Undergraduate

  • BIO-101 Principles of Biology I

    Prerequisites:

    Must take BIO L101 concurrently

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    An introductory course in basic concepts in cell biology, and genetics. May not be taken by Biology majors or minors. This course will not fulfill requirements for a major or a minor in Biology. Not recommended for those interested in health careers.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS

  • BIO-L101 Principles of Biology I Lab

    Prerequisites:

    Must take BIO 101 concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    A series of experiments and explanations to study the principles of diffusion, enzyme function, cell division, genetics and evolution. May not be taken by Biology majors or minors. This course will not fulfill requirements for a major or a minor in Biology.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS

  • BIO-102 Principles of Biology II

    Prerequisites:

    BIO L102 must be taken concurrently

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Investigations of relationships among organisms in time and space. Evolution, diversity, and human biology in the context of contemporary society. May not be taken by Biology majors or minors. This course will not fulfill requirements for a major or a minor in Biology.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS

  • BIO-L102 Principles of Biology II Lab

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 102 must be taken concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Exercises and field trips designed to complement and demonstrate the principles developed in the lecture section. May not be taken by Biology majors or minors. This course will not fulfill requirements for a major or a minor in Biology.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS

  • BIO-104 Environmental Biology

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 101 and BIO L101, can also be taken concurrently BIO L104 must be taken concurrently

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    An introduction to basic evolutionary, behavioral and ecological principles. Readings and discussions emphasize the ways that humans are affected by ecological processes and principles as well as how humans and their technology affect ecosystems. May not be taken by Biology majors or minors. This course will not fulfill requirements for a major or a minor in Biology. It is intended for non-biology majors as a follow-up to Biology 101. 3 hours lecture. Days Only. Madrid Campus only.

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS,SCI TECH ENGNR

  • BIO-L104 Environmental Bio Lab

    Prerequisites:

    BIO-104 must be taken concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Exercises and field trips designed to complement and demonstrate the ecological principles developed in the lecture section. The lab emphasizes the scientific method and employs long term group projects. Madrid Campus only.

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS,SCI TECH ENGNR

  • BIO-105 Humans and the Evolutionary Perspective

    Prerequisites:

    Non Science Majors Only

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Major topics include the scientific basis of evolution, the fossil history of vertebrates, evidence of evolution in the human body, and applying an evolutionary perspective to the social interactions and possible futures of humanity. Meets one of the non laboratory science requirements for the non-science major. This reading and writing intensive course is a non-laboratory science option for non-science majors. This course will not fulfill requirement for a major or a minor in Biology.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ

  • BIO-109 Plants and People

    Prerequisites:

    Non Science Majors Only.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course focuses on the ancient, intimate, and mutually beneficial relationship between humans and plants. We will discuss the basic anatomy, physiology, and genetic characteristics of flowering plants and how these characteristics have facilitated their use by humans. We will explore the impacts of a wide range of plants and their products on human society while considering the evolutionary changes that these plants have undergone through artificial selection. We will also touch on the synergistic role of fungus and plants in alcohol fermentation. This course fulfills the non-lab natural sciences requirement for BFA, BSJ, and BA degrees. Non-biology majors only.

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ

  • BIO-111 Introduction to the Cell

    Prerequisites:

    Must take BIO L111 concurrently

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Explanation of key biological structures and reactions of the cell. This is an introductory course required of all biology majors and minors, and some non-biology science majors. This course is not recommended for the non-science student.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    SCI TECH ENGNR

  • BIO-L111 Introduction to the Cell Laboratory

    Prerequisites:

    Concurrently with BIO 111

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Sessions are designed to familiarize the student with biological molecules, and the techniques used in their study. The techniques covered include basic solution preparation, separation and quantification of molecules, enzyme catalysis,and cell isolation.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    SCI TECH ENGNR

  • BIO-114 Organismal Biology

    Prerequisites:

    Must take BIO L114 concurrently.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Rigorous introduction to organismal biology emphasizing evolution, phylogenetics, form, and function. This is an introductory course required of all biology majors and minors, and some non-biology science majors. This course is not recommended for the non-science student.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    SCI TECH ENGNR

  • BIO-L114 Organismal Biology Laboratory

    Prerequisites:

    Must take BIO 114 concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    A series of laboratory experiences in evolution, diversity, anatomy and physiology.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    SCI TECH ENGNR

  • BIO-201 Biology's Big Questions

    Prerequisites:

    Non Science Majors Only.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course seeks to answer five current questions from all levels of biology, from the subcellular to the ecosystem level. Topics will be discussed in the context of genetics, evolution, and ecology. We will focus on the process of doing science, including how scientists evaluate ideas and communicate their findings. Emphasis will be placed on topics in biology that impact daily life.

    Type:

    SCI TECH ENGNR

  • BIO-H201 Biology's Big Questions

    Prerequisites:

    Non Science Majors Only and at least a 3.3 GPA

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course seeks to answer five current questions from all levels of biology, from the subcellular to the ecosystem level. Topics will be discussed in the context of genetics, evolution, and ecology. We will focus on the process of doing science, including how scientists evaluate ideas and communicate their findings. Emphasis will be placed on topics in biology that impact daily life.

    Type:

    SCI TECH ENGNR,Honors

  • BIO-203 Anatomy and Physiology I

    Prerequisites:

    BIO L203 MUST BE TAKEN CONCURRENTLY BIO 111, BIO L111.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    First part of a systematic survey of the structural and functional interrelations of the organ systems of the human body. This course emphasizes histology and physiology in the understanding of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Medical terminology will be used.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • BIO-L203 Anatomy & Physiology Lab I

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 111/L111; Must take BIO-203 concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    A study of the human skeletal system and a comparative look at other organ systems involving observation of anatomical models and dissection of mammalian specimens. Also includes microscopy and computer simulations of physiological processes.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • BIO-204 Anatomy and Physiology II

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 203, BIO L203; BIO L204 must be taken concurrently;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Conclusion of a systematic survey of the structural and functional interrelations of the organ systems of the human body. This course investigates the endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems as well as the physiology of immune responses, nutrition, and acid-base balance. Medical terminology will be used.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • BIO-L204 Anatomy & Physiology Lab II

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 203/L203 and BIO 204 must be taken concurrently;

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    A study of the human viscera using anatomical models and dissection of mammalian specimens. Also includes microscopy of tissues and physiological experiments.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • BIO-222 Field Botany

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 111 and BIO-L111. This course will fulfill the Expanded Classroom Requirement.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A three-week camping excursion, during which common tracheotypes, bryophytes, algae, and other photosynthetic organisms characteristic of various habits in Maine will be identified. Emphasis will be on plant ecology including species interactions and habitat requirements. Vertical zonation in mountains, lakes and intertidal areas will be a point of focus. Participants will camp for one week at each of three sites: Baxter State Park, Central Maine (near Augusta),and on Cobscook Bay. Travel will be by van(s) and hiking (up to ten miles a day) over difficult terrain. Sleeping bags and pads required (tents provided). Additional fees: Camping and food est. $525.00. ECR. The three-week camping excursion typically runs from late May (after tradition Spring course finals are over) into June. Taught yearly.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    Expanded Classroom Requirement

  • BIO-225 Plant Biology

    Prerequisites:

    Bio 111, L111 and Bio 114, L114;Must be taken concurrently with L225.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Course introduces students to the anatomy, physiology, systematics, ecology, and economic uses of all major groups of plants. Aspects of the biology of nonvascular, non-seed, gymnosperm, and angiosperm plants are explored. An overview of Kingdom Fungi is also covered. Each student is required to do a 10-15 minute presentation to the class highlighting the economic use of a group of plants assigned by the instructor. Normally offered Spring semester.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • BIO-L225 Plant Biology Laboratory

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 111/L111 and BIO 114/L114; BIO 225 concurrently;

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Lab exercises focus on plant anatomy, physiology, and systematics. Instruction in the identification of major plant families and fungal types is covered. Trips to a Boston area herbarium and botanical garden are required.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • BIO-233 Human Nutrition

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 111/L111 and BIO 114/L114;

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This interactive introduction to nutrition explores the science of human nutrition and further reviews concepts of how nutrition can promote health and well being. The course will review specific nutrient needs and functions, nutrient digestion, and the role of diet in well being and in the presence of chronic disease. Weekly course work encourages scientific literacy and fosters critical evaluation of nutrition in the news and in social media.

  • BIO-240 Introduction to Marine Mammals

    Prerequisites:

    BIO-111, BIO-L111, BIO-114, and BIO-L114

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course explores the biology and natural history of marine mammals, including cetaceans, pinnipeds, and sirenians, with a particular focus on species endemic to the North Atlantic. Topics include evolution, anatomy, physiology, behavior, ecology, field identification, the history of whaling and sealing, and contemporary management and conservation issues. Hands-on activities may include the dissection of a small marine mammal and a whale watch in Massachusetts Bay.

