WATC > Gen Ed > Course Descriptions
 

Course Descriptions

General Education Courses (Natural Sciences)

*Course has been approved by the Kansas Board of Regents for transfer as a direct equivalent at all public postsecondary institutions in Kansas.

BIO 100 Biology Review 1 Cr Hr

This course is designed to help the students increase their knowledge concerning basic biological concepts.  It is not intended to replace BIO110 Principles of Biology.  Recommended for students planning to take BIO150 Human Anatomy & Physiology or BIO160 Microbiology but has not had a recent life science course, or students wishing to prepare for BIO110 Principles of Biology.  This course is graded on a pass/fail scale so students will not be receiving a grade.  Students must score 70% of the available points to pass the class.

BIO 110 Principles of Biology 5 Cr Hrs*

An introduction to fundamental biological concepts that includes molecular biology, cellular structure and function, human biology, and ecology.  Students will have an  understanding of the nature of science, levels of organization, bioenergetics, reproduction, inheritance, and the mechanisms of change. Laboratory stresses the process of scientific investigation and observation of biological processes. 

BIO 120 Environmental Biology 3 Cr Hrs

An interdisciplinary study of the environment investigating how nature works and how things are interconnected. Based on an understanding of ecological concepts and principles, students examine lifestyle issues and critically analyze the relationship among population, natural resources, land use, agriculture, biodiversity, industrialization and pollution. Environmental problems are examined from scientific, ethical, economic and sociological perspectives to enable students to understand the relevance of biology to contemporary issues in human society.

BIO 150 Human Anatomy & Physiology 5 Cr Hrs*

A detailed study of the structure and function of the human body. Laboratory work includes tissue examination, basic physiological experiments and structural identification of all organ systems. Prerequisite:  The student must complete one of the following, BIO 110 Principles of Biology, BIO 100 Biology Review, or successful completion of a life science lab class within the past five years.  If student has taken a lab science class more than 5 years, the student will be required to enroll in BIO100 Biology Review

BIO 160 Microbiology 5 Cr Hrs

An introduction to microorganisms and their morphology, physiology, genetics and distribution. Emphasis is placed on the relationship of microorganisms to disease and the human immune responses. Techniques involving staining, culturing, identifying and biochemistry are considered in laboratory. Prerequisites: Must complete one of the following: BIO 110 Principles of Biology, BIO 100 Biology Review or successful completion of a life science laboratory class within the past five years. Prerequisite: The student must successfully completed one of the following: BIO110 Principles of Biology, BIO110 Biology Review or successful completion of a life science lab class within the past five years. CHM110 General Chemistry is suggested but not required

CHM 100 Chemistry Review 1 Cr Hr

Introduces basic concepts covered in CHM 125 Chemistry I. It is recommended for students who want to enroll in Chemistry I or a higher-level chemistry course the following semester. It is not recommended for those taking CHM 110 General Chemistry.

CHM 110 General Chemistry 5 Cr Hrs

An introduction to chemistry that includes the study of matter, atoms, molecules, chemical arithmetic, chemical reactions, gas laws, acids and bases, organic chemistry and laboratory experimentation. Prerequisite:  EBS 115 Pre-Algebra or a higher level math course with a minimum grade of “C”  or better, completed within the past five years, or satisfactory course placement assessment scores

CHM 125 Chemistry I 5 Cr Hrs*

An introduction to inorganic chemistry with emphasis on atomic structure, molecular bonding and structure, the periodic table, kinetic theory, changes of state, solutions and concentrations, chemical reactions and oxidation reduction and fundamental organic chemistry. Prerequisite:  CHM100 General Chemistry or high school chemistry with a grade of “C” or better within the past 5 years, and MTH101 Intermediate Algebra with a grade of “C” or better or a math ACT score of 21 or better within the past 5 years. MTH112 College Algebra can be taken concurrently

CHM 135 Chemistry II 5 Cr Hrs*

A continuation of CHM 125 Chemistry I. A presentation of the properties of solutions, chemical kinetics, equilibrium, acid-base theory, thermodynamics, coordination chemistry, organic and biochemistry and electrochemistry. Includes laboratory experimentation. Prerequisite:  CHM 125 Chemistry I and MTH 112 College Algebra with minimum grade of “C” or better within the past five years

PHS 110 Physical Science 5 Cr Hrs*

A non-technical course intended for students who are majoring in fields other than science. The application of scientific knowledge to daily life activities is emphasized by examining the fundamental principles in physics, chemistry, geology and astronomy utilizing the scientific method.

PHS 120 General Physics I 5 Cr Hrs*

Topics include mechanics — linear motion, rotational motion, force, work, energy, momentum and conservation principles; heat — temperature, ideal gas, eating as a form of energy, first law of thermodynamics, second law of thermodynamics and entropy; and wave motion — simple harmonic motion, elasticity and the wave equation. This class is designed for students who need five hours of physics without calculus. This class is taught in the fall. Prerequisites: College Algebra, high school trigonometry or college trigonometry and basic computer skills.

PHS 125 General Physics II 5 Cr Hrs*

A continuation of PHS 125 General Physics I. Topics include electricity and magnetism — electric potential, current electric power, magnetic field and induction; optics — nature of light and wave optics; and modern physics — special relativity, atomic structure, quantum mechanics and radioactivity. Prerequisite: PHY 125 General Physics I.

 

 

*Course has been approved by the Kansas Board of Regents for transfer as a direct equivalent at all public postsecondary institutions in Kansas.

Contact
Turner_D (2) To get started, new students may contact:

Dalisa Portley
Admissions Counselor

dturner@watc.edu
316.677.1626 (SSC)

Thomsen_C Current students may contact:

Crystal Thomsen
Academic Coach
General Education
cthomsen@watc.edu
316.677.1747 (SSC)