Core Knowledge Area: Scientific Literacy
Learning Outcome: Demonstrate scientific literacy.
Scientific literacy provides individuals with fundamental principles, concepts, and knowledge of the sciences, and introduces them to the methodology of scientific inquiry. It prepares them to make reasoned and ethical judgments about the impact of science on the individual, community and society.
Competencies: By way of example, Loyola graduates should be able to:
- Perceive the basic philosophical and historical foundations of contemporary science.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles, concepts, and knowledge of the sciences.
- Participate in a direct experience of scientific inquiry using the methodologies and tools of science, whenever possible, in a laboratory or field setting.
- Use cognitive and mathematical skills employed by scientists.
- Demonstrate the capacity to make reasoned and ethical judgments about the impact of science on the individual, community, and society.
- Demonstrate the capacity to utilize scientific knowledge to promote the health and well-being of the individual, community, and society.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the interconnection among the various components of Earth's biosphere and the impact of human activity.
Scientific Literacy Courses
Foundational Course: Tier I (1 course required)
|UCSF 137: The Scientific Basis of Environmental Issues|
|The overarching strategy of this course will be to frame environmental science in terms of a series of interacting systems to allow students to analyze a variety of environmental issues and the role of human interactions in the environment, with the students becoming environmentally literate citizens of the 21st Century.
Outcome: Students will be able to identify and describe the basic scientific principles and processes important in environmental science (such as energy, photosynthesis, elemental cycles). Additionally, students will be able to construct causal chains showing how environmental inputs produce certain outputs, and will be able to construct testable and falsifiable hypotheses.
Tier II Courses (1 course required)
Requirement for all Tier II Courses: UCSC 137 for students admitted to Loyola University for Fall 2012 or later. No requirement for students admitted to Loyola prior to Fall 2012 or those with a declared major or minor in the Department of Anthropology, Department of Biology, Department of Chemistry, Department of Environmental Science, Department of Physics, Bioinformatics, Forensic Science or Neuroscience.
|ANTH 101: Human Origins|
|This course explores the study of the biological history of the human species, from its emergence through the establishment of food producing societies.
Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of basic biological principles (heredity, physiology, evolutionary mechanisms, adaptation, ecology) in the context of their application to the human condition, as well as the role of cultural behavior in defining the distinctiveness of that condition.
|ANTH 103: Biological Basis for Human Social Behavior|
|This course examines the possible biological bases of modern human behavior, from a strongly scientific and multi-disciplinary perspective.
Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the process of how science is conducted, and the interactions between science and culture, especially given the controversial history of the subject matter.
|ANTH 104: The Human Ecological Footprint|
|This course is an introduction to global human ecology and concentrates on how we as humans affect global ecosystems and how these changes can impact our behavior, health, economics, and politics.
Outcome: Students will be able to draw connections between basic ecological processes and the global patterns of human population growth, health and disease, inequality and poverty, subsistence strategies, and land use and technology.
|ANTH 105: Human Biocultural Diversity
|This course examines the history of the concept of the biological race, the emergence and role of scientific racism, as well as the current scientific research objectives and methodologies.
Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the assessment and explanations for human interpopulational differences such as skin color, nasal shape, eye color, hair color and form, disease resistance, and blood polymorphisms.
|ANTH 106: Sex, Science and Anthropological Inquiry|
|This course examines the issues of sex and gender within physical/biological anthropology.
Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of human genetics, patterns of human heredity, the mechanisms of biological evolution, the nature/nurture debate, primate taxonomy and behavior, and early human fossil evidence and interpretation.
|BIOL 110: Liberal Arts Biology
|Liberal Arts Biology covers fundamental principles of biological sciences at a level for non-science majors. The focus of the course will vary depending on expertise of the instructor. All instructors will address the same fundamental principles.
