Undergraduate

  • BIO-101 Principles of Biology I

    Prerequisites:

    Must take BIO L101 concurrently

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    An introductory course in basic concepts in cell biology, and genetics. May not be taken by Biology majors or minors. This course will not fulfill requirements for a major or a minor in Biology. Not recommended for those interested in health careers.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS

  • BIO-L101 Principles of Biology I Lab

    Prerequisites:

    Must take BIO 101 concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    A series of experiments and explanations to study the principles of diffusion, enzyme function, cell division, genetics and evolution. May not be taken by Biology majors or minors. This course will not fulfill requirements for a major or a minor in Biology.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS

  • BIO-102 Principles of Biology II

    Prerequisites:

    BIO L102 must be taken concurrently

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Investigations of relationships among organisms in time and space. Evolution, diversity, and human biology in the context of contemporary society. May not be taken by Biology majors or minors. This course will not fulfill requirements for a major or a minor in Biology.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS

  • BIO-L102 Principles of Biology II Lab

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 102 must be taken concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Exercises and field trips designed to complement and demonstrate the principles developed in the lecture section. May not be taken by Biology majors or minors. This course will not fulfill requirements for a major or a minor in Biology.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS

  • BIO-104 Environmental Biology

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 101 and BIO L101, can also be taken concurrently BIO L104 must be taken concurrently

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    An introduction to basic evolutionary, behavioral and ecological principles. Readings and discussions emphasize the ways that humans are affected by ecological processes and principles as well as how humans and their technology affect ecosystems. May not be taken by Biology majors or minors. This course will not fulfill requirements for a major or a minor in Biology. It is intended for non-biology majors as a follow-up to Biology 101. 3 hours lecture. Days Only. Madrid Campus only.

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS

  • BIO-L104 Environmental Bio Lab

    Prerequisites:

    BIO-104 must be taken concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Exercises and field trips designed to complement and demonstrate the ecological principles developed in the lecture section. The lab emphasizes the scientific method and employs long term group projects. Madrid Campus only.

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS

  • BIO-105 Humans and the Evolutionary Perspective

    Prerequisites:

    This is for Non- Majors Only

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Major topics include the scientific basis of evolution, the fossil history of vertebrates, evidence of evolution in the human body, and applying an evolutionary perspective to the social interactions and possible futures of humanity. Meets one of the non laboratory science requirements for the non-science major. This reading and writing intensive course is a non-laboratory science option for non-science majors. This course will not fulfill requirement for a major or a minor in Biology.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ

  • BIO-106 Current Topics in Human Biology And Health

    Prerequisites:

    Non- Majors only

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Familiarize students with current trends in human biology and health. The technical and scientific aspects, along with ethical issues involved with the new frontiers in human health and biology research will be covered. Topics will include: cell biology, cancer biology, infectious disease and environmental health issues. In addition to exams and class discussion, students will be required to give a 10-minute presentation on a related topic of their choice. Meets one of the non laboratory science requirements for the non-science major. This course will not fulfill requirements for a major or a minor in Biology. Usually offered alternate Spring Semester

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ

  • BIO-109 Plants and People

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course focuses on the ancient, intimate, and mutually beneficial relationship between humans and plants. We will discuss the basic anatomy, physiology, and genetic characteristics of flowering plants and how these characteristics have facilitated their use by humans. We will explore the impacts of a wide range of plants and their products on human society while considering the evolutionary changes that these plants have undergone through artificial selection. We will also touch on the synergistic role of fungus and plants in alcohol fermentation. This course fulfills the non-lab natural sciences requirement for BFA, BSJ, and BA degrees. Non-biology majors only.

