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2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog Archived Catalog

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LS 151 - STEM Literacy and Research

Credit(s): 1

This is an interdisciplinary course designed for students who are interested in science,technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). The course covers the philosophical foundations of contemporary science and mathematics; the creation and development of scientific research; scientific information vs. values, ethics, culture, economics, and politics; and the evaluation of popular and scientific media. Students will attend research seminars as part of this course where they will apply their understanding of these foundations, learn to think likea scientist, and identify how they will contribute to their field of interest. This course may be repeated for a total of three credits. Students receiving financial aid or veteran’s benefits should check with the Financial Aid Office before repeating this course. (Spring Semester)

Course Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students will be able to
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic philosophical foundations of contemporary science and mathematics.
  • Understand the principles and methods used by the STEM disciplines in order to gather, validate and comprehend the natural world.
  • Understand the creation of scientific information including the peer-review process, research funding and publication, perspectives of research organizations and potential conflicts of interest.
  • Distinguish between scientific information and values, ethics, culture, economics, or politics including claims and evidence found in media sources.
  • Synthesize STEM information and apply it to decision-making.
  • Develop skills in formulating probing questions for research presenters, and the reading, analysis, and explanation of research articles.

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