BIOL (4) - BIOLOGY(AS cfw_BIOL SM 011 Humans in a Microbial...

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BIOLOGY (AS) {BIOL} Page 1 of 15 SM 011. Humans in a Microbial World. (M) Living World Sector. All classes. Brisson. May not be counted toward the Biology major or minor Microbes are a fundamental part of life on this planet. This course will explore the causes and consequences of the distribution and abundance of microbes (microbial ecology) as well as microbial evolution on human health and disease risk. We will address the interplay between human society and microbial ecology and evolution in shaping disease risk and directing scientific study. This course will apply concepts from basic biology, ecology, and evolution to study infectious microbes as living creatures. SM 014. Descent with Modification: An introduction to the science of evolution. (H) Living World Sector. All classes. Sniegowski. May not be counted toward the Biology major or minor. General biology background preferred but not required Evolution provides the unifying framework for the biological sciences and has been confirmed by a huge and diverse body of evidence. Public opinion polls show, however, that evolution continues to be socially and politically controversial in the United States. In this freshman seminar, we will explore the scientific basis for evolution by reading and discussing historical sources, a current nonspecialist text on evolution, and selected papers and articles from the scientific and popular literature. With our knowledge of evolutionary fact and theory as background, we will also discuss social and political opposition to the teaching of evolution. Grading will be based on participation in class discussions and on performance in several brief writing assignments. There is no course prerequisite, but high school introductory biology would be helpful. L/R 015. Biology of Human Disease. (B) Living World Sector. All classes. Weinberg. May not be counted toward the Biology major or minor Understanding how diseases disrupt the life of human individuals requires an appreciation of the genetic, biochemical, and cellular mechanisms that underlie normal human biology. After providing some of this basic information, in a form accessible to students in the humanities, social sciences and physical sciences, this course will focus on a selective group of human diseases, including inherited metabolic and neurological disorders, cancer, and viral infections. Presentations by experts in these areas will be followed by sessions discussing various aspects of each disease, including the biological basis of therapies and preventive methods including gene therapy, stem cells, and vaccines. This course is designed for non-majors and is open to both freshmen and upperclassmen. 017. The Biology of Food. (A) Living World Sector. All classes. Poethig. May not be counted toward the Biology major or minor. Lab fee $75 This course will examine the ways in which humans manipulate - and have been manipulated by - the organisms we depend on for food, with particular emphasis on the biological factors that influence this interaction. The first part of the course will cover the biology, genetics, evolution, and breeding of
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