Biology

  • CAS BI 552: Molecular Biology 1
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: (CASBI203 or CASBI213) 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 2 (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 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. Students may not receive credit for more than one of the following courses: CAS BI 327, CAS BI 576, and GMS BT 520.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Informal discussion and student reports on subjects of current interest based on an intensive study of the literature. Topics vary. Two topics are offered Fall 2017. Section B1: Grant Writing. Seminar course in preparing a research grant proposal. Section H1: Neurobiology of Brain Disorders. Review recent topics and readings in the field of neurodegeneration.
  • CAS BI 582: Seminar in Biology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Informal discussion and student reports on subjects of current interest based on an intensive study of the literature. Topics vary. Two topics are offered Spring 2017. Section H1: Neurobiology of Brain Disorders. Reviews recent topics and readings in the field of neurodegeneration that span disorders affecting neurodevelopment, learning and memory, and aging. Section S1: Advanced Topics in Evolution. Topics at the forefront of evolutionary biology, drawn from recent primary literature augmented by classical literature that puts the current work in the broader context of major questions in evolution.
  • CAS BI 583: Seminar: Progress in Cell and Molecular Biology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Open to graduate students only.
    Facilitates presentation and discussion of research ideas, preliminary data, and research progress by all graduate students in Cell & Molecular Biology (CM). All CM graduate students are encouraged to participate every semester, but receive two credits toward the degree only once, for CAS BI 583 or for CAS BI 584.
  • CAS BI 584: Seminar: Progress in Cell and Molecular Biology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Open to graduate students only.
    Facilitates presentation and discussion of research ideas, preliminary data, and research progress by all graduate students in Cell & Molecular Biology (CM). All CM graduate students are encouraged to participate every semester, but receive two credits toward the degree only once, for CAS BI 583 or for CAS BI 584.
  • CAS BI 591: Bio-Optical Oceanography
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: admission to the Marine Semester.
    This field- and lab-based course explores how the optically active constituents in seawater affect the in-water light field, and in turn, how field optics and remote sensing can facilitate the study of marine biogeochemistry, biological oceanography and water quality. Also offered as CAS ES 591.
  • CAS BI 593: Marine Physiology and Climate Change
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 108; or consent of the instructor, and admission to the Marine Semester.
    Explores the range of physiological responses marine organisms exhibit in response to climate change. Investigates phenotypic plasticity exhibited across different organisms and how this plasticity can influence an organism's resilience to its changing environment. Also offered as CAS ES 593.
  • CAS BI 594: Topics in Biology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing and at least two prior biology courses; or consent ofinstructor.
    Examines contemporary topics in the biological sciences. Topics can include behavioral biology, cell and molecular biology, ecology and conservation biology, evolution, neurobiology, biochemistry, or other issues in current biological research. This course may be repeated for credit if the topic is different each time.
  • CAS BI 598: Neural Circuits
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 325 or CAS NE 203; , and CASPY106.
    Reviews modern techniques and toolsets that are capable of dissecting neural circuits, which are critical for understanding how coordinated patterns of neural activity lead to complex behavior. Recent literature on information processing, guided behavior and cognition is discussed. Also offered as CAS NE 598.
  • CAS BI 599: Physiology of the Synapse (PER/Neuro)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing. Recommended: CAS BI 325 or BI 445 or BI 481.
    Neuron development and maturation, synapse formation, structure and molecular components of synapses, synaptic transmission, synaptic plasticity, neurotransmitter receptors, cellular basis for learning and memory, synaptic pathology in neurological diseases. Two hours lecture, two hours paper presentation and discussion.
  • 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.