Curriculum

NOTE: The 2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog contains inaccurate information regarding our program requirements and four year plan. Please refer to this page for the correct information and let us know via the "Contact Us" page if you have additional questions or concerns. However, the course descriptions found in the catalog are accurate at http://catalog.uab.edu/undergraduate/honorscollege/scitech/index.html#courseinventory.

STH Signature Courses

Each student in the program takes the following STH Program coursework during their first two years in the program to prepare for their independent research experience

STH 199 Introductory Seminar. Fall semester of freshman year. 2 credit hours. Students work in teams to analyze current scientific problems under investigation by UAB faculty, learning about how scientists approach problems and conduct their research, including ethics and institutional review of human and animal research.

STH 299 Interdisciplinary Seminar. Fall semester of sophomore year. 3 credit hours. This course illustrates the synergy achieved by interdisciplinary analysis of problems. Example topics include Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, Disorders of the Central Nervous System, High Voltage Innovation, and Idea to Entrepreneur.

STH 201 Research Approaches I and STH 202 Research Approaches II. Spring semester of freshman and sophomore years, respectively. 3 credit hours each. Systematic training in foundational research methodologies and opportunity to application of the methods in research laboratories. Students choose among a Biotechnology Training Lab, Advanced Chemical Analysis, or Engineering Design and Materials Analysis in their freshman year and rotate through laboratories chosen to match their research interests in their sophomore year.

STH 301 Statistics and Design Overview. Spring semester of sophomore year. 3 credit hours. Introduction to principles of research design and statistical analysis, including a statistics laboratory for hands on experience. Students may satisfy the STH 301 requirement by earning credit for an equivalent statistics course approved by the STH program director, e.g., MA 180 or PY 214. Alternative credit through AP or IB is also acceptable.

Curriculum

To graduate with University Honors in Science and Technology, students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of honors coursework including the following required courses:

RequirementsHours
Seminars  
STH 199 Introductory Seminar 2
STH 299 Interdisciplinary Seminar 3
Research Methods/Applications  
STH 201 Research Approaches I 3
STH 202 Research Approaches II a 3
Statistics  
STH 301 Statistics and Design Overview b 3
Honors Thesis Preparation  
STH 395 Science and Technology Honors Proposal Preparation 1
STH 400 Science and Technology Honors Thesis Preparation 1
Honors Research c  
Minimum number of research hours required 8
STH 398
Science and Technology Honors Research  
STH 399
Science and Technology Honors Thesis Research  
Honors College Leadership  
STH 150 Skills for Leadership & Innovation 1
STH 151 Problem Analysis/Project Planning 1
STH 250 Prime Time Leadership 1
Total Hours 27

 

a

Students may satisfy the STH 202 requirement by having research experience in at least two laboratories and approval of the STH program director.

b

Students may satisfy the STH 301 requirement by earning credit for an equivalent statistics course approved by the STH program director such as MA 180 Introduction to Statistics or PY 214 Elementary Statistical Methods and Design. Additional courses may be considered equivalent subject to approval by the STH program director. Alternative credit through AP and IB is also acceptable.

c

Students may also register for research credit under the equivalent course(s) in the department of their major, e.g., BY 398, CH 497, BME 494, etc. These are interchangeable with STH 398 and STH 399 and are all counted as honors hours.

Optional STH Electives

CoursesCredit Hours
STH 100 Honors Participation/SL 1
STH 270 Perspectives on Innovation 3
STH 310 Communicating Science 1-3
STH 350 Next Level Leadership 1-3
STH 396 Internship and Community Projects/SL 1-3
STH 397 Independent Study 1-3

 

Proposed Four Year Plan for Science and Technology Honors Students

Freshman
First Term Hours Second Term Hours
STH 199 2 STH 201 3
STH 150 1 STH 151 1
EH 202 (or EH 102)1, 2 3  
  6   4
Sophomore
First Term Hours Second Term Hours
STH 299 3 STH 202 3
STH 250 1 STH 301 3
  4   6
Junior
First Term Hours Second Term Hours
STH 398 2 STH 395 1
  STH 398 2
  2   3
Senior
First Term Hours Second Term Hours
STH 399 2 STH 400 1
  STH 399 2
  2   3
Total credit hours: 30

 

1

If the student has not completed EH 101, then the student will take EH 101 in the fall semester of freshman year followed by a special STH section of EH 102 in the spring of the freshman year instead of EH 202.

2

If the student has not completed EH 102, then the student would take a special STH section of EH 102 instead of EH 202 here.

 

Year-by-Year Breakdown of the STHP curriculum

Italics indicate courses that are not necessarily required and/or may be waived in certain situations.

