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BIO 199SEM - Ub Seminar-Science, Pseudoscience And Non
Ub Seminar-Science, Pseudoscience And Non HER Enrollment Information (not real time - data refreshed nightly)
Class #:   19974   Enrollment Capacity:   28
Section:   HER   Enrollment Total:   28
Credits:   3.00 credits   Seats Available:   0
Dates:   08/26/2019 - 12/06/2019   Status:   CLOSED
Days, Time:   W , 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Room:   Capen 109 view map
Location:   North Campus      
Science, Pseudoscience, and Nonsense: This is the age of science and technology. They impact virtually everything: medicine, climate, transportation, species extinction, communication, art, reproduction and even religion. What is it about science that makes it so successful and potentially dangerous? And how, if anything, does it differ from other human activities? And what happens when science goes wrong? Science itself is changing from a small time cottage industry done by individuals largely working alone, to BIG SCIENCE, done by teams, sometimes numbering in the hundreds of scientists, and costing millions of dollars. Does this shift make any difference? Then there is pseudoscience, claims masquerading as true science that has always plagued the footsteps of real science; crop circles, aliens invading earth, Big Foot, extrasensory perception, astrology, intelligent design, and vaccination as a cause of autism. And what of science deniers: in spite of all evidence to the contrary, they reject the principle of evolution or dispute the fact of global climate change. In this course, we will try to pry apart what distinguishes science from non-science and non-sense. This course cannot be used as credit toward a Biological Sciences major or minor.
Enrollment Requirements
Prerequisites: Students who have already successfully completed the first year seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  Course Description
The three credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps students with common learning outcomes focused on fundamental expectations for critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and oral communication, and learning at a university, all within topic focused subject matter. The Seminars provide students with an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 199 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.
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