Natural Science Laboratory (L)
Courses bearing the Natural Science Laboratory (L) designation explore the natural world from a scientific perspective by employing empirical methods including rigorous observation, experimentation, data analysis, and interpretation of hypotheses. Students use scientific techniques in the laboratory and/or field to develop an understanding of the scientific method and gain an in-depth understanding of an aspect of the natural world.
- To develop students' understanding of the natural world through first-hand experience with scientific methodologies.
- To conduct hands-on scientific research involving the collection, analysis and interpretation of systematic observations and/or data.
- To demonstrate knowledge of the scientific way of knowing — the use of systematic observation and experimentation to develop theories and test hypotheses.
Students can understand, evaluate, and produce claims about the natural world generated by use of the scientific method as a means for testing hypotheses.