Course Schedule

Select a level: Select a term:
Only show courses available to first-year students.

Click here to browse textbooks information at the bookstore's web site.

Course Schedule for BIOLOGY - Fall 2018
Class
No.
Course ID Title Credits Type Instructor(s) Days:Times Location Permission
Required
Dist Qtr
2861 BIOL-141-01 Globl Pers Biodiversty&Conserv 1.00 LEC Pitt, Amber MWF: 9:00AM-9:50AM TBA GLB3  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  NOTE: 6 seats reserved for first year students
  This lecture and discussion course focuses on the current biodiversity crisis. We will discuss biological diversity and where it is found and how it is monitored, direct and indirect values of biodiversity, and consequences of biodiversity loss. Topics of discussion will also include the problems of small populations, the politics of endangered species, species invasions and extinctions, and the role of humans in these processes, design and establishment of reserves, captive breeding, and the role that the public and governments play in conserving biological diversity. Not creditable to the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. This course is not open to students who have already received a C- or better in Biology 233 (Conservation Biology).
2227 BIOL-182-01 Evolution of Life 1.25 LEC Dunlap, Kent
Schneider, Craig
O'Donnell, Michael
MWF: 10:00AM-10:50AM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 84
  NOTE: Students with questions about this course or enrollment should contact Professor Dunlap.
  This course will provide an introduction to life on Earth from an evolutionary perspective. Through lecture and discussion, we will examine evolutionary principles, inheritance, biodiversity, physiological adaptations, and ecology. The laboratory will provide the opportunity to explore biological concepts through observation, experimental design, and analysis.
2228 BIOL-182-02 Evolution of Life 1.25 LEC Blackburn, Daniel
Schneider, Craig
O'Donnell, Michael
MWF: 11:00AM-11:50AM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 84
  NOTE: Students with questions about this course or enrollment should contact Professor Blackburn.
  This course will provide an introduction to life on Earth from an evolutionary perspective. Through lecture and discussion, we will examine evolutionary principles, inheritance, biodiversity, physiological adaptations, and ecology. The laboratory will provide the opportunity to explore biological concepts through observation, experimental design, and analysis.
2229 BIOL-182-20 Evolution of Life 1.25 LAB Fournier, Claire T: 1:30PM-4:10PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 18
  This course will provide an introduction to life on Earth from an evolutionary perspective. Through lecture and discussion, we will examine evolutionary principles, inheritance, biodiversity, physiological adaptations, and ecology. The laboratory will provide the opportunity to explore biological concepts through observation, experimental design, and analysis.
2230 BIOL-182-21 Evolution of Life 1.25 LAB Fournier, Claire M: 1:15PM-3:55PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 18
  This course will provide an introduction to life on Earth from an evolutionary perspective. Through lecture and discussion, we will examine evolutionary principles, inheritance, biodiversity, physiological adaptations, and ecology. The laboratory will provide the opportunity to explore biological concepts through observation, experimental design, and analysis.
2231 BIOL-182-22 Evolution of Life 1.25 LAB O'Donnell, Michael T: 9:25AM-12:05PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 18
  This course will provide an introduction to life on Earth from an evolutionary perspective. Through lecture and discussion, we will examine evolutionary principles, inheritance, biodiversity, physiological adaptations, and ecology. The laboratory will provide the opportunity to explore biological concepts through observation, experimental design, and analysis.
2232 BIOL-182-23 Evolution of Life 1.25 LAB Fournier, Claire R: 1:30PM-4:10PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 18
  This course will provide an introduction to life on Earth from an evolutionary perspective. Through lecture and discussion, we will examine evolutionary principles, inheritance, biodiversity, physiological adaptations, and ecology. The laboratory will provide the opportunity to explore biological concepts through observation, experimental design, and analysis.
