HN Laboratory Research and Techniques In Science (LabRATS)
This two-semester hands-on laboratory elective will provide an opportunity for exposure to the skills and techniques required in scientific research. Students will be engaged in the practice of science, enabling them to become logical problem solvers and people who understand scientific judgment and how science works. These ends will be accomplished by providing authentic and sustained inquiry-based experiences that include continual reflection, critique, and evaluation. Students will be expected to provide explanations, develop models, plan, and conduct investigations. Content will be driven via an experiential approach to guide learning. The spectrum of learning will encompass skills associated with scientific research including basic lab techniques, data analysis, and scientific writing. Areas of biology covered will include biochemistry, biotechnology, microbiology, and physiology of living organisms. Students will apply knowledge and skills to pursue an advanced independent lab-based research project while potentially collaborating with research scientists through academic partnerships with local universities.