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BIOL 100 Introduction to the Profession

Introduction to the biological sciences, scientific method, computing tools, and critical thinking. Prerequisite: None. (2-0-2)

BIOL 104 Linux/Perl Programming

Introductory class on Linux and Perl programming. Topics include Linux/UNIX operating systems, Bash and other command line shells, remote terminals, the basics of Perl programming, and examples of Perl programming for biological data. Class is a lecture/lab hybrid. Laptops are required. Prerequisite: None.  (3-0-3)

BIOL 105 Introduction to Biology

This course, designed for non-majors, considers basic concepts and selected topics in biology beginning at the molecular level and ending with the biosphere. Topics include the following: the chemistry and structure of cells in plants and animals; how cells obtain and use energy; basic genetics and the role of biotechnology in agriculture and medicine; evolution, natural selection, and species formation; the origin and diversity of microbial, plant, and animal life; ecology, organisms, and their environments; and the impact of human population growth and human activity on the systems and resources of our planet. Prerequisite: None. (3-0-3)

BIOL 107 General Biology Lectures

This course emphasizes biology at the organismal level. It provides an introduction to the study of the structure and function of plants and animals, their origin and evolution, their reproduction and genetics, and their diversity and ecological relations. BIOL 107 plus BIOL 115 constitutes a one-year sequence in biology. Acceptable as part of the science component of the General Education Program. (3-0-3)

BIOL 109 General Biology Laboratory

A laboratory course to accompany BIOL 107. An introduction to laboratory techniques and their application to the understanding of general biological concepts. Prerequisite: Concurrent or previous enrollment in BIOL 107. (0-3-1)

BIOL 114 Introduction to Human Biology

This course, designed for non-majors in biology, covers selected topics in biology of particular relevance to humans and to human health and disease. Topics include: Introductory biochemistry and cell structure, organization, and regulation of body systems; human genetics; human development; biotechnology; introduction to human pathogens and infectious diseases including sexually-transmitted diseases and immunologic diseases such as AIDS; human ecology; and human evolution. (3-0-3)

BIOL 115 Human Biology Lectures

This course covers selected topics in biology of particular relevance to humans and to human health and disease. Topics include biology of human cells and selected organ systems; neurobiology including psychoactive drugs and drug addiction; development and birth defects; genetics and genetic diseases; toxicology; the immune system and immunologic diseases such as AIDS; human nutrition and nutritional effects; and microbial human diseases. BIOL 107 plus BIOL 115 constitutes a one-year sequence in biology. Acceptable as part of science component of the General Education Program. (3-0-3)

BIOL 117 Human Biology Laboratory

A biology laboratory course to accompany BIOL 115. A cellular approach to the functional organization of organs and organ systems. Laboratories will include the application of experimental methods and techniques for understanding the relationship between cell structure and function. Prerequisite: Concurrent or previous enrollment in BIOL 115. (0-3-1)

BIOL 210 Microbiology Lectures

A study of microorganisms and their relation to water, sanitation, soil, disease, biotechnology, bioremediation, bioinformatics, and genetic engineering. Prerequisite: BIOL 107, BIOL 115 or equivalent. (3-0-3)

BIOL 214 Genetics

An introduction to transmission and molecular genetics designed for both biology and other science and engineering majors. Applications of genetics to solution of various practical problems will also be discussed. Prerequisite: One semester of college level biology, e.g., BIOL 107, BIOL 115, or consent of the instructor. (3-0-3)

BIOL 225 Microbiology Laboratory

Isolation and identification of microorganisms, microbial growth, design of culture media, microorganisms as biocatalysts, environmental microbiology, quantitative microbiology, introduction to microbial genetics, and genetic engineering. Prerequisite: Concurrent or previous enrollment in BIOL 210 or consent of instructor. (0-4-2)

BIOL 305 Human Anatomy

This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the structural, functional, and developmental anatomy of the human body. Particular consideration will be given to the bony structures, vasculature, innervation, musculature, and relationships of the various structures to one another. Prerequisite: BIOL 115 or consent of instructor. (3-0-3)

