Principles of Biology Honors section (non-majors, co-taught with Keith Crandall).
Course Description: The purpose of this course is to help students develop character traits, intellectual abilities, and basic literacy in biological sciences to “think clearly, communicate effectively, and act wisely” as stewards and citizens in their homes, communities, and the world. The learning outcomes for this course include 1) acquiring basic literacy of the language of science and biology, including ability to describe and explain basic principles of biology and to plan and perform simple experiments and draw conclusions from the results using the scientific method; 2) exercising sound scientific reasoning, for example by evaluating scientific evidence and developing intellectual and abilities for effective communication; and 3) accept responsibility for personal and public stewardship, through learning to integrate sound scientific reasoning with other disciplines to address real-world biology-related issues and use these skills to make decisions to take responsibility as stewards of human communities and the natural world.
Required Text: Simon, E. J., Reece, J. B., Dickey, J. L. 2009. Essential Biology, Fourth edition. with Mastering Biology and Virtual Biology Labs. Benjamin Cummings, San Francisco, 544 pp. Buy it on Amazon.
Other Required Texts: Bacon F (2001) The Advancement of Learning. edited by Stephen J. Gould. Modern Library Science Series. Modern Library. 254 pp. [original work part of volume set published by Bacon in 1605]
Hardy GH (2012) A Mathematician’s Apology. Cambridge University Press, Reissue edition. Canto Classics. 154 pp. [original memoir published by Hardy in 1940]
Watson J (2001) The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA. Touchtone. 256 pp. [original published by Watson in 1964]