Spring 2017

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
BIOL 125-01 Understanding Cancer w/Lab
Instructor: Jennifer Wanat, Michael Roberts
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.
0830:MWF   DANA 202
1330:W   JAMESR 2218
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 the 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. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week.
1030:TR   ALTHSE 106
1330:M   JAMESR 2218
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 the 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. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week.
1030:TR   ALTHSE 106
1330:T   JAMESR 2218
BIOL 128-01 Field Natural History
Instructor: Harold Wingert
Course Description:
This course will explore local natural history of the Cumberland Valley around Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Students will learn the various groups of prominent organism, both plant and animal, that comprise the natural environment of Cumberland and surrounding counties. Students will become familiar with dichotomous keys to local flora and fauna and complete field investigations of local habitat areas. There are several evening field trips required during the course as well as at least one weekend day trip.
0930:MWF   DANA 101
1330:M   JAMESR 2228
BIOL 128-02 The Secret Life of Plants
Instructor: Jason Smith
Course Description:
Its tempting to think of plants as passive sunbathing salad bars. But are they? Or are plants actively fighting to live and reproduce? More to the point, how do they ward off their enemies? Do they have allies among microbes, insects and other plants? Are they all stuck at the bottom of the food chain or are some feeding higher up? How do plant communities change and populations evolve? We will explore these and other plant ecology topics in the context of natural and agricultural ecosystems. Readings will draw from texts, primary and popular literature. Lectures will be complemented by hands-on investigations into plant ecology in laboratory, greenhouse and field settings. This course will give you a new appreciation for the dynamic life of plants and for the process of conducting, analyzing and communicating scientific research.
1330:R   RNORTH 2319
0930:MWF   TOME 227
BIOL 129-01 Changing Ocean Ecosystem W/Lab
Instructor: Thomas Arnold
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.
1030:MWF   DANA 202
1330:T   JAMESR 2228
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.
0900:TR   DANA 110
1330:W   JAMESR 2228
BIOL 216-01 Genetics
Instructor: Dana Wohlbach
Course Description:
A study of Mendelian genetics, linkage, and mutation. An introduction to basic DNA structure and function including replication, transcription, and translation. Laboratory exercises involve both classic and molecular approaches to genetic analysis utilizing prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. 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   DANA 202
1330:W   JAMESR 2206
BIOL 216-02 Genetics
Instructor: Jennifer Wanat
Course Description:
A study of Mendelian genetics, linkage, and mutation. An introduction to basic DNA structure and function including replication, transcription, and translation. Laboratory exercises involve both classic and molecular approaches to genetic analysis utilizing prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. Six hours classroom a week. Prerequisites: two BIOL courses numbered between 120 and 129. For Neuroscience majors only, prerequisite is 124 and PSYC 125.
1030:TR   DANA 201
1330:T   RNORTH 1316
BIOL 313-01 Cell Biology w/Lab
Instructor: Mary Niblock
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 125and NRSC 200.
1030:MWF   ALTHSE 109
1330:W   JAMESR 1218
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 biological 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:MW   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 biological 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:MW   DANA 101
1300: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 biological 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:MW   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 and NRSC 200.
1030:TR   DANA 101
1330:T   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 and NRSC 200.
1030:TR   DANA 101
1330:W   JAMESR 1228
BIOL 332-01 Natural History of Vertebrates
Instructor: Scott Boback
Course Description:
An exploration into the lifestyles of vertebrates heavily focused on field biology. Natural history is strongly dependent on descriptive anatomy and systematics and therefore this course will cover the evolutionary relationships among vertebrates highlighting unique features that facilitated the success of the major groups. In field labs, students will develop observational skills such as how to identify a bird by its song, a frog by its call, a mammal by the color of its pelage, and a snake by its shed skin. Indoor labs will focus on identifying species from preserved specimens as well as providing students with the skills necessary to preserve vertebrates for future study. Preservation methods could include preparing museum-quality mammal and bird skins, formalin fixation of fish, and skeletal preparations. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week. Prerequisites: two Biology courses numbered between 120 and 129 OR ENST 131, 132 (or 130) OR ERSC 307. This course is cross-listed as ENST 332. Offered every two years.
1130:MWF   RNORTH 1317
1330:R   RNORTH 1317
BIOL 333-01 Physiology w/Lab
Instructor: Tiffany Frey
Course Description:
A study of physiological mechanisms in the animal kingdom, stressing the structural and functional bases of biological activities. Emphasis is on vertebrate organs and organ systems. Laboratory includes experimental physiological studies of selected organisms. Six hours classroom a week. Prerequisites: two BIOL courses numbered between 120 and 129. For Neuroscience majors only, prerequisite is 124 and PSYC 125 and NRSC 200.
