B CUSP 110
Examines an important social issue such as ecology, the role of technology in society, bioethics, or global and local health concerns through interdisciplinary investigation, and the disciplined scientific study of the natural world. Offered: A.
This course welcomes students into a culture of interdisciplinary learning that engages their abilities to examine Biology and the Arts and draw salient and significant connections between these disciplines. We incorporate various learning strategies—intellectual, visual, aural, written and kinetic—that allow the students to undergo a highly textured learning experience.
Students in this course will simultaneously explore the relationships between scientific method (developing hypotheses, collecting evidence and interpreting the experimental data) and the artistic process (creating ideas, developing themes and crafting a presentation). Augmented with readings covering biology, critical theory and aesthetic philosophy, this course will be a unique opportunity for students to understand the (all too often tacit) relationship between science and the arts and to foster an appreciation for both.
Student learning goals
Develop an appreciation for the diverse learning opportunities available within a university culture.
Integrate different learning styles and practices that will help you towards your professional goals.
Evaluate what you learn, particularly what you read, what you see in graphs and how you physically move through the environment.
Write and speak clearly about how complex topics intersect.
Work cooperatively and independently.
Enrich your life outside of the university through what you've learned in this class.
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading