CRN

93178

Distribution

E/G

Course No.

BIO 101                                       Q course

Title

Subcellular Biology

Professor

John Ferguson

Schedule

Wed  Fr         10:30 am - 12:30 pm     HEG 102

Lab:  Th        1:30 pm -  4:30 pm       ROSE 305

An introduction to molecular and cellular biology primarily for those who intend to continue in biology, but open to interested non‑science majors as well. Topics covered include biochemistry, microbiology, cytology, genetics, and immunology. Those students majoring in biology are strongly encouraged to enroll in Chemistry 101 concurrently.

 

CRN

93877

Distribution

E

Course No.

BIO 131

Title

Comparative Cell Biology: How Specialized Cells fill Physiological Niches

Professor

See Mark Halsey to register

Joshua Rappoport, Ph.D., The Rockefeller University, Laboratory of Cellular Biophysics (rappopj@rockefeller.edu)

Cate Starr, Ph.D., The Rockefeller University, Laboratory of Sensory Neuroscience (starrc@rockefeller.edu)

Schedule

Fri    1:30 pm – 3:30 pm     HEG 102

2 credits    Analogous to the roles that organs and tissues play in an organism, highly specialized cell types within organs and tissues serve well-defined functions.  This course will focus on the description of several specific cell types and will investigate their roles in the organ system from which they derive, as well as in the physiology of the organism as a whole.  Following a brief review of general cell biology the course will focus initially on gametes, fertilization and stem cells as the origin of differentiated, specialized cells.  We will then discuss representative cell types from various organ systems throughout the human body (e.g. the immune system).  The current understanding of comparative cellular physiology will be examined from an experimental standpoint including a discussion of experimental techniques used to further knowledge in these systems.  The cell types under investigation have been chosen to underscore the relevance of cell biological research to political, social, and medical issues within our society.  Student evaluation will include a quiz, a take-home mid-term exam, an in-class final exam and a final paper.  There will be no laboratory component for this course but there will be four trips to Rockefeller University.  The trips will include guest lectures on human infertility, the cell biology of HIV, and hypertension and the kidney as well as a tour of Rockefeller’s imaging facility and high-throughput screening facility. 

Prerequisite: high-school level biology.

Note: The instructors will be on campus Wednesday, August 27, in the early afternoon to discuss the course with interested students.

 

CRN

93179

Distribution

E/G

Course No.

BIO 201

Title

Eukaryotic Genetics

Professor

Michael Tibbetts

Schedule

Wed Fr          10:30 am - 12:30 pm     HEG 201    Lab:  Mon      1:30 pm -  4:30 pm       ROSE 305

A consideration of biological inheritance in eukaryotes (cells with membrane‑bound nuclei). Topics include chromosome structure and abnormalities, mitosis, Mendelian genetics, genetic recombination and mapping, extranuclear genetic systems, control of gene expression, human genetics, and population genetics. Laboratory work will deal with the above topics as they pertain to plant, animal, and fungal material.

Prerequisites: High School Biology and Chemistry

 

CRN

93180

Distribution

E/G

Course No.

BIO 202

Title

Botany

Professor

William Maple

Schedule

Tu Th            9:00 am - 10:20 am      HEG 201

 Lab: Wed      1:00 pm -  4:30 pm       HEG 308

This course will consist of lectures and labs with frequent field trips. The first part of the course will cover local flora, taxonomy, and plant ecology. The last third of the semester will survey the plant kingdom and focus on anatomy, histology, and physiology with an emphasis on form, function, and adaptation.

Prerequisite:  Biology 101-102; Chemistry 101-102, or a solid foundation from high school.

 

CRN

93182

Distribution

E

Course No.

BIO 235

Title

The Biology of Sex

Professor

Felicia Keesing

Schedule

Tu     8:00 pm – 9:20 pm         HEG 102

2 credits  In this course, designed for students with a strong background in biology, we will consider the chromosomal and developmental determinants of sex, arguments for why sex evolved, and the evolutionary underpinnings of differences in male and female behaviors. We will conclude the course by discussing biological explanations for human reproductive behaviors, with a particular focus on aspects of human sexuality that are unique or highly unusual among animals, including menopause and concealed ovulation. Enrollment limited to 10 students.

Prerequisites: One year of college biology, or permission of the instructor. Open to first year students with a strong biology background.

 

CRN

93828

Distribution

E/G

Course No.

BIO 250 / NSCI / ENVS

Title

Field Studies in Natural History

Professor

William Maple

Schedule

Wed  Fri     9:00 am –12:00 pm

Cross-listed: Environmental Studies

This course is designed to acquait the interested non science student with the plants and animals that make the Bard campus their home, including trees and shrubs in their winter condition; foliage, animals, and animal tracks,  wildflowers and birds. Although the course includes some lab work on preserved specimens, especially during severe weather, most class meetings are field trips. Participants must have clothing appropriate to the weather and terrain: good walking shoes or boots, warm clothing, and rain gear. Some Saturday field trips and early morning meetings may be required. Limited to ten students.

 

CRN

93183

Distribution

E/G

Course No.

BIO 301

Title

Biochemistry

Professor

John Ferguson

Schedule

Tu Th            10:30 am - 12:30 pm     HEG 106

 Lab: Fr           2:30 pm -   6:00 pm     ROSE 305

An introduction to general biochemistry, including the structure and properties of essential cell constituents, bioenergetics, the nature and properties of enzymes, major pathways, and biochemical control mechanisms.

Prerequisites: Biology 101, Chemistry 201-202

 

CRN

93184

Distribution

E/G

Course No.

BIO / ENVS 307

Title

Ecology

Professor

Felicia Keesing

Schedule

Mon Wed       10:00 am - 12:00 pm     OLIN 107

Cross listed:  Environmental Studies

This course is an introduction to the principles that govern interactions among organisms. We will examine what determines the distribution and abundance of organisms by developing an understanding of how these organisms interact with their biotic and abiotic environments. We will consider both general theoretical perspectives and also specific case studies. In our case studies, we will focus primarily on ecological issues related to conservation and to the biology of disease, which is a fundamentally ecological phenomenon.  We will have lectures, labs, and field trips.

Prerequisite:  Biology 101-102, Chemistry 101-102.

 

CRN

93185

Distribution

E/G

Course No.

BIO 412

Title

Molecular Evolution

Professor

Robert Cutler

Schedule

Wed Fri         12:30 pm -  2:30 pm     ROSE 113

This lecture/lab examines the apparent evolution of nucleotide (and amino acid) sequences in biology and the extent to which species phylogeny can be reliably reconstructed from such sequences. Students learn how to retrieve sequences from computerized databanks, align them, and construct phylogenic trees by parsimony analysis. The course concludes with a project in which the students perform these manipulations on sets of sequences of their own choosing.