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BIO 390


Selected topics in biology are offered. Prerequisite: one year of biology or permission of instructor.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
One year of biology or permission of instructor 1/2-1 course

Spring Semester information

Kevin Kinney

390A: Tps:Biology of Stress

This class will introduce students to the biologic concept of stress, from its origins in the early part of the 20th century to modern research in the field. We will be examining the positive and negative effects of the stress response (primarily in mammals), and the different effects of chronic, intermittent, and acute stress as well as physical vs. psychological stress. In addition to learning the effects on many of the major physiologic systems (cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, reproductive, endocrine, etc) and on mental health and behavior, we will also touch briefly on the interaction of socioeconomic status and physiology.

This is an "S" class, and a major focus of the class will also be on reading primary and review literature in the field and communicating the results in oral form, both live and in the form of recordings/podcasts. Students can expect to present, singly or in groups, at least 4 times during the semester, including a podcast project at the end of the semester.

Bruce Serlin

390B: Tps:Plants, Diet & Health

We all eat. It is a vital activity required to sustain both our development and our health. It is also an activity that binds groups of people culturally. This course explores the true meaning of the phrase "You are What You Eat". It will give you sufficient understanding in several inter-related topic areas that you will be able to make more informed decisions relating to what you eat than the vast majority of the U.S. population and you will gain insight into why a Western-style diet favors the occurrence of diabetes, obesity, and other metabolic-related diseases.

Fall Semester information

Sarah Lee

390A: Tps: Aquatic Ecology

Includes laboratory. Students in this class will learn to describe and discuss the importance of physical, chemical, and biological/ecological properties of aquatic systems. Emphasis is placed on human interactions with freshwater ecosystems, as well our impacts on those systems.