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Spring 2017 Courses


Biology 005 Neuroanatomy.

(Cross-listed as Occupational Therapy 103)
Call Boston School of Occupational Therapy (627-5720) for information about this course.

Biology 006 Big Bang to Humankind.
(Cross-listed as Chemistry 0005)
Course will explore the origins of the Universe, the formation of Earth and its structure, the chemistry of life, the development of complex organisms, and the development of modern humans. Students will learn the evidence for the various ideas presented, the scientific method used by scientists, and how the community of scientists evaluates the evidence. This course does not fulfill pre-medical requirements for a lab-based chemistry course. Open to first and second year undergraduate students or by consent.
Dr. Campbell
Block D+: Tues. & Thurs. 10:30 - 11:45

Biology 010 Plants and Humanity.
(Cross-listed as Environmental Studies 10)
Structure, activities, human and ecological significance of plants, including an overview of plant diversity. Emphasis placed on global aspects of this dynamic science, with selected topics on acid rain, deforestation, biotechnology, and other applications. Also covered are medicinal, poisonous, and nutritional sources from seaweeds and mushrooms to mangos and durians. Primarily for non-majors.
Dr. Ellmore
Block C: T-W-F 9:30-10:20

Biology 012 Human Reproduction and Development:
An exploration of human reproduction and development prior to and soon after birth. This course will include topics on sex selection/mate choice; genes and heredity; fertility/infertility and contraception/assisted reproduction technologies; sexually transmitted diseases; birth defects; genetic counseling; designing babies; and embryonic stem cells. The basic biology of these subjects will be covered, as well as current related issues and polices. Will satisfy the Natural Science Distribution Requirement. Prerequisite: high school biology.
Dr. Ernst
Block: I+: Mon. & Wed. 3:00 – 4:15

Biology 014L Organisms and Populations W/Lab.
Selected topics in, population biology plant physiology, and animal physiology with emphasis on evolutionary mechanisms. Together with Biology 13L, this course forms the first-year core sequence for Biology majors. Prerequisite: Biology 13L is recommended, but the Biology 13L-14L sequence can be completed in reverse order. Three lectures and one laboratory each week.
Drs. Bernheim, Ellmore, Warchola, & Gouvea
Block D: M - 9:30-10:20, T & TH 10:30-11:20. Cohen Aud.

Barnum 200: Barnum 216:
Lab A Mon. 1:20-4:20 Lab B Mon. 1:20-4:20
Lab C Tue 1:30-4:30 Lab D Tue 1:30-4:30
Lab E Wed 1:20-4:20 Lab F Wed 1:20-4:20
Lab H Mon. 6:00-9:00pm Lab G Thu 1:20-4:20
Lab I Tue 6:00-9:00pm Lab J Tue. 6:00-9:00pm
Lab K Wed. 6:00-9:00pm Lab L Wed. 6:00-9:00pm
Lab M ARR (time and location)    

Labs A, C, E, H, I, K in Barnum 200; Labs B, D, F, G, J, L in Barnum 216.

Biology 14L Optional (strongly recommended) review session. Mon., 4:30-5:30, Barnum 008.

Biology 041 General Genetics
Concepts of classical and molecular genetics.  A knowledge of basic genetics and cell structure as covered in Bio 13 is essential for Bio 41 students.  Prerequisites: Bio 13 or equivalent.
Dr. Kate Mirkin
Block  F+:  Tues. & Thurs. 12 – 1:15pm.  Lane 100. Required Recitation:  RA:  Tuesday 4:30 – 5:20; RB:  Tuesday 4:30 – 5:20.  Barnum 008

Biology 044 Primate Social Behavior
(Cross-listed as Anthropology 0044)
Introduction to social lives of primates. Uses experimental and observational studies to teach students how to understand and engage with scientific literature and method. Covers ecological, physiological, and developmental bases of primate social behavior, with attention to evolution of social interactions among individuals of different age, sex, relatedness, and status. Topics include competition and cooperation, dominance and territoriality, sex and mating, parenting, cognition and conservation. Includes a weekly lab where students will learn primatological methods. (Group C) No pre-requisites. Spring.
Dr. Machanda
Block E: MWF 10:30-11:20 AM

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Biology 046  Cell Biology
Basic concepts of cellular organization, function, regulation.  Emphasis on cell structure and microscopy, plasma membrane functions such as transport, secretion, and endocytosis, the extracellular matrix, signal transduction, the cytoskeleton and cell growth and division. Two lectures. Prerequisites: Biology 13 or equivalent required. (Group A).
Dr. Koegel
Block E+: M-W 10:30-11:45.  

