ABOUT THE COURSE
Students will start this biology class with an introduction to the human craniosacral system. Our guest presenter is Elise Bernstein Korn, who is a somatic therapist specializing in Craniosacral Therapy. How did such a complex system evolve? The story of living organisms begins over 4 billion years ago.
Here is a sample of the essential questions we will explore: How do atoms bond to create molecules? What was the Earth’s early atmosphere like? How did molecules give rise to Prokaryota and Eukaryota cell life? What is the role of DNA and RNA in cell growth and division? How did cells over long geological eons of time morph into different kingdoms, phylums, orders, classes, families, genii, and to species? What is the role of natural selection in evolution? What is the evidence for evolution? Will there be a species after us Sapiens?
We will examine plant and animal cells under the microscope. Students will be encouraged to draw what they see. They will learn Binomial Nomenclature to classify Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Protista, Archaebacteria and Eubacteria.
Why do we like watching animals play? To gain an understanding of animal behavior, we will have live animal guests to observe and handle. Students will be invited to bring in their small pets. Our pet tortoise, Tordysseus, is looking forward to coming to campus to stretch his legs in the grassy knoll in front of University Hall and teach us about reptile anatomy.
We will meet in room 1121 in the ADP Center, which is in University Hall on the Montclair State University campus. There will be college and graduate students in attendance participating as co-teachers and assistants.