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REQUIRED CORE COURSES

Global Lecture and Seminar
The Global Lecture and Seminar consists of a once weekly lecture with an additional two hours of associated discussion seminar in smaller breakout groups.  The focus of the course is on the demands of world citizenship in the 21st century.  Central themes include, but are not limited, to such global concerns as environmental sustainability, globalization, multiculturalism, and advocacy. Faculty participating in the lecture series and seminar are from diverse disciplines. The theme may be repeated, or may vary widely from year to year. 
3 credits

Writing Seminar
All students in the Global Lecture and Seminar also take a writing seminar.    Students have regular writing assignments designed to reinforce their grasp of the material and introduce them to the fundamentals of rhetorical analysis and formal essay writing. Reading and writing assignments reflect, but do not duplicate, topics of lead lectures and discussions in the Global Lecture and Seminar.
3 credits

ELECTIVE CORE COURSES - 2004 - 2005

Interdisciplinary Courses:

Core 122:  Freedom in the Digital World
Is the download of mp3s an illegal act? If I write an online blog in the United States, can my words violate the laws of other countries if someone reads them there? Who gets to decide the penalty for those who disobey the law?  A citizen of the 21st century needs to understand that advances in technology not only bring benefits to society, but also raise important questions in the areas of personal freedom, privacy, ownership of ideas and property, and the global marketplace. Technology is everywhere in our lives. How has this increasingly complex and ever-present technology altered many of the fundamental tenets of our society?  We will examine how the rights of the individual and personal freedoms have changed as the nation and world have become more "wired". The issues raised will be looked at from a variety of viewpoints including: global, national, organizational, political, and individual.
3 credits

Core 244 Science and Literature
Readings from authors such as Lucretius, John Donne, Edgar Allan Poe, Bertold Brecht, and Samuel Beckett illustrate how, over the centuries, literature has both criticized and collaborated with scientific thinking about the cosmos; readings from authors such as Galileo, Alfred North Whitehead, and P. W. Atkins provide the necessary historical and scientific background.  This course satisfies the Critical Analysis Literacy (L2).
3 credits
Cross-listed with Engl 244.

Core 291  Science, Politics, and Psychology of Disease
The course will examine the science and global impact of disease causing pathogens including HIV, cholera, tuberculosis and SARS.  The class will become familiar with the biology epidemiology, and history of the pathogen.  The course will compare the way society’s views on disease have changed over time and how new technology has changed the way the global community responds to disease. The class will examine cultural and behavioral differences that impact the spread of disease.  A global perspective will facilitate analysis of the problems in light of the specific difficulties faced by underdeveloped countries. This course satisfies the Critical Analysis Literacy (L2) and the Scientific Literacy (L7).
3 credits
Cross-listed with Biol 291.

Linked Courses:

FA 253 and Hist 227:  Southwestern Prehistoric Native Americans
These courses must be taken together and meet one core requirement for a set of linked courses.

FA 253  Native American Pottery
In this studio art course, students will explore Pueblo pottery, making technologies and decorative systems that have been passed from generation to generation for 1,500 years.  Specific focus will be on using methods similar to those of two distinctive traditions: the black on white and polychrome pottery of the Acoma Pueblo and the black on black pottery of the San Ildefonso Pueblo.  This course satisfies the Aesthetic Literacy (L1) and the Cultural Analysis Literacy (L3).
3 credits

Hist  227  Native American History
Students will study the evolution of the prehistoric Native American cultures of the Southwest from the pre-ceramic period through the Hohokam, Mogollan, Anasazi, and Pueblo periods.  Students will learn how prehistoric ceramic techniques and design themes provide the historian with data to help construct a chronology and a cultural context.  Students will be introduced to experimental archaeology, a technique used by archaeologists whereby prehistoric methods are used to create replicas of the artifacts recovered in the excavations. This course satisfies the Cultural Analysis Literacy (L3).
3 credits

Together these two courses will challenge students to think critically about the problems involved in reconstructing prehistoric cultures both from an artistic and from a historical perspective and how knowledge of one discipline informs the other.

