Courses

NOTICE: If you are planning to major in biology it is important that you consider taking Orgo I (Chem 233) in your sophomore year, especially if you plan to go off campus in the fall of your junior year. For information about online registration, including priority times, please access the Carleton Registrar's website.

Fall 2016

  • BIOL 100: Viruses: Invisible Invaders

    Zika, Ebola, and HIV are now part of our common vocabulary. Through the study of both ancient and emerging viruses, we will explore how human behavior, globalization, and global climate change influence viral spread and evolution, and how viruses impact human populations. We will examine health disparities in the context of viral infection, the contribution of viruses to cancer therapy and the treatment of inherited diseases, and ethical issues related to viral research and treatment through readings, discussions, and your own research and writing.

    6 credit; Writing Requirement, Argument and Inquiry Seminar; offered Fall 2016 · D. Walser-Kuntz
  • BIOL 125: Genes, Evolution, and Development: A Problem Solving Approach

    This offering of Biology 125 offers a problem solving approach and covers the same concepts as the winter version of Biology 125. The course format allows time in class to apply new concepts by working through case study type problems with faculty present. Students enter Carleton from a wide variety of academic experiences, and this offering of Biology 125 is designed to provide a level playing field for students regardless of previous science background. In addition, the active learning component of the course is beneficial for students who like to learn by doing. Students who complete this course are well-prepared to continue on to Biology 126. Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in Biology 125L 6 credit; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Science with Lab; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017 · M. McKone, S. Zweifel, B. Jacques-Fricke, J. Wolff
  • BIOL 252: Environmental Animal Physiology

    This course explores the physiological adaptations animals employ to survive in a wide variety of environments. Animals maintain physiological functions in the face of environmental extremes in heat, cold, aridity, deep ocean pressure, salinity, and the lack of oxygen in water or at high altitude, to name a few. An organism's ability to cope with environmental extremes has a large impact on the geographic distribution of many species. Associated laboratory will emphasize experimentation and application of physiological concepts in living organisms. Concurrent registration in Biology 253 required. Prerequisites: Biology 125 and 126 6 credit; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2016 · M. Rand
    Extended departmental description for BIOL 252

    Biology 253 Environmental Animal Physiology Laboratory is required to count toward the major. Fulfills the Organismic group.

  • BIOL 253: Environmental Animal Physiology Laboratory

    Concurrent registration in Biology 252 required. 2 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2016 · M. Rand
  • BIOL 280: Cell Biology

    An examination of the structures and processes that underlie the life of cells, both prokaryotic and eukaryotic. Topics to be covered include methodologies used to study cells; organelles, membranes and other cellular components; protein targeting within the cell; and cellular communication and division. Prerequisites: Biology 125 and 126 and concurrent registration in Biology 281 6 credit; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2016 · R. Mitra
    Extended departmental description for BIOL 280

    Biology 281 Cell Biology Laboratory is required to count toward the major. Fulfills the Molecular and Cellular group.

  • BIOL 281: Cell Biology Laboratory

    The focus of the laboratory will be on current techniques used to study cellular structure and function. Concurrent registration in Biology 280 required. Prerequisites: Biology 125 and 126 2 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2016 · R. Mitra
  • BIOL 321: Ecosystem Ecology

    Ecosystem ecology involves the study of energy and material flow through systems, including both the biotic (animals, plants, microbes) and abiotic (soil, water, atmosphere) components. Topics include the major elemental cycles (carbon, nitrogen, phosphorous), patterns of energy flow, and the controls of these fluxes for different ecosystems. Current environmental issues are emphasized as case studies, including climate change, land use change, human alterations of nutrient cycles, and biodiversity effects on ecosystems. Not open to students who have taken Biology 221. Concurrent registration in Biology 322 required. Prerequisites: Biology 126 and one 200 level course in Biology; Geology 230, 232, 258, 285 or Environmental Studies 244, 247, 254, 260, 264, 265, 272, 275, 287, 288 6 credit; Writing Requirement, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2016 · D. Hernández
  • BIOL 322: Ecosystem Ecology Laboratory

