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INBIO101 Topics in Biology

An exploration of biological issues and methods for nonmajors. Applying basic principles to modern problems, the course may focus on a theme such as evolution and conservation of biodiversity, plants and society, or ecology and environmental issues. Can be repeated for elective credit but not ISP credit as topics change. Fall, Spring.

INBIO104 Lab Biology Topics

An integrated lecture-lab course for nonmajors that explores biological topics through hands-on investigative activities. Will focus on a theme, such as marine biology or ecology. Can be repeated for elective credit but not ISP credit as topics change. Will satisfy the lab science requirement for education majors. Fall, Spring.

INBIO110 Molecules and Cells

Introduction to the life processes from the molecular to the physiological level using an integrated lecture and lab experience. Topics include the chemistry of macromolecules, cell structure and function, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, and gene expression. Use of experimental inquiry to integrate course content into a physiological context. Fall, Spring.

INBIO111 Evolution and Ecology

An integrated lecture-lab experience that introduces the basic principles of evolution and ecology. Students investigate the causes and consequences of organismal diversity, both within and among species. Lab and field projects teach the scientific method. Fall, Spring.

INBIO203 Biology of Plagues

There are a handful of disease-causing microbes on Earth that greatly affect human society. What makes these microbes deadly and how do we respond? This is an integrated lecture-lab course that addresses this topic. Satisfies the lab science requirement for education majors. Occasionally.

BIO230 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

A lecture-lab experience covering the structure and function of the human body for students in physical education and allied health programs. Body organization and terminology, basic chemistry, the cell, histology, integumentary, skeletal, muscular, sensory, central, and somatic nervous systems. Prerequisite: INCHEM 100, INCHEM 103, or INCHEM 111, depending on the requirements of a student's major. Fall, Spring.

BIO290 Special Topics

1-4 credits

Exploration and analysis of major topics of biology, such as human genetics, algae and fungi, marine biology, freshwater ecology, and biological aspects of sexual reproduction. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

BIO294 Cooperative Education

1-6 credits

Introductory work-learning experience related to career interests for which compensation may be received. Positions arranged by students with sponsorship, approval, and evaluation by full-time faculty. Elective credit only (normally 20 hours per credit) to maximum of 12 credits per degree program. Permission of instructor. Graded Pass/Fail.

BIO298 Independent Study

1-6 credits

An opportunity for a qualified student to explore work in an area of individual interest, selected and pursued in consultation with a faculty member. Consent required of the instructor, who will supervise the independent study. May be repeated to a total of 6 credits. Fall, Spring.

INBIO300 Advanced Topics in Biology

Topics in the biological sciences such as genetics, health, ecology, and others will be explored at an in-depth level. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and QL. Fall, Spring.

INBIO301 Stem Cells and Regeneration

Advances in biomedical research have raised the prospect of using stem cells to regenerate lost or damaged body parts. This course explores the biology of this field and associated ethical and political issues. A laboratory project introduces the scientific method and the amazing regenerative ability of planarian flatworms. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP including ITW 101 and QL. Occasionally.

INBIO303 Barely Tolerating Yourself

Protecting oneself against a constant threat of pathogens depends on the body’s ability to determine friend from foe. This course will explore fundamental biological concepts in the context of the vertebrate immune system. Topics covered include innate and adaptive immunity, vaccinations, allergies, organ transplants, pregnancy, antibiotic resistance, and cancer. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and QL. Occasionally.

INBIO304 Techniques in Forensic Biology

An integrated lecture-lab experience that introduces the basic principles of forensics science with special emphasis on biological and molecular techniques used in modern day forensics investigations. Specifically, we focus on the theory and principles of biology that applies to blood typing, fingerprinting, DNA and molecular profiling, chromatography and microbiome analyses. Occasionally.

INBIO305 Marine Ecology and Conservation

This course explores the ecology of coastal and marine systems, the major threats they face, and current approaches to marine conservation. It will introduce students to current conservation issues in here New England and around the world, emphasizing scientific literacy, interpretation of quantitative data, and critical thinking. Even years.

BIO311 Genetics

This integrated lecture-lab focuses on fundamental transmission and molecular genetics, including mitosis and meiosis, gene mapping, genic interactions, mutation and DNA repair, gene expression and regulation, and basic bioinformatics. Course methods emphasize critical thinking, problem solving and scientific communication. Prerequisites: INBIO 110 and INBIO 111. Fall, Spring.

BIO312 Cell Biology

An integrated lecture-lab experience introducing fundamental concepts and techniques in cell biology. Topics include cell structure, the cell cycle, apoptosis, stem cells, cell signaling, and cancer. Techniques include light and fluorescence microscopy. Prerequisites: INBIO 110 and INBIO 111. Fall, Spring.

BIO313 Population and Community Ecology

This integrated lecture-lab course explores the basic concepts and mechanisms that explain the abundance and distribution of organisms, with a focus on mechanisms structuring populations and communities. Field and lab exercises emphasize the basics of sampling and experimental design, hypothesis formation, spreadsheet use, statistics, data presentation, and scientific writing. Prerequisites: INBIO 110 and INBIO 111, OR ENST 252. Fall.

