Courses

Overview of Introductory Biology courses at Bryn Mawr College

The Bryn Mawr College Biology Department offers a two-semester Introductory Biology sequence for undergraduate students: Biology 110-111. These courses are available to all students interested in taking a college-level biology course, including prospective Biology majors/minors, non-majors interested in health professions, students fulfilling the Scientific Investigations distributional requirement and students simply interested in taking a college-level biology course. There are no course prerequisites for Biology 110 or 111; students are welcome to start the sequence either in the fall (Bio110) or the spring (Bio111), depending on their schedules. Although there are no specific course prerequisites for Bio110 or Bio111, students must demonstrate quantitative readiness prior to enrolling in either of these courses. At least one semester of Introductory Biology is required as a prerequisite for most of the 200/300-level courses in Biology; both semesters of Introductory Biology are required for students interested in pursuing a Biology major.

In previous years, the Introductory Biology sequence was offered as four half-semester courses, Biology 110-113; students who completed the four half-semester courses have fulfilled the Introductory Biology requirements for the major.

Biology 101-102 is for post-baccalaureate students only - undergraduate students interested in taking Introductory Biology should enroll in Biology 110-111.


This page displays the schedule of Bryn Mawr courses in this department for this academic year. It also displays descriptions of courses offered by the department during the last four academic years.

For information about courses offered by other Bryn Mawr departments and programs or about courses offered by Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges, please consult the Course Guides page.

For information about the Academic Calendar, including the dates of first and second quarter courses, please visit the College's master calendar.

Spring 2014

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTRUCTOR(S)
BIOL B102-001 Introduction to Biology II: Biochemistry & Human Physiology Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Park 25 Wien,M.
BIOL B102-00A Introduction to Biology II: Biochemistry & Human Physiology: Biochem & Human Physiology Semester / 1 Laboratory: 9:55 AM-12:45 PM T Park 20 Wien,M.
BIOL B102-00B Introduction to Biology II: Biochemistry & Human Physiology: Biochem & Human Physiology Semester / 1 LEC: 9:55 AM-12:45 PM TH Park 20 Wien,M.
BIOL B102-00C Introduction to Biology II: Biochemistry & Human Physiology: Biochem & Human Physiology Semester / 1 LEC: 1:40 PM- 4:30 PM TH Park 20 Wien,M.
BIOL B111-001 Biological Exploration II: Biological Invasions Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWF Park 20 Mozdzer,T.
BIOL B111-002 Biological Exploration II: Gulp: Physiology of Feeding Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Park 20 Brodfuehrer,P.
BIOL B111-003 Biological Exploration II: Development and Evolution Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWF Park 20 Davis,G.
BIOL B111-00A Biological Exploration II Semester / 1 Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM M Park 20 Skirkanich,J.
BIOL B111-00B Biological Exploration II Semester / 1 LEC: 1:40 PM- 4:30 PM T Park 20 Skirkanich,J.
BIOL B111-00C Biological Exploration II Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Park 20 Skirkanich,J.
BIOL B111-00D Biological Exploration II Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM F Park 20 Skirkanich,J.
BIOL B210-001 Biology and Public Policy Semester / 1 Lecture: 8:25 AM- 9:45 AM TTH Park 229 Greif,K.
BIOL B215-001 Experimental Design and Statistics Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWF Park 10 Shapiro,J.
Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Park 10
BIOL B216-001 Genomics Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Park 10 Shapiro,J.
BIOL B225-001 Biology of Plants Semester / 1 LEC: 11:40 AM- 1:00 PM MW Park 126 Caplan,J.
BIOL B236-001 Evolution Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Park 25 Davis,G.
BIOL B303-001 Human Physiology Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Park 100 Brodfuehrer,P.
Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH Park 127
BIOL B332-001 Global Change Biology Semester / 1
BIOL B340-001 Cell Biology Semester / 1 LEC: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Park 227 Greif,K.
LEC: 1:10 PM- 5:00 PM T Park 128
BIOL B354-001 Basic Concepts and Special Topics in Biochemistry Semester / 1 LEC: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Park 229 Kung,Y.
BIOL B376-001 Integrated Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWF Park 227 Davis,T.
Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM T Park 126
BIOL B399-001 Senior Seminar in Laboratory Investigations Semester / 0.5 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM M Park 227 Dept. staff, TBA
BIOL B403-001 Supervised Laboratory Research in Biology Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
BIOL B403-001 Supervised Laboratory Research in Biology Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
BIOL B425-001 Praxis III: Independent Study Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA

Fall 2014

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTRUCTOR(S)
BIOL B101-001 Introduction to Biology I: Genetics & the Central Dogma Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Park 25 Wien,M.
BIOL B101-00A Introduction to Biology I: Genetics & the Central Dogma Semester / 1 Laboratory: 9:55 AM-12:45 PM T Park 20 Wien,M.
BIOL B101-00B Introduction to Biology I: Genetics & the Central Dogma Semester / 1 LEC: 9:55 AM-12:45 PM TH Park 20 Wien,M.
BIOL B101-00C Introduction to Biology I: Genetics & the Central Dogma Semester / 1 LEC: 1:40 PM- 4:30 PM TH Park 20 Wien,M.
BIOL B110-001 Biological Exploration I: From Genotype to Phenotype Semester / 1 LEC: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Park 20 Davis,T.
BIOL B110-002 Biological Exploration I: Genetically Modified Organisms Semester / 1 LEC: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWF Park 20 Shapiro,J.
BIOL B110-003 Biological Exploration I: Biochemical Basis of Disease Semester / 1 LEC: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWF Park 20 Chander,M.
BIOL B110-00A Biological Exploration I Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM M Park 20 Skirkanich,J.
BIOL B110-00B Biological Exploration I Semester / 1 LEC: 1:40 PM- 4:30 PM T Park 20 Skirkanich,J.
BIOL B110-00C Biological Exploration I Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Park 20 Skirkanich,J.
BIOL B110-00D Biological Exploration I Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM F Park 20 Skirkanich,J.
BIOL B201-001 Genetics Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Park 229 Davis,T.
BIOL B202-001 Introduction to Neuroscience Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Park 229 Interim,R.
BIOL B215-001 Experimental Design and Statistics Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWF Park 10 Shapiro,J.
Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM T Park 10
BIOL B220-001 Ecology Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MW Park 259 Mozdzer,T.
Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH Park 12 (Ecology)
BIOL B262-001 Urban Ecosystems Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:40 AM- 1:00 PM MW Park 259 Caplan,J.
BIOL B303-001 Human Physiology Semester / 1 Lecture: 8:25 AM- 9:45 AM TTH Park 259 Brodfuehrer,P.
BIOL B303-00A Human Physiology Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Park 127
BIOL B303-00B Human Physiology Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM T Park 127
BIOL B332-001 Global Change Biology Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:40 AM- 1:00 PM MW Park 227 Mozdzer,T.
BIOL B354-001 Basic Concepts and Special Topics in Biochemistry Semester / 1
BIOL B364-001 Developmental Neurobiology Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MW Park 227 Interim,R.
BIOL B375-001 Integrated Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Park 227 Chander,M.
Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Park 126
BIOL B392-001 Senior Seminar Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM M Park 10 Brodfuehrer,P.
BIOL B398-001 Senior Seminar in Science and Society Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM M Park 227 Dept. staff, TBA
BIOL B403-001 Supervised Laboratory Research in Biology Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
BIOL B403-001 Supervised Laboratory Research in Biology Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA

Spring 2015

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTRUCTOR(S)
BIOL B102-001 Introduction to Biology II: Biochemistry & Human Physiology Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Park 25 Wien,M.
BIOL B102-00A Introduction to Biology II: Biochemistry & Human Physiology Semester / 1 Laboratory: 9:55 AM-12:45 PM T Park 20 Wien,M.
BIOL B102-00B Introduction to Biology II: Biochemistry & Human Physiology Semester / 1 LEC: 9:55 AM-12:45 PM TH Park 20
BIOL B102-00C Introduction to Biology II: Biochemistry & Human Physiology Semester / 1 LEC: 1:40 PM- 4:30 PM TH Park 20
BIOL B111-001 Biological Exploration II: Behavior and Physiology Semester / 1 LEC: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Park 20 Brodfuehrer,P.
BIOL B111-002 Biological Exploration II: Biological Invasions Semester / 1 LEC: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWF Park 20 Mozdzer,T.
BIOL B111-003 Biological Exploration II: Global Change & Ecosystems Semester / 1 LEC: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWF Park 20 Record,S.
BIOL B111-00A Biological Exploration II Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM M Park 20 Skirkanich,J.
BIOL B111-00B Biological Exploration II Semester / 1 LEC: 1:40 PM- 4:30 PM T Park 20
BIOL B111-00C Biological Exploration II Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Park 20
BIOL B111-00D Biological Exploration II Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM F Park 20
BIOL B216-001 Genomics Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Park 10 Shapiro,J.
BIOL B225-001 Biology of Plants Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MW Park 126 Caplan,J.
BIOL B236-001 Evolution Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Park 25 Marenco,P.
BIOL B244-001 Behavioral Endocrinology Semester / 1 Lecture: 8:25 AM- 9:45 AM TTH Park 20 Brodfuehrer,P.
BIOL B250-001 Computational Methods in the Sciences Semester / 1 Lab/Lec: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TTH Park 10 Record,S.
BIOL B255-001 Microbiology Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Park 126 Chander,M.
Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH Park 126
BIOL B323-001 Coastal and Marine Ecology Semester / 1
BIOL B354-001 Basic Concepts and Special Topics in Biochemistry Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Park 180 Kung,Y.
BIOL B376-001 Integrated Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWF Park 229 Davis,T.
Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM T Park 126
BIOL B399-001 Senior Seminar in Laboratory Investigations Semester / 0.5 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM M Park 227 Dept. staff, TBA
BIOL B403-001 Supervised Laboratory Research in Biology Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
BIOL B403-001 Supervised Laboratory Research in Biology Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA

2014-15 Catalog Data

BIOL B101 Introduction to Biology I: Genetics & the Central Dogma Fall 2014 For post-baccalaureate premedical students only. A comprehensive examination of topics in genetics, molecular biology and cancer biology. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours a week. Division II with Lab Course does not meet an Approach

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BIOL B102 Introduction to Biology II: Biochemistry & Human Physiology
Section 00A (Spring 2014): Biochem & Human Physiology
Section 00B (Spring 2014): Biochem & Human Physiology
Section 00C (Spring 2014): Biochem & Human Physiology Spring 2015 For post-baccalaureate premedical students only. A comprehensive examination of topics in biochemistry, cell biology and human physiology. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours a week. BIOL B101 is strongly recommended. Division II with Lab Course does not meet an Approach

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BIOL B110 Biological Exploration I
Section 001 (Fall 2013): Biology of Cancer
Section 001 (Fall 2014): From Genotype to Phenotype
Section 002 (Fall 2013): Genetic Control of Phenotype
Section 002 (Fall 2014): Genetically Modified Organisms
Section 003 (Fall 2014): Biochemical Basis of Disease
Section 003 (Fall 2013): Genetically Modified Organisms Fall 2014 BIOL B110 is an introductory-level courses designed to encourage students to explore the field of biology at multiple levels of organization: molecular, cellular, organismal and ecological. Each course will explore these areas of biology through a unifying theme. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours a week. This is a topics course, course topic varies.
Current topic description: This year Biology 110-001 will investigate the relationship between genotype and phenotype through analysis of inheritance patterns in families and populations and examination of the regulation and decoding of genetic information that ultimately produces whose structure/function dictates cellular activity.
Current topic description: This course will explore the ways that the genomes of various organisms have been altered by nature and by human interventions, focusing on the mechanisms and effects of those genetic modifications.
Current topic description: This course will explore the ways the central dogma of molecular biology relates to the biochemical basis of human disease.
Division II with Lab Quantitative Readiness Required (QR) Scientific Investigation (SI)

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BIOL B111 Biological Exploration II
Section 001 (Spring 2015): Behavior and Physiology
Section 001 (Spring 2014): Biological Invasions
Section 002 (Spring 2015): Biological Invasions
Section 002 (Spring 2014): Gulp: Physiology of Feeding
Section 003 (Spring 2014): Development and Evolution
Section 003 (Spring 2015): Global Change & Ecosystems Spring 2015 BIOL 110 is an introductory-level course designed to encourage students to explore the field of biology at multiple levels of organization: molecular, cellular, organismal and ecological. Each course will explore these areas of biology through a unifying theme. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours a week. This is a topics course, course topic varies.
Current topic description: This course will examine the complex behavior of feeding by examining the various physiological systems involved in controlling the intake of food, its digestion, and how many calories do organisms need to survive.
Current topic description: Taking an ecological approach, we will use invasive species as our central theme in order to predict how organisms can affect multiple levels for biological organization from the organismal to the ecosystem level.
Current topic description: This course will explore potential responses of how life on earth may respond to global change while reflecting on how such responses may alter the ecosystem services important to human society.
Division II with Lab Quantitative Readiness Required (QR) Scientific Investigation (SI)

