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  • Teacher Certification in Basic Science

    STUDENTS WHO WANT A SECONDARY SCIENCE ENDORSEMENT (5-12) IN BASIC SCIENCE and desire Iowa Teacher Certification with a Basic Science secondary endorsement must complete 34 s.h. in science to include:

    Courses Offered
    • BIOL1500Fundamentals of Ecology and Evolution
      BIOL1500 Fundamentals of Ecology and Evolution - 3 s.h.

      A study of the diversity of life, focusing on the evolutionary processes that shape life and the ecological interactions among organisms and their physical environments. Goal 1A

    • BIOL1520Fundamentals of Organismal Biology
      BIOL1520 Fundamentals of Organismal Biology - 4 s.h.

      A comparative study of form and function across organisms, focusing on the various structures and strategies used by plants and animals to fulfill basic life needs. Additional fee required. Goal 1A

    • BIOL2100Fundamentals of Cell Biology and Genetics (3-2)
      BIOL2100 Fundamentals of Cell Biology and Genetics (3-2) - 4 s.h.

      A study of the various patterns and mechanisms of heredity, changes in the genetic material and the consequences of these genetic changes. The course will also give an introduction to cellular structures, macromolecules, and processes, including DNA replication, transcription, translation and cellular signaling. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM1330, CHEM3410, or (CHEM1410 and CHEM1450). (C or better strongly recommended). Goal 1A

    • CHEM1410General Chemistry I Workshop with Lab
      CHEM1410 General Chemistry I Workshop with Lab - 4 s.h.

      General Chemistry I Workshop is appropriate for any student interested in developing a strong background in chemistry. It is intended to be the first university chemistry course for science majors. As such, it will be fairly rigorous and will draw upon previous experience in mathematics and science. Major areas to be covered include atomic and molecular structures, chemical bonding, stoichiometric relationships, and chemical reactions. Laboratory activities and experiments are closely related to concepts introduced in class discussions and will allow students to develop their laboratory skills. Good safety practices and experimental record keeping will be stressed. Students are expected to actively participate in class activities and discussions in addition to homework assignments, individual/group study and preparation for exams. Prerequisites: MATH1280 and CHEM1310 or one year of high school chemistry.

    • CHEM1420General Chemistry II Workshop with Lab
      CHEM1420 General Chemistry II Workshop with Lab - 4 s.h.

      General Chemistry II Workshop is appropriate for any student interested in developing a strong background in chemistry. It is the continuation of CHEM1430. Students will gain a deeper understanding of basic chemical principles and will emphasize problem solving. It is fairly rigorous and will draw upon previous chemistry experience as well as mathematics and other science fields. Major areas to be covered include physical properties of solids, liquids, and solutions, intermolecular forces, energy changes in chemical reactions, thermodynamics, gas-phase equilibrium, and aqueous acid/base equilibrium. Laboratory activities and experiments are closely related to concepts introduced in class discussions and will allow students to develop their laboratory skills. Good safety practices and experimental record keeping will be stressed. Students are expected to actively participate in class activities and discussions in addition to homework assignments, individual/group study and preparation for exams. Prerequisite: CHEM1410.

    • MATH3360Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics (also SCIE3360)
      MATH3360 Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics (also SCIE3360) - 3 s.h.

      A study of the objectives, methods, techniques, materials, and activities related to teaching science and mathematics in the secondary schools. Prerequisite: 20 hours in science or mathematics and Prerequisites: admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Liberal Studies Program. Goal 1A.

    • PHYS1410Elements of Physics I
      PHYS1410 Elements of Physics I - 4 s.h.

      An elementary physics course emphasizing the fundamental concepts associated with the physical universe. Topics include Newtonian mechanics, fluids, heat thermodynamics, wave motion, and sound. Designed to meet the needs of biology majors and students preparing for the medical profession and related fields. Prerequisites: Two years high school algebra and one year geometry; plane trigonometry recommended. Goal 1A

    • PHYS1420Elements of Physics II
      PHYS1420 Elements of Physics II - 4 s.h.

      A continuation of PHYS1410. Topics included are electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, light, relativity, quantum mechanics, and nuclear physics. Prerequisite: PHYS1410. Goal 1A

    • SCIE1250Descriptive Astronomy
      SCIE1250 Descriptive Astronomy - 3 s.h.

