The biology department offers a yearlong introductory course which satisfies part of the diploma requirement for a laboratory science. Most Juniors will take Biology 100 as their introductory science course. Uppers and Seniors are placed in Biology 550 or 560, 570, 580 by the department chair. In general, students who have had a year of biology and honors in chemistry, or have had AP Chemistry and AP Physics, will be in the 560, 570, 580 sequence. Most other students who wish to take the Biology AP exam should take Biology 550.
Lowers may take biology only by special permission from the department chair.
BIOL-440 Human Genetics
Four class periods. Open to Uppers and Seniors who have had one year of laboratory science. The entire human genome has been sequenced, and cloning of a human being is a distinct possibility. We now have the capability to modify the human genome in any number of ways. Explore the world of human genetics, from the DNA that makes up our chromosomes to the public policy and ethical issues that will impact how we live in the 21st century. Along the way we will examine the impact of genetics on human evolution, infectious and molecular disease, cancer, modern reproductive technology, transgenics, stem cell technology and human cloning. Not open to students who have taken biology at the 500-level or above.