Course Descriptions

3.00 credits: Introduction to scientific reasoning. Students are introduced to the skill of scientific critical thinking in everyday life, much as a scientist uses critical thinking to develop valid and reliable knowledge. Students practice the language or reasoning, and they identify and evaluate assumptions and statements presented as fact. Students evaluate patterns of reasoning and assess the credibility of causal inferences.
4.00 credits: Cultural anthropology is a course that examines cultures from all over the world using anthropological concepts. The class will comparatively explore data, social patterns, history, diversity, and belief systems across cultures within their respective contexts. Topics to be discussed but are not limited to include culture, cultural change, religion and the supernatural, kinship, family, and descent, art, health and medicine, economics, politics, subsistence, gender, and language. Ethnography, the writing style of the discipline, will also be explored.
4.00 credits: Culture and Health is a course about how humans use their natural and social environments to maintain health and wellness, understand illness, and heal each other. Essentially, it is an introduction to medical anthropology, the study of medical and health care systems in a global context. We will examine topics such as CAM methods used in different cultures, how people handle life cycle events like birth, reproductive milestones, and death, and what types of medicines people use to treat illness. We will learn about medical disparities, or social inequalities in access to health care and how/why beliefs and personal perspectives on health care matter. We will also be doing applied research in this class on medical disparities.
3.00 credits: Good writing doesn’t just communicate ideas – it also presents the writer as a person who deserves to be taken seriously. This course covers the basic mechanics of constructing sentences and stringing them together into arguments. Along the way we will consider issues such as audience, style, and the “rules” of writing, some of which are not really rules.
4.00 credits: This course introduces students to health and wellness through the lens of epistemolgoy (the study of ways of knowing). Students will gain a sense of appreciation for the scope and subject of the many ways to understand and think about disease, illenss, well-being, and healing. Ways of knowing and thinking about the world inevitably influence our ways of acting in the world. This course will unpack various ways of thinking about the world to generate comparisons and analysis of some primary bodies of knowledge (modern biomedical sciences, indigenous sciences, etc.). We will critically examine selected knowledge systems to better understand their origins, as well as their perspectives of health and disease. An analysis of ways of knowing about health will also force students to examine their own ways of thinking and being.
3.00 credits: As human beings living among other human beings, we have obligations to one another. Unfortunately, it isn’t always clear what those obligations are. This course proposes to help students think more clearly about ethics. We will assemble a toolbox by looking at some of the ethical thinking that has been done in the past, and we will use our tools to address contemporary issues.
3.00 credits: This course is designed to help students acquire fundamental mathematical skills necessary to be successful in undergraduate level courses. Topics include basic concepts of college algebra, trigonometry, analytical geometry, exponents, inequalities, functions including inverses, transformations, and compositions, graphs, vector, limits and an introduction to statistics. The course teaches to translate problem statements into mathematical equations and emphasizes on problem solving.
4.00 credits: "The first in a two course sequence in General Chemistry. This course investigates the composition, phases, and chemical reactions of matter. Topics include atomic structure. solution chemistry, moles, chemical reactions and chemical bonding. Students will also be introduced to Green Chemistry concepts and understand the importance of it. "
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