In this course, students read, discuss, analyze, and critically evaluate information obtained from peer-reviewed primary research articles in the biological sciences. Techniques for reading primary research articles, understanding the experimental design, and evaluating the quality of the research will be emphasized. Scientific communication skills such as giving an effective oral presentation and discussing scientific findings will also be promoted. This discussion- and presentation- based seminar course will focus on a specific biology topic. Topics under discussion may vary from year to year. Students may take up to two BIO 401 courses, if the topic of the seminar differs. However, only one BIO 401 course can be used to apply to their major requirements.
(1/2 course; 2 credits)