Curriculum Innovations

Here in the CLI, our faculty design integrated interdisciplinary projects that assist students in the transfer of knowledge from discipline to discipline and encourage collaborative, project-based learning. Here are some examples from our BSHS curriculum. 

Periodic Table of Haiku

Periodic Table of Haiku ScreenshotThe primary objective of the Haiku project was to integrate chemistry and creative writing. By working with the characteristics of Haiku structure, the goal of this project was not only to deliver informative factual details of an element, but also to discover an original and fresh perspective of the same element. Students were challenged to portray a sense of focus, story, progress, and completeness within the 5-7-5 syllable structure. More...

Project CAGE

CAGE Project ThumbnailThe project CAGE (Caring for Animals through Guidelines in Ethics) integrates pre-calculus and calculus with applied ethics. It combines hands-on learning with conceptual analysis and aims to support development of learning connections between abstract knowledge and its practical application. Students build a cardboard model of an animal cage used in laboratory animal research and produce a report integrating the application of optimization concepts from calculus with ethical guidelines for cage construction and analysis of laboratory animal welfare. More...

Wrestling with Angels in America

Wrestling with Angels in America Screenshot This project provided background and context materials to help readers better understand Tony Kushner’s play Angels in America. In groups of three, students created researched websites about Kushner’s award-winning play from the 1990s that confronted the HIV/AIDS crisis. The broad array of topics allowed for integration with diverse disciplines including history, philosophy, physics, and biology. More...