Courses

NSCI 170  Perspectives and Communication in Science  Credit: 1 (1-0-0)

Course Description: Exploration of personal stories and development as science students through writing assignments, dialogue, and outreach activities. Topics will include effective communication of science principles with a variety of audiences (including K-12) and a diverse group of learners, exploration of how experiences and perspectives affect how individuals perceive and influence the scientific process and learning science concepts.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Undergraduate.
Registration Information: Written consent of instructor. Credit not allowed for both NSCI 170 and NSCI 180A2.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 192  Introductory Seminar  Credits: 2 (0-0-2)

Course Description: Introduction to the culture and values of science and the College of Natural Sciences.
Prerequisite: None.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 193  College of Natural Sciences Career Seminar  Credit: 1 (0-0-1)

Course Description: Guidance for students in exploring who they are individually, how they might fit into a career or a graduate program in the sciences, how to develop their career path to be competitive in the selection process, and preparation of their marketing materials to be used in the future. Helps students gain a better understanding of their individual abilities, strengths, and interests imperative to being successful in a career search.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Undergraduate.
Registration Information: Undergraduate majors in the College of Natural Sciences only. This is a partial semester course. Credit not allowed for both NSCI 181A1 and NSCI 193.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 295  Independent Study-Natural Sciences  Credits: Var[1-3] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Written consent of Natural Sciences Dean's Office required.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 296  Group Study-Natural Sciences  Credits: Var[1-3] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Written consent of Natural Sciences Dean's Office required.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 298  Undergraduate Research-Natural Sciences  Credits: Var[1-3] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Written consent of Natural Sciences Dean's Office required.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 384  Supervised College Teaching  Credits: Var[1-3] (0-0-0)

Course Description: Supervised experience in a computer lab.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Written consent of instructor required. A maximum of 10 combined credits for all 384 and 484 courses are counted towards graduation requirements.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 487  Internship-Natural Sciences  Credits: Var[1-6] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Written consent of Natural Sciences Dean's Office required.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 495  Independent Study-Natural Sciences  Credits: Var[1-3] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Written consent of Natural Sciences Dean's Office required.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 496  Group Study-Natural Sciences  Credits: Var[1-3] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Written consent of Natural Sciences Dean's Office required.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 498  Undergraduate Research-Natural Sciences  Credits: Var[1-3] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Written consent of Natural Sciences Dean's Office required.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 575  Ethical Issues in Big Data Research  Credit: 1 (1-0-0)

Course Description: Examines big data research through an applied interdisciplinary approach to ethical issues surrounding collection, use, reporting, and preservation of big data. Incorporates a wide range of transferable skills training, so students are well equipped to engage and lead data-centric research within or outside academia.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Senior standing. This is a partial semester course. Credit not allowed for NSCI 575 and NSCI 580A2.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 579  Animal Behavior in Captive Populations  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Also Offered As: VS 579.
Course Description: How animals learn, perceive their work, and behave, and how all of those intersect to alter behavior in captive settings.
Prerequisite: BZ 300.
Registration Information: Enrollment in the M.P.N.S., Zoo, Aquarium, and Shelter Management specialization can be used in place of BZ 300. Credit not allowed for both NSCI 579 and VS 579.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 590A  Workshop in Instruction: Science Instruction in Rural Colorado  Credits: Var[1-3] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: S/U Sat/Unsat Only.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 590B  Workshop in Instruction: Mathematics Instruction in Rural Colorado  Credits: Var[1-3] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: S/U Sat/Unsat Only.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 590C  Workshop in Instruction: Small Scale Science-Teachers as Researchers  Credits: 4 (2-4-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Must register for lecture and laboratory.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 590D  Workshop in Instruction: Colorado Science Teacher Enhancement Project  Credits: 7 (0-0-7)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 590E  Workshop in Instruction: Summer Mathematics  Credits: 3 (0-0-3)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 590G  Workshop in Instruction, Small Scale Chemistry  Credits: 2 (1-2-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Must register for lecture and laboratory.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 596  Small Scale Science Group Study  Credits: Var[1-3] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 601  Master of Profess. Natural Sciences Ethics  Credit: 1 (0-0-1)

Also Offered As: PHIL 601.
Course Description: Ethical issues involving the care and treatment of animals in captive environments. Lectures, case studies, discussions, and student presentations.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Registration Information: Enrollment in the Master of Professional Natural Sciences program. Credit not allowed for both NSCI 601 and PHIL 601. This is a partial-semester course.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 610  Team Research in Quantitative Ecology  Credits: 3 (2-2-0)

Course Description: Interdisciplinary team-based research aimed at studying real-life models in quantitative ecology using mathematical and statistical tools.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Registration Information: Written consent of instructor. Must register for lecture and laboratory.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 611  Leadership in Animal Organizations  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Management training and specific leadership tools aimed at future professionals leading an animal organization.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Registration Information: Admission in the PSM program. All PSM students will need to register for the first fall semester to complete the course as a cohort class. Sections may be offered: Online. Credit not allowed for both NSCI 611 and NSCI 680A3.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 612  Myth Busters – Science/Controversy/Evaluation  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Development and practice of western science; understanding how conflicts between science and culture create controversy; and evaluating claims.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Registration Information: Enrollment in MNSE programs. Written consent of instructor. Offered as an online course only.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 619A  Physics for Educators: Optics  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Ray, wave, and particle models of light, with diverse applications. Introduction to special relativity and quantum physics via light. Includes regular at-home, hands-on activities.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Registration Information: Admission to MNSE program. Offered as an online course only. Credit not allowed for both NSCI 619 and NSCI 619A.
Term Offered: Spring (odd years).
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 619B  Physics for Educators: Mechanics  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Classical kinematics and dynamics, with particular attention to phenomena that can be explored using an integrated sensor system for weekly at-home labs.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Registration Information: Admission to MNSE program. Offered as an online course only. Credit not allowed for both NSCI 619B and NSCI 680A5.
Term Offered: Spring (even years).
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 620  Chemistry for Science Educators  Credits: 3 (0-0-3)

Course Description: Theoretical and experimental chemistry for grade 6-12 science teachers, with emphasis on water chemistry.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Registration Information: Admission to the Master of Professional Natural Sciences program. Sections may be offered: Online.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 621  Workplace Wellness - Animal Organizations  Credits: 3 (2-0-1)

Course Description: Professional training, specifically tailored communication skills, and ways to engage personnel designed to meet the needs of animal professionals.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Registration Information: Must register for lecture and recitation. Admission to the PSM program. Sections may be offered: Online. Credit not allowed for both: NSCI 621 and NSCI 680A2.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 630  Spectroscopy for Science Educators  Credits: 3 (0-0-3)

Course Description: Theory and applications of spectroscopy for grade 6-12 science teachers.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Registration Information: Admission to the Master of Professional Natural Sciences program. Sections may be offered: Online.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 631  Marketing for Animal Organizations  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Marketing skills designed to meet the needs of animal professionals.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Registration Information: Admission to the PSM program. Sections may be offered: Online. Credit not allowed for both NSCI 631 and NSCI 680A4.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 640  Energetics for Science Educators  Credits: 3 (0-0-3)

Course Description: Production and use of energy for grade 6-12 science teachers, with emphasis on chemical and biological systems.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Registration Information: Admission to the Master of Professional Natural Sciences program. Sections may be offered: Online.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 650  Pollution and Environmental Biology for Educators  Credits: 3 (0-0-3)

Course Description: Biological consequences of energy production and consumption for grade 6-12 science teachers.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Registration Information: Admission to the Master of Professional Natural Sciences program. Sections may be offered: Online.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 660  Evolutionary Biology for Educators  Credits: 3 (0-0-3)

Course Description: Evolutionary theory, with an emphasis on innovative methods for teaching evolutionary biology in grades 6-12.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Registration Information: Admission to Master of Natural Sciences Education (M.N.S.E.) degree program. Sections may be offered: Online.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 670  Earth Sciences for Educators  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Provides a foundation in the Earth Sciences for secondary science teachers, emphasizing their societal relevance and context. Topics include earth science methods and thinking, plate tectonics, minerals and mineral resources, rock formation and identification, geologic time, systems, the hydrologic cycle and water resources, climate, carbon and energy.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Registration Information: Admission to MNSE program. Offered as an online course only. Credit not allowed for both NSCI 670 and NSCI 680A6.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 677  Microscopic Image Collection & Processing  Credits: 2 (2-0-0)

Course Description: Modern microscopes generate terabytes of data presenting challenges for acquisition, long-term storage and extracting meaningful information to present it in an appropriate way for publication. This course covers fundamentals of data collection, storage and processing. Students will learn different software applications, ranging from commercial to technical computing languages and will develop their own data processing algorithms to synthesize publication-quality images from large data sets.
Prerequisite: (CS 156) and (STAT 511A, may be taken concurrently or STAT 511B, may be taken concurrently) and (GRAD 510, may be taken concurrently).
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 687A  MPNS Internship: Preparation  Credits: Var[1-4] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Registration Information: Admission to Master of Natural Sciences Education (M.N.S.E.) degree program.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 687B  MPNS Internship: Project  Credits: Var[1-8] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: NSCI 687A - at least 4 credits.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 687D  Internship: Microscopy  Credits: Var[1-8] (0-0-0)

Course Description: Internship in microscopy within the CSU Microscope Imaging Network Foundational Core Facility or within other organizations.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Registration Information: Written consent of instructor.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: S/U Sat/Unsat Only.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 693  Seminar--MPNS  Credit: 1 (0-0-1)

Course Description: Students will present and discuss current research relevant to their specialization(s) and present results of their internships and group projects.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Registration Information: Enrollment in MPNS program.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 693D  Graduate Seminar: Microscopy  Credit: 1 (0-0-1)

Course Description: Presentation and discussion of current microscopy research relevant to a student's specialization and associated with their internship experience.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: S/U Sat/Unsat Only.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 695  Independent Study for the MNSE  Credits: 3 (0-0-3)

Course Description: Independent study based on review of the primary scientific literature in biology, chemistry, or physics.
Prerequisite: NSCI 698.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Registration Information: Written consent of instructor.
Term Offered: Summer.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 696D  Group Study: Microscopy Proposal  Credits: Var[1-6] (0-0-0)

Course Description: Design of an experiment utilizing microscopic imaging to collect quantitative data to test a hypothesis, which may include preparation of specimens, design and construction of a custom microscope, or the writing of software to control the microscope and acquire data. Images will be analyzed to extract quantitative data that tests the hypothesis.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 696E  Group Study: Analysis of High-Throughput Sequencing Data  Credit: 1 (0-0-1)

Course Description: Hands-on experience in analysis of a variety of high throughput sequencing data done in small groups under the supervision of a faculty mentor.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Registration Information: Bachelor's degree required. Written consent of instructor.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 696F  Group Study: Biological Data Analytics Project Proposal  Credits: Var[1-6] (0-0-0)

Course Description: Design hypothesis and method(s) to analyze data from genomic, proteomic, metabolomic, or other -omics experiments; or write software to facilitate analysis of data from -omics experiments.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Registration Information: Bachelor's degree required.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

NSCI 698  Research Experience in Natural Sciences  Credits: 6 (0-0-6)

Course Description: Research experience in biology, chemistry, or physics.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Registration Information: Nine credits MNSE program coursework.
Term Offered: Summer.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.