Science (SCI)

Classes

SCI 121: Introduction to Science (Biological Science)

Subject
Credits 3 Class Hours3 lecture
Description

This general introduction to the basic concepts of biology is intended to provide the non-science majors with a basic understanding of their own bodies and the environment in which they live. This course is taught with a marine emphasis.

Semester Offered Fall, Spring
Designation
Diversification: Biological Sciences — DB
Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs)
  1. Describe the mechanism through which DNA controls an organism's structure, function, and adaptability.
  2. Compare and contrast the life processes of the three domains of life.
  3. Explain the role of evolution in biology.
  4. Discuss the interrelationship and interdependence of all living organisms on earth.

SCI 121L: Introduction to Science Lab

Subject
Credits 1 Class Hours3 lab
Description

This laboratory science course is designed to accompany SCI 121.

Prerequisites

“C” or higher or concurrent enrollment in SCI 121.

Semester Offered Fall, Spring
Designation
Diversification: Lab (Science) — DY
Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs)
  1. Demonstrate an awareness of the biological scientist's approach to natural phenomenon.
  2. Demonstrate a sense of relevance in data collection, data handling, interpretation, accurate reporting, and working with hypothesis and isolation of variables.
  3. Identify and label the parts of a microscope and use the microscope as a tool.

SCI 122: Introduction to Physical Science

Subject
Credits 3 Class Hours3 lecture
Description

In this course, students will explore how relatively simple physical principles can explain and predict the outcome of natural events observed on Earth and beyond.

Prerequisites

Qualified for ENG 100 and MATH 82X.

Corequisite Courses
Semester Offered Fall, Spring
Designation
Diversification: Physical Sciences — DP
Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs)
  1. Describe important basic physical principles from the course (examples might be the law of conservation of energy, kinetic theory of motion, Archimedes principle, Ohm's Law, Laws of thermodynamics, Pascal's principle, principle of inertia, etc.).
  2. Explain why certain physical processes progress the way they do (e.g. for processes arising from principles discussed in class).
  3. Apply physical principles to solve problems and predict outcomes.
  4. Calculate quantities and solve problems using mathematical formulations of physical principles.

SCI 122L: Introduction to Physical Science Laboratory

Subject
Credits 1 Class Hours3 lab
Description

This course provides hands-on learning activities, investigates methods of general scientific inquiry, and explores laboratory methods in physical sciences such as physics, chemistry, astronomy, geology, meteorology, and oceanography. Students will also explore characteristics of science and its utility in gaining knowledge and solving problems.

Prerequisites

Qualified for ENG 100 and MATH 82X.

Corequisite Courses
Semester Offered Fall, Spring
Designation
Diversification: Lab (Science) — DY
Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs)
  1. Describe and provide examples of the utility and limitations of science for society.
  2. Appropriately apply scientific principles and methods of scientific inquiry.
  3. Record observations and data with integrity in a manner that is well documented, organized, legible, and complete.
  4. Characterize the guiding principles and methods of science.
  5. Properly use various instruments to make measurements and characterize errors or uncertainty.

SCI 170: STEMinar: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Seminar

Subject
Credits 1 Class Hours1 lecture
Description

This one-credit course primarily explores current topics in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in a seminar format. The course will also cover the process and guidelines of science, careers pathways in STEM, and the role of STEM in our modern economy and society.

Semester Offered Fall
Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs)
  1. Describe individual and inter-related roles of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in modern society.
  2. Articulate a clear vision for prospective careers.
  3. Explain and evaluate a modern STEM topic or idea, including the discussion of ethical dimensions of the scientific issue.
  4. Formulate detailed academic plans toward a bachelor's degree.
  5. Describe the aims and methods of science.

SCI 295: STEM Research Experience

Subject
Credits 1 Class Hours3 lab
Description

This course offers a research experience in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics, emphasizing the application of the scientific principles and methods to a specific project.

Comments

May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

Prerequisites

Approval of instructor.

Semester Offered Fall, Spring
Designation
Diversification: Lab (Science) — DY
Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs)
  1. Work responsibly in a lab setting
  2. Collaborate as a member of a research team
  3. Enhance understanding of scientific concepts
  4. Formulate a hypothesis
  5. Collect and analyze data as appropriate
  6. Design methods to test a hypothesis
  7. Document and formally present results of hypothesis testing to an audience