Approved April 25, 2005
This learning outcome focuses on the process of science. The expectation is that students will understand how scientists explore the natural world. The language is based on the first SUNY natural science learning outcome.
The proper use and understanding of terminology is one gauge of "introductory abstract" thinking in the natural sciences. The requirement of both life science and physical science component is based on our preliminary discussions of the structure of the natural science requirement in IF.
This brief and simple learning objective could be met by, inter alia, the "experimental experience" that we would like to see included in all natural science IF courses. The experience could be the full laboratory component that we have in many of our introductory majors courses or by the type of "lab module" that the Geography Department uses in its World’s Natural Environments course. In a psychology course, it could mean having the class engage in the coding of taped behavior and then calculating and/or discussing inter-rater reliability. The college should move in the direction of requiring that all natural science cognate courses include this experimental/laboratory experience.
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