Natural Systems and Processes (NSP)

(minimum of 6 credits)

Students must complete a minimum of two NSP 3-credit courses. At least one of the courses taken in this area must have a laboratory component. Note: Non-approved LASC lab (NLL) courses do not meet the requirement for a LASC NSP course.

Courses in this area:

  • Study physical and natural systems and processes.
  • Apply scientific models, theories, and technology to problems facing society.
  • Have an analytical and/or quantitative component and include interpretation, communication and/or presentation of data and results.
  • Compare and contrast various modes of scientific inquiry.
  • Place scientific inquiry within its historical and contemporary contexts.
  • Use and reflect on the scientific method of investigation.
  • Address the strengths and limitations of scientific inquiry in human understanding.
  • Encourage students to become scientifically literate citizens and be able to evaluate scientific information.
BI-101Concepts of Biology4
BI-103The Human Animal3
BI-104The Human Animal Laboratory1
BI-109Writing in the Natural Sciences3
BI-111Social Biology3
BI-112Diseases and Mankind3
BI-114Plants and Human Affairs3
BI-116Animal Biology4
BI-117Humans and the Environment4
BI-119Biology of Sex3
BI-120Darwinian Revolution3
BI-125Women in Science3
BI-130Field Biology4
BI-140Introduction to Organismal Biology4
BI-141Intro to Cellular and Molecular Biology4
BI-162Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
BI-206Medical Microbiology4
BI-271Basic Kinesiology3
BT-101Introduction to Forensic Sciences4
CD-110Anatomy and Physiology of Speech And Hearing3
CD-230Neuroscience for Communication Sciences and Disorders3
CH-106Paper Or Plastics?3
CH-112Survey of Chemistry4
CH-215Science of Stuff4
CH-250Instrumental Technology for Forensic Analysis4
EV-120Integrated Environmental Science for Educators4
EV-130Environmental Problems and Solutions3
EV-150Environmental Science3
EV-218Introduction to Remote Sensing3
EV-220Energy and the Environment3
EV-348Fundamentals of Earth Data Analytics4
GS-101Physical Geography3
GS-140Physical Geology4
GS-150Humans and the Cold Regions3
GS-165Geographic Information Systems I4
GS-180Field Geoscience4
GS-218Introduction to Remote Sensing3
GS-348Fundamentals of Earth Data Analytics4
HC-203Introduction to Epidemiology3
HI-332American Environmental History3
HI-334Environmental Crisis and Management in China3
PB-200Introduction to Psychobiology4
PH-200Knowledge and Reality3
PH-220Philosophy of Mind3
PH-237Philosophy of Space and Time3
PO-311Environmental Politics and Policy3
PO-334Environmental Crisis and Management in China3
PS-230Brain and Behavior3
PS-280Sensation and Perception3
PY-101Introduction to Astronomy3
PY-105Concepts in Physics I3
PY-114Physics of Waves3
PY-217General Astronomy3
PY-220Energy and the Environment3
PY-221General Physics I4
PY-222General Physics II4
PY-241Physics I (Mechanics)4
PY-242Physics II ( Electricity, Magnetism and Optics )4
PY-250Observational Astronomy3