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Natural Sciences Core Curriculum Courses

NATS 1111 From the Cosmos to Earth Laboratory (1 semester hour) A laboratory to accompany NATS 1311. Corequisite: NATS 1311. (0-3) Y
NATS 1141 UTeach STEP 1 (1 semester hour) Introduction to mathematics and science teaching as a career. Discussions include standards-based lesson design and various teaching and behavior management strategies. Fieldwork consists of planning and teaching four inquiry-based lessons to students in grades three to sic in local elementary schools. One and one-half class hours a week for one semester; at least ten hours of fieldwork a semester also required. Prerequisites: A university grade point average of at least 2.75 and admission to the UTeach Dallas program by consent of the UTeach advisor. (1-0) S
NATS 1143 UTeach STEP 2 (1 semester hour) Topics may include routes to teacher certification in mathematics and science teaching; various teaching methods that are designed to meet instructional goals; and learner outcomes. Students develop and teach three inquiry-based lessons in their field in a middle school, and participate in peer coaching. One and one-half class hours a week for one semester; at least twenty hours of fieldwork a semester are also required. Prerequisites: A university grade point average of at least 2.75, 3.00 or better in NATS 1141, and/or consent of the UTeach advisor. (1-0) S

NATS 1311 From the Cosmos to Earth (3 semester hours) A multidisciplinary study of nature expressly designed for those who have chosen not to major in the natural sciences or engineering. Early models of the solar system and the transformation to current models are examined, as are order in the universe, the nature of matter and the planets, sun, and life cycle of stars. The course will be enhanced by frequent demonstrations of the principles underlying the origin and evolution of the universe. Corequisite: NATS 1111. (3-0) Y
NATS 2332 Age of Dinosaurs (3 semester hours) Introductory survey of the origin, evolution, anatomy, physiology, life-styles, population dynamics, and extinction of dinosaurs and marine and flying reptiles, as well as Mezozoic climates and basic Earth history of the "Age of Dinosaurs." One Saturday trip to Dinosaur Valley State Park. $50 field trip fee required. No prerequisites. (3-0) Y
NATS 2V10 Special Topics in Natural Sciences (1-6 semester hour) Subject matter will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. ([1-6]-0) S
NATS 3330 The Basis of Evolution (3 semester hours) Wide-ranging discussions of the unifying theory of the origin and modification through time of all organisms. Pertinent history, the fossil record, evolution as concerns the human experience, processes and mechanisms and a look at the future are major topics. This course is specifically designed for non-majors and may not be used for credit by Natural Science and Mathematics students. (3-0) S
NATS 3331 The Clash of Cosmologies (3 semester hours) Science and Revelation in the Nineteenth Century. A study of the 19th-century rise of scientific inquiry into the origins of life, and the reaction and response to its discoveries by the Victorian culture that both maintained Biblical authority and celebrated man's achievements. A study abroad component supplements this course. (3-0) Y
NATS 3341 Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science (3 semester hours) Psychological foundations of learning; problem solving in mathematics and science education utilizing technology; principles of expertise and novice understanding of subject matter; implications of high-stakes testing; and foundations of formative and summative assessment. Three lecture hours a week for one semester; additional hours may be required. Restricted to students in the UTeach Dallas program. Prerequisites: A university grade point average of 2.75 and 3.00 or better in UTeach coursework. (3-0) S
NATS 3343 Classroom Interaction (3 semester hours) Principles of delivering effective instruction in various formats (lecture, lab activity, collaborative settings); examination of gender, class, race, and culture in mathematics and science education; overview of policy related to mathematics and science education. Students participate in an intensive, highly coached high school field experience comprised of 3 observations and 2 co-teaching events, including a multiple-day, connected lesson. Three lecture hours a week for one semester; at least twenty hours of fieldwork a semester are also required. Restricted to students in the UTeach Dallas program. Prerequisites: A university grade point average of 2.75, credit or registration for NATS 3341, and 3.00 or better in UTeach coursework. (3-0) S

NATS 4310 Advanced Writing in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics (3 semester hours) A writing-intensive course on questions or problems in natural sciences and mathematics; satisfies the advanced writing requirement for graduation. (3-0) S
NATS 4V90 Special Topics in Natural Sciences (1-6 semester hours) Subject matter will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: consent of instructor. ([1-6]-0) S