Courses

Course Code Credits

Biological Principles I

Fall semester introduces the concepts of molecular biology, the cell, energetics, genetics, and ecology. Spring semester is an introduction to the structure, function, and diversity of living organisms. Three hours of laboratory per week. A lab section must be selected with the course. Limited to 75.

BIO101 4

Biological Principles II

Fall semester introduces the concepts of molecular biology, the cell, energetics, genetics, and ecology. Spring semester is an introduction to the structure, function, and diversity of living organisms. Three hours of laboratory per week. Pre-requisite: BIO 101. A lab section must be selected with the course. Limited to 72.

BIO102 4

Human Anatomy & Physiology I

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. Three hours of laboratory per week. A lab section must be selected with the course. Limited to 40.

BIO103 4

Human Anatomy & Physiology II

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. Three hours of laboratory per week. Does not count as a course towards Biology, Biochemistry and Neuroscience majors. A lab section must be selected with the course. Limited to 40.

BIO104 4

First-Year Seminar: This is Your Body Under Stress

"Stress" has many definitions in society today. We will explore the neuroendocrine definition of stress and how this definition continues to evolve. By contrasting healthy biology with the effects of perceived/experienced stress on each bodily system, the course will also serve as an introduction to anatomy and physiology. Fulfills the Cornerstone Natural Scientific Inquiry Requirement. Does not count as a course towards Biology, Biochemistry and Neuroscience majors. Limited to 16.

BIO110 4

Human Biology for the Non-Scientist

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

BIO111 3

Nutrition & Wellness

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. Does not count as a course towards Biology, Biochemistry or Neuroscience majors. Limited to 24.

BIO118 3

This is Your Body Under Stress

"Stress" has many definitions in society today. We will explore the neuroendocrine definition of stress and how this definition continues to evolve. By contrasting healthy biology with the effects of perceived/experienced stress on each bodily system, the course will also serve as an introduction to anatomy and physiology. Fulfills the Cornerstone Natural Scientific Inquiry Requirement. Does not count as a course towards Biology, Biochemistry and Neuroscience majors. Limited to 16.

BIO119 3

Topics in Biology

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. Limited to 24.

BIO200 3

Cell Biology

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. Four hours of laboratory per week. Pre-requisites: BIO 101 and BIO 102. A lab section must be selected with the course. Limited to 30.

BIO211 4

Genetics

Classical genetics of eukaryotes, the biochemistry of gene function, and genetics of prokaryotes and viruses. Laboratory work stresses classical and molecular genetics research techniques. Three hours of laboratory per week. (CORE) Pre-requisites: BIO 101 and BIO 102. A lab section must be selected with the course. Limited to 80.

BIO212 4

Medical Laboratory Science

Introduction to theory and practice of the medical laboratory, including the diagnosis and treatments for leukemia, anemia, AIDS, etc. including hematology, immunology, urinalysis, clinical chemistry, and blood banking. Two-and-one-half hours of laboratory per week. Recommended for students interested in allied health professions. (FUNCTIONAL ORGANISMIC) Pre-requisites: BIO 101 and BIO 102. A lab section must be selected with the course. Limited to 16.

BIO213 4

Nutrition

An introduction to nutritional biology. Topics include: nutrients and their role in growth, development, health and disease treatment. Pre-requisite: BIO 101 or BIO 103. Limited to 25.

BIO218 3

Scientific Methods: The Ocean

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. Does not count as a course towards Biology, Biochemistry and Neuroscience majors. Limited to 24.

BIO290 3

Scientific Methods: Blood & Medicine

An investigation of the history, nature and diagnosis of diseases common to current day society. Sickness and "wellness" issues are discussed as they relate to diabetes, AIDS, leukemia, heart disease, organ and bone marrow transplants, iron deficiency anemia, and other illnesses. Does not count as a course towards the Biology, Biochemistry and Neuroscience majors. Limited to 26.

BIO291 3

Scientific Methods: Women's Health Issues

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. Does not count as a course towards Biology, Biochemistry and Neuroscience majors. Limited to 24.

