Chemistry of Art. Chemistry is everywhere, including in art! In this course, we will gain a better understanding of why artists’ materials behave the way they do, studying a variety of materials such as photography, glass, metals, paper, dyes, and pigments. We will utilize case studies, class discussions, and hands-on activities to aid us as we develop these concepts. Over the course of the semester, we will use chemistry to produce several pieces of art, culminating in a scientific art show. Contact Dr Hubbard for more information about this course.
Environmental Science. The goal of this course is to provide students an interdisciplinary approach to the scientific principles, ideas, and concepts required to better understand our world. The course will cover a variety of environmental issues and controversies to help students understand the relationship between humans and the environment. The scientific method will be utilized to help students identify and analyze environmental problems, primarily focusing on those that are man-made. The course will incorporate concepts from the traditional sciences, primarily ecology, as well as the disciplines of economics, history, sociology, and political science. Upon completing the course, students should be able to explain human interaction with the environment. This course may be taken for CORE Scientific Connections credit or for BIOL Environmental Science credit; students taking the course for BIOL credit will complete an additional research project. Contact Dr Knight for more information.
Superheroes, Science and Society. Superheroes have played an important part in American culture since the 1930’s. From secret identities to superhuman abilities or technological gadgets, characters such as Superman and Batman have dealt with a variety of social issues as well as provided inspiration for the development of many of the modern devices we use today. In this course, students will investigate the some of the science behind several of the most common superheroes as well as some of the ethical implications of being a superhero. Students will also be asked to think critically about the possible impact a real life superhero would have on society, from a moral, judicial and financial view point. At semester’s end, students will present a paper, comic or video in which they star as the superhero. Contact Dr. Cornelius for more information about this course.
Tropical Ecology: Hawaii. This elective advanced topics course will expose students to th Polynesian culture and various ecosystems found in Hawaii. An optional Spring Break trip to the State of Hawaii is a elective add-on to this course; this trip, listed under BIOL 3861 Seq#781, will incur an additional cost (estimated $3300). Contact Dr Taylor for more information.
What’s that Stuff. Have you ever asked yourself any of the following questions? Why doesn’t a glass of water or CokeTM relieve the burning sensation of chili peppers in spicy food? Why do old oil paintings discolor? Where did the phrase “to be in the limelight” originate? What puts the “blue” in blue jeans? Why do light sticks glow? How do time-released medicines work? “What’s that Stuff” is a course designed to explore landmark chemical technologies through the history of chemistry on the road to modern civilization. Contact Dr Bradshaw for more information.