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  • 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.
  • CAS BI 106: Human Anatomy
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 105; or equivalent.
    Intensive preprofessional course for students whose programs require anatomy. Not for biology concentration 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.
  • CAS BI 107: Biology I
    For students who plan to concentrate in the natural sciences or environmental science, and for premedical students. Required for biology concentrators. 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.
  • CAS BI 108: Biology II
    For students who plan to concentrate in the natural sciences (including BMB) and for premedical students. Required for biology concentrators. It is highly recommended that students take CAS CH 101 before this course. High school biology is assumed. Cell and molecular biology, molecular genetics, physiology, and neurobiology. The molecular, biochemical, and cellular basis of life. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.
  • CAS BI 111: Brain, Hormones, and Behavior
    Not for major or minor credit. Brain-hormone interactions in the expression of behavior and control of the endocrine system, including sex hormones and reproduction; brain sex; stress and aging; growth and development; nutrition and metabolism; biorhythms, differentiation, and immunity and disease resistance. Relevance to the human condition through observations and experiments in animals; scientific methods of study. Carries natural science divisional credit (without lab) in CAS.
  • CAS BI 114: Human Infectious Diseases: AIDS to Tuberculosis
    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.
  • CAS BI 118: Biology II (Honors)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CH 101; (or equivalent), AP Biology score of 5 (or equivalent), and consent of instructor.
    Alternative to BI 108 for well-prepared students. Selected topics in introductory molecular and cell biology, physiology, and neurobiology are covered in greater depth, with emphasis on experimental strategies and critical evaluation. Early laboratory sessions focus on methods; later project laboratory emphasizes inquiry-based learning. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.
  • CAS BI 119: Sociobiology
    Designed for non-science concentrators to fulfill natural science divisional requirements. The evolution of animal and human societies; genetics and the development of social behavior; the adaptive significance of social organization; altruism; cooperation; courtship and reproductive behavior; human sociobiology; evolutionary psychology; religion; impact of evolutionary theory on social thought. Three hours lecture plus discussion. Carries natural science divisional credit (without lab) in CAS.
  • 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 concentration credit in biology.
  • CAS BI 172: 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 concentration credit in biology.
  • CAS BI 191: Undergraduate Research in Biology I
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Research in biological science for students at the freshman level. Students design and implement a research project with a faculty member.
  • CAS BI 192: Undergraduate Research in Biology I
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Research in biological science for students at the freshman level. Students design and implement a research project with a faculty member.
  • CAS BI 196: Introductory Quantitative Biology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS MA 121 or CAS MA 123; and CASBI107, or consent of instructor.
    An introduction to the application of mathematics to problems in biology, with particular emphasis on questions arising from ecology, physiology, neuroscience, and genetics. Major focus on building mathematical models for biological problems and analysis with graphical and mathematical techniques. Also offered as CAS MA 196.
  • CAS BI 203: Cell Biology (CM)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 108 and CAS CH 102; or equivalent.
    Principles of cellular organization and function: biological molecules, flow of genetic information, membranes and subcellular organelles, and cell regulation. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion.
  • CAS BI 206: Genetics (CM)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 108 and CAS CH 203; or equivalent.
    Principles of classical, molecular, and evolutionary genetics derived from analytical, molecular, and whole genome cytological evidence in animals, plants, and microorganisms. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion.
  • CAS BI 211: Human Physiology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 105 or CAS BI 108 and CAS BI 106; or equivalent.
    Some knowledge of chemistry and anatomy assumed. Not for concentration credit; Biology concentrators should take CAS BI 315. Introduction to principles of systemic mammalian physiology with special reference to humans. Three hours lecture, three hours lab.
  • CAS BI 213: Intensive Cell Biology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 108 and CAS CH 102; or equivalents.
    Recommended for students in BMB and the Specialization in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology & Genetics. Alternative to CAS BI 203 emphasizing experimental approaches and in-depth discussion. Molecular basis of cell biology, including genomics, subcellular organelles, cell signaling, stem cells, and cancer.
  • CAS BI 216: Intensive Genetics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 108 and CAS BI 203; (or equivalents to both), and CASCH203, or consent of instructor.
    Advanced alternative to CAS BI 206, emphasizing depth of coverage, class discussion, and reading research papers. Principles of classical, molecular, and evolutionary genetics derived from analytical, molecular, and whole genome cytological evidence in animals, plants, and microorgansims. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion.
  • CAS BI 224: Seminar in Behavioral Biology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 107; or equivalent, or consent of instructor.
    Weekly readings, presentations, and discussions of research in behavioral biology. Topics include behavioral ecology, sociobiology, neuroethology, and behavioral neuroscience. Includes a research paper.
  • CAS BI 230: Behavioral Endocrinology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 108 or CAS BI 118 or CAS NE 102; and sophomore standing.
    Hormonal control of reproductive behaviors and social affiliation, aggression, fluid homeostasis and feeding, biological rhythms including seasonal reproduction, stress, learning and memory, psychiatric illness, and steroid abuse. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion. Also offered as CAS NE 230.