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Physical & Life Sciences Pathways Required Core

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A course in this area must meet all of the following learning outcomes. A student will: · Identify and apply the fundamental concepts and methods of a life or physical science.· Apply the scientific method to explore natural phenomena, including hypothesis development, observation, experimentation, measurement, data analysis, and data presentation. · Use the tools of a scientific discipline to carry out collaborative laboratory2 investigations. · Gather, analyze, and interpret data and present it in an effective written laboratory or fieldwork report. · Identify and apply research ethics and unbiased assessment in gathering and reporting scientific data.

This category roughly articulates to the lab science requirement of Stage 2E. However, courses in this category be 3 credits, meet for only 3 hours and must meet the learning objectives of the category. Courses can also be co-requisite with courses in Scientific World. Courses with more than 3 credits that are required for STEM majors can be included (the so-called STEM Variant). Many courses meet the STEM variant and are ANTHP 101, 102; BIOL 100, 102, 125, 150, 160, CHEM 102, 104, 105, 106, 111, 112, 120, 121, PGEOG 130, PHYS 110, 111, 120, 121. However, the college must offer enough 3cr/3hr courses for non-STEM majors before the STEM variant can be activated. The following courses will be offered and are expected to provide sufficient seats for non-science majors:

a. 3cr/3hr – linked to Scientific World: ASTRO; GEOL 101
b. 3cr – not linked to Scientific World: CHEM 101, Human Biology (ANTHP), Digital Earth (PGEOG)


Physical & Life Sciences

Information Literacy Integration

The library provides information literacy curricula for the courses (all 100 level) specified in this area by providing:

1. Library instruction sesslons to students enrolled in Block programs which include 100 level core courses.  These sessions are integrated into the Eng 120 block curricula, and are aligned with the subject areas covered by the core subjects in the block (e.g. Health and Community, Science and the Medical Professions, etc.

2. Library instruction sessions by request of core course faculty

3. LIbGuide module subject guides for BiologyChemistryGeography and Environmental Sciences, and Physics and Astronomy which can certainly be integrated into course curricula to direct students to relevant information resources.

4. Individual research consultations

5. Regularly scheduled bibliographic management workshops

6. Academic Integrity tutorials on citation, plagiarism and ethical uses of information sources which are accessible to faculty and students on the Libraries' Information Literacy Commons site; the Libraries are working with Student Services to develop a Hunter College Academic Integrity tutorial and assessment that may include a plagiarism poll.


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