  • BIO-254 Marine Biology

    Prerequisites:

    BIO-111/L111 or BIO-114/L114 or Instructor's consent; BIO-L254 concurrently;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Introduction to the marine environment, its organisms and their specific adaptations. Emphasis on marine and estuarine ecology, intertidal habits, trophic relations, and physiology. Human impacts on the sea: fisheries, mariculture, pollution, introduced species, climate change and seawater acidification, and law of the sea. Includes a one week camping excursion into eastern Maine for lab/field exercises and some lectures. ECR. This course typically meets for one week in the third week of August (before typical fall courses begin) and includes a camping fee of ca $250. Taught yearly each fall.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    Expanded Classroom Requirement

  • BIO-L254 Marine Biology Lab

    Prerequisites:

    BIO-111/L111 or BIO-114/L114 or Instructor's consent; BIO-254 concurrently;

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Field trips to local marine environments; field and laboratory observations of marine organisms. Independent student projects. Taught largely in the field during one week camping excursion to eastern Maine with several lab sessions on campus in Boston during fall semester. ECR.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    Expanded Classroom Requirement

  • BIO-262 Principles of Cell Culture

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 111, L111 and BIO 114, L114 and CHEM 111, L111

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    The course is designed as an application base educational experience that will allow students to learn the standard techniques associated with successful cell culture. As such, students are responsible for the maintenance, propagation, isolation, and preservation of their cells. A number of cell types and experimental manipulations of the cultures are investigated throughout the semester.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • BIO-273 Biostatistics

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 111/L111

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Introduction to the statistical methods used to evaluate biological problems. Sampling, probability, confidence intervals, hypothesis tests, experimental design, analysis of variance, regression, and correlation are some of the topics offered. Software for data handling, graphics, and analysis will be used.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    Quantitative Reasoning

  • BIO-274 Genetics

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 111/L111 and BIO 114/L114; BIO L274 concurrently;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    An examination of the basic principles of genetics in eukaryotes and prokaryotes at the level of molecules, cells, and multicellular organisms, including humans. Topics include Mendelian and non-Mendelian inheritance, structure and function of chromosomes and genomes, biological variation resulting from recombination, mutation, and selection, and population genetics.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • BIO-L274 Genetics Lab

    Prerequisites:

    BIO-111, BIO-L111, BIO-114, and BIO-L114. Must be taken concurrently with BIO 274.

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Experiments designed to demonstrate principles presented in lecture, using a range of genetic model organisms that include E. coli, B. subtilis, S. cerevisiae, D. melanogaster, S. fimicola, and C. elegans.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • BIO-285 Microbiology

    Prerequisites:

    BIO-111 and BIO-L111; BIO-L285 concurrently;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Viruses and bacteria are surveyed in terms of their ecology, biochemistry, taxonomy, molecular biology and control.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • BIO-L285 Microbiology Laboratory

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 111/L111; BIO 285 concurrently;

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Introduction to microbiological techniques and their applications to health, research and industry.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • BIO-302 Writing for Research

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 111/L111 and WRI 101, WRI 102, or WRI-103. BIO and Radiation Therapy majors with junior standing only.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Development of skills for writing clearly, concisely, and creatively in the style of scientific journals. This course emphasizes the formulation of a research project of the student's choice and leads to a formal manuscript on the topic. Instruction includes literature search methods and software for the graphical presentation of data. Professional development, including the preparation of job application materials and in-person interview skills, is also an integral part of this course. Required of all biology and radiation science majors. Junior standing required.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • BIO-304 Comparative Animal Physiology

    Prerequisites:

    BIO-114 and BIO-L114. Must take BIO-L304 concurrently

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Mechanisms of physiological adaptations to environmental challenges are studied. Examples of gas exchange, osmoregulation, fluid transport, temperature regulation, nervous control, and movement are examined in various animal forms through class lecture and discussion, required readings, and external lectures. Spring semester.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • BIO-L304 Comp Animal Physiology Lab

    Prerequisites:

    BIO-114 and BIO-L114. Must take BIO-304 concurrently.

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Selected physiological processes and mechanisms or adaptation in invertebrate and vertebrate animals are examined by observation and controlled experiments.

  • BIO-315 Animal Behavior

    Prerequisites:

    BIO-114/L114

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Surveys animal behavior in a range of species (invertebrates, birds, fish, mammals including humans) to assess similarities and differences in the evolution of behaviors and their physiological mechanisms by which individual organisms and species adapt to their environments. Topics include: predator evasion; mating systems; parental care; social behavior; and learning.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • BIO-333 Ecology

    Prerequisites:

    BIO-114/L114; BIO-L333 concurrently;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Areas of study include but are not limited to basic principles of population biology, community ecology, trophic dynamics, ecosystem structure and function and evolutionary theory.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • BIO-L333 Ecology Lab

    Prerequisites:

    BIO-114, BIO-L114, and BIO-333 concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Field and laboratory experiences in techniques and concepts relevant to ecological theory, data collection, statistical analysis, visual representation and report preparation.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • BIO-337 Evolution

    Prerequisites:

    Take BIO-111 BIO-L111 BIO-114 BIO-L114. BIO 274 recommended.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A survey of evolutionary theory, exploring processes such as the genetic sources of variation, natural and sexual selection, and evolutionary developmental biology. Using phylogenetic systematics and other tools, we will demonstrate how these mechanisms result in the visible patterns of evolution. This is a reading-and-writing intensive course centered on close reading of Origin of the Species and discussion of recent peer-reviewed literature about evolution.

