General Science (GSC) Courses

Descriptions of courses offered in the General Science Department

GSC 1023 Physical Science

Three hours

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: minimum ACT math score of 19, or SAT math score of at least 480, or MTH 0153.

Offered each semester

GSC 1033 Astronomy

Three hours

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: minimum ACT math score of 19, or SAT math score of at least 480, or MTH 0153.

Offered fall semester

GSC 1043 Elementary Science Content I

Three hours

Introduction to the nature of science and technology with an emphasis on concepts in biology and engineering. Designed to meet the competency requirements for teacher licensure in elementary education. Topics include the structure and organization of life (from molecules to organisms), ecosystems, heredity, evolution, engineering design, and links among engineering, technology, science, and society. Integration of the Christian faith and the life sciences and technology will also be emphasized. Lab and lecture are combined into two 2-hour class sessions per week. Elementary Education majors only. Meets the Life Science requirement of the Core Curriculum. 

Offered fall semester

GSC 1053 Elementary Science Content II

Three hours

Introduction to physical, earth, and space sciences to meet the competency requirements for teacher licensure in elementary education. Topics include matter and its interactions, motion and stability, energy, waves and their technological applications, the Earth's place in the universe, Earth's systems, and the Earth and human activity. Integration of the Christian faith and the physical sciences will also be emphasized. Three hours lecture-discussion-demonstration per week. Elementary Education majors only. Meets the Physical Science requirement of the Core Curriculum. 

Offered spring semester

GSC 3003 Global Stewardship

Three hours

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 4133 Faith and Science

Three hours

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 standing or consent of instructor.

Offered spring semester