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Earth, Life & Time is a CPS program about the scientific understanding and appreciation of the natural world, and how that understanding aids us as individuals and as a society. In particular ELT students study:
- The Methods and Perspectives of Natural Historical Sciences (including geology, paleontology, evolutionary biology, ecology, anthropology, and archaeology) .
- The Scientific Method and Critical Thinking Skills (logical fallacies; Science vs. Pseudoscience; etc.).
- The Interaction of Natural Sciences and Society (such as geological and biological resources; misperceptions of Science in popular culture and the news media; the role of education; etc.).
- Information Technology and the Diffusion of Knowledge (basic skills in html & web design; raster and vector graphics; the perils and pitfalls of web-based research; and more).
ELT students discover aspects of these topics through a number of different means:
Please explore the menu to the left for in-depth information on these areas.
- Innovative Teaching Techniques, such as hands-on large- and small-group projects; critical examinations of the writings of natural history authors such as John McPhee, Jared Diamond, and Carl Sagan; panel presentations, and more.
- Field Experiences, including: Geological and Fossil Collecting Trips along the Chesapeake Bay, in western Maryland, and West Virginia;World-class Natural History Museums, such as the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History (D.C.) and the American Museum of Natural History (NYC); Cultural Excursions to Ford's Theatre, the Corcoran Gallery of Art (D.C.) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC).
- Natural History Field Courses, including a 1 credit program in Arizona and a 3 credit course in the Galápagos Islands)
- Opportunity for Contact and Collaboration with Internationally-Known Researchers, both on campus and outside the University. Past guest speakers have included scientists, journalists, and others from the Smithsonian Institution, Cambridge University, and Science magazine
- Individual Internship and Research Experiences: past and current individual projects have included science tutoring for K-12 students; laboratory work in paleontology, biology, geology, and physics on campus, at the Smithsonian Institution, and elsewhere; volunteer work at the National and Baltimore Zoos; and many others.