    Term:

    Summer

  • BIO-343 Biodiversity & Conservation Biology

    Prerequisites:

    BIO-114 and BIO-L114

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course covers a broad spectrum of aspects of biodiversity and conservation by examining key elements ranging from global patterns in the distribution of life on our planet to the effects our human population is causing on those patterns. Examples from marine and terrestrial animals and plants are used to convey current ideas with a focus on the importance of global biodiversity, and the design of management programs for the conservation of species and ecosystems. 4-credit

  • BIO-345 The Biology of Vector Borne Diseases

    Prerequisites:

    BIO-114/L114;

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A survey of the occurrence, life history and pathogenicity of the most important arthropod-borne, human diseases both internationally (malaria, dengue, plague, trypanosomiasis, yellow fever, etc.) and within the United States (Lyme disease, EEE, West Nile Virus, and others). Demographic and environmental factors leading to the re-emergence and spread of these diseases will be considered.

  • BIO-350 Vertebrate Biology

    Prerequisites:

    BIO-111/L111; BIO-114/L114; BIO-L350 concurrently;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This class will focus on the form and function of vertebrate animals from an evolutionary standpoint. The adaptations of major groups will be discussed in light of their phylogenetic history and ecology. A discussion of major adaptive radiations and abiotic factors that influenced these trends will also be highlighted.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • BIO-L350 Vertebrate Biology Lab

    Prerequisites:

    BIO-111/L111; BIO-114/L114; BIO-350 concurrently;

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    This lab will focus on the comparative anatomy of vertebrate animals. In-depth dissections will be the focus of the laboratory exercises. A Squalus shark, a Necturus salamander, a pigeon, and a mink will be examined in detail.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • BIO-357 Biology of Fishes

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 114/L114, and Junior standing. Requires permission from Marine Sciences Coordinator.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The evolution, systematics, anatomy, physiology and behavior of freshwater, marine and anadromous fishes from temperate to tropical environments. The interactions of fish in their environments, including predator-prey relationships, host-symbiont interactions, and fish as herbivores. Taken with permission from the Marine Science Consortium Coordinator. [This is a Marine Science Consortium Course and enrollment is limited] Evenings only: off campus

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • BIO-359 Biology of Whales

    Prerequisites:

    BIO-111, BIO-L111, BIO-114, BIO-L114, and 2 BIO courses at the 200 level or above

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course provides a comprehensive review of the biology, ecology, and management of cetaceans. A thorough grounding in cetacean mammalogy and population biology will prepare students to understand conservation problems presented as case histories. Students will also complete an independent research paper on a topic related to cetacean biology. Hands-on activities may include the dissection of a small cetacean and a shore-based whale watch in Cape Cod Bay. This course is part of the Marine Studies Consortium and will be held at the New England Aquarium.

  • BIO-360 Cancer Biology

    Prerequisites:

    BIO-111, BIO-L111, BIO-114, BIO-L114, BIO-274, and BIO-L274

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An examination of molecular and cellular mechanisms that lead to the development of cancer. Factors contributing to tumorgenesis, angiogenesis, and metastasis will be discussed; these factors, oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes, and signal transduction networks. In addition, an investigation of current strategies for cancer prevention and treatment will be considered.

  • BIO-374 Genomics

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 111/L111, CHEM 111/L111, BIO 274/L274 Must take BIO L374 concurrently

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    What can we learn from genomics? In this course, you will develop an understanding of how cutting edge techniques from biotechnology are changing our views of biology. You will learn how genetic sequencing can be used for everything from tracing evolutionary histories in the tree of life to shedding light on biodiversity patterns of populations. With a focus on human genetics, you will also explore how genes are discovered and linked to phenotypic traits. Finally, you will consider methods of monitoring gene expression and how the resulting genetic networks can help medicine and drug development.

  • BIO-L374 Genomics Laboratory

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 111/L111, CHEM 111/L111, BIO 274/L274 Must take BIO 374 concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    In this course, you will develop an understanding of current genomic methods through collection and examination of your own data. In the first part of the lab, you will use sequencing techniques to compare genetic relationships and characterize the microbial biodiversity of a population. In the second part of the lab, you will focus on gene expression and functional genomics. You will determine the actions of a transcription factor through RNA-seq and also determine how a collection of uncharacterized transcription factors affect antibiotic sensitivity. In addition to reading primary literature and keeping a lab notebook, you will also learn how to analyze and present your genomics data.

  • BIO-377 Immunology

    Prerequisites:

    BIO-114/L114; CHEM-211/L211; BIO-L377 concurrently;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The concept of immunity, response to infection, structure of the immune system, biochemistry of immunoglobins, antigen-antibody interactions, allergy, immunological injury, lymphocyte subpopulations and cellular immunity, tolerance suppression and enhancement. Taught alternate/even years.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • BIO-L377 Immunology Laboratory

    Prerequisites:

    BIO-114 and BIO-L114 and CHEM-211 and CHEM-L211. Must take BIO-377 concurrently.

