May 15, 2021  
College Catalog 2020-2021 
College Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

BIOL 118 - The Heart and Soul of Biology

The study of life and the great questions of life can be pursued from many different disciplines and approaches. For many, the desire to study biology is sparked by the wonder and beauty that permeates all living beings, and often, also, a search for meaning. In this course we will attempt to not only discuss and explore life through the study of biology but also explore how science and spirituality can be seamlessly entwined. Fundamental principles of cell biology and physiology will be covered primarily through study of the endocrine and nervous system. We will specifically explore the role of meditation and sleep on the brain/body through reading and discussion of research articles, and also through the practice of meditation. In addition, we will examine the differences and intersections between science and religion/spirituality through discussions of readings by noted scientists and theologians. This is a writing intensive course that does not require a strong science background, and is appropriate for students interested in pursuing either science or non-science majors. It is especially intended for students who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of biology and also willing to discuss the bridge between science and spirituality and belief. Three lecture hours each week. Offered occasionally. (4 Credits)