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Natural Science and Mathematics (NSM)

Natural Science and Mathematics (NSM)

307 Junior Seminar
Students will study current issues and research in a seminar format.  Outside speakers, students, and faculty will make presentations in junior and senior seminars.  Papers from the scientific literature will be analyzed and criticized.  Students will synthesize theoretical and practical experience in preparation for a successful career.

This course, in addition to 497, 498, are designated Writing Intensive; a grade of “C” or higher in this course is required for this course to count toward the six-credit-hour Writing Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College.  A student cannot earn a grade of “C” or higher in this course unless he or she earns a “C” or better on the writing assignments required by the course.

This course, in addition to 498, is designated Speaking Intensive; a grade of “C” or higher in this course is required for this course to count toward the three-credit hour Speaking Intensive courses required for graduation from Ferrum College.  A student cannot earn a grade of “C” or higher in this course unless he or she earns a “C” or better on the speaking assignments required by the course.
Two and one-half hours, two credits.

399 Professional Preparation
All students preparing to do internships in the Life Sciences must complete this course.  Students will demonstrate the ability to seek, secure, and prepare for a professional job.  Using individual and group conferences, instructors assist students in finding potential internships, completing resumes, cover letters, and interviews, and in developing skills in career planning.
One hour, one credit.

497, 498 Senior Seminar
As a review of the college career and as a preparation for the life ahead, this course uses reading, writing, listening, speaking, and synthesis as means to develop student self-awareness and confidence.  Exercises in this class allow students to investigate their own practical and theoretical experience and to forge new relationships with their past lives and their future expectations.

These courses, in addition to 307, are designated Writing Intensive; a grade of “C” or higher in this course is required for this course to count toward the six-credit-hour Writing Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College.  A student cannot earn a grade of “C” or higher in this course unless he or she earns a “C” or better on the writing assignments required by the course. Prerequisite: NSM 307.

NSM 498, in addition to 307, is designated Speaking Intensive; a grade of “C” or higher in this course is required for this course to count toward the three-credit hour Speaking Intensive courses required for graduation from Ferrum College.  A student cannot earn a grade of “C” or higher in this course unless he or she earns a “C” or better on the speaking assignments required by the course.
Two and one-half hours, two credits.

499 Internship
Internships are normally spent in a 400-hour off-campus work situation or voluntary service activity. They are carefully supervised and designed to provide practical experience in areas related to academic course work.  Prerequisites: NSM 399 and 2.0 grade point average.  Graded.
400 service hours, three credits