Catalogue 2014 - 2015

ED 545 Concepts and Methods of Natural Sciences


3 cr.


Graduate standing.

Course Description

Open only to students in MEEE program. This course examines the principle ideas and theories of the natural sciences. It begins with an introduction to the approach used by the natural sciences to study the universe, the scientific method. Eight major ideas in the natural sciences: the basic laws of physics governing forces and motion, atomic and kinetic theory, the big bang theory of the origin of the universe, patterns of chemical change and the periodic table, the structure of the earth and plate tectonics, biological evolution, the unity of all living things from cells to ecosystems, and DNA structure and function are then examined in the context of their historical development and the scientific method. Finally, the interaction between science and the real world through technology will be explored and the method of benefit/risk analysis will be introduced. Laboratory experiments, group work, and problem solving will be emphasized.


Formerly CHEM 515