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Biology Course Descriptions

FALL 2019


UNDERGRADUATE COURSES:


BIO 106:  Ocean Life

(3 credits)

Lecture:  Mon, Wed (12:45 - 1:40 pm) (Section M001)

Discussion:  Fri (various times) (Sections M002 - M009)

Note:  enrollment in the discussion will automatically enroll you in the lecture

Instructor:  Susan Parks

DESCRIPTION:  This is an introduction to the biology of the diverse organisms that live in the ocean, applications of cutting edge technology to their study, recent scientific discoveries, and the science behind current global conservation issues.

 

BIO 121:  General Biology I

(4 credits)

Lecture:

      Section M001:  Mon, Wed (10:35 - 11:30 am)

      Section M002:  Mon, Wed (12:45 - 1:40 pm)

Laboratory:

      Sections M003 - M036:  Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri (1 day/week - various times)

Note:  enrollment in the lab will automatically enroll you in the lecture

Instructor:  Jason Wiles

DESCRIPTION:  This is a required entry-level course for Biology majors and the first of a two-course sequence comprising a survey of major biological concepts ranging from the molecular level to global ecology.  Students will explore the nature of science and the diversity of organisms within a framework of major themes including the flow and regulation of energy and information within living systems, and the central and unifying concept of evolution.

 

BIO 211:  Introduction to Neuroscience

(3 credits)

Mon, Wed (12:45 - 2:05 pm)

Prerequisites:  high school Biology and Chemistry

Cross-listed with:  NEU 211

Instructor:  Robin Jones

DESCRIPTION:  This course is an introduction to the mammalian nervous system, with emphasis on the structure and function of the human brain.  Students interested in the Neuroscience Integrated Learning Major should know that this course is one of two possible entry-level required courses for that major.  Topics include the cell biology and function of nerve cells and associated cells such as glia, selected sensory systems, and control of movement.  Discussion of brain diseases and brain pathology will be used to illustrate brain function and structure concepts.  Two lectures weekly will be taught using Team Based Learning and students will spend most of the class time working in teams to solve case study problems as well as engage in other team learning activities that promote deeper understanding of basic neuroscience concepts.

 

BIO 216:  Anatomy & Physiology I

(4 credits)

Lecture:  Mon, Wed (12:45 - 2:05 pm) (Section M001)

Laboratory:  Tue, Wed (1 day/week - various times) (Sections M002, M003, M004, M008, M010)

Recitation:  Mon, Thu, Fri (1 day/week - various times) (Sections M005, M006, M007, M009, M011)

Note:  enrollment in the lab will automatically enroll you in the lecture

Prerequisites:  BIO 121, BIO 123, and BIO 124; or equivalent

Instructor:  staff

DESCRIPTION:  This is a lecture and laboratory course studying the structure and function of human tissues, organs and systems.  Topics include skeletal and muscle structure and function as well as neural and integumentary systems.  Laboratories will include bench top and interactive computer experiments, anatomy, histology and non-invasive experiment on human subjects.  This course cannot be used to fulfill the requirements of the Biology major.  Credit cannot be given for BIO 216 after successfully completing BIO 316.

 

BIO 221:  Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) Leadership Training I

(1 - 2 credits)

Section M002:  Thu (9:30 - 10:25 am)

Section M003:  Wed (10:35 - 11:30 am)

Instructor:  Julia Snyder

DESCRIPTION:  This course relates educational research literature and learning to classroom applications in problem solving activities.  Students are prepared to be peer leaders of a small, problem-solving group of students by attending weekly one-hour meetings and participating in Blackboard and in-class discussion groups.  Peer leaders are then responsible for holding a 1-hour problem solving session each week and keeping a record of attendance for their group sessions.

 

BIO 316:  Anatomy & Physiology I for Biology Majors

(4 credits)

Lecture:

      Mon, Wed (12:45 - 2:05 pm) (Section M001)

Laboratory:

      Fri (8:25 - 11:25 am) (Section M002)

      Fri (12:45 - 3:45 pm) (Section M003)

Note:  enrollment in the lab will automatically enroll you in the lecture

Prerequisite:  BIO 121

Course fulfills these requirements:  Cell & Molecular Biology (CM) distribution requirement

Instructor:  staff

DESCRIPTION:  This Anatomy & Physiology I course is a 300-level course for Biology and Biochemistry majors.  It is a 4-credit course, of which 3 credits can be applied as upper-division Biology laboratory credit towards the Biology major, unlike BIO 216.  This class will have the same lecture room and time (Monday and Wednesdays 12:45 to 2:05 pm) as BIO 216.  Students in the BIO 316 class will have weekly quizzes and midterm and final exams, as will those in BIO 216.  However, the students enrolled in BIO 316 will also have a joint laboratory and recitation section on Fridays from 8:25 to 11:25 am or 12:45 to 3:45 pm.  These sections will not be the same as those laboratory and recitation sections in BIO 216.  They will include microscopy, virtual physiology experiments and other activities appropriate for a 300-level course.  Understanding of laboratory material will be evaluated with 2 to 3 laboratory practicals.  Credit cannot be given for BIO 316 after successful completion of BIO 216.  Also, only one Anatomy & Physiology 300-level course (BIO 316 or BIO 317) can be utilized to fulfill 3 credits of upper-division Biology laboratory experience.

