Scientific Reasoning

Scientific Reasoning courses are designed so that students will become familiar with science as a method of inquiry. Students will develop a habit of mind that uses quantitative skills to solve problems and make informed decisions.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Explain the methods of scientific inquiry that lead to the acquisition of knowledge. Such methods include observations, testable hypotheses, logical inferences, experimental design, data acquisition, interpretation, and reproducible outcomes.
  • Apply scientific methods to investigate real-world phenomena, and routine and novel problems. This includes data acquisition and evaluation, and prediction.
  • Represent scientific data symbolically, graphically, numerically, and verbally.
  • Interpret scientific information and draw logical inferences from representations such as formulas, equations, graphs, tables, and schematics.
  • Evaluate the results obtained from scientific methods for accuracy and/or reasonableness.


Basic Assessment Rubric:

2021-22 Course List

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

BIO*105 Introduction to Biology
BIO*109 Principles of Biotechnology
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
CAT*201 Cross Sectional Anatomy I
CHE*101 Introductory Chemistry Effective Spring 2020
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
CSC*105 Programming Logic
CSC*220 Object Oriented Programming Using JAVA
CST*141 Computer Hardware
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
GLG*120 Dynamic Earth
HLT*160/SOC*160 Introduction to Public Health
MAM*202 Mammography Clinical Experience
MAT*167 Principles of Statistics
PHY*110 Introductory Physics
PHY*121 General Physics I
PHY*122 General Physics II
PHY*221 Calculus-Based Physics I
PHY*222 Calculus-Based Physics II
PSY*111 General Psychology I
PSY*240 Social Psychology
RAD*200 Radiologic Physics & Diagnostic Imaging Modalities
RAD*206 Quality Assurance
RAD*219 Radiographic Equipment and Image Production
SCI*114 Survey of Science Effective Spring 2020
SCI*285 Forensic Science with Lab
SOC*240 Criminology

HIM*205 and HIM* 206 (Health Information Management) courses
Additional Scientific Reasoning courses for students who took these courses prior to the Fall 2017 semester

These two courses were previously designated as fulfilling the Scientific Reasoning general education core competency. Students matriculating in 2017-18 and later may not use these courses to fulfill the Scientific Reasoning general education core competency.  (For full course descriptions, hover over the underlined Numbers below)

HIM*205 Medical Coding
HIM*206 Medical Coding 2