Natural Sciences Courses

These courses have been approved as General Education Natural Sciences courses. This course list is updated periodically. Descriptions and learning criteria for General Education Natural Sciences courses can be found in the Foundation and Knowledge Domains section.

AEE 204NScience Literacy and Policy in the 21st Century Keystone/General Education Course3
AERSP 55Space Science and Technology Keystone/General Education Course3
AFR 105Environments of Africa: Geology and Climate Change Keystone/General Education Course3
AGECO 121Plant Stress: It's Not Easy Being Green Keystone/General Education Course3
AGECO 121HPlant Stress: It's Not Easy Being Green Keystone/General Education Course3
AGECO 122Atmospheric Environment: Growing in the Wind Keystone/General Education Course3
AGECO 134Sustainable Agriculture Science and Policy Keystone/General Education Course3
AGECO 144Principles and Practices of Organic Agriculture Keystone/General Education Course3
ANSC 100Introduction to Animal Industries Keystone/General Education Course3
ANSC 107Introduction to Equine Science and the Equine Industry Keystone/General Education Course3
ANSC 300Integrated Animal Biology Keystone/General Education Course3
ANSC 397FSpecial Topics - InterDomain Keystone/General Education Course3
ANSC 447Equine Exercise Physiology Keystone/General Education Course3
ANTH 21Introductory Biological Anthropology Keystone/General Education Course3
ANTH 22Humans as Primates Keystone/General Education Course3
ANTH 197FSpecial Topics - InterDomain Keystone/General Education Course3
ANTH 215Skin: Evolution, Biology and Culture Keystone/General Education Course3
ANTH 216NSex and Evolution Keystone/General Education Course3
ANTH 218Genes, Evolution and Behavior Keystone/General Education Course4
ANTH 240NLivelihoods and Ecosystems: Anthropological Approaches to Human-Environment Interaction Keystone/General Education Course3
ANTH 260Building the Human Animal Keystone/General Education Course3
ANTH 271Parasites and Human Evolution Keystone/General Education Course3
ANTH 375QAnthropology of Food Honors Keystone/General Education Course3
ART 51NMeteorology and Visual Arts: To Know is to See Keystone/General Education Course3
ARTH 107NRocks, Minerals, and the History of Art Keystone/General Education Course3
ASTRO 1Astronomical Universe Keystone/General Education Course3
ASTRO 1HAstronomical Universe Keystone/General Education Course3
ASTRO 5The Sky and Planets Keystone/General Education Course3
ASTRO 6Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe Keystone/General Education Course3
ASTRO 7NThe Artistic Universe Keystone/General Education Course3
ASTRO 10Elementary Astronomy Keystone/General Education Course2
ASTRO 11Elementary Astronomy Laboratory Keystone/General Education Course1
ASTRO 19NBeing in the Universe Keystone/General Education Course3
ASTRO 120The Big Bang Universe Keystone/General Education Course3
ASTRO 130Black Holes in the Universe Keystone/General Education Course3
ASTRO 140Life in the Universe Keystone/General Education Course3
ASTRO 141NFilm and Extraterrestrial Life: Science Fact or Fiction? Keystone/General Education Course3
ASTRO 291Astronomical Methods and the Solar System Keystone/General Education Course3
ASTRO 292Astronomy of the Distant Universe Keystone/General Education Course3
ASTRO 320Observational Astronomy Laboratory Keystone/General Education Course3
BIOL 11Introductory Biology I Keystone/General Education Course3
BIOL 12Introductory Biology II Keystone/General Education Course1
BIOL 60NArt in the Natural World Keystone/General Education Course3
BIOL 110Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity Keystone/General Education Course4
BIOL 110HHonors Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity Keystone/General Education Course4
BIOL 110SBiology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity Keystone/General Education Course4
BIOL 120NPlants, Places, and People Keystone/General Education Course3
BIOL 125NSociety and Disease Management Keystone/General Education Course3
BIOL 127Introduction to Plant Biology Keystone/General Education Course3
BIOL 129Mammalian Anatomy Keystone/General Education Course4
BIOL 133Genetics and Evolution of the Human Species Keystone/General Education Course3
BIOL 141Introductory Physiology Keystone/General Education Course3
BIOL 144ZClimate Change: Biological Impacts - Linked Keystone/General Education Course3
BIOL 145NThe Visual Body Keystone/General Education Course3
BIOL 155Introduction to the Biology of Aging Keystone/General Education Course3
BIOL 160NFitness with Exercise Physiology Keystone/General Education Course3
