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Courses in the Scientific Inquiry (SI) domain are designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn the methods of modern science and its impact in understanding the world around us. Courses are designed to help students develop a more complete perspective about science and the scientific process, including:

  • an understanding of the major principles guiding modern scientific thought;
  • a comprehension of the varying approaches and aspects of science;
  • an appreciation of the connection among the sciences and the fundamental role of mathematics in practicing science;
  • an awareness of the roles and limitations of theories and models in interpreting, understanding, and predicting natural phenomena; and
  • a realization of how these theories and models change or are supplanted as our knowledge increases.

Where required, the Quantitative Reasoning and Technological Literacy sequence (LSP 120 & LSP 121) is a prerequisite for SI Domain courses. Students have the option to test out of one or both of these courses. Generally, three SI courses are required; depending on their program of study students may be required to take a designated SI Science as a Way of Knowing (SWK), SI Lab, or both. Students who complete both LSP 120 and LSP 121 will have their total Domain Area requirements reduced by one. Within the SI Domain, only non-lab SI courses are eligible for this reduction.

Learning Outcomes

Scientific Inquiry: Science as a Way of Knowing

​Students will be able to:

  • Identify the types of questions that can and cannot be answered by science, and recognize the strengths and limitations of science in answering questions about the natural world.
  • Critically evaluate the assumptions that underlie scientific investigations.
  • Substantiate the claim that scientific knowledge is durable but can evolve with new evidence and perspectives.
  • Connect evidence to the predictions made by theories and hypotheses, and then assess the extent to which the presented evidence supports or refutes a scientific claim.
  • Evaluate the role of creativity, curiosity, skepticism, open‐mindedness and diligence of individuals in scientific discovery and innovation.
  • Recognize the uncertainty inherent in the scientific approach and evaluate scientists’ efforts to minimize and understand its effect through experimental design, data collection, data analysis and interpretation.
  • Evaluate the role of communication, collaboration, diversity and peer review in promoting scientific progress and the quality of scientific evidence and ideas, and ensuring compliance with ethical standards.
  • Determine the extent to which science both influences and is influenced by the societies
  • Apply scientific approaches to problem solving and decision‐making in their own lives, and evaluate how scientific knowledge informs policies, regulations, and personal decisions.

Scientific Inquiry: Lab

​Students will be able to:

  • Pose meaningful scientific questions and generate testable scientific hypotheses.
  • Plan, design and conduct scientific investigations in a collaborative environment using appropriate tools and techniques to gather relevant data in order to test and revise scientific hypotheses.
  • Develop explanations of natural phenomena.
  • Address variability in the data and recognize and analyze alternative explanations and predictions.
  • Communicate scientific procedures, results, and explanations and engage in arguments based on scientific evidence.

Scientific Inquiry: Elective

Students will be able to:

  • Apply appropriate concepts, tools, and techniques of scientific inquiry.
  • Describe how natural scientific, mathematical, and/or computational methodologies function as mechanisms for inquiry.
  • Explain the interaction between the content of their SI-Elective course and other scientific disciplines or the broader society.

Courses

Below please find examples of courses previously offered for scientific inquiry credit. For information on current offerings, please consult Campus Connection.

Scientific Inquiry: Science as a Way of Knowing Courses

Course Title Quarter Hours
Biology
BIO 104EVOLUTION AND SOCIETY4
BIO 110EVOLUTION IN HEALTH AND MEDICINE4
BIO 120THE SCIENCE AND ART OF VISION4
BIO 122INTRODUCTION TO PALEOBIOLOGY4
Chemistry
CHE 104CHEMICALS, DRUGS AND LIVING SYSTEMS4
Education
EDU 125THE SCIENCE OF HUMAN COGNITION4
Environmental Science
ENV 101INTRO TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE WITHOUT LAB4
ENV 118EARTH THROUGH TIME4
Geography
GEO 219WOMEN AND SCIENCE4
Health Sciences
HLTH 150DISCOVERING DISEASE: SMALL POX, HIV, AND ZIKA4
Physics
PHY 200LIGHT AND ATOMS4
PHY 204FRONTIERS OF THE UNIVERSE4
PHY 205EINSTEIN'S PECULIAR IDEAS4
PHY 120HOW THINGS WORK4
Public Health
MPH 101THE SCIENCE OF PROTECTING THE PUBLIC'S HEALTH4
School of Continuing and Professional Studies (formerly SNL)
SNC 225BIODIVERSITY4

