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.

Fall 2018

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
BIOL B101-001Introduction to Biology I: Genetics & the Central DogmaSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWFWien,M.
BIOL B101-00AIntroduction to Biology I: Genetics & the Central DogmaSemester / 1Laboratory: 9:45 AM-12:45 PM TWien,M.
BIOL B101-00BIntroduction to Biology I: Genetics & the Central DogmaSemester / 1Laboratory: 9:45 AM-12:45 PM THWien,M.
BIOL B101-00CIntroduction to Biology I: Genetics & the Central DogmaSemester / 1Laboratory: 1:30 PM- 4:30 PM THWien,M.
BIOL B110-001Biological Exploration ISemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFDavis,T., Greif,K.
BIOL B110-002Biological Exploration ISemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFDavis,T., Greif,K.
BIOL B110-00ABiological Exploration ISemester / 1Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM MSkirkanich,J.
BIOL B110-00BBiological Exploration ISemester / 1Laboratory: 1:40 PM- 4:30 PM TSkirkanich,J.
BIOL B110-00CBiological Exploration ISemester / 1Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WSkirkanich,J.
BIOL B110-00DBiological Exploration ISemester / 1Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM FSkirkanich,J.
BIOL B110-00ZBiological Exploration ISemester / 1
BIOL B201-001GeneticsSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHDavis,T.
BIOL B202-001Introduction to NeuroscienceSemester / 1Lecture: 8:25 AM- 9:45 AM TTHGreif,K.
BIOL B216-001GenomicsSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MWShapiro,J.
BIOL B250-001Computational Methods in the SciencesSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHRecord,S., Record,S.
Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH
BIOL B271-001Developmental BiologySemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWFDepartment staff,T., Yin,M.
Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM T
BIOL B327-001Evolutionary Genetics and GenomicsSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHShapiro,J.
BIOL B352-001ImmunologySemester / 1Lecture: 11:40 AM- 1:00 PM MWYin,M.
BIOL B375-001Integrated Biochemistry and Molecular Biology ISemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHChander,M., Chander,M.
Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM W
BIOL B398-001Senior Seminar in Science and SocietySemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM MDept. staff, TBA
BIOL B403-001Supervised Laboratory Research in BiologySemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
BIOL B403-001Supervised Laboratory Research in BiologySemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
CHEM B103-001General Chemistry ISemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWFGoldsmith,J., Goldsmith,J.
Recitation: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM F
CHEM B103-002General Chemistry ISemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWFKaragiaridi,O., Karagiaridi,O.
Recitation: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM F
CHEM B103-003General Chemistry ISemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWFWhite,S., White,S.
Recitation: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM F
CHEM B103-00AGeneral Chemistry ISemester / 1Laboratory Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM MWatkins,L.
Laboratory: 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM M
CHEM B103-00BGeneral Chemistry ISemester / 1Laboratory Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM TWatkins,L.
Laboratory: 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM T
CHEM B103-00CGeneral Chemistry ISemester / 1Laboratory Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM WWatkins,L.
Laboratory: 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM W
CHEM B103-00DGeneral Chemistry ISemester / 1Laboratory Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM THWatkins,L.
Laboratory: 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM TH
CHEM B103-00ZGeneral Chemistry ISemester / 1
PSYC B401-001Supervised Research in NeuroscienceSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
PSYC B401-001Supervised Research in NeuroscienceSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA

Spring 2019

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
BIOL B102-001Introduction to Biology II: Biochemistry & Human PhysiologySemester / 1LEC: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWFPark 25Wien,M.
BIOL B102-00AIntroduction to Biology II: Biochemistry & Human PhysiologySemester / 1Laboratory: 9:45 AM-12:45 PM TPark 20Wien,M.
BIOL B102-00BIntroduction to Biology II: Biochemistry & Human PhysiologySemester / 1Laboratory: 9:45 AM-12:45 PM THPark 20Wien,M.
BIOL B102-00CIntroduction to Biology II: Biochemistry & Human PhysiologySemester / 1Laboratory: 1:30 PM- 4:30 PM THPark 20Wien,M.
BIOL B111-001Biological Exploration IISemester / 1LEC: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFDalton Hall 300Brodfuehrer,P., Record,S.
BIOL B111-002Biological Exploration IISemester / 1LEC: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFDalton Hall 300Brodfuehrer,P., Record,S.
BIOL B111-00ABiological Exploration IISemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM MPark 20Skirkanich,J.
BIOL B111-00BBiological Exploration IISemester / 1LEC: 1:40 PM- 4:30 PM TPark 20Skirkanich,J.
BIOL B111-00CBiological Exploration IISemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WPark 20Skirkanich,J.
BIOL B111-00DBiological Exploration IISemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM FPark 20Skirkanich,J.
BIOL B111-00ZBiological Exploration IISemester / 1
BIOL B115-001Computing Through Biology: An IntroductionSemester / 1LEC: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFPark 349Shapiro,J.
Lab: 1:10 PM- 3:00 PM WCanaday Computer Lab
BIOL B210-001Biology and Public PolicySemester / 1LEC: 8:25 AM- 9:45 AM TTHPark 229Greif,K.
BIOL B214-001The History of Genetics and EmbryologySemester / 1LEC: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWFPark 227Davis,G.
BIOL B215-001Experimental Design and StatisticsSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFPark 349Shapiro,J., Shapiro,J.
Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM THPark 10
BIOL B225-001Biology and Ecology of PlantsSemester / 1LEC: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TPark 229Record,S., Record,S.
LEC: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM THPark 126
BIOL B236-001EvolutionSemester / 1LEC: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHPark 25Davis,G., Marenco,P.
BIOL B255-001MicrobiologySemester / 1LEC: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHPark 126Chander,M.
LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WPark 126
BIOL B303-001Human PhysiologySemester / 1Lecture: 8:25 AM- 9:45 AM TTHBrodfuehrer,P., Brodfuehrer,P.
Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM THPark 127
BIOL B305-001Sleep and Biological RhythmsSemester / 1Lecture: 11:40 AM- 1:00 PM MWYin,M.
BIOL B371-001Advanced Developmental BiologySemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHYin,M.
BIOL B376-001Integrated Biochemistry and Molecular Biology IISemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFPark 229Davis,T., Davis,T.
Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TPark 126
BIOL B395-001Sr. Seminar: Cancer BiologySemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM MPark 10Greif,K.
BIOL B399-001Senior Seminar in Laboratory InvestigationsSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM MPark 227Dept. staff, TBA
BIOL B403-001Supervised Laboratory Research in BiologySemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
BIOL B403-001Supervised Laboratory Research in BiologySemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
CHEM B104-001General Chemistry II: Enriched SectionSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWFKung,Y.
Recitation: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM F
CHEM B104-002General Chemistry IISemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWFFrancl,M., Francl,M.
Recitation: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM F
CHEM B104-00AGeneral Chemistry IISemester / 1Lab/Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM MWatkins,L.
Laboratory: 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM M
CHEM B104-00BGeneral Chemistry IISemester / 1Lab/Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM TWatkins,L.
Laboratory: 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM T
CHEM B104-00CGeneral Chemistry IISemester / 1Lab/Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM WWatkins,L.
Laboratory: 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM W
CHEM B104-00DGeneral Chemistry IISemester / 1Lab/Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM THWatkins,L.
Laboratory: 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM TH
CHEM B104-00ZGeneral Chemistry IISemester / 1
CHEM B377-001Biochemistry II: Biochemical Pathways and MetabolismSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHKung,Y.
PSYC B401-001Supervised Research in NeuroscienceSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
PSYC B401-001Supervised Research in NeuroscienceSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA

Fall 2019

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

2018-19 Catalog Data

BIOL B101 Introduction to Biology I: Genetics & the Central Dogma
Fall 2018
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 2019
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 2017): Biology of Cancer
Section 002 (Fall 2017): From Genotype to Phenotype
Fall 2018
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. Fall 2018: BIOL B110 will explore the biology underlying cancer. Topics to be investigated include biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, genomics and gene expression, which will build a picture of cell function that helps explain the physiology of cancer. The laboratory portion of the course will explore the fundamentals of molecular and cellular biology through scientific research, with an emphasis on scientific process and experimental design. Topics include genetically modified organisms, stem cell biology, and molecular biological techniques.
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 2018): Global Change & Ecosystems
Section 002 (Spring 2018): Gulp: Physiology of Feeding
Spring 2019
BIOL B111 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. Professor Brodfuehrer will focus his portion of the course on animal communication, exploring the physiology and behavior of bat echolocation, while Professor Record will focus her portion of the course on global change and ecosystem services. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours a week. Quantitative readiness is required for this course. The laboratory portion of the course will explore the fundamentals of organismal biology through scientific research, with an emphasis on scientific process and experimental design. Topics include development, neurobiology, evolution, physiology, ecology, and ecosystems.
Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)
Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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BIOL B115 Computing Through Biology: An Introduction
Spring 2019
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 2018
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.
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 2018
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 2019
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 History of Genetics and Embryology
Spring 2019
This course provides a general history of genetics and embryology in Germany, Britain and the United States from the late 19th to the mid-20th century. The course will include 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.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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BIOL B215 Experimental Design and Statistics
Spring 2019
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.
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
Fall 2018
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 2018-19
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.
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 2019
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 2019
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)

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BIOL B250 Computational Methods in the Sciences
Fall 2018
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.
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 2019
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: BIOL 110 and CHEM B104.
Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Counts toward Environmental Studies
Counts toward Health Studies

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BIOL B271 Developmental Biology
Fall 2018
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.
Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Counts toward Health Studies

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BIOL B303 Human Physiology
Spring 2019
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.
Counts toward Health Studies

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BIOL B305 Sleep and Biological Rhythms
Spring 2019
This seminar course will focus on providing students with a survey of our current understanding of chronobiology and sleep disorders by reading historical and current primary literature. We begin with work on model organisms, and end with an examination of human sleep disorders. Students will present individual papers on topics and lead discussions. Prerequisite: PSYC H217 (Biological Psychology), PSYC B218 (Behavioral Neuroscience), or BIOL B202 (Introduction to Neuroscience) or permission of instructor.

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BIOL B313 Integrative Organismal Biology I
Not offered 2018-19
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
Not offered 2018-19
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 2018-19
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 2018-19
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 B325 Virology
Not offered 2018-19
This course is intended to familiarize students with the cellular and molecular biology of viruses. This course will focus on general aspects of the viral life cycle, aspects of specific viruses and the diseases they cause. The course will consist of interactive lectures, discussions, and short writing assignments to help you gain a comprehensive introduction to the field of virology.

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BIOL B326 From Channels to Behavior
Not offered 2018-19
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.
Counts toward Neuroscience

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BIOL B327 Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics
Fall 2018
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 2018-19
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 2018-19
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.
Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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BIOL B352 Immunology
Fall 2018
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 or 300 level Biology course.

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BIOL B354 Basic Concepts and Special Topics in Biochemistry
Not offered 2018-19
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
Not offered 2018-19
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 B371 Advanced Developmental Biology
Spring 2019
This seminar course will explore topics related to how animals develop as the result of a complex interplay between genes and the environment, focusing on literature from the last five years. Students will present individual papers on topics and lead discussions. Prerequisite: BIOL B201(Genetics). B216(Genomics), or B271(Developmental Biology), or permission of instructor.

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BIOL B375 Integrated Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I
Fall 2018
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: BIOL B110 and two semesters of Organic Chemistry (CHEM B211/B212)
Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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BIOL B376 Integrated Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II
Spring 2019
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.
Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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BIOL B380 Topics in Cellular and Organismal Physiology
Not offered 2018-19
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
Counts toward Health Studies

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BIOL B390 Senior Seminar in Ecology
Not offered 2018-19
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 B393 Senior Seminar in Molecular Genetics
Not offered 2018-19
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, 216 or Biology 376, or permission of instructor.

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BIOL B394 Senior Seminar in Evolutionary Developmental Biology
Not offered 2018-19
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 B395 Sr. Seminar: Cancer Biology
Spring 2019
A senior seminar course with a broad focus on the biology of cancer. Potential topics might range from basic research in the etiology of cancer, to development of new therapeutics, to proposals for screening or other policies. Students will select and research a topic relating to cancer, and produce a significant written document, and present their research orally to the department. Prerequisites: open to senior Biology Majors only; one (or more) of the following courses: BIOL B201, B271, B340, B375, or B376.

