Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2011

Science & Science Education

 

Faculty

Interdepartmental Staff Advisors - M. Bednarski (Physics and Earth Sciences, 860-832-2943), J. Jarrett (Biology, 860-832-2648)


Programs

Major in General Science with Specialization in General Science, BS (Certifiable for secondary teaching, 56-59 credits)

Science and Mathematics Core (46 credits)

BIO 121General Biology I4
BIO 122General Biology II4
CHEM 161General Chemistry I3
CHEM 162General Chemistry I Lab1
CHEM 163General Chemistry II3
CHEM 164General Chemistry II Lab1
ESCI 121Physical Geology4
ESCI 129Introduction to Meteorology4
ESCI 178 Planetary Astronomy4
   or
ESCI 179Stellar Astronomy4
PHYS 121General Physics I 4
and
PHYS 122General Physics II4
   or
PHYS 125University Physics I4
and
PHYS 126University Physics II4
MATH 116Pre-Calculus Mathematics3
MATH 152Calculus I4
SCI 420History and Nature of Science3
and one of the following tracks (10-13 credits):
 
Physics Track
One of these physics courses
PHYS 125University Physics I4
PHYS 126University Physics II4
PHYS 220Mechanics I3
PHYS 305Foundations of Electricity and Magnetism3
PHYS 320 Heat and Thermodynamics3
PHYS 325Optics4
PHYS 331Electronics I3
   or
MATH 221Calculus II4
MATH 222Calculus III3
  
Earth Sciences Track
ESCI 122Historical Geology4
ESCI 221Mineralogy4
   or
ESCI 278Observational Astronomy4
ESCI 335Physical Oceanography3
  
Chemistry Track
CHEM 238 Introduction to Research1-6
   or
CHEM 301Analytical Chemistry4
CHEM 210Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 211Organic Chemistry I Lab1
CHEM 212Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 213Organic Chemistry II Lab1
     
Biology Track:
BIO 200General Biology III3
and 6-8 credits in biology at 300 or 400 level

In addition, all students in the specialization in general science must take:

EDTE 316Principles of Learning (Sec/K-12)4
EDF 415Educational Foundations3
SPED 315Introduction to Educating Learners
with Exceptionalities3
EDSC 425Principles of Secondary Education3
EDSC 435Secondary Education Student Teaching3-9
RDG 440Literacy in the Secondary School3
SCI 416Educational Technology in Secondary Science3
SCI 417Teaching of Science in the Secondary School3
SCI 419Student Teaching Seminar1

Major in General Science with Specialization in Physical Sciences, BS (54 credits)

CHEM 161General Chemistry I3
CHEM 162General Chemistry I Lab1
CHEM 163General Chemistry II3
CHEM 164General Chemistry II Lab1
PHYS 125University Physics I4
PHYS 126University Physics II4
ESCI 121Physical Geology4
ESCI 129Introduction to Meteorology4
ESCI 178 Planetary Astronomy4
   or
ESCI 179Stellar Astronomy4
BIO 121General Biology I4
BIO 122General Biology II4
and 18 credits selected from courses in physics, chemistry, and the earth sciences which are approved for majors and minors in those fields
 
In addition, students must take:
MATH 116Pre-Calculus Mathematics3
MATH 152Calculus I4
MATH 221Calculus II4

A minor is not required.

Major in General Science with Specialization in Environmental Interpretation, BS (53-57 credits)

BIO 121General Biology I4
BIO 122General Biology II4
BIO 200General Biology III4
STAT 104 Elementary Statistics3
   or
CS 113Introduction to Computers3
ESCI 121Physical Geology4
    
Structured Elective Component: Earth and Planetary Sciences
Four courses from the following or other courses in earth science approved by the chair of the Physics and Earth Sciences Department
ESCI 129Introduction to Meteorology4
ESCI 178 Planetary Astronomy4
ESCI 179Stellar Astronomy4
ESCI 424Geomorphology3
ESCI 450Environmental Geology3
   
Structured Elective Component: Life Sciences
Two courses from the following, selected in consultation with an advisor:
BIO 120Plants of Connecticut3
BIO 150Long Island Sound - Introductory Ecology4
BIO 315Microbial Ecology4
BIO 322Vertebrate Zoology4
BIO 326Mushrooms, Mosses & More4
BIO 327Vascular Plants4
BIO 405Ecology4
BIO 420Ornithology4
BIO 421Marine Invertebrate Biology4
BIO 425Aquatic Plant Biology4
BIO 444Plant Taxonomy3
BIO 480Animal Behavior3
  
