Biology

Undergraduate Research in Biology IV

CAS BI 491 (Var credits)

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.

Undergraduate Research in Biology IV

CAS BI 492 (Var credits)

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.

Seminar in Research

CAS BI 495 (2 credits)

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.

Honors in Biology Seminar

CAS BI 497 (2 credits)

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).

2014FALLCASBI497 A1, Sep 2nd to Dec 10th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD

Honors in Biology Seminar

CAS BI 498 (2 credits)

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).

2015SPRGCASBI498 A1, Jan 20th to Apr 30th 2015
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD

Symbiosis (EBE)

CAS BI 503 (4 credits)

Explores a dominant survival mechanism in the Earth's history. Emphasizes partner integration in cell evolution, metabolic basis of the associations, the ubiquity of such association in all ecosystems, and the study of key symbolic systems on Earth today, including coral reefs, mycorrhizae/plants, and lichens. Three hours lecture.

Advanced Evolutionary Analysis (EBE)

CAS BI 504 (4 credits)

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.

2015SPRGCASBI504 A1, Jan 20th to Apr 30th 2015
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 11:00 am 12:30 pm PSY 212
2015SPRGCASBI504 B1, Jan 21st to Apr 29th 2015
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 2:00 pm 3:00 pm KCB 104

Phenotypic Plasticity

CAS BI 506 (4 credits)

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.

2015SPRGCASBI506 A1, Jan 21st to Apr 29th 2015
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 9:00 am 10:00 am PRB 146
2015SPRGCASBI506 B1, Jan 21st to Apr 29th 2015
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 10:00 am 11:00 am PRB 146
2015SPRGCASBI506 B2, Jan 21st to Apr 29th 2015
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 3:00 pm 4:00 pm BRB 219

Behavioral Ecology (EBE)

CAS BI 508 (4 credits)

Examines the adaptive significance of behavior in an ecological context. Topics include the evolution of social behavior, mating systems, sexual selection, alternative reproductive behaviors, life history strategies, optimal foraging, territoriality, cooperation and conflict, host-parasite co-evolution, the ecology of communication, and comparative analyses.

Genetics Laboratory

CAS BI 513 (4 credits)

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.

2014FALLCASBI513 A1, Sep 2nd to Dec 9th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 11:00 am 2:00 pm SCI 427

Population Genetics (EBE)

CAS BI 515 (4 credits)

Examines the interaction of basic evolutionary processes, including mutation, natural selection, genetic drift, inbreeding, and recombination, in determining the genetic composition of populations. Covers both classic models of the modern evolutionary synthesis and newer approaches based on coalescent theory.

2014FALLCASBI515 A1, Sep 3rd to Dec 10th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 11:00 am 12:00 pm BRB 121
2014FALLCASBI515 B1, Sep 4th to Dec 4th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 10:00 am 11:00 am PRB 146

Theoretical Evolutionary Ecology

CAS BI 519 (4 credits)

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.

Sensory Neurobiology

CAS BI 520 (4 credits)

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.

2014FALLCASBI520 A1, Sep 3rd to Dec 10th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MF 10:00 am 11:00 am LSE ARR
W 4:00 pm 5:00 pm LSE ARR
2014FALLCASBI520 B1, Sep 3rd to Dec 10th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 5:00 pm 6:00 pm LSE ARR

Marine Urban Ecology

CAS BI 523 (4 credits)

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. Part of the Marine Semester. Also offered as CAS GE 523.

2014FALLCASBI523 MS, Sep 30th to Oct 24th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD

Biology of Neurodegenerative Diseases

CAS BI 525 (4 credits)

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.

2014FALLCASBI525 A1, Sep 3rd to Dec 10th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 9:00 am 10:00 am BRB 122
W 10:00 am 11:00 am BRB 122
2015SPRGCASBI525 A1, Jan 21st to Apr 29th 2015
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 9:00 am 10:00 am KCB 102
W 10:00 am 11:00 am KCB 102

Biochemistry Laboratory I, II

CAS BI 527 (2 credits)

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.

2014FALLCASBI527 A1, Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 10:00 am 11:00 am CAS B36
2014FALLCASBI527 A2, Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 3:00 pm 4:00 pm CAS 326
2014FALLCASBI527 A3, Sep 2nd to Dec 9th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 8:00 am 9:00 am CAS B36
2014FALLCASBI527 A4, Sep 2nd to Dec 9th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 12:00 pm 1:00 pm PSY B43
2014FALLCASBI527 B1, Sep 2nd to Dec 9th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 4:00 pm 8:00 pm SCI 162
2014FALLCASBI527 B2, Sep 3rd to Dec 10th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 8:00 am 12:00 pm SCI 162
2014FALLCASBI527 B3, Sep 3rd to Dec 10th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 1:00 pm 5:00 pm SCI 162
2014FALLCASBI527 B4, Sep 3rd to Dec 10th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 6:00 pm 10:00 pm SCI 162
2014FALLCASBI527 B5, Sep 4th to Dec 4th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 8:00 am 12:00 pm SCI 162
2014FALLCASBI527 B6, Sep 4th to Dec 4th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 1:00 pm 5:00 pm SCI 162
2014FALLCASBI527 B7, Sep 4th to Dec 4th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 6:00 pm 10:00 pm SCI 162
2014FALLCASBI527 B8, Sep 5th to Dec 5th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 8:00 am 12:00 pm SCI 162
2014FALLCASBI527 B9, Sep 5th to Dec 5th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 1:00 pm 5:00 pm SCI 162
2014FALLCASBI527 BA, Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 11:00 am 3:00 pm SCI 162
2014FALLCASBI527 BB, Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 4:00 pm 8:00 pm SCI 162
2014FALLCASBI527 BC, Sep 5th to Dec 5th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 6:00 pm 10:00 pm SCI 162
2014FALLCASBI527 BX, Sep 2nd to Dec 10th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD

Biochemistry Laboratory I, II

CAS BI 528 (2 credits)

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.

2015SPRGCASBI528 A2, Jan 20th to Apr 30th 2015
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 10:00 am 11:00 am KCB 102
2015SPRGCASBI528 B1, Jan 20th to Apr 30th 2015
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 10:00 am 2:00 pm SCI 162
2015SPRGCASBI528 B2, Jan 20th to Apr 30th 2015
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 3:00 pm 7:00 pm SCI 162
2015SPRGCASBI528 B3, Jan 20th to Apr 30th 2015
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 6:00 pm 10:00 pm SCI 162
2015SPRGCASBI528 B4, Jan 20th to Apr 30th 2015
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 1:00 pm 5:00 pm SCI 162
2015SPRGCASBI528 B5, Jan 20th to Apr 30th 2015
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 5:30 pm 9:30 pm SCI 162

Forest Ecology

CAS BI 530 (4 credits)

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.

2015SPRGCASBI530 A1, Jan 20th to Apr 30th 2015
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 2:00 pm 3:30 pm BRB 122
F 10:00 am 11:00 am BRB 115

Ichthyology: Behavior, Ecology, and Evolution of Fish (EBE)

CAS BI 531 (4 credits)

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.

2014FALLCASBI531 MS, Nov 20th to Dec 19th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD

Translational Research in Alzheimer’s Disease

CAS BI 535 (4 credits)

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.

2014FALLCASBI535 A1, Sep 3rd to Dec 10th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 2:00 pm 3:00 pm SED 212
W 3:00 pm 4:00 pm SED 212