Biology Courses

Code Course Credits

BIO 101

Biological Principles I

Offered: Fall Semester

An introduction to the concepts of molecular biology, the cell, energetics and genetics. (CORE).

Fulfills the Natural Scientific Inquiry requirement.

4

BIO 102

Biological Principles II

Offered: Spring Semester

An introduction to the principles of evolution, biodiversity, and ecology. (CORE).

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101.
Fulfills the Natural Scientific Inquiry requirement.

4

BIO 111

Human Biology for the Non-Scientist

Offered: Summer

This course will introduce non-scientists to the basic building blocks of life, the concepts important to understanding Biology, the Scientific Method, and the parts and functions of the organ systems of the human body. An "owner's manual" to help students understand popular science news as it relates to their bodies.

Prerequisite(s): Not open to Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, Neuroscience, Physics, or Interdisciplinary Health Science majors.
Fulfills the general education Natural Scientific Inquiry requirement.

3

BIO 118

Nutrition and Wellness

Offered: Fall Semester

Concepts of general nutrition, such as healthy diets, vitamin supplements, sports nutrition, and eating disorders. Emerging topics include genetically modified foods, fad diets, and the global impact on our everyday food choices. Recommended for non-science majors.

Fulfills the Natural Scientific Inquiry requirement.

3

BIO 200

Topics in Biology

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

This course utilizes primary literature to examine biological topics. The objective is to facilitate student learning by combining critical reading of the primary literature with discussion and short lectures to provide background. Assessment will involve oral presentations, written work and tests. Course may be taken twice, if topics differ.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101 and BIO 102.

3

BIO 203

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Offered: Fall Semester

Introduction to the human body. Fall semester focus includes integument, skeleton, muscles, and nervous system. Spring semester focuses on circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urogenital and endocrine systems.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101 and Junior or Senior standing

4

BIO 204

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Offered: Spring Semester

Introduction to the human body. Spring semester focuses on circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urogenital and endocrine systems.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 203 and Junior or Senior standing

4

BIO 211

Cell Biology

Offered: Fall Semester

An overview of eukaryotic cell structure and function. Topics include: mechanisms of protein processing, vesicular transport, intercellular and intracellular communication; cell cycle regulation; cell proliferation, differentiation and programmed cell death. (CORE)

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101, BIO 102.
Fulfills the Writing-in-the-Disciplines requirement.

4

BIO 212

Genetics

Offered: Spring Semester

Classical genetics of eukaryotes, the biochemistry of gene function, regulation of gene expression, mutation and repair, and genetics of prokaryotes and viruses. Laboratory work stresses classical and molecular genetics research techniques. (CORE)

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101, BIO 102 and BIO 211

4

BIO 218

Nutrition

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

An introduction to nutritional biology. Topics include: nutrients and their role in growth, development, health and disease treatment.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101 or BIO 203.
Recommended for science majors and for students interested in nutrition-related fields.

3

BIO 220

Community Nutrition

Offered: Alternate Years Spring 2016, 2018

Students will become familiar with community-based programs focused on nutrition and those in which nutrition is a component. Students will develop a practical knowledge, innovative approaches to community nutrition as well as an understanding of different nutritional needs of varying cultural and demographic populations. Through field visits, students engage in dialogue with public health experts who influence community nutrition practice.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 218.

3

BIO 290

Scientific Methods: The Ocean

Offered: Spring Semester

History of marine science. Ocean environmental factors. Diversity of organisms adapted to different marine communities. Value of marine resources. Some lab work involving microscopy and dissection. Independent visit to the New England Aquarium outside of class time required.

Prerequisite(s): This course is not open to Biology (B.A. or B.S.) majors or minors.
Fulfills the Natural Scientific Inquiry requirement.

3

BIO 291

Scientific Methods: Blood and Medicine

Offered: Spring Semester

An understanding of why and how medical diagnostic tests are performed, in sickness and in "wellness." An historical overview of such procedures is presented. Topical issues such as AIDS, cholesterol, diabetes, transfusions, and transplants are discussed.

This course is open to all students but it will not count as a Biology, Biochemistry, or Neuroscience major course.Fulfills the Natural Scientific Inquiry requirement.

3

BIO 296

Scientific Methods: Women's Health Issues

Offered: Fall Semester

Explores the history and epidemiology of medical issues of women and disease processes. Subjects of inquiry include female cancers, heart disease, osteoporosis, AIDS, domestic violence, and other issues having direct impact upon women; particular attention is focused on scientific studies, both past and present.

This course is open to all students but it will not count as a Biology, Biochemistry, or Neuroscience major course.Fulfills the Natural Scientific Inquiry requirement.Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

BIO 301

Parasitology

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2015, 2017

An exploration of parasites and their complex life-cycles. We will study a wide variety of parasites, their hosts, the vectors that carry them, and the diseases that they cause. We will emphasize human diseases and the immune responses to parasites.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101, BIO 102.
This course fulfills the Organismal requirement.

