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.
Biology and the Environment
The basic principles common to living organisms, with emphasis on environmental biology. Designed for non-science majors. Topics include: ecology, evolution, biodiversity, and environmental issues, plus a synopsis of cellular biology, genetics, and physiology. Students may not receive credit for both BIO-101 (16) and BIO-102. BIO-102 may not be enrolled after successful completion of BIO-111 (11).
Foundations of Biology
Introduction to the unifying concepts of biology. Topics include: cell structure and function, metabolism, genetics, evolution, and the diversity of life. Laboratories emphasize an investigative approach. Designed for science majors.
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.
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.
Darwin and the Galapagos
An introduction to Darwin and evolution, including a trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Archipelago. Pre-trip lectures on Darwin's seminal contributions to evolutionary biology will create the foundation for observations made on a cruise in the Galapagos. Also includes tours of colonial Quito and the Otavalo region exposing students to the cultural history, diversity, and vibrancy of Ecuador.
Field-based survey of the major groups of insects. Lecture will focus on the evolutionary history, ecology, and taxonomy of insects. The primary component will be collection, identification, and preservation of insect specimens, contributing to the all taxa biological surveys" on campus and at the Furman Forest."
The interactions between organisms and their environments, and the consequences of these interactions for population dynamics, community structure, and the flow of energy and matter through ecosystems. Also, consideration of environmental issues and conservation. Laboratories include local field work, experiments, and possibly one or two overnight/weekend field trips.
Popultn Genetics & Evolution
Evolutionary mechanisms that change the genetic structure of populations. Patterns of evolutionary change documented by the fossil record, biogeography, comparative anatomy and genetic similarity. Labs include experiments in Drosophila evolution, computer simulations, and at least one field trip (fossils).
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.
Competition in Nature & Cltr
The Super Bowl. Democrats vs. Republicans. Ford vs. Chevy. Competition permeates our culture, but is competition fundamental to how humans and all organisms interact? Examining the nature and importance of competitive and cooperative interactions in nature and society.