2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog

Biology

Students may complete a major or minor in Biology.

Faculty

Peter Brodfuehrer, Professor
Monica Chander, Assistant Professor
Gregory Davis, Assistant Professor
Tamara Davis, Associate Professor and Chair
Wilfred Franklin, Instructor (on leave semester I)
Stephen Gardiner, Senior Lecturer
Karen Greif, Professor
Joy Little, Lecturer and Laboratory Instructional Assistant
Thomas Mozdzer, Assistant Professor
Joshua Shapiro, Visiting Assistant Professor
Michelle Wien, Lecturer

The programs of the department are designed to introduce students to unifying concepts and broad issues in biology, and to provide the opportunity for in-depth inquiry into topics of particular interest through coursework and independent research. Introductory- and intermediate-level courses examine the structures and functions of living systems at all levels of organization, from molecules, cells and organisms to populations. Advanced courses encourage the student to gain proficiency in the critical reading of research literature, leading to the development, defense and presentation of a senior paper. Opportunities for supervised research with faculty are available and highly encouraged.

Major Requirements

Course requirements for a major in Biology include four quarters of introductory biology, BIOL110-113, six courses at the 200 and 300 level (excluding BIOL 390-398), of which at least three must be laboratory courses; and one senior seminar course (BIOL 390-395, or 398-399). Two semesters of supervised laboratory research, BIOL 401 or 403, may be substituted for one of the required laboratory courses. In addition, two semester courses in general chemistry and three additional semester courses in allied sciences, to be selected from Anthropology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology are required for all majors. Selection of the three additional allied science courses must be done in consultation with the student’s major adviser and be approved by the department.

Students interested in pursuing graduate studies or medical school are encouraged to take two semesters each of physics and organic chemistry. In addition, all biology students are encouraged to take courses that enhance their quantitative reasoning skills.

A score of 5 on the Advanced Placement examination, or equivalent International Baccalaureate scores, can be used to satisfy one semester (2 quarters) of the introductory biology requirement for the major. Two additional quarters of BIOL 110-113 are required to fulfill the introductory biology requirement. The department, however, highly recommends 4 quarters of introductory biology for majors. Placement out of 2 quarters of introductory biology does not satisfy the introductory biology pre-requisite for 200/300-level courses.

Honors

Departmental honors are awarded to students who have distinguished themselves academically or via their participation in departmental activities. Final selection for honors is made by the Biology faculty.

Minor Requirements

A minor in Biology consists of six semester courses in Biology.

Minors in Environmental Studies, Computational Methods, and Neuroscience

Minors in Environmental Studies, Computational Methods, and Neuroscience are available for students interested in interdisciplinary exploration in these areas. Visit www.brynmawr.edu/catalog/2012-13/areas_of_study/ for more information.

Teacher Certification

The College offers a certification program in secondary teacher education. Visit www.brynmawr.edu/catalog/2012-13/program/opportunities/teacher_cert.html for more information.

Animal Experimentation Policy

Students who object to participating directly in laboratory activities involving the use of animals in a course required for the major are required to notify the faculty member of her or his objections at the beginning of the course. If alternative activities are available and deemed consistent with the pedagogical objectives of the course by the faculty member, then a student will be allowed to pursue alternative laboratory activities without penalty.

COURSES

BIOL B101 Introduction to Biology I: Genetics and the Central Dogma

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. Current topic description: 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.
Requirement(s): Division II with Lab
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Wien,M.
(Fall 2012)

BIOL B102 Topics in Introduction to Biology II

For post-baccalaureate premedical students only. A comprehensive examination of topics in biochemistry, cell biology and physiology. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours a week. BIOL 101 is strongly recommended.
Requirement(s): Division II with Lab
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Wien,M.
(Spring 2013)

BIOL B103 Biology: Basic Concepts

An introduction to the major concepts of modern biology that both underlie and emerge from exploration of living systems at levels of organization ranging from the molecular and biochemical through the cellular and organismal to the ecological. Emphasis is placed on the observational and experimental bases for ideas that are both common to diverse areas of biology and represent important contributions of biology to more general intellectual and social discourse. Topics include the chemical and physical bases of life, cell theory, energetics, genetics, development, physiology, behavior, ecology and evolution. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours a week.
Requirement(s): Division II with Lab
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

