2017-18 Catalog

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Students may complete a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Required courses are drawn principally from the Biology and Chemistry Departments and those interested in Biochemistry should consult both Biology and Chemistry web pages. Students may double major in Biology and Chemistry, but are not permitted to double major in Biology and Biochemistry or Chemistry and Biochemistry. There is no minor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. No more than two non Tri-Co courses may be counted towards the major.

Faculty

Sharon Burgmayer, Dean of Graduate Studies and the W. Alton Jones Professor of Chemistry (on leave semester I)
Monica Chander, Chair and Associate Professor of Biology (on leave semester II)
Greg Davis, Associate Professor of Biology
Tamara Davis, Professor of Biology
Karen Greif, Professor of Biology
Yan Kung, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
William Malachowski, Associate Provost and Professor of Chemistry
Joshua Shapiro, Assistant Professor of Biology
Susan A. White, Professor of Chemistry and Co-Director of Health Studies (fall) (on leave semester II)

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major allows the student to progress through a series of courses that emphasize understanding of life at the molecular level and utilize experimental approaches. Research may be a valuable experience for students considering graduate or professional studies or for those planning research or teaching careers.

Any Biology or Chemistry professor may be selected as a research adviser, but students are encouraged to consult departmental advisers for information on how to join research groups. Students may select either a one or two semester research experience.
With very careful advanced planning a student may enroll in Study Abroad. Typically a student will select a one-semester program in an English-speaking country such as England, Wales, Australia or Ghana.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Requirements and Opportunities

A student may qualify for an A. B. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology by completing courses in Biology and Chemistry with the following distribution. Students must be mindful that some courses have pre-requisites.

Fundamental Courses

• Biology 110
• Chemistry 103, 104
• Chemistry 211 and 212 or 213, 214

Major Writing Requirement

Students will complete two writing-attentive laboratory courses before the end of their junior year. To satisfy this requirement, students typically select two courses from the following list: Biology 375, Biology 376, Chemistry 251, or Chemistry 252.

Core Biochemistry Courses

• Chemistry 242 and Chemistry 251 OR Biology 375
• Chemistry/Biology 377

Advanced Biology and Chemistry Courses

• Biology 201
• Biology 376
• Chemistry 221 OR Chemistry 222

Advanced Electives on Biochemically Related Topics

Two courses that provide depth and breadth are required and one must be at the 300 or 500 level OR have a laboratory component. Suggested courses include, but are not limited to:

• Biology 215
• Biology 216
• Biology 255
• Biology 271
• Biology 327
• Biology 340
• Biology 352
• Chemistry 221 or 222 (if not used as a Core course)
• Chemistry 231
• Chemistry 251 (if not used as a Core course)
• Chemistry 331
• Chemistry 332
• Chemistry 345
• Chemistry 515

Students are encouraged to consider suitable course offerings at Haverford and Swarthmore and all choices must be approved by the major adviser.

Senior Experience

Option 1 or Option 2 are required for Honors.

Option 1—Biology 403 (2 semesters) or Chemistry 398, 399, plus all requirements associated with the senior thesis.

Option 2—Independent Study or Praxis on a biochemical topic arranged by the student, plus all requirements associated with the senior thesis.

Option 3—An additional biochemically-related advanced elective at the 300-level or with a laboratory component.

Courses in Allied Fields

• Mathematics 101, 102
• Mathematics 201

In consultation with the major adviser, two courses must be selected from the courses listed below. Students who plan to undertake graduate or medical studies should consider taking Physics.

• Physics 101, 102 or 121, 122
• Biology 111, 202, 220, 225, 236, 250
• Computer Science 110, 206
• Geology 101, 102, 103, 202, 203

Timetable for Meeting Requirements

There are a variety of ways to meet the major requirements provided that 100 level courses in Chemistry and Mathematics are completed by the end of the freshman year. Note that Mathematics 201 is required as a pre-requisite for Chemistry 221 or 222 and only two sample programs are shown here.

Sample 1

Freshman year: Biology 110 , Chemistry 103, 104, Mathematics 101, 102
Sophomore year: Chemistry 211, 212 (or 213, 214), Mathematics 201, Physics 121, 122
Junior year: Biology 201, 255, Chemistry 222, 242, 251
Senior year: Biology/Chemistry 377, Biology 340, 376, Senior Experience

Sample 2

Freshman year: Biology 110, 111, Chemistry 103, 104, Mathematics 101, 102
Sophomore year: Chemistry 211, 212, (or 214, 214) Mathematics 201, Biology 201
Junior year: Biology 216, 375, 377, Chemistry 222, CS110
Senior year: Biology 340, 376, Senior Experience

Honors

Students seeking to complete the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major must complete two semesters of research (Option 1) or an approved independent study or praxis (Option 2) and have a GPA of 3.6 in all major and allied courses.

