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Title Description Quarter Day, Time, Location
BIO 161 (section 1)
Organismal Biology Lab

This laboratory is a genuine research experience course where students contribute to original research in a field of organismal biology. This year, the course will focus on the physiology of chemical defenses in poisonous amphibians through three modules. In the first module focusing on chemistry, students will work with metabolomics data to interpret and visualize chemical signatures of poison frog defense. In the second module focusing on physiology, students will learn to analyze gene expression differences in various tissues from RNA sequencing data.

2020-2021 Winter
12:00pm - 3:00pm
BIO 84 (section 1)

The focus of Physiology is on understanding how organisms tackle the physical challenges of life on Earth. This course will provide an overview of animal and plant physiology and teach an understanding of how organisms maintain homeostasis, respond to environmental cues and coordinate behaviors across multiples tissues and organ systems. We will examine the structure and function of organs and organ systems and how those systems are controlled and regulated to maintain homeostasis.

2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday Friday
10:00am - 11:00am
BIO 85 (section 1)

Principles of evolution. Adaptation and natural selection. Darwin and the history of evolutionary thought. Population genetics, including genetic variation and mutation, and effects of migration, drift, linkage, and recombination. Evolutionary phenomena: developmental evolution, life history evolution, molecular evolution, sexual selection, social evolution, and speciation. Pattern and process in biological diversity. Case studies, including human evolution. Prerequisites: None. NOTE: Section enrollments will be handled on Canvas. Students will receive a message on how to sign up.

2019-2020 Winter
Monday Wednesday Friday
11:30am - 12:20pm
THINK 15 (section 1)
How Does Your Brain Work?

How do the biology and chemistry of the brain create the mind that lets us talk, walk, laugh, love, learn, remember, and forget? What can neuroscience say about what makes us human? How can we ask questions about the brain that are observable, testable, and answerable? The human brain is the most complex organ we know.

2019-2020 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
9:30am - 10:20am
Shriram Ctr BioChemE 104