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New INTSCI Courses: Controversies in Science & Society (INTSCI 200) / Nature of Science (INTSCI 402)

Submitted by Political Science Advising on May 18, 2015 - 9:25am

Are you interested in exploring controversies in science & society or examining the nature of science?

Would you like to:

  • Apply evidence-based reasoning to address questions, to evaluate sources and arguments, and to inform your own perspectives on science and society?
  • Understand how scientific knowledge is created, including the importance of integrated sciences perspectives and data analysis & presentation skills?
  • Engage collaboratively in reflection and discussion with peers, helping one another to connect ideas across the sciences?

Integrated Sciences 200: Controversies in Science & Society (3 credits, I&S/NW)

In INTSCI 200, we will focus on societal controversies that emphasize intersections among science communication, education, policy, and research. For example, why do parents choose to vaccinate, or not vaccinate, their children? How should genetically-modified organisms be regulated?

INTSCI 200 will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30-1:50 p.m.  First-year Interest Group (FIG) students should register for section B; all other students should register for section A. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the instructor at:

Integrated Sciences 402: Nature of Science (5 credits, NW)

In INTSCI 402, we will focus on case study examinations of scientific methods and elements of scientific practice. For example, how do scientists construct models to represent and test our understanding of the natural world? How do scientists use data to support, falsify, or modify theories?

INTSCI 402 will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. If you have any questions, please feel free to email:

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