FIG #21: Climate Change Cognition

FIG Pre-registration Fall 2018 will open in May 2018. Please contact Rebecca McLean with any questions at (360)650-6607 or

Cluster Description:
Students in this FIG investigate climate science and the way it is perceived by individuals as well as by cultural and social groups.


Biology 101
with Lab
Georgianne Connell
8:30-9:50 am
8:00-9:50 am
Philosophy 107
Neal Tognazzini
11:00-11:50 am
Seminar 101
Gavin Willis
1:00-1:50 pm

Total Credits:


Course Descriptions for Climate Change Cognition

  • Biology 101 with Lab, Introduction to Biology, (Georgianne Connell) 4cr, LSCI, CRN: 42182
    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. Lab included. Intended for non-science majors.
  • Philosophy 107, Critical Thinking, (Neal Tognazzini) 3cr, BCOM, CRN: 44079
    This course focuses on identifying, extracting, and assessing reasoning in everyday contexts by developing the skills involved in analytical reading, effective communication, and articulating the structure of inductive reasoning (i.e. reasoning where the truth of the premises does not guarantee the truth of the conclusion).
  • Seminar 101, Seminar for First-Year Students, (Gavin Willis) 2cr, CRN: 44080
    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. Students will investigate popular science and the way that it is presented in the public sphere. In this FIG we will critically examine current topics in biology and science, including CRISPR gene editing and it's use, climate change and the way it is presented in the media, and local ecological issues. We will examine all of these topics from multiple perspectives, looking at multiple sources and considering the way that they present the information and how the public consumes it.

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