BIOLOGY 120 - First Year Seminar in Biology
Fall 2022, Section 002 - Biology and Middle Earth
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Biology (BIOLOGY)
Department: LSA Biology
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Details

Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
BS, NS
Other:
FYSem
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
BS:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

Through the lens of Tolkien’s works (Lord of the Rings, Hobbit, among others), we will explore several major modern biological themes including environmentalism, ethnobotany (plants and people), evolution, biogeography (why do things live where they live), and ecology. In addition to learning about some of the biology related to these topics, students will learn about the local flora of Michigan as well as the last few billion years of Michigan’s geology. The ecological ethos of Tolkien's middle earth offers compelling lessons for modern biology and environmentalism. While Tolkien wrote fiction, his works are firmly grounded both in real plants and in broad biological themes that we will use to learn and discuss major biological topics.

Course Requirements:

Students will be evaluated based on their class participation and mastery of course objectives as demonstrated in written assignments and presentations.

Intended Audience:

Both biology and non-biology majors. No special knowledge of Biology beyond the basic High School level is required.

Schedule

BIOLOGY 120 - First Year Seminar in Biology
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
33339
Closed
0
14Y1
 
4
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Please be advised that the registration process and restricted seating/enrollment management for First Year Seminars (FYS) are managed by the LSA Dean's Office. For additional information regarding this process, please visit the FYS FAQ https://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/academics/engaged-learning/first-year-seminars
002 (SEM)
 In Person
34274
Closed
0
2Y1
6Enrollment Management
2
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
Note: Please be advised that the registration process and restricted seating/enrollment management for First Year Seminars (FYS) are managed by the LSA Dean's Office. For additional information regarding this process, please visit the FYS FAQ https://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/academics/engaged-learning/first-year-seminars

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