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BIOL B398 Senior Seminar in Science and Society
A senior seminar course with a broad focus on the ecology of global change. Potential topics might range from basic research on the physiological responses of organisms to different environmental conditions to more applied research on identifying biodiversity hotspots for conservation planning. Students will select and research a topic relating to global change ecology, and produce a significant written document, and present their research orally to the department. Prerequisites: open to senior Biology majors only; one (or more) of the following courses: BIOL B210, BIOL B220, BIOL B225, BIOL B323 or BIOL B332.

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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 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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ANTH B209 Human Evolution
Not offered 2018-19
This course explores the biological and cultural evolution of humans as viewed from the fossil and archaeological record, beginning with our earliest ancestors and continuing to the dispersal of modern humans around the globe. We will use comparative, functional, and evolutionary anatomy to interpret past behaviors and relationships among fossil hominins, as well as their relationship to modern humans. Furthermore, we will use geology, archaeology, and paleoecology to reconstruct behavioral aspects of fossil hominins and their environmental influences. Throughout the course, we will focus our discussions on major debates in paleoanthropology. Prerequisite: ANTH 101 or permission of instructor.
Scientific Investigation (SI)

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ANTH B317 Disease and Human Evolution
Not offered 2018-19
This courses provides an introduction to evolutionary, or Darwinian, medicine, a relatively new field that recognizes that evolutionary processes and human evolutionary history shape health among contemporary human populations, aiming to answer the question "why do we get sick?" The field of evolutionary medicine emphasizes ultimate explanations, such as how natural selection and other evolutionary forces shape our susceptibility to disease, and how we have adapted to resist disease. This perspective complements that of biomedicine, which generally focuses on identifying the proximate mechanisms that give rise to diseases and malfunctions. This course will examine a variety of diseases using an evolutionary perspective, such as emerging infectious diseases, mental health issues, and cancers. We will emphasize chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes, and will focus particularly on the role of diet and psychosocial stress in the development and progression of these conditions.
Counts toward Counts toward Health Studies

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CHEM B103 General Chemistry I
Fall 2018
This is an introductory course in chemistry, open to students with no previous chemistry experience. 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 include applications of the material to environmental sciences, material science and biological chemistry. Lecture three hours, recitation one hour and laboratory three hours a week. The course may include individual conferences and recommended evening peer-led instruction sessions. Prerequisite: Quantitative Readiness Required.
Quantitative Methods (QM)
Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)
Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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CHEM B104 General Chemistry II
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Enriched Section
Section 001 (Spring 2019): Enriched Section
Section 00Z (Spring 2018): Enriched Section
Spring 2019
For students who have completed General Chemistry I or have some previous work in chemistry. Topics include chemical kinetics; aqueous solutions and solubility; chemical equilibrium; electrochemistry; thermochemistry. Examples discussed in lecture and laboratory workshop include nuclear chemistry, geochemistry, environmental sciences, material sciences and biological chemistry. One section of the course is designed for students considering a major in the sciences and takes an interdisciplinary approach to the course topics. Lecture three hours, recitation one hour and laboratory three hours a week. The course may include individual conferences and recommended evening peer-led instruction sessions. Prerequisite: CHEM B103 with a grade of at least 2.0 or permission of the instructor.
Quantitative Methods (QM)
Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)
Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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CHEM B377 Biochemistry II: Biochemical Pathways and Metabolism
Spring 2019
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 242, or permission of instructor.
Counts toward Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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CMSC B115 Computing Through Biology: An Introduction
Not offered 2018-19
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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PHIL B310 Philosophy of Science
Not offered 2018-19
This course investigates philosophical problems arising from reflection about the practice of science and the inferences used in scientific reasoning. Typical topics include the nature of scientific laws and theories, the character of explanation and prediction, the role of idealization in science, the goals of scientific inquiry, the existence of "non-observable" theoretical entities such as electrons and genes, the problem of justifying induction, scientific realism vs. constructivism, the role of values and ethics in science, the evolution of scientific knowledge over time, the social structures of science, and some puzzles associated with probability. We will also look at more specific philosophical issues within particular scientific disciplines (e.g. philosophy of physics, biology, or social science) as they arise throughout the course.

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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 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 Counts toward Neuroscience

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