Curriculum

The sciences at Woodbury embrace a wide range of fields, from biological to environmental to physical sciences. Focusing mainly on first and second year courses, the faculty provide students hands-on experiences, broad conceptual knowledge and applications drawn from everyday life. In collaboration with the national SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) program,  the department engages in the development of advanced seminars in special topics, integrating transdisciplinary perspectives and scientific investigations in such areas of local concern as traffic congestion and water use.

In our lower-division courses in biology and physics, we provide engaging and hands-on learning environments using innovative instructional methods.  All of our laboratory courses are taught in an integrated studio format, with discussions, presentations, lectures, reflection, analysis and experimentation blended together in a common time, allowing for all modes of instruction to be linked closely together. From a solid foundation in scientific method and practice, we move students beyond the area of concrete specifics to the discovery of general principles and scientific concepts.

This is especially true in our environmental studies course and occasional upper-division courses. Here, the complex relations between scientific and other research domains present opportunities to engage the world in collaborative and transdisciplinary ways. These courses, at times team-taught by professional science educators and specialists in the social sciences, humanities and architecture, help students re-contextualize real-world issues by applying scientific methods.

For more information on the Science curriculum, contact Dr. Christine Carmichael, Chair, at christine.carmichael@woodbury.edu