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Biological Sciences

New Courses for Summer and Fall 2017

This page provides information about courses to be offered in upcoming semesters that are either new courses, not yet in the Undergraduate Catalog, or courses for which the topic changes each time it is taught.

New undergraduate courses are taught as sections of BIOL 490. Different sections of BIOL 490 are usually entirely different courses taught by different faculty.

Summer 2017

Vertebrate Natural History- 24786 - BIOL 490 - 006

Credit hours: 3.0
Lecture/Lab: MWF 2:00-3:45
Lecture/Lab location: SLW 0345
Instructors: Dr. Richard Essner
Prerequisite: BIOL 220 with a C or better.

This course is a comprehensive examination of vertebrate life over the last 500 million years, including form, function, and evolution. We will explore all major groups of living and extinct vertebrates, including Mesozoic reptiles such as dinosaurs. Includes an optional course field trip to Chicago to visit the Field Museum of Natural History and Shedd Aquarium (depending upon interest).

For the purpose of satisfying the requirements of Biology degree concentrations, this course counts as both an Ecology, Evolution & Behavior elective and a Biological Diversity elective.

For more information about this course, please contact Dr. Essner.

Evolutionary Medicine - 24785 - BIOL 490 – 005

Credit hours: 3.0
Lecture: MWF 2:00-4:50 (five-week session May 30-June 30)
Lecture location: SL 1105
Instructors: Dr. Luci Kohn
Prerequisite: BIOL 220 (or equivalent) with a C or better.

Evolutionary forces affect many aspects of health and disease. This approach can help us understand causes, treatment and prevention of disease. Topics may include: Consequences of human evolutionary history; susceptibility to disease; Genetic basis of disease; Defenses and immunology; Cardiovascular disease, Cancer, Diet and nutrition; Aging; Reproduction.

This course is for both Undergraduate and Graduate credit. For the purpose of satisfying the requirements of Biology degree concentrations, this course counts as a 400-level Ecology, Evolution and Conservation (EEE) elective.

For more information about this course, please contact Dr. Kohn.

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