2016-2017 Courses


Fall 2016 Courses

General Education Courses

ASTR 122 Birth and Death of Stars
Our star, the Sun, is the source of all the energy necessary to sustain life on our world. Students will study the birth, evolution and death of stars in the Milky Way galaxy, with a particular emphasis on the underlying science behind stellar and galactic evolution, the observational aspect to astronomy and our knowledge of how the Universe operates. The interplay between technology (telescopes, space observatories) and knowledge gained about the stars is a key theme to the course.
Scott Fisher, CRN 16157 MW 1600-1720 and F 1600-1650, 100 WIL, 4 credits
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BI 132    Introduction to Animal Behavior
We will explore behaviors found in a variety of animals and mechanisms behind them, how they develop, their evolutionary history, and what functions they might serve. Hands-on activities allow us to ask questions about animal behavior and design experiments to search for answers. Examples will be used to illustrate concepts in animal behavior and serve to develop an appreciation for the many interesting things that animals do to survive and reproduce. We will also examine the methods with which scientists study these behaviors. Students will better understand how science works and become comfortable evaluating scientific information, a skill required by all people whether or not they pursue a career in the sciences.
Debbie Schlenoff CRN 10943, MW 1200-1320, 282 LIL, 4 credits
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CH 111    Introduction to Chemistry Principles
Take a moment and look around you. Chemistry is everywhere in our modern society—providing adequate food, clothing and shelter to designing cleaner and more efficient sources of energy, developing new materials for modern medical diagnostics and pharmaceuticals, and creating new modes of communication and data storage. It’s truly amazing how the behavior of atoms, molecules, and ions determines the world we have to live in, our shapes and sizes, and even how we feel on a given day. CH 111 is an introductory chemistry course designed for students with a limited background in chemistry. In addition to lectures, there will be classroom activities, demonstrations and study assignments designed to help you develop the critical thinking skills necessary for a successful chemical adventure.
Prerequisite: MATH 95
Brandi Baldock, CRN 11254, MW 1200-1320 and F 1200-1250, 123 PAC, 4 credits
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GEOL 110    People, Rocks, and Fire
We will build understanding of how past societies adapted to widespread and often dramatic changes in their foods and fuels, and more importantly, how our current society can learn from their successes and failures in addressing contemporary global energy questions. Principles of thermodynamics, geology, and ecology establish a scientific context for consideration of coal and petroleum formation, the dilemmas faced by ancient agricultural societies, the usefulness of fossil fuels in creating mechanical energy and the resulting explosion of growth in the Industrial Revolution, and the transformation of industrialized societies into city-dwelling populations. These considerations lead us to the present day, in which developed societies utterly depend on fossil energy, limits to petroleum and impending climate change are widely acknowledged, and volatile debates pit environmental preservation against natural gas, oil, and coal extraction.
Alan Rempel, CRN 15995 MW 1000-1120, 229 MCK, 4 credits
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HC 207    How Marine Organisms Work
A beautiful and stunning diversity of organisms live beneath the ocean’s surface along the Oregon coast. How do these organisms perform and ultimately, survive, in the marine environment? In this course we will use a biomechanics approach (study of biological solids and fluids) to understand how body shape, material properties and movement influence interactions with the physical environment and with other organisms. We will focus at the organism-scale and, in particular, on interactions with the fluid environment (e.g. how water movement influences predation). Through field trips, laboratory studies, discussions, and team projects we will become familiar with local marine organisms and use quantitative tools to understand organism performance and adaptation.
Kelly Sutherland, CRN 12723 TR 1000-1150, 102 PETR, 4 credits
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HPHY 199 (Soon to be HPHY 112)   The Truth About Health
Causes of U.S. mortality and morbidity have changed dramatically in the last one hundred years. Compared to infectious diseases at the turn of last century, lifestyle factors contribute to the vast majority of premature death and disease. In this course, students will consider the extent to which exercise, diet, drug and sexual choices impact immediate and long-range health. While examining the public impact of health choices such as physical activity, fad diets, and tobacco use, students will also be encouraged to integrate course concepts of disease prevention into their personal practices.  Great emphasis will be placed on critical examination of health messages, fads, and misconceptions and that abound in popular culture. The course format is lecture and small group discussion. This course satisfies a group requirement for SCIENCE and is open to all majors.
Robin Hopkins, CRN 16045 MW 0830-0950, 110 WIL, 4 credits
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PHYS 152    Physics of Music and Sound 
This course explores the science of sounds and music all around us. Through demonstrations and class activities students will explore the science behind waves, resonance, overtones, enclosures (e.g. instruments) to amplify and focus waves, human hearing, pitch, musical temperament, and simple electronics. The material is especially useful to students interested in music creation and performance, recording, sound synthesis, and optimization of room and auditorium acoustics. We will also apply these concepts to specific families of instruments. Descriptions involve elementary math and simple algebra. Students will leave the course able to apply these concepts to their everyday experiences with sound and music.
Dan Steck CRN 14977, TR 1400-1550, 100 WIL, 4 credits
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PHYS 171    The Physics of Life
What are you made of? This simple question both puzzles and fascinates scientists. It is easy to list you “components” – cells, bones, muscles, etc. – but this is neither interesting nor illuminating. What is it about your flesh that makes you “squishy?” Would you be better off with a skeleton of wood rather than bone? If you shrank a whale to the size of a bacterium, could it swim the same way? These questions bring together concepts from a variety of disciplines, mixing together biology, chemistry, and physics. Students will explore topics in biophysics and biomaterials using readings, discussions, and hands-on activities to study the physical properties of biological materials, as well as the constraints these properties place on living organisms.
Raghu Parthasarathy CRN 14979 TR 1000-1150, 100 WIL, 4 credits
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PHYS 181    Quantum Mechanics for Everyone
Quantum mechanics (QM) is the theory of nature at its most fundamental level. Although the fruits of our understanding of QM, such as lasers and computers, are familiar technologies, the inner working of atoms and the behavior of electrons and photons are anything but familiar. This course treats the most important ideas of QM, using only basic algebra and geometry. Students will learn about the experiments that led to the creation of QM, explore the theoretical ideas of QM, and learn about modern applications such as quantum cryptography and quantum teleportation. The course employs active, inquiry-based teaching methods to improve creative and critical reasoning. Students will learn through hands-on in-class activities, including experimenting with lasers.
Michael Raymer, CRN 16782 TR 1300-1450, 107 KLA, 4 credits
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PSY 407 NeuroEducation
In this introductory course students will be introduced to the biological, psychological, and sociological aspect of neuroscience in the classroom and the different influences on learning. A central focus will be the most prominent brain systems affecting learning and to explore these systems and their implications in educational and laboratory contexts. Selected learning disabilities, teaching methodologies and subject matter will be discussed.
Lauren O’Neil, CRN 16802 F 1000-1150, 257 STB, 3 credits
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Courses For Science Majors

