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Winter Academic Term 2004 Course Guide

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Courses in Biology


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Winter Academic Term, 2004 (January 6 - April 30)


The Department formerly known as Biology divided into two separate departments, EEB (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) and MCDB (Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology). The Interdepartmental Program in Biology (BIOLOGY) is administered jointly by the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) and the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB).

Beginning with the Fall 2002 term, there have been some changes in how courses are listed. 100 and 220 - level courses are listed under the subject of BIOLOGY, as are some of the core concentration courses such as Genetics, Biochemistry, and Evolution. Intermediate and upper level courses are listed under EEB or MCDB, depending on the course topics. Students must look under the three subjects to see whether or not a course is being offered.

Those students planning to register for independent research, 300 or 400, will enroll in either MCDB 300 or 400 or EEB 300 or 400, based on their faculty sponsor's departmental affiliation.

Courses in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Courses in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


BIOLOGY 102. Practical Botany.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): George F Estabrook (gfred@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit. Credit is granted for a combined total of 12 credits elected in introductory biology. Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Credits: (4).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

THE WAITLIST FOR THIS COURSE IS MAINTAINED IN THE NATURAL SCIENCE BUILDING ROOM 2039.

BIOLOGY 102 is an introductory course about plants and how they are used by people. Each week there are two one-hour lectures, one afternoon two-and-a-half hour lab at the Botanical Gardens, and one one-hour discussion on main campus. Lecture topics include: what plants look like; how plants work; how they make their living in nature; using this knowledge to landscape your house, caring for your house plants, and growing your gardens; medicinal plants; plant breeding; agriculture and food; environmental and psychological importance of plants.

Busses take students to the Botanical Gardens for lab and back to main campus afterwards. In the lab, each student has his/her own personal space in a greenhouse to grow plants that can be taken home during the term. Lab activities may include: looking at plants; planting seeds; growing plants; rooting cuttings; making medicinal salve; testing soil; preserving garden produce; making hanging baskets; using plant dyes; making bonsai; grafting plants; making wine; and forcing bulbs to flower. The text, New Illustrated Guide to Gardening, will be useful throughout your life. The only prerequisite is your interest in plants. You MUST attend the first lecture and first lab (Jan. 13 or 14) for which you are registered to retain your place; your attendance throughout the term determines part of your grade. Textbook: New Illustrated Guide to Gardening. Calkins et al. Editors. Reader's Digest, Pleasant Ville, NY 07621 0276 4

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BIOLOGY 108. Introduction to Animal Diversity.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Philip Myers (pmyers@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit. Credit is granted for a combined total of 12 credits elected in introductory biology.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The goal of this course is to describe the diversity of animals. Students will learn about the diversity of animal life, accumulate information and experience that will enhance their appreciation of the natural world, and gain background to enable them to understand better current issues concerning biodiversity and conservation. Lectures will be presented by faculty who work with the animals being considered. Topics for each group of animals studied will include a description of diversity, evolutionary background, natural history, and issues concerning conservation or biodiversity. Students will attend three lectures and one discussion section per week. Grades for the course will be based on two midterms, a paper, participation in discussion section activities, and a final exam. Textbooks:
Animal Diversity, 2nd. edition, by Hickman, Roberts, and Larson.
Diversity of Life, College Edition, by E.L. Wilson.

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BIOLOGY 118. AIDS and Other Health Crises.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Robert A Bender (rbender@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit. Credit is granted for a combined total of 12 credits elected in introductory biology.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.biology.lsa.umich.edu/courses/bio118/index.htm

This course is designed for non-science concentrators with little or no background in the sciences. The course focuses on the concepts of health and disease and their impact on society. It also focuses on the impacts of the structures and attitudes of society on health and disease. We will examine a number of health crises, especially AIDS, from the multiple viewpoints of science, medicine, public health, law, social prejudices, mass media, high culture, and the historical effects of health and disease. Specific topics will include extensive discussions of "Mad Cow Disease," Syphilis from 1880 to the present, and the tragic story of Mary Mallon ("Typhoid Mary") as well as some discussion of cholera, tuberculosis, influenza, smallpox, anthrax, and the black death. About half the course will be devoted to AIDS. The course consists of two 90-minute lectures per week, and a one-hour discussion led by a GSI. Grades are based on four in-class exams and an optional final exam.

