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Course Details

Course Code: SCIN120 Course ID: 4905 Credit Hours: 1 Level: Undergraduate

This course provides an introductory laboratory experience for students who have previously completed a course in the natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, or astronomy) and require a laboratory experience to meet the general education natural sciences requirement for their degree. Students will discuss and apply the steps of the scientific method to activities and simulations drawn from across the natural sciences. Students will also review and demonstrate science information literacy skills through source selection, critical thinking, and writing. Note: Enrollment in this course is limited to incoming transfer students. Contact the Transfer Credit Department at for information and registration instructions. This course may only be taken once for credit.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to

CO-1 Demonstrate science information literacy skills.

CO-2 Demonstrate the process of scientific inquiry.

CO-3 Apply concepts of scientific measurement and problem solving strategies.

CO-4 Apply mathematics toward solving scientific problems.

Your final grade in the course will be determined by your performance on the following assignments:

Discussion Forums (8 forums; 24% of final grade)

Each week of the course, you will provide an initial post to the discussion forum as assigned in the online classroom. For all forums, each student will respond answer associated questions as posed by the forum instructions, offer his/her analysis to the questions posed, and respond to classmate posts.

Lab Assignments (8 labs; 76% of final grade)

The eight assigned labs will consist of different virtual lab activities. Each laboratory will count 9.5% toward the final course grade (76% total). You will perform each of the assigned labs utilizing the lab simulations provided to you inside the online classroom and answer the questions listed on the corresponding lab assignments.

NameGrade %
Forums 24.00 %
Introduction 3.00 %
Week 2 3.00 %
Week 3 3.00 %
Week 4 3.00 %
Week 5 3.00 %
Week 6 3.00 %
Week 7 3.00 %
Week 8 3.00 %
Tests & Quizzes 76.00 %
Lab 1 Assessment 9.50 %
Lab 2 Assessment 9.50 %
Lab 3 Assessment 9.50 %
Lab 4 Assessment 9.50 %
Lab 5 Assessment 9.50 %
Lab 6 Assessment 9.50 %
Lab 7 Assessment 9.50 %
Lab 8 Assessment 9.50 %

Required Technology

  • See the Technology Requirements section of the undergraduate catalog for the minimum hardware and software requirements.
  • Microsoft Office 365 is available to APUS students for free. To sign up, visit If you have questions about accessing the software, please contact Classroom Support at
Book Title:There are no required books for this course.

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.