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Instructor Info:Cynthia Gill
Office Extension x5358
TA Info:Breonna Mabry
Term: 2013F
Meeting Info: Monday Wednesday
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Cole Science Center 3-OPEN
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Cole Science Center 3-OPEN

Stress is a daily part of our lives that has become an intense subject of interest among scientists and the medical community. The body's responses to stress are linked to multiple health problems, but stress can also be overused as an explanation. In this course, we will examine the scientific evidence for the links between stress and human health issues such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and depression. This will include readings of primary scientific research papers and coverage of basic physiological mechanisms in humans and other animals. Students will learn techniques to measure stress, stress hormones and glucose regulation. In addition, as community service outreach, students will develop projects to explore the effectiveness of stress relief options in the college community.

Course Objectives:
  • Understand the function of the two basic systems in the body for responding to stress. 
  • Develop skills in writing, literature review, critical analysis, question formulation, data collection, data interpretation, and independent project work.
Evaluation Criteria:
  • Regular and punctual attendance. No more than 2 absences. Each time late counts as ½ an absence.  Discuss with me if there are circumstances requiring accommodation.
  • Regular and on-time submission of assignments. No more than 1 missed assignment. No late assignments.
  • Academic honesty.  See full policy in Non Satis Non Scire at under Academic Policies/Ethics of Scholarship.
  • An incomplete for the course may be granted in circumstances of illness or family crisis. Documentation should be provided through a doctor or CASA.
  • A basic understanding of the body’s two stress response systems, demonstrated through class discussion, writing, and other assignments.


Additional Info:

In this course, students are expected to spend at least 6 to 12 hours a week of preparation and work outside of class time. This time includes reading, note-taking and review, research, and writing. Accommodations are given readily with a letter.