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Active as of Summer Session 2021

I. General Information

1. Course Title:
Honors Exploring the Edge of Space

2. Course Prefix & Number:
ESCI 1461

3. Course Credits and Contact Hours:

Credits: 4

Lecture Hours: 3

Lab Hours: 2

4. Course Description:

In this course students will work as a team to plan and successfully conduct a near-space high-altitude balloon flight (HAB). Such flights involve learning Earth surface and atmospheric structure and dynamic processes, hypothesis writing, experimental design and construction, electronics testing and assembly, microcontroller programming, data collection and analysis, and scientific report writing. Successful execution of a near-space HAB flight requires extensive teamwork and collaboration. At least one all-day off campus field excursion is required for this course. Whenever possible students in this class will collaborate with students of other courses, colleges,and K-12 schools. Collaboration in this case may involve presenting technical and science topics to other CLC and to K-12 students, and helping others with experimental design and construction, and interpreting data. Students will read primary scientific literature, participate in team projects, and complete a capstone project. Activities may include (original) research, inquiry based investigation(s), collaboration, or other project types that the instructor deems worthy of the Honors’ designation. Courses in the Honors Program emphasize independent inquiry, informed discourse, and direct application within small, transformative, and seminar-style classes that embrace detailed examinations of the material and feature close working relationships with instructors. In addition, students learn to leverage course materials so that they can affect the world around them in positive ways.

5. Placement Tests Required:

Accuplacer (specify test): Writing Honors College Level Score:

6. Prerequisite Courses:

ESCI 1461 - Honors Exploring the Edge of Space

There are no prerequisites for this course.

7. Other Prerequisites
One of the following: ACT English score 24, ACT Reading score 24, Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score 78, Accuplacer NextGen Reading score 250, High School GPA 3.0, Or permission from the instructor or Honors Coordinator

9. Co-requisite Courses:

ESCI 1461 - Honors Exploring the Edge of Space

There are no corequisites for this course.