Biology 305: Genetics
The study of the transmission, dynamics, and regulation of genetic information. Topics will range from “classical” genetics (Mendel’s laws, gene interactions, population genetics), to molecular genetics (DNA mutation and repair, regulation of gene expression, epigenetics), to genomics, bioinformatics and applications (e.g. biotechnology, genetic testing). The laboratory component emphasizes the use of molecular methods in genetics. Prerequisite: BIO 230.

Fall 2016:
Lecture T/Th 10 – 11:20 am, Lab Thursday 12:45 – 4:35 pm

Biology 313: Introduction to Genome Analysis
An introduction to bioinformatics theory and methods used to generate, annotate, and analyze genomic sequences. This course will involve extensive hands-on training to navigate databases and use various software packages for sequence analysis. Students will be expected to discuss primary literature and to develop an independent project to be presented at the end of the semester. Prerequisite: BIO 305.

Expected Spring 2017:
Lecture M/W/F 10:00 – 10:50 am, Lab Wednesday 12:30 – 4:20 pm

Biology 37x: Pathogen Biology and Genomics Seminar
This seminar course will survey the many biological meanings of the term “pathogen”, and discuss the ecological and evolutionary consequences of pathogenicity. We will examine the various pathways pathogens use to exploit their hosts, as well as the mechanisms potential hosts have evolved to evade or combat infection. Weekly discussions will focus on critical evaluation of the primary literature and the current models of pathogen biology and genome evolution; we will also assess the impact of pathogens on human, agricultural, and environmental health. Students will be responsible for leading class discussions, and for independent research projects that explore the biology and evolution of both prokaryotic and eukaryotic pathogens. Pre/co-requisite Biology 230.

Last Offered Spring 2011, expected Spring 2018

Connections 168: Believing Science in the Information Age
People believe things, and often do not know why they believe them. Many also continue to believe things they know are incorrect. In this course, we will examine how our acceptance of or “belief” in science-related information is often influenced by the source of that information. Through case-studies, we will engage with different perspectives, learn to recognize arguments based on evidence versus personal experience, and develop skills in academic discourse through both written and oral presentation. *First semester students only*

Fall 2016:
Tuesdays 1:30-4:20 pm, Brooks House seminar room