Study of applied research in the natural sciences, with special emphasis on experimental design and methodology, data generation and critical analysis, and scientific writing and presentation. Cross-listed as ENVS 395 and CHEM 395. Students majoring in biology, chemistry, or environmental studies must earn a grade of C or higher. Prerequisites: Fifteen semester hours of BIOL, ENVS, and/or CHEM courses; junior standing; a grade of C or better in BIOL/PSYC/SOCI 324.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Fifteen semester hours of BIOL, ENVS, and/or CHEM courses; junior standing; a grade of C or better in BIOL/PSYC/SOCI 324.
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Offered Fall and Spring.
Most current editions of the following:
Material for this class will include primary literature. In addition, texts addressing aspects of research design in the natural sciences are suitable, such as:
Writing in Biology
By K. Knisely (Sinauer) Recommended
Experimental Design for the Life Sciences
By Ruxton and Colegrave (Oxford) Recommended
Introduction to the Philosophy of Science
By Salmon, M. H. (Hackett Publishing Co.) Recommended
By Giere (Univ. of Chicago Press) Recommended
Becoming a Critical Thinker
By Ruggiero (Houghton Mifflin) Recommended
Doing Science: Design, Analysis, and Communication of Scientific Research
By Valiela (Oxford University Press) Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Explain how research questions are designed according to scientific methods.
Use and analyze variables, relationships, theories, and hypotheses relating to current scientific problems/studies.
Implement appropriate sampling and measurement techniques for data analysis.
Evaluate appropriate methodologies for specific research problems in the field and/or laboratory.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
Philosophy and history of science
Searching and using scientific literature
Scientific writing and presentation
The scientific method
Generation and analysis of data
Ethical issues in research
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section.
However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.