Spring 2014

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
BIOL 120-01 Life at the Extremes: A Survival Guide
Instructor: Charles Zwemer, Scott Boback
Course Description:
The Weddell Seal holds its breath for 40 minutes while routinely diving to a depth of 1,500 feet in -1.6C water and Bar Headed Geese migrate at thousands of feet above the summit of Mt. Everest. How do these animals accomplish these seemingly amazing tasks? Questions of survival and more will be addressed in this study of comparative physiology. We will seek explanations of these phenomena by first evaluating the physical nature of these hostile environments and then exploring the mechanisms of survival. We will also investigate our own physiology and human limits of performance. Lecture will be enhanced by laboratory experiences in experimental physiology and vertebrate dissection. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week. This course fulfills either the DIV III lab science distribution requirment or QR graduation requirement.
1030:MWF   ALTHSE 106
1330:M   JAMESR 2218
BIOL 120-02 Life at the Extremes: A Survival Guide
Instructor: Charles Zwemer, Scott Boback
Course Description:
The Weddell Seal holds its breath for 40 minutes while routinely diving to a depth of 1,500 feet in -1.6C water and Bar Headed Geese migrate at thousands of feet above the summit of Mt. Everest. How do these animals accomplish these seemingly amazing tasks? Questions of survival and more will be addressed in this study of comparative physiology. We will seek explanations of these phenomena by first evaluating the physical nature of these hostile environments and then exploring the mechanisms of survival. We will also investigate our own physiology and human limits of performance. Lecture will be enhanced by laboratory experiences in experimental physiology and vertebrate dissection. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week. This course fulfills either the DIV III lab science distribution requirment or QR graduation requirement.
1030:MWF   ALTHSE 106
1330:T   JAMESR 2218
BIOL 125-01 Understanding Cancer w/Lab
Instructor: Michael Roberts, Tiffany Frey
Course Description:
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United states. In the year 2000, over half a million Americans died of cancer and over one million new cancer cases were diagnosed. Virtually everyone who is 18 years old or older knows someone who has battled cancer. This course explores the biology of the complex array of genetic diseases known as cancer. What is cancer, why does it occur, how is it treated, and what would it mean to our society to find a cancer cure, are just a few of the questions that will be addressed. In the laboratory, the unique characteristics of cancer cells will be investigated and treatments designed to revert these characteristics to those of normal cells will be explored. By understanding cancer, cancer research, and the promise of new cancer treatments, students should complete the course with a greater appreciation for the scientific process and the role science plays in human health. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week. This course fulfills either the DIV III lab science distribution requirement or QR graduation requirement.
0830:MWF   DANA 110
1330:W   JAMESR 2206
BIOL 125-02 Understanding Cancer w/Lab
Instructor: Michael Roberts, Tiffany Frey
Course Description:
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United states. In the year 2000, over half a million Americans died of cancer and over one million new cancer cases were diagnosed. Virtually everyone who is 18 years old or older knows someone who has battled cancer. This course explores the biology of the complex array of genetic diseases known as cancer. What is cancer, why does it occur, how is it treated, and what would it mean to our society to find a cancer cure, are just a few of the questions that will be addressed. In the laboratory, the unique characteristics of cancer cells will be investigated and treatments designed to revert these characteristics to those of normal cells will be explored. By understanding cancer, cancer research, and the promise of new cancer treatments, students should complete the course with a greater appreciation for the scientific process and the role science plays in human health. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week. This course fulfills either the DIV III lab science distribution requirement or QR graduation requirement.
0830:MWF   DANA 110
1330:R   JAMESR 2206
BIOL 126-01 Infectious Disease versus Immune Defense
Instructor: Dana Wohlbach, David Kushner
Course Description:
Given the variety and virulence of the hundreds of pathogens we are exposed to every day, it seems miraculous that any of us survives into adulthood. This course will consider the biology of pathogens and the immunological defense systems which help conteract them. Both a human-based and comparative approach will be employed. Lecture, discussion and lab segments will emphasize the application of knowledge, the interpretation of scientific and popular information, and the demystification of disease and immunity. Students finishing this course should have a new found appreciation of the molecular, genetic and cellular mechanisms underlying disease and defense. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week. This course fulfills either the DIV III lab science distribution requirement or QR graduation requirement.
