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Why should we care about
To get do well in college…..
To make good consumer choices ….
To serve your country…..
To take good care of yourself
and your family
To impress others with your wacky
knowledge of cool stuff….
To take good care of yourself and your family
While graduates from a variety of majors and disciplines have a shot at a decent salary in 2011, almost
all of the top-10 offers will go to engineering and computer science grads. According to the NACE
survey, the following are the highest anticipated payouts:
Chemical engineering -- Average annual salary$66,8862.
Computer science -- Average annual salary $63,0173.
Mechanical engineering -- Average annual salary $60,7394.
Electrical/electronics and communications engineering -- Average annual salary $60,6465.
Computer engineering -- Average annual salary $60,1126.
Industrial/manufacturing engineering -- Average annual salary: $58,5497.
Systems engineering -- Average annual salary $57,4978.
Engineering technology -- Average annual salary $57,1769.
Information sciences & systems -- Average annual salary $56,868.
Business systems networking/ telecommunications -- Average annual $56,808
To do well in college…..
The University of New Mexico Core Curriculum, revised as of Fall 2003, is as follows:
Writing and Speaking (3-9 hours): English 101 and 102 (or equivalents) plus an additional course
chosen from English 219, 220; Communication and Journalism 130; Philosophy 156.
Mathematics: One course chosen from MATH 121, 129, 150, 162,
163, 180, 181, 215, STAT 145.
Physical and Natural Sciences: Two courses, one of which must
include a laboratory, chosen from: Astronomy 101 and 101L; Biology
110 and 112L, 123 and 124L; Chemistry 111 (lab required), (121 and
123L) or 131L (lab required), (122 and 124L) or 132L (lab required);
Earth and Planetary Sciences 101 and 105L (lab required), 201L (lab
required); Environmental Science 101 and 102L; Geography 101 and
105L; Natural Sciences 261L (lab required), 262L (lab required), 263L
(lab required); Physics 102 and 102L, 105, 151 and 151L, 152 and
152L, 160 and 160L, 161 and 161L.
Social and Behavioral Sciences (minimum 6 hours): Two courses chosen from American Studies
182, 185; Anthropology 101, 130; Community and Regional Planning 181; Economics 105, 106;
Engineering-F 200; Geography 102; Linguistics 101 (AOA Anthropology 110); Political Science 110,
200, 220, 240; Psychology 105; Sociology 101.
Humanities (6 hours): Two courses chosen from American Studies 186; Classics 107, 204, 205;
Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies 223, 224; English 150, 292, 293; Foreign Languages
(MLNG) 101; Geography 140; History 101L, 102L, 161, 162, 181, 182; Honors Legacy Seminars at
the 100- and 200-level; Philosophy 101, 201, 202; Religious Studies 107, 263, 264.
Foreign Language (non-English language; minimum 3 hours): One course chosen from any of the
lower-division non-English language offerings of the Departments of Linguistics (including Sign
Language), Spanish and Portuguese, Foreign Languages and Literatures, and foreign languages in
other departments and programs.
Fine Arts (minimum of 3 hours): One course chosen from Architecture 101; Art History 101, 201,
202; Dance 105; Fine Arts 284; Media Arts 210; Music 139; Theatre 122. Students may elect to
take one 3-hour studio course offered by the Departments of Art and Art History, Music, Theatre
and Dance, and Media Arts to fulfill this requirement.
To make good consumer choices ….
To serve your country…..
The United States ranks 27th out of 29
wealthy countries in the proportion of
college students with degrees in science or
In a 2009 survey, nearly a
third of this country’s
companies reported
having trouble finding
enough skilled workers.
More than half the patents
awarded here last year were
given to companies from
outside the United States.
The World Economic Forum
ranked this country 48th out of
133 developed and developing
nations in quality of math and
science instruction.
One report estimates that by 2018
eight million U.S. jobs will be available
in fields relating to science, technology,
engineering and math (STEM).
However, the report indicates that
American employees will be largely
unprepared for these jobs.[iv]
Nearly half graduate of the students
studying the sciences in the U.S. are
foreigners; while these students
might once have spent their careers
here, many are now opting to return
To impress others with your awesome knowledge of
wacky and cool stuff….
Those stars and colours you see when you rub
your eyes are called phosphenes.
In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases
more energy than all of the world's
nuclear weapons combined.
Hydrogen is an explosive gas. Oxygen
supports combustion. Yet when
these are combined it is water which
is used to put out fires.
The liquid inside young coconuts can be
used as a substitute for blood plasma
Every element on the periodic table that is
heavier than iron was made in a supernova.
See that gold ring you are wearing? That was
made in the explosion of a dying star!
The Earth spins at 1,000 mph but it travels
through space at an incredible 67,000 mph.
So now we know why we should study science,
but HOW should we study science….
(and why is there a right way and a wrong way)
Think Pair Share!
12th grade students were asked to determine the
best location to build a town based on the quality of the
water supply. The results show 75% of students could
perform tests on water samples and tabulate data, but
only 11% could "provide a valid final recommendation
by supporting their conclusions with details from the
data," according to the report.
Ok, lets take some notes……
In order to have an impact and be
considered valid, science must be
done with accuracy and precision, it
must be repeatable and it must
provide data based conclusions
• Accuracy – how closely our experiment measures
what we are interested in.
• Precision – how often we get the same results
with the same experiment.