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Courses in Science and Society (SAS)

Lower Division

1. Critical Inquiry into Contemporary Issues (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Open to first year and new transfer students only. Contemporary issues, including global population trends, economic and environmental changes, cultural diversity and biodiversity, nutrition and food safety, fiber and textiles, changing consumer cultures. Inquiry processes emphasize ethics, multiple disciplines, and multiple perspectives. GE credit: SciEng or SocSci, Div, Wrt | SE or SS, WE.—F. (F.) Caswell-Chen

2. Feeding the Planet: Influences on the Global Food Supply (3)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours. Scientific principles and dynamic interactions involved in food production, food processing, nutrition, shelf life and marketing from differing viewpoints. Physical, biological and social science issues influencing the availability and safety of the food supply worldwide. GE credit: SciEng or SocSci, Wrt | SE or SS, SL.—W. (W.) Bostock, Davis

3. Science, Technology and Society (4)

Lecture—4 hours. Impact of developments in science and technology on the individual in society and how economics, politics, culture and values affect technological development. Not open for credit to students who have completed former course Applied Behavioral Sciences 18. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SciEng or SocSci, Wrt | SE or SS.

4. Water in Popular Culture (3)

Film viewing—2 hours; discussion—1 hour; lecture—1 hour. Importance of water in many aspects of society as revealed through a survey of its depictions in film. GE credit: SciEng or SocSci, Wrt | SE or SS, SL.—F. (F.) Pasternack

5. Pathways to Discovery: Science and Society (3)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours. Highlights a current issue and/or controversy found in contemporary society and looks at how this problem impacts and is affected by the physical, social and biological sciences. Course varies with topic offered. May be repeated two times for credit. GE credit: SciEng or SocSci, Wrt | SE or SS.

7. Terrorism and War (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour; term paper. Exploration of terrorism and war from science and social sciences perspectives. Terrorist cells and groups; biological, chemical, nuclear, and environmental terrorism; intelligence gathering and espionage; military strategy; genocide; epochal wars; clash of civilizations; nation building; and future global scenarios. GE credit: SciEng or SocSci, Div, Wrt | SE or SS, WE.—S. (S.) Carey

7V. Terrorism and War (4)

Web Virtual Lecture—3 hours, autotutorial—5 hours, web electronic discussion—1 hour, extensive writing; term paper or discussion. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Terrorism and war from science and social sciences perspectives: terrorism (terrorist cells, WMD's, religious extremism), warfare (military strategy, genocide), and statecraft (diplomacy, clash of civilizations, epochal wars). GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | SS, WC, WE.—Carey

8. Water Quality at Risk (3)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour. Natural and human threats to water quality. Balance of science and policy in all aspects of attaining, maintaining, and managing water quality, water contamination. Decoding popular media coverage of water quality and water contamination. (Same course as Environmental Science and Management 8.) Not open to students who have successfully completed Environmental and Resource Sciences 8. (Formerly Environmental and Resource Sciences 8.) GE credit: SciEng or SocSci, Wrt | SE or SS, SL, WE.—W. (W.) Hernes

9. Crisis in the Environment (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Explores contemporary environmental issues by examining the causes, effects and solutions to a wide range of environmental problems facing the global ecosystem. Integrated discussion of political, societal and economic impact linkages with environmental problems. GE credit: SciEng or SocSci, Wrt | SE or SS, WE.—S. (S.)  Dahlgren, Houlton

10. Water, Power, Society (3)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour. Water resources issues. How water has been used to gain and wield socio-political power. Water resources development in California as related to current and future sustainability of water quantity and quality. Roles of science and policy in solving water problems. (Same course as Hydrologic Science 10.) GE credit: SciEng or SocSci, Wrt | SE or SS, SL.—S. (S.) Fogg

11. California Geography (3)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour; term paper. Introduction to cultural/societal patterns of California and their relationship to natural resources, biomes, geomorphology, and physiography. Focus on diversity of California's environments and their impacts on and alterations by human activities. Environmental issues in the State. GE credit: SciEng or SocSci, Wrt | SE or SS, WE.—F. (F.) Richards

