2016 - 2017 Academic Catalog

Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum guides learning across all majors within Lasell’s unique connected learning environment. With its emphasis on multidisciplinary thinking, ethical reasoning, and problem-solving, the Core provides the basis for the skills and breadth of knowledge students need to succeed in the working world.

Core Student Learning Outcomes

 
The Core Curriculum is built on a set of 14 outcomes that are also integrated across courses in all majors. They represent three goals: core intellectual skills, knowledge perspectives, and synthesis & application.

Core Intellectual Skills

  • Read and respond in an informed and discerning way to written texts of different genres
  • Write clear, well-organized, persuasive prose
  • Use listening and speaking skills to express ideas and information clearly and confidently in a variety of settings
  • Apply quantitative reasoning to solve problems effectively
  • Use appropriate technological tools to solve problems efficiently
  • Collect, analyze, and synthesize appropriate data and sources effectively, ethically, and legally
  • Work effectively in collaborative settings


Knowledge Perspectives

  • Experience modes of self-expression and creativity (Aesthetics & Creativity)
  • Apply the process of scientific inquiry to comprehend the physical world and to solve problems (Scientific Inquiry & Problem-solving)
  • Interpret and analyze the complex interrelationships and inequities in human societies in a global and historical context (Global & Historical Perspectives)
  • Evaluate and understand how individual differences and societal contexts impact human behaviors, beliefs, values, interactions, and emotional and intellectual processes (Individuals & Society)


Synthesis & Application

  • Analyze how meanings and knowledge are created by diverse cultures and how they evolve over time
  • Respond critically and analytically to moral issues and make informed, ethical decisions
  • Participate actively as a citizen in local and global communities

Common Core Learning Experiences  

CORE COURSES   

The Core Curriculum is made up of inquiry-based courses and internship and capstone experiences, creating a common core learning experience for students each year. As the courses increase in depth and complexity, students develop knowledge, skills, and ownership of their education, and create the habits of lifelong intellectual exploration and social responsibility. Students earn 51 credits for courses taken within the Core Curriculum.

The theme-based First Year Seminar emphasizes the core intellectual skills, while providing an introduction to the knowledge perspectives; connected learning projects and challenging class assignments incorporate synthesis and application.

In the first year, students also complete a self-paced, technology-enhanced mathematics course and take two courses focused on writing skills. Students build on the skills in writing and quantitative literacy established in these foundational courses in two writing-intensive courses within the major and an additional mathematics course, often also within the major. In addition, two speaking-intensive courses within the major focus on oral presentation and speaking skills.

Four courses taken during the first two years engage students in understanding and solving problems they will encounter in their professional and personal lives from four different Knowledge PerspectivesAesthetics and Creativity, Scientific Inquiry and Problem Solving, Global and Historical Perspectives, and Individuals and Society.

Multidisciplinary Course, usually taken in the sophomore year, introduces a social or intellectual problem (such as sustainable cities) that cannot be addressed from a single knowledge perspective. Faculty guide students through a critical thinking process that crosses traditional disciplinary lines.

The Ethics Experience course, usually taken in the junior year, challenges students to analyze and grapple with real, current moral dilemmas, and their complex ethical solutions, by connecting cultural and historical ways of understanding ethical thinking with professional standards.   In their last two years, students further integrate the Knowledge Perspectives, refine the Core Intellectual Skills, and practice high-level Synthesis and Application in  courses within their majors. The Capstone and Internship Experiences serve as the culmination of the Core Curriculum where students experience the highest level of connection between Core and Department outcomes, skills, and knowledge.  

CORE COMPETENCY DEVELOPMENT  

Students develop and refine their competencies in all 14 of Lasell's core student learning outcomes through courses in the Core Curriculum and in the majors. Opportunities for students to develop competencies for each outcome are described below:  

INTELLECTUAL SKILLS

These skills are essential to success across professional fields. They are introduced in key courses and are integrated into all majors at Lasell.  

  • Read and respond in an informed and discerning way to written texts of different genres

Lasell introduces students to this learning outcome with the common reading during the summer before they matriculate, and reflections on the common reading are then integrated into the First Year Seminar. Additional assignments in First Year Seminar and first-year writing courses require critical reading of diverse texts. All majors include two writing-intensive courses - one upper level and one lower level - that, in support of other courses in the major, apply critical reading skills to increasingly complex texts. Projects in the culminating capstone experience require reading texts in a sophisticated way needed for entry into the student's chosen profession or further study on the graduate level.  

