FIG #6: Bio-Culture

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Cluster Description:
Students will explore 21st century issues such as climate change, genetic modification, vaccination, and eutrophication from multiple perspectives.


Anthropology 201
Kathleen Saunders
9:00-9:50 am
Biology 101
with Lab
Georgianne Connell
12:00-1:20 pm
12:00-1:50 pm
Seminar 101
Gavin Willis
2:00-2:50 pm

Total Credits:


Course Descriptions for Bio-Culture

  • Anthropology 201, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, (Kathleen Saunders) 5cr, SSC, CRN: 40623
    The study of the many ways of being human through the creation of cultural systems. Cross-cultural comparisons of social systems to de-naturalize taken-for-granted assumptions about "human nature". Surveys cultural configurations through time and locations.
  • Biology 101 with Lab, Introduction to Biology w/lab, (Georgianne Connell) 4cr, LSCI, CRN: 42021
    Major ideas and processes of modern biological science at molecular, cellular, organismic and community levels; stressing qualitative and quantitative dimensions of the discipline in lecture, laboratory, field and discussion settings. *Intended for non-science majors*
  • Seminar 101, Seminar for First-Year Students, (Gavin Willis) 2cr, CRN: 41733
    An introductory seminar offering an exploration of academic content and essential questions within the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Includes embedded instruction in academic skills and use of campus resources pertinent to exploration of the FIG cluster theme. Concludes in a formal paper or academic presentation. In addition to exploring academic goals, campus resources, and skills to succeed in college, this course will address current topics at the intersection of biology and anthropology. This will give us the opportunity to make connections with professors and examine different perspectives across multiple fields of study. We will be investigating correlations between Western religion and environmental ethics in North America, CRISPR gene editing and what that means for human genetic engineering, and economic and cultural globalization and it’s effects on the valuation of natural resources.

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