Spring 2015

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
BIOL 126-01 Infectious Disease versus Immune Defense
Instructor: 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 counteract 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.
0830:MWF   DANA 101
1330:T   JAMESR 2228
BIOL 127-01 This Is Your Life w/Lab
Instructor: Mary Niblock
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. This course fulfills either the DIV III lab science distribution requirement or QR graduation requirement.
1030:MWF   ALTHSE 204
1330:W   JAMESR 2228
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 110
1330:R   RNORTH 2319
BIOL 128-02 Field Natural History
Instructor: BIOL STAFF, 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 110
1330:F   RNORTH 2319
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 129-03 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. This course fulfills either the DIV III lab science distribution requirement or QR graduation requirement.
0900:TR   DANA 202
1330:T   JAMESR 2218
BIOL 216-01 Genetics
Instructor: Kirsten Guss
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.
0930:MWF   DANA 202
1330:F   JAMESR 2218
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 125and NRSC 200.
0930:MWF   DANA 201
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 110
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 110
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 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 110
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:R   JAMESR 1228
BIOL 332-01 Natural History of Vertebrates
Instructor: Scott Boback
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENST 332-01.
1030:MWF   DANA 101
1330:W   RNORTH 1317
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:R   DANA 102
1030:T   DANA 201
BIOL 342-01 Structure and Function of Biomolecules w/Lab
Instructor: Rebecca Connor
Course Description:
Cross-listed with CHEM 342-01.
1230:M   STUART 2112
1030:TR   TOME 115
BIOL 342-02 Structure and Function of Biomolecules w/Lab
Instructor: Jason Gavenonis, Rebecca Connor
Course Description:
Cross-listed with CHEM 342-02.
1315:T   STUART 2112
1030:TR   TOME 115
BIOL 401-01 Ornithology
Instructor: Pamela Van Fleet
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENST 310-01.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:F   RNORTH 1317
BIOL 401-02 March to Extinction: The Impact of Climate Change on Biodiversity
Instructor: Candie Wilderman
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENST 311-02. In this course, students and faculty will examine ecological and evolutionary principles as they pertain to biological conservation, historical patterns of natural extinction, and the current status and nature of the Holocene/Anthropocene extinction. We will focus on the nature of the evidence concerning the impact of recent climate change on biodiversity, including the contribution of citizen science. The impact on human communities and livelihoods will be discussed within the larger context of why it matters. Proposed designs for enhancing mitigation and adaptation strategies and for protecting and restoring ecosystem resilience will be studied. In addition to reading the literature and hosting guest speakers, students will each choose a case study to explore in depth through literature and primary research. Students will be responsible for sharing the results of their research in extended presentations which will include their own customized reading assignments and enhancement exercises. This course may count as a theme course in both the Environmental Science and Environmental Studies majors.
1030:TR   KAUF 187
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:M   TOME 227
BIOL 416-01 Population Genetics
Instructor: Dana Wohlbach
Course Description:
1130:MWF   DANA 202
1330:R   RNORTH 1316
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 433-01 Molecular Pathophysiology w/Lab
Instructor: Tiffany Frey
Course Description:
1030:MWF   DANA 202
1330:T   JAMESR 2206
BIOL 550-01 Retrotrapezoid Nucleus Development in the Mouse
Instructor: Mary Niblock
Course Description:
 
BIOL 560-01 Characterization of Central Chemoreceptors in the Mouse Brainstem
Instructor: Mary Niblock
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BIOL 560-02 Role of Surfactant Protein A in the Inflammatory Response
Instructor: Tiffany Frey
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BIOL 560-03 Development of the Mouse Retrotrapezoid Nucleus
Instructor: Mary Niblock
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BIOL 560-04 Genetic Reprogramming Human Leukemia Cells
Instructor: Michael Roberts
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BIOL 560-05 Mark Recapture Analysis of a Painted Turtle Population
Instructor: Scott Boback
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BIOL 560-06 The Role of p53 in Human Leukemia Cells
Instructor: Michael Roberts
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BIOL 560-07 Population Biology of American Toads (Anaxyrus Americanus) in an Agroecosystem II
Instructor: Scott Boback
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BIOL 560-08 A Candidate Gene Approach to Understanding Stresses Relevant for Biofuel Production
Instructor: Dana Wohlbach
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BIOL 560-09 In Vivo Evolution of a Viral RNA
Instructor: David Kushner
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BIOL 560-10 In Vivo Evolution of a Viral RNA II
Instructor: David Kushner
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BIOL 560-12 Environmental vs Genetic Contribution of Body Size in Boa Constrictors - 3
Instructor: Scott Boback
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BIOL 560-13 Scalloped Function During Larval Development
Instructor: Kirsten Guss
Course Description:
 
BIOL 560-14 Mechanisms of LPS-Induced Inflammation
Instructor: Tiffany Frey
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BIOL 560-15 Ocean Acidification and Nutrition in Larval Development
Instructor: Anthony Pires
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