Biology is a fascinating and diverse field.
In addition to focusing on major concepts in ecology, evolution, genetics, cellular and molecular biology, as well as human physiology, the course will investigate the processes of scientific inquiry and require students to think critically and creatively when evaluating information in the media and making personal decisions that relate to biological issues. A major objective of this course is to point out to students the nature of the scientific process and illustrate the uses of science in contemporary life as well as the limitations of science. Wherever possible, the ethical and social implications of contemporary scientific effort will be discussed.
Textbook: What is Life?: A Guide to Biology with Physiology, Jay Phelan. W.H. Freeman, 2011. Softcover student edition. ISBN: 1-4292-4666-9. Also available as E-book for great savings — check out the publisher’s (WH Freeman and Company) web site at www.whfreeman.com.
This one-term course is intended for students not planning to concentrate in the biological sciences who want an overview of the central ideas of biology.
The course consists of three hours of lecture per week plus a coordinated discussion session which occupies two hours per week.