Scientific Knowledge & Understanding

Scientific Knowledge & Understanding courses are designed so that students will gain a broad base of scientific knowledge and methodologies in the natural sciences. This will enable them to develop scientific literacy, the knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts and processes essential for personal decision making and understanding scientific issues.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate mastery of the Scientific Knowledge & Understanding general education core competency by being able to:

  • Communicate using appropriate scientific terminology.
  • Use representations and models to communicate scientific knowledge and solve scientific problems.
  • Plan and implement data collection strategies appropriate to a particular scientific question.
  • Articulate the reasons that scientific explanations and theories are refined or replaced.
  • Evaluate the quality of scientific information on the basis of its source and the methods used to generate it.


Basic Assessment Rubric:

2021-22 Course List

The following Middlesex Community College courses are designated as fulfilling the Scientific Knowledge & Understanding general education core competency. (For full course descriptions, hover over the “Numbers” below.)

AST*101 Principles of Astronomy
BIO*105 Introduction to Biology
BIO*110 Principles of the Human Body
BIO*111 Introduction to Nutrition
BIO*115 Human Biology
BIO*121 General Biology I
BIO*122 General Biology II
BIO*173 Introduction to Ecology
BIO*211 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO*212 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIO*235 Microbiology
BIO*263 Molecular Genetics
CHE*101 Introductory Chemistry
CHE*111 Concepts of Chemistry
CHE*112 Principles of Organic and Biochemistry
CHE*121 General Chemistry I
CHE*122 General Chemistry II
CHE*220 Biochemistry
CHE*250 Instrumental Analysis
EAS*102 Earth Science
EAS*106 Natural Disasters
EAS*107 Earth Resources
EGR*111 Introduction to Engineering
EGR*211 Applied Mechanics I (Statics)
EGR*212 Applied Mechanics II (Dynamics)
EGR*214 Engineering Thermodynamics
EGR*221 Introduction to Electric Circuit Analysis
EVS*100 Introduction to Environmental Science
EVS*111 Environmental Science Laboratory
GLG*120 Dynamic Earth
RAD*200 Radiologic Physics & Diagnostic Imaging Modalities
RAD*206 Quality Assurance
RAD*219 Radiographic Equipment and Image Production
SCI*103 Recent Discoveries in Science
SCI*114 Survey of Science Effective Spring 2020
SCI*285 Forensic Science with Lab
VET*100 Introduction to Animal Care
VET*101 Introduction to Veterinary Technology
VET*102 Veterinary Office Management & Communication
VET*151 Small Animal Veterinary Technology with Lab
VET*152 Large Animal Veterinary Technology with Lab
VET*201 Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab
VET*202 Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab
VET*206 Veterinary Laboratory Procedures
VET*212 Principles of Imaging with Lab
VET*220 Animal Pathology
VET*230 Veterinary Anesthesia and Surgical Nursing with Lab
VET*238 Parasitology
VET*240 Periodontology and Oral Radiology
VET*250 Principles of Pharmacology for Vet Tech
VET*280 Veterinary Technician Externship I
VET*286 Veterinary Technician Externship II

REMOVED FROM LIST, OCTOBER 2016 — These courses are NOT designated as “Scientific Knowledge” courses but were published as such in error in the 2016-17 Catalog.
ECE*182 Child Development
PSY*204 Child and Adolescent Development
PSY*208 Psychology of Adult Development and Aging
PSY*245 Abnormal Psychology
PSY*251 Behavior Disorders of Children and Youth
SOC*114 Sociology of Aging
SOC*120 Group Dynamics