Spring Term Schedule
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The first two-thirds of this course will introduce non-majors to evolutionary biology, focusing on the evidence that Darwin himself marshaled. This lecture section of the course will consider pre-Darwinian theories of life, the rise of Natural Theology, the appearance of the Origin of Species, and a survey of modern evolutionary biology and evolutionary genetics. The last third of this course will consider Church-science interactions before and after Darwin and the creation-evolution debate, among other topics.
The second semester of the introductory sequence designed for majors in biology. Evolution Biodiversity, Physiology, Ecology and Conservation biology.
Second semester of a year-long introductory sequence for students with a strong background and interest in science. Topics include: evolution (including evolution of diseases), organismal diversity, physiology, animal behavior, and ecology. This course will have an optional textbook as guidance for students, but we will also use information from relevant scientific articles. Students will learn how to read, analyze and discuss data from these articles. Note that both BIO 111 and BIO 113 are designed for students who intend to major in biology. Open only to first-year students or by permission of instructor. The course includes three lectures and one recitation per week and a bi-weekly laboratory.Regarding registration for labs, students will receive an email from the Undergrad Biology Dept. with a link to enroll online. This will give equal opportunity for all registered to select time slots based on a “first come first serve” basis. Lab sections will be designated as either in person or online.
Prerequisites: BIO 112 or students with a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Biology test, or an IB score of 6.
This course will focus on introducing functionality of the Python programming language to a novice user. Learners will be introduced to basic elements of Python scripts including commenting, variables, strings, numbers, lists and tuples, dictionaries, conditions and loops, functions, input and output and, finally, classes and objects.
Prerequisites: Enrollment preference will be given to individuals who are either currently enrolled or have previously been enrolled in the first course in the SPARC pathway, "Accessing and Excelling in Research in the Biological Sciences".
History of evolutionary thought; genetics of populations; phylogenetic reconstruction; origin and history of life; evolution of social behavior and species interactions; mechanisms of speciation; human evolution. Students must also sign up for a recitation when registering for the lecture.
Prerequisites: A year of introductory biology and facility in precalculus mathematics. BIO 190 or BIO 198 strongly recommended.
Students will lead a discussion on a primary research article in evolutionary biology, and write a summary of the article for a non-specialist audience, with multiple rounds of feedback (including peer feedback) and revision. Course will meet most, but not all, Fridays.
Prerequisites: Prior or concurrent enrollment in BIO 205
An intermediate level course that covers fundamental cell processes at the molecular level. Topics include organelle structure and functions, membrane biogenesis, cytoskeleton, cell signaling, cell cycle growth and death.
Prerequisites: BIO 110 or 112 and BIO 111 or 113. BIO 198 or BIO 190 and BIO 250 are strongly suggested.
Optional Upper-Level Writing Course for BIO 210
This course will familiarize students with statistical concepts necessary to evaluate the primary literature in the biological sciences. It will improve students statistical literacy and sharpen analytical thinking. Topics covered in the course will include: descriptive statistics and graphics, estimation, elementary probability theory, Bayes theorem, statistical distributions, hypothesis testing, goodness of fit tests, experimental design, correlation, regressions, analysis of variance and maximum likelihood. This course will be a 'hybrid' course with one weekly lecture (Thursdays) and one weekly workshop (Tuesday). If you have completed STT 211, 212 or 213 or received credit for AP statistics, you will forfeit those four credit hours by taking BIO/STT 214.
This course focuses on the structures of the body with a special emphasis on humans. Topics include the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, endocrine, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, digestive, and reproductive systems. Students must register for lab. The lecture portion of the course uses the same textbook as BIO 204 (Human Physiology) and an additional laboratory manual. STUDENTS CANNOT RECEIVE CREDIT FOR BIO 217 AND BME 258.
Prerequisites: Two semesters of introductory biology e.g. BIO 110 or BIO 112 and BIO 111 or BIO 113 or permission of instructor
Optional Upper-Level Writing Course for BIO 217
Human body size, behavior and many diseases are quantitative traits; they vary continuously and are determined by a large number of genes. The study of quantitative traits can provide insights into the genes underlying disease and how species have evolved. This course will cover the identification and analysis of genes affecting quantitative traits and the evolutionary forces that influence genes and genomes in animal model systems. These studies are increasingly being used in humans and are the future of modern medicine. The lab component will provide students a hands-on introduction to the computational methods. Labs will be primarily conducted using R.
Prerequisites: BIO 190 OR 198, BIO 214 OR EQUIVALENT
This advanced course examines mechanisms of chromatin-mediated regulation of the eukaryotic genomes, gene expression, relating molecular structures, dynamic interactions, nuclear processes, 3-D nuclear organization to biological functions. Topics include DNA structures, packaging and higher order chromatin organization in the nucleus, the transcription machinery, eukaryotic chromosome structure and its modifications, epigenetics and functional genomics, dynamics of nuclear processes, nuclear reprogramming, development and applications of genome manipulation technology. Lectures and readings draw heavily on primary literature both classic and most recent.
Prerequisites: BIO 198, Genetics, BIO 250/250H, Biochemistry; good knowledge of Molecular Biology. Cell Biology and/or Developmental Biology recommended.
Fundamental aspects of biochemistry, including biomolecular structure and catalysis, bioenergetics, protein folding, kinetic analysis of enzyme action and general intermediary metabolism. In addition to lecture, the course will include a weekly workshop lab that integrates discussion with experimental procedures.