1030:TR   DANA 202
1330:R   JAMESR 2206
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 342-01 Structure and Function of Biomolecules w/Lab
Instructor: Rebecca Connor
Course Description:
Cross-listed with CHEM 342-01. This course is an introductory biochemistry course focused on the chemistry of the major molecules that compose living matter. The structure and function of the major classes of biomolecules (nucleic acids, proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates) are addressed along with other topics including bioenergetics, enzyme catalysis, and information transfer at the molecular level. The laboratory portion of the course focuses on methods used to study the properties and behavior of biological molecules and their functions in the cell. Three hours lecture and four hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 242; an introductory biology course is highly recommended. This course is cross-listed as CHEM 342.
1030:TR   STUART 1104
1230:M   STUART 2112
BIOL 342-02 Structure and Function of Biomolecules w/Lab
Instructor: Rebecca Connor
Course Description:
Cross-listed with CHEM 342-02. This course is an introductory biochemistry course focused on the chemistry of the major molecules that compose living matter. The structure and function of the major classes of biomolecules (nucleic acids, proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates) are addressed along with other topics including bioenergetics, enzyme catalysis, and information transfer at the molecular level. The laboratory portion of the course focuses on methods used to study the properties and behavior of biological molecules and their functions in the cell. Three hours lecture and four hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 242; an introductory biology course is highly recommended. This course is cross-listed as CHEM 342.
1030:TR   STUART 1104
1315:T   STUART 2112
BIOL 401-01 Paleontology
Instructor: Marcus Key
Course Description:
A systematic study of the invertebrate and vertebrate fossil groups, plants, and their evolution and relationships to living forms.
1030:TR   KAUF 152
1330:R   KAUF 152
BIOL 401-02 Investigations in Agroecology
Instructor: Jason Smith
Course Description:
Everyone likes to eat, but how does the earth feed everyone? In this course we will investigate the ecosystems that produce our food. Students will deepen their understanding of the living and non-living factors that determine the success and environmental sustainability of agriculture through a combination of lectures, readings, discussions and literature research. A major focus will be on plant-insect ecology and ecological pest control; other topics will include soil cultivation, nutrient management, pollinator protection, weed and disease management, and biological control. Learning will be enhanced by field trips to diverse regional farms. Additionally, students in the biology major may fulfill their research requirement by conducting research in agroecology.
1330:T   DANA 202
BIOL 412-01 Bio-Imaging
Instructor: John Henson
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:F   JAMESR 1218
BIOL 425-01 The Biology of Cancer w/lab
Instructor: Michael Roberts
Course Description:
Cancer is a genetic disorder that affects some 10 million people worldwide. In the United States, cancer is a close second to heart disease as the leading cause of death. This course will examine the molecular basis of cancer including the genes and signaling pathways involved in malignant transformation and the physiological consequences of uncontrolled cell growth. Current methods in cancer research and recent advances in cancer treatment will also be discussed. Specific topics covered will include: oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes, oncogenic mutation, tumor viruses, apoptosis, angiogenesis, metastasis, tumor immunology, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and biological therapy. Six hours classroom/laboratory a week. Prerequisite: One of the following: 216, 313, 316, 318, 326, 327, 380, or permission of the instructor.
0900:TR   DANA 101
1330:M   RNORTH 1316
BIOL 560-01 Diet, Age, and Growth Structure of Flathead Catfish in Susquehanna River
Instructor: Harold Wingert
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BIOL 560-02 Student/Faculty Collaborative Research
Instructor: Scott Boback
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BIOL 560-03 Interaction of pH and Salinity in the Development of a Marine Organism
Instructor: Anthony Pires
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BIOL 560-04 Physiology of a Resistance Mask
Instructor: Charles Zwemer
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BIOL 560-05 American Toad Feeding Ecology and Survival Analysis II
Instructor: Scott Boback
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BIOL 560-06 Population Biology of American Toads on the Dickinson Farm
Instructor: Scott Boback
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BIOL 560-07 Yeast Evolutionary Genomics
Instructor: Dana Wohlbach
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BIOL 560-08 Characterization of Central Chemoreceptors in the Mouse
Instructor: Mary Niblock
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BIOL 560-09 Population Biology of American Toads in an Agroecosystem
Instructor: Scott Boback
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BIOL 560-10 Genetic Reprogramming of Human Leukemia Cells
Instructor: Michael Roberts
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BIOL 560-11 Leukemia Stem Cells
Instructor: Michael Roberts
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