Senior Research Problem. This is an individual research project in biology, chemistry or the natural sciences. The student designs and completes an independent research project culminating in a written paper and oral presentation. This project can be laboratory-based or field-based. This experiential course is a capstone of the biology and biological chemistry degrees.
Phage Genomics Research For Freshmen. This is a national experiment in both research and education that revolves around a research course in genomics for freshman students. In the two-semester experiential course, students will isolate bacterial viruses from our local soil, prepare the virus DNA for sequencing, and annotate and compare the sequenced genome. The course is a collaboration with other colleges and is administered y the Howard Hughes medical Institute.
Field Biology. This includes aspects of identification, classification, ecology, and museum techniques for botanical and zoological specimens. This course involves extensive field work that takes place during the Spring 3-week session. In addition to working at local field locations like the Wakonda State Park, on-site research will also take place at the Reis Biological Station.
Egypt. Fall 2009, 3-week session. This study abroad experience will be led by Andy Walsh and Mohamed El-Bermawy. Students will focus on Egypt both as an extraordinary ecological and cultural site and provide an in-depth look at the cultures of ancient and modern Egypt from the science (chemistry/biology) perspective.
Tropical Ecology and Culture of Belize. Fall 2010, 3-week session. Students will understand principles of ecology including ecosystem organization, ecological interactions, and environmental issues by immersing in the Belizean culture and understand its impact on ecological and historical preservation. A tentative itinerary may include Belize City, Mayan ruins/Guatemala, Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary, Jaguar Reserve and a visit to a Garifuna village.
Information on other EXP@CSC opportunities is available online and in the academic catalog.