Course Catalog

Department of Natural Sciences

FACULTY

Chair: Associate Professor V. Totten

Coordinator, Physician Assistant Track: Professor T. Zehnder

Professors: T. Jones

Associate Professors: B. Brooks, S. Eddins, D. Judge, D. Olive

Assistant Professors: C. Ciesielski, J. English, S. Manahan

Instructor: J. Zimmer

 

MISSION STATEMENT

The Department of Natural Sciences provides students a firm educational foundation in both theoretical and experimental science, and produces students with critical-thinking and problem-solving skills through meaningful in-and out-of classroom and laboratory experiences. The Department aims to prepare students for productive professional careers or for entry into graduate or professional schools. The Department of Natural Sciences strives to remain consistent with the educational mission of Gardner-Webb University by balancing an interdisciplinary science foundation with the Christian values of faith, stewardship, ethics, and social responsibility.

 

GOALS

  1. familiarize students with the major concepts of science and the specific vocabulary associated with each discipline;
  2. develop in students an understanding of the nature and process of science;
  3. instill in students an appreciateion of how science relates to their lives;
  4. present principles of environmental stewardship and sustainability;
  5. stimulate critical thinking and problem solving skills;
  6. provide hands-on laboratory expreiences demonstrating scientific methodology;
  7. provide a solid foundation so that science majors will be prepared to succeed in graduate school, professional programs, or begin a career in the natural sciences.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

A student who chooses to major in a field of study offered by the department will:

 

  1. grasp the major concepts of science and the specific vocabulary associated with the natural sciences;
  2. demonstrate research skills and a working knowledge of the tools of science;
  3. demonstrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills;
  4. synthesize complex information and articulate it in written and oral presentations;
  5. use information technology as a tool for scientific literature searching.

 

MAJORS FIELD OF STUDY

The department offers three majors leading to the Bachelor of Science degree:

 

Biology

Chemistry

Environmental Science

 

MINOR FIELDS OF STUDY

Biology

Chemistry

Environmental Science

General Science

Health Science

Physical Science

 

MAJOR FIELDS OF STUDY DETAIL

BIOLOGY (30 HOURS)

The Basic Course requirements must be satisfied. BIOL 111 and CHEM 111 must be taken to fulfill the biological and physical science components of the Dimensions of Scientific Inquiry. Pre-professional candidates should take PHYS 203 and 204 in preparation for professional admissions tests. Classes required for completing the major are as follows:

 

Animal Science – BIOL 201, 202, or 315 (4 hours)

Plant Science – BIOL 207 or 320 (4 hours)

Molecular Science – BIOL 206, 301, 352, 411, or 422 (4 hours)

Ecology – BIOL 402 (4 hours)

Biology electives, approved by the department, at or above the 200 level (HONR 400 and/or HONR 401 may be used for three hours of this requirement when the research and thesis topics are appropriate) Up to 6 hours of Environmental Biology from Envs 209 and/or 410 may count as part of the 12 hours of Biology electives (12 hours).

Seminar (Honor’s thesis is equivalent to one hour of this requirement) (2 hours)

Additional requirements: CHEM 112, 201, 202 and MATH 151 (16 hours)

 

No minor is required for this major. Students who desire a minor may select any minor offered by the University.

 

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CHEMISTRY (34 HOURS)

The Basic Course requirements must be satisfied. CHEM 111 and either BIOL 104 or 111 should be taken to fulfill the requirements of the Dimensions of Scientific Inquiry. Classes required for completing the major are as follows:

 

Organic – CHEM 201 and 202 (8 hours)

Analytical – CHEM 301 and 302 (8 hours)

Inorganic – CHEM 351 (4 hours)

Physical – CHEM 401 and 402 (8 hours)

Seminar (2 hours)

Chemistry elective – CHEM 310, 320, 405, 420, or 422 (4 hours)

Additional requirements: CHEM 112, PHYS 203-204, MATH 151 and 152. (20 hours)

 

No minor is required for this major. Students who desire a minor may select any minor offered by the University.

