How do we solve cases in modern biology and medicine?

  First-Year Seminar: Introduction to Problem-Based Learning in Biology (fall) 3.0 units
Dinesh Thotala, Ph.D. – Professor of Radiation Oncology 
Julia Wang, Ph.D. – Lecturer, Department of Biology
Description: Small groups of students take responsibility for their own active learning in their team with guidance from an instructor. Each group in rotation considers four problems of biological importance such as rain-forest destruction, coral reefs, laboratory diagnoses, sleep, high altitude, deafness, infertility, modern epidemics, clinical cases, genetic engineering, and cloned animals. They find the background information by library searches and integrate this knowledge in group discussions. Enrollment limited. Intended for but not limited to prospective biology majors. Prerequisite: High school biology, preferably an AP class. For freshmen only.

* This course engages first year students in discussions about current biological research. It is optional and does not replace requirements for the Biology major or for pre-health careers. See the Handbook for Biology Majors for details of Biology major requirements.