Students, are you taking summer courses? Get ahead in your studies and lighten your class load in fall or spring with summer term. Plus, you can enjoy the best of summer on campus! CALS offers a variety of courses during the summer — read about a few of them below. You can find more information about summer term and the courses offered here: https://summer.wisc.edu/.
Insects and Human Culture covers basic principles of insect diversity, evolution, physiology and communication. The course will explore the complexities of social insect interactions and examine the ecological, economic and social costs of insect pest control. It is an accelerated version of the semester-long course and is designed for non-majors who need credits in a science course or want to expand their biological horizons. It also fulfills the three-credit, international studies requirement for CALS. The course has both formal and hands-on components. There are no pre-requisites and background knowledge about insects is not needed.
Food Science 120
The Science of Food is designed to provide a science-based understanding of one of our most common themes in life: food. Students will learn the basic science foundations of common foods, apply the basic principles to decisions about food consumption and purchases, and understand how to think critically to form opinions about food. Participants will come away with the knowledge that food science can be complicated, but we have a robust scientific understanding of food, not only as a nutrient but also as an enjoyable and important element of our society. The course is designed for undergraduate students of all years, is open to non-majors and fulfills a three-credit biology elective.
Discovering the World of Wines and Vines is an introduction to grape production and wine culture targeting students interested in grape growing, winemaking and wine appreciation. Course topics include cultural history and geography of the world’s grape-producing regions, principles of plant anatomy and physiology, biochemistry of wine production, wine producing regions of the world, wine styles, and sensory evaluation of wines. Each class will be divided into a 60-minute lecture and a 60-minute wine tasting session. The course is two credits, and students must be 21 years old by the beginning of class to participate in the wine tasting.
Life Sciences Communication
The Department of Life Sciences Communication is offering a number of online courses this summer. LSC 251: Science, Media and Society helps students understand the relationship between science and the ethical, legal, and societal questions that arise from emerging technologies. Students will be exposed to key communication theories and be challenged to recognize them in current public debates. LSC 350: Visualizing Science and Technology is an introductory course that surveys principles of design, perception, and cognition. The course outlines techniques to portray science in the media. LSC 432: Social Media in the Life Sciences examines how social media shape modern interactions. Students will learn to create a social media/digital marketing strategy, leverage various online platforms and measure the impact of their social media practice. LSC 560: Scientific Writing is an introduction to writing about science designed for seniors and graduate students in the sciences, as well as professionals in life science industries. Students will learn to improve their writing and communication skills for scientific and lay audiences. For more information about these LSC courses, visit lsc.wisc.edu/2018/04/04/lscs-online-summer-courses-offer-rich-learning-opportunities/.
The Microbial World is an online course with no pre-requisites that will cover how microbes are pivotal to our health, the food we eat, and the local and world environment. Microbes impact every part of our lives, and the better informed we are about what they do, the wiser our choices will be. This course’s goal is to dispel the notion that bacteria are the enemy that we need to fight with disinfectants and drugs. Instructors hope that students come away from the course with a new appreciation of the science of microbiology and the many positive things bacteria do for us.
Plant Pathology 123
Plants, Parasites & People will explore the interaction between society and plant-associated microbes. Plant pathology is rich with examples that affect our everyday lives from historical cases such as the Irish potato famine to today’s agricultural issues in the news. The major objective of this course is to teach students to think critically about scientific issues that affect their life. The class fulfills a biology course requirement and satisfies the CALS international program credit. The course does not have any pre-requisites and will be fully online. In addition to the lectures, the course includes a lab section with hands-on experiments performed by students at home or through lab simulation.