Science Proficiency

(This syllabus is a generic syllabus and will be secondary to the official syllabus handed out in the classroom. RSU Online courses will have a semester specific syllabus available in their course.)


TEXT: Custom Text including selected material from Mader, Essentials of Biology and Krauskopf and Beiser, The Physical Universe.


COURSE DESCRIPTION: The primary objective of Science Proficiency (Biol 0123) is to provide knowledge of the basic concepts and principles of the physical and life sciences. This is a 0-level course and does not apply toward total credit hours for graduation. Pre-requisite for this course is MATH 0114. Successful completion of Biol 0123 will allow enrollment in 1000-level life and physical sciences, pending any further pre-requisites for certain of the science courses as described in the RSU Bulletin.



Completion of this course will foster the following general education outcomes:

  1. Students will demonstrate use of the scientific method.
  2. Students will acquire basic content knowledge of sciences.
  3. Students will apply scientific principles to solve practical problems.
  4. Students will demonstrate an appreciation of science and the world around them.
  5. Students will report the impact of science on their lives and their impact on the environment.


During the course of the semester the student will develop a basic understanding of:

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ATTENDANCE: Due to the nature of the course, attendance is required for satisfactory performance. The course will be taught in a lecture format, supplemented by hands-on activities and student participation. Because an overview of a vast amount of subject material will be presented, it is important to keep up with reading assignments and to prepare for the frequent quizzes. The quizzes will allow you to gauge your progress, and if any problems or questions arise, please contact the instructor immediately so that you will not be left behind. You may also take advantage of the tutoring services available on each campus. In the online section of this course, weekly activities will constitute weekly attendance and the lecture portion of the course is made up of text and multimedia lectures. 



Ch. 1: Science, A Way of Knowing
Ch. 2: The Ordered Universe
Ch. 3: Energy
Ch. 8: The Atom
Ch. 10: Atoms in Combination, The Chemical Bond
Ch. 12: The Nucleus of the Atom
Ch. 20: Strategies of Life
Ch. 21: Molecules of Life
Ch. 22: The Living Cell
Ch. 23: Classical and Modern Genetics
Ch. 24: The New Science of Life
Ch. 16: The Earth and Other Planets
Ch. 17: Plate Tectonics
Ch. 18: Cycles of the Earth
Ch. 19: Ecology, Ecosystems, and the Environment
The Metric System
Scientific Analysis


GRADING SCALE: Grading Scale: (a final letter grade of "C" or above is required to enroll in subsequent college science courses)
90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 59% F

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WITHDRAWALS: A student who decides to withdraw from this course needs to complete the process by the RSU deadline (the 12th week in a 16-week semester) to receive an automatic "W". After this date your instructor can not withdraw you from this course and you will receive a letter grade for the course.


PLAGIARISM STATEMENT: Plagiarism is representing someone else's ideas or work as your own. To avoid plagiarism when using someone else's data, arguments, designs, words, ideas, projects, etc., you must make it clear that the work originated with someone else by citing the source. A student found guilty of plagiarism will receive a zero for that particular assignment. A student found guilty of cheating on a quiz, exam, paper, or project, will receive a zero for that particular assignment. If there are two or more identical papers that are impossible to determine who actually conducted the work, and who plagiarized, then all students will receive a zero for the particular assignment.


ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT: Students are expected to follow university policies as put forth in the institution's Student Code of Responsibilities and Conduct. In accordance with Title 12 of The Student Code (p.11), instances of alleged academic misconduct will follow the policies and procedures as described in Title 12. As a general rule, faculty at Rogers State University have the responsibility of enforcing the academic code. Therefore, if academic misconduct is suspected I will submit a letter of alleged academic misconduct to the Office of Student Affairs.


NON-ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT: In order to maintain an effective learning environment, students are expected to fully comply with The Student Code. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. It is the responsibility of each student to read and become familiar with the policies of The Student Code.



Rogers State University is committed to providing students with disabilities equal access to educational programs and services. Before any educational accommodation can be provided, any student who has a disability that he or she believes will require some form of accommodation must do the following: 1) inform the professor of each class of such need; and 2) register for services to determine eligibility for assistance with the Office of Student Affairs, located in the Student Union. Students needing more information about Student Disability Services should contact: 

Director of Student Development
Office of Student Affairs 
Rogers State University 


DISCLAIMER: Your instructor has the right to change this syllabus if the need arises. If a change is made, written notice will be provided.

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