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A two-semester general biology sequence, primarily serving freshmen and sophomores intending to pursue ecology and evolutionary biology, psychology, and integrated physiology.
A one-semester gateway course in ecology using a Case Study Learning approach, targeted to biology, ecology, and environmental science majors.
A one-semester, upper-division course required of ecology and evolutionary biology majors.
A one-semester, upper-division class on basic concepts in evolution, required of ecology and evolutionary biology majors.
A one-semester, junior-level course in economic botany, with a strong focus on science process skills, including critically reading the primary scientific literature, engaging in effective science communication (writing for diverse audiences), and use of scientific argumentation.
Introduces the biology of eukaryotic systems at molecular, cellular, and systems levels of integration, emphasizing the complementarities of structure and function and physiological mechanisms of regulation at the cellular and molecular level.
Upper-division anatomy (structure and function of tissues, organs)
Two-semester sequence on human physiology for majors.
Describes how the nervous system controls the activity of muscles and how the sensory effects of muscle activity influence the function of the nervous system.
Cells, mitosis, meiosis, gamete maturation and embryonic development, transmission of genes, inheritance and pedigrees, Mendel's laws, sexual development, molecular genetics, mutations, applications of DNA technology, cancer
Living systems, theory of evolution, water, monomers, equilibria, information flow, meiosis, scientific research skills
Inheritance and pedigree, genes and genomes, phenotypoes, allele frequencies in populations, mutations, molecular genetics
Upper-division molecular biology
Upper-division developmental biology
Upper-division molecular neurobiology
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TA training materials and a poster about the impact of the training.
Concepts fundamental to biological issues, such as the genetic basis of biological variation, evolution, infectious diseases, causes of cancer, population growth, and human effects on ecosystems.
The principles of cellular and molecular biology using bacterial and eukaryotic examples.
Principles of storage and transmission of genetic variation; origin and evolution of species and their ecological interactions.
Guided experimental investigations of biological questions.
The principles of biology with particular reference to the human body (anatomy and physiology). Laboratories include selected experiments on organ physiology and general anatomy.
The principles of biology with particular reference to the human body (anatomy and physiology).
Structure and function of plant and animal cells; membrane models, cytoplasmic organelles, biological information from gene to protein, the endomembrane system, secretion, intracellular digestion, endocytosis, transport processes, cytoskeleton and cell motility.
Biological molecules, protein structure and enzyme action, energy transfer, central metabolic pathways and their regulation. Examples drawn from plants, animals and microorganisms.
Introduction to the origin and diversity of protists (protozoa and algae) at both cellular and genomic levels, including the role of endosymbiosis in evolution.
Introduction to the vertebrate phyla and their evolution; a comparative study of vertebrate structure and function, with dissection of representative forms.
An introduction to the unity, diversity and evolutionary history of invertebrates.
Diversity, ecology, cell biology and evolutionary origins of multicellular eukaryotes, illustrated through mosses and liverworts; fungi and slime molds; and fresh water and marine algae.
A comparative study of pteridophytes, gymnosperms and angiosperms, integrating form, function and ecology.
Dynamics of plant and animal populations, structure of ecological communities and functioning of ecosystems. Interpretation of research results and application to environmental issues.
How genetic differences determine individual characteristics, and how they are inherited, analyzed, and modified. Emphasis on genetic diversity, human ancestry, personal genomics, and cancer genetics.
Genotype and phenotype, mechanisms of inheritance, genetic analysis.
Principles of cellular and organismal physiology illustrated with examples from unicellular organisms, plants and animals, focusing on transport processes, water balance, nutrient acquisition and communication.
Statistical procedures for biological research; estimation, hypothesis testing, goodness of fit, analysis of variance and regression; use of computers for statistical analysis.
Introduction to uses of mathematics in the biological sciences; experimental design and modelling of biological processes.
Ecology of populations, communities and ecosystems. Tests of ecological theory with experiments and application to environmental issues.
Animal behavior from an ecological and evolutionary perspective; the methods used to study behaviour and test its adaptive significance.
Importance, identification, dissemination and biology of weeds; preventative, cultural, biological and chemical methods of control.
A survey of the algae, considering their morphology, life history, classification, and ecology.
A study of evolution, taxonomy and morphology of mosses, liverworts and hornworts with emphasis on living plants in their environment.
Anatomy, morphology and relationships of the ferns and fern-allies, with assessment of both fossil and extant taxa.
The evolutionary diversity of the fungi as shown by their morphology and reproductive biology.
Introduction to seed plant taxonomy emphasizing descriptive morphology and identification.
Comparative aspects of the functional design of skeletal systems and the mechanics of swimming, flying and terrestrial locomotion, with particular reference to the vertebrates.
Behaviour and ecology of invertebrates as revealed by hands-on experiments in the laboratory and field. Marine emphasis.
A survey of the structure, classification and biology of insects; ecology, life-histories and insect-plant relations.
Classification, morphology and life histories of animal parasites affecting humans and other animals.
Animal development and its underlying causal principles; introductory embryology.
Cell biology, ecology, and evolution of protists; origins of multicellularity; the role of protists in micropaleontology, parasitology, and oceanography.
Isolation and identification of genes, analysis of gene structure; gene expression and its regulation in prokaryotes and in eukaryotes; developmental genetics.
Natural selection; population genetics, quantitative genetics and systematics; classical and molecular approaches to the study of evolution.
A laboratory course demonstrating the fundamental principles of inheritance: Mendel's Laws, sex-linkage, mapping, mutagenesis, chromosome structure, developmental biology, biochemical and population genetics.
An introduction to genome biology and applications of genomics.
Experiments using unicellular eukaryotes or prokaryotes with emphasis on techniques in microscopy and cell biology.
Use of recombinant DNA techniques.
Field-based and laboratory-based investigation of organisms.
The interactions of plants and human societies: the role of people in the origin, evolution and dispersal of food, drug and economic plants, and the influences of plants on human societies. Suitable for upper-level Arts students.
Relates genetic and evolutionary concepts to humans. Primarily for upper-level students in the Faculty of Arts. Credit will be granted for only one of BIOL 121 or BIOL 344. Not open to students in the Life Sciences.
Basics of ecology are introduced, focussing on observations of the natural world. Assignments, including a group project, consider connections between research, awareness and practical uses of ecology. Not for credit in the Life Sciences.
An elementary course in molecular biology primarily for Arts students. The historical development of recent discoveries in molecular biology with emphasis on bacteria and viruses and their interaction with humans.
Contemporary research in the Botany and Zoology Departments; history and methodology of scientific discovery; seminars on current problems.
Mechanisms and regulation of functional processes contributing to the assimilation, transport and utilization of water, mineral nutrients and carbon by plants.
Introduction to the processes involved in growth and development: cell division, tissue culture, meristems, differentiation, and the action of major growth regulators, and photomorphogenesis. Emphasis on experimental approaches.
Excitable membranes, neural signaling and transmission; transduction and coding of sensory information; muscle contraction.
The cytoskeleton, cell dynamics, and regulation of cellular activities. Preference will be given to Majors or Honours students in Biology and Honours Biophysics.
Experimental studies in animal physiology. Restricted to Majors and Honours students in Biology, Nutritional Sciences and Biophysics.
Cardiovascular, respiratory, and osmoregulatory physiology. Preference will be given to students who are in Biology, Nutritional Sciences, and Honours Biophysics.
Evolution as a dynamical system based on ecological interactions. Adaptive dynamics and evolutionary game theory.
Theoretical and applied limnology; ecology of inland water organisms in relation to physical, chemical and biological factors.
Design, execution, and analysis of ecological surveys and experiments. Practical field methods for estimating population metrics and describing community structure. Computer techniques for the statistical analysis of ecological data.
Plant community ecology including a consideration of the major approaches to sampling, analyzing and interpreting vegetation patterns. Instruction given in field work and computer analysis of field data.
Principles of animal and community ecology applicable to the management of animal resources; application of statistical and computer techniques for measuring, analyzing, modelling, and simulating resource systems; problems of multiple resource use.
A two-week intensive course in field methods used in ecology.
Lectures and seminar discussions on selected topics in animal behaviour.
Behavioural, population and community ecology of insects. Interactions between insects and plants and the application of the principles of insect ecology to biological control of insects and weeds.
Description and interpretation of present and past floristic vegetational patterns; integration of evolutionary, ecological, and phytogeographical concepts. Terrestrial and aquatic plants are considered.
The role of physical, ecological, and evolutionary processes in determining the geographic distribution of animals including humans, with implications for speciation and conservation.
Experimental and comparative analysis of evolutionary processes, speciation, and phylogenetic patterns in plants.
Ecological basis of conserving biological diversity and ecosystem services; application of ecological theory to global and local conservation problems in the context of economic, legal, political, and social perspectives.
Biodiversity from an evolutionary perspective. The evolutionary (phylogenetic) tree of genetic descent that links all organisms: its reconstruction, interpretation, and implications for fields from ecology to molecular biology.
Ecological adaptation and evolutionary processes in contemporary populations; natural selection, variation, optimization, foraging theory, coevolution, arms races; life history theory, evolution of sex, sexual selection, evolution in managed populations.
An interdisciplinary conservation course with a solutions-oriented approach to marine issues, drawing from natural sciences, social sciences, business, law, and communication.
Biology and physiology of selected plant-microbe relationships. Impacts of plant-microbe relationships on society.
Molecular mechanisms of plant responses to extreme environments.
