Students at Penn State University are all required to take a first year seminar. With an interest in chemistry, biology, and computers, I chose to develop a first year seminar on the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) virus. Both science and non science students take the seminar. Reading and understanding primary literature, incorporation of molecular modeling using Spartan Pro, presentation of a drug, its side effects, and 3D structure, using ICM Pro for drug docking, and an end of semester poster presentation are some of the main aspects of the seminar. How do you ease nonscience majors into heavy duty science? How do you convince science majors that memorizing definitions does not contribute to sufficient understanding? What do students have to say about the seminar?
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