Northwest-Shoals' Department of Natural Sciences offers courses in anatomy and physiology, general biology, microbiology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physical science, environmental science, general physics, and advanced physics. Students working toward an associate's degree and those preparing for transfer to a four-year college or university can choose from certain offerings to meet their science general education requirements.

At Northwest-Shoals we work hard to make sure that you graduate with an Associate Degree or Certificate and arrive at a university prepared to start Junior-level courses. The Department of Natural Sciences offers high quality science courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physical Science, and Physics to science and non-science majors through formal classroom instruction, laboratory exercises and directed study with the intent to prepare each student for advancement in their field of study.

Those planning to major in the chemical, physical or biological sciences will find the necessary courses to complete the first two years of their curriculum among the department's offerings. This includes programs for those interested in the medically oriented professions such as medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy. The department supports a number of two-year technical programs at Northwest-Shoals including Nursing and Emergency Medical Technician.


Biology (BIO)

BIO103 Principles of Biology I
BIO104 Principles of Biology II
BIO111 Human Biology
BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIO220 General Microbiology
BIO250 Directed Studies in Biology

Chemistry (CHM)

CHM099 Developmental Chemistry
CHM104 Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry
CHM105 Introduction to Organic Chemistry
CHM111 College Chemistry I
CHM112 College Chemistry II
CHM221 Organic Chemistry I
CHM222 Organic Chemistry II
CHM250 Directed Studies in Chemistry

Physical Science (PHS)

PHS111 Physical Science I
PHS112 Physical Science II
PHS120 Environmental Science

Physics (PHY)

PHY115 Technical Physics
PHY120 Introduction to Physics
PHY201 General Physics I - Trig Based
PHY202 General Physics II - Trig Based
PHY205 Recitation in Physics I
PHY206 Recitation in Physics II
PHY213 General Physics with Calculus I
PHY214 General Physics with Calculus II
PHY215 Recitation in Physics with Calculus I
PHY216 Recitation in Physics with Calculus II
PHY299 Directed Studies in Physics


Dr. Heather Johnson
Instructor of Biology, Math & Science Division Chair
Phone: (256) 331-5326