2015-16 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.

Please note: Course descriptions for 2015–2016 are still being finalized by the Registrar's office.
  • 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; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2016 · M. Rand
  • 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. 6 credit; Science with Lab, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; offered Winter 2016 · 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. 6 credit; Science with Lab, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; offered Fall 2015 · B. Jacques-Fricke, D. Walser-Kuntz
    Extended departmental description for BIOL 125

    Fall Term: Genes and Evolution labs taught by D. Walser-Kuntz, 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: 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 2016, Spring 2016 · D. Hernandez, D. Hougen-Eitzman, M. Rand, 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 100, 110, 115 or 120). 6 credit; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2016 · D. Hernandez
  • BIOL 212: Australia Program: Ecological Field Research

    Designed to complement and extend Biology 307. This course emphasizes field research methodology, with emphasis on comparison on ecological characteristics among terrestrial habitats in Australia and New Zealand. 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, or equivalent, and at least one upper-level Biology course related to ecology, evolution, or organismal biology. 6 credit; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2016 · M. McKone, N. Braker
  • BIOL 234: Microbiology with Laboratory

    A study of the metabolism, genetics, structure, and function of microorganisms. While presented in the framework of the concepts of cellular and molecular biology, the emphasis will be on the uniqueness and diversity of the microbial world. The course integrates lecture and laboratory, and will fulfill requirements of a microbiology course with lab for veterinary or pharmacy schools. Prerequisites: Biology 125 and 126. 6 credit; Science with Lab, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; not offered 2015–2016
    Extended departmental description for BIOL 234

    Laboratory is required for credit. This course counts toward the Organismic Biology group. 

  • BIOL 236: Plant Biology

    How do plants work? This course is framed in the context of advances in evolution and genomics, which offer insight into physiological, developmental, morphological, and anatomical adaptations to diverse environments. Emphasis is placed on experimental approaches to the study of plants. The biology behind current issues related to food and agriculture, including genetically modified organisms, will be investigated. Prerequisites: Biology 125 and 126. 6 credit; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; not offered 2015–2016
  • BIOL 238: Entomology

    Insects are one of the most successful groups of organisms on the planet, playing major roles in all terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems. In addition, since insects are ubiquitous they affect human endeavors on many fronts, both positively (e.g., crop pollination) and negatively (damage to crops and transmitting disease). This class will focus on the biology of insects, including physiology, behavior, and ecology. Many examples will highlight current environmental issues. Prerequisites: Biology 125 and 126. Concurrent registration in Biology 239 required. 6 credit; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; not offered 2015–2016
    Extended departmental description for BIOL 238

    Taught by David Hougen-Eitzman.  Biology 239 Entomology Laboratory is required to count toward the major.

    This course fulfills the Organismic group.

  • BIOL 239: Entomology Laboratory

    Field and laboratory investigation of living insects. Synoptic examination of the major orders of insects, including evolution of different groups, physiology, structure, and identification. Field labs will focus on insect ecology and collection techniques for making a comprehensive insect collection. 2 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; not offered 2015–2016
  • 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 permission of the instructor. 6 credit; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2016, Spring 2016 · A. Kalis, S. Zweifel
    Extended departmental description for BIOL 240

    Winter Term taught by Jennifer Wolff -  Biology 241 Genetics Laboratory required to count toward the major. Fulfills the Molecular and Cellular group.

    Spring Term taught by Jalean Petricka - Biology 241 Genetics Laboratory required to count toward the major. Fulfills the Molecular and Cellular group.

  • BIOL 241: Genetics Laboratory

    2 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2016, Spring 2016 · A. Kalis, S. Zweifel
  • BIOL 248: Behavioral Ecology

    Behavioral ecologists strive to understand the complex ways that ecological pressures influence the evolution of behavioral strategies. It can be argued that animals face a relatively small set of basic challenges: they must acquire food, water, and mates, and they must avoid danger. Yet we see a rich diversity of solutions to these problems. Consider foraging behavior, for example. All animals must acquire energy, but some filter particles out of sea water, others graze on nearly inedible grasses, while still others hunt in cooperative packs. In this course we will consider such topics as foraging, communication, sociality, and conflict. By focusing on the functions and evolutionary histories of behaviors, we strive to better understand the puzzle of behavioral diversity. Prerequisites: Biology 125 and 126. 6 credit; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2016 · A. Bosacker
  • BIOL 250: Australia 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, or equivalent, and at least one upper-level Biology course related to ecology, evolution, or organismal biology. 6 credit; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2016 · G. Wagenbach
  • 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 2015 · M. Rand
    Extended departmental description for BIOL 252

