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Spring 2017

BIOL 117-01

Women, Health and Reproduction

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: NEILL 216
  • Instructor: Elizabeth Jansen

Notes: *Cross-listed with WGSS 117-01; first day attendance required; ACTC student may register on December 2nd with permission of the instructor*

This course will deal with those aspects of human anatomy and physiology which are of special interest to women, especially those relating to sexuality and reproduction. Biological topics covered will include menstruation and menopause, female sexuality, conception, contraception, infertility, abortion, pregnancy, cancer, and AIDS. Advances in assisted reproductive technologies, hormone therapies, and genetic engineering technologies will be discussed. Not open to biology majors. This course fulfills 4 credits in the science distribution requirement and counts toward the biology minor, but not toward the major. No prerequisite. Three lecture hours per week. (4 credits)


BIOL 117-02

Women, Health and Reproduction

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 08:30 am-09:30 am
  • Room: NEILL 215
  • Instructor: Elizabeth Jansen

Notes: *Contact instructor regarding waitlist; cross-listed with WGSS 117-02; first day attendance required; ACTC student may register on December 2nd with permission of the instructor*

This course will deal with those aspects of human anatomy and physiology which are of special interest to women, especially those relating to sexuality and reproduction. Biological topics covered will include menstruation and menopause, female sexuality, conception, contraception, infertility, abortion, pregnancy, cancer, and AIDS. Advances in assisted reproductive technologies, hormone therapies, and genetic engineering technologies will be discussed. Not open to biology majors. This course fulfills 4 credits in the science distribution requirement and counts toward the biology minor, but not toward the major. No prerequisite. Three lecture hours per week. (4 credits)


BIOL 255-01

Cell Biology and Genetics Laboratory Methods

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 285
  • Instructor: Steven Sundby

Notes: *First day attendance required; 2 credit course; ACTC student may register on December 2nd with permission of the instructor*

An intensive exploration of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell structure, chemistry, and function with an emphasis on laboratory methods, data analysis, and experimental design. Using the same tools used to advance our understanding of modern cell biology and genetics, this lab requires students to become familiar with a mixture of biochemical, cytological, and genetic techniques as they develop testable hypothesis related to topics such as enzyme function, inheritance patterns, genome structure and gene expression, and cell-to-cell signaling. 2 credits.

BIOL 255-02

Cell Biology and Genetics Laboratory Methods

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 285
  • Instructor: Steven Sundby

Notes: *First day attendance required; 2 credit course; ACTC student may register on December 2nd with permission of the instructor*

An intensive exploration of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell structure, chemistry, and function with an emphasis on laboratory methods, data analysis, and experimental design. Using the same tools used to advance our understanding of modern cell biology and genetics, this lab requires students to become familiar with a mixture of biochemical, cytological, and genetic techniques as they develop testable hypothesis related to topics such as enzyme function, inheritance patterns, genome structure and gene expression, and cell-to-cell signaling. 2 credits.

BIOL 255-04

Cell Biology and Genetics Laboratory Methods

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 285
  • Instructor: Randy Daughters

Notes: *First day attendance required; 2 credit course; ACTC student may register on December 2nd with permission of the instructor*

An intensive exploration of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell structure, chemistry, and function with an emphasis on laboratory methods, data analysis, and experimental design. Using the same tools used to advance our understanding of modern cell biology and genetics, this lab requires students to become familiar with a mixture of biochemical, cytological, and genetic techniques as they develop testable hypothesis related to topics such as enzyme function, inheritance patterns, genome structure and gene expression, and cell-to-cell signaling. 2 credits.

BIOL 260-02

Genetics

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: OLRI 250
  • Instructor: Susan Bush

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on December 2nd with permission of the instructor*

An introduction to the principles of genetics, including topics from classical Mendalian concepts to the contemporary molecular biology of the gene. Three lecture hours per week.

BIOL 265-01

Cell Biology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: NEILL 400
  • Instructor: Marcos Ortega

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on December 2nd with permission of the instructor*

An introduction to the molecular and cellular processes of living organisms. Special attention is paid to problems faced by living cells in the acquisition of energy, growth and repair, reproduction and communication with other cells. Recent advances in biotechnology are also discussed. Three lecture hours. Prerequisite: CHEM 112 or 115. (4 credits)

BIOL 265-02

Cell Biology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room: OLRI 250
  • Instructor: Randy Daughters

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on December 2nd with permission of the instructor*

An introduction to the molecular and cellular processes of living organisms. Special attention is paid to problems faced by living cells in the acquisition of energy, growth and repair, reproduction and communication with other cells. Recent advances in biotechnology are also discussed. Three lecture hours. Prerequisite: CHEM 112 or 115. (4 credits)

BIOL 270-01

Biodiversity and Evolution

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: OLRI 250
  • Instructor: Sarah Boyer

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on December 2nd with permission of the instructor*

An introduction to the diversity and history of life. This course surveys the major groups of organisms (their morphology, physiology, reproductive cycles) and their evolutionary origins and relationships. Using recent findings from such diverse fields as molecular phylogenetics, developmental biology, and paleontology, this course introduces students to the major branches on the tree of life. Three hours lecture and one three-hour lab each week. (4 credits)


BIOL 270-L1

Biodiversity and Evolution Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 273
  • Instructor: Michael Anderson

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on December 2nd with permission of the instructor*

An introduction to the diversity and history of life. This course surveys the major groups of organisms (their morphology, physiology, reproductive cycles) and their evolutionary origins and relationships. Using recent findings from such diverse fields as molecular phylogenetics, developmental biology, and paleontology, this course introduces students to the major branches on the tree of life. Three hours lecture and one three-hour lab each week. (4 credits)


BIOL 270-L2

Biodiversity and Evolution Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 273
  • Instructor: Michael Anderson

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on December 2nd with permission of the instructor*

An introduction to the diversity and history of life. This course surveys the major groups of organisms (their morphology, physiology, reproductive cycles) and their evolutionary origins and relationships. Using recent findings from such diverse fields as molecular phylogenetics, developmental biology, and paleontology, this course introduces students to the major branches on the tree of life. Three hours lecture and one three-hour lab each week. (4 credits)


BIOL 285-01

Ecology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 08:30 am-09:30 am
  • Room: NEILL 226
  • Instructor: Sami Nichols

Notes: *Cross-listed with ENVI 285-01; first day attendance required; ACTC students may register on the first day of class with permission of the instructor*

An introduction to the study of ecological theory and processes. The subject of this course is the natural world and the current and past processes that have shaped it. Taking a systems approach, major ecological patterns and processes are described and proposed underlying mechanisms are investigated through readings, field and laboratory studies. The impact of humans on natural systems is also examined. Three hours lecture and one three-hour lab each week. Cross-listed with Environmental Studies 285. (4 semesters)

BIOL 285-L1

Ecology Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 284
  • Instructor: Michael Anderson

Notes: *Cross-listed with ENVI 285-L1; first day attendance required; ACTC student may register on December 2nd with permission of the instructor*

An introduction to the study of ecological theory and processes. The subject of this course is the natural world and the current and past processes that have shaped it. Taking a systems approach, major ecological patterns and processes are described and proposed underlying mechanisms are investigated through readings, field and laboratory studies. The impact of humans on natural systems is also examined. Three hours lecture and one three-hour lab each week. Cross-listed with Environmental Studies 285. (4 semesters)

BIOL 285-L2

Ecology Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 284
  • Instructor: Michael Anderson

Notes: *Cross-listed with ENVI 285-L2; first day attendance required; ACTC student may register on December 2nd with permission of the instructor*

An introduction to the study of ecological theory and processes. The subject of this course is the natural world and the current and past processes that have shaped it. Taking a systems approach, major ecological patterns and processes are described and proposed underlying mechanisms are investigated through readings, field and laboratory studies. The impact of humans on natural systems is also examined. Three hours lecture and one three-hour lab each week. Cross-listed with Environmental Studies 285. (4 semesters)

BIOL 342-01

Animal Behavior/Ecology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: OLRI 284
  • Instructor: Mark Davis

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on December 2nd with permission of the instructor*

A study of animals in their natural habitats. This course takes an evolutionary approach to the study of animal behavior. Through lectures, field trips, readings and discussions, students are introduced to current ideas and research methods in the field of behavioral ecology. In addition, students will become familiar with many of Minnesota's birds and mammals. Three lecture hours and one three-hour laboratory per week. (4 credits)

BIOL 342-L1

Animal Behavior/Ecology Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 284
  • Instructor: Mark Davis

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on December 2nd with permission of the instructor*

A study of animals in their natural habitats. This course takes an evolutionary approach to the study of animal behavior. Through lectures, field trips, readings and discussions, students are introduced to current ideas and research methods in the field of behavioral ecology. In addition, students will become familiar with many of Minnesota's birds and mammals. Three lecture hours and one three-hour laboratory per week. (4 credits)

BIOL 351-01

Biochemistry I

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: NEILL 304
  • Instructor: Kaylee Steen

Notes: *Cross-listed with CHEM 351-01; first day attendance required*

A study of biological processes at the molecular level with an emphasis on the chemistry of biological molecules, elements of physical biochemistry, the structure of proteins, the mechanisms and kinetics of enzyme catalyzed reactions, and selected topics in intermediary metabolism, including the metabolism of carbohydrates and lipids. Three lecture hours and one three-hour laboratory per week. (4 credits)


BIOL 351-L2

Biochemistry I Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 289
  • Instructor: Kaylee Steen

Notes: *Cross-listed with CHEM 351-L2; attendance at first lab meeting required*

A study of biological processes at the molecular level with an emphasis on the chemistry of biological molecules, elements of physical biochemistry, the structure of proteins, the mechanisms and kinetics of enzyme catalyzed reactions, and selected topics in intermediary metabolism, including the metabolism of carbohydrates and lipids. Three lecture hours and one three-hour laboratory per week. (4 credits)


BIOL 352-01

Biochemistry II

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room: OLRI 301
  • Instructor: Marcos Ortega

Notes: *Cross-listed with CHEM 352-01; first day attendance required; ACTC student may register on December 2nd with permission of the instructor*

A continuation of Biology/Chemistry 351. A study of biological processes at the molecular level with an emphasis on the metabolism of amino acids, nucleotides, the regulation of biochemical pathways, and topics in molecular biology such as gene replication, the synthesis of proteins and nucleic acids, and recent advances in genomics and proteomics. Three lecture hours and one three-hour laboratory per week. (4 credits).

BIOL 352-L1

Biochemistry II Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 289
  • Instructor: Marcos Ortega

Notes: *Cross-listed with CHEM 352-L1; first day attendance required; ACTC student may register on December 2nd with permission of the instructor*

A continuation of Biology/Chemistry 351. A study of biological processes at the molecular level with an emphasis on the metabolism of amino acids, nucleotides, the regulation of biochemical pathways, and topics in molecular biology such as gene replication, the synthesis of proteins and nucleic acids, and recent advances in genomics and proteomics. Three lecture hours and one three-hour laboratory per week. (4 credits).

BIOL 353-01

Advanced Genetics

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: OLRI 300
  • Instructor: Susan Bush

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on December 2nd with permission of the instructor*

An in-depth study of the principle of modern genetics, this course will examine topics which range from Mendelian and non-Mendelian inheritance patterns to the concepts and practices of molecular biology. Among other topics, there will be discussions on human genetics, the human genome project, and the application of genetic principles in genetic counseling. Three lecture hours. (4 credits)

BIOL 355-01

Virology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: OLRI 270
  • Instructor: Steven Sundby

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on December 2nd with permission of the instructor*

This seminar course will focus on the molecular biology of viruses, including prions and retroviral vectors. Topics will include bacterial, plant and animal viral infection and replication cycles, morphology, oncogenesis, and virus-host interactions. Viruses of epidemiologic and biotechnological importance, including new and emergent viruses, will be emphasized. Students will read current literature, lead class discussions and prepare a research proposal. (4 credits)

BIOL 365-01

Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room: OLRI 270
  • Instructor: Kristina Curry Rogers

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on December 2nd with permission of the instructor*

Verebrates are among the first animals that come to mind when we consider the diversity of life on Earth. These backboned organism include more than 50.000 living species that range in size from a fish weighing less than an aspirin to a whale that is the largest animal ever to evolve. Vertebrates live in virtually every habitat on Earth and fly higher, swim deeper, and move faster than any other group of organisms. In this course, we will investigate the variety of vertebrate form and function through the lens of evolutionary history and dissection of representative vertebrates. Emphasis is placed on the origin and diversification of the basic vertebrate body plan and the morphological, functional, and evolutionary patterns that result. Three hours of lecture/discussion and three hours of laboratory dissection each week. (4 credits)

BIOL 365-L1

Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 275
  • Instructor: Kristina Curry Rogers

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on December 2nd with permission of the instructor*

Verebrates are among the first animals that come to mind when we consider the diversity of life on Earth. These backboned organism include more than 50.000 living species that range in size from a fish weighing less than an aspirin to a whale that is the largest animal ever to evolve. Vertebrates live in virtually every habitat on Earth and fly higher, swim deeper, and move faster than any other group of organisms. In this course, we will investigate the variety of vertebrate form and function through the lens of evolutionary history and dissection of representative vertebrates. Emphasis is placed on the origin and diversification of the basic vertebrate body plan and the morphological, functional, and evolutionary patterns that result. Three hours of lecture/discussion and three hours of laboratory dissection each week. (4 credits)

