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BIOL 150: Investigating Biological Concepts
1 course credit

An investigative approach to learning fundamental concepts in biology from molecules to cells to organisms. Concepts will include: the process of scientific inquiry, basic biochemistry, basic cell function (cellular respiration, photosynthesis, protein synthesis, genetics, cell division) and fundamentals of animal and plant physiology. Labs will emphasize problem-based or inquiry-based learning. Lectures will combine traditional format with problem-posing and questioning.

BIOL 202: Genetics
1 course credit

An introduction to the principles of heredity in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes, including the contemporary understanding of genes and gene mechanisms. Laboratory exercises use animals, plants and microorganisms to elucidate genetic principles.

Prerequisites: Junior standing, BIOL 150, 155, or 200 or permission of the instructor.

BIOL 204: Human Anatomy and Physiology
1 course credit

A systematic analysis of the structure and function of the human body.

Prerequisite: BIOL 150 or permission of the instructor.

BIOL 210: Biology Research Methods
1 course credit

An introduction to research methods used in biological sciences including: 1) the literature search, reading and evaluating scientific literature, scientific writing, and incorporating previous literature into a proposal for research; 2) an introduction to commonly used statistical analyses focusing on an understanding of when specific common tests are appropriate and how to interpret them and utilize appropriate statistical software; 3) a very brief introduction to applications of mathematical modeling such as calculus to investigate biological problems.

BIOL 325: Advanced Physiology
1 course credit

Detailed study of human and comparative cellular and systemic physiology, emphasizing muscle, cardiovascular, neural, respiratory, renal, and reproductive physiology. Advanced Physiology will build on fundamental knowledge acquired in BIOL 204. Laboratory exercises will be both descriptive and experimental.

Prerequisite BIOL 204. Offered in alternate years.

BIOL 345: Animal Behavior
1 course credit

(Cross-listed as PSYC 345) A study of the diverse and fascinating range of animal behavior. How do we explain that in various animals we can observe infanticide, competition, and polygamy, but also cooperation, altruism, and monogamy? Using an evolutionary approach, this course will examine both the proximate mechanisms and ultimate reasons that explain the great variety of animal behavior as elucidated by animal behaviorists through ingenious experimentation and patient observation.

Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or BIOL 101 or 150. Offered in alternate years.

BIOL 440: Research I
0.5 course credit

An individual research project chosen by the student in consultation with the biology faculty. Includes designing and executing a research project as well as keeping a detailed laboratory notebook.

Prerequisite: BIOL 322.

BIOL 450: Research II
0.5 course credit

Continuation of Research I. The main focus of this course will be analyzing and presenting research results in poster format and in a formal scientific paper. Students will be further required to serve as mentors to their peers enrolled in Research I. Students are expected to finish the research projects they began in BIOL 440.

Prerequisite: BIOL 440.

PSYC 101G. Introduction to Psychology
1 course credit

An examination of the scientific study of psychology. Lectures emphasize current concepts in the biological roots of behavior, learning and memory, perception, social behavior, psychopathology, and applied psychology. Laboratories stress the application of quantitative interpretations of data and the scientific method to the study of human behavior. Offered every semester.

PSYC 102G: Principles of Psychology as Applied to Learning
1 course credit

The study, investigation and application of the principles of psychology as they relate to learning. Topics include biological roots of behavior, learning and memory, human development, social behavior, and abnormal behavior. Labs involve applying the scientific method to the study of human behavior and learning. Throughout the course, special emphasis is placed on effective learning in college, including study skills. Open to first and second year students. Not open to students who have completed PSYC 101. Offered every semester.

PSYC 201: Research Methods I: Design and Analysis
1 course credit

An introduction to the scientific method as applied in the social and behavioral sciences. Topics include: descriptive and inferential statistics, the design and analysis of experiments, and the drawing of logical conclusions from behavioral data. Includes laboratory.

Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or 102 and sophomore standing. Offered in the fall semester.

PSYC 202: Research Methods II: Synthesis and Communication
1 course credit

An introduction to the methods involved in behavioral research. Includes the logic, preparation, and design of controlled experiments. Emphasis is placed in the interpretation of data and the communication of results. Experience is gained in literature search and writing reports using appropriate style and format. Includes laboratory.

Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or 102 and sophomore standing. Offered in the spring semester.

PSYC 239: Health Psychology
1 course credit

An exploration of the psychological influences on how people stay healthy, why they become ill, and how they respond when they do become ill. Topics include: the links between stress and immune system function and disease, psychological factors that mediate reactions to stress, and behaviors that endanger health.

Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or 102. Offered in alternate years or more often.

PSYC 243: Mind, Brain, and Behavior
1 course credit

A first exposure to the relationship between the brain and behavior. Topics include: neuronal communication, perception, cognition, learning and memory, and the biological basis of consciousness.

Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or 102. Offered in the fall semester.

PSYC 303: Drugs and Behavior
1 course credit

An exploration of the psychological, social, and biological factors involved in drug use, drug abuse, and treatment and prevention of substance use disorders. Topics include: legal drugs such as alcohol and nicotine, and illegal drugs such as amphetamines, cocaine, opiates, and marijuana.

Prerequisite: PSYC 239 or 243. Offered in alternate years.

PSYC 304. Cognitive Neuroscience
1 course credit

Provides a deeper understanding of the neural basis of behavior and mental activity. Topics include the cellular and molecular basis of cognition, gross and functional anatomy of cognition, methods of cognitive neuroscience, and processes such as selective attention, language, emotion, and learning and memory.

Prerequisite: PSYC 239 or 243. Offered in alternate years.

PSYC 318: Biopsychology
1 course credit

This course emphasizes understanding the function of the brain and its relation to behavior. Topics include: the biochemistry of neural conduction and synaptic transmission, neuropsychology, brain disorders, the biochemistry of learning and memory and mechanisms of action of psychoactive drugs.

Prerequisites: PSYC 239 or 243, or BIOL 150 and permission of the instructor. Offered in the spring semester.

PSYC 420: Research Seminar
1 course credit

The development and completion of a major research project during the senior year. The students will read and critique their own and other research literature, and conduct and report their research project. The senior comprehensive examination is administered.

Prerequisites: PSYC 201, 202, senior standing and permission of the instructor. Offered every semester.

CHEM 140: General Chemistry I
1 course credit

A general study of the properties, structure, and bonding of elements and compounds. Chemical calculations and an introduction to chemical thermodynamics are also included.

CHEM 228: Organic Chemistry I
1 course credit

A survey of organic chemistry including the structure and reactions of some biologically important molecules. Also includes a qualitative introduction to chemical equilibrium.

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