BIO296 3

Parasitology

Protozoan, nematode, and arthropod parasites of humans and higher vertebrates. Parasitic diseases. Immunity. Two hours of laboratory per week. (FUNCTIONAL ORGANISMIC) Pre-requisites: BIO 101 and BIO 102. A lab section must be selected with the course. Limited to 20.

BIO301 4

Environmental Botany

Structure and function of lower and higher plants. Ecological principles. Evolutionary relationships. Three hours of laboratory or field work per week. (ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY OPTION) Pre-requisites: BIO 101 and BIO 102 or ENV 200. A lab section must be selected with the course. Limited to 24.

BIO303 4

Molecular Biology

Advanced study in the concepts and applications of molecular biology. Three hours of laboratory per week. Pre-requisites: BIO 101 and BIO 102 and BIO 202 and BIO 211 and CHM 222. A lab section must be selected with the course. Limited to 16.

BIO304 4

Marine Ecosystems

Physical, chemical, and biological features of marine ecosystems. Ecological principles. Study of the local Massachusetts coastal region. Three hours of laboratory or field work per week. ( ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY OPTION) Pre-requisites: BIO 101 and BIO 102 or ENV 200. A lab section must be selected with the course. Limited to 20.

BIO305 4

Ecology

Structure and dynamics of populations, communities, and ecosystems. Mathematical models. Three hours of laboratory or field work per week. (ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY OPTION) Pre-requisites: BIO 101 and BIO 102 or ENV 200. A lab section must be selected with the course. Limited to 40.

BIO307 4

Microbiology

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. Two one-and-one-half hour laboratory periods per week. (STRUCTURAL ORGANISMIC) Pre-requisites: BIO 101 and BIO 102 and BIO 211. A lab section must be selected with the course. Limited to 40.

BIO309 4

Developmental Biology

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, stem cells, and bioethics. Pre-requisites: BIO 211 and BIO 212. A lab section must be selected with the course. Limited to 24.

BIO310 4

Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

System-by-system comparative study of vertebrate anatomy with emphasis on functional morphology. Integrated lecture/lab approach. Three hours of laboratory per week. (STRUCTURAL ORGANISMIC) Pre-requisites: BIO 101 and BIO 102. A lab section must be selected with the course. Limited to 20.

BIO311 4

Vertebrate Physiology

Principles governing the function of excitable and contractile tissues, respiration, circulation, kidney function, and osmoregulation in vertebrates with emphasis on the maintenance of homeostasis. Three hours of laboratory per week. (FUNCTIONAL ORGANISMIC) Pre-requisites: BIO 101 and BIO 102 or permission of the instructor. Open to juniors and seniors only or permission of the instructor. A lab section must be selected with the course. Limited to 20.

BIO312 4

Medical Laboratory Science

Introduction to theory and practice of the medical laboratory, including the diagnosis and treatments for leukemia, anemia, AIDS, etc. including hematology, immunology, urinalysis, clinical chemistry, and blood banking. Two-and-one-half hours of laboratory per week. Recommended for students interested in allied health professions. (FUNCTIONAL ORGANISMIC) Pre-requisites: BIO 101 and BIO 102. A lab section must be selected with the course. Limited to 16.

BIO314 4

Electron Microscopy Techniques

Preparation, viewing, and photography of ultrathin sections of biological materials. Preparation involves fixing, embedding, sectioning, and staining. Pre-requisites: BIO 101 and BIO 102. Limited to 9.

BIO315 3

Biology of Cancer

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. Pre-requisites: BIO 101 and BIO 211. Limited to 50.

BIO321 3

Evolution

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. Three hours of laboratory per week. Pre-requisites: BIO 211 and BIO 212. A lab section must be selected with the course. Limited to 20.

BIO323 4

Endocrinology

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. Three hours of laboratory per week. (FUNCTIONAL ORGANISMIC) Pre-requisites: BIO 101 and BIO 102 and BIO 211. A lab section must be selected with the course. Limited to 20.

