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Interdisciplinary Sciences Course Descriptions

IDS 711 General Consilience (3 credit hours)

Previously CONS 901. Consilience is the bridging of the natural and social sciences. In this course students will learn the history and scope of Consilience. This overview course will briefly explore the bridges and connections between academic disciplines. This course is mandatory for every student in her/his first trimester.

IDS 712 Physics (3 credit hours)

Previously CONS 902. This course will cover the history and fundamental concepts in physics. The historical perspective will focus on the progression of human understanding of these physical laws. It will look at the laws of thermodynamics in respect to identifying the primary algorithm that all physical matter, to include life, follows.

IDS 713 Cosmology (3 credit hours)

Previously CONS 903. This course will have a strong connection to the primary algorithm focusing on how the universe has unfolded from the big bang to current day. It will cover all major aspects of the history of the universe including the unknown origins and future.

IDS 714 Chemistry (3 credit hours)

Previously CONS 904. This course on chemistry will look at how the chemical elements in the universe were created, and how chemical complexity works within the entropic second law of thermodynamics. We will look at the leading theories of the origins of life and how it chemically works within all physical laws.

IDS 715 Genetics (3 credit hours)

Previously CONS 905. Although the general argument of which came first – metabolism or replication – is still unanswered, we have learned a vast amount about the nature of both metabolism and replication. This course will analyze life’s ability to store and pass-on information through DNA chemical structures.

IDS 716 Evolution (3 credit hours)

Previously CONS 906. This course will cover the concepts of how life has evolved through genetic mutation and adaptive radiation here on earth. It will look at the primary algorithm as a function of extension–incorporation–extension as life has evolved.

IDS 717 Biology/Ecology (3 credit hours)

Previously CONS 907. This course will focus on studying the major kingdoms of life and how they have evolved into the many ecosystems on Earth. This course will explore in depth the bridge between the primary algorithm as applied in physics and in biology.

IDS 718 Evolutionary Neuroscience (3 credit hours)

Previously CONS 908. In this course students will learn the underpinning theories and evidence for the second algorithm, dual-motive theory. It will look at how brains have evolved and the relative behaviors of this evolution. It will then cover what this evolution means for human behavior and experience.

IDS 719 Psychology (3 credit hours)

Previously CONS 909. This course will take a historical and current view of the various areas in psychology. It will focus on identifying the connections between dual-motive theory and the current views on human behavior and motivation.

IDS 720 Philosophy (3 credit hours)

Previously CONS 910. Doctoral dissertation. Students may take up to 9 credit hours for their doctoral dissertation in a semester in order to reach a minimum of 30 credit hours.

Last modified: October 28, 2015