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).
Research and Analysis
Introduction to purposes and methods of scientific inquiry. Topics include: philosophy of science, research design, use of biological literature sources, fundamental laboratory techniques, statistical analysis, and survey of careers in biology. Laboratory includes designing, performing, and reporting on research projects.
Oceans and Human Health
Travel-study in Bermuda. Study of ocean processes affecting human health and the contribution of marine organisms to medicine and research. Lectures, labs and fieldwork emphasize risks and benefits of our interactions with the ocean, and related research technologies.
Comprehensive study of plant, animal, and microbial cell biology dealing with the chemistry of cells, bioenergetics, cell ultrastructure and its relation to function, specialized cell types, and cell-to-cell communication. Laboratory emphasis on investigations using modern cytological techniques.
Pharmacology and Toxicology
The action of drugs and toxic compounds in the body. Broad physiological principles of absorption, distribution, metabolism, elimination and mechanisms of action will be emphasized. Laboratory sessions will include techniques for drug and toxicity testing.
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.
Analysis of biochemical systems from a rigorously-chemical viewpoint. Topics include: the chemical properties of biological macromolecules, enzyme kinetics and thermodynamics, reaction mechanisms in metabolic pathways, and structural and functional aspects of gene expression. Laboratories involve contemporary methods in biochemistry including high-resolution gel electrophoresis and enzyme kinetic assays.
Techniques of food cultivation and preparation from farm to table. Focusing on a key ingredient, students will study intensively in groups before preparing meals involving the ingredient.
Evaluating Scientific Claims
Students will learn the skills necessary to read scientific claims carefully, find relevant information in a variety of sources, and develop an informed opinion in writing about the veracity of the original claim. Students will test claims empirically in laboratory sessions.
HHMI Undergraduate Research
Introduction of concepts necessary to conduct undergraduate research through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Good laboratory practice, ethical conduct of research, and scientific presentation and publication.
Opportunities for HHMI Undergraduate Fellows, Scholars and other interested students to learn about interdisciplinary research in the sciences.