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The Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics of Miles College offers an educational program that provides for students from diverse academic, economic, racial, and social backgrounds. The division strives to produce an ethical and intelligent graduate with strong critical and creative thinking skills, quality leadership attributes, competency in a chosen field of study, and a heightened awareness of the importance of research, computer and technological literacy, and a keen knowledge of varied career areas that affect intelligent choices and productive membership in society.

The Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics offers major and minor programs in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Environmental Science, and Computer and Information Sciences. The Division, in conjunction with the Division of Education, offers majors in Biology Education, Chemistry Education and Mathematics Education. The Division also offers a degree in Management Information Sciences in conjunction with the Division of Business and Accounting. The Division conducts programs for students who are interested in attending medical school, dental school or entering the allied health field after graduation. Students completing requirements for these major programs are awarded the Bachelor of Science degree.


Division Chair: Charles Woods, Ph.D.

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Majors

Biology

To provide strong teaching advisement to students majoring in biology and biology education, for employment and or entry into graduate and professional schools.

BY 101: General Biology I [Credit Hours: 3] An introductory course designed to fulfill the general education requirements of the College. Major topics discussed in the course include: the origin of life; the cell, its chemistry, morphology, and differentiation; basic physiology and anatomy of mammals; and basic physiology an anatomy of vascular plants. Three lecture hours and a two hours laboratory per week.
BY 201: General Biology II [Credit Hours: 3] Designed to give a stronger background in the biological sciences. The course reviews basic principles presented in BY 101 but on a more detailed level. It covers additional topics receiving major emphasis including the diversity and the interaction of living things with the environment. Three lecture hours and a two hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BY 101
BY 202: Botany [Credit Hours: 3] The study of growth and development of plants: their microscopic structures, physiology, and diversity, with emphasis on vascular plants. Three lecture hours and a two hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BY 101
BY 210: Zoology [Credit Hours: 3] The study of the means by which multi-celled organisms solve their peculiar problems of life, principles of classification and phylogenetics, evolution, reproduction, and behavior population. Three lecture hours and a two hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BY 101
BY 302: Cell Biology [Credit Hours: 3] The cell as a basic unit of life. It covers discussion of the origin of life, classification, genetics, and metabolism leading to an integrated understanding of the relationship between chemistry and biology. It also covers the structure and function of biomolecules, cytoskeletons. Three lecture hours and a two hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BY 101
BY 304: Genetics [Credit Hours: 3] The fundamental concepts of heredity with emphasizes on the nature, transmission, and action of genetic material. It also involves the study of classical and molecular genetics of plants, animals and microbes. Three lecture hours and a two hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BY 210
BY 305: Embryology [Credit Hours: 3] A study of the formation, development, and morphology of various animals that emphasizes the human embryo. Three lecture hours and a two hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BY 210
BY 307: Human Anatomy [Credit Hours: 3] This course is the study of the gross and microscopic structure of the human body, the anatomy of the skeletal, muscular, circulatory, and nervous systems with emphasis on the functional aspects. It involves demonstrations and laboratory study of human tissue and mammalian dissection. Three lecture hours and a two hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BY 101
BY 308: Parasitology [Credit Hours: 3] This course is an introduction to taxonomy and life cycles of parasites and the pathogenic effect upon their hosts. It uses contemporary experiments as a means of indicating methods of eradicating parasites. Three lecture hours and a two hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BY 210
BY 310: Histology [Credit Hours: 3] This course includes a detailed microscopic study of cells, tissues, and organs in living organisms. Various histological techniques will be used to augment student understanding of subject matter. Three lecture hours and a two hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BY 307
BY 317: Immunology [Credit Hours: 3] This course includes a study of the basic principles of immunology. Emphasis is placed on the chemical and physical nature of antigens and antibodies, the mechanisms involved in induction and activity of humoral and cell-mediated immunity. Three lecture hours and a two hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BY 307
BY 402: Human Physiology [Credit Hours: 3] This course involves a study of integrated functions of human cells, tissues, and organ systems -- digestive, reproductive, nervous, and endocrine systems. Three lecture hours and a two hours laboratory per week. Prerequisites: 307, or permission of instructor
BY 403: Plant Physiology [Credit Hours: 3] This course involves the study of various processes and structures of plants, photosynthesis, metabolic processes, and plant nutrition. Laboratories and class discussions are integrated to emphasize the relationship between theoretical and experimental results. This also includes independent reading in contemporary areas of research. Three lecture hours and a two hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BY 202
BY 405: Microbiology [Credit Hours: 3] This course involves the study of microorganisms with emphasis on bacteria, fungi, and viruses; their structure and function; ecology; significance to man and his health; and host defense mechanisms. Three lecture hours and a two hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BY 210
BY 406: Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering [Credit Hours: 3] This course involves the study of molecular biology of the gene, gene expression and regulation, recombinant DNA, and genetic engineering. It also covers the applications of genetic engineering in medicine and industry. Three lecture hours and a two hours laboratory per week. Prerequisites: BY 302 or permission of instructor
BY 407: Biochemistry I [Credit Hours: 3] This course involves a study of the chemistry of carbohydrates, proteins, nucleic acid, and lipids, including their structure, function and metabolic interactions. It also covers the study of the chemistry of biological compounds and an introduction to metabolism. Three lecture hours and a two hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CH 305
BY 408: Biochemistry II [Credit Hours: 3] This course is a continuation of Biochemistry I. It covers metabolism of energy-yielding compounds, oxidative phosphorylation, metabolism of informational molecules; metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids; nutritional biochemistry. Three lecture hours and a two hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BY 407
BY 449: Senior Seminar [Credit Hours: 1] This course is required of all biology majors in the senior year. This course acquaints students with contemporary research presentations and aids students in preparing for the senior comprehensive examination. Prerequisite: Senior Status
BY 450: Research [Credit Hours: 3] This course involves a research in a specific area of biology under faculty supervision. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor required
BY 451: Research [Credit Hours: 3] This course involves research in a specific area of biology under faculty supervision. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor required
Computer Information Systems

