Biology

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College of Arts & Sciences

Biology 1

CAS BI 107

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. Students must register for two sections: lecture and laboratory. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Scientific Inquiry I, Quantitative Reasoning I, Critical Thinking, Research and Information Literacy. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800; lab fee: $200; total charge: $3000

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

Frederick Wasserman

Summer 2 (July 2-August 8)

Kari Lavalli

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Biology 2

CAS BI 108

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. Students must register for two sections: lecture and laboratory. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Scientific Inquiry II, Quantitative Reasoning II, Critical Thinking, Teamwork/Collaboration. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800; lab fee: $200; total charge: $3000

Summer 1 (May 22-June 27)

Elizabeth Co

Summer 2 (July 1-August 8)

Dean Tolan

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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. Not for Biology major or minor credit. This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area(s): Scientific Inquiry I, Quantitative Reasoning II, Critical Thinking. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800; lab fee: $200; total charge: $3000

Summer 2 (July 1-August 8)

Leslie Blair

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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, and cell regulation. Students must attend both lecture and discussion. Students may receive credit for CAS BI 203 or 213, but not both. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 22-June 28)

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Genetics

CAS BI 206

Prereq: (CAS BI 108 & CAS CH 203) or equivalent. Principles of classical, molecular, and evolutionary genetics derived from analytical, molecular, and whole genome cytological evidence in animals, plants, and microorganisms. Students must attend both lecture and discussion. Students may receive credit for CAS BI 206 or 216, but not both. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 2 (July 1-August 8)

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Human Anatomy

CAS BI 210

Prereq: (CAS BI 105) or equivalent. 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. Students must register for two sections: lecture and a laboratory. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. Cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title formerly numbered CAS BI 106. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800; lab fee: $200; total charge: $3000

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

Charles Kieswetter

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Human Physiology

CAS BI 211

Prereq: ((CAS BI 105 or CAS BI 108) and (CAS BI 106 or CAS BI 210)) or equivalent. Some knowledge of chemistry and anatomy is assumed. Intended mainly for students in health sciences. 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. Students must register for two sections: lecture and laboratory. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800; lab fee: $200; total charge: $3000

Summer 2 (July 1-August 8)

Angela Seliga

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Evolution

CAS BI 309

Prereq: (CAS BI 107 & CAS BI 108) or equivalent. Introduction to modern concepts, controversies, and analytical approaches in evolutionary biology. Topics include adaptation, natural and sexual selection, species and speciation, phylogenetics, comparative analysis, basic population and quantitative genetics, origin of novelty, adaptive radiation, development and evolution. Students must attend both lecture and discussion. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

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General Microbiology

CAS BI 311

Prereq: (CAS BI 203 & CAS BI 206) or consent of instructor. Biology of bacteria and related microorganisms; morphology, physiology, genetics, ecology, and control. Brief introduction to pathogenicity and host reactions. Students must register for two sections: lecture and a laboratory. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800; lab fee: $200; total charge: $3000

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

Qasim Beg

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Systems Physiology

CAS BI 315

Prereq: (CAS BI 108 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 system). Preparation for more advanced courses in physiology. Topics include homeostasis and neural, muscle, respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, endocrine, gastrointestinal, and metabolic physiology. Students must register for two sections: lecture and laboratory. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800; lab fee: $200; total charge: $3000

Summer 1 (May 22-June 27)

Elizabeth Co

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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. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 21-June 26)

Jeffrey Gavornik

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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 reproductive physiology. Students must register for two sections: lecture and laboratory. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800; lab fee: $200; total charge: $3000

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

Elizabeth Co

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Topics in Biology 3

CAS BI 394

Topic for Summer 2019: Neurotoxins in Biology, Medicine, Agriculture, and War. Prereq: (CAS BI 108 or equivalent) Neurotoxins used as a lens to study neurobiology and physiology: toxin components of venomous animals, neurotoxins used in pain management, pesticides as neurotoxins, and neurotoxins used in war. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 2 (July 2-August 8)

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Animal Behavior

CAS BI 407

Prereq: (CAS BI 107). Ethological approach to animal behavior; physiological, ontogenic, and phylogenic causes; and adaptive significance of behavior examined within an evolutionary framework, minimally including humans. Students must register for two sections: lecture and laboratory. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800; lab fee: $200; total charge: $3000

Summer 2 (July 2-August 8)

Frederick Wasserman

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Developmental Biology

CAS BI 410

Prereq: (CAS BI 203) or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Contemporary aspects of embryonic development, drawing from current literature. Emphasis on the use of experimental approaches to address topics such as polarity in the egg, body axis specification, embryonic patterning, and organogenesis. Students must attend both lecture and discussion. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 2 (July 2-August 8)

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Biochemistry 1

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; macromolecular biosynthesis with emphasis on specificity and fidelity; lipids and membrane structure; vitamins and coenzymes; introduction to intermediary metabolism. Students must register for three sections: lecture, discussion, and laboratory. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800; lab fee: $200; total charge: $3000

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

Blair Szymczyna

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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. Students must attend both lecture and discussion. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

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Biology of Stem Cells

CAS BI 551

Prereq: (CAS BI 203 or CAS BI 206) , or consent of instructor. Views on stem cell research range from assumptions of a potential cure for most diseases to fears that it will depreciate the value of human life. This course equips students with the science that underlies this discussion, including the biological properties of stem cells and the experimental hurdles to utilization in regenerative medicine. Students must attend both lecture and discussion. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

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Molecular Biology 1

CAS BI 552

Prereq: (CASBI203 or CASBI213) and (CASBI206 or CASBI216). How cells synthesize biologically important macromolecules (DNA, RNA and proteins), as well as their structure, function and regulation. Both prokaryotic and eukaryotic molecular biology is discussed. Topics include: DNA replication, DNA repair, recombination, prokaryotic transcription, translation, eukaryotic transcription/RNA processing, DNaseI hypersensitive sites, 5-methylcytosine, eukaryotic RNA polymerase structure/CTD modification, eukaryotic promoter structure, general transcription factors, enhancer-promoter loops, histone modification/chromatin remodeling, and non- coding RNA. Discussion of important molecular biological techniques, such as genetic and recombinant DNA techniques, including CRISPR/Cas9. Students must attend both lecture and discussion. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

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Carcinogenesis

CAS BI 576

Prereq: (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. Students must attend both lecture and discussion. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

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Topics in Biology

CAS BI 594

Topic for Summer 2019: The Neurobiology of Consciousness and Evolution of Language. Prereq: Any college-level neuroscience, psychology, or physiology course. Exploration of the neuroscience of imagination from neurons to memory to neurological control of novel conscious experiences. The course covers what makes the brain and human language unique as well as the selectional forces that shaped the brains of our ancestors. Students must attend both lecture and discussion. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

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Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Animal Behavior

GRS BI 607

Prereq: (CAS BI 107). Ethological approach to animal behavior. Physiological, ontogenic, and phylogenic causes and adaptive significance of behavior are examined within an evolutionary framework, minimally including humans. Students must register for two sections: lecture and laboratory. 4 cr. Tuition: $6604; lab fee: $200; total charge: $6804

Summer 2 (July 2-August 8)

Frederick Wasserman

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Developmental Biology

GRS BI 610

Prereq: (CAS BI 203) or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Contemporary aspects of embryonic development, drawing from current literature. Emphasis on the use of experimental approaches to address topics such as polarity in the egg, body axis specification, embryonic patterning and organogenesis. Students must attend both lecture and discussion. 4 cr. Tuition: $6604

Summer 2 (July 2-August 8)

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