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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 v5 (Word Document)

Instructions for Vol Core Proposals

To submit a proposal, please complete the application and save it as a single PDF file that also contains your syllabus and a sample of at least one significant assignment for the course. Save your PDF file by the course name, category, and date (e.g. engl101WC080921).

The PDF should be uploaded AND emailed to the General Education Committee.

If you are submitting a revision, please also include a brief written “Response to Reviewers” explaining how the requested revisions have been addressed. This “Response to Reviewers” should be included in your single PDF file and the file should be save by course name, category, and the revision and date (e.g. engl101WCrevision050120).

Your submission will be a single merged PDF including:

  1. Vol Core Submission Form
  2. Syllabus
  3. At least one significant assignment
  4. Response to Reviewers (if it is a resubmission)

Tips on creating single PDF files

If you can put all of your word files in a single word document and then save it as a PDF file, that will be the easiest approach. PDFs are created by going to Print🡪 PDF🡪save as PDF. If you need to merge multiple PDFs, they can be merged through various tools (such as Adobe, sodapdf.com, or pdf2go.com).

NOTE: AFTER YOU SUBMIT A PROPOSAL, YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL LETTING YOU KNOW IT HAS BEEN RECEIVED. If you do not receive that confirmation email within 72 hours, your proposal was not successfully submitted and you need to submit it again. If you continue to have difficulties submitting, please email us to let us know.

You will also receive emails as your proposal moves through the review process. The review process begins with a General Education Subcommittee approval and then goes to the General Education Committee for approval. From there it goes to the Undergraduate Council for approval and finally to the Faculty Senate. Until you receive notification that your course proposal has been approved by the Faculty Senate, it is not eligible to be listed as a Vol Core course.

You may track your submitted proposal through the review process.

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)1
    • ASTR 152 – Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology (Lecture)1
    • 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 Society1
    • BIOL 106 – The Living City1
    • BIOL 113 – Introductory Plant Biology I1
    • BIOL 114 – Introductory Plant Biology II1
    • BIOL 150 – Organismal and Ecological Biology1
    • BIOL 159 – Skills of Biological Investigation
    • BIOL 160 – Cellular and Molecular Biology1
    • BIOL 168 – Honors: Cellular and Molecular Biology1
    • CHEM 102 – Principles of Chemistry (lecture, would satisfy lecture/lab with co-requisite CHEM 103)1
    • CHEM 103 – Principles of Chemistry Laboratory (co-requisite lecture is CHEM 102)
    • CHEM 112 – Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry (lecture, would satisfy lecture/lab with co-requisite CHEM 113)1
    • CHEM 113 – Introductions to Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory (co-requisite lecture is CHEM 112)
    • CHEM 122 – General Chemistry I (lecture, would satisfy lecture/lab with co-requisite CHEM 123)1
    • CHEM 123 – General Chemistry I Laboratory (co-requisite lecture is CHEM 122)
    • CHEM 128 – Honors: General Chemistry I
    • CHEM 132 – General Chemistry II (lecture, would satisfy lecture/lab with co-requisite CHEM 133)1
    • CHEM 133 – General Chemistry II Laboratory (co-requisite lecture is CHEM 132)
    • CHEM 138 – Honors: General Chemistry II
    • EEB 205 – Theory and Methods in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology1
    • EF 151 – Physics for Engineers I
    • EF 152 – Physics for Engineers II
    • EF 157 – Honors: Physics for Engineers I
    • EF 158 – Honors: Physics for Engineers II
    • ESS 110 – Energy for the World1
    • FDSC 100 – Science of Food1
    • FWF 250 – Conservation1
    • GEOG 131 – Weather, Climate, and Climate Change
    • GEOG 132 – Landscapes and Environmental Change
    • GEOG 137 – Honors: Weather, Climate, and Climate Change
    • GEOG 200 – Environmental Issues in National Parks1
    • GEOG 204 – Understanding Climate Change1
    • GEOG 331 – Natural Hazards1
    • GEOL 100 – Earth, Environment, and People1
    • 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
    • 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.