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Graduate Catalog 2002-2004


Science Education

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Admission | Degree Requirements | Courses

Areas of Study and Degrees

Interdisciplinary Science

M.A.

Master's Degree Plan

Non-Thesis

Director

Neal Smatresk
206 Life Science, 817-272-3491

Graduate Advisor

Edward T. Morton
206 Life Science 817-272-2309

Graduate Faculty

Professors

Neill, Smatresk, Wickham

Associate Professor

Epperson

Objective

The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Science program is designed to strengthen and update the knowledge and skills necessary to teach science at the elementary, middle school, or secondary level. The MAIS degree is intended to help prepare teachers who desire certification in science, teachers who may wish to expand their knowledge of specific science disciplines, or those who wish to update their knowledge in rapidly changing science disciplines. Traditional masters degrees focus on classes in a single science department and encourage mastery of material in a sub specialty within the discipline. A thesis involving scientific research in the area of specialization is usually encouraged. In contrast, the MAIS program allows students to explore two areas of interest, and the courses are designed to provide an overview of current knowledge in each field. Since this is not a research-oriented degree, no thesis is required.

The content of the required courses was developed to contain material consistent with TEKS requirements and to provide as much replicable laboratory experience as possible. While these classes are drawn from the foundational classes in each discipline, they are designed to cover the areas in greater depth, deal with historical aspects of the topics not covered in undergraduate classes, and focus on teaching and laboratory methodologies.

Admission

Unconditional

Students applying for unconditional admission to the MAIS program must meet the general graduate school admission requirements as outlined in the graduate catalog.

Admission as Special Student

Students may apply for admission to the MAIS program as a "special student." Special student admission will allow an individual to enroll for 9 credit hours of MAIS coursework. Upon completion of 9 credit hours, the student must apply for unconditional admission to the MAIS program and pay an additional $25 application fee. If the applicant has completed 9 credit hours of coursework with a 3.0 or higher, the completed coursework will substitute for the GRE examination.

Degree Requirements

The MAIS degree is a 36 credit hour, non-thesis degree. Beginning students are encouraged to enroll in Contemporary Science, SCIE 5301, and students completing the degree enroll in a Capstone Science Seminar, SCIE 5302. These two courses constitute the science core. Students will select two areas of concentration from biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, and physics. Each concentration will consist of four 3 credit hour courses for a total of 12 credit hours each. The remaining six credit hours may be taken as unrestricted electives. Students must file a degree plan approved by the graduate advisor prior to graduation.

The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; it cannot be changed by completing course requirements in a later semester. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.

An incomplete grade (the grade of X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. A grade of X cannot be changed by enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.

Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour thesis courses and nine-hour dissertation courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)

Science (SCIE)

Course fee information is published in the online Student Schedule of Classes at www.uta.edu/schedule. Please refer to this Web site for a detailed listing of specific course fees.

5192, 5292, 5392. SELECTED TOPICS IN SCIENCE (3-0). Topics in science not treated in the regular curriculum. Topic, format, and prerequisites to be determined by the instructor. May be repeated for credit as different topics are offered.

5301. CONTEMPORARY SCIENCE (3-0). This class will review modern topical areas in contemporary science from a broadly multidisciplinary view. Readings from popular and scientific journals will be combined with lectures from different disciplines, to review the newest science innovations. Materials presented will familiarize students with current research, major breakthroughs in various fields, and the foundational science behind the discoveries. Topics covered should enrich K-12 science curricula and help teachers to address student questions about breaking science news. This class is intended for M.A. in Science majors, and may not be taken for credit for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in the College of Science.

5302. Capstone Science Seminar (3-0). The Capstone Science Seminar is an intensive research and discussion class that will focus on new studies in science education and practice. Students in the M.A. in Science program should take this class in the last semester of study. This class will include a research project relevant to science education, and formal presentation of the research. This class is intended for M.A. in Science majors, and may not be taken for credit for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in the College of Science.

5303. TEACHING AND LEARNING: SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY (3-0). Scientific inquiry refers to the diverse ways in which scientists study the natural world and propose explanations based on the evidence derived from their work. This course explores inquiry as it refers to the activities of students in which they develop knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, as well as an understanding of how scientists study the natural world.

5304. Special Topics in Science I (3-0). Seminar on significant research in science. Topics are selected with the assistance of the instructor and may include both pure and applied science.

5305. Special Topics in Science II (3-0). Seminar on significant research in science. Topics are selected with the assistance of the instructor may include both pure and applied science.

