Courses Taught

BIO 364 Cell Biology
A study of the biochemical and structural basis of cell activity. Close attention is given to protein structure and function as well as organelle activity. The laboratory stresses the use of biochemical and cytological techniques to study living systems at the cellular and molecular levels of organization.

BIO 239 Biophysics of Cell
How large is the osmotic pressure a cell is under? How much energy does it take to move a charged ion across a membrane? How is a red blood cell not crushed by shear force inside a capillary? This course will examine the physical properties of cells for a deeper understanding of how cells work at the molecular and atomic level. It will build up from the understanding the basic nature of macromolecules to understanding the forces that drive them to interact, move, catalyze reactions, set membrane potentials, and finally the formation of memory. Topics that will be covered in this course will include electrophysiology, bimagnetism, mechanices of movement, molecular motors, properties of biomaterials, and Brownian motion. 

BIO 151 Principles of Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity

An exploration of the diversity of life, its origins, and interactions among organisms and their environment. We introduce key concepts in evolution and ecology, provide an overview of the features of major taxonomic groups and their evolutionary relationships, and explore some of the practical and ethical implications of biodiversity. Through laboratory and field investigations, students develop their ability to make observations, analyze data, read primary literature, and communicate results.

BIO 152 Principles of Biology: Molecules, Cells, and Genes
Cells serve as the building blocks of all biological systems, so understanding cellular biology is critical to comprehension of life systems. This course examines the structural and chemical composition of cells, processes related to cellular metabolism and homeostatic control, and genetic concepts related to protein formation, genetic replication and patterns of inheritance. Laboratory methods reinforce concepts and increase students' ability to design experiments, analyze data, and communicate results in written form.

BIO 185 Creative Problem Solving
Problem solving and critical thinking skills are in high demand for scientist and non-scientist alike. But what exactly are these skills and how do you get them? This course will guide students through a set of inquiry-based investigations with the goal to broaden and deepen their thinking as they identify different angles to approach scientific problems. Students will then work to develop solutions and identify keys for their implementation. Activities such as group discussion and verbal and written presentations will be used to strengthen these concepts. Current controversies in science such as synthetic biology, environmental contamination, endocrine disruptors (such as BPA), bioterrorism, and genetically engineered organisms will be discussed.