 

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ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

The major in Environmental Science offers tracks in Environmental Chemistry with a minor in Chemistry, and Ecology with a minor in Biology. Students planning to pursue graduate studies are encouraged to take MATH 152 and MATH 251 in addition to the listed requirements.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY (37 HOURS)

The Basic Course requirements must be satisfied, specifically with the following courses: BIOL 111, CHEM 111, ECON 203, and MATH 105. Classes required for completing the major are as follows:

 

CHEM 301 and 310 (8 hours)

ENVS 209, 260, 310, 320, and 420 (16 hours)

MATH 151 (4 hours)

PHYS 203 and 204 (8 hours)

CHEM 391, 392, 491, or 492 (1 hour)

Additional requirement: ECON 204 or 405 (3 hours)

 

The required minor in chemistry includes CHEM 112, 201, 202, and 302 is required.

 

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ECOLOGY (36 HOURS)

The Basic Course requirements must be satisfied, specifically with the following courses: CHEM 111, ECON 203, and MATH 105. Classes required for completing the major are as follows:

 

BIOL 201 (4 hours)

CHEM 112, 201, 202, and 310 (16 hours)

ENVS 209, 260, 310, and 410 (11 hours)

MATH 151 (4 hours)

Biology seminar (1 hour)

 

Additional requirements: ECON 204 or 405 and PHYS 203 (7 hours)

 

The required minor in biology includes BIOL 111, 202, 207, and 402 is required.

 

SECOND MAJOR

A student seeking a second major in any field of study offered by the Department of Natural Science must meet all of the criteria for the primary major.

 

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT TRACK

Gardner-Webb does not offer a Physician Assistant program. However, the university has maintained a long standing relationship with Wake Forest University School of Medicine’s Physician Assistant Program. Gardner-Webb maintains an affiliation with the Wake Forest program but does not guarantee acceptance into that program. A student proposing to become a Physician Assistant should expect to graduate from Gardner-Webb’s carefully planned Physician Assistant track with a Biology or Chemistry major. The student will then be well prepared to apply to Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Physician Assistant Program or any similar program throughout the nation. Gardner-Webb works closely with the Wake Forest Physician Assistant Staff to maintain a curriculum that will prepare students well for application to the Master’s degree program.

 

Students pursuing a career as a Physician Assistant should take, in addition to the core courses for the Bachelor of Science degree, BIOL 203, 204, 206, 301, and 422 among the 30 hours of Biology required for the major. Additionally the student should take CHEM 111, 112, 201, and 202. MATH 105 and 150 are taken in the core. BIOL 335 is recommended.

 

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MINOR FIELDS OF STUDY DETAIL

BIOLOGY (16 HOURS)

BIOL 111, 402 and 8 hours selected from two of the following three categories:

 

Animal science - Biology 201, 202, 203, 204, or 315

Plant science - Biology 207 or 320

Cellular biology - Biology 301, 352, or 422

 

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CHEMISTRY (16 HOURS)

CHEM 112, 201, 202 and a 4 hour CHEM elective (CHEM 301 is recommended).

CHEM 111 must be taken as part of the basic core curriculum.

 

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ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (16 HOURS)

BIOL 104, GEOL 105 and 106, and CHEM 310. BIOL 111 must be taken as part of the basic core curriculum.

 

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GENERAL SCIENCE (20 HOURS)

CHEM 103 or higher, GEOL 101 or higher, PHYS 103 or higher, any BIOL course 200 or higher, and a four hour elective from any course offered by the department above the core science requirement.

 

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HEALTH SCIENCE (16 HOURS)

BIOL 104, 203, 204, and 310. CHEM 103 or 111 must be taken as part of the basic core curriculum.

 

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PHYSICAL SCIENCE (16 HOURS)

CHEM 111, GEOL 101 or 105, PHYS 203 and one of the following: CHEM 112, GEOL 102, PHYS 104, or PHYS 204

 

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ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR TRANSFER MAJORS

All students transferring under the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement must complete a foreign language through the Intermediate I level (201).