Biology

1203 Altschul Hall
212-854-2437
212-854-1950 (fax)

Introductory Laboratory Office:
911 Altschul Hall
212-854-1402

biology.barnard.edu
Department Administrator: Jacqueline Milligan

The Department of Biology

Biology explores the structure, function and evolution of diverse living systems. It addresses some of the most important issues of our time—genetic engineering, stem cell research, obesity, cancer and effects of global warming. Majoring in Biology prepares students to pursue a career in research, teaching or the allied health sciences. It is also relevant to careers as diverse as environmental policy, law, public health, creative writing and textbook development.

Mission

The mission of the Biology major is to provide students with a broad education in biology. To this end, students are offered a range of lecture courses that span the molecular, physiological and ecological levels of organization. Students also complete laboratory courses that help them learn how to design and test hypotheses, use modern scientific equipment, and interpret data. Finally, students learn scientific communication skills by critiquing research articles, writing laboratory reports and research papers, and participating in oral presentations and debates. The department encourages students to become involved in a research project under the guidance of a faculty member at Barnard or elsewhere in New York City.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a major in Biology should be able to attain the following outcomes:

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the many different life forms on planet Earth.
  • Have the ability to discuss a biological phenomenon from many different levels of organization (e.g., discuss HIV from the perspective of structure through host immune response to evolutionary and epidemiological issues).
  • Describe the basic features of Mendelian genetics and the central dogma of molecular biology; understand the basic physiological processes of at least one organism; demonstrate and understanding of population level processes.
  • Make an oral presentation on either an original research project or a published primary research paper.
  • Generate a testable hypothesis and develop and execute a controlled experimental design.
  • Write an original scientific paper and/or a review article.

Research

Students are strongly encouraged to engage in research at Barnard.  BIOL BC3591 Guided Research and Seminar-BIOL BC3592 Guided Research and Seminar and BIOL BC3593 Senior Thesis Research-BIOL BC3594 Senior Thesis Research may be used to fulfill major requirements as described below while BIOL BC3597 Guided Research may be used for degree credit.

In addition to conducting research during the academic year, students are encouraged to pursue summer research internships. Barnard faculty engage many students in paid research projects during the summer. The departmental office also has information about summer internships outside Barnard. In addition, the department awards funds on a competitive basis to support summer research not otherwise funded by internships.

Introductory Course Selection

The Biology Department offers several options at the introductory level; students should select courses on the basis of their preparation and background in biology. Students who took advanced biology in high school should enroll in the 1500-level sequence (BIOL BC1500 Introduction to Organismal and Evolutionary Biology, BIOL BC1502 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology, and the lab courses  BIOL BC1501 Introductory Lab in Organismal and Evolutionary Biology and BIOL BC1503 Introductory Lab in Cell and Molecular Biology. This sequence can be started either in the fall (BIOL BC1500 Introduction to Organismal and Evolutionary Biology and BIOL BC1501 Introductory Lab in Organismal and Evolutionary Biology) or the spring (BIOL BC1502 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology and BIOL BC1503 Introductory Lab in Cell and Molecular Biology) and fulfills the laboratory science portion of the General Education Requirement as well as the premedical requirement in biology.

Students with little or no experience in biology should enroll in the 1000-level sequence, which provides an appropriate introduction to important concepts in the field. Both BIOL BC1001 Revolutionary Concepts in Biology and BIOL BC1002 Contemporary Issues in Biology include a laboratory component and together fulfill the laboratory science portion of the General Education Requirement. They must be taken in order. BIOL BC1001 Revolutionary Concepts in Biology must always precede BIOL BC1002 Contemporary Issues in Biology, even if they are taken years apart. Students who wish to move on to the 1500-level courses, which are prerequisites for advanced classes in biology, are eligible to do so upon completion of BIOL BC1001 Revolutionary Concepts in Biology.

AP Course Credit

Students who have passed the Advanced Placement examination in biology with a grade of 4 or 5 are exempt from BIOL BC1001 Revolutionary Concepts in Biology and receive 3 points of credit.  Students with an AP biology score of 4 or 5 may complete the Barnard lab science requirement with (a) BIOL BC1002 Contemporary Issues in Biology, (b) BIOL BC1500 Introduction to Organismal and Evolutionary Biology and BIOL BC1501 Introductory Lab in Organismal and Evolutionary Biology, or (c) BIOL BC1502 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology and BIOL BC1503 Introductory Lab in Cell and Molecular Biology. However, students must complete the entire 1500-level sequence (BIOL BC1500 Introduction to Organismal and Evolutionary Biology, BIOL BC1501 Introductory Lab in Organismal and Evolutionary Biology, BIOL BC1502 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology, and BIOL BC1503 Introductory Lab in Cell and Molecular Biology) for the Biology major or minor and for the biology premedical requirements. AP credit is granted regardless of which introductory courses are completed at Barnard.

