Biology (BIOL)

BIOL 100
Introduction to the Profession

Introduction to the biological sciences, scientific method, computing tools, and critical thinking.

Lecture: 2 Lab: 0 Credits: 2
Satisfies: Communications (C)
BIOL 104
Linux and Perl Programming

Introductory class on Linux and Perl programming. Topics include Linux/UNIX operating systems, Bash and other command line shells, remote terminals, the basics of Perl programming, and examples of Perl programming for biological data.

Lecture: 1 Lab: 2 Credits: 3
BIOL 105
Introduction to Biology

This course, designed for non-majors, considers basic concepts and selected topics in biology beginning at the molecular level and ending with the biosphere. Topics include the following: the chemistry and structure of cells in plants and animals; how cells obtain and use energy; basic genetics and the role of biotechnology in agriculture and medicine; evolution, natural selection, and species formation; the origin and diversity of microbial, plant, and animal life; ecology, organisms, and their environments; and the impact of human population growth and human activity on the systems and resources of our planet. This course is not available to those students for whom BIOL 107 is a required course, including students majoring in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics, or any pre-health professional major or minor. BIOL 105 and BIOL 114 constitute a one-year sequence in biology. Acceptable as part of the science component of the General Education Program. Course does not satisfy graduation requirements for Biology, Biochemistry, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics majors.

Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
Satisfies: Natural Science (N)
BIOL 107
General Biology Lectures

This course emphasizes biology at the organismal level. It provides an introduction to the study of the structure and function of plants and animals, their origin and evolution, their reproduction and genetics, and their diversity and ecological relations. BIOL 107 plus BIOL 115 constitutes a one-year sequence in biology. Acceptable as part of the science component of the General Education Program.

Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
BIOL 109
General Biology Laboratory

A laboratory course to accompany BIOL 107. An introduction to laboratory techniques and their application to the understanding of general biological concepts.

Prerequisite(s): [(BIOL 105*) OR (BIOL 107*)]An asterisk (*) designates a course which may be taken concurrently.
Lecture: 0 Lab: 3 Credits: 1
Satisfies: Communications (C)
BIOL 114
Introduction to Human Biology

This course, designed for non-majors in biology, covers selected topics in biology of particular relevance to humans and to human health and disease. Topics include: Introductory biochemistry and cell structure, organization, and regulation of body systems; human genetics; human development; biotechnology; introduction to human pathogens and infectious diseases including sexually-transmitted diseases and immunologic diseases such as AIDS; human ecology; and human evolution. This course is not available to those students for whom BIOL 115 is a required course, including students majoring in Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics, Chemical Engineering, or Biomedical Engineering, and students in any pre-health profession major or minor. BIOL 107 and BIOL 114 constitutes a one-year sequence in biology. Acceptable as part of science component of the General Education Program.

Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
BIOL 115
Human Biology

This course covers selected topics in biology of particular relevance to humans and to human health and disease. Topics include biology of human cells and selected organ systems; neurobiology including psychoactive drugs and drug addiction; development and birth defects; genetics and genetic diseases; toxicology; the immune system and immunologic diseases such as AIDS; human nutrition and nutritional effects; microbial human diseases. BIOL 107 plus BIOL 115 constitutes a one-year sequence in biology. Acceptable as part of science component of the General Education Program.

Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
BIOL 117
Human Biology Laboratory

A biology laboratory course to accompany BIOL 114 or BIOL 115. A cellular approach to the functional organization of organs and organ systems. Laboratories will include the application of experimental methods and techniques for understanding the relationship between cell structure and function.

Prerequisite(s): [(BIOL 114*) OR (BIOL 115*)]An asterisk (*) designates a course which may be taken concurrently.
Lecture: 0 Lab: 3 Credits: 1
Satisfies: Communications (C)
BIOL 210
Microbiology

This course covers basics of microbiology including structure, genetics, growth, and metabolic diversity of microorganisms. Topics relating to the importance of microorganisms in health, ecosystems, industry, and water and food safety are also covered.