  • Write clear, well-organized, persuasive prose

Two first-year writing courses introduce foundational skills; two department-based writing-intensive courses - one lower level and one upper level - emphasize these skills and support their application to the disciplines. Students continue to reinforce and sharpen their writing skills throughout their major programs of study, as well as in the Core Curriculum, especially in Knowledge Perspective courses, the sophomore multidisciplinary course, and the junior Ethics Experience. Senior capstone courses in each major feature significant written products appropriate to their professional context. Examples include grant proposals, research papers, team-developed analyses, and research-based design statements. 

  • Use listening and speaking skills to express information clearly and confidently in a variety of settings

Discussion-based first-year courses, especially First Year Seminar and first-year writing courses, introduce students to foundational speaking and presentation skills. Two department-based speaking-intensive courses - one lower level and one upper level - emphasize these skills and support their application to the disciplines. Students continue to reinforce and sharpen their listening, speaking, and presentation skills throughout their major programs of study, as well as in the Core Curriculum, especially in Knowledge Perspective courses, the sophomore multidisciplinary course, and the junior Ethics Experience. Senior capstone courses in each major feature individual and group presentations that demonstrate preparedness for professional work and future graduate study. The Connected Learning Symposium provides opportunities every semester for students to make poster and oral presentations in a professional conference-like setting.

  • Apply quantitative reasoning to solve problems effectively

A modular course in algebraic operations introduces students to foundational quantitative reasoning skills in the first year. Students' quantitative reasoning skills are reinforced through an additional Math course, such as Calculus or Statistics, usually determined by the major.  Additional course work emphasizes quantitative reasoning skills, as appropriate, through a variety of courses in disciplines such as Economics, Accounting, Environmental Studies, and Fashion Design, among many others. A Math minor offers an opportunity for students to complement their major with a program of study that concentrates on quantitative reasoning skills.

  • Use appropriate technological tools to solve problems efficiently

From the first year on, all Lasell students become more proficient and efficient in the use of Moodle, our Learning Management System, which is introduced to them during Summer Orientation. Faculty integrate technology tools into course work across the curriculum so that students gain the skills to use and benefit from simulations, software applications, and other tools needed to succeed in their chosen professions.  In addition, students gain skills at using presentation tools, which they demonstrate at the Connected Learning Symposium every semester.

  • Collect, analyze, and synthesize appropriate data and sources effectively, ethically, and legally

Writing II introduces all first-year students to the fundamentals of using research materials though library information literacy sessions and research assignments. Designated courses in every major emphasize the importance of these skills as they apply to specific disciplines, and the skills are reinforced through progressively more complex course work in the major, as well as in components of the Core Curriculum, including Knowledge Perspective courses, the sophomore Multidisciplinary course, and the junior ethics experience. Many students hone their research skills through independent Directed Study projects, linked credits, and Honors components. All students apply these skills to comprehensive assignments in their capstone courses.

  • Work effectively in collaborative settings

Consistent with Lasell's project-focused Connected Learning philosophy, courses in most majors and in the Core Curriculum require group projects that emphasize the importance of team work and collaboration. Beginning with First Year Seminar and culminating in major capstone courses, students collaborate with both faculty and peers on research projects, service learning projects, and Honors Components. Every semester, students demonstrate their collaborative efforts in presentations at the Connected Learning Symposium.

KNOWLEDGE PERSPECTIVES

Through the Knowledge Perspectives, students become acquainted with ways that professionals ask questions, solve problems, and communicate their results. An ability to understand and use these perspectives supports students' career success. First Year Seminar introduces all students to a "splash" of each of the four Knowledge Perspectives, while designated courses taken in the first two years provide a more in-depth experience. Courses in the majors, as well as co-curricular activities, apply the skills to professional and practical contexts.  