Chairs: Hilary Callahan (Professor) and Jennifer Mansfield (Associate Professor)
Professor Emeritus: Philip Ammirato
Professors: Paul Hertz, Brian Morton, John Glendinning, Hilary Callahan
Associate Professor: Jennifer Mansfield
Assistant Professors: Elizabeth Bauer, Krista McGuire, Jonathan Snow
Senior Lecturer: Jessica Goldstein

Adjunct Assistant Professor: Diana Heller

Term Assistant Professor: Matthew Rhodes

Requirements for the Major

Introductory Biology
BIOL BC1500Introduction to Organismal and Evolutionary Biology3
BIOL BC1501Introductory Lab in Organismal and Evolutionary Biology2
BIOL BC1502Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology3
BIOL BC1503Introductory Lab in Cell and Molecular Biology2
Genetics
BIOL BC2100Molecular and Mendelian Genetics3
It is recommended, but not required, that this be taken immediately following the completion of the Spring semester of Introductory courses (BIOL BC1502 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology and BIOL BC1503 Introductory Lab in Cell and Molecular Biology).
Five Upper Level Lecture Courses
Students must complete at least five additional lecture courses at the 2000 and 3000 levels. One of the five lecture courses must be selected from each of the following two groups:
1. Physiological Level of Organization
Microbiology
Animal Physiology
2. Ecological and Evolutionary Level of Organization
Plant Evolution and Diversity
Ecology
Evolution
Applied Ecology and Evolution
Tropical Ecology
Three additional lecture courses may be selected from any Barnard Biology offering (including all of the courses listed above) or, with the department's chair's permission, from offerings in the Columbia Department of Biological Sciences and the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology.
Three Upper Level Laboratory Courses
Students must complete at least three Biology laboratories beyond the 1500 level. Laboratories may require a lecture course as a co-requisite or prerequisite; such requirements are specified in the Barnard catalogue.
Research Option
A student may count two consecutive semesters of Guided Research and Seminar (BIOL BC3591 followed by BIOL BC3592) as a laboratory course for the major. Appropriate Biology courses at Columbia University may be used to satisfy the lab requirement, as may those at other institutions, with permission of the department chair.
Senior Seminar or Individual Research
Students must enroll in one section of the Senior Seminar (BIOL BC3590) or complete two semesters of Senior Thesis Research (BIOL BC3593 followed by BIOL BC3594). A student cannot take both Senior Thesis Research and Guided Research and Seminar at the same time.
Chemistry Requirement
One semester of General Chemistry (with laboratory) and one semester of Organic Chemistry (with laboratory) are required.

Requirement for the Minor

A minor in biology must include:

BIOL BC1500Introduction to Organismal and Evolutionary Biology3
BIOL BC1501Introductory Lab in Organismal and Evolutionary Biology2
BIOL BC1502Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology3
BIOL BC1503Introductory Lab in Cell and Molecular Biology2
Three additional lecture courses at the 2100 level or higher
Two additional laboratory courses *,**
*

One of the lab courses may be replaced by two semesters of Guided Research and Seminar (BIOL BC3591 Guided Research and Seminar followed by BIOL BC3592 Guided Research and Seminar).

**

Chemistry, environmental science, physics, and psychology majors need to take only one advanced laboratory instead of two, but the lab may not be a guided research course.

BIOL BC1001 Revolutionary Concepts in Biology. 4.5 points.

Lab Required

Prerequisites: Course does not fulfill Biology major requirements or premedical requirements. Enrollment in laboratory limited to 16 students per section.

Exploration of the major discoveries and ideas that have revolutionized the way we view organisms and understand life. The basic concepts of cell biology, anatomy and physiology, genetics, evolution, and ecology will be traced from seminal discoveries to the modern era. The laboratory will develop these concepts and analyze biological diversity through a combined experimental and observational approach.

Fall 2017: BIOL BC1001
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 1001 001/01719 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
903 Altschul Hall
Diana Heller 4.5 33
BIOL 1001 002/06014 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Ll104 Diana Center
Diana Heller 4.5 3

BIOL BC1002 Contemporary Issues in Biology. 4.5 points.

Lab Required

Prerequisites: Course does not fulfill biology major requirements or premedical requirements. BIOL BC1001 or equivalent preparation and background. Enrollment in laboratory sections limited to 16 students per section.

Exploration of modern biology as it pertains to contemporary issues. One module examines the microbiological agents that cause disease and addresses how such agents can be used as weapons for terrorism or war. Another module considers human physiology, focusing on major health issues. The third module explores growth and resource use, emphasizing the uniqueness of human populations. Lab exercises introduce biological techniques for studying these topics.

Spring 2017: BIOL BC1002
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 1002 001/03853 M W F 9:00am - 9:50am
202 Altschul Hall
Diana Heller 4.5 50
BIOL 1002 002/03877 M W F 9:00am - 9:50am
202 Altschul Hall
Diana Heller 4.5 3

BIOL BC1011 BIOL BC1001 Lab. 0 points.

Prerequisites: Course does not fulfill Biology major requirements or premedical requirements. Enrollment in laboratory limited to 16 students per section.

Exploration of the major discoveries and ideas that have revolutionized the way we view organisms and understand life. The basic concepts of cell biology, anatomy and physiology, genetics, evolution, and ecology will be traced from seminal discoveries to the modern era. The laboratory will develop these concepts and analyze biological diversity through a combined experimental and observational approach.

