Courses for Non-Scientists

The EEB Department offers a number of courses that are especially appropriate for non-scientists to satisfy the science distribution requirement, including the laboratory course requirement in some cases. There are no prerequisites for any of these courses, which are listed below. These courses will count toward major or minor requirements in the department unless otherwise indicated.

Lecture Courses

  • EBIO 1040 – Global Environmental Change (does not count toward EEB majors or minor)
  • EBIO 2010 – Evolution in Human Health and Disease (counts toward major beginning 2003 fall)
  • EBIO 2030 – History of Life
  • EBIO 2110 – Tropical Biology
  • EBIO 2210 – Insect Biology

Lecture-Laboratory Courses Fulfilling the LAS Laboratory Science Requirement

  • EBIO 1010 – Diversity of Life
  • EBIO 1015 – Diversity of Life Lab
  • EBIO 3180 – Plants and Human Affairs
  • EBIO 3190 – Plants and Human Affairs Lab
  • EBIO 4310 – Plant Systematics

Descriptions of Courses for Non-Scientists

EBIO 1010 – Diversity of Life (3), Dr. Fleury

Co-requisite: EBIO 1015.

A survey of plant and animal life emphasizing the diversity among individual population species communities and ecosystems.

EBIO 1040 – Global Environmental Change (3), Dr. Fleury

Prerequisite: None.

An introduction to the physical and biological processes that regulate the function of the Earth system. The composition formation and stabilization of the Earth's atmosphere and ecosystems will be examined emphasizing biological processes and ecosystem ecology. With an understanding of the historical rates and mechanisms of natural global change the means by which human activities alter Earth system function at local to global scales will be explored along with the consequences of and solutions to human-induced global change.

EBIO 1015 – Diversity of Life Laboratory (1), Dr. Henry

Co-requisite: EBIO 1010.

Laboratory and field exercises designed to augment the lecture material in 1010. Three hours per week.

EBIO 2010 – Evolution in Human Health & Disease (3), Dr. Heins, Dr. Fleury

Prerequisite: None.

An introduction for non-majors to the study of infectious and non-infectious diseases from an evolutionary perspective to understand why we get sick. This course meets the college non-laboratory science requirement. (The course will count toward major and minor requirements beginning with the 2003 fall semester.)

EBIO 2030 – History of Life (3), Dr. Fleury

Prerequisite: None.

The course provides a general introduction for majors and non-majors to the evolution of life on Earth, from its origin through the Pleistocene. The focus is on the evolution and ecology of organisms in primitive environments, with special attention given to key taxa and events, such as the origin of life, the oxygen revolution, mass extinction events, the transition to land, the origin of angiosperms, and the rise and fall of dinosaurs. Emphasis is placed on the reconstruction of ancient environments, using modern ecological principles as a guideline to the nature of early biological communities and ecosystems.

EBIO 2110 – Tropical Biology (3), Staff

Prerequisite: None.

Introduction to ecological, evolutionary and organismal studies of living organisms in the neotropics.

EBIO 2210 – Insect Biology (3), Dr. Van Bael

Prerequisite: None.

Basic insect biology with an emphasis on insect interactions with humans and how insects fit into our culture.

EBIO 3180 – Plants & Human Affairs (3), Dr. Darwin

Co-requisite: EBIO 3185.

Since ancient times, people have relied on plants for food, clothing, shelter, medicines and more. This course investigates some of the ways in which plants support and shape human life. Topics will include: early ideas about plants and the origin of plant lore; plant domestication and the rise of agriculture; plant products in commercial economies; cultural uses of plants; plants and the future of civilization.

EBIO 3185 – Plants & Human Affairs Lab (1), Dr. Darwin

Co-requisite: EBIO3180.

A survey of plant products and their sources, emphasizing the structure, chemistry and diversity of economic plants. Demonstrations, exercises, and field trips.

EBIO 4310 – Plant Systematics (4), Dr. Darwin

Prerequisite: None.

A review of the structure and evolution of land plants and a survey of the major families of flowering plants. Laboratory emphasis on structural terminology and plant identification. Field trips required.

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