Undergraduate Science Courses
Sponsored by the Center
BIO 103 Introduction to Biotechnology
Gene therapy, genetic modification, cloning, stem cells, and vaccines are covered in this course. Lectures and four supplemental laboratory activities use modern equipment and techniques to illustrate core concepts which class discussions relate to health, society, and public policy. Not for biology major credit.
BIO 311 Techniques in Molecular and Cellular Biology
Techniques used in recombinant DNA and cell biology research. Topics include DNA manipulation and analysis, protein expression and analysis, and advanced microscopy.
BIO 312 Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
This course uses computational methods to analyze current problems and solutions in molecular biology research. Students are exposed to algorithms and tools available for both single gene and larger scale genome research. Emphasis is on practical application. Laboratories allow students to apply their knowledge to real life molecular biology problems.
BIO 313 Applications of Molecular and Cellular Biology Techniques
The BIO 313 Laboratory course is a continuation of BIO 311, Techniques in Molecular and Cellular Biology. BIO 311 is designed to provide novice undergraduates with hands-on experience in modern molecular and cellular techniques during the course of a full semester. BIO 313 is an intersession laboratory course for undergraduates who have an excellent working knowledge of the lab techniques after having taken BIO 311. The course will provide these students a three-week opportunity to work full-time on an individualized research module.
BIO 314 Cancer Biology
An examination of the biology of cancer. Emphasis is on molecular and cellular events, such as regulation of gene expression, genome maintenance, cell growth and death, differentiation, cell-cell recognition, signaling and homeostasis, that are frequently disrupted in cancer. Recent advances in diagnosis and therapy will also be discussed.
BIO 316 Molecular Immunology
Structure, function, and organization of the immune response at the molecular and cellular levels. Molecular mechanisms of immunological responses to microorganisms and various disease states are explored.
BIO 318 Bioethics and Policy
Current topics in ethics and policy in medicine and science are presented, discussed, and debated. Guest lectures with specialized expertise are interspersed with student debates on the pros and cons of the issues. Issues such as the use of stems cells, in vitro fertilization, patient rights, public health, and conflicts of interest are discussed.
BIO 367 Molecular Diversity Laboratory
This course will provide hands-on experience in established and recently developed methods of detecting and analyzing molecular variation (DNA, RNA, Proteins) in nature. Natural populations of Drosophila melanogaster will be the model material for this laboratory. The main theme of this course is that molecular variation is abundant in nature and is an important tool for understanding adaptive evolution and species relationships.
BIO 371 Restoration of Aquatic Ecosystems
A field and laboratory course designed to introduce students to field methods in assessing the long-term effects of pollution and restoration of aquatic and marsh systems. Students will work in teams to collaborate on measuring exchange of pollutants between a restored Superfund site and adjacent areas, the long-term effects of ecological restoration, habitat assessment, aquatic community structure in restored and adjacent systems, and long-term evolutionary effects on aquatic pollutants. Other restoration systems will be compared.
April 18: Geology Open Night: Mineral Dust - Its Importance in Climate and Human Health (Dr. Martin Schoonen)
April 25: Living World Open Night: Earthstock Plenary Lecture - Shale Gas: The Wrong Energy Choice for the 21st Century (Dr. Robert Howarth)