0930:MWF   DANA 110
1330:W   JAMESR 2228
BIOL 126-02 Infectious Disease versus Immune Defense
Instructor: Dana Wohlbach, David Kushner
Course Description:
Given the variety and virulence of the hundreds of pathogens we are exposed to every day, it seems miraculous that any of us survives into adulthood. This course will consider the biology of pathogens and the immunological defense systems which help conteract them. Both a human-based and comparative approach will be employed. Lecture, discussion and lab segments will emphasize the application of knowledge, the interpretation of scientific and popular information, and the demystification of disease and immunity. Students finishing this course should have a new found appreciation of the molecular, genetic and cellular mechanisms underlying disease and defense. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week. This course fulfills either the DIV III lab science distribution requirement or QR graduation requirement.
0930:MWF   DANA 110
1330:R   JAMESR 2228
BIOL 127-01 This Is Your Life w/Lab
Instructor: Kirsten Guss
Course Description:
This course provides an overview of the human life cycle. Topics of discussion include the molecular and cellular building blocks of which humans and every other living organism are constructed, human development from a single cell through birth of a multi-cellular individual, with specialized tissues and organs, and birth defects and disease. Recent molecular advances that have the potential to improve human health will also be introduced. In laboratory portion of the course, we will perform experiments with model organisms that use the techniques and approaches that are utilized to investigate human development and health.
1030:TR   DANA 110
1330:M   JAMESR 2228
BIOL 127-02 This Is Your Life w/Lab
Instructor: Kirsten Guss
Course Description:
This course provides an overview of the human life cycle. Topics of discussion include the molecular and cellular building blocks of which humans and every other living organism are constructed, human development from a single cell through birth of a multi-cellular individual, with specialized tissues and organs, and birth defects and disease. Recent molecular advances that have the potential to improve human health will also be introduced. In laboratory portion of the course, we will perform experiments with model organisms that use the techniques and approaches that are utilized to investigate human development and health.
1030:TR   DANA 110
1330:T   JAMESR 2228
BIOL 129-01 Changing Ocean Ecosystem W/Lab
Instructor: Michael Potthoff
Course Description:
An introduction to the biology of marine communities, including salt marshes and mangroves, intertidal zones, reefs, and deep-sea vents, among others. For each community, the physical characteristics of the environment as well as the physiological adaptations of the resident species will be examined. We will also focus on how marine communities are changing in response to anthropogenic stresses in light of concepts such as diversity indexes, keystone species, and disturbance theory. Selected readings from the primary literature and the popular press are required. Laboratory projects will emphasize experimental design and hypothesis testing. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week. This course fulfills either the DIV III lab science distribution requirement or QR graduation requirement.
0900:TR   DANA 110
1330:W   JAMESR 2218
BIOL 129-02 Changing Ocean Ecosystem W/Lab
Instructor: Michael Potthoff
Course Description:
An introduction to the biology of marine communities, including salt marshes and mangroves, intertidal zones, reefs, and deep-sea vents, among others. For each community, the physical characteristics of the environment as well as the physiological adaptations of the resident species will be examined. We will also focus on how marine communities are changing in response to anthropogenic stresses in light of concepts such as diversity indexes, keystone species, and disturbance theory. Selected readings from the primary literature and the popular press are required. Laboratory projects will emphasize experimental design and hypothesis testing. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week. This course fulfills either the DIV III lab science distribution requirement or QR graduation requirement.
0900:TR   DANA 110
1330:R   JAMESR 2218
BIOL 216-01 Genetics
Instructor: Tiffany Frey
Course Description:
Permission of Instructor Required
1130:MWF   DANA 202
1330:F   RNORTH 1316
BIOL 313-01 Cell Biology w/Lab
Instructor: John Henson
Course Description:
An introduction to the structure and function of cells, with emphasis on the molecular mechanisms of cellular processes. The course will involve discussion-oriented lectures and readings from the current literature. The laboratory will stress the discovery approach in applying state of the art techniques to cell biological experiments. Six hours classroom a week. Prerequisites: two BIOL courses numbered between 120 and 129. For Neuroscience majors only, prerequisite is 124 and PSYC 125..
0930:MWF   DANA 101
1330:T   JAMESR 1218
BIOL 315-01 Evolution
Instructor: Scott Boback