Fall 2017: BIOL BC1011
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 1011 001/04007 M 1:10pm - 4:00pm
907 Altschul Hall
Diana Heller, Henry Truong 0 12/16
BIOL 1011 002/06339 T 1:10pm - 4:00pm
907 Altschul Hall
Diana Heller, Henry Truong 0 11/16
BIOL 1011 005/01730 F 10:00am - 12:50pm
907 Altschul Hall
Diana Heller, Henry Truong 0 10/14

BIOL BC1012 BIOL BC1002 Lab. 0 points.

MUST ATTEND FIRST LAB TO HOLD PLACE

Prerequisites: Course does not fulfill biology major requirements or premedical requirements. BIOL BC1001 or equivalent preparation and background. Enrollment in laboratory sections limited to 16 students per section.

Exploration of modern biology as it pertains to contemporary issues. One module examines the microbiological agents that cause disease and addresses how such agents can be used as weapons for terrorism or war. Another module considers human physiology, focusing on major health issues. The third module explores growth and resource use, emphasizing the uniqueness of human populations. Lab exercises introduce biological techniques for studying these topics.

Spring 2017: BIOL BC1012
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 1012 001/06405 M 1:10pm - 4:00pm
907 Altschul Hall
Diana Heller 0 15/16
BIOL 1012 003/09380 T 1:10pm - 4:00pm
907 Altschul Hall
Diana Heller 0 13/16
BIOL 1012 004/05239 W 10:00am - 12:50pm
907 Altschul Hall
Diana Heller 0 14/16
BIOL 1012 005/01766 F 10:00am - 12:50pm
907 Altschul Hall
Diana Heller 0 9/14

BIOL BC1500 Introduction to Organismal and Evolutionary Biology. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1001 or equivalent preparation. Course suitable for fulfillment of premedical requirements.

Detailed introduction to biological phenomena above the cellular level; development, anatomy, and physiology of plants and animals; physiological, population, behavioral, and community ecology; evolutionary theory; analysis of micro-evolutionary events; systematics.

Fall 2017: BIOL BC1500
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 1500 001/06536 M W F 9:00am - 9:50am
304 Barnard Hall
Paul Hertz, James Casey 3 206/245

BIOL BC1501 Introductory Lab in Organismal and Evolutionary Biology. 2 points.

Recitation Section Required

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1001 or equivalent preparation. Enrollment limited to 16 students per section. Course suitable for fulfillment of premedical requirements. BIOL BC1500 as prerequisite or corequisite.

A laboratory-based introduction to the major groups of living organisms; anatomy, physiology, evolution, and systematics; laboratory techniques for studying and comparing functional adaptations.

Fall 2017: BIOL BC1501
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 1501 001/02041 M 1:10pm - 4:00pm
912 Altschul Hall
Jessica Goldstein, James Casey 2 16/16
BIOL 1501 002/08043 M 1:10pm - 4:00pm
913 Altschul Hall
Jessica Goldstein, James Casey 2 14/16
BIOL 1501 003/01382 T 9:00am - 11:50am
912 Altschul Hall
Jessica Goldstein, James Casey 2 14/16
BIOL 1501 004/09301 T 9:00am - 11:50am
913 Altschul Hall
Jessica Goldstein, James Casey 2 11/16
BIOL 1501 005/06319 T 1:10pm - 4:00pm
912 Altschul Hall
Jessica Goldstein, James Casey 2 14/16
BIOL 1501 006/07840 T 1:10pm - 4:00pm
913 Altschul Hall
Jessica Goldstein, James Casey 2 9/16
BIOL 1501 007/05293 W 10:00am - 12:50pm
912 Altschul Hall
Jessica Goldstein, James Casey 2 16/16
BIOL 1501 008/03619 W 10:00am - 12:50pm
913 Altschul Hall
Jessica Goldstein, James Casey 2 6/16
BIOL 1501 009/04928 Th 9:00am - 11:50am
912 Altschul Hall
Jessica Goldstein, James Casey 2 9/16
BIOL 1501 010/08372 W 2:10pm - 5:00pm
913 Altschul Hall
Jessica Goldstein, James Casey 2 14/16
BIOL 1501 011/02731 Th 1:10pm - 4:00pm
912 Altschul Hall
Jessica Goldstein, James Casey 2 12/16
BIOL 1501 012/04681 F 10:00am - 12:50pm
912 Altschul Hall
Jessica Goldstein, James Casey 2 12/16
BIOL 1501 013/01344 F 10:00am - 12:50pm
913 Altschul Hall
Jessica Goldstein, James Casey 2 8/16

BIOL BC1502 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1001 or equivalent preparation. Course suitable for fulfillment of premedical requirements. Together with BIOL BC1500 this course is part of a yearlong introductory sequence. BIOL BC1500 and BIOL BC1502 do not need to be taken in sequence.

Detailed introduction to cellular and subcellular biology: cell structures and functions, energy metabolism, biogenesis of cell components, biology of inheritance, molecular genetics, regulation of gene expression, and genes in development.

Spring 2017: BIOL BC1502
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 1502 001/04239 M W F 9:00am - 9:50am
304 Barnard Hall
Liu Tong 3 214/0

BIOL BC1503 Introductory Lab in Cell and Molecular Biology. 2 points.

Recitation Section Required

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1001 or equivalent preparation. BIOL BC1502 as corequisite (preferred) or prerequisite. Enrollment limited to 16 students per section. Course suitable for fulfillment of premedical requirements.