The CIS Program provides students with an in-depth education in the conceptual foundations of computer information science and in complex software and hardware systems. It allows student to explore the connections between computer information science and a variety of other disciplines. Combined with a strong education in mathematics, sciences, and the liberal arts it prepares students to be leaders in computer information science practice, applications to other disciplines, and research.

CIS 110: Computer Literacy [Credit Hours: 3] This is a general studies course which emphasizes the influences of the computer in the daily lives of every citizen. It provides a comprehensive overview of the computer; familiarizes the student with the basic terminology in data processing and computer science; introduces concepts of entering, storing, and processing data and its operations; examines the application of computer systems in business, industrial, scientific, and social environments; and prepares the student to understand and utilize computers in his personal and professional life. Students are introduced to word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation graphics, and personal information management software. Prerequisite: None
CIS 120: Fundamentals of Microcomputer Applications [Credit Hours: 3] Students are provided an intermediate-level treatment of microcomputer software applications. Hands-on experience using word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation graphics, and personal information management software is gained by applying critical thinking skills to projects simulating life experiences. Prerequisite: CIS 110
CIS 240: Introduction to Microcomputers [Credit Hours: 3] Students learn to use advanced word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation graphics techniques effectively and efficiently Prerequisite: CIS 120
CIS 260: Fundamentals of Computer Information Systems [Credit Hours: 3] This course introduces concepts of computer information systems and the applications of information systems to business. Students learn the basic concepts of computer hardware and software, management information systems, decision support systems, systems analysis, and computer programming. Students develop knowledge and techniques for designing, implementing, and managing various types of information systems, applying word processing, spreadsheet, database, and project management programs. Programming languages and programming techniques will also be introduced and applied to solve case studies. Prerequisite: CIS110.
CIS 270: Microcomputer Hardware [Credit Hours: 4] The course presents learning opportunities for students to recognize and develop expertise understanding hardware components of microcomputers, component interconnectivity, and fundamental systems software. Course activities focus on managing and maintaining personal computer components including the system board, storage devices, and peripheral devices. The credit hours include three lecture hours and one hour and twenty minutes laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CIS 110
CIS 271: Operating Systems [Credit Hours: 4] Operating Systems is the study of basic operating systems concepts with an emphasis on memory, processor, device, and information management. Topics include comparisons of operating systems, how an operating system works with hardware and other software, the boot process and command line, support and installation of operating systems, managing and troubleshooting; and memory management and hard drive support. The credit hours include three lecture hours and one hour and twenty minutes laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CIS 110