Course Description:
Study of the mechanics of evolutionary change within organisms and its genetic basis. Lecture, readings from the primary literature, laboratory investigations, and field study are used to consider evolutionary trends. Topics of emphasis include the relationships among living organisms; the value of the fossil record; adaptation; how species originate; and the role of natural selection in the evolutionary process.
1030:MWF   DANA 101
BIOL 322-01 Plant Systematics w/Lab
Instructor: Carol Loeffler
Course Description:
A systematic survey of the plant kingdom through the collection and study of living plants. Frequent field trips are conducted as weather permits. An herbarium of named plants is prepared. Emphasis will be placed on the diverse features of plants which permit effective study of fundamental biologal problems. Six hours classroom a week. Prerequisites: two Biology courses numbered between 120 and 129 or ENST 131, 132 (or 130). This course is cross-listed as ENST 322.
0830:MF   DANA 101
1230:M   RNORTH 2319
BIOL 322-02 Plant Systematics w/Lab
Instructor: Carol Loeffler
Course Description:
A systematic survey of the plant kingdom through the collection and study of living plants. Frequent field trips are conducted as weather permits. An herbarium of named plants is prepared. Emphasis will be placed on the diverse features of plants which permit effective study of fundamental biologal problems. Six hours classroom a week. Prerequisites: two Biology courses numbered between 120 and 129 or ENST 131, 132 (or 130). This course is cross-listed as ENST 322.
0830:MF   DANA 101
1230:T   RNORTH 2319
BIOL 322-03 Plant Systematics w/Lab
Instructor: Carol Loeffler
Course Description:
A systematic survey of the plant kingdom through the collection and study of living plants. Frequent field trips are conducted as weather permits. An herbarium of named plants is prepared. Emphasis will be placed on the diverse features of plants which permit effective study of fundamental biologal problems. Six hours classroom a week. Prerequisites: two Biology courses numbered between 120 and 129 or ENST 131, 132 (or 130). This course is cross-listed as ENST 322.
0830:MF   DANA 101
1230:W   RNORTH 2319
BIOL 330-01 Neurobiology w/Lab
Instructor: Anthony Pires
Course Description:
This course takes a cellular approach to the structure and function of nervous systems. Integrated laboratory and classroom study focus on the physical and chemical properties of neurons that make them different from other cells, and the relationships between neurons that allow nervous systems to interpret the environment and to generate behavior. Extracellular and intracellular electrical recording methods are used extensively, and are supplemented and neurochemical and anatomical techniques such as high-pressure liquid chromatography and immunocytochemistry. Prerequisites: two BIOL courses numbered between 120 and 129, OR, 124 and PSYC 125.
1030:TR   DANA 101
1330:F   JAMESR 1228
BIOL 330-02 Neurobiology w/Lab
Instructor: Anthony Pires
Course Description:
This course takes a cellular approach to the structure and function of nervous systems. Integrated laboratory and classroom study focus on the physical and chemical properties of neurons that make them different from other cells, and the relationships between neurons that allow nervous systems to interpret the environment and to generate behavior. Extracellular and intracellular electrical recording methods are used extensively, and are supplemented and neurochemical and anatomical techniques such as high-pressure liquid chromatography and immunocytochemistry. Prerequisites: two BIOL courses numbered between 120 and 129, OR, 124 and PSYC 125.
1030:TR   DANA 101
1330:R   JAMESR 1228
BIOL 334-01 Vertebrate Biology w/Lab
Instructor: Charles Zwemer
Course Description:
An integrated lecture and laboratory study of the anatomy, embryology, physiology, and evolution of vertebrates. Representative live and dissection specimens are studied from the perspective of structure and function. Six hours classroom a week. Prerequisites: two BIOL courses numbered between 120 and 129. For Neuroscience majors only, prerequisite is 124 and PSYC 125.
0900:TR   RNORTH 1317
BIOL 335-01 Microanatomy
Instructor: John Henson
Course Description:
An integrated study of the functional microanatomy of vertebrates. This course will examine the microscopic anatomy of cells, tissues, organ, and organ systems and their interrelationships. The laboratory portion of the course will cover methods of contemporary histologic technique and will include independent experimental projects. Prerequisites: two BIOL courses numbered between 120 and 129. Offered every other year. For Neuroscience majors only, prerequisite is 124 and PSYC 125.
1030:TR   DANA 102
BIOL 342-01 Structure and Function of Biomolecules w/Lab
Instructor: Rebecca Connor
Course Description:
Cross-listed with CHEM 342-01.
1030:TR   STUART 1113
1230:M   STUART 2112
BIOL 401-01 Wildlife Ecology
Instructor: Harold Wingert
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENST 310-02.
1030:MWF   KAUF 109
1330:M   KAUF 109
BIOL 401-02 Ornithology
Instructor: Pamela Van Fleet
