The general education natural sciences courses engage students in scientific exploration; foster their curiosity; enhance their enthusiasm for science; and enable them to apply scientific knowledge and reasoning to personal, professional and public decision-making. Lab courses must meet all five learning outcomes. Non-lab courses must meet learning outcomes 1 through 4.
To achieve these goals, students will:
- Understand how scientific inquiry is based on investigation of evidence from the natural world, and that scientific knowledge and understanding:
- a) evolves based on new evidence
- b) differs from personal and cultural beliefs
- Recognize the scope and limits of science.
- Recognize and articulate the relationship between the natural sciences and society and the application of science to societal challenges (e.g., health, conservation, sustainability, energy, natural disasters, etc.).
- Evaluate scientific information (e.g., distinguish primary and secondary sources, assess credibility and validity of information).
- Participate in scientific inquiry and communicate the elements of the process, including:
- a) Making careful and systematic observations
- b) Developing and testing a hypothesis
- c) Analyzing evidence
- d) Interpreting results
Required: Two approved science courses. At least one course will have laboratory experience. 7 credits
Approved Courses: For the most current list of approved courses for 2017-2018, please see the Catalog