Courses

  • GRS AS 802: Graduate Research and Scholarship
    An introduction to the methods of research and scholarship required for successful graduate study and the associated ethical issues. Topics include choosing a research advisor, the research topic, the research record, scholarly writing and publishing, intellectual property, and research funding.
  • GRS AS 803: Research Methods in Astronomical Data Analysis
    Computer programming skills, elementary image and data processing, visualization techniques for astronomical datasets. Flat fielding, bias removal, sky subtraction, median filtering, CLEAN algorithm, point-source extraction. Fitting functions to data, solving linear and nonlinear equations numerically, approximating solutions of differential equations.
  • GRS AS 850: Astrophysics Seminar
    Weekly seminar offering graduate students and advanced undergraduates discussions of current research topics in astrophysics with staff and visiting scientists.
  • GRS AS 851: Astrophysics Seminar
    Weekly seminar offering graduate students and advanced undergraduates discussions of current research topics in astrophysics with staff and visiting scientists.
  • GRS AS 865: Space Physics Seminar
    Weekly seminar offering graduate students and advanced undergraduates discussions of current research topics in space physics with staff and visiting scientists.
  • GRS AS 866: Space Physics Seminar
    Weekly seminar offering graduate students and advanced undergraduates discussions of current research topics in space physics with staff and visiting scientists.
  • GRS AS 901: Research in Astronomy
  • GRS AS 902: Research in Astronomy
  • GRS AS 911: Directed Study in Astronomy
  • GRS AS 912: Directed Study in Astronomy
  • GRS BI 607: Animal Behavior
    Ethological approach to animal behavior. Physiological, ontogenic, and phylogenic causes and adaptive significance of behavior are examined within an evolutionary framework, minimally including humans. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
  • GRS BI 610: Developmental Biology
    Contemporary aspects of 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.
  • GRS BI 611: Microbiome: Our Intimate Relationship with Microorganisms
    Graduate Prerequisites: CASBI203 (or equivalent) & CASBI206 (or equivalent) or consent of instructor.
    The microbial community - referred to as "microbiome" - that colonizes the human 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 with them. Three hours lecture; one hour discussion.
  • GRS BI 614: Ornithology
    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.
  • GRS BI 616: Herpetology
    Examines the diversity, life history, physiology, behavior, ecology, and evolution of amphibians and reptiles. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory. Field trips (including required Spring Recess trip to Florida).
  • GRS BI 621: Biochemistry 1
    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.
  • GRS BI 622: Biochemistry 2
    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.
  • GRS BI 623: Marine Biogeochemistry
    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.
  • GRS BI 643: 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.
  • GRS BI 645: Cellular and Molecular Neurophysiology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: graduate standing.
    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 laboratory.