Biology Summer Classes

Discover Biology

humming bird

BIOB 101N
3 credits
Session 1 & 2 (10 weeks)
Online

Instructor:  Annie Green

A contemporary exploration of the organization and complexity of living organisms and the systems in which they live, using lectures and laboratory investigations. We address the central questions of biology: the relationship between form and function, how organisms acquire and use energy, and how genetic information is transmitted (or not) between generations.

This course does not count towards a major in biology, nor is credit given for both BIOB 101N and BIOB 160N.

Gen Ed Attribute: Natural Science (N)

Principles of Living Systems and Lab

flowing stream

BIOB 160N/161N
Early

Instructor:  Laurie Minns

BIOB 160N

3 credits
Face to Face
MTWR 10:30am - 12:20pm

This is the foundational course for all those who need basic biological science for their majors. We focus on the unifying principles that relate biological structure to function at different levels of organization from single cells to entire ecosystems. Topics include reproduction, genetics, development, evolution, ecosystems, as well as the inter-relationships of the human species to the rest of life.

Students requiring a laboratory should also register for BIOB 161N.

Gen Ed Attribute: Natural Science (N)

BIOB 161N - Lab

1 credit
Face to Face
TWR 1:00-2:50pm

Lab experiences that illustrate biological principles underlying growth, reproduction, development, genetics and physiology, and are designed to give students practice in objective methods of description, development and testing of scientific hypotheses.

Prereq., or Coreq., BIOB 160N.

Gen Ed Attribute: Natural Science Lab (N)

Principles of Biological Diversity & Lab

drawing of moth

BIOB 170N/171N
Session 2
Face to Face

Instructor:  Greg Peters

BIOB 170N

3 credits
MTWR 11:30-1:20pm

We survey the enormous functional diversity and deep history of life including the prokaryotes ('bacteria'), viruses, single-celled animals, fungi, plants and animals.

Gen Ed Attribute: Natural Science (N)

BIOB 171N - Lab

2 credits
TWR 8:30-11:20am

We explore the diversity of life including prokaryotes ('bacteria'), viruses, single-celled animals, fungi, plants and animals through the use of models, preserved, and live specimens.

Coreq., BIOB 170N.

Gen Ed Attribute: Natural Science Lab (N)

Cell & Molec Biology

abstract

BIOB 260
4 credits
Early
Face to Face
MTWRF 8:00-9:50 am

Instructor:  Laurie Minns

We analyze the structure and function of the cell, the fundamental unit of life, with an emphasis on energy transformations and information flow. Topics include molecular building blocks, membranes, organelles, and mechanisms of replication, gene expression, metabolism, signal transduction, cell birth, cell death, and cell differentiation.

Prereq. BIOB 160N (preferred) or BCH 110/111 (preferred) or B- or higher in BIOH 112; and either CHMY 123 or CHMY 143.

Genetics & Evolution

painting of butterfly and flower

BIOB 272
4 credits
Cancelled

Instructor:  Wenfei Tong

"Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution". We survey the mechanisms, trends, and outcomes of biological evolution. Topics include the mechanisms of inheritance and natural selection, population genetics, examination of the fossil record, speciation, extinction, systematics, macroevolution, and molecular evolution.

Prereq., either BIOB 260 OR both BIOB 160N and BIOB 170N/171N; and one of M 122, 122, 151, 162, or 171.

General Ecology

dense flock of birds

BIOE 370
3 credits
Session 1
Face to Face
MTWR 9:00am-10:50am

Instructor:  John Roach

Ecology is the study of the distribution and abundance of organisms, the flow of energy, and the cycling of matter. In this course, we will draw heavily on local examples as we investigate how ecological patterns are produced by processes working at scales from individuals to populations to communities to ecosystems. We will pay particular attention to how climate change is affecting ecological systems.

Human Form & Function I

student in lab

BIOH 112
3 credits
Cancelled

Instructor:  Annie Green

This is a foundation course for anyone interested in pursuing a health science career without a detailed science emphasis. We will explore the fundamentals of human structure and function at basic cellular and tissue levels, in addition to the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, and nervous systems.

Microbiology for the Health Sciences

 abstract

BIOM 250N
3 credits
Session 2
Face to Face
MTWR 7:30-9:20am

Instructor:  Jim Driver

We survey infectious diseases, including modes of infection, the concepts of virulence and resistance, as well as prevention and control of microbial diseases in the individual and in the community. If laboratory experience is desired, the student may enroll in BIOM 251 during the academic year.

This course does not count toward a major in microbiology.

Gen Ed Attribute: Natural Science (N)

General Microbiology

hot spring

BIOM 360
3 credits
Session 2
Face to Face
MTWR 1:00-2:50 pm

Instructor:  Jim Driver

It is the small things that rule the world! Your own body contains 5000 times more individual bacteria than there are human beings on earth. The number of kinds of bacteria in your gut (about 10,000 species) vastly exceeds the number of tree species in a tropical rain forest. Find out more in this course, which covers microbial structure and function, growth and reproduction, physiology, ecology, genetics, diversity, control of microorganisms and sterility, and antimicrobial agents.

Prereq., CHMY 123 or 143N; Prereq. or coreq., BIOB 260.

Survey MT Wildlife and Habitats

antelope on snowy plains

BIOO 101N
3 credits
Cancelled

Instructor:  Craig Stafford

Become the local wildlife expert: we will teach you to Interpret biological patterns associated with selected Montana wildlife species, including mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.

Prereq., one course in biology.

Gen Ed Attribute: Natural Science (N)

Intro to Botany and Lab

close up on pine needles

BIOO 105N
3 credits
Cancelled

Instructor:  Marilyn Marler

To animals, plants are alien lifeforms: they 'eat', grow, and reproduce in ways rather different from animals. This course will introduce you to the plant kingdom including anatomy, physiology and ecology.

Gen Ed Attributes: Natural Science (N) and Natural Science Lab (N)

Rocky Mountain Flora

bitteroot flowers

BIOO 335
3 credits
Cancelled

Instructor:  Greg Peters

Become familiar with the hundreds of kinds of plants you pass by on an average hike in western Montana. We survey the flowering plants of Montana and learn to identify them and discuss their evolution, distribution and habitat associations.

Prereq., one college-level course in Biology or consent of instructor.