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GRS BI 616: Herpetology
Examines the diversity, life history, physiology, behavior, ecology, and evolution of amphibians and reptiles. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Field trips (including required Spring Recess trip to Florida).
GRS BI 621: Biochemistry I
Introductory biochemistry. Protein structure and folding enzyme mechanisms, kinetics, and allostery; nucleic acid structure and chemistry; recombinant DNA; lipids and membrane structure; bioenergetics; vitamins and coenzymes; introduction to intermediary metabolism. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion, four hours laboratory, graduate project.
GRS BI 622: Biochemistry II (CM)
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 will include consideration of events in prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. Three hours lecture, four hours lab, 1 hour discussion.
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 644: Neuroethology
Specialized natural behaviors reveal general principles of systems neuroscience. Examples include vocal learning in songbirds, sensory-motor integration in bats, and pattern generators in lobsters. Three hours lecture and literature discussion; three hours laboratory, including microchip programming and neural recordings.
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 lab.
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 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 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 753: Advanced Molecular Biology
Graduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 552; 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 will draw on reading from current scientific literature.