BIOCORE 381 — EVOLUTION, ECOLOGY, AND GENETICS

3 credits.

Basic principles of ecology and interrelations between individuals, populations, communities, ecosystems and their environment; transmission genetics and introduction to population genetics; origin of life, evolutionary mechanisms, ancestral relationships among species, and the diversity of life..

BIOCORE 382 — EVOLUTION, ECOLOGY, AND GENETICS LABORATORY

2 credits.

Writing-intensive course with opportunities for students to make observations and generate and test their own questions. Includes field trips to the Biocore Prairie and local stream, and research projects that focus on genetics and evolution.

BIOCORE 383 — CELLULAR BIOLOGY

3 credits.

Cellular and molecular basis of life. The main themes are the structure and function of cells and organelles, the flow of energy in cells, and the storage, expression, and regulation of genetic information.

BIOCORE 384 — CELLULAR BIOLOGY LABORATORY

2 credits.

Writing-intensive course with opportunities for students to generate and test their own questions utilizing concepts and procedures of cell biology. Includes research projects in subcellular fractionation, protein structure and enzyme catalysis, molecular genetics of C.elegans worms, and signal transduction in yeast. Sophomore or Junior status or consent of instructor

BIOCORE 401 — PEER MENTORING

1 credit.

Weekly seminar for development of mentoring, group facilitation, leadership, and interpersonal skills used in peer learning and leading mentored study groups. This course focuses on the pedagogy, skills, and effective techniques used to facilitate learning in small groups. Activities and assignments include discussion of readings, leading practice facilitation/ problem solving sessions and receiving feedback, development of practice problems and questions from lower order to higher order cognitive levels using Blooms Taxonomy, doing reciprocal mentor observations, and reflective journal assignments.

BIOCORE 485 — ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY

3 credits.

Physiology course that considers how plants and animals interact with their environments to survive, obtain nutrients, exchange gases, and reproduce, also how the complex systems of neural and endocrine regulation in animals and hormonal and environmental regulation in plants allow cells and organs to communicate.

BIOCORE 486 — ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY LABORATORY

2 credits.

Students experience the process of science by collaborating on two multi-week independent experiments to investigate their own questions about animal and plant physiology. Emphasis is on critical thinking required in designing and conducting experiments, analyzing and interpreting data, and communicating findings orally and in writing.

BIOCORE 587 — BIOLOGICAL INTERACTIONS

3 credits.

This capstone course helps students build on and integrate the knowledge and skills they have gained in the previous three semesters of Biocore lab and lecture coursework through readings and analysis of primary scientific literature. The course is organized such that students work in small groups to analyze current and emerging topics through the lens of scientific research. Topics include signaling pathways, systems biology, genetic disease, and cancer.

BIOCORE 699 — DIRECTED STUDY

1-3 credits.