An independent investigation in some area of the natural sciences. A choice of topic for research is made, and a written description of the proposed research including bibliographical references is submitted. Required of Natural Science majors.
Prerequisite: Senior standing. One semester; one credit.
|Textbooks||No specific textbook is required. The student is expected to use scientific journals.|
|Prerequisites||The student should have completed introductory courses in biology, chemistry, and physics, as well as some upper level courses in his or her primary science area.|
|Goals||The course is intended to give the student experience in searching the scientific literature, experimental design, experimental methods, evaluation of experimental results, scientific writing, and technical presentation.|
|The student may choose any topic for research but the topic must be approved by the instructor prior to commencing the research. The following sequence is to be followed. Deadlines for the four tasks will be set by the instructor.
|Final Exam||There is no final exam in this course.|
|Performance Evaluation||Student performance is rated by a final letter grade that is determined by the quality and timeliness of the four tasks listed above.|
|Resources||The course instructor is available outside of the classroom a minimum of 10 hours per week for individual help.|
|Attendance||You must attend the weekly meetings regularly. Failure to do so will result in deduction of grade points.|
Dr. Marguerite Cooper, Associate Professor of Chemistry|