Courses Offered

Habib Liberal Core:

ENER 101/103: Energy
SCI 200: Scientific Method

Natural Sciences:

PHY 101: Mechanics
PHY 102: Electricity and Magnetism
PHY 101L: Mechanics and Thermodynamics Lab
PHY 102L: Electricity, Magnetism, Optics and Modern Physics Lab
PHY 201: Modern Physics
PHY 202: Quantum Mechanics
PHY 301: Classical Physics
PHY 302: Mathematical Methods for Physics
BIO 101: Intro to Cellular and Molecular Biology
BIO 102: The Secret World of Microbes
BIO 102L: The Secret World of Microbes (Lab)
BIOT 101: Intro to Bio Technology
ENV 101: Environmental Science
CHEM 101: Green Chemistry


MATH 012: Pre-Calculus
MATH 101: Single Variable Calculus
MATH 102: Multi Variable Calculus
MATH 201: Differential Equations
MATH 202: Linear Algebra
MATH 305: Vector Calculus
MATH 1XX: History of Math

Habib Liberal Core:

ENER 101/103. Energy: (3-3). Credit 4.

Never before in human history did energy enjoy such a central place in our lives. The quest for safe, secure and sustainable energy poses one of the most critical challenges of our age. The need for new resources is becoming inevitable, as unlike us, our future generations will not have the benefit of two billion years’ accumulated energy reserves.

The current energy sources, primarily based on fossil fuels, don’t only inherit the problem of being finite but have also caused unprecedented damage to the environment. To avoid total environmental disaster and to keep the earth habitable, we must part ways from these traditional sources. This will require sophisticated and well-informed social, economic and technological choices.

Renewable energy holds great importance for the future of the world. It’s both sustainable and promises a future free of any environmental cataclysm. This course aims to provide the students with the tools needed to think intelligently about sustainability. They will learn about several possible alternate energy sources including the scientific principles that govern their creation and application. The laboratory part of the course features hands on experience with renewable energy devices including solar cells, windmills, hydrogen fuel cells, bio fuel, bio diesel etc. Students are expected to create their own devices during the course. This allows them to connect theory to practice. The exposure to these experiments extends their fundamental knowledge of physics, chemistry and statistics. The course also expands to the topics including energy conservation, energy storage, energy transmission and energy policy.

The course material is multi-disciplinary and will be taught by multiple faculty members. The course will feature lectures, seminars, student presentations and a laboratory.

SCI 200. Scientific Method: (3-0). Credit 3.

How do we make decisions? How do we evaluate information? Should we trust all information? How should we decide which information is trustworthy? How do we recognise the limitations of a claim?

These matters are not only for practicing scientists but form an important part of our daily lives. At a time when information is more easily accessible than ever before, how do we intelligently utilise available information in making choices? How should we develop our evidence-based decision-making skills?

This course builds on the foundations of scientific methods of inquiry and works to apply them to our everyday lives. Utilising a wide array of examples, it illustrates scientific methods and their applications

Natural Science:

PHY 101. Physics I: Mechanics. (3-0). Credit 3.

Explores principles of classical mechanics; topics include: momentum, motion in a plane, relative inertial frames and relative velocity, straight-line kinematics, particle dynamics with force, conservative forces, potential energy and conservation of energy, conservation of momentum, centre of mass and the centre of mass reference frame, rigid bodies and rotational dynamics, conservation of angular momentum, central force motions, impulse and collisions, dynamics of rotational motion, gravitation and fluid mechanics.

PHY 101L. Mechanics and Thermodynamics Lab. (0-3). Credit 1.

Experiments include: simple harmonic motion observed through webcam, waves and oscillations, standing waves, resonance, moment of inertia of a tennis ball, rotational mechanics, rotational inertia, rotational friction, conservation of energy, latent heat of liquid nitrogen, heat capacity of solids, determined from boil-off of liquid nitrogen, conservation of momentum – elastic and inelastic collision, rotational motion, mass on a spring, basics of uncertainty analysis, Maxwell’s wheel, light polarization, heat transfer, conduction, convection, Newton’s law of cooling, temperature oscillations, Fourier analysis.

PHY 102. Physics II: Electricity & Magnetism. (3-0). Credit 3.

