Concepts of Science

Concepts of Science Topics


Core-Science Sequence

Plagiarism and Honesty Policy

Concepts of Science Topics

In Concepts classes, we use the current edition of the textbook by Trefil and Hazen, The Sciences. Chapters in this textbook are listed below. Most instructors cover most of these chapters in a typical semester. Instructors will cover as many chapters as possible so that the student gets a broad background in the range of sciences represented by these chapters. As you can see from the list below, the topics progress from an introduction to science, and then to physical science, chemistry, astronomy, geological (Earth) science, ecology, and finally biological science topics.

1. Science: a way of knowing

2. The ordered universe

3. Energy

4. Heat and the second law of thermodynamics

5. Electricity and magnetism

6. Waves and electromagnetic radiation

7. Albert Einstein and the theory of relativity

8. The atom

9. Quantum mechanics

10. Atoms in combination: the chemical bond

11. Materials and their properties

12. The nucleus of the atom

13. The ultimate structure of matter

14. The stars

15. Cosmology

16. Earth and other planets

17. Plate tectonics

18. Earth’s many cycles

19. Ecology, ecosystems, and the environment

20. Strategies of life

21. The living cell

22. Molecules of life

23. Classical and modern genetics

24. The new science of life

25. Evolution

Students are expected to purchase the textbook and read ahead in the textbook. Further, students are expected to read and study the assigned chapters as given by their lecture instructors and/or laboratory teachers. Students may be required to work out end-of-chapter problems and questions, or other projects, as assigned by the lecture instructor.

Students should not take this class without owing or having immediate access to this textbook. If you are enrolled in Concepts of Science and are having difficulty finding a copy of the assigned edition of our textbook, please report this immediately to your lecture instructor or the Director of the Concepts of Science program (see director’s contact information linked off the home page).