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Science Exploration Undeclared

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

Catherine Mahrt-Washington, Academic Adviser
(585) 475-7046, cewsse@rit.edu

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.

Plan of study

Science exploration is a year long option built around a single project aimed at designing, building, and conducting scientific research to achieve a goal, which 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. The selected project includes aspects of all of our science and mathematics majors, enabling students to participate in areas that interest them most. As a result, students develop an in depth appreciation for the specific field in which their team was involved while simultaneously learning about various College of Science majors through the work of their classmates.

Curriculum

Science exploration option, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
GSCI-101, 102 Science Exploration I, II 6
  Mathematics or Calculus Sequence 3-9
Choose one of the following laboratory sequences: 8
   BIOL-101, 102, 103, 104    General Biology I, II with Labs  
   CHMG-141, 142, 145, 146    General and Analytical Chemistry I, II with Labs  
   PHYS-121, 122    University Physics  
  Computer Science 3-6
  Liberal Arts* 3-9
ACSC-010 Year One: College Experience 0
  Wellness Education† 0
Total Semester Credit Hours 23-38

*Please see General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.




Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters.
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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.
 

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)

Course Qtr. 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.