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NumberDepartmentCredits
BI101Biology3
Principles of BiologyIntroduces the study of life with a particular emphasis on human biology including: molecular processes, cell theory, structure and functions of organ systems, human genetics, biology of disease, and human interaction with the living world. Co-requisite: BI101L.
BI101LBiology1
Principles of Biology LabLab for BI101. 
BI103Biology3
Introduction to Cell Biology and GeneticsCovers principles of cell biology and genetics. Emphasizes topics such as prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structure and function, respiration and fermentation, photosynthesis, mitosis and meiosis, patterns of inheritance, DNA synthesis and repair, transpiration and translation, and control of prokaryotic and eukaryotic gene expression. Prerequisites: Math SAT 500 (Math ACT 19) AND high school Algebra II C- AND high school Biology C- OR MA111 College Algebra C- AND BI101 Principles of Biology C- OR permission of Biology Department chair. Co-requisite: BI103L.
BI103LBiology1
Introduction to Cell Biology and Genetics LabLab for BI103. 
BI104Biology3
Introduction to Ecology and DiversityCovers principles of ecology and evolution. Emphasizes topics such as the phylogenic diversity of life, basic evolutionary patterns and processes, biodiversity and conservation, population ecology, species and community interactions, animal behavior, and ecosystems. Prerequisites: Math SAT 500 (Math ACT 19) AND high school Algebra II C- AND high school Biology C- OR MA111 College Algebra C- AND BI101 Principles of Biology C- OR permission of Biology Department chair. Co-requisite: BI104L.
BI104LBiology1
Introduction to Ecology and Diversity LabLab for BI104. 
BI105Biology3
Introduction to Plants and AnimalsCovers principles of organismal biology. Emphasizes topics such as plant form and function, plant nutrition, plant reproduction and defense systems, animal form and function, gas exchange and circulation, sensory systems and movement, chemical signals and immune response, and reproduction. Prerequisites: Math SAT 500 (Math ACT 19) AND high school Algebra II C- AND high school biology C- OR MA111 College Algebra C- AND BI101 Principles of Biology C- OR per mission of Biology Department chair. Co-requisite: BI105L.
BI105LBiology1
Introduction to Plants and Animals LabLab for BI105.  
BI110/CH110
Cross listed as CH110
Biology3
Introduction to Nutrition for Non-MajorsIntroduces the science of nutrition; designed for the non-science major. Topics considered in the classroom and the laboratory include: making healthy food choices, using nutrition standards and guidelines, the chemical composition of food, how food is digested and absorbed, vitamins and minerals, weight control, eating disorders, fitness, world hunger, food safety, and nutrition throughout the life cycle. Objectives include: 1) to introduce the chemical basis of nutrition, how food is digested, absorbed, metabolized, and excreted; 2) to apply theoretical knowledge to changing life circumstances due to aging, disease, or the social environment; and 3) to give a broad overview of current issues in nutrition to help students develop an awareness of nutritional issues and problems. Co-requisite: BI110L.
BI110L/CH110L
Cross listed as CH110L
Biology1
Introduction to Nutrition Lab for Non-MajorsLab for BI110. 
BI203Biology3
Muscoskeletal Anatomy and PhysiologyA system approach to the gross anatomy and physiology of the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems of the human body. Prerequisite: BI101 or BI105. Co-requisite: BI203L.
BI203LBiology2
Muscoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology LabLab for BI203. 
BI204Biology3
Systematic Anatomy and PhysiologyStudies the gross structure and homeostatic mechanisms of the human cardiovascular, endocrine, immune, digestive, urinary, reproductive, and respiratory systems. Prerequisites: BI101 or BI105. Co-requisite: BI204L.
BI204LBiology2
Systematic Anatomy and Physiology LabLab for BI204. 
BI210Biology3
Earth ScienceStudies the materials and processes that interact at the earth’s surface to produce the various geomorphologic structures. Includes discussion of physical and historical geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy. Supplements lecture and theory by laboratory and fieldwork. Does not meet requirements for a major in Biology.  Co-requisite: BI210L. Offered alternate years.
BI210LBiology2
Earth Science LabLab for BI210.  
BI212Biology3
GeneticsStudies the principles of inheritance, structure, and function of hereditary informational molecules, the dynamic frequency of these genes in the population, and the application of genetic principles to biological problems. Laboratory and lecture material is selected from plant, animal (including human), and microbial studies. Prerequisites: BI103, and CH102 or CH103.
BI213Biology3
Genetics LabA laboratory course with project based experiments. Multiple genetic models will be used, such as D. melanogaster, C. elegans, S. cerevisiae and E. coli. Pre/Co-requisite: BI212.
