Biology 11

For many students, BIOL 11 will be the entrance course to the major. BIOL 11 may be counted toward the biology major if it is taken as the first biology major course.  BIOL 11 will not count towards the major if taken after completion of any Biology course numbered above 11.

Should I Take Biology 11?

To help students determine if they are sufficiently prepared to enter a foundation course directly, the Biology department has established an online self-assessment exam for students.  Students who have any concerns about their preparedness should take BIOL 11 before enrolling in a foundation course. 

BIOL 11.06 - 14F at 10A

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? Cooperation and Conflict Across the Biological Sciences

Cooperation and conflict are universal themes that arise when considering how entities at various levels of organization interact. This is particularly true in biology, from atoms interacting within a molecule, molecules interacting within a cell, or cells interacting within a multicellular organism, individuals interacting within groups, disease organisms interacting within their host, or nations interacting with one another. We will explore how the concepts of game theory apply at the biochemical, cellular and organismal levels to explore how groups of entities at these various levels interact, and how groups transition to individuals. All along the way we will discuss a lot of biology and see how biologists apply what they know to new problems.  McPeek.

BIOL 11.03 - 15S at 10

Emerging Infectious Diseases: How Microbes Rule the World

Emerging infectious diseases, which have shaped the course of humanity and caused untold suffering and death, will continue to challenge society as long as humans and microbes co-­‐exist. This course will explore why infectious diseases emerge and re-­‐emerge. The viruses, bacteria and eukaryotes that cause these diseases continually evolve in response to their hosts. Dynamic interactions between rapidly evolving infectious agents and changes in the environment and in host behavior provide such agents with favorable new ecological niches. In addition, dramatic increases in the worldwide movement of people and goods drive the globalization of disease. Grotz, B. Taylor

Syllabi for Recent Offerings

Biology 11 - The Science of Life Syllabi

  • Fall 2014: Why Can't We All Just Get Along:  Cooperation and Conflict Across the Biological Sciences
  • Spring 2014: Emerging Infectious Diseases - Prof. Brad Taylor and Prof. Natasha Grotz
  • Spring 2013: Emerging Infectious Diseases - Prof. Mary Lou Guerinot and Prof. Rob McClung
  • Winter 2013: Biological Approaches to Global Challenges - Prof. Rob McClung and Prof. Mark McPeek
  • Fall 2012: DNA to Disease - Prof. Tom Jack