The Undergraduate Program in Biology & Medicine (UPBM)

UPBM

Courses by Term

Please see below for detailed information on the courses offered this year.

Official term schedules:

Course Prerequisites >

Check the course schedules/descriptions available via the Registrar's Office for the official schedules for the widest range of terms for which such information is available.

All Courses

The department offers a variety of courses at all levels. Below is a list of all biology (BIO) courses that have been offered.

NOTE: Not all of these courses are offered in any given year.

BIO 101 GENES, GERMS, & GENOMICS

An introduction to selected principles of the biological sciences, explored through current topics in biology. Areas of study include the organization of life, the scientific method, and understanding data. Biological and biomedical topics of contemporary interest to be discussed may include, but are not limited to, cancer, aging, stem cells, genetic engineering, genetic counseling, the genetic and molecular basis of human disease, precision medicine and personal genomics, and the human microbiome.

Prerequisites: None
Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 102 NATURAL HISTORY

Introduction to identification and observation of plants and animals in their environment, focusing on common species and major ecological communities in the Rochester vicinity.

Prerequisites: None
Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 103 NATURAL HISTORY RESEARCH

Supervised independent research on local plants or animals, for students who have taken BIO 102.

Prerequisites: BIO 102 and permission of the instructor.
Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 104K ECOSYSTEM CONSERVATION & HUMAN SOCIETY

A new approach in conservation biology. Identifies, places economic value on natural ecosystems (clean water and air, waste decomposition, pollination and farm land productivity). Other approaches in conservation, review of services ecosystems provide, ways the value of services are determined, and influencing economic and political policy.

Prerequisites: None
Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 105 INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY LABORATORY

Companion for the lecture course, Principles of Biology I. Protein and nucleic acid structure, enzyme activity, cell and tissue structure, and cell reproduction. Emphasizes experimental design and data analysis.

Prerequisites: Open only to students in the UR post baccalaureate program. Permission of instructor required.
Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 107 ETHICS & SCIENCE OF STEM CELLS

Last Offered: Fall 2012

Last Offered: Fall 2013

BIO 109 DARWIN & DARWINISM

No description

Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 110 PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY I

First semester in a course sequence for all biology majors. The course will provide an introduction to biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, and animal physiology. Emphasis will be placed on quantitative learning and data analysis; weekly workshops will emphasize the construction and interpretation of graphs.

Prerequisites: Completion or concurrent enrollment in CHM 131 or equivalent
Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 111 PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY II

The second semester of the introductory sequence designed for majors in biology. Evolution Biodiversity, Physiology, Ecology and Conservation biology.

Prerequisites: None
Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 111L INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY LAB

This course is no longer offered. See BIO 111P.

BIO 111P INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY LAB

This course is no longer offered. See BIO 117P.

Last Offered: Summer 2015

BIO 112 PERSPECTIVES IN BIOLOGY I

First semester of a two-course introductory sequence. Biochemistry, molecular and cellular evolution, cell reproduction, fundamentals of genetics and molecular biology. Emphasis on chemistry underlying biological processes, experimental approaches, data analysis, and quantitative methods.

Prerequisites: Students with a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Biology test, or an IB score of 7. Completion or concurrent enrollment in CHM 131 or equivalent.
Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 113 PERSPECTIVES IN BIO II

Second semester of a two-course introductory. Evolution, organismal diversity, ecology, and functional biology. Emphasis on experimental approaches, data analysis, quantitative methods, and reading original papers. Open only to freshmen.

Prerequisites: BIO 112 or AP Biology score of 4 or 5
Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 113L PERSPECTIVES IN BIOLOGY II LAB

This course is no longer offered. See BIO 113P.

BIO 113P PERSPECTIVES IN BIOLOGY LAB

Last Offered: Spring 2013

Last Offered: Spring 2013

BIO 115 INTRO TO ORGANISMAL EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY

Introductory class to organismal and evolutionary biology. Emphasis on evolution, biodiversity, ecology, and behavioral ecology.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 117P INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY LAB

Accompanies the lecture course Principles of Biology II, Perspectives in Biology II and Intro to Organismal Evolutionary Biology. Plant and animal diversity, biology of protista, animal behavior, bioinformatics, and physiology. Problem solving, critical thinking and experimental design.

Prerequisites: Past or concurrent enrollment in BIO 111/113. Concurrent enrollment in BIO 115.
Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 151 INTRODUCTION TO BIOCHEMISTRY LAB

Last Offered: Spring 2015

Last Offered: Spring 2015

BIO 190 GENETICS & THE HUMAN GENOME

Basics of Mendelian and molecular genetics with a focus on the structure, function and evolution of the human genome.

Prerequisites: BIO 110/112 and BIO 111/113, completion or concurrent enrollment in CHM 203
Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 190P GENETICS & HUMAN GENOME LAB

Last Offered: Fall 2010

Last Offered: Fall 2010

BIO 198 PRINCIPLES OF GENETICS

The course covers the basics of Mendelian and molecular genetics with a focus on genetic approaches to scientific questions and the molecular biology of the “ Central Dogma”. Recommended for most Biology majors. The optional companion lab for this course is BIO 198P. A student cannot receive credit of both BIO 190 and BIO 198.

Prerequisites: BIO 110 or BIO 112 and completion of CHM131 and 132.
Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 198L PRINCIPLES OF GENETICS LAB

This course is no longer offered. See BIO 198P.

BIO 198P PRINCIPLES OF GENETICS LAB

Introduction to basic genetic theory and laboratory practices. Classical inheritance in eukaryotes, bacterial genetics and molecular technology techniques. Emphasis is on data analysis and experimental design.

Prerequisites: Concurrent with BIO 190/198 or after completion of BIO 190/198
Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 200 LECTURES IN ANATOMY

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

BIO 201 LECTURES IN PHYSIOLOGY

Function of various mammalian systems with special emphasis on humans. Topics include: excitable tissue, respiration, nutrition, reproduction, endocrinology, skeletal, circulatory and renal systems; homeostatic mechanism. Laboratory exercises will not be conducted.

Prerequisites: BIO 110 or BIO 112 and BIO 111 or BIO 113 or permission of the instructor
Last Offered: Fall 2015

BIO 202 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

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.

Prerequisites: BIO 198 or BIO 190 and BIO 250
Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 202W MOLECULAR BIOLOGY WRITING

Optional Upper-Level Writing Course for BIO 202

Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 203 MAMMALIAN ANATOMY

This course is no longer offered. See BIO 217.

Last Offered: Fall 2011

BIO 203W MAMMALIAN ANATOMY WRITING

This course is no longer offered. See BIO 217W.

BIO 204 MAMMALIAN PHYSIOLOGY

Normal function with an emphasis on humans. Topics include homeostatic regulation, various systems (endocrine, nervous, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, digestive, and metabolic), and integration of function of those systems.

Prerequisites: BIO 110 or BIO 112 and BIO 111 or BIO 113 or permission of the instructor
Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 204P MAMMALIAN PHYSIOLOGY LAB

No description

Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 204W MAMMALIAN PHYSIOLOGY WRITING

Optional Upper-Level Writing Course for BIO 204

Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 205 EVOLUTION

Broad survey of evolutionary biology. History of evolutionary thought; mathematical theory of population and quantitive genetics; phylogenetics and molecular evolution; origin and history of life; sexual selection; cooperation and conflict; speciation; human evolution. Theory- and concept-oriented; not a survey of organismal diversity.

Prerequisites: BIO 190 or BIO 198; MTH 141 or MTH 161
Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 205W EVOLUTION WRITING

Last Offered: Spring 2013

Last Offered: Spring 2013

BIO 206 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 206W EUKARYOTIC GENOMES WRITING

Optional Upper-Level Writing Course for BIO 206

Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 208 INTRO TO PROGRAMMING FOR BIO

No description

Prerequisites: Past or concurrent enrollment in BIO 190 or BIO 198, or instructor's permission.
Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 210 MOLECULAR CELL BIOLOGY

An intermediate level course that covers fundamental cell processes at the molecular level. Topics include organelle structure and functions, membrane biogenesis, cytoskeleton, cell signaling, cell cycle growth and death.

Prerequisites: BIO 110 or 112 and BIO 111 or 113. BIO 198 or BIO 190 and BIO 250 are strongly suggested.
Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 210W MOLECULAR CELL BIOLOGY WRITING

Optional Upper-Level Writing Course for BIO 210

Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 214 BIOSTATISTICS

Descriptive statistics, graphics, estimation, elementary probability theory, distributions, hypothesis testing, goodness of fit tests, experimental design, correlation, analysis of variance, regression and likelihood. Optional recitations familiarize student with R.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 214W BIOSTATISTICS WRITING

Optional Upper-Level Writing Course for BIO 214

Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 215 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY OF CELL SIGNALING

Last Offered: Spring 2012

Last Offered: Spring 2013

BIO 215W MOLECULAR BIOLOGY OF CELL SIGNALING WRITING

Last Offered: Spring 2012

Last Offered: Spring 2013

BIO 217 MAMMALIAN ANATOMY

Structures of the body with an emphasis on humans. Topics include the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, endocrine, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, digestive, and reproductive systems. Students must register for lab (BIO217P). Students cannot receive credit for BIO 217/217P and BIO/BME 258.