    Prerequisites: Biology 126 and one of the following: Biology 125, Geology 110, Chemistry 123 or Chemistry 128. Requires concurrent registration in Biology 321. 2 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2016 · D. Hernández
  • BIOL 350: Evolution

    Principles and history of evolutionary change in wild populations, with consideration of both microevolutionary and macroevolutionary time scales. Topics covered include causes of change in gene frequency, the nature of adaptation, constraints on evolutionary change, the evolution of genes and proteins, rates of speciation and extinction, and the major events in evolutionary history. Prerequisites: Biology 125 and 126 6 credit; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2016 · M. McKone
    Extended departmental description for BIOL 350

    Fulfills the Ecology/Evolution group requirement.

  • BIOL 380: Biochemistry

    Biochemistry is an examination of the molecular basis of life processes. The course provides an in depth investigation of metabolic pathways, their interrelationships and regulation, protein structure and function with special emphasis on enzymes. Other topics include the techniques of protein analysis and how they are employed to examine problems of fundamental biochemical importance. This course meets the requirement for the Biochemistry concentration. Prerequisites: Biology 125 and 126 and Chemistry 233 and 234 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2016 · A. Broege
    Extended departmental description for BIOL 380

    Biology 381 Biochemistry Laboratory is required to count toward the major. Fulfills the Molecular and Cell group.

  • BIOL 381: Biochemistry Laboratory

    Prerequisites: Concurrent registration in Biology 380; Biology 125 and 126 and Chemistry 233 and 234 2 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2016 · A. Broege
  • BIOL 382: Seminar: Molecular Biology

    The molecular basis of the structure, replication, stable inheritance, and expression of genetic material illustrated with examples from the primary literature. Topics include: DNA replication and recombination, chromosome stability, DNA mutation and repair, regulation of gene expression, methods of gene identification, and the impact of recombinant DNA technology on human genetics. Laboratory will focus on current techniques in molecular biology including: gene cloning, genome databases, DNA finger printing, DNA sequencing, and the polymerase chain reaction.

    Prerequisites: Biology 240/241 and Chemistry 233; Concurrent registration in Biology 383 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2016 · S. Zweifel
    Extended departmental description for BIOL 382

    Biology 383 Molecular Biology Laboratory required to count toward the major. Fulfills the Molecular and Cellular group and Jr/Sr seminar requirement.

  • BIOL 383: Molecular Biology Laboratory

    Prerequisites: Concurrent registration in Biology 382 2 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2016 · S. Zweifel
  • BIOL 394: Biology Research

    Laboratory and/or field investigation associated with an ongoing research program in the department of Biology. The project is undertaken with the direct supervision of a faculty member. Regular individual meetings, written progress reports, and public presentations should be expected. 1-6 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2016 · M. Rand, R. Mitra
  • BIOL 395: Research Experience Seminar in Biology

    This seminar course is intended for students who have completed a summer research project or internship in the biological sciences. The intent of the course is to provide students with the opportunity to discuss their research experience, learn from the experiences of other members of the class, read relevant primary literature, and prepare a poster for a student research symposium. Prerequisites: Biology 125 and 126 3 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; offered Fall 2016 · S. Deel
    Extended departmental description for BIOL 395

    Does not count toward the Biology Major

  • BIOL 399: Critical Reading and Analysis of Primary Literature

    Guided instruction in reading and interpretation of contemporary primary literature in Biology. Prerequisites: Biology 125, 126 and 3-upper-level Biology courses and concurrent registration in Biology 400 3 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017 · S. Zweifel
  • BIOL 400: Integrative Exercise

    Preparation and submission of the written portion of the Integrative Exercise. Continuing course (fall or winter). Oral examination, evaluation of the Integrative Exercise, and participation in visiting speakers seminars (spring). 1 credit; S/NC; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · S. Zweifel, M. Rand, D. Walser-Kuntz

Winter 2017

  • BIOL 125: Genes, Evolution, and Development

    Emphasizes the role of genetic information in biological systems. Under this theme, we cover subjects from the molecular to the population levels of organization. Topics include the nature of inheritance and life cycles, structure/function of DNA, gene expression and regulation, the changing genetic makeup of species as they evolve, and the development of individual organisms from zygotes.

    Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in Biology 125L 6 credit; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Science with Lab; offered Winter 2017 · M. McKone, S. Zweifel
  • BIOL 125: Genes, Evolution, and Development: A Problem Solving Approach

    This offering of Biology 125 offers a problem solving approach and covers the same concepts as the winter version of Biology 125. The course format allows time in class to apply new concepts by working through case study type problems with faculty present. Students enter Carleton from a wide variety of academic experiences, and this offering of Biology 125 is designed to provide a level playing field for students regardless of previous science background. In addition, the active learning component of the course is beneficial for students who like to learn by doing. Students who complete this course are well-prepared to continue on to Biology 126. Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in Biology 125L 6 credit; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Science with Lab; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017 · M. McKone, S. Zweifel, B. Jacques-Fricke, J. Wolff
  • BIOL 126: Energy Flow in Biological Systems

    Follow the pathways through which energy and matter are acquired, stored, and utilized within cells, organisms, and ecosystems. The focus moves among the different levels of organization from protein function to nutrient movement through ecosystems.

    Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 126L and Chemistry 123 or 128; or AP Chemistry score of 4 or 5; or IB score of 5, 6, or 7 6 credit; Science with Lab, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; offered Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · M. Rand, R. Anderson, D. Hougen-Eitzman, R. Mitra
  • BIOL 210: Global Change Biology

    Environmental problems are caused by a complex mix of physical, biological, social, economic, political, and technological factors. This course explores how these environmental problems affect life on Earth by examining the biological processes underlying natural ecological systems and the effects of global environmental changes such as resources consumption and overharvesting, land-use change, climate warming, pollution, extinction and biodiversity loss, and invasive species. Prerequisites: One introductory science lab course (Biology 125, 126, Chemistry 123, 128, Geology 110, 115 or 120) 6 credit; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2017 · D. Hernández
  • BIOL 212: Australia Program: Ecological Field Research

    This course emphasizes field research methodology, with emphasis on comparison of ecological characteristics among terrestrial habitats in Australia. Major topics will include design and analysis of experiments, as well as use of primary literature to inform research questions.

    Prerequisites: Biology 125 and 126 and at least one upper-level Biology course related to ecology, evolution or organismal biology 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; offered Winter 2017 · A. Bosacker
  • BIOL 240: Genetics

    A study of the transmission of genetic information between generations of organisms, and of the mechanism of expression of information within an individual organism. The main emphasis will be on the physical and chemical basis of heredity; mutational, transmissional and functional analysis of the genetic material, and gene expression.

    Prerequisites: Biology 125 and 126 or instructor permission 6 credit; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · A. Broege, J. Wolff
    Extended departmental description for BIOL 240

    Biology 241 Genetics Laboratory required to count toward the major. Fulfills the Molecular and Cellular group.

  • BIOL 241: Genetics Laboratory

    Prerequisites: Biology 125 and 126 or instructor permission and concurrent registration in Biology 240 2 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · A. Broege, J. Wolff
  • BIOL 242: Vertebrate Morphology

    Over 500 million years of evolution has produced a rich diversity of structure and functional morphology in vertebrates. We will use comparative methods to help us understand the various selective forces and constraints that produced the vertebrate forms living today. Laboratory dissection of a variety of preserved vertebrates will allow us to examine how these fascinating animals monitor and move through their environment, procure, ingest and circulate nutrients, respirate, and reproduce.

