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Undergraduate Course Descriptions for SCIE

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SCIE 1101. SEMINAR IN SCIENCE EDUCATION I (1-0) Seminar and field experience in a high-quality, inquiry-based teaching and learning environment in formal and informal science sites with middle school through high school students.

SCIE 1102. SEMINAR IN SCIENCE EDUCATION II (1-0) Seminar and field experience in a high-quality, inquiry-based teaching and learning environment in formal or informal science sites with pre-school through elementary students.

SCIE 2301. FOUNDATIONS OF SCIENCE (3-0) An integrated presentation of the methodology and fundamental concepts in the physical, biological and behavioral sciences with special emphasis on their social, cultural and historical context. Topics will be organized around a selected theme, such as origins, the environment or science and society. The primary goal is to prepare students to participate in modern society. This course does not require previous background in the sciences and satisfies the Social/Cultural Studies requirement of the core curriculum.

SCIE 3301. INTEGRATED PHYSICS &CHEMISTRY-PHYSICS (3-1) This integrated study of physics and chemistry includes force and motion, waves, thermodynamics energy transformations, and quantum physics. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

SCIE 3302. INTEGRATED PHYS & CHEM-CHEM (3-1) This integrated study of physics and chemistry includes fundamental chemical principles including atomic structure, chemical bonding, the periodic table, nomenclature, kinetic theory, gas laws, chemical equations, and solutions. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

SCIE 3303. GEOLOGY, METEOROLOGY AND OCEANOGRAPHY (3-1) This integrated study of the earth emphasizes interactions among plate tectonics, the atmosphere, the oceans, the biosphere, and human activity. Topics include formation, composition, and shaping of the earth, including plate tectonics, the rock cycle, natural energy resources, characteristics of oceans, characteristics of the atmosphere, climate, and weather. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

SCIE 3304. ASTRONOMY (3-1) Topics include the evolution of the universe, properties of light and the life cycle of stars, galaxies, and apparent motions and characteristics of the solar system. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

SCIE 3305. ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS (3-1) Topics include interrelationships among biotic and abiotic factors within habitats, ecosystems, and biomes and the energy flow through environmental systems. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

SCIE 4101. SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMPOSITE SCIENCE (1-0) This special seminar will focus on contemporary issues on integrated science topics, including reflections on science teaching experiences and contemporary critical issues in science education. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

SCIE 4192. SELECTED TOPICS IN SCIENCE (1-0) (Variable credit 1-3 hours as arranged). Topics in science not treated in the regular curriculum. Topic, format, and prerequisites to be determined by the instructor. May be repeated for credit as different topics are offered.

SCIE 4302. TEACHING AND LEARNING: SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY (3-0) Scientific inquiry refers to the diverse ways in which scientists study the natural world and propose explanations based on the evidence derived from their work. This course explores inquiry as it refers to the activities of students in which they develop knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, as well as an understanding of how scientists study the natural world.

SCIE 4325. WOMEN IN SCIENCE (3-0) Explores the role of women in science. Emphasis on gender and science, the history of women in science, gender equity in the classroom, strategies for the retention of women scientists, the current culture/climate for women in science, and contemporary women in science. Offered as EDUC 4325, SCIE 4325, and WOMS 4325. Credit will be granted only once.

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