Biology

These are thrilling times to study biology. Advances in molecular biology, epigenetics, and bioinformatics are leading to extraordinary new insights in every field, from evolution and ecology to development, cell biology, genetics/genomics, and neuroscience. These research areas are providing essential information as we address the urgent challenges of biodiversity conservation, global climate change, epidemiology, and human health and well-being. Biology is also at the heart of new ways of understanding ourselves as human beings in relation to other living things. Connections between biological disciplines are raising key questions in new ways, while biological knowledge has become fundamentally integrated with social and medical ethics, public policy, and journalism.

The Biology Department offers a broad range of courses that emphasize the process of scientific inquiry and current experimental approaches. Our courses also consider real-world implications of biological issues: the ethics of embryonic stem cell research, gender issues and reproductive technologies, the AIDS epidemic, and the impact of human activity on natural communities. Biology courses can be the start of a dedicated career in research, medicine, conservation, public health, bioethics, sustainable resource use, and many other areas. They can also bring the intellectual excitement of these investigations to students whose major focus is in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. We welcome students of all backgrounds and interests to join us.

Biology Department Covid - 19 Update 

 

The Wesleyan Biology Department is fully committed to providing a high quality educational experience for our students that is consistent with maintaining the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff.  For Fall 2020 we are offering a full curriculum of courses in a variety of teaching modes.  A list of courses with brief descriptions of modifications for Fall 2020 is below.  For more information on specific courses, please contact the instructor.  General questions may be sent to the department: dmeredith@wesleyan.edu

COURSE

INSTRUCTOR

INSTRUCTION MODE

ADDITIONAL NOTES

GRADING OPTION

BIOL173 Global Change and Infectious Disease

Sections 01-14

Fred Cohan

online

The main lectures will have numerous breakout opportunities for discussion. Students will discuss solutions to public health problems in small discussion sections for 30 minutes each week, led by the prof and the TAs.

Student option

BIOL181: Principles of Biology I _

Section 01-02

Michelle Murolo

online

Student option

BIOL181: Principles of Biology I _ 

Section 03-04

Michael Weir

online

Partial flipped classroom with short pre-recorded lectures that introduce synchronous (Zoom) class sessions to discuss concepts

Student option

BIOL181: Principles of Biology I _ 

Section 05-06

Scott Holmes

In person and remote students

Student option

BIOL181: Principles of Biology I _ 

Section 07-08

Bob Lane

online

Student option

BIOL181: Principles of Biology I _ 

Section 09-12

Cori Anderson

online

Student option

BIOL191 Laboratory: Principles of Biology I _ Section 01-04

Michelle Murolo

Hybrid in person only

C/U

BIOL193:

Laboratory Principles of Biology I _ Section 01

Michelle Murolo

online

C/U

BIOL208:Molecular Biology

Amy MacQueen

Rich Olson

In person with remote students

graded

BIOL213: Behavioral Neurobiology

Gloster Aaron

Matthew Kurtz

Hybrid with remote students

Student option

BIOL216: Ecology

Mike Singer

online

Partial flipped classroom with short pre-recorded lectures that introduce synchronous (Zoom) class sessions to discuss concepts

Student option

BIOL218: Developmental Biology

Stephen Devoto

online

Student option

BIOL223: The Molecular Basis of Cancer

Cori Anderson

online

graded

BIOL239: Functional Anatomy of the Human Brain_

Section 01-02

Nihal deLanerolle

online

Student option

BIOL241: Cell-Cell Interactions in Development

Jim Mulrooney

online

Student option

BIOL252: Cell Biology of the Neuron

Helen Treloar

online

Student option

BIOL310: Genomics Analysis

Joe Coolon

online

Student option

BIOL332:Genomics Era Cell and Development

Ruth Johnson

online

Student option

BIOL338: Biology and MB&B Symposium I

Teresita Padilla-Benavides

online

Cr/U

BIOL353: Neurobiology of Neurological Disorders _

Section 01-03

Helen Treloar

online

Student option

BIOL357: Sex and Gender: From Synapse to Society

Laverne Melon

online

Student option

BIOL505: Cell and Development Journal Club (POI)

Ruth Johnson, Joe Coolon, Michael Weir, Stephen Devoto

online

Cr/U

BIOL507: Evolution Journal Club (POI)

Mike Singer, Sonia Sultan, Fred Cohan

online

Student option

BIOL509: Neuroscience Journal Club (POI)

Jan Naegele, Gloster Aaron, Laverne Melon

online

Student option

BIOL547: Environmental Biology Journal Club 

Fred Cohan, Tim Ku, Barry Chernoff

online

Cr/U

BIOL571: Teaching Techniques and Theory

Michelle Murolo

Hybrid in person only

Cr/U