S3 Curriculum

Students exploring science at Fairfield Osborn Preserve
Students exploring science at Fairfield Osborn Preserve

Starting in Fall 2012, SSU will begin its pioneer STEM-oriented freshman year experience: Science 120 "Sustainability in My World". This twelve-credit, year-long course (Science 121 in the Spring) for first-time freshmen immerses students in real world issues of environmental sustainability through hands-on work. These include outdoor field experiences at the SSU Field Stations, Nature Preserves, and along the Copeland Creek Watershed. By design, it is an integrated course for students exploring their interest in the environment and considering a science major other than biology (biology majors will have a different course path). Through real-world problem solving done in collaboration with faculty, peer mentors, and community partners, students will learn biological principles, mathematical reasoning, and critical thinking skills. These skills will be directly utilized to help understand and address global issues in the context of our local environment and Sonoma County's watershed.


Science 120A/B is a year-long first-year experience focusing on environmental sustainability.
Science 120A/B is a year-long first-year experience focusing on environmental sustainability.

Science 120A/B focuses on Copeland Creek - an integral part of Sonoma County's watershed.
Science 120A/B focuses on Copeland Creek -
an integral part of Sonoma County's watershed.

During the first semester, each week consists of lecture, discussion, skill building sessions, and a laboratory experience. During the second semester, students progress through projects of their own design to solve real problems and answer questions that address community needs. The program incorporates numerous community partners and works with them towards constructive solutions. Additionally, students will learn skills to transition socially and academically to university study and receive a broad introduction SSU’s science departments, campus research efforts, and student organizations.

If you are a new or prospective student interested in learning more about this amazing freshmen year experience, visit the SSU site on Freshman Learning Cohorts.

You’ll find information on Science 120 at Science FYE.

If you are currently enrolled in SCI 120A/B, login to the course in Moodle to find about assignments, due dates, and other course information.