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|Title||Offering||Standing||Credits||Credits||When||F||W||S||Su||Description||Preparatory||Faculty||Days||Multiple Standings||Start Quarters||Open Quarters|
Steven Scheuerell and Michael Paros
|Program||FR–SRFreshmen–Senior||16||16||Day||F 14 Fall||W 15Winter||A basic understanding of agriculture, with its central role in civilization, is a critical part of a liberal arts education. The United Nations recently announced that agricultural production should increase 70% by the year 2050 to meet development and consumption projections; do you understand the demand this will place on natural resources and the role of agricultural sciences in responding to this challenge? Can you explain the biology, chemistry, and technology that underlie agricultural production systems? Whatever your philosophical and political perspectives may be on food and agriculture, it is essential to have a fundamental understanding of agricultural sciences and technology to foster informed debate about one of the most critical and pressing planetary issues - agriculture.Focusing on key Northwest crop and livestock species such as orchard fruit, wheat, potatoes, cattle, and poultry, this program will teach the fundamentals of agricultural science. During fall quarter, day and overnight field trips will take students to a variety of agriculture operations and processing/storage facilities in the Pacific Northwest to learn about key species and to familiarize ourselves with intensification technologies commonly utilized by organic and conventional farms, such as mechanization, irrigation, herbicides, pesticides, and biotechnology. Students will study the anatomy and physiology of animals and plants in order to learn how things grow and function in response to nutrients and other environmental variables that are managed in farming systems. The basic chemistry required to understand plant and animal nutrition, nutrient cycling and fertilizers will be taught. Applied and environmental microbiology will be taught to learn about the role of microbes in nutrient cycling, and to show examples of how plant-microbe and animal-microbe interactions are managed to optimize the nutrition and health of crops and livestock.In winter quarter we will continue our disciplinary studies and integrate an understanding of plants, animals, microbes, and chemistry to learn the science of soil conservation. This will focus on organic matter management via the utilization of animal manure, compost, crop residues, cover crops, and conservation tillage. Taking a systems approach to combine learning in biology, chemistry, technology, and farm management, we will address on-farm energy flow and nutrient cycling to understand how farms may increase production while minimizing fossil fuel use, pollution, and soil loss. Program format will consist of lectures, readings, and labs that relate to what students see firsthand on fieldtrips. In Winter quarter, a week-long field trip to California’s vast agricultural production areas and the World Ag Expo will serve to integrate program themes. Students unable to participate in the California field trip will complete a case study project to remain eligible to earn full credit.||Steven Scheuerell Michael Paros||Tue Thu Fri||Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR||Fall||Fall Winter|
Rebecca Sunderman, Andrew Brabban and Toska Olson
|Program||FR–SRFreshmen–Senior||16||16||Day||F 14 Fall||W 15Winter||S 15Spring||How can we think analytically and critically about crime in America? Why is crime such a central focus in modern American society? How is a crime scene analyzed? How are crimes solved? How can we prevent violent crime and murder? This program will integrate sociological and forensic science perspectives to investigate crime and societal responses to it. We will explore how social and cultural factors including race, class and gender are associated with crime and criminal behavior. In addition, we will consider criminological theories and explore how social scientists can help identify offenders through criminal profiling and forensic psychology.Through our forensics investigations, we will examine subjects including biology, chemistry, pathology and physics. We will study evidentiary techniques for crime scene analysis, such as the examination of fingerprints, DNA, blood spatter, fibers, glass fractures and fragments, hairs, ballistics, teeth, bones and body remains. Students will learn hands-on laboratory and field approaches to the scientific methods used in crime scene investigation. Students will also learn to apply analytical, quantitative and qualitative skills to collect and interpret evidence. Students can expect seminars, labs, lectures, guest speakers and workshops, along with both individual and group project work.This is an introductory program about science, critical thinking and the perspectives of sociology, chemistry and biology through the lens of crime analysis. Students interested in developing their skills in scientific inquiry, critical thinking and interdisciplinary studies should consider this program. Students who may not consider themselves to be "science" students are encouraged to enroll.||Rebecca Sunderman Andrew Brabban Toska Olson||Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR||Fall||Fall Winter|
Carrie Margolin, Wenhong Wang and Carolyn Prouty
|Program||SO–SRSophomore–Senior||16||16||Day||F 14 Fall||W 15Winter||Is ADHD a real disease? Should vaccinations be mandatory? When, if ever, should health care be rationed? Are eating disorders contagious? Should Evergreen ban smoking? Questions such as these arise in the intersections of public and private health, and demand that we examine our individual beliefs and practices, our biological selves, and our medical policies and institutions.This two-quarter interdisciplinary program will build a background in human biology, introductory psychology, and sociology, affording students the knowledge to help make informed analytical choices in their own lives, and to investigate health and health policies from a societal level. Attaining good health is a multifaceted process, therefore our exploration of healthy lifestyles will include an exploration of physiological, psychological, financial, and emotional health. We will learn what choices and decisions we can make that will lead to a better quality of life throughout the lifespan.Enhancing our study of human systems biology (introductory anatomy and physiology), we will examine topics such as cancer, tobacco, and HIV/AIDS, the Affordable Care Act, how cultures interact with medical systems, and end-of-life decision-making. These specific topics will provide the platform to explore concepts in medical sociology such as health care systems, social and cultural constructions of health and illness, the social determinants of health, role development of health care professionals and their relationships with patients, and ethical issues confronted by health care professionals.The program format will include workshops, lectures, films, seminars, physiology labs, guest presentations and group and individual projects. We will focus on clarity in oral and written communication, critical thinking skills, basic microscopy and dissection skills, and the ability to work across significant differences.Students who complete both quarters will have a solid foundation in human physiology, psychology, and medical sociology with a working knowledge of the biological, social and ethical principles relating to human health and public health. Credit may be earned in introduction to human anatomy and physiology, introduction to psychology, and medical sociology.||Carrie Margolin Wenhong Wang Carolyn Prouty||Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR||Fall||Fall Winter|