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BIO 190


Selected topics in biology. May include laboratory depending on subject. May not be counted toward major in biology.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Science and Mathematics 1/2-1 course

Fall Semester information

Kevin Kinney

190A: Tps:Explaining Biology

Confused by reports of cures, treatments, preventions and the latest dietary recommendations? Wondering what someone means when they say they've found a new species, or that a chemical may have estrogenic effects on an animal?

This course is one in communication, with biology as the subject. Students taking this course will spend most of their time listening to and reading about biological discoveries and translating the reports into forms that a non-scientist can understand and appreciate. The course will primarily use a speaking and listening format- students will be talking about science and explaining it to their peers.

Students will learn to cut through the scientific jargon to make biology (and, by extension other science) more accessible to the [public in general.

No prior biology experience at the college level is needed for this course.

Melissa Petreaca

190C: Tps:Inflammation & Health

Tissue injury and infection promote a rapid, innate immune response in most animals, causing white blood cells to leave the blood vessels and migrate into the affected tissue. After these cells reach the affected tissue, they remove damaged and dying cells and use multiple strategies to kill microbial contaminants. This process, known as inflammation, is critical for survival when an organism is faced with potentially dangerous microbes. However, inflammation is not always beneficial. The symptoms present in many human diseases result from inflammation itself, which damages host tissue in its quest to repair damaged tissue and eliminate microbial threats. This class uses frequent writing assignments to examine inflammation in the contexts of human health and disease, using secondary and primary sources to more deeply understand the complexity and importance of this process. Near the end of the semester, students will participate in small lab modules during the normal class time. Prior to these modules, students will work in small groups to complete several writing assignments leading to the development of their own lab research project. In this project, each group will determine whether a specific substance can promote or inhibit inflammatory activities in white blood cells. After completing their group research project, each student will write a lab report describing their group's data within the context of relevant scientific literature.

Spring Semester information

Pascal Lafontant

190A: Tps:Regeneration Biology

How does a newt grow its amputated limb back, a zebrafish repair its damaged heart, a frog regrow it's spinal cord? Learn, research and experiment in Regeneration Biology. Counts toward the S/M distribution.

Sarah Lee

190B: Topics in Biology: Introduction to Marine Biology