Scientific Literacy

Scientific literacy is crucial for understanding the issues that affect the future for all people, locally, nationally, and globally. Drake students will gain a basic understanding of content, methods, and contributions of science through courses rooted in the content of the life/behavioral and physical sciences. Through significant exposure to experiment and theory, students will be able to meaningfully interpret and evaluate scientific information for personal and professional applications as engaged citizens. All courses that fulfill this AOI will engage students to achieve basic scientific literacy; individual courses will pursue the additional outcomes as appropriate to their disciplinary or interdisciplinary focus. Drake students will complete two courses in this area of inquiry, including one in the life/behavioral sciences and one in the physical sciences. At least one course taken for this AOI will include a laboratory or field experience. Students will be able to:

  1. Apply the methods of science for the generation, collection, assessment, and interpretation of scientific date and/or phenomena.
  2. Use scientific methods and ways of thinking to solve problems.
  3. Describe scientific theories on cognitive and behavioral, intellectual, or physical development.
  4. Articulate the interrelationship of the development of human societies with the natural world around them.
  5. Articulate the relevance of science to the global community in order to serve as active stewards for the natural environment.

* Special rules for courses with SMCE prefix: SMCE courses integrate physical science, life science and math. The first SMCE course may be counted toward physical science or life science, but not both. A student taking two SMCE courses will be considered to have fulfilled the physical science, life science AND quantitative requirements. SMCE courses may be taken in any order.

Approved Course List:
Physical Science   Life/Behavioral Science

ASTR 001 Descriptive Astronomy (w/optional lab)
CHEM 001/003 General Chemistry I w/lab
CHEM 006/007 Chemistry for the Informed Citizen w/lab
CHEM 97/98 Organic Chemistry I w/lab
CHEM 108/110 Organic Chemistry II w/lab
ENSP 022 Meteorology: The Science of Weather
ENSP 027 Environmental Hazards
ENSP 041/GEOL 001 Principles of Geology
ENSP 105 Environmental Geology
ENSP 135 Global Climate Change: Science and Policy Issues
PHSC 001 Physical Science I
PHSC 051 Energy and the Environment
PHY 001 Intro Physics I
PHY 005 Intro Topics in Physics
PHY 011 General Physics I
SMCE 001 Science and Math for Civic Engagement: Nutrition*
SMCE 002 Science and Math for Civic Engagement: The Iowa Environment*
STEM110/210 Integrated Science I
STEM111/211 Integrated Science II
AP - Chemistry
AP - Physics B
AP - Physics C Elec & Mag
AP - Physics C Mechanics
IB - Chemistry Higher Level
IB - Chemistry Subsidiary
IB - Physics Higher Level
IB - Physics Subsidiary
CLEP - Chemistry General

  BIO 001/001L Biological Sciences w/lab
BIO 012/012L General and Pre-Professional Biology w/lab
BIO 013/013L General and Pre-Professional Biology II w/lab
BIO 019/BIO 019L Intro to Botany w/lab
BIO 030 Personal Fitness & Nutrition
BIO 092/092L Ethnobotony w/ lab
BIO 111 Evolved Foodways
CHEM 006/007 Chemistry for the Informed Citizen w/lab
CHEM 97/98 Organic Chemistry I w/lab
CHEM 108/110 Organic Chemistry II w/lab
COUN 160 Medical & Psychological Aspects of Disability
ENSP 035/036 One Earth: Global Environmental Science w/lab
ENSP 055 Tropical Ecology
NSCI001: Intro to Neuroscience: Scientific Literacy
PSY 001 Intro to Psychology
SMCE 001 Science and Math for Civic Engagement: Nutrition*
SMCE 002 Science and Math for Civic Engagement: The Iowa Environment*
STEM110/210 Integrated Science I
STEM111/211 Integrated Science II
AP - Biology
AP - Psychology
IB - Biology Higher Level
IB - Biology Subsidiary
CLEP - Biology General

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