Course Catalog: Life Sciences Courses
The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2016-2017 academic year.
New England Ecology
Living outdoors in a semester-long journey in New England, we focus on the relationships between plants, animals, fungi and geology. Emphasizing hands-on observation, field identification techniques and nature journal writing, students will understand the relationships between seasonal ecosystems and effects from animals and humans. Offered only within the Kroka partnership.
Introduction to Environmental Challenges
Provides a multidisciplinary introduction to a broad spectrum of environmental issues. Examines interactions between humans and natural systems at local, regional and global scales. Analyzes environmental problems as well as the costs and benefits of prospective solutions, from scientific, political, policy, management and environmental justice perspectives. General Education: Investigations in Science and Technology. Introductory. Lab fee.
Introduction to Plants and Animals
Covers plants and animals, and their relationships with various environments. Special attention will be given to species native to New England. Topics include structures and functions, diversity, growth, development, adaptation, reproduction, evolutionary processes, identification and animal behavior. Activities include observation, lab work, lab reports, readings, discussion and field trips. Hands-on approach. Routine use of technology. General Education: Investigations in Science and Technology. Introductory. Lab fee.
Introduces metabolic pathways of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins and importance of vitamins and minerals in the body from ingestion to utilization. Includes dietary nutritional requirements, nutritional components of foods, balanced diets, analyzing diets, variations in nutritional requirements with aging, and understanding of nutritional issues in health and disease. Moderate use of technology. General Education: Investigations in Science and Technology. Introductory. Lab fee.
Studies the structure and function of cells and organs within body systems emphasizing mechanisms that allow the body to maintain a balanced metabolism. Topics include nutrition, illness, and cur-rent research. Technology use occasional. General Education: Investigations in Science and Technology. Introductory. Lab fee.
Provides a forum for different disciplines and interests to assess and evaluate current environmental topics. Provides a service-learning component and encourages student and faculty interaction with local, regional, and national environmental advocates. Develop applied research skills as well as oral and written skills. In Ad-dresses environmental issues from a scientific basis, as well as socioeconomic and political aspects.
Sustainability Through Community Engagement
Engages in theory, principles, and practices of Sustainability. Includes discussions on maintaining ecological and environmental health, creating economic welfare, and ensuring social justice. Course can be taken with an optional (with additional cost) component featuring travel to Cuba. Intermediate.
Addresses the biological functions of the human body. An introduction to cellular processes will be followed by consideration of the organ systems. Emphasis will be given to neural and endocrine homeostatic control. Technology use occasional. General Education: Investigations in Science and Technology. Prerequisite: 100 level LSC course or permission of the instructor. Intermediate.
Provides fundamental and first-hand knowledge of tropical-ecosystems in terms of biological, ecological and evolutionary principles. Examines socioeconomic consequences of development, ecotourism and conservation issues. Comparisons will be made between neotropical systems and local temperate environment. Field studies and a service-learning project will be completed while in Belize. Prerequisite: Introductory level LSC or PSC course, or by permission of the instructor. Intermediate.
Introduction to Marine Biology
Learn marine flora and fauna and their interrelationships with the physical, chemical, and geological factors in the marine system. Attention given to gaining comprehensive knowledge of basic ecological systems, food chains, taxonomy, pollution, and biological resources of the ocean. Technology use occasional. General Education: Investigations in Science and Technology. Prerequisite: 100 level LSC course or permission of the instructor. Intermediate.
Covers an overview of the biology of dinosaurs including comparative anatomy of vertebrates, evolutionary theory, geological time, fossil formation, cladistics, extinction theories and a survey of the major groups of dinosaurs, including birds. Also touches on critique of portrayal of dinosaurs in fiction, film and children’s books. Intermediate.
Biology of Reproduction
Considers reproductive physiology and endocrinology related to sexuality, menstrual and ovarian cycles, pregnancy, fetal development, labor, delivery, and nursing. Analyzes factors that maintain normal conditions for development, regulation and assessment. Technology use occasional. General Education: Investigations in Science and Technology. Prerequisite: HS biology or LSC 153 or permission of the Instructor. Intermediate.
Explores the fundamental characteristics of diseases and the mechanisms by which they arise. Reviews the structure and function of the body followed by emphasis of the role of the immune system in disease and repair. Considers the ecology, history and pathophysiology of a selection of infectious and genetic diseases. Technology use extensive. Prerequisite: LSC 153 or permission of the Instructor. Advanced.
Focuses on chromosome structure and function, the basis and con-sequences of mutation, and metabolic pathways regulated through gene action. Topics include population genetics, genetic diseases, gene manipulation and current issues in human genetics. Technology use extensive. Prerequisite: LSC 153 or LSC 250 . Advanced.
New England Ecology
Studies New England flora and fauna with emphasis on habitat and field identification techniques. Local geology is also covered. Includes trips to representative habitats, designing and teaching a class at a local school and, as the culminating project, submitting a field guide of the Muddy River. Prerequisite: LSC 151. Advanced.
Studies cultural, economic, biological and political aspects of regional, national, and international ecological issues. Focuses on how and why modern society and population growth causes environmental problems and affect future generations. Includes independent research. Technology use extensive. Prerequisite: 200 Level LSC or PSC course. Advanced.