HONRS 221

Unexpected Connections: Biology & Arts

Undergraduate Education Undergraduate Education

Course Description

The class, team-taught by professors from different disciplines, explores unities between biology and the arts. Through reading, writing, and conversation, students gain understanding and skills to engage in real-life questions. Topics are announced in the class schedule. Honors only.

When Taught

Fall and Winter

Grade Rule

Grade Rule 8: A, B, C, D, E, I (Standard grade rule)

Min

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

0

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Interdisciplinary Approach

Learning Outcome

Recognize and understand the assumptions, methodologies and practices of two distinct disciplines.

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Making Connections

Learning Outcome

Apply different disciplinary perspectives to examine issues, problems, and questions in order to discover connections.

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Communication Skills

Learning Outcome

Clearly express concepts, ideas and conclusions through written, visual, oral, or other forms of communication.

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GE Biological Sciences Outcomes

Learning Outcome

Students will be able to: 1. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic scientific principles which undergird the scientific process, including the strengths and weaknesses of this process. 2. Appreciate the excitement of discovery that has accompanied important scientific developments. 3. Demonstrate how scientific methodology can be used to analyze real-world science-related problems. 4. Evaluate scientific data and claims in order to make rational decisions on public-policy science issues that affect their community. 5. Express their thoughts (in oral, graphical, and written formats) on scientific topics clearly, including appropriate use of basic scientific vocabulary and effective interpretation of quantitative data. 6. Reflect rationally upon the interface between science and religion.

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GE Arts Outcomes

Learning Outcome

Students will: 1. Demonstrate an understanding of the elements, forms, aesthetic and compositional principles of at least one form of artistic expression (e.g., visual arts, dance, music, theatre, or film). 2. Become acquainted with a variety of representative works in at least one art form. 3. Demonstrate analytical literacy in at least one art form, meaning the ability to invoke the vocabulary, grammar, and theoretical models of the art form for the purpose of "reading" a work of art. 4. Develop the ability to recognize multiple possible interpretations of an art work, and identify the work's adherence to or departure from the genre's traditions and conventions. 5. Demonstrate the ability to engage in critical analysis of works of art, including an understanding of the historical and cultural factors that should inform an appreciation of such works.