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 2016

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(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: 9:45 AM-12:45 PM T Park 20 Wien,M.
BIOL B102-00B Introduction to Biology II: Biochemistry & Human Physiology Semester / 1 Laboratory: 9:45 AM-12:45 PM TH Park 20 Wien,M.
BIOL B102-00C Introduction to Biology II: Biochemistry & Human Physiology Semester / 1 Laboratory: 1:30 PM- 4:30 PM TH Park 20 Wien,M.
BIOL B111-001 Biological Exploration II: Gulp: Physiology of Feeding Semester / 1 LEC: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Park 20 Brodfuehrer,P.
BIOL B111-002 Biological Exploration II: Global Change & Ecosystems Semester / 1 LEC: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWF Park 20 Record,S.
BIOL B111-00A Biological Exploration II Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM M Park 20 Ruggiero,L.
Laboratory: 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM M Park 20
BIOL B111-00B Biological Exploration II Semester / 1 LEC: 1:40 PM- 2:30 PM T Park 20 Ruggiero,L.
Laboratory: 2:30 PM- 4:30 PM T Park 20
BIOL B111-00C Biological Exploration II Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM W Park 20 Ruggiero,L.
Laboratory: 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM W Park 20
BIOL B111-00D Biological Exploration II Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM F Park 20 Ruggiero,L.
Laboratory: 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM F Park 20
BIOL B115-001 Computing Through Biology: An Introduction Semester / 1 LEC: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Park 337 Blank,D., Shapiro,J.
LEC: 9:00 AM-11:00 AM TH Park 231
BIOL B210-001 Biology and Public Policy Semester / 1 Lecture: 8:25 AM- 9:45 AM TTH Park 229 Greif,K.
BIOL B214-001 The Historical Roots of Women in Genetics and Embryology Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MW Park 227 Davis,G.
BIOL B216-001 Genomics Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Park 229 Shapiro,J.
BIOL B225-001 Biology and Ecology of Plants Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM M Park 126 Record,S., Record,S.
Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM W Park 229
BIOL B236-001 Evolution Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Park 25 Davis,G.
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 B326-001 From Channels to Behavior Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TTH Park 127 Brodfuehrer,P.
BIOL B340-001 Cell Biology Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Park 227 Greif,K.
Laboratory: 1:00 PM- 5:00 PM T Park 126
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 229 Kanther,M.
Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Park 126
BIOL B399-001 Senior Seminar in Laboratory Investigations Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM M Park 259 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
CHEM B104-001 General Chemistry II: Enhanced Section Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWF Park 259 Francl,M.
Recitation: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM F Park 259
CHEM B104-002 General Chemistry II Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWF Park 180 Kung,Y.
Recitation: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM F Park 180
CHEM B104-00A General Chemistry II Semester / 1 Lab/Lec: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM M Park 278 Watkins,L.
Laboratory: 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM M Park 182
CHEM B104-00B General Chemistry II Semester / 1 Lab/Lec: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM T Park 278 Watkins,L.
Laboratory: 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM T Park 182
CHEM B104-00C General Chemistry II Semester / 1 Lab/Lec: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM W Park 278 Watkins,L.
Laboratory: 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM W Park 182
CHEM B104-00D General Chemistry II Semester / 1 Lab/Lec: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM TH Park 278 Watkins,L.
Laboratory: 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM TH Park 182
CHEM B377-001 Biochemistry II: Biochemical Pathways and Metabolism Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Park 278 White,S.
CMSC B115-001 Computing Through Biology: An Introduction Semester / 1 LEC: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Park 337 Blank,D., Shapiro,J.
Lab: 9:00 AM-11:00 AM TH Park 231
PSYC B401-001 Supervised Research in Neuroscience Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA

Fall 2016

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
BIOL B101-001 Introduction to Biology I: Genetics & the Central Dogma Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Wien,M.
BIOL B101-00A Introduction to Biology I: Genetics & the Central Dogma Semester / 1 Laboratory: 9:45 AM-12:45 PM T Kanther,M.
BIOL B101-00B Introduction to Biology I: Genetics & the Central Dogma Semester / 1 Laboratory: 9:45 AM-12:45 PM TH Kanther,M.
BIOL B101-00C Introduction to Biology I: Genetics & the Central Dogma Semester / 1 Laboratory: 1:30 PM- 4:30 PM TH Kanther,M.
BIOL B110-001 Biological Exploration I: Biology of Cancer Semester / 1 LEC: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Greif,K.
BIOL B110-002 Biological Exploration I: From Genotype to Phenotype Semester / 1 LEC: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWF Davis,T.
BIOL B110-00A Biological Exploration I Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM M Skirkanich,J.
BIOL B110-00B Biological Exploration I Semester / 1 LEC: 1:40 PM- 4:30 PM T Skirkanich,J.
BIOL B110-00C Biological Exploration I Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Skirkanich,J.
BIOL B110-00D Biological Exploration I Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM F Skirkanich,J.
BIOL B110-00Z Biological Exploration I Semester / 1
BIOL B201-001 Genetics Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Davis,T.
BIOL B202-001 Introduction to Neuroscience Semester / 1 Lecture: 8:25 AM- 9:45 AM TTH Greif,K.
BIOL B215-001 Experimental Design and Statistics Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Dept. staff, TBA
Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM T
BIOL B220-001 Ecology Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Mozdzer,T.
Lab: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM T
BIOL B271-001 Developmental Biology Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Davis,G.
Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH
BIOL B313-001 Integrative Organismal Biology I Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Brodfuehrer,P.
BIOL B313-00A Integrative Organismal Biology I Semester / 1 Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Brodfuehrer,P.
BIOL B313-00B Integrative Organismal Biology I Semester / 1 Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM F Brodfuehrer,P.
BIOL B352-001 Immunology Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MW Kanther,M.
BIOL B375-001 Integrated Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Chander,M.
Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM W
BIOL B398-001 Senior Seminar in Science and Society Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM M Dept. staff, TBA
BIOL B403-001 Supervised Laboratory Research in Biology Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
CHEM B103-001 General Chemistry I Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWF White,S.
CHEM B103-002 General Chemistry I Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWF Goldsmith,J.
Recitation: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM F Park 180
CHEM B103-00A General Chemistry I Semester / 1 Lab/Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM M Watkins,L.
Laboratory: 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM M
CHEM B103-00B General Chemistry I Semester / 1 Lab Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM T Watkins,L.
Laboratory: 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM T
CHEM B103-00C General Chemistry I Semester / 1 Lab/Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM W Watkins,L.
Laboratory: 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM W
CHEM B103-00D General Chemistry I Semester / 1 Lab: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM TH Watkins,L.
Laboratory: 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM TH
CHEM B103-00Z General Chemistry I Semester / 1
PSYC B401-001 Supervised Research in Neuroscience Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA

Spring 2017

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
BIOL B102-001 Introduction to Biology II: Biochemistry & Human Physiology Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Wien,M.
BIOL B102-00A Introduction to Biology II: Biochemistry & Human Physiology Semester / 1 Lab: 9:45 AM-12:45 PM T Dept. staff, TBA
BIOL B102-00B Introduction to Biology II: Biochemistry & Human Physiology Semester / 1 Lab: 9:55 AM-12:45 PM TH Dept. staff, TBA
BIOL B102-00C Introduction to Biology II: Biochemistry & Human Physiology Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:40 PM- 4:30 PM TH Dept. staff, TBA
BIOL B111-001 Biological Exploration II: Development and Evolution Semester / 1 LEC: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Davis,G.
BIOL B111-002 Biological Exploration II: Global Change & Ecosystems Semester / 1 LEC: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWF Record,S.
BIOL B111-00A Biological Exploration II Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM M Skirkanich,J.
BIOL B111-00B Biological Exploration II Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM T Skirkanich,J.
BIOL B111-00C Biological Exploration II Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Skirkanich,J.
BIOL B111-00D Biological Exploration II Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM F Skirkanich,J.
BIOL B210-001 Biology and Public Policy Semester / 1 Lecture: 8:25 AM- 9:45 AM TTH Greif,K.
BIOL B236-001 Evolution Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Davis,G., Marenco,P.
BIOL B255-001 Microbiology Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Chander,M.
LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH
BIOL B314-001 Integrative Organismal Biology II Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Brodfuehrer,P.
BIOL B314-00A Integrative Organismal Biology II Semester / 1 Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Brodfuehrer,P.
BIOL B314-00B Integrative Organismal Biology II Semester / 1 Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM F Brodfuehrer,P.
BIOL B332-001 Global Change Biology Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Mozdzer,T.
BIOL B354-001 Basic Concepts and Special Topics in Biochemistry Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Miller,B.
BIOL B364-001 Developmental Neurobiology Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MW Greif,K.
BIOL B376-001 Integrated Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWF Davis,T.
Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM T
BIOL B393-001 Senior Seminar in Molecular Genetics Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM M Davis,T.
BIOL B399-001 Senior Seminar in Laboratory Investigations Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM M Dept. staff, TBA
BIOL B403-001 Supervised Laboratory Research in Biology Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
CHEM B104-001 General Chemistry II Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWF Francl,M.
Recitation: 2:10 PM- 3:00 PM F
CHEM B104-002 General Chemistry II Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWF Francl,M.
Recitation: 2:10 PM- 3:00 PM F
CHEM B104-00A General Chemistry II Semester / 1 Lab/Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM M Watkins,L.
Laboratory: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM M
CHEM B104-00B General Chemistry II Semester / 1 Lab/Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM T Watkins,L.
Laboratory: 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM T
CHEM B104-00C General Chemistry II Semester / 1 Lab/Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM W Watkins,L.
Laboratory: 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM W
CHEM B104-00D General Chemistry II Semester / 1 Lab/Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM TH Watkins,L.
Laboratory: 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM TH
CHEM B377-001 Biochemistry II: Biochemical Pathways and Metabolism Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH White,S.
PSYC B401-001 Supervised Research in Neuroscience Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA

2016-17 Catalog Data

BIOL B101 Introduction to Biology I: Genetics & the Central Dogma Fall 2016 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. Course does not meet an Approach

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BIOL B102 Introduction to Biology II: Biochemistry & Human Physiology Spring 2017 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. Course does not meet an Approach

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BIOL B110 Biological Exploration I
Section 001 (Fall 2015): Biology of Cancer
Section 001 (Fall 2016): Biology of Cancer
Section 002 (Fall 2015): Biochemical Basis of Disease
Section 002 (Fall 2016): From Genotype to Phenotype Fall 2016 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. Quantitative readiness is required for this course. With permission of instructor, students registered for Quant 10 may also take this course in the same semester. This is a topics course, course topic varies.
Current topic description: Biology 110-001 will explore the biology underlying cancer through examination of areas of biochemistry, cell biology, genetics and genomics, building a picture of cell function that helps explain the physiology of cancer.
Current topic description: This course will explore the relationship between phenotype and genotype through analyses of inheritance patterns in families and populations, the underlying molecular basis of phenotypes, and an examination of the regulation and decoding of genetic information that ultimately produces the proteins whose structure /function dictate cellular activity.
Current topic description: Biology 110-001 will explore the biology underlying cancer through examination of areas of biochemistry, cell biology, genetics and genomics, building a picture of cell function that helps explain the physiology of cancer.
Current topic description: This course will explore the relationship between phenotype and genotype through analyses of inheritance patterns in families and populations, the underlying molecular basis of phenotypes, and an examination of the regulation and decoding of genetic information that ultimately produces the proteins whose structure /function dictate cellular activity.
Quantitative Readiness Required (QR) Scientific Investigation (SI) Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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BIOL B111 Biological Exploration II
Section 001 (Spring 2017): Development and Evolution
Section 001 (Spring 2016): Gulp: Physiology of Feeding
Section 002 (Spring 2016): Global Change & Ecosystems
Section 002 (Spring 2017): Global Change & Ecosystems Spring 2017 BIOL 111 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. Prerequisite: Quantitative readiness is required for this course. With permission of instructor, students registered for QUAN B010 may also take this course concurrently. This is a topics course, course topic varies. Quantitative Readiness Required (QR) Scientific Investigation (SI) Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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BIOL B115 Computing Through Biology: An Introduction Not offered 2016-17 This course is an introduction to biology through computer science, or an introduction to computer science through biology. The course will examine biological systems through the use of computer science, exploring concepts and solving problems from bioinformatics, evolution, ecology, and molecular biology through the practice of writing and modifying code in the Python programming language. The course will introduce students to the subject matter and branches of computer science as an academic discipline, and the nature, development, coding, testing, documenting and analysis of the efficiency and limitations of algorithms. Additional Meeting Time: (Lab) 2 hours. Quantitative Methods (QM) Scientific Investigation (SI)

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BIOL B201 Genetics Fall 2016 This course focuses on the principles of genetics, including classical genetics, population genetics and molecular genetics. Topics to be covered include the genetic and molecular nature of mutations and phenotypes, genetic mapping and gene identification, chromosome abnormalities, developmental genetics, genome editing and epigenetics. Examples of genetics analyses are drawn from a variety of organisms including Drosophila, C. elegans, mice and humans. Lecture three hours a week. Prerequisite: One semester of BIOL B110 and CHEM B104. Quantitative Readiness Required (QR) Scientific Investigation (SI) Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Counts toward Health Studies

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BIOL B202 Introduction to Neuroscience Fall 2016 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. Prerequisite: One semester of BIOL 110-111 or permission of instructor. Scientific Investigation (SI) Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Counts toward Neuroscience

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BIOL B210 Biology and Public Policy Spring 2017 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. This class involves considerable writing. Prerequisite: One semester of BIOL 110-111, or permission of instructor. Counts toward Environmental Studies Counts toward Health Studies

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BIOL B214 The Historical Roots of Women in Genetics and Embryology Not offered 2016-17 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. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Scientific Investigation (SI) Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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BIOL B215 Experimental Design and Statistics Fall 2016 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. Writing Attentive Quantitative Methods (QM) Quantitative Readiness Required (QR) Scientific Investigation (SI) Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Counts toward Health Studies

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BIOL B216 Genomics Not offered 2016-17 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. Quantitative Methods (QM) Scientific Investigation (SI) Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Counts toward Health Studies

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BIOL B220 Ecology Fall 2016 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. Writing Attentive Scientific Investigation (SI) Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Counts toward Environmental Studies

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BIOL B225 Biology and Ecology of Plants Not offered 2016-17 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. One semester of BIOL 110/111. Scientific Investigation (SI) Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Counts toward Environmental Studies

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BIOL B236 Evolution Spring 2017 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. Scientific Investigation (SI) Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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BIOL B244 Behavioral Endocrinology Not offered 2016-17 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. Scientific Investigation (SI) Counts toward Neuroscience

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BIOL B250 Computational Methods in the Sciences Not offered 2016-17 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. Writing Attentive Quantitative Methods (QM) Quantitative Readiness Required (QR) Scientific Investigation (SI) Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Counts toward Environmental Studies Counts toward Neuroscience

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BIOL B255 Microbiology Spring 2017 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. Writing Attentive Scientific Investigation (SI) Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Counts toward Environmental Studies Counts toward Health Studies

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BIOL B262 Urban Ecosystems Not offered 2016-17 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. Course does not meet an Approach Counts toward Environmental Studies

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BIOL B271 Developmental Biology Fall 2016 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. Prerequisite: one semester of BIOL 110-111 or permission of instructor. Writing Attentive Scientific Investigation (SI) Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Counts toward Health Studies

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BIOL B303 Human Physiology Not offered 2016-17 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. Writing Attentive Counts toward Health Studies

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BIOL B313 Integrative Organismal Biology I Fall 2016 The first semester of a two-semester course focusing on the anatomical and physiological properties of cells, tissues, organs and organ systems that form the basis of human function. Homeostasis, control systems and the structural basis of function are emphasized. 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 B314 Integrative Organismal Biology II Spring 2017 The second semester of Integrative Organismal Biology. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours a week. Prerequisite: BIOL 313 or permission of instructor.

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BIOL B321 Neuroethology Not offered 2016-17 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 Not offered 2016-17 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) Counts toward Environmental Studies

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BIOL B326 From Channels to Behavior Not offered 2016-17 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 B218/PSYC H217, or BIOL 202. Writing Attentive Counts toward Neuroscience

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BIOL B332 Global Change Biology Spring 2017 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 on ecosystems by analyzing the primary literature and the latest IPCC report. In 2017, there will be a mandatory one-day field trip to the Smithsonian Global Change Research Wetland. Prerequisites: BIOL B220, BIOL 225 or BIOL B262, or permission of instructor. Counts toward Environmental Studies

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BIOL B340 Cell Biology Not offered 2016-17 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 the cytoskeleton making use of techniques in cell culture and immunocytochemistry. A student-designed project is a major component. 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. Writing Attentive Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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BIOL B352 Immunology Fall 2016 This course is intended to familiarize students with the cellular, molecular, and biochemical aspects of the innate and adaptive components of the immune system. The course will consist of interactive lectures and discussions to gain a comprehensive introduction to the underlying principles of immunology. Lectures will be supplemented with analysis of primary literature, group presentations, and discussion. The first half of the course will focus on the immune system and the functions of its major components. The second half will focus on how the various components of the immune system function during their response to infections agents and how the system is deregulated during non-infections immune diseases. Prerequisite: BIOL B110 or B111, and one 200 level Biology course.

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BIOL B354 Basic Concepts and Special Topics in Biochemistry Spring 2017 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 B364 Developmental Neurobiology Spring 2017 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 2016 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/B111 and two semesters of Organic Chemistry (CHEM B211/B212) Writing Attentive Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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BIOL B376 Integrated Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II Spring 2017 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 or BIOL B375 or permission of instructor. Writing Attentive Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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BIOL B380 Topics in Cellular and Organismal Physiology Not offered 2016-17 Physiology is the study of the normal functioning of a living organism and its components, including all its physical and chemical processes. The integration of function across many levels of organization will be emphasized. Prerequisite: One semester of BIOL 110-111, CHEM 103, 104 and one 200-level biology course Writing Attentive Counts toward Health Studies

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BIOL B390 Senior Seminar in Ecology Not offered 2016-17 A focus on the interactions among organisms and their environments. Students read and discuss current and classic papers from the primary literature. Topics may include biogeographic patterns, population and community dynamics, and ecosystem functioning. We may explore current issues such as global warming, habitat degradation and fragmentation, loss of biodiversity and the introduction of alien species. The effects of these human induced changes on the biota are examined. 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 220 or permission of instructor.