Prerequisite(s): [(BIOL 107) OR (BIOL 114) OR (BIOL 115)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
BIOL 214
Genetics

An introduction to transmission and molecular genetics designed for both biology and other science and engineering majors. Applications of genetics to solution of various practical problems will also be discussed.

Prerequisite(s): [(BIOL 107) OR (BIOL 114) OR (BIOL 115)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
BIOL 225
Microbiology Laboratory

Exercises focus on sterile technique, growth requirements of microorganisms, identification of microorganisms using biochemical activities, food, and water microbiology.

Prerequisite(s): [(BIOL 210*)]An asterisk (*) designates a course which may be taken concurrently.
Lecture: 0 Lab: 4 Credits: 2
Satisfies: Communications (C)
BIOL 305
Human Anatomy

This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the structural, functional, and developmental anatomy of the human body. Particular consideration will be given to the bony structures, vasculature, innervation, musculature, and relationships of the various structures to one another.

Prerequisite(s): [(BIOL 107) OR (BIOL 114) OR (BIOL 115)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
BIOL 310
Genomes, Transcriptomes, and Proteomes

Emphasis on biological sequence data. Topics include sequencing technologies, sequence analysis and assembly, gene prediction, functional inferences and databases, 3D modeling, sequence annotation, genetic diversity, and phylogenomics.

Prerequisite(s): [(BIOL 104 and BIOL 214)]
Lecture: 1 Lab: 2 Credits: 3
BIOL 327
Introduction to Immunology

Covers general principles of innate and adaptive immunity including structure and function of immune system components, T and B cell development, responses of the immune system to infection, and consequences of immune system failure.

Prerequisite(s): [(BIOL 107) OR (BIOL 115)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
BIOL 401
Introductory Biochemistry

The first part of a one-year Biochemistry series. This semester covers the basic principles of biological chemistry with particular focus on: proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids; their molecular structure, chemical reactions, and practical methods in characterization; and enzymes and enzyme-catalyzed reactions.

Prerequisite(s): [(BIOL 107) OR (BIOL 115)]AND[(CHEM 237)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
BIOL 402
Metabolic Biochemistry

The second part of a one-year Biochemistry series. This semester deals with biochemistry of metabolism, focusing on: glycolysis, the citric acid cycle, gluconeogenesis, electron transport, and the synthesis and breakdown of biomolecules (amino acids, nucleic acids, lipids, and carbohydrates), blood chemistry, lipid transportation, and metabolic control.

Prerequisite(s): [(BIOL 401)]AND[(CHEM 239)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
BIOL 403
Biochemistry

Molecular organization of cell structures and cell membranes. Proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids, their molecular structure, characterization and chemical reactions. Enzymes and enzyme-catalyzed reactions and metabolism. Does not satisfy biochemistry requirement for Biology, Biochemistry, or Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics majors.

Prerequisite(s): [(BIOL 107) OR (BIOL 115) OR (CHE 311)]AND[(CHEM 237)]
Lecture: 4 Lab: 0 Credits: 4
BIOL 404
Biochemistry Laboratory

Analytical methods in the chemistry and metabolism of proteins, amino acids, and nucleic acids, including chromatography, spectrophotometry, and electrophoresis. Enzyme reactions.

Prerequisite(s): [(BIOL 401*) OR (BIOL 402*) OR (BIOL 403*)]An asterisk (*) designates a course which may be taken concurrently.
Lecture: 0 Lab: 6 Credits: 3
Satisfies: Communications (C)
BIOL 410
Medical Microbiology

Properties of pathogenic bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites and their mechanisms of pathogenesis with a focus on organisms that cause human disease.

