SCIC - Science

Volume 1: 2018.2019

Effective 1 June 2018 through 31 May 2019

Please see the Graduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

Course Descriptions

SCIC 5010 Contemporary Strategies for Elementary and Middle School Science (3)

This course enables students to understand the major content and principles of the sciences and to apply them in the teaching of the sciences in the elementary and middle school. Emphasis is on examining and designing curriculum to help pupils discover the connections of science to real-world situations, to investigate patterns through inquiry, and to use the patterns to predict the answers to new questions about our world and sustainability. Participants become familiar with and apply state and national standards.

SCIC 5120 Geology for School Personnel (1-3)

Students in this course look at a particular land area and the kinds of tools a geologist would use to gather information about the area. The emphasis is on the kinds of tools the geologist uses so that the teacher is able to use these tools on a land area near the classroom.

SCIC 5240 Animal Form and Function for School Personnel (3)

This course covers the physiological processes as they concern the whole animal. Animals chosen are those that can be kept in elementary school classrooms. The experiments deal with animals and humans, and many are applicable to the student’s classroom.

SCIC 5260 Fresh Water Ecology for School Personnel (3)

This course is designed to acquaint teachers with the fresh water environments of this area and how they may be used in the classroom. There are six required field trips (one all-day), with others optional. The emphasis is on making equipment, learning to use it, identifying organisms, field trip experiences, and human beings’ effects on the fresh water environment.

SCIC 5270 Field and Forest Ecology (1-3)

This course is a field study of plant and animal organisms found in fields and forests. Students consider relationships to environment and population changes, and develop specific activities applicable to their classrooms.

SCIC 5280 Selected Topics in Biological Science (3)

Materials and content selected from the biological sciences apply directly to the PK12 classroom. The specific topics to be studied during any particular semester depend on the instructor’s background, current interest, and materials available from curriculum projects. May be repeated for credit if content differs.