Changes in the Biology Curriculum for 2011-2012 -- last update 11/11/2011



Changes for Spring 2012


1. The Animal Structure & Function Lab will not be offered. If you have already taken Biol W2501, there will be a 3 pt lab offered, W3040, which will allow you to complete your lab requirement. (See 4 below.) Alternatively, you may take a 3 pt lab at Barnard.


2. Project Lab Change: The 5 pt project lab in Protein Biochemistry, W3050, will not be offered. There will be a project lab in micro instead -- see next item.


3. There will be a new project lab in Microbiology. For details see


4. Lab Time Change: Biology W3040 Lab (3 pts) will be offered on Tues and Thurs afternoons instead of Mon & Wed. Times will be Tues 1:10 to 2:25 pm & Thurs 1:10 to 3:55 pm. For more info, go to


5. Genetics Time (& Instructor Change): Genetics W3031 will be offered in the morning, not in the evening, by Dr. Marty Chalfie, Nobel Prize winner and ex-chair of the Dept. The course will be offered Tues and Thurs, 9:10 to 10:25.



Changes for Fall 2011

1. New Course!! Biol W4077. Survey in Molecular and Cellular Biology: Cellular Stress Responses, Taught by Professor Ron Prywes. 


Brief Description: This is an advanced molecular and cellular biology course geared to upper level undergraduates and M.A. students. The topic of this year will be cellular stress responses. We will read and analyze a series of reviews on this topic ranging from the stress of DNA damage on cells to metabolic stress to the stress of aging. We will also read key research articles on these topics. The signaling pathways, mechanisms, targets and biological relevance will be reviewed. An emphasis will be made

on understanding how important discoveries were made. Students will develop their own review articles on related subjects and present multiple research proposals.


2.  Change in Chemical Genomics. Chemical Biology, Chem W4312 has replaced Chemical Genomics, Biol G4095. Although Chemical Biology is listed as a chemistry course, it fulfills the requirements of an elective for either the bio major or the biochem major.  It will be taught jointly by Professors Virginia Cornish and Brent Stockwell.


Brief Description (from Chemical Genomics): In this course, we will cover subject matter in chemical biology and chemical genomics. We will discuss approaches for discovering and optimizing chemical tools for measuring and perturbing biological systems. Topics covered will include high-throughput screening, chemical library creation, affinity purification of target proteins and target validation, protein

microarrays, molecular evolution, protein engineering and synthetic biology.


 The course is intended to provide a foundation needed for advanced chemical biology research, i.e. the creation and use of chemical probes of biological processes and macromolecular function. The course will be of interest to students at the interface between chemistry and biology, and students interested in medicine, academic chemical biology and drug discovery efforts.