Prerequisite(s): [(BIOL 210)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
BIOL 414
Genetics for Engineering Scientists

A course in genetics designed for advanced students in engineering and related disciplines. The course will cover transmission and molecular genetics and their application to the solution of various practical problems. A term paper will be required in addition to in-class examinations. **Instructor permission required.**

Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
Satisfies: Communications (C)
BIOL 415
Advanced Human Genetics

Emphasis on formal genetics and molecular approaches to human genetics. Topics include analysis of Mendelian inheritance, chromosome mapping of disease genes, mutational analysis, and epigenetic s. Coverage of genomics, methods of gene manipulation, genetic databases, and regulation of gene expression. The origin and consequences of genetic variation in populations and the role of natural selection in evolution will also be discussed.

Prerequisite(s): [(BIOL 214)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
BIOL 426
Concepts of Cancer Biology

The course is designed to provide a complete overview of cancer as a disease. It will cover normal and abnormal cell signaling pathways, cancer genes and their regulation, experimental chemical carcinogenesis, metastasis, cancer prevention and therapy, drug development for cancer treatment, cancers of individual organ sites and application of biotechnology for cancer detection and treatment.

Prerequisite(s): [(BIOL 107, BIOL 115, BIOL 401*, BIOL 445*, and CHEM 237)]An asterisk (*) designates a course which may be taken concurrently.
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
BIOL 430
Human Physiology

This course is designed to provide the students with comprehensive knowledge about how the human body functions. It will cover cell physiology, autonomic nervous system, neurophysiology, acid base physiology, cardiovascular physiology, respiratory physiology, renal physiology, gastrointestinal physiology, endocrine physiology, and reproductive physiology. Credits cannot be earned to both BIOL 430 and BIOL 530.

Prerequisite(s): [(BIOL 107) OR (BIOL 114) OR (BIOL 115)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
BIOL 431
Animal Physiology Laboratory

This course provides an introduction to some of the basic concepts of physiology through experimental procedures involving laboratory animals and humans. Experiments include EKG, producing and measuring nerve action potential, muscle contraction generation and its mechanism, human blood pressure measurement, human lung capacity measurement, and some other human noninvasive experiments.

Prerequisite(s): [(BIOL 430*)]An asterisk (*) designates a course which may be taken concurrently.
Lecture: 0 Lab: 6 Credits: 3
Satisfies: Communications (C)
BIOL 440
Neurobiology

This course will focus on identification of the anatomical and functional organization of the nervous system and the understanding of the principles of inter-neuronal communication and the integrative functions of the nervous system. Failures in brain functions that can lead to a disease will also be discussed.

Prerequisite(s): [(BIOL 445)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
BIOL 445
Cell Biology

Modern studies of cell structure and function at the cellular, subcellular, and molecular levels. Topics include molecular components of cells, membranes, membrane-bound organelles, microtubular and cytoskeletal components and principles of bioenergetics.

Prerequisite(s): [(BIOL 107 and CHEM 237) OR (BIOL 115 and CHEM 237)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
BIOL 446
Cell Biology Laboratory

A laboratory course in cell biology to accompany BIOL 445.

Prerequisite(s): [(BIOL 445*)]An asterisk (*) designates a course which may be taken concurrently.
Lecture: 0 Lab: 6 Credits: 3
Satisfies: Communications (C)
BIOL 451
Biological Literature

Library research on advanced topics in biology followed by oral presentations of this research.

Prerequisite(s): [(BIOL 400-499)]
Lecture: 2 Lab: 0 Credits: 2
Satisfies: Communications (C)
BIOL 490
Individual Study

Individual study. Consent of instructor required.

Credit: Variable
BIOL 491
Biology Research Project

An opportunity for advanced undergraduates to participate in research. A written report covering the procedures, data, and conclusion of the problem is required. **Instructor permission required.**

Credit: Variable
BIOL 495
Biology Colloquium

Lectures by prominent scientists. This course exposes students to current and active research in biology both within and outside the IIT community. It helps prepare students for a career in research. It is complementary to our academic courses and provides examples of professional/scientific presentations. This course may not be used to satisfy the natural science general education requirement.

Lecture: 1 Lab: 0 Credits: 1
Satisfies: Communications (C)