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  • CAS BI 260: Marine Biology (EBE)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 107; or consent of instructor.
    Life in the seas: its ecology, evolution, and human impacts. Includes behavioral, physiological, structural, ecological, and evolutionary perspectives. A prerequisite for the Marine Semester. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion.
  • CAS BI 271: Reading in Biology II
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: sophomore 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.
  • CAS BI 272: Reading in Biology II
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: sophomore 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.
  • CAS BI 281: Fundamentals of Biology 1
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CH 182; or equivalent, and consent of instructor.
    Limited to seven-year medical and dental students. Fundamentals of cell biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, immunology, and physiology. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion, three hours lab.
  • CAS BI 282: Fundamentals of Biology 2
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CH 182; or equivalent, and consent of instructor.
    Limited to seven-year medical and dental students. Fundamentals of cell biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, immunology, and physiology. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion, three hours lab.
  • CAS BI 291: Undergraduate Research in Biology II
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Research in biological science for students at the sophomore level. Students design and implement a research project with a faculty member.
  • CAS BI 292: Undergraduate Research in Biology II
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Research in biological science for students at the sophomore level. Students design and implement a research project with a faculty member.
  • CAS BI 302: Vertebrate Zoology (EBE)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 107.
    Methods and principles of comparative vertebrate zoology. Phylogeny, natural history, adaptation, and taxonomy. Laboratory emphasis on correlation among structural, physiological, and evolutionary features of selected vertebrates by both dissection and experimentation. Field trips. Two hours lecture, six hours lab.
  • CAS BI 303: Evolutionary Ecology (EBE)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 107; CAS BI 206 recommended.
    Investigation of ecological processes and patterns at the individual, population, and community level. An evolutionary approach is emphasized. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. One research paper and one daylong field trip required.
  • CAS BI 306: Biology of Global Change (EBE)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 107; Recommended: CASCH101 or CASCH171.
    The ecological impacts of human activity on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Climate change, forest decline, eutrophication, acidification, loss of species diversity, and restoration of ecosystems. Three hours lecture, three hours lab.
  • CAS BI 307: Biogeography
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 107 and CAS GE 101.
    Examines the spatial distribution of plants and animals from historical, ecological, and analytical perspectives. Environmental and human influences on species distribution, abundance, and diversity are considered, as are changes resulting from past and projected climate change. Also offered as CAS GE 307.
  • CAS BI 309: Evolution
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 107 and CAS BI 108; or equivalent.
    Introduction to modern concepts, controversies, and analytical approaches in evolutionary biology. Topics include adaptation, natural and sexual selection, species and speciation, phylogenetics, comparative analysis, basic population and quantitative genetics, origin of novelty, adaptive radiation, development and evolution.
  • CAS BI 311: General Microbiology (CM)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 203 and CAS BI 206; or consent of instructor.
    Biology of bacteria and related microorganisms; morphology, physiology, genetics, ecology, and control. Brief introduction to pathogenicity and host reactions. Three hours lecture, four hours lab.
  • CAS BI 315: Systems Physiology (PER/Neuro)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 108 or CAS BI 118 or ENG BE 209; , and CASCH101 and CASCH102, or equivalent.
    An introduction to physiological principles applied across all levels of organization (cell, tissue, organ system). Preparation for more advanced courses in physiology. Topics include homeostasis and neural, muscle, respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, endocrine, gastrointestinal, and metabolic physiology. Three hours lecture, three hours lab.
  • CAS BI 325: Principles of Neuroscience (PER/Neuro)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 203; or consent of instructor.
    Fundamentals of the nervous system, emphasizing synaptic transmission; hierarchical organization; autonomic nervous system; mechanisms of sensory perception; reflexes and motor function; biorhythms; and neural mechanisms of feeding, mating, learning, and memory. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion. Lecture portion meets with CAS NE 203.
  • CAS BI 371: Reading in Biology III
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior 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 paper presentation. Does not carry major or minor credit in biology.
  • CAS BI 372: Reading in Biology III
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior 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 paper presentation. Does not carry major or minor credit in biology.
  • CAS BI 385: Immunology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 203 and CAS BI 206; and junior standing.
    The constituents and regulation of mammalian immune systems are described at the levels of the gene, protein, and cell. Topics include nonspecific, T cell and B cell recognition and responses, genetics of immune receptors, inflammation, tolerance, memory, and evolution and manipulation of defense systems. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion.
  • CAS BI 391: Undergraduate Research in Biology III
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Research in biological science for students at the junior level. Students design and implement a research project with a faculty member.
  • CAS BI 392: Undergraduate Research in Biology III
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Research in biological science for students at the junior level. Students design and implement a research project with a faculty member.