Fall 2018

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
BIOL 131-01 Introduction to Organisms, Populations, and Ecosystems: Topics in Physiology
Instructor: Charles Zwemer
Course Description:
1330:M   JAMESR 2228
0830:MWF   STUART 1104
BIOL 131-02 Introduction to Organisms, Populations, and Ecosystems: Topics in Physiology
Instructor: Charles Zwemer
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1330:T   JAMESR 2228
0830:MWF   STUART 1104
BIOL 131-03 Introduction to Organisms, Populations, and Ecosystems: Topics in Ocean Ecology
Instructor: Michael Potthoff
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0900:TR   JAMESR 2218
1330:W   JAMESR 2218
BIOL 132-01 Introduction to Molecules, Genes, and Cells: Topics in Genetics & Genomics
Instructor: Irene Hawkins, Scott Boback
Course Description:
0930:MWF   ALTHSE 106
1330:W   JAMESR 2228
BIOL 132-02 Introduction to Molecules, Genes, and Cells: Topics in Genetics & Genomics
Instructor: Irene Hawkins, Scott Boback
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0930:MWF   ALTHSE 106
1330:F   JAMESR 2228
BIOL 132-03 Introduction to Molecules, Genes, and Cells: Topics in the Molecular Basis of Disease
Instructor: Tiffany Frey
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1330:M   JAMESR 2206
1030:MWF   TOME 115
BIOL 132-04 Introduction to Molecules, Genes, and Cells: Topics in the Molecular Basis of Disease
Instructor: Tiffany Frey
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1330:T   JAMESR 2206
1030:MWF   TOME 115
BIOL 216-01 Genetics w/Lab
Instructor: Michael Roberts
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: 131 & 132. For Neuroscience majors only, prerequisite is 132 and PSYC 125.
0900:TR   ALTHSE 109
1330:M   RNORTH 1316
BIOL 216-02 Genetics w/Lab
Instructor: Dana Somers
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: 131 & 132. For Neuroscience majors only, prerequisite is 132 and PSYC 125.
1030:TR   JAMESR 2206
1330:W   JAMESR 2206
BIOL 224-01 Plant Geography & Ecology w/Lab
Instructor: Carol Loeffler
Course Description:
Analysis of factors determining the distribution and abundance of plant species, including study of plant migration patterns today and in the distant past. Lecture includes examples and readings from classic and recent research. Field, laboratory, and greenhouse studies focus on plant demography, plant-animal interactions, plant community structure, competition, soil and water relations, and other topics. Six hours classroom a week. Prerequisites: 131 and 132 OR ENST 161 and 162.
0830:MW   ALTHSE 201
1230:M   RNORTH 2319
BIOL 224-02 Plant Geography & Ecology w/Lab
Instructor: Carol Loeffler
Course Description:
Analysis of factors determining the distribution and abundance of plant species, including study of plant migration patterns today and in the distant past. Lecture includes examples and readings from classic and recent research. Field, laboratory, and greenhouse studies focus on plant demography, plant-animal interactions, plant community structure, competition, soil and water relations, and other topics. Six hours classroom a week. Prerequisites: 131 and 132 OR ENST 161 and 162.
0830:MW   ALTHSE 201
1230:F   RNORTH 2319
BIOL 301-01 Eurasian Invasion, The Columbian Exchange: Biology That Changed the World
Instructor: Harold Wingert
Course Description:
Beginning in 1492 there has been an exchange of all levels of fauna and flora across the globe. This exchange is known as the Columbian Exchange. The biological consequences of this exchange have been dramatic and all ecosystems on this globe have been altered. Today there exists two Europes, two Africas and two Asias as a result of this exchange of species. One of each exists in the original geographic location and the other in the United States. This course will explore the impact of invasive species on the ecosystems in Central Pennsylvania and to a lesser extent the rest of the United States and the World. This is a field based course. Students will visit local examples of invasive damage, local labs and meet scientists that manage invasive species. Students will also discover the controversies surrounding the purposeful introduction of many species that have become important parts of our local ecosystems.