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BIOL B201 Genetics Fall 2014 An introduction to heredity and variation, focusing on topics such as classical Mendelian genetics, linkage and recombination, chromosome abnormalities, population and developmental genetics. Examples of genetic analyses are drawn from a variety of organisms, including bacteria, Drosophila, C. elegans and humans. Lecture three hours. Prerequisites: One semester of BIOL 110-111 and CHEM 103, 104. Division II: Natural Science Quantitative Readiness Required (QR) Scientific Investigation (SI)

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BIOL B202 Introduction to Neuroscience Fall 2014 An introduction to the nervous system and its broad contributions to function. The class will explore fundamentals of neural anatomy and signaling, sensory and motor processing and control, nervous system development and examples of complex brain functions. Lecture three hours a week. Prerequisites: One semester of Bio 110-111 or permission of instructor. Division II: Natural Science Scientific Investigation (SI) Counts toward Neuroscience

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BIOL B210 Biology and Public Policy Not offered 2014-15 A lecture/discussion course on major issues and advances in biology and their implications for public policy decisions. Topics discussed include reproductive technologies, the Human Genome project, environmental health hazards, bioterrorism, and euthanasia and organ transplantation. Readings include scientific articles, public policy and ethical considerations, and lay publications. Lecture three hours a week. Prerequisite: One semester of BIOL 110-111, or permission of instructor. Division II: Natural Science Counts toward Environmental Studies

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BIOL B214 The Historical Roots of Women in Genetics and Embryology Not offered 2014-15 This course provides a general history of genetics and embryology from the late 19th to the mid-20th century with a focus on the role that women scientists and technicians played in the development of these sub-disciplines. We will look at the lives of well known and lesser-known individuals, asking how factors such as their educational experiences and mentor relationships influenced the roles these women played in the scientific enterprise. We will also examine specific scientific contributions in historical context, requiring a review of core concepts in genetics and developmental biology. One facet of the course will be to look at the Bryn Mawr Biology Department from the founding of the College into the mid-20th century. Division II: Natural Science Inquiry into the Past (IP) Scientific Investigation (SI) Cross-listed as HIST B214 Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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BIOL B215 Experimental Design and Statistics Fall 2014 An introductory course in designing experiments and analyzing biological data. This course is structured to develop students' understanding of when to apply different quantitative methods, and how to implement those methods using the R statistics environment. Topics include summary statistics, distributions, randomization, replication, parametric and nonparametric tests, and introductory topics in multivariate and Bayesian statistics. The course is geared around weekly problem sets and interactive learning. Suggested Preparation: BIOL B110 or B111 is highly recommended. Division II w/Lab and Quant Quantitative Methods (QM)

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BIOL B216 Genomics Spring 2015 An introduction to the study of genomes and genomic data. This course will examine the types of biological questions that can be answered using large biological data sets and complete genome sequences as well as the techniques and technologies that make such studies possible. Topics include genome organization and evolution, comparative genomics, and analysis of transcriptomes and proteomes. Prerequisite: One semester of BIOL 110-111. BIOL 201 highly recommended. Division II and Quantitive Quantitative Methods (QM) Scientific Investigation (SI)

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BIOL B220 Ecology Fall 2014 A study of the interactions between organisms and their environments. The scientific underpinnings of current environmental issues, with regard to human impacts, are also discussed. Students will also become familiar with ecological principles and with the methods ecologists use. Students will apply these principles through the design and implementation of experiments both in the laboratory and the field. Lecture three hours a week, laboratory/field investigation three hours a week. There will be optional field trips throughout the semester. Prerequisite: One semester of BIOL B110 or B111 or permission of instructor. Division II with Lab Scientific Investigation (SI) Counts toward Environmental Studies

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BIOL B225 Biology of Plants Spring 2015 Plants are critical to numerous contemporary issues, such as ecological sustainability, economic stability, and human health. Students will examine the fundamentals of how plants are structured, how they function, how they interact with other organisms, and how they respond to environmental stimuli. In addition, students will be taught to identify important local species, and will explore the role of plants in human society and ecological systems. Prerequisite BIOL 110 and BIOL 111. Division II and Quantitive Counts toward Environmental Studies

