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Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences

BIOL Course Descriptions

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  • BIOL 101 Humankind and the Biological World (3)

    Deals in a broad sense with how humans interact with, affect and are affected by other organisms. Presents an overview of the history of scientific thought, including important persons, shifts in philosophy and technological innovations. Pathogenic organisms, genetic predisposition and natural immunity to disease, as well as disease treatments and cures are discussed. Addresses the ways that human activities such as hunting, commercial fishing and deforestation have had an impact on other life on Earth. [GSCI / QQT]

  • BIOL 111 Human Biology (4)

    Provides an overview of the structure and essential processes of the human body, including digestion, blood circulation, and the brain and senses. Human evolution, reproduction, early development and aging, and immunity to disease are discussed. The laboratory component of the course focuses on the design, practice and reporting of science. It includes exercises and experiments dealing with light microscopy, cell biology, genetics, and human anatomy and physiology. Laboratory fee required. [GSCI / QQT]

  • BIOL 121 Fundamentals of Biology (4)

    Introduction to the diversity of life on Earth. Cell structure, reproduction and chemistry are discussed. Provides an overview of the evolution, physiology and ecology of animals, plants and microbial life, including the impact of human behavior on ecosystems. The laboratory component of the course focuses on the design, practice and reporting of science. Laboratory exercises and experiments include an introduction to light microscopy; cell division; genetics; cellular respiration; photosynthesis; environmental science; and the examination of bacterial, botanical and zoological specimens. Laboratory fee required. [GSCI / QQT]