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Rebecca M Price
B CUSP 110
Bothell Campus

Discovery Core I: The Natural World

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.

Class description

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

1. Appreciate the diverse learning opportunities available within a university.

2. Integrate different learning styles to formulate a study plan that suits you and guides you towards your professional goals.

3. Evaluate what you learn, especially what you read, what you see in graphs and how you physically move through space.

4. Write and speak clearly about how complex topics intersect.

5. Work cooperatively and independently.

6. Enrich your life outside of the university through what you've learned in this class.

General method of instruction

We will meet twice a week for lecture, hands-on projects and movement. The first part of class will consist primarily of lecture, then we will segue into a discussion, and we will conclude with a workshop. To prepare for each class, you complete the assigned readings and writing and ensure that you understand the previous class’s material.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

journal, workshops, short and long writing assingmnets,in-class discussions, meetings with the professors

Journal..........................20% Workshops........................20% Short writing asignments.........20% Long writing assignments.........24% Discussions......................12% Meetings with professors......... 4%


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 Rebecca M Price
Date: 08/13/2007