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Anatomy of the immune system , immunoglobin purification, hemagglutination, enzyme immunoassay. Immuno-chemistry, immunoelectrophoresis, gel precipitation assay.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • BIO-385 Advanced Microbiology

    Prerequisites:

    BIO-285 and BIO-L285 BIO L385 must be taken concurrently

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Pathogenesis and host-parasite relationships; epidemiology and public health aspects of pathogenic microorganisms are stressed; molecular biology, applied and industrial microbiology. Current literature reviews. Taught alternate/odd years.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • BIO-L385 Advanced Microbiology Lab

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 285/L285; BIO 385 must be taken concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Isolation, quantization and cultivation of microorganisms, advanced general and applied microbiology and molecular biology. Experience in media, chemical and culture preparations.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • BIO-403 Cell Biology

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 111/L111; CHEM-211/L211; BIO-L403 concurrently;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The study of cells, approached through examinations of biochemical mechanisms, the relation between the structure and function of biological molecules and organelles, and the regulation of normal and diseased cells.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • BIO-L403 Cell Biology Lab

    Prerequisites:

    BIO-111 and BIO-L11 and CHEM-211 and CHEM-L211. Must take BIO-403 concurrently.

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Examination of biological molecules and their role in cell function. Techniques used in these examinations will include enzymatic analyses, gel electrophoresis, immunologic identification, chromatography, and spectroscopy. Students are expected to develop their proficiency in the laboratory techniques used, to analyze their results in a quantitative manner, and to present their findings.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • BIO-409 Biology Seminar

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 202, Senior standing

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    The purpose of this class is to familiarize all senior biology majors with the process of investigating and implementing novel research in the biological sciences. The centerpiece of the course is a semester long project in which each student selects, researches, and designs an original experiment on the topic of their choice. Two in - class presentations and a full length research proposal are required. Weekly reading assignments and discussions of the primary literature are vital to the investigation piece of the course. Prerequisites: BIO 202 and senior standing. May not be used for credit towards or an elective for the Biology Minor.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • BIO-474 Molecular Genetics

    Prerequisites:

    CHEM-311 or BIO-274 and BIO-L274 and BIO-L474 concurrently

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    An examination of concepts and techniques of modern molecular biology. Topics include the structure and function of DNA, RNA, and proteins, the regulation of gene expression in prokaryotes and eukaryotes at transcriptional and post-transcriptional levels, genetic modification of organisms, and genome analysis. This course will incorporate readings and discussions of primary scientific literature. Spring semester.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • BIO-L474 Molecular Genetics Lab

    Prerequisites:

    Take CHEM-331 or BIO-274 and BIO-L274. BIO-474 must be taken concurrently.

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    This upper level laboratory course will consist of a semester-long project in the form of a series of consecutive experiments involving the generation of a genetically modified organism and its subsequent molecular analysis. Techniques employed will include genetic screens, DNA isolation, restriction endonuclease analysis, transformation of bacteria,gel electrophoresis, gene reported assays, RNA isolation, reverse transcription, and quantitative PCR.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • BIO-475 Developmental Biology

    Prerequisites:

    BIO-114, L114 and CHEM-211, L211, and BIO-L475 concurrently

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course focuses on embryonic development in vertebrates. The conceptual focus on evolutionary developmental biology includes comparative developmental mechanisms and Epigenetic processes.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • BIO-503 Biology Internship

    Prerequisites:

    BIO111/BIOL111, BIO114/BIOL114. BIO274/BIOL274 may be taken as a corequisite

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Biology Internship: This course provides students with credit for an unpaid internship completed during the semester when credit is earned. Students must secure an approved internship and provide documentation from the internship's overseer to a full time faculty member sponsor in order to register for the course. The internship must involve participation in research and / or patient care. Students or their overseers will be required to submit monthly records of internship hours and provide the faculty sponsor with a written summary of internship experiences and accomplishments by the last week of classes. Only one internship may be used as a biology elective. This course is available for variable credit. Prerequisites: An Internship for Credit form must be submitted to the department chair Credits: 1-4

  • BIO-510 Independent Study

    Prerequisites:

    An independent study form must be submitted to the CAS Dean's Office.

    Credits:

    1.00- 5.00

    Description:

    Student projects may be initiated by a student or faculty member with the approval of the Chairperson. A paper and oral report are required. Only ONE independent study may be used toward biology electives.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • SCI-103 Environmental Science

    Prerequisites:

    SCI-L103 must be taken concurrently

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Case study approach to the fundamentals of science applied to environmental degradation, ecosystems, geological processes, population dynamics, deforestation and biodiversity, climate change, ozone depletion, air soil, and water resource management, pollution and risks to health, economics and the environment, politics and the environment, and ethics and the environment.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS

  • SCI-L103 Environmental Science Lab

    Prerequisites:

    Must take SCI-103 concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Laboratory exercises to illustrate the topics covered in Science 103. Field-testing and analysis of environmental samples. Field trip required.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS

  • SCI-230 The Ocean and Climate Change Dynamics

    Prerequisites:

    CHEM-111, CHEM-L111, CHEM-112, and CHEM-L112

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course is designed to identify the ways that scientific knowledge can be used to resolve environmental problems, particularly climate change impacts on the global ocean and its coastlines. The exponential loss of marine resources paired with the difficulty of restoring and conserving them is placed in a human and environmental context to cover a range of topics. Ocean literacy is first strengthened through the introduction of essential aspects of ocean and coastal processes in the classroom such as current patterns and air-sea interactions. With this foundation, students will then spend the remainder of the semester focused on how climate change will directly affect these ecosystems. For example, how does ocean acidification directly impact New England lobster fisheries? How will sea level rise affect Boston in the near future? Through an interdisciplinary approach to climate change topics, students will be able to answer these questions by the end of the term.

  • SCI-251 Intro to Coastal Geology

    Prerequisites:

    Intro Math and must take SCI-L251 concurrently

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Coastal environments will be analyzed with an emphasis on the important environmental characteristics of these areas. Management and environmental problems within the coastal and offshore areas such as beach erosion, beach access, and oil spills will be considered. One required field trip.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS

  • SCI-L251 Intro Coastal Geology I Lab

    Prerequisites:

    SCI 251 must be taken concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    An introduction to laboratory and field techniques used in the geological study of coastal environments. Field trips will be taken to local coastal areas.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS

  • PHYS-206 Introduction to Radiation Oncology

    Prerequisites:

    Radiation Therapy (Major or Certificate) or Medical Dosimetry Students Only

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course will serve an an introduction to the role of the radiation therapist and medical dosimetrist in a Radiation Oncology department. Through a combination of detailed lectures, discussions, role-playing, case studies, and hands-on laboratory exercises, students will be introduced to the professional and clinical aspects of their respective professions. Additional topics included radiation safety, patients rights, infection control, communication for the clinic, patient assessment, and psychosocial aspects of cancer including death and dying.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • PHYS-301 Clinical Radiation I

    Prerequisites:

    PHYS 206; Radiation Therapy & Medical Dosimetry Students Only

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Through a systems-based approach, this course will review anatomy and physiology while teaching medical terminology. This course will also discuss the major cancers associated with each anatomical system and introduce the student to radiation therapy treatment techniques and procedures.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • PHYS-L301 Radiation Therapy Rotation I

    Prerequisites:

    Radiation Therapy Students Only

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Provides the necessary clinical experience to become a radiation therapist. All labs are conducted at our clinical affiliates. Under the supervision of licensed radiation therapists, the students will become increasingly proficient in the manipulation of treatment equipment, will gain a thorough understanding of radiation treatment plans, will deliver a prescribed radiation dose to cancer patients, and will acquire knowledge of all relevant aspects of patient care. These labs are available only to students enrolled in the clinical track.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • PHYS-302 Clinical Radiation II

    Prerequisites:

    Radiation Therapy (Major or Certificate) or Medical Dosimetry Students Only

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is a continuation of MS 301. Through the same didactic approach, the course will cover all of the anatomical systems and their related medical terminology NOT covered in MS 301.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • PHYS-L302 Radiation Therapy Rotation II

    Prerequisites:

    Radiation Therapy (Major or Certificate) Students Only

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Provides the necessary clinical experience to become a radiation therapist. All labs are conducted at our clinical affiliates. Under the supervision of licensed radiation therapists, the students will become increasingly proficient in the manipulation of treatment equipment, will gain a thorough understanding of radiation treatment plans, will deliver a prescribed radiation dose to cancer patients, and will acquire knowledge of all relevant aspects of patient care. These labs are available only to students enrolled in the clinical track.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • PHYS-L303 Radiation Therapy Rotation III

    Prerequisites:

    PHYS L302; Radiation Therapy Students Only

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Provides the necessary clinical experience to become a radiation therapist. All labs are conducted at our clinical affiliates. Under the supervision of licensed radiation therapists, the students will become increasingly proficient in the manipulation of treatment equipment, will gain a thorough understanding of radiation treatment plans, will deliver a prescribed radiation dose to cancer patients, and will acquire knowledge of all relevant aspects of patient care. These labs are available only to students enrolled in the clinical track.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • PHYS-L304 Radiation Therapy Practicum

    Prerequisites:

    Take PHYS-301 PHYS-L301;*Course fulfills the following: Expanded Classroom Requirement.

