SCIN - General Science

Course Descriptions

SCIN 1030 Science in the News

This course helps students develop, as responsible global citizens in the 21st century, the knowledge and skills necessary for making informed ethical judgments about issues related to the physical and natural world as presented through science news and media. Students will draw on a rich variety of sources in science journalism and make use of a dialogical ethical reasoning methodology to analyze social, political and ethical policies, weigh values and make informed judgements about issues, such as human evolution, genomic medicine, climate change and clean energy.

SCIN 1010 Topics in Physical Science (3)
SCIN 1011 Topics in Physical Science: Lab (1)

Explores physical science topics of general interest. May be repeated if content differs.

SCIN 1100 Earth Science and the Environment (3)
SCIN 1101 Earth Science and the Environment: Lab (1)

An introduction to planet Earth in space, the study of the structure of the Earth, the geological processes that control the development of the Earth's surface, and weather and climate. The student will be exposed to the following scientific disciplines: geology, oceanography, meteorology, climatology, and astronomy. The student will become familiar with the scientific basis for many day-to-day physical phenomena. Open to non-majors. Laboratory required. SCIN 1100 and SCIN 1101 must be taken concurrently.

SCIN 1140 Science Units for the Elementary School (2)

Familiarizes students with science units available for use in the grade level where they intend to teach. Each student selects a particular unit and, through individual work, explores the content of that particular unit and how it relates to the conceptual organization of the discipline from which it comes. The structured part of the course treats the content from one particular area (e.g., seeds or heat) and how this content can be treated in different frameworks.

SCIN 1150 Astronomy (3)

Presents information about the universe, along with the methods used to obtain the information. Observations of the sky and activities to be completed outside the class are used to acquaint students with phenomena visible to the naked eye. These observations are then used to find patterns in the sky. Includes laboratory.

SCIN 1210 Water: The World’s Most Valuable Resource (4)

Water concerns are one of the most important and controversial global issues of the 21st century. As evidence, recent years have witnessed: critical shortages of, and limited access to, water used for drinking and agricultural production; increasing incidents of local communities struggling with corporate control over water resources; difficulties for poorer human populations related to water-borne diseases; and significant increases in cost of water through utilities. Many factors have contributed to this global water crisis, including: environmental conditions, governmental policies, political conflict, corporate and community interests, market forces and inter-national trade, conventional agricultural practices, and socio-cultural beliefs, values, and behaviors. In a seminar format, this course will explore the role that these factors have played in contributing to our current water challenges. In addition, policy measures will be considered and evaluated for their potential to effectively address these challenges and promote more sustainable and socially just practices. While course materials will be drawn from multiple disciplines, anthropological, environmental, and public health contributions and perspectives will be emphasized. The course will include laboratory experiences that will supplement and strengthen the theoretical content of the course.

SCIN 1400 Physics for Poets (3)
SCIN 1401 Physics for Poets Lab (1)

This is an introductory course of Physics for non-Biology majors, does not require Calculus or College Algebra, and intended for those wanting to explore laws of the physical world that includes laws of motion, Newton's laws, Kinetic and Potential Energy, Friction, and Sound. There is an accompanying lab that directly applies theory concepts studied in lecture. SCIN 1400 and SCIN 1401 must be taken concurrently.

SCIN 1410 Light, Sound and Electricity (3)

Much of reality is an interpretation of the patterns of light and sound produced by the environment. This course considers the description, organization, and significance of these patterns, with an emphasis on their physical bases.

SCIN 1510 Global Climate Change

This course will be an in depth investigation into the science of Global Climate Change; its symptoms as determined by scientific observations and data throughout the world, and what the proposed solutions are. The course is not meant to follow a politically charged agenda or ideology. The course will use the internet, published data, films, media, guest speakers, field trips and inquiry to investigate the science, measure examples, effects, outcomes and proposals that define Global Climate change. Intended for non-majors. Offered in spring semester

SCIN 1520 Environment (3)
SCIN 1521 Environment: Lab (1)

Concerns problems of the world ecosystems. Includes the nature of ecosystems, pesticides, water pollution, air pollution, solid waste, nonrenewable natural resources, energy, nuclear power, radioactivity, agriculture, human food supply, and environmental health. Laboratory required. SCIN 1520 and SCIN 1521 must be taken concurrently. Intended for non-majors. An American Studies course. An Environmental Studies course.

SCIN 1600 Physical Geology (3)
SCIN 1601 Physical Geology: Lab (1)

Examines the development of landforms, the types and characteristics of rocks in the earth's crust, and the use of topographic and geologic maps. Lab required. SCIN 1600 and SCIN 1601 must be taken concurrently.

SCIN 2530 Global Ecologies and Sustainable Living (3)

The course focuses on how different societies around the planet interact with their local and global ecosystems: how those natural systems enable and constrain specific cultures and their ways of life; how various cultures impact their natural environments; how humans meet basic needs such as food, energy, water, shelter, and transportation in different locales; and to what degree the ways they meet them are sustainable. Examples of zones for focused study include Temperate, Arid, Tropical, Mountainous, and Mediterranean rural and urban regions of the world. Cross listed with ISTL 2600.


SCIN 4060 Methods in Science Teaching (3)

Introduces methods of science teaching. The student is assigned to a teacher in the discipline of his or her interest for individual study. Prerequisites: science major and acceptance to the Teacher Certification Program or permission of the director of teacher certification and field experiences.

SCIN 4610 Reading Course (1-4)

Prerequisites: permission of the department chair and filing of the official form. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

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