Welcome to SCI 110: Origins: From the Big Bang to Life on Earth. This is a "zero-cost textbook course" and will not require you to purchase a textbook. All of the readings will be available at this website or on Blackboard.
This three-credit course is an overview of some of the most significant scientific discoveries affecting our understanding of the natural world, and the data and evidence that support these ideas. This spectrum of understanding ranges from how we have come to understand the age of our universe-to how we have come to understand the molecular basis of all living things. Students will examine the scientific processes and evidence behind phenomena and will be challenged to think critically about important discoveries in science.
At the completion of this course, students will:
1. Identify and apply the fundamental concepts and methods of a life or physical science.
2. Apply the scientific method to explore natural phenomena, including hypothesis development, observation, experimentation, measurement, data analysis, and data presentation.
3. Use the tools of a scientific discipline to carry out collaborative laboratory investigations.
4. Gather, analyze, and interpret data and present it in an effective written laboratory or fieldwork report.
5. Identify and apply research ethics and unbiased assessment in gathering and reporting scientific data.