This course investigates biotechnology and the business of biotech discovery and commercialization. The biotechnology industry is becoming a big business. This course is current, relevant, and should be of interest to all students. This course fulfills the Scientific Area of Inquiry.
SCI208X - Communities by Design
Decisions about how and where we live can have significant impacts on the environment and human health across the life span. This course will integrate the physical and social sciences as we work together to design contemporary communities. Topics will include environmental health, industrial ecology, and sustainable energy along with social-psychological well-being.
SCI112X - Crime Lab Science
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.
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.
SCI114 - Modern Science & Technology
This course investigates how areas of science work to develop the technology and materials of our daily lives. Topics may include the design of sports equipment, GPS, demolition derbies, food science, the weather, and modern materials. Students will do some in-class data collection and analysis.
SCI203X - Persuading People, Preserving Planet
This Connected Learning Experience is designed to continue students’ development along the Core Curriculum by demonstrating in an inquiry-based way the nature of integrative learning. As such, this team-taught, multidisciplinary course will develop the ability to foster behavior change within the places they live and work as they study how to create a more sustainable planet. Students will explore the environmental challenges created by our use of energy, consumption of water, use of transportation, production of waste, and practices in agriculture. These challenges include climate change, air pollution, water quality, and biodiversity loss. Students will also investigate the behaviors that drive these environmental challenges. Students will select behaviors to study on campus and use the tools of science to collect informing data. They will then study strategies to change behavior from the field of psychology. Applying these strategies, students will develop programs to foster sustainable behaviors on campus. Although this course is a pilot for the proposed Core Curriculum, it will satisfy the following Areas of Inquiry in our current general education curriculum: Psychological/Societal and Scientific. (Co-requisite is that students must register for a lab section on M, W, or F 10-10:50am)
SCI105 - Principles of Astronomy
This course is an introduction to descriptive astronomy. The course covers general physical principles that lead to an understanding of how the universe was 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.
SCI103 - Science for Educators I
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
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.
SCI117X - The Primates
This is an introductory course to the various theoretical approaches to understanding the evolutionary ecology and behavioral biology of primates. Topics include functional anatomy, social behavior, grouping and activity patterns, reproduction, behavioral ecology, locomotion, life history, geographic distribution, evolution and conservation issues. This course fulfills the Area of Inquiry-Scientific [AI (S)].
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.