LIFESCI 50B - Integrated Science

This is an intensive two-semester, double course that introduces the natural sciences as an integrated whole to students who have a very strong interest in science. Our goal is to teach students how to solve scientific problems by drawing methods and concepts from biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. The course uses examples from biology as an integrating theme, principles from physics and mathematics to reduce complex problems to simpler forms, and computer simulation to allow students to develop their intuition about the behavior of the dynamical systems that control the physical and biological universe. The course includes bootcamps to introduce students to biological experiments and the computer language, Python. Each semester will include a project lab, in which students will work in small teams to do original research on unsolved biological problems. Course site:
Empirical and Mathematical Reasoning, Science of Living Systems, Science of the Physical Universe
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Spring 2020, Spring 2019
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