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Interim 2008


W10 Exploring Public Health. This course will introduce students to the broad and exciting field of public health. Students will explore the development and societal needs for public health and be introduced to its five core disciplines. Course topics will include infectious diseases, health risk factors, environment and food safety, local/global threats to public health, bioterrorism, and monitoring for emerging diseases and potential epidemics. Guest speakers and field trips will demonstrate the work and challenges of local public health professionals and provide insight into career options. Students will be evaluated by one exam, two independent activities, and class participation. D. DeHeer, A. Hoogerwerf. 8:30 a.m. to noon.

W60 Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. In this course the students will spend three weeks in Shanghai to study traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) from a local medical school. They learn the theory and practice of TCM, including acupuncture and Tuina (Chinese massage). Emphasis is on understanding the basic principles in TCM and how they are applied in treatment. The use of TCM in western medicine may also be considered. Students live in the international metropolitan city of Shanghai and study in a local medical school and its affiliated hospitals. The course consists of formal lectures, discussions, exercises in the afternoons, and observations/practices in the hospitals in the mornings. In the evenings and on the weekends, the students will participate in various tours and cultural events in Shanghai and neighboring cities. Students are evaluated on mastery of the course content, participation in discussions and personal reflections in journals. Preference will be given to students who have taken anatomy. A background with Chinese language is helpful. This course will fulfill the CCE core requirement. Prerequisites: satisfactory completion of Biology 141 or Biology 115 or permission of the instructor. For the facility in Shanghai, see photos on The dates for this course are January 3-22. Fee: $3,381. A. Shen. Off campus.

W61 Pathophysiology. Pathophysiology is the study of altered normal body function leading to a state of disease. This course presents the etiology, pathology, and prognosis of many human diseases. The structural and functional changes of diseases of the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, hormonal, muscular, neural, renal, reproductive, and respiratory systems are covered using the classic organ system approach and case studies. Students are graded on the basis of tests, a research paper, and a class presentation. Prerequisite: Biology 206, 242, or 331. R. Nyhof. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

W62 Electron Microscopy Techniques. This is a laboratory course designed to introduce students to electron microscopy. This will be a very hands-on laboratory. Students concentrate on fixation, embedding, and ultramicrotome techniques for the preparation of specimens suitable to transmission electron microscopy. Students learn the proper use of the Transmission Electron Microscope, darkroom techniques essential to photoelectron micrography, and the interpretation and analysis of elecronmicrographs. Course work includes a series of brief lectures, considerable hands-on experience, and an ultrastructure research project. Prerequisites: Biology 141, Chemistry 103 or 115, and permission of the instructor. J. Tatum. 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

W80 Evolutionary Biology. The earth is a dynamic system that has been changing since its inception. Both non-living and living elements of the creation are constantly undergoing alteration. A major goal of this course is to help students understand how change occurs in living organisms by examining the basic principles of Evolutionary Biology. A second goal is to encourage students, from a Christian and scientific perspective, to critically assess the controversies that have over time accompanied the concept of biological evolution. Criticisms both from outside and within the scientific community will be evaluated. A third goal is to consider the rich historical context of biological change, including more recent human-induced global changes, in light of our stewardship responsibilities. Consistent with these goals, the course will be structured in three parts - the first will consider mechanisms of biological evolution. Topics such as the age of the earth, population genetics, hybridization, speciation and island biogeography will be addressed. A second theme of the course will be to identify the historical and contemporary controversies that have surrounded this topic both from within and outside the scientific community. The third and final theme will be to consider our stewardship responsibilities in the context of an old earth that is currently undergoing rapid change. How should the rich biological diversity of the planet, together with the significant temporal development of that diversity, inform our hearts and minds as stewards of God’s creation? This course will be taught with lectures, labs, discussions and group work. Evaluation will be based on two exams, a variety of assignments including laboratory activities, and a group project. No additional fees are anticipated. This course will satisfy a 300-level biology credit. Prerequisites: Biology 141, 242 and 243 or permission from one of the instructors. Afternoon labs will be required on most days. R. Van Dragt, D. Warners. 8:30 a.m. to noon and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (MWF)

394 Persepctives in Biotechnology.This course explores, within a reformed Christian framework, the historical and philosophical perspectives pertaining to the science and practice of biotechnology. Students explore the underlying assumptions of current biotechnology research as well as its social, ethical, and legal implications. They address governmental regulations affecting laboratory safety, biohazards, and containment of genetically modified organisms and patenting. Prerequisites: Senior status in the biotechnology program of concentration, Biblical Foundations I or Theological Foundations I, Developing a Christian Mind, and Philosophical Foundations. D. Koetje. 8:30 a.m. to noon.

IDIS W15 Ecuador: Galapagos Islands. C. Blankespoor, S. Vander Linde.

IDIS W16 Transforming Cambodia. D. Dornbos, L. De Rooy.

IDIS W25 Silent Spring & Stolen Future. K. Grasman.