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.

4

BIO 102

Biological Principles II

Offered: Spring Semester

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

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.

3

BIO 200

Topics in Biology

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

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.

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.

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.

4

BIO 211

Cell Biology (WID)

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)

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)

4

BIO 218

Nutrition

Offered: Fall Semester

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

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.

3

BIO 261

Biological Statistics

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This introductory statistics course explores the collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of biological data from laboratory and field studies. It covers descriptive statistics, experimental design, probability, hypothesis testing and statistical inference, analysis of variance, correlation, regression, and non-parametric methods, stressing the appropriate application and utility of various analyses and graphing techniques.

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.

3

BIO 291

Scientific Methods: Health and Disease

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.

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.

3

BIO 301

Parasitology

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2017, 2019

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.

This course fulfills the Organismal requirement.

4

BIO 303

Environmental Botany

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2016, 2018

Structure and function of lower and higher plants. Ecological principles. Evolutionary relationships.

This course fulfills the Environmental/Ecological requirement.

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.

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.

This course fulfills the Environmental/Ecological requirement.

4

BIO 307

Ecology

Offered: Spring Semester

Structure and dynamics of populations, communities, and ecosystems. Mathematical models.

This course fulfills the Environmental/Ecological requirement.

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.

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.

This course fulfills either the Molecular/Cellular 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

This course fulfills the Molecular/Cellular requirement.Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

4

BIO 406

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.

This course fulfills the Organismal requirement.This course may be approved to fulfill the Biology Capstone with approval of the faculty member supervising the Capstone project and the Department Chair before the first day of classes.

3

BIO 407

Ornithology

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2015, 2017

Ornithology is the study of birds. Lecture covers a variety of topics as they apply to birds, including evolution, ecology, behavior, and conservation. Lab focuses on identification and observation of birds, with field trips to local destinations and a museum bird collection.

This course fulfills the Organismal requirement and may be applied to the Environmental Science major or minor. This course may be approved to fulfill the Biology Capstone with approval of the faculty member supervising the Capstone project and the Department Chair before the first day of classes.

4

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.

This course fulfills the Molecular/Cellular requirement.This course may be approved to fulfill the Biology Capstone with approval of the faculty member supervising the Capstone project and the Department Chair before the first day of classes.

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.

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. Students should apply through Prof. Burkholder.

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. Students should apply through Prof. Burkholder.

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/restoration of wetlands.

Marine Studies Consortium course. Students should apply through Prof. Burkholder.

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.

This course fulfills the Molecular/Cellular requirement.This course may be approved to fulfill the Biology Capstone with approval of the faculty member supervising the Capstone project and the Department Chair before the first day of classes.

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 the Chair of the Biology Department prior to registration.

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.

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.

1 to 3

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.

This course in combination with BIO 499 may be approved to fulfill the Biology Capstone with approval of the faculty member supervising the Capstone project and the Department Chair before the first day of classes.

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.

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 may be approved to fulfill the Biology Capstone with approval of the faculty member supervising the Capstone project and the Department Chair before the first day of classes.

3