Biology Courses


3 Week Session


BIOL 114: Principles of Biology

A one-semester course in biology designed for the non-major. A primary objective of this course is to demonstrate how biological principles impact an individual's daily life. BIOL 114 introduces students to the molecules of life, cell structure and function, respiration and photosynthesis, molecular genetics, heredity and human genetics, evolution, diversity of life, and ecology. Minimal background is required; however, some exposure to biology and chemistry at the high school level is helpful. This course is not open to students with credit for BIOL 214 or BIOL 250. This course does not count toward any Biology degree.

Credits: 3
Dates: May 12 - May 30
Times: MTWRF 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Rebecca Benard
Contact: rebecca.benard@case.edu
BIOL 215: Cells and Proteins

Second in a series of three courses required of the Biology major. Topics include: biological molecules (focus on proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids); cell structure (focus on membranes, energy conversion organelles and cytoskeleton); protein structure-function; enzyme kinetics, cellular energetics, and cell communication and motility strategies. Prereq: BIOL 214 and (CHEM 105 or CHEM 111). Prereq or Coreq: CHEM 106 or ENGR 145.

Credits: 3
Dates: May 12 - May 30
Times: MTWRF 9:30 a.m-12:00 p.m
Instructor: Valerie Haywood
Contact: valerie.haywood@case.edu
BIOL 215L: Cells and Proteins Laboratory

Second in a series of three laboratory courses required of the Biology major. Topics to include: protein structure-function, enzymes kinetics; cell structure; cellular energetics, respiration and photosynthesis. In addition, membrane structure and transport will be covered. Laboratory and discussion sessions offered in alternate weeks. This course is not available for students who have taken BIOL 215 as a 4-credit course. Prereq: BIOL 214L and Prereq or Coreq: BIOL 215.

Credits: 1
Dates: May 12 - May 30
Times: TR 1:00-4:00 p.m; MW 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Instructor: Deborah Harris
Contact: dlv7@case.edu
BIOL 216: Development and Physiology

This is the final class in the series of three courses required of the Biology major. As with the two previous courses, BIOL 214 and 215, this course is designed to provide an overview of fundamental biological processes. It will examine the complexity of interactions controlling reproduction, development and physiological function in animals. The Developmental Biology section will review topics such as gametogenesis, fertilization, cleavage, gastrulation, the genetic control of development, stem cells and cloning. Main topics included in the Physiology portion consist of: homeostasis, the function of neurons and nervous systems; the major organ systems and processes involved in circulation, excretion, osmoregulation, gas exchange, feeding, digestion, temperature regulation, endocrine function and the immunologic response. Prereq: BIOL 214.

Credits: 3
Dates: May 12 - May 30
Times: MTWRF 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Barbara Kuemerle
Contact: barbara.kuemerle@case.edu
BIOL 216L: Development and Physiology Laboratory

Third in a series of three laboratory courses required of the Biology major. Students will conduct laboratory experiments designed to provide hands-on, empirical laboratory experience in order to better understand the complex interactions governing the basic physiology and development of organisms. Laboratories and discussion sessions offered in alternate weeks. Prereq: BIOL 214L. Prereq or Coreq: BIOL 216. Lab work is Tuesdays and Thursdays. Recitation is Mondays and Wednesdays.

Credits: 1
Dates: May 12 - May 30
Times: TR 12:30-3:30 p.m., MW 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Instructor: Barbara Kuemerle
Contact: barbara.kuemerle@case.edu

5 Week Session


BIOL 214: Genes, Evolution and Ecology

First in a series of three courses required of the Biology major. Topics include: biological molecules (focus on DNA and RNA); mitotic and meiotic cell cycles, gene expression, genetics, population genetics, evolution, biological diversity and ecology. Prereq or Coreq: CHEM 105 or CHEM 111.

Credits: 3
Dates: June 2 - July 3
Times: MTWR 10:00-11:45 a.m.
Instructor: Deborah Harris
Contact: dlv7@case.edu
BIOL 214L: Genes, Evolution and Ecology Laboratory

First in a series of three laboratory courses required of the Biology major. Topics include: biological molecules (with a focus on DNA and RNA); basics of cell structure (with a focus on malaria research); molecular genetics, biotechnology; population genetics and evolution, ecology. Assignments will be in the form of a scientific journal submission. Prereq or Coreq: BIOL 214. Some labs may meet at Squire Valleeview Farm. Transportation will be provided.

