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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

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.

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.

Students can expect to present, singly or in groups, at least 4 times during the semester, including a recorded project at the end of the semester.

Melissa Petreaca

390C: Tps:Cell Death

Cells die for many reasons. Some die from their injuries, a process called necrosis, while others die through specific, programmed mechanisms. The best known form of programmed cell death is apoptosis, which is necessary for processes including normal tissue development, the killing of tumor cells and viral-infected cells by the immune system, and resolution of inflammation. Other forms of programmed cell death include necroptosis (regulated necrosis), ETosis (cell death by expulsion of DNA), and autophagy (cell death associated with auto-consumption of cellular components). In this course, we will use student-led presentations and discussions of research papers to explore the scientific literature surrounding each of these mechanisms of cell death.

Fall Semester information

Sarah Lee

390A: Tps:Marine Climate Change

Pascal Lafontant

390B: Tps:Biology of Cancer