NAS 273 Investigation in the Physical Sciences (A,L). Study of the fundamental aspects of physics and chemistry focusing on energy and matter in the world around us. Topics covered in both lecture and laboratory format include: Measurement, Newton’s Law of Motion, Mechanical Energy, Electromagnetism, Sounds and Light Waves, Matter, Heat, Pressure, The Periodic Table, Chemical Bonding, Molecular Interactions, Acids and Bases, and Chemical Reactions. Particular attention is paid to everyday phenomena which demonstrate these scientific principles. Laboratory activities are designed to be done with elementary school aged children and use materials that are readily available. 4 Cr.
NAS 371 Investigations in the Biological Sciences (A). Provides an activity-oriented investigation of environmental concepts and problems and a basic ecological background for students with no previous background. 3 Cr.
NAS 401 Computational Methods for Teachers I (A). Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. Enables teachers and teacher candidates in mathematical, physical, life, and earth sciences to learn computational tools, advanced graphing calculators, laptop computers, CD- and Web-based tools. Involves computational science as a process in solving real-world problems in sciences. Introduces technology tools (such as graphing calculators), math modeling tools (such as Excel, STELLA, and Geometer's Sketchpad), agent-based modeling tools (such as AGENTSHEETS), science modeling tools (such as Interactive Physics). Includes a section on NY State K-12 standards in math, science and technology. 3 Cr.
NAS 490 Science as an Experience (A). Focused on the natural world from multiple perspectives, the course will explore the nature of science and make connections to the science classroom. In- and pre-service teachers will learn and apply empirically-based scientific content and pedagogy. Participants will choose, design and conduct an extended experiment, including a relevant literature review. The course will culminate with a well designed research experiment resulting from independent research. 4 Cr.