Freshman Year

Introductory Seminar (STH 199). Fall semester of Freshman year. Illustration of principles of research by examination of faculty research programs. Discussion of basic concepts of scientific methodology woven around presentations by faculty from diverse disciplines. 2 credit hours.

Research Approaches I (STH 201). Spring semester of Freshman year. Hands on experience with research methods. Students participate in semester-long Biotechnology Teaching Lab, Chemical Analysis Techniques or an Engineering Design and Materials Analysis Lab where they learn state of the art techniques. Classes also visit laboratories and observe methods used. Several classes are devoted to bioethics discussions. 3 credit hours.

English Composition II (EH 102/202). Special section which focuses on scientific communication and technical writing offered in fall and spring semesters. 3 credit hours.

Sophomore Year

Interdisciplinary Seminar (STH 299). Fall semester Sophomore year. Team-taught course with faculty from several disciplines addressing how a complex problem is addressed across the disciplines. This course illustrates the synergy achieved by interdisciplinary analysis of problems. Students read scientific papers and write a research proposal. Topics for Fall 2010 are “Neurobiology of Learning and Memory”, “Central Nervous System Disorders”, “Forensic Science: The Science behind CSI”, and “Energy Generation and Conservation”. 3 credit hours.

Research Approaches II (STH 202). Spring semester of Sophomore year. Students choose two research laboratories in areas of their interest and do a six week rotation in each. Bioethics discussions included. 3 credit hours. (NOTE: Students may satisfy the STH 202 requirement by having research experience in at least two laboratories and approval of the STH program director.)

Statistics and Design Overview (STH 301). Introduction to statistics and research design, taught in spring semester. In spring 2010, this course was taught in a discovery learning, problem based learning format. 3 credit hours. (NOTE: Students may satisfy the STH 301 requirement by satisfactorily completing an equivalent statistics course approved by the STH program director.)

Junior and Senior Years

Honors Thesis Proposal Preparation (STH 395). Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters each year. Course is offered to students who have worked in a lab for minimum of one semester and are ready to prepare their honors thesis proposal. During this course students prepare their written honors thesis proposal and presentation the proposal for their honors thesis. 1 credit hour. (NOTE: This course can be taken as early as the sophomore year.)

Honors Thesis Preparation (STH 400). Offered fall, spring and summer semesters each year. During this course, students write their journal article-formatted honors thesis and prepare the oral presentation for their honors thesis committee. 1 credit hour.

Any Year (when offered)

Perspectives on Innovation (STH 270). Focus on investigating examples of innovation with the goal of understand the social, scientific, and economic context that supports the innovative climate. 3 credit hours. Permission of instructor required. (Optional)

Communicating Science (STH 310). Students will collaborate with university faculty and staff to produce the biannual STH newsletter and other media which communicate scientific concepts to the public. 1-3 credit hours. May be repeated for credit. (Optional)

Next Level Leadership (STH 350). Oversight of team organized to sustain leadership or innovation project. 1-3 creidt hours. Prerequisites: STH 250 [Min Grade: C]. (Optional)

Internship/Community Projects (STH 396). Shadowing of a faculty/clinician or engagement in a community project. Requires a faculty supervisor and a plan for a written reflection on the experience. Must have permission of Program Director. 1-3 credit hours. May be repeated for credit. (Optional)

Independent Study (STH 397). Directed readings or independent project under the supervision of a faculty member. 1-3 credit hours. May be repeated for credit. (Optional)

Honors Thesis Research (STH 398/399). Research on Honors Thesis project. Students register for STH 398 until their honors thesis proposal is approved by their committee, then STH 399 afterward. Must have permission of Program Director. 1-3 credit hours. May be repeated for credit. (NOTE: Students may register for more than 3 credit hours in a semester with permission of the program director. Students may also register for research credit under their departmental equivalent, e.g., BY 398/498, CH 297/497, BME 494/495, etc.)

NOTE: Students are required to take a minimum of 8 hours of research credit (STH 398/399 and/or departmental equivalent). Requests for exceptions require approval of the Program Director. Students can meet the requirement for Honors Research by registering for honors research in their major department.

Other Core Curriculum Opportunities

General Chemistry I & II/Organic Chemistry I & II Honors Lecture (CH 115/117/235/237). Participation in these honors lecture sections will be offered to STHP students. 3 credit hours each. (Optional)

General Chemistry I & II/Organic Chemistry I & II Honors Labs (CH 114/119/234/239). Participation in these honors lab sections will be offered to STHP students. 1 credit hour each. (Optional)

Honors Intro to Psychology (PY 201). Honors section of Introduction to Psychology. 3 credit hours. (Optional)