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Science Education Course Descriptions

SCI 103. Introduction to Physical Sciences. (3-0-3); I, II, III. An interdisciplinary approach to the study of the physical sciences. Incorporates measurement, energy, states of matter, and the nature and process of science as they relate to the disciplines of physics, chemistry, astronomy, and the earth sciences. This course satisfies the area studies-natural and mathematical sciences for general education.

SCI 104. Modern Issues and Problems in the Physical Sciences. (3-0-3); I, II, III. An interdisciplinary approach to study of the physical sciences. Emphasizes decision-making based on the interpretation of data and scientific arguments. Incorporates the study of scientific principles and concepts needed to understand current issues and problems related to modern science. This course satisfies the area studies-natural and mathematical sciences for general education.

SCI 109. Physical Science for the Elementary Teacher. (2-2-3); I, II. An introduction to the study of physical science: measurement, force and motion, structure of matter, astronomy and earth science. Not acceptable for majors or minors in other physical sciences. This course satisfies the area studies-natural and mathematical sciences for general education.

SCI 110. Introduction to Scientific Computing. (3-0-3;) I, II. Prerequisite: ACT Math subscore of 18 or "C" or better in Math 152. An introductory computing course emphasizing fundamental computing tools and techniques, and their application to solving scientific problems. Topics include operating systems, hardware, popular and scientific software, and electronic communication. This course satisfies the required core computer competency for general education.

SCI 199. Selected Topics. (1 to 6 hrs.); on demand.

SCI 299. Selected Topics. (1 to 6 hrs.); on demand.

SCI 360. Science of Aviation. (3-0-3); II. A study of airplane systems, meteorology, navigational procedures, the medical aspects pertinent to flying, and the development of aviation. With the completion of the course, the student should be able to perform successfully on the FFA examination, one of the requirements for the private pilot's license.

SCI 476. Special Problems. (1 to 6 hrs.); I, II, III. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Topic to be approved prior to registration. Credit available in the sciences and mathematics.

SCI 490. Science for the Elementary Teacher. (2-2-3); I, II, III. Prerequisite: Completion of the minimum general education requirements in sciences and mathematics and acceptance to the teacher education program. This course focuses on the development of competencies in materials and methods for teaching science to elementary children. Emphasis is placed on writing curriculum, learning the elementary science theory base, questioning strategies, best practices, science process skills, cooperative learning, technology, and assessment. (Clinical and field experiences are an integral part of this course.)

SCI 497C. Senior Seminar in Physical Science Education. (2-0-2); I, II. Prerequisites: Senior standing and admission to the professional semester in education. To be taken during the last semester of on-campus work. Pre or Corequisite: SCI 591 or 592.. A final experience in which students will develop a set of classroom and laboratory activities that are usable as they stand in the secondary science classroom as well as learning about equipment, safety and disposal issues pertinent to teaching secondary science. This will facilitate the entry of the student into an actual teaching position. This course, when combined with EDSE 499C, satisfies the integrative component for general education.

SCI 498. Senior Thesis I. (0-4-2); I. Prerequisites: Senior standing or junior standing and permission of instructor. A directed research project will be designed, data will be collected and analyzed, in consultation with a faculty advisor. A primary literature search and research proposal will be completed using library facilities and current technology. This research project will culminate with a scientific paper and oral presentation in SCI 499C. This course, combined with SCI 499C, satisfies the integrative component for general education.

SCI 499C. Senior Thesis II. (0-2-1); II. Prerequisite: SCI 498. Completion of the directed research project begun in SCI 498. A formal report that includes the basic literature search and appropriate experimental work will be prepared in a form suitable for submission to a scientific journal. A scientific oral presentation of the research will be made to the faculty. In addition, an oral presentation at a state, regional, or national scientific meeting will be encouraged. This course, combined with SCI 498, satisfies the integrative component for general education.

SCI 521. Chemistry in the Modern World. (3-0-3); on demand. A survey of the modern chemical industry with emphasis on industrial processes and the uses of the commodities produced as finished products. the relation of the chemical industry to society will be sketched.

SCI 570. Earth Science. (3-0-3); III. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Selected topics from the geological sciences.

SCI 580. History of Science. (3-0-3); on demand. An inter-disciplinary approach to the development of the scientific traditions, discoveries, and concepts from the time of ancient Egypt to the present. See BIOL 580.

SCI 591. Science for the Middle School Teacher. (2-2-2); I. Prerequisite: the student should have completed the minimum general education requirements in sciences and mathematics and be admitted to the teacher education program. A study of pedagogy, science content, and techniques applicable to the teaching of science to middle school and junior high children.

SCI 592. Science for the Secondary Teacher. (2-2-3); II. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program and the completion of all science courses. Concepts of teaching high school science with emphasis on laboratory techniques, test preparation, questioning, presentation methods, and care of equipment.

SCI 599. Selected Topics. (1 to 6 hrs.); on demand.