CIS 280: Concepts of Multimedia Development [Credit Hours: 3] Students learn how to create multimedia presentations through developing their skills in Web site development, animation, and graphics creation. They also learn how to integrate these skills into a single multimedia presentation. Prerequisite: CIS 110
CIS 290: Introduction to Computer Programming [Credit Hours: 4] This course introduces the principles of computer science by program development in the context C++. Major topics to be covered in this class are: tokens, syntax, semantics, compiling, linking, executing, debugging, variables, types, assignments, inputs, outputs, function definitions, function applications, and conditionals. The credit hours include three lecture hours and one hour and twenty minutes laboratory per week. Prerequisites: CIS 110 and MA 110
CIS 305: Internet Concepts [Credit Hours: 4] This course teaches the most important topics of the Internet. It gives an introduction to the Internet and the World Wide Web. Other topics include browser basics and e-mail basics, search strategies for the Web, information resources on the Web, file transfer protocol, downloading, and data storage. Additionally, the course will build upon these skills and teach advanced e-mail, advanced communication tools, advanced Web topics, and personalized information delivery and electronic commerce. The student will also learn how to create a basic Web page. The credit hours include three lecture hours and one hour and twenty minutes laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CIS 260
CIS 310: Web Site Design and Development [Credit Hours: 3] This course will focus on planning and developing successful Web sites. The student will learn to design good Web sites with functional navigation and efficient organization. Students will create sites using what they learn in class. HTML, XHTML, and XML will be used. Prerequisite: Any programming language course
CIS 320: Introduction to Java Programming [Credit Hours: 4] This course will focus on the main topics of computer science including the design and implementation of algorithms and data structures. Intermediate and advanced concepts of computer programming using the JAVA programming language are covered. The credit hours include three lecture hours and one hour and twenty minutes laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CIS 290
CIS 321: FORTRAN Programming [Credit Hours: 4] This course will focus on the main topics of computer science including the design and implementation of algorithms and data structures. Intermediate and advanced concepts of computer programming using the FORTRAN programming language are covered. The credit hours include three lecture hours and one hour and twenty minutes laboratory per week. Prerequisites: CIS 290
CIS 325: C++ Programming Language [Credit Hours: 4]
CIS 327: Visual Basic Programming [Credit Hours: 4]
CIS 328: COBOL Programming [Credit Hours: 4]
CIS 330: Computer Architecture [Credit Hours: 3]
CIS 333: Assembly Language Programming [Credit Hours: 4]
CIS 340: Computers and Society [Credit Hours: 3]
CIS 350: Project Management [Credit Hours: 4]
CIS 360: Computer Networks and Data Communication [Credit Hours: 4]
CIS 370: Data Structures for Information Systems [Credit Hours: 4]
CIS 395: Internship [Credit Hours: 4]
CIS 400: Database Management Systems [Credit Hours: 3]
CIS 430: Logic Design [Credit Hours: 4]
CIS 440: Electronic Commerce [Credit Hours: 3]
CIS 449: Senior Seminar [Credit Hours: 1]
CIS 450: Information Systems Security [Credit Hours: 3]
CIS 451: CIS Research [Credit Hours: 3]
CIS 470: Software Engineering [Credit Hours: 4]
Environmental Science
ES105: Introduction to Soil Science [Credit Hours: 3]
ES200: Principles of Geology [Credit Hours: 4]
ES241: Biostatistics [Credit Hours: 3]
ES300: Scientific Writing [Credit Hours: 3]
