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Biology

Lower-Division Courses

Biology Courses for Non-majors
  • BIO 100 - Perspectives in Biology
  • BIO 114 - The Origins of Life in the Universe
  • BIO 115 - Explorations in Regional Biology (Australia, East Africa, Ecuador)
 
Core Biology Curriculum for Majors
  • BIO 110: Biological Investigations
    • Introduction to scientific investigation through project-based studies of biological phenomena in the lab or field. Topics in this hands-on, course introduce students to experimental design, data collection, data analysis, hypothesis testing, and scientific communication. The specific focus of individual Bio 110 sections will vary with faculty expertise. Sections offered in Fall 2019 are described below
      • BIO 110-01 The Forest and the Trees (Prof. Bierzychudek). This section will explore the ecology of forests: the species found there, the way these species interact with one another, and how they influence — and are influenced by — their physical environment. Students will read and discuss published research on this topic, and will design and carry out their own field, greenhouse, or lab-based research project, sharing their results with the rest of the class.
      • BIO 110-02 The Forest and the Trees (Prof. Bierzychudek)
      • BIO 110-03 Flies, Genes and Behavior (Prof. Velazquez). The nervous system controls behavior. The instructions to make the nervous system are found in the genes in the genome of an organism. Hence, genes that change how the nervous system works can modulate behavior. In this section, students will explore how genes influence behavior by carrying out their own investigations using the model organism, Drosophila melanogaster.
      • BIO 110-04 Flies, Genes, and Behavior (Prof. Velazquez)
  • BIO 201: Biological Core Concepts - Systems 
    • This 4-credit, lecture- and discussion-based course serves as an introduction to core principles that underlie all of biology, illustrated through evidence-driven examples centered on integrative organismal biology and organisms’ interactions with the biotic and physical environment.
  • BIO 202: Biological Core Concepts - Mechanisms
    • This 4-credit, lecture- and discussion-based course serves as an introduction to core principles that underlie all of biology, illustrated through evidence-driven examples centered on interactions among molecules and cells within organisms.
 
Second-year Biology Courses for Majors
  • BIO 244 - Practicum
  • BIO 252 - Introduction to Neuroscience