Interdisciplinary Science

College of Science

 

Web cos.uta.edu/mais/

Email ints@uta.edu

Phone 817.272.3511

 

501 S Nedderman Drive

Degrees / Certificates

Master’s Degrees

Interdisciplinary Science, M.A.

Graduate Faculty

Director

Gregory Hale

Graduate Advisors

Gregory Hale

Interdisciplinary Science, M.A.

Department Information

Courses

 

Department Information

Objective

Admission

 

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 or three 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 standards 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 and earn a combined score of 1000 on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

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 $40 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 6 credit hour science core.

Students can select two or three areas of concentration from biology, chemistry, earth & environmental sciences, mathematics, and physics. If the student chooses two concentration areas, 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 science and math electives.If the student chooses three concentration areas, each concentration will consist of three 3 credit hour courses for a total of 9 credit hours each. The remaining three credit hours may be taken as unrestricted science or math electives. Students may also choose to select elective courses from College of Education and Health Professions graduate coursework with advisor approval.

Students must file a degree plan approved by the graduate advisor two long semesters prior to graduation.

 

SCIE Courses

SCIE5192 – SELECTED TOPICS IN SCIENCE

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

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

 

SCIE5292 – SELECTED TOPICS IN SCIENCE

2 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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

 

SCIE5301 – CONTEMPORARY SCIENCE

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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.

 

SCIE5302 – CAPSTONE SCIENCE SEMINAR

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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

 

SCIE5303 – TEACHING AND LEARNING: SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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

 

SCIE5304 – SPECIAL TOPICS IN SCIENCE I

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Seminar on significant research in science. Topics are selected with the assistance of the instructor and may include both pure and applied science

 

SCIE5305 – SPECIAL TOPICS IN SCIENCE II

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Seminar on significant research in science. Topics are selected with the assistance of the instructor may include both pure and applied science

 

SCIE5307 – INTEGRATED PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY: CHEMISTRY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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.

 

SCIE5308 – INTEGRATED PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY: PHYSICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This integrated study of physics and chemistry includes force and motion, waves and thermodynamics, energy transformations, quantum physics, and atomic structure.

 

SCIE5321 – MECHANICS, HEAT, & WAVE MOTION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course is intended for students who wish to achieve a higher level of knowledge and effectiveness in the teaching of fundamental 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 waved and sound. Replicable experiments will be demonstrated throughout the course. This class is intended for M.A. in Interdisciplinary Science majors, and may not be taken for credit for M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in the College of Science. Prerequisite: Trigonometry.

 

SCIE5322 – ELECTRICITY, MAGNETISM, CIRCUITS, & OPTICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course is intended for students who wish to achieve a higher level of knowledge and effectiveness in the teaching of fundamental physics. Topics include: 1) Static changes, current flows, 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. Replicable experiments will be demonstrated throughout the course. This class is intended for M.A. in Interdisciplinary Science majors, and may not be taken for credit for M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in the College of Science. Prerequisite: SCIE 5321.

 

SCIE5323 – MODERN PHYSICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course is intended for students who wish to achieve a higher level of knowledge and effectiveness in the teaching of fundamental physics. Topics include: 1) introduction to special relativity and quantum theory; 2) light and radiation; 3) applications to modern electronic devices; 4) nuclear particle physics. This class is intended for M.A. in Interdisciplinary Science majors, and may not be taken for credit for M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in the College of Science. Prerequisite: SCIE 5321, SCIE 5322.

 

SCIE5329 – LABORATORY TECHNIQUES IN PHYSICS

0 Lecture Hours  ·  2 Lab Hours

This course is intended for students who wish to achieve a higher level of knowledge and effectiveness in the teaching of fundamental 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. This class is intended for M.A. in Interdisciplinary Science majors and may not be taken for credit for M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in the College of Science. Prerequisite: SCIE 5321, SCIE 5322.

