Physical Science 498

PHSC 498

Catalog Entry

PHSC 498. Independent Study
Credit Hours (1-6)

Hours and credit to be arranged in consultation with the faculty member with whom the student will work on the independent study. For important additional information, see "Independent Study" in the current university catalog.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

The topic and methodology of study vary with each individual student. This information must be provided by the student and approved in advance of the student's beginning the course.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The student will select, in consultation with the faculty member who will supervise the student, a topic for study. The student and professor will then prepare a written proposal specifying the topic to be studied, the pedagogy to be used, the credit hours to be awarded for successful completion of study, and the assessment measures that will be used to determine the level of success. This proposal must then be approved by the supervising professor, the Physical Science Department Curriculum Committee, and the Chair of the Physical Science Department. If any of these individuals or groups object to the proposal as submitted, it may be revised to accommodate the objection(s) and resubmitted. Once approval has been obtained, the student is permitted to register for the appropriate number of credit hours and proceeds with the independent study.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

1. Students will broaden their backgrounds in an area of study not available through other courses.
2. Students will enhance their critical thinking abilities.
3. Students will enhance their science process skills.


Assessment Measures

The supervising professor and the student agree in advance on what assessment measures will be used to determine the level of success in the course. Since these measures can and do vary widely, no meaningful specifics can be provided.


Other Course Information

This course is the undergraduate equivalent of PHSC 598, Directed Study, which carries graduate credit and demands a correspondingly higher level of achievement.



September 24, 2001 - Reviewed by Walter S. Jaronski, Chair