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CLAS 205 A: Bioscientific Vocabulary Building From Latin And Greek

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Liam Dulany

Syllabus Description:

CLAS 205 — Summer 2024 — Bioscientific Vocabulary Building from Latin and Greek


Instructor: Liam Dulany (he/him)                    Faculty Coordinator: James Clauss (

Email Address:                     Department Phone: 206-543-2266

Office Hours: T/Th, 12:00-1:00pm                   Department Website:
(Office Hours Sign-Up Sheet Here)


Required Text:

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


Reference Texts:

Any reputable English dictionary with etymological entries, such as Webster’s New World Dictionary or the Oxford English Dictionary (available online through UW Libraries)

Online Etymology Dictionary (


Check the modules page! This course is run primarily out of there!



Days with an asterisk next to them will have a graded homework assignment due


Monday Wednesday Friday
Week 1 (6/17, 19, 21): Introduction
NO CLASS (Juneteenth) Lesson 1-2*
Week 2 (6/24, 26, 28):

Lesson 3-4

Lesson 5-6
Lesson 7-8
Week 3 (7/1, 3, 5):

Lesson 9-10*

TEST 1 Lesson 11-12
Week 4 (7/8, 10, 12):

Lesson 13-14

Lesson 15-16 Lesson 17-18
Week 5 (7/15, 17, 19):

Lesson 19-20*

TEST 2 Lesson 21-22
Week 6 (7/22, 24, 26):

Lesson 23-24

Lesson 25-26
Lesson 27-28
Week 7 (7/29, 31, 8/2):

Lesson 29-30*

Lesson 31-32
Week 8 (8/5, 7, 9):

Lesson 33-34

Lesson 35-36
Lesson 37-38
Week 9 (8/12, 14, 16):

Lesson 39-40*



Course Goals:

This course has three primary goals:

  1. To improve your understanding of bioscientific vocabulary through pattern recognition and practice with word formation

  2. To give you familiarity with Greek and Latin stems and their meanings, so you can identify and interpret unfamiliar terms

  3. To introduce you to concepts relating to the Latin and Greek languages, and the role that Ancient Greece and Rome played in shaping modern western science.

This course will require memorization. The amount of memorization required will be significantly less, given that this is an online, asynchronous course; nonetheless, you should do your best to memorize as much of the vocabulary each week as possible. However, no knowledge of Latin or Greek is required to succeed in this course, and the vast majority of students come in without any background in classical languages.


Class Conduct and Expectations:

This course is offered asynchronously and online. That means that expectations are a little different to those of an in-person class, but many UW policies will not be.

I will post pre-recorded video lectures on the course Canvas page every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, available via the “Panopto Recordings” tab and linked to on the “Modules” page. You are expected to have read through the lessons that each lecture covers before watching the corresponding video, and watching these lectures is required to succeed in the course. After watching the lectures, please complete the worksheets available to you on canvas — most of these will not be graded, but they are designed to help scaffold your learning and reinforce skills from the lectures.

You are encouraged to call me by my first name, Liam. If you’re more comfortable using a title, go for either Mr. or “Instructor,” I’m not a professor yet. I can only guarantee answering class emails on weekdays (M-F), during work hours (9:00-17:00), and will try to get back to you within one business day of you sending your email — after 24 hours (not including weekend hours), feel free to send a follow-up. To ensure that your email goes to the top of my priority list, please include [CLAS205 A] in your subject line!

When emailing me, remember that any correspondence via public university email is a matter of public record, according to RCW 42.56, the Washington State Public Records Act. This means that anything you send can be shown to any citizen who requests it. In addition, I have the right (and obligation) to share anything I think necessary with my supervisor or state authorities.

Due to university policy, I am not allowed to discuss grades directly via email. If you need to discuss your grades, please get in touch to schedule a zoom meeting or drop by office hours.



This course is evaluated on a point scale, based on a total of 400 points. They are broken down as follows:

Homework (50pts): Five of your regular homework assignments will be graded; these assignments are the ones related to the lessons marked with an asterisk on the schedule (Lesson 1-2, Lesson 9-10, Lesson 19-20, Lesson 29-30, and Lesson 39-40). These are graded for completion, not accuracy, and are each worth 10 points.

