Biology

  • MET BI 105: Introductory Biology for Health Sciences (N)
    Principles of biology: emphasis on cellular structure, heredity, development, and organic evolution. Intended for nonmajors as well as for those concentrating in the health and paramedical sciences. Laboratory course. Three hours lecture, two hours lab.
  • MET BI 106: Human Anatomy (N)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: MET BI 105.
    Gross structure of the human body: skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Laboratory course. Three hours lecture, two hours lab.
  • MET BI 107: Biology I: Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
    Assumes year of high school biology and chemistry. For premedical students and students who plan to concentrate in the natural sciences. Required of biology concentrators. It is recommended that MET CH 101 and CH 102 be taken prior to or concurrently with this sequence. Each course has three hours lecture and three hours lab.
  • MET BI 108: Biology II: Cells, Genetics, Development, and Physiology
    Assumes year of high school biology and chemistry. For premedical students and students who plan to concentrate in the natural sciences. Required of biology concentrators. It is recommended that MET CH 101 and CH 102 be taken prior to or concurrently with this sequence. Each course has three hours lecture and three hours lab. Course examines cells, genetics, development, physiology, and neurobiology.
  • MET BI 203: Cell Biology (CM)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: MET BI 108 and MET CH 102.
    Principles of cellular organization and function: biological molecules, enzymes, bioenergetics, membranes, motility, regulatory mechanisms. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion.
  • MET BI 206: Genetics (CM)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: MET BI 108; or equivalent.
    MET CH 203 recommended. Principles of heredity as derived from genetic, biochemical, and cytological evidence in animals, plants, and microorganisms. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion.
  • MET BI 211: Human Physiology (N)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: MET BI 105; or equivalent.
    Designed for non-biology majors. Introduction to physiology. Principles of physiology with special reference to humans. Laboratory course. Three hours lecture, three hours lab.
  • MET BI 303: Ecology (EBE)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: MET BI 107.
    Basic principles of ecology, population dynamics and behavior, interrelationships of plants and animals and their physical and chemical environment. Structure and function of ecosystems and community dynamics. Laboratory course. Three hours lecture, three hours lab.
  • MET BI 315: Systems Physiology (PER/NEURO)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: MET BI 108 and MET BI 203.
    An introduction to the basic physiological principles applied across all levels of organization (cell, tissue, organ system) and intended to prepare the student for more advanced courses in physiology. Topics include homeostasis, neural, muscle, cardiopulmonary, renal, endocrine, and reproductive physiology. Three hours lecture, three hours lab.
  • MET BI 407: Animal Behavior (EBE)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: MET BI 107; or equivalent.
    Ethological approach to animal behavior, including humans; physiological, ontogenetic, and phylogenetic causes and adaptive significance of behavior within an evolutionary framework. Laboratory course. Three hours lecture, three hours lab.
  • MET BI 426: Neurobiology of Consciousness
    Your brain is a bizarre device, set in place through natural selection of your ancestors and your own experience. One thing that clearly separates your brain from the brain of any other non-human animal is the propensity of your brain for imagination and creativity. In this class we will dive into the neuroscience of imagination: from neurons to memory to neurological control of novel conscious experiences. We will study what makes your brain unique and the selectional forces that shaped the brains of our ancestors. We will discuss what makes human language special and how it evolved. This interdisciplinary class is intended for paleoanthropologists who want to learn neuroscience, psychologists who are interested in the question of the origin of language, biologists who are interested in the uniqueness of the human mind, neuroscientists who want an exposure to paleoanthropology and linguistics, philosophers fascinated by neurological basis of behavior and other students interested in an understanding of the mind of a man and the evolution of the brain.
  • MET BI 491: Research in Biology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: senior standing, minimum GPA of 3.0 (B) in biology, consent of instructor, and approval of research outline by Department of Biology.
    Laboratory or field research projects in biology may be chosen under supervision of Department of Biology. Minimum 12 hours per week in laboratory or fieldwork, not including preparation or evaluation time. Both semesters of research may count toward concentration credit in biology if two semesters of work are completed.
  • MET BI 492: Research in Biology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: senior standing, minimum GPA of 3.0 (B) in biology, consent of instructor, and approval of research outline by Department of Biology.
    Laboratory or field research projects in biology may be chosen under supervision of Department of Biology. Minimum 12 hours per week in laboratory or fieldwork, not including preparation or evaluation time. Both semesters of research may count toward concentration credit in biology if two semesters of work are completed.
  • MET BI 552: Molecular Biology (CM)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: MET BI 203, BI 206, or consent of instructor.
    Graduate Prerequisites: MET BI 203 and MET BI 206; or consent of instructor.
    Structure, synthesis, and control of biologically important macromolecules, especially DNA, RNA, and proteins. Biochemistry of transcription and translation of genetic material. Introduction to molecular problems peculiar to eukaryotes. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion.
  • MET BI 607: Animal Behavior (EBE)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: MET BI 107 or equivalent.
    Graduate Prerequisites: MET BI 107; or equivalent.
    Ethological approach to animal behavior, including humans; physiological, ontogenetic, and phylogenetic causes and adaptive significance of behavior within an evolutionary framework. Laboratory course. Three hours lecture, three hours lab.