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UVM Course Directory

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Subject: Biology

BIOL 001 - Principles of Biology

Principles of cellular biochemistry; cell biology; genetics and evolution. Topics: biochemistry; metabolism, cell structure/function; respiration; photosynthesis; molecular, Mendelian and population genetics; genetics of evolution. Credit not given for both BIOL 001 and BCOR 011.

BIOL 003 - Human Biology

For nonscience majors. Selected biological topics relevant to humans, such as cancer, human genetics, environmental toxicants; biological concepts necessary for understanding these problems.

BIOL 010 - First-year Life Sci Seminar

Supports first-year Life Science students in their transitions to a college-level science curriculum through exposure to resources, promotion of beneficial study habits, and the establishment of a classroom community.

BIOL 013 - Human Biology Laboratory

For nonscience majors. Optional virtual laboratory available for BIOL 003. Selected biological concepts and topics relevant to humans, such as cancer, human genetics, environmental toxicants.

BIOL 086 - Intro to Forensic Biology

An introductory-level course covering crime scene investigation, methods of evidence collection, identifying a body, cause of death, and producing DNA profiles.

BIOL 095 - Special Topics

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BIOL 098 - Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate student work on individual or small team research projects under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

BIOL 189 - Teaching Assistantship

Undergraduate student service as a teaching assistant, usually in an introductory-level course in the discipline, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

BIOL 190 - Internship

On-site supervised work experience combined with a structured academic learning plan directed by a faculty member or a faculty-staff team in which a faculty member is the instructor of record, for which academic credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

BIOL 195 - Special Topics

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BIOL 198 - Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate student work on individual or small team research projects under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion. Pre/co-requisites: Junior/Senior standing; Department permission.

BIOL 209 - Field Zoology

Collection, identification, and ecology of arthropods. Substantial field collecting. Prerequisite: BCOR 102.

BIOL 217 - Mammalogy

Classification, identification, morphology, evolution, and distribution of mammals. Prerequisite: BCOR 102.

BIOL 223 - Developmental Biology

An analysis of the cellular, subcellular, molecular, and genetic mechanisms that operate during oogenesis and embryogenesis in invertebrate and vertebrate organisms. Prerequisites: BCOR 101, BCOR 103.

BIOL 254 - Population Genetics

Methods of detecting and investigating genetic variation, as well as its causes and consequences. Applications from medicine, forensics, and environmental biology are emphasized. Pre/co-requisite: BCOR 101.

BIOL 255 - Comparative Physiology

Physiology at the organ, systems, and organismal levels. Capstone course to consolidate biological concepts. Pre/co-requisites: BCOR 101, BCOR 102, BCOR 103.

BIOL 261 - Neurobiology

Focus on molecular and cellular aspects of the nervous system. Electrical signaling, synaptic transmission, signal transduction, neural development, plasticity, and disease. Prerequisite: BCOR 103 or NSCI 110. Cross-listed with: ANNB 261.

BIOL 271 - Evolution

Basic concepts in evolution will be covered, including the causes of evolutionary change, speciation, phylogenetics, and the history of life. Pre/co-requisites: BCOR 102 or permission of the Instructor.

BIOL 276 - Behavioral Ecology

Adaptive significance of behavior in natural environments. Evolutionary theory applied to behavior and tested with field data. Prerequisite: BCOR 102 or Instructor permission.

BIOL 292 - Independent Study

A course which is tailored to fit the interests of a specific student, which occurs outside the traditional classroom/laboratory setting under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

BIOL 295 - Advanced Special Topics

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BIOL 298 - Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate student work on individual or small team research projects under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion. Pre/co-requisites: Minimum Junior standing; Department permission.

BIOL 371 - Graduate Colloquium

Topics of current faculty and graduate student interest presented in a seminar-discussion format. Specific titles for colloquia will be listed in the course schedule.

BIOL 381 - Special Topics

Readings with conferences, small seminar groups, or laboratories intended to contribute to the programs of graduate students in phases of zoology for which formal courses are not available. Prerequisite: An undergraduate major in life science.

BIOL 385 - Biology Seminar

Review and discussion of current biological research. Attendance required of Biology graduate students. Pre/co-requisite: Graduate standing and Instructor permission.

BIOL 002 - Principles of Biology

Principles of organismal biology; nature of scientific inquiry, plant form and function, pollination ecology, animal phylogeny illustrated by comparative anatomy and physiology; animal behavior. Credit not given for both BIOL 002 and BCOR 012.

BIOL 004 - The Human Body

For nonscience majors. Introduction to basic human anatomy and organ system physiology emphasizing normal homeostatic mechanisms and the changes that accompany common disorders and diseases.

BIOL 006 - Evolutionary Biology

For nonscience majors. The process of biological evolution, evidence for evolution, mechanisms of evolutionary change, origin of adaptations, evolution of behavior, social and reproductive behavior.

BIOL 014 - The Human Body Laboratory

For nonscience majors. Optional virtual laboratory for BIOL 004. Introduction to basic human anatomy and organ system physiology emphasizing normal and diseased homeostatic mechanisms.

BIOL 096 - Special Topics

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BIOL 196 - Special Topics

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BIOL 205 - Adv Genetics Laboratory

Laboratory experiments to provide experience with modern genetic techniques. Bench work and data analysis emphasized. Prerequisite: BCOR 101.

BIOL 212 - Comparative Histology

Anatomy of tissues, chiefly vertebrate. Tissue similarities and specializations of organs among the various groups of animals in relation to function. Prerequisite: BCOR 103.

BIOL 219 - Compar/Func Vertebrate Anatomy

Structure, function, and phylogeny, with evolutionary and functional trends of all chordate groups. Prerequisite: Two courses from BCOR 101, BCOR 102, BCOR 103.

BIOL 264 - Community Ecology

Theoretical and empirical analyses of community structure. Topics include population growth, metapopulation dynamics, competition, predation, species diversity, niches, disturbance succession, island biogeography, and conservation biology. Prerequisite: BCOR 102; at least Junior standing.

BIOL 266 - Neurodevelopment

Current topics in developmental neurobiology through lectures and discussions of primary literature. The course is designed for advanced undergraduate life science majors and graduate students in the biological sciences. Pre/co-requisites: BCOR 101 and BCOR 103.

BIOL 296 - Advanced Special Topics

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BIOL 372 - Cutting Edge Topics

Graduate students will explore cutting edge topics in depth. Students will cross disciplinary lines and learn collaboratively to solve problems. Students will present the outcomes in a talk appropriate for a lay audience. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

BIOL 204 - Adv Genetics Laboratory

Laboratory experiments to provide experience with modern genetic techniques. Bench work and data analysis emphasized. Prerequisite: BCOR 101.

BIOL 265 - Developmntl Molecular Genetics

Current topics in developmental genetics explored through lectures and discussions of current literature; emphasis on molecular approaches. Prerequisite: BCOR 101.

BIOL 269 - Plant-Animal Interactions

Ecological and evolutionary interactions among plants and animals. Topics include herbivory, pollination, seed predation, biocontrol, and effects of global climate change. Prerequisite: BIOL 001 and BIOL 002 or BCOR 011 and BCOR 012; BCOR 102 recommended.

BIOL 275 - Human Genetics

Application of genetic techniques to the study of human biology. Topics include pedigree analysis, linkage analysis, and complex genetic disorders of medical importance. Prerequisite: BCOR 101.

BIOL 277 - Sociobiology

The evolutionary biology of social behavior in animals. Topics include the evolution of sociality, social interactions, and the functional organization of social groups. Prerequisite: BCOR 102.

BIOL 288 - Seminar in Forensic Biology

Capstone course in seminar format for undergraduates concentrating in Forensic Biology in the Biology major; discussions, readings, guest speakers. Pre/co-requisite: CHEM 141, CHEM 142, and BCOR 101.

BIOL 270 - Speciation and Phylogeny

Contribution of modern research in such fields as genetics, systematics, distribution, and serology to problems of evolutionary change. Prerequisite: BCOR 101, BCOR 102 recommended.

BIOL 286 - Forensic DNA Analysis

Theory and techniques of modern genetics used to produce and analyze a DNA profile in forensic science. Emphasis on degraded or contaminated DNA samples. Prerequisite: BCOR 101.