 

BIO 327:  Cell Biology

(3 credits)

Tue, Thu (11:00 am - 12:20 pm)

Prerequisites:  BIO 121 or equivalent; and CHE 106, CHE 109, or CHE 150

Instructors:  Scott Erdman and Robert Silver

DESCRIPTION:  This course discusses cell structure, molecular biology of eukaryotic cells, cytoskeletal organization and function, cell division cycle, membrane structure and function, cell-cell interactions, cell differentiation and regulation.

 

BIO 345:  Ecology and Evolution

(3 credits)

Tue, Thu (9:30 - 10:50 am)

Prerequisite:  BIO 121 or equivalent

Instructors:  Katie Becklin / staff

DESCRIPTION:  This course introduces students to ecological and evolutionary processes that impact populations, communities, and ecosystems, with an emphasis on the maintenance and origins of biological diversity and responses to a changing biosphere.  Students will evaluate current theory and practices in ecology and evolution through case studies, data analysis, and small group discussions.

 

BIO 355:  The Physiology of Human Systems

(3 credits)

Tue, Thu (11:00 am - 12:20 pm)

Prerequisites:  BIO 121 or equivalent; and CHE 106, CHE 109, or CHE 150

Course fulfills these requirements:  Cell & Molecular Biology (CM) distribution requirement

Instructor:  Joseph Tupper

DESCRIPTION:  This is a lecture course on the physiology of human organ systems.  The nervous system, digestion, kidney function, muscle and cardiac physiology will be covered.

 

BIO 360:  Biology Lab Assistant

(1 credit)

Mon (3:45 - 5:05 pm)

Note:  This course may be repeated once for credit.

Prerequisite:  one upper-division 3-credit Biology lab, such as BIO 425 or BIO 435

Instructor:  Jason Wiles

DESCRIPTION:  Students who have completed an upper-division 3-credit hour lab may receive one credit hour for assisting in the teaching of laboratories.  This opportunity is especially appropriate for students considering teaching careers.

 

BIO 400 (Section M001):  Epigenetics of Health and Disease

(3 credits)

Mon, Wed (3:45 - 5:05 pm)

Meets with:  BIO 600 (Section M001); additional work is required of graduate students

Prerequisites:  BIO 326 and BIO 327; BIO 443 or BIO 462 recommended

Requirements:  open to Juniors and Seniors only; or consent of instructor

Course fulfills these requirements:  communication skills requirement; Cell & Molecular Biology (CM) distribution requirement

Instructor:  Jessica MacDonald

DESCRIPTION:  The epigenome encodes information above and beyond the sequence of DNA, acting at the interface between genes and the environment.  This seminar course will explore how epigenetic modifications influence our health and modify our risk of disease, including neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders, heart disease, and obesity.  This course will include student presentations and a variety of written assignments.

 

BIO 400 (Section M002):  Advances in Biotechnology Research Ideas

(3 credits)

Mon, Wed (3:45 - 5:05 pm)

Meets with:  BIO 600 (Section M002); additional work is required of graduate students

Prerequisites:  BIO 326 and BIO 327

Course fulfills these requirements:  communication skills requirement; Cell & Molecular Biology (CM) distribution requirement

Instructor:  Ruth Phillips

DESCRIPTION:  What is going on in biotechnology, in the real world, right now?  This course is an exploration of current topics and methodologies employed in multiple fields of biotechnology research.  Readings are drawn primarily from current scientific journal articles.  The particular subjects and technologies will vary from semester to semester, based on cutting-edge advances in biotechnology.  Topics include:  gene therapy/gene editing, personalized medicine, stem cells/regenerative medicine, bioremediation to de-pollute the environment, bioagriculture and plant biotechnology, optogenetics, nanotechnology, immunotherapy, and many others.  The course is student-centered and project-based, in order to encourage students to develop and pursue areas that interest them most.  Emphasis is placed on creatively and critically applying course material, rather than simply remembering it.

