Special Topics in Biology

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Course Description:
This course is designed to allow students to participate in a supervised study or research participation in a specific science-related area in Biology, Chemistry or Physics. Students must have instructor approval of the topic before enrolling in the course. This course is only open to students who are enrolled in the Science Education program or who are trying to meet teacher certificate requirements.


Course Details


At least two of the following:  PHY 1053/1054, BSC 2010/2011, or CHM 1045/1046, with the corresponding laboratories, or consent of the department.





Required textbooks/ course materials:

No textbook or course materials are required to purchase for this course.



Assignment/course outline:

See first-day handout.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

BSC 4930 is not a General Education core course.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods
  • Research biology topics, make conjectures, and arrive at conclusions under the instructor’s supervision.
  • Conduct a presentation on the results obtained from the research topic.
  • Understand the relevance of reviewing current papers germane to topics of discussion.


Reports/Presentations, Projects, Problem-Solving

Reports/Presentations, Writing Assignments



Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

Directed individual study. The instructor will be available during office hours for individual assistance.


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