  • Experience modes of self-expression and creativity (Aesthetics & Creativity)

Following the "splash" in First Year Seminar, a course such as Art History I, Popular Music, or Dance Explorations provides a foundation for understanding and appreciating aesthetic principles and the creative process. Students may choose to explore this Knowledge Perspective further in relation to one of the other Knowledge Perspectives in a Multidisciplinary course taken in the sophomore year. Courses within certain majors, such as Fashion Design, Graphic Design, and Communication, emphasize this KP, while many students choose minors such as Studio Art and Graphic Design that do so, as well. Many students take electives in the arts and/or pursue co-curricular activities, such as Chorus, drama productions, and dance, that apply aesthetic principles in creative practice. Much of this work is on display at the Connected Learning Symposium at the end of every semester.

  • Apply the process of scientific inquiry to comprehend the natural world and to solve problems (Scientific Inquiry & Problem-Solving)

Following the "splash" in First Year Seminar a course such as Astronomy or Forensics provides a foundation for understanding and appreciating principles of scientific inquiry. Students may choose to explore this Knowledge Perspective further in relation to one of the other Knowledge Perspectives in a Multidisciplinary course taken in the sophomore year. Courses within certain majors such as Athletic Training, Exercise Science, and Environmental Studies emphasize this KP. Work in these courses is often on display at the Connected Learning Symposium at the end of every semester.

  • Interpret and analyze the complex interrelationships and inequities in human societies in a global and historical context (Global / Historical Perspectives)

Following the "splash" in First Year Seminar,  all students take HIST 104: World Civilization II sometime in their first two years. In this team-taught and highly interactive course, students are immersed in the kinds of inquiry and discourse that historians use to understand world events over time in a global context. Selected courses in most majors and minors reinforce this Knowledge Perspective, and some, like History, Sociology, and Human Rights, emphasize it. Students have additional opportunities to develop skills related to this Knowledge Perspective through programming by the Donahue Institute for Ethics, Diversity, and Inclusion, and the Fuss Center for Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies, participation in international service-learning programs, and Study Abroad.

  • Evaluate and understand how individual differences in mental processes and behaviors relate to beliefs, values, and interactions (Individuals & Society)

Following the "splash" in First Year Seminar, a course such as Psychological Perspectives or Sociological Imagination introduces students to connections and interactions between individual beliefs and behaviors and societal values and norms. Course work in several majors, such as Psychology and Human Services, and certain minors, like Aging and Intergenerational Studies, emphasize this Knowledge Perspective, and disciplines associated with it, such as Psychology, Sociology, and Criminal Justice, offer courses that are popular electives for students in many other majors. Many students explore this Knowledge Perspective more deeply through linked-credits in service-learning, social justice activism, and intergenerational studies. Students have additional opportunities to develop skills related to this Knowledge Perspective through programming by the Donahue Institute for Ethics, Diversity, and Inclusion, and the Fuss Center for Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies, participation in international service-learning programs, and Study Abroad.  

SYNTHESIS AND APPLICATION

These outcomes call on students to integrate skills, knowledge, and experiences in their major courses, field work, and Core courses. The related skills are essential for members of workplace and civic communities.  

  • Analyze how meanings and knowledge are created by diverse cultures and how they evolve over time

Many of the Knowledge Perspective and Multidisciplinary courses in the Core Curriculum introduce students to critical analysis, especially in the context of cultural diversity. Certain majors, like English Literature, and minors, like Diversity and Inclusion, emphasize these skills, as do selected courses in most other majors and minors. Many students develop these skills of synthesis and application related to issues of diversity further through linked-credits in service-learning, social justice activism, intergenerational studies, and research, as well as through programming by the Donahue Institute for Ethics, Diversity, and Inclusion and the Fuss Center for Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies, and especially through participation in international service-learning programs and Study Abroad.

  • Respond critically and analytically to moral issues and make informed, ethical decisions

While courses in all majors introduce students to ethical issues and moral reasoning, and many majors have specific requirements related to professional ethics, the Junior Ethics experience offers students the most comprehensive academic opportunity to apply and synthesize modes of ethical reasoning and practical decision-making. Many students develop these skills of ethical reasoning and moral decision-making further through linked-credits in service-learning, social justice activism, intergenerational studies, and research, as well as through programming by the Donahue Institute for Ethics, Diversity, and Inclusion and the Fuss Center for Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies and participation in international service-learning programs.

