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2014-15 Biology Courses

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Courses offered by the Boston College Biology Department are listed below, organized by:

See the program descriptions for additional details about program requirements:

Non-Majors - Fall 2014

These courses are designed for students who are not majoring in Biology or Biochemistry.

 Number  Course Name
BIOL 1100 General Biology

Non-Majors - Spring 2015

These courses are designed for students who are not majoring in Biology or Biochemistry.

 Number  Course Name
BIOL 1420 The Genetic Century
BIOL 1440 Sustaining the Biosphere

Nursing Students - Fall 2014

 Number  Course Name
BIOL 1300 Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab
BIOL 2200 Microbiology with Lab

Nursing Students - Spring 2015

 Number  Course Name
BIOL 1320 Anatomy & Physiology 2 with Lab

Biology Major Courses - Fall 2014

Advanced Experience Course Indicated in Bold with + sign

 Number  Course Name
BIOL 2000
Molecules & Cells (fall & spring)
BIOL 2010
Ecology & Evolution (fall & spring)
BIOL 2040
Investigations in Molecular Cell Biology Lab (fall & spring)
BIOL 3030
Introduction to Physiology (fall & spring)
BIOL 3040
Cell Biology (fall & spring)
BIOL 3150
Introduction to Genomics
BIOL 3190 Genetics & Genomics (fall & spring) - 4 credits
BIOL 4200
Introduction to Bioinformatics
BIOL 4260
Human Anatomy with Lab - 4 credits
BIOL 4320 Developmental Biology
BIOL 4350
Biological Chemistry (fall & spring) - 4 credits
BIOL 4520 Molecular & Cell Physiology of Exercise
BIOL 4590 Introduction to Neuroscience
CHEM 4461 Biochemistry 1

Advanced Experience Courses - Fall 2014

BIOL 4420 Current Topics in Ecology +
BIOL 4810 Research in Molecular Microbiology Lab +
BIOL 4830 Research in Molecular Biology Lab +
BIOL 4850 Research in Neuroscience Lab +
BIOL 5090 Cellular Differentiation +
BIOL 5170 Human Parasitology +
BIOL 5330
Virus Infections and Cellular Transport +
BIOL 5420 Cancer as a Metabolic Disease +
BIOL 5450 Advanced Lab in Cell Imaging + (2 credits)
BIOL 5460 Topics in Microbial Pathogenesis + (2 credits)
BIOL 5700 Biology of the Nucleus +

Other fall courses that could count towards Biology BS or BA major
(Maximum of six credits of GE courses can be applied towards biology major)

 Number  Course Name
EESC 3310 Agroecology: The Science of Sustainable Agriculture
EESC 3312 Restoration Ecology

Biology Majors - Spring 2015

Advanced Experience Courses Indicated in Bold with + sign.

 Number  Course Name
BIOL 2000
Molecules & Cells (fall & spring)
BIOL 2010
Ecology & Evolution (fall & spring)
BIOL 2040
Investigations in Molecular Cell Biology Lab (fall & spring)
BIOL 3030
Introduction to Physiology (fall & spring)
BIOL 3040
Cell Biology (fall & spring)
BIOL 3190
Genetics & Genomics (fall & spring) - 4 credits
BIOL 3210 Plant Biology
BIOL 4140
Microbiology - 4 credits if taken with BIOL 4150 lab.
BIOL 4170
Microbial Genetics
BIOL 4330
Human Physiology with Lab - 4 credits
BIOL 4350
Biological Chemistry (fall & spring) - 4 credits
BIOL 4400 Molecular Biology
BIOL 4510 Cancer Biology
BIOL 4570 Principles of Immunology
BIOL 5060 Recombinant DNA Technology
CHEM 4462 Biochemistry 2

Advanced Experience Courses - Spring 2015

BIOL 4840 Research in Biochemistry Lab +
BIOL 4850
Research in Neuroscience Lab +
BIOL 4870
Research in Molecular Genetics Lab +
BIOL 5130 Environmental Disruptors of Development +
BIOL 5290 Biomolecules +
BIOL 5360 Viruses, Genes & Evolution +
BIOL 5370 Literature for Neurological Diseases +
BIOL 5420 Cancer as a Metabolic Disease +
BIOL 5430 Genomics & Personalized Medicine +
BIOL 5450 Advanced Lab in Cell Imaging + (2 credits)
BIOL 5630 DNA Viruses and Cancer +

Undergraduate Research and Thesis Courses

Students may do research in the laboratory of a Biology Department faculty member or at an off-site laboratory with departmental approval.  Most students begin research in late sophomore or junior year.  Research classes may be taken for multiple semesters.

During their senior year, students are encouraged to write a senior thesis describing their research.  Exceptional students may apply to enroll in BI 499 Advanced Independent Research, a 12-credit commitment over the two semesters of their senior year.  If the research is of sufficient quality, these students advance to Scholar of the College status during the spring semester of their senior year and this designation appears on their transcript.

NOTE:  While independent Undergraduate Research courses can be taken over several semesters for credit, only 3 of these credits can be applied towards the required credits for the biology major.

Biology Undergraduate Research Courses - Fall 2014

 Number  Course Name
BIOL 4911
Undergraduate Research I (3 credits)
BIOL 4917 Advanced Undergraduate Research I (3 credits)
BIOL 1112
Biology Honors Research Thesis I (3 credits)
BIOL 4954 Undergraduate Research Investigations (3 credits; off-campus research projects)
BIOL 4941 Senior Thesis Seminar I (1 credit, pass/fail)
BIOL 4951 Senior Thesis Research I (3 credits)
BIOL 4921 Advanced Independent Research (Scholar of the College Program) - 6 credits

Biology Undergraduate Research Courses - Spring 2015

 Number  Course Name
BIOL 4912
Undergraduate Research II (3 credits)
BIOL 4918 Advanced Undergraduate Research II (3 credits)
BIOL 4953 Biology Honors Research Thesis II ( 3 credits)
BIOL 4914 Undergraduate Research Investigations II (3 credits; off-campus research projects)
BIOL 4942 Senior Thesis Seminar II (1 credit; pass/fail)
BIOL 4952 Senior Thesis Research II (3 credits)
BIOL 4921 Advanced Independent Research (Scholar of the College Program) - 6 credits

Biology BA Electives

Biology BA majors may take up to 9 credits (approximately 3 courses) from this list of Approved Biology BA electives.

Approved Biology Electives - Fall 2014

 Number  Course Name
PHIL 5593 Philosophy of Science
PSYC 2285 Behavioral Neuroscience
PSYC 3383 Neurobiological Basis of Learning & Memory
THEO 3598 Law, Medicine & Ethics
THEO 5498 HIV, AIDS & Ethics

Approved Biology BA Electives - Spring 2015

 Number  Course Name
PHIL 5541 Philosophy of Health Science: East & West
PHIL 5583 Philosophy of Biology
PSYC 2285 Behavioral Neuroscience