Preceptorials Linked to The Natural World LLC


ARCH 101: Introduction to Architecture Studio

Preceptor: Dr. Daniel Lopez
Credit: Fine Arts Core // 3 UNITS

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of the discipline of architecture with a specific focus on the environment. Lectures and group exercises will start by exploring the history and theory of building types, structures, functions and constructed landscapes as an entry point from which to understand the intersections of physical, cultural and social spaces. In response to a design problem, the students will acquire techniques of architectural representation through a series of exciting and participatory drawing and model-making assignments, at times individually but many times in collaboration with others, of increasing complexity and scale. 

ARTV 101: Fundamentals of Drawing

Preceptor: Dr. John Halaka
Credit: Fine Arts Core // 3 UNITS

Drawing is a language that offers a wide range of possibilities as a tool for self-expression and communication. This drawing course will introduce the student to the fundamental elements of drawing by exploring a variety of drawing media, methods and techniques. Class and homework projects will develop the students' technical skills and perceptual capabilities, while guiding them to research, reflect on and clarify the poetic content of images.

As part of the Natural World LLC, several of the assignments and part of the students’ research will focus on observations and representations of the natural world. Examinations of nature’s visible and underlying patterns will be used as the primary subject matter for images, underscoring the students’ collective and individual observations of the world we inhabit.

BIOL 104: Introductory Microbiology

Preceptor: Dr. Neena Din
Credit: Life Science Core // 3 UNITS

Microorganisms influence many aspects of our daily lives and the world around us. They play immense beneficial roles by providing us with the food that we eat, synthesizing life-saving antibiotics and breaking down waste products. However, microbes also cause diseases, from the major epidemics of past centuries including the plague, smallpox and tuberculosis, to AIDS, a modern syndrome that devastates populations today. In this course we will discuss topics ranging from the discovery of microbes, their structure, growth and diversity, as well as the roles they play in the environment, the diseases they cause and their control.

BIOL 190: Introduction to Evolution

Preceptor: Dr. Sue Lowery
Credit: Life Science Core // 3 UNITS

The one-semester foundation course for biology majors provides an introduction to the mechanisms of inheritance, evolution, and biology. Three hours of lecture weekly.

Students must have a Math SAT score of 600 or greater, an ACT Math score of 26 or greater, or pass the Level 2 Math Placement exam to qualify for this preceptorial course.

CHEM 151: General Chemistry I

Preceptor: Mrs. Debbie Finocchio
Credit: Physical Science Credit // 3 UNITS

Chemistry 151 is the first part of a two-semester lecture course which introduces the fundamental principles of modern chemistry. These principles include atomic and molecular structure, periodicity, reactivity, stoichiometry, equilibrium, kinetics, thermodynamics, bonding, acid-base chemistry, redox chemistry, and states of matter.

Students must have a Math SAT score of 530 or greater, an ACT Math score of 22 or greater, or pass the Level 1 Math Placement exam to qualify for this preceptorial course.

ENGL 224: Philosophy and Literature of Love

Preceptor: Dr. Malachi Black
Credit: Humanities Core // 3 UNITS

As much an idea as it is an emotion, love has long been one of western civilization’s central preoccupations.  But what is love, and what does it mean?  From the earliest philosophers to the latest scientists and a multitude of writers in between, human beings have indefatigably sought to measure, define, taxonomy, and analyze the powerful if seemingly indescribable force of love.  In this course, we will analyze competing views of love through the multiple lenses of literature, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, and sociobiology, tracing the evolution of notions of love from Plato's Athens to today. In this reading- and writing-intensive class, we will both evaluate and contribute to that preexisting discourse.

ENGR 101: Introduction to Engineering

Preceptor: Dr. Odesma Dalrymple
Credit: Elective Core // 3 UNITS

Introduction to the field of engineering. Students work in small teams to solve open-ended interdisciplinary design problems, including concept generation, analysis, computer aided design (CAD) modeling, construction, testing, development, and documentation.  The project work is enhanced with lectures, activities, and reading on design, manufacturing, and engineering tools.  Intended for majors in engineering or those exploring careers in engineering.

Students must have a Math SAT score of 570 or greater, an ACT Math score of 25 or greater, or pass the Level 2 Math Placement exam to qualify for this preceptorial course.

EOSC 123: Organisms and Ecosystems

Preceptor: Dr. Jenny Prarie
Credit: Life Science Core // 4 UNITS

There is a great diversity of organisms on Earth living in many different types of habitats. In this course, you will learn about this diversity through an introduction to organisms and environmental biology from an ecological perspective. You will learn fundamental principles of ecology, in addition to major groups of organisms and how the two are related. In addition to lecture, this course includes a laboratory which will involve observations, experiments, and field experience. This is a required course for all Environmental and Ocean Sciences majors and satisfies the core curriculum requirement for a life science with laboratory.

THRS 203: Religion & Ecology, East & West

Preceptor: Dr. Lance Nelson
Credit: Theology and Religious Studies Core // 3 UNITS

This course will explore the wordiest and religious practice of the Native American, Hindu, Buddhist, and Christian religious traditions, as well as Islam, in light of contemporary concern for our fragile and endangered environment. We’ll engage relevant mythic, theological, ethical, and ritual aspects of each tradition, asking how religion can influence attitudes and behavior toward the natural world. The idea that so-called Eastern religions are eco-friendly, while Western religions bear responsibility for the industrial world’s abuse of nature, will be critically examined. We’ll think through the question, is religion part of the problem or part of the solution?

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