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 (BIOL B110) or the spring (BIOL B111), depending on their schedules. Although there are no specific course prerequisites for BIOL B110 or BIOL B111, 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 calendars page.

Fall 2020

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
BIOL B101-001Introduction to Biology I: Genetics & the Central DogmaSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM TFGoodhart Hall AuditoriumWien,M.
BIOL B101-00AIntroduction to Biology I: Genetics & the Central DogmaSemester / 1Laboratory: 10:30 AM- 1:00 PM TPark 20Wien,M.
BIOL B101-00BIntroduction to Biology I: Genetics & the Central DogmaSemester / 1Laboratory: 9:30 AM-12:00 PM THPark 20Wien,M.
BIOL B101-00CIntroduction to Biology I: Genetics & the Central DogmaSemester / 1Laboratory: 1:00 PM- 3:30 PM THPark 20Wien,M.
BIOL B110-001Biological Exploration ISemester / 1Lecture: 9:40 AM-11:00 AM MTHChander,M., Williamson,A.
BIOL B110-002Biological Exploration ISemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:30 PM MTHChander,M., Williamson,A.
BIOL B110-00ABiological Exploration ISemester / 1Laboratory: 1:00 PM- 4:00 PM MPark 20Skirkanich,J.
BIOL B110-00BBiological Exploration ISemester / 1Laboratory: 1:00 PM- 4:00 PM TPark 20Skirkanich,J.
BIOL B110-00CBiological Exploration ISemester / 1Laboratory: 1:00 PM- 4:00 PM WPark 20Skirkanich,J.
BIOL B110-00DBiological Exploration ISemester / 1Laboratory: 1:00 PM- 4:00 PM FPark 20Skirkanich,J.
BIOL B110-00ZBiological Exploration ISemester / 1
BIOL B201-001GeneticsSemester / 1Lecture: 8:10 AM- 9:30 AM MTHPark 25Davis,T.
BIOL B202-001Introduction to NeuroscienceSemester / 1Lecture: 9:40 AM-11:00 AM MTHGreif,K.
BIOL B210-001Biology and Public PolicySemester / 1Lecture: 8:10 AM- 9:30 AM TFGreif,K.
BIOL B220-001EcologySemester / 1Lecture: 9:40 AM-11:00 AM MTHPark 180Mozdzer,T., Mozdzer,T.
Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM THPark 10
BIOL B271-001Developmental BiologySemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:30 PM WSPark 180Davis,G., Davis,G.
Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM THPark 126
BIOL B303-001Human PhysiologySemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:30 PM MWFPark 200Reynaga,C., Reynaga,C.
Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TPark 127
BIOL B375-001BiochemistrySemester / 1Lecture: 9:40 AM-11:00 AM TFPark 180Chander,M., Chander,M.
Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WPark 126
BIOL B398-001Senior Seminar in Science and Society: VaccinesSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TDept. staff, TBA
BIOL B400-001Senior ResearchSemester / 1
BIOL B400-002Senior ResearchSemester / 1
BIOL B400-003Senior ResearchSemester / 1
BIOL B400-004Senior ResearchSemester / 1
BIOL B400-005Senior ResearchSemester / 1
BIOL B400-006Senior ResearchSemester / 1
BIOL B400-007Senior ResearchSemester / 1
BIOL B403-001Supervised Laboratory Research in BiologySemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
CHEM B103-001General Chemistry ISemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:30 PM MWFKung,Y.
CHEM B103-002General Chemistry ISemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:30 PM MWFWhite,S., White,S.
CHEM B103-003General Chemistry ISemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:30 PM MWFGoldsmith,J., Goldsmith,J.
CHEM B103-00AGeneral Chemistry ISemester / 1Laboratory Lecture: 2:30 PM- 3:30 PM MPark 278Watkins,L., Watkins,L.
Laboratory: 3:30 PM- 5:30 PM MPark 182
CHEM B103-00BGeneral Chemistry ISemester / 1Laboratory Lecture: 2:30 PM- 3:30 PM TPark 278Watkins,L., Watkins,L.
Laboratory: 3:30 PM- 5:30 PM TPark 182
CHEM B103-00CGeneral Chemistry ISemester / 1Laboratory Lecture: 2:30 PM- 3:30 PM WPark 278Watkins,L., Watkins,L.
Laboratory: 3:30 PM- 5:30 PM WPark 182
CHEM B103-00DGeneral Chemistry ISemester / 1Laboratory Lecture: 2:30 PM- 3:30 PM THPark 278Watkins,L., Watkins,L.
Laboratory: 3:30 PM- 5:30 PM THPark 182
CHEM B103-00ZGeneral Chemistry ISemester / 1

