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This course is for students who have a desire to become familiar with the nature and motions of celestial objects in the night sky and techniques to observe them.  The course will be given at a level suitable for both science and non-science majors who want to learn how to use a telescope and enjoy observational and practical astronomy.
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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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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 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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This introductory course covers the basic principles of genetics, evolution, and ecology.  Emphasis will be placed on the experimental and observational basis for our knowledge of these subjects.
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This course is designed to give students not majoring in biology the essential background in genetics and evolution to understand human disease. The material covered includes the fundamental principles of genetics, the role of genes and environment in various diseases, genomics, and the role of evolution.  An essential part of the course is the discussion of current issues, such as genetic diseases, genetic screening, reproductive cloning, gene therapy, genetic basis of cancer, and emerging and reemerging diseases.
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This course will cover the cell cycle, DNA replication, transcription, translation, molecular biology, biotechnology, genomics and bioinformatics, plant development, and animal development. The experimental basis supporting our understanding of these processes will be introduced.
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Chemistry 0110 and 0120 comprise a two-term introduction to the fundamental properties of matter.  The courses emphasize applications to industrial and environmental chemistry and biochemistry.  CHEM 0110 covers stoichiometry, the properties of solids, liquids and gases, thermochemistry and the electronic structure of atoms and molecules.
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Chemistry 0110 and 0120 comprise a two-term introduction to the fundamental properties of matter.  The courses emphasize applications to industrial and environmental chemistry and biochemistry.  CHEM 0110 covers stoichiometry, the properties of solids, liquids and gases, thermochemistry and the electronic structure of atoms and molecules.
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This course is designed for those students who intend to take chemistry 0110 and 0120, but whose science and mathematical backgrounds are judged by their advisors to be relatively weak.  The course emphasizes stoichiometry (chemical calculations), chemical equations, gas laws, elementary atomic structure and periodic properties of elements.
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Chemistry 0710 and 0720 comprise a two-term introduction to the fundamental properties of matter.  The courses emphasize the fundamental principles of chemistry as exemplified by applications to industrial and environmental chemistry. CHEM 0720 covers the properties of solids, liquids and gases, chemical dynamics and chemical kinetics.
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Students will read Chinese opera scripts, texts of narrative songs, and texts of folksongs.  All readings will be in English translations, except for advanced or native-speaker students who may read them in Chinese.  Students will then view performances of some works.  Through visits of invited performers, students will learn some basic performance techniques themselves.  By reading, hearing, and viewing these works, students will gain a unique perspective on Chinese culture and society at both the elite and popular levels.
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This is the first term of first year chin language course intended for those who have no or little experience in this language. This course helps students to develop basic oral and written proficiency and understand the basics of chin language and culture. Students are expected to be able to converse in limited daily life situations and write short paragraphs on personal topics. Class activities will consist of pair work, group work, and presentations on the course materials and other level appropriate authentic materials.
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This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to Chinese society and culture from earliest times to the present. We will introduce the development of China in material terms as well as in terms of competing beliefs, and the relationship of these to social groups. The first part of the course explores ancient literature, philosophy, religion, art, architecture, customs, and other aspects of china's rich and diverse heritage.  The second part will be devoted to china's transition to a modern society, covering such topics as social changes, urban life, popular culture, and the values and ideas that captivate contemporary Chinese people's attention.  Cultural traditions of Hong Kong, taiwan, and tibet will also be employed.
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