Biology

Note: All tuition rates listed on the Summer Term 2018 website are pending approval.

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 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 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 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. 4 cr.

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Biology II

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. 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. Not for Biology major or minor credit. 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, 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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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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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.

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Systems Physiology

CAS BI 315

Prereq: ((CAS BI 108 or ENG BE 209) and (CAS CH 101 & 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.

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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. Students may not receive credit for more than one of the following courses: CAS BI 327, CAS BI 576, and GMS BT 520. 4 cr.

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Systems Modeling of Coupled Human and Natural Systems

CAS BI 380

Prereq: CAS GE 270 or CAS MA 213 and CAS BI 107; or consent of instructor. Presents key elements of systems theory and explores the role of Coupled Human Natural Systems science in advancing issues related to sustainability, climate change, biodiversity conservation, and human and ecosystem well-being. Lab exercises include dynamical systems modeling applications. 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 reproductive 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). 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.

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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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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. 4 cr.

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The Neurobiology of Consciousness and Evolution of Language

CAS BI 594

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. 4 cr.

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