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Freshman Seminar: BIOL 1905

New this spring! Freshman seminar: Does nature have a conscience?

Trees in starlight

Tuesdays, 4:05-4:55 p.m. | R-370 Learning & Environmental Sciences Building

If humankind is part of nature, does that mean nature has a conscience?

Come explore the morality of nature and the nature of morality in this freshman seminar designed to get you thinking about the world around you in a new way. We will investigate whether ethics can flow from science, whether universla environmental ethics are possible, the role local customs and beliefs play, and related topics.


"A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends other wise." — Aldo Leopold

Faculty instructors

Clarence Lehman, Associate Dean, College of Biological Sciences

Jessica Hellmann, Director, Institute on the Environment