Step out of the ordinary

Emily P. Martinez, Senior Writer

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The spring semester is coming to a close, and we all have begun the struggle to decide what classes to take next semester. After deciphering our degree plans we try to get into the classes that will work towards that awesome degree.  One thing to think about is the wiggle room you have for some sections in that plan.  If it says you need to have one life or physical science course, that does not mean you just have to take biology or physics.  There are other options here at FPC that can open up new avenues and ideas that you may not have known about.

One of those options is Environmental Biology, which is only offered in the fall semester. This class is a basic requirement for students looking into a career as a biologist, ecologist, environmental engineer, and many others, but that does not mean a non-science major cannot enroll in it.  You should look in the course catalog on the FPC website and see what all the options are.  The catalog breaks down what each class is about and how it may interest you.

I sat down with Mr. Broxson, the professor who teaches Environmental Biology at FPC, to get some information about the course. It discusses contemporary issues such as disease, population, pollution, the decline in pollinators, ecosystem functionality, and biodiversity in our world.  Several of these topics should be of great concern to everyone, not just biologists.  How better to learn about the issues and ways we can solve them than to take a course that is meant to do that very thing?

A biology course to a non-science individual can seem like a daunting and horrible thing. In my opinion this class is not the same mix of stuff that scares those students. Mr. Broxson has things planned that help make the topics fun.  Last year students got to do a project with food webs that they drew all over the desks.  The lab was able to obtain new environmental testing probes to allow more hands-on topics.  He takes you through a conceptual learning process instead of just memorizing facts for a test to forget later on.  The topics in this course can have a real impact on your life, and the world you live in.

Something that is really special about enrolling in different classes is that these types of classes usually have a smaller enrollment which gives you a lot of one on one time with the instructor. Along with that comes more freedom for the professor to engage you in topics you find more interesting.  This is true for all subjects, not just this course.  It also helps ensure that these classes remain on our roster.  If no one ever enrolls in a particular class it can be removed from the catalogue, which is a great loss of possible knowledge for upcoming students.

So before you enroll in a class just because it will get you the credit, or if you do not know what else to take, go take a look at what is available and give yourself a more diverse field to take advantage of.

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