Need an upper-level lecture for spring? Consider BIOL-L 472!

There are still open seats for Spring 2019 in:

BIOL-L 472 Microbial Ecology (3 cr.)

Prof. Jay Lennon

Tues./Thurs. 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

  • Prerequisite: just SOPHOMORE status (not the prerequisites stated in Schedule of Classes – those are incorrect). For permission to enroll, email
  • Description: Principles of microbial ecology with emphasis on the population, community, and ecosystem ecology of bacteria and fungi.
  • How does it count in YOUR degree? BIOL-L 472 fulfills an upper-level Biology lecture in Biology B.A., standard Biology B.S., Microbiology B.A., and Microbiology B.S. degrees. It also fulfills an Advanced Skills lecture in Biology B.S. with concentration in Biology of Disease. For all other degrees, BIOL-L 472 counts as 3 credit hours at the 300/400 level inside the College!

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BIOL-M 460 Microbial Evolution will be offered in Spring 2019!

We are thrilled to announce that BIOL-M 460 Microbial Evolution will be taught in Spring 2019.  We encourage our students who are interested in microbiology or evolutionary biology to sign up for BIOL-M 460.  Prerequisite: BIOL-L 211 or permission of the instructor.

The course will be taught by Dr. Jeff Palmer (, who is extremely excited to teach the class. Prof. Palmer will be retiring next year, so this is your last chance to take BIOL-M 460 with him! Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity! Continue reading “BIOL-M 460 Microbial Evolution will be offered in Spring 2019!”

Apply now for Spring 2019 exchange program in South Korea!

The College of Arts and Sciences is now accepting applications for 2019 spring semester exchange program at Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) in South Korea. SKKU offers a large selection of courses taught in English and provides excellent support for visiting exchange students. Since this an IU exchange, students nominated by the College pay their regular IU tuition. Please note that the SKKU spring semester runs from early March until late June.


Only College of Arts & Sciences students are eligible for this exchange. Student applications are due by midnight on September 31, 2018, and must include a statement of intent and one letter of recommendation. Minimum GPA is a 3.00, and students must have completed at least one year of study at IU before beginning their studies abroad. IU students pay their regular IU tuition to participate in the exchange, plus housing and assorted visa, personal, and administrative costs abroad. Further information about the exchange, as well as the application, is available on the Student Portal here:

Learn more about SKKU Academic Departments here.

Students should contact the College Office of International Affairs at with further questions.


Political Science Intensive Writing course still has seats for Fall 2018

Do you still need an Intensive Writing course for your degree?

A new section of POLS-Y 490 was opened in late July. It carries Intensive Writing credit and is open to any junior or senior in any major. There are no prerequisites.

POLS-Y490, section 37619, Topic: “Nuclear Weapons and International Politics”

Professor Sumit Ganguly, Tuesdays, 5:30-8:00pm

Counts for COLL Intensive Writing; open to juniors/seniors in any major.

If you are not sure whether you still need Intensive Writing or not, please consult your advisor.

Course Description:

The nuclear age began with the first test of an atomic bomb at Alamogordo, New Mexico, on July 16, 1945. Since that fateful day they have only been used twice in warfare, on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This course will explore the significance of nuclear weapons in global politics. Why do states seek to acquire them? What are the principal legal, technical and organizational obstacles to the acquisition of nuclear weapons? Are they the only genuine weapons of mass destruction? If so, why?

Fall 2018: 1st 8 weeks course on Evolution, Sex, and Culture!

HPSC-X 100 Human Perspectives on Science: Evolution, Sex, and Culture, from Darwin to Kinsey and Beyond (3 credit hours)

Prof. S. Gliboff

Class #36814

First Eight Weeks

2:30pm-5:00pm MW

GA1122 (Global & International Studies Building, Room 1122)

An introduction to the history of biology, with a focus on sex, heredity, reproduction, endocrinology, and evolution, and on how biological ideas have both reflected cultural attitudes and influenced them. Emphasis is on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, from Darwin and Mendel through Morgan, Muller, and classical genetics, to early hormone research, and on to Kinsey, the modern evolutionary synthesis, sociobiology, and evolutionary psychology. Questions to be addressed include the origin and evolutionary advantages of sexual reproduction, the nature of biological sex differences, sexual selection and mating behaviors, altruism and cooperation, and human evolutionary history.

Consider HPSC-X 308 History of Biology for Fall 2018 (300-level hours inside College!)

If you are looking for an interesting general elective, or for 300/400-level hours inside the College of Arts & Sciences, consider this course:

HPSC-X 308: The History of Biology

Time: T-Th 2:30–3:45 PM

Place: Ballantine Hall 003

Instructor: Sander Gliboff

COLL (CASE) A&H Breadth of Inquiry credit

Not approved to count in Biology major; this is a general elective course.

The term “biology” was first used at the turn of the nineteenth century to denote a new scientific or philosophical approach to the study of life, distinct from natural history, natural theology, and medicine. But what did it mean to be “scientific”? What was this new science going to tell us about the organic world and ourselves? Where and how and by whom was biological research to be done, with what resources?

This seminar is a survey of key figures and pivotal moments in the history of modern biology, that have re-defined its scientific character, by either opening new lines of inquiry and explanation, developing new kinds of instruments, practices, and institutions, or changing the social role of the biological scientist. Coverage includes, e.g., Lamarck, Mendel, Darwin, Haeckel, Pavlov, classical and molecular genetics, embryology, evolution, and ecology.

There are no prerequisites, but knowledge of modern biology or modern European or American history will be helpful.

For more information, email the instructor at

Need Gen Ed S&H credit? Consider HPSC-X 205 Intro. to Medical History for Fall 2018

HPSC-X 205 Introduction to Medical History (3 credit hours)
D Bertoloni Meli
Class #32046

02:30P-03:45P MW WH 004

This course provides IUB Gen Ed S&H credit and COLL (CASE) S&H Breadth of Inquiry credit.

This class provides an introduction to the history of medicine from the Hippocratic Oath in ancient Greece to the 20th century. We will discuss major features of the medical world, including: transformations in anatomy and physiology, such as the discovery of the circulation of the blood and the role of microscopy; changing concepts of disease and therapeutic practices culminating with the germ theory of disease, cellular pathology, and the new understanding of cancer; shifts in institutional settings, from the bedside to the hospital and the rise of the laboratory. The course would be of interest to all students with an interest in a career in the medical professions (broadly conceived) and also to students interested in history and the life-sciences. There are no pre-requisites to take the class.