The primary focus of the science education initiative in the physics department is the improvement of courses beyond the first year. These courses are characterized by a higher degree of mathematical rigor and sophistication than the lower division courses, and populated by majors who have made some level of commitment to the physical sciences. The department has a strong history of course transformation, using research-based interactive techniques such as peer instruction, "clicker" questions, and small group tutorials, but these efforts have been primarily directed towards lower-division introductory courses. The aim of the SEI is to investigate the application of these techniques to the junior-level courses, and to research student learning at this level.
The Physics Education Research Group at CU-Boulder (PER@C) also has course materials for a wide variety of introductory courses.