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. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Quantitative Reasoning I, Scientific Inquiry I, Research and Information Literacy.
    • Scientific Inquiry I
    • Quantitative Reasoning I
    • Research and Information Literacy
  • 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. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Quantitative Reasoning I, Scientific Inquiry I, Critical Thinking, Research and Information Literacy.
    • Scientific Inquiry I
    • Quantitative Reasoning I
    • Critical Thinking
    • Research and Information Literacy
  • 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. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Quantitative Reasoning II, Scientific Inquiry II, Critical Thinking, Teamwork/Collaboration.
    • Scientific Inquiry II
    • Quantitative Reasoning II
    • Critical Thinking
    • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • 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. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Quantitative Reasoning I, Scientific Inquiry I, Critical Thinking.
    • Scientific Inquiry I
    • Quantitative Reasoning I
    • Critical Thinking
  • 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. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Quantitative Reasoning II, Critical Thinking.
    • Historical Consciousness
    • Quantitative Reasoning II
    • Critical Thinking
  • MET BI 210: Human Anatomy
    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). Cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title formerly numbered MET BI 106. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Digital/Multimedia Expression, Scientific Inquiry I, Creativity/Innovation.
    • Scientific Inquiry I
    • Digital/Multimedia Expression
    • Creativity/Innovation
  • MET BI 211: Human Physiology (N)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: MET BI 105; or equivalent. First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120)
    Designed for non-biology majors. Introduction to physiology. Principles of physiology with special reference to humans. Laboratory course. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Writing-Intensive Course, Scientific Inquiry II, Critical Thinking, Teamwork/Collaboration.
    • Scientific Inquiry II
    • Critical Thinking
    • Teamwork/Collaboration
    • Writing-Intensive Course
  • 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. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Digital/Multimedia Expression, Quantitative Reasoning II, Scientific Inquiry II.
    • Scientific Inquiry II
    • Quantitative Reasoning II
    • Digital/Multimedia Expression
  • 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. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Writing-Intensive Course, Scientific Inquiry II, Critical Thinking, Teamwork/Collaboration.
    • Scientific Inquiry II
    • Critical Thinking
    • Teamwork/Collaboration
    • Writing-Intensive Course
  • MET BI 366: Neuroscience of Human Cognition: Imagination, Language, and 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 mechanism of generating 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. Prerequisites: NE101. Students cannot take both METBI566 and METBI366 for credit. Effective Fall 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Oral and/or Signed Communication, Scientific Inquiry II, Critical Thinking.
    • Scientific Inquiry II
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
    • Critical Thinking
  • 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. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Ethical Reasoning, Philosophical Inquiry and Life's Meanings, Research and Information Literacy.
    • Philosophical Inquiry and Life's Meanings
    • Ethical Reasoning
    • Research and Information Literacy
  • 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.