A laboratory-based introduction to cell and molecular biology.  Both classic and modern approaches are used to investigate principles of heredity as well as the structure and function of cells and their molecular components.   Lab exercises introduce practical techniques and data analysis.

Spring 2017: BIOL BC1503
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 1503 001/04360 M 1:10pm - 4:00pm
912 Altschul Hall
Jessica Goldstein, James Casey 2 14/16
BIOL 1503 002/04383 M 1:10pm - 4:00pm
913 Altschul Hall
Jessica Goldstein, James Casey 2 10/16
BIOL 1503 003/03136 T 9:00am - 11:50am
912 Altschul Hall
Jessica Goldstein, James Casey 2 13/16
BIOL 1503 004/08773 T 9:00am - 11:50am
913 Altschul Hall
Jessica Goldstein, James Casey 2 16/16
BIOL 1503 005/04291 T 1:10pm - 4:00pm
912 Altschul Hall
Jessica Goldstein, James Casey 2 15/16
BIOL 1503 006/09442 T 1:10pm - 4:00pm
913 Altschul Hall
Jessica Goldstein, James Casey 2 15/16
BIOL 1503 007/06044 W 10:00am - 12:50pm
912 Altschul Hall
Jessica Goldstein, James Casey 2 16/16
BIOL 1503 008/08339 W 10:00am - 12:50pm
913 Altschul Hall
Jessica Goldstein, James Casey 2 11/16
BIOL 1503 009/02388 Th 9:00am - 11:50am
912 Altschul Hall
Jessica Goldstein, James Casey 2 13/16
BIOL 1503 010/01443 W 2:10pm - 5:00pm
913 Altschul Hall
Jessica Goldstein, James Casey 2 12/16
BIOL 1503 011/08816 Th 1:10pm - 4:00pm
912 Altschul Hall
Jessica Goldstein, James Casey 2 15/16
BIOL 1503 012/09321 F 10:00am - 12:50pm
912 Altschul Hall
Jessica Goldstein, James Casey 2 16/16
BIOL 1503 013/04585 F 10:00am - 12:50pm
913 Altschul Hall
Jessica Goldstein, James Casey 2 12/14

BIOL BC1511 BIOL BC1501 Recitation. 0 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1001 or equivalent preparation. Enrollment limited to 16 students per section. Course suitable for fulfillment of premedical requirements. BIOL BC1500 as prerequisite or corequisite.

A laboratory-based introduction to the major groups of living organisms; anatomy, physiology, evolution, and systematics; laboratory techniques for studying and comparing functional adaptations.

Fall 2017: BIOL BC1511
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 1511 001/04287 M 10:00am - 10:50am
304 Barnard Hall
Jessica Goldstein 0 74
BIOL 1511 002/07333 F 1:00pm - 1:50pm
304 Barnard Hall
Jessica Goldstein 0 85

BIOL BC1513 BIOL BC1503 Recitation. 0 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1001 or equivalent preparation. BIOL BC1502 as corequisite (preferred) or prerequisite. Course suitable for fulfillment of premedical requirements.

Recitation section for BIOL BC1503, which is a laboratory-based introduction to cell and molecular biology. Both classic and modern approaches are used to investigate principles of heredity as well as the structure and function of cells and their molecular components. Lab exercises introduce practical techniques and data analysis.

Spring 2017: BIOL BC1513
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 1513 001/07755 M 10:00am - 10:50am
202 Altschul Hall
Jessica Goldstein 0 108
BIOL 1513 002/00338 F 1:10pm - 2:00pm
202 Altschul Hall
Jessica Goldstein 0 72

BIOL BC1599 Science Journal Club. 1 point.

Prerequisites: ) Limited to 16 students who are participating in the Science Pathways Scholars Program.

Students in this seminar course will be introduced to the scientific literature by reading a mix of classic papers and papers that describe significant new developments in the field. Seminar periods will be devoted to oral reports, discussion of assigned reading, and student responses.

Spring 2017: BIOL BC1599
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 1599 001/05623 W 1:10pm - 2:00pm
303 Altschul Hall
Paul Hertz 1 11
Fall 2017: BIOL BC1599
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 1599 001/06393 T 12:00pm - 1:00pm
303 Altschul Hall
Sedelia Rodriguez 1 10/16

BIOL BC2100 Molecular and Mendelian Genetics. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1500, BIOL BC1501, BIOL BC1502, BIOL BC1503 or the equivalent.

Mendelian and molecular genetics of both eukaryotes and prokaryotes, with an emphasis on human genetics. Topics include segregation, recombination and linkage maps, cytogenetics, gene structure and function, mutation, molecular aspects of gene expression and regulation, genetic components of cancer, and genome studies.

Spring 2017: BIOL BC2100
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 2100 001/03925 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
805 Altschul Hall
Jennifer Mansfield 3 35
Fall 2017: BIOL BC2100
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 2100 001/07322 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
504 Diana Center
Brian Morton 3 58/70

BIOL BC2240 Plant Evolution and Diversity. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1500, BIOL BC1501, BIOL BC1502, BIOL BC1503 or the equivalent.

Survey of plant biology emphasizing evolutionary and ecological perspectives on mating and reproduction, physiology, anatomy and morphology.

BIOL BC2262 Vertebrate Biology. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1500, BIOL BC1501, BIOL BC1502, BIOL BC1503 or equivalent.

