This project was prepared as part of a BioQUEST faculty development workshop entitled Investigating Interdisciplinary Interactions: The Annual BioQUEST Summer Workshop at Beloit College in June 2005. The BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium is committed to the reform of undergraduate biology instruction through an emphasis on engaging students in realistic scientific practices. This approach is sometimes characterized as an inquiry driven approach and is captured in BioQUEST's three P's (problem-posing, problem-solving, and peer-persuasion). As part of this workshop groups of faculty were encouraged to initiate innovative curricular projects. We are sharing these works in progress in the hope that they will stimulate further exploration, collaboration and development. Please see the following links for additional information:

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Mary Ritke
University of Indianapolis

Sandra Davis
University of Indianapolis

Tim Duman
University of Indianapolis


Possible Audiences:

Natural Science course for non-science majors. No prior science or math prerequisites are expected.


Brief Overview:

The work presented is one of up to 5 units within a 1 semester course for non-science majors. We are designing the course to satisfy the objectives for the natural science requirement.

1) an understanding of science as a way of knowing or inquiry, through asking questions and systematically discovering the answers to those questions and
2) development of objective evaluation skills.
Care has been taken to provide significant experience in physics, biology, chemistry, and mathematics. We plan to include one field trip per unit that will further emphasize the value of understanding science and the scientific method.


Project Materials:

Reading packet and Web resources for background reading (to be determined - several are listed in the word document attachment).


Resources and References:

To build DNA earings:  


Future Directions:

We will continue to develop additional units and hope to begin the course in fall 2006.