 

SCIE5330 – EARTH SYSTEMS, PART I

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Interdisciplinary Science majors and may not be taken for credit for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in Geology or any other College of Science discipline.

 

SCIE5331 – EARTH SYSTEMS, PART II

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

A detailed discussion of the atmosphere system, oceanic systems, 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. This class is intended for M.A. in Interdisciplinary Science majors, and may not be taken for credit for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in Geology or any other College of Science discipline. Prerequisite: SCIE 5330 and admission into the M.A. in Interdisciplinary Science program.

 

SCIE5332 – EARTH RESOURCES & THE ENVIRONMENT

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Interdisciplinary Science majors, and may not be taken for credit for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in Geology or any other College of Science discipline. Prerequisite: SCIE 5330, SCIE 5331, and admission into the M.A. in Interdisciplinary Science Program.

 

SCIE5335 – LABORATORY METHODS & TECHNIQUES

2 Lecture Hours  ·  2 Lab Hours

Methods and techniques used to identify minerals, rocks and fossils; maps and mapping of geological data; recognition of landslides; flood frequency and erosion processes of river and streams; location of earthquakes. These classes are intended for M.A. in Interdisciplinary Science majors, and may not be taken for credit for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in Geology or any other College of Science discipline. Prerequisite: SCIE 5330, SCIE 5331 and admission into the M.A. in Interdisciplinary Science Program.

 

SCIE5355 – PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

The fundamentals of atomic structure, chemical bonding, the periodic table, nomenclature, 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 Interdisciplinary Science majors, and may not be taken for credit for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry or any other College of Science discipline.

 

SCIE5356 – PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Study of advanced atomic structure and bonding concepts, acid-base theory, kinetics and equilibria, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and 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 Interdisciplinary Science majors, and may not be taken for credit for M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry or any other College of Science discipline. Prerequisite: SCIE 5355.

 

SCIE5357 – INTRODUCTORY ORGANIC & BIOCHEMISTRY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Survey of organic and biochemistry with emphasis on application to the human body. Organic functional groups and nomenclature, organic reactions, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, enzymes, metabolism, and nucleic acids. This course is intended for M.A. in Interdisciplinary Science majors, and may not be taken for credit for M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry or any other College of Science discipline. Prerequisite: SCIE 5355, SCIE 5356.

 

SCIE5358 – LABORATORY PROBLEMS IN CHEMISTRY

2 Lecture Hours  ·  2 Lab Hours

Experiments related to fundamental principles covered in SCIE (formerly CHEM) 5355 and 5356. Volumetric and gravimetric determinations and qualitative analysis. This course is intended for M.A. in Interdisciplinary Science majors, and may not be taken for credit for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry or any other College of Science discipline. Prerequisite: SCIE 5355, SCIE 5356.

 

SCIE5371 – CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 or any other College of Science discipline.

 

SCIE5372 – STRUCTURE & FUNCTION OF ORGANISMS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

The study of structure and function of 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 Interdisciplinary Science majors, and may not be taken for credit for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in Biology or any other College of Science discipline. Prerequisite: SCIE 5371.

 

SCIE5373 – EVOLUTION, ECOLOGY, AND BIODIVERSITY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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 Interdisciplinary Science majors, and may not be taken for credit for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in Biology or any other College of Science discipline. Prerequisite: SCIE 5371, SCIE 5372.

 

SCIE5374 – LABORATORY PROBLEMS IN BIOLOGY

2 Lecture Hours  ·  2 Lab Hours

Laboratory experiments related to fundamental principles covered in SCIE (formerly 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 Interdisciplinary Science majors, and may not be taken for credit for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in Biology or any other College of Science discipline. Prerequisite: SCIE 5371, SCIE 5372.

 

SCIE5380 – MENTORED RESEARCH

6 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Research under the direction of a College of Science faculty member. No more than six credit hours of SCIE 5380 may be taken for a letter grade. Prerequisite: written permission of the instructor.

 

SCIE5392 – SELECTED TOPICS IN SCIENCE

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

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