Systematic survey of the Phylum Chordata: fossil history, biogeography, systematics, natural history, body architecture, energetics, locomotion, feeding, and behavior.

Spring 2017: BIOL BC2262
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 2262 001/03487 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
903 Altschul Hall
Paul Hertz 3 16

BIOL BC2272 Ecology. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1500, BIOL BC1501, BIOL BC1502, BIOL BC1503 or the equivalent.

Introduction to evolutionary ecology; life history strategies, population growth, competition, predator-prey interactions, population regulation, species diversity, community organization, biogeography. Lectures integrate theory with empirical studies.

BIOL BC2278 Evolution. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1500, BIOL BC1501, BIOL BC1502, BIOL BC1503 or equivalent.

Study of the process of evolution with an emphasis on the mechanisms underlying evolutionary change. Topics include the origins of life, rates of evolutionary change, phylogenetics, molecular evolution, adaptive significance of traits, sexual selection, and human evolution.

BIOL BC2280 Animal Behavior. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1500, BIOL BC1501, BIOL BC1502, BIOL BC1503 or equivalent.

Introduction to animal behavior; physiological bases of behavior (sensory systems, neurophysiology of behavior, appetitive and reproductive behavior), ethological approaches to behavior (communication, territoriality, dominance, and aggression) and evolution of behavior (behavior genetics, behavioral ecology, sociobiology).

Spring 2017: BIOL BC2280
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 2280 001/09388 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
405 Milbank Hall
Lisa O'Bryan 3 39

BIOL BC2286 Statistics and Research Design. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1500, BIOL BC1501, BIOL BC1502, BIOL BC1503 or the equivalent, college-level algebra or the equivalent. General Educational Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA)

Introduction to basic principles of statistics and experimental design. Topics include common statistical procedure, analysis of data, sampling populations, power analysis, and the design of experiments. This course differs from traditional statistics courses by explicitly integrating statistics into research process.

BIOL BC2801 Laboratory in Genetics. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1502, BIOL BC1503; and pre or corequisite, BIOL BC2100 or BIOL BC3310. Enrollment limited to 16 students per section.

Exercises in genetics at both the Mendelian and molecular levels. Basic principles of genetic analysis will be studied using Drosophila and bacteria. A project in molecular genetics, involving such techniques as PCR, gel electrophoresis, and cloning, will be undertaken using plant genes.

Fall 2017: BIOL BC2801
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 2801 001/06352 W 1:10pm - 6:00pm
1214 Altschul Hall
Brian Morton 3 17/18
BIOL 2801 002/08565 W 1:10pm - 6:00pm
1213 Altschul Hall
Brian Morton 3 15/16

BIOL BC2841 Laboratory in Plant Evolution and Diversity. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1500, BIOL BC1501, BIOL BC1502, BIOL BC1503. Enrollment limited to 16.

Studies of the structure, ecology, and evolution of plants. Laboratory exercises include field problems, laboratory experiments, plant collections and identification, and examination of the morphology of plant groups.

BIOL BC2873 Laboratory in Ecology. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC2272 (or corequisite). Enrollment limited to 16.

The definition of ecological problems in experimentally tractable ways; the design of experiments and analysis of ecological data; class projects on population ecology. Students conduct individual projects during last month of term.

Fall 2017: BIOL BC2873
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 2873 001/08047 W 1:10pm - 6:00pm
1014 Altschul Hall
Paul Hertz 3 10/16

BIOL BC2900 Research Methods Seminar. 1 point.

Instructor's Permission Required

Skills to facilitate entry into biology and chemistry research. Students will learn to think and work like scientists and to identify, apply for and gain entry to research lab groups.  Focus on writing and oral presentation skills. Additional readings and discussions on laboratory safety, women in science, and scientific ethics. Prerequisites:  Students must be sophomores with a strong interest in pursuing research in the biological or chemical sciences.

BIOL BC3303 Laboratory in Molecular Biology. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC2100 OR BIOL BC3310 (which can be taken as corequisites) or permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 16.

Introduction to the use of molecular techniques to answer questions about subcellular biological phenomena. Techniques include isolation of genomic and plasmid DNAs, restriction enzyme analysis, DNA and protein electrophoresis, bacterial transformation, and plasmid subcloning.

Spring 2017: BIOL BC3303
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 3303 001/09702 Th 1:10pm - 6:00pm
1316 Altschul Hall
Matthew Rhodes 3 15/8
Fall 2017: BIOL BC3303
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 3303 001/03921 Th 1:10pm - 6:00pm
1316 Altschul Hall
Stephen Sturley 3 13/16

BIOL BC3305 Project Laboratory in Molecular Genetics. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC2100 or permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 16.

Laboratory course in which students conduct original research projects in molecular genetics. Students will participate in experimental design, conduct and data analysis, and work with key techniques for studying gene structure, expression and function such as nucleic acid extraction and synthesis, cloning, bioinformatics analysis, PCR and qPCR. Students will present their results orally and in writing. Enrollment in both semesters (BIOL BC3305 and BIOL BC3306) of this full-year course is required, and fulfills two upper-level lab courses for the Barnard Biology major. Must be taken in sequence, beginning in the fall. -B. Morton, J. Mansfield

BIOL BC3306 Project Laboratory in Molecular Genetics. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC2100 or permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 16.

