Offered Courses

Course Name
Code
Credits

Human Biology and Laboratory

BIO1010
4

A one-semester course intended for non-science majors that provides an overview of human biology. All major organ systems will be covered, with an emphasis on their interactions, their importance in maintaining health, and the effects of disease and injury. May not be taken for biology credit by BS.BIO majors.


Offered: Fall, odd years

Plants and People

BIO1015
1

This is a one credit course for non-science majors that explores the biology, human use, human history and current issues around economically important plants.


Offered: Spring

Introduction to Nutrition

BIO1030
3

An introduction to the science of nutrition and the scientific bases for the evaluation of diets. The role of nutrition in health, disease, and aging is emphasized.

Biological Illustration

BIO1070
3

The course is designed to expose the student to three techniques: (1) pen and ink illustration done with technical illustrating pens; (2) carbon dust, a soft technique used to create half-tone illustrations with carbon pencil dust; and (3) colored pencil, using Prisma colored pencils on drafting film or Bristol board, producing beautiful and vibrant illustrations. This course is geared towards students with little or no drawing experience and helps them gain a new sense of artistic accomplishment as well as a heightened ability to accurately observe nature.


Offered: Spring

Biology I

BIO1121
4

A comprehensive introduction to biology focused on the molecular, cellular, and organismal level. The course provides an introduction to all areas of biology.


Offered: Fall

Biology II

BIO1122
4

A continuation of BIO 1121 Biology I, with particular emphasis on organisms, ecosystems, and evolution.


Offered: Spring

Flora of Vermont

BIO1160
3-4

An inquiry-based field course devoted to the study of local natural history. We will explore the biology and taxonomy of plants, as well as investigate Vermont's ecological communities. Field trips to off-campus locations and hikes on rugged terrain are required.


Offered: Periodically

Exploring Habitats through Art and Ecology

BIO1170
4

This course combines art and ecology in the exploration of a unique habitat by traveling and spending a week immersed in the study of plants, animals, and culture of a selected region. The habitat selected may change depending on the offering but may include coral reefs, rainforests, or deserts. Students become naturalists and explore the species and interactions within various ecosystems. By sketching and painting their observations, students develop a sense of the scientific complexities that create these beautiful ecosystems and express the marvels of nature through journals, artwork, and research projects. Students also foster their ability to observe, inquire, and learn in these natural surroundings.


Offered: Periodically

Horticulture of Medicinal Plants

BIO1270
3

Introduction to basic gardening techniques, plant growth and propagation, plant identification, and greenhouse management. Emphasis will be on growing medicinal plants and vegetables with significant health benefits. Work will be done primarily in the greenhouse, medicinal plant gardens and lab. Research is required on individual projects. Course content and projects will vary with season.


Offered: Periodically

Explorations in Biology

BIO1310
1

These are lecture, lab or seminar courses on selected, introductory-level topics in the biological sciences, especially those of interest to non-science majors. The topic for each course will be announced prior to the semester of offering, and the course may be taken more than once for credit. No more than two credits of BIO 1310 may be used to satisfy the minimum biology requirements for BS.BIO and BS.ENV majors.

Tropical Diversity

BIO1320
4

The tropics worldwide contain over two-thirds of the earth's organisms, but these ecosystems are some of the most imperiled on the planet. In this course students investigate the interdependence of all living things and the complexity of ecological patterns in tropical regions. In addition to class work, we explore the ecology, evolution, and natural history of a tropical location during a weeklong field trip. We examine how local conservation efforts affect the long-term sustainability of these regions and discover the interconnectedness of tropical and temperate ecosystems.


Offered: Periodically

Cell and Molecular Biology

BIO2010
4

This course provides science majors with the fundamentals of cell and molecular biology. Students study the basics of molecular biology, the flow of genetic information through the cell, its structure, function, metabolism, and regulation. The lab portion of the course will focus on mastery of standard cell and molecular biology techniques while exploring course concepts. This course is intended for science majors and minors only and will not satisfy the Scientific and Mathematical Understanding frame of reference.


