For nonmajors. Selected current topics in biology, used to illustrate the strengths and limitations, of the process of science and the approaches, biologists use to learn about living organisms., Emphasis changes from semester to semester,, reflecting the expertise and interests of the, faculty member teaching the course. For further, information, consult the appropriate faculty, member before registration. Lecture and, laboratory. May not be applied toward the biology, major.

The primary aim of Dr. Breland's Spring 2018 course is to introduce students to the process by which new knowledge is generated through scientific inquiry. We will examine different ways in which scientists frame their questions, how they collect and analyze data, and how each step in the progress of our scientific understanding builds upon past work and lays the foundation for future endeavors.

Our field of study is biology, of course, but rather than attempt to cover all aspects of scientific progress in all of the life sciences, we will instead focus on how we have come to develop, understand, and apply the fundamental unifying theory of biology, evolution. We will examine the utility of evolutionary theory as an explanation for the similarities among living things as well as the diversity of living forms. And we will apply an evolutionary perspective to issues of contemporary relevance—issues affecting human health, economics, environmental conservation, and social equity.
For majors. Introduction to the fundamental principles of Mendelian genetics, population genetics, and evolution. Principles of genetic analysis in eukaryotes, including introduction to gene function, mutations, and the origin of variability in populations. Overview of evolutionary processes. Laboratory focus on genetics. Lecture and laboratory.
Introduction to the biochemistry and molecular, biology of cells. Structure and function of, biomolecules. Introduction to metabolism and, photosynthesis in the context of the cell, structures in which these processes occur., Introduction to gene expression and protein, localization in the context of genetically, modified foods and HIV infection. Project-based, laboratories on enzyme kinetics, molecular, cloning, and cell structure introduce students to, experimental design and data analysis in these, areas. This course is intended for, sophomore-level students who have completed BIO, 151 and CHEM 120.
Study of the biological basis of behavior. Gross, anatomy of the brain, structure and function of, neurons, synaptic transmission. Exploration of, learning and memory, vision, neurological and, psychiatric diseases, addiction, and reproductive, behavior. Cross-listed with PSY 252. Students may, not receive credit for both BIO/PSY 252 and PSY, 280.
Interactions between organisms and their physical and biological environments. Ecology of populations, communities, and ecosystems, theoretical and empirical approaches. Through reading original literature and designing their own studies, students learn to conduct ecological studies and interpret results. Applications of ecological principles to harvesting, conservation, management, etc. Class meetings and laboratory; weekend field trip. Course uses team-based learning.
Animal behavior, from insects to marine mammals., How and why animals behave as they do. Focus on, the adaptiveness of animal behavior using a strong, ecological and evolutionary theme. Methods and, results associated with animal behavior studies., Lecture, readings in original literature,, laboratory, field trips.
Welcome! I am excited and delighted to share my "first love" in biology with you this semester. I often refer to chromatin as "the natural state of eukaryotic DNA." All eukaryotic organisms, from yeast to humans, package their extensive (compared to prokaryotes) genomes as chromatin, a highly organized, multi-ordered complex of DNA and protein. The structure of chromatin can be highly dynamic and, as a result, can have profound effects on all nuclear processes, including transcription, DNA repair and DNA replication. Hence, chromatin can have important functions in a multitude of biological phenomena, such as developmental biology and cancer.

This short exam for graduating biology majors will help the department assess the effectiveness of our current curriculum.