BIOL B110 Focus: Biological Exploration I

BIOL 110-113 are 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. This year, BIOL 110 will center on the reading of “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer” by Siddhartha Mukherjee, and will examine its biological concepts and issues. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours a week. There are no prerequisites for this course. This is a half semester Focus course.
Requirement(s): Division II with Lab
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward: Neuroscience
Units: 0.5
Instructor(s): Greif,K.
(Fall 2012)

BIOL B111 Focus: Biological Exploration II

BIOL 110-113 are 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. This year, BIOL 111 will investigate the molecular and cellular basis of cystic fibrosis, its inheritance in families and populations, and associated epidemiological and public policy implications. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours a week. There are no prerequisites for this course.
Requirement(s): Division II with Lab
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward: Neuroscience
Units: 0.5
Instructor(s): Davis,T.
(Fall 2012)

BIOL B112 Biological Exploration III

BIOL 110-113 are 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. This year, Biology 112 will investigate the underlying physiology associated with echolocation and thermoregulation in bats. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours a week. There are no prerequisites for this course.
Requirement(s): Division II with Lab
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward: Neuroscience
Units: 0.5
Instructor(s): Brodfuehrer,P., Franklin,W.
(Spring 2013)

BIOL B113 Biological Exploration IV

BIOL 110-113 are 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. This year, Biology 113 will examine the proximate and ultimate explanations of ecological case studies that every biologist should know. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours a week. There are no prerequisites for this course.
Requirement(s): Division II with Lab
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward: Neuroscience
Units: 0.5
Instructor(s): Franklin,W., Mozdzer,T.
(Spring 2013)

BIOL B201 Genetics

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: two quarters of BIOL 110-113 and CHEM 103, 104.
Requirement(s): Division II: Natural Science
Approach: Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Davis,T.
(Fall 2012)

BIOL B202 Introduction to Neuroscience

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: two quarters of Bio 110-113 or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division II: Natural Science
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward: Neuroscience
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Greif,K.
(Fall 2012)

BIOL B205 Brain, Education and Behavior

A lecture/discussion course exploring intersections between the neural and cognitive sciences and the theory and practice of education, with the aim of generating useful new insights and productive lines of inquiry in both realms. Prerequisite: Some college-level course work in Biology, Psychology or Education; permission of the instructor.
Requirement(s): Division II: Natural Science
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward: Neuroscience
Crosslisting(s): EDUC-B205
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

BIOL B210 Biology and Public Policy

A lecture/discussion course on major issues and advances in biology and their implications for public policy decisions. Topics discussed include reproductive technologies, genetic screening and gene therapy, environmental health hazards, and euthanasia and organ transplantation. Readings include scientific articles, public policy and ethical considerations, and lay publications. Lecture three hours a week. Prerequisite: two quarters of BIOL 110-113, or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division II: Natural Science
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Greif,K.
(Spring 2013)

BIOL B214 The Historical Roots of Women in Genetics and Embryology

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.
Requirement(s): Division II: Natural Science
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): HIST-B214
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Davis,G.
(Fall 2012)

BIOL B215 Experimental Design and Statistics

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.
Requirement(s): Division II and Quantitive
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Shapiro,J.
(Spring 2013)

BIOL B216 Introduction to Genomics and Bioinformatics

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, while exploring the computational methods and techniques used for that analysis. Prerequisite: two quarters of BIOL 110-113, Bio 201, or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division II w/Lab and Quantitative Skills
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Shapiro,J.
(Fall 2012)

BIOL B220 Ecology

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 to address ecological issues. 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: two quarters of BIOL 110-113 or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division II with Lab
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Mozdzer,T.
(Fall 2012)

BIOL B223 The Story of Evolution and the Evolution of Stories

In this course we will experiment with two interrelated and reciprocal inquiries—whether the biological concept of evolution is a useful one in understanding the phenomena of literature (in particular, the generation of new stories), and whether literature contributes to a deeper understanding of evolution. We will begin with science texts that explain and explore evolution and turn to stories that (may) have grown out of one another, asking where they come from, why new ones emerge, and why some disappear. We will consider the parallels between diversity of stories and diversity of living organisms. Lecture three hours a week.
Requirement(s): Division II or Division III
Crosslisting(s): ENGL-B223
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

