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2017-2018 Academic Catalog: Course Descriptions - Biology

BIOL 1000 GENERAL BIOLOGY
Introduces basic principles of biology, including cell structure and function, and metabolism; genetics; reproduction; theories of evolution; classifications of organisms; plant form and function, animal form and function; community ecology and ecosystems dynamics. Emphasis placed on scientific inquiry.  (4 credits)

BIOL 1050 GENERAL BIOLOGY II
Introduction to the evolution, biology and classification of vertebrates, including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. A comparative approach will be used to examine the respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, skeletal, nervous reproductive and digestive systems of vertebrates. Emphasis on evolution, speciation, behavior, spatial patterns, migration. Communications, thermal adaptations, communication, coloration and behavior of vertebrates may be emphasized. Lecture and laboratory components are included. (4 credits) 
Prerequisite: BIOL1000

BIOL 1100 CELL & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
This course introduces basic principles of cellular and molecular biology. Topics include: properties of life, organic molecules, general features of cells, membrane structure, synthesis and transport, introduction to energy, enzymes and metabolism, cell respiration, photosynthesis, cell communication, extra cellular matrices, cell junctions, tissues, nucleic acid structure, DNA replication and chromosome structure, gene expression and regulation, mutation, the eukaryotic cell cycle, mitosis and meiosis, viruses and bacteria. (4 credits) fall, spring, summer

BIOL 1500 INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL BIOTECHNOLOGY
This course introduces students to the central dogma of molecular biology and to insights on how medical biotechnology applications can be used to solve important social and medical problems for the benefit of humankind. Students will learn essential molecular biology techniques commonly used in modern research labs, including preparation of biological reagents, use of expression vectors, selective growth and transformation of bacteria, DNA synthesis and polymerase chain reactions (PCR), subcloning, electrophoresis and the use of bioinformatics databases and algorithms to design and perform successful cloning experiments. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: BIOL1100

BIOL 1700 ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I
This course covers the basic structure and function of the human body as an integrated set of systems. Topics include: functional compartments of the cells and body, tissues, mechanisms of communication, integration and homeostasis, an overview of the endocrine, nervous and sensory systems and the integrative control and mechanisms of body movement. (4 credits) fall, spring
Prerequisite: BIOL1100

BIOL 1750 ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II
This course covers the basic structure and function of the human body as an integrated set of systems. Topics include an overview of the cardiovascular, circulatory, respiratory, excretory and digestive systems and energy balance. (4 credits) fall, spring
Prerequisite: BIOL1700

BIOL 2100 MICROBIOLOGY
This course introduces those concepts that are basic to viruses and prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Topics include microbial growth, evolution and classification; descriptions of different prokaryotic, eukaryotic and other lifeforms and how they utilize these principles; the neutral ecology of microorganisms; the human use of microorganisms; and microorganisms function in disease. (4 credits) fall
Prerequisite: BIOL1100

BIOL 2200 ADVANCED MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
This course focuses on the molecular basis of cell function. Emphasis will be placed upon synthesis of proteins and nucleic acids, chromosomes and the organization and regulation of genes, the genetic code, controls of RNA synthesis and gene expression, molecular genetic control of cells, the cell division cycle and epigenetic regulation of cell differentiation, cell communication and molecular pathologies. (4 credits) fall
Prerequisite: BIOL1100

BIOL 2990 INDEPENDENT STUDY BIOLOGY
This course investigates a topic of special interest to faculty and students that is outside existing course offerings. (1-4 credits)
Prerequisite: Consent of department head and instructor

BIOL 3000 GENES TO GENOMICS
This course will explore the vast applications of genetics in biomedical science. Students will survey recently published primary research articles, read selected scientific literature and view relevant biomedical films or attend symposia in the Boston area, which emphasize the importance of genetics in biomedical progress. Topics will include: classical molecular genetics, genetic disease, genetic engineering, epigenetics and the social, moral, and ethical issues surrounding biomedicine. Moreover, students will be able to interact with leaders in the field of biomedicine during a series of guest lectures. The lab section will be used for independent research projects using Drosophila melanogaster to allow for application of genetic techniques, promoting an active learning experience. (4 credits) fall, summer
Prerequisite: BIOL1100, BIOL2200 and CHEM2400

BIOL 3750 MOLECULAR GENETICS & TRANSGENETICS
This course will explore the vast applications of genetics in biomedical science.  Students will survey recently published primary research articles, read selected scientific literature and view relevant biomedical films or attend symposia in the Boston area, which emphasize the importance of genetics in biomedical process. Topics will include: classical molecular genetics, genetic disease, genetic engineering, epigenetics and the social, moral and ethical issues surrounding biomedicine. Laboratories will be primarily research-driven using Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: BIOL1100, BIOL2200 and CHEM2400

BIOL 3800 SPECIAL TOPICS IN BIOLOGY
These courses present topics that are not covered by existing courses and are likely to change from semester to semester.  Refer to the semester schedule for the courses offered.  (1 - 4 credits)

BIOL 4400 SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY
This course explores the artificial design and engineering of macromolecules, molecular motors, biological systems and living organisms. Computational tools are utilized and developed in the course for synthetic biology. (4 credits) summer
Prerequisite: BIOE2000, BIOE2500 and CHEM2400