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.

Credit(s): 0.00 or 4.00

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.

Credit(s): 0.00 or 4.00

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

Credit(s): 3.00

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.

Credit(s): 0.00 or 3.00

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.

Credit(s): 3.00

History of scientific method and its application to generation of knowledge. How science seeks to understand the origin and diversity of life. Lab research project.

Credit(s): 3.00

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.

Credit(s): 1.00

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.

Credit(s): 1.00

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

Credit(s): 1.00

Laboratory that accompanies BIOL 006. Co-requisite: BIOL 006.

Credit(s): 1.00

Covers crime scene investigation, methods of evidence collection and analysis, cause of death, and DNA identification in the context of biases that can influence the processing, interpretation, and use of evidence in the US court system.

Credit(s): 3.00

An 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.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 3.00

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.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

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.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

Molecules, structures, and physiology of cell membranes; energy transformations; nuclear and cytoplasmic events; extracellular matrix; cell signaling; and cell types and fates. Prerequisites: BIOL 001 or BCOR 011 and BIOL 002 or BCOR 012; or BCOR 021; also CHEM 031.

Credit(s): 0.00 or 4.00

Explores the fundamental processes of life. Topics include cellular metabolism; structure and function of organelles; cell cycle; signal transduction; biology of cancer. CHEM 141, BCOR 101 recommended. May not be taken concurrently with, or following receipt of credit for BCOR 103. Prerequisites: BIOL 001 or BCOR 011 and BIOL 002 or BCOR 012; or BCOR 021; also CHEM 031. Pre/Co-requisite: CHEM 032.

Credit(s): 3.00

Discrete biological processes: nonlinear differential equations. Continuous processes: ordinary differential equations, phase plane methods, quantitative solutions. Applications: population dynamics, epidemiology, Michaelis-Menten kinetics, autocatalysis, muscle contraction. Includes a lab. May not be taken concurrently with or after MATH 268. Pre/co-requisites: MATH 022 or MATH 023, MATH 124. Cross-listed with: MATH 168.

Credit(s): 3.00

Students will participate in all aspects of a research project while learning to navigate the messiness of real-world data. Students will develop research questions on topics related to marine soundscape ecology, marine animal bioacoustics, and cetacean ecology, behavior, and conservation. Prerequisites: BIOL 002 or BCOR 012 or BCOR 021.

Credit(s): 3.00

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.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 3.00

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.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

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.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

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.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

An overview of concepts and process in oceanography, geology, ecology, evolution, organismal biology, and conservation. Some of the topics we will discuss in class include tsunamis, ocean chemistry and physics, and bioluminescence. Prerequisites: (BIOL 001 or BCOR 011) and (BIOL 002 or BCOR 012); or BCOR 021.

Credit(s): 3.00

Topics in quantitative methods in biological research, including statistics and computer-based analysis. Prerequisites: One of BCOR 101, BCOR 102, BCOR 103; MATH 019, MATH 020.

Credit(s): 3.00

Analysis of growth, regulation, and interrelations of biological populations in theoretical, laboratory, and natural systems. Prerequisite: BCOR 102.

Credit(s): 3.00

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

Credit(s): 4.00

Laboratory experiments to provide experience with modern genetic and proteomics techniques. Bench work and data analysis are emphasized. Prerequisites: BCOR 101, BCOR 103.

Credit(s): 4.00

Systematics, morphology, and anatomy of insect taxa, with comparisons to related arthropods. Prerequisite: BCOR 102.

Credit(s): 0.00 or 4.00

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

Credit(s): 0.00 or 4.00

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

Credit(s): 0.00 or 4.00

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

Credit(s): 0.00 or 4.00

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

Credit(s): 4.00

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.

Credit(s): 3.00

Processes by which animals cope with moderate, changing, and extreme environments. Prerequisites: BCOR 102, BIOL 255.

Credit(s): 3.00

Natural history and winter adaptation of plants and animals of western Maine. Field work during winter break; oral and written report completed during spring semester. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

Credit(s): 3.00

Advanced seminar integrating perspectives from biology and biological anthropology to investigate human evolution and diversity. Through critical analysis, reflective and analytical writing, and discussion, we will engage with a broad range of readings from both disciplines. Prerequisites: BCOR 101 or (ANTH 026 and one 100-level Anthropology course); Minimum Junior standing. Cross-listed with: ANTH 241.