BIOL 310 Genomes, Transcriptomes and Proteomes

Emphasis on biological sequence data. Topics include sequencing technologies, sequence analysis and assembly, gene prediction, functional inferences and databases, 3D modeling, sequence annotation, genetic diversity and phylogenomics. Class is a lecture/lab hybrid. Laptops are required. Prerequisites: BIOL 214 or other general genetics course, BIOL 104 Linux/Perl programming. (3-0-3)

BIOL 327 Introduction to Immunology

This course covers general principles of innate and adaptive immunity including structure and function of immune system components, T and B cell development, responses of the immune system to infection, and consequences of immune system failure. Prerequisite: BIOL 107, BIOL 115, or consent of instructor. (3-0-3)

BIOL 401 Introductory Biochemistry

The first part of a one-year Biochemistry series. This course covers the basic principles of biological chemistry with particular focus on: proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids; their molecular structure, chemical reactions, and practical methods in characterization; and enzymes and enzyme-catalyzed reactions. Prerequisites: CHEM 237 and (BIOL 107 or BIOL 115). (3-0-3)

BIOL 402 Metabolic Biochemistry

The second part of a one-year Biochemistry series. This course deals with biochemistry of metabolism, focusing on: glycolysis, the citric acid cycle, gluconeogenesis, electron transport, and the synthesis and breakdown of biomolecules (amino acids, nucleic acids, lipids, and carbohydrates), blood chemistry, lipid transportation, and metabolic control. Prerequisite: BIOL 401. (3-0-3)

BIOL 403 Biochemistry

Molecular organization of cell structures and cell membranes. Proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids, their molecular structure, characterization and chemical reactions. Enzymes and enzyme-catalyzed reactions and metabolism. Does not satisfy biochemistry requirement for Biology, Biochemistry, or Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics majors. Prerequisite(s): [(BIOL 107) OR (BIOL 115) OR (CHE 311)] AND [(CHEM 237)] (4-0-4)

BIOL 404 Biochemistry Laboratory

Analytical methods in the chemistry and metabolism of proteins, amino acids, and nucleic acids, including chromatography, spectrophotometry, and electrophoresis. Enzyme reactions. Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment in BIOL 401 or BIOL 402. (0-6-3)

BIOL 410 Medical Microbiology

Properties of pathogenic bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites and their mechanisms of pathogenesis with a focus on organisms that cause human disease. Prerequisite: BIOL 210 or consent of instructor. (3-0-3)

BIOL 414 Genetics for Engineering Scientists

A course in genetics designed for advanced students in engineering and related disciplines. The course will cover transmission and molecular genetics and their application to the solution of carious practical problems. A term paper will be required in addition to in-class examinations. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. (3-0-3)

BIOL 420 Population and Ecological Genetics

The study of genetic variation in natural populations is the foundation for modern evolutionary biology. Population genetics covers both the theoretical study of the effects of various forces on genetic diversity and the empirical analysis of genetic variation observed in real populations. Throughout the course, students’ understanding of population genetics theory will be reinforced with examples of applications. Topics will include genetic drift, genealogical approaches and coalescence, structured populations and migration mutation and natural selection. Prerequisites: BIOL 214, MATH 148 or MATH 151. (3-0-3)

BIOL 426 Concepts of Cancer Biology

The course is designed to provide a complete overview of cancer as a disease. It will cover normal and abnormal cell signaling pathways, cancer genes and their regulation, experimental chemical carcinogenesis, metastasis, cancer prevention and therapy, drug development for cancer treatment, cancers of individual organ sites and application of biotechnology for cancer detection and treatment. (3-0-3)

BIOL 430 Animal Physiology

Respiration; circulation; energy metabolism; temperature regulation; water and osmotic regulation; digestion and excretion; muscle and movement; nerve excitation; information control and integration; and chemical messengers. Emphasis on general principles with examples drawn from various animal phyla. Prerequisites: BIOL 107 or BIOL 115. Course in the same as BME 450. (3-0-3)

BIOL 431 Animal Physiology Laboratory

This course provides an introduction to some of the basic concepts of physiology through experimental procedures involving laboratory animals and humans. Experiments include EKG, producing and measuring nerve action potential, muscle contraction generation and its mechanism, human blood pressure measurement, human lung capacity measurement, and some other human noninvasive experiments. Prerequisite(s): [(BIOL 430)]. (0-6-3)

