The social sciences deal in systematic, empirical ways with human nature.

Social Sciences

SSCI 220 Lifespan Human Development – GS 3
The course provides an examination of the physical and psychosocial factors which influence human development. The work of various scholars, both historical and contemporary, is considered in an attempt to provide several perspectives on the process of development throughout the human lifespan.

SSCI 224 Basic Statistics – GS 8
Introduction to the basic statistical concepts and techniques (including computer-based software programs) for data analysis in the (non-business) Social Sciences. Includes descriptive statistics, random sampling and probability, correlation, regression, hypothesis testing and parametric/nonparametric inferential statistics. Intended for students in Education, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology; also appropriate for students in the Natural Sciences. Prerequisite: advanced high school algebra or MATH 102. Recommended sophomore standing
or above.

SSCI 246 Issues in Archeology
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SSCI 301 Environmental Studies – GS 11
A lecture course with a laboratory/ discussion component concentrating on an interdisciplinary view of humanity’s past, present and future impact on the environment and discussions of possible solutions to these problems. Topics include general principles of ecology (as applied to human impact on the biosphere), human population growth, food production, air and water pollution, energy resources and use, and biological resources and diversity (such as tropical rain forest and endangered species issues). Perspectives of the natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities and of education are all employed to examine the causes and dimensions of environmental issues and possible solutions. Cannot be used by Biology majors or Environmental Science majors to fulfill GS 11 credit. Students may not take both SSCI 301 and ENVS 300 for credit.

SSCI 389 Special Topics
An interdisciplinary course which deals with topics involving two or more social sciences. May be team-taught by faculty from the academic areas from which the topic has emerged. Enrollment will normally be limited to upper-division students. This course may be repeated since the topics will vary.