Life/Earth Science

Course Details

Course Number
GNSC 1104
Section Number
GNSC 1104
Fall 2013
Bolin Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times
  • Lecture: MWF 12:00-12:50
  • Lab (11A) M 1:00 PM - 2:50 PM
  • Lab (11B) M 3:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Dr. Jonathan D. Price (view Profile)


Conceptual Integrated Science Edition: 2nd
An introduction to the sciences

Course Objectives

  • Students will learn about the nature of scientific inquiry
  • Students will become acquainted with the scientific understanding of Earth, its composition and processes, and its biota.
  • Students will become acquainted with general physiology of cells and shared characteristics of organisms
  • Students will be introduced to concepts of genetics and evolution
  • Students will learn the fundamental aspects of anatomical and physiological aspects of human biology
  • Students will encounter the nature and processes of the lithosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere
  • Students will be introduced to concepts on ecology and the environment

Course Expectations

Completion of the course requires that students successfully accumulate a passing score through the following evaluations:

Lecture components

  • Two hour long in-class examinations: 24% (12% each)  of total grade
  • One (1) comprehensive final examination: 18% of total grade
  • One Science Journal 10% of total grade
  • In class participation 7% of total grade

Lab components

  • Laboratory assignments/quizzes: 26% of total grade
  • Laboratory midterm: 7% of total grade
  • Laboratory final: 8% of total grade

Grading Standards

This class uses the following numerical equivalents for grades: A = 100-90% | B = 89-80% | C = 79-70% | D = 69-60% | F = 59-0%.

Final Exam

12/11/2013 3:30 PM

Submission Format Policy

Materials may be submitted in person to your individual lab instructor.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Execution of this class will require a focused and directed effort on the part of your instructors to complete grading and input grades on a timely manner.  As such, late work penalizes the rest of the class.  Late work will only be accepted if the professor (and TA in the case of lab work) are notified and agree to accept it before it is due.   Generally, if the request is approved, you have one additional week to submit the work for partial credit.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance for lecture is required.  Please show up early and leave only when excused.  Attendance will be evaluated by a randomly-distributed sign-in sheet.  It is your responsibility to sign-in each day the sheet is available

Lab attendance is also required for completion of this class. If you fail to attend and complete more than 2 laboratory sessions, you will be either be dropped from the class or you will receive a failing grade.

Absences will only be excused through Dr. Price.  Legitimate excuses submitted prior to the lecture or laboratory assignments will be honored; those submitted after an absence will not be accommodated.

Illness is a legitimate excused absence.  If you have a fever or are exhibiting symptoms you deem contagious:

  1. email Dr. Price at jonathan.price(at) (replace (at) with @) - subject line "ill" is sufficient)
  2. go to the health center or personal physician  for evaluation

Other Policies

Please note that class schedules and other information will be posted using MSU's D2L system.  Students will be required to use this system to participate in the class.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at