2018-2019 Courses

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Fall 2018

General Education Courses

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 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 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

BI/CHEM/GEO/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

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

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

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 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

Winter 2019

General Education Courses

ASTR 123    Galaxies and the Expanding Universe
Astronomy 123 introduces students to the structure and evolution of our galaxy and the Universe. Galaxies similar to the Milky Way, and those much different, are studied, leading to an understanding of the position of our galaxy in the vast Universe. The course includes an introduction to the theories of the forces of nature as they pertain to this study. The place of humankind in the Universe is examined. The search for extraterrestrial life is discussed.
Elsa Johnson, CRN 26998, TR 1400-1550, 100 WIL, 4 credits

BI 123    Biology of Cancer
We tend to think of cancer as a single disease that affects many different tissues or organs. However, cancer is really a collection of over one hundred diseases that show various clinical manifestations, but have similar underlying causes and effects: the normal genetic controls of cell division malfunction, allowing a cell to undergo unbridled proliferation. Students will explore the underlying genetic causes of cancer; factors, including lifestyle choices that increase cancer risk; the detection and diagnosis of cancers; and contemporary therapies to mitigate or cure cancers. Finally, the detection and diagnosis of various cancers, how our natural immune defenses respond to cancerous cells, and the therapies to cure or mitigate cancer, both traditional and experimental will be explored.
Alan Kelly, CRN 21710, MWF 1500-1550, 282 LIL, 4 credits

BI 140    Science, Policy, and Biology
Students will assess how policy decisions affect the types of research that can be conducted, and the potential ramifications for human health and the environment. The course will be topical, based around items of particular interest in the news. Topics may include stem cells, genetically modified foods, human genetic testing, trans-fats, spread of E. coli in the food supply, the basis of scientific controversies, or other current biological issues.
Nicola Barber, CRN 26748, TR 1000-1120, 240A MCK, 4 credits

J 410/510    Science Communication Strategies
Science Communication Strategies is designed for students from all disciplines and is designed to engage students with a wide variety of science interests. This course examines how science is communicated through popular media, outreach, and institutions of research. Students will be doing hands on science communication projects, learning how to communicate complex scientific topics in different formats to different groups. No science or communication background required.
Hollie Smith, CRN 27005, MW 1200-1350, 229 MCK, 4 credits

Courses For Science Majors

BI 390    Animal Behavior
Animal behavior is devoted to understanding the variety of behaviors that contribute to biological diversity on our planet. In this course, students study the foundational concepts and principles of animal behavior and use case studies and examples to illustrate and develop an appreciation for the many interesting things that animals do to survive and reproduce. Our primary focus will be the adaptive significance of behavior. We will explore how behavior contributes to an individual’s survival and the successful transmission of an individual’s genes across generations.
Prerequisite: BI 213 or BI 253
Debbie Schlenoff, CRN 21790, MW 1200-1320, 101 LIB, 4 credits

CAS 409    Practicum Science Literacy Program Scholars
In this practicum, undergraduate science students will explore the concepts and theories behind Scientific Teaching. Students will develop inclusive classroom activities and assessments to support student learning in a science course. Upon completion of this practicum, students may have the opportunity to co-teach a Science Literacy Program course under the direct supervision of a faculty mentor to continue developing and applying teaching skills.
Elly Vandegrift, Lisa Eytel, and Blake Parris, CRN 21975, W 1100-1150, 350 WIL, 2 credits

GEOL 418/518    Earth and Environmental Data Analysis
This course offers tools-based instruction in data analysis for earth and environmental scientists. Topics include descriptive statistics, visualization, uncertainty analysis, hypothesis testing, regression, time series, and directional data.
Prerequisite: MATH 246 or 251
Edward Davis, CRN 23265, MW 0830-0950, 123 PAC, 4 credits

PHYS 205   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 25676-25683, various times, 13 WIL, 2 credits

PHYS 252    Foundations of Physics I
This term focuses primarily on the physics of oscillations and waves, with specific applications to mechanics, sound, and optics. Other topics include fluids and strength of materials. The course uses a variety of active learning techniques for instruction. This is the second term of the first-year, calculus-based, introductory physics sequence. This sequence is intended for all students seeking a major in the sciences or in engineering.
Co-requisite: MATH 253 or equivalent
Prerequisite: PHYS 251
Ben McMorran, CRN 25684, MWF 1000-1050, 100 WIL, 4 credits

PHYS 408/508    Workshop: Science Outreach
Science Outreach is a course for any science or math student interested in opportunities to explore and develop their communication abilities in STEM. Student learn how to use interactive hands-on and inquiry-based activities to reach public audiences, especially K-12, in museums and after-school settings. The course will also introduce current theories about how people learn. Each week students will complete two hours of public outreach, reflect on their experiences, and discuss ways to improve.
Bryan Rebar, CRN 25707, W 1500-1550, MNH, 1 credit


Spring 2019