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PLEASE NOTE: The course list below provides a complete list of Biology courses but it does not list when they will be offered. To view the courses that will be offered in the upcoming semester, please download the course directory using the link above.

Introductory Biology for Health Sciences

CAS BI 105 (4 credits)

Principles of biology; emphasis on cellular structure, genetics, microbiology, development, biochemistry, metabolism, and immunology. This course is appropriate for non-majors and students in the health and paramedical sciences (Sargent College). Students may not receive credit for CAS BI 105 if CAS BI 108 has already been passed. Three hours lecture, two hours lab. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.

Human Anatomy

CAS BI 106 (4 credits)

Intensive preprofessional course for students whose programs require anatomy. Not for biology major or minor credit. Gross structure of the human body; skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Three hours lecture, two hours lab (lab requires dissection). Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.

Biology I

CAS BI 107 (4 credits)

For students who plan to major in the natural sciences or environmental science, and for premedical students. Required for biology majors. No prerequisite. High school biology is assumed. The evolution and diversity of life; principles of ecology; behavioral biology. Three hours lecture, three hours lab including several field studies. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.

Biology II

CAS BI 108 (4 credits)

For students planning to major in the natural sciences and for premedical students. Required for biology majors. It is strongly recommended students complete CAS CH 101 (or equivalent) before this course. High school biology is assumed. Cell and molecular biology, Mendelian & molecular genetics, physiology, and neurobiology. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.

Principles of Biology

CAS BI 109 (4 credits)

For biomedical engineers. Principles of cell and molecular biology and biochemistry emphasizing biomolecules, the flow of genetic information, cell structure and function, and cell regulation. Three hours lecture, three hours lab.

Brain, Hormones, and Behavior

CAS BI 111 (4 credits)

Not for major or minor credit. Brain-hormone interactions in the expression of behavior and control of the endocrine system, including sex hormones and reproduction; brain sex; stress and aging; growth and development; nutrition and metabolism; biorhythms, differentiation, and immunity and disease resistance. Relevance to the human condition through observations and experiments in animals; scientific methods of study. Carries natural science divisional credit (without lab) in CAS.

Human Infectious Diseases: AIDS to Tuberculosis

CAS BI 114 (4 credits)

Not for Biology major or minor credit. A study of the world's major human diseases, their causes, effects on history, pathology, and cures. Principles of immunology. Emphasis on present maladies such as AIDS, herpes, cancer, mononucleosis, tuberculosis, influenza, and hepatitis. This course is appropriate for non- majors and students in the health and paramedical sciences (Sargent College). Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.

Biology 2 with Integrated Science Experience 1 Lab

CAS BI 116 (4 credits)

Integration of general chemistry with biology and neuroscience, with an emphasis on how each discipline interacts experimentally. Laboratory focuses on projects relating to enzymes and their function. 3 lecture hours (meets with CAS Bl 108 lecture), 3 hours lab.

Biology II (Honors)

CAS BI 118 (4 credits)

Alternative to BI 108 for well-prepared students. Selected topics in introductory molecular and cell biology, physiology, and neurobiology are covered in greater depth, with emphasis on experimental strategies and critical evaluation. Early laboratory sessions focus on methods; later project laboratory emphasizes inquiry-based learning. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.

Sociobiology

CAS BI 119 (4 credits)

Designed for non-science majors to fulfill natural science divisional requirements. The evolution of animal and human societies; genetics and the development of social behavior; the adaptive significance of social organization; altruism; cooperation; courtship and reproductive behavior; human sociobiology; evolutionary psychology; religion; impact of evolutionary theory on social thought. Three hours lecture plus discussion. Carries natural science divisional credit (without lab) in CAS.

Field Ecol&Lit

CAS BI 122 (4 credits)

Reading in Biology I

CAS BI 171 (2 credits)

Library research on a well-defined topic in biological sciences, chosen in conjunction with a faculty member. Individual conferences and discussion with the faculty member are required as well as a paper presentation. Does not carry major or minor credit in biology.

Reading in Biology I

CAS BI 172 (2 credits)

Library research on a well-defined topic in biological sciences, chosen in conjunction with a faculty member. Individual conferences and discussion with the faculty member are required as well as a paper presentation. Does not carry major or minor credit in biology.

Undergraduate Research in Biology I

CAS BI 191 (2 credits)

Research in biological science for students at the freshman level. Students design and implement a research project with a faculty member. Two-credit research does not carry major or minor credit in biology.

Undergraduate Research in Biology I

CAS BI 192 (2 credits)

Research in biological science for students at the freshman level. Students design and implement a research project with a faculty member. Two-credit research does not carry major or minor credit in biology.

Introductory Quantitative Biology

CAS BI 196 (4 credits)

An introduction to the application of mathematics to problems in biology, with particular emphasis on questions arising from ecology, physiology, neuroscience, and genetics. Major focus on building mathematical models for biological problems and analysis with graphical and mathematical techniques. Also offered as CAS MA 196.

Cell Biology (CM)

CAS BI 203 (4 credits)

Principles of cellular organization and function: biological molecules, flow of genetic information, membranes and subcellular organelles, and cell regulation. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion. Students may receive credit for CAS BI 203 or 213, but not both courses.

Genetics (CM)

CAS BI 206 (4 credits)

Principles of classical, molecular, and evolutionary genetics derived from analytical, molecular, and whole genome cytological evidence in animals, plants, and microorganisms. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion. Students may receive credit for CAS BI 206 or 216, but not both courses.

Human Physiology

CAS BI 211 (4 credits)

Some knowledge of chemistry and anatomy assumed. Not for biology major or minor credit; Biology majors/minors should take CAS BI 315. Introduction to principles of systemic mammalian physiology with special reference to humans. Three hours lecture, three hours lab.

Intensive Cell Biology

CAS BI 213 (4 credits)

Recommended for students in BMB and the Specialization in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology & Genetics. Alternative to CAS BI 203 emphasizing experimental approaches and in-depth discussion. Molecular basis of cell biology, including genomics, subcellular organelles, cell signaling, stem cells, and cancer. Students may receive credit for CAS BI 213 or 203, but not both courses.

Intensive Genetics

CAS BI 216 (4 credits)

Advanced alternative to CAS BI 206, emphasizing depth of coverage, class discussion, and reading research papers. Principles of classical, molecular, and evolutionary genetics derived from analytical, molecular, and whole genome cytological evidence in animals, plants, and microorgansims. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion. Students may receive credit for CAS BI 216 or 206, but not both courses.

Cell Biology with Integrated Science Experience II Lab

CAS BI 218 (5 credits)

Integration of cell biology with organic chemistry and neuroscience, with emphasis on how each discipline interacts experimentally. Laboratory focuses on synthesizing compounds and testing in biological systems. 3 lecture hours (meets with CAS BI 203 lecture), 1 discussion hour, 4 hours lab, 2 hour lab discussion.

Behavioral Biology

CAS BI 225 (4 credits)

Introduction to the genetics, physiology, neurobiology, ecology, and evolution of behavior. Topics include gene/environment interaction, hormones and behavior, neuroethology, communication, reproductive behavior, evolution of cooperation and altruism, cognition and brain evolution. Emphasis on integrative analysis.

Behavioral Endocrinology

CAS BI 230 (4 credits)

Hormonal control of reproductive behaviors and social affiliation, aggression, fluid homeostasis and feeding, biological rhythms including seasonal reproduction, stress, learning and memory, psychiatric illness, and steroid abuse. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion. Also offered as CAS NE 230.

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