BIO 102 Organismal Biology

Professor: William Maple

CRN: 12371

Time: Tu Fri 10:30 am - 12:30 pm HEG 106
Lab A: Th 1:20 pm - 4:30 pm ROSE 306
Lab B: Fri 1:20 pm - 4:30 pm ROSE 306

An introduction to organismal biology and ecology primarily for those who intend to continue in biology, but also open to interested students not majoring in science. Topics include population genetics, evolution, vertebrate embryology and anatomy, and animal phylogeny, taxonomy, and ecology. Biology 102 may be taken before Biology 101, if necessary. Students majoring in biology are strongly encouraged to enroll in Chemistry 102 concurrently.


BIO 202 Botany

Professor: William Maple

CRN: 12372

Time: Tu Th 9:00 am - 10:20 am HEG 102
Lab: Wed 1:20 pm - 4:00 pm HEG 308

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


BIO 204 Physiology

Professor: Jane Wolfson

CRN: 12373

Time: Mon 10:30 am - 12:30 pm OLIN 205
Th 10:30 am - 12:30 pm OLIN 202
Lab: Mon 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm ROSE 306

A study of the basic life functions of animals. The focus of the course is the relationship between the physical and chemical functions of various organs and organ systems to overall homeostasis. Specific examples are drawn predominantly from human physiological systems. Anatomy is not emphasized. Prerequisites: Biology 101-102. Chemistry 101-102. Chemistry 201-202 recommended.


BIO 302 Molecular Biology

Professor: Michael Tibbetts

CRN: 12374

Time: Tu Wed 8:30 am - 10:30 am HEG 201
Lab: Tu 1:20 pm - 4:40 pm ROSE 306

This course explores molecular aspects of gene expression in both prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems. Topics include DNA structure, replication, and repair; DNA transcription; RNA structure and processing; and polypeptide synthesis. The course also covers various mechanisms involved in the regulation of gene expression. Emphasis is placed on a review of the current literature and the experimental approaches used in modern molecular biological research. The laboratory provides practical experience in such current techniques used in molecular biology as molecular cloning, restriction enzyme mapping, DNA sequencing, and nucleic acid hybridization. Prerequisites: Biology 201, Chemistry 201-202.


BIO 310 Insect Biology

Professor: Jane Wolfson

CRN: 12375

Time: Tu 10:30 am - 12:30 pm OLIN 308
Th 1:20 pm - 3:20 pm OLIN 308
Lab: Tu 1:20 pm - 4:10 pm HEG 308

An introduction to insect biology that includes insect anatomy, physiology, taxonomy, ecology, and behavior. Students are expected to make an insect collection. The course consists of lectures, laboratories in addition to scheduled class hours, and collecting trips. Prerequisites: Biology 101-102; Biology 305 recommended.


BIO 308 Seminar in Biological Research

Professor: Staff

CRN: 12376

Time: Tu 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm HEG 102

See description below for BIO 408


BIO 408 Seminar in Biological Research

Professor: Staff

CRN: 12377

Time: Tu 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm HEG 102

Juniors and seniors concentrating in biology are strongly urged to take this two-credit course. The staff will begin the semester by presenting their research in progress, along with selected relevant topics. Each senior enrolled in the course will present his or her senior research in progress or significant material from the current literature at one session, and juniors will each present an interesting paper of their choice from the literature. The purpose of the seminar will be to enhance communication among the seniors about their research and to allow the juniors to become familiar with both the biological literature and the research going on in the department. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.


BIO 410 Molecular Evolution

Professor: John Ferguson

CRN: 12378

Time: Wed 10:40 am - 12:40 pm HEG 201

(2 credits) The course 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 data banks, 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. Prerequisites: Biology 201, Biology 301.