ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE STUDENTS LISA AND JO HELLSTROM VOGEL AT BEECH HILL FARM
█ BIOLOGY I Science Faculty Cost: $25 This is the first half of a 20–week, two term introductory course in biology, providing an overview of the discipline and prerequisite for many intermediate and advanced biology courses. The course provides an integrative view of the attributes of plants and animals, including cell biology, physiology, reproduction, genetics and evolution, growth and differentiation, anatomy, behavior, and environmental interactions. Weekly laboratory sessions or field trips augment material covered in lecture and discussion. Attendance at three lectures and one lab each week is required; course evaluation is based on quality of participation, exams, problem sets, a lab notebook, and a term paper. Prerequisites: college level algebra, or signature of instructor, Chemistry i is recommended.
█ BIOLOGY II: FORM & FUNCTION Science Faculty Cost: $40 This is the second half of a 20–week, two term introductory course in biology, providing an overview of the discipline and prerequisite for many intermediate and advanced biology courses. The course further explores topics introduced in Biology i, with a particular emphasis on biological structures and their role in the survival and reproduction of organisms. We explore principles of evolution, classification, anatomy and physiology, epidemiology, behavior, and basic ecology. The focus of the course is on vertebrate animals and vascular plants, but we make forays into other phylogenetic lineages at intervals. Weekly field and laboratory studies introduce students to the local range of habitats and a broad array of protists, plants, and animals. Attendance at two lectures and one lab each week is required; course evaluations are based on participation, exams, a lab notebook, and a presentation. Prerequisites: strong performance in Biology i or equivalent, or permission of instructor. Offered every year.
Helen Hess Course limit: 16 Cost: $15 Why do we get shorter and wrinklier with age? Were dinosaurs warm blooded? How do grasshoppers hop? These diverse questions are all within the realm of biomechanics. A knowledge of biomechanics, or the ways in which plants and animals cope with the laws of physics, can promote an understanding of organisms at all levels of organization, from molecules to ecosystems. In this course we explore several areas of physical science, including mechanical engineering, materials science, and fluid dynamics, as a means of gaining insight into the biological world. Students attend two lecture sessions per week and one three hour lab session for discussions of current research in biomechanics, review of homework assignments, and laboratory observations or demonstrations. Evaluations are based on participation in discussions, weekly problem sets, two term papers, and a final exam. Prerequisites: one college level course in biology and one college level course in math or physics or signature of instructor. Offered every other year.
█ CALCULUS I Dave Feldman Course limit: 20 The goal of this sequence of courses is to develop the essential ideas of single variable calculus: the limit, the derivative, and the integral. Understanding concepts is emphasized over intricate mathematical maneuvers. The mathematics learned are applied to topics from the physical, natural, and social sciences. There is a weekly lab/discussion section. Evaluations are based on homework, participation in class and lab, and tests. Prerequisites: Precalculus or the equivalent or signature of the instructor.
█ CALCULUS II Dave Feldman Course limit: 20 Cost: $10 This course is the continuation of Calculus I. It begins by considering further applications of the integral. We then move to approximations and series; we conclude the course with a brief treatment of differential equations. The mathematics learned are applied to topics from the physical, natural, and social sciences. There is a weekly lab/discussion section. Evaluations are based on homework, participation in class and lab, and tests. Prerequisites: Calculus i or the equivalent.
This is the College of the Atlantic Guidebook prospectus for 2014