2557 BIOL-182-24 Evolution of Life 1.25 LAB O'Donnell, Michael W: 1:15PM-3:50PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 18
  This course will provide an introduction to life on Earth from an evolutionary perspective. Through lecture and discussion, we will examine evolutionary principles, inheritance, biodiversity, physiological adaptations, and ecology. The laboratory will provide the opportunity to explore biological concepts through observation, experimental design, and analysis.
2585 BIOL-182-25 Evolution of Life 1.25 LAB O'Donnell, Michael R: 9:25AM-12:05PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 18
  This course will provide an introduction to life on Earth from an evolutionary perspective. Through lecture and discussion, we will examine evolutionary principles, inheritance, biodiversity, physiological adaptations, and ecology. The laboratory will provide the opportunity to explore biological concepts through observation, experimental design, and analysis.
2586 BIOL-182-26 Evolution of Life 1.25 LAB Fournier, Claire W: 6:30PM-9:10PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 18
  This course will provide an introduction to life on Earth from an evolutionary perspective. Through lecture and discussion, we will examine evolutionary principles, inheritance, biodiversity, physiological adaptations, and ecology. The laboratory will provide the opportunity to explore biological concepts through observation, experimental design, and analysis.
2312 BIOL-224-01 Genetics 1.00 LEC Fleming, Robert MWF: 11:00AM-11:50AM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 45
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Biology 183L or permission of instructor.
  A study of the basic principles of genetics including the transmission and organization of the genetic material in prokaryotes and eukaryotes, the molecular biology of nucleic acids and information transfer, mutation and mutagenesis, and gene regulation. Laboratory will include techniques of genetic analysis in plants, fungi, and Drosophila. Selected experiments in cytogenetics, molecular genetics, and the genetics of bacteria and bacteria phage. This course may be taken without laboratory by registering for only Biology 224-01.
2313 BIOL-224-20 Genetics Laboratory 0.25 LAB Fleming, Robert R: 1:30PM-4:10PM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 24
  Prerequisite: C- or better in BIOL 224-01, or concurrent enrollment.
  A study of the basic principles of genetics including the transmission and organization of the genetic material in prokaryotes and eukaryotes, the molecular biology of nucleic acids and information transfer, mutation and mutagenesis, and gene regulation. Laboratory will include techniques of genetic analysis in plants, fungi, and Drosophila. Selected experiments in cytogenetics, molecular genetics, and the genetics of bacteria and bacteria phage.
3488 BIOL-315-01 Vertebrate Zoology 1.25 LEC Blackburn, Daniel TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 18
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Biology 182L, Biology 183L, and Chemistry 111L or Permission of Instructor.
  A broad-based survey of the biological diversity and evolution of the vertebrates. Special emphasis will be placed on functional morphology, physiology, paleontology, and ecology, as related to evolutionary history. The laboratory will introduce the student to the fundamentals of vertebrate anatomy through the dissection of such animals as the dogfish shark, the cat, and the lamprey. Other lab exercises will deal with functional analysis and reconstruction of phylogenetic relationships.
3489 BIOL-315-20 Vertebrate Zoology 1.25 LAB Blackburn, Daniel R: 1:30PM-4:10PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 18
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Biology 182L, Biology 183L, and Chemistry 111L or Permission of Instructor.
  A broad-based survey of the biological diversity and evolution of the vertebrates. Special emphasis will be placed on functional morphology, physiology, paleontology, and ecology, as related to evolutionary history. The laboratory will introduce the student to the fundamentals of vertebrate anatomy through the dissection of such animals as the dogfish shark, the cat, and the lamprey. Other lab exercises will deal with functional analysis and reconstruction of phylogenetic relationships.
3207 BIOL-317-01 Biochemistry 1.25 LEC Guardiola-Diaz, Hebe TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 48
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Chemistry 212L, Biology 182L and Biology 183L.
  A study of the molecular reactions that sustain life. Topics include biomolecule structure and function, enzyme kinetics, bioenergetics, and integration and regulation of metabolic pathways. The laboratory exercises include chromatography, electrophoresis, spectroscopy and bioinformatic analysis.
