Biology

Advanced Evolutionary Analysis (EBE)

CAS BI 504 (4 credits)

Modern concepts, controversies, and analytical approaches in evolutionary biology. Topics include adaptation, natural and sexual selection, species and species formation, phylogenetics, origin of evolutionary novelty, adaptive radiation, basic population and quantitative genetics, development and evolution. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion.

Phenotypic Plasticity

CAS BI 506 (4 credits)

Explores the flexible phenotype as a product of development and target of natural selection, and addresses the role of plasticity in ecological interactions and evolutionary diversity. Topics: plasticity genetics, evolution, developmental mechanisms, functional ecology, learning, and diversification of life. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion.

Genetics Laboratory

CAS BI 513 (4 credits)

Genetic techniques such as mutant selection and screening, complementation, mapping, recombinant DNA, and chemical genetic screening are taught using the genetic model systems Escherichia coli, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and Arabidopsis thaliana. Short-term and long-term projects in which students formulate and test hypotheses.

2017FALLCASBI513 A1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 12:30 pm 3:15 pm SCI 427

Theoretical Evolutionary Ecology

CAS BI 519 (4 credits)

Familiarizes students with the theory of evolutionary ecology. Students gain enough background to read theoretical evolutionary ecology literature, do simple modeling, and move on to more complex theory. Students gain experience through homework assignments and computer labs.

2018SPRGCASBI519 A1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 11:15 am 12:05 pm BRB
T 3:30 pm 6:15 pm CAS

Sensory Neurobiology

CAS BI 520 (4 credits)

A broad survey of sensory system function in model organisms and humans, focusing on fundamental principles of neural processing. Topics include basic cellular transduction, neural coding, and links between neural activity and sensory perception. Also offered as CAS NE 520.

Marine Urban Ecology

CAS BI 523 (4 credits)

Marine Urban Ecology is an emerging, interdisciplinary field that aims to understand how human and ecological processes can coexist in human-dominated systems. Topics, ecosystems, and organisms associated with urbanization in the Greater Boston area. Also offered as CAS GE 523.

2017FALLCASBI523 MS, Oct 30th to Nov 21st 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD ROOM

Biology of Neurodegenerative Diseases

CAS BI 525 (4 credits)

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 Creuztfeldt-Jacob Disease, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Also offered as CAS NE 525.

2017FALLCASBI525 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 11th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 9:05 am 9:55 am MCS B21
W 10:10 am 11:00 am MCS B21

Biochemistry Laboratory 1

CAS BI 527 (2 credits)

Emphasizes the purification and characterization of proteins and DNA. Development and use of modern instrumentation and techniques. Same as CH527 and laboratory portion of CAS BI/CH421. Required for BMB students enrolled concurrently in GMS BI 555. Four hours lab, one hour discussion.

2017FALLCASBI527 A1, Sep 11th to Dec 11th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 11:15 am 12:05 pm MET B02B
2017FALLCASBI527 A2, Sep 11th to Dec 11th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 1:25 pm 2:15 pm KCB 104
2017FALLCASBI527 A4, Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 11:15 am 12:05 pm CAS B06A
2017FALLCASBI527 B1, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 12:20 pm 4:20 pm SCI 162
2017FALLCASBI527 B2, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 5:30 pm 9:30 pm SCI 162
2017FALLCASBI527 B3, Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 9:15 am 1:15 pm SCI 162
2017FALLCASBI527 B6, Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 3:35 pm 7:35 pm SCI 162
2017FALLCASBI527 B8, Sep 11th to Dec 11th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 5:30 pm 9:30 pm SCI 162
2017FALLCASBI527 B9, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 3:30 pm 7:30 pm SCI 162
2017FALLCASBI527 BX, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD

Biochemistry Laboratory 2

CAS BI 528 (2 credits)

Emphasizes protein, carbohydrate, nucleic acid, and lipid chemistry. Development and use of modern instrumentation and techniques. Four hours lab, one hour discussion. Same as CAS CH528 and laboratory portion of CAS BI/CH422. Required for BMB students enrolled concurrently in GMS BI 556. Four hours lab, one hour discussion.

2018SPRGCASBI528 A1, Jan 19th to Apr 27th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 10:10 am 11:00 am CAS
2018SPRGCASBI528 A2, Jan 19th to Apr 27th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 11:15 am 12:05 pm CAS
2018SPRGCASBI528 A3, Jan 24th to May 2nd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 12:20 pm 1:10 pm CAS
2018SPRGCASBI528 B1, Jan 22nd to Apr 30th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 12:20 pm 4:20 pm SCI
2018SPRGCASBI528 B2, Jan 22nd to Apr 30th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 5:30 pm 9:30 pm SCI
2018SPRGCASBI528 B3, Jan 18th to May 2nd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 2:30 pm 6:30 pm SCI
2018SPRGCASBI528 B4, Jan 18th to May 2nd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 5:30 pm 9:30 pm SCI
2018SPRGCASBI528 B5, Jan 18th to May 2nd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 12:20 pm 4:20 pm SCI

Forest Ecology

CAS BI 530 (4 credits)

The major biotic and abiotic factors influencing forest ecosystem composition, structure, and function. Role of solar radiation, hydrology, soils, succession, and management of forest ecosystems. Includes New England case study. Three hours lecture plus discussion. Meets with CAS GE 530.