Prerequisites: BIO 110 or BIO 112 and BIO 111 or BIO 113 or permission of instructor
Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 217P MAMMALIAN ANATOMY LAB

Students cannot receive credit for BIO 217/217P and BIO/BME 258.

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in BIO 217
Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 217W MAMMALIAN ANATOMY WRITING

Optional Upper-Level Writing Course for BIO 217

Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 218P BIOSTATISTICS LAB

No description

Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 220 ADVANCED CELL BIOLOGY

Mechanistic understanding of cellular organization and function. Topics include cytoskeleton, membrane traffic, cell signaling, cell cycle. Primary research literature, classic and recent. Design and interpretation of experiments, drawn from biochemistry, microscopy and genetics. Oral presentations, written assignments, and classroom discussions.

Prerequisites: BIO 198 or BIO 190, BIO 210, BIO 250
Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 220W ADVANCED CELL BIOLOGY WRITING

Optional Upper-Level Writing Course for BIO 220

Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 222 BIOLOGY OF AGING

Emphasizing molecular mechanisms of aging. 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.

Prerequisites: BIO 198 or BIO 190 required. BIO 202 recommended.
Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 222W BIOLOGY OF AGING WRITING

Optional Upper-Level Writing Course for BIO 222

Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 225 ECOLOGY & EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY LAB

Development of testable questions and implementation of appropriate observations and experiments on a series of topics in ecology and evolution. Many mini-studies will be done in the field on non-model organisms native to New York. Experience on field and lab methods used in ecology and evolutionary biology, critiquing published scientific studies, writing scientific reports, and presentation of scientific results.

Prerequisites: Completion of BIO 263. BIO 205 and BIO 214 strongly recommended. Concurrent enrollment in BIO 225W required.
Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 225W ECOLOGY & EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY LAB WRITING

Upper-Level Writing Course for BIO 225

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in BIO 225 required.
Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 226 DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY

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.

Prerequisites: BIO 198 or BIO 190 or permission of the instructor
Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 226W DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY WRITING

Optional Upper-Level Writing Course for BIO 226

Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 232 GENETIC DIVERSITY

Last Offered: Spring 2009

BIO 232W GENETIC DIVERSITY WRITING

Last Offered: Spring 2009

BIO 243 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.

Prerequisites: BIO 198, Genetics, BIO 250/250H, Biochemistry; good knowledge of Molecular Biology. Cell Biology and/or Developmental Biology recommended.
Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 243W EUKARYOTIC GENE REGULATION WRITING

Optional Upper-Level Writing Course for BIO 243

Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 247 ENVIRONMENTAL ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY

Last Offered: Spring 2016

Last Offered: Spring 2016

BIO 247W ENVIRONMENTAL ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY WRITING

Last Offered: Spring 2016

Last Offered: Spring 2016

BIO 250 INTRODUCTION TO BIOCHEMISTRY

Fundamental aspects of biochemistry, including biomolecular structure and catalysis, bioenergetics, protein folding, kinetic analysis of enzyme action and general intermediary metabolism.

Prerequisites: BIO 110 or BIO 112 and CHM 203 Biological Science Majors: Prior or Concurrent enrollment in BIO 190/198 and CHM 204 are strongly recommended.
Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 250H INTRO TO BIOCHEMISTRY - HONORS

This course is no longer offered. See BIO 252.

Last Offered: Spring 2015

BIO 252 PRINCIPLES OF BIOCHEMISTRY

No description

Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 253 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.

Prerequisites: BIO 111 or BIO 113 and BIO 198 or BIO 190
Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 253P 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 253W COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY WRITING

Optional Upper-Level Writing Course for BIO 253

Last Offered: Spring 2016

BIO 255 THE BIOCHEMISTRY OF MALE-FEMALE DIFFERENCES IN HEALTH AND DISEASE

Last Offered: Spring 2009

BIO 256 DARWIN & RELIGION

No description

Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 257 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 190 or BIO 198
Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 257W APPLIED GENOMICS - WRITING

Optional Upper-Level Writing Course for BIO 257

Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 258 HUMAN ANATOMY

Human Anatomy is the detailed study of the human organism at the cellular, tissue and organ systems levels. The relationship between structure and function is covered with emphasis on structural relationships. The course includes both lectures and laboratory sessions, an provides a basis for further professional and clinical experience. Students cannot receive credit for BIO/BME 258 and BIO 217/217P.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 260 ANIMAL BEHAVIOR

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

Prerequisites: BIO 111 or 113
Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 260W ANIMAL BEHAVIOR WRITING

Optional Upper-Level Writing Course for BIO 260

Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 261A ANIMAL BEHAVIOR RESEARCH

Last Offered: Fall 2009

BIO 261W GENETIC RESEARCH A

Hands on experience in conducting animal behavior research, with a focus on the genetics of behavior using Nasonia vitripennis. Behaviors investigated include mate preference, host acceptance, courtship, dispersal, activity level, territoriality, aggression, and flight. Develop methods of quantitative behavioral observation, genetic crossing, data analysis, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), animal husbandry, research record keeping, basic bioinformatics, and research presentation.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 262W GENETIC RESEARCH B

Hands on experience in conducting genetic research, with a focus on the genetics of complex traits such as behavior, development, morphology and/or physiology. Genetics of complex traits is an exciting and rapidly growing field.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 263 ECOLOGY

A survey of adaptations to the physical environment, dynamics of natural populations, interactions between species, and ecosystem function.

