General Education Course Approval Request Foundations of Science and the Natural World

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Scientific principles are behind what we find in nature and in natural occurrences. Scientific issues, such as those dealing with stem-cell research, cloning, and global warming, are hotly debated by policy makers.Courses that meet this requirement share the goal of seeking to understand patterns and principles behind phenomena and occurrences, both in the inorganic world and in the living world. They typically fall within either the physical sciences (Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry, and the Earth Sciences) or the Biological sciences.
Learning outcomes are associated with each category of the Intellectual Foundations Program. For each learning outcome listed below, please describe how and where the course will meet each learning outcome. In other words, provide the Core Curriculum Committee a “road map” of where each outcome can be found in the course content and how it will be measured. Some outcomes might be readily seen in student papers or exams. Other outcomes, might be measured by projects, class discussions, portfolios, field experience, presentations for example. Your responses below need not be lengthy, but you should be as explicit as possible.
Learning outcome #1 - Students will: explain important scientific concepts, principles and paradigms.
Learning outcome #2 - Students will: explain how principles of scientific inquiry and ethical standards are used to develop and investigate research questions.
Learning outcome #3 - Students will: explain the limits of scientific knowledge and of how scientific knowledge changes.
Learning outcome #4 - Students will: critically evaluate scientific claims, arguments and methodology.
If the course includes a lab (as in many four-credit courses), please address the following additional learning outcomes.
Lab learning outcome #1 - Students will demonstrate and explain how experiments are conducted.
Lab learning outcome #2 - Students will analyze resulting data and draw appropriate conclusions from such data.
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