Fall 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 requirement or QR graduation requirement.
1030:MWF   ALTHSE 106
1330:W   JAMESR 2228
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 requirement or QR graduation requirement.
1030:MWF   ALTHSE 106
1330:R   JAMESR 2228
BIOL 123-01 Interactions of Plants, Animals and Fungi
Instructor: Carol Loeffler
Course Description:
Plants, animals and fungi have vastly different strategies for obtaining food, reproducing, and finding places to live. Many of the most important adaptations in each of these three groups involve fending off, partnering with, or exploiting members of the other two groups. This course considers the ways in which the three groups interact and the many consequences of these interactions for our ecosystems and for humans. In laboratory/greenhouse/field studies, lecture, and discussion we will develop an understanding of how biologists approach questions and design experiments concerning interactions, how their findings should or should not be interpreted, and how the findings are disseminated to general and scientific audiences. 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:TR   DANA 110
1330:M   RNORTH 2319
BIOL 123-02 Interactions of Plants, Animals and Fungi
Instructor: Carol Loeffler
Course Description:
Plants, animals and fungi have vastly different strategies for obtaining food, reproducing, and finding places to live. Many of the most important adaptations in each of these three groups involve fending off, partnering with, or exploiting members of the other two groups. This course considers the ways in which the three groups interact and the many consequences of these interactions for our ecosystems and for humans. In laboratory/greenhouse/field studies, lecture, and discussion we will develop an understanding of how biologists approach questions and design experiments concerning interactions, how their findings should or should not be interpreted, and how the findings are disseminated to general and scientific audiences. 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:TR   DANA 110
1330:T   RNORTH 2319
BIOL 124-01 Biology of Behavior w/Lab
Instructor: Anthony Pires
Course Description:
This course explores the biological basis of animal behavior. We will use an evolutionary framework to consider why behaviors arise within animal species (including humans) and ask how neural systems shape, constrain and execute the types of behaviors that we observe in nature. Topics will include animal navigation, communication, mating systems and sociality. We will read selections from the primary research literature of behavioral biology as models of scientific thought and discourse. Laboratory and fieldwork will emphasize construction of good experimental questions, refinement of hypotheses, quantitative analysis of data and effective communication of research results. 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   ALTHSE 106
1330:M   JAMESR 2218
BIOL 124-02 Biology of Behavior w/Lab
Instructor: Anthony Pires
Course Description:
This course explores the biological basis of animal behavior. We will use an evolutionary framework to consider why behaviors arise within animal species (including humans) and ask how neural systems shape, constrain and execute the types of behaviors that we observe in nature. Topics will include animal navigation, communication, mating systems and sociality. We will read selections from the primary research literature of behavioral biology as models of scientific thought and discourse. Laboratory and fieldwork will emphasize construction of good experimental questions, refinement of hypotheses, quantitative analysis of data and effective communication of research results. 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   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.
0930:MWF   DANA 110
1330:M   JAMESR 2228
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.
0930:MWF   DANA 110
1330:T   JAMESR 2228
BIOL 126-01 Infectious Disease versus Immune Defense
Instructor: John Henson
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 110
1330:T   JAMESR 1218
BIOL 126-02 Infectious Disease versus Immune Defense
Instructor: John Henson
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 110
1330:W   JAMESR 1218
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: 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: two BIOL courses numbered between 120 and 129. For Neuroscience majors only, prerequisite is 124 and PSYC 125.
0900:TR   DANA 202
1330:M   RNORTH 1316
BIOL 216-02 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.
1030:TR   DANA 202
1330:T   RNORTH 1316
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: two Biology courses numbered between 120 and 129 or ENST 131, 132 (or 130). This course is cross-listed as ENST 314.
1030:TR   DANA 101
1330:F   RNORTH 1317
BIOL 318-01 Animal Development w/Lab
Instructor: Kirsten Guss
Course Description:
Material deals with descriptive embryology and the mechanisms of development including the genetic and biochemical levels. Laboratory includes observation of selected examples of invertebrate and vertebrate development and experimental investigations of developmental processes. 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:M   JAMESR 1218
BIOL 320-01 Forest Ecology & Applications
Instructor: Brian Pedersen
Course Description:
Cross-listed iwth ENST 340-01.
1030:MWF   KAUF 113
1230:W   KAUF 113
BIOL 325-01 Plant Physiology w/Lab
Instructor: Thomas Arnold
Course Description:
A study of plant structure and function, with emphasis on the flowering plants. Includes plant cells and organelles, mineral nutrition, translocation processes, and hormonal regulation of growth, development, and reproduction. Biochemical and environmental aspects of photosynthesis are emphasized. Six hours classroom/laboratory a week. Prerequisites: two Biology courses numbered between 120 and 129. This course will fulfill the WR graduation requirement.
0900:TR   RNORTH 2319
1330:R   RNORTH 2319
BIOL 326-01 Microbiology w/Lab
Instructor: David Kushner
Course Description:
Permission of Instructor Required.
0830:MWF   DANA 201
1330:W   RNORTH 1316
BIOL 327-01 Developmental Neurobiology
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: two Biology courses numbered between 120 and 129, OR, BIOL 124 and PSYC 125, and NRSC 200 OR permission of the instructor.
1030:MWF   JAMESR 1228
1330:W   JAMESR 1228
BIOL 333-01 Physiology w/Lab
Instructor: Tiffany Frey
Course Description:
Permission of Instructor Required.
1030:MWF   DANA 202
1330:R   JAMESR 2206
BIOL 343-01 Metabolism
Instructor: Thomas Arnold
Course Description:
Cross-listed with CHEM 343-01.
1130:MWF   DANA 101
BIOL 401-01 Eurasian Invasion, The Columbian Exchange: Biology That Changed the World
Instructor: Harold Wingert
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENST 310-01. 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.
1030:MWF   KAUF 109
1330:M   KAUF 109
BIOL 401-02 Human Performance Physiology
Instructor: Charles Zwemer
Course Description:
An in-depth study of specialized subject areas of biology. Some recent topics included Experimental Virology, Ornithology, and Histology. Topic, course structure, credit, and instructor will be announced by preregistration. Prerequisite dependent upon topic. Offered occasionally.
0900:TR   RNORTH 1317
1330:T   RNORTH 1317
BIOL 412-01 Seminar
Instructor: Harold Wingert
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   RNORTH 2319
BIOL 427-01 Virology
Instructor: David Kushner
Course Description:
An introduction to the molecular and cellular biology of viruses. Topics of study include the life cycle of viruses in general and their relationships with their hosts, including the processes of attachment to, entry into, genomic replication within, and exit from, cells. Aspects of pathogenesis, disease, the immune response to viruses, and vaccines, also will be studied. Related topics (such as prions, RNA interference, and public health issues) may be discussed. Regular reading and discussion of primary literature will complement the lectures. Three hours classroom a week. Prerequisite: One of the following: 216, 313, 316, 318, 326, 327, 380, or permission of the instructor.
0930:MWF   DANA 201
BIOL 560-01 Reprogramming Human Leukemia Cells
Instructor: Michael Roberts
Course Description:
 
BIOL 560-02 Student/Faculty Collaborative Research
Instructor: John Henson
Course Description:
 
BIOL 560-03 Inducing Apoptosis in Human Leukemia Cells
Instructor: Michael Roberts
Course Description:
 
BIOL 560-04 Comparative Genomics of Ascomycete Yeasts
Instructor: Dana Wohlbach
Course Description:
 
BIOL 560-05 Student/Faculty Collaborative Research
Instructor: John Henson
Course Description: