Courses

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 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 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 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 619  Physics for Science Educators  Credits: 3 (0-0-3)

Course Description: Materials and energy transduction for grade 6-12 science teachers, with emphasis on optics, acoustics, and electromagnetism.
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 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 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 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 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 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.