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Hurricane Frances (2004) from space

SCN3610: Meteorology

The Introduction to Meteorology course at Babson College is designed to help students become knowledgeable about physical phenomena which dramatically affect their own daily lives of peoples all over the planet. In addition to causing minor joys and annoyances from day to day, atmospheric phenomena such as ozone depletion, air pollution and possible global warning present us with challenges to our basic existence. It is hoped that students will emerge from this course with a better understanding of atmospheric phenomena and how, as future managers, their actions can affect our overall survival. At the very least, a deeper and richer understanding of the phenomena may increase students' appreciation of the planet and ultimately enrich their lives. Throughout the course, students are afforded opportunities to improve reading, laboratory and oral communication skills.

The course offers students the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the earth's atmosphere, including its energy balance, temperature, humidity and pressure characteristics, global circulation patterns, forms of precipitation, clouds, air masses, fronts, storms and violent weather phenomena. The course will also consider related topics, such as climatology and air pollution. In addition, students will be exposed to sophisticated weather forecasting techniques and will have the opportunity to create and present their own weather forecasts. A meeting with a local television meteorologist is usually included.

Ecology of Animal Behavior

SCN3615: Ecology of Animal Behavior

The study of the nature, variety and function of the fundamental types of animal behaviors. Communication, habitat selection, predation and antipredator defense, reproductive strategies, tactics and mating systems, and play and social behaviors will be compared and analyzed, and applications to human behavior will be discussed.


SCN3620: Natural Disasters

Natural disasters can affect us wherever we go. Disasters might be localized or far-reaching, and may come from severe weather, seismic events, biological catastrophe, or even outer space. In this course we will examine the causes of different types of natural disasters, the buildup of energy preceding a natural disaster, the regional and global effects of different disaster types, and the recovery process after a disaster occurs.

As we study various disasters, we will also assess the risks we face from different disaster types. By understanding our risks and the way in which disasters occur, we will also explore how preparation can mitigate the effects of some disasters.

Ethical Issues in Research and Technology

SCN3625: Ethical Issues in Research and Technology

The study of ethical problems faced by researchers in dealing with each other, with the organizations for which they may be developing products, and with society at large. Specific topics will include plagiarism, medical/genetic research, useless or dangerous industrial products, and weapons of mass destruction.

Forensic Science

SCN3690: Crime Science

Criminal Investigators have long utilized Forensic Scientists to fight crime. Now they have the advantage of modern technology to continue their age-old battle. But, what can and cannot be entered into a court of law under the label of science? This course begins by examining the unique qualifiers that our legal system requires of forensic science. Next, we will survey the forensic field, from its limited beginnings to its modern capabilities. From the many disciplines of Forensic Science, this course will concentrate on Toxicology, Criminalistics, and DNA. Throughout, we will examine how science helped solve historical criminal cases as well as those ripped from today's headlines. Some lab work will supplement the lectures.

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