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BIOL B392 Senior Seminar Not offered 2016-17 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 Spring 2017 This seminar course focuses on topics of current interest and significance in genetics, molecular genetics and genomics. Topics vary, and may include the characterization of functional DNA elements, the effects of allelic variation, mechanisms of gene regulation, and/or genetics as a tool for understanding development. Students investigate topics of interest through critical reading of primary literature and hone written and oral communication skills via the presentation and discussion of scientific information and ideas. In addition, students write, defend, and publicly present one long research paper. Three hours of discussion per week, supplemented by regular meetings with individual students. Prerequisites: BIOL 201 or Biology 271 or Biology 376, or permission of instructor.

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BIOL B394 Senior Seminar in Evolutionary Developmental Biology Not offered 2016-17 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, 216, 236, 271 or permission of instructor.

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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 research project. Students examine issues through readings from the research literature and oral presentations in class. Students also prepare, defend and publicly present a research project. Three hours of discussion per week, supplemented by frequent meetings with individual students. Prerequisite: Biology or Biochemistry major.

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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. Corequisite: enrollment in BIOL B403. Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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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. Counts toward Neuroscience

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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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CHEM B103 General Chemistry I Fall 2016 For students with some back ground in chemistry who are motivated, self-directed learners. Topics include aqueous solutions and solubility; the electronic structure of atoms and molecules; chemical reactions and energy; intermolecular forces. Examples discussed in lecture and laboratory workshop include environmental sciences, material sciences and biological chemistry. Lecture three hours and Chemistry workshop three hours a week. The laboratory workshop period will be used for traditional chemical experimentation or related problem solving. The course may include individual conferences, evening peer-led instruction sessions. Prerequisite: Quantitative Readiness Required. Quantitative Methods (QM) Quantitative Readiness Required (QR) Scientific Investigation (SI) Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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CHEM B104 General Chemistry II
Section 001 (Spring 2016): Enhanced Section Spring 2017 A continuation of CHEM B103. Topics include chemical reactions; introduction to thermodynamics and chemical equilibria; acid-base chemistry; electrochemistry; chemical kinetics. Lecture three hours, recitation one hour and laboratory three hours a week. May include individual conferences, evening problems or peer-led instruction sessions. Prerequisite: CHEM B103 with a grade of at least 2.0 or chemistry department placement or permission of the instructor. Students interested in the intensive section of CHEM B104 must have earned at least a 3.0 in CHEM B103. Quantitative Methods (QM) Quantitative Readiness Required (QR) Scientific Investigation (SI) Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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CHEM B377 Biochemistry II: Biochemical Pathways and Metabolism Spring 2017 This course is a continuation of CHEM B242 or BIOL B375. Biochemical pathways involved in cellular metabolism will be explored in molecular detail. Energy producing, degradation, and biosynthetic pathways involving sugars, fats, amino acids, and nucleotides will be discussed with an emphasis on structures and mechanisms, experimental methods, regulation, and integration. Additional topics, drawn from the primary research literature, may be covered. Readings will be drawn from textbooks and from the primary literature and assessments may include oral presentations, problem sets, written examinations, and writing assignments. This is a second course in Biochemistry and assumes a strong foundation in the fundamentals of Biochemistry. Prerequisite: BIO 375 or CHEM 375, or permission of instructor. Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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CMSC B115 Computing Through Biology: An Introduction Not offered 2016-17 This course is an introduction to biology through computer science, or an introduction to computer science through biology. The course will examine biological systems through the use of computer science, exploring concepts and solving problems from bioinformatics, evolution, ecology, and molecular biology through the practice of writing and modifying code in the Python programming language. The course will introduce students to the subject matter and branches of computer science as an academic discipline, and the nature, development, coding, testing, documenting and analysis of the efficiency and limitations of algorithms. Additional Meeting Time: (Lab) 2 hours. Quantitative Methods (QM) Scientific Investigation (SI)

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CMSC B361 Emergence Not offered 2016-17 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. Counts toward Neuroscience

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PSYC B401 Supervised Research in Neuroscience Laboratory or field research on a wide variety of topics. Students should consult with faculty members to determine their topic and faculty supervisor, early in the semester prior to when they will begin. Counts toward Neuroscience

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