BIOL B225 Biology of Plants

In-depth examination of the structures and processes underlying survival, growth, reproduction, competition and diversity in plants. Three hours of lecture a week. Prerequisites: two quarters of BIOL 110-113.
Requirement(s): Division II and Quantitive
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

BIOL B236 Evolution

A lecture/discussion course on the development of evolutionary thought, generally regarded as the most profound scientific event of the 19th century; its foundations in biology and geology; and the extent of its implications to many disciplines. Emphasis is placed on the nature of evolution in terms of process, product, patterns, historical development of the theory, and its applications to interpretations of organic history. Lecture three hours a week.
Requirement(s): Division II: Natural Science
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Crosslisting(s): ANTH-B236; GEOL-B236
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Gardiner,S., Marenco,K.
(Fall 2012)

BIOL B244 Behavioral Endocrinology

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: two quarters of BIOL 110-113 or one of the following courses: B202, PSYC B218 or PSYC H217.
Requirement(s): Division II: Natural Science
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward: Neuroscience
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

BIOL B250 Computational Methods in the Sciences

A study of how and why modern computation methods are used in scientific inquiry. Students will learn basic principles of simulation-based programming through hands-on exercises. Content will focus on the development of population models, beginning with simple exponential growth and ending with spatially-explicit individual-based simulations. Students will design and implement a final project from their own disciplines. Six hours of combined lecture/lab per week.
Requirement(s): Division II and Quantitive
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM); Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CMSC-B250; GEOL-B250
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

BIOL B255 Microbiology

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: BIOL 110 and BIOL 111 or permission of the instructor.
Requirement(s): Division II with Lab
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Chander,M.
(Spring 2013)

BIOL B271 Developmental Biology

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: two quarters of BIOL 110-113 or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division II with Lab
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Davis,G.
(Spring 2013)

BIOL B301 Organismal Biology: Vertebrate Structure

A comparative study of major organ systems in different vertebrate groups. Similarities and differences are considered in relation to organ system function and in connection with evolutionary relationships among vertebrate classes. Laboratory activities emphasize dissection of several vertebrate representatives, but also include examination of prepared microscope slides and demonstrations. Two three-hour lecture/laboratory meetings a week. Prerequisites: two quarters of BIOL 110-113, one 200-level Biology course, and permission of instructor.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

BIOL B303 Animal Physiology

A comprehensive study of the physical and chemical processes in tissues, organs and organ systems that form the basis of animal function. Homeostasis, control systems and the structural bases 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: two quarters of BIOL 110-113, CHEM 103, 104 and one 200-level biology course.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

BIOL B304 Cell and Molelcular Neurobiology

A problem-based laboratory course in which students investigate cellular and molecular properties of neurons and small networks of neurons using neuron simulations and animal experiments, and through critical reading of the primary literature. Two three-hour laboratory sessions per week. Prerequisites: two quarters of BIOL 110-113, and one of the following BIOL B202, PSYC B218 or PSYC H217 at Haverford.
Counts toward: Neuroscience
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

BIOL B309 Biological Oceanography

A comprehensive examination of the principal ecosystems of the world’s oceans, emphasizing the biotic and abiotic factors that contribute to the distribution of marine organisms. A variety of marine ecosystems are examined, including rocky intertidal, and hydrocarbon seeps, with an emphasis on the distinctive characteristics of each system and the assemblage of organisms associated with each system. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours a week. One required three-day field trip, for which an extra fee is collected, and other occasional field trips as allowed for by scheduling. Prerequisites: two quarters of BIOL 110-113 and one 200-level science course, or permission of instructor.
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Gardiner,S.
(Spring 2013)

BIOL B313 Integrative Organismal Biology I

The first semester of a two-semester course focusing on how organisms cope with environmental challenges by investigating the requirements for life at the level of individual cells and multi-cellular organisms, the anatomical and physiological properties of cells, tissues and organ systems, and how these properties allow organisms to interact successfully with their environment. Two three-hour lecture/laboratory sessions per week. Prerequisites: two quarters of BIOL 110-113 and one 200-level biology course.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

BIOL B314 Integrative Organismal Biology II

The second semester of Integrative Organismal Biology. Two three-hour lecture/laboratory sessions per week. Prerequisite: BIOL 313 or permission of instructor.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

