SCI 101

Physics (3 credits)

This course presents the fundamentals of Newtonian Mechanics in a way that taps the student's common sense. Starting with things we see directly, it leads the student to a deep understanding of the best in modern theory. Each section builds on the previous one in a simple way to the crescendo of special relativity, drawing the student at each step into the excitement of physics. Real world problems and examples salt the text, helping the student to ground his thinking and see the importance of physics to everyday life. It is the hope of this course that this approach will make the rigorous, scientific content at once engaging and challenging to both those interested in careers in the hard sciences and also those not traditionally attracted to mathematics and the hard sciences.

SCI 401

Natural Philosophy and

Modern Science

(3 credits)

Challenges the idea that Science has replaced natural philosophy.  By a comparative analysis of natural philosophy, theology, and science, students will grapple with the relevance to and proper role of natural philosophy in the development contemporary science and the issues that scientific developments raise.  Prerequisite: Senior standing or permission.

SCI 101

Biology (3 credits)

Introduces important biological concepts and principles common to all living organisms. Topics include the cell, energetics, genetics, physiology, and ecology. Integrates laboratory and classroom work and is taught from the perspective of Catholic teaching regarding life.

SCI 101L

Biology Lab (1 credit)

Lab course for SCI 101.  Corequisite: SCI 101.