Science Math and Research Training (SMART)

Science Math and Research Training (SMART)

Faculty: H. Hoke (Mathematics and Computer Science), K. Hoke (Mathematics and Computer Science), Jones (Biology), Nolin (Chemistry), Parish (Chemistry), Wares (Mathematics and Computer Science)

Faculty at the University of Richmond feel strongly that all science students should have the option of learning in an interdisciplinary environment. The Science Math and Research Training (SMART) course is taught at the introductory level. For students who wish to formally continue exploring science in an integrated fashion past the introductory level, a minor in Integrated Science is also available.

SMART introduces the topics of chemistry and biology in an integrated fashion while relating concepts of calculus 1 and 2 to science. The program offers a hands-on, research-based learning environment where working as part of a team is important. If you are interested in science but have not had calculus experience at the high school level, the SMART program may be for you. After completing the SMART course students have equivalent credit for Biology 199, Chemistry 141, Calculus 211 and Calculus 212, a total of four units.

The integrated biology-chemistry course will be team-taught by two faculty members each semester, one from each discipline. Each faculty member will attend all of the classes, exploring connections between disciplines along with the students. The calculus course is also team-taught and incorporates data obtained in the biology-chemistry course.  In collaboration with the faculty from both the biology-chemistry and calculus courses, students will identify a lab to conduct research in, starting either during the first year or the summer following the first year at Richmond.

Training in fields such as biochemistry, neuroscience, and biomedical research, which are at the interface of traditional disciplines, is burgeoning as we tackle the challenging questions of our generation. To this end, SMART tackles the difficult problems of antibiotic resistance in the fall semester and the HIV epidemic in the spring semester.

The broad-based exposure to ideas and techniques from a variety of areas is excellent preparation for graduate and pre-professional work in any of the sciences as well as mathematics and computer science.

The Course

The SMART program has a fall component and a spring component, each of which carries a total of two units of credit.  In the fall, students will take Integrated BIOL/CHEM 1 with Lab and SMART calculus 1. In the spring, students will take Integrated BIOL/CHEM 2 with Lab and SMART calculus 2.

Students who complete both components will have earned four units toward graduation and will have completed the curricular equivalent of:

  • BIOL 199
  • CHEM 141
  • MATH 211
  • MATH 212

SMART students will be able to enroll in any upper-level science or math course that requires any of the above courses.

Students who complete only one semester will have earned two units towards graduation. Integrated BIOL/CHEM 1 will substitute for BIOL 199 for students who then go on to major in biology. SMART calculus 1 will substitute for MATH 211.

By completing one semester of the program, students will have satisfied both the Field of Study requirement in the Natural Sciences (FSNS) and the Field of Study requirement in Symbolic Reasoning (FSSR).

Science Math and Research Training (SMART)

Faculty: H. Hoke (Mathematics and Computer Science), K. Hoke (Mathematics and Computer Science), Jones (Biology), Nolin (Chemistry), Parish (Chemistry), Wares (Mathematics and Computer Science)

Faculty at the University of Richmond feel strongly that all science students should have the option of learning in an interdisciplinary environment. The Science Math and Research Training (SMART) course is taught at the introductory level. For students who wish to formally continue exploring science in an integrated fashion past the introductory level, a minor in Integrated Science is also available.

SMART introduces the topics of chemistry and biology in an integrated fashion while relating concepts of calculus 1 and 2 to science. The program offers a hands-on, research-based learning environment where working as part of a team is important. If you are interested in science but have not had calculus experience at the high school level, the SMART program may be for you. After completing the SMART course students have equivalent credit for Biology 199, Chemistry 141, Calculus 211 and Calculus 212, a total of four units.

The integrated biology-chemistry course will be team-taught by two faculty members each semester, one from each discipline. Each faculty member will attend all of the classes, exploring connections between disciplines along with the students. The calculus course is also team-taught and incorporates data obtained in the biology-chemistry course.  In collaboration with the faculty from both the biology-chemistry and calculus courses, students will identify a lab to conduct research in, starting either during the first year or the summer following the first year at Richmond.

Training in fields such as biochemistry, neuroscience, and biomedical research, which are at the interface of traditional disciplines, is burgeoning as we tackle the challenging questions of our generation. To this end, SMART tackles the difficult problems of antibiotic resistance in the fall semester and the HIV epidemic in the spring semester.

The broad-based exposure to ideas and techniques from a variety of areas is excellent preparation for graduate and pre-professional work in any of the sciences as well as mathematics and computer science.

The Course

The SMART program has a fall component and a spring component, each of which carries a total of two units of credit.  In the fall, students will take Integrated BIOL/CHEM 1 with Lab and SMART calculus 1. In the spring, students will take Integrated BIOL/CHEM 2 with Lab and SMART calculus 2.

Students who complete both components will have earned four units toward graduation and will have completed the curricular equivalent of:

  • BIOL 199
  • CHEM 141
  • MATH 211
  • MATH 212

SMART students will be able to enroll in any upper-level science or math course that requires any of the above courses.

Students who complete only one semester will have earned two units towards graduation. Integrated BIOL/CHEM 1 will substitute for BIOL 199 for students who then go on to major in biology. SMART calculus 1 will substitute for MATH 211.

By completing one semester of the program, students will have satisfied both the Field of Study requirement in the Natural Sciences (FSNS) and the Field of Study requirement in Symbolic Reasoning (FSSR).