Cell Biology & Physiology

The following courses are required in order to receive a Degree in the Program in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Cell Biology and Physiology:

  • Advanced Cell Biology (BIOL_SCI 315) Relationship of shape, structural dynamics, and function with the cellular state and gene expression; cell-to-cell communication. Prerequisites: BIOL_SCI 215, BIOL_SCI 217, BIOL_SCI 219, BIOL_SCI 222 and BIOL_SCI 308
  • Animal Physiology (BIOL_SCI325) Physiological principles and mechanisms responsible for the ability of animals to regulate variables in the steady state. Prerequisite: BIOL_SCI 217
  • One of:
    • Biology of Aging (BIOL_SCI 327) Biological aspects of aging, from molecular to evolutionary. Prerequisites: BIOL_SCI 217 and BIOL_SCI 219
    • Microbiology (BIOL_SCI 328) How microbes interact with their environments, including with humans. Prerequisites: BIOL_SCI 215, BIOL_SCI 217, BIOL_SCI 219, BIOL_SCI 222, and BIOL_SCI 308
    • Anatomy of Vertebrates (BIOL_SCI 344) Vertebrate phylogeny illustrated via comparative morphology; anatomical/functional and ontogenetic considerations; dissections. This class is taught at the Field Museum; with provided travel from 12:15 to 4:50 pm. Prerequisites: BIOL_SCI 215 and BIOL_SCI 222.
    • Immunobiology (BIOL_SCI 355) Nature of host resistance; characteristics of antigens, antibodies; basis of immune response; hypersensitivity. Prerequisites: BIOL_SCI 215, BIOL_SCI 217, BIOL_SCI 219, BIOL_SCI 222, and BIOL_SCI 308
    • Endocrinology (BIOL_SCI 356) Physiology and biochemistry of hormones and glands of internal secretion in vertebrates; endocrine glands. Prerequisite: BIOL_SCI 325
    • Advanced Physiology Laboratory (BIOL_SCI 358) Experiments in several physiological systems. Design, techniques, data analysis, and report writing emphasized. Prerequisites: BIOL_SCI 217, BIOL_SCI 222

Through these courses, students will gain a detailed understanding of both the internal functioning of cells, and the systems-level processes that sustain living organisms despite highly variable external conditions.