An analytical approach to the study of skeletal mechanics and animal locomotion. Selected topics in the structure and properties of biological materials, the functional design of skeletons for locomotion, and the fluid mechanics of swimming and flight.
Natural history, behavioral ecology and conservation of terrestrial mammals. The laboratory includes classification, life histories, and ecology, with particular attention to species from British Columbia.
Ecology, evolution, behavior, and conservation of birds, amphibians, and reptiles. Laboratories and field projects will focus on identification, systematics, and natural history, with particular attention to species from British Columbia.
Comparative analysis of marine invertebrate morphology from a macroevolutionary perspective. Origin and evolution of reoccurring adaptations in meiofaunal, benthic, pelagic, and deep-sea invertebrates, including their larval stages.
Integration of molecular genetics and genomics with evolutionary biology. Emphasis on the evolutionary dynamics of genomes and the evolutionary implications of recent discoveries in molecular genetics and genomics.
Ultrastructure, biogenesis, and evolution of eukaryotic cells and cell organelles, including their macromolecular basis.
Major physiological mechanisms that define eukaryotic cells, explored through student visits to UBC research laboratories and discussion of recent scientific literature, with emphasis on the techniques and strategies that enable researchers to test hypotheses and advance new concepts.
Emphasis on molecular aspects. Systems and techniques for genetic analysis in plants; isolation and regulation of plant genes; genetic dissection of plant-specific processes; transposable elements; gene transfer in plants; cytoplasmic inheritance; genetic engineering.
Theoretical and experimental aspects of population and quantitative genetics.
Global transcript, protein, and metabolite profiling technologies and their integration; applications focus on plant functions and plant interactions with pathogens and pests.
The use of recombinant DNA techniques to explore problems in animal developmental biology.
Animal systems viewed from a physicist's perspective. Topics include sensory systems, energy budgets, locomotion, internal flows, physical advantages of grouping. Equivalency: UBC PHYS 438
Concepts, principles, applications, and recent discoveries in genome structure, genetics, and comparative genomics in plants with a focus on economically important plants.
Analysis of cellular organelles and the intracellular traffic between them, concentrating on mammalian cell systems.
Purification and analysis of nucleic acids, electrophoresis and immunodetection of proteins. Restricted to Honours students with permission of the Head of Botany and the Biotechnology Teaching Laboratory.
A series of computer-assisted lectures using ichthyology and the work of Charles Darwin to illustrate basic principles of biology, and their practical implementation, i.e., how biologists select research programs, generate and test hypotheses, and present their case to peers and the public.
The nature of science, this history of evolutionary and molecular biology, philosophical questions about scientific methods and fundamental conclusions of biology.
Seminars, debates, workshops and tutorials designed to produce competence in specific areas of Biology.
Physiological, biochemical, and molecular strategies of adaptation of animals to environmental challenges. The evolution of genetic and biochemical systems, and their impact on animal structure and function.
Selected topics in physiology emphasizing comparisons between diverse phylogenetic groups of animals.
Current approaches in neurobiology, from the cellular to the behavioural level, are examined using representatives of vertebrate and invertebrate nervous systems.
A comparative study of vertebrate and invertebrate endocrinology.
A survey of physiological adaptions of animals to different environments.
Cellular, molecular and physiological aspects of nervous system development with applications to understanding adult nervous system function and neurological disorders.
Analysis of the mechanisms of sensory processing and motor orchestration using vertebrate and invertebrate model systems. Neural circuit structure, specialization, information coding, integration, and behaviour.
The structure, biosynthesis, distribution and biological function of secondary plant metabolites.
Control of gene expression in development; the genetic and physiological basis of epigenetic determination; inductive interactions.
Role of genes in embryonic development. Emphasis on tissue specific expression patterns and the role of genetic networks in establishing cell types.
Introduction to fish diversity, with a focus on their phylogenetic interrelationships and the evolutionary, ecological, and biogeographic processes involved in generating patterns of fish biodiversity.
Physiological ecology and exploitation biology of teleost fishes; computer-based analysis and modeling of fish populations.
Prokaryotic diversity and the impact and applications of bacterial and archaeal metabolic, genetic, and growth processes in environmental contexts.
Introduction to cellular and humoral immune responses, the properties of viruses and the principles of bacterial pathogenesis.
Procedures and principles associated with isolation, characterization and handling of microorganisms.
Dynamics and control of prokaryotic cellular processes in response to the biotic and abiotic environment including metabolic interactions and metabolic cooperation between microorganisms.
Cells, molecules, and mechanisms of innate and adaptive immunity. Antigen presenting cells and the major histocompatibility complex, T and B lymphocytes and their antigen receptors, T and B cell development, innate and adaptive immune responses against pathogens, diseases associated with aberrant immune responses.