Spring 2021

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
BIOL B102-001Introduction to Biology II: Biochemistry & Human PhysiologySemester / 1Lecture: 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 MWFPark 100Davis,G., Mozdzer,T.
BIOL B111-002Biological Exploration IISemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFPark 100Davis,G., Mozdzer,T.
BIOL B111-00ABiological Exploration IISemester / 1Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM MPark 20Skirkanich,J.
BIOL B111-00BBiological Exploration IISemester / 1Laboratory: 1:40 PM- 4:30 PM TPark 20Skirkanich,J.
BIOL B111-00CBiological Exploration IISemester / 1Laboratory: 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 B150-001Human AnatomySemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFDept. staff, TBA
Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TPark 127
BIOL B217-001BiomechanicsSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFReynaga,C.
BIOL B236-001EvolutionSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHPark 25Davis,G.
BIOL B255-001MicrobiologySemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHPark 126Chander,M., Chander,M.
Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WPark 126
BIOL B332-001Global Change BiologySemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHPark 227Mozdzer,T.
BIOL B352-001ImmunologySemester / 1Lecture: 8:25 AM- 9:45 AM TTHPark 227Williamson,A., Williamson,A.
Laboratory: 1:10 AM- 4:00 AM THPark 126
BIOL B354-001Basic Concepts and Special Topics in BiochemistrySemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWWhite,S.
BIOL B376-001Molecular BiologySemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFPark 229Davis,T., Raizen,J.
Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TPark 126
BIOL B398-001Senior Seminar in Science and Society: EpidemicsSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM MPark 227Dept. staff, TBA
BIOL B400-001Senior ResearchSemester / 1LEC: 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM MChander,M.
BIOL B400-002Senior ResearchSemester / 1LEC: 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM MDavis,T.
BIOL B400-003Senior ResearchSemester / 1LEC: 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM MDavis,G.
BIOL B400-004Senior ResearchSemester / 1LEC: 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM MMozdzer,T.
BIOL B400-005Senior ResearchSemester / 1LEC: 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM MRecord,S.
BIOL B400-006Senior ResearchSemester / 1LEC: 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM MWilliamson,A.
BIOL B400-007Senior ResearchSemester / 1LEC: 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM MReynaga,C.
BIOL B403-001Supervised Laboratory Research in BiologySemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
ANTH B207-001Becoming Human: Evolutionary Perspectives on Human AnatomySemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHEyre,J.
ANTH B209-001Human Evolution: Debates in PaleoanthropologySemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHEyre,J.
CHEM B104-001General Chemistry II: Enriched SectionSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWFGoldsmith,J., Goldsmith,J.
Recitation: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM F
CHEM B104-002General Chemistry IISemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWFKaragiaridi,O., Karagiaridi,O.
Recitation: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM F
CHEM B104-00AGeneral Chemistry IISemester / 1Lab/Lec: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM MDept. staff, TBA
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.

Fall 2021

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

2020-21 Catalog Data

BIOL B101 Introduction to Biology I: Genetics & the Central Dogma
Fall 2020
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 2021
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
Fall 2020
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 populational. 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 2020: BIOL B110 will explore the ways the central dogma of molecular biology relates to the biochemical basis of human disease. 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.
Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)
Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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BIOL B111 Biological Exploration II
Spring 2021
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. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours a week. Quantitative readiness is required. Spring 2021: BIOL B111 will explore how organisms adapt to their environments. Topics to be investigated include development, physiology, photosynthesis, ecology (population, community and ecosystem), and evolution. The laboratory portion of the course will explore the fundamentals of organismal biology through scientific research, with an emphasis on the 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
Not offered 2020-21
This course is an introduction to biology through computer science, or an introduction to computer science through biology. The course will 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. Three hours of lecture, three hours of lab per week.
Quantitative Methods (QM)
Scientific Investigation (SI)

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BIOL B150 Human Anatomy
Spring 2021
An introduction to human anatomy. Topics include overall organization, cells and tissues, and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems of animals and humans. Laboratories are designed to provide hands-on experience to familiarize students with anatomy in the context of whole organs and the organism. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours a week. Course does not count toward the Biology Major. Prerequisite: One semester of BIOL 110-111, CHEM 103 and 104, or permission of instructor.
Course does not meet an Approach
Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)

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BIOL B201 Genetics
Fall 2020
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 genetic 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 2020
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
Fall 2020
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
Not offered 2020-21
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 B216 Genomics
Not offered 2020-21
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 B217 Biomechanics
Spring 2021
This course integrates anatomy, physiology, neuromechanics, and physics to understand the principles that govern animal and human movement. Concepts will highlight the interdisciplinary nature of biomechanics that must be used to study the mechanics of movement, from running, walking, flying, to swimming. Students will develop fundamental quantitative skills for biological problem-solving and be exposed to the field of comparative biomechanics. Prerequisite: One semester of BIOL 110-111, or permission of instructor.
Quantitative Methods (QM)
Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)
Scientific Investigation (SI)

