Science is an essential process for understanding the natural world around us. In the lecture courses, students will learn the steps of and reasoning behind the scientific method and how and why scientific knowledge changes over time as new evidence emerges. In the lab courses, students will have hands-on or applied experiences that help them better connect with and apply concepts from the lecture.
Students must complete seven or eight (7-8) credit hours (2 courses) in the Natural Sciences category. At least one course will require a corequisite lab experience which will be included as part of a 4-credit course or as an individual 1-credit course. Students are encouraged to check the specific category requirements for their major.
Natural Science Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students will explain how scientific knowledge develops over time as new evidence emerges.
- Students will demonstrate scientific literacy by locating, evaluating, interpreting, and applying scientific information/data.
- Students will explain how scientific developments impact society.
Corequisite lab courses:
- Students will demonstrate the connection between scientific theory and application.
- Students will apply the methods of science by testing hypotheses and reporting the results.
Four-credit hour courses that include both a lecture and a lab must address the learning outcomes for non-lab (lecture) and corequisite lab courses above.