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.
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
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.
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.
||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
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.
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).
Block E+: M-W 10:30-11:45.
Biology 050A&B Experiments in
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.
Monday 1:30-6:30pm, Barnum 001. Section
B: Wednesday 1:30-6:30pm, Barnum 001. Lecture for Sections A and B:
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
Drs. McLaughlin, Levin &
Thurs 1:20-4:20pm. Barnum 001
Biology 094 Introduction to
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.
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.
Biology 41 or equivalent. (Group A)
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.
Block G+: M & W 1:30-2:45.
Lab A-Biology 106-LA Block 6:
Tues. 1:30-4pm. Lab B-Biology 106-LB
Tues. 6:30 – 9pm. Barnum 001.
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.
T & TH 12:00-1:15
Biology 116 General Physiology II
homeostasis and of endocrine, digestive, nervous, and muscular systems are
discussed at various levels, from the molecular to the organ system.
Block G+ Mon & Wed 1:30-2:45
Prerequisites: Bio 13 & 14 or equivalent required.
Biology 117 Physiology of
Introduction to the physiological basis of human and animal
movement. Topics include biomechanics, kinesiology, muscle and bone physiology,
biological materials, and locomotion.
Prerequisites: Bio 13 & 14 or equivalent required. Physics 1 and Math 32
will be helpful, but not required. (Group B or Q)
(Cross-listed as PHY 25)
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).
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
Tues, Thurs, Fri,
Biology 131 Principles of Medical
(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
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
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.
Block H+: Tues. & Thurs 1:30 – 2:45
Biology 143 Evolutionary Biology w/Lab
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)
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.
Block G+: M+W 1:30-2:45.
Biology 152 Biochemistry and
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)
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
Biology 13 and 14 or equivalent.
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)
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.
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.
Intro Biology or intro Chemistry or equiv
Drs. Orians, Gomez & Griffin
Block ARR: (Monday - Wednesday 4:30 – 5:45.
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
F+: Tues & Thurs 12 – 1:15.
Biology 194 Independent Research
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.
Biology 196-01 Biology of Marine
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
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.
register for class in Biology Department.
January 17–May 2, Tuesdays
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
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:
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
Biology 291-01 Graduate Seminar in Molecular Biological Research
Block ARR: Prior consent
required. Thursday 8:30 – 10:20.
200 Boston Ave., Rm 4745.