Texts:
Deadly Feasts by Richard Rhodes
And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts

Useful reference: AIDS Update 2004

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BIOLOGY 120. First Year Seminar in Biology.

Section 001 — Evolution of Animal Mating Behavior.

Instructor(s): Josephine P Kurdziel (josephak@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit. Credit is granted for a combined total of 12 credits elected in introductory biology.

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This seminar will examine ideas of how sexual reproduction came about and the consequences the origin of sex has had on biological diversity. I center this course on the field of sexual selection — the study of how animals and plants attract and compete for mates — precisely because it will capture students' imaginations. Sexual selection is an active, controversial field, with a rich history that began with Darwin (1871), and is now experiencing an explosive phase with exciting research results being published almost weekly. I propose to use this current activity to demonstrate both the dynamic nature of science and to illustrate major biological concepts. In evolutionary terms, the success of individuals depends not only on their ability to survive, but also on the ability to produce more offspring than their counterparts. This differential reproductive success leads to "sexual" selection for morphological, behavioral, and physiological characteristics that increase mating success. The central questions that sexual selection seeks to answer are: Why are males and females so different in appearance? And how can we explain the existence of extravagant male traits such as huge horns, elaborate tail feathers, bright colors, conspicuous songs and behavioral displays — traits that can hardly improve survival? This topic can serve as an avenue for increasing students' understanding of major biological concepts — ecology, evolution, genetics, and behavior — and increasing their appreciation of organismal diversity.

We will explore the diversity of animal courtship and mating behaviors that biologists have discovered using readings from research journals, group discussions, library research, short writing assignments, and oral presentations. Through these activities, we will examine scientific methods of posing and testing questions, and fundamental biological concepts such as evolution, genetics, and ecology.

Textbook: None. A collection of research papers will be read.

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BIOLOGY 162. Introductory Biology.

EXAMS WILL BE GIVEN FEB 3, MAR 5, AND MAR 24, 6-8 PM.

Instructor(s): Laura J Olsen (ljo@umich.edu), Josephine P Kurdziel (josephak@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Prior or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 130. (5). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit. BIOLOGY 162 is not open to students who have completed BIOLOGY 152, 154 or 195. Credit is granted for a combined total of 12 credits elected in introductory biology. Laboratory fee ($68) required.

Credits: (5).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($68) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

A one-term introductory course intended for concentrators in biology, other science programs, or preprofessional studies. Other suitably prepared students wishing detailed coverage of biology are also welcome. The aims of BIOLOGY 162 are:

  1. to provide factual and conceptual knowledge;
  2. to give an integrated overview of the central tenets of modern biology;
  3. to afford experience in obtaining and interpreting biological hypotheses; and
  4. to develop thinking and writing skills.

Topics in BIOLOGY 162 are divided among four areas:

  1. cellular and molecular biology;
  2. genetics;
  3. evolution; and
  4. ecology.

Students MUST:

  1. attend 3 lectures, 1 one-and-a-half hour discussion, and 1 three hour lab section each week;
  2. ATTEND THEIR ASSIGNED DISCUSSION AND LAB MEETINGS EACH WEEK STARTING WITH THEIR LAB AND DISCUSSIONS IN THE FIRST FULL WEEK OR THEIR SPACE MAY BE GIVEN TO SOMEONE ON THE WAITING LIST; and
  3. RESERVE the times and dates for the midterm and final exams (as specified in the Time Schedule) before enrolling.

Students usually purchase a textbook, lab manual, and course pack consisting of a syllabus and lecture notes. No other study guides or supplementary materials need be bought.

For Honors credit, register for one of the Honors discussion/lab sections.

For further information contact the Introductory Biology office, (734) 764-1430.

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BIOLOGY 200. Undergraduate Tutorial.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of faculty member in biology. (2). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits.

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is intended for sophomores learning research and laboratory techniques, working under close supervision of a faculty member. It also may be used for directed readings at an appropriate level. It includes reading on a significant topic and regular consultation with the faculty member chosen to supervise the work. The required paper could be on the scientific literature in a broad field, on biological issues on which the student may want to do continuing work, or on the detailed results of research in a biological specialty. Conferences, seminars, readings, and assigned writings are used to develop critical perspectives on modern biological problems and to provide breadth and sense of historical continuity in biological thought.