    Prerequisites: Biology 125 and 126 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2017 · M. Rand
  • BIOL 243: Vertebrate Morphology Laboratory

    2 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2017 · M. Rand
  • BIOL 250: Australia/New Zealand Program: Marine Ecology

    This course will explore the population, community, and evolutionary ecology of marine organisms, with a focus on the Great Barrier Reef. Major topics will include coral reef structure and function, diversity of fauna and flora, as well as impacts of climate change and fisheries on reef ecology. Prerequisites: Biology 125 and 126 and one upper-level Biology course related to ecology, evolution or organismal Biology 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; offered Winter 2017 · A. Bosacker
  • BIOL 255: Australia Program: Learning Country, Culture and Environment in Australia

    In this course students will learn about the natural history of the Australian landscape and the cultural history of the people who have settled there. We will specifically consider the role of sustainability in Aboriginal, colonial, and modern Australian cultures. The majority of work for this class will be reading selected works that showcase central concepts. This reading should be completed before the program begins, and work will be evaluated through written work. In Australia, students will learn through lectures and cultural immersion, and they will synthesize what they learn in reflective essays. Prerequisites: Biology 125 and 126 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement, International Studies; offered Winter 2017 · A. Bosacker
  • BIOL 310: Immunology

    This course will examine the role of the immune system in defense, allergic reactions, and autoimmunity. Topics to be covered include the structure and function of antibodies, cytokines, the role of the major histocompatibility complex in antigen presentation, cellular immunity, immunodeficiencies, and current techniques used to study immune responses. Prerequisites: Biology 125 and 126 and either Biology 240 or 280 6 credit; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2017 · D. Walser-Kuntz
    Extended departmental description for BIOL 310

    Biology 311 Immunology Laboratory required to count toward the major. Fulfills the Molecular and Cell group.

  • BIOL 332: Human Physiology

    Human Physiology seeks to understand the fundamental mechanisms responsible for the diverse functions of the body. Course topics include the function and regulation of the various physiological systems (nervous, circulatory, endocrine, excretory, respiratory, digestive, etc.), biochemistry, cellular physiology, homeostasis and acid-base chemistry. The study of human physiology provides the principal groundwork for internal medicine, pharmacology, and other related health fields. The laboratory includes a variety of experiments focusing on the function and regulation of the human body. Not open to students who have taken Biology 232. Prerequisites: Concurrent registration in Biology 333; Biology 125 and 126 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; offered Winter 2017 · B. Jacques-Fricke
  • BIOL 333: Human Physiology Laboratory

    Not open to students who have taken Biology 233. Prerequisites: Concurrent registration in Biology 332; Biology 125 and 126 2 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2017 · B. Jacques-Fricke
  • BIOL 338: Genomics and Bioinformatics

    The advent of next-generation sequencing technology has revolutionized biology, enabling transformative breakthroughs in fields ranging from agriculture to conservation to medicine. In this course, students will gain experience with the computational and bioinformatics tools needed to analyze “big data,” including sequence searching and alignment, assembly, gene calling and annotation. Students will learn to ask and answer their own scientific questions using sequence data, and to critically assess the conclusions other genomics and bioinformatics studies. No prior computer programming experience is required. Associated laboratory will focus on wet lab methods for DNA/RNA extraction and preparation as well as computational analysis.

    Prerequisites: Biology 125 and 126 and one of these upper level courses: Biology 240, Biology 321 or Biology 350 and concurrent registration in Biology 339 6 credit; Science with Lab; offered Winter 2017 · R. Anderson
  • BIOL 339: Genomics and Bioinformatics Laboratory

     

     

    Prerequisites: Concurrent registration in Biology 338 2 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2017 · R. Anderson
  • BIOL 358: Seminar: Evolution of Sex and Sexes

    The origin and maintenance of sexual reproduction remains a central enigma in evolutionary biology. This seminar course will explore contemporary primary literature that addresses a variety of evolutionary questions about the nature of sex and the sexes. Why is sexual reproduction usually favored over asexual alternatives? Why are there no more than two sexes? What determines the characteristics of females and males within diverse species? How did sex chromosomes evolve and why do some species lack them? Prerequisites: Biology 125, 126 and 350 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; offered Winter 2017 · M. McKone
  • BIOL 384: Seminar: Biology of Cancer