 Scientific Inquiry: Lab Courses

Course Title Quarter Hours
Anthropology
ANT 104INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY4
ANT 120SCIENCE OF ARCHAEOLOGY4
Art, Media, and Design
ART 223LIGHT, COLOR, AND PHOTOGRAPHY4
Biological Sciences
BIO 155INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGY WITH LABORATORY4
BIO 156FOOD, FUEL FOR LIFE4
BIO 160MARINE BIOLOGY WITH LAB4
BIO 161INFECTIOUS DISEASES AND IMMUNITY WITH LABORATORY4
BIO 162THE BRAIN: BIOLOGY AND BEHAVIOR4
BIO 166INTRODUCTION TO PLANT BIOLOGY WITH LAB4
BIO 191GENERAL BIOLOGY I FOR SCIENCE MAJORS4
BIO 192GENERAL BIOLOGY II FOR SCIENCE MAJORS4
BIO 193GENERAL BIOLOGY III FOR SCIENCE MAJORS4
BIO 202HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY4
Chemistry
CHE 103ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY4
CHE 105EXPLORING NUTRIENTS/SCIENCE OF NUTRITION4
CHE 107PROTEINS AND THEIR GENES4
CHE 109FORENSIC CHEMISTRY4
CHE 130GENERAL CHEMISTRY I3
CHE 131GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY1
CHE 132GENERAL CHEMISTRY II3
CHE 133GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II1
CHE 134GENERAL CHEMISTRY III3
CHE 135GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY III1
Computer Graphics and Animation
GPH 259DESIGN GEOMETRY4
Environmental Science
ENV 102INTRO TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE WITH LAB4
ENV 115ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY4
ENV 117EARTH THROUGH TIME WITH LABORATORY4
Film and Television Production
FILM 254IMAGE, OPTICS AND CINEMATIC MOTION (FORMERLY DC 274)4
Nursing
NSG 230WOMEN'S HEALTH: THE PHYSICAL SELF4
NSG 232MEN'S HEALTH: THE PHYSICAL SELF4
Physics
PHY 110BASIC ELECTRONICS: PRINCIPLES & TECHNIQUES4
PHY 114EXPLORING OTHER WORLDS4
PHY 150GENERAL PHYSICS I4
PHY 151GENERAL PHYSICS II4
PHY 152GENERAL PHYSICS III4
PHY 155GENERAL PHYSICS6
PHY 156GENERAL PHYSICS6
PHY 170UNIVERSITY PHYSICS I4
PHY 171UNIVERSITY PHYSICS II4
PHY 172UNIVERSITY PHYSICS III4
PHY 206SOUND AND ACOUSTICS4
PHY 232INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL ELECTRONICS4

 Scientific Inquiry: Elective Courses

Course Title Quarter Hours
Anthropology
ANT 270HUMAN EVOLUTION4
ANT 272INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY4
Biology
BIO 115INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGY4
BIO 118MARINE BIOLOGY4
BIO 121INFECTIOUS DISEASES AND IMMUNITY4
BIO 126BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR4
BIO 128STRESS, HORMONES AND THE NERVOUS SYSTEM4
BIO 134HOW THE HUMAN BODY WORKS4
Chemistry
CHE 100OUR CHEMICAL WORLD4
CHE 102MOLECULES THAT SHAPED THE WORLD4
Computer Science
CSC 200SURVEY OF COMPUTING4
CSC 270FROM FIREFLIES TO FACEBOOK: THE SCIENCE OF NETWORKS4
E-Commerce Technology
ECT 250INTERNET, COMMERCE, AND SOCIETY4
Environmental Science
ENV 116GEOLOGY OF THE ENVIRONMENT4
ENV 200CITIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT4
ENV 202RESOURCES, POPULATION, AND THE ENVIRONMENT4
ENV 204ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT4
ENV 230GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE4
French
FCH 333PASTEUR, MICROBES AND 19TH CENTURY FRANCE4
Geography
GEO 101ENVIRONMENTAL GEOGRAPHY4
GEO 141GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS I: DIGITAL MAPPING4
GEO 210ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION4
GEO 225EARTH'S CHANGING CLIMATE4
GEO 243REMOTE SENSING4
Human Computer Interaction
HCI 201MULTIMEDIA AND THE WORLD WIDE WEB4
Information Technology
IT 130INTRODUCTORY COMPUTING FOR THE WEB4
IT 223DATA ANALYSIS4
IT 240INTRODUCTION TO DATABASES4
IT 263APPLIED NETWORKS AND SECURITY4
Mathematics
MAT 135BUSINESS CALCULUS I4
MAT 137BUSINESS STATISTICS4
MAT 147CALCULUS WITH INTEGRATED PRECALCULUS I6
MAT 148CALCULUS WITH INTEGRATED PRECALCULUS II6
MAT 149CALCULUS WITH INTEGRATED PRECALCULUS III6
MAT 150CALCULUS I4
MAT 151CALCULUS II4
MAT 152CALCULUS III4
MAT 160CALCULUS FOR MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE MAJORS I5
MAT 161CALCULUS FOR MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE MAJORS II5
MAT 162CALCULUS FOR MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE MAJORS III5
MAT 170CALCULUS FOR LIFE SCIENCES I5
MAT 171CALCULUS FOR LIFE SCIENCES II5
MAT 172CALCULUS III WITH DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS5
Physics
PHY 104THE SUN & ITS PLANETS4
PHY 120HOW THINGS WORK4
PHY 205EINSTEIN'S PECULIAR IDEAS4
PHY 220OCEANOGRAPHY4
PHY 225EARTH'S CHANGING CLIMATE4
PHY 236THE SCIENCE OF DIGITAL AUDIO4
Psychology
PSY 241RESEARCH METHODS I4
School of Continuing and Professional Studies (formerly SNL)
SNC 193SEXUAL ORIENTATION & SCIENCE4
SNC 207URBAN DIRT4
SNC 209EXPLORING EARTH'S PHYSICAL FEATURES4
SNC 210PREHISTORIC LIFE4
Sociology
SOC 224INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICAL REASONING4
STEM Studies
STEM 231INTRODUCTION TO EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE (WITHOUT LAB)4
Telecommunication and Data Systems
TDC 261BASIC COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS4