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.
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.
Introduction to Biomaterials
An exploration of ideas in cardiovascular, orthopedic, and regenerative medicine and how today's technologies and medical innovations have changed these medicines. Course activities will involve trips to local research and medical facilities & hands-on manipulations of biomaterials and devices.
Fetal & Maternal Growth
Examining changes in fetal development and the maternal changes that occur at different stages in pregnancy. Additional topics will include IVF, abnormal development, and complications in pregnancy
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.
Comparative Anat & Embryology
Lecture and laboratory comparative study of the embryology and adult anatomy of representative chordates. Laboratory dissections include the dogfish shark and the cat.
Human Anatomical Systems
A thorough study of the human body and its complexity. Application of this knowledge will be used in embryological, histological, and cadaver-based studies. Special emphasis is placed on functional anatomy of the body, through an understanding of embryology and pathology. Critical thinking skills will be developed using scenarios that involve the integration of knowledge from the fields of biology, chemistry, and physics.
Extensive examination of the structural properties of animal tissues, with emphasis on human samples. Identifying cells and organs based on microscopic structural attributes. Laboratory includes histological preparation and the identification of unknown samples.
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.
Through the ages, cacao beans, the source of chocolate, have served as symbols of social status, religious offerings, and romance. Going beyond the symbolism of chocolate to examine the cultural, economic, and ecological impact of chocolate production from the early mesoamerican period to the present. Chocolate will be prepared and consumed during this course.
Current Topics in Neuroscience
Year long capstone course for neuroscience majors that will provide students with knowledge of current research practice and implications. Discussions of seminal or innovative research papers in a seminar format, and of individual research experiences in the context of progress in the field as a whole.
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.
Women in Science
Study of the obstacles faced by women in science. Topics include: strategies used to overcome obstacles, professional relationships, the female perspective" and current issues. Group projects will be developed through on-going discussions