Natural World I & II (Specific Degree Plans)-Second Year, Fall and Spring Semesters
Incorporates lecture and laboratory experiences in this two-semester sequence that emphasize the foundations of natural science, science as a way of knowing, and the uses of science. Historical influences on the development of science and the interrelationship between science and culture will be explored. Lecture and laboratory material in The Natural World will be integrated. Laboratories will involve hands-on, discovery-based learning which will lead the student to make connections between observation and interpretation of natural phenomena through critical thinking and will seek to provide students with an understanding of the scientific method, hypothesis formulation and testing, collection of data, analysis of data, and interpretation of data in the context of hypotheses. Some fields of study include biology, chemistry, physics, geology, meteorology, astronomy, and ecology.