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BIOL 136 Biological Communication (CORE—Scientific Thought/Non-Laboratory Course)

(3 credits/3 class hours) 

All organisms communicate in one way or another. In this course students will study communication in bacteria, fungi, algae, plants and animals (both human and nonhuman). We will investigate the function and development of communication, sensory modalities used in communication, the “messages” sent in communication and the role of manipulation and honesty in communication. In addition, we will discuss the characteristics of language and the possibilities of language in nonhuman animals.