Credits: 1
Dates: June 2 - July 3
Times: MW 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Leena Chakravarty
Contact: leena.chakravarty@case.edu
BIOL 215: Cells and Proteins

Second in a series of three courses required of the Biology major. Topics include: biological molecules (focus on proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids); cell structure (focus on membranes, energy conversion organelles and cytoskeleton); protein structure-function; enzyme kinetics, cellular energetics, and cell communication and motility strategies. Prereq: BIOL 214 and (CHEM 105 or CHEM 111). Prereq or Coreq: CHEM 106 or ENGR 145.

Credits: 3
Dates: June 2 – July 3
Times: MTWR 10:00-11:45 a.m.
Instructor: Dianne Kube
Contact: dianne.kube@case.edu
BIOL 215L: Cells and Proteins Laboratory

Second in a series of three laboratory courses required of the Biology major. Topics to include: protein structure-function, enzymes kinetics; cell structure; cellular energetics, respiration and photosynthesis. In addition, membrane structure and transport will be covered. Laboratory and discussion sessions offered in alternate weeks. This course is not available for students who have taken BIOL 215 as a 4-credit course. Prereq: BIOL 214L and Prereq or Coreq: BIOL 215.

Credits: 1
Dates: June 2 – July 3
Times: TR 1:00-4:00 p.m
Instructor: Leena Chakravarty
Contact: leena.chakravarty@case.edu
BIOL 302: Human Learning and the Brain

This course focuses on the question, "How does the human brain learn?" Through assigned readings, extensive class discussions, and a major paper, each student will explore personal perspectives on learning. Specific topics include, but are not limited to: the brain's cycle of learning; neocortex structure and function; emotion and limbic brain; synapse dynamics and changes in learning; images in cognition; symbolic brain (language, mathematics, music); memory formation; and creative thought and brain mechanisms. The major paper will be added to each student's SAGES writing portfolio. In addition, near the end of the semester, each student will make an oral presentation on a chosen topic. Offered as BIOL 302 and COGS 322. Counts as SAGES Departmental Seminar.

Credits: 3
Dates: June 2 - July 3
Times: MWF 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Barbara Kuemerle
Contact: barbara.kuemerle@case.edu
BIOL 336/436: Aquatic Biology

Physical, chemical, and biological dynamics of lake ecosystems. Factors governing the distribution, abundance, and diversity of freshwater organisms. Offered as BIOL 336 and BIOL 436. Prereq: BIOL 214 or BIOL 251.

Credits: 3
Dates: June 2 - July 3
Times: MTWR 12:15-2:00 p.m.
Instructor: Deborah Harris
Contact: dlv7@case.edu
BIOL 339: Aquatic Biology Laboratory

The physical, chemical, and biological limnology of freshwater ecosystems will be investigated. Emphasis will be on identification of the organisms inhabiting these systems and their ecological interactions with each other. This course will combine both field and laboratory analysis to characterize and compare the major components of these ponds. Students will have the opportunity to design and conduct individual projects. Prereq or Coreq: BIOL 336. Class meets at Squire Valleeview Farm. Transportation will be provided.

Credits: 2
Dates: June 2 – July 3
Times: TR 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Instructor: Deborah Harris
Contact: dlv7@case.edu
BIOL 343/443: Microbiology

The physiology, genetics, biochemistry, and diversity of microorganisms. The subject will be approached both as a basic biological science that studies the molecular and biochemical processes of cells and viruses, and as an applied science that examines the involvement of microorganisms in human disease as well as in workings of ecosystems, plant symbioses, and industrial processes. The course is divided into four major areas: bacteria, viruses, medical microbiology, and environmental and applied microbiology. Offered as BIOL 343 and BIOL 443. Prereq: BIOL 215 or BIOL 250.

Credits: 3
Dates: June 2 - July 3
Times: MTWR 1:00-2:45 p.m.
Instructor: Dianne Kube
Contact: dianne.kube@case.edu
BIOL 362/462: Principles of Developmental Biology

The descriptive and experimental aspects of animal development. Gametogenesis, fertilization, cleavage, morphogenesis, induction, differentiation, organogenesis, growth, and regeneration. Students taking the graduate-level course will prepare an NIH-format research proposal as the required term paper. Offered as BIOL 362 and BIOL 462 and ANAT 462. Prereq: BIOL 216 or BIOL 251 or EBME 201 and EBME 202.

Credits: 3
Dates: June 2 - July 3
Times: MWF 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Stephen Haynesworth
Contact: stephen.haynesworth@case.edu


Summer Courses


Anthropology Cognitive Science Philosophy
Art History Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences Physics
Art Studio Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Political Science
Astronomy Engineering Psychological Sciences
Bioethics English Religious Studies
Biology Ethnic Studies SAGES
Biomedical Engineering History Sociology
Chemical Engineering Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics Theater
Chemistry Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering World Literature
Civil Engineering Modern Languages and Literatures
Classics Music