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Local high school science teachers can enroll in a graduate course being offered this summer by Central Methodist University at the East Central College campus in Union.


CMU and ECC are working together to present the four-week course designed for secondary education science faculty see king professional development in biotechnology and chemical technology.  The class involves one credit hour of lecture which will be administered online and two credit hours of lab at ECC.  Online coursework will begin May 28.  Lab sessions will be held at ECC on Fridays from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. starting May 31 and ending June 22.


Dr. Fatemeh Nichols, chair of ECC’s science department, stated that teachers who enroll in the class will engage in basic and advanced techniques in order to develop a viable science experimentation lesson plan for their secondary students. 


“The chemistry/chemical technology portion will focus on the extraction of natural products from biological materials, while the biotechnology portion will involve molecular and microbial biology with an emphasis on DNA technology,” said Nichols.  “We’re excited that area high school teachers will be able to utilize our state-of-the-art science labs for this class.”   


The course will be instructed by two members of the ECC science department.  Dr. David Brooks is assistant professor of biology and biotechnology at East Central.  He has taught at ECC for the past eight year.  Brooks earned his doctorate in molecular biology from Washington University.  Dr. Brian Schmitz has been instructor of chemistry and chemical technology at ECC since 2010.  He received his doctorate in chemistry from the University of Rhode Island.


Students will be graded on lesson plan development, lab journals, experiments, and online activities and participation.   Tuition for the three-credit hour graduate course is $99, with registrations due April 30. 


For more information call 636-584-6626 or email: .  Registration details are available by calling 636-583-8434 or emailing: .  

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