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Table of Contents: 2013-2014 Warren Wilson College Catalog 0.1 Academic Calendar 0.2 Warren Wilson College Catalog 0.3 From the President 0.4 Accreditation and Memberships 0.5 Table of Contents 1.01 Mission, Values, Objectives, and Vision 1.02 College Profile 1.03 History 1.04 Undergraduate Admission 1.05 Financial Aid 1.06 Withdrawal and Refund Policy 1.07 Student Life 1.08 Special Facilities 1.09 Resources and Educational Opportunities 1.10 PEW Learning Center and Ellison Library 2.1 Work Program 2.2 Service Program 2.3 Academic Policies and Regulations 2.4 Baccalaureate Degree Requirements 3 Programs of Study 3.2 Undergraduate Programs of Study 3.2.01 Art 3.2.02 Biology 3.2.03 Business 3.2.04 Chemistry 3.2.05 Creative Writing 3.2.06 Education 3.2.07 English 3.2.08 Environmental Studies 3.2.09 Gender and Women's Studies 3.2.10 Global Studies 3.2.11 History and Political Science 3.2.12 Integrative Studies 3.2.13 Mathematics 3.2.14 Modern Languages 3.2.15 Music 3.2.16 Outdoor Leadership 3.2.17 Peace and Justice Studies 3.2.18 Philosophy 3.2.19 Physics 3.2.20 Psychology 3.2.21 Religious Studies 3.2.22 Social Work 3.2.23 Sociology/Anthropology 3.2.24 Sustainable Business 3.2.25 Theatre 3.2.26 Women's Studies 3.2.27 Writing 3.3 Graduate Program 3.3.1 Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing 3.4 Specialized Advising Areas 3.4.1 Pre-Law Advising 3.4.2 Pre-Medical and Pre-Allied Health Advising 3.4.3 Pre-Peace Corps, International, and Non-Governmental Service Advising 3.4.4 Pre-Veterinary Medicine Advising 4.01 Courses of Instruction 4.02 Anthropology (ANT) 4.03 Art (ART) 4.04 Biology (BIO) 4.05 Business (BA) 4.06 Chemistry (CHM) 4.07 Economics (ECO) 4.08 Education (EDU) 4.09 English (ENG) 4.10 Environmental Studies (ENS) 4.11 Gender and Women's Studies (GDS) 4.12 Global Studies (GBL) 4.13 History (HIS) 4.14 Interdepartmental (INT) 4.15 Modern Language (LAN) 4.16 Mathematics (MAT) 4.17 Music (MUS) 4.18 Outdoor Leadership (ODL) 4.19 Peace and Justice Studies (PAX) 4.20 Philosophy (PHI) 4.21 Physical Education (PED) 4.22 Physics (PHY) 4.23 Political Science (PSC) 4.24 Psychology (PSY) 4.25 Religious Studies (REL) 4.26 Science (SCI) 4.27 Social Work (SWK) 4.28 Sociology (SOC) 4.29 Theatre (THR) 4.30 Writing (WRI) 5.1 Administration and Staff 5.2 Undergraduate Faculty 5.2.1 Library Faculty and Staff 5.2.2 Staff Teachers 5.3 Graduate Faculty and Staff 6.1 Board of Trustees 6.2 Alumni Board 6.3 Endowed Scholarships 7.1 Index of Sections


Paula K Garrett
Vice President of Acad. Affairs

Paula Garrett Address:
WWC CPO 6346
PO Box 9000
Asheville, NC 28815-9000

Phone: 828.771.2083

Email: pgarrett@warren-wilson.edu

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4.26 Science (SCI)

Course meets Triad Education Program Requirement in specified area.

4.26.1 Overview

The undergraduate science research program at Warren Wilson College is designed to promote student intellectual independence and maturation, a personalized education, and close cooperative academic interaction with faculty members, staff, and peers. Specific objectives of the science research sequence include:

  1. Designing a project that will address an original question in the context of current literature. The relevance of the topic must be explained in a larger context and the research must be related to existing findings from the primary literature.
  2. Implementing the project using appropriate methods and quantitative analysis, organizing individual steps in a large complex project, and practicing problem solution and critical appraisal.
  3. Communicating the outcome of the project both orally and in written format, in a clear, concise, organized, and engaging way. This incorporates senior-level articulation, creative expression, logic, and an understanding of professional standards.

By the end of the sequence of three courses, students will choose a research advisor, define a suitable research topic, carry out a comprehensive literature review, prepare a grant proposal, understand and use pertinent statistical, sampling, and experimental design techniques, present results orally before a scientific audience, and prepare a scientific manuscript.

Assessment will occur through assignments, exams, evaluations, drafts, attendance records, final thesis graded by the research adviser, and final presentation graded by participating faculty.

4.26.2 Courses

SCI 390 - Research Design 2cr

In this course, students begin the Natural Science Seminar process. Included are lectures and activities that teach literature searching, experimental design, sampling, statistics, writing, and speaking. Students consult with faculty members, choose a research advisor, choose a research project, and write a grant proposal. Students attend and critique Natural Science Seminar for a full semester.

Prerequisite: MAT 141 Statistics, or MAT 241 Calculus I, or MAT 253 Statistics for Natural Sciences.

SCI 486-489 - Natural Science Seminar Research 1-4cr

This course is for students doing research for their Natural Science Seminar. After completing SCI 390 Research Design, students are ready to begin their independent research projects, working directly with a faculty research mentor. It is expected that students invest 40 hours of effort per credit hour. A minimum of 2 credit hours are required.

Prerequisite: SCI 390 Research Design.

SCI 493 - Natural Science Seminar Communication 1 cr

Some of the most essential skills for natural scientists include the abilities to investigate, organize, and present concepts to their peers--both orally and in written format. This is the purpose of Natural Science Seminar Communication: it provides the forum for the presentation and evaluation of student research. Each student presents a 20-25 minute oral presentation on his/her research project and submits a formal thesis for the College archives. The formal paper includes a complete description of the research project, methods, analysis, final results, and scientific discussion. The scheduling for the seminar presentation takes place during SCI 390 Research Design one year before the presentation.

Completion of SCI 390 Research Design, SCI 486 Natural Science Seminar Research, and SCI 493 Natural Science Seminar Communication fullfills College Composition II

Course meets Triad Education Program Requirement in specified area.