By providing a learning environment that values critical thinking, curiosity, objectivity and respect for diversity, the Biology Department seeks to:
- Guide students in the development of an understanding of life science concepts that will enable them to make informed decisions about career, the environment and other areas of human endeavor as responsible, informed members of the community.
- Enable students to acquire skills and habits of mind that allow for safe, accurate, objective and effective scientific inquiry.
- Serve the diverse needs of the community by providing, through an appropriate array of life science courses, opportunities for every student to acquire a solid academic foundation upon which to become successful in his or her pursuit of further education, career and a lifetime of learning.
- Continue to assess the Biology Department curricula in support of the Mission of the College.
New Biology Courses
BIOL-2001 -Introduction to Neuroscience (3 Credits)
BIOL 2001 aims to introduce students to the structure and function of the nervous system. Topics include molecular, cellular, physiological, behavioral, and computational mechanisms of the brain, brainstem, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves. Mammalian, insect, and other models are discussed. Topics are covered broadly to develop an appreciation of the wide variety of areas that researchers pursue, as well as introduce the methods that are used in the laboratory as a preparation for BIOL 2002 (Neuroscience Methods).
BIOL-2262 Neuroscience Research Methods (4 Credits)
BIOL 2262 will teach you the knowledge and tools to solve research questions in neurobiology.
Topics covered include approaches in neuroscience, behavioral studies, tissue/cell
preparation, histology/microscopy, electrode stimulation and molecular characterization.
Some labs will be supplemented with simulations.