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Course # Course Name Credit(s)
ANTH 1130 Introduction to Biological Anthropology 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 03, 10
Introduces the biological anthropology field, one of the four sub-fields within anthropology. Sometimes called physical anthropology, biological anthropology is the study of our collective human origins. Students will accomplish this through three main areas: study of biological evolution, including the forces of evolution and cellular biology; comparing primate and human physical and behavioral practices; and by examining hominid evolution from groups beginning four to five million years ago through today as they are shaped by environmental and cultural stimuli. Study will be done through a variety of in class discussions and lectures as well as simulated or dry lab activities. Additionally, students will learn how modern cultural implications impact our evolution and environment today. May be paired with ANTH 1131 to fulfill a lab science requirement.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

ANTH 1131 Introduction to Biological Anthropology Lab 1

Course Outline

Credits: 1
MNTC Goal Areas: 03
Provides an optional lab with hands on experience for the lecture sections of ANTH 1130 (Introduction to Biological Anthropology). The lab covers scientific method, cell biology and DNA, principles of inheritance, human variation, population genetics, the human skeleton, primate classification, primate behavior, bipedal adaptation and comparative analysis of hominin features including Australopithicines and Homo. This course must be paired with ANTH 1130 to fulfill a lab science requirement.

Prerequisites:

  • ANTH 1130 Introduction to Biological Anthropology

Corequisites:
  • ANTH 1130 Introduction to Biological Anthropology

Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

BIOL 1107 Biology of Women 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 03, 07
Provides a theme based course for learning biological concepts in the context of issues relevant to both men's and women's health. Explores the historical, cultural and biological factors that shape women's experiences and health. The course explores the nature of science, female and male reproductive anatomy and physiology, sexual differentiation, issues related to health and disease, pregnancy and birth, contraception, menopause, sexually transmitted diseases and other public health topics. Students desiring a traditional lab may take BIOL 1110 concurrently or following completion of BIOL 1107.

Prerequisites:


Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

BIOL 1110 Human Biology Laboratory 1

Course Outline

Credits: 1
MNTC Goal Areas: 03
Provides an optional lab with hands on experience for the lecture sections of 1114 (Critical Issues in Human Biology) and 1107 (Biology of Women). The lab covers microscopy, scientific method, study of the cell, genetics, mitosis and meiosis, aspects of human anatomy and physiology. Topics covered may also include current issues in human health. This course may be paired with BIOL 1107 or 1114 to fulfill a lab science requirement.

Prerequisites:

  • BIOL 1107 Biology of Women
  • BIOL 1114 Critical Issues in Human Biology (Nonlab)
  • BIOL 1114 Critical Issues In Human Biology

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

BIOL 1114 Critical Issues In Human Biology 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 03, 09
Intended for majors and non-majors interested in critical and ethical issues related to human biology. Ethical decision-making surrounding current biological issues will be examined. Topics such as evolution, human research subjects, biotechnology, antibiotic resistance, or other emerging science issues may be examined. Students will understand the process of science, be able to distinguish science from non-science, and critically analyze claims. Students desiring a traditional lab may take BIOL 1110 concurrently or following completion of BIOL 1114.

Prerequisites:


Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

BIOL 1116 Environmental Science (no lab) 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 03, 10
Introduces students to fundamental concepts in ecology focusing on human impact and exploitation of the environment stressing the limits of the biosphere with respect to resources, energy, and pollution. Activities may include discussion, group activities, guest speakers and films.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Spring 2023

BIOL 1117 Environmental Science (with lab) 4

Course Outline

Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 03, 10
Introduces students to fundamental concepts in ecology focusing on human impact and exploitation of the environment stressing the limits of the biosphere with respect to resources, energy, and pollution. Activities may include discussion, group activities, guest speakers and films. One semester credit of lab includes field trips and analysis of factors using the campus landscape. This course is open to all students and meets the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) 8710.3200, Subp. 3, Standard J1, J2 a, b, c, d, e, f, J3, J4 J5, J6, H1 a, b, c, H2 a, b, H3 a, b, c, d, H4 a, b, H5 a, b, H6 a, b, H7 a, b, c, d.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

