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Hartnell College Offers Unusual Science Courses for Spring

January 9th, 2008

Hartnell College’s science faculty members are gearing up for a busy spring semester, with not only the usual array of courses that can be found on any university campus, but also some classes that will appeal to students with more focused interests.

Dr. Jeffery Hughey offers a Monday evening course for those interested in learning basic biological principles involved in crime solving. The course, called Introduction to Forensic DNA Analysis, will emphasize biology and case studies as it reviews the methodologies involved in molecular human identification.

Another Monday evening course will focus on learning and behavior in the animal world. The course, Introduction to Animal Learning and Language, will utilize field trips, computer simulations and training modules, and distinguished guest lectures, as it reviews the remarkable world of animal behavior and cognition. Taught by Sean Senechal, an animal physiologist from UC Davis who focuses on cognition and is the author of the book, AnimalSign TO You, the course will open students' eyes to the possibilities of greater communication with animals.

And for those who want a deeper understanding of the environmental issues that surround us, permeating our daily news and day-to-day decisions, Biology 47--Ecology is the course to take. Students will study the ecology of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems, learning about energy flow, nutrient cycles, natural populations and communities, and the effects of human interactions with natural ecosystems. The course is taught Tuesday afternoons with a Thursday afternoon lab session.

There are no prerequisites to these biology courses, which may be used to fulfill general education requirements.

Register for these and other spring classes at Hartnell College’s main campus in Salinas or at the King City Education Center. Classes begin on January 28.