|Department||Number||Title / Description||Credits|
|Biology||BI101||Principles of Biology|
Introduces 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.
|Biology||BI101L||Principles of Biology Lab|
Lab for BI101.
|Biology||BI103||Introduction to Cell Biology and Genetics|
Covers 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.
|Biology||BI103L||Introduction to Cell Biology and Genetics Lab|
Lab for BI103.
|Biology||BI104||Introduction to Ecology and Diversity|
Covers 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.
|Biology||BI104L||Introduction to Ecology and Diversity Lab|
Lab for BI104.
|Biology||BI105||Introduction to Plants and Animals|
Covers 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.
|Biology||BI105L||Introduction to Plants and Animals Lab|
Lab for BI105.
Cross listed as CH110
|Introduction to Nutrition for Non-Majors|
Introduces 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.
Cross listed as CH110L
|Introduction to Nutrition Lab for Non-Majors|
Lab for BI110.
|Biology||BI203||Muscoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology|
A 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.
|Biology||BI203L||Muscoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology Lab|
Lab for BI203.
|Biology||BI204||Systematic Anatomy and Physiology|
Studies 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.
|Biology||BI204L||Systematic Anatomy and Physiology Lab|
Lab for BI204.
Studies 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.
|Biology||BI210L||Earth Science Lab|
Lab for BI210.
Studies 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.
A 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.
Cross listed as FS220
Introduces 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.
|Biology||BI220L/FS220L||Forensic Science Lab|
Lab for BI220/FS220.
Comparative 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.
Lab for BI221.
Studies the chemical and physical relationships, emphasizing their effects on the biota of the oceans. Prerequisite: BI104. Offered alternate years.
Cross listed as CH231
Studies 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.
|Biology||BI241||Nutrition For Majors|
Introduces 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.
|Biology||BI250||Marine Biology and Oceanography Lab|
Studies various marine ecosystems accessible in the New England area. Pre/Co-requisite: BI230 or BI280.
Gives 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.
|Biology||BI260L||General Botany Lab|
Lab for BI260.
A comprehensive examination of the biology and ecology of watersheds, lakes, ponds, streams, vernal pools, and wetlands.
Introduces 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.
|Biology||BI285L||Aquatic Biology Lab|
Engages 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.
|Biology||BI290||Biology Seminar 1|
Begins 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)
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Introduces 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.
Lab for BI310. Includes hands-on use of computer applications to study and compare proteins, genes, and genomes.
|Biology||BI343/BI343L||Field Problems in Ecology|
Studies 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.
Cross listed as CH350
|Advanced Chemistry Lab|
The 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.
Cross listed as CH351
|Advanced Chemistry Lab|
The 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.
Includes 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.
Lab for BI352
|Biology||BI370||Comparative Anatomy and Embryology|
Comparative 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.
|Biology||BI370L||Comparative Anatomy and Embryology Lab|
Lab for BI370.
|Biology||BI390||Biology Seminar 2|
Teaches 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.
Studies the molecular basis of cell structure and function, including a discussion of the current techniques used in the field. Prerequisite: BI103.
|Biology||BI394||Cell Biology and Immunology Lab|
Emphasizes 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.
Provides 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.
|Biology||BI431/BI431L||Current Topics in Biology|
Studies current topics of interest to the faculty and students. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Offered alternate years.
|Biology||BI451/BI451L||Physiology and Lab|
Studies 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.
Emphasizes 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.
|Biology||BI480L||Conservation Biology Lab|
Introduces 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.
Internship opportunities in biology arranged by the Biology Department.
|Biology||BI490||Biology Seminar 3|
Teaches 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.
Cross listed as CH491
Covers 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.
Cross listed as CH492
|Biochemistry and Lab|
Introduces 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.
Cross listed as CH493
Studies 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.
Includes 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.