Sample Schedule—Fall Start

Fall Semester
Principles of Biology, with Lab [5 credits]
(or, for strong students who have completed introductory biology, EITHER Genetics & the Human Genome [4 credits] and Lab [1 credit] OR Principles of Genetics [4 credits] and Lab [1 credit])
Chemical Concepts, Systems and Practices I, with Lab [5 credits]
General Physics I, with Lab [4 credits]
Spring Semester
Principles of Biology II, with Lab [5 credits]
(Introduction to Biochemistry [4 credits] for those who have completed introductory biology)
Chemical Concepts, Systems and Practices II, with Lab [5 credits]
General Physics II, with Lab [4 credits]
Summer Session
Organic Chemistry I, with Lab [5 credits]
Organic Chemistry II, with Lab [5 credits]

Course Descriptions—Fall Semester

BIO 110 Principles of Biology I
Instructor: A. Olek
Course Work: Three 50 minute lectures and one 2 hour problem-based workshop per week
Exams: Three 90-minute exams and one 3-hour final exam
Prerequisites: Completion or concurrent enrollment in CHM 131 or equivalent
Description: The first semester in a year long course sequence designed for majors and minors in biology. Major topics include: biochemistry, molecular and cellular evolution, cell reproduction, fundamentals of genetics and molecular biology.
Offered: Fall
BIO 105 Introductory Biology Laboratory
Instructor: A. Olek
Course Work: Laboratory meets for one 3 1/2 hour session each week.
Exams: Quizzes, Laboratory reports and other assignments, Lab practical
Prerequisites: Open only to students in the UR Post-baccalaureate Pre-medical program
Description: The laboratory experiments complement lecture material in BIO 110, Principles of Biology I. Topics include protein and nucleic acid structure, enzyme activity, cell and tissue structure, and cell reproduction. The laboratory emphasizes experimental design and data analysis.
Offered: Fall

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BIO 190 Genetics & the Human Genome
Instructor: T. Eickbush
Course Work: Three 50-minute lectures and one 75-minute problem-based recitation per week.
Exams: Three 1-hour exams and a comprehensive final exam
Prerequisites: BIO 110, 111, completion of or concurrent enrollment in CHM 203.
Description: The course will cover the basics of Mendelian and molecular genetics with a focus on the structure, function and evolution of the human genome. The optional companion lab for this course is BIO 198P.
Offered: Fall
BIO 198 Principles of Genetics
Instructor: E. Sia
Course Work: Three 50-minute lectures and one 75-minute problem-based recitation per week.
Exams: Three 1-hour exams and a comprehensive final exam.
Prerequisites: BIO 110 or 112 and completion of or concurrent enrollment in CHM 203.
Description: Methods of genetic analysis are stressed. Topics include: Mendelian assortment; gene interaction; linkage and mapping; methods of genetic analysis in yeast, bacteria and phage; DNA replication, recombination, repair and mutation; gene expression and its regulation; transposons and retroviruses; recombinant DNA technologies; cancer as a genetic disease.
Offered: Fall
BIO 198P Principles of Genetics Lab
Instructor:
Course Work: One 3.5 hour laboratory per week.
Exams: Quizzes, laboratory reports and other assignments.
Prerequisites: Concurrent with BIO 198 or after completion of BIO 198
Description: This course is an introduction to basic genetic theory and laboratory practices. Topics include classical inheritance in eukaryotes, bacterial genetics and molecular technology techniques. Emphasis is on data analysis and experimental design.
Offered: Fall

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CHM 131 Chemical Concepts, Systems and Practices I
Instructor: T. Krugh, O. Prezhdo, Hafensteiner
Course Work:  MWF:  Three 50-minute lectures per week.  TR:  Two 75-minute lectures per week.  In addition, there is a 3-hour laboratory in alternate weeks, a 50-minute lab/lecture and a 75-minute workshop or recitation.  Laboratories are held Monday through Friday.  Recitations and workshops are offered at multiple times during the week.  During the first week of classes you will be assigned a recitation/workshop section that fits into your schedule.
Exams: Three Exams and a Final
Description: This course is an introduction to the concepts of chemistry for science and engineering students, health professions students, and as a science course for students of the humanities and social sciences. Properties of chemical systems are discussed from a macroscopic and molecular perspective with examples developed from a wide range of disciplines. The topics covered include stoichiometry, atoms and molecules, properties of gases, thermochemistry, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, solubility equilibria, and oxidation-reduction reactions. Lab fee:  $108 (billed).
Offered: Fall

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PHY 113 General Physics I
Course Work: Two 75-minute lectures/week, three-hour lab every other week, and weekly workshop or recitations are required.
Prerequisites: MTH 141 or MTH 161 (may be taken concurrently)
Description: First semester of a two-course sequence suitable for students in the life sciences. Newtonian particle mechanics, including Newton's laws and their applications to straight-line and circular motions, energy, linear momentum, angular momentum, harmonic motions, Kepler's laws, planetary and satellite motions. Students must register for a PHY-113 laboratory during course registration. Calculus as needed.
Offered: Fall and Summer

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Course Descriptions—Spring Semester

