Natural Sciences Course Offerings

Introduction to Earth's Environment
3.0 Fa/Spr

This course focuses on the principles and scientific thought processes as they relate to climate change, air and water resources, and ecosystem alteration. The Earth's physical environment is the primary focus, although a portion of the course covering ecosystems bridges physical and biological interrelatedness of the global environment. Problem solving skills and skills in analyzing environmental issues are emphasized. 2.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours laboratory. This is an approved General Education course. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule. (020268)

Introduction to Earth's Environment - Honors
3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Honors Program.

This is a special section of NSCI 101 for students in the Honors in General Education Program. The course focuses on the principles and scientific thought processes as they relate to climate change, air and water resources, and ecosystem alteration. The Earth's physical environment is the primary focus, although a portion of the course covering ecosystems bridges physical and biological interrelatedness of the global environment. Problem solving skills and skills in analyzing environmental issues are emphasized. 2.0 hours laboratory, 2.0 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (020269)

Introduction to Living Systems
3.0 Fa/Spr

An integrated study of the nature and interactions of living things and their environments. This course is an introduction to the processes of evolution and speciation, ecology and ecosystem processes, cellular biology and organismal physiology. The course is primarily for students without a strong background in high school biology or chemistry. The course includes online content delivery, in-class discussion, and a hands-on activity session. 2.0 hours activity, 2.0 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (020372)

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of MATH 110.

Basic concepts of motion, force, energy, chemical change, and their interactions. Intended for Liberal Studies majors. 1.0 hours lecture, 4.0 hours activity. (004132)

Concepts in Life Sciences
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: NSCI 141 or GEOS 141 or faculty permission.

Study of the nature and interactions of living things on the planet. Includes cell organization; diversity and physiology of plants and animals; DNA and genetics; ecology; and evolution. Intended for Liberal Studies majors or others interested in K-8 teaching. (020915)

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Scientific Inquiry
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: NSCI 141 or GEOS 141, NSCI 142 or BIOL 101.

This course engages students in inquiry into topics that span the scientific disciplines. Skills addressed include experimental design, modeling, representation, dissemination of results, and critique of peers' work. Content topics include light, color and sound, from biological, chemical and physics perspectives. (020914)

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Prerequisites: GEOS 141 or faculty permission.

Fundamental concepts in (1) the solar system and the universe, (2) the structure and composition of the solid Earth, and (3) Earth's atmosphere and water. Intended for Liberal Studies majors and students pursuing a single subject teaching credential in science. 1.0 hours lecture, 4.0 hours activity. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule. (004144)

Concepts in Environmental Sciences
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: NSCI 141 or GEOS 141, NSCI 142 or BIOL 101, or faculty permission.

A course designed to introduce basic principles and concepts in environmental science. Field investigations in the local environment provide a natural setting for scientific inquiry and student research on environmental processes and conditions that shape the local landscape. Intended for Liberal Studies majors and students pursuing a single subject teaching credential in science. (020916)

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Internship in Science Teaching
1.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: BIOL 101, GEOS 141, or faculty permission.

Students have the opportunity to work with elementary and middle school students in a science teaching/learning environment in the hands-on Science Education Laboratory facility on campus. The hands-on lessons provide early teaching experiences in science for undergraduates exploring teaching as a career. All lessons are based on the California content standards in science. Students cover instructional strategies as well as content as part of the one-hour teaching and two-hour follow-up laboratory experience. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule. ABC/no credit grading only. (015904)

Natural Science Education Course Offerings

Special Topics
1.0-3.0 Inquire

This course is offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. (006402)

Research Methods in Science Education.
3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: Admission to master's degree program in science teaching, NSCT 687, faculty permission.

The course focuses on quantitative and qualitative methods to conduct research in science education that informs and strengthens their classroom practice. Successful completion of the course requires students to develop a research proposal. This course is also offered as MTHE 680. (005930)

Physical Science for Elementary Teaching
3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: Teaching credential; three college science courses.

This course explores natural phenomena that are fundamental to all physical sciences. Teachers explore the connections between ideas in physical science (such as light, sound, color and motion) and work with problems and home activities that deepen their content knowledge and are applicable to teaching elementary science. 3.0 hours laboratory, 2.0 hours discussion. (006403)

Physical Science for Secondary Teaching
3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree in a science discipline; teaching credential.

This course explores natural phenomena that are fundamental to all physical sciences. Teachers explore the connections between ideas in physical science (such as energy, force, motion, and atomic theory) and work with problems and home activities that deepen their content knowledge and are applicable to teaching secondary physical science. 2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory. (006404)

Earth Science for Elementary Teaching
3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: Teaching credential; three college science courses.

This course examines fundamental concepts for teaching earth science in elementary school. An emphasis is placed on the design of field trips in the local landscape to connect elementary earth science curriculum with real-world applications. 2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory. (006405)

Earth Science for Secondary Teaching
3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree in a science discipline; teaching credential.

This course addresses the professional development needs of secondary earth science teaching. Emphasis is placed on developing students' conceptual understanding of fundamental concepts in earth science, and the integration of technology into the science classroom. 3.0 hours laboratory, 2.0 hours discussion. (006406)

Life Science for Elementary Teaching
3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: Teaching credential; three college science courses.

This course explores central life science concepts through an inquiry approach. Course content integrates plant and animal physiology, photosynthesis, respiration, ecology and evolution. Using these topics, participants develop lesson plans for implementation in their own classrooms. 2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory. (006407)

Life Science for Secondary Teaching
3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree in a science discipline; teaching credential.

This course emphasizes the application of biological principles in the real world. Course content is driven by participant interest and may include cell biology with human disease implications, genetics with biotechnology applications, and/or ecology and evolution with an outdoor explorations emphasis. 2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory. (006408)

Internship in Science Teaching
1.0-3.0 Inquire

This internship is offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Faculty permission is required. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only. (006409)

Thesis/Project Writing Seminar
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: NSCT 680 or permission of instructor.

Formulation and pursuit, with supervision, of advanced projects and theses. Emphasis is on planning, reading, discussing, and evaluating student's manuscript-in progress. This is a required course for the distance master's program, MA in Interdisciplinary Studies: Science Teaching. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 9.0 units. (006410)

Independent Study
1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is a graduate-level independent study offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 3.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only. (006412)

Special Topics in Science Education
3.0 EvnSp

Prerequisites: Teaching Credential; four college science courses (elementary track) or science bachelor's degree (secondary track).

Typically the topic is offered on a one-time basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. (006411)

Master's Project
1.0-6.0 Fa/Spr

This course is offered for 1.0-6.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (006418)

Master's Thesis
1.0-6.0 Fa/Spr

This course is offered for 1.0-6.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (006416)