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Courses - Summer 2024
BSCI
Biological Sciences Program Department Site
Open Seats as of
06/15/2024 at 09:30 AM
BSCI135
Amazing Green: Plants that Transformed the World
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSNL, SCIS
In what profound ways have plants changed humanity and the world we live in today? An interactive way to learn about plants and science, focusing on how plants have changed human history, the biology of their growth, and the science behind their use.
BSCI160
Principles of Ecology and Evolution
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSNL (if taken with BSCI161) or DSNS
Prerequisite: Must have math eligibility of MATH120 or higher.
Recommended: For Science majors.
Credit only granted for: BSCI106 or BSCI160.
Formerly: BSCI106.
Basic principles of biology with special emphasis on ecological and evolutionary biology.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BSCI)
BSCI161
Principles of Ecology and Evolution Lab
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Must have math eligibility of MATH120 or higher.
Corequisite: BSCI160.
Recommended: For Science majors.
Basic laboratory principles of biology with special emphasis on ecological and evolutionary biology.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BSCI). Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
BSCI170
Principles of Molecular & Cellular Biology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSNL (if taken with BSCI171) or DSNS
Prerequisite: Must have math eligibility of MATH120 or higher.
Recommended: For Science majors.
Credit only granted for: BSCI105 or BSCI170.
Formerly: BSCI105.
Basic principles of biology with special emphasis on cellular and molecular biology.
BSCI171
Principles of Molecular & Cellular Biology Laboratory
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Must have math eligibility of MATH120 or higher.
Corequisite: BSCI170.
Recommended: For Science majors.
Basic laboratory principles of biology with special emphasis on cellular and molecular biology.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BSCI). Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
BSCI201
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSNL
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI170; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the CMNS-Biology department.
Anatomy and physiology of the skeletal, muscular, neural, endocrine, and sensory systems. Course not acceptable toward major requirements in Biological Sciences, Chemistry or Biochemistry.
Students must pay a $40.00 Laboratory Materials fee. (Sponsoring Department: BIOL.)
BSCI202
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI201; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the CMNS-Biology department.
Anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory, immune, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. Course not acceptable toward major requirements in Biological Sciences, Chemistry or Biochemistry.
Students must pay a $40.00 Laboratory Materials fee. Sponsoring Department: BIOL.
BSCI222
Principles of Genetics
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: CHEM131 and CHEM132; and (BSCI160 and BSCI161; or BSCI106); and (BSCI170 and BSCI171; or BSCI105). Or must have completed BSCI105 or (BSCI170 and BSCI171); and two semesters of chemistry.
Principles and mechanisms of heredity and gene expression. Considers plant, animal, and microbial organisms.
BSCI223
General Microbiology
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSNL, SCIS
Prerequisite: BSCI170 and BSCI171; or BSCI105.
Credit only granted for: BSCI223 or BSCI283.
How have microorganisms exploited every conceivable ecological niche, and how have humans harnessed this diversity to improve medicine, agriculture, and biotechnology? The course covers fundamental concepts in morphology, physiology, genetics, immunology, ecology, and pathogenic microbiology. Applications of microbiology to medicine, the food industry, and biotechnology.
Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
BSCI279
(Perm Req)
Supplemental Study; Supplemental Study in Biology
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
(Sponsoring Department: BIOL.)
Contact department for information to register for this course.
BSCI279E
Supplemental Study; Environmental Biology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
BSCI289
(Perm Req)
BSCI330
Cell Biology and Physiology
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in CHEM131 and CHEM132. And minimum grade of C- in BSCI170 and BSCI171; or minimum grade of C- in BSCI105.
Restriction: Must not have completed BSCI230.
Credit only granted for: BSCI230 or BSCI330.
Formerly: BSCI230.
Biochemical and physiological mechanisms underlying cellular function. Properties of cells which make life possible and mechanisms by which cells provide energy, reproduce, and regulate and integrate with each other and their environment.
BSCI339P
Selected Topics in Biology; The Future of the Brain
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisites: C- or better in BSCI330 or NEUR200. (Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: GENB and PHNB. Credit only granted for BSCI339P or BSCI356.

Overview of the current state of brain research, with a focus on the ideas behind and advances made through large-scale projects, such as t BRAIN Initiative, the Human Brain Project, the Human Connectome Project, etc., in whole-brain imaging and mapping, high-density multisite electrode recording, virtual reality, and optogenetics. Students will build on their knowledge of neuroscience and innovative neurotechnologies, engage in the discussion of challenges neuroscientists are tackling, and identify proposed solutions for reaching a practical and comprehensive understanding of the brain.
BSCI343
Cellular Mechanisms of Aging and Disease
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI330.
Credit only granted for: BSCI339I or BSCI343.
Formerly: BSCI339I.
Explore how alterations in normal cellular and molecular processes lead to both aging and a variety of non-infectious human diseases currently plaguing our society. Students will read, analyze, and discuss current primary and secondary literature in the field of cell biology and biomedicine.
(Sponsoring Dept: BIOL). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: CEBG (Cell Biology category), GENB (Cell Biology/Physiology category), and PHNB.
BSCI348J
Special Topics in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics; Medical Microbiology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: BSCI105 (grade of B or better) or BSCI223 or BSCI283. Credit only granted for BSCI424 or BSCI348J. Mechanisms of pathogenesis, detection, prevention and treatment of bacterial, viral and parasitic pathogens of humans.
BSCI348M
Special Topics in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics; Epidemiology of Microbial Pathogens
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Acceptable towards Biological Sciences areas: MICB and GENB. Prerequisite: BSCI105.