12. Plants and Society (4)

Lecture—3 hours; extensive writing—3 hours. Prerequisite: high school biology. Dependence of human societies on plant and plant products. Plants as resources for food, fiber, health, enjoyment and environmental services. Sustainable uses of plants for food production, raw materials, bioenergy, and environmental conservation. Global population growth and future food supplies. Not open for credit to students who have complete Plant Biology 12. (Former course Plant Biology 12.) (Same course as Plant Sciences 12.) GE credit: SciEng or SocSci, Div, Wrt | SE, SS.—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)  Fischer, Jasieniuk, Nevins, Tian

13. Disease and Society (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Limited enrollment. Introduction to the concept of disease, the societal and personal impacts of past, present and future diseases, and the science behind disease discoveries, causes, evolution, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. GE credit: SciEng or SocSci | SE or SS, SL.—W. (W.) Leveau

15. AIDS and Society (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Biology of HIV transmission and AIDS and how a biological agent acts on and influences the structure of contemporary society. Includes the psychology of risk and stigma, gender issues, changes in social relationships and public policy, global implications. GE credit: SciEng or SocSci, Div, Wrt | SE or SS.—S. (S.) Radke

18. GIS and Society (3)

Lecture—2 hours; Laboratory—3 hours; term paper or discussion—0.3 hours. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as a spatial technology and a tool for change in society. Evaluate physical, biological and social impact of GIS in the context of case studies such as land, water and community planning. GE credit: SciEng or SocSci, Wrt | QL, SE or SS, SL, VL. —S. (S.) Wallender

20. Genetics and Society (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Not open for credit to students who have completed course 140. Basic concepts of genetics, modern methods of biotechnology, the process of scientific discovery and the public perception of the process; present and future impact of genetics on society. GE credit: SciEng or SocSci, Wrt | OL, SE or SS, SL, WE.—F, W. (F, W.) Coaker, Cook, Epstein, Ronald

25. Global Climate Change: Convergence of Biological, Geophysical, & Social Sciences (3)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour. Causes of global climate change and the biological, geophysical, and social consequences of such change. Methods used by different scientists for predicting future events. Complexity of global affairs. Decision making under uncertainty. GE credit: SciEng or SocSci, Div, Wrt | OL, QL, SE or SS, SL, VL, WC, WE.—W. (W.) Bloom

25V. Global Climate Change: Convergence of Biological, Geophysical, & Social Sciences (3)

Web virtual lecture; web electronic discussion—2 hours; autotutorial—5 hours; extensive writing—2 hours. Causes of global climate change and the biological, geophysical, and social consequences of such change. Methods used by different scientists for predicting future events. Complexity of global affairs. Decision making under uncertainty. Students cannot take both course 025 and 025V for credit. GE credit: SciEng or SocSci |  SE or SS, DD, OL, QL, SL, VL, WC, WE.—F, W, S. (F, W, S.) Bloom

30. Mushrooms, Molds, and Society (3)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours. Fungi as organisms with which humans interact daily, societal issues arising from these interactions. Fungi in medicine, religion, agriculture, and industry, as well as cultural perceptions of fungi. GE credit: SciEng or SocSci, Wrt | SE or SS.—F, W. (F, W.) Gilchrist, Gordon, Rizzo

40. Photography: Bridging Art and Science (3)

Lecture/discussion—2 hours; studio—3 hours. Photography is used to explore the common ground between art and science. Photographic processes, creativity and aesthetics, chaos and order, principles of space, time and light. Photographic interpretation and documentation of the natural world. GE credit: ArtHum or SciEng or SocSci, Div, Wrt | AH or SE or SS, SL, VL, WE.—S. (S.) Nathan

41. Understanding Performance: Appreciation of Modern Theatre, Dance, Film and Performance Art for the Humanities and Sciences (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; laboratory/discussion—1 hour. Relevance of theatre and performance to modern culture, science and society. Approaches to theatre/dance/media/performance art, integrated into Mondavi Centre for the Arts and Theatre and Dance Department programs. (Same course as Dramatic Art 5.) GE credit: ArtHum, Div | AH, DD, OL, VL, WC, WE.—F, W, S. (F, W, S.) 

