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BioPl 2400 Intro Lect

BioPl 2400 Intro Lect - Bio Pl 2400 Bio Green World/Blue...

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Unformatted text preview: Bio Pl 2400 Bio Green World/Blue Planet Dr. Tom Silva Dr. Office: 215 Plant Science Bldg. Email: [email protected] Email: [email protected] Phone: 255-8502 Topics Covered Topics Genetic Engineering Climate Change Biodiversity Goal of This Course Goal Review the science behind three current Review topics of debate topics Discuss these topics and how they are Discuss presented and perceived by the popular press press Form opinions based on sound reasoning Grading Grading Three Quizzes (exams) one on each topic, Based on scientific topics covered in class Each quiz will have a take home portion requiring Each an essay; most likely critiquing an article related to each topic- worth 10-20% of quiz grade to Each quiz is worth 33.33% of your total grade in Each the course the The Blackboard website for the course provides the lecture schedule provides Relevant materials will be placed on the site Relevant as well, or on reserve in Mann Library as There is no text for the course Should I Be Here? Should This class is designed for non- science science majors majors Others are welcome as well The goal is to give enough detail to help you The understand the subjects and form educated opinions. educated If you need extra help- Please ask! Genetic Engineering Genetic Genetic Engineering Genetic Are GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) safe? Are GMO Are they necessary/ what are potential benefits pf Are gene modification? gene Are the techniques by which they are created Are safe? safe? What are the techniques used to alter the genome What of an organism? of Climate Change Climate Climate Change Climate Is climate change really happening? Can we prove that human activity has or will Can lead to climate change? lead Can we predict how the climate will change Can globally? globally? What can be done to slow climate change? Biodiversity Biodiversity Biodiversity Biodiversity What is the value of biodiversity? Why is biodiversity declining? How can conservation be promoted? Is saving biodiversity worth economic costs? ...
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