The Department uses a variety of instructional methods, including a mix of traditional lecture and laboratory with contemporary instructional techniques that emphasize inquiry, problem solving, small group collaboration, and writing across the curriculum. The purpose for using these approaches is to increase student content knowledge, scientific literacy, and critical thinking – important elements of lifelong learning in the sciences. Complementing traditional lecture/laboratory instruction, inquiry-based teaching is used to help students develop essential skills and scientific ways of thinking through exploration, analysis, and evaluation of scientific concepts and principles.
Physics is the study of the natural world. It deals with the fundamental particles of which the universe is made, and the interactions between those particles, the objects composed of them (nuclei, atoms, molecules, etc) and energy.
Physics is the science of Nature – of matter and energy in space and time. Physicists study a wide range of physical phenomena covering enormous scales: from the subatomic particles to the Universe as a whole. All laws and forces of nature originate from mathematical symmetries of space and time, so modern physics currently focuses on studying these symmetries.
Physics is very dependent on mathematics. Models and theories in physics are expressed using mathematical equations. However, while physics uses mathematics to describe the material world, mathematics may deal with strictly abstract concepts and patterns. There is a large overlap between the two fields, known as mathematical physics.
Chemistry is the science of matter at or near the atomic scale. (Matter is the substance of which all physical objects are made.)
Chemistry deals with the properties of matter, and the transformation and interactions of matter and energy. Central to chemistry is the interaction of one substance with another, such as in a chemical reaction, where a substance or substances are transformed into another. Chemistry primarily studies atoms and collections of atoms such as molecules, crystals or metals that make up ordinary matter. According to modern chemistry it is the structure of matter at the atomic scale that determines the nature of a material.
Medical Lab Technologist
Quality Control Lab Technician
Crime Lab Analysis
Biology is the branch of science dealing with the study of life. It describes the characteristics, classification, and behaviors of organisms, how species come into existence, and the interactions they have with each other and with the environment. Biology has many specialized areas, covering a wide range of scales, from biochemistry to ecology.
This is an introductory course for students in agricultural education and can serve as the foundation course for advanced courses in animal science, plant science, horticulture and natural resources.
This course is designed to:
*provide principles of animal and plant production and the management of soils as related to agriculture.
*develop knowledge and skills pertaining to soils, plants, animals, agricultural construction, food science, supervised agricultural experience programs, and leadership.
*introduce basic theory and specialized skills in agriculture mechanics. Skills to be developed include tool identification and safe use,