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Scientific Explorations


Instructors:  Linda Sigismondi, Ph.D., and John Means, Ph.D.

Phone:  245-7484 (Sigismondi) and 245-7165 (Means)

Email:  lindas@rio.edu and jmeans@rio.edu

Office Hours: 

MWF 2:30 pm – 3:20 pm, R 2:30 pm – 4:20 pm, and by appointment (Sigismondi)

MWF 10:30 am – 11:20 am, MW 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm, and by appointment (Means)

Course Description: This is a survey course that emphasizes the integrated nature of science and stresses the application of scientific inquiry to real-world problems. Scientific content is taught within the context of a series of case studies that are researched and resolved throughout the lecture and laboratory. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory.

Prerequisites:   Acceptance into the Rio Grande Honors Program

Credit Hours:  4

Textbook and other Materials:

1.  Assembled case studies that will be distributed in class

2.  Internet access for background reading and research

3.  Scientific calculator (cell phones or other non-traditional calculating devices will not be permitted on exams)

4.  Instructor-approved safety glasses

5.  Course Website: http://www.rio.edu/lindas/Scientific-Explorations.cfm

General Education Outcomes: The following URG/RGCC-adopted General Education outcomes are fulfilled by this course:

1.  Use appropriate critical thinking skills to solve problems;

2.  Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental concepts of mathematics and science, analytical ability,  problem-solving capacity, and the use of the scientific method.


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:

1.  Describe the nature of scientific inquiry.

2.  Describe the interdisciplinary nature of science.

3.  Exhibit critical thinking and problem solving skills.

4.  Demonstrate a basic level of scientific literacy.

5.  Utilize basic scientific laboratory equipment and instrumentation.

6.  Analyze scientific data and draw reasonable conclusions.

7.  Effectively communicate scientific information.

8.  Explain the application of science to everyday life.



Last Updated:  January 11, 2014