42. Earth, Water, Science, Song (3)

Lecture—2 hours; studio—3 hours. Fusion of water and soil science with performing arts. Creative communication of scientific concepts and facts through exercises in song writing and poetry. Design, discuss and conduct public performances related to the functioning of the natural world. GE credit: ArtHum or SciEng | AH or SE, OL.—W. (W.)  Silk

70A. Genetic Engineering in Medicine, Agriculture, and Law (5)

Lecture—5 hours. Not open to students who have taken Biological Sciences 1A, Biological Sciences 2A or equivalent, or course 20; concurrent enrollment in Plant Biology 98 required. Historical and scientific study of the impact of genetic engineering in medicine, agriculture, and law, including examination of social, ethical, and legal issues raised. Offered in a distance-learning format. GE credit: SciEng or SocSci | SE or SS, SL.—W. (W.) Harada

90A. Issues in Environmental and Resource Sciences (2)

Seminar—2 hours; two Saturday field trips. Prerequisite: limited to lower division students. Discussion of historical and current issues in environmental and resource sciences. Lectures, reading and field trips will provide background for selected topics.—F, W. (F, W.) 

90B. Observing and Writing in Biology (2)

Seminar—1 hour; laboratory—1 hour; term paper. Students will observe the interactions between microscopic organisms, conduct simple laboratory experiments, describe and analyze observations and discuss scientific observations and writing.

90C. Herbal Medicine: Relevance for the 21st Century (2)

Seminar—2 hours. Medicinal usage of plants from biological, historical, and cultural perspectives. Broad contexts of holistic and scientific paradigms for understanding herbal medicine. Saturday field trip to teach herb identification.—W. (W.) 

90D. Saving Endangered Plant Species: Problems and Prospects (2)

Seminar—2 hours. Endangered plant species illustrate the value of conservation biology. Topics include societal issues and plant germplasm conservation, comparisons to animal conservation issues, and the economics of and justification for preserving endangered plants.—F. (F.) Parfitt

90E. Biotechnology—a New Era, a New Struggle (2)

Seminar—2 hours. Animal biotechnology and its applications. Discussion topics include potential societal impacts of various technologies, factors shaping public opinion, and ethical and moral questions arising from new biotechnology applications.—F. (F.) Murray

90F. Food Distribution in a Hungry World (2)

Seminar—2 hours. Class size limited to 15 students. The biological, technological, environmental, and socioeconomic factors related to food distribution systems at local, regional, national, and international levels. The potential for increasing world food supply by reducing losses between harvest and consumption.—F. (F.) 

90G. Science, Society and the Environment (2)

Seminar—2 hours. Contemporary environmental issues, scientific approaches to addressing these issues, and accompanying societal and ethical considerations.—W. (W.) Wilson

90X. Lower Division Seminar (1-4)

Seminar—1-4 hours. Prerequisite: lower division standing; consent of instructor. Limited enrollment. Examination of a special topic in Science and Society through shared readings, discussions, written assignments, or special activities such as fieldwork, laboratory work, etc. May be repeated for credit.—F, W, S. (F, W, S.) 

91A. Explorations in Science and Society: Cultures and Identities (2)

Seminar—1 hour; extensive writing or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: participation in the summer Special Transitional Enrichment Program (STEP) or consent of instructor; course 1 concurrently. Exploration of linkages among identity and culture, multi-disciplinary inquiry, and agricultural and environmental science issues.—F. (F.) 

91B. Explorations in Science and Society: Leadership and Collaboration (2)

Seminar—1 hour; extensive writing or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 91A or consent of instructor. Extends understanding of culture and identity to issues of leadership, collaboration, and social action in science and society. Includes a mandatory two and half day retreat.—W. (W.) 

91C. Explorations in Science and Society: Engagement (2)

Seminar—1 hour; internship—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 91B or consent of instructor. Explorations of the concept of engagement in science and society from philosophical and practical perspectives. Exploration of the concept of engagement based on lectures, self reflection, discussions and three hours of K-12 school internships per week.—S. (S.) 

92. Internship in Science and Society (1-12)

Internship—3-36 hours. Prerequisite: lower division standing and consent of instructor. Supervised internship on and off campus, in the community, or in institutional settings. (P/NP grading only.)

97T. Tutoring in Science and Society (2-3)

Discussion/lecture—6-9 hours. Prerequisite: lower division standing; completion of course being tutored; consent of instructor. Tutoring in undergraduate Science and Society courses. Assisting with leading discussion groups under supervision of instructor(s) and teaching assistants. Acting as liaison between the students and course instructor(s) to foster effective communication and interaction. May not be repeated. (P/NP grading only.)