 

BIO 400 (Section M003):  Experimental Designs and Interpretations in Biology

(3 credits)

Fri (12:45 - 3:35 pm)

Meets with:  BIO 600 (Section M003); additional work is required of graduate students

Course fulfills these requirements:  communication skills requirement; Cell & Molecular Biology (CM) distribution requirement

Instructor:  Paul Gold

DESCRIPTION:  This seminar will discuss issues in analyses of data in primary articles.  Using multiple papers, the topics include:  Do the authors compare the correct groups?  Does the design, and do the results, adequately address the question posed in the introduction?  How do historical ideas and data, even when no longer believed to be correct, shape the way current research is performed.  Most class meetings will involve student presentations of papers and evaluation of the papers as above.  The course will include multiple presentations and papers by each student.  The class is directed mainly toward those undergraduates who are engaged in active research and graduate students.

 

BIO 400 (Sections M004 and M005):  Ecosystem Ecology Lab

(3 credits)

Seminar:  Mon (12:45 - 1:40 pm) (Section M004)

Laboratory:  Wed (12:45 - 4:45 pm) (Section M005)

Note:  enrollment in the seminar will automatically enroll you in the lab

Prerequisite:  BIO 345

Requirements:  open to Juniors and Seniors only; or consent of instructor

Course fulfills these requirements:  communication skills requirement; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EE) distribution requirement; 3 credits of upper-division lab experience

Instructors:  Doug Frank and Jason Fridley

DESCRIPTION:  This course addresses the fluxes of energy and materials through plants and ecosystems and how they are related to global warming.  Lab activities focus on monitoring plant and soil properties in nearby forests, including measurements of photosynthesis and leaf behavior, tree water relations, root growth, and associated animal and microbial relations.  Students will also examine soil processes at a field site in Pompey, NY.  Students will develop an understanding of the scientific method by conducting an independent project that involves data analysis and class presentations.

 

BIO 400 (Section M008):  Microbiomes in Biotechnology and Medicine

(3 credits)

Mon, Wed (2:15 - 3:35 pm)

Meets with:  BIO 600 (Section M008); additional work is required of graduate students

Prerequisites:  BIO 326 and BIO 327

Course fulfills these requirements:  communication skills requirement; Cell & Molecular Biology (CM) distribution requirement

Instructor:  Ruth Phillips

DESCRIPTION:  What microbes are growing in and on you, and how does your own personal microbiome affect you?  Microbes can cause disease, treat disease, modify food and drugs you ingest, change your DNA, clean up your pollution, alter your metabolism, impact your mood, and much more.  In this course, we survey basic structure and function of human microbiota—viruses, bacteria, and archaea, as well as selected microscopic protists and fungi—from a genetic, biochemical, and molecular perspective, and explore ways we can use microbes to solve real-world problems.  Most readings will come from scientific journal articles, in order to study current applications of microbiome research in biotechnology and medicine.  The course is student-centered and project-based, in order to encourage students to develop and pursue areas that interest them most.  Emphasis is placed on creatively and critically applying course material, rather than simply remembering it.

 

BIO 416:  Biology of Aging

(3 credits)

Tue, Thu (2:00 - 3:20 pm)

Meets with:  BIO 616; additional work is required of graduate students

Prerequisite:  BIO 327 or BIO 355

Course fulfills these requirements:  Cell & Molecular Biology (CM) distribution requirement

Instructor:  Donna Korol

DESCRIPTION:  Aging is an intrinsic property of all living organisms.  However, the way in which aging manifests itself varies quite broadly within and between species.  To understand the complex nature of aging and its place in the life cycle, this course will review topics related to the biology of aging across many levels of analysis from molecule to cell to system to organism.  Classic and contemporary aging research will be evaluated from a variety of experimental models.  In the process, we will dispel some of the myths of aging even as they relate to basic scientific findings and evaluate how the conventional wisdom on aging issues obtained through the media and other public sources reflects and influences basic research findings.  Organization of the course includes lectures, discussions, quizzes, and a variety of written assignments.

 

BIO 417:  Animal Behavior and Evolution Lab

(3 credits)

Lecture:  Tue (11:00 am - 12:20 pm) (Section M001)

Laboratory:  Tue (12:30 - 4:30 pm) (Section M002)

Note:  enrollment in the lab will automatically enroll you in the lecture

Co-requisite:  BIO 345

Course fulfills these requirements:  communication skills requirement; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EE) distribution requirement; 3 credits of upper-division lab experience

Instructor:  Scott Pitnick

DESCRIPTION:  This lecture and laboratory course focuses on understanding the process of evolution by natural and sexual selection with a special emphasis on the evolution of adaptive animal behavior.  Laboratory exercises provide direct experience in how to ask scientific questions, develop hypotheses, design and run experiments, analyze data, and communicate results both orally and in the form of manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals.  In addition, students are required to develop and conduct an independent research project outside of class time, the results of which will be the subject of a term paper.  Throughout the course, you will consider how the study of evolution and animal behavior can help us understand human behavior.  This course is an upper-level biology lab course appropriate for Junior and Senior Biology majors.

