In this biological science FIG, you will explore the intersection of domestic public policy, global public health, socioeconomics, national security, and a sustainable environment.
The main course of this FIG, Plant Pathology 311: “Global Food Security,” will utilize problem-based learning to examine the delicate balance that maintains global food security. You will examine the interactions between domestic public policy and global food production. Food availability depends on sustainable agricultural production with a minimization of losses from disease, contamination, and storage, but also availability of markets. The focus of the FIG will be on the complicated interactions between seemingly independent variables. Students will come to a better understanding of the interconnections that shape food availability, and will develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills required for finding answers to biology-related questions:
Instead of a passive lecture course, “Global Food Security” is taught with integrated alternative approaches, such as situated learning activities, case studies, student-led group discussion and debate, and embedded writing assignments. This course will also integrate content from the courses linked to this FIG.
— An exploration of molecular, organismal, and environmental biology using examples related to plants and plant-associated microbes. Topics may include food production, evolution, biotechnology, climate change, plant disease control and other subjects, with attention to the science and to impacts on human health, prosperity, and the environment. Course is highly interactive with a fun weekly lab.
— Introduction to stoichiometry and the mole concept; the behavior of gases, liquids, and solids; thermochemistry; electronic structure of atoms and chemical bonding; descriptive chemistry of selected elements and compounds; and intermolecular forces.