The course curriculum involves performing plays, and then discussing the science behind the play they're doing during the biology classes. "So Tammi would be teaching the drama side and I would be explaining the science behind it," said Miller. The DRMA&101 class usually does three or four plays per quarter and then does a breakdown on the plays. This time, the plays are specifically chosen to have strong biology aspects.
"Why there are so many plays about couples, breaking up and making up. We'll talk about that biologically and theatrically," said Doyle. The biology class will cover the science behind human relationships. For example, how the brain works, why humans feel stressed and why they are attracted to each other.
Although biology and drama may seem to be two very different subjects, they are related. Preparing a play requires students to fully understand the roles and the scenes. Studying the science behind how these things work will allow them to perform and express it better.
The class is expected to appeal to drama students as an alternative to meet their science requirement. “It is meant to make science more accessible and less scary to drama students,” said Miller.
This is the first time the course is offered and enrollment is still a little low. However, both instructors hope that students would be interested in taking the course. Register now for the class at the BC website under the Interdisciplinary Course section. For more information regarding the course, please visit http://depts.bellevuecollege.edu/ids/