BIOL 367-01

Human Physiology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room: OLRI 100
  • Instructor: Lin Aanonsen

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on December 2nd with permission of the instructor*

An introduction to human physiology. The course focuses on the major physiological systems of the human body (e.g., circulatory, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urogenital and the nervous system). A special emphasis is placed on homeostatic mechanisms and the role of the endocrine and nervous system in this process. Lecture/discussion will span the basic structure and function of these systems as well as the underlying cellular mechanisms. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour lab each week. (4 credits)

BIOL 367-L1

Human Physiology Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 275
  • Instructor: Lin Aanonsen

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on December 2nd with permission of the instructor*

An introduction to human physiology. The course focuses on the major physiological systems of the human body (e.g., circulatory, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urogenital and the nervous system). A special emphasis is placed on homeostatic mechanisms and the role of the endocrine and nervous system in this process. Lecture/discussion will span the basic structure and function of these systems as well as the underlying cellular mechanisms. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour lab each week. (4 credits)

BIOL 367-L2

Human Physiology Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 275
  • Instructor: Lin Aanonsen

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on December 2nd with permission of the instructor*

An introduction to human physiology. The course focuses on the major physiological systems of the human body (e.g., circulatory, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urogenital and the nervous system). A special emphasis is placed on homeostatic mechanisms and the role of the endocrine and nervous system in this process. Lecture/discussion will span the basic structure and function of these systems as well as the underlying cellular mechanisms. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour lab each week. (4 credits)

BIOL 394-01

Cellular Signaling in the Nervous System: The Old and New Players

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 08:30 am-09:30 am
  • Room: OLRI 205
  • Instructor: Caitlin Durkee

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on December 2nd with permission of the instructor* In the course "Cellular signaling in the nervous system: the old and new players", we will discuss the different forms of cellular communication in the nervous system. We will cover the main nerve cells and signaling mechanisms in the CNS and PNS, the basics of electrophysiology, and some of the newer tools that neuroscientists use to measure and manipulate different nerve cells. In addition to discussing how "old" players, such as neurons, participate in information flow in the brain, we also will discuss how "new" players, such as astrocytes, have recently gained attention after the discovery that they play a more active role in cellular communication than originally thought.

BIOL 472-01

Research in Molecular Biology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: OLRI 273
  • Instructor: Mary Montgomery

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on December 2nd with permission of the instructor*

Collaborative research with a faculty member focused on understanding the molecular genetic mechanisms underlying developmental and physiological processes in plants and/or animals. This research course requires students to use journal papers as the focus for class reading and critical analysis. Through class presentations, discussions, and intensive bench work, students will become familiar with several research methodologies for isolating and manipulating DNA, for analyzing gene expression, and for studying gene function. (4 credits)

BIOL 472-L1

Research Molecular Biology Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 264
  • Instructor: Mary Montgomery

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on December 2nd with permission of the instructor*

Collaborative research with a faculty member focused on understanding the molecular genetic mechanisms underlying developmental and physiological processes in plants and/or animals. This research course requires students to use journal papers as the focus for class reading and critical analysis. Through class presentations, discussions, and intensive bench work, students will become familiar with several research methodologies for isolating and manipulating DNA, for analyzing gene expression, and for studying gene function. (4 credits)

BIOL 481-01

Seminar in Evolutionary Biology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: OLRI 300
  • Instructor: Sarah Boyer

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on December 2nd with permission of the instructor*

An exploration of one of the central organizing ideas of modern biology, the theory of evolution. Topics that will be covered include natural and sexual selection, adaptation, comparative methods, phylogeny, speciation, population genetics, molecular evolution, the origin of life, and others. The course will consist of lectures and discussions based on readings drawn from a variety of sources with an emphasis on primary literature. Three lecture/discussion hours per week. (4 credits)

BIOL 487-01

Seminar in Immunology

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 07:00 pm-10:00 pm
  • Room: OLRI 270
  • Instructor: Kristin Renkema

Notes: This seminar course focuses on a particular topic of current interest within immunological research, such as cancer immunology, transplantation biology, allergy, autoimmunity and vaccine development. The course meets in a journal club format with weekly roundtable discussions of primary articles and secondary reviews in the area of study and emphasizes close and critical reading of experimental literature. Students will participate through discussion, written and oral presentation of critiques of the readings, and a final individual project. Three discussion hours per week. (4 credits).

BIOL 489-01

Biology Seminar

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 250
  • Instructor: Aanonsen, Daughters

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on December 2nd with permission of the instructor*

Senior biology majors meet weekly for an hour in a seminar format. During some weeks students will listen to presentations made by professionals on biologically-related topics. Other weeks will be focused on career planning, job searching, and applying to post-graduate programs. Students will work independently outside of class on their Senior Presentation, a multiple-draft and semester-long writing project acconpanied by an end-of-the-semester oral presentation. Each student will be advised on their Senior Presentation project by a faculty or staff member in the department. Course offered on S/NC grading only. (4 credits)

Fall 2017

BIOL 144-01

Lakes, Streams and Rivers

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: OLRI 301
  • Instructor: Daniel Hornbach

Notes: *Cross-listed with ENVI 144-01; first day attendance required; ACTC student may register on the first day of class with permission of the instructor*

Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes, is also home to numerous streams and rivers. In this course we will examine the nature of these aquatic ecosystems; exploring their ecology, geology and chemistry. We will also investigate human impacts through such practices as agriculture, urbanization and industrialization, on these important ecosystems. Students will complete projects exploring various aspects of local waterbodies, especially the Mississippi, Minnesota, and St. Croix Rivers. Course cross-listed as Environmental Studies 144.

(4 credits)

BIOL 194-01

Creatures and Curiosities

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: OLRI 205
  • Instructor: Sarah Boyer

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on April 28th with permission of instructor* This course deals with unfamiliar, mysterious, beautiful, grotesque, and overlooked animals all around us: the invertebrates. We will explore animal evolution and focus on the biology of creatures such as sponges, jellyfish, insects, starfish, spiders, and corals. In addition, we will discuss the cultural role of animals as curiosities - as specimens in cabinets and museums, or the subjects of phobias and urban legends. Drawing on topics in marine biology and entomology, students will learn about the ecology, life cycles, and anatomy of major groups of animals through lectures, observation of live animals, and dissections. This class counts toward the biology minor but not the biology major. Two 1-hour lectures and one 1-hour lab per week. Students must complete two fieldtrips outside of class time. Prerequisites: none.


BIOL 255-01

Cell Biology and Genetics Laboratory Methods

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 285
  • Instructor: Steven Sundby

Notes: *First day attendance required; 2 credit course; ACTC student may register on April 28th with permission of instructor*

An intensive exploration of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell structure, chemistry, and function with an emphasis on laboratory methods, data analysis, and experimental design. Using the same tools used to advance our understanding of modern cell biology and genetics, this lab requires students to become familiar with a mixture of biochemical, cytological, and genetic techniques as they develop testable hypothesis related to topics such as enzyme function, inheritance patterns, genome structure and gene expression, and cell-to-cell signaling. 2 credits.

BIOL 255-02

Cell Biology and Genetics Laboratory Methods

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 285
  • Instructor: Randy Daughters

Notes: *First day attendance required; 2 credit course; ACTC student may register on April 28th with permission of instructor*

An intensive exploration of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell structure, chemistry, and function with an emphasis on laboratory methods, data analysis, and experimental design. Using the same tools used to advance our understanding of modern cell biology and genetics, this lab requires students to become familiar with a mixture of biochemical, cytological, and genetic techniques as they develop testable hypothesis related to topics such as enzyme function, inheritance patterns, genome structure and gene expression, and cell-to-cell signaling. 2 credits.

BIOL 255-03

Cell Biology and Genetics Laboratory Methods

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 285
  • Instructor: Randy Daughters

Notes: *First day attendance required; 2 credit course; ACTC student may register on April 28th with permission of instructor*

An intensive exploration of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell structure, chemistry, and function with an emphasis on laboratory methods, data analysis, and experimental design. Using the same tools used to advance our understanding of modern cell biology and genetics, this lab requires students to become familiar with a mixture of biochemical, cytological, and genetic techniques as they develop testable hypothesis related to topics such as enzyme function, inheritance patterns, genome structure and gene expression, and cell-to-cell signaling. 2 credits.

BIOL 260-01

Genetics

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: OLRI 300
  • Instructor: Mary Montgomery

Notes: *First Year Course only; first day attendance required*

An introduction to the principles of genetics, including topics from classical Mendalian concepts to the contemporary molecular biology of the gene. Three lecture hours per week.

BIOL 260-02

Genetics

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room: OLRI 100
  • Instructor: Randy Daughters

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on April 28th with permission of instructor*

An introduction to the principles of genetics, including topics from classical Mendalian concepts to the contemporary molecular biology of the gene. Three lecture hours per week.

BIOL 265-01

Cell Biology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: NEILL 304
  • Instructor: Devavani Chatterjea

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on April 28th with permission of instructor*

An introduction to the molecular and cellular processes of living organisms. Special attention is paid to problems faced by living cells in the acquisition of energy, growth and repair, reproduction and communication with other cells. Recent advances in biotechnology are also discussed. Three lecture hours. Prerequisite: CHEM 112 or 115. (4 credits)

BIOL 270-01

Biodiversity and Evolution

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: OLRI 270
  • Instructor: Kristina Curry Rogers

Notes: *First Year Course only; first day attendance required; must register for BIOL 270-L1*

An introduction to the diversity and history of life. This course surveys the major groups of organisms (their morphology, physiology, reproductive cycles) and their evolutionary origins and relationships. Using recent findings from such diverse fields as molecular phylogenetics, developmental biology, and paleontology, this course introduces students to the major branches on the tree of life. Three hours lecture and one three-hour lab each week. (4 credits)


BIOL 270-02

Biodiversity and Evolution

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: OLRI 100
  • Instructor: Kristina Curry Rogers

Notes: *First day attendance required; must register in BIOL 270-L2; ACTC student may register on April 28th with permission of instructor*

An introduction to the diversity and history of life. This course surveys the major groups of organisms (their morphology, physiology, reproductive cycles) and their evolutionary origins and relationships. Using recent findings from such diverse fields as molecular phylogenetics, developmental biology, and paleontology, this course introduces students to the major branches on the tree of life. Three hours lecture and one three-hour lab each week. (4 credits)


BIOL 270-L1

Biodiversity and Evolution Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 273
  • Instructor: Kristina Curry Rogers

Notes: *First Year Lab only; attendance at first lab meeting required*

An introduction to the diversity and history of life. This course surveys the major groups of organisms (their morphology, physiology, reproductive cycles) and their evolutionary origins and relationships. Using recent findings from such diverse fields as molecular phylogenetics, developmental biology, and paleontology, this course introduces students to the major branches on the tree of life. Three hours lecture and one three-hour lab each week. (4 credits)


BIOL 270-L2

Biodiversity and Evolution Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 273
  • Instructor: Michael Anderson

Notes: *Attendance at first lab meeting required; ACTC student may register on April 28th with permission of instructor*

An introduction to the diversity and history of life. This course surveys the major groups of organisms (their morphology, physiology, reproductive cycles) and their evolutionary origins and relationships. Using recent findings from such diverse fields as molecular phylogenetics, developmental biology, and paleontology, this course introduces students to the major branches on the tree of life. Three hours lecture and one three-hour lab each week. (4 credits)


BIOL 285-01

Ecology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 08:30 am-09:30 am
  • Room: OLRI 250
  • Instructor: Laura Phillips-Mao

Notes: *Cross-listed with ENVI 285-01;first day attendance required;ACTC student may register on April 28th with permission of instructor*

An introduction to the study of ecological theory and processes. The subject of this course is the natural world and the current and past processes that have shaped it. Taking a systems approach, major ecological patterns and processes are described and proposed underlying mechanisms are investigated through readings, field and laboratory studies. The impact of humans on natural systems is also examined. Three hours lecture and one three-hour lab each week. Cross-listed with Environmental Studies 285. (4 semesters)

BIOL 285-L1

Ecology Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 284
  • Instructor: Michael Anderson

Notes: *Cross-listed with ENVI 285-L1;attendance at first lab meeting required; ACTC student may register on April 28th with permission of instructor*

An introduction to the study of ecological theory and processes. The subject of this course is the natural world and the current and past processes that have shaped it. Taking a systems approach, major ecological patterns and processes are described and proposed underlying mechanisms are investigated through readings, field and laboratory studies. The impact of humans on natural systems is also examined. Three hours lecture and one three-hour lab each week. Cross-listed with Environmental Studies 285. (4 semesters)

BIOL 285-L2

Ecology Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 284
  • Instructor: Michael Anderson

Notes: *Cross-listed with ENVI 285-L2;attendance at first lab meeting required; ACTC student may register on April 28th with permission of instructor*

An introduction to the study of ecological theory and processes. The subject of this course is the natural world and the current and past processes that have shaped it. Taking a systems approach, major ecological patterns and processes are described and proposed underlying mechanisms are investigated through readings, field and laboratory studies. The impact of humans on natural systems is also examined. Three hours lecture and one three-hour lab each week. Cross-listed with Environmental Studies 285. (4 semesters)

BIOL 344-01

Aquatic Ecology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: OLRI 284
  • Instructor: Daniel Hornbach

