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  • CAS BB 292: Undergraduate Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: sophomore standing, GPA in biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) courses of at least 3.0, consent of instructor (laboratory advisor), and approval of application by the BMB Honors Committee.
    Laboratory research under the supervision of a faculty member. Minimum of six hours per week in the lab, not including preparation and evaluation. This course cannot be used for BMB major credit. No more than 12 credits of undergraduate research may be counted toward the 32 courses required for graduation from CAS.
  • CAS BB 391: Undergraduate Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology III
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing, GPA in biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) courses of at least 3.0, consent of instructor (laboratory advisor), and approval of application by the BMB Honors Committee.
    Laboratory research under the supervision of a faculty member. Minimum of three hours per week per credit in the lab, not including preparation and evaluation. A maximum of 4 credits earned in undergraduate research courses may be counted toward the BMB major. No more than 12 credits of undergraduate research may be counted toward the 32 courses required for graduation from CAS.
  • CAS BB 392: Undergraduate Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology III
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing, GPA in biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) courses of at least 3.0, consent of instructor (laboratory advisor), and approval of application by the BMB Honors Committee.
    Laboratory research under the supervision of a faculty member.Minimum of three hours per week per credit in the lab, not including preparation and evaluation. A maximum of 4 credits earned in undergraduate research courses may be counted toward the BMB major. No more than 12 credits of undergraduate research may be counted toward the 32 courses required for graduation from CAS.
  • CAS BB 401: Honors Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: senior standing, GPA in biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) courses of at least 3.5, consent of instructor (laboratory advisor), and approval of application by the BMB Honors Committee.
    Independent laboratory research under the supervision of a faculty member. Minimum of 12 hours per week in the lab, not including preparation and evaluation. Course grade is determined by laboratory performance, oral presentation, written thesis, and defense of the thesis before a committee of three BMB faculty members. Successful completion of both CAS BB 401 and BB 402 may lead to a degree with honors in the major, although only 4 of the credits may count toward the BMB major. No more than 12 credits of undergraduate research may be counted toward the 32 courses required for graduation from CAS.
  • CAS BB 402: Honors Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: senior standing, GPA in biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) courses of at least 3.5, consent of instructor (laboratory advisor), and approval of application by the BMB Honors Committee.
    Independent laboratory research under the supervision of a faculty member. Minimum of 12 hours per week in the lab, not including preparation and evaluation. Course grade is determined by laboratory performance, oral presentation, written thesis, and defense of the thesis before a committee of three BMB faculty members. Successful completion of both CAS BB 401 and BB 402 may lead to a degree with honors in the major, although only 4 of the credits may count toward the BMB major. Students must also present a research talk at the BMB symposium at the end of the Spring semester of the academic year. No more than 12 credits of undergraduate research may be counted toward the 32 courses required for graduation from CAS.
  • CAS BB 491: Undergraduate Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology IV
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: senior standing, GPA in biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) courses of at least 3.0, consent of instructor (laboratory advisor), and approval of application by the BMB Honors Committee.
    Prereq: seniors, BMB GPA of at least 3.0, consent of instructor (laboratory advisor), and approval of application by the BMB Honors Committee. Laboratory research under the supervision of a faculty member. Minimum of 12 hours per week in the lab, not including preparation and evaluation. A maximum of 4 credits earned in undergraduate research courses may be counted toward the BMB major. No more than 12 credits of undergraduate research may be counted toward the 32 courses required for graduation from CAS.
  • CAS BB 492: Undergraduate Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology IV
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: senior standing, GPA in biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) courses of at least 3.0, consent of instructor (laboratory advisor), and approval of application by the BMB Honors Committee.
    Laboratory research under the supervision of a faculty member. Minimum of 12 hours per week in the lab, not including preparation and evaluation. A maximum of 4 credits earned in undergraduate research courses may be counted toward the BMB major. No more than 12 credits of undergraduate research may be counted toward the 32 courses required for graduation from CAS.
  • CAS BB 497: Honors Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Seminar 1
    A one-credit research seminar for students enrolled in Honors Research in BMB (CAS BB 401) or in BA/MA in Biotechnology research (CAS BB 591). A minimum grade of B+ in this course and in CAS BB 401 and CAS BB 402 is required to graduate with Honors in BMB.
  • CAS BB 498: Honors Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Seminar 2
    A one-credit research seminar for students enrolled in Honors Research in BMB (CAS BB 402) or in BA/MA in Biotechnology research (CAS BB 592). Students present at the BMB Symposium. A minimum grade of B+ in this seminar and in CAS BB 401 and CAS BB 402 is required to graduate with Honors in BMB.
