2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
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2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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NSCI 300 Inquiry Based Science for Teachers (5 credits)

Distribution Area Fulfilled Natural Sciences with Lab; General Transfer Elective
Prerequisite Admission into the BAS-T program.

Course Description
An overview of the main concepts in natural science for early childhood teachers including topics in earth/space science, life science, physical science, and engineering design. Lab included.

Student Outcomes
1. Use the Crosscutting Concepts as an organizational framework for connecting core ideas across the earth and space sciences, the life sciences, physical sciences, and engineering design.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of basic concepts of life science, physical sciences, and earth sciences needed to support the scientific exploration of children from birth through grade three.
3. Apply knowledge of processes, skills, technologies, and resources to explore and understand science content and phenomena.
4. Conduct investigations to answer scientific questions or solve engineering problems using the scientific method in earth sciences, life sciences, physical science, and engineering.
5. Describe the relationship between engineering and science in order to plan and implement a comprehensive science curriculum.
6. Explain the interactions between culture and science, identify the contributions of diverse individuals to the development of science and technology, and describe how science and technology have affected individuals, cultures, and societies throughout human history.
7. Create an inquiry-based lesson plan for children from birth through grade three using the content knowledge learned in this course and the Washington State Early Learning and Development Guidelines or the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

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