OSHR 1848 - Twelve Things You Need to Know to be Biologically Literate

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

Our comprehension of life on Earth has grown enormously; and what we comprehend affects agriculture, medical care, and resource management. As a consequence, our biological knowledge insinuates into education, economics, politics, and religion. And all these things, separately and in various combinations, determine how we treat ourselves and each other.

Without equivocation biology is the foundation of our physical, intellectual, and spiritual well-being. Spraying mosquitos, saving an endangered mouse, restoring wolves, letting fires burn, evolution, stem cell research, modifying genetics: having an opinion is one thing; having an educated opinion is far more significant.

This seminar will present 12 topics in biology, explain their relevance in today’s world, and compare what we knew about each in the 1960s and what we know about them today.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.