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Summer, 2013 | Biology And Biomedical Sciences
Have you ever wondered how doctors and scientists diagnose and discover cures to modern human afflictions? In this course, students will be given a general topic and break up into small groups to research questions related to that topic. We will all report back to the group each week with what we've found, and provide each other with interesting facts about our topic, as well as hints for conducting inquiry-based research. The instructor will guide students on how to conduct in-depth research on problems of current biological importance using a variety of web-based search engines and library tools, with a strong emphasis on learning how to read and interpret primary research articles. Weekly topics from previous years have included psychological disorders, genetics of sleep regulation, reproductive therapies, alternative medicine, and human evolution. Students should have broad interests and background in general biology and chemistry and should be curious, exploratory, interactive, and willing to try an active, nontraditional educational experience. There are no exams, so grades will be based on class participation, weekly group presentations, written outlines, and a final iSearch paper on a topic of their choice. Prerequisite: high school biology, preferably an Honors or AP course.
MedPrep I is a unique lecture series taught by a physician, medical school Course Master, and member of the Committee on Admissions for the School of Medicine. Through a weekly 2-hour lecture, this course gives students accurate, honest, and detailed information regarding every step of the application and admissions process to medical school and the educational process and life of a physician. MedPrep I is particularly useful for freshman, sophomores, or post-baccalaureate students in that it reviews the common pitfalls encountered by unsuccessful applicants to medical school. There is no outside course work and no exams. Attendance at all classes is required. Students can start the registration process at medprep.wustl.edu. In the summer semester students are permitted to take Bio 2651 concurrently with Bio 2654 (shadowing experience).
MedPrep II offers students a real world, behind-the-scenes experience of a life in medicine. Students shadow physicians in the Charles F. Knight Emergency and Trauma Center of Barnes-Jewish Hospital, the main teaching hospital of the Washington University School of Medicine. A weekly one hour class is also held on the Danforth campus for group discussion regarding the clinical experiences of the students. There is no outside course work and no exams. Attendance at all classes is required. Students can start the registration process at medprep.wustl.edu. Successful completion of Bio 2651 (lecture series) is required before taking Bio 2654 except in the summer semester when both courses may be taken concurrently.
This course provides students interested in Health Professions with an overview of Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Audiology. Students will gain a better understanding of the scope of practice, markets, and skills required to succeed in these professions. Students will learn about graduate and professional education options and how to build a competitive application for these programs. Finally, students will be introduced to field experiences in each area and culminate their study with an inter-professional education session illustrating the role of each of the professions in a single case. Students will finish the course with a better understanding of whether a career in health professions is right for them.
An introduction to biological molecules and biochemical strategies employed by the three domains of life. The flow of genetic information within cells is discussed in the context of cellular structure, organization, and function. Investigation and manipulation of genetic information by molecular genetic technologies, such as recombinant DNA, forms the final phase of the course. Labs reinforce concepts from lectures and explore common laboratory techniques and computer-based resources. Prerequisites: Chem 111 and Chem 112 (concurrently).
A broad overview of genetics, including Mendelian assortment, linkage, chromosomal aberrations, variations in chromosome number, mutation, developmental genetics, quantitative genetics, population genetics, mechanisms of evolution, and phylogenetics. Three lectures and one laboratory period each week. Exams will be July 24, August 5, & August 15 from 6:30p - 8:30p. Prerequisite: Bio 2960, or permission of instructor.
This course provides investigation-driven research on experimental manipulation of DNA and RNA molecules. This includes the construction, isolation and analysis of plasmids, RNA, PCR products and DNA sequencing. Molecular cloning (genetic engineering), gene knockout (mutants), RNA isolation, RT-PCR, and microarray projects are performed. Prerequisite: Bio 2970 and permission of instructor. Course will count for the biology major for WUSTL undergraduates.
A study of structure-function relationships as applied to carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids; intermediary metabolism of principal cellular components; and general aspects of regulation. Prereqs: Biol 2970 and Chem 252 and permission of department. Recommended for students who have achieved grades of B or better in the prerequisites. Students may not receive credit for both Biol 4801 and Biol 451.
In special cases credit may be given for individual study. Topics and credit must be arranged with a faculty sponsor and approved by the department.