Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences
Graduate Courses in General Science (GS)
Additional offerings by the department include courses in Biology (BIO)
Zack Murrell, Interim Department Chair
GS 5403. Teaching Science in Middle and High Schools (3).F;S. This course is for the prospective middle/high school science teacher and it focuses on effective instructional strategies for teaching principles associated with major school science disciplines. Emphasis is placed on planning, science process skills, inquiry-based instruction, hands-on/minds-on activities, improvising materials, demonstrations, and assessment techniques. Special emphasis is also placed on the North Carolina Standard Course of Study and the Next Generation Science Education Standards. A minimum of 15 hours of experience in public school classrooms will be required as part of this course. [Dual-listed with GS 4403.]
GS 5404. The Meaning and Nature of Science (3).F. The goal of this course is to help students develop a sound understanding of the nature of science, the process of scientific inquiry, and the reciprocal relationship between science and society through a critical examination of the history of science since the Renaissance. Lecture three hours. [Dual-listed with GS 4404.]
GS 5500. Independent Study (1-4).On Demand.
GS 5510. Environmental Problems (3).S. A study of environmental problems: their historical and cultural origins, their scientific background, and their possible solutions. Designed for students with limited science backgrounds.
GS 5530-5549. Selected Topics (1-4).On Demand.
GS 5989. Graduate Research (1-9).F;S. This course is designed to provide access to University facilities for continuing graduate research. Graded on an S/U basis. GS 5989 does not count toward a degree.