2017-2018 Courses

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Fall 2017 Courses

General Education Courses

ASTR 122   Birth and Death of Stars
Our star, the Sun, is the source of all the energy necessary to sustain life on our world. Students will study the birth, evolution and death of stars in the Milky Way galaxy, with a particular emphasis on the underlying science behind stellar and galactic evolution, the observational aspect to astronomy and our knowledge of how the Universe operates. The interplay between technology (telescopes, space observatories) and knowledge gained about the stars is a key theme to the course.
Scott Fisher CRN 10970 MW 1600-1720 F 1600-1650, 100 WIL, 4 credits

BI 132   Introduction to Animal Behavior
We will explore behaviors found in a variety of animals and mechanisms behind them, how they develop, their evolutionary history, and what functions they might serve. Hands-on activities allow us to ask questions about animal behavior and design experiments to search for answers. Examples will be used to illustrate concepts in animal behavior and serve to develop an appreciation for the many interesting things that animals do to survive and reproduce. We will also examine the methods with which scientists study these behaviors. Students will better understand how science works and become comfortable evaluating scientific information, a skill required by all people whether or not they pursue a career in the sciences.
Debbie Schlenoff CRN 11048 TR 1200-1320, 123 GSH, 4 credits

BI 150   The Ocean Planet
Much marine life is easily observed from shore – if one pays attention. Using field trips early in the course, and then facilitated use of field guides and discussion, the course will introduce the general foundations of marine biology, and help students discover the natural world, and their own ability to absorb it and learn about it, even if they are not scientists. Students will work in groups to develop case studies on topics such as oil spills and oil spill response, marine reserves, management of fisheries, and oceans and human health.
As a Science group satisfying course, BI 150 provides an introduction to the foundations of marine biology and introduces scientific reasoning and methodology. In particular, it introduces the natural history of the Oregon coastal environment and helps students differentiate between information obtained using the scientific method and other kinds of information that may also be relevant to solving environmental problems.
Michelle Wood CRN 16390 MW 1600-1720, 112 LIL, 4 credits

CH 111   Introduction to Chemical Principles
Chemistry, the central science, is fascinating because it plays a significant role in everyone’s lives and touches almost every aspect of our existence is some way. CH 111 is an introductory chemistry course designed for students with a limited background in chemistry. Topics include atomic structure and theory, bonding, molecular shape, intermolecular forces, stoichiometry, and reactivity. Special topics include green chemistry, Life Cycle Assessment, polymers and macromolecular structure and function. If you are majoring in liberal arts, education, finance, pre-law or any other non-science area, this course will help you to become a more informed citizen, consumer, and policy maker. You will gain the knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary to analyze technical challenges facing you today and in the future. If your major is biology or psychology, this course will give you the necessary chemical background for BI 211 and 212 and for psychology courses discussing drugs, medicines, and physiology. As a chemistry student, you will be learning a new scientific language. This new language will enable you to explore a variety of phenomena using macroscopic and sub-microscopic terms and symbolic representations. Success in this course requires not only an understanding of the basic vocabulary, facts and concepts, but also the ability to critically analyze relationships between phenomena and to apply knowledge to novel situations. In addition to lectures, there will be classroom activities, demonstrations and study assignments designed to help you develop the critical thinking skills necessary for a successful chemical adventure. The only prerequisite for this course is MATH 95. Take a moment and look around you? Chemistry is everywhere in our modern society. Chemistry is involved in everything from providing adequate food, clothing and shelter to designing cleaner and more efficient sources of energy, developing new materials for modern medical diagnostics and pharmaceuticals, and creating new modes of communication and data storage. Chemistry is central to matters of public concern including improvement of health care and conservation of natural resources. In fact, chemistry is critical for redesigning chemical products and processes in a way that minimizes or eliminates negative impacts on human health and the environment. It’s truly amazing how the behavior of atoms, molecules, and ions determines the sort of world we have to live in, our shapes and sizes, and even how we feel on a given day.
Randy Sullivan, CRN 16986 MTWR 1200-1250, 123 PAC, 4 credits

GEOL 101   Earth’s Dynamic Interior
We will build understanding of how past societies adapted to widespread and often dramatic changes in their foods and fuels, and more importantly, how our current society can learn from their successes and failures in addressing contemporary global energy questions. Principles of thermodynamics, geology, and ecology establish a scientific context for consideration of coal and petroleum formation, the dilemmas faced by ancient agricultural societies, the usefulness of fossil fuels in creating mechanical energy and the resulting explosion of growth in the Industrial Revolution, and the transformation of industrialized societies into city-dwelling populations. These considerations lead us to the present day, in which developed societies utterly depend on fossil energy, limits to petroleum and impending climate change are widely acknowledged, and volatile debates pit environmental preservation against natural gas, oil, and coal extraction.
Alan Rempel, CRN 12613 TR 1000-1120, 100 WIL, 4 credits or CRN 12621 TR 1400-1520, 282 LIL, 4 credits