Laboratory course in which students conduct original research projects in molecular genetics. Students will participate in experimental design, conduct and data analysis, and work with key techniques for studying gene structure, expression and function such as nucleic acid extraction and synthesis, cloning, bioinformatics analysis, PCR and qPCR. Students will present their results orally and in writing. Enrollment in both semesters (BIOL BC3305 and BIOL BC3306) of this full-year course is required, and fulfills two upper-level lab courses for the Barnard Biology major. Must be taken in sequence, beginning in the fall. -B. Morton, J. Mansfield

BIOL BC3308 Genomics and Bioinformatics. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1500, BIOL BC1501, BIOL BC1502, BIOL BC1503 and BIOL BC2100.

Advanced topics in genetics focusing on genome-level features and methods of sequence analysis. The primary emphasis of the course will be on microbial genomic and metagenomic applications but many of the techniques will be applicable to eukaryotic genomics and medical genomics as well. Through this course students will become comfortable with the command line interface, learn basic programming skills, be exposed to a variety of online tools, and become proficient in a number of genomic software packages. This course is an upper-level laboratory.

Spring 2017: BIOL BC3308
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 3308 001/07847 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
225 Milbank Hall
Matthew Rhodes 3 11/0

BIOL BC3310 Cell Biology. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1500, BIOL BC1501 BIOL BC1502, BIOL BC1503, or equivalent, and BIOL BC2100.

This course explores the components, systems, and regulatory mechanisms involved in eukaryotic cellular function. Topics include: signal transduction, translational and protein quality control, organellar and cytoskeletal dynamics, and some coordinated responses such as proliferation and programmed cell death. Throughout the course we will see how general cell biology can be specialized to achieve specific cellular functions through regulation of the basic machinery. We will also explore the cellular and molecular bases for a variety of human pathologies, with an emphasis on cancer. In addition to lecture, we will spend some time discussing the material, including selected articles from the primary literature, and learning through group presentations.

Fall 2017: BIOL BC3310
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 3310 001/06027 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
903 Altschul Hall
Jonathan Snow 3 54/60

BIOL BC3311 Laboratory in Cell Biology. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1500, BIOL BC1501, BIOL BC1502, BIOL BC1503 or the equivalent, BIOL BC2100 or permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 16.

Introduction to cell biological techniques used to investigate structural, molecular, and physiological aspects of eukaryotic cells and their organization into tissues. Techniques include light and electron microscopy, cell culture, isolation of cellular organelles, protein electrophoresis and Western Blot analysis.

Fall 2017: BIOL BC3311
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 3311 001/05773 Th 1:10pm - 6:00pm
1015 Altschul Hall
Jonathan Snow 3 17/16

BIOL BC3320 Microbiology. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1500, BIOL BC1501, BIOL BC1502, BIOL BC1503 or the equivalent, and BIOL BC2100.

Survey of the diversity, cellular organization, physiology, and genetics of the major microbial groups. Also includes aspects of applied microbiology and biotechnology, the function of microorganisms in the environment, and the role of microbes in human diseases.

BIOL BC3321 Laboratory in Microbiology. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC3320 (or corequisite). Enrollment limited to 16.

Provides experience in the isolation, cultivation, and analysis of pure cultures of microorganisms. Methods used for study of cell structure, growth, physiology, and genetics of microbes will be incorporated into small independent projects.

BIOL BC3352 Development. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1500, BIOL BC1501, BIOL BC1502, BIOL BC1503, and BIOL BC2100 or equivalent.

Introduction to developmental biology. Topics will include: fertilization, cleavage and gastrulation, establishment of body axes, neural development, organ formation, regeneration, stem cells and cell potency, evolution of developmental programs.

BIOL BC3360 Animal Physiology. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1500, BIOL BC1501, BIOL BC1502, BIOL BC1503 or the equivalent.

Physiology of major organ systems; function and control of circulatory, respiratory, digestive, excretory, endocrine, nervous, and immune systems in animals; emphasis on vertebrates.

Spring 2017: BIOL BC3360
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 3360 001/05606 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
323 Milbank Hall
John Glendinning 3 57

BIOL BC3361 Laboratory in Animal Physiology. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Pre- (or co-) requisite is a physiology lecture class (e.g., BIOL BC3360). Enrollment limited to 16.

Provides a hands-on introduction to the different physiological systems in vertebrates and invertebrates. Emphasizes the operation of a variety of physiological monitoring devices and the collection and analysis of physiological data.

Spring 2017: BIOL BC3361
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 3361 001/03212 Th 1:10pm - 6:00pm
1115 Altschul Hall
John Glendinning 3 16/8

BIOL BC3362 Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1500, BIOL BC1501, BIOL BC1502, BIOL BC1503 or the equivalent, and one term of organic chemistry.

Structure and function of neural membranes; ionic basis of membrane potential and action potential; synaptic transmission and neurochemistry; sensory transduction and processing; reflexes and spinal cord physiology; muscle structure and function; neuronal circuitry; nervous system development.

Fall 2017: BIOL BC3362
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 3362 001/07300 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
Ll103 Diana Center
Elizabeth Bauer 3 69

BIOL BC3363 Laboratory in Molecular and Cell Neuroscience. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC3362 (or corequisite). Enrollment limited to 16.