 

BIO 419:  Junior and Senior Thesis Seminar

(1 credit)

Tue (5:00 - 6:00 pm)

Prerequisite:  acceptance into a Biology thesis program (Honors or Distinction)

Instructors:  Scott Erdman, Kari Segraves

DESCRIPTION:  A discussion-student presentation format course designed to introduce highly qualified students to biological research.  Students present progress reports on their thesis research.  The course is designed for open communication among people with interests in biological research.  It must be taken for four semesters.

 

BIO 422:  Bioinformatics for Life Scientists

(3 credits)

Lecture:  Mon (11:40 am - 12:35 pm) (Section M001)

Laboratory:  Wed (5:15 - 9:15 pm) (Section M002)

Note:  enrollment in the lab will automatically enroll you in the lecture

Prerequisite:  BIO 326

Course fulfills these requirements:  communication skills requirement; Cell & Molecular Biology (CM) distribution requirement; 3 credits of upper-division lab experience

Instructor:  Roy Welch

DESCRIPTION:  This course is about bioinformatics and how to apply it to biological research.  As an upper-level biology lab course, emphasis will be on the hands-on use of bioinformatics tools to solve relevant biological problems.

 

BIO 435:  Genetics Laboratory

(3 credits)

Lecture:  Tue (2:00 - 3:20 pm) (Section M001)

Laboratory:  Thu (2:00 - 5:00 pm) (Section M002)

Note:  enrollment in the lab will automatically enroll you in the lecture

Prerequisite:  BIO 326

Course fulfills these requirements:  communication skills requirement; Cell & Molecular Biology (CM) distribution requirement; 3 credits of upper-division lab experience

Instructor:  Sarah Hall

DESCRIPTION:  Students will gain experience in genetic methods and analyses using various model organisms, such as budding yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisae) and nematodes (Caenorhabditis elegans).  Topics covered include linkage mapping, RNA interference, regulation of gene expression, phenotypic analysis, and human population genetics.

 

BIO 447:  Basic Immunology

(3 credits)

Mon, Wed (2:15 - 3:35 pm)

Prerequisites:  BIO 326 and BIO 327

Course fulfills these requirements:  Cell & Molecular Biology (CM) distribution requirement

Instructor:  Tom Fondy

DESCRIPTION:  This course will cover the following:  1) humoral and cell-mediated immunity; 2) antigens and T-cell receptor structure, function, and diversity; 3) cells and tissues of the immune system; 4) cytokines, cytokine receptors, and immune regulation; 5) major histocompatibility loci, tolerance, and cell-mediated cytotoxicity; and 6) vaccines.

 

BIO 457:  Principles of Human Toxicology

(3 credits)

Mon, Wed, Fri (9:30 - 10:25 am)

Meets with:  BIO 657; additional work is required of graduate students

Cross-listed with:  FSC 457

Prerequisites:  BIO 327, CHE 275, and MAT 285

Course fulfills these requirements:  Cell & Molecular Biology (CM) distribution requirement

Instructor:  James Hewett

DESCRIPTION:  This course will examine the interactions between chemical, physical or biological substances and mammalian systems that result in adverse changes in physiological function.  Concepts in chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology, and anatomy and physiology will be applied to the study of absorption, distribution, biometabolism and elimination of toxic agents, or poisons.  In addition, general molecular mechanisms by which poisons act will be examined, including the processes of genotoxicity and carcinogenesis.  Several general classes of poisonous agents, including pesticides, herbicides, and heavy metals, will be discussed in some detail.  Finally, students will learn about important concepts in exposure risk assessment and the government agencies that regulate use of and exposure to chemicals in our food and environment.

 

BIO 458:  Seminar in Animal Communication

(3 credits)

Tue, Thu (12:30 - 1:50 pm)

Meets with:  BIO 658 (Section M001); additional work is required of graduate students

Prerequisite:  BIO 345

Requirements:  open to Juniors and Seniors only; or consent of instructor

Course fulfills these requirements:  communication skills requirement; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EE) distribution requirement

Instructor:  Susan Parks

DESCRIPTION:  This course covers the general principles of animal communication systems across modalities (visual, auditory, chemical and tactile) and taxa (invertebrates to mammals).  Topics include the mechanisms of signal production and reception, behavioral functions of communication signals, and the role of economics and evolution in shaping communication systems.  Organization of the course includes lectures, discussions, student presentations, and a variety of written assignments.