BIOL 161Human Anatomy and Physiology I - Lecture Keystone/General Education Course3
BIOL 162Human Anatomy and Physiology I - Laboratory Keystone/General Education Course1
BIOL 163Human Anatomy and Physiology II - Lecture Keystone/General Education Course3
BIOL 164Human Anatomy and Physiology II - Laboratory Keystone/General Education Course1
BIOL 169NWhat it means to be human Keystone/General Education Course3
BIOL 177Biology of Sex Keystone/General Education Course3
BIOL 183QFrom Beast Books to Resurrecting Dinosaurs Keystone/General Education Course3
BIOL 220MHonors Biology: Populations and Communities Keystone/General Education Course4
BIOL 220WBiology: Populations and Communities Keystone/General Education Course4
BIOL 230MHonors Biology: Molecules and Cells Keystone/General Education Course4
BIOL 230WBiology: Molecules and Cells Keystone/General Education Course4
BIOL 240MHonors Biology: Function and Development of Organisms Keystone/General Education Course4
BIOL 240WBiology: Function and Development of Organisms Keystone/General Education Course4
BIOL 475NAnatomy in Italy: Cadavers, Culture, and Science Keystone/General Education Course3
BISC 1Structure and Function of Organisms Keystone/General Education Course3
BISC 2Genetics, Ecology, and Evolution Keystone/General Education Course3
BISC 3Environmental Science Keystone/General Education Course3
BISC 4Human Body: Form and Function Keystone/General Education Course3
BISC 4HHuman Body: Form and Function Keystone/General Education Course3
BMB 1Understanding the Bases of Human Disease Keystone/General Education Course3
CAMS 197ESpecial Topics - InterDomain Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 1Molecular Science Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 3Molecular Science With Laboratory Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 5Kitchen Chemistry Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 101Introductory Chemistry Keystone/General Education Course2-3
CHEM 106Introductory and General Chemistry Keystone/General Education Course5
CHEM 110Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 110HChemical Principles I - Honors Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 111Experimental Chemistry I Keystone/General Education Course1
CHEM 112Chemical Principles II Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 112HChemical Principles II - Honors Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 113Experimental Chemistry II Keystone/General Education Course1
CHEM 113BExperimental Chemistry II--Bioscience Keystone/General Education Course1
CHEM 130Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 233NChemistry and Literature Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 297ESpecial Topics - InterDomain Keystone/General Education Course3
CMLIT 19NBeing in the Universe Keystone/General Education Course3
CMLIT 183QFrom Beast Books to Resurrecting Dinosaurs Keystone/General Education Course3
COMM 151NFilm and Extraterrestrial Life: Science Fact or Fiction? Keystone/General Education Course3
DANCE 370Anatomy for Performers Keystone/General Education Course3
DANCE 370HAnatomy for Performers Keystone/General Education Course3
EARTH 2The Earth System and Global Change Keystone/General Education Course3
EARTH 100Environment Earth Keystone/General Education Course3
EARTH 100HEnvironment Earth: Environment and Energy Keystone/General Education Course3
EARTH 101Natural Disasters: Hollywood vs. Reality Keystone/General Education Course3
EARTH 103Earth in the Future: Predicting Climate Change and Its Impacts Over the Next Century Keystone/General Education Course3
EARTH 104Climate, Energy and Our Future Keystone/General Education Course3
EARTH 105NEnvironments of Africa: Geology and Climate Change Keystone/General Education Course3
EARTH 106The African Continent: Earthquakes, Tectonics and Geology Keystone/General Education Course3
EARTH 107Coastal Processes, Hazards and Society Keystone/General Education Course3
EARTH 109The Fundamentals of Shale Energy Development Keystone/General Education Course3
EARTH 111Water: Science and Society Keystone/General Education Course3
EARTH 150Dinosaur Extinctions and Other Controversies Keystone/General Education Course3
EARTH 240Coral Reef Systems Keystone/General Education Course4
EGEE 101Energy and the Environment Keystone/General Education Course3
EGEE 101AEnergy and the Environment Keystone/General Education Course3
EGEE 101HEnergy and the Environment Keystone/General Education Course3
EGEE 102Energy Conservation for Environmental Protection Keystone/General Education Course3
