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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 411: Microbiome: Our Intimate Relationship with Microorganisms
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: (CASBI203 or equivalent & CASBI206 or equivalent) & CASBI311 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
    The microbial community - referred to as "microbiome" - that colonizes our body plays an important role in our health. Topics include (1) the human microbiome; and (2) fundamental aspects of the interactions between animals and the microorganisms that reside on them. 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 438: Tropical Montane Ecology
    Ecology of the montane zone of Ecuador including grassland, subalpine, and alpine scrub ecosystems. Examines the interrelationship of the flora and fauna of montane ecosystems, the exploitation of these environments for natural resources and agriculture, and the impending ecological consequences of such exploitation. Includes 15 hours of lecture presented during a two-week period, interspersed with several one- and two-day field trips to surrounding mountains. A total of two weeks is spent in the field. The field trips are dedicated to field activities and individual and group projects. Graduate credit may be awarded to full-time graduate students for conducting additional research projects to be assigned by the instructor.
  • CAS BI 439: Tropical Rainforest Ecology
    Ecology of the Ecuadorian rainforest including principles applied to the function of the tropical rainforest, using the Amazon basin as an example. Examines the interrelationship of the flora and fauna of the rainforest ecosystems, the exploitation of these environments for natural resources, and the impending ecological consequences of such exploitation. Includes 35 hours of lecture presented during a two-week period in Quito, followed by three weeks of intensive study in the Ecuadorian rainforest. Time in the field is dedicated to field activities, with exposure to different habitats and their respective flora and fauna. A series of directed individual research projects is completed in the field. Graduate credit may be awarded to full-time graduate students for conducting additional research projects to be assigned by the instructor.
  • CAS BI 440: Tropical Coastal Ecology
    Ecology of the coastal zone of Ecuador, including a survey of terrestrial and shallow marine ecosystems. Examines the interrelationship of the flora and fauna of coastal Ecuador, the exploitation of this environment for natural resources, and the impending ecological consequences of such exploitation. Includes 25 hours of lecture presented during a two-week period in Quito, followed by two weeks of intensive study along the coast of Ecuador. The field trips are dedicated to sampling and observation and both individual and group projects. Graduate credit may be awarded to full-time graduate students who conduct additional research projects to be assigned by the instructor.
  • CAS BI 441: Studies in Tropical Ecology
    Ecology of tropical Ecuador. A capstone course in tropical ecology that immediately follows the series of the three field-based courses: Tropical Rainforest Ecology, Tropical Montane Ecology, and Tropical Coastal Ecology. Focuses on the evaluation and statistical analysis of previous data collected in the field, extensive library research, and preparation of individual and group reports. Graduate credit may be awarded to full-time graduate students who conduct additional research projects to be assigned by the instructor.
  • 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 445: Cellular and Molecular Neurophysiology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 203 or CAS BI 315 or CAS NE 203; , or consent of instructor.
    Cellular and molecular basis of neural excitability and synaptic transmission. The molecular understanding of ion channels is extrapolated to higher brain functions such as learning, memory, and sleep. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Also offered as CAS NE 445.
  • 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.