Courses in this category should teach fundamental facts and principles about the scientific method and relate them to the world outside the classroom.  Upon completing a course in this category, students should be able to do at least three (3) of the following:

Learning Goals for PLS

  1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of scientific principles and the ways scientists in particular disciplines conduct research. 
  2. Understand the quantitative, mathematical analyses behind scientific questions and problems.
  3. Solve complex problems requiring the application of scientific concepts.
  4. Examine the scientific basis of complex questions, including how science impacts political, social, economic, or ethical issues.
  5. Critically evaluate scientific arguments and understand the limits of scientific knowledge.
  6. Communicate scientific ideas clearly and effectively.