Directed Electives
In lieu of a minor, at least 15 credits, with the advisor's approval, from the following or other courses in any of the natural sciences:
ART 490Curatorship3
GEOG 256Maps & Map Reading3
GEOG 272Physical Geography3
GEOG 276Elementary Cartography3
GEOG 433Issues in Environment Protection3
GEOG 442Field Methods in Geography3
ANTH 150Introduction to Archaeology3
ANTH 151Lab in Introductory Archaeology1
ANTH 422Native Americans3
ANTH 425Human Ecology3
SCI 518Teaching Science in the Out-of-Doors3

At least 9 credits of the elective component must be from courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and the earth sciences, and must be completed at the 300 level or above. Three credits of internship (SCI 453) are also required.

Note: S. Burns and J. Jarrett are members of the advisory committee for this program.  
Specialization in Biology or Earth Sciences (Certifiable for elementary education, 39-42 credits)
Core (24-32 credits)
Physics (6-8 credits)
PHYS 111Introductory Physics I3
PHYS 113 The Sound of Music3
   or
PHYS 121General Physics I4
PHYS 122General Physics II4
   or
PHYS 125University Physics I4
PHYS 126University Physics II4
Chemistry (6-8 credits)
CHEM 102Chemistry of Nutrition3
CHEM 111Introductory Chemistry3
   or
CHEM 161General Chemistry I3
CHEM 162General Chemistry I Lab1
CHEM 163General Chemistry II3
CHEM 164General Chemistry II Lab1
Biology (6-8 credits)
BIO 111Introductory Biology3
BIO 211Concepts in Biology3
BIO 132 Introductory Ecology3
   or
BIO 121General Biology I4
BIO 122General Biology II4
Earth Science (6-8 credits)
ESCI 111Elementary Earth Science3
ESCI 121Physical Geology4
ESCI 129Introduction to Meteorology4
ESCI 178 Planetary Astronomy4
Specialization
A minimum of 18 credits in either specialization below, including 6-8 credits in the core of the specialization
  
Specialization in Biology 
Core 
BIO 121General Biology I4
BIO 122General Biology II4
  
Electives
BIO 200General Biology III4
and 6-11 credits of BIO electives at the 300 or 400 level, selected in consultation with an advisor
  
Specialization in Earth Science 
Core 
ESCI 121Physical Geography4
ESCI 129Introduction to Meteorology4
ESCI 178Planetary Astronomy4
  
Electives
Choose a minimum of 6 credits (as needed to reach 39 credits) from the following:
ESCI 122Historical Geology4
ESCI 179Stellar Astronomy4
ESCI 335Physical Oceanography3
or other electives as approved by advisor
  

Minor in Science (24 credits)

12 credits as follows:
BIO 121General Biology I4
   or
BMS 102 Introduction to Biomolecular Science3
BMS 103Introduction to Biomolecular Science Lab1
CHEM 161General Chemistry I3
CHEM 162General Chemistry I Lab1
ESCI 121 Physical Geology4
   or
PHYS 121 General Physics I4
   or
PHYS 125University Physics I4
  
and 12 credits from the following:
BIO 122 General Biology II4
   or
BMS 201Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology 4
CHEM 163General Chemistry II3
and
CHEM 164General Chemistry II Lab1
ESCI 178 Planetary Astronomy4
   or
ESCI 179Stellar Astronomy4
PHYS 122General Physics II4
   or
PHYS 126University Physics II4

Students must take at least one course in each discipline (biology or biomolecular sciences, chemistry, physics, and earth sciences), and the 8 credits in the minor may be credited toward a major as well.

 

Minor in General Science (Certifiable for secondary teaching, 43 credits)

Restricted to students with a major in biology, chemistry, earth science, or physics.

32 credits in science as follows:

BIO 121General Biology I4
BIO 122General Biology II4
CHEM 161General Chemistry I3
CHEM 162General Chemistry I Lab1
CHEM 163General Chemistry II3
CHEM 164General Chemistry II Lab1
PHYS 121General Physics I4
PHYS 122General Physics II4
ESCI 121Physical Geology4
  
and 4 credits from the following:
BIO 318Anatomy & Physiology I4
CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I3
   and
CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I Lab1
PHYS 325Optics4
   
In addition, students must complete the following:
SCI 416Educational Technology in Secondary Science3
SCI 417Teaching of Science in the Secondary School3
SCI 419Student Teaching Seminar1

 

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