney diseases, neurodegenerative conditions, autoimmune diseases, cancer, aging, stem cells, genetic engineering, genetic counseling, human microbiome, psychoactive agents, birth control and contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, and health risks associated with drugs and smoking will be covered with an emphasis on how many diseases involve multiple organ systems. A variety of learning activities will be used to broaden the students’ awareness of human biological systems, including lectures, videos, virtual laboratory activities and case studies.
Course Coordinator: Richa Gupta, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology, M-218, (718) 482-6010, firstname.lastname@example.org
Prerequisites: CSE099, ENG099, MAT096 or Waivers
This is a one-semester laboratory-based biology course designed for students not intending to major in the life sciences. Topics covered include biological chemistry, cell structure and function, classical and molecular genetics, evolution, and ecology, while homeostasis is explored in the context of human biology. Laboratory exercises include chemical analyses of nutrients, use of the microscope, examination of cells and cellular processes, a survey of mammalian organ systems through dissection of the fetal pig and an introduction to organismic diversity.
Course Coordinator: Na Xu, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology, M-220G, (718) 482-6190, email@example.com
4 credits, 6 hours
This is a one semester lecture course that surveys the anatomy, systematic, evolution, life histories, behavior and ecology of theVertebrata or back-boned animals. Topics include the diversity, classiﬁcation and evolution of vertebrates, radiation of the Chondrichthyes, the major radiation of ﬁshes, synapsids andsauropods, the lepidosaurs, Mesozoic diapsids, avianspecializations, the Synapsida and the evolution of mammals, mammalian specializations, and Primate evolution and theemergence of humans.
Course Coordinator: Howard Motoike, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology, M-202, (718) 482-5322, firstname.lastname@example.org
Prerequisites: CSE099, ENG099, MAT096
This course is part one of a two-semester sequence covering concepts of general biology. Beginning with an introduction to the scientific study of life, the course covers the chemistry of life, cell structure and function, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, cell cycle and cell division, classical and molecular genetics and gene expression, DNA replication, genetic engineering, development, evolution, speciation and phylogeny. The laboratory component of the course complements the lectures.
Course Coordinator: Charles Keller, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, M-217, (718) 482-5748, email@example.com
Prerequisites: CSE099, ENA/ENG/ESA099, MAT096
This course is an integrated two-semester laboratory-based sequence, stressing major concepts of biology designed to assist the student in relating these concepts to the environment. The scientific method of thinking and the experimental approach will be stressed. Among the topics studied are: SCB201: Cellular and molecular basis of life, heredity, and the evolution of life. SCB202: Survey of the kingdoms, organismic anatomy and physiology with emphasis on the human system. The principles of ecology and problems of population.
Course Coordinator: Priyantha Wijesinghe, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology, M-221E, (718) 482-5770, firstname.lastname@example.org
Part one of a two semester introduction to human anatomy and physiology that examines the relationships between structure and function of organs and organ systems in the maintenance of normal function in the whole organism. The lab includes experimental activities, microscopy and gross anatomy. Dissections and clay modeling will be used to study select organ systems. Lecture topics include the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, lymphatic and immune systems.
Lab Syllabus: doc
Prerequisites: CSE099, ENA/ENG/ESA099, MAT096
Part two of a two semester introduction to human anatomy and physiology that examines the relationships between structure and function of organs and organ systems in the maintenance of normal function in the whole organism. The lab includes experimental activities, microscopy and gross anatomy. Rat dissections will be used to study select organ systems. The major organ systems covered include the nervous, endocrine, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.
This course is devised as an introduction to neuroscience and is intended for those interested in exploring the biological basis of human behavior. Students will learn about the structure and function of the brain and nervous system at the cellular level and above. The course will provide an overview of normal sensory, motor, memory, learning and emotional processes, pharmacological influences, and will incorporate discussions of various cognitive and behavioral dysfunctions. An integral lab section will complement the lecture.