ES415: Principles of Bioremediation [Credit Hours: 3]
ES321: Environmental Science [Credit Hours: 3]
ES324: Environmental Analysis [Credit Hours: 3]
ES340. Principles Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) [Credit Hours: 3]
ES400: General Ecology [Credit Hours: 4]
ES404: Environmental Laws [Credit Hours: 3]
ES430: Environmental Science Internship [Credit Hours: 3]
ES449: Senior Seminar [Credit Hours: 1]
ES450: Research [Credit Hours: 3]
ES451: Research [Credit Hours: 3]
Management Information Systems
MIS 120: Fundamentals of Microcomputer Applications [Credit Hours: 3]
MIS 202: Principles of Microeconomics [Credit Hours: 3]
MIS 211: Principles of Accounting I [Credit Hours: 3]
MIS 212: Principles of Accounting II [Credit Hours: 3]
MIS 220: Business Math [Credit Hours: 3]
MIS 240: Advanced Microcomputer Concepts [Credit Hours: 3]
MIS 260: Fundamentals of Computer Information Systems [Credit Hours: 3]
MIS 280: Multimedia Development [Credit Hours: 3]
MIS 290: Introduction to Programming [Credit Hours: 3]
MIS 302: Business Statistics [Credit Hours: 3]
MIS 305: Internet Concepts & Practices [Credit Hours: 3]
MIS 315: Systems Analysis & Design [Credit Hours: 3]
MIS 323: Managerial Economics [Credit Hours: 3]
MIS 328: COBOL Programming [Credit Hours: 3]
MIS 340: Principles of Marketing [Credit Hours: 3]
MIS 345: Computers & Society [Credit Hours: 3]
MIS 350: Project Management [Credit Hours: 3]
MIS 360: Computer Networks & Data Communications [Credit Hours: 3]
MIS 361: Corporate Finance [Credit Hours: 3]
MIS 381: Principles of Management [Credit Hours: 3]
MIS 400: Database Management Systems [Credit Hours: 3]
MIS 402: Strategic Management [Credit Hours: 3]
MIS 415: Management Information Systems [Credit Hours: 3]
MIS 440: Electronic Commerce [Credit Hours: 3]
MIS 449: Senior Seminar [Credit Hours: 3]
MIS 450: Information Systems Security [Credit Hours: 3]
MIS 451 Business Decisions [Credit Hours: 3]
Mathematics
MA099: Basic College Mathematics [Credit Hours: 3]
MA100: Elementary Algebra [Credit Hours: 3]
MA 101: Intermediate Algebra [Credit Hours: 3]
MA 110: Pre-Calculus I [Credit Hours: 3]
MA 111: Pre-Calculus II [Credit Hours: 3]
MA 113 - 114: Arithmetic for Teachers [Credit Hours: 3]
MA 201: Analytic Geometry and Calculus I [Credit Hours: 3]
MA 202: Analytic Geometry and Calculus II [Credit Hours: 3]
MA 203: Analytic Geometry and Calculus III [Credit Hours: 3]
MA 308: Differential Equations [Credit Hours: 3]
MA 311: Linear Algebra [Credit Hours: 3]
MA 315: Theory of Numbers [Credit Hours: 3]
MA 316: Fundamental Concepts of Algebra [Credit Hours: 3]
MA 317: Probability and Statistics [Credit Hours: 3]
MA 318: Mathematical Statistics [Credit Hours: 3]
MA 319: Fundamental Concepts of Geometry [Credit Hours: 3]
MA 324: Discrete Mathematics [Credit Hours: 3]
MA 351: Numerical Analysis I [Credit Hours: 3]
MA 352: Numerical Analysis II [Credit Hours: 3]
MA 403: Advanced Calculus I [Credit Hours: 4]
MA 404: Advanced Calculus II [Credit Hours: 4]
MA 412: Complex Variables [Credit Hours: 3]
MA 421: Introduction to Abstract Algebra [Credit Hours: 3]
MA 449: Senior Seminar [Credit Hours: 1]
MA 450: Research [Credit Hours: 3]
MA 451: Research II [Credit Hours: 3]
Chemistry
CH 110: Chemical Concepts [Credit Hours: 3]
CH 131 and CH 132: General Chemistry I and II [Credit Hours: 3]
CH 303 and CH 304: Qualitative Analysis and Analytical Chemistry [Credit Hours: 3]
CH 305 and CH 306: Organic Chemistry I and II [Credit Hours: 3]
CH 350: Instrumentation Techniques [Credit Hours: 3]
CH 407: Synthetic Organic Chemistry [Credit Hours: 3]
CH 401 and 402: Physical Chemistry I and Physical Chemistry II [Credit Hours: 3]
CH 449. Senior Seminar [Credit Hours: 1]
CH 450 and 451: Research I and II [Credit Hours: 3]
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