Courses during the 2020-21 FA term
This course is an introduction to data science. Students use the most current programing language for data science to efficiently clean and subset large datasets, use data analysis to generate hypotheses and intuition about the data, and employ statistical methods so that the data can be effectively described and visualized. Course meets General Education requirement: Quantitative Reasoning
Our region has one of the highest diversities of fleshy fungi of anywhere in North America, and much of this course focuses on identifying the major genera and species that inhabit this area. During the course, students make several forays into the field to collect samples. In addition to identification, students also learn about fungal growth and reproduction, fungal ecology, and uses of fungi for food and medicine. Although edibility of wild mushrooms is discussed and students have the opportunity to sample some edible species that are found, this course is not intended to make students experts on identification of mushrooms for human consumption. This course includes a mandatory weekend field trip.Prerequisites: BIO 1160 General Biology, and BIO 2020 Ecology or ENS 2010 Applied Ecology.
This course examines the origins of race-thinking and the myriad ways in which race has been constructed and deconstructed. Students focus on a critical interpretation of what race is, what it does, and how contemporary racial meanings are produced and reproduced. Course readings are drawn from the fields of religious studies, philosophy, social theory, and legal studies, in order to draw on a broad vocabulary and set of references when engaging the meanings of race and racial presentation.General Education: WAC 2: Writing and Research in the Liberal ArtsGeneral Education: Humanities: Philosophical InquiryGeneral Education: CIV: Social Justice
This course introduces students to the fundamental properties of living things on our planet. Topics include the concepts of genetics, biochemistry, cell biology, plant and animal physiology, and evolution. A survey of the diversity of life is included. The process of scientific investigation is stressed throughout the course and practiced in weekly laboratory exercises. This course is a prerequisite for all upper-level biology courses and is not intended for students whose major interests lie outside the sciences.Prerequisite: Placement in or above CHM 1160 General Chemistry I or completion of CHM 1030 Principles of Chemistry.General Education: Natural Science