Course Coordinator: Daniel Gertner, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, M-215, (718) 730-7459, email@example.com
Prerequisites: CSE099, ENA/ENG/ESA09, MAT096
This course is a laboratory-based. It stresses major concepts of vertebrate anatomy and physiology in order familiarize students with the form, structure, and function of the vertebrate body, especially domestic animals. Scientific method of thinking and the experimental approach will be stressed. The topics studied in this course include a survey of all vertebrate species, and then an in depth evaluation of the anatomy and physiology of domestic mammals and birds. In this course the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and endocrine systems will be covered along with the role of homeostatic mechanisms on animal health.
Course Coordinator: Boris Zakharov, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology, M-221F, (718) 482-6074, firstname.lastname@example.org
Prerequisites: SCV101 (for students in Veterinary Technology Program), SCB202 (for all Associate of Science students), SCC140
3 credits, 4 hours
This course is a continuation of Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology 1. Major organ systems are discussed while emphasis is placed on mammalian anatomy and physiology. In the laboratory, students have the opportunity to view these systems through the dissection of a cat.
Students will participate in authentic undergraduate research experiences to learn techniques commonly performed in a biological laboratory, such as micropipetting, isolation and quantification of nucleic acids and proteins, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), immunodetection and gel electrophoresis. Students will also learn about data analysis, responsible conduct of research, communicating science and reflect on the impact of biotechniques on society.
Course Coordinator: Thomas M. Onorato, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, M-207, (718) 482-5763, email@example.com
Prerequisites: ENG101, MAT115, SCC201, SCB201
This is a one-semester laboratory-based course stressing essential aspects of cell biology. Cell structure and function will be introduced. Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to, membrane transport, protein sorting, vesicular trafficking, cytoskeletal components, how cells read the genome, signal transduction, cancer, apoptosis, and stem cells. Students will conduct authentic undergraduate research projects involving cell culture.
Prerequisites: SCB252, ENG102, SCB202, SCC202
This course introduces students to microorganisms found in nature, industry and disease. Topics covered include virology, bacteriology, immunology, epidemiology, pathology and other related areas of microbial physiology. The laboratory will deal with the isolation and identification of common pathogenic and non-pathogenic organisms utilizing techniques of staining, culturing, fermentation reactions and microscopic inspection. The lab sessions will reinforce and emphasize lecture material.
Course Coordinator: Olga Calderon, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology, M-220A, (718) 730-5749, firstname.lastname@example.org
This course is a comprehensive introduction to ecology. Students will be introduced to the types of questions asked by ecologists, the principal concepts and theories that guide ecological inquiry, and the methods that are used to answer ecological questions. Particular emphasis will be paid to population, community, and ecosystem-level processes. Both terrestrial and aquatic systems will be considered. The practical component of the course will include laboratory exercises, as well as field trips.
Course Coordinator: Benjamin J. Taylor, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology, MB-36B, (718) 482-6191, email@example.com
Prerequisites: SCB202, SCC202
This course serves as an introduction to chemistry. The complex connections between chemistry and society are explored through applying chemical principles to real world issues such as air quality, energy and water use through interactive classroom lectures, discussions and laboratory exercises. Topics include measurements, atoms, the Periodic Table, ionic and molecular compounds, stoichiometry, energy, acids and bases in the context of social issues.
Course Coordinator: Ian Alberts, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, M-212, (718) 482-6183, firstname.lastname@example.org
Prerequisites: CSE099, ENA/ENG/ESA099/ENC101, MAT096
This course presents essential facts, laws and theories of general chemistry. Topics include measurement and significant figures, atomic structure, elements and compounds, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, solutions, acid and bases, classification of simple organic compounds according to functional groups and biologically important molecules such as carbohydrates, lipids and proteins. The laboratory component is designed to illustrate the fundamental laws and techniques of general chemistry. The course addresses the needs primarily of allied health students.
