Classical Studies 301 helps students understand the Greek and Latin elements which are used in medical and biological terminology: students learn how to deconstruct medical and biological terminology into ordinary English so that they can easily understand and remember the language of biology and medicine. Students also learn the principles behind the construction of the terminology. The course is designed primarily for science students, particularly those in the biological or pre-medical fields, but students from other areas of study are also very welcome. No knowledge of the Greek or Latin languages is required, and no knowledge of anatomy or physiology is required. The course additionally provides relevant material from ancient literary, mythological, historical, and medical sources, in order to furnish a cultural context for the elements under discussion.
The course is offered both on-campus and on-line in both the fall and winter terms, and both cover the same vocabulary. For the on-campus section, course materials are provided through the course website and in the twelve classroom lectures; students also attend six tutorials, where they practice their skills in creating and defining terms. There is a midterm as well as a final exam. For the on-line section, all materials are on-line, and there are weekly assignments and quizzes; there is no midterm, but there is a must-pass final exam.