  • Participate actively as a citizen in communities both large and small

First Year Seminar and many Knowledge Perspective and Multidisciplinary courses introduce students to principles and practices of active citizenship, and these are reinforced through service-learning requirements in certain courses in every major. Many students develop these skills of synthesis and application related to active local and global citizenship further through linked-credits in service-learning, social justice activism, intergenerational studies, and research, as well as through programming by the Donahue Institute for Ethics, Diversity, and Inclusion and the Fuss Center for Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies and participation in international service-learning programs. Active local and global citizenship is a signature theme of the Lasell College Honors Program.

ARTH107 - Special Topics in Art (KP)

This course introduces students to the study of art history by focusing on one theme, one artist, or one form of art. Painting, sculpture, architecture, and prints and drawings may be considered. Stylistic, cultural, and historic elements are components of the course.

ARTS106 - Museum Discovery (KP)

This course introduces students to the world of art museums, galleries, auction houses, and various other art institutions, through a series of site visits and some involvement in actual gallery work. By exploring venues and the communities they serve, students will address the question, "What is an art museum or gallery, and why is it a part of our society?"

ARTS126 - Principles of Design & Color (KP)

This course is an introduction to the theories and concepts of design and color with an emphasis on developing an awareness and sensitivity to art as an integral part of one’s life and as a way to complement one’s aesthetic needs. This is a lecture/discussion/critique course with visual material, critical essays, individual expression, and museum/gallery trips. NOTE: First year Graphic Design majors should seek out the majors-only section when enrollling.

ENG217 - Contemporary Literature (KP)

In this course, we consider contemporary literature in its global context. Viewing literature as the expression of individual national/cultural traditions and as a rendering of the universally human condition, we examine both national literatures and texts written for a global readership. Topics such as global citizenship, diaspora, postcolonial aesthetics, modernism, postmodernism, and cultural/literary redefinition may be addressed; sample texts include Tagore's King of the Dark Chamber, Kincaid's Among Flowers, Aidoo's No Sweetness Here, Kafka's The Metamorphosis, and Heaney's The Spirit Level. Prerequisite: ENG102

MUS101 - Music Appreciation I (KP)

This is a survey course in which students acquire listening skills and learn how to talk about music. The Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods of European music (1450-1800) are covered, with an emphasis on the history and development of music in its social and historical context. Students will learn to identify music from these three periods and will gain a more general understanding of music that can be applied to all eras and styles. Composers include Ockeghem, Palestrina, Byrd, Gabrieli, Purcell, Telemann, Bach, Handel, Haydn, and Mozart.

MUS102 - Music Appreciation II (KP)

In this course, students will explore the role of music in various contexts, in order to better understand its role in culture and in society. The hands-on curriculum calls for lots of listening and active participation; students will develop their listening skills, their awareness of the elements of music, and their understanding of the musical experience.

MUS109 - American Folk Music (KP)

Integrating folklore, American history, and songwriting, this course examines American culture through the lens of American folk songs-songs written by others and songs we will write ourselves. Readings, recordings, and class discussion illustrate the importance of love songs, protest songs, work songs, and ballads as resources for understanding and expressing American life.

MUS203 - Popular Music (KP)

The years after World War II found American society and culture evolving in ways that both led to and mirrored the birth of rhythm 'n' blues, rock 'n' roll, and soul music, creating a new popular music that has indeed taken over the world. Yet it is impossible to understand fully modern popular music without exploring its roots in blues, jazz, hillbilly, ragtime, Afro-Caribbean, and other styles. In this course, we survey the history of American pop from its birth in the early nineteenth century up to 1970; by this crucial year, most of the styles reflected in today's music had been established. We pay special attention to the ways in which American music synthesizes African and European elements in a myriad of new forms.

PERF202 - World Percussion:Theory & Practice (KP)

This multicultural survey course will focus on the theory and practice in the use of percussion as ritual, communication, and recreation around the world. Students will learn through lecture and critical readings of descriptive accounts of the uses of percussion, as well as through the subjective experience of learning percussive rhythms using a variety of musical instruments: congas, djembes, atumpani, berimbau, shakere, clavier, ago-go bells, and – of course – cowbells. This course fulfills the Area of Inquiry – Aesthetic [AI(A)] and the Area of Inquiry – Multicultural [AI(MC)].