 

BIO 460/BCM 460:  Research in Biology/Biochemistry

(1 - 4 credits)

Various times

Instructor:  varies

DESCRIPTION:  BIO 460 is intended for Biology majors, and BCM 460 is intended for Biochemistry majors, who wish to participate in either an experimental laboratory or field research project.  BIO 460/BCM 460 replaces the use of independent study or experience-credit courses for research purposes.  Student research projects will incorporate use of the scientific method, experimentation, data analysis, data presentation and interpretation, and the responsibilities of scientific integrity.  To enroll in BIO 460/BCM 460, the student must seek a faculty sponsor who is willing to direct an appropriate project.  Typically, the sponsor will assign the student to some aspect of an existing, larger research project.  Prior to the beginning of the semester, a Proposal for BIO 460, Research in Biology form (or Proposal for BCM 460, Research in Biochemistry form) must be completed in consultation with the faculty sponsor, signed, and given to the Undergraduate Academic Support Coordinator in the Biology Department for processing.  The form will state the nature of the project, the expectations regarding time commitment (3 hours per week per credit hour), and the means for evaluation.  The student will then receive a permission number to enroll in the course.  The grading procedure is based on:  1) the faculty sponsor's evaluation of overall student performance, and 2) examination of required laboratory records or notebooks.  Evaluation may also include a written report documenting the experience and results in a scientific format.  Students can enroll in BIO 460/BCM 460 more than once, but only a total of 4 credits can be applied to the Biology/Biochemistry major requirements.  The 4 credits can be used as an upper-division lab experience, or as an upper-division elective.

 

BIO 461:  Experience in Biology

(0 credits)

Various times

Instructor:  varies

DESCRIPTION:  This is an internship or work experience supervised by a faculty mentor.  Projects may include experimentation, data analysis, presentation, and responsibilities of scientific integrity.  Development and analysis of business plans or intellectual property in biotechnology-focused companies, agencies or law firms is also possible.  Prior to the beginning of the semester, a Proposal for BIO 461, Experience in Biology form must be completed in consultation with the faculty sponsor, signed, and given to the Undergraduate Academic Support Coordinator in the Biology Department for processing.  The form will state the nature of the project, and the means for evaluation.  The student will then receive a permission number to enroll in the course.

 

BIO 462:  Molecular Genetics

(3 credits)

Mon, Wed, Fri (10:35 - 11:30 am)

Meets with:  BIO 662 (Section M001); additional work is required of graduate students

Prerequisites:  BIO 326 and BIO 327

Course fulfills these requirements:  Cell & Molecular Biology (CM) distribution requirement

Instructor:  Steve Dorus

DESCRIPTION:  This course will provide a broad introduction to the study of gene and genome function, including transcription, translation, DNA replication, recombination and prokaryotic and eukaryotic mechanisms of inheritance.  Gene and genome architecture, mechanisms of gene regulation, epigenetics and the molecular basis of human disease will be discussed.  An emphasis will be placed on the application of high-throughput genomic, transcriptomic and epigenomic approaches to systems level analyses of genome biology.

 

BIO 463:  Molecular Biotechnology

(4 credits)

Lecture:  Mon, Wed, Fri (11:40 am - 12:35 pm) (Section M001)

Laboratory:  Thu (12:30 - 3:45 pm) (Section M002)

Note:  enrollment in the lecture will automatically enroll you in the lab

Meets with:  BIO 663 (Sections M001 and M002); additional work is required of graduate students

Prerequisites:  BIO 326 and BIO 327

Course fulfills these requirements:  communication skills requirement; Cell & Molecular Biology (CM) distribution requirement; 3 credits of upper-division lab experience

Instructor:  Surabhi Raina

DESCRIPTION:  Molecular Biotechnology is the first course of a two-course Biotechnology series.  The second course, Applied Biotechnology, will be offered in the spring.  These courses complement each other, but one is not required for the other.  These courses will introduce students to the molecular and genetic principles and processes involved in biotechnology.  Lectures will include topics such as the genetic modification of microbial, plant, and animal cells, forensic biotechnology, and important medical, industrial, agricultural and environmental applications of biotechnology.  Labs will cover many of the methods routinely used in biotechnology labs.  This course will address questions such as:  What is biotechnology, how is it done, and how is it being used today?  How can biotechnology impact the lives of humans and other animals, plants, and the environment?  What are the issues that biotechnology raises about the role of science and technology in society and ethical issues related to Biotechnology?

 

BIO 465:  Molecular Biology Laboratory

(3 credits)

Lecture:  Tue (11:00 - 11:55 am) (Section M001)

Laboratory:

      Section M002:  Tue (12:30 - 4:30 pm)

      Section M003:  Wed (12:45 - 4:45 pm) (undergraduates only)

Note:  enrollment in the lab will automatically enroll you in the lecture

Meets with:  BIO 665 (Sections M001 and M002); additional work is required of graduate students

Prerequisites:  BIO 326 and BIO 327

Course fulfills these requirements:  communication skills requirement; Cell & Molecular Biology (CM) distribution requirement; 3 credits of upper-division lab experience

Instructor:  Surabhi Raina

DESCRIPTION:  This laboratory will teach basic experimental techniques including DNA isolation, restriction endonuclease cleavage of DNA, gene cloning, tissue culture techniques, construction of transgenic plants, gene expression analysis, and other techniques central to Molecular Biology.  While learning basic techniques in recombinant DNA technology, students will learn to apply scientific method to address questions in molecular biology.