BIOL 1120 Exploring Biology 4

Course Outline

Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 03
Introduces non-majors to important biological concepts and serves as a pre-requisite for Nursing and other allied-health programs. There is an emphasis on the molecular and cellular levels of biology surrounding the core theme of evolution. Topics include chemistry of cells, cell structure and function, metabolism, genetics, evolution and ecology. Labs emphasize the process of scientific inquiry which includes learning how to propose testable hypotheses and carry out experiments to test them. Students learn the proper use of microscopes and safe handling of lab chemicals and other lab equipment while conducting hands-on experiments. This course serves as a prerequisite for Anatomy and Physiology 1 (BIOL 2201) and Microbiology (BIOL 2205 & 2305). It also aligns with content for common healthcare admissions exams.

Prerequisites:


Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

BIOL 1123 Introduction To Forensic Science 4

Course Outline

Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 03
Introduces students to the basic techniques of forensic science. Concepts will be examined with the application of scientific principles and emphasizing molecular biology, cell biology and the human body. Topics will include application of biological concepts to forensics, such as forensic pathology and anthropology, serology, toxicology, DNA profiling and entomology. Labs will include hands-on forensic inquiry and applications, such as identification of skeletal remains, blood splatter analysis, fingerprinting, chromophotography, DNA and hair analysis. Current issues, advances and questions in forensic science will also be addressed. This course will be of interest to liberal arts, science, paralaegal and criminal justice majors, and it fulfills the lab science requirement for MnTC.

Prerequisites:


Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

BIOL 1154 Principles of Biology I 4

Course Outline

Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 03
Introduces important biological principles and is intended for biology and biology-related majors. This course is the first of a 2-semester course series and, also serves as a prerequisite for other biology courses that are part of the Biology Transfer Pathway. There is an emphasis on molecular and cellular levels of biology surrounding the core theme of evolution. Topics include chemistry of cells, cell structure and function, metabolism, genetics, and evolution. Labs emphasize the process of scientific inquiry where students learn to propose and test hypotheses, as well as analyze, synthesize and communicate results. Students also learn the proper use of microscopes and the safe handling of chemicals, tools and other lab equipment while conducting hands-on experiments. Prereq: Requires one year HS chemistry or a college chemistry course.

Prerequisites:


Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

BIOL 1155 Prinicples of Biology II 5

Course Outline

Credits: 5
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 03
Introduces important biological principles and is intended for biology and biology-related majors. It is the second of a 2-semester course series and, also serves as a prerequisite for several other subsequent biology courses that are part of the Biology Minnesota State Transfer Pathway (AS-P). There is an emphasis on organism to ecosystem levels of biology surrounding the core theme of evolution. Topics include the origin of life, population evolution, phylogenetic classification, ecology, and biodiversity. Labs emphasize the process of scientific inquiry where students study organisms, their comparative anatomy, and their interrelationship with the environment through research projects. Lab exercises involve individual and group work in campus lab facilities and field studies off-campus. Students will gain hands-on experience in the safe handling and use of living and preserved organisms as well as laboratory instruments and equipment.

Prerequisites:

  • BIOL 1154 Principles of Biology I
  • BIOL 1154 General Biology: From Cell to Organism

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Spring 2023

BIOL 2201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4

Course Outline

Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 03
Introduces students to the anatomy and physiology of the human body with special emphasis on the relationship between structure and function and homeostatic mechanisms of the body. Systems and topics covered include anatomical terminology, histology, integumentary system, skeletal system, articulations, muscular system, nervous system, special senses, and endocrine systems. Lab component will hands-on experience with tissue specimens, as well as dissections of organs and a representative mammal. This course meets Human Anatomy and Physiology Society learning outcomes and aligns with content for common healthcare admissions exams.