BI220/FS220
Cross listed as FS220
Biology3
Forensic ScienceIntroduces the forensic sciences, which includes topics such as forensic photography, firearms and toll mark identification, examination of questioned documents, hair and fiber analysis, serology, instrumental analysis, forensic pathology, and forensic anthropology. Prerequisites: BI101 or BI105, and CH102 or CH103. Co-requisite: BI/FS220L.
BI220L/FS220LBiology2
Forensic Science LabLab for BI220/FS220.  
BI221Biology3
Invertebrate ZoologyComparative studies of the anatomy, physiology, ecology, and phylogenic relationships of representative invertebrates, with emphasis on ecology, pathology and economic importance to humans. Examines phyla as diverse as the heterotrophic protistans to the invertebrate chordates. Prerequisite: BI104. Co-requisite: BI221L. Offered alternate years.
BI221LBiology2
Invertebrate ZoologyLab for BI221. 
BI230Biology3
OceanographyStudies the chemical and physical relationships, emphasizing their effects on the biota of the oceans. Prerequisite: BI104. Offered alternate years.
BI231/CH231
Cross listed as CH231
Biology3
Analytical MethodsStudies the theoretical foundation and skills necessary for the solution of problems encountered in the area of quantitative chemical analysis, including classical and modern methods. Gives emphasis to experimental design, statistics, evaluation and presentation of data, sampling, equilibrium dynamics of analytically important reactions, volumetric techniques, absorption and emission spectroscopy methods, electrochemical methods, and analytical and biological separations. Prerequisite: CH104. Co-requisite: BI231L. Cross- Listed as CH231.
BI241Biology3
Nutrition For MajorsIntroduces the theoretical chemical basis of nutrition, how food is digested, absorbed, utilized, and excreted, with a brief overview of differing nutritional states according to age categories and disease states; prepares the student to recognize nutritionally-related disorders in the clinical setting. Prerequisites: CH104 and BI105. Offered alternate years.
BI250Biology3
Marine Biology and Oceanography LabStudies various marine ecosystems accessible in the New England area. Pre/Co-requisite: BI230 or BI280.
BI260Biology3
General BotanyGives Biology major an overview of the kingdoms Monera, photosynthetic Protista, Fungi, and Plantae, with strongest emphasis on the plants. Besides the phylogenic survey of these kingdoms, the course covers the molecular basis of photosynthesis and respiration, the morphology of the various divisions, and their economic significance. Prerequisites: BI105 and CH101 or CH103. Co-requisite: BI260L. Offered alternate years.
BI260LBiology2
General Botany LabLab for BI260. 
BI275Biology3
Freshwater BiologyA comprehensive examination of the biology and ecology of watersheds, lakes, ponds, streams, vernal pools, and wetlands. 
BI280Biology3
Marine BiologyIntroduces marine ecology, stressing a biotic-biotic relationship. The immediate goal is familiarization with marine biology along the New England coast. Open to biology teachers and advanced majors. Prerequisite: BI104. Offered alternate years.
BI285LBiology3
Aquatic Biology LabEngages students in field and laboratory methods for the observation, collection, identification, and analysis of New England’s freshwater, estuarine, and marine populations and communities. Meets lab requirements for both BI275 Freshwater Biology and BI280 Marine Biology. 
BI290Biology1
Biology Seminar 1Begins the process of teaching students how to use the scientific method to design experiments and develop an independent research project. The course includes various modes of scientific communication including written and oral presentations. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and two of the following courses (BI103, BI104, BI105)
BI298Biology0
CO-OPInquire for options. 
BI310Biology3
BioinformaticsIntroduces bioinformatics: the combined field of biology, information science, and technology. Focuses on the analysis of proteins, genes, and genomes. Prerequisite: BI103 (BI212 recommended but not required). Co-requisite: BI310L.
BI310LBiology2
Bioinformatics LabLab for BI310. Includes hands-on use of computer applications to study and compare proteins, genes, and genomes. 
BI343/BI343LBiology5
Field Problems in EcologyStudies a specialized ecological area or problem. May be selected from a wide range of marine or terrestrial ecological zones. Prerequisites: BI104 and CH103. Co-requisite: BI343L. Options offered are Field Problems in Ecology, Trip Natural History Scotland, Field Problems in Ecology and Lab, Trip Natural History Belize.
BI350/CH350
Cross listed as CH350
Biology3
Advanced Chemistry LabThe first of a project oriented, two-semester laboratory program that integrates various methods and techniques. Includes basic electronics, electrochemistry, various forms of spectroscopy and chromatography, advanced synthetic techniques, and other topics. Prerequisite: CH322. Cross-listed with CH350.
