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Goal 3: Natural Sciences

Goal: To improve students’ understanding of natural science principles and of the methods of scientific inquiry, i.e, the ways in which scientists investigate natural science phenomena. As a basis for lifelong learning, students need to know the vocabulary of science and to realize that while a set of principles has been developed through the work of previous scientists, ongoing scientific inquiry and new knowledge will bring changes in some of the ways scientists view the world. By studying the problems that engage today's scientists, students learn to appreciate the importance of science in their lives and to understand the value of a scientific perspective. Students should be encouraged to study both the biological and physical sciences.

LEP Objective: Explore scientific knowledge of the natural world.  Understand the central concepts and principles of science; experience the process of scientific inquiry; comprehend science as a human endeavor and understand the impact of science on individuals and on society. Students can meet this requirement through 2 approved courses or experiences in different rubrics or academic areas, at least one of these must be a laboratory course.

Students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of scientific theories.
  2. Formulate and test hypotheses by performing laboratory, simulation, or field experiments in at least two of the natural science disciplines. One of these experimental components should develop, in greater depth, students, laboratory experience in the collection of data, its statistical and graphical analysis, and an appreciation of its sources of error and uncertainty.
  3. Communicate their experimental findings, analyses, and interpretations both orally and in writing.
  4. Evaluate societal issues from a natural science perspective, ask questions about the evidence presented, and make informed judgments about science-related topics and policies.

 Consistent with LEP Student Learning Outcomes, students will also demonstrate their ability to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of concepts, principles, and theories in the physical or natural sciences.
  • Make observations and collect  data, design and carry out experiments or other types of scientific investigations.
  • Formulate research questions and testable hypotheses, analyze and interpret data, draw inferences and conclusions, and identify further questions for investigation.
  • Demonstrate awareness of the interdependent relationships of basic science, applied science, mathematics, and technology.
  • Recognize the human nature of the scientific enterprise, including the importance of curiosity, creativity, and imagination; the dual nature of scientific knowledge as changeable and durable; and the impact of a scientist's personal identity on the scientific process.
  • Evaluate societal issues from a science perspective, question the evidence presented, and make informed judgments about these issues.

Goal 3: Natural Sciences

Goal 3: Natural Sciences (Minimum of two courses, no more than 4 credits from one rubric or academic area. Include one laboratory course, indicated with *)

AHS 104*: Introduction to Atmospheric Science, 3 Cr.
AHS 105*: The Water Environment, 3 Cr.
AHS 10610: Natural Hazards and Human Society, 3 Cr.
AHS 109*: Introduction to Environmental Geology, 3 Cr.
AHS 220*: Physical Geology Systems, 4 Cr.
AHS 230*: Introduction to Physical Hydrology, 4 Cr.
AHS 260*: Introductory Meteorology, 4 Cr.
ANTH 140: Human Origins (Diversity), 3 Cr.
ASTR 105: Astrobiology, 3 Cr.
ASTR 106*: Concepts of the Solar System, 3 Cr.
ASTR 1072: Concepts of Stars and the Universe, 3 Cr.
ASTR 120*8: Archaeoastronomy (Diversity), 3 Cr.
ASTR 205*: General Astronomy, 4 Cr.
BIOL 101*10: Environment and Society, 3 Cr.
BIOL 102*10: The Living World, 3 Cr.
BIOL 103*: Human Biology, 3 Cr.
BIOL 104*: Human Disorders (Topical), 3 Cr.
BIOL 106: Cultural Botany (Diversity), 3 Cr.
BIOL 107*: Biology of Women (Diversity), 3 Cr.
BIOL 152*10: Organismal Diversity, 4 Cr.
CHEM 101: Understanding Chemistry, 3 Cr.
CHEM 10510: Chemistry and the Environment, 3 Cr.
CHEM 151*: General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry, 5 Cr.
CHEM 160*: Preparatory Chemistry, 4 Cr.
CHEM 207*: Forensic Science, 3 Cr.
CHEM 210*: General Chemistry 1, 4 Cr.
CHEM 211*: General Chemistry 2, 4 Cr.
CHEM 307*: Advanced Forensic Science, 3 Cr.
GEOG 272*: Physical Geography, 3 Cr.
HLTH 210: Principles of Nutrition, 3 Cr.
PHYS 101: Famous People of Science, 3 Cr.
PHYS 103*: Concepts in Physics, 3 Cr.
PHYS 20810: Energy and Environment, 3 Cr.
PHYS 231*: General Physics I, 4 Cr.
PHYS 232*: General Physics II, 4 Cr.
PHYS 234*: Classical Physics I, 5 Cr.
PHYS 235*: Classical Physics II, 5 Cr.

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