Credit(s): 3.00

Lab-based course that explores methods from biology and biological anthropology to study human evolution and diversity through skeletal anatomy and genetic analyses. Heavy focus on research design and proposal development, literature research, data collection and interpretation, and dissemination of results. Prerequisites: BCOR 101 or (ANTH 026 and one 100-level Anthropology course); Minimum Junior standing. Cross-listed with: ANTH 242.

Credit(s): 4.00

Parasite-host interactions examined with evolutionary perspective. Topics include the origin of parasites, evolution of virulence, and ecological consequences of parasitism. Laboratory includes original experiments. Prerequisite: BCOR 102.

Credit(s): 1.00 or 3.00

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.

Credit(s): 0.00 to 4.00

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

Credit(s): 0.00 or 4.00

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.

Credit(s): 3.00

Extensive study of laboratory methods used in modern research on the function of the nervous system. Techniques from electrophysiology, cell biology, biochemistry, and genetics. Pre/co-requisites: BCOR 103, BIOL 261.

Credit(s): 4.00

Molecular events during the cell cycle; mutants defective in cell cycling; comparison of normal and transformed (cancer) cell cycling. Prerequisite: BCOR 101 or Instructor permission.

Credit(s): 3.00

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.

Credit(s): 3.00

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

Credit(s): 3.00

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.

Credit(s): 3.00

Study of hormone action at the cellular and molecular level. Prerequisite: BCOR 101.

Credit(s): 4.00

Examines the arthropod vectors of temperate and tropical diseases that affect human health, using an ecological and a systematics approach. Prerequisites: BCOR 102 or Instructor permission.

Credit(s): 3.00 to 4.00

Ecological and evolutionary interactions among plants and animals. Topics include herbivory, pollination, seed predation, ant-plant interactions, biological control, and anthropogenic effects on plant-animal interactions including the effects of GMOs and global climate change. Prerequisites: (BIOL 001 and BIOL 002) or (BCOR 011 and BCOR 012); BCOR 102 recommended.

Credit(s): 3.00

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

Credit(s): 4.00

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.

Credit(s): 3.00

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.

Credit(s): 3.00

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

Credit(s): 3.00

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.

Credit(s): 3.00

Molecular genetic tools and analytical methods used to investigate ecological processes in natural populations of plants and animals. Prerequisite: BCOR 102.

Credit(s): 0.00 or 4.00

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.

Credit(s): 3.00

Capstone course in seminar format for undergraduates concentrating in Forensic Biology in the Biology major; discussions, readings, guest speakers. Pre/co-requisite: BCOR 101 or ANTH 026.

Credit(s): 1.00

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.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 3.00

An 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.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

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.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

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.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

Advanced survey of cell organelles, their composition, origin, and the relationship between their structure and function. Emphasis on recent literature and current controversies. Prerequisite: CHEM 142; Graduate standing in Biology or Instructor permission. Cross-listed Cross-listed with: CLBI 301, PBIO 301.

Credit(s): 3.00

Current issues and research in the field of plant, invertebrate, mammalian cell, and molecular biology. Prerequisite: BIOL 301.

Credit(s): 3.00

Theory and practice of biologically-inspired search strategies, including genetic algorithms, genetic programming, and evolution strategies. Applications include optimization, parameter estimation, and model identification. Significant project. Students from multiple disciplines encouraged. Pre/co-requisites: Familiarity with programming, probability, and Statistics. Cross-listed with: CS 352, CSYS 352.

Credit(s): 3.00

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.

Credit(s): 1.00

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.

Credit(s): 2.00

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.

Credit(s): 0.00 to 4.00

Review and discussion of current research. Attendance of BIOL 382 or BIOL 384 required of Biology Graduate students. Pre/co-requisites: Graduate standing and Instructor permission.

Credit(s): 0.00 to 1.00

Review and discussion of current research.

Credit(s): 0.00 to 1.00

Review and discussion of current research. Attendance of BIOL 382 or BIOL 384 required of Biology Graduate students. Pre/co-requisite: Graduate standing.

Credit(s): 0.00 to 1.00

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

Credit(s): 0.00 to 1.00

Credit as arranged.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 10.00