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NSC 260 Introduction to Environmental Science (4 cr)

Explores and examines the multifaceted impact of physical and biological factors that currently threaten our environment on a global scale. Particular emphasis is placed on issues that are of primary concern to people of low socio-economic status. This course may fulfill the science requirement for non-science majors, while serving as an introductory environmental science elective for science majors. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory weekly. No prerequisite. Open to all majors.


NSC 290 African American Perspectives in Science (3 cr)

Through lectures, research, class discussions, group projects, and other activities, students will explore the contributions African Americans have made to the development of this country in the broad areas of science, technology, medicine and invention. The course begins in the year 1619 and continues through 1999. The changing sociopolicoeconomic climate of the period will also be discussed. Three hours lecture weekly. No prerequisite. Open to all majors.


NSC 300 Research Integrity (1 cr)

Engages student research trainees in reading, considering, and discussing the responsible conduct in science. Contemporary issues including, but not limited to, scientific record keeping, data ownership, conflict of interest, collaborative research, use of humans/animals in scientific research, and reporting of scientific misconduct are examined. The content, therefore, is designed to meet current federal regulations, which require NIH training grants to provide training in the responsible conduct of research. Mandatory for all research trainees. On hour lecture weekly. Offered spring semester of alternate years. No prerequisite.


NSC 301 MARC U*STAR Honors Seminar (0 cr)

A forum for student research trainees and faculty to present their research findings. Presentations are also given by former trainees and eminent scientists from a variety of science disciplines. Trainees submit a written summary of each presentation. Mandatory for all MAR U*STAR research trainees. Meets one hour weekly. Offered fall and spring. No prerequisite.


NSC 311 Introduction to Biomedical Research (3 cr)

Designed to introduce students to techniques and instrumentation used in biomedical research. Lectures on experimental procedures and instruments are followed by hands-on experiences in the laboratory. Meets three hours weekly. Prerequisites: BIO 112, CHE 102.


NSC 320 Biological Chemistry (4 cr)

A study of the physical and chemical properties of the molecular components of the cell. Through lectures and laboratory, students develop an understanding of cellular structures, their biosynthesis and activities at the molecular level. Special consideration is given to the central roles of nucleic acids and proteins. This course may serve as an elective for science majors. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory weekly. Prerequisites: BIO 112 and CHE 211.


NSC 330 Molecular Biology (4 cr)

Integrates biochemistry, microbiology, and traditional biology in the discussion of basic molecular processes and genetic phenomena in both prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems. The nature and role of recombinant DNA technology in examining gene expressions, and in biotechnological applications such as crop biotechnology, bioremediation, and gene therapy are discussed. Laboratory exercises provide hands-on experiences that promote an understanding of selected techniques. This course may serve as an elective for science majors. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory weekly. Prerequisites: BIO 213 and CHE 211 or NSC 320.


NSC 412 Senior MARC U*STAR Honors

Research and Thesis (4 cr)

MARC U*STAR student trainees conduct year-long original biomedical research that culminates in a written thesis and oral presentations. Each research trainee is assigned a research advisor from among the participating faculty at VUU, the Medical College of Virginia Commonwealth University or the University of Richmond.