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GENERAL EDUCATION

GNED-250
General Education Area 5 Topic (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Special topics offered periodically for General Education credit in Foundational Area 5.

GNED-250
E01L
GENERAL EDUCATION
SUMMER 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

General Education Area 5 Topic (3)

Pseudoscience and the Scientific Method

Science is a process, an approach to understanding the world by means of empirical observations and mathematical models. This online course explores the philosophical foundations of scientific reasoning and the mathematical and scientific techniques by which to separate credible from (literally) incredible claims. Case studies in a variety of scientific and pseudoscientific topics, from alternative medical treatments to conspiracy theories to Bigfoot-hunting, facilitate students' development of critical thinking skills--what Carl Sagan aptly termed the "baloney detection kit."

GNED-250
080UC
GENERAL EDUCATION
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

General Education Area 5 Topic (3)

Introduction to Mind Body Medicine

This course examines the clinical research related to mind-body practices, including effects on mental health, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Research has also discovered the mechanisms of action of mind-body practices, including effects on the brain, biochemistry, the immune system, and even genes, which have been shown to be altered by these practices. Open only to students in the University College Program.