Prerequisites:

  • BIOL 1120 Exploring Biology
  • BIOL 1154 Principles of Biology I

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

BIOL 2202 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4

Course Outline

Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 03
Covers anatomy and physiology of the human body with special emphasis on the relationship between structure and function and homeostatic mechanisms of the body. Systems and topics covered include cardiovascular system, lymphatic and immune systems, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, acid-base and electrolyte balance, reproductive systems, and development. The lab component will include hands-on experience with models, histology slides and one or more representative animal specimens. This course meets Human Anatomy and Physiology Society learning outcomes and aligns with content for common healthcare admissions exams.

Prerequisites:

  • BIOL 2201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

BIOL 2205 Microbiology 4

Course Outline

Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 03
Surveys microbial groups, microbial cell structure, nutrition, growth, control of growth, metabolism, genetics, evolution, epidemiology, infection, transmission and pathogenesis, and interactions with host organisms. Through hand-on experience, students will develop competence in in microscopy, aseptic technique, as well as in culturing, staining, enumeration, identification, isolation, safe handling and biochemical testing of microorganisms. Intended for students pursuing careers in nursing or similar health professions. This course aligns with American Microbiology Society curriculum guidelines as well as the test plan for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.

Prerequisites:

  • BIOL 1120 Exploring Biology
  • BIOL 1154 Principles of Biology I
  • BIOL 1154 General Biology: From Cell to Organism

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

BIOL 2301 Zoology 4

Course Outline

Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 03
Covers the morphological and physiological characteristics of animals emphasizing adaptation, evolution, and ecology. The lab component will include hands-on experience with actual animal tissue specimens as well as group projects. Prerequisites: BIOL 1154 (or equivalent) or permission of instructor. BIOL 1155 is recommended.

Prerequisites:

  • BIOL 1154 Principles of Biology I
  • BIOL 1154 General Biology: From Cell to Organism

Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

BIOL 2303 Genetics 5

Course Outline

Credits: 5
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 03
Introduces students to major concepts in Mendelian, molecular and population genetics. Experiments with viruses, bacteria, insects and plants highlight the study of gene expression, recombination, gene mapping, chromosome analysis and population genetics. Includes discussion of current societal, ethical, and political issues relevant to genetics and covers new discoveries and current directions in molecular genetics. Lecture hours include a weekly recitation. Students will gain hands-on experience in the safe handling, growth, maintenance and manipulation of model organisms.

Prerequisites:

  • BIOL 1154 Principles of Biology I
  • BIOL 1154 General Biology: From Cell to Organism

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Spring 2023

BIOL 2305 Principles of Microbiology 5

Course Outline

Credits: 5
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 03
Introduces the fundamental principles of microbiology with a survey of prokaryotic, eukaryotic, and viral microorganisms. Lecture covers microbial cell structure, nutrition, growth, control of growth, metabolism, genetics, evolution, epidemiology, infection, transmission and pathogenesis, and interactions with host organisms. Antimicrobial resistance and other relevant current issues will be discussed, as well as real-world applications, including food and beverage production. Experiments in lab will develop student competence in in microscopy, aseptic technique, as well as in culturing, staining, enumeration, identification, isolation, safe handling and biochemical testing of microorganisms. This course is intended for students majoring in biology & the sciences, including professional (pre-med, pre-pharm, pre-vet, pre-grad, etc). This course aligns with American Microbiology Society curriculum guidelines.

Prerequisites:

  • BIOL 1120 Exploring Biology
  • BIOL 1154 Principles of Biology I
  • BIOL 1154 General Biology: From Cell to Organism

Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

BIOL 2306 General Ecology 4

Course Outline

Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 03
Introduces students to the fundamentals of ecology, focusing on the study of organisms in relation to their physical and biological environment. The course includes a survey of individual, population, community, and ecosystem level ecology. Theoretical, empirical and applied ecology will be discussed. Activities may include discussion, group activities, guest speakers, films and field trips. Labs will reinforce lecture content and provide students with research skills including use of primary literature, experimental design, data analysis and interpretation. Prereq: BIOL 1154 (required) MATH 1103 (recommended).

