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  • CAS BI 495: Seminar in Research
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and consent of instructor.
    For research students to consider issues of ethics in science and help develop methods in data gathering, analysis, and presentation of their own research activities. Students analyze research papers, grant proposals, and their own work; a written paper and oral presentation are required.
  • CAS BI 497: Honors in Biology Seminar
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 107 and CAS BI 108; and at least two additional biology courses. For students currently enrolled in or intending to apply to the Honors Biology Program.
    A 2-credit weekly research seminar for students in the Honors in Biology Program. A minimum grade of B+ and a written assignment based on a research topic in one of the seminars is required to graduate with honors. Juniors enrolled in BI 497 or 498 must have a currents faculty research mentor (See the Biology website or contact the Undergraduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Biology).
  • CAS BI 498: Honors in Biology Seminar
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 107 and CAS BI 108; and at least two additional biology courses. For students currently enrolled in or intending to apply to the Honors Biology Program.
    A 2-credit weekly research seminar for students in the Honors in Biology Program. A minimum grade of B+ and a written assignment based on a research topic in one of the seminars is required to graduate with honors. Juniors enrolled in BI 497 or 498 must have a currents faculty research mentor (See the Biology website or contact the Undergraduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Biology).
  • CAS BI 504: Advanced Evolutionary Analysis (EBE)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 309; or permission of instructor.
    Modern concepts, controversies, and analytical approaches in evolutionary biology. Topics include adaptation, natural and sexual selection, species and species formation, phylogenetics, origin of evolutionary novelty, adaptive radiation, basic population and quantitative genetics, development and evolution. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion.
  • CAS BI 506: Phenotypic Plasticity
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 107; and either BI 303 or BI 304, or consent of instructor.
    Explores the flexible phenotype as a product of development and target of natural selection, and addresses the role of plasticity in ecological interactions and evolutionary diversity. Topics: plasticity genetics, evolution, developmental mechanisms, functional ecology, learning, and diversification of life. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion.
  • CAS BI 513: Genetics Laboratory
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 203 and CAS BI 206; and senior standing, and consent of instructor.
    Genetic techniques such as mutant selection and screening, complementation, mapping, recombinant DNA, and chemical genetic screening are taught using the genetic model systems Escherichia coli, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and Arabidopsis thaliana. Short-term and long-term projects in which students formulate and test hypotheses.
  • CAS BI 519: Theoretical Evolutionary Ecology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 303 ; CAS BI 309 ; CAS MA 121; (or CASMA123), or consent of the instructor.
    Familiarizes students with the theory of evolutionary ecology. Students gain enough background to read theoretical evolutionary ecology literature, do simple modeling, and move on to more complex theory. Students gain experience through homework assignments and computer labs.
  • CAS BI 520: Sensory Neurobiology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 325 or CAS NE 203; or consent of instructor.
    A broad survey of sensory system function in model organisms and humans, focusing on fundamental principles of neural processing. Topics include basic cellular transduction, neural coding, and links between neural activity and sensory perception. Also offered as CAS NE 520.
  • CAS BI 523: Marine Urban Ecology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the Marine Semester.
    Marine Urban Ecology is an emerging, interdisciplinary field that aims to understand how human and ecological processes can coexist in human-dominated systems. Topics, ecosystems, and organisms associated with urbanization in the Greater Boston area. Also offered as CAS GE 523.
  • CAS BI 525: Biology of Neurodegenerative Diseases
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS NE 102 or CAS BI 203; ; and (CASNE203 OR CASBI325).
    An in-depth look at molecular mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases and their impact and relevance in clinical diagnosis and treatment. Topics include the molecular pathways of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's, and Creuztfeldt-Jacob Disease, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Also offered as CAS NE 525.
  • CAS BI 527: Biochemistry Laboratory 1
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CH 204 ; CAS CH 212 ; CAS CH 214; or CASCH282.