    Taught by Matt Rand.  Biology 253 - Environmental Animal Physiology 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 2015 · M. Rand
  • 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; International Studies, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; not offered 2015–2016
  • 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. Concurrent registration in Biology 281 required. 6 credit; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2015 · R. Mitra
  • 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. 2 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2015 · R. Mitra
  • BIOL 302: Methods of Teaching Science

    This course will explore teaching methods for the life and physical sciences in grades 5-12. Curricular materials and active learning labs will be discussed and developed. In addition, time outside of class will be spent observing and teaching in local science classrooms. Will not count toward a biology major. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. 6 credit; Social Inquiry; not offered 2015–2016
  • BIOL 307: Biology in Australia and New Zealand: Evolutionary Ecology of Australia and New Zealand

    The evolutionary histories of Australia and New Zealand are unique because of their relative isolation from other continental land masses. This course will explore the biogeography of these areas, with emphasis on the evolutionary diversification of endemic lineages of organisms including mammals (such as marsupials), birds (such as moas), plants, and insects. Class research projects on site will examine how ecological interactions have evolved among these unique species, and how these interactions are being affected by the large number of introduced species now present Prerequisites: Biology 125 and 126, and one additional course in ecology, evolution, or physiology. 6 credit; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2016 · M. McKone
  • 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 2016 · D. Walser-Kuntz
  • BIOL 311: Immunology Laboratory

    2 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2016 · D. Walser-Kuntz
  • 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 a 200-level science course, including any 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 2015 · D. Hernandez
  • BIOL 322: Ecosystem Ecology Laboratory

    Concurrent registration in Biology 321 required. 2 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2015 · D. Hernandez
  • 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: Biology 125 and 126. Concurrent registration in Biology 333 required. 6 credit; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2015, Winter 2016 · B. Jacques-Fricke
  • BIOL 333: Human Physiology Laboratory

    Not open to students who have taken Biology 233. Prerequisites: Concurrent registration in Biology 332 required. 2 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2015, Winter 2016 · B. Jacques-Fricke
  • 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 2016 · J. Wolff
  • BIOL 343: Animal Developmental Biology Laboratory

    Laboratory will introduce descriptive and experimental embryological techniques using a variety of model organisms. 2 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2016 · J. Wolff
  • BIOL 344: Seminar: The Molecular Basis of Plant Development

    A study of the molecular basis underlying the development of vascular plants. Topics including embryogenesis, meristem function, leaf and root morphogenesis, and reproduction will be investigated through the analysis of primary literature. Emphasis will be placed on the experimental basis for current concepts in plant development ranging from molecular mechanisms to evolution of developmental pathways. Prerequisites: Biology 125 and 126; Biology 240 or Biology 280. 6 credit; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; not offered 2015–2016
  • 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 2015 · M. McKone
    Extended departmental description for BIOL 350

    Taught by Mark McKone. Fulfills the Ecology/Evolution group requirement

  • 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; Mathematics 111 or other previous calculus course. Recommended course: Mathematics 215 or equivalent exposure to statistical analysis. Concurrent registration in Biology 353 required. 6 credit; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2016 · M. McKone
    Extended departmental description for BIOL 352

    Taught by Mark McKone. Biology 353 Population Ecology Laboratory required to count toward the major.

    Fulfills the Ecology and Evolutionary group.

  • BIOL 353: Population Ecology Laboratory

    2 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2016 · M. McKone
  • 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 2016 · C. Crutchfield
    Extended departmental description for BIOL 354

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

  • 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; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2016 · M. McKone
  • BIOL 367: Seminar: The Molecular Basis of Human Disease

    The course will examine the biochemical basis of human disease. Although the focus will be on common diseases such as metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes, rare but instructive conditions will also be examined. An analytical approach, based on primary literature, will be used and the emphases will be placed on critical evaluation of experimental design and data interpretation. Prerequisites: Biology 232/332 or 240 or 242 or 278 or 380 or Chemistry 320 or consent of instructor. 6 credit; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2016 · J. Petricka
    Extended departmental description for BIOL 367

    Taught by J. Petricka -  Fulfills the Jr/Sr seminar requirement.

