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. Designed for non-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.
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.
Public Health Biology
A study of the biological principles of human diseases and conditions of public health importance and the applications of the principles in biology and public health for treatments and preventions. Laboratory work includes microbiology, computer exercises, and field trips.
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.
Superhero Genetic Disorders
A study of the molecular and genomic bases of human genetic disorders and their causes by using the characteristics of fictional superheroes as examples. The social, legal, and ethical issues related to disease diagnosis and treatments and human biotechnology will also be discussed.
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.
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.