Biology

Course details for summer 2015 will be available on December 15. The courses below were offered in summer 2014 and can serve as a guide to what is typically offered.

College of Arts & Sciences

Human Anatomy

CAS BI 106

Prereq: (CAS BI 105) or equivalent. Intensive preprofessional course for students whose programs require anatomy. Not for biology concentration credit. Gross structure of the human body; skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Students must register for two sections: lecture and laboratory. Lab requires dissection. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. 4 cr.

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Biology I

CAS BI 107

For students who plan to concentrate in the natural sciences or environmental science, and for premedical students. Required for biology concentrators. No prerequisite. High school biology is assumed. The evolution and diversity of life; principles of ecology; behavioral biology. Students must register for two sections: lecture and laboratory. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. 4 cr.

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Biology II

CAS BI 108

For students who plan to concentrate in the natural sciences (including BMB) and for premedical students. Required for biology concentrators. It is recommended that students take CAS CH 101 before this course. High school biology is assumed. Cell and molecular biology, genetics, development, physiology, and neurobiology. The molecular, biochemical, and cellular basis of life. Students must register for two sections: lecture and laboratory. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. 4 cr.

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Human Infectious Diseases: AIDS to Tuberculosis

CAS BI 114

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). Students must register for two sections: lecture and laboratory. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. 4 cr.

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Cell Biology

CAS BI 203

Prereq: (CAS BI 108 & CAS CH 102) or equivalent. Coreq: (CAS CH 203) or equivalent. Principles of cellular organization and function: biological molecules, flow of genetic information, membranes and subcellular organelles, macromolecular complexes, and cell regulation. Students must attend both lecture and discussion. 4 cr.

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Genetics

CAS BI 206

Prereq: (CAS BI 108 & CAS CH 203) or equivalent. Principles of heredity as derived from genetic, biochemical, and cytological evidence in animals, plants, and microorganisms. Students must attend both lecture and discussion. 4 cr.

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Human Physiology

CAS BI 211

Prereq: ((CAS BI 105 or CAS BI 108) & CAS BI 106) or equivalent. Some knowledge of chemistry and anatomy assumed. Intended mainly for students in health sciences. Not for concentration credit; Biology concentrators should take CAS BI 315. Introduction to principles of systemic mammalian physiology with special reference to humans. Students must register for two sections: lecture and laboratory. 4 cr.

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Evolutionary Ecology

CAS BI 303

Prereq: (CAS BI 107) CAS BI 206 recommended. Investigation of ecological processes and patterns at the individual, population, and community level. An evolutionary approach is emphasized. Students must register for two sections: lecture and laboratory. 4 cr.

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Systems Physiology

CAS BI 315

Prereq: (CAS BI 108 or CAS BI 118 or ENG BE 209), and CAS CH 101 and CAS CH 102, or equivalent. An introduction to physiological principles applied across all levels of organization (cell, tissue, organ systems). Intended to prepare the student for more advanced courses in physiology. Topics include homeostasis and neural, muscle, cardiopulmonary, renal, endocrine, metabolic, and gastrointestinal physiology. Students must register for two sections: lecture and a laboratory. 4 cr.

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Principles of Neuroscience

CAS BI 325

Prereq: (CAS BI 203) or consent of instructor. Fundamentals of the nervous system, emphasizing synaptic transmission; hierarchical organization; autonomic nervous system; mechanisms of sensory perception; reflexes and motor function; biorhythms; and neural mechanisms of feeding, mating, learning, and memory. Students must register for two sections: lecture and discussion. 4 cr.

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Cancer Biology

CAS BI 327

Prereq: (CAS BI 203 or CAS BI 213) and CAS BI 206. Examines how deregulation of the molecular and cellular mechanisms that control cell growth, survival, and differentiation in normal cells can lead to tumor formation, progression, and metastases. Historic and current literature are critically reviewed to understand basic cancer research, clinical approaches to diagnosis, implementation of therapies, and prevention. 4 cr.

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Fundamentals of Biology 3

CAS BI 383

Prereq: (CAS BI 281 & CAS BI 282) and enrollment in Seven-Year Liberal Arts/Medical Education Program. An introduction to physiological principles applied across the levels of organization (cell, tissue, organ systems). Intended to prepare the student for more advanced courses in physiology. Topics include homeostasis and neural, muscle, cardiopulmonary, renal, endocrine, metabolic, and gastrointestinal physiology. Students must register for two sections: lecture and laboratory. 4 cr.

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Animal Behavior

CAS BI 407

Prereq: (CAS BI 107). Taught within the philosophical framework that evolutionary theory provides the key for understanding animal behavior. Lectures on behavioral genetics, development and physiology of behavior, behavioral ecology, phylogenetic component of behavioral evolution, hormonal control of behavior, evolution of reproductive behavior, and the role of cooperation in animal societies. Day field trips taken around New England. Students must register for two sections: lecture and laboratory. 4 cr.

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Biochemistry I

CAS BI 421

Prereq: (CAS CH 204 or CAS CH 212) or CAS CH 214 or equivalent. Introductory biochemistry. Protein structure and folding, enzyme mechanisms, kinetics, and allostery; nucleic acid structure; lipids and membrane structure; bioenergetics; vitamins and coenzymes; introduction to intermediary metabolism. Students must register for three sections: lecture, discussion, and a laboratory. 4 cr.

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Biology of Neurodegenerative Diseases

CAS BI 525

Prereq: (CAS NE 102 or CAS BI 203) and (CAS NE 203 or CAS BI 325). An in-depth look at molecular mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases and their impact and relevance in clinical diagnosis and treatment. Topics include the molecular pathways of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's, and Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. 4 cr.

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