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Summer, 2014 | 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 (Bio 2651) 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 twice 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, the entire educational process including medical school and residency training and pros and cons of life of a physician. MedPrep I is useful for any undergraduate premedical student or for post-baccalaureate students returning to school with the plan of applying to medical school. This course reviews the common pitfalls encountered by unsuccessful applicants to medical school and outlines the steps to take before and during the application process to be successful. There is no outside course work and no exams. Attendance at all classes is required. For more information please see the MedPrep website at pages.wustl.edu/medprep. Pre-registration is done through the MedPrep website and registration is done through the University College registration page.
MedPrep II (Bio 2654) offers students a real world, behind-the-scenes experience of a life in medicine. For three hours every other week, 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. In addition to the shadowing, there is a weekly required class session every Wednesday from 5:00-6:00 pm. Shadowing every week is permitted, space permitting. Because of the orientation material presented, excused absences will not be granted for the first two sessions for any reason whatsoever, including illness or emergency. There is no outside course work and no exams. HIPAA training and PPD testing are required. For more information please see the MedPrep website at pages.wustl.edu/medprep. Pre-registration is done through the MedPrep website and registration is done through the University College registration page. Successful completion of Bio 2651 and sophomore standing or above are required to take this course. During the summer semester students may take both MedPrep I (Bio 2651) and MedPrep II (Bio 2654) concurrently.
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 14 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. Course will count for the biology major for WUSTL undergraduates. Prerequisite: Bio 2970.
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.