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ

  • BIO-111 Introduction to the Cell

    Prerequisites:

    Must take BIO L111 concurrently

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Explanation of key biological structures and reactions of the cell. This is an introductory course required of all biology majors and minors, and some non-biology science majors. This course is not recommended for the non-science student. Fall Offering: Science Majors ONLY; Spring Offering: Biology Majors ONLY.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • BIO-L111 Introduction to the Cell Laboratory

    Prerequisites:

    Concurrently with BIO 111

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Sessions are designed to familiarize the student with biological molecules, and the techniques used in their study. The techniques covered include basic solution preparation, separation and quantification of molecules, enzyme catalysis, and cell isolation. Fall Offerings: Science Majors Only; Spring Offerings: Biology Majors Only.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • BIO-114 Organismal Biology

    Prerequisites:

    Must take BIO L114 concurrently. Science majors only.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Introduction to organismal biology emphasizing evolution, phylogenetics, form, and function. Only when offered in Fall participation in the annual October (Columbus Day Weekend) field trip to the Friedman Field Station is mandatory (a small fee is associated with this trip). Fall Offering: Biology Majors Only; Spring Offering: Science Majors. ECR credit is only earned during the Fall offering.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    SCI TECH ENGNR

  • BIO-L114 Organismal Biology Laboratory

    Prerequisites:

    Must take BIO 114 concurrently Science majors only.

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    A series of laboratory experiences in evolution, diversity, anatomy and physiology. Fall Offering: Biology Majors Only; Spring offering: Science Majors Only.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    SCI TECH ENGNR

  • BIO-201 Biology's Big Questions

    Prerequisites:

    sophomore status or above

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course seeks to answer five current questions from all levels of biology, from the subcellular to the ecosystem level. Topics will be discussed in the context of genetics, evolution, and ecology. We will focus on the process of doing science, including how scientists evaluate ideas and communicate their findings. Emphasis will be placed on topics in biology that impact daily life.

    Type:

    SCI TECH ENGNR

  • BIO-203 Anatomy and Physiology I

    Prerequisites:

    BIO L203 MUST BE TAKEN CONCURRENTLY BIO 111, BIO L111.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    First part of a systematic survey of the structure and functional inter-relations of the organ systems of the human body. This course includes histology and discussion of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Medical terminology will be used.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • BIO-L203 Anatomy & Physiology Lab I

    Prerequisites:

    Must take BIO-203 concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    A study of the human skeletal system and a comparative look at other organ systems involving observation of anatomical models and dissection of mammalian specimens. Also includes computer simulations of physiological processes.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • BIO-204 Anatomy and Physiology II

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 203, BIO L203, BIO L204 must be taken concurrently; By permission of the professor only.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Conclusion of the survey of the structure and function of inter-relations of the organ systems of the human body. This course investigates the endocrine,circulatory, respiratory,immunity, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Medical terminology will be used.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • BIO-L204 Anatomy & Physiology Lab II

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 203/L203 and BIO 204 must be taken concurrently; By permission of the professor only.

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    A study of the human viscera using anatomical models and dissection of mammalian specimens. Also includes microscopy of tissues.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • BIO-213 Bio-Ethical Issues

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 111 or BIO 114

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An introduction to ethical issues raised by advances in the biosciences and biotechnology. Topics include genetically modified organisms, reproductive technologies, genetic screening and privacy issues, therapeutic cloning, human uses of animals, and environmental sustainability. This course will provide an introductory philosophical background to bioethics, surveying several major ethical theories. A general understanding of the biosciences will be presumed.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • BIO-222 Field Botany

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 111. This course will fulfill the Expanded Classroom Requirement.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A three-week camping excursion, during which common tracheotypes, bryophytes, algae, and other photosynthetic organisms characteristic of various habits in Maine will be identified. Emphasis will be on plant ecology including species interactions and habitat requirements. Vertical zonation in mountains, lakes and intertidal areas will be a point of focus. Participants will camp for one week at each of three sites: Baxter State Park, Central Maine (near Augusta),and the Friedman Field Station. Travel will be by van(s) and hiking (up to ten miles a day) over difficult terrain. Sleeping bags and tents required. Additional fees: Camping and food est. $475.00. ECR. The three-week camping excursion typically runs from late May (after tradition Spring course finals are over) into June. Taught alternate years.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    Expanded Classroom Requirement

  • BIO-225 Plant Biology

    Prerequisites:

