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Astronomy
Introductory level astronomy. The course focuses not only the science of astronomy but also on how astronomers learn about the night sky. Students spend considerable time with data, both raw (which in astronomy is ...

Earth's Natural Resource Systems
Earth's Natural Resource Systems is designed to introduce students to fundamental concepts in the Earth sciences related to rock and mineral resources, water resources, soil resources, and their role and ...

The Nature of Science in Science Teaching
This course explores philosophical and sociological questions related to the scientific enterprise. The understandings developed are then applied to questions about teaching and learning science.

Planetary Climate Change
What are weather and climate, how has climate changed in the past, how do we know, what causes climate to change, and how can we predict future climate? Planetary Climate Change explores scientists' current ...

General Geology lab
This is the lab portion of General Geology (Geology 101), and is designed for novice scientists or science-phobic students. Different aspects of the process of science are addressed each week in the context of ...

How to use the HR diagram
Astronomy students learn how to use the Hertsprung-Russel diagram by plotting stellar data. HR diagram then reveals evolutionary stage of stars.

Mineral Cleavage: a practical experiment
In this geology activity, students investigate the physical property of mineral cleavage by physically trying to break down a block of halite and describing the results. This lab addresses many misunderstandings non-majors have about the physical properties of minerals and includes a brief write up of their conclusions.

Introduction to Geology
In Intro to Geology, students discover how to read and interpret landscapes and the geological products that they comprise. Topics explored include minerals, igneous processes, weathering, landslides, streams, ...

Book Report - Practitioners of Science
Students read a book written by a practitioner of science and relate it to the nature of science. Components of the 1-2 page written report include a brief summary of the book, connections to course topics, and a bibliographic citation.




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