Program Features

A Different Kind of Coursework 
In the Science program at Maryville, you won’t just study terms and memorize theories. You’ll shape your own hypotheses and perform experiments as practical applications of your studies. The opportunity to select a science minor and a second, non-science minor allows students a wide range of undergraduate studies that can be tailored to a student’s specific interests, talents and career goals.

SCI 206H The Physics of Star Trek
Science fiction is not only entertaining but can also give us a glimpse into the future. Jules Verne described submarines and trips to the Moon. Arthur C. Clarke predicted global telecommunications satellites. In this honors course, you will explore the Star Trek series and discuss what is theoretically feasible and what may forever be science fiction. Topics include faster-than-light travel, artificial gravity, teleportation, force fields, and the possibility of artificial intelligence.

SCI 202H Global Warming
This seminar uses Global Climate Change as a modern case study to explore the interconnections between science and politics. Scientists worldwide agree global climate change is underway at unprecedented rates, most likely because of relatively recent human influences on the Earth. What is the science behind global warming? How did scientists determine that humans are creating climate change? What global trends are underway, which are still predicted and what are the implications for our future? The course covers these topics and more.

SCI 201H Understanding the Universe
This seminar will explore how different civilizations have tried to make sense of what they observe in the sky. For thousands of years people have tried to explain the order they see around them. Discover how these explanations of the cosmos have changed over time, ending with the current theory of origin – the Big Bang.

SCI 313 Human/Natural History of St. Louis Region Four
In this course, you will undertake five full days of field study in five weeks. You will visit different sections of the St. Louis region to get acquainted with the area’s historical and ecological background.

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