Topics include: electromagnetism and electrostatics, electric charge, Coulomb’s law, electric field, Gauss’s law, electrostatic potential, magnetic fields, Biot-Savart law and Ampere’s law, magnetic materials, time-varying fields and Faraday’s law of induction, Hall effect, displacement current and Maxwell’s equations.
Prerequisite: PHY 101

PHY 102L. Electricity, Magnetism, Optics and Modern Physics Lab. (0-3). Credit 1.

Experiments include: determination of Curie point of a ferro-magnet by controlled electric heating, observing Hall effect in semiconductors, magnetic moment of a conductor loop in a magnetic field, determining Verdet’s constant, Frank-Hertz Meter, determination of Planck’s constant from the spectrum of a tungsten light bulb, optical activity of a chiral (sugar) solution, imaging electron trajectories using a magic eye, image analysis, Lenz’s Law, band gap measurement of pure Ge, magnetic pendulum, exploring phase portraits, chaos, bifurcations, Spectral Lines of different gasses

PHY 201. Modern Physics. (3-0). Credit 3.

Topics include: principle of relativity, Lorentz contraction and time dilation, Lorentz transformation of space and time, relativistic definitions of momentum and energy, Lorentz transformations of momentum and energy, Lorentz transformations of wavenumber and frequency, Planck’s constant, photo electric effect, Compton scattering, Bohr’s postulate and the structure of atom, postulates of quantum mechanics – states as vectors and observables as operators, Schrödinger’s wave equation – time dependent and time independent, one dimensional quantum well, simple harmonic oscillator – annihilation and creation operators, ideal gas equation and energy associated with each degree of freedom, Maxwell velocity and speed distributions, Boltzmann distribution, identical particles (fermions and bosons) in a one dimensional quantum well.

PHY 202. Quantum Mechanics. (3-0). Credit 3.

Topics include: Schrodinger’s equations and operator algebra, quantum systems with various different types of potentials, angular momentum, rotations and other symmetry operations, spin in quantum mechanics, time independent perturbation theory in quantum mechanics, time dependent perturbation theory in quantum mechanics, scattering theory in quantum mechanics.

PHY 302. Classical Mechanics. (3-0). Credit 3.

This is an advanced course in the area of Mechanics which employs a different approach to studying mechanical systems. The course focuses on Lagrangian and Hamiltonian approaches, and their applications.

It starts with reconsidering physical systems already familiar to the reader, such as simple harmonic motion, free particles, rotations, spring systems etc, though using Lagrange formalism which is one of the most widely used approaches in a number of areas of Physics, and continues to consider systems in detail. Later on, it further generalizes the formalism and eventually the formalism is applied to continuous systems, hence field theory.

PHY 302. Mathematical Methods for Physics. (3-0). Credit 3

This is an advanced course for students with Physics or Mathematics as their minor subjects. It offers student a chance to familiarize with different advanced topics in Mathematics which are of particular interest in Physics and applied, and also pure, Mathematics, and at the same time serves as a pre-requisite for some of the advanced courses in Mathematics and Physics where knowledge from this course is extensively used.

BIO 101. Cell Biology and Public Health. (3-0). Credit 3

This course provides an introduction to cellular and molecular biology and builds its connection with human biological processes; there will be a prime focus on developing skills to communicate biological concepts to laymen. Topics include: Prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, structure and function of cellular organelles, cells tissues and organ systems, cellular respiration, movement across cell membranes, enzyme mechanism and inhibition, cellular reproduction, DNA replication, transcription and translation, Mendelian genetics, blood groups, introduction to the immune system and vaccines, dengue viral infection, and cancer development.

BIO 102. The Secret World of Microbes (3-0). Credit 3.

This course explores the vast realm of tiny, clever little beings that are present everywhere but are easily ignored as they are not visible to the naked eye. Topics include: characteristics of microorganisms, microbial taxonomy, prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms, various habitats of microorganisms, normal flora of human body, microbial nutrition and growth, introduction to viruses, infection and disease through microbe human interaction, adaptive and innate immune response, physical and chemical agents for microbial control, antimicrobial resistance, and various beneficial roles of microorganisms.

Students should be prepared for an active learning approach with course assignments, group activities/projects and strong emphasis on class and lab participation. This exciting new course is open to SSE and AHSS students.

BIO 102L. The Secret World of Microbes (LAB). (0-3). Credit 1.

