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Check out these spring 2018 Biology Lectures (each counts as an upper level lecture in the Biology major)!

BIOL-L 402 ECOSYSTEM ECOLOGY AND GLOBAL CHANGE (3)

L 402 : P – BIOL-L 111 and L 112, junior or senior standing (except with permission from instructor). BIOL-L 473 and CHEM-C 117 strongly encouraged.

Regular Academic Session 1/8 – 5/4; TuTh 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM JH 248

Course Description

Explains how ecosystems function and how and why ecosystems differ in their sensitivity to stress, disturbance and global change. Introduces key concepts and approaches used in the field of ecosystem ecology: ecosystem energetics; biogeochemical cycles and budgets; and the response of ecosystems to stress, disturbance and global change. Focuses on patterns and processes in aquatic, terrestrial and wetland ecosystems.

BIOL-L 472 MICROBIAL ECOLOGY (3)

L 472 : P – L211 or M250 Class focuses on microbiomes, diverse assemblages of bacteria, fungi, archaea, and viruses that critically influence the health of humans, other hosts, and the environment.

Regular Academic Session 1/8 – 5/4; TuTh 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM JH 065

Course Description

Principles of microbial ecology with emphasis on the population, community, and ecosystem ecology of bacteria and fungi.

BIOL-L 410 TOPICAL ISSUES IN BIOLOGY (GENETICS OF BEHAVIOR)

Prerequisites: BIOL-L 111, BIOL-L 112, BIOL-L 113, BIOL-L 211

Regular Academic Session 1/8 – 5/4; MW 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM HD TBA

Course description:

It is easy to accept the fact that certain individual human properties are in large part genetically determined.  We have no difficulty in believing that our eye color, our hair, our height, or our blood pressure are features that vary due to the exact complement of inherited genetic variants.  Yet, when it comes to our brains and our behavior, genetic determinism becomes more difficult to accept and is highly controversial.  Do “behavior genes” exist?  How would one define a gene as a behavior gene?  These are some of the questions that we will attempt to answer in this class.  First, we will review the literature that demonstrates concrete examples of how single genes can affect behaviors.  Then, we will examine the evidence from simple animals like insects as well as rodent models.  Finally, we will examine the evidence that specific gene variants can affect human behavior in very specific and interesting ways.

Consider taking Genetics of Behavior BIOL-L410 (counts as an upper level Biology lecture for Biology majors, as a Mechanisms of Perspectives course for Animal Behavior majors/minors) in Spring 2018!

Course description for BIOL-L 410 Genetics of Behavior:

Prerequisites: BIOL-L 111, BIOL-L 112, BIOL-L 113, BIOL-L 211

It is easy to accept the fact that certain individual human properties are in large part genetically determined.  We have no difficulty in believing that our eye color, our hair, our height, or our blood pressure are features that vary due to the exact complement of inherited genetic variants.  Yet, when it comes to our brains and our behavior, genetic determinism becomes more difficult to accept and is highly controversial.  Do “behavior genes” exist?  How would one define a gene as a behavior gene?  These are some of the questions that we will attempt to answer in this class.  First, we will review the literature that demonstrates concrete examples of how single genes can affect behaviors.  Then, we will examine the evidence from simple animals like insects as well as rodent models.  Finally, we will examine the evidence that specific gene variants can affect human behavior in very specific and interesting ways.

 

Needing a 300-level Lab class or Intensive Writing class?  The Biotechnology program has the following offerings.

 

BIOT T315 (pre-req:  BIOL L211)  is a project based class focusing on the production, cloning, and purification of enzymes and their genes.  The project focuses on secretable enzymes made by Bacillus subtilis and uses molecular methods to carry out the project.  Counts as a lab for microbiology and biology majors.

 

BIOT T322 (pre-req:  W131, BIOL 211 and one of the following: BIOL-M 315 or BIOL-T 315 or BIOL-M 360 or BIOL-L 311 or BIOL-L 319 or BIOL-L 323 or BIOL-L 324 or BIOL-L 373 or BIOL-M 435 or CHEM-C 343) as an Intensive Writing class focusing on reading and writing scientific literature in both academic and pharmaceutical settings.  In addition to a literature review, assignments also include procedures and a group presentation.

 

M460: Microbial Evolution for Spring 2018

We are absolutely thrilled that the Microbiology program will once more offer M460: Microbial Evolution.  This course will be taught in Spring 2018.  We encourage our students who are interested in microbiology or evolutionary biology to sign up for M460.  Note that the prerequisite for this course is L211.

The course will be taught by Dr. Jeffrey Palmer (https://biology.indiana.edu/about/faculty/palmer-jeffrey.html), who is extremely excited to teach the class.  Microbial Evolution covers the ongoing revolution in our understanding of the evolution, diversity, and the importance of microbial life on earth.  The class will touch on the evolution of parasites and pathogens and viruses, antibiotic resistance, symbiosis, the human microbiome, horizontal gene transfer and the tree of life.

In other words, this is going to be a very, very cool course.  This content will be of interest to anyone pursuing a career in the health professions, graduate level research, and for everyone fascinated by the study of microbiology, biotechnology, and evolutionary biology.  We encourage you to look at the attached flyer, prepared by Dr. Palmer.

 

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