Prerequisites:

  • BIOL 1154 Principles of Biology I
  • BIOL 1154 General Biology: From Cell to Organism

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022

CHEM 1010 Introductory Chemistry 4

Course Outline

Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 03
Introduces basic principles and concepts of chemistry to students who previously have had no chemistry or who desire a basic review of chemistry. This course is a lab science course designed for non-science majors and for students who need a basic chemistry course before enrolling in college chemistry. Approved safety goggles and a lab apron are required. Prerequisites: MATH 0840 with a grade of "C" or higher OR higher level math placement, either within the last 2 years.

Prerequisites:


Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022

CHEM 1061 Principles of Chemistry I 5

Course Outline

Credits: 5
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 03
Includes study of basic chemical theory and application with emphasis upon atomic theory and structure, chemical bonding, inorganic chemical nomenclature, chemical reactions, reaction stoichiometry, periodic relationships, molecular structure, properties of gases and the kinetic molecular theory. The lab component of this course provides the student with the opportunity to apply chemical concepts through observation, data collection, quantitative measurement, problem analysis, and mathematical applications to chemistry. Approved safety goggles and a lab apron are required. Prerequisites: MATH 0940 with a grade of "C" or higher OR higher level placement, either within the last 2 years. Recommended: CHEM 1010 or a full year of advanced high school chemistry within the last 2 years and with a grade of "C" or higher.

Prerequisites:


Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022

CHEM 1062 Principles of Chemistry II 5

Course Outline

Credits: 5
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 03
Continues CHEM 1061 with emphasis on properties of liquids and solids, properties of aqueous solutions, principles of kinetics, acid-base concepts, solution chemistry applied to chemical equilibria of weak electrolytes, electrochemistry, basic concepts of thermodynamics and nuclear chemistry. The lab component of this course provides the student with the opportunity to apply chemical concepts through observation, data collection, quantitative measurement, problem analysis and mathematical applications to chemistry. Approved safety goggles and a lab apron are required.

Prerequisites:

  • CHEM 1061 Principles of Chemistry I

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022

GEOG 1119 Map Interpretation 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 03, 10
Instructs the use (and misuse) of maps. Basic principles of communication using maps, including projections, scale, and symbolization, as well as measurement and analysis of mapped information. The introduction of current mapping skills through Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is emphasized through cartographic exercises. This is a lab science course.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

GEOG 1140 Weather and Climate 4

Course Outline

Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 03, 10
Examines the atmosphere and its behavior in relation to weather and climate. Examines atmosphere structure, stability, and motion; earth energy balance, precipitation processes, pressure systems, cloud development and type, ocean currents, general meteorological patterns in time and space. Observation and analysis of satellite imagery and digital meteorological and climatic information. Evaluation of natural factors of climate patterns as well as the reconstruction of past climates. Investigation of climate change from the past up to the present time and human activities that influence climate.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

GEOG 1150 Renewable and Non-Renewable Natural Resources 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 03, 10
Explores the origin, nature, location and management issues of natural renewable and non-renewable resources on a global scale. Fuels, energy sources, soils, minerals, fisheries, and forests will be examined with other natural resources.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

GEOG 1160 Physical Geography 4

Course Outline

Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 03, 10
Emphasize the interactions of the biosphere, geological and climatic systems in the development of the pattern of regional environments including the study of spatial patterns and processes associated with the Earth's natural systems. Investigate the interactions of geology, ecosystems and weather and how such interactions impact diverse populations around the world in terms of agriculture, economics and natural resources.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

GEOG 1211 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 4

Course Outline

Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 03, 10
Instructs the use of digital data storage, retrieval, manipulation, analysis and display of spatial and temporal data using Geographic Information Systems(GIS) technology through a combination of class presentations and laboratory exercises. Both general theory and specific application with respect to GIS will be addressed as well as the present application of GIS in various industries. This is a lab science course.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

