Unexpected Connections: Biology and Letters

Unexpected Connections: Biology and Letters
The class, team-taught by professors from different disciplines, explores unities between biology and letters. Through reading, writing, and conversation, students gain understanding and skills to engage in real-life questions. Topics are announced in the class schedule.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesWRTG 150; or PHIL 150; or ENGL 115; or ELang 150.
 TaughtFall, Winter
Course Outcomes

At the end of UNIV 291, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate foundational knowledge and skills in the methods of investigating, expressing, and evaluating concepts in the biological sciences and the study of literature and philosophy.
  2. Apply sound and original thinking to address issues and problems in the world today. In so doing, demonstrate a mature understanding of the different roles that biology and letters play both in how we conceptualize and contextualize these issues and problems, and also in how we might deepen our understanding of and devise possible solutions for them.
  3. Communicate effectively with diverse audiences on current issues and problems we face.
  4. Model the disposition and character of an educated and faithful person. That is:
    1. Take seriously both the course topic and your own responsibility to work towards solutions to current issues and problems.
    2. Demonstrate the ability and the humility to learn from and collaborate productively with others who have backgrounds, views, or expertise different from your own.
    3. Articulate thoughtfully how your spiritual faith influences your understanding of and response to questions relevant to biology, literature, and philosophy.
    4. Examine and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your own ideas and arguments, as well as those of others, withholding final judgment until sufficient information has been gathered and relevant implications considered. Be able to recognize when that point has been reached.