Course description

Focuses on helping individuals understand how scientific information relates to the issues they face as citizens, in management decision making, and in public policy. To what extent should genetic engineering of crop plants be permitted? Should we place limits on fossil fuel consumption as a means of limiting global warming and global climate change? Must human endeavors be restricted in certain areas to maintain diversity? The format of this course is interactive, with lectures and discussions about how we as a society deal with controversial issues.

Outcome 1: Explain, evaluate, and effectively interpret basic concepts in cell and molecular biology.

Outcome 2: Explain, evaluate, and effectively interpret basic concepts in general ecology and biodiversity.

Outcome 3: Integrate qualitative information to reach defensible and creative conclusions about the impacts of climate change, genetic engineering, and biodiversity on the natural world and society.

Outcome 4: Communicate effectively through writing, speech, and visual information via written exams, writing assignments and class discussion concerning the above topics.

Outcome 5: Articulate the views of people with diverse perspectives on the above issues.

High School students accepted into course

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Previously offered classes

Winter 2022: Online course

Thomas Silva
Thomas Silva
Senior Lecturer, School of Integrative Plant Science Plant Biology
Section ID:PLBIO 2400 001-LEC
Number:1116
Session:3-week Winter session
Class dates:January 3-21, 2022
Final exam/project due:Friday January 21, 11:59 PM (see Final exams)
Time / room:
Mode of instruction:Asynchronous distance learning
Credit:3
Grade:Graded only
Instructor:Silva, T. (ts21)
Max. enroll:50
Eligibility:

Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors

See Eligibility for Summer/Winter Courses

To enroll:

The application deadline for this program has passed. No further applications for this course will be accepted.

See Apply for Online Courses.

See Dates & Deadlines.

See Online Learning FAQs.

This course is open to all registrants, including undergraduates and precollege students.

Summer 2022: Online course

Thomas Silva
Thomas Silva
Senior Lecturer, School of Integrative Plant Science Plant Biology
Section ID:PLBIO 2400 002-LEC
Number:1389
Session:Summer 3-week 1
Class dates:May 31-June 17, 2022
Final exam/project due:Friday June 17, 11:59 PM (see Final exams)
Time / room:
Mode of instruction:Asynchronous distance learning
Credit:3
Grade:Graded only
Instructor:Silva, T. (ts21)
Max. enroll:55
Eligibility:

Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors

See Eligibility for Summer/Winter Courses

To enroll:

This course is full. If you would like to be considered for a different class, please send an email to precollege@cornell.edu with the class number. You will want to first check that the class you want is not full before you write to us.

The application deadline for this program has passed. No further applications for this course will be accepted.

See Apply for Online Courses.

See Dates & Deadlines.

See Online Learning FAQs.

This course is open to all registrants, including undergraduates and precollege students.

Summer 2022: Ithaca campus

Thomas Silva
Thomas Silva
Senior Lecturer, School of Integrative Plant Science Plant Biology
Section ID:PLBIO 2400 001-LEC
Number:1387
Session:Summer 6-week
Class dates:June 21-July 29, 2022
 

Residential program dates: The dates listed here are for class times only. If you’re attending the Summer Residential Program, your dates will include move-in and move-out days. See Summer Residential Program dates.

Precollege Studies may offer additional events, such as workshops and college fairs, during your session. See activities.

Final exam/project due:Tuesday August 02, 8:30 AM - 11 AM / Warren Hall 151 (see Final exams)
Time / room:M-F 10 AM - 11:15 AM / Warren Hall 151
Mode of instruction:In person
Credit:3
Grade:Graded only
Instructor:Silva, T. (ts21)
Max. enroll:50
Eligibility:

Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors

See Eligibility for Summer/Winter Courses

To enroll:

The application deadline for this program has passed. No further applications for this course will be accepted.

New York State students: Learn how to make arrangements to take your Regents Exams at Cornell if necessary.

See Dates & Deadlines.

This course is open to all registrants, including undergraduates and precollege students.