  • CAS BB 522: Molecular Biology Laboratory
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 552.
    Introduction to techniques of molecular biology research, including analysis of DNA, RNA, and protein molecules by techniques such as restriction enzyme digestions, PCR, subcloning, DNA sequencing and analysis, reporter gene assays, protein-protein interactions, and culturing and yeast molecular biology.
  • CAS BB 591: Graduate Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: admission to the combined BA/MA Biotechnology Program.
    BMB laboratory research conducted under supervision of a faculty member. Externships are acceptable if approved and overseen by a BMB faculty member or the BMB Director. Minimum of 15 hours per week in the lab, culminating in submission to the BMB Director of a written progress report and research outline for CAS BB 592.
  • CAS BB 592: Graduate Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: admission to the combined BA/MA Biotechnology Program.
    Continuation of the laboratory research project initiated in CAS BB 591, under supervision of a faculty member. Externships are acceptable if approved and overseen by a BMB faculty member or the BMB Director. Minimum of 15 hours per week in the lab, culminating in a presentation at the BMB symposium.
  • CAS BI 105: Introductory Biology for Health Sciences
    Principles of biology; emphasis on cellular structure, genetics, microbiology, development, biochemistry, metabolism, and immunology. This course is appropriate for non-majors and students in the health and paramedical sciences (Sargent College). Students may not receive credit for CAS BI 105 if CAS BI 108 has already been passed. Three hours lecture, two hours lab. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Scientific Inquiry I, Quantitative Reasoning I, Research and Information Literacy.
    • Scientific Inquiry I
    • Quantitative Reasoning I
    • Research and Information Literacy
  • CAS BI 106: Human Anatomy
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 105; or equivalent.
    Intensive preprofessional course for students whose programs require anatomy. Not for biology major or minor credit. Gross structure of the human body; skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Three hours lecture, two hours lab (lab requires dissection). Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
  • CAS BI 107: Biology 1
    For students who plan to major in the natural sciences or environmental science, and for premedical students. Required for biology majors. No prerequisite. High school biology is assumed. The evolution and diversity of life; principles of ecology; behavioral biology. Three hours lecture, three hours lab including several field studies. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Scientific Inquiry I, Quantitative Reasoning I, Research and Information Literacy.
    • Scientific Inquiry I
    • Quantitative Reasoning I
    • Research and Information Literacy
  • CAS BI 108: Biology 2
    For students planning to major in the natural sciences and for premedical students. Required for biology majors. It is strongly recommended students complete CAS CH 101 (or equivalent) before this course. High school biology is assumed. Cell and molecular biology, Mendelian & molecular genetics, physiology, and neurobiology. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Scientific Inquiry II, Quantitative Reasoning II, Teamwork/Collaboration.
    • Scientific Inquiry II
    • Quantitative Reasoning II
    • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • CAS BI 114: Human Infectious Diseases: AIDS to Tuberculosis
    Not for Biology major or minor credit. A study of the world's major human diseases, their causes, effects on history, pathology, and cures. Principles of immunology. Emphasis on present maladies such as AIDS, herpes, cancer, mononucleosis, tuberculosis, influenza, and hepatitis. This course is appropriate for non- majors and students in the health and paramedical sciences (Sargent College). Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area(s): Scientific Inquiry I, Quantitative Reasoning II, Critical Thinking.
    • Scientific Inquiry I
    • Quantitative Reasoning II
    • Critical Thinking
  • CAS BI 116: Biology 2 with Integrated Science Experience 1 Lab
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CH 101.
    Integration of general chemistry with biology and neuroscience, with an emphasis on how each discipline interacts experimentally. Laboratory focuses on projects relating to enzymes and their function. 3 lecture hours (meets with CAS Bl 108 lecture), 3 hours lab.
  • CAS BI 119: Sociobiology
    Designed for non-science majors to fulfill natural science divisional requirements. The evolution of animal and human societies; the adaptive significance of social organization; altruism; cooperation; courtship and reproductive behavior; the genetics, development, and epigenetics of social behavior; human social evolution; evolutionary psychology; religion; impact of evolutionary theory on social thought. Three hours lecture plus discussion. Carries natural science divisional credit (without lab) in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Philosophical Inquiry and Life's Meanings, Scientific Inquiry I, Critical Thinking.
    • Philosophical Inquiry and Life's Meanings
    • Scientific Inquiry I
    • Critical Thinking
  • CAS BI 171: Reading in Biology I
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: freshman standing, consent of instructor, and completed application.
    Library research on a well-defined topic in biological sciences, chosen in conjunction with a faculty member. Individual conferences and discussion with the faculty member are required as well as a paper presentation. Does not carry major or minor credit in biology.