2011-12 Catalog

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Offering Description

Models in Biology


Fall 2011 quarter

Karen Hogan ecology, plant biology
Fields of Study
biochemistry, biology, ecology, environmental studies, physiology and sustainability studies
Models allow us to test our understanding of particular systems and, if the models are good, to make predictions.  Types of models include conceptual, graphical, mathematical, and systems simulation models.  In biology, processes that can be modeled range from Michaelis-Menten analysis of enzyme kinetics, to diffusion of carbon dioxide and water into and out of a leaf, to population dynamics of plant and animal species, to global climate models.   This program will look at a range of approaches to modeling different levels of biological processes.  After an introduction to modeling concepts and techniques, students will work in groups to construct models of biological processes of their own choosing.  A high level of engagement and initiative is expected in this program; upper-division credit is possible.  Students willing to share their expertise in some area of mathematics or computing are encouraged to participate.
Advertised Schedule
6-9:45p Wed, 9a-4:45p Sat
Online Learning
Enhanced Online Learning
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Upper Division Science Credit
Upper division credit is possible by arrangement with the faculty.  Students will need to define what will make their work 'upper division', and to communicate with the faculty throughout the quarter to ensure that they are meeting expectations.
Offered During
Evening and Weekend

Program Revisions

Date Revision
July 7th, 2011 Added schedule information.