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Steven W. Collins
B CUSP 116
Bothell Campus

Discovery Core II: The Natural World

Addresses an important social issue through an interdisciplinary perspective; builds creative and critical skills of writing, analysis, and quantitative reasoning; and explores, through scientific methods, one aspect of the natural world. Offered: W.

Class description

Engineering is the art and science of making useful things. More than that, it is turning ideas into reality, solving problems, making the best of the resources at one's disposal, and using human ingenuity to ease suffering and further well-being. Above all, it is a way of thinking, a frame of mind rooted in curiosity about how things work. This class introduces students to the practice of engineering, to what it's like to be and think like an engineer. It is geared for students who are considering a major in engineering, and who wish to learn more about it before making a commitment. Also welcome are students interested in exploring science and mathematics from the engineering perspective, and those wishing to engage the challenge of harnessing the work of the engineer to build socially just, democratic, and sustainable communities. These themes will be addressed through readings and problem-solving activities that introduce the mathematical tools and scientific concepts common to all engineering disciplines, develop ethical perspectives, and foster sensitivity to the environment and human needs in engineering design and deployment of new technologies.

Student learning goals

Ability to use basic mathematical tools and scientific concepts common to all engineering fields.

Ability to identify, define, and communicate engineering problems, and to apply appropriate strategies in their solution.

Capacity to apply critical and ethical reasoning skills in assessing engineering decisions and evaluating impacts on the environment, economy, and society.

Deepened consciousness of the role the engineering profession can play in shaping a 21st century world resonant with democratic values, respectful of humans and their communities, and consistent with responsible stewardship of the earth's resources.

Heightened ability to engage with the interdisciplinary, integrative, and interactive learning environment at UWB.

General method of instruction

Combination of lecture and active learning activities in class, supplemented with online resources.

Recommended preparation

Students should be prepared to use algebra and graphs in solving problems.

Class assignments and grading

Weekly homework problems, in-class active learning exercises, mid term and final exams, and a design project.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Steven W. Collins
Date: 10/19/2012