Ramblings From a First-Semester Nonmajors Biology Professor

Posted: June 16, 2015 in Uncategorized

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Teaching nonmajors biology

This is a guest post by Naima Montacer, who just finished her first semester as an Adjunct Biology Professor at Mountain View College in Dallas, Texas. To learn more about her wildlife and environmental adventures, visit her website at EnviroAdventures.com or email her at njmontacer@gmail.com.


Image cred: Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture, and Design Image cred: Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture, and Design

Sex, evolution, embryonic stem cells, Ebola, sexually transmitted diseases, genetically modified organisms, and gene therapy. What do all of these controversial issues have in common? Biology 101. For the last four months I’ve navigated these rough waters in my first semester as a college professor and emerged with my eyes wide open.

After one semester, three major things became apparent:

  1. Every single adult needs a biology refresher.
  2. The single most difficult, yet important, thing we teach our students in biology is discerning between accurate scientific information and crap.
  3. Students resist studying hard, improving their study…

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