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BIOL B220 Ecology
Fall 2020
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
Not offered 2020-21
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 2021
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
Not offered 2020-21
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 2021
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 2020
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
Fall 2020
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, or permission of instructor.
Counts toward Health Studies

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BIOL B305 Sleep and Biological Rhythms
Not offered 2020-21
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 B321 Neuroethology
Not offered 2020-21
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 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 2020-21
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). Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours per week. In 2020 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 or BIOL B225.
Counts toward Environmental Studies

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BIOL B326 From Channels to Behavior
Not offered 2020-21
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
Not offered 2020-21
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 B330 Ecological Modeling
Not offered 2020-21
The survival of humanity depends upon natural resources and ecosystem services. To make important decisions about environmental problems, society needs to understand ecological systems. However, ecological systems are inherently complex. Statistical models coupled with empirical data and simulations provide a means of exploring the complexity of ecological systems to better inform environmental decisions. This class will introduce students to a variety of ecological models while instilling an appreciation for the types of uncertainties that may shroud models to better understand inferences made from them. The course will be taught as a hands-on integrated lab/lecture where students will be expected to program regularly, primarily in R. Prerequisite: BIOL B215 or BIOL B250.
Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)

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BIOL B332 Global Change Biology
Spring 2021
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 critically reading and analyzing the primary literature and the latest IPCC report. In 2021, 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 2020-21
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
Spring 2021
An introduction to immunology with a focus on the dynamic network of molecules and cells underlying the vertebrate immune response. This problem-based workshop course uses primary research articles and a curiosity-driven, open-ended laboratory research project to make sense of complicated biology and empower each student to build a big-picture view of this fast-moving, interdisciplinary field. Key themes include: immune cell specification and development; molecular recognition and immune cell signaling; generation of immunological memory; and cancer immunotherapies. Learning strategies include problem solving, small group discussion, and critical analysis of the primary literature. Three hours of class meetings and three hours of lab per week. Prerequisite: BIOL B110.
Counts toward Health Studies

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BIOL B354 Basic Concepts and Special Topics in Biochemistry
Spring 2021
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 2020-21
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
Not offered 2020-21
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 Biochemistry
Fall 2020
This course will focus on the structure and function of proteins, carbohydrates and lipids, enzyme kinetics, and central metabolic pathways. 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. Prerequisites: BIOL B110 and two semesters of Organic Chemistry (CHEM B211/B212).
Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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BIOL B376 Molecular Biology
Spring 2021
This course focuses on the 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.
Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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BIOL B391 Senior Seminar in Biochemistry
Not offered 2020-21
The unifying theme of this semester's senior seminar will be Biochemical Mechanisms of Infectious Diseases. Specific discussion topics will be chosen by students enrolled in the course and will be examined with critical readings and oral presentations of work from the research literature. In addition, students will select and research a particular pathogen/infectious disease, produce a significant written document based on their research, and present their research orally to the Biology Department. Three hours of class lecture and discussion a week, supplemented by frequent meetings with individual students. Prerequisites: open to senior Biology majors only; one of the following classes: BIOL 375, CHEM 242, BIOL 255, BIOL 201, or permission of instructor.

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BIOL B393 Senior Seminar in Molecular Genetics
Not offered 2020-21
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 B395 Sr. Seminar: Cancer Biology
Not offered 2020-21
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
Section 001 (Spring 2021): Epidemics
Section 001 (Fall 2020): Vaccines
A senior seminar investigating the relationship of biological science and society. Three hours of discussion per week, supplemented by frequent meetings with individual students. Open to senior Biology majors only.

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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 B400 Senior Research
Independent laboratory research in the senior year, which includes written and oral presentation of a senior paper based on this research. Typically taken both in the fall and the spring, in the spring this course will require meeting for one hour every week as a group.

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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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ANTH B207 Becoming Human: Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Anatomy
Spring 2021
Millions of years of evolution have shaped human anatomy, creating a unique bipedal ape with a very large brain. What can our bones, muscles, and physiology tell us about our evolutionary past? In this course you will learn about human biology from an evolutionary perspective by considering humans as primates with a unique evolutionary trajectory. We will consider both how humans are biologically unique and how our primate origins have shaped who we are today. Topics will include human osteology and odontology, functional anatomy, energetics, reproduction, and diversity. Furthermore, we will explore current hypotheses and evidence regarding important questions in human origins and evolution, including whether bipedalism is an efficient and effective form of locomotion, why human reproduction can be a difficult and dangerous process, and which modern day health issues are a result of a mismatch between our current lifestyles and our evolutionary adaptations. Prerequisite: ANTH B101 or permission of instructor.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward Counts toward Health Studies

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ANTH B209 Human Evolution: Debates in Paleoanthropology
Spring 2021
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 2020-21
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 2020
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. 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 2020): Enriched Section
Section 001 (Spring 2021): Enriched Section
Spring 2021
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. 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 2021
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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PHIL B310 Philosophy of Science
Not offered 2020-21
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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