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Biology (Woods College) Courses (ADBI) Woods College of Advancing Studies


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ADBI 1123 Nutrition for Life Fall 4
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Course acquaints the nonspecialist with the basic scientific principals of nutrition and energy metabolism. Includes an examination of the six nutrient groups (carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals and water) and their impact on health, disease prevention, and growth and development. Explores current dietary recommendations, nutrition for athletes, dietary supplement use, weight management, and other current hot topics in nutrition. Students assess their own nutrient intakes and compare them to national standards. Material designed for practical use.


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ADBI 1125 Aging Well:Nutrition and Life Fall 4
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Will the diet you eat now influence your health in the years to come? What do we really know about food practices as we age? Treats basic nutrition principles in the physiology of the aging process. Explores national initiatives developed for nutrition research and services in a maturing population, and the impact of diet (genetics) and lifestyle practices on chronic disease incidence, prevention and treatment. Topics include: conditions typically experienced in the maturing population such as diabetes, arthritis, heart and eye disease, obesity, cancer, and food and drug interactions.


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ADBI 1128 Sustainability Science Fall 4
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Through technology and our growing population, humans are altering the planet at rates much faster than Earth can adjust to the changes. The health of the planet and of its human population are inevitably intertwined. In this course we'll explore areas where the human species is causing long-term alteration to the Earth's systems by consuming and impairing our planet's natural resources. We will look at the problems we face in managing limited resources in a technological age and rapidly growing world, the natural processes with which we interact, the wastes we generate, and the pros and cons of various potential solutions to these problems. We'll survey issues in that are critical to the future of humanity.


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ADBI 1130 Anatomy&Physiology I Fall 3
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ADBI 1131 Anatomy&Physiology Laboratory I Fall 3
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ADBI 1132 Anatomy&Physiology II Fall 3
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ADBI 1133 Anatomy&Physiology Laboratory II Fall 3
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ADBI 2010 Eating and the Environment Spring 4
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There is no bigger impact on Earth than agriculture. And food consumption has the single largest impact on our health. Eating and the Environment focuses on themes of industrialized and sustainable agriculture, including: soil resources and pollution; water and air pollution; pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers; the farm bill; tropical deforestation; food additives and nutritional supplements; food safety and emerging infectious diseases; meat and dairy sustainability ramifications; GMOs; and climate change. We will have a series of pro/con debates in the class, where students will investigate both sides to a topic and to formulate a concrete opinion based on scientific facts and reasoning.


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ADBI 2020 Natural Resource Materials Fall/Spring/Summer 4
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Your entire home comes from a mine. Your place of business comes from a mine. This course is a geologic and environmental treatment of the materials humans use, a discovery of how these materials are obtained from Earth, and the sustainability impacts. How much energy is involved? What are the possible impacts on your health occur from using these materials, and how we might use more intensive recycling redesign to make human engagement with Earth more environmentally sustainable. We will use a number of case studies to underscore the importance of understanding where materials originate and how to choose them based on health impacts, sustainability, and other impacts. Topics include but are not limited to: architecture and infrastructure, food and agriculture, electronic devices, plastics and packaging, jewelery and cosmetics, ceramics and glass, and art and entertainment.


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ADBI 2200 Molecules and Cells Fall 3
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ADBI 2201 Ecology and Evolution Fall 3
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ADBI 2202 Organisms and Populations Fall 3
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ADBI 2210 General Biology Lab I Fall 3
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ADBI 2211 General Biology Lab II Fall 3
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ADBI 2220 Microbiology for Health Professionals Fall 3
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ADBI 2221 Microbiology for Health Professionals Laboratory Fall 3
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ADBI 3010 Energy in the 21st Century Fall 4
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Oil, gas, and coal have historically provided the foundation of our domestic and global energy needs. It is becoming increasingly apparent that, to attain a sustainable society, we must shift away from these polluting, non-renewable fossil fuel resources. Alternative energy sources are non-polluting and renewable and are therefore logical replacements. Some are confused, however, as to why more progress hasn’t been made towards phasing out fossil fuels and transitioning to alternative energy. This course will delve into the benefits and cons of fossil fuels, as well as the stumbling blocks to implementing the following alternative energy technologies: hydropower, wave power, biomass, solar, geothermal, wind, hydrogen and nuclear energies. Science, technology, policy, and societal concerns will be discussed in a seminar style where students are responsible for researching and presenting each type of energy. We will also discuss the “smart” use of energy, as well as the storage, transportation, housing, and consumption of energy. Our class will include a discussion of creating potential policies for the expedited phasing in of alternative technologies, including regional, strategic, health, safety, and environmental concerns. Students will leave this course with a depth of understanding of the technological obstacles to alternative energy but also will have a clear understanding of the pressing nature of this transition.


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