Course Coordinator: Amit Aggarwal, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, MB-36C, (718) 730-6180, email@example.com
Prerequisites: CSE099, ENA/ENG099, MAT096/MAB096
This course is part I of two-semester sequence covering the basic concepts of chemistry and their historical development. The experimental nature of chemistry is stressed. Among the topics studied are atomic structure, chemical bonding and reactivity, quantitative relationships in chemical reactions, thermochemistry and gases.
Course Coordinator: Kevin Mark, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry, MB-36G, (718) 482-6111, firstname.lastname@example.org
Prerequisites: CSE 099, ENA/ENG 099, MAT 115/117
This course is part II of two-semester sequence covering the basic concepts of chemistry and their historical development. The experimental nature of chemistry as well as the role of chemistry in many aspects of life is stressed. Among the topics studied are liquids, solids, solutions, acid-base theory, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, chemical thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry.
Course Coordinator: Philippe Mercier, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry, M-221B, (718) 482-6182, email@example.com
This course is part I of a two-semester sequence emphasizing the synthesis, structure, reactivity and mechanisms of reaction of organic compounds. This course will include a methodical study of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, alcohols, stereochemistry, substitution reactions, and elimination reactions. The Laboratory stresses basic organic chemistry techniques.
Course Coordinator: Janet Gonzalez, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry, M-206, (718) 482-5019, firstname.lastname@example.org
This course is the second of a two-semester sequence emphasizing synthesis, structure, reactivity and mechanisms of reactions. In this course we will build upon material learned in Organic 1. Specific goals include: to develop a broad understanding of mechanistic principles, particularly applied to aromatic substitutions, nucleophilic additions, and nucleophilic acyl substitutions. Recognize reagents associated with chemical reactions and apply them to multistep synthesis. Understand the applications of a variety of carbon-carbon bond forming reactions in retro synthetic analysis, and apply all these principles to biologically relevant molecules, particularly carbohydrates, lipids, and amino acids.
5 credits, 7 hours
This course serves as an introduction to Oceanography. It will explore the basic physical, chemical, biological and geological processes of the world's oceans. Topics will include the formation and evolution of oceans, coastal interactions, waves, tides and marine biology, with a consideration of human impact on marine environments.
Course Coordinator: Cristina Sicchio, MS, College Laboratory Technician, E-315, (718)-482-5757, email@example.com
This course covers basic concepts and theories of Geographic Information Science (GISc), and provides hands-on experience with the industry-standard Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software package for computer mapping and data analysis. The course covers the entire GIS production process from data acquisition and input, to editing, analysis and cartographic output. Through a series of lectures, readings, and GIS laboratory exercises, students are taught the variety of ways GIS can be used in the natural and social sciences, as well as many other fields. GIS is beneficial to any field using information that is linked to geography, such as environmental management (including soil science, geology, ecology, and hydrology), crime analysis, economic development, real estate, urban planning, public health administration, epidemiology, archaeology, marketing, political science, navigation, and tourism, as well as the traditional geographic fields of cartography, demography, climatology, and natural resources. Laboratory exercises will include data input, generation of statistics, data analysis, and the production of thematic maps and charts. Demographic, socio-economic, environmental, land-use, and biological data sets will be utilized in the lab exercises.
Course Coordinator: Holly Porter-Morgan, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, M-221D, (718) 482-6181, firstname.lastname@example.org
Prerequisites: basic skills proficiency
The course is a comprehensive introduction to environmental science that integrates biological, chemical and physical concepts with service learning. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the Earth as a dynamic system and addressing solutions for local and global environmental issues. Laboratory sessions will focus on the design, conduction, and completion of intensive research projects. Students will conduct analyses of locally- collected environmental samples.
Prerequisites: SCB265, SCB260, SCC202
This course consists of a survey of major concepts in physics and chemistry, and their applications. The physics section includes the theory of motion (kinematics); the law of conservation of energy; different forms of energy; and the principles of wave motion and optics. Applications to astronomy and geology are also briefly discussed. The unit on chemistry emphasizes the structure of atoms and their combination into molecules. Generally, throughout the course, the fundamental principles are applied to analyze and understand topics ranging from energy conservation and global warming, to photocells and the relationship between structure and function of materials.