 

BCM 475:  Biochemistry I

(3 credits)

Mon, Wed, Fri (9:30 - 10:25 am)

Prerequisite:  CHE 325

Course fulfills these requirements:  Cell & Molecular Biology (CM) distribution requirement

Instructor:  Roy Welch / staff

DESCRIPTION:  This course covers the following:  1) the chemistry of water and the amino acids; 2) weak inter-atomic interactions; 3) amino acids and peptides; 4) primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary structures of proteins; 5) protein function:  enzyme mechanisms, kinetics and regulation; 6) the flow of genetic information; 7) DNA structure, replication, repair, and recombination; 8) RNA synthesis and processing; 9) protein synthesis and the genetic code; 10) recombinant DNA technology; 11) metabolic pathways of glycolysis and respiration and the application of thermodynamic principles to them.

 

BIO 475:  Biochemistry Laboratory

(4 credits)

Mon, Wed (1:00 - 5:00 pm)

Prerequisites:  BIO 326 and BIO 327

Co-requisite:  BCM 475

Course fulfills these requirements:  Cell & Molecular Biology (CM) distribution requirement; 4 credits of upper-division lab experience

Instructor:  Heidi Hehnly

DESCRIPTION:  Experiments on proteins, enzymes, membranes, and nucleic acids will be performed that illustrate modern biochemical techniques applied to the chemistry of living cells.  Among the techniques employed are:  electrophoresis, amino acid sequence determination, gel filtration, enzyme isolation, enzyme kinetics, spectrophotometric assays, preparative ultra-centrifugation, preparation and analysis of cell fractions, sucrose gradient centrifugation, base composition of nucleic acids, and microscopic analysis of cells.  Careful recording of data is emphasized.  Data are analyzed and discussed in class.

 

BIO 490:  Independent Study

(1 - 6 credits)

Various times

Requirements:  enrollment requires consent of the supervising instructor(s) and the department

Instructor:  varies

DESCRIPTION:  This is an exploration of a problem, or problems, in depth based on a plan submitted by the student.  Prior to the beginning of the semester, a Proposal for Independent Study form must be completed (in which the project and procedures for evaluation are described), signed by the supervising instructor, and given to the Undergraduate Academic Support Coordinator in the Biology Department for processing.

 

BIO 495:  Distinction Thesis in Biology

(1 - 3 credits)

Various times

Requirements:  enrollment requires consent of the department

Instructor:  varies

DESCRIPTION:  This course is for students preparing a thesis in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Distinction in Biology Program.  Distinction students will enroll in the semester prior to graduation.

 

BIO 496:  Neuroscience and Society

(3 credits)

Mon, Wed (5:15 - 6:35 pm)

Cross-listed with:  PSY 496

Prerequisite:  BIO 211 or PSY 223

Requirements:  enrollment requires consent of the instructor

Instructor:  Bradley Seymour

DESCRIPTION:  This is a capstone course offered by the College of Arts and Sciences for the Neuroscience Integrated Learning Major (ILM).  Students will learn how to translate their knowledge in neuroscience from the laboratory bench to neurological patients' bedsides and how to help problems in society.

 

BIO 499/BCM 499:  Biology/Biochemistry Honors Capstone Project

(1 - 3 credits)

Various times

Instructor:  varies

DESCRIPTION:  This is the completion of an Honors Capstone Project under the supervision of a faculty member.


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GRADUATE COURSES:


BIO 600 (Section M001):  Epigenetics of Health and Disease

(3 credits)

Mon, Wed (3:45 - 5:05 pm)

Meets with:  BIO 400 (Section M001)

Instructor:  Jessica MacDonald

DESCRIPTION:  The epigenome encodes information above and beyond the sequence of DNA, acting at the interface between genes and the environment.  This seminar course will explore how epigenetic modifications influence our health and modify our risk of disease, including neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders, heart disease, and obesity.  This course will include student presentations and a variety of written assignments.

 

BIO 600 (Section M002):  Advances in Biotechnology Research Ideas

(3 credits)

Mon, Wed (3:45 - 5:05 pm)

Meets with:  BIO 400 (Section M002); additional work is required of graduate students

Instructor:  Ruth Phillips

DESCRIPTION:  What is going on in biotechnology, in the real world, right now?  This course is an exploration of current topics and methodologies employed in multiple fields of biotechnology research.  Readings are drawn primarily from current scientific journal articles.  The particular subjects and technologies will vary from semester to semester, based on cutting-edge advances in biotechnology.  Topics include:  gene therapy/gene editing, personalized medicine, stem cells/regenerative medicine, bioremediation to de-pollute the environment, bioagriculture and plant biotechnology, optogenetics, nanotechnology, immunotherapy, and many others.  The course is student-centered and project-based, in order to encourage students to develop and pursue areas that interest them most.  Emphasis is placed on creatively and critically applying course material, rather than simply remembering it.

