900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
An inquiry-based course that investigates the fundamental properties of living organisms and their surroundings, but focuses on the overall theme of diversity. We will explore diversity at varied organizational levels ranging from genes, molecules and single cells to entire ecosystems. The course introduces concepts of functional ecological diversity and genetic diversity and the impact of humans in the natural world. We will employ case studies that emphasize tropical biology and the interactions between indigenous cultures and natural ecosystems in tropical and temperate regions. Lectures, discussions, labs and field trips. Part of the Environmental and Indigenous clusters. This is a paired course; students must enroll concurrently in the RHET 210: Media and the Environment course. Together these courses fulfill two course credits and two writing-centered credits.
Mode of Inquiry: Understanding the Natural World
General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered