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First-Year Courses

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Multidisciplinary introduction to Africa emphasizing the richness, diversity and dynamism of the African experience and presented through lecture discussions of culture, social structure, history, economy, politics and other aspects of Africa's development.
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Designed for non-majors, this course presents a broad introduction to the goals and techniques of today's archeology through readings, videos, and short exercises.  The course reviews global human prehistory from the earliest appearances of human ancestors some 4 million years ago through the development of the Ancient Egyptian, Mayan, Chinese, and Inca Civilizations.
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This course surveys the biological and cultural heritages which distinguish humans from other advanced evolutionary forms.  Through physical anthropology and prehistory, it outlines major developments over the past five million years.  Through linguistic and sociocultural anthropology, it describes the universal features of social institutions and human behavior, drawing comparative examples from primitive, traditional, and modern societies.
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SECOND LEVEL LANGUAGE COURSE
PREQ: LING 0141 or ARABIC 0101; MIN GRAD 'C'

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SECOND LEVEL LANGUAGE PREQ: LING 0151 or ARABIC 0121; MIN GRAD 'C'
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University Seminar(ARTSC0092/CGS 0092) provides new and/or transfer students with the skills necessary to maximize their potential for academic success at the University of Pittsburgh. During this course students will be exposed to various University resources; explore educational and career planning; gain academic confidence; and will become familiar with and utilize cognitive science-based skills and competencies necessary for college success. Weekly class meetings will be virtual as scheduled in Peoplesoft. This CGS hybrid course combines web-based asynchronous and synchronous instruction. Students need to be available for virtual online meetings during designated class times and participate in asynchronous discussions and activities delivered through the CANVAS learning management system (LMS). Students must have reliable internet access to take this course. Students complete the course requirements within one term and move through the course materials as a cohort. DEPARTMENT CONSENT REQUIRED
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First Approaches to Research is designed to teach students how to connect to research and creative projects across disciplines, interests, and methodologies. Driven by their own curiosities and the search for answers, students will learn the tools needed to launch meaningful undergraduate research careers.
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A course focusing on practical astronomy and providing a historical perspective of our place in the universe. Phenomena that can be readily observed with the unaided eye or a small telescope are discussed.  The historical perspective starts with the earliest views, and discusses scientific discovery as a process leading up to modern ideas of the expanding universe of galaxies.
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This course deals primarily with astronomical objects lying outside our solar system.  The level is appropriate for non-science students.
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This research-focused second-semester introductory biology lab uses real research projects to introduce biology as an experimental science. Students learn current laboratory techniques through an inquiry-based project or set of projects throughout the semester.  Experiments can focus on genetics, molecular biology, evolution, and ecology.  Topic for each section is listed under Meeting Information.
PREQ: (BIOSC 0050 or 0057 or 0058 or 0070 or 0190 or BIOL 0101 or 0111) and CREQ: (BIOSC 0160 or 0180 or 0165 or 0716 or BIOL 0102 or 0120) or (BIOENG 1071 or 1072). Min Grade C
   
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This course is intended for students who have not had high school biology in the past five years to prepare them for taking Foundations of Biology 1 (BIOSC 0150) and 2 (BIOSC 0160). The lecture will cover a subset of topics from Foundations of Biology 1 and 2, including a discussion of basic chemistry used in biology, cell biology including mitosis and meiosis, an introduction to genetics and molecular biology. The weekly recitations will explore topics covered in lecture in more depth and integrate problem solving and study skills. Some laboratory exercises may also be included in the recitation period to re-enforce the lecture topics by giving students the opportunity to investigate the experimental aspect of biology. The laboratory exercises and assignments will focus on data analysis, problem-solving and writing skills.
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This introductory course in biology is divided into two parts.  The first part covers the cellular basis of life including a discussion of simple chemistry; cells as units of structure and function; and energy transformations.  The second part includes an examination of those functions common to all organisms such as nutrition, gas and fluid transport, and hormonal and neuronal control.  Throughout, the emphasis is on the mechanisms used to accomplish these basic functions.
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