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Susan M. Kraemer
B CUSP 116
Bothell Campus

Discovery Core II: The Natural World

Addresses an important social issue through an interdisciplinary perspective; builds creative and critical skills of writing, analysis, and quantitative reasoning; and explores, through scientific methods, one aspect of the natural world. Offered: W.

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In this course, we will journey from DNA to table investigating the needs, implications, and complexities of stewarding the seeds that sustain us. We will explore the genetics involved in growing our food, the biodiversity of our food supply, and related issues currently under debate. We will investigate questions such as: How are seeds the foundation of our food system? What are the current trends in biodiversity, and their possible implications for our future? What are crucial issues that our political system faces regarding seed? How can we participate in sustaining our food system in the future? Students will learn basic plant biology with a focus on seed. Students will apply the scientific method to investigate biodiversity of our food supply and probe crucial issues that our communities face to keep our food system and seed supply sustainable.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Susan M. Kraemer
Date: 10/16/2013