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October 17, 2016

Interested in both biology and earth sciences?  A new experimental course called Environmental Biogeochemistry will explore both of these topics.  This course will be co-taught by Professors Steven Hall and Betsy Swanner.  Topics covered include biological feedbacks to climate change, the importance of soil microbes, minerals that protect water quality, and environmental forensics using stable isotopes.  

October 17, 2016

Dr. Robert Wallace will be offering a new BIOL 495 seminar this coming Spring 2017 that explores the tree of life.  The course is intended for upperclass Biology majors and will be limited to 20 students.   Sign-up is required in Bessey Hall 103.  

April 13, 2016

The BIOL 428 course hasn't been offered in recent years, and we're excited to announce that this course will be offered Fall 2016!  It will introduce students to multidisciplinary methods used to investigate cell biology and emphasize the dynamic organization and regulation of cellular processes.  

February 22, 2016

Calling all aspiring botanists!  The Biology Program is offering a new experimental course in introductory plant biology (BIOL 357X) this coming Fall of 2016.  Taught by Professor Robert Wallace, this course will examine fundamental aspects of plant biology to enable students to get a broad appreciation of the structures, functions, diversity, and environmental roles of plants.  

January 28, 2016

A new, second-half semester course is being offered this Spring 2016 for students interested in doing research in the biological sciences.  Note that this course is 1 credit, not a half a credit as listed in the posting.

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