Consider BIOL-M 445 Medical Microbiology Lab for Fall 2017!

There are still open seats in BIOL-M 445 Medical Microbiology Lab (3 credits) for Fall 2017. This course is open to Biology, Biotechnology, and Microbiology majors. Prerequisite: BIOL-L 211 with a C- or better. You will study laboratory methods of isolation and identification of microorganisms from normal and simulated disease conditions of the human.

This course fulfills an upper-level lab in the Microbiology B.A., Microbiology B.S., Biology B.A., standard Biology B.S., and Biology B.S. with concentration in Biology of Disease. For the Biotechnology B.S., this course counts as credit under the “Biology/Chemistry electives.”

Time: M/W 1:25 p.m. – 4:25 p.m.

Location: Jordan Hall 022

Instructor: Britta Rued


Great Statistics Course this Summer (6W1)

The IUB Department of Statistics is offering a summer section of STAT-S 303 Statistics for the Life Sciences during the First Six Weeks. Dr. Valdivia is an excellent instructor, and students report benefiting greatly from this class.


STAT-S 303

Statistics for the Life Sciences

Class Number 7632


10:20 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. MTWR

BH 304

P: MATH-M 14 or equivalent

COLL (CASE) N&M Breadth of Inquiry credit


Here is the course description:

Students taking this course will gain an understanding of basic statistical methodology and have the ability to apply basic statistical procedures to research.  Specifically, students will learn to: understand the meaning and use of statistical terminology, acquire an introductory level understanding of probability; generate, present, and interpret descriptive statistics as well as inferential statistics, and use the statistical software R for basic analysis tasks and to generate reproducible reports.  The examples and exercises are motivated by data arising in the life sciences, and while any student might benefit from them, students in Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Biotechnology, Human Biology, Physics, Astronomy, and Environmental Science may find these examples particularly engaging.

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Need a good elective for Fall 2017? Consider MSCH-S 451 Media and the Environment

MSCH S451  Topical Seminar in MEDIA and SOCIETY: Media and the Environment

Be sure to choose Section # 32792

Days and Times:        Tues. 05:30 PM – 08:00 PM


This course examines how environmental issues are portrayed in the mass media, and the effect of those portrayals. The history of environmentalism in the media is discussed, along with social science research on how media are used for environmental purposes. Environmental campaigns are studied. Environmentalism as a public opinion phenomenon is examined. Students have the opportunity to create environmentally-focused media in field settings. [This course does not count as a lecture or lab in the Biology, Microbiology, or Animal Behavior degree. It is an elective that provides 300/400-level hours.]

ABEH-A 350 lab now has meeting time showing in Schedule of Classes

ABEH-A A350 Laboratory in Animal Behavior (3 credit hours)

New for Fall 2017: In this formal lab course, students will learn to observe, quantify, and manipulate animal behavior in a laboratory setting. Students will practice fundamental experimental techniques used in ethological research. This will include experiments using invertebrate and vertebrate model organisms, with students designing independent group projects to complete during the course of the semester. Assignments will include written laboratory reports and a final oral presentation to the class.

Instructor: Dr. Adam Smith.

Meets Tuesday 2:00-5:00 p.m. in JH 061.

Counts toward the formal lab course requirement for the Animal Behavior major.

Where’s that photography course?! FINA courses renamed to start with SOAD (studio art) or ARTH (art history)

In case you are looking at the Fall 2017 Schedule of Classes and trying to find a studio arts class (photography, drawing, sculpture) or an art history class — they have all been renamed.

Studio art classes start with SOAD now; SOAD stands for the School of Art and Design.

Art history classes start with ARTH now.

Want a fun elective for Spring 2017? Check out these second-8-weeks classes!

These Spring 2017 COLL-X 101 Experimental Topics classes vary from 1 credit to 2 credits (that’s inside-the-College hours!).

COLL-X 101 Experimental Topics: Fake News and Misinformation

8W2, 4:00P-5:15P Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1.5 credits

The 2016 U.S. presidential election highlighted the problem of fake and misleading news sources, especially within the context of online social networks. While using misinformation strategically is not new to social and political discourse, the complexity of the Internet media environment has increased the difficulty of evaluating information quality. This course will examine the phenomenon of “fake news” from sociological and historical perspectives, and explore analytical strategies for evaluating and verifying media sources.


COLL-X 101 Experimental Topics: Trumpism, Populism, and Nationalism

8W2, 9:30A-11:00A Wednesday, 1 credit

Support for anti-system, populist candidates is on the rise. The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States may be part of a trend in the rise of populism and nationalism, which have fueled support for political outsiders around the world. As a consequence, political parties and institutions are under siege. Focusing on cases from the US, Latin America, and Europe, this course will provide students with a deeper understanding of the forces behind Trumpism.


COLL-X 101 Experimental Topics: Pornography and Sex Education

8W2, 2:30P-4:00P Wednesday, 1 credit

Author Peggy Orenstein claims pornography is the primary source of sex education for American youth. Much ink has been shed elucidating teen sexting and the pornification of pop culture. We will explore the evolution of pornography from 1969 to the present, focusing on how pornography shapes our perceptions of sexuality, race, gender, class, and nation. In addition, we will investigate how the invention of home video technology and the Internet contributed to the popularization of porn.


COLL-X 101 Experimental Topics: The Protest Playlist

8W2, 1:00P-2:15P Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1.5 credits

This course focuses on the music, videos, and artists that represent protest and resistance to trends, policies, events, and/or social forces. Students will listen, watch, and question the motives, meanings, and intentions of songs and artists, within the contexts of the social moment. The course will highlight various periods of time, including Jazz in Nazi Berlin, the Civil Rights Era, and the Black Lives Matter movement, and span various cultures, exploring artists such as Fela Kuti of Nigeria and Pussy Riot of Russia.


COLL-X 101 Experimental Topics: Culture and Cuisine of France

8W2, 11:15A-12:00P, Tuesday in SB 017 and 12:00P-1:30P Tuesday in SB 018, 1.5 credits

Note: The classroom part of the course meets Tuesday, 11:15am-noon in SB017. The cooking part meets Tuesday noon-1:30pm in SB018 (across the hall).

Why have other cultures long considered the French culinary authorities in the world? What is the art of French cooking? How do the French stay so thin while eating such rich food (“the French paradox”)? What is the relationship between French food and culture? This course combines lectures on the story behind French cuisine’s global impact with weekly hands-on experience cooking full French meals from select regions. No prior cooking experience necessary!


COLL-X 101 Experimental Topics: Tarot in Art, History, and Literature

8W2, 5:30P-8:10P Tuesday, 2 credits

Note: This Tarot course conflicts with Chemistry’s Tuesday night exams (CHEM-C 117, CHEM-C 127, CHEM-C 118, CHEM-C 341, CHEM-C 342, and CHEM-C 343).

In this class we will learn about the history, signs, symbols, and myths of the tarot. We will also learn about how artists and writers past and present have been inspired by the tarot. Rather than employing tarot as a tool for divination or fortune telling, we will participate in creative tarot activities as a way to learn about ourselves, our relationships, our history, and our communities.