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The following courses to be offered during fall 2017 will satisfy requirements for the Integrated Science Minor:

PHYS 203 Systems Biology

Introduction to the fundamentals of systems biology, an emerging field that focuses on complex interactions in biological systems. Topics chosen come from the perspective of the design of biological circuits. For students in the biological sciences, physics, chemistry, and mathematics interested in quantitative biology and the interface between the biological and physical sciences. No laboratory.

Prerequisites: PHYS 131 and BIOL 199 and MATH 211, and CMSC 150 or 155; Or PHYS 191 and CHEM 191.

BIOL 320 Experimental Design and Biostatistics

Introductory course in designing, analyzing, and interpreting biological experiments. This course is structured to develop students¿ understanding of when to apply different quantitative methods, how to implement those methods using statistical software, and how to effectively communicate the analyses. Topics include summary statistics, distributions, randomization, replication, parametric and nonparametric tests. Additional topics may include multivariate methods, randomization tests, and Bayesian statistics.

Prerequisites: [BIOL 190 or BIOL 192 or BIOL 199 and (BIOL 207 or BIOL 225)] OR BIOL 202

The following courses to be offered during spring 2018 will satisfy requirements for the Integrated Science Minor:

BIOL317 Mechanochemical Cell Biology

Focuses on the chemical and physical nature of cellular function, and the approaches used to study cells. Topics include biophysical principles, kinetics, macromolecular self-assembly, and the impact of regulatory mechanisms on cellular properties. Laboratory component includes an active research project studying the machinery of cell division, including quantitative microscopy approaches. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.

Prerequisites: (BIOL 202 or BIOL 206) and (CHEM 141 or CHEM 191 or CHEM 192)

BIOL 336 Eco-Epidemiology

Explores various ways environmental heterogeneity influences disease risk in humans, with specific emphasis on diseases harbored by wildlife species and transmitted by arthropod vectors. Molecular, field-based, computational, and geospatial approaches to characterizing and studying infectious disease dynamics. Readings draw heavily from primary scientific literature. Development of research ideas and implementation of group investigations. Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week.

Prerequisites: [BIOL 206 and (BIOL 207 or BIOL 225)] or BIOL 202

CHEM 310 Physical Chemistry II

Study of the principal laws and theories of chemistry: gas laws and kinetic molecular theory, classical and statistical thermodynamics, wave mechanics and molecular structure, and chemical kinetics. Principles and properties of liquids, solids and solutions, and phase equilibria are also examined along with electrochemistry. Three lecture hours per week.

Prerequisites: Chemistry 141 or 191 or 192; Physics 132; and Mathematics 212 or 232; or permission of instructor. Chemistry 317 is highly recommended.

CHEM 316 Environmental Chemistry

Study of the fate, transport, and distribution of chemicals in the environment. The chemistry of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere will be covered, highlighting effects of inorganic and organic pollutants. Topics such as global warming, stratospheric ozone depletion, acid rain, photochemical smog, and groundwater contamination will be discussed in detail. Three lecture hours per week.

Prerequisites: Chemistry 205 or permission of instructor.

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MATH 304 Mathematical Models in Biology and Medicine

Mathematical models in modern biological and medical applications. Primary focus on practical understanding of the modeling process, and development of requisite modeling skills. Topics include discrete and continuous dynamical systems, including parameter estimation.

Prerequisites: MATH 235, 245 or 300.

PHYS 215 Computational Methods in Physics

Project-oriented: applying computers to solution of problems in physical sciences.

Prerequisites: PHYS 132 or 133 or 134 or 191 and some familiarity with at least one higher-level computer language.