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Course Title: CAPSTONE: BIOLOGY
Involves reading primary literature from the diverse sub-disciplines of biology and making connections among these and other fields of science. This course enhances scientific writing skills, oral communication, and research methods. It involves student-led presentations of published, original, and peer-reviewed scientific literature. It culminates with a formal research paper that synthesizes primary literature on a biological topic of the student’s interest. By the end of the semester, students will have developed greater competence at reading and critiquing primary research articles, gained an ability to write in a scientific format at an advanced level, improved their skills at synthesizing related material from diverse disciplines, and acquired a greater appreciation of the multidisciplinary nature of the field of biology and a deeper understanding of the scientific process. Two hours of lecture per week. This course must be successfully taken twice for a total of 4 credits.
Prerequisite: Senior standing