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  • CAPS 111  Introduction to Biomimicry

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    This course is an introduction to the field of biomimicry. "Biomimicry" (from Bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate) is a new discipline that studies nature's best ideas and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problems. Biomimicry asks the question: What would nature do? The goal is to create sustainable products, processes, and policies by learning from and "listening to" nature, to the wisdom held in biological and ecological systems that has been evolving and accumulating over the past 3.8 billion years. Natural systems and organisms provide stunning examples of effective communication, resource production and storage, and energy efficient design. Animals, plants and microbes are consummate engineers; they have found what works, what is appropriate, and most importantly, what is sustainable. Biomimicry might help create a solar cell that is inspired by a leaf with chloroplast and chlorophyll, a passive cooling system for buildings inspired by a termite mound, or find new strategies for restoring degraded ecosystems. People are nature, too. Human cultures with long term residency in particular ecosystems hold crucial knowledge for living sustainably in place.   More Info

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  • CAPS 118  Special Topics

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    The study of special topics in general Education. Consult college's description of current offerings to find out about the topics being explored this semester. May be repeated for credit.   More Info

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  • CAPS 131  Business of Sports

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    The course will review the basic economic concepts of supply and demand, elasticity, monopoly, and competition and show how these concepts apply to professional sports, including broadcast contracts, merchandising venue stadium sponsorships, and trades. The course looks at the role of government in financing stadiums and the impact of professional sports leans on local economies and will also cover labor markets for professional athletes, college athletes, non-professional sports, and the increased participation of women in sports, professional and amateur.   More Info

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  • CAPS 132  Orientation Leader Training

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    The orientation leader training course prepares current orientation leaders for the upcoming summer orientation cycle. The course introduces students to leadership theory, group dynamics, personal strength inventories, cultural competency and group facilitation skills. Lastly, the course provides an overview of student services including departments and offices that are most vital to assisting new students throughout orientation.   More Info

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  • CAPS 178  Independent Study

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    Work done by a student or group of students under faculty supervision on material not currently offered in a regularly scheduled course. Students wishing to undertake such work must first find a faculty member willing to supervise it; the work to be completed must be approved by the college Associate Dean.   More Info

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  • CAPS 321  Modern China: A Documentary Film Approach

    Description:
    Chinas modern history from late 18th century to the present is full of dramatic changes. The Chinese experienced a series of huge historical events: a golden age under the rule of Manchus, unprecedented challenges from the West, collapse of the Qing Dynasty, the establishment of the Republic of China through Sun Yet-sens revolution, a nation-wide chaos from competition from different warlords, Japans invasion, the civil war between Mao and Chiang Kai-shek and the victory of Chinese Communism, the Cold War, Maos Cultural Revolution and Deng Xiaopings economic reform. China has become an economic giant from a Sick man in East Asia even though it experienced so many ups and downs in more than 150 years. This course will make use of documentary movies to discover historical and cultural secrets behind the successful development of China. This is an open-ended course, which will offer you a historical review of Chinas transition from an agrarian society to a modern state, and suggest a future vision of its possible direction in the future.   More Info

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