The Natural World

Course Structure

A menu of five-hour lecture/lab courses to be taken from the first year onward. Courses not required of science majors.

Learning Objectives

  • To gain awareness of some significant scientific theories and achievements, and to recognize how they are related both to other areas of science and to our understanding of broader societal issues.
  • To develop an understanding of the methods of natural science and a capacity to reason scientifically.
  • To experience first-hand the scientific process through discovery-based learning.

Learning Outcomes used for Assessment

  • Students will demonstrate content knowledge.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to explain how knowledge of scientific theories guide society’s understanding of broader societal issues.
  • Students will experience the methods of science including implementation of the scientific method, data collection, data analysis, and the interpretation of data.


Exemption after successful completion of at least 8 hours of laboratory science.