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AST 201 History of Astronomy

Visions of the cosmos from the earliest neolithic observers to today. Celestial clockworks, establishment of the calendar, skylore, the zodiac, discovery of the planets, geocentrism, heliocentrism, telescope, discovery of the galaxies, extrasolar planets.


AST 203 The Solar System

Origin and nature of the Solar System, planets, moons, comets, divisions of space.


AST 205 The Universe

The modern conception of the universe, superstructures, galaxies, cosmic phenemona, "Spaceship Earth," birth and death of stars, cosmology.


AST 207 The Night Sky

Celestial coordinates, telescopes and instruments, the constellations, astronomical events, Messier catalog.


AST 209 Space Settlement and Human Destiny

Modern answers to 'Where do we go from here?' Do human beings have a responsibility to spread into space? Tsiolkovsky's Imperative. Existential risks and reasons to pursue space exploration and colonization. The alternatives to space settlement.


BIO 200 History of Biology

Pioneers and developments in the history of biology and our understanding of life.


BIO 202 Principles of Biology

Genes, transmisson, expression, evolution, cells


BIO 204 Paleozoic Life

The development of Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, Carboniferous and Permian life, with a focus on visible organisms.


BIO 206 Mesozoic Life

Evolution of dinosaurs and their contemporaries. Paleontology and the study of fossil remains, geography of dinosaurs, classification and identification.


BIO 208 Cenozoic Life

Age of Mammals after the end of the dinosaurs and before human beings.


BIO 210 Evolution of Mankind

Human genetics, inheretence of human traits, australopithecines, homo-habilis, homo-erectus, neanderthals, homo-sapiens, spreading of mankind across the world, paleolithic and neolithic 'caveman' society. Human biodiversity, patterns of kinship.


BOT 201 History of Plant Life

Evolutionary history of plants, plant fossils in reconstruction of prehistoric environments and climate.


BOT 203 Classification of Plants

Plant identification and classification, gardening and horticulture,


CHM 201 History of Chemistry

The development of our modern conceptions of the chemical and physical worlds through time, famous physicists and their contributions.


CHM 250 Principles of Chemistry

Language, techniques, models, uses of chemical science, periodic table of the elements, properties of the elements, atomic theory, nuclear energy, chemicals in air, food, water.


GLG 200 The Dynamic Earth

Earth sciences, past, present and future behavior of the Earth System, plate tectonics, Earth's materials and consistency, behavior of systems, the exterior and interior of the Earth and the energy that drives it, polar-Earth systems.


GLG 201 Precambrian Geology

Origin of the Earth, differentiation of the core, mantle and crust, lithosphere tectonics, atmosphere, hydrosphere, climate, interaction of Earth's endogenic and exogenic systems with life.


GLG 203 Phanerozoic Geology

Evolution of the landscape, interaction of running water, wind, erosion, gravity, biota, ice, weathering to terrain and soil. Igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rock and mineral identification and classification.


MTH 200 History of Mathematics

Great thinkers and mathemeticians through the centuries. Development of the number system, counting, geometry, algebra, calculus.


MTH 250 Principles of Mathematics

Function and methods of counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, symbols, algebra, geometry, statistics, advanced math.


PHY 203 Principles of Physics

The laws of physics as demonstrated by observable everyday phenomena. Physics of sound and light, states of matter.


PHY 205 Physics for Poets

Comparison of physics of fields, relativity, qAUum mechanics, particle physics and cosmology to the arts, as an alternative way of understanding the world.


PSY 200 History of Psychology

Historical development of major schools and trends, themes, periods of leading psychologists,


PSY 202 Psychological Thought through WWII

Pre-Freud, Freud and psychoanalysis, dreams, defense mechanisms, Jung, Skinner, Kohlberg


PSY 204 Psychological Thought after WWII

Social psychology, human behavior, personality theories, interpersonal differences, anxiety, depression, child and family psychopathology


ZOO 200 The Animal World

Invertebrates, vertebrates, animal behavior, adaptive significance, major divisions


ZOO 202 Oceanography

Marine biology and aquatic life, life as both the products of evolutionary processes and a major force driving evolution and altering the environment of the planet. Ocean geology, tides, waves, air-sea interaction, currents, ocean productivity, ocean-coast interaction.


ZOO 203 Earth System Ecology

Principles of ecology and economics (the natural system and economic system), the water cycle, geochemical cycle, acid rain, organic anti-toxin processes, greehouse effect, analysis of natural resource management at national/international levels, enviornment policy, sustainability of the Earth System, global dynamics spatial-temporal, Earth as an ecological unity of geophysical, chemical, biological processes.


ZOO 204 Dogs and Cats

Types and classification of dogs and cats, their evolution and history, breeds, human interaction and use as pets.