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BIOL-1310/3 Biology I—Molecules, Cells, and Genes: An
exploration of living organisms at the molecular and cellular
levels of organization. Topics to be covered include biological
molecules, the structure and function of cells, the principles of
bioenergetics, and genetics. The course includes a laboratory
component, covering topics related to lectures and
emphasizing the scientific method and scientific reasoning. A
laboratory fee will be assessed. Students may not hold credit
both for this course and for BIOL- 1331/3. Prerequisites: Biology
40S, Chemistry 40S, and Math 40S (applied or pre-calculus).
BIOL-1320/3 Biology II—Evolution, Diversity and Function: A study of the evolutionary process and survey of current biological diversity, with emphasis on the eukaryotes. An overarching theme in the course is the connection between form and function in living things, in the context of their interactions with their biotic and physical environments. Includes a laboratory component. A laboratory fee will be assessed. Students may not hold credit both for this course and for BIOL-1341/3. Prerequisite: BIOL 1310/3.
BIOL-1331/3 Biology—The Science of Life: A course on the underlying features of life and living things. Topics covered include scientific reasoning, the nature of life, and the molecular and cellular composition of living things. Special emphasis will be placed on heredity, genes, the decoding of genetic information, and related topics such as genetic engineering and the basis of evolutionary change. Intended for non-science students. Students may not hold credit both for this course and for BIOL-1310/3.
BIOL-1341/3 The Living Planet: A broad survey of the living organisms on our planet, their interrelationships and their interactions with each other, including an examination of the concept of “species”, an exploration of the diversity and interrelatedness of living things, and an overview of ecology
as a scientific discipline at the levels of populations, communities and ecosystems. Topics to be covered include species interactions (symbiosis, competition, parasitism and predation), energy flow, nutrient cycling, and conservation biology. Intended for non-science students. Students may not
hold credit both for this course and for BIOL-1320/3.
BIOL-1350/3 Microbes, Health, and Illness: An introduction to the essential principles of microbiology, with an emphasis on human health. The course covers basic biochemistry and surveys the major types of microbes (bacteria, protists, microfungi, and viruses). Building on that foundation, we will examine interactions between humans and pathogens, including the mechanisms of immune system function. Selected diseases will be discussed, as illustrations of general principles in host-microbe interactions.
BIOL-1360/3 Anatomy of the Human Body: A study of microanatomy and gross anatomy, including changes occurring from conception to old age. Includes a laboratory requirement. A laboratory fee will be assessed. No prerequisite but high school biology strongly recommended.
BIOL-1370/3 Physiology of the Human Body: A course on the functions of all anatomical systems of the human body, with homeostatic regulatory mechanisms as foundational themes. Includes a laboratory requirement. A laboratory fee will be assessed. Prerequisite: BIOL-1360/3 or 1320/3.