CORE 270 or 270e — Natural Science I (3 credits)

An introduction to the fundamentals of the scientific method and scientific thinking as applied in the natural sciences; Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics and related fields. Although these courses provide some introduction or review of some basic scientific knowledge, they are focused primarily on the concepts and tools that enable educated non-scientists to think clearly and intelligently about natural science and the ways in which it interacts with the rest of human activity.

CORE 271-279 — Natural Science II (3 credits)

Each of these courses is a study of a specific natural science discipline or topic that builds upon the essential concepts, universal to all the natural sciences, explored in CORE 270. The topic or discipline is used to illustrate scientific methodology, principles, and concepts as well as to demonstrate the unity of the scientific approach. Prerequisite: CORE 270