PHYS 152   Physics of Sound and Music
Practical course for students with interest in how musical sounds are created by various instruments and how they travel, are recorded, synthesized, and optimized by auditorium design. Specific families of instruments (e.g. woodwinds, brass, and strings) will be discussed. The concepts of standing waves, overtone series, and enclosures (e.g. instruments) to amplify and focus these waves form the basic foundation of the course. Other topics include the mechanics of how human hearing and voice work and musical temperament and pitch. Descriptions involve elementary math and simple algebra, though Fourier analysis is described and used in a purely utilitarian fashion. Many in-class demonstrations will be done to manifest the physical concepts that have been discussed in lecture.
Daniel Steck, CRN 14983 TR 1400-1550, 100 WIL, 4 credits

PHYS 161   Physics of Energy and Environment
A practical course for non-science majors to introduce the concepts necessary to understand and work with energy. We will learn what energy is, how it is transformed from one form to another (as, for example, from fossil fuels to electrical energy) and how it is used. We will be mostly interested in the relationship of energy to our everyday lives (other than eating), the environmental consequences of global energy consumption, and what this means for the future of our lifestyles. There is no question that major changes in our energy consumption habits will be forced upon us in our lifetimes. We will explore why this will happen and what some of the alternatives might be. The first part of the course will develop a reasonably thorough understanding of energy: mechanics (physics of motion), electricity and magnetism (most versatile form of energy) and thermodynamics (movement of heat). We will learn about mechanical power based on engines (heat, combustion, electrical or solar energy). The last part of the course will deal with our energy lifestyles. We will study the source of and use of fossil fuels, generation of electricity and nuclear energy. The environmental consequences (air pollution, global warming) of our energy use will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on practical examples and in-class demonstrations. Fundamental issues of physics will be discussed with a minimum of mathematics, but we will use high school algebra . Some calculations will be required for homework and some of the exam problems, so a standard calculator will be needed (but a special scientific calculator is not required).
Raghuveer Parthasarathy, CRN 16254 TR 1330-1520, 101 LLCS, 4 credits

PHYS 181   Quantum Mechanics for Everyone
Quantum mechanics (QM) is the theory of nature at its most fundamental level. Although the fruits of our understanding of QM, such as lasers and computers, are familiar technologies, the inner working of atoms and the behavior of electrons and photons are anything but familiar. This course treats the most important ideas of QM, using only basic algebra and geometry. Students will learn about the experiments that led to the creation of QM, explore the theoretical ideas of QM, and learn about modern applications such as quantum cryptography and quantum teleportation. The course employs active, inquiry-based teaching methods to improve creative and critical reasoning. Students will learn through hands-on in-class activities, including experimenting with lasers.
Michael Raymer, CRN 14985 TR 1300-1450, 107 KLA, 4 credits

PSY   407 NeuroEducation
In this introductory course students will be introduced to the biological, psychological, and sociological aspect of neuroscience in the classroom and the different influences on learning. A central focus will be the most prominent brain systems affecting learning and to explore these systems and their implications in educational and laboratory contexts. Selected learning disabilities, teaching methodologies and subject matter will be discussed.
Lauren O’Neil, CRN 16860 W 1000-1150, 257 STB, 3 credits
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Courses For Science Majors

CH 221   General Chemistry I
Chemistry is the study of matter and the changes that it undergoes. It is a science that is central to our understanding of the natural world and it serves as a foundation for all other scientific disciplines. The General Chemistry sequence, beginning with CH 221, is designed for science majors and pre-professional students, and provides an introduction to the experimental and theoretical foundations of chemistry. Upon successful completion of this first course in the sequence, students will have an understanding of the basic scientific measurement system, chemical calculations, the components of matter, the use of formulas and equations in relation to chemical calculations, the major classes of chemical reactions, heat changes associated with chemical reactions and atomic structure. Interwoven throughout the sequence will be an emphasis on development of the problem solving skills fundamental for success in future science courses.
Concurrent CH 227 or 237 recommended.
Prerequisite: MATH 111
Deborah Exton, CRN 11392 TWRF 1000-1050, 150 COL, 4 credits
Tom Greenbowe, CRN 11360 TWRF 1100-1150, 150 COL, 4 credits

CAS   409 Practicum Science Literacy Program Scholar
In this practicum, Undergraduate Science Literacy Program Scholars will help co-teach general education science courses with direct supervision from a faculty mentor. Students will be paired with a faculty mentor and Graduate SLP Fellow in a teaching team. Students will attend a weekly science education journal club to explore theories of science education and help develop and implement classroom activities and assessments to support student learning.
Required journal club attendance
Elly Vandegrift, CRN 11299 R 9-950, 217 LISB, 2 credits or CRN 11300 F 13-1350, 217 LISB, 2 credits

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Winter 2018 Courses

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