Current topics courses

Every semester we offer an array of “Topics in Biology” classes listed as BIOL 291, 391 and 491.

These are classes that our professors dream up and teach because they are excited about the topic, have a recent topical relevance, or are being developed as permanent listings. This can be a fun place to find that class you never dreamed of taking!

Summer 2020 Offerings

BIOZ 491 Infectious Disease Dynamics

Prerequisite is BIOL 317!

Course Description

A summer semester online course. A hands-on computer modeling course on epidemic dynamics of infectious diseases and the factors that shape epidemics; short lectures, computer lab, discussion groups, 2 credits. Prerequisites: BIOL 317 with a minimum grade of C. Overrides will be granted for students without credit for BIOL 300. Can count as a Capstone Experience (BIOL 477) for students who have completed all Biology core courses.


BIOL 391 Medicinal Botany

Becomes BIOL 324 Medicinal Botany in Fall 2020

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: BIOL 151 and BIOZ 151; BIOL 152 and BIOZ 152; and BIOL 300, all with a minimum grade of C. Topics include plant anatomy, morphology and reproduction; traditional plant medicine such as Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine; plant defense systems and secondary metabolites; and plant-derived drugs for various illnesses/ailments including cancer, arthritis, depression and diabetes.


Fall 2020 Course Offerings

BIOL 391 Spit for Science


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