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 2015

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: 9:55 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 Wien,M.
BIOL B102-00C Introduction to Biology II: Biochemistry & Human Physiology Semester / 1 LEC: 1:40 PM- 4:30 PM TH Park 20 Wien,M.
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 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 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: 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 243 Marenco,P.
BIOL B244-001 Behavioral Endocrinology Semester / 1 Lecture: 8:25 AM- 9:45 AM TTH Park 278 Brodfuehrer,P.
BIOL B250-001 Computational Methods in the Sciences Semester / 1 Lab/Lec: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Park 259 Record,S., Record,S.
LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Park 10
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 LEC: 11:40 AM- 1:00 PM MW Park 259 Mozdzer,T.
BIOL B354-001 Basic Concepts and Special Topics in Biochemistry Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Park 259 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 / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM M Park 227 Dept. staff, TBA
BIOL B401-001 Supervised Research in Neuroscience Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
BIOL B401-001 Supervised Research in Neuroscience Semester / 1 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 2015

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 Park 25 Wien,M.
BIOL B101-00A Introduction to Biology I: Genetics & the Central Dogma Semester / 1 Laboratory: 9:45 AM-12:45 PM T Park 20 Wien,M.
BIOL B101-00B Introduction to Biology I: Genetics & the Central Dogma Semester / 1 Laboratory: 9:45 AM-12:45 PM TH Park 20 Wien,M.
BIOL B101-00C Introduction to Biology I: Genetics & the Central Dogma Semester / 1 Laboratory: 1:30 PM- 4:30 PM TH Park 20 Wien,M.
BIOL B110-001 Biological Exploration I: Biology of Cancer Semester / 1 LEC: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Park 20 Greif,K.
BIOL B110-002 Biological Exploration I: Biochemical Basis of Disease Semester / 1 LEC: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWF Park 20 Chander,M.
BIOL B110-00A Biological Exploration I Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM M Park 20 Skirkanich,J.
Laboratory: 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM M Park 20
BIOL B110-00B Biological Exploration I Semester / 1 LEC: 1:40 PM- 2:30 PM T Park 20 Skirkanich,J.
Laboratory: 2:30 PM- 4:30 PM T Park 20
BIOL B110-00C Biological Exploration I Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM W Park 20 Skirkanich,J.
Laboratory: 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM W Park 20
BIOL B110-00D Biological Exploration I Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM F Park 20 Skirkanich,J.
Laboratory: 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM F Park 20
BIOL B110-00Z Biological Exploration I Semester / 1
BIOL B201-001 Genetics Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Park 229 Garbe,D.
BIOL B202-001 Introduction to Neuroscience Semester / 1 Lecture: 8:25 AM- 9:45 AM TTH Park 229 Greif,K.
BIOL B215-001 Experimental Design and Statistics Semester / 1 LEC: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWF Park 100 Shapiro,J.
Lab: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM T Park 10
BIOL B250-001 Computational Methods in the Sciences Semester / 1 Lab/Lec: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Park 264 Record,S.
Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH Canaday Computer Lab
BIOL B271-001 Developmental Biology Semester / 1 Lab/Lec: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Park 229 Davis,G.
Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH Park 126
BIOL B375-001 Integrated Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Park 278 Dept. staff, TBA
Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Park 126
BIOL B380-001 Topics in Cellular and Organismal Physiology Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:40 AM- 1:00 PM MW Park 227 Davis,T., Garbe,D.
BIOL B390-001 Senior Seminar in Ecology Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM M Park 259 Record,S.
BIOL B393-001 Senior Seminar in Molecular Genetics Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM M Park 227 Shapiro,J.
BIOL B394-001 Senior Seminar in Evolutionary Developmental Biology Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM M Park 10 Davis,G.
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 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 Wien,M.
BIOL B102-00A Introduction to Biology II: Biochemistry & Human Physiology Semester / 1 Laboratory: 9:45 AM-12:45 PM T Wien,M.
BIOL B102-00B Introduction to Biology II: Biochemistry & Human Physiology Semester / 1 Laboratory: 9:45 AM-12:45 PM TH Wien,M.
BIOL B102-00C Introduction to Biology II: Biochemistry & Human Physiology Semester / 1 Laboratory: 1:30 PM- 4:30 PM TH Wien,M.
BIOL B111-001 Biological Exploration II: Gulp: Physiology of Feeding Semester / 1 LEC: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Brodfuehrer,P.
BIOL B111-002 Biological Exploration II: Global Change & Ecosystems Semester / 1 LEC: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWF Record,S.
BIOL B111-00A Biological Exploration II Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM M Skirkanich,J.
Laboratory: 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM M
BIOL B111-00B Biological Exploration II Semester / 1 LEC: 1:40 PM- 2:30 PM T Skirkanich,J.
Laboratory: 2:30 PM- 4:30 PM T
BIOL B111-00C Biological Exploration II Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM W Skirkanich,J.
Laboratory: 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM W
BIOL B111-00D Biological Exploration II Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM F Skirkanich,J.
Laboratory: 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM F
BIOL B210-001 Biology and Public Policy Semester / 1 Lecture: 8:25 AM- 9:45 AM TTH Greif,K.
BIOL B214-001 The Historical Roots of Women in Genetics and Embryology Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MW Davis,G.
BIOL B216-001 Genomics Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Shapiro,J.
BIOL B225-001 Biology and Ecology of Plants Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Record,S.
BIOL B236-001 Evolution Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Davis,G.
BIOL B255-001 Microbiology Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Chander,M.
Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH
BIOL B326-001 From Channels to Behavior Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TTH Brodfuehrer,P.
BIOL B340-001 Cell Biology Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Greif,K.
Laboratory: 1:00 PM- 5:00 PM T
BIOL B376-001 Integrated Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWF Davis,T.
Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM W
BIOL B377-001 Biochemistry II: Biochemical Pathways and Metabolism Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH White,S.
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
BIOL B403-001 Supervised Laboratory Research in Biology Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA

2015-16 Catalog Data

BIOL B101 Introduction to Biology I: Genetics & the Central Dogma Fall 2015 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 2016 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 2014): From Genotype to Phenotype
Section 002 (Fall 2015): Biochemical Basis of Disease
Section 002 (Fall 2014): Genetically Modified Organisms
Section 003 (Fall 2014): Biochemical Basis of Disease Fall 2015 BIOL B110 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. Prerequisite: Quantitative readiness is required for this course. With permission of instructor, students registered for QUAN B010 may also take this course concurrently.
Current topic description: Biology B110-001 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 ways the central dogma of molecular biology relates to the biochemical basis of human disease.
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 2015): Behavior and Physiology
Section 001 (Spring 2016): Gulp: Physiology of Feeding
Section 002 (Spring 2015): Biological Invasions
Section 002 (Spring 2016): Global Change & Ecosystems
Section 003 (Spring 2015): Global Change & Ecosystems Spring 2016 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.
Current topic description: This course will examine the complex behavior of feeding by examining the various physiological systems involved controlling the intake of food, its digestion, and how many calories do organisms need to survive.
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.
Quantitative Readiness Required (QR) Scientific Investigation (SI) Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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BIOL B201 Genetics Fall 2015 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. Prerequisite: One semester of BIOL B110 or B111 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 2015 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 2016 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 Spring 2016 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) Cross-listed as HIST B214 Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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BIOL B215 Experimental Design and Statistics Fall 2015 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 Spring 2016 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 Not offered 2015-16 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 Spring 2016 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 2016 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) Cross-listed as GEOL B236 Cross-listed as ANTH B236 Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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BIOL B244 Behavioral Endocrinology Not offered 2015-16 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 Fall 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. Writing Attentive Quantitative Methods (QM) Quantitative Readiness Required (QR) Scientific Investigation (SI) Cross-listed as GEOL B250 Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Counts toward Environmental Studies Counts toward Neuroscience

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BIOL B255 Microbiology Spring 2016 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 2015-16 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 Cross-listed as CITY B262 Counts toward Environmental Studies

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BIOL B271 Developmental Biology Fall 2015 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 2015-16 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 B310 Philosophy of Science Not offered 2015-16 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. Cross-listed as PHIL B310

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BIOL B321 Neuroethology Not offered 2015-16 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 2015-16 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 Spring 2016 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 Cross-listed as PSYC B326 Counts toward Neuroscience

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BIOL B327 Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Not offered 2015-16 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. Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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BIOL B332 Global Change Biology Not offered 2015-16 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. Counts toward Environmental Studies

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BIOL B340 Cell Biology Spring 2016 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 B354 Basic Concepts and Special Topics in Biochemistry Not offered 2015-16 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 2015-16 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 Not offered 2015-16 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 2015 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). Writing Attentive Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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BIOL B376 Integrated Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II Spring 2016 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 B377 Biochemistry II: Biochemical Pathways and Metabolism Spring 2016 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. Cross-listed as CHEM B377 Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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BIOL B380 Topics in Cellular and Organismal Physiology Fall 2015 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 Fall 2015 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 B391 Senior Seminar in Biochemistry Not offered 2015-16 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 Not offered 2015-16 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 Fall 2015 This course focuses on topics of current interest and significance in molecular genetics and genomics, including the characterization of functional DNA elements and the effects of allelic variation. 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 Fall 2015 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 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. 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 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 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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