BIOPL 2400 Green World/Blue Planet
Focuses on helping individuals understand how scientific information relates to the issues they face as citizens, in management decision making, and in public policy. To what extent should genetic engineering of crop plants be permitted? Should we place limits on fossil fuel consumption as a means of limiting global warming and climate change? Must human endeavors be restricted in certain areas to maintain diversity? The format of the course is interactive, with lectures and discussions about how we as a society deal with controversial issues. Outcome 1: Explain, evaluate, and effectively interpret basic Biological concepts. Outcome 2: Integrate qualitative information to reach defensible and creative conclusions about the impacts of Climate change, Genetic Engineering, and Biodiversity on the natural world and society. Outcome 3: Find, access, critically evaluate, and ethically use information. Outcome 4: Communicate effectively through writing, speech, and visual information via written exams, writing assignments and class discussion. Outcome 5: Articulate the views of people with diverse perspectives on the above issues. Outcome 6: Demonstrate the capability to work both independently and in cooperation with others.