An interdisciplinary examination of the research investigating how physical activity influences the brain at multiple levels (molecular, cellular, physiology, behavioral). Emphasis is placed on developing strategies for identifying, reading, analyzing, and discussing a variety of literature on the topic (reviews, basic research, government documents, clinical research, public health studies, popular press reports, etc). Oral communication, visual communication, and writing skills are also emphasized as ways to share scientific research with audiences of scientists and non-scientists. Class meetings feature a wide variety of active, student-centered activities such as presentations, discussions, illustrations, feedback, group work, etc.
Successful completion of BIO 111/113, plus at least one other Biology course or CHE 115. Restricted to sophomores and juniors.