May 21, 2018  
2011-2012 University Catalogue 
    
2011-2012 University Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

LACR 223 - SIFT: Life Science Concepts

3 credits
This course introduces learners to issues of critical and contemporary significance in the life sciences. In this context, students will learn about the scientific method, experimental design, data analysis, ethical considerations and critical thinking, particularly in the framework of environment and human health. In addition, the course encourages research and dialogue regarding the role of society in these issues. Several key environmental issues are highlighted in the course, and students are encouraged to research additional topics in more detail through their assignments. Students will keep a journal of relevant articles in recent news as well as learn about aspects of biological sciences that impact their lives. The final two weeks of the course will be dedicated to student led presentations on these topics. Topics covered in the course include: a) historical and ethical perspectives of the environment, b) ecological principles, c) biodiversity and endangered species, d) renewable and nonrenewable environment resources, e) resource management and quality, f) environmental law, g) human health and toxicology, h) waste management, i) air and water pollution, j) and environmental sustainability.

Enrollment in BS, BFA, or BM degree program required. Successful completion of LACR*009 where required as a, result of English placement exam. Successful completion of LACR*100 where required as a, result of English placement exam.