2018SPRGCASBI530 A1, Jan 18th to May 1st 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 11:00 am 12:15 pm CAS
F 10:10 am 11:00 am BRB

Ichthyology: Behavior, Ecology, and Evolution of Fish (EBE)

CAS BI 531 (4 credits)

A comprehensive introduction to fish biology and systematics. Emphasis on phylogenetic relationships, ecology, and behavior. Labs include morphological studies of specimens and behavioral studies of live fishes. This course is a prerequisite for the field course.

2017FALLCASBI531 MS, Oct 30th to Nov 21st 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD ROOM

Translational Research in Alzheimer?s Disease

CAS BI 535 (4 credits)

An introduction to translational research focused on Alzheimer's disease, with particular emphasis on the search for new therapeutic targets, from observations of pathogenic phenotypes in patients to the development of appropriate animal and cellular models of the disease. Also offered as CAS NE 535.

2017FALLCASBI535 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 11th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 1:25 pm 2:15 pm BRB 121
W 2:30 pm 3:20 pm BRB 121

Coral Reef Dynamics: Shallow Waters, Deep Time

CAS BI 539 (4 credits)

Tropical reefs-- diverse, complex, and ancient-- exhibit lawful cycles of growth, degradation, and regeneration. Explore these through observations on the Belize Barrier Reef in fossil reef environments and through laboratory experiments. Insights are applied to reef conservation in today's changing world. Also offered as CAS ES 539.

2017FALLCASBI539 MS, Oct 30th to Nov 21st 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD ROOM

Coral Reef Resilience and Restoration

CAS BI 541 (4 credits)

Caribbean coral reefs have fallen into ruin. Students develop methods to restore reef health by applying genomics, life history theory, landscape ecology and climatology. This course is an advanced follow-on to CAS BI/ES 539 (Coral Reef Dynamics), and includes field work in Belize.

2017FALLCASBI541 MS, Oct 30th to Nov 21st 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD ROOM

Neuroethology

CAS BI 542 (4 credits)

The purpose of this course is to link neurobiology to behavioral ecology and the properties of the sensory stimulus environment. Examples include vocal learning in songbirds, sensory-motor integration in bats, and marine odor plume navigation in lobsters and sharks. Students choose and develop a research topic in the second half of the course. Three hours lecture; one hour discussion. Also offered as CAS NE 542.

2018SPRGCASBI542 A1, Jan 18th to May 2nd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 9:30 am 10:45 am BRB
W 2:30 pm 3:20 pm BRB

Global Ecology

CAS BI 543 (4 credits)

Explores the many biospheric threads that link and exchange throughout the earth. Themes include life systems as a geological force, bacteria as a global organism, the major impacts of algae, and climate change update. Three hours lecture.

Neurobiology of Motivated Behavior

CAS BI 545 (4 credits)

Neural circuits and neuroendocrine mechanisms controlling reproductive, parental, and affiliative behaviors, decision making, ingestive behaviors and metabolism, circadian rhythms, pain perception, and reward in animals, with an emphasis on vertebrates. Lectures are integrated with student-led discussions of relevant research papers. Also offered as CAS NE 545.

2017FALLCASBI545 A1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 3:30 pm 5:15 pm PSY B53

Marine Megafaunal Ecology: Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and Surrounding Waters

CAS BI 546 (4 credits)

Marine macrofauna: whales, seals, seabirds, fishes, turtles, jellies, and people in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Evolution, food webs, and distributional ecology; physical and human influences on foraging and movement behavior. Student research builds ecosystem-based science for Sanctuary management.

2017FALLCASBI546 MS, Sep 7th to Oct 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD ROOM

Marine Genomics

CAS BI 550 (4 credits)

Covers the evolution of genomes, the architecture of gene networks, and the connection between genotype and phenotype in marine organisms, as well as the technical development of modern genomics. Student research projects utilize modern genomics experimental approaches.

2017FALLCASBI550 MS, Oct 3rd to Oct 27th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD ROOM

Biology of Stem Cells

CAS BI 551 (4 credits)

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.

2017FALLCASBI551 A1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 9:30 am 10:45 am CAS B25B
R 9:30 am 10:45 am CAS B25B
2017FALLCASBI551 B1, Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 11:15 am 12:05 pm LSE 804
2017FALLCASBI551 B2, Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 11:15 am 12:05 pm PSY B33