BIOL B320 Evolutionary Ecology

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: BIOL B111-B114 or BIOL B220
Requirement(s): Quantitative
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

BIOL B321 Neuroethology

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
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Brodfuehrer,P.
(Spring 2013)

BIOL B326 From Channels to Behavior

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: two quarters of BIOL 110-113 and one of the following: PSYC 218, PSYC 217 at Haverford, or BIOL 202.
Counts toward: Neuroscience
Crosslisting(s): PSYC-B326
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Thomas,E., Brodfuehrer,P.
(Fall 2012)

BIOL B327 Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics

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: Two quarters of BIOL 110-113 and BIOL 201, or BIOL 236, or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division II: Natural Science
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Shapiro,J.
(Spring 2013)

BIOL B328 Analysis of Geospatial Data Using GIS

Advanced seminar in the analysis of geospatial data, theory, and the practice of geospatial reasoning.
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B328; ARCH-B328; GEOL-B328
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

BIOL B336 Evolutionary Biology: Advanced Topics

A seminar course on current issues in evolution. Discussion based on readings from the primary literature. Topics vary from year to year. One three-hour discussion a week. Prerequisite: BIOL 236 or permission of instructor.
Crosslisting(s): ANTH-B336; GEOL-B336
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

BIOL B340 Cell Biology

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, energy generation and protein synthesis. 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: BIOL 201 or 271, or with permission of instructor. This course may be taken concurrently with CHEM 211.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

BIOL B354 Basic Concepts and Special Topics in Biochemistry

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: two quarters of BIOL 110-113 or equivalent, CHEM 211 or permission of the instructor.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Porello,S.
(Spring 2013)

BIOL B361 Emergence

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.
Crosslisting(s): CMSC-B361
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

BIOL B364 Developmental Neurobiology

A lecture/discussion course on major topics in the development of the nervous system. Some of the topics to be addressed are cell generation, cell migration, cell survival and growth, axon guidance and target specificity, synapse formation and behavioral development. Lecture three hours a week. Prerequisite: BIOL 201 or 271, BIOL 202 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
Counts toward: Neuroscience
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Greif,K.
(Spring 2013)

BIOL B369 Biochemical Mechanisms of Disease Progression

An interdisciplinary course exploring the biochemical mechanisms involved in disease progression, their theraputic strategies, experimental techniques and challenges facing scientists. Topics will be covered from a research perspective using a combination of lectures, discussions, presentations and group activities. Prerequisites: BIOL B375 or CHEM B242.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

BIOL B375 Integrated Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I

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: BIOL 110 and 111, and two semesters of organic chemistry.
Requirement(s): Division II with Lab
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Chander,M.
(Fall 2012)

BIOL B376 Integrated Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II

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 B375 or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division II with Lab
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Davis,T.
(Spring 2013)

BIOL B391 Senior Seminar in Biochemistry

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 341, 375 or permission of instructor.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Chander,M.
(Fall 2012)

BIOL B392 Senior Seminar

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.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

BIOL B393 Senior Seminar in Molecular Genetics

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.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

BIOL B394 Senior Seminar in Evolutionary Developmental Biology

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.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Davis,G.
(Spring 2013)

BIOL B395 Senior Seminar in Cellular Biology

This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Greif,K.
(Spring 2013)

BIOL B396 Topics in Neuroscience

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. Required for those in the minor.
Crosslisting(s): PSYC-B396
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

BIOL B398 Senior Seminar in Science in Society

A seminar that addresses a variety of topics at the interface of biology and society. Students prepare and present a major scholarly work at the end of the semester. Three hours of discussion per week.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

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 the second semester of BIOL403.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Brodfuehrer,P.
(Spring 2013)

BIOL B401 Supervised Research in Neuroscience

Laboratory or library research under the supervision of a member of the Neuroscience committee. Required for those with the concentration. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Greif,K., Brodfuehrer,P.
(Spring 2013)

BIOL B403 Supervised Laboratory Research in Biology

Laboratory research under the supervision of a member of the department. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
Units: 1.0
(Fall 2012, Spring 2013)

BIOL B425 Praxis III

Counts toward: Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
(Fall 2012, Spring 2013)