Human Health & Disease 2020-2021
Learn about biological aspects of both health and pathology, and the biological underpinnings of medical research.
REQUIREMENTS AS PER 2020-2021 CATALOG
Any three of the following courses:
- BIOL_SCI 302-0 Fundamentals of Neurobiology - Cellular and biochemical approaches to the nervous system, focusing on neuron structure and function. May not receive credit for both BIOL_SCI 302-0 and NEUROSCI 202-0. Prerequisites: BIOL_SCI 215-0, BIOL_SCI 219-0, and (BIOL_SCI 301-0 or BIOL_SCI 308-0).
- BIOL_SCI 319-0 Biology of Animal Viruses - Virus structure, synthesis of viral nucleic acids and proteins, the interaction of the viral and cellular genomes. Prerequisites: 215; 219; 301 or 308.
- BIOL_SCI 325-0 Animal Physiology - Physiological principles and mechanisms responsible for the ability of animals to regulate variables in the steady state. Prerequisite: BIOL_SCI 217-0.
- BIOL_SCI 328-0 Microbiology - How microbes interact with their environments, including with humans. Prerequisites: BIOL_SCI 215-0, BIOL_SCI 219-0, BIOL_SCI 222-0; BIOL_SCI 301-0 or BIOL_SCI 308-0.
- BIOL_SCI 344-0 Anatomy of Vertebrates - Vertebrate phylogeny illustrated via comparative morphology; anatomical/ functional and ontogenetic considerations; dissections. Prerequisites: BIOL SCI 215.
- BIOL_SCI 353-0 Molecular Biology Laboratory - Project-based approach to learning lab skills in eukaryotic molecular biology. Prerequisites: 215, 219, 222; 301 or 308.
- BIOL_SCI 355-0 Immunobiology - Nature of host resistance; characteristics of antigens, antibodies; basis of immune response; hypersensitivity. Prerequisites: BIOL_SCI 215-0, BIOL_SCI 219-0, BIOL_SCI 222-0; BIOL_SCI 301-0 or BIOL_SCI 308-0.
- BIOL_SCI 356-0 Endocrinology - Physiology and biochemistry of hormones and glands of internal secretion in vertebrates; endocrine glands. Prerequisite: 325.
- BIOL_SCI 358-0 Advanced Physiology Laboratory - Students will learn about techniques and instrumentation for physiological measurements, basic techniques of quantitative data analysis, and data presentation in written and oral formats. These are concepts and tools that apply beyond the experiments performed in this class. The experiments utilize several species, cover several preparations in physiological experimentation, and will provide data that can be analyzed in various ways. In several cases, two weeks will be needed for a set of experiments, so that students can become familiar with an experimental setup and then devise different experiments during the following week. Experiments will include: ion transport across amphibian skin, cardiovascular function in the amphibian heart; and the diving reflex in humans. Prerequisites: BIOL SCI 217 and 222.
- BIOL_SCI 360-0 Principles of Cell Signaling - Emphasis on principles, components, and logic that are common to different cell signaling systems. Modern experimental strategies for studying cellular signaling as well as the implications of disrupting cell communication pathways in disease will be described. Prerequisites: BIOL_SCI 215-0, BIOL_SCI 219-0.
- BIOL_SCI 380-0 Biology of Cancer - Various mechanisms controlling cell proliferation, signal transduction, DNA damage repair, cell fate decisions, and cell-cell communications, will be discussed. Topics will also include nature and hallmarks of cancer, and current strategies for cancer treatment. Prerequisites: BIOL SCI 215, 219, and either 301 or 308.
- BIOL_SCI 381-0 Stem Cells & Regeneration Biology - Developmental and molecular biology of tissue regeneration, with regard to regeneration from embryonic or adult stem cells. Discussion of conserved developmental pathways necessary for regeneration. Applications in regenerative medicine. Prerequisites: BIOL_SCI 215-0 and BIOL_SCI 219-0.
- BIOL_SCI 392-0 Developmental Genetics Laboratory - Development of independent projects alongside classic readings and experiments exploring key concepts in developmental biology. Prerequisites: 215, 219, 222; 301 or 308.
2020-2021 Course Offerings in this Concentration
||Fundamentals of Neurobiology||Tracy Hodgson|
|BIOL_SCI 325-0||Animal Physiology||Tracy Hodgson||Tracy Hodgson|
|BIOL_SCI 328-0||Microbiology||Keara Lane|
|BIOL_SCI 355-0||Immunobiology||Hilary Truchan||Hilary Truchan|
|BIOL_SCI 360-0||Principles of Cell Signaling||Reza Vafabakhsh|
|BIOL_SCI 380-0||Biology of Cancer||Xiaomin Bao|
|BIOL_SCI 381-0||Stem Cells and Regeneration||Christian Petersen|