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENST 310-03. The classroom component of this course emphasizes the evolution, morphology, physiology, ecology and conservation biology of birds. Students will have numerous opportunities both in and outside of the classroom to examine conservation issues and actions as they relate to the functioning of natural ecosystems, the consequences of anthropogenic impacts to those environments and learn how sustainability practices influence many bird species, populations and communities. The lab portion of this course will focus on hands-on learning through a variety of tools, mechanisms and field experiences including but not limited to use of study skins and skeletons, field guides, optics and field-monitoring techniques. Students will be regularly immersed in living labs during field trips both local and regional including visits to a bird banding station, state wildlife management areas and research study sites. In addition students will learn how to identify birds through specific behaviors, visual field marks, songs and calls. There will be at least one day-long field trip during a weekend, one extended lab field trip to a waterfowl stopover habitat during spring migration and an optional 4-5 day field trip over spring break to visit other sites utilized by birds in and outside of Pennsylvania. Each student will also complete a research paper on selected ornithological topics.
1130:MWF   RNORTH 1317
1230:W   RNORTH 1317
BIOL 401-03 Population and Quantitative Genetics
Instructor: Dana Wohlbach
Course Description:
This is a course on advanced genetics in the genomics age. Whole genome sequences are accumulating at an increasingly rapid pace. Our current challenge is to uncover meaning in the hundreds of billions of base pairs that are now available. The fields of study that strive to make sense of all this variation are population and quantitative genetics. Although population genetics, the study of frequencies of alleles in populations, and quantitative genetics, the study of continuously varying traits, are distinct fields, they share a common goal of understanding the connection between genotypes and phenotypes in populations. This course will integrate lectures, in-class discussions, and wet and dry (computational) labs to provide a comprehensive perspective on population and quantitative genetics.
0900:TR   DANA 202
1330:F   JAMESR 2228
BIOL 401-04 Limnology: The Study of Lakes
Instructor: Kristin Strock
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENST 310-01.In this course, students will learn about the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of lakes, ponds, reservoirs, and wetlands and the interactions that shape these aquatic ecosystems. This course considers the connections between lake ecosystems and the atmosphere and their watersheds including the running waters and ground waters that modify and transport components of the land to the lake. Students will apply information learned through field trips, lectures, class exercises, case studies, and discussion of relevant literature to investigate environmental problems associated with aquatic ecosystem response to human manipulations and disturbances ranging from global to local scales. Students will become familiar with common methods used for studying lakes, ponds, reservoirs, and wetlands through field trips to local sites and analytical techniques in the laboratory. This experience will culminate in a field-based group research project. This course can fulfill the intermediate core course requirement currently fulfilled by ENST 335/340 or be used as a theme course for environmental studies or environmental
1030:TR   KAUF 116
1330:M   KAUF 116
BIOL 412-01 Seminar
Instructor: Mary Niblock
Course Description:
Through detailed study of the primary biological literature, students acquire an understanding of the methodology and philosophy of scientific research. Includes study of the formulation of hypotheses, the design of experiments or observations to test these hypotheses, and the interpretation of results. This course will normally require a major research-based presentation and/or paper and may also involve the conduct of research by students. This course satisfies the requirement for a research experience for the biology major. Prerequisites: two Biology courses numbered between 120 and 129, and one upper-level biology course.
1330:R   TOME 227
BIOL 419-01 RNA w/Lab
Instructor: David Kushner
Course Description:
A focused study of biochemical, cellular, and molecular aspects of ribonucleic acid (RNA). Topics of study include RNA structure, RNA processing and turnover, splicing, ribozymes and riboswitches, RNA interference, RNA editing and modification, small RNAs and RNA viruses. Regular reading and discussion of primary literature will complement the lectures. The laboratory will utilize modern molecular biology techniques for working with and using RNA to perform original research. Six hours classroom/laboratory a week. Prerequisites: One of the following: BIOL 216, 313, 316, 318, 326, 327, 380, or permission of the instructor.
1030:MWF   DANA 202
1330:T   RNORTH 1316
BIOL 425-01 The Biology of Cancer w/lab
Instructor: Michael Roberts
Course Description:
Permission of Instructor Required
0900:TR   DANA 101
1330:M   RNORTH 1316
BIOL 550-01 Factors Influencing the Distribution of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid
Instructor: Carol Loeffler
Course Description:
 