CH 221 General Chemistry I
Chemistry is the study of matter and the changes that it undergoes. It is a science that is central to our understanding of the natural world and it serves as a foundation for all other scientific disciplines. The General Chemistry sequence, beginning with CH 221, is designed for science majors and pre-professional students, and provides an introduction to the experimental and theoretical foundations of chemistry. Upon successful completion of this first course in the sequence, students will have an understanding of the basic scientific measurement system, chemical calculations, the components of matter, the use of formulas and equations in relation to chemical calculations, the major classes of chemical reactions, heat changes associated with chemical reactions and atomic structure. Interwoven throughout the sequence will be an emphasis on development of the problem solving skills fundamental for success in future science courses.
Concurrent CH 227 or 237 recommended.
Prerequisite: MATH 111
Deborah Exton, CRN 11263 TWRF 1000-1050, 150 COL, 4 credits
Tom Greenbowe, CRN 11264 TWRF 1100-1150, 150 COL, 4 credits
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CAS 409 Practicum Science Literacy Program Scholar
In this practicum, Undergraduate Science Literacy Program Scholars will help co-teach general education science courses with direct supervision from a faculty mentor. Students will be paired with a faculty mentor and Graduate SLP Fellow in a teaching team. Students will attend a weekly science education journal club to explore theories of science education and help develop and implement classroom activities and assessments to support student learning.
Required journal club attendance
Elly Vandegrift, CRN 11204 time and location TBA, 2 credits