GEOG 1400 Energy, Environment and Climate 4

Course Outline

Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 03, 10
Provides a holistic approach to the workings of the atmosphere and climatological impacts on global human populations. Topics include weather patterns and long-term trends, including global climate change. Climatology relative to the United States will be examined in the context of extreme weather and alternative energy source potential.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Spring 2023

GEOL 1101 Physical Geology 4

Course Outline

Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 03, 10
Studies the nature, properties, and processes that shape and alter the Earth. Analysis and study of the nature and character of materials composing the Earth; and processes that have formed, altered, and transformed the Earth's surface. This course is open to all students and meets the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) 8710.3200, Subp. 3, Standard J1, J2 a, b, c, d, e, f, J3, J4.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

GEOL 1105 Historical Geology 4

Course Outline

Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 03, 10
Examines the Earth's planetary materials and processes as they have evolved and changed over time. Emphasis is placed on the study of evolution and life as it applies to the succession of plants and animals evidenced in the fossil record and the processes which have altered the character of the Earth's continents and oceans through time.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

GEOL 1115 Natural Disasters 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 03, 10
Investigates the physical processes, origins, and human and economic impacts of natural disasters. Students will examine earthquakes, volcanism, severe weather, climate change, wildfires, and floods among other natural catastrophic phenomena and will engage in lab-like experiences that include mapping and data analysis.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

NSCI 1110 Introduction to Climate Change Studies 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 03, 10
Investigates the causes and magnitudes of past and present climate change. Identifies humans? responsibility in our recent past and future climate and how this impacts humans globally. Predicts future climate change based on current trends and explores climate solutions.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

PHYS 1020 Descriptive Astronomy 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 03
Surveys the major areas of astronomy, including planets, the sun, the moon, galaxies, and cosmology. Activities include sky observations and laboratory work.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022

PHYS 1030 Descriptive Physics 4

Course Outline

Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 03
Explores topics in motion, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism, light, and nuclear physics. PHYS1030 emphasizes concepts, basic laws, and applications of physics. For students with no physics background who do not plan to concentrate their study in science. PHYS 1030 assumes only a basic understanding of math. Prerequisites: MATH 0640 or placement into MATH 0820 or higher.

Prerequisites:


Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

PHYS 1041 Algebra & Trig Based Physics I 4

Course Outline

Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 03
Explores topics in motion, mechanics, fluids, and oscillations. This course relies on algebra and trigonometry to explain these physics concepts and solve problems related to them. Prerequisites: Courses in trigonometry and higher algebra or concurrent enrollment in MATH 1119.

Prerequisites:


Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022

PHYS 1042 Algebra & Trig Based Physics II 4

Course Outline

Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 03
Explores topics in electricity and magnetism, circuits, waves, light, and optics. This course relies on algebra and trigonometry to explain these physics concepts and solve problems related to them. PHYS 1042 is a continuation of PHYS 1041. Prereq: PHYS 1041 and MATH 1119 or MATH 1127.

Prerequisites:

  • PHYS 1041 Algebra & Trig Based Physics I

Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

PHYS 1081 Calculus Based Physics I 5

Course Outline

Credits: 5
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 03
Explores motion, mechanics, fluids, oscillations, thermodynamics and heat. Physics 1081 is the first part of a two-semester sequence. Prerequisite: MATH 1133 or concurrent enrollment.

Prerequisites:

  • MATH 1133 Calculus I

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022

PHYS 1082 Calculus Based Physics II 5

Course Outline

Credits: 5
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 03
Explores topics in electricity and magnetism, light and optics. This course is a continuation of Physics 1081. Prerequisites: PHYS 1081 and MATH 1133.

Prerequisites:

  • MATH 1133 Calculus I
  • PHYS 1081 Calculus Based Physics I

Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None