Biology 050A&B  Experiments in Molecular Biology
Similar to Biology 49, but investigating a series of laboratory problems using modern techniques of biotechnology.  Gene cloning, recombinant protein expression, protein biochemistry, and immunochemistry are emphasized for teaching state of the art laboratory skills and for reinforcing basic concepts of modern molecular biology.  One laboratory session per week plus one discussion period. Prerequisites:  Bio 13L and sophomore standing, or consent.  Open only to majors in biology, biochemistry, or biotechnology.
Dr. Fuhrman
Section A:  Monday 1:30-6:30pm, Barnum 001.   Section B: Wednesday 1:30-6:30pm, Barnum 001. Lecture for Sections A and B:  Thursday 3:00-3:50.  

Biology 52 Experiments in Cell Biology
The field of Cell Biology focuses on examining cells and the behaviors they perform.  This course will introduce students to the investigation of several laboratory problems using standard techniques of cell biology examining diverse organisms, ranging from single cells to intact animals.  One laboratory session per week plus one discussion period. Requires completion of BIO 0013 or equivalent.
Drs. McLaughlin, Levin & Fuchs
Thurs 1:20-4:20pm.  Barnum 001

Biology 094  Introduction to Research
This course is designed to provide the student with an introduction to biological research in the context of a research laboratory or field project. Students are expected to work at least ten hours per week on a project, in close collaboration with the project supervisor. He or she should begin to become familiar with the scientific literature by reading scientific papers and should develop an understanding of the basic conceptual context of the research. At the end of the semester, the student is required to write a 5 to 10 page paper reporting his/her research results. Prerequisites: permission of the research mentor and subsequently course coordinator. This class does not satisfy the requirement for the laboratory or course requirements for the biology major, but is counted toward the degree. Pass/fail credit. Please register for the class on SIS.  To download appropriate documents and read more about requirements, please see the publicly accessible Trunk site. Go to trunk.tufts.edu, choose “search public courses,” and search for BIO-0094. In order to remain enrolled in the class, paperwork must be completed by the beginning of the Spring semester.
Dr. Koegel.

Biology 105  Molecular Biology
Fundamentals of recombinant DNA technology.  Mechanisms of DNA replication, recombination and transcription, gene structure and function in prokaryotes and eukaryotes are emphasized.  Advanced topics including the biology of mobile DNA, the molecular basis of genetic diseases, retroviral infection, and chromatin based gene regulation are based on current literature.  Prerequisite:  Biology 41 or equivalent. (Group A)
Dr. McVey
Block D+: Tues. & Thurs.  10:30 – 11:45. 

Biology 106  Microbiology W/Lab
A survey designed to give a general understanding of bacteria and viruses.  Bacterial structure, growth, metabolism, evolution, ecology, and pathogenic mechanisms and viral reproductive cycles.  The laboratory will familiarize students with microbiological methods and various groups of microorganisms.  Two lectures, one laboratory per week. (Group A or Group C) Prerequisites:  Three biology courses and Chemistry 2.
Dr. Pierce
Block G+: M & W 1:30-2:45.  Barnum 114.  Lab A-Biology 106-LA  Block 6: Tues.  1:30-4pm. Lab B-Biology 106-LB Tues. 6:30 – 9pm.  Barnum 001.  1.5 credits.

Biology 108  Plant Development
Structural and physiological aspects of plant development. Genetic and environmental influences on development as these pertain to life events such as germination, root and shoot growth, plant sexuality, and flowering. Information on crop systems are extended to diverse groups such as cacti, ferns, bromeliads, water plants, parasitic and carnivorous plants. Prerequisites:  Bio. 13 & 14 or equivalent.
Dr. Ellmore
Block F+:  T & TH 12:00-1:15

Biology 116 General Physiology II
Elements of homeostasis and of endocrine, digestive, nervous, and muscular systems are discussed at various levels, from the molecular to the organ system.
Dr. Kao
Block G+ Mon & Wed 1:30-2:45  Prerequisites:
Bio 13 & 14 or equivalent required.

Biology 117 Physiology of Movement
Introduction to the physiological basis of human and animal movement. Topics include biomechanics, kinesiology, muscle and bone physiology, biological materials, and locomotion.
Dr. Tytell
Prerequisites
: Bio 13 & 14 or equivalent required. Physics 1 and Math 32 will be helpful, but not required. (Group B or Q)

Biology 119 Biophysics
(Cross-listed as PHY 25)
Presentation at an introductory level of selected topics in physics relevant to modern medicine and biology. Development of topics to the point of application to biomedical problems. Topics drawn from acoustics, physics of fluids, diffusion, laser physics, and other subjects varying from year to year. Prerequisites:  PHY 1, 2, or 11, 12 or permission of instructor. Corequisite: MATH 42 (formerly MATH 13).
Dr. Cebe
Monday, Wednesday, 10:30-11:45. 

