Graduate Program

Courses

Graduate Program

BIO 402 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

This course deals with the molecular mechanisms of gene replication, gene expression, and the control of gene expression in both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Topics include enzymatic mechanisms of DNA replication, recombination and repair; transposable elements; DNA transcription; RNA splicing; RNA translation; repressors, activators, and attenuators; recombinant DNA and genetic engineering.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 405 EVOLUTION

Fundamentals of Evolution. Topics include the history of evolutionary thought, population and quantitative genetics, molecular evolution, the history of life, speciation, and human evolution.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 406 EUKARYOTIC GENOMES

A course that discusses the remarkable diversity of eukaryotic genomes with an emphasis on the human genome. The course will emphasize the importance of understanding the forces of evolution to explain molecular and genetic topics such as the large variation in genome size and structure as well as the remarkable complexity of gene regulation.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 420 ADVANCED CELL BIOLOGY

An advanced course focusing on a mechanistic understanding of cellular organization and function. This course relies heavily on the primary research literature, classic and recent, and the design and interpretation of experiments, drawn from biochemistry, microscopy and genetics. Topics include the cytoskeleton, membrane traffic, cell-cell signaling and the cell cycle.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 422 BIOLOGY OF AGING

This course focuses on molecular mechanisms of aging. We will discuss popular theories of aging, model organisms used in aging research, evolution of aging, relation between aging and cancer, human progeroid syndromes, and interventions to slow aging.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 426 DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY

This course deals with the cellular and molecular aspects of animal development, with emphasis on processes and underlying mechanisms. Topics include: embryonic cleavage, gastrulation, early development of model vertebrates and invertebrates, patterning of cell fates along embryonic axes of Drosophila and vertebrates, organogenesis, and stem cells.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 443 EUKARYOTIC GENE REGULATION

This advanced course examines mechanisms of chromatin-mediated regulation of gene expression, relating molecular structures, dynamic interactions, nuclear processes, 3-D nuclear organization to biological functions. Lectures and readings draw heavily on primary literature both classic and most recent.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 453 COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY

An introduction to the history, theory, and practice of using computers to conduct biological research. Topics include the fundamentals of Linux-based computing and perl programming, accessing and storing biological data, alignment of molecular sequences, and computer-based analysis of data.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 453P COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY LAB

Practice of bioinformatics, analysis of sample datasets, implementing algorithms, and computer simulation using the Linux operating system.

Prerequisites: Past/concurrent enrollment in BIO 253
Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 457 APPLIED GENOMICS

This course is designed to teach students how the fast-moving field of genomics is applied to address important biological problems. Students will get hands-on training in genome analysis techniques and functional genomics. Major topics covered include genome sequencing, assembly and analysis, functional genomics, population genomics and genome evolution.

Prerequisites: BIO 198/190
Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 460 ANIMAL BEHAVIOR

Examines animal behavior from an ecological and evolutionary perspective. Topics include social organization, mating systems, foraging, aggression, animal learning, and quantitative techniques in behavioral biology.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 463 ECOLOGY

A survey of adaptations to the physical environment, dynamics of natural populations, interactions between species, and human impacts on the environment.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 465 MOLECULAR EVOLUTION

This course is no longer offered by the Department of Biology.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

BIO 468 LABORATORY IN MOLECULAR, CELL AND DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY

This course is designed to provide (1) introduction to model organisms (2) training in specific methods used in molecular, cell and developmental biology research, with emphasis on data acquisition and analysis (3) experience in the design and execution of experiments, reading and writing scientific reports, and public scientific presentation.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 471 ADVANCED ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY A

A four-course sequence that provides comprehensive coverage of advanced topics in ecology and evolutionary biology. Areas covered include: population and community ecology; population and quantitative genetics; molecular evolution; evolutionary genomics; evo-devo; phylogenetics; and speciation. This course is intended for graduate students; exceptional undergraduate students can enroll by permission of the course coordinator.

Last Offered: Fall 2015

BIO 472 ADVANCED ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY B

A four-course sequence that provides comprehensive coverage of advanced topics in ecology and evolutionary biology. Areas covered include: population and community ecology; population and quantitative genetics; molecular evolution; evolutionary genomics; evo-devo; phylogenetics; and speciation. This course is intended for graduate students; exceptional undergraduate students can enroll by permission of the course coordinator.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

BIO 473 ADVANCED ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY C

A four-course sequence that provides comprehensive coverage of advanced topics in ecology and evolutionary biology. Areas covered include: population and community ecology; population and quantitative genetics; molecular evolution; evolutionary genomics; evo-devo; phylogenetics; and speciation. This course is intended for graduate students; exceptional undergraduate students can enroll by permission of the course coordinator.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 474 ADVANCED ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY D

A four-course sequence that provides comprehensive coverage of advanced topics in ecology and evolutionary biology. Areas covered include: population and community ecology; population and quantitative genetics; molecular evolution; evolutionary genomics; evo-devo; phylogenetics; and speciation. This course is intended for graduate students; exceptional undergraduate students can enroll by permission of the course coordinator.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 480 GRADUATE LAB ROTATION

An introduction to research in the laboratories of individual faculty members.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 516 CELL/DEV/MOL BIOLOGY SEM

This one credit course examines current topics in cell, developmental and molecular biology. Student-led seminars and discussions based on representative publications in the recent literature. One or several broad topics, drawn from active fields of cell, developmental and molecular biology, will be covered each semester.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 517 GRADUATE RESEARCH SEMINAR

Ph.D. students prepare and present their research findings to the Department. This course carries one credit.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 580 JOURNAL CLUB IN ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION

Current topics in ecology and evolutionary biology are explored by reading research and review papers. Students choose topics for reading and lead discussions of their chosen topics. This course carries one credit.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 581 TOPICS IN CELL,DEV&MOL BIOL

This two-credit course will be taught by all faculty members of the Biology Department that conduct research in the areas of Cellular, Developmental and Molecular Biology. Each week one faculty will provide a general introduction to his/her field of interest and a comprehensive overview of their own research efforts. Short (1-2 page) papers will be assigned throughout the course, critiqued and returned for rewriting. Grades will be determined by participation in class discussions and the assigned writings.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 584 SEMINAR IN EVOLUTION

Biology Colloquium. Members of the staff and advanced students in the biological sciences meet on regularly announced dates for presentation and discussion of research by members of the department or invited guests. These seminars are open to all.

Last Offered: Spring 2017