Introductory Life Science

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introductory Life Science

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Human Biology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course scope:

    We will examine a broad range of contemporary life science topics such as ecology, human diseases, ecology, and nutrition. The primary aim of this course is to introduce you to as many different life science topics as possible by examining one scientific article per class session. This course will be useful for both science and non-science majors who are interested in learning the most recent developments and issues in life sciences. No prior knowledge of biology or chemistry is required. This course is not a foundation building course and therefore it is not suitable for fulfilling the prerequisite of an upper level biology course.


    There is no textbook for this course. Instead, I will assign a series of life science related articles from sources such as the New York Times, Scientific American, New Scientist, and Chemical & Engineering News

    Class attendance:

    Class will be discussion-oriented and everyone is expected to participate actively on a daily basis.

    Potential articles:

    • Are engineered foods evil? (Scientific American, September 2013)
    • Everything you know about calories is wrong (Scientific American, September 2013)
    • What’s the beef? (New Scientist, January 2015) • Public enemy number one (Science, April 2013)
    • Contagion (New Scientist, May 2015)
    • Ebola war (Scientific American, March 2015)
    • How we all will live to be 100 (Scientific American, September 2012)
    • The swallows of Fukushima (Scientific American, February 2015)
    • The false promise of biofuels (Scientific American, August 2011)
    • Adapt first, mutate later (New Scientist, January 2015)
    • Written in your blood (New Scientist, November 2013)
    • Meet your other brain (New Scientist, February 2015)
    • Caffeine jitters (Chemical & Engineering News, February 2013)
    • The blame grain (New Scientist, July 2014)
    • Metabolism in mind (Scientific American, August 2016)

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.