Contact:
Mark Wood
Chair of Mathematics & Computer Science
Professor of Chemistry
Office: (417) 873-7474
mwood@drury.edu

Natural Science Course Descriptions

NSCI 160: Exploration and Discovery. 3 hours.
This is a three-hour general education science course. Students will explore and engage in a scientific area of interest. Areas of study may change each semester, but example topics include astronomy, energy, evolution, gardening, medicine, neurobiology and robotics. Students in NSCI 160 will engage in the scientific process, learn how to evaluate scientific information, and use quantitative and qualitative methods to interpret scientific data.

NSCI 260: Science Goes Global. 3 hours.
This is a three-hour general education science course similar to NSCI 160, but has an additional G-tag. Students will explore and engage in a scientific area of interest. Areas of study may change each semester, but example topics include sustainable living, world health, bio-informatics and disease, and environmental sustainability. Students in NSCI 260 will engage in the scientific process, learn how to evaluate scientific information, and use quantitative and qualitative methods to interpret scientific data. Additionally, students will apply their science knowledge in a modern global context to provide a more meaningful understanding with global issues.

NSCI 361: Undergraduate Research Experience. 3 hours.
This is a three-hour culminating course. Teams of students will work on projects to solve problems in natural science that require them to collect empirical data using the methods of science. Students write up their research results in the form of scientific publication and present their work in a campus-wide science poster session.