Biology and Society

 

Theme Description: The purpose of this theme is to provide students with an understanding of the interaction of science and society using a scientific, inquiry-based approach. Each course in the theme is built around a series of topics that examine the interest of the topic to the general public, the relationship of the topic to living organisms, and the interdisciplinary processes by which scientists design experiments, analyze their results, and present their findings to the general public. These courses can be taken in any order..

Theme Coordinator:   Dr. Ray Williams

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Courses:

BIO 1101. Biology in Society I (4). F;S
This course will focus primarily on issues relating to life at the level of the organism inward. The course will examine the broad concepts of how life is defined by the processes of heredity, reproduction and metabolism. These concepts will be examined by studies of societal issues such as cancer, nutrition, gene therapy, patterns of inheritance, drug therapy, and evolution at the cellular level. Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours. (CORE: NATURAL SCIENCES) (NUMERICAL DATA) (ND Prerequisite: passing the math placement test or successful completion of MAT 0010.) BIO 1101 WILL NOT SUBSTITUTE FOR BIO 1801 FOR SCIENCE MAJORS.

BIO 1102. Biology in Society II (4). F;S
This course will primarily focus on issues relating to life at the level of the organism outward. The course will examine the broad concepts of evolutionary processes, the interdependent nature of living organisms, the diversity of life, and the evolution of organ systems. These concepts will be examined by studies of societal issues such as the biodiversity crisis, human evolution, plants and agriculture, the threats from microbes, and issues in conservation ecology. Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours. (CORE: NATURAL SCIENCES) (NUMERICAL DATA) (ND Prerequisite: passing the math placement test or successful completion of MAT 0010.) BIO 1102 WILL NOT SUBSTITUTE FOR BIO 1802 FOR SCIENCE MAJORS.

 

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How These Courses Integrate into Theme:

Students in each course will explore themes of evolution and gain experiential understanding through lab exercises. By bring exposed to a discussion of important topics in science, students will see that science is not immutable and indeed is an ongoing process where conclusions are expanded on and debated. Classes will make use of videos and other digital media, laboratory quantitative assessment artifacts, and develop a common required exercise in lectures.