Science Education

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SCI 111 Elementary Earth-Physical Sciences 3
Prereq.: Open only to students in elementary education programs. Inquiry-based introduction to topics in earth and physical sciences contained within the Connecticut State Science elementary standards. Study Area IV

400s

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SCI 412 Elementary Science Methods 2
Prereq.: BIO 211, SCI 111, admission to the Professional Program in Teacher Education. Subject matter majors with complementary area of earth science are exempt from SCI 111. Methods of science instruction and assessment using developmentally appropriate activities. Introduction to science curriculum, the National Science Standards, and the State of Connecticut Frameworks. Not open to Summer participants without permission of instructor. CT law requires fingerprinting and a criminal background check for the field experiences in this class. Fingerprinting must be completed prior to the beginning of class.

SCI 416 Educational Technology in Secondary Science 1
Prereq.: Admission to the Professional Program in Teacher Education. Taken concurrently with SCI 417. Examination and use of software applications, hardware, and the Internet in the context of integrating educational technology into science curriculum. Irregular.

SCI 417 Teaching of Science in the Secondary School 4
Prereq.: EDTE 316, Admission to the Professional in Teacher Education. Taken concurrently with ESC 425. Examination and application of curriculum, instruction, and assessment strategies in line with national and state standards/frameworks and CSDE certification requirements, including the BEST program and science teaching portfolio development. CT law requires fingerprinting and a criminal background check for the field experiences in this class. Fingerprinting must be completed prior to the beginning of class. Thirty hours of content area major field experience is required for teacher candidates. Fall.

SCI 419 Student Teaching Seminar 1
Prereq.: SCI 417 (EDSC 435 taken concurrently). Discussion, reflection, and collaboration with peers on issues that arise in secondary science education in the areas of curriculum, instruction, classroom management, and student assessment. Spring.

SCI 420 History and Nature of Science 3
Prereq.: Junior Standing or permission by instructor. Study of the history and nature of science. Examination of scientist's lives and discoveries through a cultural, political, and economic lens; and how science distinguishes itself from other disciplines' ways of knowing the world by examining contemporary assumptions, issues, and values of science. A safety plan based on state and national recommendations for implementation in the classroom will be required. Spring.

SCI 452 Independent Study in Science 1 TO 6
Prereq.: Approved plan of study by arrangement with the supervising instructor and approval of the science department chair. Includes special work in the laboratory or study of theory to meet the individual requirements in areas not covered by the regular curriculum. May be taken for more than one semester up to a limit of 6 credits. On demand. [GR]

SCI 453 Environmental Interpretation Internship 3
Prereq.: Prior completion of two field trips to environmental education facilities approved by advisory committee and senior standing. Responsible experiences in an environmental education facility. Before commencing the internship, a plan of the internship must be approved by the Advisory Committee on Environmental Interpretation. [GR]

SCI 456 Teaching Science to Young Children 3
Prereq.: Permission of instructor. Develops teaching strategies which assist young children in expanding their awareness, understanding, and appreciation of their natural environment. Teachers will learn active involvement techniques and will prepare hands-on science curriculum materials for use with children from preschool through grade 3. On demand. [GR]

SCI 485 Studies in Science 1 TO 3
Prereq.: Permission of instructor. Selected studies in the sciences which are not offered presently in the curriculum of the science departments. Course may be repeated for different topics, but the student may not take this course for credit under the same topic more than once. On demand. [GR]

500s

SCI 500 STEM in Society 3
Prereq.: Admission to Master's Program. Inquiry into the nature and values of current science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) issues and their implications for society. Irregular.

SCI 518 Teaching Science in the Out-of-Doors 3
Prereq.: Two science courses. Development of leadership skills and instructional techniques necessary for teaching science in the outdoor classroom. The methods and materials for developing and conducting an outdoor education program in science are discussed. Three hours a week; field studies are required. Fall. (O)

SCI 520 The Physical Sciences 3
Emphasis on conceptual understanding of the physical strands in the Connecticut Science Standards: Properties of Matter, Forces and Motion, and Energy Transfer and Transformations. Development of content activities, labs, and assessments for use in the classroom. Spring. (E)

SCI 530 The Earth/Space Sciences 3
Emphasis on conceptual understanding of the Earch/Space science strands in the Connecticut Science Standards: Energy in the Earth's Systems, The Changing Earth, and Earth in the Solar System. Development of content activities, labs, and assessments for use in the classroom. Spring. (O)

SCI 540 The Life Sciences 3
Emphasis on conceptual understanding of the life science strands in the Connecticut Science Standards: Heredity and Evolution, Structure and Function, and Matter and Energy in Ecosystems. Development of content activities, labs, and assessments for use in the classroom. Fall. (E)

SCI 555 Teaching of Science in the Elementary School 3
Prereq.: Permission of instructor or chair. Examination of science instruction and assessment strategies in line with the National Science Standards and the State of Connecticut Standards. Fall.

SCI 557 Science Instruction and Curriculum Development 3
Prereq.: In-service teacher or permission of instructor. Examination and application of elementary and secondary science curriculum, instruction, and assessment strategies in line with the State of Connecticut Standards. Irregular.

SCI 570 Teaching of Science in the Secondary School3
Prereq.: In-service teacher or permission of instructor. Examination of middle-level and secondary science curriculum, instruction, and assessment strategies in line with State of Connecticut science standards. On demand.

SCI 580 Topics in STEM Education 3

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) topics will vary each time course is offered. Combination of lecture, discussion, inquiry sessions, and student presentations. May be taken more than once for credit under different topics. Irregular.

SCI 581 Independent Study 1 TO 3
Prereq.: Acceptance into the Master of Natural Science: Science Education Program. Work in laboratory, theory, or research to meet individual requirements in areas not covered by regular curriculum. May be taken more than once for a limit of 6 total credits. Requires approved plan of study by arrangement with the supervising instructor.

SCI 595 Special Projects in Science Education 3
Prereq.: Admission to the M.S. program in Natural Sciences: Science Education, completion of at least 15 credits in the planned program (or permission of instructor) and a 3.00 overall GPA. Study of individual and collaborative action research techniques. Requirements include the design and completion of a classroom/school action research project and the preparation and submission of a paper for publication. Spring. (E)

SCI 598 Research in Science Education 3
Prereq.: Admission to the M.S. program in Natural Sciences and 15 credits in planned program of Science Education; or permission of instructor. Focus on current global issues related to science education. Students examine current literature and conduct an informal research project on current issues. Requirements include preparation of a research paper. Spring. (O)

SCI 599 Thesis (Science Education) 3
Prereq.: SCI 598 and admission to the M.S. program in Natural Sciences: Science Education; 21 credits in planned program; permission of advisor; and a 3.00 overall GPA. Preparation of the thesis under the supervision of the thesis advisor. On demand.

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