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Student radiation therapists will spend 12 weeks (full-time, 40 hrs/wk) gaining hands on patient care experience in the department of radiation oncology at our clinical affiliates. Under constant supervision by licensed therapists, the student will be guided toward the application of theory in the real world of cancer treatment.

    Term:

    Summer

    Type:

    Expanded Classroom Requirement

  • PHYS-L311 Medical Dosimetry Rotation I

    Prerequisites:

    Medical Dosimetry Students Only

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Under the supervision of a Certified Medical Dosimetrist, students will gain hands on treatment planning experience in a clinical setting. Two,8-hour days per week, TTH.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • PHYS-L312 Medical Dosimetry Rotation II

    Prerequisites:

    Medical Dosimetry Students Only

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Under the supervision of a certified medical dosimetrist, students will gain hands on treatment planning experience in a clinical setting. Three 8-hour days per week, MWF.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • PHYS-L313 Medical Dosimetry Rotation III

    Prerequisites:

    PHYS L312, Medical Dosimetry Students Only

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Under the supervision of a Certified Medical Dosimetrist, students will gain hands on treatment planning experience in a clinical setting. Three, 8-hour days per week, MWF.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • PHYS-L314 Medical Dosimetry Practicum

    Prerequisites:

    Take PHYS-301 and PHYS-L311; *Course fulfills the following: Expanded Classroom Requirement.

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Student dosimetrists will spend 12 weeks (full-time, 40 hrs/wk) gaining hands on treatment planning experience in the department of radiation oncology at our clinical affiliates. Under constant supervision of certified medical dosimetrists, the student will be guided toward the application of theory in the real world of cancer treatment planning.

    Term:

    Summer

    Type:

    Expanded Classroom Requirement

  • PHYS-315 Radiation Physics I

    Prerequisites:

    PHYS L315 concurrently; Radiation Biology, Radiation Science, Radiation Therapy (Major or Certificate), or Medical Dosimetry Students Only

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Content is designed to establish a thorough knowledge of the radiation physics used in radiation therapy treatments. Topics to be covered in this course include a review of basic physics (energy, mass, matter, SI units), structure of matter, types of radiations, nuclear transformations, radioactive decay, the fundamentals of x-ray generators and x-ray production, interactions of x and gamma rays with matter, absorbed dose, measurements of dose, principles of and practical use of ionization chambers and electrometers, Geiger counters and other survey meters, principles and practical use of TLDs, film, calorimetry, scintillation detectors, radiation protection and quality assurance.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • PHYS-L315 Radiation Physics I Lab

    Prerequisites:

    PHYS 315 concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    This lab will cover a broad range of experiments associated with the Department of Radiation Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Topics include: Quality assurance measurements for radiation therapy, calibration of radiation teletherapy unit using ionization chambers, measurements of dose distribution via film, measurements of dose in a phantom via TLDs, radiation protection survey of therapy installation and brachytherapy sources, and radiation biology.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    Expanded Classroom Requirement

  • PHYS-317 Radiation Physics II

    Prerequisites:

    PHYS 315; Radiation Science, Radiation Therapy and Medical Dosimetry Students Only

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course is intended to expand on the concepts and theories presented in Radiation Physics I. It will provide a detailed analysis of the treatment units used in external beam radiation therapy, their beam geometry, basic dose calculations and dose distributions. This course will also cover the principles, theories, and uses of brachytherapy. This course was previously MS 412

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • PHYS-415 Dosimetry I

    Prerequisites:

    PHYS 315; PHYS L415 concurrently; Radiation Therapy & Medical Dosimetry Students Only

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will discuss the factors that influence treatment planning and govern the clinical aspects of patient treatment. Topics to be covered include treatment planning with 3-D CT and MRI beams, isodose plan descriptions, clinical applications of treatment beams and advanced dosimetric calculations. This course will also contrast new emerging technologies with conventional radiation therapy techniques (SRT, SRS, IMRT, Image Guided Therapy, Respiratory Gating).

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • PHYS-L415 Dosimetry I Lab

    Prerequisites:

    PHYS 415 concurrently; Radiation Therapy & Medical Dosimetry Students Only

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    This lab will provide the student with the opportunity to apply clinical dosimetry principles and theories learned in the classroom to actual treatment planning situations within the clinic. Through hands-on lab exercises the student will demonstrate the use of the treatment planning instruments and interpret information they compute.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • PHYS-417 Dosimetry II

    Prerequisites:

    Medical Dosimetry Students Only

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course is a continuation of Clinical Dosimetry I and will focus on advanced treatment planning techniques including intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), arc therapy, stereotactic treatment planning, and proton therapy. The advantages of each technique/modality over conventional 3D-treatment planning will be discussed. This will also be contrasted against the specific challenges presented by each technique such as the need for better immobilization, need for 4D CT scanning and daily IGRT (kV matching and/or CBCT).