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BIOL B236 Evolution Spring 2015 A lecture/discussion course on the development of evolutionary biology. This course will cover the history of evolutionary theory, population genetics, molecular and developmental evolution, paleontology, and phylogenetic analysis. Lecture three hours a week. Division II: Natural Science Scientific Investigation (SI) Cross-listed as GEOL B236 Cross-listed as ANTH B236

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BIOL B244 Behavioral Endocrinology Spring 2015 An interdisciplinary-based analysis of the nature of hormones, how hormones affect cells and systems, and how these effects alter the behavior of animals. Topics will be covered from a research perspective using a combination of lectures, discussions and student presentations. Prerequisites: One semester of BIOL 110-111 or one of the following courses: BIOL B202, PSYC B218 or PSYC H217. Division II: Natural Science Scientific Investigation (SI) Counts toward Neuroscience

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BIOL B250 Computational Methods in the Sciences Spring 2015 A study of how and why modern computation methods are used in scientific inquiry. Students will learn basic principles of visualizing and analyzing scientific data through hands-on programming exercises. The majority of the course will use the R programming language and corresponding open source statistical software. Content will focus on data sets from across the sciences. Six hours of combined lecture/lab per week. Division II and Quantitive Quantitative Methods (QM) Quantitative Readiness Required (QR) Scientific Investigation (SI) Cross-listed as GEOL B250 Cross-listed as CMSC B250 Counts toward Environmental Studies Counts toward Neuroscience

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BIOL B255 Microbiology Spring 2015 Invisible to the naked eye, microbes occupy every niche on the planet. This course will examine how microbes have become successful colonizers; review aspects of interactions between microbes, humans and the environment; and explore practical uses of microbes in industry, medicine and environmental management. The course will combine lecture, discussion of primary literature and student presentations. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisites: One semester of BIOL 110 or permission of the instructor. Division II with Lab Scientific Investigation (SI)

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BIOL B262 Urban Ecosystems Fall 2014 Cities can be considered ecosystems whose functions are highly influenced by human activity. This course will address many of the living and non-living components of urban ecosystems, as well as their unique processes. Using an approach focused on case studies, the course will explore the ecological and environmental problems that arise from urbanization, and also examine solutions that have been attempted. Prerequisite: BIOL B110 or B111 or ENVS B101. Division II: Natural Science Course does not meet an Approach Cross-listed as CITY B262 Counts toward Environmental Studies

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BIOL B271 Developmental Biology Not offered 2014-15 An introduction to embryology and the concepts of developmental biology. Concepts are illustrated by analyzing the experimental observations that support them. Topics include gametogenesis and fertilization, morphogenesis, cell fate specification and differentiation, pattern formation, regulation of gene expression, neural development, and developmental plasticity. The laboratory focuses on observations and experiments on living embryos. Lecture three hours, laboratory three scheduled hours a week; most weeks require additional hours outside of the regularly scheduled lab. Prerequisites: one semester of BIOL 110-111 or permission of instructor. Division II with Lab Scientific Investigation (SI)

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BIOL B303 Human Physiology Fall 2014 A comprehensive study of the physical and chemical processes in tissues, organs and organ systems that form the basis of animal and human function. Homeostasis, control systems and the structural basis of function are emphasized. Laboratories are designed to introduce basic physiological techniques and the practice of scientific inquiry. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours a week. Prerequisites: One semester of BIOL 110-111, CHEM 103, 104 and one 200-level biology course.

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BIOL B310 Philosophy of Science Not offered 2014-15 An examination of positivistic science and its critics. The topics of this course will include: the demarcation between science and non-science; falsificationism vs. verificationism; the structure of scientific revolutions and research programs; criticism and growth of scientific knowledge; interpretive ideals in science; scientific explanation; truth and objectivity; the effect of interpretation upon that which is interpreted in modern physics; constructivism vs. realism in philosophy of science. Division III: Humanities Cross-listed as PHIL B310

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BIOL B320 Evolutionary Ecology Not offered 2014-15 This course will examine how phenotypic variation in organisms is optimized and constrained by ecological and evolutionary factors. We will cover concepts and case studies in life history evolution, behavioral ecology, and population ecology with an emphasis on both mathematical and experimental approaches. Recommended Prerequisites: One semester of BIOL B110-111 or BIOL 220. Quantitative Quantitative Methods (QM) Scientific Investigation (SI) Counts toward Environmental Studies

