MSSCP 501 Pedagogy of Inquiry in Science Teaching. This course will introduce inquiry techniques and constructionist learning for the classroom teacher. Instructors will model these methods and students will participate in science classroom activities to develop an understanding of inquiry science. Students will develop lessons that they can use in their own classrooms and learn to enhance existing activities for better student understanding. 3 semester hours.

MSSCP 503 Nature of Science. This course investigates the nature of scientific knowledge. Students will learn about science as a human endeavor, gain a historical perspective of science and learn how to differentiate science from pseudoscience. 3 semester hours.

MSSCP 504 Research Internship. Students will participate in research internships to learn the processes used by researchers in the area of specialization. Working in the laboratory environment of a scientist, interns will learn the overall scope of a research project and have the opportunity to assist in some aspect of the research commensurate with their background knowledge and abilities. Interns will assist in some aspect of planning, executing and/or analyzing data. An intern will be expected to complete a final paper describing the overall research project and the work completed. Interns will present the results of their experience at a mini-symposium during the spring term. 3 semester hours. Offered Summer Term.

MSSCP 510 Zoology. Basic principles of zoology, the biology of animals, will be explored in the manner in which students learn about animals through their own developmental stages and through the grades. Starting from the beginning concepts of animals as living, moving, reproducing beings that a child can relate to, we will move into further levels such as animal classification by body coverings, by skeletal or dental features, by life styles and by habitats. Comparative structures such as the hand of a primate, the wing of a bat and the flipper of a dolphin will also be covered. The animal collection at Brookfield Zoo enables observation of many of the major animal groups. This course is offered at Brookfield Zoo. 3 semester hours.

MSSCP 512 Animal Behavior. This course is designed to help teachers build skills in the study of animal biology -- learning about animals, their behavior, completing behavioral observations and contributing to the pool of research on animal behavior. Emphasis will be placed on the practical applications of behavioral research-- including its relationship to conservation, human impact on natural populations, and the methods of behavioral research. The course serves as an entree into the scientific method using inquiry: asking questions, seeking answers by collecting data and formulating answers by interpreting data. 3 semester hours.

MSSCP 515 Field Ecology. This course is designed to provide a compact, focused overview of the natural history of the northeastern Illinois landscape (exclusive of Lake Michigan and its shoreline communities). Topics include how recent geological events and biological history shaped the land; how the relationships of latitude, mid-continent longitude, and patterns of botanical features define local wild communities so as to make them unique in the world; how the ecological features and characteristic plant and animal species define wetlands, prairies, forests and savannas; and, how people and wildlife interact in the landscape. 3 semester hours.

MSSCP 517 Environmental Science. This interdisciplinary course provides environmental science content to enhance understanding of current, complex, environmental issues. Methods of teaching environmental science in a balanced and objective manner are explored. Emphasis will be placed on planning effective outdoor field trips and lab opportunities. 3 semester hours. Offered Spring Term.

MSSCP 518 Prehistoric Life. This course focuses on what is known about the environment and life of northeastern Illinois throughout Earth's history. Students will review, for each period in the 5-billion year history of the planet: what forms of life existed on Earth, what the Illinois environment was like, and to the extent known, what living forms existed in Illinois. 3 semester hours.

MSSCP 520 Basic Physics. Through exploration of experiments they can use in the classroom, teachers will learn the basic concepts of physics covered by the National Science Standards. These concepts will include motion, simple machines, heat & light, and electricity & magnetism. Participants will receive materials that they can use in the classroom. Physicists from Fermilab will be guest facilitators. Participants will:
  1. Successfully construct apparati that can be used and copied for classroom use.
  2. Learn basic physics concepts, including energy, motion, forces, heat, light, electricity, magnetism, matter, and atoms, as well as relationships among them, in a context appropriate to their classroom use.
  3. Include basic physics concepts in their science curriculum, either independently or in conjunction with other topics.
Course will be taught at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. 3 semester hours.

MSSCP 522 Astronomy. This course focuses on astronomy concepts which appear in the National Science Standards. Students will utilize inquiry activities for teaching students physical concepts required of students to comprehend astronomy related natural phenomena such as the appearance of the night time sky, reasons for the seasons, phases of the Moon, motion of the stars, and planets, surface features of the Moon, and nature of eclipses. Group activities, laboratory exercises and open class discussions based on inquiry pedagogy will be used. This participant-centered course provides a variety of investigations and activities relating to the understanding and teaching of astronomy. No previous knowledge of astronomy or math is assumed, but teachers at all grades and knowledge levels will gain a better understanding of the subject and its pedagogy. This course will be offered at Benedictine University. 3 semester hours.

MSSCP 524 Human Biology and Nutrition. Course designed for K-8 teachers to introduce the principles regulating the function of the human body and nutrition to prepare teachers to teach these princples in the K-8 curriculum. 3 semester hours.

MSSCP 591 Topics. Special topics as it relates to the pedagogy and science content. 1-3 semester hours. Offered Periodically. Course Repeatable. Maximum number of units allowed 99.


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William R. Law, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Science

Tonia Rucker, Assistant to the Dean
Phone: (630) 829-6187
Fax: (630) 829-6186

Dean's Office Hours:
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