An exploration of biological issues and methods for nonmajors. Applying basic principles to modern problems, the course may focus on a theme such as evolution and conservation of biodiversity, plants and society, or ecology and environmental issues. Can be repeated for elective credit but not ISP credit as topics change. Fall, Spring.
An integrated lecture-lab course for nonmajors that explores biological topics through hands-on investigative activities. Will focus on a theme, such as marine biology or ecology. Can be repeated for elective credit but not ISP credit as topics change. Will satisfy the lab science requirement for education majors. Fall, Spring.
Students will learn basics in tropical marine biology through class and lab activities involving live marine organisms. The course requires a week-long field trip to the Turks and Caicos Islands for SCUBA diving, snorkeling, kayaking and other excursions. Become SCUBA certified on the trip if you are not already. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Spring.
This integrated lecture-lab course explores the challenges and approaches currently used in marine conservation. This course emphasizes scientific literacy, interpretation of quantitative data, and critical thinking, and satisfies the lab science requirement for education majors. Occasionally.
There are a handful of disease-causing microbes on Earth that greatly affect human society. What makes these microbes deadly and how do we respond? This is an integrated lecture-lab course that addresses this topic. Satisfies the lab science requirement for education majors. Occasionally.
How do our resident animal species survive harsh New England winters? This integrated lecture-lab course will explore the physiological and behavioral strategies used by animals to endure the challenges of life in the cold. Satisfies the lab science requirement for education majors. Occasionally.
Topics in the biological sciences such as genetics, health, ecology, and others will be explored at an in-depth level. Socially relevant and ethical issues such as AIDS, genetic engineering, embryo research, environmental crises and other issues will be emphasized. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Fall, Spring.
Advances in biomedical research have raised the prospect of using stem cells to regenerate lost or damaged body parts. This course explores the biology of this field and associated ethical and political issues. A laboratory project introduces the scientific method and the amazing regenerative ability of planarian flatworms. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Occasionally.
In this fully online course, students explore the fundamentals of evolution and its consequences for human behavior. We compare human behavior to the behavior of other animals as we examine alternative explanations for and controversies about the evolution of cooperation, conflict, mating, parenting and other human behaviors. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Occasionally.