Foundation Course Offerings 2017-2018

BIOL 12 - Cell Structure and Function

Biology 12 will provide a foundation in the fundamental mechanisms that govern the structure and function of eukaryotic cells. Topics include membrane transport, energy conversion, signal transduction, protein targeting, cell motility and the cytoskeleton, and the cell cycle. Emphasis will be placed on discussion of the experimental basis for understanding cell function. The laboratory section will provide students with hands-on experience in modern laboratory techniques including microscopy, cell fractionation, and protein purification.

17F - Grotz, Sloboda 9L

18S - Bickel or He 9L

BIOL 13 - Gene Expression and Inheritance

This course provides a foundation in genetics and molecular biology. Topics covered include the flow of genetic information from DNA to RNA to protein, transmission of genetic information from one generation to the next and the molecular mechanisms that control gene expression in bacteria and eukaryotes. These concepts will be integrated into a discussion of contemporary problems and approaches in molecular genetics. Laboratories utilize basic molecular biology techniques to further investigate topics discussed in lecture.  Open to all students without prerequisite.

17X- Dolph 10

18W - Griffin or Jack,  9L or 10

18X - Jack 10


BIOL 14 - Physiology

This course introduces students to the complexity of organisms by studying how their different organ systems strive to maintain internal homeostasis in the face of different environmental demands. The adaptive responses of selected organisms (humans, different animals and plants) to a variety of environmental factors will be studied from the molecular, cell, tissue, organ, and systems level of organization. Some of the topics to be covered include biological control systems (hormones, neurons) and coordinated body functions (circulation, respiration, osmoregulation, digestion). All systems studied will be integrated by analyzing how different organisms adapt to living in extreme environments (deserts, high altitude) or facing environmental demands (navigation, exercise). Note: This course replaces BIOL 30.  Students who have received BIOL 30 credit may not enroll in BIOL 14. 

17F- TBD  10A

18W - Maue 10A

BIOL 15 - Genetic Variation and Evolution

This course focuses on fundamental processes and mechanisms of evolution on a population level that give rise to variation and diversity of living organisms.  Topics include the source and distribution of phenotypic and genotypic variation in nature; the forces that act on genetic variation (mutation, migration, selection, drift); the genetic basis of adaptation, speciation, and phyletic evolution. Throughout the course we will exemplify the topics with data on natural populations, emphasizing humans and their microbial commensals and pathogens. The concepts will be integrated with in-class problem solving and discussions of seminal scientific papers.  Laboratories will be a mix of population process modeling and measuring evolution in natural systems.  Open to all students without prerequisite.

18W - Zhaxybayeva 11

BIOL 16 - Ecology

This course examines fundamental concepts in the rapidly developing areas of ecology. These topics include the factors that limit the distributions and abundances of organisms, the effects that organisms have on ecosystems, the integration of ecosystems around the globe, and the conservation of species diversity. The class will also explore how the behavior and physiology of individual organisms shape both local and global patterns of distribution and abundance. Laboratories focus on experimental and quantitative analyses of local ecosystems, with an emphasis on field studies.  Open to all students without prerequisite.

17F - Ayres 10

18S - Ayres 10