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Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Magis Honors Program in STEM

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Janice Voltzow, Director

The Magis Honors Program in STEM is designed to provide undergraduate students with a more intense, interdisciplinary experience of research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Through group meetings and individual research projects, students will gain the intellectual and technical skills to carry out original research and to communicate this research to others. An additional focus of the program is the responsibility of science to society to provide students with the foundations to become socially responsible scientists.  While strengthening their skills in understanding and communicating science and mathematics, students mentor each other as they design and carry out their research. This work culminates in the production of a thesis at the end of the senior year. Co-curricular activities include a multi-day STEM field experience at a local research site in conjunction with a service project at the site the week before the start of classes for all incoming freshmen in the program. Service responsibilities will include tutoring students in local school districts in their STEM coursework and working with United Neighborhood Center youth groups.


Freshmen will participate in a common section of a first year seminar that focuses on science and society. A series of 1.5 credit seminars each semester bring together all students in the program once a week to learn how STEM researchers develop research questions, develop techniques to address those questions, evaluate their results, and share those results with others. Students learn from each other and provide mutual support as they develop independent research projects culminating in a thesis in spring of the senior year. A committee of three faculty will help guide the student through the process of developing and writing a thesis proposal, carrying out their research, and writing and developing their thesis. The program includes significant and innovative integration of science and humanities, including ENLT 143X: Writing Science in Literature , a special core humanities course, for example HIST 350 - (CH) American Environmental History , a special section of PHIL 210 - Ethics , and a core Theology course T/RS 342 - (P) Science and the Common Good . A minimum GPA of 3.5 (cum laude) is required for graduation in the program.

Admissions to the Magis Honors Program in STEM

This program is available to incoming freshmen. Students who appear qualified will be invited by the Director to apply to the program. Students not selected initially who show exceptional ability in STEM, as demonstrated by high performance in classes and recommendations by faculty, may apply in their freshman year for admission as sophomores.

Magis Honors Program in STEM Curriculum

 First Year

 Fall   1st Yr. Seminar: ENLT 143X - Writing Science in Literature  
    MAGI 191 - Foundations in STEM I  
 Spring   MAGI 192 - Foundations in STEM II  

 Second Year

 Fall   MAGI 291 - Methods of Inquiry I  
 Spring   MAGI 292 - Methods of Inquiry II  
    PHIL 210 - Ethics  

 Third Year

 Fall   MAGI 391 - Discovery I  
 Spring   MAGI 392 - Discovery II  
    HIST 350 - (CH) American Environmental History  

 Fourth Year

 Fall   MAGI 491 - Synthesis  
    DEPT 487S - Magis Honors Project I  
 Spring   MAGI 492 - Exposition  
    DEPT 489S - Magis Honors Project II  
    T/RS 342 - (P) Science and the Common Good  


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