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Science Exploration Undeclared

Roger Dube, Program Director
(585) 475-5836, rrdpci@rit.edu

http://www.rit.edu/cos/scienceexploration/

Program overview

Many prospective students are interested in the sciences, but may be undecided as to which major best meets their interests and career aspirations. The science exploration option allows students to investigate the various majors in the College of Science before deciding on a program of study. Students who decide on a major within their first year will not lose time toward the completion of their degree.

Curriculum

The science exploration option is a year long sequence of courses built around a single project aimed at designing, building, and conducting scientific research to achieve a goal. The goal is presented to students on the first day of class. This approach to interdisciplinary technical education emphasizes real-world, hands-on problem solving by student-led teams. It offers participating students a degree of autonomy and responsibility rarely found at the freshman level.

As a result of this course sequence, students in the exploration option develop an in depth appreciation for the specific field in which their team was involved while simultaneously learning about the other College of Science majors through the work of their classmates.

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Program overview

Many high school students are interested in the sciences, but may be undecided as to which major best meets their interests and career goals. The science exploration program allows students to investigate various degree options before deciding on a program of study. Students who decide on a program of study within their first year are on track to change to a major in the College of Science without losing time toward the completion of their degree.

Curriculum

The science exploration program is a year long sequence of courses built around a single project aimed at designing, building, and conducting scientific research to achieve a goal. The goal will be presented to students on the first day of class. This approach to interdisciplinary technical education emphasizes real-world, hands-on problem solving by student-led teams. It offers participating students a degree of autonomy and responsibility rarely found at the freshman level.

As a result of this course sequence, students in exploration program will develop an in depth appreciation for the specific field in which their team was involved while simultaneously learning about the other College of Science disciplines through the work of their classmates.

Science exploration, undeclared option, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  Science Exploration 6
  Mathematics or calculus sequence 10-12
Choose two laboratory sciences:  
      Biology 12
      Chemistry 13
      Physics 8-12
Additional course choices: 4
     Computer Science 4-8
     Liberal Arts* 4-12
  First-Year Enrichment 2
  Wellness Education† 0
Total Quarter Credit Hours
49-54

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.