Offered: Spring

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

BIO2011
4

An investigation of the structure and function of the human body in health and disease. Topics include: the cell, cellular metabolism, tissues, integument, skeletal system, articulations, and muscular and nervous systems.


Offered: Fall

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

BIO2012
4

A continuation of BIO 2011. Topics include the endocrine, digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, urinary and reproductive systems.


Offered: Spring

Animal Diversity and Evolution

BIO2035
4

In this course students will investigate the form, function, and ecology of animals from an evolutionary perspective. Fundamental life processes will be considered at the cellular, organismal, population, and ecosystem levels that connect with issues relating to biodiversity and conservation biology. Two Saturday field trips are required.


Offered: Spring, odd years

Small World: Crowdsourcing Antibiotic Discovery

BIO2045
4

This course is a partnership with the Small World Initiative, a unique course designed to ignite students' interest in biology by introducing them to hands-on research integrated with learning core biology concepts. The student-driven research project provides a fun and engaging opportunity to make your own scientific discoveries in a community of peers with close contact with expert instructors. Students spend the semester: a) discovering antibiotic-producing bacteria from soil sources, b) characterizing their producers, c) extracting secondary metabolites, and d) contributing their findings to a database shared by a global network of student researchers.


Offered: Spring

Fundamentals of Microbiology

BIO2125
4

A study of the cellular structure and function of microorganisms, principally bacteria. The physiology, genetics, and interactions of bacteria with higher forms of life and the environment will be covered. The required laboratory will provide students with an understanding and practical knowledge of aseptic techniques and other common microbiology methods.


Offered: Every Semester

Biology Laboratory Teaching Assistant

BIO2510
1

The student will assist the laboratory instructor with lab preparation and clean-up, will assist students in the laboratory, and may be asked to maintain a journal or complete some other form of reflective writing. May be taken more than once for credit.

Internship in Biology

BIO2810
1-12

Biogeochemistry

BIO3013
4

This unique but very relevant course will focus on the study of chemical, physical, geological and biological processes that make up the natural environment. Small-scale processes are addressed that are important in the cycling of elements in our global system. Students will learn and understand the specific interactions of chemicals with living organisms which directly impact the global ecosystem. Discussions will also focus on how climate change affects these processes.


Offered: Fall, even years.

Ecology of Water

BIO3030
3

In this course we will investigate the ecology of the earth's most perfect liquid - water. The impact of large dams, ground water pumping, hydro-fracking, irrigation, and water diversions on the environment, biodiversity, and humanity will be investigated.


Offered: Spring, odd years

Ecology

BIO3060
4

A study of the interrelationships between plants, animals, microorganisms and their abiotic environment. Problems in experimental design and ecological analysis will be explored. Some Saturday field trips are planned. Field trips to primitive areas are required.


Offered: Fall

Plant Ecology

BIO3065
4

This course covers the major concepts in plant community, population, physiological and evolutionary ecology through lecture, discussion and active field and laboratory activities. One or more field trips are planned.


Offered: Fall, even years

Genetics

BIO3070
4

A survey of the major fields of genetics with a focus on modern molecular genetics and genetic technologies. A weekly discussion and exploration period examines problem-solving strategies and hand-on applications of modern genetic technologies.


Offered: Spring

Virology

BIO3090
3

Students successfully completing this course will understand the history of virology and the techniques used to study viruses. In addition, students will gain an understanding of the biology and lifestyles of different families of viruses and the diseases they cause. This course also includes emerging viruses and examines the potential global impact of viral infection.


Offered: Spring, odd years.

Physiology of Exercise

BIO3151
4

An examination of the acute and chronic physiological responses to exercise. Muscle, renal, endocrine and environmental physiology, energy metabolism, and cardiovascular function in response to exercise training will be emphasized and applied to laboratory activities.


Offered: Every semester

Animal Behavior

BIO3160
4

This course examines the behavior of animals as they interact with each other and the environment. Topics include anti-predator behavior, foraging behavior, territoriality, social interactions, communication, and migration. The goal of the course is to learn to think critically about animal behavior by understanding behavior on both the proximate (genetics, development and response to external stimuli) and ultimate (evolutionary) levels. In the laboratory, groups of students will design, carry out, and report on an independent research project.


