BIO372: Revolutionary Thought in Biology - Biological theories, such as those on the origin of life, evolution and extinction; the immune response; sex; cancer; and behavior. 3 hrs credit.
These and other theories appear in the news, in popular literature, and on TV, as well as in scientific papers. We will study theories in six subject areas. We will study some of the evidence which supports these theories. We will learn the process by which these theories are developed and use that process to critically evaluate the validity of the theories.
A background in biology is not required to take this course. However, students are expected to be able to understand, with guidance from the lessons, interesting papers which report scientific findings. You will be expected to identify the essence of the issues and effectively evaluate, according to the guidelines provided, information which supports or does not support the issues.
Readings will be available in a "coursepack" from the Northern Arizona University Bookstore, which you may obtain in person or by order. It is crucial that you have the coursepack by the first day of class, so order from the bookstore early.
We will consider the following subject areas:
This course will be taught during the spring 2000 semester at Northern Arizona University (course sequence number is 87039). The course begins on Jan 18, 2000, and ends May 5, 2000. We will work on each subject area for 2.5 weeks, not counting a week for NAU's spring break in March.
Important: Before proceeding
Enroll in BIO 372.
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E-mail Professor Gaud William.Gaud@nau.edu,
or call (520)523-7516