Biological and Physical Sciences

The Biological and Physical Sciences major at Grayson College is designed for transfer to four-year institutions. For students planning to pursue a Chemistry,Geography, Geology, and/or Physics major and transfer to a four-year institution, as a general rule, students should follow the Associate of Science Degree in Biological and Physical Sciences at Grayson College as part of the Science and Technology Career Pathway. All students are advised to counsel with the university/college of their choice to determine which courses offered at Grayson College are applicable to that institution's bachelor's degree in their desired major.


 

Associate of Science - Biological and Physical Sciences

Subject Semester Hours
Component Area Option 3
Life & Physical Sciences Core 3
Life & Physical Sciences Lab 1
ENGL 1301 (Composition I) 3
Mathematics Core * 3
HIST 1301 or 1302 (United States History I or II) 3
HIST Core 3
Life & Physical Sciences Core 3
Life & Physical Sciences Lab 1
ENGL 1302 or 2311 (Composition II or Technical and Business Writing) 3
ART 1301, DRAMA 1310, or MUSI 1306 (Art Appreciation, Intro to Theatre, or Music Appreciation) 3
Component Area Option 3
Language, Philosophy, Culture Core 3
GOVT 2305 (Federal Government) 3
Biological & Physical Sci Elective 3
Biological & Physical Sci Lab 1
Biological & Physical Sci Elective 3
Biological & Physical Sci Lab 1
Social & Behavioral Sciences Core 3
GOVT 2306 (Texas Government) 3
Biological & Physical Sci Elective 3
Biological & Physical Sci Lab 1
Biological & Physical Sci Elective 3
Biological & Physical Sci Lab
1
total: 60

Note: All sciences must be science major courses. Students are encouraged to select electives that meet the graduation requirement of the senior institution.

*Please review your Student Planner or contact your Student Success Coach/Faculty Mentor to review which courses may be used to fill this degree requirement.

Students earning an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of Arts in Teaching Degree at Grayson College must complete 42 hours of a state mandated Core Curriculum in addition to major courses and electives in their particular area of interest. Following are the Core Curriculum Component Areas. Click here for allowable courses within each component area.                                                                                                                                               

Component Areas

Required Hours

010 Communication 

6

020 Mathematics

3

030 Life and Physical Sciences

6

040 Language, Philosophy, and Culture

3

050 Creative Arts

3

060 American History

6

070 Government/Political Science

6

080 Social and Behavioral Sciences

3

090 Component Area Option

6

Total

42

 

This laboratory-based course accompanies Biology 1306, Biology I. Laboratory activities will reinforce the fundamental principles of living organisms, including physical and chemical properties of life, organization, function, evolutionary adaptation, and classification. Study and examination of the concepts of cytology, reproduction, genetics, and scientific reasoning are included.

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This laboratory-based course accompanies Biology 1307, Biology II. Laboratory activities will reinforce study of the diversity and classification of life, including animals, plants, protists, fungi, and prokaryotes. Special emphasis will be given to anatomy, physiology, ecology, and evolution of plants and animals.

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This laboratory-based course accompanies BIOL 1308. Laboratory activities will reinforce a survey of biological principles with an emphasis on humans, including chemistry of life, cells, structure, function, and reproduction

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This laboratory-based course accompanies BIOL 1309, Biology for Non-Science Majors II. Laboratory activities will reinforce a survey of biological principles with an emphasis on humans, including evolution, ecology, plant and animal diversity, and physiology.