BIO 111 Principles of Biology II
Instructor: R. Minckley
Course Work: Three 50 minute lectures and one 50 minute problem-based recitation per week
Exams: Three 1 hour exams and a comprehensive final exam
Prerequisites: None
Description: The second semester of the introductory sequence designed for majors in biology. Topics include: Evolution, Biodiversity, Physiology, Ecology and Conservation biology.  Concurrent enrollment in BIO 111P is strongly recommended for those intending to apply to medical school.
Offered: Spring
BIO 111P Introductory Biology Laboratory
Instructor: R. Minckley
Course Work: Lab meets for one 3 1/2 hour session each week.
Exams: Quizzes, Laboratory report and other assignments, Lab practical
Prerequisites: Concurrent or prior enrollment in BIO 111.  Instructor permission required.
Description: This is the lab course which accompanies the lecture course Principles of Biology II. Plant and animal diversity, biology of protista, animal behavior, bioinformatics, and physiology. Problem- solving, critical thinking and experimental design.
Offered: Spring

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BIO 250 Introduction to Biochemistry
Instructor: B. Davis
Prerequisites: BIO 110 (or 112), CHM 203
Restrictions: Not open to freshmen
Description: This course will cover fundamental aspects of biochemistry, including bioenergetics, protein structure, kinetic analysis of enzyme action, and general intermediary metabolism. The text will be the 6th edition of Lehninger's "Principles of Biochemistry" by Nelson and Cox, with its accompanying Web site, which includes access to CHIME tutorials that explore structure-function relationships in biomolecules. (See BIO 151 for laboratory.)
Offered: Spring

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CHM 132 Chemical Concepts, Systems and Practices II, with Lab
Instructor: J. Farrar, D. Turner, Hafensteiner
Course Work:  MWF: Three 50-minute lectures per week.  TR:  Two 75-minute lectures per week.  In addition, there is a 3-hour laboratory every week, a 50-minute lab/lecture and a 50-minute recitation or workshop. Recitations/workshops will be assigned in the main lecture during the first week of classes. Lab Fee: $100 (billed).
Prerequisites: CHM 131 with grade of C- or better
Description: A continuation of Chemical Concepts, Systems and Practices I, emphasizing molecular and macroscopic approaches to chemical systems with examples concerned with life sciences or energy and the environment. Topics covered include: Chemical kinetics, electrochemistry, thermodynamics, properties of atoms, atomic structure, and chemical bonding.
Offered: Spring

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PHY 114 General Physics II
Course Work: Two 75-minute lectures per week, one recitation/workshop per week, three-hour laboratory every other week.
Prerequisites: PHY 113, MTH 142-43, or 162 (may be taken concurrently)
Description: Second semester of a two-semester sequence suitable for students in the life of sciences. Electricity and magnetism, optics, electromagnetic waves, and modern physics (introduction to relativity, quantum physics, etc.). Students register for a laboratory and workshop during course registration. In addition to the two 75-minute lectures, one approximately three hour laboratory is held every other week. Workshop/recitation times are determined by the instructor.
Offered: Spring and Summer

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Course Descriptions—Summer Session

CHM 203 Organic Chemistry I
Instructor: B. Toder
Prerequisites: CHM 131 & CHM 132 (with the grade of C- or better) or the equivalent
Description: Introduction to organic chemistry focusing on chemical bonding, structure and stereochemistry, reactions and reaction mechanism of organic compounds. There are four two-hour lectures per week and one or two workshops in the evenings. The workshop is an informal interactive two-hour session in which groups of eight students work on specially designed problems under the guidance of a trained leader. The purpose of the workshop is to provide a mechanism for students to work actively with the material and with each other. The laboratory for CHM 203 is CHM 207; coregistration is recommended. Lab fee $100/billed.
Offered: Summer
CHM 207 Organic Chemistry I: Laboratory
Instructor: Hafensteiner, B. Toder
Prerequisites: CHM 131 & 132 or the equivalent
Description: Introduction to the characterization and reactivity of organic molecules using modern laboratory techniques. Labs meet three afternoons per week. Lab lecture meets during those times, but not on any particular day. Co-registration in CHM 203 is required. Lab fee: $100 (billed).
Offered: Summer

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CHM 204 Organic Chemistry II
Instructor: B. Toder
Prerequisites: CHM 203 and CHM 207 with the grade of C- or better or the equivalent
Description: This is a continuation of a two-semester sequence in the study of organic chemistry. Topics include: the reactivity of various functional groups, approaches to organic synthesis, reactivity of conjugated systems, and molecules of biological significance. There are four two-hour lectures per week and one or two workshops in the evenings. The laboratory for CHM 204 is CHM 208, which runs concurrently; coregistration is advised. Lab fee $100 (billed).
Offered: Summer
CHM 208 Organic Chemistry II: Laboratory
Instructor: B. Toder
Prerequisites: CHM 207 with C- or better grade
Description: A continuation of the organic laboratory sequence begun in CHM 207 with two components. Labs meet three afternoons/week. Lab lecture meets during those times, but not on any particular day. Co-registration in the requisite lecture course is CHM 204 if necessary. Lab fee: $100 (billed).
Offered: Summer

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