Study of infectious bacteria and viruses acting at the population level in humans and animals. Identification of causes and spread of infection.
BSCI348R
Special Topics in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics; Microbiology Internship
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Microbiology Internship. Opportunity for students to perform research, relating to microbiology in an off-campus laboratory. Permission of Instructor required. 3 credits applicable to MICB specialization area. Click here for more course information: https://go.umd.edu/SqU.
BSCI353
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Earning C- or higher in NEUR200 or BSCI330.
Corequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in PHYS132 or equivalent course.
Cross-listed with: NEUR306.
Credit only granted for: NEUR306 or BSCI353.
Students will gain an appreciation of neuroscience as the nexus of chemistry, physics, and biology. Additionally, they will gain an understanding of how: both individual and networks of neurons function as variable electrical circuits; our nervous systems transduce signals from the outside world and sets-off molecular cascades; the behavior of a neuron can be changed and or remain the same in response to changing variables. Techniques used to study the nervous system at a cellular and molecular level will be discussed.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: CEBG (Cell Biology); GENB (Cell Biology, Development, Physiology); and PHNB.

Credit cannot be applied to the requirements of any Neuroscience Major.
BSCI361
Principles of Ecology
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: BSCI160 and BSCI161; or BSCI106. And (MATH130, MATH136, or MATH140).
Basic principles of population, community, and ecosystem ecology. Use of these principles to predict possible consequences of human-caused changes in the environment and to understand the level of uncertainty of those predictions.
BSCI379G
(Perm Req)
Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics Department Research; Research in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
BSCI379M
(Perm Req)
Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics Department Research; Research in Microbiology
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Research carried out under guidance of faculty advisor. Student must make arrangements with a CBMG Departmental faculty member to do this research and register for this course. Permission Required.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
BSCI379P
(Perm Req)
Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics Department Research; Research in Plant Biology
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Research carried out under guidance of faculty advisor. Student must make arrangements with a CBMG Departmental faculty member to do this research and register for this course. Permission Required.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
BSCI389
(Perm Req)
Entomology Department Research
Credits: 1 - 2
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
BSCI399
(Perm Req)
Biology Department Research; Biology Department Research
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
(Sponsoring Department: BIOL.)
Contact department for information to register for this course.
BSCI399H
(Perm Req)
Biology Department Honors Research
Credits: 1 - 2
Grad Meth: Reg
A laboratory research problem; required each semester during honors participation and culminating in an honors thesis.
(Sponsoring Department: BIOL.)
Contact department for information to register for this course.
BSCI399L
(Perm Req)
Biology Department Research; Biology Lab Research
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Any combination of 3 credits of BSCI399, BSCI399L, and BSCI399H can be used to satisfy the enrichment requirement in CEBG, ECEV, MICB, or PHNB or an upper-level elective in GENB. Students must have successfully completed at least one semester in a Biology department research lab before getting permission to take BSCI399L in the same lab. Students completing at least 4 credits of laboratory research including at least one semester taking BSCI399L may substitute this experience for one of the two upper-level laboratory courses required to complete any BSCI major.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
BSCI422
Principles of Immunology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: BSCI222.
Recommended: BSCI330; and (BSCI223 or BSCI283).
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
The immune system in health and disease. Presentation and analysis of the cellular and molecular processes that comprise the immune system.
BSCI433
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: BSCI222 and BSCI330; or permission of CMNS-Biological Sciences UG Program.
Causes and consequences of neoplastic transformations at the biochemical and cellular levels.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences specialization areas: CEBG, GENB, and PHNB.
BSCI437
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: BSCI222; or permission of CMNS-Biological Sciences UG Program.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
Discussion of the physical and chemical nature of viruses, virus cultivation and assay methods, virus replication, viral diseases with emphasis on the oncogenic viruses, viral genetics, and characteristics of the major virus groups.
BSCI439C
Undergraduate Advanced Selected Topics in Biology; Drugs, the Brain, and Behavior
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prereq: C- or better in (BSCI207 and BSCI 330) or NEUR200.

(Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: GENB (Cell Biology, Development and Physiology category) and PHNB.

Introduction to pharmacology in the context of treating nervous system disorders. Topics will span molecules to behavior, including in-depth reviews of relevant neuroanatomy and neurotransmitter signaling, associated neurological abnormalities, animal models used to study these disorders, and pharmacological/behavioral interventions commonly used to treat them. Popular literature and personal experiences will be integrated with primary research articles to explore how drugs affect multiple levels of neurobiological and social functioning.
BSCI450
Mammalian Systems Physiology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI330; and minimum grade of C- in CHEM233 or both CHEM231 and CHEM232.
Credit only granted for: BIOL708M, BSCI338L, BSCI440, or BSCI450.
A study of the cardiovascular, hemopoietic, gastrointestinal, renal, and respiratory systems. Chemical and endocrine regulation of physiological functions in mammals.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: GENB and PHNB.