BSC 101: Fundamental Concepts of Biology
This course covers basic biology concepts including evolution, ecology, conservation, genetics, and human structure and function. Emphasis is placed on applying these concepts to real-life situations and decision-making contexts, with the overarching goal of educating students for informed decision-making. This course implements a flipped structure.
BSC 101A01: Fundamental Concepts of Biology for Future Elementary Teachers
This course is a specialized version of BSC 101 that is directed toward pre-service teachers who will be teaching in the elementary grades (majors: early education, elementary education, middle-level education, and special education). It covers the same biology as the regular BSC 101 course, but this material is integrated with discussion of the Next Generation Science Standards and critical issues related to closing achievement gaps and creating culturally responsive learning spaces.
TCH 130: Introduction to Young Adolescent Development & Middle Level Schools
This course addresses Piagetian and Vygotskian constructivism, adolescent identity development, and inquiry-based STEM teaching methods for middle grades, using the 5E learning cycle model. This course it taken concurrently with the Noyce Teaching Internship and serves as preparation for the clinical component of the internship.
TCH 287: Noyce Senior Seminar
This course is the capstone course to the Noyce Scholarship program, and it prepares Noyce scholars for teaching STEM subjects in diverse classrooms. Through readings, written reflections, discussions, and projects, we explore topics such as achievement and opportunity gaps, how teacher expectations influence student achievement, the role of implicit bias in the development of teacher expectations, and the role of racial and ethnic identity development in both student and teacher identity.
BSC 296: Mammalian Biology
This course covers
evolution, classification, ecology, behavior, and conservation biology of mammals. Dr. Darner teaches this course during the fall semester of odd-numbered years. This course implements a flipped structure.
BSC 420A39: Post-secondary Biology Education
This graduate course prepares biology graduate students who plan to pursue a career at a college or university, where they will be expected to teach undergraduate biology courses. The course integrates literature on critical pedagogies, learning theories, and conceptual change with discussion.