Genes, Environment & Behavior
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Course Number: LSCI 2040
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
This course uses a critical pedagogy to challenge the normative assumptions made about the dynamic relationship between our genetic make up and our environments and explore the field of epigenetics. Course sessions and assignments will retrace the experiments that led to the discovery of genes and their inheritance patterns, review molecular analyses to understand the functional products of genes, and reveal how the acquisition and accumulation of mutations and sex lead to diverse human behaviors that can be influenced by environmental factors in changing social environments. Course readings include newspaper articles, secondary scientific literature, and a textbook, while videos and CD-ROMS depicting molecular DNA techniques and their automation will clarify the more technical aspects of the course. Prerequisite for all biology intermediate level courses, satisfies the Foundation requirement for the Interdisciplinary Science major, satisfies the elective for Psychology, satisfies the elective for the Gender Studies Minor, and is offered every fall.
Open to Undergraduate students.