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Fundamental principles of living organisms will be studied, including physical and chemical properties of life, organization, function, evolutionary adaptation, and classification. Concepts of cytology, reproduction, genetics, ecology, and scientific reasoning are included. This course is accompanied by BIOL 1106

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The diversity and classification of life will be studied, including animals, plants, protists, fungi, and prokaryotes. Special emphasis will be given to anatomy, physiology, ecology, and evolution of plants and animals. This course is accompanied by BIOL 1107

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Provides a survey of biological principles with an emphasis on humans, including chemistry of life, cells, structure, function, and reproduction. This course is accompanied by BIOL 1108

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This course will provide a survey of biological principles with an emphasis on humans, including evolution, ecology, plant and animal diversity, and physiology. This course is accompanied by BIOL 1109

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This course introduces general nutritional concepts in health and disease and includes practical applications of that knowledge. Special emphasis is given to nutrients and nutritional processes including functions, food sources, digestion, absorption, and metabolism. Food safety, availability, and nutritional information including food labels, advertising, and nationally established guidelines are addressed.

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The lab provides a hands-on learning experience for exploration of human system components and basic physiology. Systems to be studied include integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and special senses. This course is accompanied by BIOL 2301

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The lab provides a hands-on learning experience for exploration of human system components and basic physiology. Systems to be studied include endocrine, cardiovascular, immune, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive (including nutrition), urinary (including fluid and electrolyte balance), and reproductive (including human development and genetics). This course is accompanied by BIOL 2302

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Study of the morphology, physiology, and taxonomy of representative groups of pathogenic and nonpathogenic microorganisms. Pure cultures of microorganisms grown on selected media are used in learning laboratory techniques. Includes a brief preview of food microbes, public health, and immunology. ACGM states: This course covers basics of culture and identification of bacteria and microbial ecology. This course is primarily directed at prenursing and other pre-allied health majors and covers basics of microbiology. Emphasis is on medical microbiology, infectious diseases, and public health. Corequisite BIOL 2320

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Principles of microbiology, including metabolism, structure, function, genetics, and phylogeny of microbes. The course will also examine the interactions of microbes with each other, hosts, and the environment. Laboratory activities will reinforce principles discussed in lecture. ACGM states: Principles of microbiology, including metabolism, structure, function, genetics, and phylogeny of microbes. The course will also examine the interactions of microbes with each other, hosts, and the environment.

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Anatomy and Physiology I is the first part of a two-course sequence. It is a study of the structure and function of the human body including cells, tissues and organs of the following systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous and special senses. Emphasis is on interrelationships among systems and regulation of physiological functions involved in maintaining homeostasis. Corequisite BIOL 2101

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Anatomy and Physiology II is the second part of a two-course sequence. It is a study of the structure and function of the human body including the following systems: endocrine, cardiovascular, immune, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive (including nutrition), urinary (including fluid and electrolyte balance), and reproductive (including human development and genetics). Emphasis is on interrelationships among systems and regulation of physiological functions involved in maintaining homeostasis. Corequisite of BIOL 2102

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This course covers basic microbiology and immunology and is primarily directed at pre-nursing, pre-allied health, and non-science majors. It provides an introduction to historical concepts of the nature of microorganisms, microbial diversity, the importance of microorganisms and acellular agents in the biosphere, and their roles in human and animal diseases. Major topics include bacterial structure as well as growth, physiology, genetics, and biochemistry of microorganisms. Emphasis is on medical microbiology, infectious diseases, and public health. Corequisite BIOL 2120

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Principles of microbiology, including metabolism, structure, function, genetics, and phylogeny of microbes. The course will also examine the interactions of microbes with each other, hosts, and the environment. Laboratory activities will reinforce principles discussed in lecture. ACGM states: Principles of microbiology, including metabolism, structure, function, genetics, and phylogeny of microbes. The course will also examine the interactions of microbes with each other, hosts, and the environment.

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Study of the structure and function of human anatomy, including neuroendocrine, integumentary, musculoskeletal, digestive, urinary, reproductive, respiratory, and circulatory systems. Content may be either integrated or specialized

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Basic laboratory experiments supporting theoretical principles presented in ; introduction of the scientific method, experimental design, data collection and analysis, and preparation of laboratory report.

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Basic laboratory experiments supporting theoretical principles presented in ; introduction of the scientific method, experimental design, chemical instrumentation, data collection and analysis, and preparation of laboratory report.