3208 BIOL-317-20 Biochemistry 1.25 LAB Guardiola-Diaz, Hebe W: 1:15PM-3:55PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 24
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Chemistry 212L, Biology 182L and Biology 183L.
  A study of the molecular reactions that sustain life. Topics include biomolecule structure and function, enzyme kinetics, bioenergetics, and integration and regulation of metabolic pathways. The laboratory exercises include chromatography, electrophoresis, spectroscopy and bioinformatic analysis.
3209 BIOL-317-21 Biochemistry 1.25 LAB Guardiola-Diaz, Hebe T: 1:30PM-4:10PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 24
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Chemistry 212L, Biology 182L and Biology 183L.
  A study of the molecular reactions that sustain life. Topics include biomolecule structure and function, enzyme kinetics, bioenergetics, and integration and regulation of metabolic pathways. The laboratory exercises include chromatography, electrophoresis, spectroscopy and bioinformatic analysis.
2998 BIOL-319-01 Animal Physiology 1.25 LEC Dunlap, Kent TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 24
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Biology 182 and Biology 183, or Biology 140 and Physics 141, or permission of instructor.
  This course examines the physiological mechanisms underlying four fundamental functions—movement, sensation, feeding, and reproduction. How do physiological systems operate to enable organisms to live in drastically different habitats? What are the common cellular and molecular mechanisms shared by diverse animals? The laboratory will consist of several preparations examining developmental, sensory, endocrine, and muscle physiology, followed by more detailed, independent investigations of one of these preparations.
2999 BIOL-319-20 Animal Physiology 1.25 LAB Dunlap, Kent M: 1:30PM-4:10PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 24
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Biology 182 and Biology 183, or Biology 140 and Physics 141, or permission of instructor.
  This course examines the physiological mechanisms underlying four fundamental functions—movement, sensation, feeding, and reproduction. How do physiological systems operate to enable organisms to live in drastically different habitats? What are the common cellular and molecular mechanisms shared by diverse animals? The laboratory will consist of several preparations examining developmental, sensory, endocrine, and muscle physiology, followed by more detailed, independent investigations of one of these preparations.
3495 BIOL-320-01 Plnt Molec Phys 1.00 LEC Bush, Susan TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 18
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Biology 182L, Biology 183L, and Chemistry 111L or Permission of Instructor.
  Cell biology and molecular genetics come together in this course, where we will study plant physiology, genetics and mutation screening, and molecular signaling pathways in plants. We will examine the connection between phenotypes and genotypes, and common plant molecular patterns and strategies will be covered in lab as well as in lecture, using literature as a starting point. This course fulfills the biology major group 2 requirement.
3496 BIOL-320-20 Plnt Molec Phys 1.00 LAB Bush, Susan T: 1:30PM-4:10PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 18
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Biology 182L, Biology 183L, and Chemistry 111L or Permission of Instructor.
  Cell biology and molecular genetics come together in this course, where we will study plant physiology, genetics and mutation screening, and molecular signaling pathways in plants. We will examine the connection between phenotypes and genotypes, and common plant molecular patterns and strategies will be covered in lab as well as in lecture, using literature as a starting point. This course fulfills the biology major group 2 requirement.
3000 BIOL-333-01 Ecology 1.25 LEC Toscano, Benjamin MWF: 12:00PM-12:50PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 24
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Biology 182L, or permission of instructor.
  A study of the adaptations of organisms to their environment and of the interrelationships among organisms that determine the structure and attributes of natural populations and biological communities. Field trips and laboratory exercises use sampling methods and statistical techniques to analyze the response of organisms to their physical environment, selected population phenomena, and different natural communities. Several field trips are required during the term. It is recommended that students take Biology 215L and 222L before enrolling, but they are not prerequisites.
3001 BIOL-333-20 Ecology 1.25 LAB Toscano, Benjamin M: 1:15PM-3:55PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 24
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Biology 182L, or permission of instructor.
