Tuesday, November 23, 2010

New Science Elective for Non-Science Majors BIO223

I would like to bring to your attention a new course that may be of interest to you. I am excited to offer a new Biology Course-BIOL223, this winter (2011) that is directed towards non-biology and also non-science majors.

Based on campus activities, students are clearly interested in environmental issues and possible solutions to mitigate human impacts on the environment. It can be difficult to separate the rhetoric from the science when it comes to possible solutions for mitigating environmental impacts. The new course is tailored to introduce non-science majors to the importance of microbes in society.

Microbes are critical to the proper function of the biosphere, and microbiology can be used to introduce non-majors students to the science behind many environmental issues facing society. Students will develop critical thinking skills for evaluating the environmental issues to help separate the rhetoric from the facts.

Chris Yost

Canada Research Chair, Microbes, The Environment and Food Safety

Biology Department

University of Regina