5307. INTEGRATED PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY: CHEMISTRY (3-0). This integrated study of physics and chemistry fundamental chemical principles including atomic structure, chemical bonding, the periodic table, nomenclature, kinetic theory, gas laws, chemical equations, and solutions. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

5308. INTEGRATED PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY: PHYSICS (3-0). This integrated study of physics and chemistry includes force and motion, waves and thermodynamics, energy transformations, quantum physics, and atomic structure. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

Biology (BIOL)

Course fee information is published in the online Student Schedule of Classes at www.uta.edu/schedule. Please refer to this Web site for a detailed listing of specific course fees.

5371. Cell and Molecular Biology (3-0). The course focuses on the chemical and molecular basis of life, including metabolism, cell structure and function and genetics. This class is intended for M.A. in Science majors, and may not be taken for credit for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in Biology.

5372. Structure and Function of Organisms (3-0). The study of structure and function on plants and animals. Topics to be covered include structure at the level of the cell, tissue, organ and individual, growth, transport/circulation/gas exchange, nutrition, reproduction, development, endocrinology, and animal neural regulation. This class is intended for M.A. in Science majors, and may not be taken for credit for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in Biology.

5373. EVOLUTION, ECOLOGY, AND BIODIVERSITY (3-0). Reviews three significant aspects of organismal biology and presents current hypotheses concerning the origin and diversification of life on Earth. The ecological and behavioral interactions between organisms and their biotic/abiotic environments are considered from an evolutionary perspective. This class is intended for M.A. in Science majors, and may not be taken for credit for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in Biology.

5374. LABORATORY PROBLEMS IN BIOLOGY (2.2). Laboratory experiments related to fundamental principles covered in BIOL 5371 and 5372. This course will utilize labs designed by Master Biology Teachers. These will be supplemented by labs published by the National Association of Biology Teachers, and various biology publishers. This class is intended for M.A. in Science majors, and may not be taken for credit for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in Biology.

Chemistry (CHEM)

Course fee information is published in the online Student Schedule of Classes at www.uta.edu/schedule. Please refer to this Web site for a detailed listing of specific course fees.

5355. PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I (3-0). The fundamentals of atomic structure, chemical bonding, the periodic table, nomenclature, kinetic theory, gas laws, chemical equations, and solutions. The course will be supplemented with laboratory demonstrations devoted to chemical problem- solving, library and Internet resources, chemical ethics, etc. This course is intended for M.A. in Science majors, and may not be taken for credit for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry.

5356. PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II (3-0). Study of advanced atomic structure and bonding concepts, acid-base theory, kinetics and equilibria, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, the chemistry of some elements. The course will be supplemented with laboratory demonstrations devoted to chemical problem solving, library and internet resources, chemical ethics, etc. This course is intended for M.A. in Science majors, and may not be taken for credit for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry.

5357. INTRODUCTORY ORGANIC AND BIOCHEMISTRY (3-0). Survey of organic and biochemistry with emphasis on applications to the human body. Organic functional groups and nomenclature, organic reactions, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, enzymes, metabolism, and nucleic acid. This course is intended for M.A. in Science majors, and may not be taken for credit for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry.

5358. LABORATORY PROBLEMS IN CHEMISTRY (1-4). Experiments related to fundamental principles covered in CHEM 5355 and 5356. Volumetric and gravimetric determinations and qualitative analysis. This course is intended for M.A. in Science majors, and may not be taken for credit for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry.

Geology (GEOL)

Course fee information is published in the online Student Schedule of Classes at www.uta.edu/schedule. Please refer to this Web site for a detailed listing of specific course fees.

5330 Earth Systems, Part I (3-0). A review of Earth materials and their chemistry Earth structure and geologic time, followed by a detailed discussion of the Plate Tectonic System, the hydrologic System and their interaction in weathering and erosion, sedimentation and landscape development. Laboratory demonstrations will include identification of earth materials, estimating plate motions, location of earthquake epicenters, flood frequency and groundwater discharge. These classes are intended for M.A. In Science majors and may not be taken for credit for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in geology.

5331. Earth Systems, Part II (3-0). A detailed discussion of the atmospheric system, oceanic systems, and biologic systems and their history. A summary discussion of the interaction of Earth Systems for an understanding of processes that have formed and continue to form the Planet Earth. Laboratory demonstrations will include weather forecasting, ocean currents, sea level change, and fossil identification. These classes are intended for M.A. in Science majors, and may not be taken for credit for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in geology. Prerequisite: admission into the M.A. in Science program.

5332. Earth Resources and the Environment (3-0). A detailed discussion of resources that support life: Atmosphere, water, soil, minerals and materials, and energy; the use of those resources and the effect on the environment and global change; and the relation between population, resource distribution and availability, and environmental pollution. These classes are intended for M.A. in Science majors, and may not be taken for credit for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in geology. Prerequisite: 5330, 5331, and admission into the M.A. in Science Program.

