Fall Semester 2001
Beloit College Biology courses
serving education students and pre-service teachers
with content and activities directly related to this EdGrid project
(sequence analysis, bioinformatics, Biology WorkBench).

The faculty teaching these courses maintain ongoing consultation with project members, Sam Donovan and Kathy Greene.

110. Human Biology.

The anatomy and basic normal functions of the human body with consideration of development, genetics, immunology, endocrinology, anatomy, and related molecular, cellular, and ecological concepts. Laboratory work includes dissection of a mink. For science and non-science students but most appropriate for those interested in the health professions. Three two-hour lecture-laboratory periods per week. Offered each fall. Prerequisite: High school biology or consent of instructor.

(51 students) - using OMIM for research and doing some sequence analysis to study disease causing forms of genes

Marc Roy, roym@beloit.edu

Marion Fass, fassm@beloit.edu

131. Introduction to Evolution.

Evolution is a genetic consequence of ecological causes. The history and philosophy of evolutionary theory, the genetic basis of microevolution, contemporary hypotheses of speciation and phylogenetic systematics, compose the major course material. Offered fall 2001. Prerequisite: First-year status or consent of instructor.

(13 students) - doing multiple assignments and 5-week in-depth research projects using Biology Workbench and other bioinformatics tools

Sam Donovan, donovans@beloit.edu

141. Microbiology.

The structure, genetics, physiology, and culture of microorganisms with emphasis on bacteria and viruses. The course stresses scientific principles and experimental methods in the context of microbes and disease. Four lectures and one laboratory period per week. Offered each fall. Prerequisite: High school biology and chemistry.

(19 students) - classroom and laboratory bioinformatics activities will use the workbench to study microbial diversity, phylogenetic relationships between organisms and sequence/structure relationships

Marion Fass, fassm@beloit.edu

206. Environmental Biology.

An exploration of the interactions of living organisms with one another and with the abiotic environment. General principles of ecology are examined and applied to contemporary environmental issues at the local, regional, and global scales. Four lectures and one laboratory period per week. Offered most semesters. Prerequisite: One college-level laboratory science course.

(20 students) - one laboratory exercise using Workbench

Robin Greenler & John Greenler, greenlrr@beloit.edu, greenlrj@beloit.edu

289. Genetics.

Mendelian, population, quantitative, and molecular genetics are developed through a problem-solving approach. Social controversies surrounding such items as genetic counseling, domestic breeding of crops, genetic engineering, mutagenic substances in our environment, and natural selection will be discussed. Two lectures, one computer session, one problem session, and one laboratory period per week. Offered each fall. Prerequisites: Any 100 or 200-level biology course; mathematics proficiency; Biology 247 recommended; or consent of instructor.

(29 students) - doing multiple assignments and in-depth research using Biology Workbench and other bioinformatics tools

John Jungck, jungck@beloit.edu

343. Animal Behavior.

Animal behavior is the study of the development, causation, function, and evolution of behavior from a biological perspective. We will employ an hypothesis-testing approach to seek answers to the fundamental question of animal behavior: how and why do animals behave as they do? The behavior of animals will be viewed from theoretical and empirical perspectives, and observational and experimental methods will be employed in field and laboratory exercises. Four lectures and one laboratory period per week. Offered Fall 2001. Prerequisites: One of the following: an organismal biology course (Biology 110, 111, 121, 141, 151), or Anthropology 220, or Psychology 200, or consent of instructor; Biology 247 or other statistically-oriented course recommended.

(19 students) - doing phylogenetics with sequence and behavioral data, (probably not using Biology Workbench)

Ken Yasukawa, yasukawa@beloit.edu

392. Independent Research in Biology.

Research project conducted by a student with supervision by a faculty member. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Consent of the faculty supervisor and the chair of the biology department.

4 independent project students including study of codon bias within and between gene families and the characterization of population bottlenecks in conservation of endangered species.

(2 working with Sam Donovan and 2 with John Jungck)