This course provides a comprehensive overview of cellular structure and function including cellular compartments, macromolecular structures, and life processes such as energy and material flux, cell division, and control mechanisms. This class is suitable for any student with sophomore standing. St. Olaf College ↳ Faculty of Natural Science and Mathematics (FNSM), St. Olaf College This course explores the evolutionary and genetic foundations of life's biodiversity, and establishes the laboratory and scientific communication skills upon which subsequent courses build. Students not only develop a broad foundation in biology through core courses, but also achieve depth in specific biological interests through elective courses and independent study. From mining large genetic sequence databases to simulating population dynamics, we explore how computational tools are becoming essential to the study of a broad range of biological systems. BIO 290: Medical Terminology (0.25 credit). Each student must have the sponsorship of a faculty member. This course introduces students to intensive research at St. Olaf and the Boulder Laboratory for 3-D Electron Microscopy of Cells at the University of Colorado. Prerequisites: CH/BI 125, and MATH 119 or MATH 120. CH/BI 227: Integrated Chem/Bio III: Molecular and Cellular Biology. E towler2@stolaf.edu. May be repeated if topic is different. Courses: either BIO 227 or CH/BI 227 (taken as part of the year-long CH/BI sequence). Emphasis is placed on the iterative process of experimentation and analysis. Emphasis is placed upon major breakthroughs in design that enable organisms to exploit new ecological habitats. Find researchers and browse publications, full-texts, contact details and general information related to the Biology at St. Olaf College Office Hours: M 1-2, T 11-12, W 4-5, Th 12:30-1:30, F 9:30-10:30 … Application required. The goal is to garner sufficient expertise to allow critical analysis of the particular field. Requirements for the Biology Major Checklist, 1520 St. Olaf Avenue Prerequisite: approval of instructor. developmental biology; invertebrate zoology; cell biology, Associate Professor of Practice in Biology, conservation biology; ecology; evolutionary biology, microbiology; genetics; molecular biology; synthetic biology, Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies, electrophysiology; computational neuroscience; microglia, Associate Professor of Biology and Physics, neuronal biophysics; sensory circuits; retinal neurophysiology, evolutionary biology; computer simulation modeling; bioinformatics, cell biology; membrane transport associated with plants and fungi, cell biology; molecular biology; genetics, Associate Professor of Biology and Chemistry, lipid biochemistry; cell and molecular biology, Assistant Professor of Biology and Education, evolutionary ecology; plant-insect interactions; science education, behavioral ecology; animal communication; wildlife field research, evolutionary biology; molecular ecology; gene expression analysis, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies, Curator of Natural Lands, plant ecology and evolution; restoration ecology; agroecology, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies, prairie ecology; botany; paleoecology; fire ecology; biogeochemistry, comparative animal and cell physiology; membrane physiology and biophysics; comparative enzymology; applying biology in international settings, St. Olaf College, 1520 St. Olaf Avenue, Northfield, MN 55057 | Contact Us | Emergency Information. How does an entire ensemble of an organism's biochemistry adjust with seasonal or diurnal changes? Human gross anatomy students participate in the dissection of both a female and a male cadaver, preparing cadavers for use in the Human Anatomy and Physiology course, BIO 243. This course traces the path of invertebrate evolution from single-celled protozoans to the most primitive chordates. Students study topics in biology. Students attend lectures plus one three-hour laboratory per week. Please consult the course descriptions for this information. Mechanisms of learning, cognition and development, as well as aggression, territoriality, and mating are examined at the organismic and cellular level. Northfield, MN 55057. She does research in Microbial Genetics and Molecular Biology. Prerequisites: high school biology, chemistry, and physics; concurrent registration in MATH 119 or MATH 120 is recommended. Students intending to enter graduate or professional school are encouraged to consult with the biology faculty to plan a course of study appropriate for the postgraduate program. Also counts toward biomolecular science concentration. The last decade has unveiled the mechanism by which a single cell gives rise to an embryo rich in pattern and cellular diversity. Biology majors are encouraged to participate in research with faculty, off-campus programs in biology, departmental seminars, and social activities. The topic is determined by the faculty member in charge of the course and may relate to his/her research interests. Students interested in off-campus biology courses should consult biology faculty or the Office of International and Off-Campus Studies. Students learn how several vital body functions occur subconsciously, such as the rhythmic beating of the heart or the digestion of nutrients after a meal. Offered each semester. E ceumb@stolaf.edu. Students work on group and individual projects to collect and analyze data and give oral and written presentations on projects. Also counts toward environmental studies major (all emphases) and environmental studies and mathematical biology concentrations. This course examines the processes of evolution in detail (selection, genetic drift, mutation, migration) and studies the methods by which biologists reconstruct the history of life on the planet. Biology. Laboratory experiments and activities illustrate lecture topics and introduce new concepts. Students attend lectures plus one three-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisites: vary. Students attend lectures plus one three-hour laboratory per week. This course is intended for students preparing for graduate studies in nursing, physician assistant, occupational therapy, physical therapy and other allied health areas, and is not recommended for nursing majors or for students preparing to apply for admission into a school of medicine, dentistry or podiatry. P 507-786-3102 E freedber@stolaf.edu. Issues of women's biology including views of the evolving female and biological determinism are examined. At St. Olaf students master skills in molecular genetics and generate 3-D computer models of their datasets. View Kim Kandl’s professional profile on Relationship Science, the database of decision makers. Conservation biology focuses on the study of biological diversity. Consideration is given to use of ecological studies in ecosystem management. Two semester-long programs, Biology in South India (offered every fall semester) and Environmental Science in Australia (usually offered alternating spring semesters), are of particular interest to biology students. Students learn the relevant biological principles in lecture and lab followed by appropriate lab or field research. Offered during Interim. Counts as "comparative organismal biology" core category. Also counts toward neuroscience concentration. Prerequisite: BIO 150. This course explores the newest thinking about how life has evolved to be fine-tuned to the environment, has managed to populate the range of environments found on earth, and has responded to climate change. Prerequisites: concurrent enrollment in BIO 150 and permission of instructor. This course may not be taken after completion of CH/BI 227 or BIO 227. This course introduces chemical concepts that are important for students pursuing a study of chemistry or biology. 1 was here. Also counts toward biomolecular science concentration. Students learn from professional paleontologists and museum curators about how fossils are used in scientific research prior to embarking on a 10-day vertebrate fossil expedition in central Florida. Prerequisites: BIO 227 or CH/BI 227 and progress toward a major in any of the natural sciences. (507) 786-3100. wp.stolaf.edu/biology. St. Olaf offers a strong and modern biology curriculum rooted in the liberal arts. Students gain experience with medical procedures, market research, the FDA approval process, financial analysis, the health insurance industry, business ethics, intellectual property law, and human subjects research ethics. 1 was here. Laboratories utilize model organisms to investigate classical and molecular modes of inheritance. Independent research requires permission of a supervisor and completion of an independent research form available at the Registrar's Office or its website. Students examine water from a scientific perspective -- chemical, physiological, ecological -- and delve into the historical, political, economic, and social implications in Morocco -- a country of diverse cultures and biotic zones from two oceans, mountain ranges, and the driest of dry deserts. Class meetings present topics in discussion format. Students interested in these concentrations should consult the descriptions in this catalog or the program director. Counts as "comparative organismal biology" core category. Intensive study of the biology that created the Bahamas and that now constitutes the living structure of these islands. Students attend lectures plus one 3-hour laboratory/discussion per week. The student undertakes substantial independent study in a defined biological field, meets regularly with faculty supervisor, and prepares some form of presentation of the material learned. Regents Hall (Natural Science) 412. Students explore the material through large and small group discussions of readings, and short lectures interspersed with activities. Advances in the mathematical sciences — mathematics, statistics, and computer science — have brought new perspectives to biological research. Offered during Interim in alternate years. Preparation for class requires readings from texts and primary literature concerning ecological and environmental issues specific to each of these regions. Mathematical Biology. St. Olaf offers a strong and modern biology curriculum rooted in the liberal arts. Also counts toward biomolecular science concentration. Students interested in an internship should consult with the Piper Center for Vocation and Career, enlist a faculty supervisor, and complete an internship application. Students explore the history, evolution, and diversity of life in the context of genetics and comparative genomics. Laboratory work adds a valuable investigative component to the course, and social/psychological issues are addresssed throughout. Apply through International and Off-Campus Studies. Students attend lectures plus one three-hour laboratory per week. Students attend lectures plus one three-hour laboratory per week. Other semester/summer programs are available through affiliated institutions or programs (e.g., ACM Oak Ridge Science Semester, ACM Tropical Field Research, Coe College Wilderness Field Station, Denmark’s International Studies Program). 1 was here. Mathematical Biology. Prerequisite: BIO 150 or permission of instructor. Students focus on the natural history of Upper Midwest vertebrates and phylogenetic, morphological, and functional relationships of these animals. Not all level III biology courses meet this requirement. Students attend lectures plus one three-hour laboratory per week. Sara Fruehling is Associate Professor of Practice in Biology at St. Olaf College. Students read, present, and discuss scientific literature in a field selected by participating faculty. Mathematical Biology. Students have the opportunity to design and perform their own experiments while learning the process of scientific investigation. The Biology Department at St. Olaf College on Academia.edu. Note that CHEM 126 and CH/BI 126 have a prerequisite of completion of one calculus course. Students should consult catalog descriptions for each level III course to learn about the topic, type of student work, and prerequisites. He is currently a Professor of Biology at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where he has been since 1993. Evaluation of candidates occurs in the spring semester. BIO 150: Evolutionary Foundations of Biodiversity. John D. Schade, Biology Department, St. Olaf College, 1520 St. Olaf Avenue, Northfield, MN 55057, U.S.A. E‐mail: schade@stolaf.edu Also counts toward biomolecular science and neuroscience concentrations. Students examine the dynamic impact of microbes on humans, the immune response, and the role of microbes in the environment. This course explores the natural history of our planet through the fossil record. Short lectures and in-class activities provide students with the necessary background to analyze primary scientific articles, and small group discussions provide a forum for student-led discourse and critique of these articles. Some topics in this field are a mismatch between our evolved bodies and modern environments, evolutionary perspectives on cancer, and individual vs. public health. Internships are designed to provide career-testing opportunities. College & University. For current biology majors and alumni alike, see what events are happening in Biology at St. Olaf The course explores the molecular and cellular basis of the immune responses. How do animals do what they need to do to survive in all sorts of environments? Students spend three weeks in Peru, assessing patient needs in a public hospital, a homeless shelter, orphanages, and a small village. In laboratory, they conduct quantitative physiological measurements to assess functions such as temperature control, respiration rates, and salt and water balance. For current biology majors and alumni alike, see what events are happening in Biology at St. Olaf Karen Achberger, 1979 Professor Emerita of German, 2020. First-year students with a passion for science at the interface of biology and chemistry are encouraged to apply to our integrated introductory Ch emistry/ Bi ology sequence, or CH/BI. Steve Abbott, 2006 Director of Auxiliary Services, Business Office, 2014. To that end, the biology major provides the necessary content and instrument training while students practice the art of scientific inquiry. Department of Biology 143 Biology Building 129 E. Jefferson St. Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1324. Counts as "comparative organismal biology" core category. Offered annually in the spring semester. Ecology focuses on the study of the interrelationships that determine the distribution and abundance of organisms. This course approaches the study of animal behavior from the blended viewpoints of evolutionary behavioral ecology and comparative psychology. Counts as "comparative organismal biology" core category. What happened to the dinosaurs? Offered during Interim. Prerequisite: BIO 233. Offered annually. Does not count toward biology major. The field of evolutionary medicine represents the intersection of evolution and medicine. Week four involves discussion and writing reflective journals. BIO 395: Biomedical Innovation Scholars Program. Offered during Interim. Also counts toward exercise science major. Prerequisite: BIO 233. Class work depends on the topics and instructor, but is consistent with the amount and level of work in other 200-level biology courses. In addition, each Interim several off-campus biology courses are offered; see courses marked "off-campus" or "abroad" in the course list below. Due to our privacy policy, only current members can send messages to people on ResearchGate. Counts as "comparative organismal biology" core category. From the molecules that are the building blocks of life to the complex interactions between living organisms and their environments, biology continues to fascinate the human mind. Each summer, many biology faculty participate in CURI summer research in which paid ten-week positions offer excellent opportunities for students in lab, field, and computer-based research. Prerequisites: BIO 150 or BIO 231, and BIO 291. The course emphasizes problem-solving, quantitative reasoning, the scientific method, and scientific writing through lectures, discussions, readings, writing assignments, and lab work. Prerequisite: CH/BI 126. Several concentrations are offered that closely relate to the Biology Department: biomolecular science, environmental studies, mathematical biology, neuroscience, and statistics. All students majoring in biology complete eight biology courses and a year of chemistry (CHEM 121, CHEM 123, CHEM 126; or CHEM 122, CHEM 126; or CHEM 125, CHEM 126; or CH/BI 125, CH/BI 126). Offered during Interim. Prerequisite: an introductory science course. Students attend lectures plus one three-hour laboratory per week. This course offers students the opportunity to study first-hand the most diverse ecosystems on earth. We are grateful for the impact your gifts make possible on the Hill. Prerequisites: BIO 150. 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Prerequisite: BIO 233. 507-786-3100. towler2@stolaf.edu. Limnology is the study of inland freshwaters, which includes lakes, ponds, reservoirs, rivers, streams, and wetlands. 1520 St. Olaf Avenue Northfield, MN 55057 Get Directions 507-786-2222. In parallel to microscope training sessions, students learn the latest computer techniques for video image grabbing and analysis. Offered alternate years. Connie Albers, 2005 Director of Stewardship, 2018. Students attend lectures plus one three-hour laboratory per week. Office Hours: T 1:30-3:00, Th 10:00-11:30 AM or by appointment. Offered annually. In this intensive field-oriented course students explore lowland rainforest, montane forest, dry forest, and coastal and agricultural ecosystems through projects and field trips. Apply through International and Off-Campus Studies. The students then curate, catalog, and interpret their data, using a large museum reference collection. Also counts toward management studies concentration. This course focuses on the wonderous actions of the human body. Includes laboratory component. Offered periodically. Students learn current and/or historical evidence and methodology (e.g., microscopy, isolation procedures, and probes). hydropower, invasive species, pollution, climate change). Students in a non-laboratory investigative course will practice sophistication in evaluating the primary literature, as well as independence in assembling and synthesizing ideas from that literature. This course touches upon traditional environmental topics such as air and water quality, and integrates newer public health challenges such as emerging diseases and food-borne illnesses. The student must obtain permission of supervisor and complete an independent study form available from the Registrar's Office or its website. Class periods will introduce students to the fundamental concepts and knowledge of limnology, while the laboratory exercises will provide hands-on experience studying freshwaters. Also counts toward neuroscience concentration. Week one is spent on campus learning basic clinical techniques, examining emerging disease, and studying existing health care issues. BIO 121: Biological Science: Issues in Biology. Topics include atomic structure, the periodic table, bonding interactions within and between particles, water and its solutions, biological membranes, chemical reaction types, chemical stoichiometry, equilibrium systems, acids and bases, introduction to protein structure. (short animations of biological processes) Water/Buffers. BI/ES 286: Tropical Ecology and Sustainable Land Use in Costa Rica (abroad). All of the level II and III courses in biology have prerequisites. While the categories below are listed in order of biological level of organization, students may take their upper-level biology courses in any order providing that prerequisites are met. Any full credit (1.00) biology course can count as an elective with the following exceptions: In addition to courses designated as biology, the St. Olaf courses in the table below can count as biology electives: No more than two level I biology courses, including BIO 150, and AP or IB credit may count toward the major. Get Directions. BIO 143: Human Anatomy and Physiology: Cells and Tissues. Prerequisites: BIO 143 and BIO 243. St. Olaf students interested in taking Biology online courses and classes can browse through Uloop’s directory of online courses to find top online college courses being offered from top universities, including engineering, math, science and more. James Demas (he, him, his) Associate Professor of Biology and Physics; Director of Neuroscience. 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