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BIOL B321 Neuroethology Not offered 2014-15 This course provides an opportunity for students to understand the neuronal basis of behavior through the examination of how particular animals have evolved neural solutions to specific problems posed to them by their environments. The topics will be covered from a research perspective using a combination of lectures, discussions and student presentations. Prerequisite: BIOL 202, PSYC 218 or PSYC 217 at Haverford. Counts toward Neuroscience

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BIOL B323 Coastal and Marine Ecology Spring 2015 An interdisciplinary course exploring the ecological, biogeochemical, and physical aspects of coastal and marine ecosystems. We will compare intertidal habitats in both temperate and tropical environments, with a specific emphasis on global change impacts on coastal systems (e.g. sea level rise, warming, and species shifts). In 2015 the course will have a mandatory field trip to a tropical marine field station and an overnight field trip to a temperate field station in the mid-Atlantic. Prerequisite: BIOL B220 (Ecology) Division II: Natural Science Counts toward Environmental Studies

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BIOL B326 From Channels to Behavior Not offered 2014-15 Introduces the principles, research approaches, and methodologies of cellular and behavioral neuroscience. The first half of the course will cover the cellular properties of neurons using current and voltage clamp techniques along with neuron simulations. The second half of the course will introduce students to state-of-the-art techniques for acquiring and analyzing data in a variety of rodent models linking brain and behavior. Prerequisites: one semester of BIOL 110-111 and one of the following: PSYC 218, PSYC 217 at Haverford, or BIOL 202. Cross-listed as PSYC B326 Counts toward Neuroscience

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BIOL B327 Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Not offered 2014-15 This seminar course will discuss evolution primarily at the level of genes and genomes. Topics will include the roles of selection and drift in molecular evolution, evolution of gene expression, genomic approaches to the study of quantitative variation, evolutionary history of humans, and evolutionary perspectives on the study of human disease. Students will read papers from the primary literature, lead and participate in class discussions and debates, and write reviews of research articles. Quantitative proficiency required. Pre-requisites: One semester of BIOL 110-111 and BIOL 201, or BIOL 236, or permission of instructor. Division II: Natural Science

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BIOL B328 Analysis of Geospatial Data Using GIS Not offered 2014-15 Analysis of geospatial data, theory, and the practice of geospatial reasoning. Cross-listed as CITY B328 Cross-listed as GEOL B328

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BIOL B332 Global Change Biology Fall 2014 Global changes to our environment present omnipresent environmental challenges. We are only beginning to understand the complex interactions between organisms and the rapidly changing environment. Students will explore the effects of global change in depth using the primary literature. Prerequisites: BIOL B220 (Ecology) or BIOL B262 (Urban Ecology) or permission of instructor. Division II: Natural Science Scientific Investigation (SI) Counts toward Environmental Studies

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BIOL B340 Cell Biology Not offered 2014-15 A lecture course with laboratory emphasizing current knowledge in cell biology. Among topics discussed are cell membranes, cell surface specializations, cell motility and the cytoskeleton, regulation of cell activity and cell signaling. Laboratory experiments are focused on studies of cell structure, making use of techniques in cell culture and immunocytochemistry. Lecture three hours, laboratory four hours a week. Prerequisites: One semester of Organic Chemistry (CHEM B211/B212), and BIOL B201 or B271, or permission of instructor.

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BIOL B354 Basic Concepts and Special Topics in Biochemistry Fall 2014, Spring 2015 For post-baccalaureate premedical students and non-majors who meet the prerequisites. Course does not count toward the biology major, majors should take BIOL B375. Prerequisites: one semester of BIOL 110/B111, and CHEM 211 or permission of the instructor.

