Natural Sciences Course Descriptions

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NSC 2777 - Topics - 0-3 cr.
Topics in NSC.


NSC 3333 - Science Methods - 4 cr.
This course is designed to assist prospective middle and high school science teachers successfully conduct and manage an inquiry-based science program. Emphasis is placed on how teachers can enhance learning and motivation for students at every stage of mental development. Topics include: technology in the science classroom, inquiry techniques, investigation techniques, demonstrations, science teaching reform, and specific science programs. Prospective teachers will plan, execute, and evaluate lesson plans with their peers in a public school setting.


NSC 3335 - Science Methods Field Experien - 1 cr.
This experience introduces prospective teachers to the culture of the high school environment. Students observe and assist a biology or chemistry teacher, interview school personnel, talk with students, and teach technology-integrated lessons and content reading strategies in their subject area. Assessment strategies are observed and practiced. Co-requisite: NSC 3333

Prerequisite Courses: EDU 2800, EDU 2805


NSC 3999 - Independent Study - 0-4 cr.
Independent Study.


NSC 4100 - Chemistry of Beer - 2 cr.
Introduces beer appreciation through an examination of the chemistry of beer and the factors that affect its chemical properties. The course will include a study of fermentation and metabolic processes, beer composition, and sensory perception. Students will learn to recognize the major features of beer that determine sensory quality and know the processes that produced them.


NSC 4150 - Science, Technology and Culture ( Integrations: VINS - Natural Science ) - 4 cr.
Studies the development of science and technology from prehistoric to modern times. The course emphasizes that science and technology are the creative products of human endeavor, shaped by many people over time from different cultures. The influence of geography, politics, environmental factors, religion, philosophy, and economics are examined as key factors in scientific and technological development. In turn, the influence of scientific and technological advancements upon human societies is considered. As appropriate, the original literature related to significant developments is examined to discern how scientific writing has changed over time. No prior knowledge of science content is required, but as needed, the science principles relevant to a particular development are broadly outlined to provide context.

Crosslist Course: PSC 4150


NSC 4777 - Topics in Natural Sciences - 0-16 cr.
Description coming soon.