 

 

BIO 600 (Section M003):  Experimental Designs and Interpretations in Biology

(3 credits)

Fri (12:45 - 3:35 pm)

Meets with:  BIO 400 (Section M003)

Instructor:  Paul Gold

DESCRIPTION:  This seminar will discuss issues in analyses of data in primary articles.  Using multiple papers, the topics include:  Do the authors compare the correct groups?  Does the design, and do the results, adequately address the question posed in the introduction?  How do historical ideas and data, even when no longer believed to be correct, shape the way current research is performed.  Most class meetings will involve student presentations of papers and evaluation of the papers as above.  The course will include multiple presentations and papers by each student

 

BIO 600 (Section M008):  Microbiomes in Biotechnology and Medicine

(3 credits)

Mon, Wed (2:15 - 3:35 pm)

Meets with:  BIO 400 (Section M008); additional work is required of graduate students

Instructor:  Ruth Phillips

DESCRIPTION:  What microbes are growing in and on you, and how does your own personal microbiome affect you?  Microbes can cause disease, treat disease, modify food and drugs you ingest, change your DNA, clean up your pollution, alter your metabolism, impact your mood, and much more.  In this course, we survey basic structure and function of human microbiota—viruses, bacteria, and archaea, as well as selected microscopic protists and fungi—from a genetic, biochemical, and molecular perspective, and explore ways we can use microbes to solve real-world problems.  Most readings will come from scientific journal articles, in order to study current applications of microbiome research in biotechnology and medicine.  The course is student-centered and project-based, in order to encourage students to develop and pursue areas that interest them most.  Emphasis is placed on creatively and critically applying course material, rather than simply remembering it.

 

BIO 610:  Graduate Research Laboratory

(1 - 3 credits)

Various times

Note:  This course may be repeated once or twice, for a maximum of 6 credits total.

Instructor:  varies

DESCRIPTION:  This course is credit earned for work in a research laboratory to acquire skills and techniques under a faculty mentor.

 

BIO 616:  Biology of Aging

(3 credits)

Tue, Thu (2:00 - 3:20 pm)

Meets with:  BIO 416; additional work is required of graduate students

Instructor:  Donna Korol

DESCRIPTION:  Aging is an intrinsic property of all living organisms.  However, the way in which aging manifests itself varies quite broadly within and between species.  To understand the complex nature of aging and its place in the life cycle, this course will review topics related to the biology of aging across many levels of analysis from molecule to cell to system to organism.  Classic and contemporary aging research will be evaluated from a variety of experimental models.  In the process, we will dispel some of the myths of aging even as they relate to basic scientific findings and evaluate how the conventional wisdom on aging issues obtained through the media and other public sources reflects and influences basic research findings.  Organization of the course includes lectures, discussions, quizzes, and a variety of written assignments.

 

BIO 624:  Readings in Neuroscience

(3 credits)

Mon, Wed (8:00 - 9:20 am)

Cross-listed with:  BEN 613, NEU 613, CSD 753, and PSY 778

Instructors:  Sandra Hewett, Robin Jones

DESCRIPTION:  Literature-based team-taught course focusing on in depth discussions of either classical or recent neuroscience papers of exceptional import.  The purpose of this course is to provide neuroscience faculty with a readily available format to convey to graduate students important and/or cutting edge topics in molecular, cellular, systems, behavioral, and cognitive neuroscientific approaches to investigate basic, pre-clinical, translational, and clinical questions to unravel the relationship between brain and behavior.  Students will complete readings assigned by each faculty member and participate in in-depth discussion, including constructive critiquing of a primary piece of literature to foster critical thinking and science-process skills.

 

BIO 657:  Principles of Human Toxicology

(3 credits)

Mon, Wed, Fri (9:30 - 10:25 am)

Meets with:  BIO 457; additional work is required of graduate students

Cross-listed with:  FSC 657

Instructor:  James Hewett

DESCRIPTION:  This course will examine the interactions between chemical, physical or biological substances and mammalian systems that result in adverse changes in physiological function.  Concepts in chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology, and anatomy and physiology will be applied to the study of absorption, distribution, biometabolism and elimination of toxic agents, or poisons.  In addition, general molecular mechanisms by which poisons act will be examined, including the processes of genotoxicity and carcinogenesis.  Several general classes of poisonous agents, including pesticides, herbicides, and heavy metals, will be discussed in some detail.  Finally, students will learn about important concepts in exposure risk assessment and the government agencies that regulate use of and exposure to chemicals in our food and environment.

