This is a hands on survey course that will familiarize students with the principles governing the application of science to solve crimes. This course will involve the analysis of actual criminal cases. The students will be introduced to forensic and chemical concepts including gunpowder analysis (Kennedy assassination), trace evidence analysis, fiber analysis (Wayne Williams), drug analysis (Anna Nicole Smith), blood analysis (Jeffrey MacDonald), and DNA profiling (OJ Simpson). Students will solve a case study using laboratory techniques developed in class.
Climate change has become one of the most discussed environmental issues of our day. This course explores the dynamics of the Earth System to examine climate change and other global environmental changes. Past, present, and future changes to the global Earth System are discussed. Both the natural and human dimensions of global changes to the Earth's lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere are explored.
SCI211 - Envionmental Science
During this course, students examine the basic principles of ecology and the problems encountered in making public policy decisions relevant to environment issues. The class focuses on strategies that mitigate the conflict between environmental protection and economic growth. Topics include: ecosystem dynamics, human populations growth, human interactions with environment, natural resources and pollution, global energy use, and the environmental link between economics, politics and human health. A research paper, possibly in the form of a group project, is required.
SCI205 - Forensics
This course provides an introduction to the modern methods used in the detection, investigation, and solution of crimes. Practical analysis of evidence such as: fingerprints and other impressions, ballistics, glass, hair, handwriting and document examination, drug analysis, and lie detection will be studied.
SCI106 - How Things Work
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.
SCI105 - Prin Astronomy
This course is an introduction to descriptive astronomy. The course covers general physical principles that will lead to an understanding of how the universe formed, the laws of planetary motion, how stars shine, and the creation of black holes. Other special topics in astronomy are covered. Special evening sessions for observing the stars and planets may be offered.
SCI340 - Research Design/Methodology
This is a study of current research methods and research tools with specific applications to the fields of allied health. Topics include data acquisition, sampling, instrumentation or testing devices, research design, testing procedures, and treatment of data. Each student must participate in a research project based on course material. Prerequisite: MATH 208.
SCI305 - Revolutions In Science
This is an historical look at science over the past five centuries, focusing on the revolutionary breakthroughs which have occurred and the various human perceptions of them. Students learn how major shifts in scientific thought influenced religious, social, and political standards of the time. Topics include: the Copernican revolution, the revolution in the physical sciences (Kepler, Gilbert and Galileo), the Newtonian revolution, the chemical revolution (Lavoisier), evolutionary theory (Darwin and Wallace), Einstein and relativity. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of the instructor.
SCI103 - Science I For Educators
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. F.
SCI104 - Science II For Educators
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.
SCI111 - Science of Science Fiction
This course will emphasize the differences between science and science fiction. Concepts of science will be discussed and analyzed in the context of science fiction. Topics will include science versus science fiction; the universe, time travel; other universes; anti matter and anti-universes; whether we are alone in the universe; starships; intelligent machines; genetics, cloning, and super humans; the fountain of youth; teleportation; quantum computers; powers of the mind; and physical limitations.
SCI111X - Science Of Science Fiction
This course investigates the scientific facts and theories behind selected science fiction works. The differences between reality and science fiction's approximate reality will be examined. The scientific foundations and the imaginary science in popular science fiction films and in works by Nebula and Hugo, award winning science fiction authors, will be compared. Topics may include the study of the circulatory system in Three Hearings on the Existence of Snakes in the Human Bloodstream by James Alan Gardner, the lunar landscape in A Walk in the Sun by Geoffrey Landis, the mathematics in None So Blind by Joe Haldeman, the history of the Earth in Eight Episodes by Robert Reed, and the science of sight from the movie Pitch Black. Other topics may include invasive species in Little Shop of Horrors (movie), the human brain and human nervous system in Serenity (movie), how the human body heals and stress on the human body in The Day the Earth Stood Still (movie), the theory of probability in
SS100 - Semester Abroad/Home
SCI302 - Topics in Contemporary Science
This course explores current issues providing the critical, yet sympathetic, perspective of non-scientists. Topics may include: AIDS, the environment, biotechnology, nuclear energy, biochemical warfare, uses of artificial intelligence, contributions of women in science. Prerequisite: At least Junior standing or permission of the instructor.
SCI108X - Windows to Our World
This course will view the world through different windows. Students will explore the environment and its natural treasures through the eyes of scientists, explorers, and naturalists such as John Muir, David Thoreau, and Theodor Roosevelt who strove to conserve the wilderness including the towering Redwoods and Sequoias, Yellowstone's natural lands, and the Grand Canyon.
Students will investigate some of the environmental issues we face today including soil erosion, population explosion, forest destruction, food and energy production, air and water pollution, and biodiversity depletion. References to films and video text sources will be used for discussion and debate.
SCI220 - World Geography
This course surveys the earth's social, cultural and economic patterns and their relationship to the physical geography of the earth. A regional approach is taken to provide a foundation for more intensive systematic studies of important environmental/political issues.