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  • 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
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: (CAS BI 203 or equivalent) 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), 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 1
    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; macromolecular biosynthesis with emphasis on specificity and fidelity; lipids and membrane structure; vitamins and coenzymes; introduction to intermediary metabolism. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion, four hours lab.
  • CAS BI 422: Biochemistry 2
    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, one hour discussion, four hours lab.
  • 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 445: Cellular and Molecular Neurophysiology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 203 or CAS BI 315 or CAS BI 325 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 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.
  • CAS BI 486: Biological Design for Sustainable Development (EBE)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 107; one EBE (ecology, behavior, and evolution) course numbered CAS BI 260or higher.
    Study of biological constraints on the problem of human society's relationship with the ecosystems, terrestrial and marine, that sustain it. Case studies combining natural history, ecological theory, dynamical modeling, and experimental design in the search for workable solutions.
  • CAS BI 491: Undergraduate Research in Biology IV
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Research in biological science for students at the senior level. Students design and implement a research project with a faculty member. A minimum of 12 hours per week in lab or field work, not including preparation or evaluation time. Research topic must be defined at the time of registration. Course grade is determined by laboratory performance and written report.
  • CAS BI 492: Undergraduate Research in Biology IV
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Research in biological science for students at the senior level. Students design and implement a research project with a faculty member. A minimum of 12 hours per week in lab or field work, not including preparation or evaluation time. Research topic must be defined at the time of registration. Course grade is to be determined by laboratory performance and written report.