    Emphasizes the purification and characterization of proteins and DNA. Development and use of modern instrumentation and techniques. Same as CH527 and laboratory portion of CAS BI/CH421. Required for BMB students enrolled concurrently in GMS BI 555. Four hours lab, one hour discussion.
  • CAS BI 528: Biochemistry Laboratory 2
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CH 204 ; CAS CH 212 ; CAS CH 214; or CASCH282.
    Emphasizes protein, carbohydrate, nucleic acid, and lipid chemistry. Development and use of modern instrumentation and techniques. Four hours lab, one hour discussion. Same as CAS CH528 and laboratory portion of CAS BI/CH422. Required for BMB students enrolled concurrently in GMS BI 556. Four hours lab, one hour discussion.
  • CAS BI 530: Forest Ecology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 107; and CASBI303 or CASBI306, or consent of instructor.
    The major biotic and abiotic factors influencing forest ecosystem composition, structure, and function. Role of solar radiation, hydrology, soils, succession, and management of forest ecosystems. Includes New England case study. Three hours lecture plus discussion. Meets with CAS GE 530.
  • CAS BI 531: Ichthyology: Behavior, Ecology, and Evolution of Fish (EBE)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 260; and consent of instructor.
    A comprehensive introduction to fish biology and systematics. Emphasis on phylogenetic relationships, ecology, and behavior. Labs include morphological studies of specimens and behavioral studies of live fishes. This course is a prerequisite for the field course.
  • CAS BI 535: Translational Research in Alzheimer?s Disease
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: (CASBI203 OR CASNE102) AND (CASBI325 OR CASNE203).
    An introduction to translational research focused on Alzheimer's disease, with particular emphasis on the search for new therapeutic targets, from observations of pathogenic phenotypes in patients to the development of appropriate animal and cellular models of the disease. Also offered as CAS NE 535.
  • CAS BI 539: Coral Reef Dynamics: Shallow Waters, Deep Time
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the Marine Semester.
    Tropical reefs-- diverse, complex, and ancient-- exhibit lawful cycles of growth, degradation, and regeneration. Explore these through observations on the Belize Barrier Reef in fossil reef environments and through laboratory experiments. Insights are applied to reef conservation in today's changing world. Also offered as CAS ES 539.
  • CAS BI 541: Coral Reef Resilience and Restoration
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the BU Marine Semester and junior or senior standing.
    Caribbean coral reefs have fallen into ruin. Students develop methods to restore reef health by applying genomics, life history theory, landscape ecology and climatology. This course is an advanced follow-on to CAS BI/ES 539 (Coral Reef Dynamics), and includes field work in Belize.
  • CAS BI 542: Neuroethology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 325 or CAS BI 563 or CAS NE 203; or consent of instructor.
    The purpose of this course is to link neurobiology to behavioral ecology and the properties of the sensory stimulus environment. Examples include vocal learning in songbirds, sensory-motor integration in bats, and marine odor plume navigation in lobsters and sharks. Students choose and develop a research topic in the second half of the course. Three hours lecture; one hour discussion. Also offered as CAS NE 542.
  • CAS BI 543: Global Ecology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Bio/Earth Science/Environmental Studies graduate students or senior standing; previous undergraduate ecology or environmental science course.
    Explores the many biospheric threads that link and exchange throughout the earth. Themes include life systems as a geological force, bacteria as a global organism, the major impacts of algae, and climate change update. Three hours lecture.
  • CAS BI 545: Neurobiology of Motivated Behavior
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 315 or CAS BI 325 or CAS NE 201; or consent of instructor.
    Neural circuits and neuroendocrine mechanisms controlling reproductive, parental, and affiliative behaviors, decision making, ingestive behaviors and metabolism, circadian rhythms, pain perception, and reward in animals, with an emphasis on vertebrates. Lectures are integrated with student-led discussions of relevant research papers. Also offered as CAS NE 545.