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2016-17 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:


Course Scheduling Information

(BC students may find additional course details by logging on through Agora)

Non-Majors - Fall 2016

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

 Number  Course Name
BIOL 1100 General Biology
BIOL 1420 The Genetic Century

Non-Majors - Spring 2017

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
BIOL 1702 Human Disease: Plagues, Pathogens, & Chronic Disorder

Nursing Students - Fall 2016

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

Nursing Students - Spring 2017
 

 Number  Course Name
BIOL 1320 Anatomy & Physiology 2 with Lab

Biology Major Courses - Fall 2016
 

 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 4320
Developmental Biology
BIOL 4330 Human Physiology with Lab - 4 credits
BIOL 4350
Biological Chemistry (fall & spring)
BIOL 4520 Molecular & Cell Physiology of Exercise
BIOL 4570 Principles of Immunology
BIOL 4590 Introduction to Neuroscience
CHEM 4461 Biochemistry 1

Advanced Experience Courses - Fall 2016

BIOL 4801 Research in Molecular Cell Biology Lab 
BIOL 4810 Research in Molecular Microbiology Lab 
BIOL 4830 Research in Molecular Biology Lab 
BIOL 5130 Environmental Disruptors of Development 
BIOL 5090 Cellular Differentiation 
BIOL 5330
Virus Infections and Cellular Transport 
BIOL 5420 Cancer as a Metabolic Disease 
BIOL 5380 Topics in Biomechanics 
BIOL 5440 Synthetic Biology2 credits
BIOL 5450 Advanced Lab in Cell Imaging  - 2 credits
BIOL 5700 Biology of the Nucleus 

Biology Majors - Spring 2017
 

 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 3210 Plant Biology
BIOL 4140
Microbiology - 4 credits if taken with BIOL 4150 lab.
BIOL 4320 Developmental Biology
BIOL 4340
Human Physiology with Lab - 4 credits
BIOL 4350
Biological Chemistry (fall & spring) - 4 credits
BIOL 4400 Molecular Biology
BIOL 4510 Cancer Biology
CHEM 4462 Biochemistry 2

Advanced Experience Courses - Fall 2017

BIOL 4801 Research in Molecular Cell Biology Lab 
BIOL 4802 Research in Evolutionary Genomics
BIOL 4870 Research in Molecular Genetics Lab 
BIOL 4880 Research in Biomechanics Lab 
BIOL 5060 Recombinant DNA Technology 
BIOL 5230 Immunity and Infectious Disease 
BIOL 5420 Cancer as a Metabolic Disease 
BIOL 5430 Genomics and Personalized Medicine
BIOL 5450 Advanced Lab in Cell Imaging - 2 credits
BIOL 5460 Topics in Microbial Pathogens 
BIOL 5630 DNA Viruses and Cancer 
CHEM 5582 Advanced Topics in Biochemistry

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 BIOL 4921 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 2016

 Number  Course Name
BIOL 4911 
Undergraduate Research I 3 credits
BIOL 4917 Advanced Undergraduate Research I 3 credits
BIOL 4955
Biology Honors Research Thesis I 3 credits
BIOL 4954 Undergraduate Research Investigations (off-campus research projects) - 3 credits
BIOL 4941 Senior Thesis Seminar I (pass/fail) - 1 credit
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 2017

 Number  Course Name
BIOL 4911 Undergraduate Research I 3 credits

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 (off-campus research projects) - 3 credits
BIOL 4942 Senior Thesis Seminar II (pass/fail) - 1 credit
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 BA Electives - Fall 2016

 Number  Course Name
PHIL 5593 Philosophy of Science
PSYC 2285 Behavioral Neuroscience
PSYCH3386 Psychopharmacology
THEO 3598 Law, Medicine & Ethics
THEO 5498 HIV, AIDS & Ethics

Approved Biology BA Electives - Spring 2017

 Number  Course Name
ENVS 2256 Environmental Law & Policy
ENVS 3315 Sustainable Agriculture
PSYC 3371 Cognitive Neuroscience: Exploring Mind & Brain
PSYC 3383 Neurobiological Basis of Learning & Memory
PSYC 5585 Brain Systems: Motivation & Emotion
PHIL 5529 Metaphysics