Introduction to virus structure and replication. Detailed examination of selected viruses including polio, HIV and cancer-causing retroviruses. Development of vaccines and anti-viral drugs, the use of virus vectors to cure genetic diseases.
Mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis including adherence, invasion, intracellular survival, toxins, host defenses and microbial evasion strategies, antibiotics, and vaccines. Introduction to experimental approaches used to study bacterial pathogens.
Aseptic handling and characterization of microbes, growth properties, enzyme assays, protein analysis and plasmid isolation. Restricted to students in Microbiology and Immunology specializations.
Genetic manipulations of bacteria, introductory immunological and virological procedures, tissue culture. Restricted to students in Microbiology and Immunology specializations.
Genetic, molecular biological and bioinformatic approaches for the analysis of microbial genomes, gene structure-function and gene expression with emphasis on bacteria.
Procedures and principles associated with isolation, enumeration, characterization and handling of microorganisms.
Microbiological analysis of environmental samples using culture-dependent and culture-independent methods.
Molecular basis of lymphocyte development, activation and adhesion; immunogenetics and the major histocompatibility complex.
A lecture/discussion/library research course. Topics such as antibiotic resistance, pathogen genomics; host-pathogen interactions; evolution of pathogens; host responses to infection, invasive mechanisms, resistance mechanisms.
Computational methods to analyze genome and protein sequences to derive structural and functional information. Related topics in functional genomics.
Presentations, library research, paper reviews, class discussions about current research in virology. Topics such as molecular targets in viral therapy; chronic viral infection; virus-host cell interaction.
Interactions between viruses and humans; pathogenesis; persistence and viral oncogenesis; virological diagnosis and treatment.
Current and emerging themes in bacterial pathogenesis including cellular microbiology, bacterial cell biology processes and their role in virulence including secretion systems to deliver virulence factors and immune evasion strategies employed by pathogens. Development of antibiotics and resistance to antibiotics.
Presentations, library research, paper reviews and class discussion on selected areas of advanced molecular and cellular immunological research.
Exploitation of microbial and animal cells for the industrial production of chemicals ranging from alcohol to therapeutic proteins. Genetic manipulation of cellular characteristics, fermentation methods, patenting and governmental approval processes.
Research in microbial physiology and molecular genetics. Guided and independent laboratory projects are developed.
Regulatory and signaling networks in bacterial cells with emphasis on how cellular and environmental cues are detected and integrated during different growth or life history stages of important pathogenic and environmental bacteria.
Intrinsic and extrinsic forces driving prokaryotic genome evolution. Gene transfer; microbial species concepts; community genome structure, function and dynamics; ecological impacts of microbial genome diversity. Emphasis on problem solving and experimental design.
Student seminars on selected papers from the microbiological literature.
A laboratory course with a choice of independent, supervised research projects. Students develop protocols to carry out investigation of selected molecular biology problems.
A laboratory investigation in the final year of the Honours program. The results are presented in a written report, to be reviewed by oral examination.
This course will be offered, as opportunities arise, by distinguished scientists visiting at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre.
A survey of the marine phyla, with emphasis on the benthic fauna in the vicinity of the Marine Station. The course includes lectures, laboratory periods, field collection, identification and observation. Emphasis is placed on the study of living specimens in the laboratory and in the field.
A comprehensive study of development of marine invertebrates available at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, including all major phyla and most of the minor phyla.
Classification, physiology, ecology, behaviour and zoogeography of fishes with particular emphasis on those in the marine environment of the British Columbia coast.
Principles of classification, evolution, morphology, biomechanics, physiology and biochemistry will be illustrated in representatives from a variety of animal phyla.
A survey of the marine algae, with emphasis on the benthic forms in the vicinity of the Marine Centre. The course includes lectures, laboratory periods, field collection, identification and observation. Emphasis is placed on the study of living specimens in the laboratory and in the field.
Morphological, physiological, genetic and reproductive adaptations of seaweeds to their environments.
An analytical approach to biotic associations in the marine environment. Opportunities are provided for study of the intertidal realm in exposed and protected areas, and of beaches and estuaries in the vicinity of the Marine Centre; plankton studies and investigations of the subtidal and benthic environments by diving and dredging are envisaged.
An introduction to the biology of oceans, with supporting coverage of relevant physics and chemistry. Emphasis will be placed on plankton biology, community structure and life histories, and influencing environmental factors. Collections will be made from sheltered inlets, through Barkley Sound to offshore waters. The course will involve both field and laboratory.
Emphasis on interactions among organisms and between organisms and their physiochemical environment, and on biological diversity.
Study of interrelationship of birds and the marine environment. Census techniques and observation of birds in the field will be emphasized.
Survey course covering systematics and distribution of marine mammals, their sensory capabilities and physiology, with special emphasis on the Cetacea.
Instruction in the critical analysis of published research papers and of oral seminars.