What You'll Learn

CMS is a structured program that requires significant discipline breadth. However, it also provides students with increased flexibility, as you'll be eligible to take a greater number of courses.

A statistics requirement familiarize students with basic data interpretation and statistical modeling. A computing requirement will give you a firm grounding in computation and data manipulation as well as help you develop problem-solving skills using computers. SCIE 300 (Communicating Science) will help students develop skills in critical evaluation and communication of scientific issues.

Conceptual Skills

  • Distinguish between data, observation, experiment, theory, and model.
  • Appreciate the limits of science.
  • Be able to critically evaluate scientific issues.

Research Skills

  • Design, execute, interpret, and express results of experiments.
  • Formulate and ask multiple relevant and testable research questions and construct a proposal to answer such questions.
  • Develop quantitative reasoning abilities.
  • Appreciate the role of statistics in the design and analysis of experiments and observational studies in the sciences.
  • Understand the basic notions of computation and algorithms and appreciate their use in modeling and investigating scientific problems.

Communication Skills

  • Communicate effectively on scientific topics: written, graphically, and verbally.
  • Present scientific issues to fellow students as well as non-scientists.

Collaborative Skills

  • Effectively work in groups (in all roles within the group).
  • Evaluate the work of other individuals.

Content Knowledge

  • Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental concepts, principles, and theories in multiple scientific disciplines.
  • Have background needed to pursue career goals (e.g., education).