5333. Earth Science Field Methods (3-0). Use of maps, coordinates and the global positioning system; sampling methods in
the field; computer analysis of map data; describing a rock sequence; mapping geological formations; use of well data and geophysical data. Course will be conducted outdoors and may involve strenuous physical activity. Prerequisite: Geology 5330, 5331 and admission into the M.A. in Science Program. These classes are intended for M.A. in Science majors, and may not be taken for credit for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in Geology. A lab fee plus a special fee for lodging, meals and transportation when away from U.T. Arlington will be charged.

5335. LABORATORY METHODS AND TECHNIQUES (2-3). Methods and techniques used to identify minerals, rocks and fossils; maps and mapping of geological data; recognition of landforms and their development; slope stability and landslides; flood frequency and erosion processes of rivers and streams; location of earthquakes. These classes are intended for M.A. in Science majors, and may not be taken for credit for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in geology. Prerequisite: GEOL 5330, 5331 and admission into the M.A. in Science Program.

Mathematics (MATH)

Course fee information is published in the online Student Schedule of Classes at www.uta.edu/schedule. Please refer to this Web site for a detailed listing of specific course fees.

5333. LINEAR ALGEBRA AND MATRICES (3-0). Liner spaces, linear transformations, vector norms, Gaussian elimination, Jordan form, eigenvalues, quadratic forms, and related topics. Prerequisite: MATH 3330 or consent of instructor.

5336. NUMBER THEORY (3-0). Topics include mathematical induction, fundamental theorem or arithmetic, inequalities, special sequences and sums, divisibility properties, greatest common divisor, division and Euclidean algorithm, properties of congruence and Diophanune equations.

5337. ADVANCED PLACEMENT CALCULUS (3-0). Topics studied include limits, continuity, differentiation, integration, numerical approximations, applications and Taylor series. All topics will be studied in a manner consistent with the AP Examination and grading process.

5340. DISCRETE MATHEMATICS (3-0). Topics from combinatorics, sequences and recurrence relations, finite graph theory, and applications of matrices with the use of a graphing calculator and other appropriate technology.

5341. MATHEMATICS FOR TEACHERSGEOMETRY (3-0). Selected materials from geometry.

5342. MATHEMATICS FOR TEACHERSALGEBRA (3-0). Selected materials from algebra, including probability, statistics, and theory of equations.

5343. PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS (3-0). Consideration of (1) exploring data: descriptive statistics of situations involving one and two variables; (2) anticipating patterns: probability and simulation; (3) design of experiments and planning a study; (4) statistical inference: confirming models. Use of a graphing calculator and other appropriate technology.

5345. MATHEMATICS FOR TEACHERSANALYSIS (3-0). Selected materials from analysis including concepts and topics consistent with precalculus and elementary calculus.

Physics (PHYS)

Course fee information is published in the online Student Schedule of Classes at www.uta.edu/schedule. Please refer to this Web site for a detailed listing of specific course fees.

5301. MECHANICS, HEAT AND WAVE MOTION (3-0). This course is intended for students who wish to achieve a higher level of knowledge and effectiveness in fundamental physics (not available for M.S. or Ph.D. credit in Physics). Topics include: 1) Newton's laws of motion, gravitation, and planetary motion: 2) the basic laws of thermal and statistical physics; 3) oscillatory motion including waves and sound. Replaceable experiments will be demonstrated throughout the course.

5302. Electricity, Magnetism, CircuitS, and Optics (3-0). This course is intended for students who wish to achieve a higher level of knowledge and effectiveness in fundamental physics (not available for M.S. or Ph.D. credit in Physics). Topics include: 1) Static charges, current flow, electric and magnetic fields; 2) simple DC/AC electrical circuits including examples from household circuit and practical electronic devices; 3) light and optics including examples such as camera, microscopes and telescopes. Replaceable experiments will be demonstrated throughout the course.

5303. Modern Physics (3-0). This course is intended for students who wish to achieve a higher level of knowledge and effectiveness in teaching of fundamental physics (not available for M.S. or Ph.D. credit in Physics). Topics include: 1) Introduction to special relativity and quantum theory, 2) light and radiation; 3) applications to modern electronic devices; 4) nuclear and particle physics.

5329. LABORATORY TECHNIQUES IN PHYSICS (0-3). This course is intended for students who wish to achieve a higher level of knowledge and effectiveness in teaching of fundamental physics (not available for M.S. or Ph.D. credit in Physics). Experiments demonstrating various topics are covered. Experiments include gravitational acceleration heat flow, harmonic motion, sound, electric magnetic fields, electric circuits, optic, x-rays and nuclear radiation.

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