BIOL 560-01 The Impact of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid on Local Hemlock Populations
Instructor: Carol Loeffler
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BIOL 560-02 Reprogramming Human HL-60 Leukemia Cells
Instructor: Michael Roberts
Course Description:
 
BIOL 560-03 The Role of p53 in Human Leukemia
Instructor: Michael Roberts
Course Description:
 
BIOL 560-04 Study of the Effects of the Wooly Adelgid on Hemlocks
Instructor: Carol Loeffler
Course Description:
 
BIOL 560-05 Role of Cholesterol Biosynthetic Pathway Intermediates in the Inflammatory Response
Instructor: Tiffany Frey
Course Description:
 
BIOL 560-06 Genetic and Phenotypic Characterization of Beetle-Associated Ascomycete Yeasts
Instructor: Dana Wohlbach
Course Description:
 
BIOL 560-07 Arp 2/3 Complex Inhibition Alters the Structure and Dynamics of Spreading Cells
Instructor: John Henson
Course Description:
 
BIOL 560-08 Environmental Versus Genetic Contributions to Body Size in Boa Constrictor
Instructor: Scott Boback
Course Description:
 
BIOL 560-09 Sexual Dimorphism in the Mouse Retrotrapezoid Nucleus
Instructor: Mary Niblock
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BIOL 560-10 Innervation of Muscles in the Snake that Control Ventilation
Instructor: Mary Niblock
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BIOL 560-11 An Assessment of a Painted Turtle Population and an Error Analysis of Community Generated Data
Instructor: Harold Wingert
Course Description:
 
BIOL 560-12 Environmental Versus Genetic Contributions to Body Size in Boa Constrictor 2
Instructor: Scott Boback
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BIOL 560-13 Ocean Acidification and Larval Development
Instructor: Anthony Pires
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BIOL 560-14 Population Biology of American Toads (Anaxyrus Americanus) in an Agroecosystem
Instructor: Scott Boback
Course Description:
 
BIOL 560-15 Plant Chemical Ecology II
Instructor: Thomas Arnold
Course Description:
 
BIOL 560-16 Characterization of Central Chemoreceptors in the Mouse Brainstem
Instructor: Mary Niblock
Course Description: