General Education Courses
ASTR 122 Birth & 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 10942, MWF 1600-1720, 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 11018, MW 1400-1520, 282 LIL, 4 credits
CH 111 Introduction to Chemical Principles
Take a moment and look around you. Chemistry is everywhere in our modern society—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. It’s truly amazing how the behavior of atoms, molecules, and ions determines the world we have to live in, our shapes and sizes, and even how we feel on a given day. CH 111 is an introductory chemistry course designed for students with a limited background in chemistry. 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.
Tom Greenbowe, CRN 11326, MTWR 1400-1450, 150 COL, 4 credits
CH 114 Green Product Design
This course illustrates how chemists play a central role in developing the knowledge and tools for society, to meet our basic needs for new materials, energy, clean water and food and to address the important challenges of protecting human health and the environment. This course focuses on integrating green chemistry with product design, journalism and communications and sustainable business practices and takes a systems approach to designing greener consumer products. You will gain the knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary to analyze technical challenged facing you today and in the future.
Julie Haack, CRN 11328, TR 1600-1750, 220 HED, 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.
Dean Livelybrooks, CRN 14993, 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 14995, TR 1000-1150, 100 WIL, 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 14996, TR 1400-1550, 350 WIL, 4 credits
Courses For Science Majors
BI 211 General Biology I: Cells
This course is about the development and physiology of plants and animals and focuses on those aspects of physiology that seem to be universal across the enormous range of organisms that have evolved on our planet. We cover the topics of temperature regulation and the constraints imposed by temperature on organism level adaptations, mechanisms of short and long range transport in plants and animals and the constraints that geometry and the nature of diffusion impose on body plans, plant and animal nutrition (including the biology of appetite and the remarkable complexity of soil). We study the five senses and optical illusions by way of the nervous system, and the mechanisms by which plants seem to act as though they had a brain as they respond to various features of light. We cover the topic of development, by which single celled zygotes become complex and diverse organisms with a special emphasis on the genetics of development. Throughout we investigate the roles of natural selection on the physiological features of plants and animals.
Cristin Hulslander, CRN 11031, MWF 900-950, 123 PAC, 4 credits
Nicola Barber, CRN 11040, MWF 1000-1050, 123 PAC, 4 credits
BI 320 Molecular Genetics
We will explore how genetic analysis can be used to understand cellular processes, how different sets of genes are selectively activated in different cell types within multicellular organisms, and the nature of the genetic mechanisms that enable organisms to respond to changes in their environment. The course will focus on the experimental approaches that have been used with several model organisms whose properties make them especially well-suited for genetically-based studies. We will discuss how fundamental principles were established with these model organisms, and how these principles and approaches apply to more complex creatures.
Jana Prikryl, CRN 11072, TR 1000-1120, 242 GER, 4 credits
BI 370 Ecology
This is an introductory course focusing on the scientific study of organisms’ interactions with abiotic and This is an introductory course focusing on the scientific study of organisms’ interactions with abiotic and biotic components of the environment. This course will include general principles of ecology and contemporary applications, as well as methods used in studying ecological interactions.
Tobias Policha, CRN 11084, MWF 900-950, 116 ESL, 5 credits
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 11337, TWRF 1100-1150, 150 COL, 4 credits
Deborah Exton, CRN 11338, TWRF 1500-1550, 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
PHYS 204 Introductory Physics Lab
In this continuation of PHYS 204, students will engage with a practical exploration of the principles studied in general-physics lecture. Students apply measurement and analysis methods to experiments in mechanics, waves, sound, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics, and modern physics.
Billy Scannell, CRN 15020-15027, Multiple dates/times offered, 13 WIL, 2 credits
PHYS 290 Foundations of Physics Lab
In this lab, students will engage with a practical exploration of the principles studied in foundational physics lecture courses. Students are introduced to laboratory measurements, reports, instrumentation, and experimental techniques in this applied physics lab.
Eric Corwin, CRN 15034, T 1000-1050, 110 WIL, 1 credit
PHYS 407/507 Seminar: Teaching Science
We will read, discuss, and apply a variety of techniques from science education literature to improve science education. Students will be active participants in the exploration of scientific teaching. Using concepts and information introduced in class, students will develop and teach an activity to be used in an undergraduate science course.
Elly Vandegrift, CRN 16172, W 0900-1050, B040 PSC, 2 credits
PHYS 412 Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism
In this course on classical electricity and magnetism, students will use the tools of vector calculus to solve for the static and dynamic properties of electromagnetic fields. This course includes time-independent current distributions (magnetostatics), magnetic properties of matter, and initial coverage of fully time-dependent problems. By the end of the course, students will be able to analyze complex problems cutting across multiple domains of physics, communicate physics concepts orally and in writing, and understand principles and concepts of electricity and magnetism.
Stephanie Majewski, CRN 15054, MWF 1100-1150, 110 WIL, 4 credits