      A descriptive presentation of the theory and structure of the universe to include celestial coordinates, laws of orbital motion, evolution of the solar system, comets and meteoroids, stellar and galactic structure. Some use of the observatory is included. Goal 1A.

    • SCIE1251Descriptive Astronomy Lab
      SCIE1251 Descriptive Astronomy Lab - 1 s.h.

      Observational laboratory exercises, demonstration exercises, and elementary calculations to illustrate methods used in astronomy. The student will learn to locate and observe astronomical phenomena using optical devices. Specifically the student will learn to identify constellations and how to use a telescope. There will be evening observations, visits to virtual and real world planetariums. Experiments will include geometrical optics and the construction of telescopes. In addition, there will be labs based on astronomical calculations that will include a rudimentary investigation of navigation systems, star charts and astronomical coordinate systems. Co-requisite: SCIE1250. Goal 1A.

    • SCIE2100Earth Science (3-0)
      SCIE2100 Earth Science (3-0) - 3 s.h.

      A study of physical geology, using plate tectonics as the unifying theory. The major components of the Earth’s crust (rocks and minerals) and forces that shape the Earth’s surface (winds, streams, glaciers, volcanoes, earthquakes, etc.) will be considered. Goal 1A. +This course is only offered every other year.

    BIOL1500Fundamentals of Ecology and Evolution BIOL1520Fundamentals of Organismal Biology BIOL2100Fundamentals of Cell Biology and Genetics (3-2) CHEM1410General Chemistry I Workshop with Lab CHEM1420General Chemistry II Workshop with Lab MATH3360Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics (also SCIE3360) PHYS1410Elements of Physics I PHYS1420Elements of Physics II SCIE1250Descriptive Astronomy SCIE1251Descriptive Astronomy Lab SCIE2100Earth Science (3-0)
    Course Descriptions
    BIOL1500 Fundamentals of Ecology and Evolution - 3 s.h.

    A study of the diversity of life, focusing on the evolutionary processes that shape life and the ecological interactions among organisms and their physical environments. Goal 1A

    BIOL1520 Fundamentals of Organismal Biology - 4 s.h.

    A comparative study of form and function across organisms, focusing on the various structures and strategies used by plants and animals to fulfill basic life needs. Additional fee required. Goal 1A

    BIOL2100 Fundamentals of Cell Biology and Genetics (3-2) - 4 s.h.

    A study of the various patterns and mechanisms of heredity, changes in the genetic material and the consequences of these genetic changes. The course will also give an introduction to cellular structures, macromolecules, and processes, including DNA replication, transcription, translation and cellular signaling. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM1330, CHEM3410, or (CHEM1410 and CHEM1450). (C or better strongly recommended). Goal 1A

    CHEM1410 General Chemistry I Workshop with Lab - 4 s.h.

    General Chemistry I Workshop is appropriate for any student interested in developing a strong background in chemistry. It is intended to be the first university chemistry course for science majors. As such, it will be fairly rigorous and will draw upon previous experience in mathematics and science. Major areas to be covered include atomic and molecular structures, chemical bonding, stoichiometric relationships, and chemical reactions. Laboratory activities and experiments are closely related to concepts introduced in class discussions and will allow students to develop their laboratory skills. Good safety practices and experimental record keeping will be stressed. Students are expected to actively participate in class activities and discussions in addition to homework assignments, individual/group study and preparation for exams. Prerequisites: MATH1280 and CHEM1310 or one year of high school chemistry.

    CHEM1420 General Chemistry II Workshop with Lab - 4 s.h.

    General Chemistry II Workshop is appropriate for any student interested in developing a strong background in chemistry. It is the continuation of CHEM1430. Students will gain a deeper understanding of basic chemical principles and will emphasize problem solving. It is fairly rigorous and will draw upon previous chemistry experience as well as mathematics and other science fields. Major areas to be covered include physical properties of solids, liquids, and solutions, intermolecular forces, energy changes in chemical reactions, thermodynamics, gas-phase equilibrium, and aqueous acid/base equilibrium. Laboratory activities and experiments are closely related to concepts introduced in class discussions and will allow students to develop their laboratory skills. Good safety practices and experimental record keeping will be stressed. Students are expected to actively participate in class activities and discussions in addition to homework assignments, individual/group study and preparation for exams. Prerequisite: CHEM1410.