BI351/CH351
Cross listed as CH351
Biology3
Advanced Chemistry LabThe second of a project oriented, twosemester laboratory program that integrates various methods and techniques. Includes writing a research proposal based on a comprehensive literature search and experimental design for the senior project, which is completed in the senior research course. Prerequisite: CH322. Cross-listed with CH351.
BI352Biology3
MicrobiologyIncludes a historical survey, the pure culture methods of study, and the general morphology and physiology of bacteria and other microorganisms. Develops skills in solving for unknown microbes in conjunction with Bergey’s Manual of Determinative Bacteriology. Prerequisites: BI103 or BI105 and CH101 or CH103. Co-requisite: BI352L.
BI352LBiology2
Microbiology LabLab for BI352 
BI370Biology3
Comparative Anatomy and EmbryologyComparative study of the development and adult gross anatomy of representative vertebrates. Initial lectures are concerned with early vertebrate morphogenesis, followed by a correlation of the vertebrates with taxonomy, chronology, homology, and paleontology. Prerequisite: BI105. Co-requisite: BI370L. Offered alternate years.
BI370LBiology2
Comparative Anatomy and Embryology LabLab for BI370. 
BI390Biology2
Biology Seminar 2Teaches critical analysis of primary journal articles and seminars. Other topics include career planning and social and ethical problems in Biology. Prerequisites: BI103, BI104, BI105 and Junior standing.
BI393Biology3
Cell BiologyStudies the molecular basis of cell structure and function, including a discussion of the current techniques used in the field. Prerequisite: BI103.
BI394Biology3
Cell Biology and Immunology LabEmphasizes the practical application of a variety of biotechnological techniques, such as western blot, cell culture, immunoelectrophoriesis, and in situ hybridization. Pre/Co-requisite: BI393 or BI395.
BI395Biology3
ImmunologyProvides the Biology major with a working knowledge of the immune system, including production of immunoglobulins, B and T cell interactions, and macrophage functions. Uses current research literature extensively. Prerequisite: BI103. Offered alternate years.
BI431/BI431LBiology6
Current Topics in BiologyStudies current topics of interest to the faculty and students. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Offered alternate years.
BI451/BI451LBiology5
Physiology and LabStudies the universal principles involved in functional processes of cells and multi-cellular organisms. Basic phenomena such as cell organization, conversions of energy and matter in the cell, excitation, transport, membrane function, and contraction receive attention. Discusses major physiological systems of higher organisms. Prerequisites: BI105 and CH102 or CH321, and BI270 recommended. Co-requisite: BI451L. Offered alternate years.
BI480Biology3
Conservation BiologyEmphasizes the application of ecological principles to the conservation of biodiversity. Examines the major threats to biodiversity, including human exploitation of species, habitat loss, invasive species, pollution, and global climate change, as well as the methods used to monitor and resolve these concerns. Employs case studies as a tool for discussing current issues in conservation biology. 
BI480LBiology3
Conservation Biology LabIntroduces students to the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for resolving conservation problems, as well as the statistical models used for population analysis. Students take field trips to learn from those who are engaged in conservation biology at a practical level. Lab for BI480. 
BI488BiologyVaries
Internship: BiologyInternship opportunities in biology arranged by the Biology Department. 
BI490Biology1
Biology Seminar 3Teaches critical analysis of primary journal articles and seminars. Requires an extensive research project and presentation before the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Other topics include career planning and social and ethical problems in modern biology. Required of all majors. Prerequisites: BI390 and Senior standing.
BI491/CH491
Cross listed as CH491
Biology3
Biochemistry LabCovers biochemical methods such as column chromatography, enzyme kinetics, peptide mapping, western blotting, and recombinant DNA technology. Pre/Co-requisite: BI492 or BI493. Cross-listed with CH491.
BI492/CH492
Cross listed as CH492
Biology3
Biochemistry and LabIntroduces general principles of biochemistry with special emphasis on cellular anabolic and catabolic pathways. Particular attention is given to proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates and their role in living systems. Prerequisite: BI103. Pre/Co-requisite: CH322. Cross-listed as CH492.
BI493/CH493
Cross listed as CH493
Biology3
Biochemistry IIStudies nucleic acids and DNA in depth. Focuses on the structure and function of DNA at the biochemical and genetic level. Topics also include control of prokaryotic and eukaryotic gene expression. Prerequisite: BI103. Pre/Co-requisite: CH322. Cross-listed as CH493.
BI499BiologyVaries
Independent Study/ResearchIncludes individual work under staff supervision for well-qualified upperclassmen. A written report with an oral summary and review before two or more faculty members is required. Total credit hours for two semesters should not exceed the maximum allowed for fulfilling degree requirements. Prerequisite: An outline of the proposed work, consent of the staff member who is to supervise, and approval by the department chair.
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