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  • CAS BI 539: Coral Reef Dynamics: Shallow Waters, Deep Time
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Admission to the BU 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 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 203; or consent of instructor.
    Molecular and neuroendocrine mechanisms controlling reproductive and parental behaviors, ingestive behaviors and metabolism, and circadian rhythms, pain perception, and reward in vertebrates. Three hours lecture plus student-led discussions of relevant research papers. Also offered as CAS NE 545.
  • CAS BI 546: Marine Megafaunal Ecology: Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and Surrounding Waters
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 260 and CAS MA 213; or consent of instructor.
    Marine macrofauna: whales, seals, seabirds, fishes, turtles, jellies, and people in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Evolution, food webs, and distributional ecology; physical and human influences on foraging and movement behavior. Student research builds ecosystem-based science for Sanctuary management.
  • CAS BI 550: Marine Genomics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the Marine Semester.
    Covers the evolution of genomes, the architecture of gene networks, and the connection between genotype and phenotype in marine organisms, as well as the technical development of modern genomics. Student research projects utilize modern genomics experimental approaches.
  • CAS BI 551: Biology of Stem Cells
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 203 and CAS BI 206.
    Views on stem cell research range from assumptions of a potential cure for most diseases to fears that it will depreciate the value of human life. This course equips students with the science that underlies this discussion, including the biological properties of stem cells and the experimental hurdles to utilization in regenerative medicine.
  • CAS BI 552: Molecular Biology I (CM)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 203 or CAS BI 213; , and CASBI206 or CASBI216.
    Synthesis, structure, and function of biologically important macromolecules (DNA, RNA, and proteins). Regulation and control of the synthesis of RNA and proteins. Introduction to molecular biology of eukaryotes. Discussion of molecular biological techniques, including genetics and recombinant DNA techniques. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion.
  • CAS BI 553: Molecular Biology II (CM)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 552; (CAS BI/CH 421/422 recommended.)
    Continuation of CAS BI 552 with emphasis on eukaryotes. General areas of focus include genome organization, mechanisms of gene regulation, and cell signaling. Topics including genomics, mouse transgenics systems, signal transduction, chromatin structure, and cell cycle.
  • CAS BI 554: Neuroendocrinol
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 315 or CAS BI 425.
    This course description is currently under construction.
  • CAS BI 560: Systems Biology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 552; or consent of the instructor.
    Examines critical components of systems biology, including design principles of biological systems (e.g., feedback, synergy, cooperativity), and the generation and analysis of large-scale datasets (e.g., protein- protein interaction, mRNA expression).
  • CAS BI 563: Sensory Biology of Aquatic Animals
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 260; and junior or senior standing, or consent of instructor.
    Underwater signals, physics of signal transmission, receptors, sense organs, animal behavior. Focus on student-generated research projects: design, animal care, data collection, analysis and presentation. A one-month block course in the BU Marine Semester.
  • CAS BI 569: Tropical Marine Invertebrates
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 107 and CAS BI 260; and admission to the Marine Semester.
    Explores the diversity of marine invertebrates, including body plans, feeding biology, reproductive strategies, and developmental programs. Field biodiversity surveys and behavioral studies in shallow water tropical marine environments, especially seagrass beds and mangrove. Part of the Marine Semester. Cannot be taken for credit in addition to CAS BI 547.
  • CAS BI 572: Advanced Genetics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 206 and CAS BI 203; CAS BI 552 is recommended.
    An in-depth study of eukaryotic genetics, ranging from the history and basic principles to current topics and modern experimental approaches. Genetics of Drosophila, C. elegans, mice, and humans are explored in detail, including readings from primary literature. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion.
  • CAS BI 576: Carcinogenesis
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 203 ; CAS BI 206 ; CAS BI 552.
    Covers multiple aspects of cancer biology with a focus on molecular mechanisms underlying cancer development and progression, and the implications for therapy. Topics include oncogenes, tumor suppressors, apoptosis, angiogenesis, metastasis, mouse models, and chemotherapy. Emphasis on current research.
  • CAS BI 578: Marine Geographic Information Science
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 260 and CAS ES 144; ; CASMA213 strongly recommended.
    Introduction to marine geographic information systems and spatial analysis for conservation, management, and marine landscape ecology. Comparative examples from Gulf of Maine and tropics. Solve problems in coastal zoning and marine park design, whale and coral reef conservation. Also offered as CAS GE 578.
  • CAS BI 579: Progress in Ecology, Behavior, Evolution, and Marine Biology 1
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: graduate standing in EBE or MB.
    Facilitates presentation and discussion of research ideas, preliminary data, and research progress by all graduate students in Ecology, Behavior, Evolution, and Marine Biology (EBE-MB). All EBE-MB graduate students are encouraged to participate every semester, but receive two credits toward the degree only once, for CAS BI 579 or for CAS BI 580.
  • CAS BI 580: Progress in Ecology, Behavior, Evolution, and Marine Biology 2
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: graduate standing in EBE or MB.
    Facilitates presentation and discussion of research ideas, preliminary data, and research progress by all graduate students in Ecology, Behavior, Evolution, and Marine Biology (EBE-MB). All EBE-MB graduate students are encouraged to participate every semester, but receive two credits toward the degree only once, for CAS BI 579 or for CAS BI 580.
  • CAS BI 581: Seminar in Biology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor. Open to seniors and graduate students concentrating in biology.
    Informal discussion and student reports on subjects of current interest based on an intensive study of the literature. Topics vary. Topic for Fall 2011: The Evolution of Animal Signals. Recent advances in understanding the evolution of animal signals through theoretical and empirical studies. See Biology website for additional information.
  • CAS BI 582: Seminar in Biology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor. Open to seniors and graduate students concentrating in biology.
    Informal discussion and student reports on subjects of current interest based on an intensive study of the literature. Topics vary. List of approved seminars available at preregistration each semester.
  • CAS BI 583: Seminar: Progress in Cell and Molecular Biology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Open to graduate students only.