EGEE 102HEnergy Conservation for Environmental Protection Keystone/General Education Course3
EGEE 110Safety Science for the Rest of Your Life Keystone/General Education Course3
EGEE 210Technological Legacy of Pennsylvania Coal Keystone/General Education Course3
EMSC 121Minerals and Modern Society Keystone/General Education Course3
EMSC 150Out of the Fiery Furnace Keystone/General Education Course3
EMSC 240NEnergy and Sustainability in Contemporary Culture Keystone/General Education Course3
ENGL 142NScience in Literature Keystone/General Education Course3
ENGL 163NDefining the Animal Keystone/General Education Course3
ENGL 233NChemistry and Literature Keystone/General Education Course3
ENGL 297ESpecial Topics - InterDomain Keystone/General Education Course3
ENGR 120NDesign Thinking and 3D Printing in Engineering and Healthcare Keystone/General Education Course3
ENT 202The Insect Connection Keystone/General Education Course3
ENT 222Honey Bees and Humans Keystone/General Education Course3
ENT 222HHoney Bees and Humans Keystone/General Education Course3
ERM 210Environmental Factors and Their Effect on Your Food Supply Keystone/General Education Course3
FOR 201Global Change and Ecosystems Keystone/General Education Course3
FRNSC 100Introduction to Forensic Science Keystone/General Education Course3
FRNSC 200Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation Keystone/General Education Course3
GAME 180NThe Art and Science of Virtual Worlds Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOG 1NGlobal Parks and Sustainability Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOG 3NFood and the Future Environment Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOG 6NMaps and the Geospatial Revolution Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOG 10Physical Geography: An Introduction Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOG 10HPhysical Geography: An Introduction Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOG 30NEnvironment and Society in a Changing World Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOG 110Climates of the World Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOG 115Landforms of the World Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOG 197FSpecial Topics - InterDomain Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOG 210Geographic Perspectives on Environmental Systems Science Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOG 314Biogeography and Global Ecology Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOG 315Landforms and Geomorphic Systems in the Anthropocene Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOG 330NPolitical Ecology Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOG 397FSpecial Topics - InterDomain Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOSC 2Historical Geology Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOSC 10Geology of the National Parks Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOSC 20Planet Earth Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOSC 20HPlanet Earth Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOSC 20LPlanet Earth Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOSC 21Earth and Life: Origin and Evolution Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOSC 30Volcanoes Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOSC 40The Sea Around Us Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOSC 40HThe Sea Around Us Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOSC 40LThe Sea Around Us Keystone/General Education Course2
GEOSC 40PThe Sea Around Us Keystone/General Education Course1
GEOSC 107NRocks, Minerals, and the History of Art Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOSC 109HEarthquakes and Society Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOSC 110The Science of Gemstones Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOSC 111Forensic Geoscience Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOSC 297FSpecial Topics - InterDomain Keystone/General Education Course3
HIST 6NHistory and Weather: How Weather Played an Instrumental Role in Great World Events Keystone/General Education Course3
HORT 101Horticultural Science Keystone/General Education Course3
HORT 150NPlants in the Human Context Keystone/General Education Course3
HUM 400NExpressions in the Humanities Keystone/General Education Course3
INART 50The Science of Music Keystone/General Education Course3
INART 50ZThe Science of Music Keystone/General Education Course3
KINES 160NFitness with Exercise Physiology Keystone/General Education Course3
MATSE 81Materials in Today's World Keystone/General Education Course3
