Courses

  • GRS BI 648: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
    The study of biological diversity and modern methods to protect endangered plant and animal species. The environment, population, genetic, and human factors which affect the survival of species examined for temperate and tropical communities, as well as terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion.
  • GRS BI 655: Developmental Neurobiology
    Fundamental principles of developmental neurobiology. Course stresses molecular mechanisms that underlie early neural development, differentiation, process outgrowth, and behavior. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion.
  • GRS BI 671: Survey of Ecology, Behavior, Evolution, and Marine Biology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Biology graduate students, who have not yet taken their qualifying exam, in areas of Ecology, Behavior, Evolution, and Marine Biology. Others will be permitted at the discretion of the instructor.
    Introduces graduate students to current faculty and research in ecology, behavior, evolution, and marine biology. Students and faculty share expertise and establish collaborations, helping the Department of Biology to leverage its most important asset: intellectual capital.
  • GRS BI 675: Urban Ecology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS GE 100 or CAS GE 101 or CAS GE 104; and one of the following: CAS BI 306, CAS BI 443 or GRS BI 643, CAS GE 456 or GRS GE 656, or CAS BI 530 or CAS GE 530; or consent of instructor.
    The biophysical environments and ecology of urban settlements. Key topics include the physical environment, patterns in human population growth and development, ecosystem structure and function, global change, urban environment pollution and management, and sustainable urban development. Also offered as GRS GE 675.
  • GRS BI 681: Molecular Biology of the Neuron
    The study of interactions between neurotransmitters and receptors in the nervous system. Topics include electrical properties of neurons, a survey of neurotransmitters, molecular structure and function of receptors, synaptic transmission, intracellular signaling, and the molecular biology of sensory transduction.
  • GRS BI 697: A Bridge to Knowledge: A Practical Seminar for First-Year Graduate Students in Biology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: first-year MA or PhD students in Biology or MCBB, or first-time teaching fellows in Biology or MCBB.
    A seminar for first-year biology and MCBB graduate students. Basic pedagogical theory and professional development topics are covered. The course is intended to help students become effective teachers and members of the graduate community. Also offered as GRS MB 697.
  • GRS BI 699: Teaching College Biology I
    The goals, contents, and methods of instruction in biology. General teaching-learning issues. Required of all teaching fellows.
  • GRS BI 701: Graduate Readings in Biology
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor, limited to graduate students in the one-year, nonresearch MA program.
    Library research on well-defined subjects determined in consultation with faculty member. Two such half courses may be used to partially satisfy the eight-full-course requirement for the one-year MA degree in Biology.
  • GRS BI 702: Graduate Readings in Biology
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Library research on well-defined subjects determined in consultation with faculty member.
  • GRS BI 719: Colloquium in Terrestrial Biogeoscience
    Graduate Prerequisites: MA or PhD standing.
    Introduction to the field of Terrestrial Biogeoscience through weekly research presentations and discussions with GRS faculty and distinguished guests. Students also meet weekly with lead faculty member to discuss primary literature related to each presentation. Also offered as GRS ES 719 and GRS GE 719.
  • GRS BI 720: Practicum in Terrestrial Biogeoscience
    Graduate Prerequisites: MA or PhD standing.
    Analysis and synthesis of the primary literature via in-depth case studies in terrestrial biogeoscience. Students meet weekly with faculty to read papers from the primary literature, synthesize results, and prepare a peer-review quality paper on the case study. Also offered as GRS ES 720 and GRS GE 720.
  • GRS BI 735: Advanced Cell Biology
    Current understanding of essential topics and important problems in modern cell biology, with emphasis on recent experimental findings, research strategies and approaches, and new techniques for investigating how cells work. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion.
  • GRS BI 741: Neural Systems: Functional Circuit Analysis
    Graduate Prerequisites: GRS BI 755 or GMS AN 810 or GMS NE 700; or consent of instructor.
    An in-depth survey of powerful new approaches for understanding nervous system function, linking neural activity to behavior. Topics include anatomical connectivity, behavioral methods, and both recording and manipulating the activity of neural populations. Also offered as GRS NE 741.
  • GRS BI 753: Advanced Molecular Biology
    Graduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 552; or consent of instructor.
    In-depth analysis of current topics in molecular biology regarding the flow of information in the nucleus of eukaryotic cells. Focus on primary literature. Includes genomic flexibility, signal transduction to the nucleus, chromatin structure, gene expression, cell cycle checkpoints, health-related topics.
  • GRS BI 755: Cellular and Systems Neuroscience
    Advanced survey course in neurobiology. Topics covered include cell biology of the neuron, neurophysiology, neuropharmacology, cell signaling, anatomical methods, development of the nervous system, and human neuroanatomy. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion.
  • GRS BI 756: Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience
    Team taught survey course in neuroscience. Topics to be covered include cortical structures, information processing, synaptic plasticity, learning and memory, and perception. Lectures draw on reading from current scientific literature.
  • GRS BI 911: Research in Behavior and Ecology
  • GRS BI 912: Research in Behavior and Ecology
  • GRS BI 913: Research in Botany
  • GRS BI 914: Research in Botany