Prerequisites: BIO 110 or BIO 112 and CHM 203 Biological Science Majors: Prior or Concurrent enrollment in BIO 190/198 and CHM 204 are strongly recommended.
Do hormones affect changes in behavior or does behavior affect hormone levels? This course consists of a comparative approach of the relationship between hormonal mechanisms, brain and behavior in both animal model systems and humans. Some of the topics the course will encompass are: an introduction to the endocrine system, sex differences in behavior, parental behavior, hormones and social behavior, neuroendocrinology, learning and memory, stress, and affective disorders. We will also analyze the interactions between brain, hormones, and behavior from a historical perspective by understanding the emergence of key theories and associated experimental approaches. This course is designed for science majors that have already taken the first-year general biology courses.
Prerequisites: BIO 110/111 or BIO 112/113
A survey of adaptations to the physical environment, dynamics of natural populations, interactions between species, and ecosystem function.
Prerequisites: BIO 111 or 113 and MTH 142 or MTH 161
This course explores human evolution as revealed by data from genetics and genomics. Using principles from evolutionary and population genetics, we will learn how inferences are made about: human origins; the demographic and migration history of human populations; our relationship to, and interactions with, other archaic human species; the forces that have affected the evolution of functional elements in the human genome; the relationship between molecular genetic and phenotypic evolution; the interaction between cultural and biological evolution; and the causes and consequences of genetic and infectious diseases.
This course is designed to provide (1) introduction to model organisms (2) training in specific methods used in molecular, cell and developmental biology research, with emphasis on data acquisition and analysis (3) experience in the design and execution of experiments, reading and writing scientific reports, and public scientific presentation.
Prerequisites: Completion of biology and chemistry core requirements, as well as BIO 198 or BIO 190 and BIO 250 required
This interactive course teaches 'real life' communication skills and strategies that help students present their best professional selves and develop a fulfilling career. Students will explore and articulate their internship, career and graduate school goals for distinct audiences and purposes as they develop a professional communication portfolio of materials such as resumes, cover letters, statements of purpose, electronic communications, elevator pitches, project descriptions and abstracts, and online profiles (i.e., LinkedIn). Students will revise and refine their written and spoken work across the semester based on feedback from peers, instructors, and alumni. By the semester's end, students will have gained extensive experience with the communication skills expected in today's competitive environment. The class is suitable for juniors and seniors and can be used to fulfill 1 of the 2 required Upper-Level Writing experiences in biology or public health. This class will be taught synchronously online.
Prerequisite: Completion of the Primary Writing Requirement
How do you get funding to support yourself while conducting summer research? How do you draft a winning Fulbright fellowship essay? These are the types of questions that we want to help you answer! In this course, students will be guided through refinement of your persuasive writing skills culminating with a completed application for external funding. Depending on participant's interests the focus of this course may include writing CVs, biographies, statements of interests and summarizing the goals of their research or other - project that they would like funded. This course will involve extensive revision based on peer and instructor feedback. The class can be used to fulfill 1 of the 2 required Upper-Level-Writing experiences in biology.
Drawing on the concepts of discourse community and rhetorical genre analysis (e.g., Bazerman, Berkenhotter & Huckin, Swales), this course investigates ways of understanding the choices writers make when communicating about the natural, social, or applied sciences, with the goal of better understanding how to read and write as an ‘insider’ in your chosen discipline. You will develop a technical vocabulary and set of skills that allow you to describe recurring patterns and writer choices within those patterns. Using these tools, and talking to experts in your chosen discipline(s), you will investigate disciplinary and interdisciplinary boundaries, how writers convey meaning in different situations, and why they make the writing choices they do. Through a final research project of your choice, you will practice using what you have learned to communicate the results of your own research. This course is especially suitable for dual-major students, or those heading to graduate or health professions schools.
This interactive course explores the molecular mechanisms of important cellular processes. Topics include DNA replication, RNA processing, translation, protein folding, protein degradation, protein transport and metabolism. Foundational experiments that have led to our current understanding of these processes will be explored through readings and discussions of original scientific papers.
Prerequisites: BIO 190/198, BIO 250L, and CHM 204
Introduces the various methods used in neurobiological research. Covers anatomical, behavioral, molecular, and physiological approaches to studying neural organization and function and concludes with a research project that extends over a period of five weeks. STUDENTS MUST REGISTER FOR A WORKSHOP WHEN REGISTERING FOR THE MAIN SECTION.
Prerequisites: NSCI 201/BCSC 240 with lab, and STAT 212
Explores the neural basis of naturally occurring animal behaviors. Emphasizes how information is integrated from interactions between molecules, cells, and groups of cells, all of which are necessary to produce behavior. Considers how hormones, neural development, anatomy, physiology, and evolution lead to behaviors such as orientation, communication, feeding, and reproduction.
Prerequisite: NSCI 201/BCSC 240
Advanced treatment of the development of the nervous system, including the nature/nurture issue and factors that influence the development of neural organization and function. Topics include the production, migration, differentiation and survival of neurons; functional specialization of neural regions; axonal navigation; target mapping. Compares and contrasts developmental plasticity with forms of neural plasticity exhibited in adults.
Prerequisite: NSCI 201/BCSC 240