Biological Sciences

The Biological Sciences department offers the following courses:

BIOS 60202 Global Bioethics Seminar

Prerequisites: None
This course is dedicated to a closer examination of particular cases and readings in global bioethics. We will consider not only instances of poor health, but also ways to promote healthy living on a global scale. We will cover broad global bioethical issues that impinge on human flourishing, such as questions on sustainability and global justice as well as local examples. We will consider different theological and philosophical frameworks for global bioethics including, but not limited to liberation theology. This class will take the form of a seminar on prior readings that will be set for each session. Students will have the opportunity to engage in discussion on controversial cases and further readings, including, for example, instances related to sustainability, water justice, HIV/AIDS, organ trafficking, biotechnology, food ethics, animal ethics.

BIOS 60204 Topics in Global Health: Global Health, Mobile Phones and Appropriate Technologies

Prerequisites: None
This course prepares students to implement Information, Communications, and Technology (ICT) applications for global health. These applications typically involve using mobile phones in conjunction with computer-based "platforms." Such platforms are used to capture data from volunteers or paid staff members in the field, analyze those data, depict visually the results of those analyses, and, often, send back actionable information that is generated by the analyses to the volunteers or staff members in the field. The course is designed to accomplish increased understanding and skill development in these primary areas: (1) A knowledge of some of the major concepts related to mobile and ICT applications for global health; (2) A capability to identify applicable mobile and ICT applications for multiple kinds of global health challenges; (3) An in-depth knowledge of at least one ICT platform, to the point of being prepared to deploy it in the field; (4) An ability to train others in how to use a specific ICT platform; and (5) A capacity to stay informed of emerging technological and methodological improvements over time.

BIOS 60310 Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Ecology

Prerequisites: None
The course will examine the interacting processes of the physical environment and the biota as they influence the flux and distribution of chemical substances in the biosphere (i.e. biogeochemistry & ecosystem ecology). The course will also explore major chemical, biological, and geological processes that occur within and between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems at the scales of organisms, functional groups, ecosystems, and the globe. The course is open to upper-level undergraduates with a strong interest in ecology and environmental biology and who have had a minimum of one semester of ecology (i.e., general ecology, aquatic ecology).

BIOS 60320 Aquatic Conservation: Global Freshwaters, Science and Policy

Prerequisites: None
This course is designed for graduate students with a backgound in ecology and/or environmental science and is cross-listed with BIOS 40320 for advanced undergraduates. The first primary goal will be to read, discuss, and write about the main on-going global environmental changes that affect the global water cycle, including regional water quality and water availability. The second primary goal will be to have students examine how the current scientific understanding of these issues has or has not been incorporated into regional, nationan and international policy, including policies on water rights. Guest lecturers will be broadly drawn from the research, legal and NGO fields. There will be a textbook, supplemented by readings from the primary literature and other sources. Any additional work expected of graduate registrants, as opposed to undergraduates, will be detailed by the instructor before the start of the course.

BIOS 60419 Immunology

Prerequisites: None
An introductory course emphasizing the cells and tissues of the immune system and the nature and function of antigens and antibodies. A survey is presented of immune capabilities of humans and animals, immune diseases, immunodeficiency states, transplantation of organs, and the influence of nutrition on the immune system.

BIOS 60531 Molecular Biology I

Prerequisites: None
The first of a two-semester sequence that will provide an introduction to molecular biology, molecular genetics, and nucleic acid biochemistry. Lecture topics include physical chemistry of nucleic acids, bacterial genetics, principles of cloning, DNA replication and recombination, prokaryotic and eukaryotic transcription, and RNA processing and translation.

BIOS 60532 Molecular Biology II

Prerequisites: BIOS 60531
The second semester of the sequence. Lecture topics include: transposable elements, yeast genetics, gene families, molecular aspects of development, animal viruses, and computer-assisted analysis of nucleic acids and proteins.

BIOS 60534 Methods In Biochemistry

Prerequisites: None
Survey of biochemical methods used to evaluate macromolecular structure, function, and concentration; and properties of cells, tissues, and organisms. Course is based predominantly on primary literature.

BIOS 60539 Advanced Cell Biology I

Prerequisites: None
An upper-level course directed at graduate students and advanced undergraduates with previous background in cell and molecular biology. The course focuses on the molecular basis and regulation of cell structure and function, covering key topics that include membrane structure, function, and transport, cellular energetics, organelle biogenesis, protein trafficking, vesicular transport, signaling, and cytoskeletal function.

BIOS 60541 Topics in Biotechnolog

Prerequisites: None
Various topics in biotechnology as they relate to the medical and life sciences will be covered in lecture and discussion format. Topics will be drawn from the cutting edge of technology in life sciences, as well as other specialized areas such as patent law.


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