Notes: *Cross-listed with ENVI 344-01;first day attendance required;ACTC student may register on first day of class with permission of instructor*

The study of freshwater organisms and their environments. Students are introduced to the ecology of lakes, streams, and ponds, especially those of Minnesota. Through lectures, field trips and laboratory experiments, students will learn to identify aquatic plants and animals and will study their interactions. Additional topics include water chemistry and environmental pollution of freshwater systems. Three lecture hours and one four-hour laboratory per week. Cross-listed with Environmental Studies 344. Fall semester. (4 credits)

BIOL 344-L1

Aquatic Ecology Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 284
  • Instructor: Hornbach, Hove

Notes: *Cross-listed with ENVI 344-L1;attendance at first lab meeting required; ACTC student may register on the first day of class with permission of instructor*

The study of freshwater organisms and their environments. Students are introduced to the ecology of lakes, streams, and ponds, especially those of Minnesota. Through lectures, field trips and laboratory experiments, students will learn to identify aquatic plants and animals and will study their interactions. Additional topics include water chemistry and environmental pollution of freshwater systems. Three lecture hours and one four-hour laboratory per week. Cross-listed with Environmental Studies 344. Fall semester. (4 credits)

BIOL 345-01

Field Botany

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: OLRI 284
  • Instructor: Laura Phillips-Mao

Notes: *ACTC student may register on April 28th with permission of instructor*

A study of the evolution, ecology, geography, and taxonomy of vascular plants. Students learn the principles of plant classification and, through first hand experience the techniques of plant identification, collection, and preservation. Through field trips, students will become familiar with many of the local trees, wildflowers, and ferns. Three lecture hours and one three-hour laboratory per week. (4 credits)

BIOL 345-L1

Field Botany Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 284
  • Instructor: Laura Phillips-Mao

Notes: *ACTC student may register on April 28th with permission of instructor*

A study of the evolution, ecology, geography, and taxonomy of vascular plants. Students learn the principles of plant classification and, through first hand experience the techniques of plant identification, collection, and preservation. Through field trips, students will become familiar with many of the local trees, wildflowers, and ferns. Three lecture hours and one three-hour laboratory per week. (4 credits)

BIOL 351-01

Biochemistry I

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: OLRI 150
  • Instructor: Kathryn Splan

Notes: *Cross-listed with CHEM 351-01; first day attendance required*

A study of biological processes at the molecular level with an emphasis on the chemistry of biological molecules, elements of physical biochemistry, the structure of proteins, the mechanisms and kinetics of enzyme catalyzed reactions, and selected topics in intermediary metabolism, including the metabolism of carbohydrates and lipids. Three lecture hours and one three-hour laboratory per week. (4 credits)


BIOL 351-L1

Biochemistry I Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 289
  • Instructor: Kathryn Splan

Notes: *Cross-listed with CHEM 351-L1; attendance at first lab meeting required*


BIOL 351-L2

Biochemistry I Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 289
  • Instructor: Kathryn Splan

Notes: *Cross-listed with CHEM 351-L2; attendance at first lab meeting required*


BIOL 357-01

Immunology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 08:30 am-09:30 am
  • Room: OLRI 241
  • Instructor: Kristin Renkema

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on April 28th with permission of instructor*

This course is an introduction to vertebrate immunity. Its evolution, cellular and molecular mechanisms, health and disease functions and therapeutic manipulations are explored through approaches including lectures, clinical case studies, extensive reading of the primary literature, problem-solving and an intensive focus on scientific writing. The course typically includes a civic engagement component where students work with health organizations and schools in the Twin Cities area. The course laboratory uses guided exercises and independent projects to focus on current immunological techniques including flow cytometry, magnetic cell sorting and antibody assays. Three hours of lectures and four to six hours of laboratory per week. Junior or senior standing required. (4 credits).

BIOL 357-L1

Immunology Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 277
  • Instructor: Kristin Renkema

Notes: *Attendance at first lab meeting required; ACTC student may register on April 28th with permission of instructor*

This course is an introduction to vertebrate immunity. Its evolution, cellular and molecular mechanisms, health and disease functions and therapeutic manipulations are explored through approaches including lectures, clinical case studies, extensive reading of the primary literature, problem-solving and an intensive focus on scientific writing. The course typically includes a civic engagement component where students work with health organizations and schools in the Twin Cities area. The course laboratory uses guided exercises and independent projects to focus on current immunological techniques including flow cytometry, magnetic cell sorting and antibody assays. Three hours of lectures and four to six hours of laboratory per week. Junior or senior standing required. (4 credits).

BIOL 358-01

Microbiology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: OLRI 300
  • Instructor: Steven Sundby

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on April 28th with permission of instructor*

This course is an introduction to the subdisciplines of microbiology: virology, bacteriology, immunology, parasitology and mycology. Emphasis is given to our efforts to understand and control microbial growth processes. Additional focus will be on the effect of microbes on humans, especially as relates to disease processes. The laboratory emphasizes determinative microbiology. Three hours of lecture/discussion and four to five hours of laboratory per week. (4 credits)

BIOL 358-L1

Microbiology Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 289
  • Instructor: Steven Sundby

Notes: *Attendance at first lab meeting required; ACTC student may register on April 28th with permission of instructor*

This course is an introduction to the subdisciplines of microbiology: virology, bacteriology, immunology, parasitology and mycology. Emphasis is given to our efforts to understand and control microbial growth processes. Additional focus will be on the effect of microbes on humans, especially as relates to disease processes. The laboratory emphasizes determinative microbiology. Three hours of lecture/discussion and four to five hours of laboratory per week. (4 credits)

BIOL 360-01

Neuroanatomy

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: OLRI 205
  • Instructor: Elizabeth Jansen

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on April 28th with permission of instructor*

The structure and function of the vertebrate nervous system, with a focus on the human nervous system, will be explored through analysis of human brain specimens and sections, and artistic photographic and computer graphic representations of nervous system structures at both the microscopic and systems levels. This course is designed to provide an understanding of both the peripheral and central nervous system with a focus on brain, brainstem, and spinal cord structure and function through observation and study of normal brain tissue and discussion of clinical cases. This course is intended for student with a strong interest in neuroscience. Three hours lecture and one three-hour lab each week. (4 credits)

BIOL 360-L1

Neuroanatomy Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 275
  • Instructor: Elizabeth Jansen

Notes: *Attendance at first lab meeting required; ACTC student may register on April 28th with permission of instructor*

The structure and function of the vertebrate nervous system, with a focus on the human nervous system, will be explored through analysis of human brain specimens and sections, and artistic photographic and computer graphic representations of nervous system structures at both the microscopic and systems levels. This course is designed to provide an understanding of both the peripheral and central nervous system with a focus on brain, brainstem, and spinal cord structure and function through observation and study of normal brain tissue and discussion of clinical cases. This course is intended for student with a strong interest in neuroscience. Three hours lecture and one three-hour lab each week. (4 credits)

BIOL 361-01

Invertebrate Animal Diversity

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: OLRI 270
  • Instructor: Sarah Boyer

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on April 28th with permission of instructor*

An introduction to the science of invertebrate zoology. The vast majority of animals are invertebrates, including beautiful and charismatic organisms such as corals and butterflies, and also pests and parasites such as mosquitoes and tapeworms. Students will become familiar with all major and some minor phyla of marine, terrestrial, and freshwater animals. Through lectures, discussions, field trips, dissections, and laboratory observations of live organisms students will learn to identify invertebrates and understand their anatomy, life cycles, and evolutionary history. Students will complete independent projects involving field collection and identification of either insects or shells (mollusks). Three hours of lecture and one three-hour lab each week. (4 credits)

BIOL 361-L1

Invertebrate Animal Div Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 273
  • Instructor: Sarah Boyer

Notes: *Attendance at first lab meeting required; ACTC student may register on April 28th with permission of instructor*

An introduction to the science of invertebrate zoology. The vast majority of animals are invertebrates, including beautiful and charismatic organisms such as corals and butterflies, and also pests and parasites such as mosquitoes and tapeworms. Students will become familiar with all major and some minor phyla of marine, terrestrial, and freshwater animals. Through lectures, discussions, field trips, dissections, and laboratory observations of live organisms students will learn to identify invertebrates and understand their anatomy, life cycles, and evolutionary history. Students will complete independent projects involving field collection and identification of either insects or shells (mollusks). Three hours of lecture and one three-hour lab each week. (4 credits)

BIOL 367-01

Human Physiology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: OLRI 250
  • Instructor: Lin Aanonsen

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on April 28th with permission of instructor*

An introduction to human physiology. The course focuses on the major physiological systems of the human body (e.g., circulatory, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urogenital and the nervous system). A special emphasis is placed on homeostatic mechanisms and the role of the endocrine and nervous system in this process. Lecture/discussion will span the basic structure and function of these systems as well as the underlying cellular mechanisms. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour lab each week. (4 credits)

BIOL 367-L1

Human Physiology Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 275
  • Instructor: Lin Aanonsen

Notes: *Attendance at first lab meeting required; ACTC student may register on April 28th with permission of instructor*

An introduction to human physiology. The course focuses on the major physiological systems of the human body (e.g., circulatory, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urogenital and the nervous system). A special emphasis is placed on homeostatic mechanisms and the role of the endocrine and nervous system in this process. Lecture/discussion will span the basic structure and function of these systems as well as the underlying cellular mechanisms. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour lab each week. (4 credits)

BIOL 367-L2

Human Physiology Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 275
  • Instructor: Lin Aanonsen

Notes: *Attendance at first lab meeting required; ACTC student may register on April 28th with permission of instructor*

An introduction to human physiology. The course focuses on the major physiological systems of the human body (e.g., circulatory, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urogenital and the nervous system). A special emphasis is placed on homeostatic mechanisms and the role of the endocrine and nervous system in this process. Lecture/discussion will span the basic structure and function of these systems as well as the underlying cellular mechanisms. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour lab each week. (4 credits)

BIOL 494-01

Seminar in Genome Editing

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: ARTCOM 202
  • Instructor: Mary Montgomery

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on April 28th with permission of instructor*


Spring 2018

BIOL 117-01

Women, Health and Reproduction

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Elizabeth Jansen

Notes: *First day attendance required; cross-listed with WGSS 117-01; ACTC student may register on Friday, December 1st with permission of instructor*

This course will deal with those aspects of human anatomy and physiology which are of special interest to women, especially those relating to sexuality and reproduction. Biological topics covered will include menstruation and menopause, female sexuality, conception, contraception, infertility, abortion, pregnancy, cancer, and AIDS. Advances in assisted reproductive technologies, hormone therapies, and genetic engineering technologies will be discussed. Not open to biology majors. This course fulfills 4 credits in the science distribution requirement and counts toward the biology minor, but not toward the major. No prerequisite. Three lecture hours per week. (4 credits)


BIOL 255-01

Cell Biology and Genetics Laboratory Methods

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Steven Sundby

Notes: *First day attendance required; 2 credit course; ACTC student may register on Friday, December 1st with permission of instructor*

An intensive exploration of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell structure, chemistry, and function with an emphasis on laboratory methods, data analysis, and experimental design. Using the same tools used to advance our understanding of modern cell biology and genetics, this lab requires students to become familiar with a mixture of biochemical, cytological, and genetic techniques as they develop testable hypothesis related to topics such as enzyme function, inheritance patterns, genome structure and gene expression, and cell-to-cell signaling. 2 credits.

BIOL 255-02

Cell Biology and Genetics Laboratory Methods

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Steven Sundby

Notes: *First day attendance required; 2 credit course; ACTC student may register on Friday, December 1st with permission of instructor*

An intensive exploration of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell structure, chemistry, and function with an emphasis on laboratory methods, data analysis, and experimental design. Using the same tools used to advance our understanding of modern cell biology and genetics, this lab requires students to become familiar with a mixture of biochemical, cytological, and genetic techniques as they develop testable hypothesis related to topics such as enzyme function, inheritance patterns, genome structure and gene expression, and cell-to-cell signaling. 2 credits.

BIOL 255-03

Cell Biology and Genetics Laboratory Methods

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Steven Sundby

Notes: *First day attendance required; 2 credit course; ACTC student may register on Friday, December 1st with permission of instructor*

An intensive exploration of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell structure, chemistry, and function with an emphasis on laboratory methods, data analysis, and experimental design. Using the same tools used to advance our understanding of modern cell biology and genetics, this lab requires students to become familiar with a mixture of biochemical, cytological, and genetic techniques as they develop testable hypothesis related to topics such as enzyme function, inheritance patterns, genome structure and gene expression, and cell-to-cell signaling. 2 credits.

BIOL 260-01

Genetics

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Randy Daughters

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on Friday, December 1st with permission of instructor*

An introduction to the principles of genetics, including topics from classical Mendalian concepts to the contemporary molecular biology of the gene. Three lecture hours per week.

BIOL 260-02

Genetics

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Paul Overvoorde

Notes: *First day attendance required; 2 credit course; ACTC student may register on Friday, December 1st with permission of instructor*

An introduction to the principles of genetics, including topics from classical Mendalian concepts to the contemporary molecular biology of the gene. Three lecture hours per week.

BIOL 265-01

Cell Biology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Lin Aanonsen

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on Friday, December 1st with permission of instructor*

An introduction to the molecular and cellular processes of living organisms. Special attention is paid to problems faced by living cells in the acquisition of energy, growth and repair, reproduction and communication with other cells. Recent advances in biotechnology are also discussed. Three lecture hours. Prerequisite: CHEM 112 or 115. (4 credits)

BIOL 270-01

Biodiversity and Evolution

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Sarah Boyer

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on Friday, December 1st with permission of instructor*

An introduction to the diversity and history of life. This course surveys the major groups of organisms (their morphology, physiology, reproductive cycles) and their evolutionary origins and relationships. Using recent findings from such diverse fields as molecular phylogenetics, developmental biology, and paleontology, this course introduces students to the major branches on the tree of life. Three hours lecture and one three-hour lab each week. (4 credits)


BIOL 270-L1

Biodiversity and Evolution Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Michael Anderson

Notes: *First day lab attendance required; ACTC student may register on Friday, December 1st with permission of instructor*

An introduction to the diversity and history of life. This course surveys the major groups of organisms (their morphology, physiology, reproductive cycles) and their evolutionary origins and relationships. Using recent findings from such diverse fields as molecular phylogenetics, developmental biology, and paleontology, this course introduces students to the major branches on the tree of life. Three hours lecture and one three-hour lab each week. (4 credits)


BIOL 270-L2

Biodiversity and Evolution Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Michael Anderson

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on Friday, December 1st with permission of instructor*

An introduction to the diversity and history of life. This course surveys the major groups of organisms (their morphology, physiology, reproductive cycles) and their evolutionary origins and relationships. Using recent findings from such diverse fields as molecular phylogenetics, developmental biology, and paleontology, this course introduces students to the major branches on the tree of life. Three hours lecture and one three-hour lab each week. (4 credits)


BIOL 285-01

Ecology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 08:30 am-09:30 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Laura Phillips-Mao

Notes: *First day attendance required; Cross-listed with ENVI 285-01; ACTC student may register on Friday, December 1st with permission of instructor*

An introduction to the study of ecological theory and processes. The subject of this course is the natural world and the current and past processes that have shaped it. Taking a systems approach, major ecological patterns and processes are described and proposed underlying mechanisms are investigated through readings, field and laboratory studies. The impact of humans on natural systems is also examined. Three hours lecture and one three-hour lab each week. Cross-listed with Environmental Studies 285. (4 semesters)

BIOL 285-L1

Ecology Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Michael Anderson

Notes: *First day attendance required; Cross-listed with ENVI 285-L1; ACTC student may register on Friday, December 1st with permission of instructor*

An introduction to the study of ecological theory and processes. The subject of this course is the natural world and the current and past processes that have shaped it. Taking a systems approach, major ecological patterns and processes are described and proposed underlying mechanisms are investigated through readings, field and laboratory studies. The impact of humans on natural systems is also examined. Three hours lecture and one three-hour lab each week. Cross-listed with Environmental Studies 285. (4 semesters)

BIOL 285-L2

Ecology Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Michael Anderson

Notes: *First day attendance required; Cross-listed with ENVI 285-L2; ACTC student may register on Friday, December 1st with permission of instructor*

An introduction to the study of ecological theory and processes. The subject of this course is the natural world and the current and past processes that have shaped it. Taking a systems approach, major ecological patterns and processes are described and proposed underlying mechanisms are investigated through readings, field and laboratory studies. The impact of humans on natural systems is also examined. Three hours lecture and one three-hour lab each week. Cross-listed with Environmental Studies 285. (4 semesters)

BIOL 348-01

Ornithology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 08:30 am-09:30 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Jerald Dosch

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register on Friday, December 1st with permission of instructor*

This is an advanced course for students interested in the biology of birds, Topics covered will include: functional morphology, physiology, distribution and systematics with an emphasis on avian ecology, behavior and evolution. The course format will include integrated lectures, laboratories, field trips, and discussion of the primary literature. Students will learn the major avian taxa with special emphasis on the common birds of Minnesota in general and the Twin Cities in particular. Three lecture hours and one three-hour laboratory per week. (4 credits)

BIOL 348-L1

Ornithology Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Jerald Dosch

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register Friday, December 1st with permission of instructor*

This is an advanced course for students interested in the biology of birds, Topics covered will include: functional morphology, physiology, distribution and systematics with an emphasis on avian ecology, behavior and evolution. The course format will include integrated lectures, laboratories, field trips, and discussion of the primary literature. Students will learn the major avian taxa with special emphasis on the common birds of Minnesota in general and the Twin Cities in particular. Three lecture hours and one three-hour laboratory per week. (4 credits)

BIOL 351-01

Biochemistry I

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Leah Witus

Notes: *Cross-listed with CHEM 351-01*

A study of biological processes at the molecular level with an emphasis on the chemistry of biological molecules, elements of physical biochemistry, the structure of proteins, the mechanisms and kinetics of enzyme catalyzed reactions, and selected topics in intermediary metabolism, including the metabolism of carbohydrates and lipids. Three lecture hours and one three-hour laboratory per week. (4 credits)


BIOL 351-L1

Biochemistry I Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Leah Witus

Notes: *Cross-listed with CHEM 351-L1*

A study of biological processes at the molecular level with an emphasis on the chemistry of biological molecules, elements of physical biochemistry, the structure of proteins, the mechanisms and kinetics of enzyme catalyzed reactions, and selected topics in intermediary metabolism, including the metabolism of carbohydrates and lipids. Three lecture hours and one three-hour laboratory per week. (4 credits)


BIOL 351-L2

Biochemistry I Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Leah Witus

Notes: *Cross-listed with CHEM 351-L2*

A study of biological processes at the molecular level with an emphasis on the chemistry of biological molecules, elements of physical biochemistry, the structure of proteins, the mechanisms and kinetics of enzyme catalyzed reactions, and selected topics in intermediary metabolism, including the metabolism of carbohydrates and lipids. Three lecture hours and one three-hour laboratory per week. (4 credits)


BIOL 353-01

Advanced Genetics

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Mary Montgomery

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register Friday, December 1st with permission of instructor*

An in-depth study of the principle of modern genetics, this course will examine topics which range from Mendelian and non-Mendelian inheritance patterns to the concepts and practices of molecular biology. Among other topics, there will be discussions on human genetics, the human genome project, and the application of genetic principles in genetic counseling. Three lecture hours. (4 credits)

BIOL 355-01

Virology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Steven Sundby

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register Friday, December 1st with permission of instructor*

This seminar course will focus on the molecular biology of viruses, including prions and retroviral vectors. Topics will include bacterial, plant and animal viral infection and replication cycles, morphology, oncogenesis, and virus-host interactions. Viruses of epidemiologic and biotechnological importance, including new and emergent viruses, will be emphasized. Students will read current literature, lead class discussions and prepare a research proposal. (4 credits)

BIOL 356-01

Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Randy Daughters

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register Friday, December 1st with permission of instructor*

A study of the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the biological basis of behavior. While particular emphasis is placed on the molecular and cellular components of the nervous system, these components are the foundation for the analysis of various systems. Discussion topics may include the role of neurotransmitters, neuromodulators and receptors in learning and memory, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease and drug addiction. The laboratory will be used to introduce major research techniques in neurobiology. These techniques will be used in independently designed research projects. Three lecture hours and one four-hour laboratory per week. (4 credits)


BIOL 356-L1

Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Randy Daughters

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register Friday, December 1st with permission of instructor*

A study of the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the biological basis of behavior. While particular emphasis is placed on the molecular and cellular components of the nervous system, these components are the foundation for the analysis of various systems. Discussion topics may include the role of neurotransmitters, neuromodulators and receptors in learning and memory, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease and drug addiction. The laboratory will be used to introduce major research techniques in neurobiology. These techniques will be used in independently designed research projects. Three lecture hours and one four-hour laboratory per week. (4 credits)


BIOL 365-01

Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Kristina Curry Rogers

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register Friday, December 1st with permission of instructor*

Verebrates are among the first animals that come to mind when we consider the diversity of life on Earth. These backboned organism include more than 50.000 living species that range in size from a fish weighing less than an aspirin to a whale that is the largest animal ever to evolve. Vertebrates live in virtually every habitat on Earth and fly higher, swim deeper, and move faster than any other group of organisms. In this course, we will investigate the variety of vertebrate form and function through the lens of evolutionary history and dissection of representative vertebrates. Emphasis is placed on the origin and diversification of the basic vertebrate body plan and the morphological, functional, and evolutionary patterns that result. Three hours of lecture/discussion and three hours of laboratory dissection each week. (4 credits)

BIOL 365-L1

Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Kristina Curry Rogers

Notes: *First day lab attendance required; ACTC student may register Friday, December 1st with permission of instructor*

Verebrates are among the first animals that come to mind when we consider the diversity of life on Earth. These backboned organism include more than 50.000 living species that range in size from a fish weighing less than an aspirin to a whale that is the largest animal ever to evolve. Vertebrates live in virtually every habitat on Earth and fly higher, swim deeper, and move faster than any other group of organisms. In this course, we will investigate the variety of vertebrate form and function through the lens of evolutionary history and dissection of representative vertebrates. Emphasis is placed on the origin and diversification of the basic vertebrate body plan and the morphological, functional, and evolutionary patterns that result. Three hours of lecture/discussion and three hours of laboratory dissection each week. (4 credits)

BIOL 394-01

Environment, Health & Society

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Chatterjea, Phadke

Notes: *Cross-listed with ENVI 394-01; first day attendance required; ACTC student may register Friday, December 1st with permission of instructor*


BIOL 394-02

Ecological Restoration

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Laura Phillips-Mao

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register Friday, December 1st with permission of instructor*


BIOL 394-03

Plants:A Molecular Approach

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: TBA
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Michael Anderson

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register Friday, December 1st with permission of instructor*


BIOL 394-04

Biological Research Design and Data Analysis

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: STAFF

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register Friday, December 1st with permission of instructor*


BIOL 394-05

Chemical Biology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Leah Witus

Notes: *Cross-listed with CHEM 394-03*


BIOL 394-L2

Ecological Restoration Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Laura Phillips-Mao

Notes: *First day Lab attendance required; ACTC student may register Friday, December 1st with permission of instructor*


BIOL 394-L3

Plants:A Molecular Approach Lab

  • Days: TBA
  • Meeting Time: TBA
  • Room:
  • Instructor: STAFF

Notes: *First day Lab attendance required; ACTC student may register Friday, December 1st with permission of instructor*


BIOL 473-01

Research in Immunology

  • Days: W
  • Meeting Time: 07:00 pm-10:00 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Devavani Chatterjea

Notes: *Permission of instructor required; first day attendance required; ACTC student may register Friday, December 1st with permission of instructor*

This course involves collaborative research with a faculty member on a current problem in immunology. Students participate in intensive reading of primary literature, journal-club style presentations, detailed experimental design and written and oral presentation of proposed research projects. The laboratory component focuses on acquiring independent research skills, gaining technical expertise and carrying out novel research. Three hours of lectures and four to six hours of laboratory per week. (4 Credits)

BIOL 473-L1

Research in Immunology Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Devavani Chatterjea

Notes: *Permission of instructor required; first day Lab attendance required; ACTC student may register Friday, December 1st with permission of instructor*

This course involves collaborative research with a faculty member on a current problem in immunology. Students participate in intensive reading of primary literature, journal-club style presentations, detailed experimental design and written and oral presentation of proposed research projects. The laboratory component focuses on acquiring independent research skills, gaining technical expertise and carrying out novel research. Three hours of lectures and four to six hours of laboratory per week. (4 Credits)

BIOL 481-01

Seminar in Evolutionary Biology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Sarah Boyer

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register Friday, December 1st with permission of instructor*

An exploration of one of the central organizing ideas of modern biology, the theory of evolution. Topics that will be covered include natural and sexual selection, adaptation, comparative methods, phylogeny, speciation, population genetics, molecular evolution, the origin of life, and others. The course will consist of lectures and discussions based on readings drawn from a variety of sources with an emphasis on primary literature. Three lecture/discussion hours per week. (4 credits)

BIOL 486-01

Seminar in Neuropharmacology

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Lin Aanonsen

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register Friday, December 1st with permission of instructor*

This is an advanced course that will focus on the study of drugs used to alter the central nervous system. The course will begin with basic pharmacological principles and then concentrate on the various uses of drugs to alter brain neurochemistry. Topics for discussion will include the pharmacological treatment of schizophrenia, depression, pain, anxiety and generally, the neurochemical basis of behavior. In addition to discussion of the use of drugs for clinical purposes, a significant amount of time will be spent on the use of "drugs of abuse" (e.g. cocaine, marijuana, LSD). While the focus of the course will be on the biochemical mechanisms of these drugs, an effort will be made to investigate and discuss the sociological ramifications of drug use. Three discussion/lecture hours per week. (4 credits)


BIOL 489-01

Biology Seminar

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Boyer, Chatterjea

Notes: *First day attendance required; ACTC student may register Friday, December 1st with permission of instructor*

Senior biology majors meet weekly for an hour in a seminar format. During some weeks students will listen to presentations made by professionals on biologically-related topics. Other weeks will be focused on career planning, job searching, and applying to post-graduate programs. Students will work independently outside of class on their Senior Presentation, a multiple-draft and semester-long writing project acconpanied by an end-of-the-semester oral presentation. Each student will be advised on their Senior Presentation project by a faculty or staff member in the department. Course offered on S/NC grading only. (4 credits)