Introduction to techniques commonly used in current neurobiological research, including intracellular and extracellular recording of action potentials, neuroanatomical methods, and computer simulation of the action potential.

Spring 2017: BIOL BC3363
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 3363 001/08377 W 1:10pm - 6:00pm
1115 Altschul Hall
Elizabeth Bauer 3 17/8

BIOL BC3367 Ecophysiology. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1500, BIOL BC1501, BIOL BC1502, and BIOL BC1503, or the equivalent. BIOL BC2280 is recommended.

Individuals, communities and ecosystems are composed of complex organism-environment interactions. We will examine these dynamic relationships in animals at the physiological level, covering basic concepts as they specifically relate to animal fitness. Course focus: how changes in stress and reproductive endocrinology and ecoimmunology relate to individual and population dynamics.

BIOL BC3380 Applied Ecology and Evolution. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1500, BIOL BC1501, BIOL BC1502, BIOL BC1503 or the equivalent.

Ecological and evolutionary models of populations (exponential and density-dependent growth; species interactions; genetic differentiation resulting from mating, random drift, and selection) applied to problems resulting from human-induced environmental change (endangered species; use of pesticides and antibiotics; escaping transgenic organisms; global climate change; emerging pathogens; other invaders; etc.)

BIOL BC3388 Tropical Ecology. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1500, BIOL BC1501, BIOL BC1502, BIOL BC1503 or the equivalent.

Focusing on tropical rain forests, the course explores the contemporary and historical ecological processes that generate and maintain species diversity in the tropics. Topics include biogeography and the latitudinal gradient of diversity, tropical climate and soils, origins of tropical ecosystems, causes and consequences of tropical deforestation, as well as unique ecological patterns and processes in specific tropical regions (Neotropics, African, and Asian tropics).

Spring 2017: BIOL BC3388
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 3388 001/02887 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
903 Altschul Hall
Krista McGuire 3 15

BIOL BC3590 Senior Seminar. 4 points.

Prerequisites: BIOL BC1500, BIOL BC1501, BIOL BC1502, BIOL BC1503, and BIOL BC2100.

Required of all majors who do not select Senior Thesis (BIOL BC3593x / BC3594y) to fulfill the senior requirement, these seminars allow students to explore the primary literature in the Biological Sciences in greater depth than can be achieved in a lecture course. Attention will be focused on both theoretical and empirical work. Seminar periods are devoted to oral reports and discussion of assigned readings and student reports. Students will write one extensive literature review of a topic related to the central theme of the seminar section. Topics vary per semester and include: 1. Plant Development  2. Animal Development and Evolution  3. Molecular Evolution 4. Microbiology and Global Change 5. Genomics 6. Comparative and Reproductive Endocrinology.  

Spring 2017: BIOL BC3590
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 3590 005/03374 M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
303 Altschul Hall
Brian Morton 4 12/8
Fall 2017: BIOL BC3590
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 3590 001/09282 M 3:10pm - 5:00pm
805 Altschul Hall
Stephen Sturley 4 14/13

BIOL BC3591 Guided Research and Seminar. 4 points.

Per Semester

An independent research project in Biology under the guidance of a faculty member and suiting the needs of the individual student. Projects conducted outside of the Barnard Biology Department must have a member of the Department acting as a sponsor. Attendance at a weekly seminar is required. By the end of the year, students write a scientific paper and orally present their results to the Barnard Biology Department. Completion of both BIOL BC3591 and BIOL BC3592 fulfills two upper-level laboratory requirements in the major. Must be taken in sequence, beginning in the fall.

Fall 2017: BIOL BC3591
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 3591 001/01445 M 1:10pm - 3:00pm
318 Milbank Hall
Jessica Goldstein, Alison Pischedda 4 13/12
BIOL 3591 002/05092 M 1:10pm - 3:00pm
530 Altschul Hall
Jessica Goldstein, Alison Pischedda 4 4/0

BIOL BC3592 Guided Research and Seminar. 4 points.

Per Semester

An independent research project in Biology under the guidance of a faculty member and suiting the needs of the individual student. Projects conducted outside of the Barnard Biology Department must have a member of the Department acting as a sponsor. Attendance at a weekly seminar is required. By the end of the year, students write a scientific paper and orally present their results to the Barnard Biology Department. Completion of both BIOL BC3591 and BIOL BC3592 fulfills two upper-level laboratory requirements in the major. Must be taken in sequence, beginning in the fall.

Spring 2017: BIOL BC3592
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 3592 001/03012 M 1:10pm - 3:00pm
530 Altschul Hall
Krista McGuire 4 3
BIOL 3592 002/08242 M 1:10pm - 3:00pm
303 Altschul Hall
Hilary Callahan 4 5

BIOL BC3593 Senior Thesis Research. 4 points.

Per Semester

Prerequisites: Permission of a faculty sponsor and the department. Cannot be taken concurrently with BIOL BC3591 or BIOL BC3592.

Same as BIOL BC3591x-BC3592y, including the weekly seminar. Completion of both BIOL BC3593x and BC3594y fulfills the senior requirement in the major. Must be taken in sequence, beginning in the fall.