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BIOLOGY 225. Principles of Animal Physiology: Lecture.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Sushama Denver (spavgi@umich.edu) , Paul W Webb (pwebb@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: BIOLOGY 162 and a year of chemistry. (3). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www.biology.lsa.umich.edu/courses/bio225Winter2004/Bio%20225%20W2004%20home.htm

This course is an introduction to the physiology of animals. The physiology of both invertebrate and vertebrate animals is covered as well as limited treatment of human physiology as it relates to general physiological mechanisms. The course relies on the comparative method in analyzing physiological systems of diverse taxa to identify general principles of functional mechanisms. The course also considers variations in these mechanisms as related to the requirements of the animals but does not attempt a phylogenetic survey.

The course is intended for concentrators and pre-medical students in their sophomore, junior, or senior years. The subject matter includes metabolism and temperature regulation, nervous and endocrine system controls and integration, respiration and circulation, water and ion balance, excretion, digestion, reproduction, and immune system function. There are three 1-hour lectures a week, three 1-hour examinations, and a final exam.

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BIOLOGY 226. Animal Physiology Laboratory.

Instructor(s): Sushama Denver (spavgi@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Concurrent enrollment in BIOLOGY 225 (or prior enrollment in BIOLOGY 325, with permission). Students who intend at a later date to take BIOLOGY 225 will not be admitted to BIOLOGY 226 without special permission. (2). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit. Satisfies a Biology laboratory requirement. Laboratory fee ($70) required.

Credits: (2).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($70) required.

Course Homepage: http://www.biology.lsa.umich.edu/~www/bio226/

This laboratory course provides hands-on experience with physiological systems at the level of organisms and organ systems. Prior or concurrent enrollment in BIOLOGY 225 is required to take this course. The laboratory meets for one four-hour session a week. Students perform experiments in small groups, collate class data, and perform analyses. Students should be aware that this course uses live animals. Each student is expected to lead one or more summary presentations at the beginning of the laboratory session following the conclusion of a previous laboratory exercise. The presentations will be 10-15 minutes in length and cover the analyses and summary of the data as well as provide conclusions and implications. Following the presentation, all students will be expected to contribute to the discussion. A term paper, an oral presentation, and other short assignments are required during the term.

Laboratory Exercises in Animal Physiology, BIOLOGY 226, Current Term, edited by Dr. Sushama Pavgi is required for the course. It is available at Dollar Bill Copying, located at 611 Church Street (off South University Avenue).

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BIOLOGY 255. Plant Diversity.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Michael J Wynne (mwynne@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (5). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit. Satisfies a Biology laboratory requirement. Laboratory fee ($60) required.

Credits: (5).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($60) required.

Course Homepage: http://www.biology.lsa.umich.edu/courses/bio255/bio255.html

An introductory botany course covering a broad spectrum of topics including principles of plant systematics, evolution, growth, and development. The lectures and laboratories concentrate on a group-by-group treatment of plant diversity, ranging from algae and fungi through primitive vascular plants and culminating in flowering plants. The approach is an evolutionary perspective, treating plants as organisms and emphasizing the innovations and structural adaptations of the various plant groups as well as life history strategies. Such topics as pollination biology, plant speciation, and vegetational biomes are included. The course also includes plant growth and structure. Two field trips are scheduled. Two one-hour lectures and two three-hour labs per week. A total of three lecture tests and three laboratory tests will be scheduled.

Textbook: Raven, et al., Biology of Plants, 6th edition.

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BIOLOGY 262 / UC 262 / PSYCH 232. Evolutionary Biology and Human Disease.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Randolph M Nesse (nesse@umich.edu), Vaughn S Cooper (vcooper@umich.edu), Alan B Weder (aweder@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit. Biology 262 cannot be used to satisfy any concentration requirements in Biology, General Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, and Plant Biology. The course also cannot be counted as credit for a Minor in Biology.

Life Sciences

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/psych/courses/darmed/links.htm

See UC 262.001.

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BIOLOGY 281. General Ecology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Chad David Hershock (chersh@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: BIOLOGY 162 and a laboratory course in chemistry. (3). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in EEB 381.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Ecology is the science by which we study how organisms (animals, plants, and microbes) interact in and with the natural world. These interactions result in changes, over space and time, in the abundance of organisms of different kinds. BIOLOGY 281 is a survey of topics in the science of ecology including: physical properties of the environment and how organisms respond to them; how organisms interact with each other within species and between species; population dynamics; ecological communities; and indirect effects. There are two lectures and one 2-hour discussion per week. Students are expected to read the text. BIOLOGY 281 is intended for natural science concentrators. Students who have completed (or nearly so) the prerequisites for their natural science concentration will be better prepared to take BIOLOGY 281.

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BIOLOGY 305. Genetics.

Section 001 — EXAMS WILL BE HELD MONDAYS, FEB 2, MAR 8, AND MAR 29, 6-8:00 PM.

Instructor(s): Steven E Clark (clarks@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: BIOLOGY 162, and prior or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 210. (4). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.biology.lsa.umich.edu/courses/bio305/bio305.html

Open to students concentrating in the natural sciences or intending to apply for graduate or professional study in basic or applied biology. This introduction to genetics includes the following sections: DNA and chromosomes; gene transmission in Eukaryotes; linkage and recombination; genes and enzymes, the genetic code, and mutation; recombinant DNA, RFLP mapping, the Human Genome Project; gene regulation, transposons; population genetics; and quantitative genetics.

There are three hours of lecture each week and one discussion section directed by GSIs. The discussion sections expand on and review lecture material, and discuss problem assignments. Grading is based on three term exams and a final covering lectures, discussions, and reading assignments. Exams include new problems that test applications of basic concepts and genetic techniques. A practice problem set is available and is covered in discussion sections or the Genetics Study Center. The three term exams are given Monday nights.

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BIOLOGY 310. Introductory Biochemistry.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Ursula H Jakob (ujakob@umich.edu) , Kenneth J Balazovich (kbalazo@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: BIOLOGY 162 or a 200-level course in Biology taken at UM; and CHEM 210. (4). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in BIOLOGY 311, BIOLCHEM 415, or CHEM 451.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2004/winter/biology/310/001.nsf

This course gives an introduction into the world of biological chemistry. The course starts out with the molecular design of life — an introduction to proteins, nucleic acids, and lipids. These molecules will then be put into context when bioenergetics and metabolism will be discussed. The students will also learn how cells transcribe DNA and translate RNA into polypeptides, how polypeptides adopt their specific three-dimensional structure to become proteins, and how proteins then fulfill their individual functions in enzyme catalyzed reactions, assist in the formation and function of membranes, and other important cellular processes. The major metabolic pathways will also be introduced. Other topics that will be discussed include biosignaling and hormone action. The students will learn how to apply bioinformatics to obtain useful information about genes and proteins using databases and will obtain valuable knowledge about state of the art biochemical and molecular biology techniques.

Once a week, there will be a discussion session in addition to the lecture. Here, lecture material can be clarified, study guide questions will be discussed and projects will be evaluated.

Grades in this course are based on the performance in discussion session, projects, and three in-class exams (no final exam is offered).

Textbooks:

  • Lehninger's Principles of Biochemistry, by Nelson and Cox. 3rd. edition
  • Absolute, Ultimate Guide to Principles of Biochemistry by Osgood and Ocorr. 3rd. edition. ISBN 0716742217

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BIOLOGY 390. Evolution.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Priscilla K Tucker (ptuck@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: BIOLOGY 162; prior or concurrent enrollment in BIOLOGY 305. (4 in Ann Arbor; 5 at the Biological Station). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4 in Ann Arbor; 5 at the Biological Station).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2004/winter/biology/390/001.nsf

This lecture/discussion course covers the fundamentals of evolutionary biology through an examination of its conceptual framework, classical studies, and current research topics. It includes a historical survey of evolutionary thought from classical times to the present and critical examination of such topics as natural selection, adaptation, population genetics, speciation, phylogenetics, macroevolution, evolution of development, and molecular evolution. Weekly discussions will focus on primary literature. Writing assignments and examinations will be given to assess students' knowledge of course material.

Textbook: Evolutionary Analysis by Freeman & Herron. Prentice-Hall (2004).

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BIOLOGY 526 / CHEM 526. Chemical Biology II.

Section 100.

Instructor(s): Vincent L Pecoraro (vlpec@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: MCDB 525. Prior or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 402 or equivalent. (3). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See CHEM 526.100.

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BIOLOGY 541 / PSYCH 532 / PHYSIOL 541 / ANAT 541. Mammalian Reproductive Endocrinology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Theresa M Lee (terrilee@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: BIOLOGY 310 or 311, or BIOLCHEM 415. (4). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2004/winter/psych/532/001.nsf

See PHYSIOL 541.001.

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