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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.

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Core Foundation & Profiency

Department

ART479/BIO479 (Special Topics: Field Botany) [Effective Fall 2017] Standard Natural Science Core Requirement
Studio Art
BIO 103/103L and 104/104L (General Biology) [Effective Fall 2012] Standard Natural Science Core Requirement
Biology
BIO 121 (Environmental Biology) [Effective Fall 2014] Standard Natural Science Core Requirement
Biology
BIO 122 (Human Biology) [Effective Spring 2013] Standard Natural Science Core Requirement
Biology
BIO 123 (Photobiology: Light and Life) [Effective Fall 2013] Standard Natural Science Core Requirement
Biology
BIO 124 (Ethnobotany) [Effective Fall 2012] Standard Natural Science Core Requirement
Biology
BIO 125 (Microbes and Man) [Effective Fall 2012] Standard Natural Science Core Requirement
Biology
BIO 126 (Evolution and Modern Biology) [Effective Fall 2016] Standard Natural Science Core Requirement
Biology
BIO 128 (Food Politics) [Effective Spring 2016] Standard Natural Science Core Requirement
Biology
BIO 220 (Intro to Tropical Biology) [Effective Fall 2016] Standard Natural Science Core Requirement
Biology
BIO 479 (Urban Ecology and Evolution) [Effective Spring 2019 when taught by Dr. Jonathan Richardson] Standard Natural Science Core Requirement
Oral Communication Proficiency
Biology
CHM 101/101L (General Chemistry I) [Effective Fall 2012] Standard Natural Science Core Requirement
Chemistry
CHM 105 (Contemporary Chemistry: Environmental Matters) [Effective Fall 2012] Standard Natural Science Core Requirement
Chemistry
CHM 106 (Billion Dollar Molecules: Chemistry in Life, Drugs, and Medicine) [Effective Fall 2012] Standard Natural Science Core Requirement
Chemistry
CHM 108 (You Are What You Eat) [Effective Spring 2016] Standard Natural Science Core Requirement
Chemistry
CHM 109 (The Scientific Chef: The Chemistry of Cooking) [Effective Spring 2019] Standard Natural Science Core Requirement
Chemistry
CHM 110 (The New New Thing: The Science of Start-ups) [Effective Spring 2020] Standard Natural Science Core Requirement
Chemistry
CHM 121/121L (Introductory Chemistry I) [Effective Fall 2012] Standard Natural Science Core Requirement
Chemistry
EPS 202 (Electronic Devices with Lab) [Effective Fall 2012, Spring 2020 for Natural Science requirement] Standard Natural Science Core Requirement
Intensive Writing Level II Proficiency
Applied Physics
HON 210 (Topics in Science: Chemistry in Contemporary Issues) [Effective Fall 2012] Standard Natural Science Core Requirement
Civic Engagement Proficiency
Honors
NSC 102 (Natural Science II: Cell Biology, Genetics, and Evolution) [Effective Spring 2015] Standard Natural Science Core Requirement
Chemistry
NSC 215 (SCE) (Marine Ecology) [Effective Fall 2015] Standard Natural Science Core Requirement
Biology