Concepts of Science


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About Concepts Of Science

Concepts of Science is an introductory science course at Auburn University that fulfills one (the first) 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). During selected semesters, Honors Concepts of Science (SCMH 1017) and Distance Learning Concepts of Science (SCMH 1013) may be offered as well. SCMH 1010, 1013, and 1017 all cover the same science material content.

Most students at Auburn University must take a two-course sequence in the core sciences, which can begin with Concepts of Science. The Concepts of Science course articulates with selected courses in other science departments at Auburn.  For example, a student can take Concepts of Science first, and then take certain other sciences classes to complete the required science sequence.  These other science courses include (and are limited to):  Biology 1010, Chemistry 1010, Geology 1100, Physics 1000 and Physics 1150. The sequential connection between Concepts and these other courses is spelled out in the University Bulletin description of the Concepts of Science courses (SCMH 1010, 1013, and 1017). Concepts of Science may be taken out of sequence ONLY with special approval from a student’s academic advisor because of unusual circumstances. Students should NOT take Concepts of Science out of sequence without an advisor’s written approval which is part of the student’s permanent advising record. Students risk losing science credit for Concepts of Science if taken out of sequence and having the course become a free elective, which may not be useful for graduation.

The Concepts of Science program usually offers two auditorium sections of SCMH 1010 per term during the regular academic year and one classroom section during the first summer 5-week term.  Lecture class size varies during the regular academic year from about 200 to 275.  Generally, lecture classes are smaller during spring versus fall semester. Laboratories are smaller sized groups (up to 45 students per lab), which are taught separately from lecture.  There is a required, on-line component for each section of laboratory, which takes about one hour to complete. This on-line component must be completed prior to going to the assigned weekly laboratory class meeting. The on-line component is written and organized by the Director, and the seated laboratory class is taught by a Graduate Teaching Assistant, who is assisted by one or more laboratory assistants.

Concepts of Science lecture faculty are among the best teachers in the College of Sciences and Mathematics.  Concepts lecture faculty care about the course and enjoy teaching it.  They are recommended as teachers for this course by their peers and department chairs. They are evaluated by the AU electronic evaluation system and the course Director. This course is a voluntary overload class for them, which means they teach this class in addition to their regular workload.

Concepts of Science laboratory teachers (Graduate Teaching Assistants) are among the best graduate student teachers in the College of Sciences and Mathematics. They have been selected for employment in the Concepts program because of their broad background in the sciences and their ability to teach well and relate to undergraduate students.  They are evaluated by the AU electronic evaluation system and the course Director.

If you are considering taking Concepts of Science as a science core class, an elective class, or for any other reason CLICK 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, for lecture class, and there is a laboratory book written specifically for Concepts classes (Concepts of Science Lab Book), which is revised annually and is used in all our labs.