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Winter 2017 Courses

General Education Courses

BI 123   Biology of Cancer
We tend to think of cancer as a single disease that affects many different tissues or organs. However, cancer is really a collection of over one hundred diseases that show various clinical manifestations, but have similar underlying causes and effects: the normal genetic controls of cell division malfunction, allowing a cell to undergo unbridled proliferation. Students will explore the underlying genetic causes of cancer; factors, including lifestyle choices that increase cancer risk; the detection and diagnosis of cancers; and contemporary therapies to mitigate or cure cancers. Finally, the detection and diagnosis of various cancers, how our natural immune defenses respond to cancerous cells, and the therapies to cure or mitigate cancer, both traditional and experimental will be explored.
Alan Kelly
CRN 21115, MWF 1400-1450, 182 LIL, 4 credits
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BI 150   The Ocean Planet
Much marine life is easily observed from shore – if one pays attention. Using field trips early in the course, and then facilitated use of field guides and discussion, the course will introduce the general foundations of marine biology, and help students discover the natural world, and their own ability to absorb it and learn about it, even if they are not scientists. Students will work in groups to develop case studies on topics such as oil spills and oil spill response, marine reserves, management of fisheries, and oceans and human health. As a science group satisfying course, BI 150 provides an introduction to the foundations of marine biology and introduces scientific reasoning and methodology. In particular, it introduces the natural history of the Oregon coastal environment and helps students differentiate between information obtained using the scientific method and other kinds of information that may also be relevant to solving environmental problems.
Michelle Wood
CRN 26407, MW 1000-1120, 111 LIL, 4 credits
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BI 357    Marine Biology
This course introduces the diversity of marine organisms and ecosystems, including coral reefs, kelp forests, the open ocean, and the deep sea. It also explores the role of the oceans in climate change and biogeochemical cycles, new methods of ocean exploration, and current issues in marine conservation and fisheries. Emphasis in laboratory is placed on invertebrate organisms commonly found on the Oregon Coast, with some creatures from tropical waters included for contrast. Each lecture period is unique, with some formal lectures, some video and a variety of student-led problem-solving exercises and presentations. Students also develop personal projects that are an important part of the course grade. A required field trip forms the basis for an exercise in scientific writing and laboratory observation of live animals forms the basis for a lab notebook. The course grade is based on participation, personal project, exams, field trip reports, and lab notebook.
Kelly Sutherland
CRN 21179, TR 1000-1120, 176 ED, 4 credits
Prereq: BI 213 or 283H. Not open to students who have credit for BI 458 or 474.
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HC 207H Evolution
A great deal of recent controversy has centered on the teaching of evolution. Why is this topic so controversial? What is the evidence for evolution? How does it work? Does a belief in evolution necessitate a religious outlook? We will address these questions and more, focusing on the science of evolution and how it informs us about the scientific process in general. We will consider evolution from the perspectives of molecular biology, ecology, paleontology, microbiology, and geology. Along the way, we’ll learn something about the role of controversy in advancing scientific knowledge and the role politics plays in the advance of science, and that science plays in public life.
Samantha Hopkins
CRN 27136, MW 0830-0950, 254 COL, 4 credits
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HC 209H Paleontology of Oregon
Native Oregonians know that this state is fortunate enough to have an incredible fossil record, and one that has been historically very important.  We will use the study of the history of life as recorded in Oregon’s fossil record to understand scientific thinking and the process of science.  Our study will range from the formation of the actual land of Oregon via plate tectonics, to the importance of the fossil record of Oregon to our understanding of the interaction between organisms and their environments, to the role of humans in the extinction of mammoths and saber-toothed cats, to the evolutionary origins of marine vertebrates such as sharks, whales, ichthyosaurs, and dolphins.  Students will learn the basics of geology, evolutionary biology, and paleontology through the lens of the fossil record in our own backyard.
Samantha Hopkins
CRN 26436, MW 1400-1520,103 GSH, 4 credits
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PHYS 161   Physics of Energy and Environment
Students will learn what energy is, how it is transformed from one form to another (for example, from fossil fuels to electrical energy), and how it is used. We will focus especially on the role of energy in our everyday lives and the environmental consequences of global energy consumption, most notably climate change and its impact on our future. Using principles of physics we will explore why major changes in our energy consumption habits will be required during our lifetimes and what some of the alternatives might be.
Raghu Parthasarathy
CRN 25053, TR 1200-1350, 110 WIL, 4 credits
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PHYS 162   Solar and Renewable Energies
Students will explore current technical choices for electricity and transportation fuels. We will look at sources of alternative and renewable electricity generation such as wind, solar technologies, geothermal turbines, ocean wave devices, and ocean thermal electric conversion. We will also deal with the viability and feasibility of biorefining (e.g. grains based ethanol, cellulosic ethanol, biodiesel, algae production of biofuels) as an effective replacement for gasoline as our main transportation fuel. Issues of over consumption and the vital role that energy conservation plays for the immediate future will also be discussed.
Dean Livelybrooks
CRN 26510, TR 1400-1550, 110 WIL, 4 credits
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Courses For Science Majors