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BIOL B361 Emergence Not offered 2014-15 A multidisciplinary exploration of the interactions underlying both real and simulated systems, such as ant colonies, economies, brains, earthquakes, biological evolution, artificial evolution, computers, and life. These emergent systems are often characterized by simple, local interactions that collectively produce global phenomena not apparent in the local interactions. Prerequisite: CMSC 206 or H106 and CMSC 231 or permission of instructor. Cross-listed as CMSC B361

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BIOL B364 Developmental Neurobiology Fall 2014 A lecture/discussion course on major topics in the development of the nervous system. Lecture three hours a week. Prerequisite: BIOL 201 or 271, BIOL 202 or equivalent, or permission of instructor. Counts toward Neuroscience

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BIOL B375 Integrated Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I Fall 2014 The first semester of a two-semester course that focuses on the structure and function of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids, enzyme kinetics, metabolic pathways, gene regulation and recombinant DNA techniques. Students will explore these topics via lecture, critical reading and discussion of primary literature and laboratory experimentation. Three hours of lecture, three hours of lab per week. Prerequisite: one semester of BIOL B110 and two semesters of organic chemistry (CHEM B211/B212). Division II with Lab

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BIOL B376 Integrated Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II Spring 2015 This second semester of a two-semester sequence will continue with analysis of nucleic acids and gene regulation through lecture, critical reading and discussion of primary literature and laboratory experimentation. Three hours of lecture, three hours of lab per week. Prerequisite: BIOL 201, BIOL B375 or permission of instructor. Division II with Lab

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BIOL B391 Senior Seminar in Biochemistry Not offered 2014-15 Topics of current interest and significance in biochemistry are examined with critical readings and oral presentations of work from the research literature. In addition, students write, defend and publicly present one long research paper. Three hours of class lecture and discussion a week, supplemented by frequent meetings with individual students. Prerequisites: BIOL 375 or permission of instructor.

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BIOL B392 Senior Seminar Fall 2014 An advanced course in the study of the organization and function of physiological systems from the molecular level to the organismal level. Specific topics related to the organization and function of physiological systems are examined in detail using the primary literature. In addition, students write, defend and publicly present one long research paper. Three hours of class lecture and discussion a week, supplemented by frequent meetings with individual students.

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BIOL B393 Senior Seminar in Molecular Genetics Not offered 2014-15 This course focuses on topics of current interest and significance in molecular genetics, such as chromatin structure and mechanisms of gene regulation. Students critically read, present and discuss in detail primary literature relevant to the selected topic. In addition, students write, defend and publicly present one long research paper. Three hours of class lecture and discussion a week, supplemented by frequent meetings with individual students. Prerequisite: BIOL 201 or 376, or permission of instructor.

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BIOL B394 Senior Seminar in Evolutionary Developmental Biology Not offered 2014-15 Topics of current interest and significance in evolutionary developmental biology are examined with critical readings and oral presentations of work from the research literature. In addition, students write, defend and publicly present a research paper based on their readings. Three hours of class lecture and discussion a week, supplemented by frequent meetings with individual students. Prerequisite: BIOL 201, 236 or 271, or permission of instructor.

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BIOL B396 Topics in Neuroscience Not offered 2014-15 A seminar course dealing with current issues in neuroscience. It provides advanced students minoring in neuroscience with an opportunity to read and discuss in depth seminal papers that represent emerging thought in the field. In addition, students are expected to make presentations of their own research. Cross-listed as PSYC B396 Counts toward Neuroscience

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BIOL B398 Senior Seminar in Science and Society A seminar that addresses a variety of topics at the interface of biology and society. Students write, defend and publicly present a major scholarly work. Three hours of discussion a week, supplemented by frequent meetings with individual students.

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BIOL B399 Senior Seminar in Laboratory Investigations This seminar provides students with a collaborative forum to facilitate the exchange of ideas and broaden their perspective and understanding of research approaches used in various sub-disciplines of biology. There will be a focus on the presentation, interpretation and discussion of data, and communication of scientific findings to diverse audiences. In addition, students write, defend and publicly present a paper on their supervised research project. Three hours of class discussion each week. Co-requisite: enrollment in BIOL403.

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BIOL B403 Supervised Laboratory Research in Biology Laboratory research under the supervision of a member of the department. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

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BIOL B403 Supervised Laboratory Research in Biology Laboratory research under the supervision of a member of the department. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

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BIOL B425 Praxis III: Independent Study Praxis III courses are Independent Study courses and are developed by individual students, in collaboration with faculty and field supervisors. A Praxis courses is distinguished by genuine collaboration with fieldsite organizations and by a dynamic process of reflection that incorporates lessons learned in the field into the classroom setting and applies theoretical understanding gained through classroom study to work done in the broader community. Counts toward Praxis Program

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