This lab will provide hands on experience with bacterial staining and culturing, aseptic handling, colony count, antibacterial susceptibility and microbial analysis of food and water. Once the labs are completed the students will get the opportunity to conduct individual projects. Examples of projects include: testing for best disinfectant/toothpaste/soap in the local market; analysis of antiseptic properties of local plant extracts; testing local water sources for contamination; identifying indigenous microbial population from unique local sites etc.

BTEC 101.Introduction to Biotechnology. (3-0). Credit 3.

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of biotechnology and its applications. Topics include: overview of biotechnology and its current importance in society, rapid growth of biotechnology in agriculture, environment, industry and medicines, antibiotics/antibodies biotech. Emphasis will be placed on DNA manipulation sciences including genetic engineering, gene cloning, plasmids as cloning vectors, restriction enzymes, DNA ligase, PCR, biotransformation, E. coli host as model system, mutagenesis, manipulation of expression of desired DNA, strategies of protein purification, stem cell biotech and ethics of biotechnology.
Prerequisite: School / college level Biology or chemistry or permission of instructor

BTEC 101 L – Biotech Laboratory Practices

This laboratory course provides practical insights into the role of DNA sciences in achieving and improving the technological applications to develop products to improve quality of life. Topics include: basic operations used in biotech lab, DNA extraction from living organisms, DNA cut and clone, making lots of copies of DNA, overproduction of protein, purification, plasmid isolation, DNA manipulation by PCR, transformation of E. coli with a recombinant plasmid, DNA purification and quantification, calorimetric detection of DNA, visualising of DNA on gel electrophoresis and DNA fingerprinting.
Co-requisite: BTEC 101


MATH 012. Pre-Calculus. (3-0). Credit 0.

This course will start with an introduction to number systems and will quickly follow with the idea of Relations and their subset, Functions. Polynomial Functions will then be studied symbolically, graphically and numerically and topics such as Domain and Range, Function Composition, Function Transformations and Inverse Functions shall be introduced using the Polynomials. These ideas will then extend to Square-Root Functions, Rational Functions, Exponential Functions and their inverses, Logarithmic Functions, after which Trigonometry and Trigonometric Functions will get an extensive treatment in the course. Towards the end of the course, students will deal with analyzing functions, both symbolically, numerically and graphically, discussing ideas such as end-behavior, asymptotes, discontinuities and modeling functions to fit real data.

MATH 101. Single Variable Calculus. (3-0). Credit 3.

Topics include: functions, limits and continuity, power rule, product and quotient rule, the chain rule, differentiation rules, concavity and inflection points, rates, approximations, maxima / minima, definite and indefinite integrations, area, volume and arc length, approximation of definite integrals, improper integrals and L’Hôspital’s Rule.

MATH 102. Multi Variable Calculus. (3-0). Credit 3.

Topics include: vectors and matrices, parametric equations, polar coordinates, functions of several variables, partial derivatives, vector calculus and multiple integrals, Lagrange multipliers, Green’s, Gauss’ and Stokes’ theorem.
Prerequisite: MATH 101

MATH 201. Differential Equations. (3-0). Credit 3.

Topics include: first order ordinary differential equations (ODEs) (Separable, linear, homogenous and exact equations), Second order ODEs (Non-homogenous equations and their solution using method of undetermined coefficients and variation of parameters), differential operators, ODE models of electric circuits, systems of ODEs, orthogonal functions and Fourier series solutions, partial differential equations (PDEs) (wave, heat and Laplace equations), solutions using Fourier and Laplace transforms.
Prerequisite: MATH 102.

MATH 202. Linear Algebra. (3-0). Credit 3.

Topics include: vectors and vector algebra, matrices (matrix algebra, elementary row and column operations, transpose, rank and inverse of a matrix), linear transformations, systems of linear equations and their solutions, orthogonality, least squares, eigenvalue and eigenvectors, singular value decomposition, lines, planes and surfaces in 3D.

MATH 205. Vector Calculus. (3-0). Credit 3.

In this course you will study vectors in two and three dimensions, systems of linear equations and matrices that provide the bridge between linear equations and vectors, determinants and real linear (vector) spaces. You will also feel the geometric flavor of linear transformations as stretches and rotations in various directions via the diagonalization process using eigenvalues and eigenvectors, inner products and projections. MAPLE or MATLAB technology will be an integral part of this course in solving problems.