    This course explores the molecular and cellular processes that result in the transformation of normal cells into cancer cells, tumor progression, and current advances in therapeutic approaches to treating cancer. An analytical approach based on primary literature is used, and emphasis will be placed on critical evaluation of experimental design and data-interpretation. Prerequisites: Biology 240 or 380 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; offered Winter 2017 · A. Broege
    Extended departmental description for BIOL 384

    Fulfills the Molecular and Cell Biology group and Jr/Sr seminar requirement.

  • BIOL 399: Critical Reading and Analysis of Primary Literature

    Guided instruction in reading and interpretation of contemporary primary literature in Biology. Prerequisites: Biology 125, 126 and 3-upper-level Biology courses and concurrent registration in Biology 400 3 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017 · S. Zweifel
  • BIOL 400: Integrative Exercise

    Preparation and submission of the written portion of the Integrative Exercise. Continuing course (fall or winter). Oral examination, evaluation of the Integrative Exercise, and participation in visiting speakers seminars (spring). 1 credit; S/NC; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · S. Zweifel, M. Rand, D. Walser-Kuntz

Spring 2017

  • BIOL 101: Human Reproduction and Sexuality

    The myths surrounding human reproduction and sexuality may out weigh our collective knowledge and understanding. This course will review the basic biology of all aspects of reproduction--from genes to behavior--in an attempt to better understand one of the more basic and important processes in nature. Topics will vary widely and will be generated in part by student interest. A sample of topics might include: hormones, PMS, fertilization, pregnancy, arousal, attraction, the evolution of the orgasm, and the biology of sexuality. 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; offered Spring 2017 · M. Rand
  • BIOL 126: Energy Flow in Biological Systems

    Follow the pathways through which energy and matter are acquired, stored, and utilized within cells, organisms, and ecosystems. The focus moves among the different levels of organization from protein function to nutrient movement through ecosystems.

    Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 126L and Chemistry 123 or 128; or AP Chemistry score of 4 or 5; or IB score of 5, 6, or 7 6 credit; Science with Lab, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; offered Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · M. Rand, R. Anderson, D. Hougen-Eitzman, R. Mitra
  • BIOL 240: Genetics

    A study of the transmission of genetic information between generations of organisms, and of the mechanism of expression of information within an individual organism. The main emphasis will be on the physical and chemical basis of heredity; mutational, transmissional and functional analysis of the genetic material, and gene expression.

    Prerequisites: Biology 125 and 126 or instructor permission 6 credit; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · A. Broege, J. Wolff
    Extended departmental description for BIOL 240

    Biology 241 Genetics Laboratory required to count toward the major. Fulfills the Molecular and Cellular group.

  • BIOL 241: Genetics Laboratory

    Prerequisites: Biology 125 and 126 or instructor permission and concurrent registration in Biology 240 2 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · A. Broege, J. Wolff
  • BIOL 342: Animal Developmental Biology

    An analysis of animal development from fertilization to the establishment of the adult body form. Lectures and discussions will examine the key processes of animal embryogenesis, as well as the molecular and cellular mechanisms that control these developmental processes. Prerequisites: Biology 125 and 126, and Biology 240 or 280 6 credit; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2017 · J. Wolff
    Extended departmental description for BIOL 342

    Biology 343 Animal Developmental Laboratory is required to count toward the major. Fulfills the Organismic group.

  • BIOL 343: Animal Developmental Biology Laboratory

    Laboratory will introduce descriptive and experimental embryological techniques using a variety of model organisms. Prerequisites: Biology 125 and 126, and Biology 240 or 280; Concurrent registration in Biology 342 2 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2017 · J. Wolff
  • BIOL 352: Population Ecology

    An investigation of the properties of populations and communities. Topics include population growth and regulation, life tables, interspecific and intraspecific competition, predation, parasitism, mutualism, the nature of communities, and biogeography.