0900:TR   KAUF 109
1330:T   KAUF 109
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: One 200-level BIOL course. For Neuroscience majors only, prerequisite is 132 and PSYC 125 and NRSC 200.
1330:F   JAMESR 1218
0930:MWF   KAUF 179
BIOL 314-01 Ecology w/Lab
Instructor: Scott Boback
Course Description:
Study of the interactions of organisms with each other, and with their environment, at the level of the individual, the population, the community, and the ecosystem. Lectures and readings consider both the theory of ecology and data from empirical research in the classic and current literature. Laboratory and field studies explore how ecologists perform quantitative tests of hypotheses about complex systems in nature. Six hours classroom a week. Prerequisites: One 200-level Biology course. For ENST/ENSC majors only, prerequisite is ENST 162. For Neuroscience majors only, prerequiste is NRSC 200.
1030:TR   RNORTH 1317
1330:R   RNORTH 1317
BIOL 326-01 Microbiology w/Lab
Instructor: David Kushner
Course Description:
Molecular biology, genetics, and biochemistry (structure and function) of bacteria, archaea, and viruses. Includes an introduction to the immune system and mechanisms of medical control of microbes. Molecular mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis are addressed via readings from the recent primary literature. Laboratory exercises include the isolation and characterization of unknown bacteria using traditional and molecular methods, and modern genomic approaches to characterizing host response to infection. Six hours classroom a week. Prerequisites: One 200-level BIOL course. For Neuroscience majors, prerequisite is NRSC 200.
1330:W   RNORTH 1316
0830:MWF   STUART 1113
BIOL 327-01 Developmental Neurobiology w/Lab
Instructor: Mary Niblock
Course Description:
This course explores the development of the nervous system, from the early patterning of the neural plate, through the differentiation of embryonic cells into diverse neuronal subtypes, and culminating with the integration of multiple neuronal subtypes into the complex wiring circuits that underlie our sensory, motor, and cognitive abilities. We will study the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying neural specification, the formation of neuronal connections, neural patterning by programmed cell death, and experience-dependent modulation of neural circuits. We also will examine the ways that neural development can go awry. In the laboratory we will explore topics such as neural induction, cell lineage and fate determination, neuronal migration, axon guidance, activity-dependent development and critical periods, and the development of behavior. The focus of the course will be on the development of the mammalian nervous system, but the contributions of simpler animal models to our understanding of the human brain will be a secondary emphasis. Prerequisites: One 200-level BIOL course. For Neuroscience majors, prerequisite is NRSC 200.
1030:MWF   JAMESR 1228
1330:W   JAMESR 1228
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 1113
1230:M   STUART 2112
BIOL 343-01 Metabolism
Instructor: Thomas Arnold
Course Description:
Cross-listed with CHEM 343-01. A survey of the metabolic processes in animals and plants, including signal transduction, aerobic and anaerobic respiration, and photosynthesis, as well as the biosynthesis of the major types of biomolecules. For each metabolic pathway, we will examine the regulation of enzymes and related genes, their energetic requirements, and the function of pathway end products. Both the normal functioning of metabolic pathways and common metabolic malfunctions, e.g., human inborn errors of metabolism, will be considered. Selected readings from the primary literature and the popular press are required. Students will complete detailed case studies focusing on human metabolism and metabolic disorders. Three hours classroom a week. Prerequisite: CHEM 242. This course is cross-listed as CHEM 343.
1030:TR   TOME 117
BIOL 401-01 Advanced Topics in Neurobiology
Instructor: Mary Niblock
Course Description:
This course will focus on current research approaches in neurobiology and will have an integrated laboratory component.
1330:R   JAMESR 1218
BIOL 401-02 Paleontology
Instructor: Marcus Key
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ERSC 307-01. A systematic study of the invertebrate and vertebrate fossil groups, plants, and their evolution and relationships to living forms. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week.
1030:MWF   KAUF 152
1330:T   KAUF 152
BIOL 560-02 Development of Respiratory Control in the Mouse
Instructor: Mary Niblock
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BIOL 560-03 Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Research
Instructor: Carol Loeffler
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BIOL 560-05 Reprogramming Human Leukemia Cells
Instructor: Michael Roberts
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