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About Concepts Of Science

Concepts of Science is an introductory science course at Auburn University that fulfills one of the two, core-science course requirements, which are part of most undergraduate student’s degree programs.  SCMH 1010 is a 4-semester credit hour course, which includes 3 hours per week of lecture and two hours per week of laboratory (one hour is on-line and one-hour is in-class).

Most students at Auburn University must take a two-course sequence in the sciences, which can begin with Concepts of Science.  Concepts of Science articulates with some courses in other science departments at Auburn.  In other words, you can take Concepts of Science first, and then take certain other sciences classes to complete your science sequence.  These other science courses include:  Biology 1010, Chemistry 1010, Geology 1100, Physics 1000 and Physics 1150.

The Concepts of Science program usually offers two sections of SCMH 1010 per term in the regular academic year and one section during the first summer 5-week term.  Lecture class size varies in the regular academic year from about 200 to 250.  Laboratories are smaller size groups taught separately from lecture.  Beginning in fall term 2010, there will be an on-line component for each section of laboratory that must be completed prior to going to the laboratory class meeting with an assigned Graduate Teaching Assistant.

Concepts of Science lecture faculty are among the best teachers in the College of Sciences and Mathematics and other selected colleges on campus.  Concepts lecture faculty care about the course and enjoy teaching it.  This course is a voluntary overload class for them. 

Concepts of Science laboratory teachers (Graduate Teaching Assistants) are among the best graduate student teachers in the College of Sciences and Mathematics and other selected colleges on campus. 

If you are considering taking Concepts of Science as a science core class, an elective class, or for any other reasonclick here for more information about the course, its objectives, and expectations.  We use the current edition of the textbook by Trefil and Hazen, The Sciences