BI 212   General Biology II: Organisms
This course is about the development and physiology of plants and animals and focuses on those aspects of physiology that seem to be universal across the enormous range of organisms that have evolved on our planet. We cover the topics of temperature regulation and the constraints imposed by temperature on organism level adaptations, mechanisms of short and long range transport in plants and animals and the constraints that geometry and the nature of diffusion impose on body plans, plant and animal nutrition (including the biology of appetite and the remarkable complexity of soil). We study the five senses and optical illusions by way of the nervous system, and the mechanisms by which plants seem to act as though they had a brain as they respond to various features of light. We cover the topic of development, by which single celled zygotes become complex and diverse organisms with a special emphasis on the genetics of development. Throughout we investigate the roles of natural selection on the physiological features of plants and animals.
Mark Carrier
CRN 21147, MWF 1000-1050, 150 COL, 4 credits
Prerequisite: C- or better or P in BI 211.
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CAS 409    Practicum Science Literacy Program Scholar
In this practicum, Undergraduate Science Literacy Program Scholars will help co-teach general education science courses with direct supervision from a faculty mentor. Students will be paired with a faculty mentor and Graduate SLP Fellow in a teaching team. Students will attend a weekly science education journal club to explore theories of science education and help develop and implement classroom activities and assessments to support student learning.
Elly Vandegrift
Application for program

CH 221  General Chemistry I
The general chemistry sequence, beginning with CH 221, is designed for science majors and pre-professional students. Upon successful completion of this first course in the sequence, students will have an understanding of the basic scientific measurement system, chemical calculations, the components of matter, the use of formulas and equations in relation to chemical calculations, the major classes of chemical reactions, heat changes associated with chemical reactions and atomic structure. Interwoven throughout the sequence will be an emphasis on development of the problem solving skills fundamental for success in future science courses.
Brandi Baldock
CRN 26614, TWRF 0800-0850, 150 COL, 4 credits
Prereq: high school chemistry; pre- or coreq: Math 111.
Concurrent CH 227 or 237 recommended.
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CH 222   General Chemistry II
Chemistry is the study of matter and the changes that it undergoes. It is a science that is central to our understanding of the natural world and it serves as a foundation for all other scientific disciplines. CH 222, is designed for science majors and pre-professional students, and provides an introduction to the experimental and theoretical foundations of chemistry. Students will have an understanding of molecular structure and chemical bonding, the properties of gases, liquids and solids, changes of physical state, solutions and solubility, and reaction rates. Interwoven throughout the sequence will be an emphasis on development of the problem solving skills fundamental for success in future science courses.
Deborah Exton, CRN 21418, TWRF 1100-1150, 150 COL, 4 credits
Tom Greenbowe, CRN 21419, TWRF 1500-1550, 150 COL, 4 credits
Prereq: CH 221 or 224H; pre- or coreq: MATH 112.
Concurrent CH 228 or 238 recommended
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Spring 2017 Courses

