General Education Program

Natural Sciences

2 courses plus 1 hour of lab
Minimum 7 credits
Each course must be a minimum of 3 hours 

Courses intended primarily for majors in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines are noted in parentheses after each course. For more information contact your advisor.

Category Subject Course Skill Areas Effective
NS Biology BIO 100 with 109 The Living World; Biological Diversity Laboratory Critical Thinking (BIO 100); Critical Thinking, Writing (BIO 109) SP09
NS Biology BIO 102 with 107 Human Genetics, Reproduction and Development; Human Biology Laboratory Critical Thinking (BIO 102); Writing (BIO 107) SP09
NS Biology BIO 106 with 107 Human Biology in Health and Disease; Human Biology Laboratory (lab) Critical Thinking (BIO 106); Writing (BIO 107)  
NS Biology BIO 108 Environmental Ecology (not a lab) Critical Thinking, Group Work  
NS Biology BIO 109 Biological Diversity Laboratory (lab) Critical Thinking, Writing  
NS Biology BIO 200 with 201 Introductory Biology I; Introductory Biology Laboratory I (lab) (STEM) Critical Thinking (BIO 200); Writing (BIO 201)  
NS Biology BIO 202 with 203 Introductory Biology II; Introductory Biology Laboratory II (lab) (STEM) Critical Thinking (BIO 202); Writing (BIO 203)  
NS Biology BIO 266 with 267 Human Anatomy & Physiology I; Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory I (lab) (STEM) Critical Thinking, Quantitative Literacy  
NS Biology BIO 268 with 269 Human Anatomy & Physiology II; Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory II (lab) (STEM) Critical Thinking, Quantitative Literacy  
NS Chemistry CHM 151 with 156 Chemistry Around Us; Chemistry Around Us Laboratory (lab) Quantitative Literacy  
NS Chemistry CHM 161 Preparatory Chemistry (STEM) Critical Thinking, Quantitative Literacy SP15
NS Chemistry CHM 251 with 256 College Chemistry I; College Chemistry Laboratory I (lab) (STEM) Writing, Quantitative Literacy  
NS Chemistry CHM 252 with 257 College Chemistry II; College Chemistry Laboratory II (lab) (STEM) Writing, Quantitative Literacy  
NS Chemistry CHM 261 with 266 General Chemistry I; General Chemistry Laboratory I (lab) (STEM) Writing, Quantitative Literacy  
NS Chemistry CHM 261H Honors General Chemistry I (STEM) Critical Thinking, Quantitative Literacy, Writing FA13
NS Chemistry CHM 262 General Chemistry II with either 267 General Chemistry Laboratory II (lab) (STEM) or 278 R.E.E.L. General Chemistry Laboratory II (lab) Writing, Quantitative Literacy  
NS Chemistry CHM 262H with 267H Honors General Chemistry II; Honors General Chemistry Laboratory II (lab) (STEM) Writing, Quantitative Literacy  
NS Environmental Science EVS 206 Introduction to Environmental Science Critical Thinking, Group Work  
NS Environmental Science EVS 207 Introduction to Environmental Science Lab Critical Thinking, Information Literacy, Group Work, Quantitative Literacy, Writing, Oral Communication FA14
NS Geology GEO 100 with 101 Introductory Geology; Introductory Geology Laboratory (lab) Information Literacy, Quantitative Literacy  
NS Physics PHY 101 with 103 The Flying Circus of Physics: Motion and Heat; The Flying Circus of Physics Laboratory (lab) Critical Thinking, Quantitative Literacy  
NS Physics PHY 102 with 103 The Flying Circus of Physics: Sound and Light; The Flying Circus of Physics Laboratory (lab) Critical Thinking, Quantitative Literacy  
NS Physics PHY 115 Energy and Society (no lab) Critical Thinking, Quantitative Literacy  
NS Physics PHY 116 Energy and Society Laboratory Critical Thinking, Quantitative Literacy FA09
NS Physics PHY 201 Astronomy: Stars and Galaxies (must be taken with PHY 203 in order to earn lab credit) Critical Thinking, Group Work, Quantitative Literacy, Writing  
NS Physics PHY 202 Astronomy: Planets, Asteroids and Comets (must be taken with PHY 203 in order to earn lab credit) Critical Thinking, Group Work, Quantitative Literacy, Writing  
NS Physics PHY 203 Astronomy Laboratory (lab) Critical Thinking, Quantitative Literacy, Writing FA16
NS Physics PHY 221 College Physics I (course includes a lab) (STEM) Critical Thinking, Group Work, Quantitative Literacy  
NS Physics PHY 222 College Physics II (course includes a lab) (STEM) Critical Thinking, Group Work, Quantitative Literacy  
NS Physics PHY 231 College Physics I – Biomedical Applications (course includes a lab) (STEM) Critical Thinking, Group Work, Quantitative Literacy  
NS Physics PHY 232 College Physics II – Biomedical Applications (course includes a lab) (STEM) Critical Thinking, Group Work, Quantitative Literacy  
NS Physics PHY 241 University Physics I (course includes a lab) (STEM) Critical Thinking, Group Work, Quantitative Literacy  
NS Physics PHY 242 University Physics II (course includes a lab) (STEM) Critical Thinking, Group Work, Quantitative Literacy  
NS Physics PHY 243 University Physics I (Writing) (course includes a lab) (STEM) Critical Thinking, Group Work, Quantitative Literacy, Writing  
NS Physics PHY 243H H: University Physics I - Honors (course includes a lab) (STEM) Critical Thinking, Group Work, Quantitative Literacy, Writing  
NS Physics PHY 244 University Physics II (Writing) (course includes a lab) (STEM) Critical Thinking, Group Work, Quantitative Literacy, Writing  
NS Physics PHY 244H H: University Physics II - Honors (course includes a lab) (STEM) Critical Thinking, Group Work, Quantitative Literacy, Writing  
NS Urban Studies UST 259 Natural History of the Cleveland Area (course includes a lab) Critical Thinking, Writing  
NS Urban Studies UST 289 Physical Geography (no lab) Critical Thinking, Quantitative Literacy  

Previously Approved Natural Sciences

Category Subject Course Effective
NS Biology BIO 104 The Brain SP09-SU19
NS Biology BIO 104H H: Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain - Honors FA12-FA16
NS Environmental Studies ENV 259 Natural History of the Cleveland Area (course includes a lab) FA08-FA11
NS Geology GEO 124 Beyond Google Earth: The Science of Looking at the Place We Live (course includes a lab) FA08-FA14
NS Physics PHY 200 Astronomy Laboratory FA08-SU16
NS Sciences College SCI 220 Science as a Way of Thinking (no lab) Until SU18
NS Sciences College SCI 220H Science as a Way of Thinking - Honors FA10-SU18