This course is designed for transfer and sophomore students who intend to major in biology or to pursue a career in the health professions. In the course students look at four problems of biology: the origin of mitochondria, the study of human evolution using mitochondrial DNA, the difficulty of developing an AIDS vaccine, and the discovery of prion diseases like mad cow disease. In each section of the course students identify the questions that scientists have asked about the topic, examine the evidence for various hypotheses, and discuss the meaning of the evidence. The course is designed to enhance a student's abilities in reading and writing about science as well as applying concepts in new situations.
Prerequisites: Open only to students who have not satisfied their Scholarly and Creative Inquiry Seminar core requirement.