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SMC 1312. Foundations of Reflection: Nature. 3 Semester Hours.

This course builds a foundation upon which students can understand, appreciate, and interact with the natural world. The cornerstones of this foundation are the scientific method and scientific ethics. The scientific method will be introduced as a tool to examine and reflect upon the world around us. A historical perspective of scientific discovery will be introduced. The scope of that research and the resulting implications will be considered through the lens of scientific ethics. Students will use their knowledge to design and implement an experiment. Course instructors may use examples, case studies, and additional materials pulled from the perspective of their scientific experiences or interests.