98. Directed Group Study (1-5)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (P/NP grading only.)

99. Special Study for Undergraduates (1-5)

Discussion—3-15 hours. Prerequisite: lower division standing and consent of instructor. (P/NP grading only.)

Upper Division

110. Applications of Evolution in Medicine, Human Behavior, and Agriculture (4)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour; term paper. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 2A, 2B, and 2C. Class size limited to 60 students. Applications of evolutionary biology in medicine, human behavior, and agriculture. Examination of the imprint of evolution on the human life cycle from conception to death. GE credit: SciEng | SE, SL, WE.—S. (S.)  Rosenheim

120. Science and Contemporary Societal Issues (3)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours. Prerequisite: upper division standing. Study of a contemporary societal issue/problem emphasizing critical thinking with information drawn from several disciplines. Multiple instructors illustrate the necessity of an interdisciplinary and cooperative approach in solving important issues. Topic will vary. May be repeated one time for credit. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SciEng or SocSci, Wrt | SE or SS.—S. (S.) 

121. Global Poverty: Critical Thinking and Taking Action (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Social science and engineering analysis of causes and effects of world poverty and of policies to reduce it via economic growth, foreign aid, and community-level interventions, e.g., in potable water, sanitation, lighting, small scale energy, irrigation, health and microfinance. GE credit: SocSci | SS, WC.—W. (W.) Jarvis, Kornbluth

130. Contemporary Leadership (4)

Lecture—3 hours; seminar—1 hour. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Class size limited to 40 students. Leadership, including issues, skills, and practices as they relate to individuals, organizations, diverse social settings and communities. Written and verbal communications, personality styles for collaborative work, and ethics. GE credit: OL.—F, S. (F, S.) King

135S. Biodiversity and Society in South Africa (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper or discussion—2 hours; fieldwork—2 hours. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Quarter Abroad Program "Biodiversity & Conservation in South Africa" and attendance in South Africa. Biodiversity in social context of South Africa; race, politics and conservation; use of indigenous plants and animals; weeds; water issues; ecotourism. Weekend and other field trips. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SciEng or SocSci, Div, Wrt | SE or SS. —W. Cranston, Gullan

140. Genetics and Social Issues (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 1A, 1B, 1C. Social issues arising from the development and use of modern methods of biotechnology. Presentation, evaluation, and critical discussions of the present and future impact of genetics on society. Not open for credit to students who have completed course 20. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt.—W. (W.) Epstein

190X. Science & Society Seminar (1-4)

Seminar—1-4 hours. Prerequisite: Upper division standing; consent of instructor. Class size limited to 20 students. In-depth examination at an upper division level of a special topic in Science and Society. Emphasis upon student participation in learning. Emphasis upon student participation in learning. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.)— F, W, S. (F, W, S.) 

192. Internship in Science and Society (1-12)

Internship—3-36 hours. Prerequisite: upper division standing and consent of instructor. Supervised internship on or off campus, in the community, or in institutional settings. (P/NP grading only.)

197T. Tutoring in Science and Society (1-5)

Tutoring—3-15 hours. Prerequisite: upper division standing; completion of course being tutored or the equivalent. Tutoring of students in Science and Society courses. Assistance with discussion groups and laboratory sections under supervision of instructor. May be repeated for credit if tutoring another Science and Society course. (P/NP grading only.)

198. Directed Group Study (1-5)

Prerequisite: upper division standing; consent of instructor. Restricted to Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems major or with consent of instructor. Group study on focused topics in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. Varies according to instructor. Course plan is adapted to student need and interest in conjunction with the expertise of the instructor. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.)—F, W, S, Su. (F, W, S, Su.)  

199. Special Study in Science and Society (1-5)

Independent study—3-15 hours. Prerequisite: upper division standing; consent of instructor. Under faculty supervision, advanced students pursue a special or individualized course of study related to Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. (P/NP grading only.)—F, W, S, Su. (F, W, S, Su.) 

Graduate

298. Group Study (1-5)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. (S/U grading only.)

299. Graduate Research (1-12)

Prerequisite: graduate student and consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.)

Professional

390. Teaching Methods in Science and Society (1)

Discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: graduate level and consent of instructor. Practical experience in methods and problems related to teaching Science and Society courses. Discussion of critical pedagogies specific to teaching of science-societal issues, preparing for and conducting discussion sessions, analyses of texts and supporting material, formulation of assignments, exams. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

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