Prerequisites: BIO 111 or 113 and MTH 142 or MTH 161
Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 263W ECOLOGY WRITING

Optional Upper-Level Writing Course for BIO 263

Last Offered: Fall 2013

BIO 264 ECOLOGICAL COMUNITIES

Last Offered: Fall 2011

Last Offered: Fall 2012

BIO 265 MOLECULAR EVOLUTION

Last Offered: Spring 2016

Last Offered: Spring 2016

BIO 265W MOLECULAR EVOLUTION WRITING

Last Offered: Spring 2016

Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 266 TREE OF LIFE

Last Offered: Spring 2013

Prerequisites: BIO 111 or BIO 113
Last Offered: Spring 2013

BIO 266W TREE OF LIFE WRITING

Last Offered: Spring 2013

Last Offered: Spring 2013

BIO 268 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.

Prerequisites: Completion of biology and chemistry core requirements, as well as BIO 198 or BIO 190 and BIO 250 required
Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 268W LABORATORY IN MOLECULAR, CELL AND DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY WRITING

Optional Upper-Level Writing Course for BIO 268

Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 270W EXPLORING A RESEARCH TOPIC IN EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY: SEXUAL SELECTION AND MATE CHOICE

Why do peacocks have elaborate tails? One possibility, termed the “good genes” hypothesis, is that sexually selected traits like the peacock’s tail signal a male’s overall genetic quality, so that offspring of males with traits preferred by females will have above-average survival and vigor. Although this hypothesis was proposed by Darwin more than 150 years ago, there is little consensus today about its validity. In this class, we will evaluate the evidence for the good genes hypothesis by exploring the literature on sexual selection and mate choice. Starting from a core nucleus of papers, you will read and discuss the literature; everyone will lead a discussion of one paper and summarize it for a non-specialist audience. You will also work with your classmates on a joint project to find additional papers and outline the contribution that they make. Through discussion, feedback, and revision, you will hone your ability to read and communicate about primary reports as a scientist would.

Prerequisites: At least one of BIO 205 or BIO 260. A course in statistics is highly recommended.
Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 271W TOPICS IN DRUG DEVELOPMENT

Explore drug development approaches, including evaluation of natural products, screening compound libraries, and rational drug design. Write short pieces that serve as building blocks for the final review article. Out-of-class time commitment for writing, revising, self-assessment, and peer-review.

Prerequisites: Completion of the Primary Writing Requirement
Last Offered: Spring 2011

BIO 272 DEVELOPING A PROFESSIONAL BIOLOGY WRITING PORTFOLIO

This course is no longer offered. See BIO 272W.

Last Offered: Fall 2012

BIO 272W DEVELOPING A PROFESSIONAL BIOLOGY WRITING PORTFOLIO

Writing in a way that describes science to non-scientists. Short writing assignments that tailor information about a single topic to different audiences. Identify the area(s) to concentrate efforts, and write and revise significant piece of scientific writing. Writing, revising, self-assessment, and peer-review.

Prerequisites: Completion of the Primary Writing Requirement
Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 275W WRITING BIOLOGICAL REVIEWS

In this course,you will write a review article about a new and exciting topic in biology. Through multiple writing and speaking exercises, you will learn how to define scientific questions, review the relevant evidence, and tailor your writing and speaking to effectively communicate with different biology audiences.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 390 SUPERVISED TEACHING

Credit-based teaching assistant experience.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 390W SUPERVISED TEACHING WRITING

No description

Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 391 INDEPENDENT STUDY

No description

Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 391W INDEPENDENT STUDY WRITING

No description

Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 393 SENIOR THESIS

No description

Last Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 393W RESRCH PAPER WRITING IN BIO

No description

BIO 394 INTERNSHIP

No description

Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 395 INDEPENDENT RESEARCH

No description

Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 395W INDEPENDENT RESEARCH WRITING

No description

Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 396 SUPERVISED TEACHING

Credit-based teaching assistant course.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 396W RESRCH PAPER WRITING IN BIO

No description

Last Offered: Spring 2017

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