MATSE 91Polymers, Life and Society Keystone/General Education Course3
MATSE 101Energy and the Environment Keystone/General Education Course3
MATSE 112Applied Materials Chemistry for Engineers Keystone/General Education Course3
METEO 2Our Changing Atmosphere: Personal and Societal Consequences Keystone/General Education Course3
METEO 3Introductory Meteorology Keystone/General Education Course3
METEO 4Weather and Risk Keystone/General Education Course3
METEO 5Severe and Unusual Weather Keystone/General Education Course3
METEO 6NHistory and Weather: How Weather Played an Instrumental Role in Great World Events Keystone/General Education Course3
METEO 51NMeteorology and Visual Arts: To Know is to See Keystone/General Education Course3
METEO 101Understanding Weather Forecasting Keystone/General Education Course3
METEO 122Atmospheric Environment: Growing in the Wind Keystone/General Education Course3
METEO 133NEthics of Climate Change Keystone/General Education Course3
METEO 197ASpecial Topics - InterDomain Keystone/General Education Course3
METEO 397FSpecial Topics - InterDomain Keystone/General Education Course3
MICRB 106Elementary Microbiology Keystone/General Education Course3
MICRB 106HElementary Microbiology Keystone/General Education Course3
MICRB 107Elementary Microbiology Laboratory Keystone/General Education Course1
PHIL 133NEthics of Climate Change Keystone/General Education Course3
PHOTO 321NFlow Visualization: The Art and Physics of Fluid Motion Keystone/General Education Course3
PHYS 1The Science of Physics Keystone/General Education Course3
PHYS 1HThe Science of Physics Keystone/General Education Course3
PHYS 10Physics Behind the Headlines Keystone/General Education Course3
PHYS 150Technical Physics I Keystone/General Education Course3
PHYS 151Technical Physics II Keystone/General Education Course3
PHYS 211General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course4
PHYS 211HGeneral Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course4
PHYS 211LGeneral Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course4.00
PHYS 211RGeneral Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course4
PHYS 212General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course4
PHYS 212HGeneral Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course4
PHYS 213General Physics: Fluids and Thermal Physics Keystone/General Education Course2
PHYS 213LGeneral Physics: Fluids and Thermal Physics Keystone/General Education Course0
PHYS 214General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics Keystone/General Education Course2
PHYS 214LGeneral Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics Keystone/General Education Course0
PHYS 214RGeneral Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics Keystone/General Education Course2
PHYS 250Introductory Physics I Keystone/General Education Course4
PHYS 250HIntroductory Physics I Keystone/General Education Course4
PHYS 251Introductory Physics II Keystone/General Education Course4
PLANT 220Gardening for Fun and Profit Keystone/General Education Course3
PPEM 120The Fungal Jungle: A Mycological Safari From Truffles to Slime Molds Keystone/General Education Course3
PPEM 300Horticultural Crop Diseases Keystone/General Education Course3
PSYCH 169NWhat it means to be human Keystone/General Education Course3
PSYCH 297FSpecial Topics - InterDomain Keystone/General Education Course3
RLST 133NEthics of Climate Change Keystone/General Education Course3
SC 103NWhen Data Meets Design Keystone/General Education Course3
SC 142NScience in Literature Keystone/General Education Course3
SC 200Science in Our World: Certainty and Controversy Keystone/General Education Course3
SC 205NIdentifying Bias and Falsehood Keystone/General Education Course3
SC 297ESpecial Topics - InterDomain Keystone/General Education Course3
SOILS 71Environmental Sustainability Keystone/General Education Course3
SOILS 101Introductory Soil Science Keystone/General Education Course3
STS 55Space Science and Technology Keystone/General Education Course3
STS 150Out of the Fiery Furnace Keystone/General Education Course3
STS 197FSpecial Topics - InterDomain Keystone/General Education Course3
STS 201Climate Change, Energy, and Biodiversity Keystone/General Education Course3
SUST 150NThe Science of Sustainable Development Keystone/General Education Course3
SUST 197ESpecial Topics - InterDomain Keystone/General Education Course3
VBSC 211The Immune System and Disease Keystone/General Education Course3
WFS 209Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Keystone/General Education Course3
WFS 209HWildlife and Fisheries Conservation Keystone/General Education Course3