    MATH3360 Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics (also SCIE3360) - 3 s.h.

    A study of the objectives, methods, techniques, materials, and activities related to teaching science and mathematics in the secondary schools. Prerequisite: 20 hours in science or mathematics and Prerequisites: admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Liberal Studies Program. Goal 1A.

    PHYS1410 Elements of Physics I - 4 s.h.

    An elementary physics course emphasizing the fundamental concepts associated with the physical universe. Topics include Newtonian mechanics, fluids, heat thermodynamics, wave motion, and sound. Designed to meet the needs of biology majors and students preparing for the medical profession and related fields. Prerequisites: Two years high school algebra and one year geometry; plane trigonometry recommended. Goal 1A

    PHYS1420 Elements of Physics II - 4 s.h.

    A continuation of PHYS1410. Topics included are electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, light, relativity, quantum mechanics, and nuclear physics. Prerequisite: PHYS1410. Goal 1A

    SCIE1250 Descriptive Astronomy - 3 s.h.

    A descriptive presentation of the theory and structure of the universe to include celestial coordinates, laws of orbital motion, evolution of the solar system, comets and meteoroids, stellar and galactic structure. Some use of the observatory is included. Goal 1A.

    SCIE1251 Descriptive Astronomy Lab - 1 s.h.

    Observational laboratory exercises, demonstration exercises, and elementary calculations to illustrate methods used in astronomy. The student will learn to locate and observe astronomical phenomena using optical devices. Specifically the student will learn to identify constellations and how to use a telescope. There will be evening observations, visits to virtual and real world planetariums. Experiments will include geometrical optics and the construction of telescopes. In addition, there will be labs based on astronomical calculations that will include a rudimentary investigation of navigation systems, star charts and astronomical coordinate systems. Co-requisite: SCIE1250. Goal 1A.

    SCIE2100 Earth Science (3-0) - 3 s.h.

    A study of physical geology, using plate tectonics as the unifying theory. The major components of the Earth’s crust (rocks and minerals) and forces that shape the Earth’s surface (winds, streams, glaciers, volcanoes, earthquakes, etc.) will be considered. Goal 1A. +This course is only offered every other year.

  • Courses in Science
    Courses Offered
    • SCIE1250Descriptive Astronomy
      SCIE1250 Descriptive Astronomy - 3 s.h.

      A descriptive presentation of the theory and structure of the universe to include celestial coordinates, laws of orbital motion, evolution of the solar system, comets and meteoroids, stellar and galactic structure. Some use of the observatory is included. Goal 1A.

    • SCIE1251Descriptive Astronomy Lab
      SCIE1251 Descriptive Astronomy Lab - 1 s.h.

      Observational laboratory exercises, demonstration exercises, and elementary calculations to illustrate methods used in astronomy. The student will learn to locate and observe astronomical phenomena using optical devices. Specifically the student will learn to identify constellations and how to use a telescope. There will be evening observations, visits to virtual and real world planetariums. Experiments will include geometrical optics and the construction of telescopes. In addition, there will be labs based on astronomical calculations that will include a rudimentary investigation of navigation systems, star charts and astronomical coordinate systems. Co-requisite: SCIE1250. Goal 1A.

    • SCIE1310Fundamentals of Physical Science
      SCIE1310 Fundamentals of Physical Science - 3 s.h.

      An integrated study of selected principles and concepts of physics, earth science, and chemistry. (Not intended for science majors.) Goal 1A, ELO6 Science - Peace, ELO6 Science - Equality and Peace

    • SCIE2000Individual Study (Goal 1A)
      SCIE2000 Individual Study (Goal 1A) - 1-3 s.h.
    • SCIE2100Earth Science (3-0)
      SCIE2100 Earth Science (3-0) - 3 s.h.

      A study of physical geology, using plate tectonics as the unifying theory. The major components of the Earth’s crust (rocks and minerals) and forces that shape the Earth’s surface (winds, streams, glaciers, volcanoes, earthquakes, etc.) will be considered. Goal 1A. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • SCIE3000Individual Study (Goal 1A)
      SCIE3000 Individual Study (Goal 1A) - 1-3 s.h.
    • SCIE3030The Nature of Science
      SCIE3030 The Nature of Science - 3 s.h.

