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CLAS 205 B: Bioscientific Vocabulary Building From Latin and Greek

Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
MWF 9:40am - 10:40am
RAI 116
Joint Sections: 
CLAS 205 C
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Syllabus Description:




Classics 205, a popular 3 credit course option for all students, is especially useful for those whose main interests are in STEM subjects or who intend to enter the medical field. This is your chance to master scientific and technical vocabulary through study of the Latin and Greek roots used to create the majority of scientific terms. No previous knowledge of Latin or Greek is required.  

Course Aims:

The primary goal of this course is to improve your understanding of technical vocabulary used in the biological sciences. You will learn to assess the meaning of words by breaking them down into component parts that derive from Latin and ancient Greek. By the end of the quarter, you will have expanded both technical and non-technical vocabulary and will be at ease when reading highly specific or rare medical or scientific terminology. 

Required Text:

  • Donald M. Ayers, Bioscientific Terminology: Words from Latin and Greek Stems (The University of Arizona Press).

Reference Text:

  • The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is available free online on the UW Libraries website.
Catalog Description: 
Designed to help the student master the scientific vocabulary of his or her particular field by a study of the Latin and Greek roots that are used to create the majority of scientific terms. No auditors. Knowledge of Latin or Greek is not required. Offered: AWSpS.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
October 17, 2018 - 9:12pm