Natural Science

Welcome to the Natural Science webpage. On this page you'll find the mission of the department, departmental student learning goals, a curricular map and assessment schedule, and progress made from the most recent Program Review Action Plan (2014-2015). If you have questions about the assessment findings or questions about the department, please contact Jen Schaefer, Natural Science Department Chair, at [email protected].

MISSION

Integrative Science students will make connections within and between two or more natural science disciplines and examine complex issues using multiple disciplinary perspectives.

In completing the major, Integrative Science students will develop the ability to effectively gather, integrate, evaluate, communicate, and responsibly use information to answer scientific questions and/or solve scientific problems.

Our graduates, therefore, will be prepared with the knowledge and skills to examine complex, multidisciplinary issues, and solve the challenging scientific problems that are presented by our complex, interconnected, and rapidly changing world.

STUDENT LEARNING GOALS

Students completing the Natural Science Major will be able:

  1. to use methods and processes from several scientific disciplines to conduct investigations that shed light on scientific problems
  2. to analyze qualitative and quantitative data from scientific investigations to determine whether the data support a particular hypothesis and to formulate a new hypothesis based on this analysis
  3. to integrate their understanding of various sciences and their methods to reason about and contribute to the solution of complex problems
  4. to evaluate the scientific ideas and claims of others in a well‐reasoned way
  5. to communicate these abilities both orally and in writing in a clear and concise way that reflects the standards of scientific communication

CURRICULAR MAP and ASSESSMENT SCHEDULE

Integrated Science (Natural Science) Curriculum Map; 
Submitted Spring 2017
  Dept/Course Number Dept/Course Number Dept/Course Number Dept/Course Number
Program Learning Goals 1st integration point:
ISCI 201 or ESSS 273
2nd integration point:
ISCI 301 or ESSS 306
or ESSS 308 or NUTR 330
or NUTR 331 or ISCI 310
Capstone: ISCI 398
or ESSS 397 or BIOL 397
or ESSS 396 or NUTR 396
NATS/ISCI 151
Identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively
and responsibly use quantitative and
qualitative information to share scientifically
related information.
B (S18) I (F17) A (S18)  
Use oral and written communication to
purposefully and effectively convey scientific
information.
B (S19) I (F18) A (S19)  
Effectively use the scientific process to evaluate
methodology and original data to synthesize
a conclusion based on this evaluation and the
context of disciplinary theories and/or the
scholarly literature.
B (S20) I (F19) A (S20)  
Effectively synthesize concepts,
scientific processes, and/or theories
from at least two scientific disciplines
to help understand and/or solve
a scientific question or problem
B (S21) I (F20) A (S21)  
COMMON CURRICULUM LEARNING GOALS
Conduct a scientific investigation as part
of a lab or field work to answer a given question
      X (F17, S18)
Solve or analyze challenging problems
using qualitative and/or quantitative
sources of information
      X (F16, S17)
Communicate clearly and concisely the
methods, results, and conclusions of
a scientific investigation
      X (F16, S17)
Evaluate information, ideas and scientific
claims using appropriate criteria
      X (F18, S19)
Key 1: X is where the goal is assessed (used with Common Curriculum Learning Goals) 
Key 2: I where the goal is introduced, P where it is Practiced, and A where it is assessed
Key 3: B where the beginner goal is assessed, I where the Intermediate goal is assessed and A where the advanced goal is assessed