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.

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.

BIO 406 EUKARYOTIC GENOMES

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BIO 415 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY OF CELL SIGNALING

This course offers an introduction to cell signalling. We will explore basic molecular mechanisms of signal transduction, and study how these mechanisms are used in different contexts to direct cell fate during development, physiology and disease. The course will draw heavily on experiments from the classic and most recent primary literature.

BIO 420 ADV 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. Oral and written student presentations and active participation in classroom discussions are essential features of the course.

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.

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.

BIO 432 GENETIC DIVERSITY

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BIO 443 EUKARYOTIC GENE REGULATION

This course systematically examines the organization of the eukaryotic genome and its role in the regulation of gene expression. Topics discussed include structure of chromosomes, mechanisms of gene activation and transcription, epigenetic gene regulation, regulatory networks, and functional genomics. Lectures and readings draw heavily on current and classic primary literature.

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.

BIO 458 HUMAN ANATOMY

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BIO 460 ANIMAL BEHAVIOR

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

BIO 463 ECOLOGY

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

BIO 465 MOLECULAR EVOLUTION

This course explores evolution at the molecular level. We use evolutionary principles to infer history from DNA sequences, to determine what forces have shaped the evolution of genes and genomes, to understand the relationship between molecular evolution and phenotypic evolution, and to address applied problems, like assigning biological function to genome sequences, finding the sources of epidemics, and finding the genes involved in human diseases.

BIO 466 TREE OF LIFE

This course will be centered around a survey of life┬┐s diversity with an emphasis on understanding phylogenetic relationships, trends in diversity over macroevolutionary time, and the use of comparative methods to address topics such as adaptation and convergent evolution. Methods for reconstructing phylogenetic trees (e.g., neighbor-joining, parsimony, maximum likelihood, Bayesian), and the application of these trees to macroevolutionary questions will be reviewed.

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.

BIO 471 ADV ECOL & EVOL 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.

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.

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.

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.

BIO 480 GRADUATE LAB ROTATION

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

BIO 481 BIOLOGY TEACHING

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BIO 482 ADV BIOLOGY TEACHING

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BIO 491 MASTER'S READINGS IN BIOLOGY

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BIO 495 MASTER'S RESEARCH IN BIOLOGY

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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.

BIO 517 GRADUATE RESEARCH SEMINAR

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

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.

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.

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.

BIO 590 BIOLOGY TEACHING

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BIO 591 PHD READINGS IN BIOLOGY

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BIO 593 SPECIAL TOPICS IN BIOLOGY

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BIO 594 RESEARCH INTERNSHIP

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BIO 595 PHD RESEARCH IN BIOLOGY

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BIO 595A PHD RESEARCH IN ABSENTIA

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BIO 595B BIORSRCH IN ABSENTIA ABROAD

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BIO 890 SUMMER IN RESIDENCE - MA

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BIO 895 CONTINUATION OF MASTERS ENROLLMENT

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BIO 897 MASTERS DISSERTATION

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BIO 899 MASTER'S DISSERTATION

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BIO 985 LEAVE OF ABSENCE

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BIO 987V PART-TIME VISITING STUDENT

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BIO 990 SUMMER IN RESIDENCE

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BIO 995 CONTINUATION OF DOCTORAL ENROLLMENT

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BIO 997 DOCTORAL DISSERTATION

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BIO 997A DOCTORAL DISSERTATION IN ABSENTIA

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BIO 999 DOCTORAL DISSERTATION

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BIO 999A DOCTORAL DISSERTATION IN ABSENTIA

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BIO 999B PHD IN-ABSENTIA ABROAD

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