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CGS NS 201: Biology I
Science as a way of knowing and understanding our contemporary world is the most profound and powerful intellectual and practical tool the human species has developed. Science has allowed us to understand our physical place in the universe as well as our origin as a species on Earth. Science in our globalized modern world can seem increasingly complex, but most scientific understandings are based on relatively few conceptual paradigms or accepted ideas. Many of these major paradigms will be covered in this course, including the origin of life, the molecular and cellular theories of life, human origins, genetics, evolutionary theory and biodiversity. The underlying pedagogy of the course is to examine what we know about an accepted paradigm, how we know these scientific facts and theories, and what are the contemporary applications of the accepted paradigms. The course also provides the primary scientific tools required to explore scientific, ethical and sociological concerns that arise from our understanding of the origin, evolution and diversity of life including that of our own species. Four credit hours total: two hours lecture; two hours lab.
CGS NS 202: Human Ecology/Global Ecology
What is the fate of the biosphere and our species? Can humans reconcile economic and technological growth with ecological sustainability? This course examines the impact of one species, Homo sapiens, on the ecosystems of the biosphere, seeking answers to these broad questions. This course includes an investigation of the physical forces that shape global climates and ultimately constrain life on Earth. An examination of the interrelationships between the abiotic and biotic components in ecosystems leads to an investigation of the forces that influence biological diversity. The integrative study of population biology culminates in an investigation of the population dynamics of our own species and the implications the exponential growth of the human population may have on global resources and the biosphere. The foundation in general ecology and human population dynamics allows a serious consideration of the technological impact of humans on the delicately balanced ecosystems of Earth. The interrelationship between science and society is also explored. Four credit hours total: two hours lecture; two hours lab.
CGS NS 203: Astronomy
The planets and their motions are presented from an historical perspective. The birth, life, and death of stars, the Milky Way and other galaxies are discussed. Big Bang cosmology is introduced.
CGS NS 250: The Set Table: Exploring The World of Food
This course will explore the world of food in an interdisciplinary approach with a global perspective. Discussion will include the biology, culture, history, philosophy, and evolution of food, connecting the everyday world of food with its intellectual foundations.