Undergraduate Curriculum Development
The Center for Science & Mathematics Education (CSME) continues to support and promote a variety of curriculum and course development projects to enhance undergraduate math and science education at the University of Utah. A summary of recent projects appears below.
CSME is participating in the development of a new integrated curriculum for the Crocker Science Center that will incorporate science practices with content from all College of Science disciplines. As part of the process, CSME created a new course designation (“SCI”) for inter-cross-disciplinary courses. A new Nature of Scientific Inquiry course (SCI 2010) and a Science, Technology, and Society course (SCI 2020) were developed to fulfill several general education requirements while engaging students in the processes, practices, and implications of the scientific endeavor. Additionally, CSME created SCI 5050 (Science of Learning) to provide students with basic tools and skills to be effective as classroom teaching assistants and help them integrate educational theory, pedagogy, content, and practice. SCI 5050 is associated with the new Learning Assistant program. Other curriculum collaborations include the co-development of a new integrated lab course for freshmen STEM majors.