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 2017 offerings include:

BIOL 291 Anatomy for Biology Majors
More information can be found here.

BIOL 391 Medicinal Botany

BIOL 391 Integrative Taxonomy

BIOL 391 Paleoanthropology and the Legacy of Human Evolution
More information can be found here.

BIOL 391 Footprints on the James: The Natural History of the James River Watershed
More information can be found here.

BIOL 491 Eco-Techniques
More information can be found here.

Fall 2017 offerings include:

BIOL/Z 391 Medicinal Botany

BIOL 391 Spit for Science

BIOL 491 Ethnobotany of Virginia – Service Learning

BIOL 491 Animal Behavior
This course focuses on the underlying mechanisms and evolution of behavior.  Topics include the history of behavior, genetics, physiology of behavior, and ecology of behavior.

BIOL 491 Functional Genomics

BIOZ 491 River Rock Pool Ecology
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BIOZ 491 Cell and Molecular Lab

The field of molecular biology impacts many aspects of our lives, by providing important clues about organism function and evolution, contributing to our supply of food, fuel and medicines, and playing a key role in our justice system.

This 2 credit laboratory/lecture course focuses on the study of cells and molecules, particularly proteins and nucleic acids, as well as the description and application of experimental approaches used in cellular and molecular biology. The course will provide students with the opportunity to learn basic laboratory skills in addition to specific molecular techniques, provide an opportunity to analyze and interpret data, generate rational hypotheses and predictions, and communicate their findings.

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