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Scientific Processes

Courses qualifying for Scientific Processes must emphasize scientific methodology and habits of mind. Students should be actively involved in making observations, organizing data, critically evaluating data, designing and/or evaluating experimental procedures for obtaining data, and using data to answer questions and make predictions. Habits of mind and attitudes characteristic of successful scientists include: curiosity, skepticism, creativity, appreciation of uncertainty and tolerance for ambiguity, intellectual honesty and a willingness to consider new and different ideas. These habits of mind should be developed through a theoretical, practical, and imaginative engagement with problems relevant to human lives. The instructor should be able to provide or construct explicit models of these problems.