Advanced Placement

Students are instructed to follow the policies described by individual departments.

COURSES

BIOL B110 Biological Exploration I
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. Quantitative readiness is required for this course. This is a topics course, course topic varies.
Approach: Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Greif,K., Davis,T., Skirkanich,J.
(Fall 2017)

BIOL B111 Biological Exploration II
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. This is a topics course, course topic varies. Current topic description: Taking an ecological approach, we will use invasive species as our central theme in order to predict how organisms can affect multiple levels for biological organization from the organismal to the ecosystem level. Current topic description: This course will examine the underlying physiology associated with specific animal behaviors such as bat echolocation, and thermoregulation and bee foraging.
Approach: Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Brodfuehrer,P., Skirkanich,J., Mozdzer,T.
(Spring 2018)

BIOL B201 Genetics
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: BIOL B110 and CHEM B104.
Approach: Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Health Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Davis,T.
(Fall 2017)

BIOL B202 Introduction to Neuroscience
An introduction to the nervous system and its broad contributions to function. The class will explore fundamentals of neural anatomy and signaling, sensory and motor processing and control, nervous system development and examples of complex brain functions. Lecture three hours a week. Prerequisite: One semester of BIOL 110-111 or permission of instructor.
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Neuroscience
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Greif,K.
(Fall 2017)

BIOL B215 Experimental Design and Statistics
An introductory course in designing experiments and analyzing biological data. This course is structured to develop students’ understanding of when to apply different quantitative methods, and how to implement those methods using the R statistics environment. Topics include summary statistics, distributions, randomization, replication, parametric and nonparametric tests, and introductory topics in multivariate and Bayesian statistics. The course is geared around weekly problem sets and interactive learning. Suggested Preparation: BIOL B110 or B111 is highly recommended.
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM); Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Health Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Shapiro,J.
(Spring 2018)

BIOL B216 Genomics
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.
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Health Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Shapiro,J.
(Fall 2017)

BIOL B220 Ecology
A study of the interactions between organisms and their environments. The scientific underpinnings of current environmental issues, with regard to human impacts, are also discussed. Students will also become familiar with ecological principles and with the methods ecologists use. 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.
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Mozdzer,T.
(Fall 2017)

BIOL B225 Biology and Ecology of Plants
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.
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

BIOL B236 Evolution
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.
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Davis,G.
(Spring 2018)

BIOL B250 Computational Methods in the Sciences
A study of how and why modern computation methods are used in scientific inquiry. Students will learn basic principles of 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.
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM); Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Environmental Studies; Neuroscience
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)
BIOL B255 Microbiology
Invisible to the naked eye, microbes occupy every niche on the planet. This course will examine how microbes have become successful colonizers; review aspects of interactions between microbes, humans and the environment; and explore practical uses of microbes in industry, medicine and environmental management. The course will combine lecture, discussion of primary literature and student presentations. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisites: One semester of BIOL 110 and CHEM B104.
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Environmental Studies; Health Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

BIOL B271 Developmental Biology
An introduction to embryology and the concepts of developmental biology. Concepts are illustrated by analyzing the experimental observations that support them. Topics include gametogenesis and fertilization, morphogenesis, cell fate specification and differentiation, pattern formation, regulation of gene expression, neural development, and developmental plasticity. The laboratory focuses on observations and experiments on living embryos. Lecture three hours, laboratory three scheduled hours a week; most weeks require additional hours outside of the regularly scheduled lab. Prerequisite: one semester of BIOL 110-111 or permission of instructor.
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Health Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Davis,G.
(Fall 2017)

BIOL B340 Cell Biology
A lecture course with laboratory emphasizing current knowledge in cell biology. Among topics discussed are cell membranes, cell surface specializations, cell motility and the cytoskeleton, regulation of cell activity 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.
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Greif,K.
(Spring 2018)

BIOL B375 Integrated Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I
The first semester of a two-semester course that focuses on the structure and function of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids, enzyme kinetics, metabolic pathways, gene regulation and recombinant DNA techniques. Students will explore these topics via lecture, critical reading and discussion of primary literature and laboratory experimentation. Three hours of lecture, three hours of lab per week. Prerequisite: One semester of BIOL B110 and two semesters of Organic Chemistry (CHEM B211/B212)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Chander,M.
(Fall 2017)

BIOL B376 Integrated Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II
This second semester of a two-semester sequence will continue with analysis of nucleic acids and gene regulation through lecture, critical reading, 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.
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Davis,T.
(Spring 2018)

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. The topic for Fall 2017 is Global Change Biology. 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.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Mozdzer,T.
(Fall 2017)

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 towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Davis,T.
(Spring 2018)

CHEM B103 General Chemistry I
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.
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM); Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): White,S., Karagiaridi,O., Watkins,L., Miller,B.
(Fall 2017)

CHEM B104 General Chemistry II
For students with some back ground in chemistry. 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 Chemistryl;aboratory three hours a week. The laboratory eriod will be used for traditional chemical experimentation or related problem solving. The course may include individual conferences, evening problem or peer-led instruction sessions. Prerequisite CHEM B103 with a grade of at least 2.0.
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM); Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Francl,M., Goldsmith,J., Watkins,L.
(Spring 2018)

CHEM B211 Organic Chemistry I
An introduction to the basic concepts of organic chemistry, including acid-base principles; functional groups; alkane and cycloalkane structures; alkene reactions; alkynes; dienes and aromatic structures; substitution and elimination reactions; alcohol reactivity; and radical reactions. The laboratory course introduces basic operations in the organic chemistry lab, spectroscopy, and reactions discussed in lecture. Lecture three hours, recitation one hour and laboratory five hours a week. Prerequisite: CHEM 104 with a grade of at least 2.0.
Approach: Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Benner,B., Nerz-Stormes,M., Malachowski,B., Karagiaridi,O.
(Fall 2017)

CHEM B212 Organic Chemistry II: Biological Organic Chemistry
The second semester (biological organic chemistry) is broken into two modules. In the first module, the reactivity of carbonyl carbon is discussed, including ketones, aldehydes, carboxylic acids and derivatives, saccharides and enolate chemistry. Traditional biochemistry coverage begins with the second module. Amino acids (pI, electrophoresis, side chain pKa), protein structure (1°, 2°, 3°, 4°), and enzymatic catalysis, kinetics and inhibition are introduced. The reactivity of the co-enzymes (vitamins) is also covered as individual case studies in bio-organic reactivity. Lecture three hours, recitation one hour and laboratory five hours a week. Prerequisite: CHEM 211 with a grade of at least 2.0.
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Nerz-Stormes,M., Malachowski,B., Karagiaridi,O.
(Spring 2018)

CHEM B213 Organic Chemistry II for Chem/Biochemistry Majors
A student should register for CHEM 213 if they are planning on taking the complementary quarter course, CHEM 214, in the second half of the semester. CHEM 213 mirrors the content of the first module of CHEM 212, Organic Chemistry II: Biological Organic Chemistry. In the first module, the reactivity of carbonyl carbon is discussed, including ketones, aldehydes, carboxylic acids and derivatives, saccharides and enolate chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM B211
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 0.5
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

CHEM B214 Intermediate Organic Chemistry for Chem/Biochemistry Majors
A student should register for CHEM 214 if she will be completing CHEM 213 in the first quarter. CHEM 214 deals with intermediate concepts in organic chemistry, including transition-metal catalyzed reactions, molecular orbital theory, and advanced treatment of enolate chemistry with a special emphasis on predicting stereochemical outcomes of reactions.
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 0.5
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

CHEM B221 Physical Chemistry I
Introduction to quantum theory and spectroscopy. Atomic and molecular structure; molecular modeling; rotational, vibrational, electronic and magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Lecture three hours. Prerequisites: CHEM B104 and MATH B201.
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Francl,M.
(Fall 2017)

CHEM B222 Physical Chemistry II
Modern thermodynamics, with application to phase equilibria, interfacial phenomena and chemical equilibria; statistical mechanics; chemical dynamics. Kinetic theory of gases; chemical kinetics. Lecture three hours. Prerequisite: CHEM B104, PHYS 122 or 102 and MATH 201. May be taken concurrently with CHEM B212 and PHYS 122 or 102.
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Goldsmith,J.
(Spring 2018)

CHEM B231 Inorganic Chemistry
Bonding theory; structures and properties of ionic solids; symmetry; crystal field theory; structures, spectroscopy, stereochemistry, reactions and reaction mechanisms of coordination compounds; acid-base concepts; descriptive chemistry of main group elements. Lecture three hours a week. Prerequisite: CHEM 212.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Burgmayer,S.
(Spring 2018)

CHEM B242 Biological Chemistry
The structure, chemistry and function of amino acids, proteins, lipids, polysaccharides and nucleic acids; enzyme kinetics; metabolic relationships of carbohydrates, lipids and amino acids, and the control of various pathways. Lecture three hours a week. Prerequisite: CHEM B212 or CHEM H222.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Health Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kung,Y.
(Fall 2017)

CHEM B251 Research Methodology in Chemistry
This is a laboratory topics course integrating advanced concepts in chemistry from biological, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. Students gain experience in the use of departmental research instruments and in scientific literature searches, quantitative data analysis, record keeping and writing. Prerequisite CHEM B212. Co-requisite: CHEM B221 or B231 or B242. Attendance at departmental colloquia is expected of all students.
Approach: Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Goldsmith,J., Kung,Y.
(Fall 2017)

CHEM B252 Research Methodology II
This laboratory course integrates advanced concepts in chemistry from biological, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. Students will gain experience in the use of departmental research instruments and in scientific literature searches, quantitative data analysis, record-keeping, and writing. Attendance at departmental colloquia is expected of all students. Course Prerequisites: CHEM B212. Course Co-requisites: CHEM B222 or CHEM B231 or CHEM B242.
Approach: Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Francl,M., Miller,B.
(Spring 2018)

CHEM B345 Advanced Biological Chemistry
This is a topics course. Topics vary. Prerequisite: CHEM B242 or BIOL B375.
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kung,Y.
(Fall 2017)

CHEM B377 Biochemistry II: Biochemical Pathways and Metabolism
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 towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kung,Y.
(Spring 2018)

CHEM B515 Topics in Organic Chemistry
This is a topics course. Topics may vary. Prerequisite: CHEM B242 or equivalent.
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

CMSC B110 Introduction to Computing
The course is an introduction to computing: how we can describe and solve problems using a computer. Students will learn how to write algorithms, manipulate data, and design programs to make computers useful tools as well as mediums of creativity. Contemporary, diverse examples of computing in a modern context will be used, with particular focus on graphics and visual media. The Processing/Java programming language will be used in lectures, class examples and weekly programming projects, where students will learn and master fundamental computer programming principals.
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM); Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Eisenberg,R., Blank,D.
(Fall 2017, Spring 2018)

CMSC B206 Introduction to Data Structures
Introduction to the fundamental algorithms and data structures using Java. Topics include: Object-Oriented programming, program design, fundamental data structures and complexity analysis. In particular, searching, sorting, the design and implementation of linked lists, stacks, queues, trees and hash maps and all corresponding complexity analysis. In addition, students will also become familiar with Java’s built-in data structures and how to use them, and acquire competency using the shell, commandline scripting and a debugger without any IDE. Required: 2 hour lab. Prerequisites: CMSC B110 or H105, or permission of instructor.
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Eisenberg,R., Kumar,D.
(Fall 2017, Spring 2018)

GEOL B101 How the Earth Works
An introduction to the study of planet Earth—the materials of which it is made, the forces that shape its surface and interior, the relationship of geological processes to people, and the application of geological knowledge to the search for useful materials. Laboratory and fieldwork focus on learning the tools for geological investigations and applying them to the local area and selected areas around the world. Three lectures and one afternoon of laboratory or fieldwork a week. One required one-day field trip on a weekend.
Approach: Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Marenco,K., Weil,A.
(Fall 2017)

GEOL B102 Earth: Life of a Planet
The history of the Earth from its beginning, including its climate and tectonic history and the evolution of the living forms that have populated it. Three lectures, one afternoon of laboratory a week. A required two-day (Sat-Sun) field trip is taken in April.
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

GEOL B103 Earth Systems and the Environment
This integrated approach to studying the Earth focuses on interactions among geology, oceanography, and biology. Also discussed are the consequences of human energy consumption, industrial development, and land use. Two lectures and one afternoon of laboratory or fieldwork per week. A required field trip is taken in April.
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

GEOL B202 Mineralogy and Crystal Chemistry
The crystal chemistry of representative minerals as well as the relationship between the physical properties of minerals and their structures and chemical compositions. Emphasis is placed on mineral identification and interpretation. The occurrence and petrography of typical mineral associations and rocks is also covered. Lecture three hours, laboratory at least three hours a week. One required field trip on a weekend. Prerequisite: introductory course in Geology or Chemistry (both recommended, one required).
Approach: Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Geoarchaeology
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

GEOL B203 Biosphere Through Time
We will explore how the Earth-life system has evolved through time by studying the interactions between life, climate, and tectonic processes. During the lab component of the course, we will study important fossil groups to better understand their paleoecology and roles in the Earth-life system.
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Intensive
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Marenco,K., Marenco,P.
(Fall 2017)

GEOL B205 Sedimentary Materials and Environments
An introduction to sediment transport, depositional processes, and stratigraphic analysis, with emphasis on interpretation of sedimentary sequences and the reconstruction of past environments. Three lectures and one lab a week, plus a one-day field trip. Prerequisite: GEOL 101, 102, or 103 or permission of instructor. Recommended: GEOL B202 and B203.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Counts towards: Geoarchaeology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Barber,D.
(Spring 2018)

MATH B101 Calculus I
A first course in one-variable calculus: functions, limits, continuity, the derivative, differentiation formulas, applications of the derivative, the integral, integration by substitution, fundamental theorem of calculus. May include a computer component. Prerequisite: adequate score on calculus placement exam, or permission of the instructor. Students should have a reasonable command of high school algebra, geometry and trigonometry.
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM); Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Myers,A.
(Fall 2017)

MATH B102 Calculus II
A continuation of Calculus I: transcendental functions, techniques of integration, applications of integration, infinite sequences and series, convergence tests, power series. May include a computer component. Math 102 assumes familiarity of the content covered in Math 101 or its equivalent.
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kasius,P.
(Fall 2017, Spring 2018)

MATH B201 Multivariable Calculus
Vectors and geometry in two and three dimensions, partial derivatives, extremal problems, double and triple integrals, vector analysis (gradients, curl and divergence), line and surface integrals, the theorems of Gauss, Green and Stokes. May include a computer component. Prerequisite: MATH 102 or permission of instructor.
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kasius,P., Donnay,V.
(Fall 2017)

PHYS B101 Introductory Physics I
PHYS 101/102 is an introductory sequence intended primarily for students on the pre-health professions track. Emphasis is on developing an understanding of how we study the universe, the ideas that have arisen from that study, and on problem solving. Topics are taken from among Newtonian kinematics and dynamics, relativity, gravitation, fluid mechanics, waves and sound, electricity and magnetism, electrical circuits, light and optics, quantum mechanics, and atomic and nuclear physics. An effective and usable understanding of algebra and trigonometry is assumed. First year students who will take or place out of MATH 101 should take PHYS 121. Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM); Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Matlin,M., Noel,M., Cheng,X., Bahreyni,N.
(Fall 2017)

PHYS B102 Introductory Physics II
PHYS 101/102 is an introductory sequence intended primarily for students on the pre-health professions track. Emphasis is on developing an understanding of how we study the universe, the ideas that have arisen from that study, and on problem solving. Topics are taken from among Newtonian kinematics and dynamics, relativity, gravitation, fluid mechanics, waves and sound, electricity and magnetism, electrical circuits, light and optics, quantum mechanics, and atomic and nuclear physics. An effective and usable understanding of algebra and trigonometry is assumed. Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM); Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Matlin,M., Daniel,K., Schaffner,D.
(Spring 2018)

PHYS B121 Modern Physics
This course presents current conceptual understandings and mathematical formulations of fundamental ideas used in physics. Students will develop physical intuition and problem-solving skills by exploring key concepts in physics such as conservation laws, symmetries and relativistic space-time, as well as topics in modern physics taken from the following: fundamental forces, nuclear physics, particle physics, and cosmology. This course can serve as a stand-alone survey of physics or as the first of a four-semester sequence designed for those majoring in the physical sciences. The laboratory involves quantum mechanics, solid state physics, and optics experiments. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. Co-requisite: MATH B101.
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM); Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Daniel,K., Cheng,X., Bahreyni,N.
(Fall 2017)

PHYS B122 Classical Mechanics
The lecture material covers Newtonian Mechanics of single particles, systems of particles, rigid bodies, and continuous media with applications, one-dimensional systems including forced oscillators, scattering and orbit problems. Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours. Prerequisites: PHYS 121 and MATH 101. Corequisite: MATH 102.
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM); Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Matlin,M.
(Spring 2018)