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Natural Sciences

Criteria

Some categories under the current curriculum and the new curriculum may have the same name but different criteria. The same application form may be used for both.

Application

NS Proposal Form (Revised) (Word Document)

Instructions for Vol Core Proposals

Completed proposals should be dropped into a Sharepoint folder (sign in with your UTK email address and password; contact Barbara Murphy, Chair, General Education Committee, if you have difficulty) or emailed to gened@utk.edu (copy the appropriate subcommittee chair and the administrative officer having primary responsibility for undergraduate curriculum in the course’s host college to notify them of the submission). New courses must be approved at the College level prior to General Education approval, but proposals may be submitted concurrently in order to ensure sufficient time for review.

Rubric for Student Assessment

Natural Science Rubric for Student Assessment

Subcommittee Members

Approved Courses

  • Current curriculum: See the General Education Requirements page of the undergraduate catalog.
  • Volunteer Core curriculum:
    • ANTH 110 – Introduction to Biological Anthropology1
    • ANTH 117 – Honors: Introduction to Biological Anthropology1
    • ASTR 151 – A Journey through the Solar System (Lecture)
    • ASTR 152 – Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology (Lecture)
    • ASTR 153 – A Journey through the Solar System (Lab)
    • ASTR 154 – Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology (Lab)
    • ASTR 217 – Honors: Introductory Astronomy
    • ASTR 218 – Honors: Introductory Astronomy
    • BIOL 101 – Introduction to Biology: Cells, Genetics and Physiology
    • BIOL 102 – Introduction to Biology: Biodiversity and Ecology
    • BIOL 105 – Parasites, Pathogens, and Pandemics: Infectious Disease and Society 1
    • BIOL 106 – The Living City 1
    • BIOL 113 – Introductory Plant Biology I1
    • BIOL 114 – Introductory Plant Biology II1
    • BIOL 150 – Organismal and Ecological Biology 1
    • BIOL 159 – Skills of Biological Investigation
    • BIOL 160 – Cellular and Molecular Biology 1
    • BIOL 168 – Honors: Cellular and Molecular Biology 1
    • EEB 205 – Theory and Methods in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 1
    • ESS 110 – Energy for the World 1
    • GEOG 132 – Landscapes and Environmental Change
    • GEOG 204 – Understanding Climate Change 1
    • GEOL 100 – Earth, Environment, and People 1
    • GEOL 101 – The Dynamic Earth
    • GEOL 102 – Earth, Life, and Time
    • GEOL 103 – The Earth’s Environments
    • GEOL 104 – Exploring the Planets
    • GEOL 107 – Honors: The Dynamic Earth
    • GEOL 108 – Honors: Earth, Life, and Time
    • GEOL 202 – Earth as an Ecosystem: Modern Problems and Solutions1
    • GEOL 202S – Earth as an Ecosystem: Modern Problems and Solutions1
    • GEOL 203 – Geology of National Parks1
    • GEOL 205 – Age of the Dinosaurs1
    • GEOL 207 – Honors: Age of the Dinosaurs1
    • HSP 267 – Life1
    • MICR 210 – Allied Health Microbiology
    • NUTR 100 – Introductory Nutrition1
    • PHYS 101 – How Things Work I1
    • PHYS 102 – How Things Work II1
    • PHYS 135 – Introduction to Physics for Physical Science and Mathematics Majors I
    • PHYS 136 – Introduction to Physics for Physical Science and Mathematics Majors II
    • PHYS 137 – Honors: Fundamentals of Physics for Physics Majors I
    • PHYS 138 – Honors: Fundamentals of Physics for Physics Majors II
    • PHYS 161 – Elements of Physics for Architects and Interior Design Students1
    • PHYS 221 – Elements of Physics I
    • PHYS 222 – Elements of Physics II
    • PHYS 231 – Fundamentals of Physics: Electricity and Magnetism
    • PHYS 232 – Fundamentals of Physics: Wave Motion, Optics, and Modern Physics
    • PLSC 250 – World Food and Fiber Plant Production1

1 This is a non-lab course.