Biology is the study of life on Earth. This program is intended to help students fulfill General Biology requirements necessary for advanced work in environmental studies and the natural sciences. Throughout the quarter, we will emphasize two overarching principles – evolution and the ability to recognize biological concepts around you.
Students will learn about the diversity of life, how animals and plants work, and the evolutionary processes that have led to current patterns of species’ distributions, ecology, behavior, and physiology. They will gain a deeper understanding of cellular and molecular biology, genetics, biomolecules (lipids, carbohydrates, proteins and nucleic acids), and basic cellular and metabolic processes through a diverse set of lenses including anatomy and physiology, conservation biology, symbiotic relationships in organisms like coral and lichens, and wastewater treatment. In this program students will learn how to think like a biologist and student learning will be supported through a variety of assignments, case studies, lab and on-campus field work students will practice problem-solving and the application of concepts from cell biology, genetics, functional morphology, and ecology in the world around them. Two take-home exams will be used to assess students' critical thinking skills in biology. This program is excellent preparation for students interested in taking more advanced life science programs in environmental and other natural sciences.
Students can expect our remote teaching to be approximately 75% of the program, including include a combination of self-paced, individual work, scheduled class discussions and small-group work using Canvas and Zoom. There will also be in-person laboratory/field sessions following appropriate social distancing procedures. Students will have the option to do the entire program remotely; developing skills in scientific illustration or technical writing instead of lab skill.
To successfully participate in this program, students will need regular access to a computer with a screen the size of an iPad or larger. Students can expect our remote teaching to be around 6 hours of synchronous (scheduled) coursework per week, using Zoom and Canvas. Students will have access to alternatives to synchronous (in person or remote) participation if conditions require.
*If conditions allow, the following activities will happen in person: science Lab, and outdoor, on-campus activities.
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biology, ecology, health sciences