Core 191 and Core 192: Crime in a Free Society
These courses must be taken together and meet one core requirement for a set of linked courses.

Core 191 Forensic Science
Forensic Science is a course for non-science majors that will expose them to the scientific techniques used to collect and analyze evidence found during investigation into crimes.  They will be introduced to many basic scientific concepts, work with them in the laboratory, and then investigate a mock crime scene.  This course is linked with Core 192 Freedom and Social Control so that students can study the issues associated with individual rights in the investigation of crime. This course satisfies the Quantitative Literacy (L6) and the Scientific Literacy (L7).
4 credits
Cross-listed with Chem 191 and may be used to count as a Natural Science core class under the old catalogue.

Core 192 Freedom and Social Control
Students will analyze the social controls and institutions that operate in the criminal justice system.  They will be asked to reflect on constitutional protections, the limits of freedom, the methods by which a society imposes restraints on its members, and the relationship of forensic technology and social institutions. This course satisfies the Critical Analysis Literacy (L2) and the Ethical Action and Citizenship Literacy (L5)
3 credits
Cross listed with Soci 192.

Core 101 and Core 103: Science, Culture, and the Environment
These courses must be taken together and meet one core requirement for a set of linked courses.

Core 101 Introduction to Environmental Science
This course provides an introduction to the study of natural systems and environmental problems from a scientific perspective.  Topics include the properties of water, biogeochemical cycles, basic ecology, climate change, biodiversity, water and air pollution, the formation, exploitation, and limitations of fossil fuels, and the state of tropical forests, coral reefs, soil, agriculture, fisheries, and water resources on a global and local basis. This course is linked to Core 103 Cultural Anthropology to enhance natural science explorations of environmental issues with sociological and historical perspectives. 

There are no pre-requisites for this course and it is appropriate for non-science majors or freshmen/sophomore-level science majors.  This course satisfies the Environmental Literacy (L4) and the Scientific Literacy (L7).
3 credits
Cross-listed with ES 101.

Core 103 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
This course focuses on the comparative study of human cultures, their beliefs, values, customs and social structures.  Case studies of successful adaptations will be compared with cultures whose strategies for adaptation led to a depletion of vital resources and the eventual decline and disappearance of the group.  This course is linked to Core 101 Environmental Science to provide an interdisciplinary approach to the study of environmental issues.  The focus here will be on the relationship between human society and the environment in an historical and anthropological perspective. This course satisfies the Critical Analysis Literacy (L2) and the Cultural Analysis Literacy (L3).
3 credits
Cross-listed with Soci 103.

Core 110 and Core 106: Understanding Life: Critical Thinking Applied to Life Science
These courses must be taken together and meet one core requirement for a set of linked courses.

Core 110 Fundamentals of Life
Students learn how energy and information are stored and used by cells.  Students will see how these fundamental processes underlie all life on earth.  Students will also learn how the scientific method is applied in Biology.  In lecture, students will study the experiments that helped show how life works.  In the laboratory students will design their own experiments using a variety of experimental systems.  Student data will be discussed and analyzed in the linked course, Philosophy of Logic. This course satisfies the Scientific Literacy (L7).
4 credits, (2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory)
Cross-listed with Biol 110.

Core 106 Logic
The course will teach students how to analyze logical arguments and spot fallacies; how to quantify statements; how logic and mathematics intertwine. It will also teach them about the physics and mathematics that underlie modern biology, especially genetics and neurobiology. Students will read the assigned texts, present arguments in class and subject the arguments of others to detailed criticism. Prerequisites for the class are knowledge of basic arithmetic and algebra at the level of MATH 102 and an ability (and willingness) to think critically. This course satisfies the Critical Analysis Literacy (L2) and Quantitative Literacy (L6).
3 credits
Cross-listed with Phil 106.

 
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