Interdisciplinary Courses (SCI)
The College of Science offers seven interdisciplinary courses:
1100 Science Seminar (1-0)
This course will prepare entering students to succeed in the college and introduce students to careers in engineering and science.
1300 Introduction to Science and Engineering (3-0)
This course will help the student develop learning, study and group skills, improve math applications skills and develop critical thinking and basic computer and problem solving skills.
Basic concepts in engineering and science will be introduced. (
SCI 1300 is identical to
ENGR 1300.) Prerequisite:
MATH 0310 or concurrent.
1400 Introduction to Science and Engineering (3-0)
This course will help students develop critical thinking skills, improve problem solving skills, increase learning, study and group skills, develop basic computer skills and improve
math application skills. Basic concepts in science and engineering will be introduced and explored through projects. This course is designed for pre-science and pre-engineering students
who are not yet enrolled in
MATH 1508. (
SCI 1400 is identical to
ENGR 1400.) Prerequisite:
MATH 0311 or concurrent.
1401 Explanatory Power of Science (3-2)
Milestones in the development of science, including science in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds, the scientific revolution in the late Renaissance; the emergence of working models in
physics, chemistry, and biology in the period of the Enlightenment through the mid-nineteenth century; the changing view of the Earth's history with the emergence of geology as a new
science; evolutionary theory and the founding of genetics. Consideration of such topics as the explanatory power of empirical data and their
interpretation, science vs. pseudo-science, science and theology. Laboratory exercises in
science as a progress of investigation. Prerequisite:
MATH 0310 or placement into
MATH 0311 or higher level mathematics course. Laboratory fee required.
1402 Science in the Modern World (3-2)
Further milestones in the development of science in the late nineteenth and twentieth
centuries, selected from thermodynamics, relativity and cosmology, the physics of the
small, modern genetics and contemporary evolutionary theory, and plate tectonics;
consideration of science in its cultural contexts, including such topics as science and
technology, the aesthetics of science, models of scientific development, science and ethics,
scientific elitism, and images of science in popular culture. Laboratory exercises elucidating scientific concepts and principles. Prerequisite:
SCI 1401. Laboratory fee
1405 Introduction to Earth and Life Sciences (3-3)
Integrated introduction to the earth and life sciences, based on review of fundamental
physical and chemical principles. Energetics; thermodynamics; atoms and molecules;
origin of the universe, starts, and planetary systems; origin and evolution of life; principles
of geology and biology. Interdisciplinary treatment, with emphasis on quantitative analysis
4372 Ethics, Economics, and Ecology (3-0)
Integration of ecological fact and theory with concepts and principles of ethics and
economics. Problem solving on environmental issues approached through the case study
method. An interdisciplinary course for science, education, philosophy, business, and
economics majors. Prerequisite: Junior standing.