Natural Sciences Program
Program Manager: Dr. Sharon Walsh, (505) 287-6661
Degrees and Certificates
- Associate of Science Degree (Download Degree Check Sheet)
Catalog Course List
The first digit in the course number indicates whether the course is a freshman (1xx) or sophomore (2xx) level course. The next two digits indicate the course sequence. The 3 cr. indicates that the course is a 3-credit course. The (2+4P) means that the class meets for two hours per week for recitation or lecture and also requires 4 hours per week of “practice” (laboratory, field work, or other activities). The suffix N denotes that the course credits will not apply to baccalaureate and specified associate degrees. The suffix G denotes that the course meets General Education common core requirements for transfer to other New Mexico institutions of higher education, as established by the New Mexico Higher Education Department. Note that some courses without a G also meet transfer requirements.
ASTR 105G. The Planets 4 cr.(3+2P)
Comparative study of the planets, moons, comets, and asteroids which comprise the solar system. Emphasis on geological and physical processes which shape the surfaces and atmospheres of the planets. Laboratory exercises include analysis of images returned by spacecraft. Intended for non-science majors, but some basic math required. This lecture/lab course satisfies the New Mexico Common Core Area III: Lab Sciences Requirement.
ASTR 110G. Introduction to Astronomy 4 cr. (3+2P)
A survey of the universe. Observations, theories, and methods of modern astronomy. Topics include planets, stars and stellar systems, black holes and neutron stars, supernovas and gaseous nebulae, galaxies and quasars, and cosmology. Emphasis on physical principles involving gravity, light, and optics (telescopes). Generally non-mathematical. Laboratory involves use of the campus observatory and exercises designed to experimentally illustrate principles of astronomy. This lecture/lab course satisfies the New Mexico Common Core Area III: Lab Sciences requirement.
CHEM 100. Basic Chemistry 3 cr.
For students whose preparatory science or math training has been deficient. Does not meet the chemistry requirement in any curriculum. Prerequisite: Enhanced ACT composite score of at least 18 or a grade of C or better in CCDM 114N.
CHEM 110G. Principles and Applications of Chemistry 4 cr. (3+3P)
A survey of the properties and uses of the elements and their compounds. In addition to classical chemistry, attention is paid to the materials from which consumer products are made, to the production of energy, and to environmental considerations. Prerequisite: 3 years of high school math or CCDM 114N.
CHEM 111G. General Chemistry I 4 cr. (3+3P)
Descriptive and theoretical chemistry. Prerequisites: (1) grade of C or better in MATH 120 or a Mathematics Placement Exam Score adequate to enroll in mathematics courses beyond MATH 120; and (2) one of the following: B or better in a second semester high school chemistry course, or grade of at least C in CHEM 100, or an enhanced ACT score of at least 22. CHEM 111G/112G is General Education alternative to CHEM 110G.
CHEM 112G. General Chemistry II 4 cr. (3+3P)
Descriptive and theoretical chemistry. CHEM 111/112 is General Education alternative to CHEM 110G.
CHEM 210. Chemistry for Allied Health Sciences 3 cr.
Discussion and application of the established facts and concepts of general organic chemistry and biochemistry to acquire a molecular understanding of a variety of health related issues, from atmospheric ozone holes to human nutrition. Prerequisite: CHEM 110G or CHEM 111G.
CHEM 211. Organic Chemistry 4 cr. (3+3P)
A one-semester survey for students requiring a brief coverage of important classes of organic compounds. Prerequisite: CHEM 112 or CHEM 114.
E S-Environmental Science
E S 110G. Introductory Environmental Science 4 cr. (3+1P)
Introduction to environmental science as related to the production, remediation, and sustainability of land, air, water, and food resources. Emphasis on the use of the scientific method and critical thinking skills in understanding environmental issues
GEOL 111G. Survey of Geology 4 cr. (3+3P)
Covers the fundamental principles of physical geology, including the origin of minerals and rocks, geologic time, rock deformation, and plate tectonics.
GEOL 212G. The Dynamic Earth 4 cr. (3+3P)
Introduction to earth systems. Geology and the solid earth, geologic time and earth history, water and the world oceans, atmosphere and weather, the solar system. Community Colleges only.
GEOL 220. Special Topics1-3 cr.
Specific subjects to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. Community Colleges only. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.
GEOL 295. Environmental Geology 3 cr.
Earth processes that affect humans and their works, properties of rocks and soils, use and application of environmental geologic data.