Outcome: Students understand the scientific method, diversity of life, classification of organisms, cell structure and function, the chromosomal and molecular basis of inheritance, and organ systems of the human body.
|ENVS 204: Evolution and Genetics|
|This course examines the major scientific discoveries (laws and theories), from the beginning of the 19th century to modern times, that have helped develop the basic underpinnings of evolutionary theory.
Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of cell division, gamete formation, genetics, gene locus, gene frequency analyses, DNA structure and replication, protein synthesis, point mutations, law of superposition, radioactive dating mechanisms, evidence for evolution and mechanisms of evolution.
|ENVS 207: Plants and Civilization|
|This course examines the structure, function, ecology, and diversity of plants, and allows evaluation of the importance of plants to human civilization on multiple levels.
Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of plant biology and the critical role of plants in the biosphere, as well as direct linkages between plants and human society.
|ENVS 213: Earth Science: The Changing Planet|
|This course is an introduction to the earth sciences concentrating on the features and processes found at the surface of the Earth and in its interior.
Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of different approaches to the study of Earth Science, as well as the laws and priorities that have changed the Earth.
|ENVS 214: Weather and Climatology|
|This course is an introduction to the topic of Weather and Climatology, exploring the interactions between earth-atmosphere-ocean systems and their relationship to weather and climate.
Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles, concepts, and knowledge of the sciences, and use cognitive and mathematical skills to represent and interpret quantitative information symbolically, graphically and in written form.
|ENVS 273: Energy and the Environment|
|This course will introduce the basic knowledge that has been developed as well as the underlying processes and laws that govern the nature of energy and its interactions. This will include an introduction to fundamental physics concepts including work, power, motion, forces, heat, and energy.
Outcome: Students will be introduced to the thinking and methodology used by scientists in this field to gain an understanding of how science builds a logical structure of theories and laws and how these constructs are then applied. This requires that students use both cognitive and quantitative skills. There will be opportunities to analyze data in this field allowing students to draw valid, logical conclusions regarding various observed phenomena.
|ENVS 281: Human Impact on the Environment|
|This course examines how ecological systems work and how the structure and function of these systems is altered by human activity.
Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the diversity, complexity, and functioning of natural ecosystems through examination of species interactions, energy flow, and elemental cycles, and how these vary with natural environmental variation.
|ENVS 282: The Human Environment|
|This course examines the fundamental principles, concepts and knowledge in the area of environmental science relative to the impact that current environmental conditions have on the health and well being of humans.
Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the interplay between matter and energy for both physical and life-sustaining processes.
|ENVS 283: Environmental Sustainability|
|This course examines the area of environmental science relative to the impact that humans as consumers have on the environment and how these interactions affect the probability of establishing sustainability for human and non-human inhabitants of planet Earth.
Outcome: Students will be able to analyze specific environmental issues related to sustainability and to reflect upon how and to what extent our individual behaviors impact the problem and the potential for individual change and civic engagement.
|PHYS 101: Liberal Arts Physics|
|This course uses physics as a vehicle to introduce students to the fundamental principles, concepts, and knowledge of the sciences, and introduces them to the methodology of scientific inquiry.
Outcome: Students will be able to make reasoned judgments about the impact of science on the individual, community and society.
|PHYS 102: Planetary and Stellar Astronomy|
|This course covers the astronomy of the solar system and planetary science as well as the astronomy of stars and galaxies. This includes study of earth and comparative study of all the planets, as well as the birth, evolution, and death of stars, the clustering of stars and galaxies, the expanding universe and cosmology.
Outcome: Students will have an understanding of the fundamental principles, concepts and knowledge of science as well as methodology of scientific inquiry. It will prepare them to make reasoned judgments about the impact of science on the individual, community, and society.
|PHYS 106: Physics of Music|
|Language, structure, history and styles of music; motion, force, energy and waves applied to production of sound; physical properties of instruments and musical acoustics.
Outcome: Knowledge of music fundamentals; understand how instruments function; apply physics concepts and experimentation to analyze the production of music and acoustics.