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    BIO 1001R, 1002R Essentials of Biology—Lectures
    2 credits

    For non-majors. Takes an integrated approach to the study of biology. First semester: chemico-physical concepts, principles of underlying living systems, cell-structure elements, energetics, and tissue organization; second semester: human anatomy and physiology, human reproduction, and the principles of genetics.
    Corequisite: BIO 1001L, 1002L.

    BIO 1001L, 1002L Essentials of Biology—Laboratory
    1 credit

    Laboratory work to accompany lectures. Laboratory fee.
    Corequisite: BIO 1001R, 1002R.

    BIO 1011R, 1012R Principles of Biology—Lectures
    3 credits

    Introduction to the study of living organisms, including such areas as the structure and function of living things, ecology, role of plants in nature, energy cycles, reproduction, heredity, and evolution. The human organism, including normal and abnormal structure and function.
    Corequisite: BIO 1011L, 1012L.

    BIO 1011L, 1012L Principles of Biology—Laboratory
    2 credits

    Laboratory work to accompany lectures. Emphasizes scientific methods in biological research. Second semester emphasizes animal structure and function (4 hours).
    Laboratory fee: $70.
    Corequisite: BIO 1011R, 1012R.

    BIO 1376R Biochemistry—Lectures
    3 credits

    BIO 1376L Biochemistry—Laboratory
    2 credits

    BIO 1405C Research Methods in Biology
    4 credits

    Current techniques used in biomedical research. These may include radioisotope, bacteriological, somatic cell, genetic, bio-chemical, and molecular; use of scientific literature, preparation of research grant proposals, and presentation of experimental results; selected laboratory experiments and library research projects.
    Lecture: 2 hours; Lab: 4 hours.
    Laboratory fee: $80.
    Prerequisites: BIO 1012, two additional biology laboratory courses, and permission of the instructor.

    BIO 1405L Research Methods in Biology
    2 credits

    Same as 1405C, but without lecture periods (4 hours).
    Laboratory fee: $80.

    BIO 2206C Invertebrate Zoology
    4 credits

    Survey of the invertebrate phyla (excluding protozoa), with emphasis on functional morphology, life cycles, physiology, and current research problems in invertebrates. Laboratory stresses functional morphology, utilizing living and preserved material.
    Lecture: 2 hours; lab: 4 hours.
    Laboratory fee: $50.
    Prerequisite: BIO 1012.

    BIO 2255 Advanced Biophysics
    3 credits

    BIO 2320C Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates
    4 credits

    The origins, similarities, and differences among vertebrate classes, as well as their changing diversity through time. Emphasis on adaptations leading from the aquatic to the terrestrial lifestyle as seen across this chordate subphylum.
    Lecture: 2 hours; lab: 4 hours.
    Laboratory fee.
    Prerequisite: BIO 1012.

    BIO 2601C Developmental Biology
    4 credits

    Events leading to and proceeding from the fertilization of invertebrate and vertebrate eggs; review of classical and modern experiments uncovering the processes leading to the formation of an integrated organism from a single cell, the zygote.
    Lecture: 2 hours; lab: 4 hours.
    Laboratory fee.
    Prerequisite: BIO 1012.

    BIO 3038C Ecology
    4 credits

    Classical ecological approaches in light of recent ecological discoveries. An interdisciplinary approach demonstrating the relationships of geological, climatological, and evolutionary principles to ecology.
    Laboratory work and field trips accompany lectures.
    Lecture: 2 hours; lab: 4 hours.
    Laboratory fee.
    Prerequisite: BIO 1012.

    BIO 3135C Cell Structure and Function
    4 credits

    Structure, organization, and function of tissues; morphological and histochemical study of protoplasm; cell, tissue, and organ structure. Basic laboratory experience in interpretation of cell and organ structures based on light and electron microscopy and histochemistry.
    Lecture: 2 hours; lab: 4 hours.
    Laboratory fee.
    Prerequisites: BIO 1012, CHE 1046.

    BIO 3207C Cell Biology
    4 credits

    Basic architecture of cells, organelles, and components; dynamics of growth, nutrition, cell cycle, metabolism, and metabolic regulation; specialized cell functions. Laboratory accompanies lectures.
    Lecture: 2 hours; lab: 4 hours.
    Laboratory fee.
    Prerequisites: BIO 1012, CHE 1046.

    BIO 3230C or 3230H Immunology
    4 credits

    Basic principles, theories, and current problems in immunology. Emphasis on antigens, haptens, antibodies, antibody specificity, antibody-antigen reactions, and immediate and delayed hypersensitivity, as well as transplant and autoimmune phenomena. The honors version focuses in depth on AIDS and society.
    Lecture: 2 hours; lab: 4 hours.
    Laboratory fee.
    Prerequisites: CHE 1214, BIO 3207 or BIO 4023R & BIO4023L, and one other intermediate BIO course or permission of the instructor.

    BIO 3513C Introductory Genetics
    4 credits

    Laws of heredity and variation; theory of the gene and gene action; experiments with Drosophila, Neurospora, and bacterio-phage. Laboratory accompanies lectures.
    Llecture: 2 hours; lab: 4 hours.
    Laboratory fee.
    Prerequisite: BIO 1012.

    BIO 3521C Molecular Biology
    4 credits

    Recombinant DNA techniques and applications. Special attention to recently published journal articles. Laboratory accompanies lectures.
    Lecture: 2 hours; lab: 4 hours.
    Laboratory fee.
    Prerequisite: BIO 1012.

    BIO 3728C Animal Physiology
    4 credits

    Physicochemical principles involved in life processes. Lecture and laboratory illustrate these principles in the physiological systems of vertebrates. Lecture: 2 hours; lab: 4 hours.
    Laboratory fee.
    Prerequisite: BIO 1012.

    BIO 3801R Endocrinology—Lectures
    2 credits

    Structure and function of endocrine glands, including the nature of hormones and molecular modes of action.
    Prerequisite: BIO 1012.

    BIO 3801L Endocrinology—Laboratory
    2 credits

    Experiments using modern techniques of endocrinological research, including surgery, isotope techniques, and growth studies (4 hours).
    Laboratory fee.
    Prerequisite or Corequisite: BIO 3801R.

    BIO 3830C Introduction to Neurobiology
    4 credits

    Nerve cells and their organization into complex nervous systems; major concepts in neurobiology, including impulse conduction, synaptic transmission, sensory processing, motor function, and memory.
    Lecture: 2 hours; lab: 4 hours.
    Prerequisite: BIO 1012.

    BIO 3830R Introduction to Neurobiology Lectures
    2 credits

    BIO 4023R Microbiology—Lectures
    2 credits

    Structure, development, identification, control, and use of microorganisms.
    Prerequisites: BIO 1012, CHE 1045, CHE 1046.
    Recommended: CHE 1213, CHE 1214.

    BIO 4023L Microbiology—Laboratory
    2 credits

    Analytical laboratory procedures and experimental methods of research. Emphasis on interaction of microorganisms with the environment and hereditary transmission of genetic material (4 hours).
    Laboratory fee.
    Corequisite: BIO 4023R.

    BIO 4901, 4902 Independent Study
    Meet with the Yeshiva College academic dean. Laboratory fee on an individual basis.

    BIO 4930; 4931 Current Topics in Biology
    2 credits

    Seminar in which students make presentations on selected subjects from current developments in the fields of microbiology, endocrinology, animal behavior, embryology, ecology, and environmental studies.
    Prerequisites: BIO 1012R & BIO 1012L and permission of the instructor.

    BIO 4934 Biological Aspects of Bioethics
    2 credits

    Physiological, ecological, and epidemiological bases of decision making in the field of bioethics; definition of death; DNA recombinant research; pesticide use; demographic concerns; abortion; hazardous surgery; human experimentation; organ transplants; social obligation of the scientist; eugenics and euthanasia.
    Prerequisites: BIO 1012 and two additional BIO courses.

    BIO 4935 Science, Society, and Ethics
    3 credits

    BIO 4937C or 4937H Advanced Biotechnology
    3 credits

    Intensive research laboratory experience in current molecular biology techniques (6 hours).
    Laboratory fee.
    Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

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