4

BIO 303

Environmental Botany

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2014, 2016

Structure and function of lower and higher plants. Ecological principles. Evolutionary relationships. (CORE, ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY OPTION)

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101 and (BIO 102 or ENV 200).

4

BIO 304

Molecular Biology

Offered: Fall Semester

This course provides an in-depth coverage of advanced cell and molecular genetics topics, expanding on fundamental topics covered in BIO 212 - Genetics . It reviews modern molecular biology techniques with emphasis on experimental design and data analysis. It incorporates material from the textbook and from current scientific literature. The laboratory portion introduces molecular techniques like cloning, site-directed mutagenesis, and RFLP.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101, BIO 211, BIO 212 and CHM 222.
This course fulfills the Molecular/Cellular requirement.

4

BIO 305

Marine Ecosystems

Offered: Fall Semester

Physical, chemical, and biological features of marine ecosystems. Ecological principles. Study of the local Massachusetts coastal region. (CORE, ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY OPTION)

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101, (BIO 102 or ENV 200) and Junior or Senior standing.

4

BIO 307

Ecology

Offered: Spring Semester

Structure and dynamics of populations, communities, and ecosystems. Mathematical models. (CORE, ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY OPTION)

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101, (BIO 102 or ENV 200) Junior or Senior standing.

4

BIO 309

Microbiology

Offered: Spring Semester

A survey of microorganisms with emphasis on bacteria. Topics include: microbial cell biology, growth, metabolism, and genetics; control of microbial growth; host-microbe interactions; and environmental microbiology.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 211 and Junior and Senior standing.
This course fulfills either the Molecular/Cellular or Organismal requirement.

4

BIO 310

Developmental Biology

Offered: Fall Semester

This course will provide students with an understanding of the fundamental concepts of animal and plant development. The course will investigate and integrate the genetic, molecular, and cellular mechanisms of development, organismal diversity in development, and the evolution of developmental processes. Topics will include genetics and gene expression, cell communication, fertilization, cleavage, gastrulation, axis specification, organogenesis, neural development, sex determination, morphogens, patterning, and stem cells.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 211 and BIO 212
This course fulfills either the Molecular /Cell or Organismal requirement.

4

BIO 311

Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

Offered: Fall Semester

System-by-system comparative study of vertebrate anatomy with emphasis on functional morphology. Integrated lecture/lab approach.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101 and BIO 102.
This course fulfills the Organismal requirement.

4

BIO 312

Vertebrate Physiology

Offered: Spring Semester

Principles governing the function of excitable and contractile tissues, respiration, circulation, kidney function, and osmoregulation in vertebrates with emphasis on the maintenance of homeostasis.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101 and BIO 102.
This course fulfills the Organismal requirement.

4

BIO 315

Electron Microscopy Techniques

Offered: Fall Semester

Preparation, viewing, and photography of ultrathin sections of biological materials. Preparation involves fixing, embedding, sectioning, and staining.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101 and BIO 102.

3

BIO 321

Biology of Cancer

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2015, 2017

Study of the genetic, molecular and cellular mechanisms of cancer and its effect at the tissue, organ and organismic levels. Symptoms, stages and treatment options, ongoing research studies, insurance issues, and the impact of the sequencing of the human genome will be discussed.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101 and BIO 211.
Recommended for students who have taken BIO 212

3

BIO 323

Evolution

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Mechanisms of evolutionary change. Classical and molecular approaches to evolutionary analysis will be introduced and primary literature will be used to illustrate current examples. Problem-based learning will be used in the laboratory. (CORE)

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101, BIO 102, and Junior or Senior standing.

4

BIO 324

Endocrinology

Offered: Spring Semester

The endocrine system plays an integrative and regulatory role in the organism. Therefore endocrinology can be discussed in relation to complex biology and behavior. The role of hormones in a variety of topics, including reproductive biology, stress, and diabetes will be discussed.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101, BIO 102 and BIO 211.
This course fulfills the Molecular/Cellular requirement.Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

4

BIO 326

Advanced Cell Biology

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2016, 2018

This course builds upon the topics covered in cell biology. It examines current models for intracellular processes including membrane trafficking, cytoskeletal function, cell signaling, the regulation of the cell cycle and differentiation into specific cell types. It incorporates material from both the assigned textbook and from current scientific literature. Students will be required to participate in analysis of assigned research articles, including a group oral presentation.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 211 and BIO 212.
This course fulfills the Molecular/ Cellular requirement.

4

BIO 406

Seminar in Behavioral Ecology

Offered: Fall Semester

Behavioral ecology is the study of animal behavior from evolutionary perspectives. Historical, developmental, immediate, and ultimate determinants of animal behavior will all be explored. Topics: foraging, habitat selection, anti-predator behavior, migration, communication, learning, competition, aggression, deception, affiliation, courtship, mating, parental care, domestication and "zombie" behavior. Assignments include an animal behavior grant proposal and a mock grant panel.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101 and BIO 102. Recommended: BIO 212 and/or BIO 323.
This course fulfills both the Organismal and Capstone requirements.