    Bio 111, L111 and Bio 114, L114;Must be taken concurrently with L225.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Course introduces students to the anatomy, physiology, systematics, ecology, and economic uses of all major groups of plants. Aspects of the biology of nonvascular, non-seed, gymnosperm, and angiosperm plants are explored. An overview of Kingdom Fungi is also covered. Each student is required to do a 10-15 minute presentation to the class highlighting the economic use of a group of plants assigned by the instructor. Normally offered Spring semester.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • BIO-L225 Plant Biology Laboratory

    Prerequisites:

    Must be taken concurrently with Bio 225

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Lab exercises focus on plant anatomy, physiology, and systematics. Instruction in the identification of major plant families and fungal types is covered. Trips to a Boston area herbarium and botanical garden are required.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • BIO-254 Marine Biology

    Prerequisites:

    BIO-114 and BIO-L114 or instructor's permission

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Introduction to the marine environment, its organisms and their specific adaptations. Emphasis on marine and estuarine ecology, intertidal habits, trophic relations, and physiology. Human impacts on the sea; fisheries, mariculture, pollution, law of the sea. Taught only at the R. S. Friedman Field Station Campus, Edmunds, ME. ECR. This course typically meets for three weeks from early to mid-August to early September (before typical Fall courses begin). Taught alternate years.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    Expanded Classroom Requirement

  • BIO-L254 Marine Biology Lab

    Prerequisites:

    BIO-114 and BIO-L114 or instructor's permission Must Take BIO-254 Concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Field trips to local marine environments; field and laboratory observations of marine organisms. Independent student projects. Taught only at the R.S. Friedman Field Station Campus, Edmunds, ME. ECR

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    Expanded Classroom Requirement

  • BIO-262 Principles of Cell Culture

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 111, L111 and BIO 114, L114 and CHEM 111, L111

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    The course is designed as an application base educational experience that will allow students to learn the standard techniques associated with successful cell culture. As such, students are responsible for the maintenance, propagation, isolation, and preservation of their cells. A number of cell types and experimental manipulations of the cultures are investigated throughout the semester.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • BIO-273 Biostatistics

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 111/L111

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Introduction to the application of statistical methods for the evaluation of biological problems. Sampling, confidence intervals, hypothesis tests, experimental design, analysis of variance, regression, and correlation are some of the topics offered.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    Quantitative Reasoning

  • BIO-274 Genetics

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 111/L111, CHEM 111/L111, 'Must take BIO L274 concurrently

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    An examination of the basic principles of genetics in eukaryotes and prokaryotes at the level of molecules, cells, and multicellular organisms, including humans. Topics include Mendelian and non-Mendelian inheritance, structure and function of chromosomes and genomes, biological variation resulting from recombination, mutation, and selection, and population genetics.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • BIO-L274 Genetics Lab

    Prerequisites:

    Must be taken concurrently with BIO 274.

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Experiments designed to demonstrate principles presented in lecture, using a range of genetic model organisms that include E. coli, B. subtilis, S. cerevisiae, D. melanogaster, S. fimicola, and C. elegans.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • BIO-285 Microbiology

    Prerequisites:

    BIO-111 and BIO-L111,

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Viruses and bacteria are surveyed in terms of their ecology, biochemistry, taxonomy, molecular biology and control.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • BIO-L285 Microbiology Laboratory

    Prerequisites:

    Must take BIO-285 concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Introduction to microbiological techniques and their applications to health, research and industry.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • BIO-302 Writing for Research

    Prerequisites:

    Take BIO-111 and BIO-114. Take ENG-101 or ENG-102;

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Development of skills for writing clearly, concisely, and creatively in the style of scientific journals. This course emphasizes the formulation of a research project of the student's choice and leads to a formal manuscript on the topic. Instruction includes literature search methods and software for the graphical presentation of data. Required of all biology majors.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • BIO-304 Comparative Animal Physiology

    Prerequisites:

    BIO-114, L114 and CHEM-211, L211, Must take BIO L304 concurrently

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Mechanisms of physiological adaptations to environmental challenges are studied. Examples of gas exchange, osmoregulation, fluid transport, temperature regulation, nervous control, and movement are examined in various animal forms. Spring semester.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • BIO-L304 Comp Animal Physiology Lab

    Prerequisites:

    BIO-304 must be taken concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Selected physiological processes and mechanisms or adaptation in invertebrate and vertebrate animals are examined by observation and controlled experiments.