      An overview of the history and philosophy of science and an investigation of contemporary problems, issues, and concepts in the sciences. A study of the interrelatedness of the several fields of science as well as the relation of science to other areas of scholarship. Prerequisite: Any college biological or physical science course. Goal 1A.

    • SCIE3360Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics (also MATH3360)
      SCIE3360 Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics (also MATH3360) - 3 s.h.

      A study of the objectives, methods, techniques, materials, and activities related to teaching science and mathematics in the secondary schools. Prerequisite: 20 hours in science or mathematics and Prerequisites: admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Liberal Studies Program. Goal 1A

    • SCIE3900Advanced Topics in Science
      SCIE3900 Advanced Topics in Science - 3 s.h.

      Designed to cover current areas of advancement in biology, chemistry, and medicine. Topics will be selected from various areas such as biotechnology, bioinformatics, genomics, molecular modeling, drug discovery and drug design, and disease pathology and therapeutic approaches (cancer, inflammatory and bone disorders, and AIDS). The course will consist of lectures, discussions, and journal article reviews/presentations. Prerequisites: BIOL1300 or CHEM1320 or Instructors consent. Goal 1A.

    SCIE1250Descriptive Astronomy SCIE1251Descriptive Astronomy Lab SCIE1310Fundamentals of Physical Science SCIE2000Individual Study (Goal 1A) SCIE2100Earth Science (3-0) SCIE3000Individual Study (Goal 1A) SCIE3030The Nature of Science SCIE3360Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics (also MATH3360) SCIE3900Advanced Topics in Science
    Course Descriptions
    SCIE1250 Descriptive Astronomy - 3 s.h.

    A descriptive presentation of the theory and structure of the universe to include celestial coordinates, laws of orbital motion, evolution of the solar system, comets and meteoroids, stellar and galactic structure. Some use of the observatory is included. Goal 1A.

    SCIE1251 Descriptive Astronomy Lab - 1 s.h.

    Observational laboratory exercises, demonstration exercises, and elementary calculations to illustrate methods used in astronomy. The student will learn to locate and observe astronomical phenomena using optical devices. Specifically the student will learn to identify constellations and how to use a telescope. There will be evening observations, visits to virtual and real world planetariums. Experiments will include geometrical optics and the construction of telescopes. In addition, there will be labs based on astronomical calculations that will include a rudimentary investigation of navigation systems, star charts and astronomical coordinate systems. Co-requisite: SCIE1250. Goal 1A.

    SCIE1310 Fundamentals of Physical Science - 3 s.h.

    An integrated study of selected principles and concepts of physics, earth science, and chemistry. (Not intended for science majors.) Goal 1A, ELO6 Science - Peace, ELO6 Science - Equality and Peace

    SCIE2000 Individual Study (Goal 1A) - 1-3 s.h.
    SCIE2100 Earth Science (3-0) - 3 s.h.

    A study of physical geology, using plate tectonics as the unifying theory. The major components of the Earth’s crust (rocks and minerals) and forces that shape the Earth’s surface (winds, streams, glaciers, volcanoes, earthquakes, etc.) will be considered. Goal 1A. +This course is only offered every other year.

    SCIE3000 Individual Study (Goal 1A) - 1-3 s.h.
    SCIE3030 The Nature of Science - 3 s.h.

    An overview of the history and philosophy of science and an investigation of contemporary problems, issues, and concepts in the sciences. A study of the interrelatedness of the several fields of science as well as the relation of science to other areas of scholarship. Prerequisite: Any college biological or physical science course. Goal 1A.

    SCIE3360 Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics (also MATH3360) - 3 s.h.

    A study of the objectives, methods, techniques, materials, and activities related to teaching science and mathematics in the secondary schools. Prerequisite: 20 hours in science or mathematics and Prerequisites: admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Liberal Studies Program. Goal 1A

    SCIE3900 Advanced Topics in Science - 3 s.h.

    Designed to cover current areas of advancement in biology, chemistry, and medicine. Topics will be selected from various areas such as biotechnology, bioinformatics, genomics, molecular modeling, drug discovery and drug design, and disease pathology and therapeutic approaches (cancer, inflammatory and bone disorders, and AIDS). The course will consist of lectures, discussions, and journal article reviews/presentations. Prerequisites: BIOL1300 or CHEM1320 or Instructors consent. Goal 1A.