Science Courses

 

SCI110 Science, Technology, and Society
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

An introduction to physical science concepts such as harmonic motion, thermal expansion, electrical generation, energy, radiation, and basic nanotechnology in the context of important historical, scientific and technological advances as well as their impact on society.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

SCI119 First Year Seminar
[Minimum Semester Hours: 1 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 1 sh]

Introduces students to the culture and mission of the university within the context of an academic discipline.  Students are encouraged to explore the purpose of a college education and are provided an opportunity to become engaged with an academic discipline.  Students are introduced to learning strategies and study skills.  Common activities and the incorporation of a peer mentor component facilitate connection with fellow students, faculty, the university and the community.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None


 

SCI201 Inquiry into Physical Science

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Provides a more adequate content background for teaching science in the elementary school. Emphasis is on individual student activity involving the handling of everyday equipment and supplies. Units cut across various fields of science including physics, chemistry, meteorology, and life science including fieldwork. Fulfills General Education Requirements.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

SCI209 Secondary Science Methods 1

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

The first course in a two-course science teaching and learning methods sequence for prospective teachers in all science disciplines. Includes field experiences and practice teaching and is organized around the following topics: nature of science, science learning, scientific inquiry, history of science education, national and state science standards, diverse learners, direct instruction, demonstrations, constructivism, classroom safety and the ethical treatment of animals, and professionalism.

Prerequisite: ( PSYC103 AND SPEC204 )

Corequisite:   None


 

SCI315 Secondary Science Methods 2

[Minimum Semester Hours: 4 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 4 sh]

The second course in a two-course science teaching and learning methods sequence for prospective teachers in all science disciplines. Includes numerous field experience and practice teaching and is organized around the problems of practice, with an emphasis on teaching science as inquiry, instructional strategies, curriculum planning, assessment, inquiry-empowering technologies, reading and writing across the curriculum, teaching students with special needs, and professionalism. Experiences with various methods and tools as learners will include content from physics including Electricity and Magnetism.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

SCI415 Student Teaching and Practicum Secondary 1: Science

[Minimum Semester Hours: 7 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 7 sh]

Student teaching provides the capstone experience for preservice teachers. Two student teaching experiences are provided at two levels (appropriate to certification areas and grade level ranges). Supervised practice in classrooms with certified teachers introduces the student to all aspects of the teaching day. University professors supervise the student teachers and conduct weekly practicum sessions.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

SCI416 Student Teaching and Practicum Secondary 2: Science

[Minimum Semester Hours: 7 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 7 sh]

Student teaching provides the capstone experience for preservice teachers. Two student teaching experiences are provided at two levels (appropriate to certification areas and grade level ranges). Supervised practice in classrooms with certified teachers introduces the student to all aspects of the teaching day. University professors supervise the student teachers and conduct weekly practicum sessions.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

SCI493 Student Teaching and Practicum 1: Secondary Education Science

[Minimum Semester Hours: 6 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 6sh ]

The first of two capstone experiences (one at each level appropriate to certification areas and grade level ranges)for preservice teachers through a student teaching experience required for certification in Secondary Education in Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Space Science, General Science, or Physics.  Supervised practice in classrooms with certified teachers and regular practicum sessions, according to prescribed guidelines, introduce the student to the range and scope of a professional educator's responsibilities.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

SCI494 Student Teaching and Practicum 2: Secondary Education Science
[Minimum Semester Hours: 6 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 6sh ]

The second of two capstone experiences (one at each level appropriate to certification areas and grade level ranges)for preservice teachers through a student teaching experience required for certification in Secondary Education in Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Space Science, General Science, or Physics.  Supervised practice in classrooms with certified teachers and regular practicum sessions, according to prescribed guidelines, introduce the student to the range and scope of a professional educator's responsibilities.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

SCI601 Natural Selection and Evolution
[Minimum Semester Hours: 1 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 1 sh]
Provides content background which elementary and middle school teachers need to effectively teach the tenets of Darwinian natural selection and evolution. Other topics, including population genetics, sexual selection and altruism, molecular evolution, human origins, and extinction, will be presented using inquiry-based pedagogy and will stress the processes of science. Although topics such as creationism and intelligent design will be considered briefly, the focus of this offering will be evolution as manifest in biological systems. This course is founded upon both the National Science Education Standards and the Pennsylvania Science and Technology Standards.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None


 

SCI602 Plant Adaptations and Survival

[Minimum Semester Hours: 1 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 1 sh]

Examines a variety of anatomical, morphological, life cycle, and physiological adaptations that contribute to growth, survival, and reproduction of plants. These adaptations allow plants to successfully survive in various environments and are a basis for biodiversity. The course is founded upon the National Science Education Standards, Pennsylvania Science and Technology Standards and the Pennsylvania Ecology and Environmental Standards and provides content knowledge which is pertinent to elementary and middle school classroom instruction.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

SCI603 Genetic Concepts

[Minimum Semester Hours: 1 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 1 sh]

Reviews basic concepts in Mendelian (transmission), molecular, and evolutionary genetics through hands-on activities, projects, and discussions. This course is based on the National Science Education Standards and the Pennsylvania Science and Technology Standards, and provides content knowledge pertinent to elementary and middle school classroom instruction.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

SCI604 Wetlands Ecology

[Minimum Semester Hours: 1 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 1 sh]

Provides content background which elementary and middle school teachers need to effectively teach concepts related to wetland habits, species and ecology. Wetland structure and function will be presented using inquiry-based pedagogy. This course is founded upon both the National Science Education Standards, the Pennsylvania Science and Technology Standards and the Ecology and Environmental Standards and provides content knowledge which is pertinent to elementary and middle school classroom instruction.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

SCI640 Water Resources

[Minimum Semester Hours: 1 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 1 sh]

Provides advanced content background that elementary and middle school teachers need to teach effectively the principles of water resources. This course is founded upon the National Science Education Standards, Pennsylvania Science and Technology Standards, and Pennsylvania Ecology and Environment Standards.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

SCI660 Simple Machines

[Minimum Semester Hours: 1 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 1 sh]

Provides content background that elementary and middle school teachers need to effectively teach the tenets of simple machines based on the Standards. Topics addressed in this course (levers, wheel and axles, pulleys, inclined planes, screws, and wedges) are presented using inquiry-based pedagogy and stress the processes of science. This course is founded upon the National Science Education Standards and Pennsylvania Science and Technology Standards.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None

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