  • BIO-315 Animal Behavior

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 114

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Surveys animal behavior in a range of species (invertebrates, birds, fish, mammals including humans) to assess similarities and differences in the evolution of behaviors and their physiological mechanisms by which individual organisms and species adapt to their environments. Topics include: predator evasion; mating systems; parental care; social behavior; and learning.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • BIO-333 Ecology

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 114 and BIO L114; This course fulfills the Expanded Classroom Requirement

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Areas of study include but are not limited to basic principles of population biology, community ecology, trophic dynamics, ecosystem structure and function and evolutionary theory.(note: some aspects of the course may differ depending on if it is a Boston or a FFS offering) ECR. Offered even years at both the Boston campus (Fall semester) and the R.S. Friedman Field Station Campus (FFS),Edmunds, ME (Early Fall offering for three weeks). There is a $475 camping fee associated with the FFS BIO 333 offering.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    Expanded Classroom Requirement

  • BIO-L333 Ecology Lab

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 114 &L114, BIO 222 or 224 or 225. Must take BIO 333 concurrently. Fulfills Expanded Classroom Requirement

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Field and laboratory experiences in techniques and concepts relevant to lecture materials; data collecting and report preparation. Group project with data collection, presentation and report preparation is required. (note some aspects of the lab may differ depending on whether it is a Boston or a FFS offering) ECR

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • BIO-337 Evolution

    Prerequisites:

    Take BIO-111 BIO-L111 BIO-114 BIO-L114. BIO 274 recommended.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A survey of evolutionary theory, exploring processes such as the genetic sources of variation, natural and sexual selection, and evolutionary developmental biology. Using phylogenetic systematics and other tools, we will demonstrate how these mechanisms result in the visible patterns of evolution. This is a reading and writing intensive course centered on close reading of Origin of the Species and discussion of recent peer-reviewed literature about evolution.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • BIO-343 Biodiversity & Conservation Biology

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 114, L114; BIO L343 MUST BE TAKEN CONCURRENTLY

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The origin, measurement, and extent of biological diversity on Earth, its practical and theoretical importance, and current trends in extinction due to human activities. Anthropogenic influences on individuals, populations, and ecosystems will be considered, as well as strategies for biological conservation on a changing planet.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • BIO-L343 Biodiversity & Conservation Biology Laboratory

    Prerequisites:

    BIO-114 and BIO-L114;and must take BIO-343 concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Laboratory exercises dealing with the calculation, of Biodiversity in the environment, as well as with the effects of contaminants on individuals, populations, and model ecosystems. The fates of contaminants in such systems will be explored, as well as the possibility of remediation of adverse effects.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • BIO-345 The Biology of Vector Borne Diseases

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 114 and BIO L114. Science Majors only.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A survey of the occurrence, life history and pathogenicity of the most important arthropod-borne, human diseases both internationally (malaria, dengue, plague, trypanosomiasis, yellow fever, etc.) and within the United States (Lyme disease, EEE, West Nile Virus, and others). Demographic and environmental factors leading to the re-emergence and spread of these diseases will be considered.

  • BIO-350 Vertebrate Biology

    Prerequisites:

    BIO-111, BIO-L111, BIO-114, BIO-L114;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This class will focus on the form and function of vertebrate animals from an evolutionary standpoint. The adaptations of major groups will be discussed in light of their phylogenetic history and ecology. A discussion of major adaptive radiations and abiotic factors that influenced these trends will also be highlighted.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • BIO-L350 Vertebrate Biology Lab

    Prerequisites:

    BIO-111, BIO-L111, BIO-114, BIO-L114;

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    This lab will focus on the comparative anatomy of vertebrate animals. In-depth dissections will be the focus of the laboratory exercises. A Squalus shark, a Necturus salamander, a pigeon, and a mink will be examined in detail.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • BIO-357 Biology of Fishes