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Fundamental principles of chemistry for majors in the sciences, health sciences, and engineering; topics include measurements, fundamental properties of matter, states of matter, chemical reactions, chemical stoichiometry, periodicity of elemental properties, atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, solutions, properties of gases, and an introduction to thermodynamics and descriptive chemistry. Corequisite CHEM 1111.

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Chemical equilibrium; phase diagrams and spectrometry; acidbase concepts; thermodynamics; kinetics; electrochemistry; nuclear chemistry; an introduction to organic chemistry and descriptive inorganic chemistry.

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Survey course introducing chemistry. Topics may include inorganic, organic, biochemistry,food/physiological chemistry, and environmental/consumer chemistry. Designed for allied health students and for students who are not science majors. Organic and biological chemistry are emphasized. This course provides the basic chemical background for understanding metabolism and other biological processes which occur in living organisms. Not to be taken by science majors.

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This laboratory-based course accompanies CHEM 2323, Organic Chemistry I. Laboratory activities will reinforce fundamental principles of organic chemistry, including the structure, bonding, properties, and reactivity of organic molecules; and properties and behavior of organic compounds and their derivatives. Emphasis is placed on organic synthesis and mechanisms. Includes study of covalent and ionic bonding, nomenclature, stereochemistry, structure and reactivity, reaction mechanisms, functional groups, and synthesis of simple molecules. Methods for the purification and identification of organic compounds will be examined.

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This laboratory-based course accompanies CHEM 2325, Organic Chemistry II. Laboratory activities reinforce advanced principles of organic chemistry, including the structure, properties, and reactivity of aliphatic and aromatic organic molecules; and properties and behavior of organic compounds and their derivatives. Emphasis is placed on organic synthesis and mechanisms. Includes study of covalent and ionic bonding, nomenclature, stereochemistry, structure and reactivity, reaction mechanisms, functional groups, and synthesis of simple molecules.

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Fundamental principles of organic chemistry will be studied, including the structure, bonding, properties, and reactivity of organic molecules; and properties and behavior of organic compounds and their derivatives. Emphasis is placed on organic synthesis and mechanisms. Includes study of covalent and ionic bonding, nomenclature, stereochemistry, structure and reactivity, reaction mechanisms, functional groups, and synthesis of simple molecules. This course is intended for students in science or pre- professional programs. Corequisite: CHEM 2123

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Advanced principles of organic chemistry will be studied, including the structure, properties, and reactivity of aliphatic and aromatic organic molecules; and properties and behavior of organic compounds and their derivatives. Emphasis is placed on organic synthesis and mechanisms. Includes study of covalent and ionic bonding, nomenclature, stereochemistry, structure and reactivity, reaction mechanisms, functional groups, and synthesis of simple molecules. This course is intended for students in science or pre-professional programs. Corequisite: CHEM 2125

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An instructional program designed to integrate on-campus study with practical hands-on work experience in the physical sciences. In conjunction with class seminars, the individual students will set specific goals and objectives in the scientific study of inanimate objects, processes of matter and energy, and associated phenomena.

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This course introduces students to fundamental concepts, skills, and practices of human geography. Place, space, and scale serve as a framework for understanding patterns of human experience. Topics for discussion may include globalization, population and migration, culture, diffusion, political and economic systems, language, religion, gender, and ethnicity.

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This course is an introduction to the world’s major regions seen through their defining physical, social, cultural, political, and economic features. These regions are examined in terms of their physical and human characteristics and their interactions. The course emphasizes relations among regions on issues such as trade, economic development, conflict, and the role of regions in the globalization process.

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This laboratory-based course accompanies GEOL 1301, Earth Sciences I. Activities will cover methods used to collect and analyze data in geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy. Corequisite of GEOL 1301

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This laboratory-based course accompanies GEOL 1303, Physical Geology. Laboratory activities will cover methods used to collect and analyze earth science data.

