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BIOL 112 CELLS, GENES AND INHERITANCE (4 credits)
An overview of cell structure and function and the principles of inheritance, including such topics as transmission genetics, DNA structure, central dogma, regulation of gene expression, meiosis and mitosis, protein function, cell cycle and recombinant DNA techniques. Lab emphasizes inquiry-based experiments and contemporary techniques. Offered Spring Semester.

BIOL 242 TOPICS IN NEUROSCIENCE (1 credit)
For declared and prospective Neuroscience majors (sophomore and above). Discussion of recent neuroscience articles in popular and scientific journals. Prerequisites: BIOL 341 or permission of the instructor.

BIOL 341 CELL PHYSIOLOGY (4 credits)
An examination of basic principles of cell physiology. Topics include thermodynamics, enzyme mechanisms, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, coupling of ATP hydrolysis to cellular reactions, regulation of protein function, membrane structure, cell signaling, and neural and muscular activity. Lab emphasizes inquiry-based experiments and contemporary techniques. Prerequisites: BIOL 112 and CHEM 221 or consent of the instructor. Offered Fall Semester.

BIOL 345 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I: NERVOUS AND ENDOCRINE (4 credits)
An in-depth study of the structures and functions of human nervous, sensory, muscular and endocrine systems. Each system is covered at the molecular, cellular, organ and organism levels. Labs include extensive hands-on studies of human anatomy. Prerequisite: BIOL 341. Offered Spring Semester.

*CHEM 111 PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY (4 credits)
Core principles and interesting applications of chemistry combine to provide a conceptual understanding of chemistry. Principles of atomic and molecular structure, molecular energetics and classes of chemical reactions reviewed. Aspects of gas behavior, basic photochemistry and acid-base chemistry are applied to the study of environmental chemistry issues such as stratospheric ozone, the global greenhouse effect, acid rain and photochemical smog. Lab work includes the synthesis of compounds, the study of aqueous ions, simple calorimetry, titrations, basic IR, visible and UV spectrophotometry, and studies of acid rain. (A-QR)

*CHEM 221 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I (4 credits)
Introductory course designed for chemistry and biology majors as well as pre-health professionals. Focuses on basic structural and reactivity aspects in organic chemistry and their relationship to pharmaceuticals, agricultural chemicals and biological systems. Topics include stereochemistry, substitution, elimination and addition reactions. Weekly three-hour laboratory provides hands-on experience with modern organic methods and techniques. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in CHEM 111 or consent of instructor. (A-QR)

*PSYC 245 RESEARCHMETHODS AND STATISTICS (3 credits)
Introduction to experimental design and the analysis of research data in psychology. Topics include methods for observing, measuring and describing behavior. Students will learn to use the statistical software SPSS in data description and analysis. (A-QR)

PSYC 250 BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR (4 credits)
An introduction to the psychology and the neuroscience of learning and memory in humans and non-human animals. Students in lab will dissect sheep brains, simulate neuronal function, and carry out learning and memory experiments. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above.

PSYC 353 BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE (3 credits)
Advanced seminar examines the physiological mechanisms underlying a variety of psychological processes. Extensive reading of primary source materials. All students prepare a major seminar presentation and paper. Prerequisite: PSYC 245. Also listed as BIOL 353. (AY)

PSYC 486 COMPREHENSIVE RESEARCH PROJECT (3 credits)
All majors are required to design and conduct an independent empirical research project as part of the comprehensive exam. Usually these will be experimental  or correlational research designs; however, qualitative projects can be undertaken. A student interested in performing qualitative research should take PSYC 354.

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