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 114/L114, and Junior standing. Requires permission from Marine Sciences Coordinator.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The evolution, systematics, anatomy, physiology and behavior of freshwater, marine and anadromous fishes from temperate to tropical environments. The interactions of fish in their environments, including predator-prey relationships, host-symbiont interactions, and fish as herbivores. Taken with permission from the Marine Science Consortium Coordinator. [This is a Marine Science Consortium Course and enrollment is limited] Evenings only: off campus

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • BIO-374 Genomics

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 111/L111, CHEM 111/L111, BIO 274/L274 Must take BIO L374 concurrently

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    What can we learn from genomics? In this course, you will develop an understanding of how cutting edge techniques from biotechnology are changing our views of biology. You will learn how genetic sequencing can be used for everything from tracing evolutionary histories in the tree of life to shedding light on biodiversity patterns of populations. With a focus on human genetics, you will also explore how genes are discovered and linked to phenotypic traits. Finally, you will consider methods of monitoring gene expression and how the resulting genetic networks can help medicine and drug development.

  • BIO-L374 Genomics Laboratory

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 111/L111, CHEM 111/L111, BIO 274/L274 Must take BIO 374 concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    In this course, you will develop an understanding of current genomic methods through collection and examination of your own data. In the first part of the lab, you will use sequencing techniques to compare genetic relationships and characterize the microbial biodiversity of a population. In the second part of the lab, you will focus on gene expression and functional genomics. You will determine the actions of a transcription factor through RNA-seq and also determine how a collection of uncharacterized transcription factors affect antibiotic sensitivity. In addition to reading primary literature and keeping a lab notebook, you will also learn how to analyze and present your genomics data.

  • BIO-377 Immunology

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 114, L114 and CHEM 211, L211. Must take BIO L377 concurrently

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The concept of immunity, response to infection, structure of the immune system, biochemistry of immunoglobins, antigen-antibody interactions, allergy, immunological injury, lymphocyte subpopulations and cellular immunity, tolerance suppression and enhancement. Taught alternate/even years.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • BIO-L377 Immunology Laboratory

    Prerequisites:

    BIO-377 must be taken concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Anatomy of the immune system , immunoglobin purification, hemagglutination, enzyme immunoassay. Immuno-chemistry, immunoelectrophoresis, gel precipitation assay.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • BIO-385 Advanced Microbiology

    Prerequisites:

    BIO-285 and BIO-L285 BIO L385 must be taken concurrently

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Pathogenesis and host-parasite relationships; epidemiology and public health aspects of pathogenic microorganisms are stressed; molecular biology, applied and industrial microbiology. Current literature reviews. Taught alternate/odd years.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • BIO-L385 Advanced Microbiology Lab

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 285/L285; BIO 385 must be taken concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Isolation, quantization and cultivation of microorganisms, advanced general and applied microbiology and molecular biology. Experience in media, chemical and culture preparations.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • BIO-403 Cell Biology

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 111/L111 and CHEM 211/L211

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The study of cells, approached through examinations of biochemical mechanisms, the relation between the structure and function of biological molecules and organelles, and the regulation of normal and diseased cells.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • BIO-L403 Cell Biology Lab

    Prerequisites:

    Take BIO-111 BIO-L111 CHEM-211 CHEM-L211;and must take BIO-403 concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Examination of biological molecules and their role in cell function. Techniques used in these examinations will include enzymatic analyses, gel electrophoresis, immunologic identification, chromatography, and spectroscopy. Students are expected to develop their proficiency in the laboratory techniques used, to analyze their results in a quantitative manner, and to present their findings.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • BIO-409 Biology Seminar

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 202, Senior standing

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    The purpose of this class is to familiarize all senior biology majors with the process of investigating and implementing novel research in the biological sciences. The centerpiece of the course is a semester long project in which each student selects, researches, and designs an original experiment on the topic of their choice. Two in - class presentations and a full length research proposal are required. Weekly reading assignments and discussions of the primary literature are vital to the investigation piece of the course. Prerequisites: BIO 202 and senior standing. May not be used for credit towards or an elective for the Biology Minor.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • BIO-474 Molecular Genetics

    Prerequisites:

