Introduction to Laboratory Sciences
|Years of Operation||1991-2005|
|Sites Offered||AMH, CAR, CLN, JHU, LAN, LOU, SAR, UNI|
From the CTY Course Catalog (2002):
This course begins by considering the scientific method and the philosophy of inquiry common to all branches of science. With this broad understanding of the goals and complexity of scientific inquiry, students take an interdisciplinary approach, discovering the relationships linking physics, chemistry, and biology. In an exploration of light, for example, students might work on optics (a branch of physics), then turn to absorption spectroscopy (chemistry), and conclude with photosynthesis (biology).
Through class discussions and daily lab work, students not only learn to take a comprehensive view of an ever-specializing discipline but also practice techniques essential in all the sciences. They learn to observe carefully, measure precisely, question and hypothesize, design experiments with adequate controls, graph and analyze data, and draw conclusions. By the end of the session, students gain specific lab skills as well as a fuller appreciation for science—its basic nature and the questions it seeks to answer.