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Infrequently Offered Courses

BIOL 310 Tropical Biology 
A lecture and laboratory course designed to provide a sound foundation in ecological concepts and biology of tropical ecosystems around the world. The ecosystems to be studied include tropical dry forests, cloud forests, savannas, mangroves, and coral reefs, but special emphasis will be placed on tropical rain forests. Nutrient cycles, production, trophic interactions, plant/animal interactions, biodiversity, and conservation biology are discussed. Prerequisite: BIOL 244 or instructor’s consent.

BIOL 353 Biotechnology in a Global Society – GS11 
A lecture and discussion course that deals with advances and application of biotechnology in the context of the entire living world, both the society of human beings and the larger, living environment. Due in large part to the ability to clone genes, as well as many plants and animals, and to genetically engineer these organisms (perhaps even humans), biotechnology is revolutionizing both the means and pace of our intervention in the global community. Students become aware of the techniques and advances of biotechnology and are better prepared to make informed decisions about their application. This course also provides students with the necessary scientific background to understand the ethical problems posed by biotechnology.

EDUC 300 Teaching in a Developing Country
Prospective teachers seeking elementary or secondary certification will study and teach in a developing country. During spring break students and the instructor travel to Belize, St. Vincent or St. Lucia, to teach a prescribed curriculum in that country’s schools and to tour the country – exploring the education system, culture, history, religion, ecology, geography and tourism of the country. Prior to departure, students prepare lessons to be taught. Upon returning students create a portfolio of study on the country visited to be used in their own future teaching assignments.

EDUC 348 Deaf Culture and Sign Language in America 1 (two credits)
This course is designed to increase awareness of characteristics of the deaf community as well as provide beginning skills in sign language. This course provides an introduction to historical, educational and psychosocial issues, family concerns, language and cognitive development of the deaf, social organization, resources, publications, and technology and the deaf.

ENGL 314 Modern Drama – GS10
This course helps students understand and appreciate drama. Students read, analyze, interpret, and discuss works of representative modern American, British, Irish, and Continental playwrights, from Henrik Ibsen to Sam Shepard. The emphasis is on the development of modern drama from the Theater of Realism to the present. Dramatists discussed may include Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, Brecht, Shaw, Bolt, Osborne, Synge, O’Casey, O’Neill, Wilder, Hansberry, Williams, Albee, Miller and Lanford Wilson.

GEOG 120 Physical Geography – GS4 C-PN
This course addresses the spatial dimensions of our planet, including energy transfer, air, water, weather and climate, landforms, vegetation and soils. Understanding of the interrelationships between these earth systems – and of human interaction with them – is key to forming an integrated understanding of the physical landscape and its significance to humankind. The course addresses issues of the environment and of natural hazards and includes a substantial laboratory component.

GEOL 350 Glacial and Quaternary Geology
An introduction to glacial process and environments. Emphasis is placed on the origin of landforms and landscapes produced by glaciations. Related topics covered in this course include Quaternary climate change, eolian (wind) processes, river and lake systems, and periglacial processes. Includes lectures, discussion, laboratory and field trips. Prerequisite: GEOL 105.

GEOL 354 Field Geology
This course provides an extended field experience for Geology majors. Usually includes two to three weeks of travel and study of the geology and natural history of Costa Rica. The course focuses on plate tectonic processes, active volcanism, and arid sedimentary environments in a modern geologically active region. Special emphasis is placed on careful observation, description and interpretation of geologic phenomena. Prerequisite: GEOL 105 and instructor’s consent.

HIST 315 Constitutional History of the United States 
This course is an inquiry into the philosophical, economic, and political sources of the American Constitution from its English origins and the impact of judicial decisions on the American system. The course pays particular attention to the role of the Supreme Court in addressing civil liberties and civil rights in the past 75 years.

HIST 316 The Americas – GS11 
Unity and diversity have characterized the history of the Western Hemisphere. This course will compare and contrast the political, socioeconomic, diplomatic, and cultural influences which have united and divided the U.S., Canada, and Latin America since 1945.

HUMA 280 Japanese Culture and Society – GS7 C-BB
This interdisciplinary course provides students with a framework for understanding contemporary Japan. Students will examine a wide range of topics such as education, business, mass media, sports, family life, art, language and literature in relation to such major themes as hierarchical structure, group consciousness, emphasis on form and persistence of tradition in modern society. Lectures, discussion, audiovisual aids and readings in various disciplines will be part of the class.

MATH 355 Topology
Topics include metric spaces and general topological spaces, separation properties, compactness, connectedness, convergence, completeness, continuous functions, and homeomorphisms. Prerequisite: MATH 250. Offered by special arrangement with a member of the Mathematics faculty.

NSCI 104 Great People in Science – GS4
The development of scientific thought from the early Greek period to modern times will be covered. The primary emphasis will be on scientists as people, analysis of their contributions, and the significance of these in the development of scientific theories. Scientists such as Galileo, Newton, Einstein and Darwin will be discussed.

PSYC 313 Infancy and Toddlerhood Development with Laboratory
This advanced laboratory course in developmental psychology focuses on development from conception to the age of 3 and covers development at multiple levels including physiological, behavioral, and psychological. It also examines the infant in context; from their immediate family relationships to broader societal attitudes and policies towards infants. Prerequisite: PSYC 301 or instructor’s consent.

RELS 331 Judaism and Christianity: The Holocaust – GS1U
The examination of the historical and contemporary relation of Jews and Christians, through a study of critical events, comparative literature, and correlated theologies, in an analysis which recognizes both interrelated unity and tragic antagonism. In line with Catholic teaching on the Shoah, the course strives to create a deeper understanding of the interrelated causes of genocides in general, and the Holocaust in particular. Students should become more aware of the relationship between religious discourse and its political and social ties, as well as the complicity of all human beings in unjust social structures.

WOLT 210 Soviet Dissident Literature – GS7
This course explores 20th-century Soviet culture and society through readings of Soviet dissident literature. Besides a close reading of the literary texts, considerable attention is devoted to the history of the Soviet period, Soviet ideology, Russian culture in the former Soviet Union and abroad, and contemporary Soviet society. Authors who may be studied include Zamiatin, Babel, Olesha, Solzhenitsyn, Bulgakov, Pasternak and Brovdsky.

WOLT 320 Nineteenth-Century Russian Fiction – GS10 C-WT
This course serves as an introduction to 19th-century Russian literature seen within its historical and cultural contexts. After a brief survey of Russian history and literature from the Kievan Period through the 18th century, the course concentrates on famous short stories and novels by Pushkin, Gogol, Turgenev, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, and Chekhov. These works will be examined, not only as literary masterpieces, but also in terms of the ethical and value questions they raise. Students will write critical essays, take essay examinations, and read additional material helpful to understanding Russian literature as a major part of 19th-century European culture.