Ecological Enhancement and Restoration. Biological, ecological, and social views regarding need, methods, and effects of restoration and enhancement of ecosystems. Recent events from California and the rest of the world are discussed, focusing on marine and terrestrial ecosystems, invasive species, overharvesting, industrial impacts on the environment, and methods of mitigating or repairing damages. Examples of discussions include: methods of combating overharvesting in the Pacific Ocean; natural and anthropogenic methods of recovering from forest fires; oil platforms functioning as artificial reefs to help endangered species thrive; also, how does a nuclear generating station affect a giant kelp forest, and what can be done to mitigate those damages?
CORE REQUIREMENT MET: MATH/SCI
Topics in Cancer Biology. This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of cancer biology. Topics will range from the biological origins of cancer to recent advances in diagnostics and therapeutics. Students will also be given a historical perspective of the bioethics surrounding cancer research and treatment. This course will highlight cutting edge research, with a focus on the detection and treatment of cancer in the age of personalized medicine.