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  • 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.
    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; enrollment in the Marine Semester.
    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 and enrollment in the Marine Semester.
    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.
  • CAS BI 569: Tropical Marine Invertebrates
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 107 and CAS BI 260; and enrollment in 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.
  • 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. Enrollment in the Marine semester required.
    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.