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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: CHEM 490
Course Title: Senior Seminar
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

A seminar course required as a culminating experience prior to graduation for all seniors majoring in science. Students do library research project(s) in their major field. A grade of C or higher is required. Prerequisites: Senior standing, ENGL 112, CHEM 306; a minimum of 26 hours of coursework with CHEM prefix.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Senior standing, ENGL 112, CHEM 306; a minimum of 26 hours of coursework with CHEM prefix.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Spring.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Current scientific literature.

A Student Handbook for Writing in Biology
By Knisely, Karen (Sinauer)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Present scientific information to faculty and peers.
  2. Interpret the primary scientific literature of chemistry.
  3. Apply mathematical skills and chemical principles to solve problems that integrate the different fields of chemistry.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Definition of primary literature.
  • Accessing literature.
  • Critical analysis of scientific papers.
  • Formats for written and oral reports.
  • Student preparation of seminars and papers.
  • Administration of Academic Profile.
  • Administration of Major Field Test.
Culminating Experience Statement:

Material from this course may be tested on the History Assessment Test (HAT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Alan James Date: April 16, 2015
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.

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