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Integrated Science





Fall 2013
August 26 - December 13
Lecture: T, Th 10:00-11:15
Integrated Science
NSC 45303
School of Science


Professor:  Dr. Linda Sigismondi
Phone:      740 245-7484
Email:       lindas@rio.edu
Office:      Kidd Hall 100B
Office Hours: MWF 12:30-1:20, T 12:30-2:30

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is a capstone course for science majors. Topics include: contemporary events and current research results from Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Each topic will be approached in an interdisciplinary manner that includes historical background, contributions from various cultures, major findings, technology used, and societal implications. Each student will be involved in an inquiry-based research project that involves lab or field data collection, statistical analysis, and interpretation of results.

PREREQUISITES: Junior/Senior standing with a major/minor in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, or Physics; or teacher licensure in Adolescent to Young Adult or Middle Childhood Concentration in Science.



Class Web Site: http://www.rio.edu/lindas/Integrated-Science.cfm

PROGRAM OUTCOMES--The following outcomes have been adopted for the education degree programs for which this course is required:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of student learning and development as well as a respect for the diversity of the students they will teach.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and an understanding of the content area(s) for which they have instructional responsibility.
  • Demonstrate their ability to use varied assessments to inform instruction, evaluate and ensure student learning.
  • Plan and deliver effective instruction which will advance the learning of each of their students.
  • Create learning environments that promote high levels of learning and achievement for all students.
  • Demonstrate the ability to collaborate and communicate with students, parents, other educators, administrators and the community to support student learning.
  • Assume responsibility for professional growth, performance and involvement as an individual and as a member of a learning community
PROGRAM OUTCOMES--The following outcomes have been adopted for the environmental science degree programs for which this course is an elective:
  • Explain, using appropriate terminology, the major concepts in environmental science including major environmental problems, their causes, consequences, and potential solutions.
  • Explain the fundamentals of scientific inquiry, interpret the results of scientific investigations, and draw reasonable conclusions from data.
  • Explain, using appropriate terminology, the basic principles of biology, chemistry, and geology.
  • Explain, using appropriate terminology, the basic principles of the social sciences including economics, government and sociology.
  • Explain, using appropriate terminology, the major environmental laws in the United States.
  • Function successfully in an environmental science internship. 
COURSE OUTCOMES:  The following outcomes have been adopted for this course.  All outcomes listed below have direct relevance to course material.  Upon completion of this course students are expected to:
  • To understand the nature of science.
  • To understand the scientific method including overall process, experimental design and data analysis.
  • To understand current issues in science including historical context, societal implications and relationships to technology.
  • To carry out an independent research project.
  • To present information to others both orally and in writing.



Plagiarism: Plagiarism refers to copying and passing off another’s work as one’s own.  It includes copying information from published sources such as books, journals and webpages without appropriate citations.  It also includes copying the work of another student.  All students in the class are expected to do their own work.  Two (or more) students should not submit the same paper even if they worked together.  Plagiarized work will receive a zero. 

Late Papers: Students are expected to turn in all activities and assignments on time.  Occasionally, it may be necessary to take an activity home to finish.  If so, the completed activity is to be turned in the next class day.  Any late material will lose 10% per class day.



ADA POLICY: If a student wishes to be identified as having a physical, mental, or learning disability, that may or may not require reasonable accommodation(s), he/she must register with the Office of Accessibility.  These registered students should identify themselves to their instructors and provide a written statement from the Accessibility Office that indicates the appropriate accommodations.  The process of a student self-proclaiming the need for accommodation should occur as early in the semester as possible.  The Office of Accessibility is located in Rhodes Hall, Room 116, University of Rio Grande, (740) 245-7339.

FERPA:  The University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College are committed to fully respecting and protecting the rights of students under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  These rights generally include the right to inspect, review and seek amendment to the student's education records and the right to provide written consent before personally identifiable information from education records is disclosed.  Under FERPA, students have the right to file a complaint with the US Department of Education concerning alleged failures to comply with FERPA.  Please see the Student Records Confidentiality/ Rights Under FERPA section of the Student Handbook for details and more information.

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY:  Standard university policies, as described in the Student Handbook, apply.

WITHDRAWAL: Refer to Student Handbook


Last Updated:  August 21, 2013