  A study of the adaptations of organisms to their environment and of the interrelationships among organisms that determine the structure and attributes of natural populations and biological communities. Field trips and laboratory exercises use sampling methods and statistical techniques to analyze the response of organisms to their physical environment, selected population phenomena, and different natural communities. Several field trips are required during the term. It is recommended that students take Biology 215L and 222L before enrolling, but they are not prerequisites.
3490 BIOL-336-01 Marine and Frshwtr Botany 1.25 LEC Schneider, Craig MWF: 9:00AM-9:50AM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 24
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Biology 182L. Biology 215L is recommended.
  A study of the life histories and environmental strategies of aquatic algae, bryophytes, and vascular plants. The course will highlight the physiological problems and anatomical adaptations associated with life in various fluid environments. Fieldwork in a peat bog, Long Island Sound, and fresh-water environments supplements self-designed research projects on reproductive morphology, growth studies, and physiology of selected aquatic plants.
3491 BIOL-336-20 Marine and Frshwtr Botany 1.25 LAB Schneider, Craig W: 1:15PM-3:55PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 24
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Biology 182L. Biology 215L is recommended.
  A study of the life histories and environmental strategies of aquatic algae, bryophytes, and vascular plants. The course will highlight the physiological problems and anatomical adaptations associated with life in various fluid environments. Fieldwork in a peat bog, Long Island Sound, and fresh-water environments supplements self-designed research projects on reproductive morphology, growth studies, and physiology of selected aquatic plants.
2190 BIOL-399-01 Independent Study 0.50 - 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Independent research supervised by a faculty member in an area of the student’s special interests. Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor are required for enrollment.
3002 BIOL-403-01 Research Seminar 0.50 SEM Guardiola-Diaz, Hebe F: 1:30PM-2:30PM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  This course is open to seniors only.
  Students engaged in laboratory or field research, as well as honors candidates conducting library research, will meet with the biology faculty for oral presentations and critical discussions of journal papers, research plans, and research progress. Concurrent enrollment in either Biology 419 or 425 is required.
2191 BIOL-419-01 Research in Biology - Lib 0.50 IND TBA TBA TBA Y NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  NOTE: Requires completion of a Special Registration Form, available in the Office of the Registrar.
  Students will conduct library research projects under the direction of an individual faculty member. Students electing this type of independent study should plan on a full semester culminating with the completion of a final formal paper. Seniors and those using library research to satisfy the Group IV requirement must simultaneously enroll in the Research Seminar (Biology 403). Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor are required for enrollment.
2904 BIOL-425-01 Research Biology 0.50 - 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
3497 BIOL-446-01 Bacterial Pathogenesis 1.00 SEM Foster, Lisa-Anne W: 6:30PM-9:10PM TBA WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Biology 183L and one of the following: Biology 227L, or Biology 308L, or Biology 317L, or permission of instructor
  This seminar will examine the intricate relationship between a bacterial pathogen and a mammalian host. Bacteria have evolved a wide array of virulence factors that allow them to circumvent host defense mechanisms and cause disease. Many of these virulence factors have been identified and studied at the molecular level. Additionally, a study of the host immune system is essential for an understanding of the ability of microorganisms to cause disease. The molecular biology of bacterial virulence as well as the host response to pathogens will be examined through readings and discussions of the primary literature.
2192 BIOL-466-01 Teaching Assistant 0.50 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Students who have been invited to serve as teaching assistants will register for this course. Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and the approval of the instructor are required for enrollment. See paragraph on teaching assistants in the description of the major. Not creditable to the major.
3777 NESC-101-01 The Brain 1.00 LEC Church, William MWF: 12:00PM-12:50PM TBA Y NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 39
  NOTE: 15 seats reserved for first year students
  Recent developments in neuroscience have revolutionized our views of familiar human experiences such as locomotion, substance abuse, mental illness, sleep, and memorization. Through highly enjoyable and selected readings, presentations by visiting faculty, demonstrations and other activities, we will explore the foundations of this field as well as recent discoveries. The overall objective of this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of neuroscience, enabling them to make important decisions that may affect their lives.