Offered: Spring

Developmental Biology

BIO3210
4

This course is an examination of the patterns of animal development, including the production of sex cells, fertilization, and the growth and maturation of the embryo. The relationship between development and the evolution of species will be considered. Students will explore embryological development in a variety of animals, including normal and abnormal human development.


Offered: Spring, even years

Advanced Human Physiology

BIO3240
3

This course will examine selected aspects of human physiology in health and disease, including the activity of nerves and muscles, circulation, respiration, metabolism, and water and electrolyte balance. Intended for students who have completed the Human Anatomy and Physiology sequence and wish to explore these topics in more detail.


Offered: Fall, even years

Natural History of the Mojave Desert

BIO3350
4

Deserts contain diverse, fascinating, and unique life forms. The open desert landscapes result in outstanding exposure allowing for the study of ancient and modern geological processes and features including volcanoes, sand dunes, and dry lakes. Natural History of the Mojave explores biological and geological aspects of the Mojave desert in California. Topics include the biogeography of plant species, plant and animal adaptations to desert climates and habitats, and the geological forces that shape and maintain those habitats. The course includes a field trip to primitive areas of the Mojave Desert where hiking on rugged terrain is required. The field trip occurs in the week following commencement and the laboratory fee covers all travel, food, and lodging costs.


Offered: Spring, odd years

Internship In Biology

BIO3810
1-12

Evolution

BIO4030
4

This course is a survey of evolutionary processes with an emphasis on natural selection. The class provides a background that allows students to understand the origin and maintenance of biodiversity and to be able to apply abstract evolutionary concepts to a wide range of organisms. This course will cover current theory in evolution as well as the history of the evolutionary concept and its impacts on society. The discussion period focuses on interesting and important readings in evolutionary biology.


Offered: Fall

Advanced Molecular Biology

BIO4035
4

This course provides an exploration of fundamental molecular biology, genetic, and biochemical concepts. Students will participate in lengthy research projects involving current lab techniques in these fields.


Offered: Fall, odd years

Ecotoxicology

BIO4250
3

An investigation of the effects of pollutants in ecosystems. Student will explore how contaminants (e.g., pesticides, industrial discharges, toxic wastes, etc.) play a critical role in biotic and abiotic relationships and, ultimately, biodiversity. Students will confront toxicological problems by reviewing case studies and current research, as well as by examining the social, political, and ecological aspects of each issue.


Offered: Spring, even years

Field Techniques and Current Topics in Wildlife Biology

BIO4260
3

This course is targeted for undergraduate students majoring in wildlife biology, zoology, forestry, or other natural resource programs in the Northeastern U.S., especially those from programs lacking intense field-based courses, but graduate students are also welcome. The course is intended to provide students with practical, hands-on training in the tools and techniques of field biology and allow them to apply those skills in a variety of exercises. Students will summarize data from small group projects and present results to the large group and instructors. Practicing biologists from across the region will be engaged as guest instructors for certain workshops and will be invited to lead discussion sessions on current wildlife management issues and lead field trips to demonstrate wildlife and habitat management practices on the ground.


Offered: Summer

Immunology

BIO4360
3

This course will explore the purpose and basis of the human immune system. We will investigate the function and nature of immune responses and gain an understanding of the mechanisms of protection against specific pathogens.


Offered: Spring, even years

Special Topics in Biology

BIO4710
1-2

These are lecture or seminar courses on selected, advanced topics in various areas of biology. The topic for each course will be announced prior to the semester of offering, and the course may be taken more than once for credit.


Offered: Periodically

Internship in Biology

BIO4810
1-12

Research Project

BIO4930
1-6

The student must initiate an application with a written proposal to the instructor with whom the student wishes to work. The number of credits to be earned must be stated. The original proposal, signed by the student and the instructor, must be submitted to the department chair for approval. This process must be completed prior to registration for the semester in which credit is to be earned. Signed contract required at time of registration.