SMET-Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology
SMET 101. Introduction to Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology 3 cr.
An introductory course for science, mathematics, engineering, or technology students emphasizing introduction to the disciplines, development of critical thinking and academic success skills for the technical disciplines, as well as degree planning for the major. Consent of instructor required.
BIOL 101G. Human Biology 3 cr.
Introduction to modern biological concepts. Emphasis on relevance to humans and their relationships with their environment. Cannot be taken for credit after successful completion of BIOL 111G or BIOL 211G. Appropriate for non-science majors. Requires successful completion of BIOL 101GL in order to meet the NM Common Core Area III Laboratory Science requirements.
BIOL 101L. Human Biology Laboratory1 cr. (3P)
Laboratory for BIOL 101G. Laboratory experiences and activities exploring biological concepts and their relevance to humans and their relationship with their environment. Co-requisite: BIOL 101G.
BIOL 110G. Contemporary Problems in Biology 4 cr. (3+3P)
Fundamental concepts of biology will be presented using examples from relevant problems in ecology, medicine and genetics. For non-science majors only. Community Colleges only.
BIOL 111G. Natural History of Life 3 cr.
Survey of major processes and events in the genetics, evolution, and ecology of microbes, plants and animals, and their interactions with the environment. Appropriate for non-science majors. Must be taken with BIOL 111GL to meet general education requirements.
BIOL 111GL. Natural History of Life Laboratory 1 cr. (3P)
Laboratory experiments, demonstrations and exercises on interrelationships among organisms, biodiversity, processes of evolution, and interaction of organisms and their environment. Co-requisite: BIOL 111G.
BIOL 154. Introductory Anatomy and Physiology 4 cr. (3+3P)
Survey of human structure and function (does not replace BIOL 190, BIOL 111G, or BIOL 211G as a prerequisite for advanced courses in biology). Community Colleges only.
BIOL 211G. Cellular and Organismal Biology 3 cr.
Principles of cellular structure and function, genetics, and physiology of microbes, plants, and animals. Suitable for non-majors with sufficient chemistry. Must be taken with BIOL 211GL to meet general education requirements. Co-requisite: CHEM 110G or CHEM 111G.
BIOL 211GL. Cellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory1 cr. (3P)
Laboratory demonstrations, experiments and exercises on molecular and cellular biology and organismal physiology. Must have passed BIOL 211G or be concurrently enrolled in BIOL 211G and BIOL 211GL. Co-requisite: CHEM 110G or CHEM 111G.
BIOL 219. Public Health Microbiology 3 cr.
The characteristics of pathogenic microorganisms and the diseases that they cause. Will not meet the microbiology requirements for biology or medical technology majors. Prerequisite: BIOL 211G and BIOL 211GL.
BIOL 221. Introductory Microbiology 3 cr.
Principles of isolation, taxonomy, and physiology of microorganisms. Prerequisite: CHEM 112 or consent of instructor. Co-requisite: BIOL 221L. Community Colleges only.
BIOL 221L. Introductory Microbiology Laboratory 1 cr. (3P)
A laboratory course to accompany BIOL 221 or BIOL 219 Prerequisite: BIOL 221 or BIOL 219 or concurrent enrollment.
BIOL 222. Zoology 3 cr. (2 + 3P)
Structure, function, and survey of animals. Prerequisite: BIOL 111G and BIOL 111GL, or BIOL 190, and at least sophomore standing. Community Colleges only.
BIOL 225. Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 cr. (3+3P)
The first in a two-course sequence that covers the structure and function of the human body, including terminology of the human gross anatomy, chemistry overview, cell structure, cell physiology (including DNA, protein synthesis and cell division). The organization of cells and tissues and their metabolic and homeostatic processes and regulation are also covered. Physical and chemical operation of organs and systems of the human body include the integumentary skeletal muscular and nervous systems. Pre/Corequisite(s): CHEM 110G or CHEM 111G. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.
BIOL 226. Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4cr. (3+3P)
The second in a two-course sequence that covers the structure and function of the human body. Includes the physical and chemical operation of the organs and systems of the human body, including endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproduction system. Concepts of nutrition, metabolism, energy, fluid and electrolyte balance, heredity, pregnancy and human embryonic and fetal development are also covered. Prerequisite: BIOL 225, CHEM 110G or CHEM 111G. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.
BIOL 250. Special Topics 1-3 cr.
Specific subjects to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Community Colleges only.