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Cluster: Science in the Liberal Arts

The theme of this cluster is science-in-the-making or the ongoing process of active scientific inquiry - the processes of problem-posing, problem solving, and persuasion. This thematic emphasis is applied to scientific inquiry in general, to the study of general natural science concepts, and to the analysis of scientific issues in political, economic, social and ethical contexts.

Cluster Coordinator: Linda George
Office: SB2 466
Phone: 503-725-3861
E-mail: georgel@pdx.edu

Sophomore Inquiry: Natural Science Inquiry

(UNST 286)

This course is designed to provide a methodological and interdisciplinary perspective on science and engage students in the collaborative scientific investigation of problems of the sort they might encounter as attentive citizens. Through the use of collaborative inquiry students learn that the modern sciences, as well as the questions they address, require teamwork both within and between specific disciplines. The course features methods of scientific investigation, analysis and graphical presentation of data, and scientific writing. The major course project deals with a "real-world" scientific problem in the Portland area.

This SINQ leads to the Science in the Liberal Arts Cluster.

Approved Cluster Courses:

Academic Year 13-14

*Courses listed below are all Approved Cluster Courses.  Please refer to the PSU Class Schedule for courses offered for the term.

BI 372U Nanotechnology: Society & Sustainability
ECE 317U Nanotechnology: Simulation and Design
GEOG 310U / SCI 333U Climate and Water Resources (crosslisted with SCI 333U)
GEOG 312U / SCI 334U Climate Variability (crosslisted with SCI 334U)
GEOG 314U Severe Weather
ME 304U / SCI 321U Energy and Society I (crosslisted with SCI 321U)
PH 261U / SCI 315U General Astronomy I (crosslisted with SCI 261U)
PH 262U / SCI 316U General Astronomy II (crosslisted with SCI 262U)
PH 366U / SCI 318U Complexity and Universe I (crosslisted with SCI 318U)
PH 367U / SCI 319U Complexity and Universe II (crosslisted with SCI 319U)
PH 378U / PHL 378U / SCI 355U Learning Science Through Science Fiction (crosslisted with PHL 378U & SCI 355U)
PH 382 / SCI 382U Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
PHL 378U / PH 378U / SCI 355U Learning Science Through Science Fiction (crosslisted with PH 378U & SCI 355U)
SCI 311U Teaching Everyday Science I
SCI 312U Teaching Everyday Science II
SCI 313U Environmental Mathematical Modeling
SCI 314U Environmental Statistics
SCI 315U / PH 261U General Astronomy I (crosslisted with PH 261U)
SCI 316U / PH 262U General Astronomy II (crosslisted with PH 262U)
SCI 317U Fractals, Chaos and Complexity
SCI 318U / PH 366U
Complexity and Universe I (crosslisted with PH 366U)
SCI 319U / PH 367U
Complexity and Universe II (crosslisted with PH 367U)
SCE 320U Geosciences of the Pacific Northwest 
SCI 321U / ME 304U
Energy and Society I (crosslisted with ME 304U)
SCI 322U
Energy and Society II
SCI 323U
Materials for the 21st Century I 
SCI 324U
Materials for the 21st Century II 
SCI 325U Science of the Hydrogen Economy
SCI 331U
Atmospheric Interactions I
SCI 332U
Atmospheric Interactions II
SCI 333U / GEOG 310U
Climate and Water Resources (crosslisted with GEOG 310U)
SCI 334U / GEOG 312U
Climate Variability (crosslisted with GEOG 312U)
SCI 335U
Water in the Environment I
SCI 336U
Water in the Environment II
SCI 338U
Investigating Forest Ecosystems
SCI 341U
Biology Concepts and Applications I
SCI 342U
Biology Concepts and Applications II
SCI 343U
Columbia Basin Plant Community I
SCI 344U
Columbia Basin Plant Community II
SCI 345U
Old Growth Forest Ecology and Management I
SCI 346U
Old Growth Forest Ecology and Management II
SCI 347U / WS 347U
Science, Gender & Social Context I
SCI 348U / WS 348U
Science, Gender & Social Context II
SCI 351U
Northwest Wetlands: Conservation, Restoration and Mitigation
SCI 352U
Science and Policy of Climate Change
SCI 353U
Radiation in the Environment
SCI 354U Science and Politics of Columbia River Decisions
SCI 355U / PH 378U / PHL 378U Learning Science Through Science Fiction (crosslisted with PH 378U & PHL 378U)
SCI 359U
Biopolitics
SCI 361U
Science: Power-Knowledge
SCI 363U
Ethics in Science
SCI / WS 365U
The Science of Women's Bodies (crosslisted with WS 365U)
SCI 372U
Marine Science Inquiry
SCI 382U / PH 382 Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
SYSC 330U  Models in Science 
WS 347U / SCI 347U Science, Gender & Social Context I 
WS 348U / SCI 348U   Science, Gender & Social Context II 
WS / SCI 365U  The Science of Women's Bodies (crosslisted with SCI 365U)