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • PHYS-416 Radiation Biology

    Prerequisites:

    PHYS 315;

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Topics covered include: physio-chemical aspects of energy absorption, the sequence of events after irradiation occurring on the molecular, cellular and organized tissue levels, radiation response and repair of eukaryotic cells, effects of radiation quality, dose rate, environmental conditions, cell cycle kinetics, tumor and normal cell population dynamics, radiation-induced carcinogenesis and mutagenesis, tumor pathophysiology and radiobiology, and recent advances in experimental radiation oncology.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • PHYS-420 Radiation Oncology & Pathology

    Prerequisites:

    Radiation Therapy (Major or Certificate) or Medical Dosimetry Students Only

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course, taught by Massachusetts General Hospital physicians will review cancer epidemiology, etiology, detection, diagnosis and prevention, lymphatic drainage, and treatment. The pathology(s) of each cancer will be presented in detail including the rationale for each preferred modality of treatment.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • PHYS-422 Radiology

    Prerequisites:

    Radiation Therapy (Major or Certificate) or Medical Dosimetry Students Only

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course will begin with an introduction to radiology, reviewing x-ray production and discussing basic radiation physics, image formation (Kv, mA) and distortion (blur, magnification), conventional processing and digital imaging. The above-mentioned radiographic imaging concepts will be presented with conventional lectures as well as with several imaging laboratories. In addition, the basic principles of each imaging modality, including mammography, CT, MRI, Nuc Med, and Ultra Sound, will be presented. With the use of departmental tours and guest lecturers, the use, benefits and limitations of each will be discussed. Building upon the information previously presented, radiographic anatomy will also be covered with an emphasis on cross sectional anatomy. Students will review basic anatomy viewed in sectional planes (axial/transverse) of the body. Using CT and MRI images, the topographic relationship between internal organs and surface anatomy will be interpreted and discussed.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • PHYS-435 Brachytherapy

    Prerequisites:

    Medical Dosimetry Students Only

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Topics in this course will include, radioactive sources, calibration, instrumentation, factors affecting dose calculations, definitions of LDR, MDR and HDR, treatment planning and clinical dose calculation, implantation techniques, implant localization/verification, regulations, radiation safety, storage and QA. Detailed coverage of prostate brachytherapy including LDR and HDR will be emphasized.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • PHYS-450 Dosimetry Systems and Networking and Quality Assurance

    Prerequisites:

    Senior Status; Medical Dosimetry Students Only

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course is designed for the medical dosimetry student, to include a general overview of computer systems and networking in the field of radiation oncology. A historical view of computers will be covered as well as the intricate uses in the medical field today. Oncology information systems such as MOSAIC and ARIA, as well as radiation therapy software used for imaging, contouring, treatment planning, and patient charting applications will be covered. Data and system security will also be addressed.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • PHYS-475 Senior Seminar for Radiation Therapy

    Prerequisites:

    Senior status, Radiation Therapy & Medical Dosimetry Students Only

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course will be available to senior students enrolled in the Radiation Therapy and Medical Dosimetry programs. This seminar style course will serve a number of purposes; one will be to prepare our graduating students for board certification in their respective disciplines (AART for Radiation Therapy and MDCB for Medical Dosimetry). Exam preparation will include the use of lectures, student teaching, online teaching tools, mini mock exams, and a full-length mock exam. The seminar will also assist students with the preparation of their professional resumes including discussions regarding the skills necessary to make job interviews successful.

  • PHYS-476 Senior Seminar for Medical Dosimetry

    Prerequisites:

    Senior Status, Radiation Therapy & Medical Dosimetry Students Only

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course will be available to second year clinical students enrolled in the Medical Dosimetry program. This seminar style course will serve a number of purposes; one will be to prepare our graduating students for board certification in MDCB for Medical Dosimetry. Exam preparation will include the use of lectures, online teaching tools, mini mock exams, and a full-length mock exam. The seminar will also assist students with the preparation of their professional resumes including discussions regarding the skills necessary to make job interviews successful.

  • SCI-108 Introduction to Cancer Care

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course will introduce the students to the top ten U.S. adult cancers, as well as the most common pediatric cancers. Topics to be covered include cancer causes, detection, and prevention. Psychosocial aspects of being diagnosed with cancer and the role nutrition plays for cancer patients will be described. The course will also discuss the major treatment modalities for each cancer including radiation therapy, surgery, chemotherapy, and bone marrow transplants. The goals and objectives of the course will be met through the use of various teaching tools including but not limited to: PowerPoint presentations, videos, guest lectures, and a poster project with a presentation component. Cognitive assessment of the students will be accomplished through homework, quizzes, exams, and a group poster and oral presentation. Students with any type of academic background are welcome.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,SCI TECH ENGNR,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS