Cornerstone: The Secret Lives of Snails
As indicated by the title, this Cornerstone centers on the biology of land snails, which are surprisingly common in and around Norman. In the course, you’ll start by learning about snails and some of the techniques and possibilities for research – all using a hands-on approach. Students will self-divide around topics of interest and each team will devise a research project within their topic. Most of the course will be spend doing research, with scattered snippets of research tools and skills thrown in (for examples: what is scientific literature? and how to find and use it, ethics in research, and how to go from raw data to results). At the end of the course, we’ll have a mini-research day, with teams presenting their research to the rest of the class.
Biol 2970.023, 3 credits
This is a terrific Cornerstone section for trying out field work – or you can be cool with a lab study. (Note: the course is timed to avoid the heat of the summer.)