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​For Faculty Advisors

The information below is intended to help faculty members learn more about the Natural Science Foundation.

Natural Science Requirement Objectives

The following is a list of objectives that you may find useful when you’re preparing to submit a course to the CCC for approval.

Natural Science courses will:

  • Characterize the scientific method by demonstrating the dependence of science on quantitative and testable empiricism, the way scientific theories and models are developed, and the dynamic nature of scientific theories.
  • Present a body of contemporary scientific information drawn from the natural sciences and, where appropriate, address issues that have a significant impact on the world to give students a foundation from which to understand better the interrelatedness of the sciences and society.
  • Illustrate a scientific perspective, describing how scientists study the natural world, and how this differs from other forms of study.
  • Give students significant opportunities to illustrate the role of testable empiricism in the development of scientific theories via classroom, laboratory, or project activities.​

The Natural Science Foundation

​​​​​​​​To fulfill the Natural Science Foundation, students must take one three-credit course, core-designated as inclusive of a “hands-on” component. Students who have not taken a high-school physics course will be required to take a physics-based natural science core course.

Why Natural Science?

Science provides an empirical analysis of truth in the natural order and approaches the natural world from the unique perspective of the scientific method. Students should be able to dissect an argument and determine if it truly meets the criteria of science, or if it simply uses scientific-sounding words and phrases to hide a flawed analysis. They should be able to appreciate the compatibility of reason and faith in the pursuit of truth.

In the Dominican tradition, study is undertaken not only for itself but also for the benefit of others. In engaging with the pressing issues of the day (such as embryonic stem cells, global warming, and the wise use of energy resources), and committed to service and the common good, graduates must be prepared to look beyond labels and catch phrases to the basic scientific facts and data which will provide a foundation for realistic solutions. Students need to be able to integrate religious, philosophical, political, and scientific viewpoints into a coherent whole in order to make effective decisions for the betterment of society. This background will enable Providence College students and graduates to make informed decisions about important scientific issues that affect society.

  
Core Foundation/Proficiency
  
  
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ART479/BIO479 (Special Topics: Field Botany) [Effective Fall 2017]Standard Natural Science Core RequirementStudio Art
BIO 103/103L and 104/104L (General Biology) [Effective Fall 2012]Standard Natural Science Core RequirementBiologyBiology, Secondary Education Biology
BIO 121 (Environmental Biology) [Effective Fall 2014]Standard Natural Science Core RequirementBiology
BIO 122 (Human Biology) [Effective Spring 2013]Standard Natural Science Core RequirementBiology
BIO 123 (Photobiology: Light and Life) [Effective Fall 2013]Standard Natural Science Core RequirementBiology
BIO 124 (Ethnobotany) [Effective Fall 2012]Standard Natural Science Core RequirementBiology
BIO 125 (Microbes and Man) [Effective Fall 2012]Standard Natural Science Core RequirementBiology
BIO 126 (Evolution and Modern Biology) [Effective Fall 2016]Standard Natural Science Core RequirementBiology
BIO 128 (Food Politics) [Effective Spring 2016]Standard Natural Science Core RequirementBiology
BIO 220 (Intro to Tropical Biology) [Effective Fall 2016]Standard Natural Science Core RequirementBiology
CHM 101/101L (General Chemistry I) [Effective Fall 2012]Standard Natural Science Core RequirementChemistryApplied Physics, Biology, Secondary Education Biology, Secondary Education Physics
CHM 105 (Contemporary Chemistry: Environmental Matters) [Effective Fall 2012]Standard Natural Science Core RequirementChemistry
CHM 106 (Billion Dollar Molecules: Chemistry in Life, Drugs, and Medicine) [Effective Fall 2012]Standard Natural Science Core RequirementChemistry
CHM 108 (You Are What You Eat) [Effective Spring 2016] Standard Natural Science Core RequirementChemistry
CHM 121/121L (Introductory Chemistry I) [Effective Fall 2012]Standard Natural Science Core RequirementChemistryApplied Physics, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Engineering (3+2) Program, Secondary Education Chemistry, Secondary Education Physics
EPS 101 (General Physics) [Effective Fall 2012]Physics-Based Natural Science Core RequirementApplied Physics
EPS 105 (Conceptual Physics) [Effective Fall 2012]Physics-Based Natural Science Core RequirementApplied Physics
EPS 117 (Astronomy) [Effective Fall 2012]Physics-Based Natural Science Core RequirementApplied Physics
EPS 118 (Meteorology) [Effective Fall 2012]Physics-Based Natural Science Core RequirementApplied Physics
EPS 120 (Science of Sound and Music) [Effective Fall 2012]Physics-Based Natural Science Core RequirementApplied Physics
EPS 125 (How Things Work) [Effective Fall 2012]Physics-Based Natural Science Core RequirementApplied Physics
HON 210 (Topics in Science: Chemistry in Contemporary Issues) [Effective Fall 2012]Standard Natural Science Core Requirement, Civic Engagement ProficiencyHonors
NSC 101 (Natural Science I: Physical Sciences in the 20th Century) [Effective Spring 2015]Physics-Based Natural Science Core RequirementChemistry
NSC 102 (Natural Science II: Cell Biology, Genetics, and Evolution) [Effective Spring 2015]Standard Natural Science Core RequirementChemistry
NSC 215 (SCE) (Marine Ecology) [Effective Fall 2015]Standard Natural Science Core RequirementBiology