2012-13 Catalog

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Offering Description

Biology through Darwin's Lens

Spring 2013 quarter

Jennifer Calkins biology, animal studies, literature
Fields of Study

What are the structures of biological systems from cells to populations?  How do biological systems store, replicate, and share information?  The theory of evolution provides the best framework through which we can answer questions such as these regarding the diversity of biological systems.  In this program, we will use evolutionary theory to help us explore biological patterns ranging from the structure of a cell to the organization of populations to patterns of evolutoin over time and processes ranging from the replication of genetic information to the generation of energy.  In the context of our study we will investigate the diversity of biological systems, its origin, and its current threats.  More specifically, we will study aspects of the structure and information of biological systems and will ask how the theory of evolution can explain the patterns and processes at these levels.  

This course will prepare students for further study in biology and will provide them with the biological literacy necessary to engage complex issues from cloning to conservation with knowledge and understanding.  The course will include lectures and small-group seminar discussions as well as lab, computational, and field-based projects.  Readings will include portions of a basic biology text, peer-reviewed research papers, and readings from popular science.  Students will be responsible for keeping a journal, doing the readings, participating in group discussions and projects, and completing weekly assignments.  Students will be evaluated on their participation, their assignments, and their performance on two exams.

Advertised Schedule
10a-4:30p Sat
Online Learning
Hybrid Online Learning 25 - 49% Delivered Online
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Upper Division Science Credit
Upper Division science credit may be awarded in evolution upon completion of an independent project. To be eligible, students must have completed one year or the equivalent of science and math coursework (biology, chemistry, physics etc.). Interested students must contact faculty to discuss option prior to the start of quarter.
Offered During
Evening and Weekend