- Path to a B.S. degree: You will prepare a plan of
study that results in a B.S. degree. This plan will take into account
the prerequisites for all courses, the periodicity and time when courses
are taught, and the best sequence for taking related courses. You will
consider the advantages of selecting particular electives.
- Path from a B.S. degree to a career: You will take
an "Assessment Interest Profiler." You will prepare a list
of careers that utilize your B.S. degree. You will examine the expectations
and responsibilities for several of these careers. You will prepare
a list of potential employers, graduate programs, or professional schools
that you may utilize in the future.
- Searching and using research literature: You will
exam the current research literature on a scientific topic of interest.
You will learn how to access and use the relevant databases. You will
prepare a short (~800 word) review of your topic. Assignments: a) 10
key references (at least 2 are to be less than one year old), b) outline
of review, c) first draft exchanged with student colleague for critique,
d) final document.
- Analyzing data with a spreadsheet: You will learn
how to use a spread sheet to analyze data and prepare a report. You
will have three project assignments to complete. You may work with student
colleagues to complete these projects.
- Biographical or historical perspective on science:
You will join a small group of student colleagues and read and discuss
a biographical or historical book on science. See the list of suggested
- Faculty presentation of current science: You will
increase your ability to profitably use the current scientific research
literature. Assignments: a) answer questions on pre-seminar assignment,
b) critically listen to faculty presentation of research, c) answer
questions on post seminar assignment.
Assist you at having an accurate understanding of the challenges and
rewards of a science major and to equip you with certain essential professional
skills that will be used throughout your career.
- De kruif, Paul, "Microbe Humters," 1926, various publishers
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