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  • CAS BI 401: Honors Research In Biology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: senior standing, cumulative GPA in biology of at least 3.5, and approval of the Department of Biology Honors Committee.
    Mentored laboratory or field research with a faculty member of the Biology Department leading to graduation with Honors in Biology. Minimum 12 hours/week in lab or fieldwork, data analysis, and writing.
  • CAS BI 402: Honors Research in Biology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: senior standing, cumulative GPA in biology of at least 3.5, and approval of the Department of Biology Honors Committee.
    Mentored laboratory or field research with a faculty member of the Biology Department leading to graduation with Honors in Biology. Minimum 12 hours/week in lab or fieldwork, data analysis, and writing.
  • CAS BI 407: Animal Behavior (EBE)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 107.
    Ethological approach to animal behavior; physiological, ontogenic, and phylogenic causes; and adaptive significance of behavior examined within an evolutionary framework, minimally including humans. Three hours lecture, three hours lab.
  • CAS BI 410: Developmental Biology (CM)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 203 and CAS BI 206; or consent of instructor.
    Contemporary aspects of embryonic development, drawing from current literature. Emphasis on the use of experimental approaches to address topics such as polarity in the egg, body axis specification, embryonic patterning, and organogenesis. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion.
  • CAS BI 414: Ornithology (EBE)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 107.
    Examines the behavior, ecology and morphology, physiology, classification, and evolution of birds. Flight, navigation, migration, territorial courtship, nesting, and parental behavior. Field trips. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion and demonstrations. (Offered alternate years.)
  • CAS BI 416: Herpetology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 107; or equivalent.
    Examines the diversity, life history, physiology, behavior, ecology, and evolution of amphibians and reptiles. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Field trips (including required Spring Recess trip to Florida).
  • CAS BI 421: Biochemistry I
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CH 204 or CAS CH 212; or CASCH214 or equivalent.
    Introductory biochemistry. Protein structure and folding enzyme mechanisms, kinetics, and allostery; nucleic acid structure; lipids and membrane structure; bioenergetics; vitamins and coenzymes; introduction to intermediary metabolism. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion, four hours lab.
  • CAS BI 422: Biochemistry II
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 421 or CAS CH 421; or equivalent.
    Cell metabolism, with special emphasis on the uptake of food materials, the integration and regulation of catabolic, anabolic, and anaplerotic routes, and the generation and utilization of energy. Lectures include consideration of events in prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. Three hours lecture, four hours lab, one hour discussion.
  • CAS BI 423: Marine Biogeochemistry (EBE)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CH 101 and CAS CH 102; or BUMP semester and cases144 or consent of instructor.
    Oceanic nutrient and biogeochemical cycling in the context of the marine response to global change. Links between local and global scales are emphasized. Topics include oceanic productivity, iron limitation, oceanic glacial carbon dioxide budget, biogenic particle fluxes, oceanic glacial-interglacial biogeochemistry.
  • CAS BI 443: Terrestrial Biogeochemistry
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 107 or CAS ES 101 or CAS ES 105; and CH 101/102, or consent of instructor.
    The patterns and processes controlling carbon and nutrient cycling in terrestrial ecosystems. Links between local and global scales are emphasized. Topics include net primary production, nutrient use efficiency, and biogeochemical transformation. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion.
  • CAS BI 444: Neuroethology (NEU)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 325 or CAS NE 203; or consent of instructor.
    Specialized natural behaviors reveal general principles of systems neuroscience. Examples include vocal learning in songbirds, sensory-motor integration in bats, and pattern generators in lobsters. Three hours lecture and literature discussion; three hours laboratory, including microchip programming and neural recordings. Also offered as CAS NE 444.
  • CAS BI 445: Cell/Mol Neuphy
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 203 or CAS BI 315 or CAS NE 203; , or consent of instructor.
    This course description is currently under construction.
  • CAS BI 446: Biology of the Cell Cycle (CM)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 203 and CAS BI 206.
    Temporal organization and regulation of cellular function. Includes theory and analysis of methodologies applicable to cell proliferation, cell synchrony, molecular genetics, biochemistry, and physiology of cell cycle phases. Emphasis on the molecular regulation of growth and differentiation in eukaryotic organisms, from yeast to humans. Readings in original research literature; term paper. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion.
  • CAS BI 448: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology (EBE)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 303 or CAS BI 306; or consent of instructor.
    The study of biological diversity and modern methods to protect endangered plant and animal species. The environment, population, and genetic and human factors that affect the survival of species are examined for temperate and tropical communities, as well as terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion.
  • CAS BI 449: Neuroscience Design Lab
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 315 or CAS BI 325 or CAS NE 203; ; or consent of instructor.
    Design and build devices for neuroscience experiments. Interface sensors with computers using Arduino microprocessors. Guided exercises followed by independent design projects to quantify human sensory and motor performance, or emulate animal sensory-motor circuits. All levels of programming experience accepted. Also offered as CAS NE 449.
  • CAS BI 455: Developmental Neurobiology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 203 or CAS BI 325 or CAS NE 203; or consent of instructor.
    Fundamental principles of developmental neurobiology, stressing molecular mechanisms that underlie early neural development, differentiation, process outgrowth, and behavior. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion. Also offered as CAS NE 455.
  • CAS BI 471: Readings in Biology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing, cumulative GPA in biology of at least 3.0,and consent of instructor.
    Intensive library research on a well-defined subject, followed by individual conferences and discussion with a faculty member. May be taken as preparation for CAS BI 401, 402, 491, and 492. Does not carry major or minor credit in biology.
  • CAS BI 472: Readings in Biology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing, cumulative GPA in biology of at least 3.0,and consent of instructor.
    Intensive library research on a well-defined subject, followed by individual conferences and discussion with a faculty member. May be taken as preparation for CAS BI 401, 402, 491, and 492. Does not carry major or minor credit in biology.
  • CAS BI 475: Urban Ecology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS GE 100 or CAS GE 101 or CAS GE 104; and one of the following: CAS BI 306, CAS BI 443 or GRS BI 643, CAS GE 456 or GRS GE 656, or CAS BI 530 or CAS GE 530; or consent of instructor.
    The biophysical environments and ecology of urban settlements. Key topics include the physical environment, patterns in human population growth and development, ecosystem structure and function, global change, urban environment pollution and management, and sustainable urban development. Also offered as CAS GE 475.
  • CAS BI 481: Molecular Biology of the Neuron
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 203.
    Topics include electrical properties of neurons, a survey of neurotransmitters, molecular structure and function of receptors, synaptic transmission, intracellular signaling, and the molecular biology of sensory transduction. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion. Also offered as CAS NE 481.