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NBB Summer Courses 2012

Summer Session Website:  http://www.sce.cornell.edu/ss/index.php
Note: Search for Course prefix ‘BioNB’ for the Neurobiology and Behavior courses, and ‘BioG’ for General Biology courses
All courses are offered on the Ithaca campus, except where noted.

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Bionb2213
BioNB 2213 - Introduction to Behavior
Six weeks (June 27-August 9). 3 or 4 Credits (4 credits with one discussion per week). Prereq: Two majors-level biology courses. S-U or Letter grades. M-F, 1:00-2:15pm. H.K. Reeve. General introduction to the field of animal behavior. Topics include natural selection and behavior, genes and behavior, sexual selection, cooperation, conflict, evolutionary game theory, communication, orientation and navigation, hormonal mechanisms of behavior, and Darwinian medicine.  
 
bionb3290

BioNB 3290 - Field Animal Behavior Taught at Cornell’s Isle of Shoals Marine Lab (Gulf of Maine)
Two weeks (June 13-27).  3 Credits. Prereq: One semester of college level biology or equivalent.  Previous experience in psychology, animal behavior, or ecology is also recommended, but is not essential.  S-U or Letter grades.  M-F, 8am-8pm.  H. Weeks, W. Kimler.
The ecological significance of the behavior of organisms, with emphasis on field and laboratory research methods. Lectures and readings address the major subareas of behavior (communication, orientation, social behavior, foraging, predator avoidance, and sensory mechanisms).  Each student engages in short-term behavioral observation and prepares a research proposal.

 
Biog1107

BioG 1107 - General Biology  [Introductory Biology I: From Atom to Cell]
Four weeks (June 13-July 8). 3 Credits. Prereq: One year of high school biology or permission of instructor.  S-U or Letter grades (Biological Sciences majors must take course for a letter grade).  M-F, 9am-noon.  D. Dean. This course provides an introduction to cellular biology from a molecular perspective. We will review the major biomolecules, such as DNA, RNA, protein, and lipids, with the goal of understanding how they physically interact to perform cellular functions. Topics include DNA replication, transcription, protein synthesis, cell cycling, and Mendelian genetics, as well as medical topics such as cancer and prion diseases. (The continuation course is BioG 1108; but each may be taken independently.)  In addition to textbook readings, problem sets will be assigned regularly and students will lead in-class discussions of papers from the primary literature. Although this is a lecture-only course, students will gain a familiarity with major molecular biology techniques and acquire experience at designing their own experiments. Credits may be applied toward the biology major. Lecture syllabus incorporates required topics for current MCAT exam.

 
Biog1108

BioG 1108 - General Biology [Introductory Biology II: From Cell to Biosphere]
Four weeks (July 11-August 9). 3 Credits. Prereq: Successful completion of BioG 1107.  S-U or Letter grades (Biological Sciences majors must take course for a letter grade).  M-F, 9am-noon.  D. Dean. Starting from the foundation laid in BioG 1107, this course will examine the ways different biological systems interact at the levels of the cell, tissue, organism, population, and environment. Topics include signal transduction, the immune and nervous systems, embryonic development, a review of the major groups of organisms on earth and their evolutionary innovations, animal behavior, population genetics, ecology, and conservation. Textbook readings, problem sets, discussions of the primary literature, and practice at designing experiments will be integral parts of the curriculum. Credits may be applied toward the biology major. Lecture syllabus incorporates required topics for current MCAT exam.

 
Biog1440

BioG 1440 - Introduction to Comparative Physiology - Biology Core Course
Six week session (June27-August 9).  3 Credits.  Prereq: none.  S-U or letter grades (Biological Sciences majors must take course for a letter grade).  Because of the extensive overlap in content, students may not receive credit for both BioG 1440 and BioG 1105. M-F, 11:30am-12:45pm.  R. Booker.  An introductory physiology course intended for freshman and sophomore biology majors. Integrates physiology from the cell to the organism with comparisons among animals, plants, and microbes. Emphasis is on understanding of basic physiological concepts, stressing structure-function relationships, and underlying physiochemical mechanisms.

 
Biog1500

BioG 1500 - Investigative Biology Laboratory - Biology Core Course
Six week session (June 27-August 9).  2 Credits.  Prereq: none.  S-U or letter grades (Biological Sciences majors must take course for a letter grade).  Lec=M, 1:30-4:30pm; Lab=Tu and Th, 1:30-4:30pm.  M. Sarvary (Course contact: Louise Lattin, lsg6). Designed for biology majors and premed students to provide lab experience with emphasis on processes of scientific investigations and to promote collaboration, communication, and literacy in science. Students gain expertise in methods including instrumentation used by biologists to construct new knowledge. Lab topics include physiology, genetics, evolution, ecology, biochemistry, and molecular biology.

QUESTIONS?  Consult with the Chairman’s Office in W363 Mudd Hall, or contact Terri Natoli at tmn3@cornell.edu or 254-4340