Natural Sciences

(not a field of concentration)

Students without extensive background in science who wish to receive a general introduction to the natural sciences should elect NSCI 120 and/or NSCI 121. NSCI 120 and NSCI 121 count toward Dearborn Discovery Core (DDC) requirements.

NSCI 120     Matter, Energy, and Life I     4 Credit Hours

A general science course with emphasis on basic principles and their applications. Includes basic life processes, the fundamentals of chemistry and physics, and human systems and genetics. NSCI 120 is complementary to but not a prerequisite for NSCI 121. Students cannot use both NSCI 120 and BIOL 100 to satisfy the natural sciences distribution requirements. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory. (OC).

Corequisite(s): NSCI 120L

NSCI 121     Matter, Energy, and Life II     4 Credit Hours

A general science course with emphasis on basic principles and their applications. Includes ecology and evolution, energy and energy technology, geology and astronomy. NSCI 121 is complementary to, but may be taken independently of, NSCI 120. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory. (F,S).

Corequisite(s): NSCI 121L

NSCI 231     Inquiry: Physical Science     3 Credit Hours

This course develops a strong conceptual understanding of physical science. Prospective K-8 teachers will participate in the same kind of inquiry-based experiences that they will use in their own teaching. Topics will include light and color, matter, and motion. (F,W,S)

Prerequisite(s): EXPS 220

NSCI 232     Inquiry:Earth/Planet Science     3 Credit Hours

This course develops a strong conceptual understanding of earth and planetary science. Prospective K-8 teachers will participate in the same kind of inquiry-based experiences that they will use in their own teaching. Topics will include geology, weather, and astronomy. (F,W,S)

Prerequisite(s): EXPS 220

NSCI 233     Inquiry: Life Science     3 Credit Hours

This course develops a strong conceptual understanding of Life Science. Prospective K-8 teachers will participate in the same kind of inquiry-based experiences that they will use in their own teaching. Topics will include characteristics of life, plants and animals, and ecology. (F,W,S)

Prerequisite(s): EXPS 220

NSCI 290     Projects in Natural Sciences     1 to 2 Credit Hours

An opportunity for non-science and lower-division science students to carry out independent projects in the natural sciences under the supervision of a faculty member. Projects range from laboratory and field observations to the development of materials and apparatus for use in laboratory exercises and classroom demonstration. In general, one credit hour corresponds to four hours of work per week. Permission of instructor. (F,W).

NSCI 295     Topics in Natural Sciences     1 to 3 Credit Hours

An introduction to the themes of the natural sciences reflecting their interactions with one another and society. Topics vary and are announced in the current time schedule. The course may be repeated no more than once under a different topic. One to three hours lecture, seminar, or field study.

NSCI 325     Gender, Science & Engineering     3 Credit Hours

Explores some of the history of women in science and engineering, the current status of women in science and engineering, and feminist theory in research. Topics include cultural influences on women in science and engineering, careers and life balance, and a feminist approach to scientific and engineering teaching and research.

NSCI 331     Phy. Sci. & Everyday Thinking     3 Credit Hours

Full Title: Physical Science and Everyday Thinking An inquiry-based physical science course suitable for prospective or practicing elementary teachers majoring or minoring in science studies. Students will construct meaningful understanding of physics and chemistry concepts through discussion, hands-on experiences and computer simulations. Specific topics will include the application of the atomic model to the behavior of gases, physical changes, and chemical changes. A learning-cycle pedagogy will be employed that consists of elicitation of initial student ideas, development of new or modified ideas, building student consensus on final ideas, and the application of ideas to new situations (F, W, S).

NSCI 332     Inquiry: Mich Earth Science     3 Credit Hours

This course develops a strong conceptual understanding of earth science as it applies to the state of Michigan. Prospective K-8 teachers will participate in the same kind of inquiry-based experiences that they will use in their own teaching. Topics will include landforms, water, weather and seasons in Michigan.

Prerequisite(s): NSCI 232 or GEOL 118

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Undergrad Certification only or Post-baccalaureate Cert only or Sophomore or Junior or Senior
Can enroll if Degree is Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science
Can enroll if College is Arts, Sciences, and Letters or Education, Health, and Human Services

NSCI 333     Inquiry: PBL in Life Science     3 Credit Hours

A problem-based learning course suitable for prospective or practicing elementary and middle-school teachers who major or minor in integrated science studies. This course builds on and reinforces content learned at the introductory level by applying life science concepts to complex real-world problems presented in class. Students will work in small groups to identify and research concepts and principles they need to know in order to progress through the real-world life science problems. The case studies used will require the understanding and application of concepts in cell structure and function, genetics, animal and plant physiology, and ecology.

Prerequisite(s): NSCI 233 or BIOL 130

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Undergrad Certification only or Post-baccalaureate Cert only or Sophomore or Junior or Senior
Can enroll if College is Arts, Sciences, and Letters or Education, Health, and Human Services

NSCI 390     Topics in Natural Sciences     1 to 3 Credit Hours

A course in special topics current to natural sciences. Topic and format (seminar, lecture and laboratory) for the course may vary. See current Schedule of Classes. (OC).

NSCI 415     Nutrition and Health     3 Credit Hours

The influence of nutrition on physical and mental development from conception to adulthood. Topics include: 1) definition and function of the essential nutrients for people, 2) basic principles of human growth and development, 3) the causes and consequences of under- and over-nutrition, 4) feeding practices for infants and children and the development of food habits, 5) nutrients and food problems in the local region and in global perspective. Students cannot receive credit for both NSCI 415 and NSCI 515. (YR).

Prerequisite(s): ANTH 101

NSCI 490     Topics in Natural Sciences     1 to 3 Credit Hours

A course in special topics current to natural sciences. Topic and format (seminar, lecture and laboratory) may vary. See current Schedule of Classes. (OC).

NSCI 490A     Topics in Natural Science     1 Credit Hour

Topic: Workshop Science Teaching in Elementary/Middle School, This course will help you identify and correct weaknesses in your scientific knowledge so that your will be prepared to successfully complete the Michigan Teacher Test for Teacher Certification General and Integrated Science.

NSCI 497     Natural Sciences Colloquium     1 Credit Hour

A series of colloquia on selected topics representing frontier areas of current research in the natural sciences. Lectures by guest speakers invited by the department constitute a major component of the course. One hour seminar. (F).

NSCI 498     Independent Study in NSCI     1 to 3 Credit Hours

Provides an opportunity for students to pursue independent library-based research or readings under the direction of a faculty member. For students who wish to study an area that is interdisciplinary rather than an area focused on a single science. The student and the faculty member must complete a contract outlining the area to be studied and the product of the research.

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Undergrad Certification only or Undergraduate NCFD or Undergraduate NCFD or Junior or Senior
Can enroll if College is Arts, Sciences, and Letters

NSCI 499     Laboratory Research in NSCI     1 to 3 Credit Hours

Provides an opportunity for students to pursue independent laboratory-based research under the direction of a faculty member. For students who wish to study an area that is interdisciplinary rather than an area focused on a specific science. The student and the faculty member must complete a contract outlining the area to be studied and the product of the research.

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Undergrad Certification only or Undergraduate NCFD or Undergraduate NCFD or Junior or Senior
Can enroll if College is Arts, Sciences, and Letters

 
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An asterisk denotes that a course may be taken concurrently.

Frequency of Offering

The following abbreviations are used to denote the frequency of offering: (F) fall term; (W) winter term; (S) summer term; (F, W) fall and winter terms; (YR) once a year; (AY) alternating years; (OC) offered occasionally