BI-151 Introductory Biology I
An introduction to the science of biology. This course exposes the student to the unifying characteristics of organisms that reveal their evolutionary inter-relationships. Topics broadly introduced include biochemistry, cellular biology and physiology, metabolism, Mendelian and molecular genetics and evolution. Lecture 3 hours, lab 3 hours.
BI-152 Introductory Biology II
A continuation of BI 151 with emphasis on the diversity of life. Topics broadly introduced include a survey of the major groups of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms, phylogeny, taxonomy, and ecology. Special emphasis is placed on plant and animal form and function. Lecture 3 hours, lab 3 hours.
BI-374 Animal Behavior
Explores the major categories of adaptive behavior demonstrated by animal life including communication, aggression and defense, courtship and reproduction, parental care and social behaviors. Special focus is placed on understanding the proximate and ultimate causation of behaviors across a variety of taxa, including humans. Connections are made across the fields of comparative psychology, ethology, behavioral ecology and sociobiology.
BI-375 Hormones and Behavior
Cross-listed with PS 375. Explores the mechanisms of hormone action that affects behavior. Emphasis is on the synthesis, fluctuation and control of hormone secretion and how they affect behavior. Behaviors involved in reproduction, aggression and memory processing are some of the behaviors covered in this course.
An investigation of the evidence, mechanisms, tools, and pattern of evolution. Builds on the introduction to evolution in BI 151.
Student research in a specific area of biology. The research will be in the research mentor’s field of competence and interest. The student is responsible for developing and completing an experimental research project of professional quality. Regular discussions with the research mentor and other project personnel are required. A minimum time commitment of 9 hours per week is expected.
BI-4611 Introductory Research
An introductory research experience in biology. Research will be in the research mentor’s field of competence and interest. The expectations and responsibilities of the student will be determined by the individual research mentor. Regular discussions with the research mentor and other project personnel are required.