Fall 2017: BIOL BC3593
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 3593 001/01777 M 1:10pm - 3:00pm
318 Milbank Hall
Jessica Goldstein, Alison Pischedda 4 7/7
BIOL 3593 002/04528 M 1:10pm - 3:00pm
530 Altschul Hall
Jessica Goldstein, Alison Pischedda 4 4/0

BIOL BC3594 Senior Thesis Research. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Permission of a faculty sponsor and the department. Cannot be taken concurrently with BIOL BC3591 or BIOL BC3592.

Completion of both BIOL BC3593 and BC3594 fulfills the senior requirement in the major. Must be taken in sequence, beginning in the fall. - K. McGuire.  Prerequisites: Permission of a faculty sponsor and the department. Cannot be taken concurrently with BIOL BC3591or BIOL BC3592.

Spring 2017: BIOL BC3594
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 3594 001/01445 M 1:10pm - 3:00pm
530 Altschul Hall
Krista McGuire 4 5
BIOL 3594 002/04172 M 1:10pm - 3:00pm
303 Altschul Hall
Hilary Callahan 4 4

BIOL BC3597 Guided Research. 1-4 points.

Prerequisites: Permission of a faculty sponsor.

Similar to BIOL BC3591x/ BC3592y but a variable point course without seminar or an oral presentation. Does not fulfill Biology major requirements.

Spring 2017: BIOL BC3597
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 3597 001/03884  
Elizabeth Bauer 1-4 14
BIOL 3597 002/09530  
Hilary Callahan 1-4 4
BIOL 3597 003/00415  
Jonathan Snow 1-4 3
BIOL 3597 004/09651  
John Glendinning 1-4 9
BIOL 3597 005/05394  
Paul Hertz 1-4 1
BIOL 3597 006/05717  
Jennifer Mansfield 1-4 2
BIOL 3597 007/09785  
Krista McGuire 1-4 2
BIOL 3597 008/05266  
Brian Morton 1-4 6
BIOL 3597 009/03445  
Matthew Rhodes 1-4 0
BIOL 3597 010/04992  
Diana Heller 1-4 1
Fall 2017: BIOL BC3597
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOL 3597 001/02657  
Elizabeth Bauer 1-4 9
BIOL 3597 002/05459  
Hilary Callahan 1-4 0
BIOL 3597 003/07739  
John Glendinning 1-4 8
BIOL 3597 004/02076  
Paul Hertz 1-4 1
BIOL 3597 005/04087  
Jennifer Mansfield 1-4 4
BIOL 3597 006/09332  
Krista McGuire 1-4 0
BIOL 3597 007/07198  
Brian Morton 1-4 4
BIOL 3597 008/01732  
Jonathan Snow 1-4 6

Cross-Listed Courses

Chemistry (Barnard)

CHEM BC3282 Biological Chemistry. 3 points.

Prerequisites: One year of Organic Chemistry, BIOL BC1502. Lecture: MWF 9:00-9:50.

Introduction to biochemical building blocks, macromolecules, and metabolism. Structures of amino acids, lipids, carbohydrates, nucleic acids. Protein structure and folding. Enzyme mechanisms, kinetics, allostery. Membranes and biosignaling. Catabolism and anabolism with emphasis on chemical intermediates, metabolic energy, catalysis by specific enzymes, regulation.

Fall 2017: CHEM BC3282
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3282 001/04565 M W F 9:00am - 9:50am
202 Altschul Hall
Christina Vizcarra 3 57/80

CHEM BC3355 Biochemistry Laboratory Techniques. 5 points.

Prerequisites: Organic II lab (CHEM BC3333, BC3335, or equivalent); Quantitative analysis lab (BC3338, BC3340, or equivalent); Biochemistry (CHEM BC3282y, CHEM C3501, or equivalent). Lecture: M 1:10-12:50; Laboratory two afternoons: M 2:10-6:00 / W 1:10-5:00.

Theory and application of fundamental techniques for the isolation, synthesis and characterization of biological macromolecules including proteins, lipids, nucleotides and carbohydrates.  Techniques include spectroscopic analysis, gel electrophoresis, chromatography, enzyme kinetics, immunoblotting, PCR, molecular cloning and cell culture, as well as modern laboratory instrumentation, such as UV-Vis, GC-MS and HPLC.

Spring 2017: CHEM BC3355
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3355 001/06227 T 1:10pm - 2:00pm
530 Altschul Hall
Mary Sever 5 13
CHEM 3355 001/06227 Th 1:10pm - 5:00pm
606 Altschul Hall
Mary Sever 5 13
CHEM 3355 001/06227 T 2:10pm - 6:00pm
606 Altschul Hall
Mary Sever 5 13

CHEM BC3357 Biochemistry Laboratory Techniques. 3 points.

Fee: $45.

Prerequisites: four terms of chemistry and biology laboratory.
Corequisites: BIOC C3501 or BCHM G4021.

Lecture and lab. Same course as BC3355, but only one section of lab hours required.

Neuroscience and Behavior (Barnard)

NSBV BC3367 Transformative Landmarks in Neuroscience. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Modern neuroscience incorporates topics from molecular neurobiology to cognition. Cognate disciplines include psychology, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, neuropharmacology, neurology and psychiatry, physics, computational science. We review neuroscience landmarks through readings of scientific publications, news reports, and controversies surrounding apparently transformative research, and contemplate contemporary viewpoints that have the benefit of hindsight.