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Why should we care about science….? 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: http://www.youtube.com/ 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. watch?v=_H778VLzpgo 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. http://catalog.nmsu.edu/underg rad-2012-2013/01general/required_courses.html 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 engineering, In a 2009 survey, nearly a third of this country’s manufacturing 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 home. 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. CNN.com 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.