Paradigm Shifts in Scientific Theory
In recent history, modern science underwent radical transformation through the development of new theories that were not anticipated or predicted by the tenets of contemporary theories. As such, the advancement of human understanding in the sciences through radical new theories has been coined by Thomas Kuhn as a "paradigm shift.” Examples of such paradigm shifts include the theories of relativity and evolution.
Regardless of major, this focal study is designed to give those students with an introductory background in physics and biology a deeper understanding of some of the most exciting and revolutionary theories in these fields as a result of paradigm shifts. In addition to scientific content, this focal study will also give students an understanding of the historical and philosophical contexts involved in the development of paradigm shifts.
Instructions for Focal Study 37
Complete at least three courses and a minimum of 10 credits. No more than two of these courses may have the same disciplinary prefix.
Complete one course from each cluster.
|First Cluster (complete 1 course)|
|PHY 311||Relativity I||2 credits|
|PHY 322||Modern Physics with Health Applications||4 credits|
|SCI 172||Introduction to Cosmology||2 credits|
|SCI 170||Introduction to Astronomy||4 credits|
|Second Cluster (complete 1 course)|
|BIOL 170||Human Genetics||4 credits|
|BIOL 330||Genetics||4 credits|
|BIOL 444||Evolution||4 credits|
|Third Cluster (complete 1 course)|
Our Global Environment (for non-majors)
Introduction to Environmental Science (for majors)
|PHIL 310||Philosophy of Science||4 credits|