BIO324 4

Ethology

Historical, developmental, immediate, and ultimate determinants of animal behavior. Evolutionary theories of behavior illuminate animal tactics for survival, sociality, and reproduction. Topics include foraging, habitat selection, predator avoidance, migration, communication, learning, competition, aggression, deception, affiliation, courtship, mating, and parental care. (FUNCTIONAL ORGANISMIC, SATISFIES CAPSTONE REQUIREMENT) Pre-requisites: BIO 101 and BIO 102. Limited to 20.

BIO406 3

Immunology

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 ahd discussion of immune-related disease in humans. (FUNCTIONAL, ORGANISMIC, SATISFIES CAPSTONE REQUIREMENT.) Pre-requisites: BIO 101 and BIO 102 and BIO 211. A lab section must be selected with the course. Limited to 20.

BIO409 4

Neuroscience

The nervous system is our liaison with the world. Tissues, organs, and molecules of the nervous system are identified. Brain anatomy, the action potential, neurons and neurotransmitters are discussed. Brain mechanisms underlying learning and memory, reproduction and addiction are examined. Conditions including stroke, multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia are discussed. Three hours of laboratory per week. (FUNCTIONAL ORGANISMIC) Pre-requisites: BIO 101 and BIO 102 and BIO 312 or PSY 415. Capstone required for neuroscience majors. A lab section must be selected with the course. Limited to 20.

BIO412 4

Biology of Whales

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.) Pre-requisites: BIO 101 and BIO 102 and two upper-level biology courses. Limited to 3.

BIO417 3

Biology of Fishes

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 space. Apply through Prof. Tyrrell.) Pre-requisites: BIO 101 and BIO 102 and two upper-level biology courses. Limited to 3.

BIO418 4

Wetlands: Ecology, Hydrology & Restoration

Role of wetlands in hydrology and landscape ecology. Function 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/restoration of wetlands. (Marine Studies Consortium course. Limited space. Apply through Prof. Tyrrell.) Prerequisites: One year introductory science (biology, chemistry or physics); two semesters of upper-level science.

BIO419 3

Virology

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. (SATISFIES CAPSTONE REQUIREMENT) Pre-requisites: BIO 101 and BIO 102 and BIO 202 and BIO 211. Limited to 20.

BIO423 3

Internship in Biological Sciences

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 pre-registration. Permission of Internship Coordinator. Open to juniors and seniors. Limited to 22.

BIO475 15

Directed Study

Investigation in some field not covered by normally scheduled courses. Before preregistration, the student presents plans to a full-time faculty member who agrees to direct/evaluate the project. Permission of faculty mentor and Department Chair.

BIO490 3

Independent Research

Opportunity for students to do a research project in a specialized area of Biology under the direction of a member of the Biology faculty. Approval of both the faculty member directing the project and the Department Chair.

BIO496 3

Senior Thesis Research

Opportunity for students to do an advanced research project and thesis in a specialized area of Biology under the direction of a member of the Biology faculty. Permission of faculty mentor and Department Chair. Limited to 10.

BIO497 3

Senior Honors Thesis I

The course provides the opportunity for a student 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 some or most of the research prior to enrollment in BIO 498. This course is graded Pass/Fail and is only available in the Fall semester. Students must be senior Biology or Neuroscience majors to receive credit for BIO 498. Approval of both the faculty member directing the project (thesis advisor) and the Department Chairperson. Open to senior Biology and Neuroscience majors only. Limited to 24.

BIO498 1

Senior Honors Thesis II

This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to complete the revisions to the senior honor thesis (submitted in the fall semester) and to prepare an oral presentation. This course is graded with a letter grade and fulfills the Capstone requirement in Biology. Approval of both the faculty member directing the project (thesis advisor) and the Department Chairperson. Prerequisite: BIO 498 or permission from the Biology chairperson. Open to senior Biology and Neuroscience majors only. Limited to 24.

BIO499 3