Seminar in Biology
Presentations of current topics in biology by students, faculty, and visiting scientists. Emphasis is on effective oral communication and critical examination of scientific information and ideas.
Principles of Biology
The basic principles common to living organisms, including: cell and molecular biology, genetics, organismal physiology, ecology, evolution. All sections address these topics, but the focus for each may vary. A description of section topics is available each term. Designed for non-science majors. BIO-101 (16) may not be enrolled after successful completion of BIO-111 (11).
Introduction to the study of inheritance. Topics include: transmission of genes in cellular and organismal reproduction, structure and arrangement of genetic material in the cell, control and function of genes, and population genetics. Equal emphasis given to inheritance patterns and molecular genetics. Laboratories include testing the genetics of Drosophila and other organisms, and basic molecular techniques.
Investigation of the biochemistry, physiology, immunology, pathogenicity, isolation and identification of microorganisms, particularly bacteria. Laboratory work includes standard procedures for studying the physiology of bacteria and the identification of unknown bacteria.
Brief history of modern molecular biology, the basic concepts of techniques commonly used in molecular biology, and the current ethical issues in the application of biotechniques. Hands-on experience and critical reading of research articles.
Infectious Disease Ecology
The impacts of ecosystem changes on emerging and reemerging infectious diseases in animals and plants (both domestic and wild) and how these diseases influence communities, ecosystems, and human welfare. Laboratories include field and lab work.
Infectious Disease in Movies
A study of the microbiology, immunology, and epidemiology behind infectious diseases and their portrayal in films, including comparisons of some old and new horror and science fiction movies to examine changes in scientific knowledge and discussions of fear, stigma,and morality in society.
A study of the molecular, cellular, physiological and population bases of human genetic disorders. Additional topics include techniques, pedigrees, risk assessment and ethics. Laboratory exercises include techniques in cytogenetics and molecular genetics, case studies and discussions.
A project involving original and relatively independent research. Working with a faculty sponsor, the student poses a question of biological significance, writes an agreement specifying work expectations, devises the experimental protocol, and collects data to evaluate the question. Laboratory or field projects may be performed either on campus or at other locations. A research paper and oral presentation of the topic are required upon completion of the project, with the oral presentation usually done in the context of BIO-075.
Provides direct training and work experience in one or more aspects of the biological sciences at an off campus facility. Working with a faculty sponsor and an on-site supervisor, students develop objectives for the internship/preceptorship experience, write an agreement specifying what is expected, and keep a detailed log of their activities. 0 credits.
Health Careers Internship
Disease and Culture
Taught jointly by a biologist and philosopher, this course will introduce students to the biological basis of numerous diseases (including AIDS, tuberculosis, syphilis, plague, malaria, Irish potato blight, etc.) and discuss their social, ethical, and cultural impacts.