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Biology (BI)
77 Klamath, 541-346-4502
College of Arts & Sciences
a - Labs/Dis begin the first week of class
Course Data
  BI 140M   Science, Polic, & Biol >3 4.00 cr.
Explores the biology behind important topical issues such as stem cells, cloning, and genetically modified organisms. How policy decisions affect research in these areas. Lectures, discussions. Multilisted with CH 140M.
Grading Options: Optional for all students
Instructor: Eisen JE-mail Office:   315 Huestis Hall
Phone:   (541) 346-4524


Instructor: Coonrod LE-mail Office:   115 Huestis Hall
Phone:   (541) 346-4173
Additional Web Resources AvailableWeb-related Resources: More Information on the Science Literacy Program
 
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Lecture

21025 0 53 1400-1520 mw 240A MCK Eisen J Additional Web Resources Available
Coonrod L

Final Exam:

1445-1645 w 3/16 240A MCK
 
Associated Sections

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21026 0 13 1200-1250 f 107 KLA Nelson T a
Simonson L
Coonrod L
Eisen J

+ Dis

21027 0 13 1300-1350 f 107 KLA Simonson L a
Nelson T
Coonrod L
Eisen J

+ Dis

21028 0 15 1400-1450 f 107 KLA Nelson T a
Simonson L
Coonrod L
Eisen J

+ Dis

21029 0 12 1500-1550 f 107 KLA Simonson L a
Nelson T
Coonrod L
Eisen J
Academic Deadlines
Deadline     Last day to:
January 3:   Process a complete drop (100% refund, no W recorded)
January 10:   Drop this course (100% refund, no W recorded)
January 10:   Process a complete drop (90% refund, no W recorded)
January 11:   Drop this course (75% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
January 11:   Process a complete drop (75% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
January 13:   Add this course
January 13:   Last day to change to or from audit
January 17:   Withdraw from this course (75% refund, W recorded)
January 24:   Withdraw from this course (50% refund, W recorded)
January 31:   Withdraw from this course (25% refund, W recorded)
February 21:   Withdraw from this course (0% refund, W recorded)
February 21:   Change grading option for this course
Caution You can't drop your last class using the "Add/Drop" menu in DuckWeb. Go to the “Completely Withdraw from Term/University” link to begin the complete withdrawal process. If you need assistance with a complete drop or a complete withdrawal, please contact the Office of Academic Advising, 364 Oregon Hall, 541-346-3211 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday). If you are attempting to completely withdraw after business hours, and have difficulty, please contact the Office of Academic Advising the next business day.

Expanded Course Description
In this course, we will explore several current topics in biology. We will assess how policy decisions affect the type of research that can be conducted, and the potential ramifications for human health and the environment. The course will be topical, thus the topics addressed in a particular term will be those in the news. Topics may include stem cells, genetically modified foods, human genetic testing, trans-fats, spread of E. coli in the food supply, the basis of scientific controversies, etc. For each specific topic, we will examine the underlying biology and explore how scientific reasoning and methods develop this understanding. We will then address the types of policy decisions that regulate studies related to this biology or its application to human or environmental health. Students enrolled in this class will gain a better appreciation of the types of biological issues that trigger regulatory decisions and will also become comfortable evaluating scientific information, a skill required by all people whether or not they pursue a career in the sciences. Because the underlying biology of topics covered by this course includes knowledge derived from both biological and biochemical research, students can take this course as either a Biology course or a Chemistry course.

Science group satisfying justification (Gen Ed): This course provides an introduction to scientific reasoning and methodology. It has no prerequisites. Drs. Eisen and Berglund expect to be teaching non-majors sufficient biology, science, and scientific reasoning that they can decode the news and understand the scientific issues of their time.

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