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General Education Courses in Science


You’re in class, listening closely, as your professor takes out a whisk and starts making an egg white. It might seem like a culinary arts lesson, but it’s actually a science experiment with egg proteins. This is “The Science of Cooking” (SC 120), one of many General Education courses offered through the School of Science. These course options are well-suited for students in non-science majors and fulfill the GenEd requirement in natural sciences.

Like SC 120, several courses examine unique topics and themes in relation to the science field. Curious about why your iPod sounds better than your old cassette tape? Then consider “The Physics of Sound and Music” (PH 103). Ever wonder why runners eat pasta the night before a race? Then think about taking “Nutrition Science” (SC 110). All GenEd courses allow you to understand the nature and role of science in daily life, even if it’s not your major area of study. Courses are available in the following subjects:

Completing two courses from the selections below will fulfill your General Education Natural Sciences requirement. It is always recommended that you speak with your advisor to ensure that the courses you choose are the best fit for your curriculum.


General Science

A few of our general or interdisciplinary science courses give meaning to the phrase “You are what you eat.” For instance, our “Nutrition Science” course (SC 110) helps you analyze what you eat in terms of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. And “The Science of Cooking” (SC 120) brings the kitchen into the classroom with fun demonstrations and tastings as you elucidate the science behind your favorite recipes. (Read descriptions of these SC courses)

  • SC 100: Discovery and Thinking in Natural Sciences
  • SC 103: Physical Geography
  • SC 110: Nutrition Science
  • SC 120: The Science of Cooking (temporarily unavailable)
  • SC 130: Climate Science for 21st Century Citizens
  • SC 140: Forensic Science
  • SC 150: Drug Discovery
  • SC 160: Sustainable Energy
  • SC 170: Oceanography
  • SC 198: Special Topics in Science


In these GenEd courses, you can explore various aspects of the biology field—from human development and the brain, to evolution and the environment. Our selection includes a mix of classic courses and those that are more specialized. For instance, you can start with “Environmental Science” (BY 103) or go straight to “The Brain — Highs and Lows” (BY 106). Many courses include laboratory work, enabling you to experience a hands-on approach to learning. (Read descriptions of these BY courses)

  • BY 102: Applications in Biotechnology
  • BY 103: Environmental Science
  • BY 104: Human Biology
  • BY 105: Introductory Biology and Human Development
    (only available to Social Work majors)
  • BY 106: The Brain—Highs and Lows
  • BY 108: Evolution
  • BY 109: Introduction to Biodiversity and Evolution
  • BY 110: Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
  • BY 111: Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BY 112: Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BY 113: Introduction to Structure and Function of Living Systems
  • BY 114: Unity and Diversity of Life
  • BY 116: The Biology of Nutrition, Aging, and Anti-Aging Nutrition
  • BY 118: The Mighty Microbes
  • BY 198: Special Topics in Biology
  • BY 262: Primate Behavior, Evolution, and Ecology
  • BY 317: Tropical Island Ecology



Chemistry is all around us, and these GenEd courses will introduce you to the field. “Chemistry in Our Lives” and “Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry” provide a broad overview of chemical principles. If you are experimentally inclined the “General Chemistry” courses (CE 111, CE 112) each feature a complementary three-hour lab. (Read descriptions of these CE courses)

  • CE 101: Chemistry in Our Lives
  • CE 111: General Chemistry I
  • CE 112: General Chemistry II


Our introductory course in geology addresses a number of topics you’ll want to dig into. It covers the principles of geology and earth science and introduces you to the geoscience of the New Jersey coastal area. (Read the description of this GL course)

  • GL 100: Introductory Geology: Diamonds, Drilling, and Dinosaurs


Whether you’re interested in electromagnetic waves or the waves of the ocean, you’ll find a physics course that’s right for you. We offer GenEd courses in classical physics as well as courses in astronomy and the physics of sound and music. These offerings allow you to learn how physics principles shape the natural world. (Read descriptions of these PH courses)

  • PH 101: Physics in Our Lives
  • PH 103: The Physics of Sound and Music
  • PH 105: Physics for the Life Sciences I
  • PH 106: Physics for the Life Sciences II
  • PH 150: Principles of Astronomy
  • PH 211: General Physics with Calculus I
  • PH 212: General Physics with Calculus II