Current Course Offerings
Dr. Walter teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in science and science teaching.
Often, my courses have creative assessments. Students in my courses have written songs, programmed a video game about Hope Jahren's Lab, created a movie with a time traveling dog, and baked fossil layer cakes (and much more!).
General Education Biology
In this course for non-science majors, we myth bust common misunderstandings about science and learn how to make smart decisions based on evidence, including decisions for personal well-being, evidence-based public policy, and health of the environment.
This course is award-winning!
Environmental, Earth, and Life Science
In this content course for future elementary educators, we learn through classroom-ready NGSS-aligned lessons, do a month-long observation of the moon, and design a science outreach event for local kids.
History and Philosophy of Science
In this graduate course, students learn about how science really works, explore the foundations of what it means to know, and learn about the people of STEM -- including understanding their own place in history as a person of STEM.
Authentic STEM Learning through Egypt's Grand Challenges
In this study abroad course, students travel to Cairo, Egypt where they will build and present an evidence-based STEM lesson as part of a teaching exchange with students at Egypt's award-winning STEM high schools.
In this capstone course for biology majors, students learn mechanisms for evolution, evidence for evolution, as well as population and quantitative genetics. The course includes an inquiry project in which students investigate the primary literature about a selected taxon.
College Science Teaching
In this graduate course for future university STEM educators, students learn how to structure a lesson, write learning objectives, construct more effective labs, and build quality assessments. Students will walk away ready for the job market with a teaching portfolio and teaching philosophy.