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STEM Pioneers Program: Course Curriculum

STEM Pioneers receive preferred registration for two courses that are designed to help students explore the intersection of science and cultural concepts. Each course encourages students to think outside of what they may already believe about the fields of science in a way that enhances the learning experience throughout their academic exploration while in the program. These courses will satisfy general education requirements.

CSAM 101 - Science Matters (4 Credits)

This course addresses scientific literacy for students who have an interest in science. CSAM 101 – Science Matters explores not only scientific content, but also issues in society that are influenced by science. The goal of this course is to prepare students to think critically and to understand the process of science before they choose to declare a science major or not.

Students will be introduced to scientific thinking, processes and research through investigation of public, social, and cultural issues that may affect them locally, nationally, and globally. Students will be empowered to conduct research, investigate claims, locate and validate scientific data and sources, question cultural myths, and expand their scientific literacy.

CSAM 101 – Science Matters fulfills the General Education – Natural Science Laboratory requirement. Lecture and lab.

CSAM 102 - Science Matters Too (4 Credits)

This course will deepen students’ engagement in scientific content, as well as issues in society that are influenced by science. The goal is to prepare students to think critically and to understand the process of science regardless of whether they choose a science major or not.

Students will be further immersed into the concepts and practice of scientific thinking, processes, and research through investigation of public, social, and cultural issues that may affect them locally, nationally, and globally. Students will be empowered to conduct research, investigate claims, locate and validate scientific data and sources, question cultural myths, and expand their scientific literacy.

CSAM 102 – Science Matters Too fulfills the General Education – Interdisciplinary Studies requirement. Lecture and lab.