    Take CHEM-211 and CHEM-L211; Take CHEM-331 or BIO-274 and BIO-L274;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    An examination of concepts and techniques of modern molecular biology. Topics include the structure and function of DNA, RNA, and proteins, the regulation of gene expression in prokaryotes and eukaryotes at transcriptional and post-transcriptional levels, genetic modification of organisms, and genome analysis. This course will incorporate readings and discussions of primary scientific literature. Spring semester.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • BIO-L474 Molecular Genetics Lab

    Prerequisites:

    Take CHEM-211 and CHEM-L211; Take CHEM-331 or BIO-274 and BIO-L274; BIO-474 must be taken concurrently;

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    This upper level laboratory course will consist of a semester-long project in the form of a series of consecutive experiments involving the generation of a genetically modified organism and its subsequent molecular analysis. Techniques employed will include genetic screens, DNA isolation, restriction endonuclease analysis, transformation of bacteria,gel electrophoresis, gene reported assays, RNA isolation, reverse transcription, and quantitative PCR.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • BIO-475 Developmental Biology

    Prerequisites:

    BIO-114, L114 and CHEM-211, L211 BIO L475 must be taken concurrently

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    An examination of the molecular, cellular, biochemical and environmental mechanisms that regulate the developmental processes in organisms with an emphasis on vertebrates. Topics include the processes of differentiation, determination, tissue induction and morphogenesis.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • BIO-L475 Developmental Biology Lab

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 114/L114, CHEM 211/L211 BIO 475 must be taken concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Laboratory includes the classic sequential study of developmental stages in the frog, pig and chicken using prepared slides. It also includes experimental manipulation of development in vertebrates and other organisms to a lesser degree. Prerequisite: BIO 202, BIO 114, BIO L114, CHEM 211, CHEM L211, Must take BIO 475 concurrently. 1 term - 1 credit.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • BIO-510 Independent Study

    Prerequisites:

    An independent study form must be submitted to the CAS Dean's Office.

    Credits:

    1.00- 5.00

    Description:

    Student projects may be initiated by a student or faculty member with the approval of the Chairperson. A written proposal which must have majority approval of the Biology Faculty is required prior to enrolling. A paper and oral report are required. Only ONE independent study may be used toward biology electives.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • SCI-103 Environmental Science

    Prerequisites:

    SCI-L103 must be taken concurrently

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Case study approach to the fundamentals of science applied to environmental degradation, ecosystems, geological processes, population dynamics, deforestation and biodiversity, climate change, ozone depletion, air soil, and water resource management, pollution and risks to health, economics and the environment, politics and the environment, and ethics and the environment.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS

  • SCI-L103 Environmental Science Lab

    Prerequisites:

    Must take SCI-103 concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Laboratory exercises to illustrate the topics covered in Science 103. Field-testing and analysis of environmental samples. Field trip required.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS

  • SCI-H103 Honors Environmental Science

    Prerequisites:

    SCI-L103 must be taken concurrently

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Case study approach to the fundamentals of science applied to environmental degradation, ecosystems, geological processes, population dynamics, deforestation and biodiversity, climate change, ozone depletion, air soil, and water resource management, pollution and risks to health, economics and the environment, politics and the environment, and ethics and the environment.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS

  • SCI-251 Intro to Coastal Geology

    Prerequisites:

    Intro Math and must take SCI-L251 concurrently

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Coastal environments will be analyzed with an emphasis on the important environmental characteristics of these areas. Management and environmental problems within the coastal and offshore areas such as beach erosion, beach access, and oil spills will be considered. One required field trip.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS,SCI TECH ENGNR

  • SCI-L251 Intro Coastal Geology I Lab

    Prerequisites:

    SCI 251 must be taken concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    An introduction to laboratory and field techniques used in the geological study of coastal environments. Field trips will be taken to local coastal areas.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS,SCI TECH ENGNR

  • SCI-HL103 Honors Environmental Science Lab

    Prerequisites:

    Must take SCI-103 concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Laboratory exercises to illustrate the topics covered in Science 103. Field-testing and analysis of environmental samples. Field trip required.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS