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Natural Sciences


Natural Sciences covers a wide range of topics frequently taught in introductory college courses surveying both biological and physical sciences for nonscience majors. The CLEP examination emphasizes the knowledge and application of the basic principles and concepts of science, the comprehension of scientific information, and the understanding of issues of science in contemporary society. Institutions may grant up to six semester hours of credit for successful completion of this course.

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to demonstrate the following abilities:
  • Knowledge of fundamental facts, concepts, and principles
  • Interpretation of information presented in the form of graphs, diagrams, tables, equations, or verbal passages
  • Qualitative and quantitative application of scientific principles

The CLEP examination consists of 120 multiple-choice questions to be completed in 90 minutes.

Topics covered include:
  • Biological Science
    • Origin and evolution of life
    • Classification of organisms
    • Cell organization, cell division, chemical nature of genes
    • Structure, function, and development in organisms
    • Concepts of population biology with emphasis on ecology

  • Physical Science
    • Atomic and nuclear structure and properties, elementary particles, nuclear reactions
    • Chemical elements, compounds and reactions
    • Heat, thermodynamics, and states of matter
    • Classical mechanics
    • Relativity
    • Electricity and magnetism, waves, light and sound
    • The universe: galaxies, stars, the solar system
    • The Earth: atmosphere, hydrosphere, structure, properties, surface features, geological processes, history

(Taken from “Natural Sciences,” CLEP: Natural Sciences —collegeboard.com.)

The required textbook(s) for the Traditional course are listed below.

  • Physical Science   
      custom by Krauskopf-Beiser - McGraw Hill Primis, 2010
        
    ISBN 0390-50736-9
  • Concepts in Biology 13th edition   
       by Enger, Eldon D. / Ross, Frederick C. - McGraw Hill, 2009
        
    ISBN 9780073403434