    Prerequisites: Biology 125 and 126, and Mathematics 111 or other previous calculus course. Recommended course: Mathematics 215 or equivalent exposure to statistical analysis. Concurrent registration in Biology 353 6 credit; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2017
    Extended departmental description for BIOL 352

    Biology 353 Population Ecology Laboratory required to count toward the major. Fulfills the Ecology and Evolutionary group.

  • BIOL 353: Population Ecology Laboratory

    Prerequisites: Biology 125 & 126, and Mathematics 111 or other previous calculus course. Recommended course: Mathematics 215 or equivalent exposure to statistical analysis; Concurrent registration in Biology 352 2 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2017
  • BIOL 354: Human Cutaneous Biology

    The course will cover the cellular and molecular biology of human skin in its normal and diseased states as it relates to a clinical presentation. Clinical dermatology and pathology will also be reviewed. The course style will be patterned along the lines as if it were a medical school course. Additionally, students will be introduced to many aspects of successfully negotiating medical school including introductions and possible field trips to the Mayo Clinic Medical School and/or University of Minnesota Medical School(s).

    Prerequisites: Chemistry 233 and two upper division Biology courses (200 or 300-level) and instructor's permission required 3 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2017 · C. Crutchfield
    Extended departmental description for BIOL 354

    Offered last five weeks of spring term. By application only. Does not count toward the biology major.

  • BIOL 374: Seminar: Grassland Ecology

    Grassland ecosystems cover one third of the Earth's surface and occur on every continent except Antarctica. Grasslands provide habitat for millions of species, play a major role in global carbon and nutrient cycles, and are the primary source of agricultural land, making them an important ecosystem both ecologically and economically. This course will utilize scientific literature to explore the environmental and biological characteristics of the world's grasslands from population dynamics to ecosystem processes. Topics include competition and succession, plant-animal interactions, carbon and nutrient cycling, the role of disturbances such as fire and land use change, and grassland management and restoration. Enrollment by application. Waitlist only. Prerequisites: Biology 125 and 126, and one of Biology 210, 238, 248, 250, 308, 321 or 352 and instructor permission 6 credit; Writing Requirement, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2017 · D. Hernández
    Extended departmental description for BIOL 374

    Fulfills the Jr/Sr seminar requirement. Enrollment by application only.

  • BIOL 385: Seminar: Microbial Pathology

    Microbes are the most abundant organisms on earth, and microbial pathogens have caused human and plant disease epidemics worldwide. This course will focus upon the pathogenic strategy of a variety of well-studied microbes in order to illustrate our understanding of the molecular and cellular nature of microbial disease. We will analyze current and seminal papers in the primary literature focusing on mechanisms employed by microbes to attack hosts. Prerequisites: Biology 125 and 126 and either Biology 240 or 280 6 credit; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2017 · R. Mitra
    Extended departmental description for BIOL 385

    Fulfills the Jr/Sr seminar requirement.

  • BIOL 386: Neurobiology

    An analysis of the biology of neurons and the nervous system. Topics include the molecular basis of electrical excitability in neurons, synaptic transmission and plasticity, motor control, mechanisms of sensation, and construction and modification of neural circuits. Prerequisites: Biology 125 and 126 6 credit; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2017 · B. Jacques-Fricke
    Extended departmental description for BIOL 386

    Biology 387 Neurobiology Laboratory is required to count toward the major. Fulfills the Organismic group.

  • BIOL 387: Neurobiology Laboratory

    Prerequisites: Concurrent registration in Biology 386; Biology 125 and 126 2 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2017 · B. Jacques-Fricke
  • BIOL 400: Integrative Exercise

    Preparation and submission of the written portion of the Integrative Exercise. Continuing course (fall or winter). Oral examination, evaluation of the Integrative Exercise, and participation in visiting speakers seminars (spring). 1 credit; S/NC; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · S. Zweifel, M. Rand, D. Walser-Kuntz