New Course Proposal

The following new course proposal has been submitted to the Faculty Senate Office for review and approval and is listed here for faculty review and comment. Comments on any new course proposal should be submitted to Ernest May, secretary of the Faculty Senate, at senate@senate.umass.edu.

NATSCI 389 “Team-oriented Lab Discovery in Renewable Energy (iCons 3 Renewable Energy” 4 credits; Instructor: Mark Tuominen; (Team-oriented Lab Discovery in Renewable Energy) involves student-driven, team-oriented laboratory projects focused on the interrelated principles of energy generation, conversion, storage and consumption, particularly emphasizing the science underlying renewable energy systems. Projects incorporate experimental techniques from the chemical, physical, mathematical, and life sciences. The intent of this course is to examine cross-disciplinary methods to address real world energy-related issues. Students will be expected to understand paths to energy solutions that cross many disciplines, and how an interdisciplinary approach may be used to solve energy problems faced by society. Prerequisites: NatSci 189H (iCons 1), NatSci 289H (iCons 2), 2 physical or life science lab courses, and calculus. NB – Students are admitted to the iCons Program in their freshman year via a competitive application process. After completion of iCons 1, they select an iCons theme of either Renewable Energy or Biomedicine. The theme courses have the same learning goals but use different contexts to achieve those goals. The Biomedicine version of this course is Bio 383H, Gene & Genome Analysis.