 

BIO 658:  Seminar in Animal Communication

(3 credits)

Tue, Thu (12:30 - 1:50 pm)

Meets with:  BIO 458 (Section M001); additional work is required of graduate students

Instructor:  Susan Parks

DESCRIPTION:  This course covers the general principles of animal communication systems across modalities (visual, auditory, chemical and tactile) and taxa (invertebrates to mammals).  Topics include the mechanisms of signal production and reception, behavioral functions of communication signals, and the role of economics and evolution in shaping communication systems.  Organization of the course includes lectures, discussions, student presentations, and a variety of written assignments

 

BIO 662:  Molecular Genetics

(3 credits)

Mon, Wed, Fri (10:35 - 11:30 am)

Meets with:  BIO 462 (Section M001); additional work is required of graduate students

Instructor:  Steve Dorus

DESCRIPTION:  This course will provide a broad introduction to the study of gene and genome function, including transcription, translation, DNA replication, recombination and prokaryotic and eukaryotic mechanisms of inheritance.  Gene and genome architecture, mechanisms of gene regulation, epigenetics and the molecular basis of human disease will be discussed.  An emphasis will be placed on the application of high-throughput genomic, transcriptomic and epigenomic approaches to systems level analyses of genome biology.

 

BIO 663:  Molecular Biotechnology

(4 credits)

Lecture:  Mon, Wed, Fri (11:40 am - 12:35 pm) (Section M001)

Laboratory:  Thu (12:30 - 3:45 pm) (Section M002)

Note:  enrollment in the lecture will automatically enroll you in the lab

Meets with:  BIO 463 (Sections M001 and M002); additional work is required of graduate students

Instructor:  Surabhi Raina

DESCRIPTION:  Molecular Biotechnology is the first course of a two-course Biotechnology series.  The second course, Applied Biotechnology, will be offered in the spring.  These courses complement each other, but one is not required for the other.  These courses will introduce students to the molecular and genetic principles and processes involved in biotechnology.  Lectures will include topics such as the genetic modification of microbial, plant, and animal cells, forensic biotechnology, and important medical, industrial, agricultural and environmental applications of biotechnology.  Labs will cover many of the methods routinely used in biotechnology labs.  This course will address questions such as:  What is biotechnology, how is it done, and how is it being used today?  How can biotechnology impact the lives of humans and other animals, plants, and the environment?  What are the issues that biotechnology raises about the role of science and technology in society and ethical issues related to Biotechnology?

 

BIO 665:  Molecular Biology Laboratory

(3 credits)

Lecture:  Tue (11:00 - 11:55 am) (Section M001)

Laboratory:  Tue (12:30 - 4:30 pm) (Section M002)

Note:  enrollment in the lab will automatically enroll you in the lecture

Meets with:  BIO 465 (Sections M001 and M002); additional work is required of graduate students

Instructor:  Surabhi Raina

DESCRIPTION:  This laboratory will teach basic experimental techniques including DNA isolation, restriction endonuclease cleavage of DNA, gene cloning, tissue culture techniques, construction of transgenic plants, gene expression analysis, and other techniques central to Molecular Biology.  While learning basic techniques in recombinant DNA technology, students will learn to apply scientific method to address questions in molecular biology.

 

BIO 688:  Biological Literature

(1 - 3 credits)

Various times

Instructor:  varies

DESCRIPTION:  A student reviews a specific subject area in conjunction with a faculty member in this tutorial.  Prior to the beginning of the semester, a Proposal for Independent Study form must be completed (in which the subject area and procedures for evaluation are described), signed by the supervising instructor, and given to the Undergraduate Academic Support Coordinator in the Biology Department for processing.

 

BIO 690:  Independent Study

(1 - 6 credits)

Various times

Instructor:  varies

DESCRIPTION:  This course is a special project in which a graduate student conducts laboratory or field research unrelated to his/her thesis or dissertation research and supervised by a faculty member.  Prior to the beginning of the semester, a Proposal for Independent Study form must be completed (in which the project and procedures for evaluation are described), signed by the supervising instructor, and given to the Undergraduate Academic Support Coordinator in the Biology Department for processing.

 

BIO 700 (Section M003):  Scientific Writing

(3 credits)

Tue, Thu (8:00 - 9:20 am)

Instructor:  Eleanor Maine

DESCRIPTION:  The overarching goal of this 3-credit course is to improve students' scientific writing skills.  The intended audience is first- and second-year graduate students.  Major emphasis will be placed on preparing a short grant proposal; other types of writing will also be addressed.

 

BIO 705:  Graduate Research Seminars

(0 - 1 credits)

Various times

Instructor:  Jason Fridley

DESCRIPTION:  Students present their thesis or dissertation research and critically evaluate the research presentations of other students.

 

BIO 997:  Master's Thesis

(0 - 6 credits)

 

BIO 999:  Dissertation

(0 - 15 credits)


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Last updated:  11-MAR-2019