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College of Science and Mathematics

9 questions and answers specific to the students within the College of Science and Mathematics for fall 2020.

Q: Which College of Science and Mathematics cohorts will be off-campus this semester?

A: Non-ROTC sophomores in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, neuroscience and physics. To reach these decisions, we looked at a myriad of factors, including labs and clinicals. Students in these five majors will have priority to be on campus in the spring.

Q: How will pandemic protocols affect class size?

A: Many of our upper-division classes are small, which will help them meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 50%-of-usual-capacity guideline for classrooms. Students will find that many of their upper-level classes are still face to face.

Q: What will happen to labs?

A: All of our labs and our clinicals will be in person, though they may not look the same as in the past. Instead of having three lab sections, we may have four, so we’re able to spread out. In chemistry, for example, if there’s a 24-student class, we’re looking at having 12 students come for the first hour and a half (or a three-hour session) and 12 come for the second hour and a half. Or, instead of having 10 labs in a semester, we might have five. We’ll split the students into two groups; half of you will come week one, half will come week two, then we’ll go back to the original group in week three. In geology, we’re looking at ways to have students have individual instead of shared samples for analysis.

Q: Which courses will use which modalities?

A: This is still being determined, so we cannot publish a list yet. But, when you get your schedule, reach out to your instructor for clarification. We’re hoping to have all the sections of one course, say Calculus 1, use the same modality so it’s fair and equitable across the board.

Q: How will you adjust for internships, first aid and CPR certifications?

A: Faculty members who are teaching those courses, which include health science and athletic training majors, are looking not only at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention safety guidelines, but guidelines that come from the Red Cross and a variety of other organizations and adoption. Adjustments will be made for experiential learning and techniques you will need as future health care providers.

Q: I plan to take Organic Chemistry 1 in the fall and Organic Chemistry 2 in the spring. If fall lab for Organic Chemistry 1 is held in the spring, will I still be able to take Organic Chemistry 2 in the spring?

A: Absolutely. More than likely you’ll take a three-credit Organic Chemistry 1 lecture in the fall, you’ll take the three-credit Organic Chemistry 2 lecture in the spring. We’ll put you in a two-credit Organic 1 and Organic 2 lab in the spring; that way you’ll get all your labs at once.

Q: Will my class schedule change?

A: Possibly, though we’re trying to minimize this. We’re hoping that if a schedule changes, you’ll just move from one section to the other.

Q: How will athletic training be affected without sports?

A: Unclear. The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, the accrediting agency for these degrees and Athletic Training Department Chairman Greg Jancaitis are looking at this now.

Q: How often will lab gear be sanitized?

A: Before and after every lab. We know some of our labs also double as classrooms, so we’re working to move the classes from our labs. We may be asking you to help; at the end of the lab period, there may be wipes so you can wipe down the countertop and the equipment to sanitize it before the next group comes in.

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