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BIO-450   Biology Capstone Seminar3 credits

Prerequisites: Senior standing

A capstone seminar course focuses on topics that integrate molecular, cellular, organismal, and population processes; course topics vary. Readings, lectures, and discussions. May be repeated for credit with different topics.

BIO-490   Laboratory Assistant1 - 3 credits

Laboratory assistants gain experience in laboratory techniques and science education by working closely with faculty and staff preparing teaching laboratories. All laboratory assistants must submit a Laboratory Assistant Agreement to the department chair. May be repeated for credit up to 3 times.

BIO-494   Independent Study1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

Library research in biology. Critical review of literature pertaining to a problem or specialized topic in biology culminating in a paper written according to department guidelines. See independent study guidelines.

BIO-495   Research Methods and Techniques2 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

A laboratory course in selected areas such as cell biology and toxicology or molecular biology or bioinformatics. Working in a research group, students critically evaluate scientific literature and solve problems using laboratory techniques typical of the selected area of study. Students enrolled in this course will be actively engaged in laboratory research and will be expected to conduct research projects outside of the scheduled class time period.

BIO-496   Biology Research1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-396

A laboratory or field research problem culminating in a paper or other final presentation according to departmental guidelines. Students enrolled in BIO-496 must complete relevant safety training prior to beginning laboratory or field work. In addition, students must complete a course in research ethics such as Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) or equivalent by mid-term. See independent study guidelines.

BIO-497   Research Internship1 - 6 credits

Research Internships are designed to give students independent research experience in the fields of their interest, and are coordinated through the Center for Experiential Learning (CEL). A written summary of the internship and a seminar are presented to the department at the conclusion of the internship. See internship guidelines.

BIO-499   Senior Comprehensive Examination0 credits

A written comprehensive examination designed to measure the full range of students' understanding of biology. To pass BIO-499, a student must pass the written exam according to the criteria set by the biology department. Students failing to score a passing grade must pass an Oral Comprehensive exam given by the biology faculty in the following Winter or Spring term.