BIOL 120
Biology Through The Media Fall 2021
Division III

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This course explores the foundational concepts examined in Williams’s Introduction to Biology series through their expression in mass media: news outlets, television and feature films. Each topic will be presented through the lens of a “media story,” either based in fact or fictional. The first half of the course investigates cell structure and function, paying special attention to how information is conveyed in a cell. The focus then shifts to the developmental and evolutionary processes that have given rise to the diversity of life. This is a qualitative-focused, non-majors course and, as such, the students are not expected to have much, if any, background in biology.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 80
Expected: 40-60
Class#: 1039
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: midterm, two short papers, film screenings as a group outside of class and a final exam
Prerequisites: no prerequisites and may not be taken as credit towards the Biology major
Enrollment Preferences: Senior, juniors, sophomores and first-year students in that order
Distributions: Division III

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