BIO332 Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Continuation of BIO 230. A lecture-lab experience covering the structure and function of the endocrine, cardiovascular, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, and autonomic nervous systems, and consideration of metabolism, nutrition, heredity, and regulation of temperature, fluid, electrolytes, and acid-base balance. Prerequisite: BIO 230. Fall, Spring.

BIO375 Biochemistry

An integrated lecture-lab experience exploring the relationship between structure and function of macromolecules and other biologically active compounds to metabolism and energy utilization of the cell. Practical experiences will introduce students to methodologies, analytical techniques, and data analyses associated with biochemical research. Prerequisites: CHEM 221 and CHEM 222 or permission of instructor. Course also listed as CHEM 375. Fall.

BIO382 Neurobiology

An upper-level introduction to the field of neurobiology. Includes an overview of comparative neuroanatomy and the cellular and molecular basis of sensory, motor, and higher brain functions. Prerequisites: BIO 110 and INCHEM 111/CHEM 112, or permission of the instructor.

BIO433 Invertebrate Zoology

An integrated lecture-lab course focusing on invertebrate anatomy, physiology, behavior, development, ecology, natural history, evolution, and systematics. Field trips may be required. Prerequisites: BIO 311 and BIO 312. Fall, even years.

BIO434 Vertebrate Zoology

Integrated lecture, laboratory, and field course focusing on vertebrate anatomy, physiology, behavior, ecology, natural history, evolution, systematics, and conservation. Students will become acquainted with local vertebrate communities and with primary research literature and research methods. Field trips may be required. Prerequisites: BIO 311 and BIO 312. Fall, odd years.

BIO443 Experimental Marine Ecology

An integrated lecture-lab course exploring the processes that structure nearshore marine ecosystems. Required field and lab projects are used to teach experimental design, data analysis and scientific communication, as well as the identification and natural history of local marine organisms. Prerequisites: BIO 311, BIO 312, and BIO 313. Fall, odd years.

BIO445 Animal Behavior

An integrated lecture-lab course that examines how interactions between genes, physiology, development, and the environment determine animal behavior; the adaptive value of behavior; and how behavior has changed over evolutionary time. This course will also involve exercises designed to instruct students in the process of conducting independent research in animal behavior. Prerequisites: BIO 311 and BIO 312. Fall, odd years.

BIO463 Plant Biology

A lecture and laboratory course emphasizing the fundamental principles in plant biology, including systematics and evolution, anatomy and morphology, physiology, biotechnology, ecology, conservation biology, and ethnobotany. Lab and field projects will provide first-hand experience with organisms, the process of scientific inquiry, and scientific writing skills. Prerequisites: BIO 311 and BIO 312. Fall, even years.

BIO467 Microbial Diversity

An introduction to the microbial world emphasizing biological diversity. Topics include fundamentals of microbial cell biology, physiology, metabolism, genetics, evolution, classification and ecology. Laboratory experience emphasizes a research perspective and includes isolation, culture, enumeration, characterization and classification of microbes found in the environment. Prerequisites: BIO 311 and BIO 312. Fall.

BIO468 Genomic Bioinformatics

An introduction to the core principles and methodologies for analyzing genomic data to answer biological questions. Topics include BASH, cloud computing, molecular biology, DNA sequencing, data structure, genomic databases, similarity searching, sequence alignment, gene prediction, phylogenetic trees, and comparative genomics. Project based learning. Prerequisites: BIO 311, or permission of instructor. Spring, even years.

BIO477 Immunology

Integrated lecture-lab experience covering the cellular and molecular basis of vertebrate adaptive immune response. Topics include structures and cells of the immune system, antibody formation and diversity, role of immune system in health and disease, and evolution of adaptive immunity. Applied immunology and disorders of immunity will also be covered. Prerequisites: BIO 311 and BIO 312. Spring, odd years.

BIO478 Developmental Biology

An integrated lecture-lab course examining fundamental developmental phenomena, such as the differentiation and patterning of tissues and organs. Classic experiments in the field using a variety of model organisms will be discussed, and students will complete original laboratory research projects investigating the genetic basis of animal development. Prerequisites: BIO 311 and BIO 312. Spring, odd years.

BIO481 Tropical Marine Biology

This course investigates tropical marine ecology, biodiversity, coral reef biology, conservation and environmental issues. Students will mentor non-biology majors in lab activities, class discussion, and field observations in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Prerequisites: INBIO 110 and INBIO 111. Spring.

BIO490 Advanced Special Topics

1-4 credits

Exploration and analysis of major topics of Biology, such as microtechnique, vertebrate and invertebrate zoology, plant physiology, algae, and biological aspects of sexual reproduction. Prerequisite: BIO-311 and BIO-312, or permission of instructor.

BIO494 Advanced Cooperative Education

1-6 credits

Sequential work-learning experience for which compensation may be received. Positions arranged by students with sponsorship, approval, and evaluation by full-time faculty. Elective credit (normally 120 hours per credit) to a maximum of 12 credits per degree program. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Graded Pass/Fail.

BIO498 Independent Study

1-6 credits

Advanced independent study related to experimental aspects of various fields of biology.Prerequisites: Two advanced courses in biology. May be repeated as desired.