General honors (GH) classes


Previously Offered general honors (GH) classes

General Honors (GH) courses are the heart of the University Honors Program curriculum and feature small class sizes, dedicated faculty members, interdisciplinary perspectives, active learning and an exciting array of topics. These classes can be accessed by searching under University Honors in the catalog. The following is an example of a General Honors (GH) course that has been offered in the past. This course may or may not be offered again.

GH301: Impact of the theory of evolution

     
 

course description

This course considers the history of religion, philosophy, and science leading up to Darwin, and the religious and political impact of Darwin's theory.

The philosophy and methods of science are illustrated with studies that lead to the acceptance of evolution as a valid scientific theory of origins.

 

 

Instructor: Dr. george bakken

Dr. Bakken teaches in the Biology department (http://www.indstate.edu/biology/faculty/bakken.htm).  However, despite publishing over 60 scientific papers in Biology, he’s a bit of a fraud - his PhD is actually in physics!  He obtained his BS in physics and mathematics with a minor in philosophy at North Dakota State University, and then went to Rice University in Houston, Texas where he received his MA and PhD in laboratory astrophysics with a NASA fellowship.  He then pursued a lifelong interest in biology by moving to the Missouri Botanical Garden and the University of Michigan with support from the Ford foundation and the National Science Foundation to work on biophysical and physiological ecology before coming to Indiana State.  His early background in philosophy and religion led him to develop this course on the ancient origins of the current political controversy surrounding biological evolution, “Scientific Creationism,” and “Intelligent Design.”  

His work on the optical physics of the rattlesnake’s ability to “see” heat radiation was featured on a National Geographic Channel program.  In his spare time (such as it is) he enjoys travel, wildlife photography, and flying his Cessna Skyhawk.