BI 204 Investigations in Molecular Cell Biology:
BI 204 introduces students to basic tecniques in molecular cell biology, genetics and bioinformatics within the context of an original research project in functional genomics. BI204 students
are studying the evolution of genes involved in methionine biosynthesis, using the budding yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, as the point of reference. Students test the ability of orthologs from other species to complement deficiencies in S. cerevisiae MET genes. Classes are currently analyzing the functional conservation of MET genes between S. cerevisiae and the fission yeast, Schizosaccharomyces pombe. These two yeast species diverged from a common ancestor ~1 billion years ago.
Advanced experience classes:
Biology majors are required to complete at least one advanced experience class. In keeping with the Department's commitment to original research, the Department offers a variety of small advanced laboratory and seminar-style courses in which students conduct original research. Courses are offered on a variety of topics in the areas of biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, molecular genetics and neuroscience. Students in seminar classes have "published" their results on Wikipedia pages, while research results are being compiled for research publications.