  • BIOL 368: Seminar: Developmental Neurobiology

    An examination of the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying development of the nervous system. We will survey recent studies of a variety of model organisms to explore key steps in neuronal development including neural induction, patterning, specification of neuronal identity, axonal guidance, synapse formation, cell death and regeneration. The laboratory will focus on current techniques used to study neuronal development in invertebrate and vertebrate model systems. Prerequisites: Biology 240 or 280. 6 credit; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; not offered 2015–2016
  • BIOL 369: Developmental Neurobiology Laboratory

    2 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; not offered 2015–2016
    Extended departmental description for BIOL 369

    Taught by Jennifer Wolff

  • BIOL 370: Seminar: Selected Topics in Virology

    An examination of selected animal viruses. The course will focus on the most recent developments in HIV-related research, including implications for HIV-treatment and vaccines and the impact of viral infection on the immune system of the host. In addition to studying the structure and replication of particular viruses we will also discuss the current laboratory techniques used in viral research. Prerequisites: Biology 240 or 280. 6 credit; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; not offered 2015–2016
  • BIOL 371: Seminar: Human Dominated Ecosystems

    Human dominated ecosystems occur wherever human activities become the prevailing force in ecological patterns and processes, including everything from a clear-cut tropical forest to your backyard. It also includes remote areas changing because of human alteration of nutrient cycles and the climate. As human population and impacts grow, so does the need to understand how ecosystems respond. This course will use recent scientific literature to explore this new field of ecology, the study of human dominated ecosystems. Topics include the ecology of cities, decimated ecosystems, ecology of the post-war landscape, preservation and restoration under a changing climate, and designed ecosystem. Prerequisites: Biology 125, 126 and one upper-level ecology course (Biology 210, 236, or 352) or permission from the instructor. 6 credit; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; not offered 2015–2016
  • 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 the following: Biology 210, 238, 248, 250, 308, 321 or 352. 6 credit; Writing Requirement, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2016 · D. Hernandez
    Extended departmental description for BIOL 374

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

  • BIOL 375: Seminar: Natural History of Minnesota

    This course will explore the ecology of the ecosystems and organisms of Minnesota--including lakes and rivers, grasslands, and deciduous and boreal forest--through the reading and analysis of the primary literature and independent field research projects. Students will gain skills in species identification, experimental design, scientific writing and presentation. In addition to scheduled class time, this course includes two weekend field trips. Prerequisites: Biology 125 and 126, and one upper-level course in ecology (Biology 221/321 or 352) or plant biology (Biology 236) or permission of the instructor. 6 credit; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; not offered 2015–2016
  • BIOL 379: Seminar: Behavioral Genetics

    Recent advances in molecular biology have allowed researchers to test specific hypotheses concerning the genetic control of behavior. This course will examine information derived from various animal model systems, including humans, using a variety of techniques such as classical genetics, genome databases, transgenics, and behavioral neurobiology. Prerequisites: Biology 240. 6 credit; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; not offered 2015–2016
    Extended departmental description for BIOL 379

    Taught by Matt Rand and Stephan Zweifel.   Fulfills the Jr/Sr seminar requirement

  • BIOL 380: Biochemistry

    Biochemistry is an examination of the molecular basis of life processes. The course provides an indepth 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 2015 · J. Tymoczko
    Extended departmental description for BIOL 380

    Taught by Staff  -   Biology 381 Biochemistry Laboratory is required to count toward the major. Fulfills the Molecular and Cell group. Laboratory taught by _________________.

  • BIOL 381: Biochemistry Laboratory

    2 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2015 · J. Tymoczko
  • 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 and Chemistry 233 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2015 · S. Zweifel
  • BIOL 383: Molecular Biology Laboratory

    2 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2015 · S. Zweifel
  • 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 2016 · R. Mitra
  • 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 2016 · B. Jacques-Fricke
  • BIOL 387: Neurobiology Laboratory

    2 credit; offered Spring 2016 · Staff
  • BIOL 389: Seminar: Evo-Devo; Evolutionary Developmental Biology

    This seminar course is focused on introductory concepts in evolutionary developmental biology. We will use critical evaluation of primary literature to explore how the genetic mechanisms that control development have evolved the diversity of life on earth. Prerequisites: One of the following: Biology 240, 242, 280, 342, or 350. 6 credit; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2016 · A. Kalis
  • 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; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016 · Staff
  • 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; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2015 · S. Deel
  • BIOL 399: Critical Reading and Analysis of Primary Literature

    Guided instruction in reading and interpretation of contemporary primary literature in Biology. Prerequisites: Completion of Biology 125, 126 and three upper-level biology courses 3 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2015, Winter 2016 · Staff
  • 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). 3 credit; S/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016 · Staff