SCI 201 Integrated Science
These courses integrate knowledge from multiple scientific disciplines with knowledge from the humanities and social sciences. The courses typically provide a global or historical perspective, they address the methods, goals, and purview of science, they explore how science is used to understand natural phenomena, and they discuss the interrelationships between science and society. Specific topics differ between particular courses, but in general the courses use scientific topics as a springboard to address more general societal and cultural issues. Courses that are currently offered include Cases and Concepts in Science and Culture, Earth, Body, and Mind, Women and Science, and Evolution and Human Behavior. Requirements met: Non-Lab Science Breadth.
SCI 202 Atoms and Axioms
The course is about many things at many levels. It is certainly concerned with the nature of scientific thought; as a consequence, some details of scientific knowledge will be covered. But on a larger scale and very broadly, the course is about two great ideas in science: atoms and axioms; the former an example of an enduring hypothesis, the latter a manner of organizing and generating knowledge. Those ideas will be compared and contrasted; some of their interactions will be studied. The course begins with a historical viewpoint, examining the origins of our two major ideas in ancient Greece and developments during the scientific revolution. Then follows a lengthy philosophical interlude on the nature of scientific thought in general. The course then takes up again the historical development of our two main ideas into the 20th century. It ends with reflections on uncertainty and the nature of scientific thought. The course will include a laboratory component. Requirements met: Science Breadth. Offered on an occasional basis.
SCI 250 Intermediate Topics in Science
Introductory courses on materials that cross departmental and divisional lines or involve fields not regularly offered at the college. May be repeated when topic varies.
SCI 260 Intermediate Directed Study in Science
Student investigation of topic of interest working in collaboration with a faculty member resulting in significant oral and written work. See On-Campus Learning Opportunities for more information. PREQ: Freshman JanTerm or Sophomore standing. Special permission required. Offered in variable course credit from 0.25-1.00.
SCI 350 Advanced Topics in Science
Advanced courses on materials which cross departmental and divisional lines or involve fields not regularly offered at the college. May be repeated when topic varies.
SCI 455 Scientific Leadership Senior Seminar
This course will build on curricular components of the STEM Teaching and Research (STAR) Leadership program by reinforcing and expanding leadership behaviors and theories in the context of science. Over the course of the semester, students will create a Leadership Development Plan (LDP). The LDP will serve as both a reflective piece and a vision piece for students to build leadership behaviors over the next 3 to 5 years. PREQ: Must be a biology, biochemistry or chemistry major in senior year. Offered for 0.25 course credits.
SCI 460 Advanced Directed Study in Science
Student investigation of topic of interest related to the major or minor working in collaboration with a faculty member resulting in significant oral and written work. See On-Campus Learning Opportunities for more information. PREQ: Junior or Senior standing. Special permission required. Offered for variable course credit from 0.25-1.00.
SCI 490 Independent Study in Science
Student-driven independent work to produce a high quality body of work such as paper, report, art project, etc. See On-Campus Learning Opportunities for more information. PREQ: Junior or Senior standing. Special permission required. Offered in variable course credit from 0.25-1.00.