General Science (GSC) Course Descriptions
Descriptions of courses in the General Science Department
Selected and coherent topics in the sciences of physics, chemistry, and earth science. An evaluation of the scientific method and the contributions of the theories and facts of science to society are emphasized so that students have sufficient information to evaluate arguments using scientific justification. Three hours lecture-discussion-demonstration per week. Meets the Physical Science requirement of the Core Curriculum. Prerequisite: ACT math score of at least 19 or SAT math score of at least 480, or MTH 0153.
Offered each semester
GSC 1033 Astronomy
A general education course consisting of the study of the basic concepts in astronomy and space science including a study of Newtonian mechanics, Kepler's laws, solar phenomenon, the near earth space environment, stellar evolution, classification and spectra, types of galaxies, and cosmology. Meets the Physical Science requirement of the Core Curriculum. Prerequisite: ACT math score of at least 19 or SAT math score of at least 480, or MTH 0153.
Offered fall semester
GSC 1143 Earth Science
Introductory survey of topics in geology, astronomy, oceanology, and meteorology. Earth materials and processes of geology are emphasized. Three hours lecture-discussion-demonstration per week. Meets the Physical Science requirement of the Core Curriculum. Prerequisite: ACT math score of at least 19 or SAT math score of at least 480, or MTH 0153.
Offered fall semester (even-numbered years)
GSC 3003 Global Stewardship
A practical examination of Christians' mandates to serve and care for the earth and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Both of these directives assume that we have a clear understanding of how Earth's biological, geological, chemical, anthropological, sociological, and political systems work. Students in Global Stewardship explore these issues through a study of environmental science from a perspective of Christian responsibility. Meets the Global Studies requirement of the Core Curriculum. Prerequisite: Life Science Core.
Offered spring semester (odd-numbered years)
GSC 3103 Science for Preschool through Grade 6 Teachers
Study of physical and biological environment designed to help prospective elementary and middle school teachers to develop a scientific perspective on their surroundings. Various methods of communicating scientific truth and encouraging scientific inquisitiveness are presented and practiced. Prerequisites: BIO 1003 and GSC 1023; GSC 1143 strongly recommended. Corequisites: ED 4373 and 4383.
Offered spring semester
GSC 4133 Faith and Science
A capstone course designed to assist students in developing an integrated view of faith and science. Topics are selected from fundamentals of the Christian faith, history of science, nature of science, discovering God in the physical universe, creation of life, evolution of life, science in philosophy and theology, science and culture, and images of man. Prerequisite: junior/senior standing or consent of instructor.
Offered spring semester