Current Offerings

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Students at work in ENVS 650.

Summer 2014

MATH 601
June 9-27
Monday-Friday,  9 a.m. - 12 noon
Dr. Mike Coco

Rational and Irrational Numbers: The Foundation of Real Analysis (3) This course explores the basic structure of the Real Number system, with a focus on the properties of rational and irrational numbers. Topics will include basic properties of numbers, rational and irrational approximation, and transcendental number theory.

BIOL 605
June 9-27
Monday-Friday,  9 a.m. - 12 noon (lecture) and 1-4 p.m. (lab)
Dr. Nancy Cowden

Topics in Botany (4) Focuses on aspects of plant biology emphasized in K-12 curricula. Plant life cycles, functional anatomy, photosynthesis, ecology, and other topics as appropriate will be examined in detail. Laboratory experiences and projects provide students with opportunities to design and present educational activities adaptable to the classroom.

ENVS 650
June 16-27
Monday, Wednesday, Friday,  9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Dr. Tom Shahady

Water Quality (3) Focuses on integrated content in environmental science, chemistry, and biology that applies to water quality assessment. Appropriate laboratory and field skills for teachers, in any of the scientific disciplines listed above, are addressed. Topics include water quality issues, bacterial monitoring, chemical assessment, and biological assessment. Emphasis is on pedagogical approaches to applying these concepts in the classroom. This course is included within the graduate course sequence in biology.

MATH 602
July 14-August 1
Monday-Friday,  1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Dr. Tom Nicely

Polynomials: An Exploration of Algebraic Structures (3) This course explores the basic structure of abstract algebra using polynomials as the primary examples. Topics will include basic properties of groups, rings, fields, and properties of polynomials.

Fall 2014

ENVS 680
August 4-8
Monday-Friday,  9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Dr. David Perault

Applied Geography (3) Comprehensive overview of geographic principles with examples from the physical and social sciences. Technologies such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) will be used to understand and demonstrate topics, with an emphasis on pedagogical approaches to applying these concepts in the classroom.

MATH 603
Mondays, 4:30 - 7 p.m.
Dr. Barry Lobb

Point Set Topology (3) This course covers the beginning elements of general topology including: set theory, topological spaces, separation axioms, compact spaces, locally compact spaces, connected spaces, continuity and homeomorphism, and metric spaces.

ENVS 645
Mondays, 7 - 9:30 p.m.
Dr. Dave Perault

Applied Geography (3) This course covers all key aspects of meteorology ranging from basic atmospheric processes to human induced climate change. Various weather events, tropical weather, air pollution, and forecasting are all addressed, with an emphasis on practical applications and impacts on our daily lives. Special emphasis will be placed on improving the laboratory and field skills of middle and high school level biology and earth science teachers.

Spring 2015

MATH 604
Mondays, 4:30 - 7 p.m.
Dr. Danny Cline

Theory of Numbers (3) This course explores the properties of the integers and related structures through the use of various algebraic techniques, beginning with a study of the Euclidean algorithm, divisibility, primes, and congruence. Additional topics will be selected from the Chinese Remainder Theorem, Diophantine equations, residues, quadratic reciprocity, primitive roots, number-theoretic functions, continued fractions, unique factorization, algebraic integers, number fields, equations over finite fields, and other topics in Number Theory.

ENVS 600
Tuesdays, 7 - 9:30 p.m.
Dr. Greg Eaton

Concepts in Earth and Environmental Science (3) Focuses on a variety of specific earth and environmental science content, concepts, and laboratory and field skills that teachers are required to address when teaching earth science at the middle and high school levels. Topics include plate tectonics, the rock cycle, Earth’s history, oceans, atmosphere, weather and climate, the solar system and universe, and land and water resource issues.