Detailed course offerings (Time Schedule) are available for
To see the detailed Instructor Class Description, click on the underlined instructor name following the course description.
B BIO 180 Introductory Biology I (5) NW
For students intending to take advanced courses in the biological sciences or enroll in pre-professional programs. Mendelian genetics, evolution, biodiversity of life forms, ecology, conservation biology. First course in a three-quarter series (B BIO 180, B BIO 200, B BIO 220). Prerequisite: B CHEM 152.
Instructor Course Description: Kimberly Williams-Guillen
B BIO 200 Introductory Biology II (5) NW
For students intending to take advanced courses in the biological sciences or enroll in pre-professional programs. Metabolism and energetics, structure and function of biomolecules, cell structure and function, animal development. Second course in a three-quarter series (B BIO 180, B BIO 200, B BIO 220). Prerequisite: B BIO 180.
B BIO 220 Introductory Biology III (5) NW
For students intending to take advanced courses in the biological sciences or enroll in pre-professional programs. Animal physiology, plant development and physiology. Final course in a three-quarter series (B BIO 180, B BIO 200, B BIO 220). Prerequisite: B BIO 200.
B BIO 231 Genes, Genomes and Heredity (5) I&S/NW Servetnick
Explores basic concepts of heredity, including DNA structure and function, Mendel's rules of inheritance, and human genetic diseases. Goals include understanding current issues in the field, including genetic screening and testing, DNA fingerprinting and forensic analysis, the genetic basis of cancer, and genetically modified organisms. Recommended: one year of high school biology. Offered: jointly with BISSTS 231.
B BIO 232 Embryos, Genes and Reproductive Technology (5) I&S/NW Servetnick
Explores human reproduction, embryonic development, and genetic technology. Explores the increasing use of technology used in reproduction and related issues (e.g. in vitro fertilization, genetic selection of embryos, cloning, stem cells). Recommended: one year of high school biology. Offered: jointly with BISSTS 232.
B BIO 285 Seminar in Biology (1-3, max. 9) NW
Supervised readings and group discussion on a specific area of biology. Topics vary with instructor.
B BIO 305 The Science and Ethics of Stem Cells (5) I&S/NW White
Combines study of stem cell biology with discussion of bioethical issues surrounding stem cell research; include laboratory sessions. Examines media portrayals of stem cell science and claims of proponents and opponents of stem cell research. Offered: A.
B BIO 310 Brain and Behavior (5) NW White
Interdisciplinary exploration of the biological basis of human behavior, including altruism, aggression, learning, communication, and mating. Draws on neuroanatomy, neuroscience, endocrinology, ethology, genetics, and sociobiology to examine how the brain influences, and is influenced, by behavior. Readings include primary literature as well as popular publications. Offered: Sp.
B BIO 315 Human Anatomy (5) NW White
Surveys human anatomy exploring the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive system. Studies human skeletons, models, and organs, and includes the dissection of a cat and a calf heart. Emphasizes connections to human disease. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in B BIO 220. Offered: W.
B BIO 350 Animal Physiology (5) NW White
Explores basic principles of animal physiology, emphasizing cellular mechanisms that meditate physiological processes. Covers physiology in health and disease at the cellular, tissue, and organismal levels in various animals. Includes analysis and interpretation of primary literature, design of experiments to test various hypotheses in physiology. Prerequisite: B BIO 220. Offered: A.
Instructor Course Description: Rachel E. Cohen
B BIO 355 Behavioral Endocrinology (5) NW Wacker
Explores how endocrine and neural systems interact to modulate complex behavior. Takes a comparative approach, covering the endocrine and neural bases of behavior in multiple vertebrate taxa. Topics are introduced in lecture then explored through student-led discussion of primary and secondary literature. Prerequisite: B BIO 200.
B BIO 360 Introduction to Genetics (5) NW Servetnick
Explores principles of heredity including gene transmission, classical genetics, mutation, chromosomal mapping, and molecular genetics, including recombinant DNA and DNA analysis. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 1.8 in B BIO 200.
B BIO 364 Biochemistry (5) NW White
Provides a survey of biochemistry covering proteins, enzymes, and metabolism. Includes chemical structure of biological molecules and their interactions, how cells synthesize and degrade biological molecules, and how these activities are organized. Emphasizes how biochemical processes interrelate. Prerequisite: B BIO 220; B CHEM 162. Offered: A.
B BIO 365 Biochemistry II (5) Lewis
Second quarter survey of biochemistry focusing on structure and synthesis of informational macromolecules. Includes DNA replication and repair, chromosome structure, synthesis and processing of RNA and proteins, regulatory RNAs, amino acid metabolism, and protein trafficking and degradation. Prerequisite: B BIO 364. Offered: Sp.
B BIO 370 Microbiology (5) NW Hillesland
Explores microbiology, including microbial diversity, survival strategies, metabolism, habitats, ecology, and evolution. Covers methods used to study microbes, and the impact of microorganisms on engineering and human health. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: B BIO 200; B CHEM 162; recommended: B CHEM 237. Offered: A.
B BIO 380 Cell Biology (5) NW Servetnick
Studies the biology of the cell, cell structure and organization, and cellular function. Covers membrane systems, information flow within cells, cell recognition, cell signaling, and malignancy, emphasizing molecular approaches to the study of cells. Prerequisite: B BIO 200; recommended: B BIO 360.
B BIO 383 Bioinformatics (5) NW
Covers principles of bioinformatics. Students develop a working knowledge of computational tools to analyze biological datasets, including DNA and protein sequence databases. Includes topics such as: database searching, sequence alignment (DNA, RNA, and protein), BLAST, phylogeny, evolution, functional genomics, gene .MENU expression/microarray analysis, and protein analysis. Offered: jointly with CSS 383.
B BIO 393 Special Topics in Biology (2-5, max. 20)
Explores special topics in biology.
Instructor Course Description: Daniel E Strongin Susan Kraemer
B BIO 460 Developmental Biology (5) NW Servetnick
Studies the biology of embryonic development. Covers major features of development of vertebrates and invertebrates. Topics include: morphological features of early development (fertilization, cleavage, gastrulation, establishment of the body plan), cell determination, pattern formation, molecular biology of early embryos, and introduction to evolutionary developmental biology. Prerequisite: B BIO 360. Offered: Sp.
Instructor Course Description: Marc David Servetnick
B BIO 466 Evolution (5) NW, QSR
Explores evolution using experiments and simple algebraic models, explains processes underlying observed patterns (e.g., evolution of HIV), predicts outcomes (e.g., health and crop management), and depicts and interprets relationships. Prerequisite: B BIO 180.
B BIO 485 Advanced Seminar in Biology (1-3, max. 6)
Supervised readings and group discussion on a specific area of biology. Topics Vary. Prerequisite: B BIO 220; BES 301; one additional upper-division B BIO or BES course in the area of the seminar.
B BIO 495 Investigative Biology (5) NW, QSR
Provides research experience in Biology. Topic and research methods vary. Prerequisite: BIS 315; B CHEM 237; B BIO 220; BES 301.
Instructor Course Description: David L. Stokes
B BIO 498 Independent Study in Biology (1-5, max. 15)
independent study on a topic or area agreed upon by the instructor and student. Prerequisite: B BIO 220.
B BIO 499 Undergraduate Research in Biology (1-5, max. 20)
Undergraduate research on a topic agreed upon by the instructor and student. Prerequisite: B BIO 220.