Biology 130  Animal Behavior
(Cross listed as ENV-130)
An examination of ethological theory: the mechanisms, development, evolutionary significance, and evolutionary history of behavior.  Particular emphasis will be placed on the functioning of animal societies. (Group C) Prerequisite:  Biology 13 or 14 or equivalent.
Dr. Starks
Block B:  Tues, Thurs, Fri,  8:30-9:20AM.

Biology 131  Principles of Medical Imaging
(Cross listed as Electrical Engineering 131 and Biomedical Engineering 131) Call the Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 7-2336 for additional information about this course.
This course covers the basic physical principles and the design of the instrumentation for the most common medical imaging techniques.  Covered areas include diagnostic ultrasound, radiography, computed tomography, positron emission tomography (PET), single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).  The principles behind each imaging modality are used to guide the interpretation of representative diagnostic images. Permission of instructor.
Dr. Fantini
Tues.& Thur, 4:30-5:45.

Biology 134  Neurobiology
Biology of nervous systems.  From the biophysical basis of neuronal function, through synaptic interactions and signal processing in neural circuits, to behavior, learning and memory.  Examples from both vertebrates and invertebrates.  Prerequisites:  Biology 13 and 14, plus one Group A course in biology or Psychology 103.
Dr. Trimmer
Block H+: Tues. & Thurs 1:30 – 2:45

Biology 143 Evolutionary Biology w/Lab
Theory and evidence on mechanisms of evolutionary change in natural populations. Population genetics, speciation, biogeography, biochemical coevolution, life history strategies, sexual selection, and genetics of endangered species.  Labs address questions in ecology and evolutionary biology through the application of bioinformatic analytical tools on genomic data sources (gene expression, protein, DNA). Prerequisites: Bio 13 and 14, or equivalent. (Group A or Group C)
Dr. Dopman
ARR.  1.5 credits.  
Seven mandatory Monday labs are held at 10:30 – 11:45 in Tisch, Mark 4.  Wed. & Fri.  

Biology 144 Principles in Conservation Biology
Learning and application of principles from population ecology, population genetics, and community ecology to the conservation of species and ecosystems.  Focus will be on rare and endangered species, as well as threatened ecosystems.  Also includes applications from animal behavior, captive breeding, and wildlife management. (Group C) Prerequisite:  Biology 14, or equivalent.
Dr. Colvard
Block G+: M+W 1:30-2:45.

Biology 152  Biochemistry and Cellular Metabolism
Survey of the structure and function of the molecules involved in life processes. Chemical and physical properties of proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids; enzyme kinetics and the mechanism of enzyme action; metabolic pathways of carbohydrates and lipids. Prerequisites: Biology 13 and Chemistry 50 or 51. (Group A)
Dr. Fuchs
Block: Monday & Wednesday, 3:00 – 4:15pm.  Block I+. Braker 001.  Optional Recitation:  Block L+:  Tuesday 4:30 – 5:45pm.

Biology 164 Marine Biology
An intermediate-level introduction to the biology of marine organisms.  Following a detailed survey of marine animal and plant groups, the course will consider aspects of biology that are particularly relevant to marine organisms:  bioluminescence and its ecological significance, locomotory mechanics, food-chain dynamics, migration and dispersal, biological invasions, the effects of pollution and ocean acidification, and the design and creation of marine protected areas.  Prerequisites:  Biology 13 and 14 or equivalent.  (Group C)
Dr. Pechenik
Block C:  T-W-F 9:30-10:20.  

Biology 171 Biochemistry I
(Cross-listed as Chemistry 171)
First course in a two-course sequence.  Chemistry of biological molecules:  proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, nucleic acids, etc.  Mechanisms of enzyme and ribozyme catalysis.  Metabolic pathways, integrated metabolic systems, and molecular physiology. Prerequisites: Bio 13, Chem 52. (Group A)
Dr. Scheck
Block H+: Tues. & Thurs, 1:30 – 2:45 Recitation

Biology 178 Seminar in Immunology
Advanced topics in immunology.  Readings and discussion of the current literature emphasized. Topics include antigen presentation. T-cell activation, cytokine release and effects, self- and non-self recognition, and immunopathology of HIV. (Group A) Prerequisite: Bio 104 or equiv.
Dr. Bernheim
Block 8:  Thurs., 1:30-4:00

Biology 185 Food for All:  Ecology, Biotechnology and Sustainability
With the human population expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, how will we meet the increasing demand for food in an ecologically sustainable way? Historically, rapid increases in yield have been a result of advances in three main technologies: (1) genetic improvement; (2) use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers; and (3) expanded irrigation. Each of these technological advances, however, has limitations or has led to significant environmental degradation. There is an urgent need for new approaches to food production without destroying the environment.  In this interdisciplinary course, we will examine the pros and cons of divergent approaches to meeting this food demand.  Using crops grown in developing and industrialized countries as case studies, we will evaluate: (1) how ecological knowledge makes food production more sustainable; (2) what existing and emerging approaches can, in the face of climate change, contribute to a reliable supply of nutritious food; and (3) the political and economic drivers that shape who has access to these technologies. We will also explore stakeholder-specific perspectives (growers, advocacy groups, industry, governmental agencies), as well as develop important communication skills for negotiating these different perspectives.  (Group C)  Prerequisites:  Intro Biology or intro Chemistry or equiv
Drs. Orians, Gomez & Griffin
Block ARR:  (Monday - Wednesday 4:30 – 5:45.   High Demand.  You must register through the Provost’s office: Terrace Room.

Biology 188 Seminar in Molecular Biology & Genetics
Current topics in molecular biology, genetics and genomics, studied through readings from the original literature. Focus will be on studies recognized by the Nobel Prize Committee as pivotal to modern molecular biology and genetics.  These studies and current research directions that follow from them will be covered using a combination of lectures, class discussion, and presentations. Selected topics of current interest to be covered include genome structure and polymorphisms as related to human disease, RNA functioning in the regulation of gene expression, and cell cycle regulation and cancer. (Group A)  Prerequisites: Biology 41 and junior standing or permission of instructor.
Drs. Freudenreich & Mirkin
Block F+:  Tues & Thurs 12 – 1:15. 

Biology 194 Independent Research
Biology 193/194, Independent Research, is designed to provide students with an intensive experience in laboratory or field research. It is normally taken after a student has had some prior research experience (e.g. Bio 93/94). The student is expected to devote at least 15 hours per week to laboratory work, although often more time is necessary. Participants should take an active role in the design and execution of experiments and in the analysis and interpretation of data. They should be capable of "independent research" in the sense that they can conduct the experiments with little direct supervision. Students are expected to become familiar with related research in the current literature by regularly reading scientific journals.  At the end of the semester, the student is required to write a detailed report (8 to 15 pages) following the style of a scientific manuscript, and to give an oral presentation on the results to a committee composed of four faculty members of the Biology Department and the research mentor. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher, and Bio93 or Bio94 equivalent, and prior permission of research mentor and course coordinator (Dr. Koegel). Please register for the class on SIS.  To download appropriate documents and read more about requirements, please see the publicly accessible Trunk site.  Go to trunk.tufts.edu, choose "search public courses," and search for BIO-0194. In order to remain enrolled in the class, paperwork must be completed by the beginning of the Spring semester.
Dr. Koegel

Biology 196-01 Biology of Marine Fishes
This upper-level survey course covers the evolution, ystematics, anatomy, physiology and behavior of fishes from temperate to tropical environments.  The course also examines the diversity of fish interactions in aquatic communities:  predator/prey relationships, host/symbiont interactions, and the various roles of fishes as herbivores.  Study of inter and intra-specific predator-prey relationships among fish populations in aquatic communities integrates principles of ecology.  (Group C) Prerequisites:  1 year general biology and one upper level biology course. Limited to undergrad biology majors.  1 course credit.  More info.
HIGH DEMAND
 Must register for class in Biology Department.  January 17–May 2, Tuesdays  5:00-9:00 p.m. Class meets at the N.E. Aquarium in Boston..  Max. of 6 students from Tufts. 

Biology 196-05 Plant and Animal Interactions
Dr. Crone and Dr. Orians
Wednesdays 10:30 – 12:00  .5 credit.  Department Consent.

Biology 199  Honors Thesis Research B
Intensive laboratory or field investigation, including independent design of experiments, a written thesis, and an oral defense.  (See notes above under Biology 194).  Normally, a student applies during his/her sixth semester and should have a cumulative grade average of at least 3.30 including at least three A's in Biology.  Prerequisite:  Permission
Dr. McLaughlin.  In order to register for this course you must see the director of undergraduate research in the Biology department.  In addition, you must complete and hand in the "Thesis Honors Candidate" form on the registrar’s website to Dowling Hall by the middle of September.  These two steps are essential.  Without completing them you are not registered.   See Trunk for additional information and required forms.

Biology 291-01 Graduate Seminar in Molecular Biological Research
Dr. reudenreich
Block ARR:  Prior consent required.  Thursday 8:30 – 10:20.  200 Boston Ave., Rm 4745.