General Science Courses

The courses designated with SCI prefix do not constitute a program or curriculum within themselves. Instead they are courses which support or complement programs across all of the science disciplines. Science courses are appropriate supporting courses for many of the disciplines within the sciences.

Science Courses

SCI 110  Habitable Planet (with laboratory)  4 credits
An introduction to earth science and ecology. Topics include earth history, the fossil record, biogeochemical cycles, climate, energy flow, biodiversity, evolution, population growth and regulation. This course is designed for students seeking licensure as elementary teachers (grades K-6).

SCI 111  Nature of Science  1 credit
An introduction to science as it relates to the individual, society, and the elementary school classroom.  The process of science is examined, as well as the connection between science as it is done and science in textbooks.  This course is designed for students seeking licensure as elementary teachers (grades K-6). Prerequisite or corequisite: SCI 110.

SCI 120  Living Planet (with laboratory)  4 credits
An introduction to human biology, chemistry and biochemistry. Topics explored include anatomy, physiology, nutrition, cell biology, genetics, inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, development, and the application of biological and biochemical principles to understanding disease. This course is designed for students seeking licensure as elementary teachers (grades K-6).

SCI 197   Special Topics  1-6 credits

SCI 202   Scientific Writing  3 credits
An introduction to the effective oral, written, and graphical communication in the sciences. Students address these skills by exploring current issues in science. Prerequisites: ENG 102 and minimum sophomore standing with a major in anthropology, biology, or chemistry.

SCI 210  Dynamic Planet (with laboratory)  4 credits
A foundation in physics, earth science, and space science.  Topics explored include motion, force, energy, weather, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, and the solar system.  This course is designed for students seeking licensure as elementary teachers (grades K-6).  Prerequisite: SCI 110 or SCI 120 and completion of the general education essential skills mathematics requirement.

SCI 297   Special Topics  1-6 credits

SCI 390   Science Teaching Practicum  1-2 credits
An opportunity for students in the sciences to participate in laboratory design, instruction and execution, and in field experiences. Specifically designed for recipients of awards, such as undergraduate assistantships and teaching assistantships, or for students pursuing degrees in science with an education emphasis. May be taken for a maximum of six credits. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only.

SCI 397   Special Topics  1-6 credits

SCI 497   Special Topics  1-6 credits

SCI 499   Internship in Science  1-5 credits
An opportunity for students to gain experience through direct involvement with professionals in various fields of science.