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Course Catalog

NATURAL SCIENCES

NA 120N: Air Pollution
The essential science of air pollution, including fundamental chemistry, meteorology, and biology, is presented in the context of the case studies across the world with special emphasis on Asia.

NA 133N: Earth History
Geological and biological earth history beginning with our understanding of the evolution of the solar system and continuing through the advent of human history.

NA 160N: Science: At the Cutting Edge
Explore today's major scientific advancements in animal behavior, earth and space science, genetics, and new technologies. This course personalizes science by illustrating its influence in daily and future life.

NA 164N: Everglades: A Florida Treasure
This field-based course explores how the Everglades developed, what makes it unique, and what conservation efforts are underway to save it. We will explore through outdoor activities, short papers, readings, and in-class presentations.

NA 173N: Introduction to Environmental Science
Environmental science strives to comprehend the nature and extent of human influences on natural systems. This course explores the science behind environmental issues using a case study approach. Not open to science majors.

NA 180N: Weather
This course studies atmospheric science and weather prediction. Particular topics include composition and structure of the atmosphere, energy flow, and weather

NA 182E: The Earth's Biodiversity
An exploration of life on Earth to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the impact of humankind on its living resources.

NA 200N: Introduction to the Oceans
Introduces non-science major to oceans: formation, chemistry, creation of weather, climate, currents, waves, and tides, and the interaction between ocean processes and the abundant and varied ecosystems that live within the oceans' realms.

NA 201E: Ecosystems of Florida
Ecosystems of west-central Florida, including the marine, freshwater, lowland and upland systems; study the biological interaction occurring in the ecosystem of the Tampa Bay region.

NA 201N: The Marine Environment
Designed for non-science majors/minors. Emphasis on use of the scientific method to address issues in the marine environment that influence the lives of the students. Topics include global warming and the biology of the oceans.

NA 202N: Climate Change Science
An introduction to current climate change science, including past climate change, predictions of future change, environmental impacts, and societal and individual responses, solutions and adaptations.

NA 203N: Introduction to Aquaculture
Presents basic principles and practices of aquaculture from local, national and international perspectives, as well as legal and environmental considerations. Includes a hands-on component. Intended for non-science majors.

NA 205N: The Scientific Method
This course will examine how the scientific method works and how it can be applied to investigate questions that interest you. Find out how to ask hypothesis driven questions. Intended for non-majors.

NA 207N: Biology and the Game of Life
An interdisciplinary course focused on modeling biological entities such as cells and molecules on the computer and exploring the implications of computational modeling on the human race.

NA 209N: Survey of Astronomy
Introduction and study of planets, stars, galaxies, and celestial motion for non-science majors. Some night observing sessions and out-door activities.

NA 210N: Astrobiology: Life in the Universe
Examines stars, planets, and conditions for biological life. Topics include comet impacts, life in extreme environments, and searches for extraterrestrials. Some evening observing. Prerequisites: passing grades in a year of high school algebra and either high school chemistry or physics.

NA 212N: Marine Mammal Science
Explores the language and methodology of science, including biology, evolution, ecology, and conservation within the context of marine mammal science. Intended for non-science majors.

NA 217N: Evolving World-View Of Science
What distinguishes science as an investigatory tool and gives it such power? How does the universe as presented by modern science compare with religious and philosophical ideas? This course traces the development of scientific understanding.

NA 220N: Science of Drugs and Addiction
Presents the essential science, including fundamental chemistry, biology, and neuroscience, required to understand drugs' structure and function and mechanisms of addiction.

NA 244E: Energy And Environment
Options available to societies in producing energy, the consequences of each choice, and the different sets of values implicit in the choices.

NA 260E: Ecology and Environment
Relationships between organisms and their environments, including evolution, population and behavioral ecology, interspecific interactions, communities, and ecosystems. Application of ecological concepts to environmental issues. Not available for credit toward biology or marine science requirements.

NA 272N: Interdisciplinary Science
Explore a modern scientific world view from mathematical, biological, chemical, and physical perspectives. Human roles and responsibilities within nature and the natural environment. Investigate interactions between science and society.

NA1 344: Scientific Inquiry Seminar - 1st semester
First semester of a year-long seminar exploring the nature of scientific discovery, researching student learning in the natural sciences, and making the transition from student to scientist. Prerequisites: transfer student intending on majoring in the natural sciences.

NA2 344: Scientific Inquiry Seminar - 2nd semester
Second semester of a year-long seminar exploring the nature of scientific discovery, researching student learning in the natural sciences, and making the transition from student to practicing scientist. Prerequisites: transfer student intending on majoring in the natural sciences and NA1 344.

NA 498: Comprehensive Examination

NA 499: Senior Thesis

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