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This laboratory-based course accompanies GEOL 1304, Historical Geology. Laboratory activities will introduce methods used by scientists to interpret the history of life and major events in the physical development of Earth from rocks and fossils.

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This laboratory-based course accompanies GEOL 1305, Environmental Science (lecture). Activities will cover methods used to collect and analyze environmental data.

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Survey of geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy. Corequisite of GEOL 1101

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Introduction to the study of the materials and processes that have modified and shaped the surface and interior of Earth over time. These processes are described by theories based on experimental data and geologic data gathered from field observations. Corequisite of GEOL 1103

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A comprehensive survey of the history of life and major events in the physical development of Earth as interpreted from rocks and fossils. Corequisite of GEOL 1104

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A survey of the forces, including humans, which shape our physical and biologic environment, and how these affect life on Earth. Introduction to the science and policy of global and regional environmental issues, including pollution, climate change, and sustainability of land, water, and energy resources. Corequisite of GEOL 1105

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This laboratory-based course accompanies PHYS 1301, College Physics I. Laboratory activities will reinforce fundamental principles of physics, using algebra and trigonometry; the principles and applications of classical mechanics and thermodynamics, including harmonic motion, mechanical waves and sound, physical systems, Newton’s Laws of Motion, and gravitation and other fundamental forces; emphasis will be on problem solving. Corequisite of PHYS 1301

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This laboratory-based course accompanies PHYS 1302, College Physics II. Laboratory activities will reinforce fundamental principles of physics, using algebra and trigonometry; the principles and applications of electricity and magnetism, including circuits, electrostatics, electromagnetism, waves, sound, light, optics, and modern physics topics; with emphasis on problem solving. Corequisite of PHYS 1302

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Laboratory in the study of stars, galaxies, and the universe outside our solar system. Corequisite of PHYS 1303

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Laboratory in the study of the sun and its solar system, including its origin. Corequisite of PHYS 1304

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Course, designed for non-science majors, that surveys topics from physics, chemistry, geology, astronomy, and meteorology. Corequisite of PHYS 1315

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Fundamental principles of physics, using algebra and trigonometry; the principles and applications of classical mechanics and thermodynamics, including harmonic motion, mechanical waves and sound, physical systems, Newton’s Laws of Motion, and gravitation and other fundamental forces; with emphasis on problem solving. Corequisite of PHYS 1101

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Fundamental principles of physics, using algebra and trigonometry; the principles and applications of electricity and magnetism, including circuits, electrostatics, electromagnetism, waves, sound, light, optics, and modern physics topics; with emphasis on problem solving. Corequisite of PHYS 1102

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Study of stars, galaxies, and the universe outside our solar system. Corequisite of PHYS 1103

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Study of the sun and its solar system, including its origin. Corequisite of PHYS 1104

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Course designed for non-science majors that surveys topics from physics, chemistry, geology, astronomy, and meteorology. Corequisite of PHYS 1115

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Basic laboratory experiments supporting theoretical principles presented in PHYS 2325 involving the principles and applications of classical mechanics, including harmonic motion and physical systems; experimental design, data collection and analysis, and preparation of laboratory reports.

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Laboratory experiments supporting theoretical principles presented in PHYS 2326 involving the principles of electricity and magnetism, including circuits, electromagnetism, waves, sound, light, and optics; experimental design, data collection and analysis, and preparation of laboratory reports. Corequisite of PHYS 2326

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Fundamental principles of physics, using calculus, for science, computer science, and engineering majors; the principles and applications of classical mechanics, including harmonic motion, physical systems and thermodynamics; and emphasis on problem solving. Corequisite of PHYS 2125

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Principles of physics for science, computer science, and engineering majors, using calculus, involving the principles of electricity and magnetism, including circuits, electromagnetism, waves, sound, light, and optics. Corequisite of PHYS 2126

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Last updated: 02/03/2021