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Program Course Descriptions


BIO105 Biology 1: General Biology
Pre: Com Prof/MAT092 w/'C' or better, placement exam score, or successful completion of MM12
This is the first semester of a two-semester course which studies the basic principles of biology. It is designed for those students pursuing a major in the life sciences. This course examines the cellular basis of life from an evolutionary perspective. Topics include the chemistry, structure and function of the cell, genetics, as well as an introduction to genomes, proteomes and bioinformatics. An emphasis will be placed on the relationship between scientific principles and scientific process. Laboratory work enhances lectures and develops laboratory skills. Non- science majors and students pursuing entry into health profession programs should take BIO101. Fulfills open, liberal ars, and laboratory science sequence electives when taken with BIO106, or BIO102, or BIO128 and BIO130, or BIO140 or BIO142. (3 hours of lecture and 3 hours of lab per week)
CHE103 General Chemistry 1
Pre:Communication Proficiency or PSAT Evidence based Reading and Writing of 550 or above (taken in 2016 or later), or, SAT Evidenced based Reading and Writing of 550 or above (taken in 2016 or later), or ACT English of 22 or above and CEAR 82 or above, or PSAT Math 560 or above or SATM 530 or above (if taken prior to 2016) or SATM 560 or above or ACT 24 or above or MAT 003 or MAT 062 or MAT 094 or MAT 131 or MAT 135 with a C or better or Math Module 12.
This is a descriptive and quantitative general chemistry course designed for science and engineering majors. Topics include: introduction to measurement/significant figures/dimensional analysis/classification of matter, atomic structure/naming ionic and covalent compounds/nuclear processes, stoichiometry including molarity and balancing chemical equations, ionic equations including precipitation, acid-base, and oxidation-reduction reactions, gas laws, thermochemistry, quantum theory/electronic configurations/periodicity, chemical bonding/Lewis structures/resonance/valence bond/hybridization and molecular orbital theory (introductory), molecular geometry (VSEPR)/electronegativity, and other topics as needed. Laboratory work reinforces lecture concepts, and is intended to give students hands-on experience that will help them understand, appreciate, and apply chemical concepts. Fulfills open, liberal arts, and laboratory science electives. (3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of lab per week)
CMP101 Composition 1
Pre: Placement exam score
Emphasis is on developing skills of writing, reading, analytical thinking, and research. Students are introduced to thought provoking ideas in readings from a variety of disciplines and learn to organize material, analyze ideas, and produce clear writing. Fulfills open and liberal arts electives.
MAT151/152 Precalculus 1/Precalculus 2
Pre: MAT092 or 094 or 131 or 135 w/C or better,or place exam score
First of a two-course sequence which prepares students for the study of Calculus. A study of advanced topics in algebra including: equations, inequalities, circles, functions, properties of functions, zeros of polynomial functions and complex numbers, graphs of functions including polynomial and rational functions. Conic sections and advanced topics in systems of equations will be included as time permits. Fulfills open, liberal arts, and mathematics electives. (Formerly titled College Algebra 1)
BIO202 Molecular Biology
Pre: BIO105 with 'C' or better
This course builds upon the cellular concepts acquired in General Biology 1. Subjects include Drosophila and yeast tetrad genetics, linkage and mapping studies, anatomy and function of a gene through mutational studies; the Human Genome Project, polymorphisms and positional cloning, systems biology and proteomics, and mitochondrial and chloroplast genomes. The laboratory will introduce the major techniques used in molecular biology. (3 lecture hours and 3 lab hours per week)
BTN211 Biotechnology Seminar
Pre: BTN201
Co: BTN202
This course presents an overview of the Biotechnology Industry. It will include discussions on: the specific fields encompassed by the industry; how a product is advanced from pipeline to market; regulatory agencies overseeing the industry; clinical trials; intellectual property and patents; and the different organizational structures of companies.
CHE104 General Chemistry 2
Pre: CHE103 with grade of C or better
Co: Continuation of General Chemistry 1.
This course is a continuation of General Chemistry 1. Topics include: intermolecular forces as applied to condensed phases of matter: solids and liquids, solution properties including colligative properties, chemical equilibrium, acid-base theory/Brønsted-Lowry reactions/acid-base equilibria including hydrolysis and buffers, thermodynamics/enthalpy/entropy/Gibbs free energy/link to equilibria, electrochemistry, and other topics as needed. Laboratory work reinforces lecture concepts, and is intended to give students hands-on experience that will help them understand, appreciate, and apply chemical concepts. This course fulfills open, liberal arts, and together with CHE103, laboratory science sequence electives. (3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of lab per week)
CMP102-150 Composition 2 Elective
Pre: CMP101
Emphasis is on the principles and practices of newspaper writing, editing and the publication of printed media, typography, copyfitting, headline writing, and photo journalism. Two lectures and one writing lab are scheduled each week. The work may include writing for college or community publications. Fulfills open, liberal arts, composition 2, and humanities electives.
BIO214 Microbiology
BTN201 Basic Laboratory Applications
Pre: Com Prof and MAT091 w/'C' or better or successful completion of MM08
Co: BIO105 or CHE101 or CHE103
A course for students pursuing a technical career requiring basic laboratory skills. A hands-on approach to instrumentation use, care and maintenance is provided. Topics of study include evaluation and preparation of solutions, viscosity and pH measurements, spectroscopy, protein determination, and separation techniques such as filtration, centrifugation, chromatography, and electrophoresis. Documentation and quality assurance are stressed. (2 lecture hours and 4 lab hours per week)
SS-ELECTIVE Social Science Elective
STEM-ELECTIVE STEM Elective
PHI116 Ethics
Pre: Communications Proficiency
Study of the philosophical approach to moral experience. A systematic inquiry into human conduct with the purpose of discovering both the rules that ought to govern human action and the goods that are worth seeking in human life. Both classical and contemporary philosophers are studied. Fulfills open, liberal arts, and humanities electives.
or  PHI120 Medical Ethics
Pre: Communications Proficiency
Recent developments in the bio-medical fields have led to considerable moral perplexity about the rights and duties of patients, health professionals, research subjects, and researchers. This course presents a brief introduction to ethical theory and a set of diverse, carefully selected readings (pro and con) on some of the most contemporary issues in bioethics. Some of these issues that will be analyzed and discussed are the following: abortion and infanticide, the problems of birth defects, euthanasia, psycho-surgery, behavior and genetic control, and the claim to health care. Fulfills open, liberal arts and humanities electives.
BTN202 Biotechnology Applications
Pre: BIO105 and BTN201 w/grade of 'C' or better
Co: BTN211
This course is designed to introduce the student to knowledge and skills of basic techniques relevant to the field of Biotechnology. Applications include basic cell culture, protein and nucleic acid separation techniques, transformation, and the use of restriction enzymes in recombinant DNA technology. (2 lecture hours and 4 lab hours per week)
HUM-ELECTIVE Humanities Elective
SS-ELECTIVE Social Science Electives
STEM-ELECTIVE STEM Elective
North Shore Community College reserves the right to make changes in courses, program requirements, policies, and regulations as circumstances dictate. There is no guarantee that any listed course will be offered in any given semester.
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