3

BIO 409

Immunology

Offered: Fall Semester

Explores the cellular and dissolved components and complex mechanisms that protect humans and other animals from disease. Four hours of lecture per week includes review and in-depth investigation and discussion of immune-related disease in humans.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101, BIO 102 and BIO 211.
This course fulfills both the Molecular/ Cellular and Capstone requirements.

4

BIO 416

Adaptation to the Environment

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2014, 2016

Explores physiological adaptations that allow organisms to survive various challenges to homeostasis in harsh environments. The role of physiological parameters such as size, metabolism, and conductance in ecology. Students will present, discuss, and critically evaluate data from a variety of sources.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101, BIO 102 and two 300 or 400 level biology courses.
This course fulfills the Organismal requirement.

3

BIO 417

Biology of Whales

Offered: Spring Semester

Biology and natural history of cetaceans, emphasizing whales and dolphins of the western North Atlantic. Evolution, anatomy, behavior, field identification, the history of whaling and contemporary conservation problems. One evening each week, in Boston, plus weekend field trips. (Marine Studies Consortium course. Limited space. Apply through Prof. Tyrrell.)

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101, BIO 102 and two upper-level biology courses.

3

BIO 418

Biology of Fishes

Offered: Spring Semester

Evolution, systematics, anatomy, physiology, and behavior of freshwater and anadromous fishes. Predator/prey relationships, host/symbiont interactions, roles of fishes as herbivores. Inter-/intraspecific relationships among fish populations. One evening each week, in Boston, plus weekend field trips. (Marine Studies Consortium course. Limited to fourth-year students. Apply through Prof. Tyrrell.)

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101, BIO 102 and two upper-level biology courses.

4

BIO 419

Wetlands: Ecology, Hydrology, Restoration

Offered: Fall Semester

Role of wetlands in hydrology and landscape ecology. Functions of marshes, swamps and bogs in water and nutrient cycles and in biodiversity. Links between wetlands and human activities (agriculture, coastal development, fisheries). Legal framework for protection/retoration of wetlands. ( Marine Studies Conortium course . Limited space. Apply through Prof. Tyrrell.)

Prerequisite(s): Prerequisites: One year introductory science (biology, chemistry or physics); two semesters of upper-level science.
Marine Studies Consortium course.

3

BIO 423

Virology

Offered: Spring Semester

Structure and biology of the viruses of eukaryotes and prokaryotes. Emphasis is on the interaction between viral genetic systems and the host cell environment and defense systems.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 211, BIO 212 and Senior standing.
This course fulfills both the Molecular/Cellular and Capstone requirements.

3

BIO 475

Internship in Biological Sciences

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Experience in hospital (research, clinical) or related setting (laboratory, veterinary hospital, dental clinic, medical industry, environmental agency or nonprofit organization). Individually tailored. Consult Medical Science Coordinator prior to registration.

Prerequisite(s): Junior standing and permission of Internship Coordinator and Department Chairperson.
Must complete the "U.S. Internship Request for Approval" process found under the myPlans tab in myHill to register for this Internship. Only research Internships may be approved to fulfill the Capstone requirement.

3

BIO 490

Directed Study

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Investigation in some field not covered by normally scheduled courses. Before pre-registration, the student presents plans to a full-time faculty member who agrees to direct/ evaluate the project.

Prerequisite(s): Approval of both the faculty member directing the project and the Department Chairperson required.

3

BIO 496

Independent Research

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Opportunity for a student to do a research project in a specialized area of Biology under the direction of a member of the Biology faculty. Student is expected to attend the weekly Biology Research Seminars.

Prerequisite(s): Approval of both the faculty member directing the project and the Department Chairperson required.

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BIO 498

Senior Honors Thesis I

Offered: Fall Semester

The course provides the opportunity for a student to write a senior thesis based on an independent research (BIO 496), a research internship (BIO 475), a S.U.R.E. project, or other college-level biological research experience. Students are encouraged to complete all, or most, of the research prior to enrollment in BIO 498. Student is expected to attend the weekly Biology Research Seminars. This course is graded Pass/Fail and is only available in the Fall semester.

Prerequisite(s): Approval of both the faculty member directing the project (thesis advisor) and the Department Chairperson is required. Open to senior Biology and Neuroscience majors only.
This course in combination with BIO 499 fulfills the Capstone requirement

1

BIO 499

Senior Honors Thesis II

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to complete the revisions to the Senior Honors Thesis (submitted in the fall semester) and to prepare an oral presentation. Student is expected to attend the weekly Biology Research Seminars.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 498 and approval of both the faculty member directing the project (thesis advisor) and the Department Chairperson.
This course is graded with a letter grade. In the fall semester the course is only open to seniors who intend to graduate in December.This course in combination with BIO 498 fulfills the Capstone requirement.

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