Selected topics in Biology. May or may not include a laboratory, depending on the subject. Prerequisite: one year of biology or permission of instructor.
|One year of biology or permission of instructor||1/2-1 course|
Current Semester InformationVictoria Schmalhofer
290A: Tps:Invertebrate Zoology
Comparative study of representative groups of invertebrates. Topics will include structure, function, behavior, ecology, and evolutionary relationships. Laboratory will focus on anatomy and diversity.
290B: Tps:Plants, Diet, Health
Tps:Plants, Diet & Health
We all eat. It is a vital activity required to sustain both our development and our health. It is also an activity that binds groups of people culturally. Interest in food seems to have grown substantial in recent time as is evident by the success of numerous television shows on a station dedicated entirely to cooking and to the plethora of popular books, 180,852 hits on Amazon.com, touting various diets that will assist you in losing weight, living longer, and escaping the "Western Diseases". Food is in! There is a lot of information out there: Can it all be accurate?? What is clear is that as populations adopt a Western-style diet high in calories, animal protein, animal fat and refined sugar, there is an increase in the occurrence of "Western Diseases". With this recognition has come a call to change our eating ways. Recommended is a diet with increased intake of plant-based foods.
This course is not intended to provide you with definitive answers. It is intended to explore the true meaning of the phrase "You are What You Eat". It will give you sufficient understanding in several inter-related topic areas that you will be able to make more informed decisions relating what you eat than the vast majority of the U.S. population. To accomplish this, we will examine eating through various lens by drawing on an interdisciplinary collection of work.