A comprehensive introduction to the diversity of life forms and life functions. The course explores topics in organismal biology with special emphasis on animals and plants, reproductive biology, physiology, and developmental biology.
Note(s): The course is writing enhanced and partially fulfills the departmental writing requirement. (Fulfills natural sciences requirement.)
J. Bonner, D. Domozych, J. Ness
BI 247 - Cell Biology
The course provides a cellular and organismal view of essential features of eukaryotic cell biology. Students will study cellular functions such as protein structure and function, cytoskeletal organization, cell migration, cellular metabolism, and cell signaling. In the laboratory, students will gain experience with modern techniques for visualizing cell biological processes, with emphasis on differential interference contrast (DIC) optics, fluorescence, and confocal microscopy.
BI 106, and CH105 or CH107H.
Note(s): Building on BI 105 and BI 106, the course explores writing conventions specific to the subdiscipline; partially fulfills the departmental writing requirement.
BI 311 - Biological Electron Microscopy
Practical and theoretical study of the operation and application of electron microscopes and the preparation of samples for electron microscopy. Topics include chemical fixation, cryofixation, cytochemistry, immunolabeling, ultramicrotomy, transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and electron microscopic photography.
BI 106 and BI 244 or BI 247
Note(s): Two hours of lecture and four hours of lab a week
BI 337 - Plant Physiology
The behavior, growth, transport processes, and environmental response of plants. Topics include membrane dynamics and function, plant cell development and polarity, solute and water transport, mineral and vitamin nutrition, respiration photosynthesis, hormone action, photoperiodism, taxes and stress biology.
BI 106 and any two, 200-level courses in Biology.
Note(s): Two lectures, four hours of lab a week.
BI 338 - Plant Biotechnology
A modern analysis of humankind’s use of plants and fungi and their derived products. Major subjects covered include ethnobotany, plant genetic engineering, plant biochemistry, techniques of plant production, agricultural practices, horticulture, and medicinal botany/mycology.
BI 368 - Advanced Light Microscopy
A study of the theory and practice of advanced light microscopy. This course will introduce students to the theory and practice of advanced light microscopy and its role in biological research. Lecture and laboratory will interact closely and present students with such topics as immunocytochemistry, fluorescent protein construction and transformation, 3-dimensional reconstruction and time lapse imaging. In laboratory, students will have extensive hands-on practice with our fluorescence research microscopes and confocal laser scanning microscopy culminating in digital portfolio.
BI 106 and one 200-level BI course, or BI 311, or BI 338
Note(s): Three hours of lecture, three hours of lab per week.