Discussion Participation (10pts): Once a week, starting at the end of week 1, I will post a discussion board on Canvas related to the lectures we had that week. In these discussions, you will have opportunities to ask me or your fellow students questions, reflect on the course material, or share a connection between course material and something from the modern world. These should be short — two to three sentences is plenty. After you post, I might ask a follow-up question or give a comment, depending on the week. There will be eight discussion posts, and you must participate in five of them to gain full credit for participation.

Exams (340pts): There will be four exams given throughout the quarter, each worth 85 points. They are semi-cumulative — Test 2 builds on the vocabulary given for Test 1, and Test 4 does the same with Test 3. The tests will be opened on the day given on the schedule, but you may complete them on your own time any time on that day. You will have 60 minutes per test, and all tests are open-book and open-note (this does not mean open-internet!).

Extra Credit: There will be various opportunities for extra credit given throughout the course, primarily on exams and on the graded homework assignments.


Grading Breakdown:

Homework: 5 x 10 = 50 pts

Discussions: 5 x 2 = 10 pts

Exams: 4 x 85 = 340 pts


Total = 400 pts



4.0: 400-381                      3.0: 320-312                      2.0: 230-221                      1.0: 139-120

3.9: 380-371                      2.9: 311-302                      1.9: 220-211                      0.9: 119-109

3.8: 370-366                      2.8: 301-293                      1.8: 210-201                      0.8: 108-98

3.7: 365-361                      2.7: 292-284                      1.7: 200-191                      0.7: 97-87

3.6: 360-356                      2.6: 283-275                      1.6: 190-181                      0.0: 86 or fewer

3.5: 355-351                      2.5: 274-266                      1.5: 180-171

3.4: 350-345                      2.4: 265-257                      1.4: 170-161

3.3: 344-337                      2.3: 256-248                      1.3: 160-151

3.2: 336-329                      2.2: 247-239                      1.2: 150-141

3.1: 328-321                      2.1: 238-231                      1.1: 140-131


Academic Integrity:

The use of “AI,” chatbots, LLMs, or any other sort of text generative technology is not allowed in this course. To avoid suspicion of using any AI tools, please include specific references to course, textbook, and lecture materials in your answers to course activities.

University of Washington students are expected to practice high standards of academic and professional honesty and integrity as outlined here:


Learning Support/Access and Accommodations:

Your experience in this class is important to me. If you have already established accommodations with Disability Resources for Students (DRS), please communicate your approved accommodations to me at your earliest convenience so we can discuss your needs in this course.

If you have not yet established services through DRS, but have a temporary health condition or permanent disability that requires accommodations (conditions include but not limited to; mental health, attention-related, learning, vision, hearing, physical or health impacts), you are welcome to contact DRS at 206-543-8924 or or DRS offers resources and coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities and/or temporary health conditions. Reasonable accommodations are established through an interactive process between you, your instructor(s) and DRS. It is the policy and practice of the UW to create inclusive and accessible learning environments consistent with federal and state law.

UW Bothell: Disability Resources for Students (UW Bothell) Email:
Phone: 425-352-5307

UW Seattle: Disability Resources for Students (UW Seattle) Email:
Phone: 206-543-8924

UW Tacoma: Disability Resources for Students (UW Tacoma) Email:
Phone: 253-692-4508


Religious Accommodations:

Washington state law requires that UW develop a policy for accommodation of student absences
or significant hardship due to reasons of faith or conscience, or for organized religious activities.
The UW’s policy, including more information about how to request an accommodation, is
available at
Religious Accommodations Policy. Accommodations must be requested within the
first two weeks of this course using the
Religious Accommodations Request form.


Further Resources:

UW Campus Food Pantry: Provides UW students, staff, and faculty with nonperishable groceries and select fresh produce for no cost.

Counseling Center: Resources for students seeking counseling.

Let’s Talk: Free, confidential, informal drop-in counseling service at UW.

Leadership Without Borders: Resources for undocumented students.

International Student Services Office: Visa and immigration advising for international students on F or J student visas.

Safe Campus: How to report violence or threats to the safety of yourself or others.

Catalog Description: 
Designed to help students master the scientific vocabulary of their particular field by a study of the Latin and Greek roots that are used to create the majority of scientific terms. Knowledge of Latin or Greek is not required. Offered: AWSpS.
GE Requirements: 
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
Last updated: 
April 19, 2024 - 4:56pm