PERF203 - Dance Explorations (KP)

This course is designed for the undergraduate students of Lasell College, in partnership with the Boston Ballet School. Through lectures, readings, and practical applications, students will explore history and theory, gaining knowledge and understanding of the importance of the development of technique in relation to the artistry of ballet and modern dance. Students will also participate weekly in a ballet/modern technique class focusing on ballet technique, with an emphasis on contemporary movement. The dance portion of the class will be held at the Boston Ballet School Newton Studio and will be taught by a faculty member at the Boston Ballet School.Course is held at the Boston Ballet School, 863 Washington Street Newton, MAStudents are to meet in the Valentine Parking Lot

HIST104 - World Civilization II (KP)

This Knowledge Perspective course will provide students with the opportunity to interpret and analyze the complex interrelationships and inequities in human societies in a global historical context. Emphasizing the interrelatedness and mutuality of influence between East and West, we examine questions of exclusiveness, intolerance, and cooperation. Prerequisite: ENG101.

CJ101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice (KP)

This course is an overview of the history, philosophy, ethics, and legal issues related to the criminal justice system. The course provides an overview of the criminal justice system, focusing on critical decisions with an emphasis on contemporary issues, controversies, and trends.

COM103 - Human Communication (KP)

This course is a basic survey of human communication, especially interpersonal and group. Attention is given to perception, language and meaning, listening, theories of persuasion, verbal and nonverbal communication, small group discussion, interpersonal conflict, and interviewing. The course focuses on understanding how human communication is fundamentally related to issues of interpersonal relationships; the history of human communication and language development; perception and intrapersonal communication; leadership; group/team work; multicultural diversity in organizations; decision-making; power; public speaking; and ethical challenges. This course helps students to develop and practice skills that will guide effective action in their professional careers and interpersonal relationships. This course includes a Service Learning component.

ENV101 - Intro to Environmental Studies (KP)

This course uses case studies to explore global environmental challenges and engages students in considering sustainable solutions. Solutions that promote a healthy environment, social equality, and economic viability are discussed. Students explore steps individuals, organizations, and communities can take to reduce their ecological footprint and to slow global warming. Leaders from community organizations and local government agencies are invited to discuss issues with students.

LS101 - Foundations of American Legal System(KP)

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the law. Students are introduced to the basics of the legal system in the United States including its organization and operation. The course covers major areas of legal practice and the legal principles that apply. Legal concepts are explained and legal terminology defined.

PSYC101 - Psychological Perspectives (KP)

In this course, students learn to think like psychologists as they study classic and contemporary topics in human behavior, feeling, and thought. Students learn to apply psychological perspectives of thought, including biological, cognitive, sociocultural, humanistic, psychodynamic, and behaviorist, to better understand the human experience. Students will learn to use these perspectives to explore how individual behavior is influenced by and influences one’s biology, family, community and society. Topics may include human development, personality, psychopathology, human relationships, language, memory, perceptual processes, and intelligence, among others.

SOC101 - Sociological Imagination (KP)

This course is designed to help students develop their ability to think critically about the world around them using the framework of sociology. Students explore the relationship between individual and society – how personal experience is shaped by social forces, but also how society is created and changed through individual interaction. The focus is on the interrelationships of groups, social organization, and social institutions such as education, religion, family, and the economic and political order.

SOC102 - Introduction to Women's Studies (KP)

This course is designed to help students develop a critical framework for examining feminist thought and gender-related behaviors. Utilizing sociology, anthropology, history, and literature the course examines the roles and stereotypes society ascribes to women and how those roles impact the development of a feminist perspective in a contemporary world.

BIO101 - Principles of Biology I (KP)

This is an introductory lecture and laboratory course in biology to develop an appreciation for the patterns and functions that characterize living organisms. Emphasis is placed on cellular biology. Topics include: the chemistry of life, cell structure, and cell metabolism (respiration, photosynthesis, protein synthesis.) Corequisite: BIO 101L.

BIO102 - Principles of Biology II (KP)

This course emphasizes the evolutionary history of life on earth. Topics include: Darwinian evolution, genetics, a survey of the five kingdoms of life, principles of ecology, and human ecology. The laboratory introduces the student to the diversity of living organisms. Corequisite: BIO 102L.

BIO107 - Topics In Biology (KP)

Preliminaries of the molecules of life and cell structures are investigated in this course. Topics from cell biology, nutrition, energy production, respiratory and circulatory systems, genetics, reproduction, evolutionary thought, and ecosystems are also explored.