Course Coordinator: Xin Gao, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics, M-221G, (718) 482-5964, email@example.com
Prerequisites: CSE099, ENA/ENG/ESA099, MAT095
This class explores the possibility that life exists elsewhere in the Universe. To investigate this topic, it is necessary to define what we mean by life and then discuss its origins and evolution. Topics covered in the course include identifying potential worlds where life could thrive, the properties of stars that could host habitable worlds, interstellar travel, and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.
Course Coordinator: Joshua Tan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physics, M-220D, (718) 482-6179, firstname.lastname@example.org
Prerequisites: CSE099, ENA/ENG/ESA099/ECC101, MAT096
This course provides an overview of the cosmos, with an emphasis on the process of science. During the course of the semester we will cover topics such as the night sky, planet and solar system formation, stellar evolution, black holes, and modern cosmology. This is a lecture course with labs and homework assignments.
Course Coordinator: Allyson Sheffield, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics, M-216, (718) 349-4007, email@example.com
This course focuses on the fundamental principles of Physics and Chemistry that form the foundation for college-level, one-year courses in these disciplines, as well as in Biology, that are typically gateway offerings for careers in Physical Therapy, Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Pharmacy, and the Natural Sciences, among others. The aim of this course is to ensure that students are exposed to the scientific background necessary to continue in their studies of the Natural Sciences. It is therefore particularly useful for students who have not taken a Regents-based Chemistry or Physics course in high school, or have taken these a long time ago. The lectures will emphasize examination of the principles in detail. However, a considerable amount of class time will be devoted to problem-solving. The problems will not merely be solved, but also analyzed with emphasis on recognizing how the relevant scientific principles lead to the mathematical formalism required to arrive at the answer. This integration of principles and applications will be paramount throughout the course.
Course Coordinator: Amish Khalfan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physics, M-220C, (718) 482-6182, firstname.lastname@example.org
Prerequisites: CSE099, ENA/ENG, ESA099/ENC101, MAT096
This is the first course of a 2-term non-calculus based Physics sequence. Among the subjects covered are vectors, kinematics, dynamics, momentum, energy and circular motion. Other subjects covered are equilibrium, thermodynamics, rotational motion and waves, as time permits. The aim of the course, together with SCP202, is to provide the student with a firm grounding of the basic laws and principles that govern the behavior of matter.
Course Coordinator: Roman Senkov, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics, M-211, (718) 349-4017, email@example.com
This is the second part of a 2-term algebra-based Physics sequence. Among the subjects covered are wave motion, electric charge, electric field and electric potential, magnetic field, generators, motors, and transformers. In addition, selected topics in the Einstein's theory of relativity and quantum mechanics will be discussed. The aim of the course, together with SCP201, is to provide the student with a firm grounding of the basic laws and principles that govern the behavior of matter.
This is the first part of a computer-based physics course intended for students who want to major in science, computer science or engineering. Computers will be used in the laboratory in conjunction with traditional equipment for problem solving, data collection, and analysis. Topics covered include vectors, Newton's laws, equilibrium, rectilinear motion, two-dimensional motion, gravitation, Kepler's laws, work and the work-energy theorem, rotational motion, simple harmonic motion, the physics of fluids, and heat. This course is the first course in a two course calculus-based physics sequence (SCP231-232).
Course Coordinator: John Toland, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics, M-210, (718) 482-6005, firstname.lastname@example.org
Prerequisites: CSE099, ENA/ENG/ESA099, MAT201
This is the second part of a computer-based physics course intended for students who want to major in science, computer science, or engineering. Computers will be used in the laboratory in conjunction with traditional equipment for problem solving, data collection, and analysis. Topics covered include waves, wave motion, light propagation, geometrical optics, interference and diffraction, electric field and potential, capacitance and dielectrics, magnetic fields and forces, direct and alternating current, Ohm's law, and electromagnetic waves. This course is the second course in a two course sequence (SCP231-232).
Prerequisites: MAT202, SCP231