BIOL 445 Cell Biology

Modern studies of cell structure and function at the cellular, subcellular, and molecular levels. Topics include molecular components of cells, membranes, membrane-bound organelles, microtubular and cytoskeletal components, and principles of bioenergetics. Prerequisites: BIOL 107 or BIOL 115 and CHEM 237 or consent of instructor. (3-0-3)

BIOL 446 Cell Biology Laboratory

A laboratory course in cell biology to accompany BIOL 445. (0-6-3)

BIOL 451 Biological Literature

Library research on advanced topics in biology followed by oral presentations of this research. Requires senior standing. Prerequisite(s): [(BIOL 400-499)] (2-0-2)

BIOL 490 Individual Study

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. (Credit: Variable; maximum three credit hours)

BIOL 491 Biology Research Project

An opportunity for advanced undergraduates to participate in research. A written report convering the procedures, data, and conclusion of the problem is required. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. (Credit: Variable)

BIOL 495 Biology Colloquium

Lectures by prominent scientists. This course exposes students to current and active research in biology both within and outside the IIT community. It helps prepare students for a careers in research. It is complementary to our academic courses and provides examples of professional/scientific presentations. This course may not be used to satisfy the natural science general education requirement. (1-0-1)


BIOL 501 Graduate Laboratory Techniques

This course will provide training in biological laboratory techniques. This will include basic laboratory protocols, safety, record keeping, proper use of equipment, and fundamental techniques common to many sub-specializations. Prerequisite: None. (0-3-2)

BIOL 503 Virology

This course will cover topics related to animal viruses, including the cycle of major viral classes, viral pathogenesis, emergence, and control. Recent advances in these areas will be discussed in conjunction with readings from the original literature. Prerequisite: BIOL 445 or BIOL 544. (3-0-3)

BIOL 504 Biochemistry

Molecules of biological significance; reaction thermodynamics and kinetics; metabolism; cellular localization of biochemical function; proteins; nucleic acids; transcription; translation. Prerequisites: BIOL 115 and CHEM 237. (3-0-3)

BIOL 512 Advanced Biochemistry

This course provides a basic yet solid understanding of metabolism, enzyme mechanisms, and kinetics, as well as theoretical aspects of various laboratory techniques used in biochemistry. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (3-0-3)

BIOL 514 Toxicology

Initial lectures cover basic principles in chemical toxicity, such as dose response, indices of numerical toxicity, metabolism and factors influencing toxicity. Mechanisms of organic toxicity will be presented to include central nervous system, liver, kidney, respiratory system, reproductive system and the hematological system. Special topic lectures will emphasize the mechanism of toxicity for specific metals, pesticides, solvents and substances of abuse. 3-0-3.

BIOL 515 Molecular Biology

A survey of topics including structure of nucleic acids, translation, transcription; replication, organization of DNA; RNA processing, genomics, and control of gene expression. Prerequisite: BIOL 401 or equivalent or instructor's consent. (3-0-3)

BIOL 522 Research Techniques in the Biological Sciences

Experimental techniques in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Biotechnology and Microbiology are offered as discreet modules. Students select appropriate modules to complement other laboratory courses. Thus a student who has completed, for example, BIOL 519, (Biochemistry Laboratory) would select two modules chosen from Cell Biology, Biotechnology or Microbiology. A written report is required at the completion of each module. (0-9-3)

BIOL 523 Research Techniques in the Biological Sciences II

This course is a continuation of BIOL 522 where students have to complete the research project started in BIOL 522 and a write a report in the form of a scientific paper. (0-3-3)

BIOL 524 Science and Law: An Introduction to Intellectual Property Law and Patents

This course focuses on the interaction of science and law, specifically intellectual property. Topics will include patents, the ethical and legal issues involved with gene patenting, inventorship and collaborations, trade secrets, and the legal system as it relates to intellectual property. (2-0-2)

BIOL 526 Developmental Biology

This course covers the cellular and molecular processes involved in generating an embryo, in creating various tissues and organs, and the effect of external stimuli on development. Topics include: genome structure, gene expression and regulation, cell cycle control, pattern formation, signal transduction, gametogenesis, organogenesis, and methods used in studying developmental biology. In addition to studies of model organisms, examples relevant to human diseases are covered. (3-0-3)

BIOL 527 Immunology and Immunochemistry

Basic concepts of immunology and immunochemistry, both biological and molecular. Prerequisite: BIOL 401 or instructor's consent. (3-0-3)

BIOL 530 Human Physiology

This course is designed to provide the students with comprehensive knowledge about how the human body functions. It will cover cell physiology, autonomic nervous system, neurophysiology, acid base physiology, cardiovascular physiology, respiratory physiology, renal physiology, gastrointestinal physiology, endocrine physiology, and reproductive physiology. Credits cannot be earned to both BIOL 430 and BIOL 530. (3-0-3)

BIOL 533 Advanced Graduate Laboratory Techniques

This course covers a number of essential techniques in cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, and structural biology with emphases on both the methodologies and the experimental details. Laboratory procedures include cell culture skills and relevant laboratory procedures. This course is arranged modules from which students choose according to their areas of specialization. PREREQUISITE(S): [(BIOL 501 with min. grade of B)] (0-9-3)

BIOL 542 Advanced Microbiology

This course surveys a variety of topics regarding biology of microbes. These include cell structure, metabolism, physiology, strategies for obtaining energy and how this relates to microbial ecology, genetics, and comparative genomics. (3-0-3)

BIOL 544 Molecular Biology of Cells

This is a graduate-level cell biology course. The course contains two parts: initial lectures cover cellular structure and function emphasizing the molecular components, organelles, and regulation of cellular processes; the second part covers special topics emphasizing experimental approaches and molecular mechanisms of cellular regulation. (3-0-3)

BIOL 545 Advanced Cell Biology

This course is a continuation of BIOL 544 and focuses on recent advances in the area of cell biology. The course covers, in depth, eukaryotic cellular processes, structure-function relationships, and cellular signaling networks in response to physiological and pathological stimuli. The course will also cover frontier topics in the area of cell biology. Emphasis will be on experimental approaches. Instructor permission required. PREREQUISITE(S): [(BIOL 445 and BIOL 446) OR (BIOL 533 and BIOL 544)]. (3-0-3)

BIOL 550 Bioinformatics

This course is tailored for life science graduates having little to no prior knowledge of Unix/Linux-like operating systems. Topics covered will include Linux/UNIX-like operating systems, the Bash shell, Perl programming, collecting and storing sequences in the lab, multiple sequence alignments, database searching for similar sequences, gene prediction, genome analysis, and phylogenetic prediction. (3-0-3)

BIOL 555 Macromolecular Structure

Macromolecular crystallographic methods, including crystallization, data processing, phasing, and structure refinement; multi-dimensional NMR techniques; spectroscopic techniques; structural comparisons and characterizations; fiber diffraction and solution scattering. Prerequisite: instructor's consent. (3-0-3)

BIOL 562 Current Topics in Functional Genomics

This course is designed to give students a foundation in advanced theoretical and applied methods in modern molecular research. It will emphasize both established and novel approaches to solving problems of functional and comparative genomics, and systems biology. It will also focus on applications of advanced molecular techniques in areas of significant economic and biomedical importance. Prerequisite: BIOL 515 or instructor's consent. (3-0-3)

BIOL 581 Capstone

In this course, students will be provided with the opportunity to perform a research project that is the culmination of their Master's education. This course involves the research and preparation of a group project. Students will develop a formal work reflecting integration of the scientific knowledge and technical skills learned in the Master's programs through a project chosen by the group. The course will explore online collaboration tools to allow participation of online students. Each group will present its Capstone project at the end of the class. Instructor consent is required. (3-0-3)

BIOL 591 M.S. Thesis Research

(Credit: Variable)

BIOL 594 Research Problems

(Credit: Variable)

BIOL 595 Biology Colloquium

Lectures by invited scientists in areas of biology generally not covered in the department. Must be taken two times by M.S. students and four times by Ph.D. students. (1-0-1)

BIOL 597 Special Problems

(Credit: Variable)

BIOL 600 Continuation of Residence

(Credti: Variable)

BIOL 691 Ph.D. Thesis Research

(Credit: Variable)

This Biology course bulletin is not in final form and is subject to change without notice. Please contact the Office of the Registrar to confirm course schedules and for additional course information.