Biology Update for 2009-2010


Dear Students:

The following changes are planned:


1. Cellular & Molecular Immunology (W3073) will be offered in the fall, not in the spring. (We hope to have a virology course in the spring.)


2. Introduction to Animal Structure & Function (W3002y & W3012y) will not be offered.  (Dr. Bock will be on sabbatical.)  

An alternative lab course will be offered in the spring for those wishing to fulfill the lab requirement by combining a lab course with W2501. See #4 below.


3. Introduction to Evolution (W3208) will be offered in the fall, not the spring.


4. W3040 (Lab in cell & developmental biology) has been changed from a 5 pt project lab to a 3 pt lab. It will be offered in the spring. This course (plus W2501) fulfills the lab requirement for the major or concentration. Space in this course is limited. Therefore graduating seniors who will need this course to graduate should contact Dr. Heicklen ( as soon as possible to reserve a space.


Here is the course description:

The lab explores the transcription factor binding sites that are integral in driving zebrafish GATA-4 expression in the heart. Topics covered include heart development, sequence analysis, molecular biology (PCR, restriction digest, etc.) and promoter analysis (binding site analysis, mutational analysis). Prerequisite: Introductory Biology. Limited to 15 students. Preference is given to students (especially to graduating seniors) majoring in biology, biochemistry and biophysics.