Natural Science Courses
These are courses from the College of Natual Science that may be a part of your first year curriculum at MSU. Work with your advisor to see which classes will be appropriate for your schedule. Further science and mathematics courses will be necessary to complete your degree.
Biology 

BS 161 Cell and Molecular Biology (3) Macromolecular synthesis. Energy metabolism. Molecular aspects of development. Molecular genetics. 
BS 171 Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory (2) Principles and applications of common techniques used in cell and molecular biology. 
ENT 205 Pests, Society and Environment (3) Nature of pests and their impact on society. Principles of integrated pest management in relation to environmental quality and sustainable development. 
IBIO 150 IBIO: From DNA to Populations (3) Examine biological systems across multiple levels of organization  spatial, temporal, taxonomic  using evolutionary biology as the common thread. 
MMG 201 Fundamentals of Microbiology (3)  Spring Only Microbial structure, function, growth, control, and diversity. Role of microbes in health, industry, and the environment. 
PLB 105 Plant Biology (3) Plant structure, function, development, genetics, diversity and ecology. 
PSL 250 Introductory Physiology (4) Function, regulation and integration of organs and organ systems of higher animals emphasizing human physiology. 
MMG 141 Introductory Human Genetics (3) Inheritance of human traits. Impact of genetic technology on society. Ethical and legal issues. Risks and benefits of genetic technology. 

Chemistry 

CEM 141 General Chemistry (4) Elements and compounds; reactions; stoichiometry; thermochemistry; atomic structure; chemical bonding; states of matter; solutions; acids and bases; aqueous equilibria.

CEM 142 General and Inorganic Chemistry (3) Kinetics; gaseous equilibria; acids and bases; pH; buffers; hydrolysis; titrations; heterogeneous equilibria; thermodynamics; redox and electrochemistry; transition metal chemistry; nuclear chemistry; main group chemistry. 
CEM 151 General and Descriptive Chemistry (4)  Fall Only Stoichiometry; solutions; reactions and thermochemistry; quantum mechanics and atomic structure; periodic properties; chemical bonding; molecular structure; coordination chemistry; organic molecules and functional groups. 
CEM 152 Principles of Chemistry (3)  Spring Only Gases, liquids, and solids; thermodynamics; changes of state; solutions and colligative properties; chemical equilibria; acids, bases, and aqueous equilibria; kinetics; redox reactions and electrochemistry; nuclear chemistry. 
CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I (1) Experiments in general chemistry; stoichiometry, calorimetry, electrochemistry, molecular geometry, gas laws, kinetics, acids and bases, and inorganic chemistry.

CEM 162 Chemistry Laboratory II (1) Analytical and inorganic chemistry; redox and acid base titrations; spectrophotometric and gravimetric analysis; preparation and analysis of coordination complexes of nickel, iron, and cobalt.

CEM 251 Organic Chemistry I (3) Common classes of organic compounds including their nomenclature, structure, bonding, reactivity, and spectroscopic characterization. 
CEM 252 Organic Chemistry II (3) Continuation of CEM 251 with emphasis on polyfunctional compounds, particularly those of biological interest. 
CEM 255 Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2) Preparation and qualitative analysis of organic compounds. 
CEM 351 Organic Chemistry I (3)  Fall Only Structure, bonding, and reactivity of organic molecules. 
CEM 352 Organic Chemistry II (3)  Spring Only Carboxylate derivatives. Conjugation. Aromaticity. Amino acids. Proteins. Carbohydrates. Nucleic acids. 
CEM 355 Organic Laboratory I (2)  Spring Only Organic laboratory techniques. Distillation. Spectroscopy. Melting points. Recrystallization. Chromatography. Measuring physical properties. 
CEM 356 Organic Laboratory II (2)  Fall Only Multistep organic synthesis. Qualitative organic analysis. Separation, identification, and characterization of unknowns. 

Geology 

GLG 201 The Dynamic Earth (4) Physical and chemical processes related to the past, present and future behavior of the earth system, and the energy systems that drive these processes. A study of the earth's materials, the earth's surface and the earth's interior. 

Mathematics 

MTH 103A College Algebra I (3) Functions, graphing, and modeling, with a focus on linear functions and models. 
MTH 103B College Algebra II (3) Continuation of MTH 103A. Topics focus on exponential, logarithmic, polynomial, and rational functions. 
MTH 103 College Algebra (3) Number systems; functions and relations; exponents and logarithms; elementary theory of equations; inequalities; and systems of equations. 
MTH 114 Trigonometry (3) Radian and degree measure of angles. Definitions and graphs of trigonometric functions and their inverses. Solving trigonometric equations. Applications including identities, indirect measurement and trigonometric modeling. 
MTH 116 College Algebra and Trigonometry (5) Functions and graphs. Equations and inequalities. Exponential and logarithmic functions. Trigonometric functions. Systems of equations. Binomial theorem. 
MTH 124 Survey of Calculus I (3) Study of limits, continuous functions, derivatives, integrals and their applications. 
MTH 126 Survey of Calculus II (3) Application of partial derivatives, integrals, optimization of functions of several variables and differential equations. 
MTH 132 Calculus I (3) Limits, continuous functions, derivatives and their applications. Integrals and the fundamental theorem of calculus. 
MTH 133 Calculus II (4) Applications of the integral and methods of integration. Improper integrals. Polar coordinates and parametric curves. Sequences and series. Power series. 
MTH 234 Multivariable Calculus (4) Vectors in space. Functions of several variables and partial differentiation. Multiple integrals. Line and surface integrals. Green's and Stokes's theorems. 

Physics 

PHY 183 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (4) Mechanics, Newton's laws, momentum, energy conservation laws, rotational motion, oscillation, gravity, and waves. 
PHY 184 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (4) Electricity and magnetism, electromagnetic waves, light and optics, interference and diffraction. 
PHY 191 Physics Laboratory for Scientists, I (1) Error analysis, exercises in motion, forces, conservation laws and some electricity and magnetism studies. 
PHY 192 Physics Laboratory for Scientists, II (1) Electric and magnetic fields, circuits, wave optics, modern physics. 
PHY 231 Introductory Physics I (3) Mechanics, Newton's Laws, momentum, energy, conservation laws, thermodynamics, waves, sound. 
PHY 232 Introductory Physics II (3) Electricity and magnetism; optics; atomic, nuclear, and subnuclear physics. 
PHY 221 Studio Physics for Life Scientists I (4) Basic principles of mechanics including applications to biological systems, development of scientific skills and problemsolving through integrated physics laboratory and discussion. 
PHY 222 Studio Physics for Life Scientists I (4) Basic principles of electricity and magnetism including applications to biological systems, development of scientific skills and problemsolving through integrated physics laboratory and discussion. 
PHY 251 Introductory Physics Laboratory I (1)  Fall Only Laboratory exercises involving simple mechanical systems. 
PHY 252 Introductory Physics Laboratory II (1)  Spring Only Laboratory exercises involving simple electromagnetic and optical systems. 

Statistics 

STT 200 Statistical Methods (3) Data analysis, probability models, random variables, estimation, tests of hypotheses, confidence intervals, and simple linear regression. 
STT 201 Statistical Methods (4) Probability and statistics with computer applications. Data analysis, probability models, random variables, tests of hypotheses, confidence intervals, simple linear regression. Weekly lab using statistical software. 
STT 231 Statistics for Scientists (3) Calculusbased course in probability and statistics. Probability models, and random variables. Estimation, confidence intervals, tests of hypotheses, and simple linear regression with applications in sciences. 