BIO112 - Human Biology

This is a one semester lab course focusing on the functions of the human body in health and disease. The structure and function of the major body systems are emphasized. Systems discussed include: skeletal, muscular, digestive, circulatory, excretory, reproductive, nervous and endocrine. Corequisite: BIO 112L.

CHEM105X - Chemistry of Art & Fashion (KP)

This course examines the connections between chemistry and art. This course is a lab centered course where students will explore topics such as light absorption and reflection; the nature of color; synthesis and use of dyes, paints, and pigments. Students will use spectroscopy and other methods of chemical investigation such as chromatography to examine materials used in art. Students will conduct inquiry-based projects focusing on areas of interest.

CHEM203 - General Chemistry I (KP)

The course begins with a study of measurement and matter. An introduction to atomic theory follows. Mass relationships in chemical reactions are introduced, followed by the study of chemical reactions in aqueous solutions. The gas laws are then covered, followed by an introduction to thermodynamics. Concepts of chemical bonding are studied along with periodic relationships among the elements. Quantum theory is used to explain the electronic structure of atoms. Laboratory experiments complement the material covered in lecture. The laboratory experiments are designed to introduce methods, materials, and equipment of chemistry as well as to illustrate important chemical principles. Prerequisite: MATH 106 or higher. Corequisite: CHEM 203L.

ENV206 - Special Topics in Environmental Studies

This course examines a particular area of environmental studies with the goal of allowing faculty and students to explore issues that meet special interests.

ENV211 - Environmental Science (KP)

During this course, students are introduced to the concept of environmental sustainability. Issues such as climate change, biodiversity, food and agriculture, water resources, and energy are explored. Students are challenged to consider the impact of Lasell College on the environment and will complete a greenhouse gas inventory. Students also examine the role of science and technology in the pursuit of environmental sustainability.

PHYS111 - General Physics I (KP)

This is the first semester of a one-year course that surveys the field of physics at a non-calcu­lus level. Topics include motion in one and two dimensions, force, uniform circular motion, work and energy, and statics of rigid bodies. The laws of thermodynamics are introduced. Laboratory experiments are conducted to com­plement the material covered in lecture. Prerequisite: MATH 203 or equivalent with a grade of C or better. Corequisite: PHYS 111L.

PHYS112 - General Physics II (KP)

This is a continuation of PHYS 111. Topics include waves motion, electric potential, electric current, resistance, capacitance, and magnetism. Geometrical and wave optics are introduced. Atomic and quantum theory are also included. Laboratory experiments are conducted to com­plement the material covered in lecture. Prerequisite: PHYS 111. Corequisite: PHYS 112L.

SCI103 - Science for Educators I (KP)

This course provides education students with an introduction to the scientific principles governing the contemporary technological world. Topics include scientific methodologies, gravity, energy, electricity, magnetism, light, and introductory chemistry. Laboratory experiments are conducted to complement the material covered in lecture.

SCI104 - Science for Educators II (KP)

This course provides education students with an introduction to earth science, astronomy, and environmental science. Topics include the weather, solar system, stars, the universe, and global pollution. Laboratory experiments are conducted to complement the material covered in lectures. Prerequisite: ED Majors only

SCI105 - Introduction to Astronomy (KP)

Introduction to astronomy for the non-science major with a focus on our place within the universe. Topics include the formation and evolution of stars and planetary systems, our Solar System, the Milky Way Galaxy, and the large scale structure of the universe

SCI106 - How Things Work (KP)

This course explores how things from our everyday lives work according to the rules of nature. The principles that influence how objects fall, cars move, scales weigh, planes fly, stoves heat, copiers copy give insight into the workings of the universe. Connections between our immediate surroundings and the universe at large are illustrated.

SCI114 - Modern Science & Technology (KP)

This course introduces the history of Science from antiquity to the present and demonstrates how the various areas of science work together to develop the technology and the materials we are familiar with in our daily lives.  Topics include role of measurement and experiments and revolutions of modern science (advances in chemistry, biology, astronomy and technology).Students will conduct inquiry-based projects focusing on areas of interest. The goal of this course is to help students develop the practices of science such as asking researchable questions, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing data and other related skills that will enhance their quality of life and professional success.