The SAS Farm is one of the many ways that we use our campus to bring the classroom outdoors.
All students must successfully complete Conceptual Physics, Chemistry, and Biology to meet graduation requirements. All science courses are laboratory based and emphasize observational and laboratory skills over rote memorization. Elective courses include Advanced Physics, Advanced Chemistry, Advanced Biology, and semester electives in Geology, and Forensics. Science classes are built around laboratory and field experiences that are easily integrated with instruction in the longer class periods.
- Conceptual Physics
- Advanced Biology
- Advanced Chemistry
- Advanced Physics
- Introduction to Field Geology (Fall)
- Environmental Science (Spring)
Conceptual Physics students construct representations of physical phenomena using a modeling approach. They analyze the results of investigations to form mathematical and conceptual models and deploy them in problem-solving contexts. These skills are universal to science and will help them in subsequent science courses. Specific topics of study include: one-dimensional kinematics, interactions between forces and matter, and conservation of energy. Students design and carry out an experiment on a topic of their choice, write a formal lab report, and present their findings to the class.
Chemistry is an introduction to the study of matter and change, emphasizing mastery of stoichiometry, lab skills, and critical thinking. Students study topics such as modern atomic theory, bonding, nomenclature, types of reactions, kinetic theory of gases, and acid/base solution chemistry. Requirement: Conceptual Physics (or physical science if transfer student) and Algebra I.
Advanced Biology is a laboratory intensive science elective intended to further students’ knowledge and appreciation of selected topics from the introductory Biology course. Topics include cellular structure and processes, genetics, evolution, ecology, and biotechnology. Students explore these topics through readings, discussion, and hands-on activities and engage in more advanced laboratory techniques such as gel electrophoresis. Requirement: Chemistry and Biology
Advanced Chemistry presents chemistry at the college level, using Chemistry: A Molecular Approach (3rd ed.) by Nivaldo J. Tro, a college text for general chemistry. This text has extensive internet-based supplemental and tutorial materials. Students spend substantial time outside of class learning and drilling the material. Laboratory work is included and students are offered opportunities to participate in service learning opportunities, field trips, guest lectures, and Chemistry Department Seminar at the University of the South. Each year students in this course prepare a Chemystery of Halloween show for area 5th graders. Requirement: Chemistry and Requirement or Co-requisite: Biology, Algebra II.
Advanced Physics explores the behavior of matter as it moves, collides, slides, rebounds, and spins. We will study mechanics, waves, light, sound, electricity, and magnetism. Our explorations will include lab activities, problem solving, and real-world applications. Requirement: An 85 or above in Algebra II and Precalculus as a requirement or co-requisite
Introduction to Field Geology capitalizes on our unique geographic location atop the Cumberland Plateau by utilizing our campus and the surrounding area as an outdoor classroom. Through extensive fieldwork exercises, readings, reflections, lectures, and class discussions, students develop a deep understanding of the geologic features and processes that shape Earth’s surface and subsurface. We utilize the many outstanding rock exposures on and near our campus for our field sites. An emphasis is placed upon understanding the formation of the Cumberland Plateau and how that fits into the broader context of the geologic history of North America, Earth’s geologic history, and Earth’s tectonic cycle. Students maintain an interactive scientific notebook that incorporates field sketches, notes, field observations, laboratory exercises, and scientific reflection. Participants in the course must be prepared to hike and walk on a regular basis.
Environmental Science focuses on major environmental issues including: climate change, pollution, deforestation, and loss of biodiversity. The course begins with a broader ecology unit, narrowing in focus to use our campus as a microcosm for larger scale environmental impacts. Through both simulation and field work students are tasked with testing soil, air, and water quality here on campus along with investigating the biodiversity of both larger fauna and soil and water macroinvertebrates. Armed with a working knowledge of ecosystem health, students create action plans and environmental impact statements for environmental issues that concern multiple stakeholders. This course is a field intensive course, utilizing the St. Andrew’s-Sewanee campus as a living laboratory and addressing the multiple dimensions of environmental issues through use of case studies. Field work is reinforced by readings and simulations along with review of case studies and town hall-style debate.
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M.S., Physics, North Texas State University
Ph.D., Physics, University of Central Florida
M.S. Biology, University of Texas
M.Ed., The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
M.A., University of Wyoming
Ph.D., University of Kentucky
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