ASTR 122 Birth and Death of Stars
Our star, the Sun, is the source of all the energy necessary to sustain life on our world. Students will study the birth, evolution and death of stars in the Milky Way galaxy, with a particular emphasis on the underlying science behind stellar and galactic evolution, the observational aspect to astronomy and our knowledge of how the Universe operates. The interplay between technology (telescopes, space observatories) and knowledge gained about the stars is a key theme to the course.
Scott Fisher
CRN 30882, MW 1400-1520 & F 1400-1450, 110 WIL, 4 credits
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BI 140 Science, Policy, and Biology
Students will assess how policy decisions affect the types of research that can be conducted, and the potential ramifications for human health and the environment. The course will be topical, based around items of particular interest in the news. Topics may include stem cells, genetically modified foods, human genetic testing, trans-fats, spread of E. coli in the food supply, the basis of scientific controversies, or other current biological issues.  Because the underlying biology of topics covered by this course are derived from biological and biochemical research.
Elly Vandegrift
CRN 35825, TR 1000-1120, 240A MCK, 4 credits
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BI 199 Sp St Brain Intel Mach (From Brains to Intelligent Machines)
A course designed for non-science majors to understand how the brain acquires information and drives behavior, and how scientists and engineers attempt to replicate these abilities in computers and artificial intelligence systems.  Students will be introduced to the process of scientific reasoning and use those skills to discuss the neural processes behind learning, memory, decision-making, and thinking.  Parallels will be made between the way the brain and computers process information and perform computations.  Students will grapple with questions such as:  What happens if our intelligent machines become too intelligent?  What are the implications to society of intelligent machines and technologies for interfacing brains and machines?
Santiago Jaramillo
CRN 35845, MW 1600-1720, 101 LIB, 4 credits
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BI 212   General Biology II: Organisms
This course is about the development and physiology of plants and animals and focuses on those aspects of physiology that seem to be universal across the enormous range of organisms that have evolved on our planet. We cover the topics of temperature regulation and the constraints imposed by temperature on organism level adaptations, mechanisms of short and long range transport in plants and animals and the constraints that geometry and the nature of diffusion impose on body plans, plant and animal nutrition (including the biology of appetite and the remarkable complexity of soil). We study the five senses and optical illusions by way of the nervous system, and the mechanisms by which plants seem to act as though they had a brain as they respond to various features of light. We cover the topic of development, by which single celled zygotes become complex and diverse organisms with a special emphasis on the genetics of development. Throughout we investigate the roles of natural selection on the physiological features of plants and animals.
Mark Carrier
CRN 30976, MWF 0900-0950, 180 PLC, 4 credits
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CH 222 General Chemistry II
Chemistry is the study of matter and the changes that it undergoes. It is a science that is central to our understanding of the natural world and it serves as a foundation for all other scientific disciplines.The second course in the sequence, CH 222, is designed for science majors and pre-professional students, and provides an introduction to the experimental and theoretical foundations of chemistry. Upon successful completion of CH 222, students will have an understanding of molecular structure and chemical bonding, the properties of gases, liquids and solids, changes of physical state, solutions and solubility, and reaction rates. Interwoven throughout the sequence will be an emphasis on development of the problem solving skills fundamental for success in future science courses.
Concurrent CH 227 or 237 recommended.
Brandi Baldock
CRN 36098, TWRF 0800-0850, 150 COL, 4 credits
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CH 223 General Chemistry
This final course in the sequence, CH 223, is designed for science majors and pre-professional students, and provides an introduction to the experimental and theoretical foundations of chemistry. Students will gain factual knowledge about the terminology and language of chemistry as well as an understanding of the underlying reasons why chemical processes occur. They will be expected to interpret, reason and problem solve using fundamental chemical principles.  Upon successful completion of CH 223, students will have an understanding of chemical equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, thermodynamics, electrochemistry and nuclear chemistry.
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CAS 409    Practicum Science Literacy Program Scholar
In this practicum, Undergraduate Science Literacy Program Scholars will help co-teach general education science courses with direct supervision from a faculty mentor. Students will be paired with a faculty mentor and Graduate SLP Fellow in a teaching team. Students will attend a weekly science education journal club to explore theories of science education and help develop and implement classroom activities and assessments to support student learning.
Elly Vandegrift
Application for program

PHYS 155 Physics Behind the Internet
We will explore the Internet as a network of millions of computers capable of exchanging data files containing information. The technology that makes this possible is the result of the efforts of tens of thousands of physicists, engineers, and computer scientists over more than a hundred years. The development of the Internet is an amazing story of the transformation of fundamental physics discoveries into practical systems. We will introduce the physical concepts that explain how information is stored, transmitted, processed, and retrieved.
Eric Corwin
CRN 34823, TR 1400-1550, 110 WIL, 4 credits
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PHYS 163 Nanoscience and Society
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Summer 2017 Courses

HPHY 111    The Science of Sex
We will explore topics that are often ignored due to culture stigma, but have a great impact on human health and wellness. In addition to daily assignments, each student will design and conduct their own mini-research project, on a topic of choice, and report the findings to the class. As a beginning point for further exploration, we will use science journalist Mary Roach’s book “Bonk: the curious coupling of science and sex”.  Students should come prepared for lively, light-hearted, brazen, direct, and scientifically accurate assignments and discussions on the anatomy and physiology of human sexual function.
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