"Science and Society: Global Challenges" (Bio 361, Phys 203) is a Fall Semester policy seminar that introduces students to some of the most challenging science and public interest challenges of our time.
The seminar focuses on four Global Challenges: meeting growing global energy demand, reducing carbon emissions, managing a global pandemic, and containing the spread of WMDs. Throughout the semester, student groups pick a Global Challenge, research the science and technology, and propose options with an emphasis on creative, actionable, entrepreneurial solutions.
Students meet with leading experts including industry executives, congressional staff, and Administration officials to research and develop their policy proposal.
The seminar is three credits. Biology students count one credit towards a degree. Physics students count the class as a restricted elective towards a degree.