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Science Courses for the Non-Major

Listed below are courses that departments design for non-majors and should be used by students looking to explore a subject and fulfill requirements. They (mostly) have no prerequisites and are themselves not prerequisite for more advanced courses in the departments.

Many introductory courses (Religion 1, Geography 1, Psychology 1 etc.) can fulfill this same function.  The difference is that these are designed as an entree into a major and are often prerequisites for the major. The courses listed below are specifically designed for the non-major, although some may fulfill prerequisites for upper-level major courses.

Course

Title

Distr.

ASTR 1

Exploring the Solar System

SLA

ASTR 2

Exploring the Universe (without lab)

SCI

ASTR 3

Exploring the Universe (with lab)

SLA

BIOL 2

Human Biology

SCI

BIOL 4

Genes and Society

SCI

BIOL 5

Philosophy of Biology

SCI

BIOL 6

Dinosaurs

SCI

COSC 2

Programming for Interactive Audio-Visual Arts

TLA

COSC 3

Computational Thinking

TLA

COSC 4

Concepts in Computing

TAS

EARS 1

How the Earth Works

SLA

EARS 2

Evolution of Earth and Life

SCI

EARS 3

Elementary Oceanography

SCI

EARS 5

Natural Disasters and Catastrophes

SCI

EARS 6

Environmental Change

SCI

ENGS 1

Everyday Technology

TLA

ENGS 2

Integrated Design

TAS

ENGS 3

Technology of Cybercare

TAS

ENGS 5

Healthcare and Biotechnology in the 21st Century

TAS

ENGS 6

Technology and Biosecurity

TAS

ENGS 12

Introduction to Product Design

TAS

ENGS 13

Virtual Medicine and Cybercare

TAS

MATH 5

Topics vary by term, see ORC

QDS

PHYS 1

Understanding the Universe (with lab)

SLA

PHYS 2

Understanding the Universe (without lab)

SCI

PHYS 5 Physics for Future Leaders TAS
  • The QDS requirement can be filled also with Linguistics 1, Linguistics 15 and other courses in linguistics, Philosophy 6, the 10-level courses in government, economics, psychology, sociology, and Mathematics and Social Sciences 15
  • The TAS requirement can be filled by Music 3, Philosophy 26, Mathematics and Social Sciences 36, and a number of engineering "major" courses that have few or no prerequisites including Engineering 31, Engineering 21, and Engineering 51
  • The SCI and SLA requirements can be filled by Anthropology 6, Geography 3 and 5, and certain other courses in geography, and psychological and brain sciences.

The Timetable of Courses on the Registrar’s Web site is the best tool to use when searching for courses that fulfill a certain Distributive Requirement.

Last Updated: 9/5/12