This course introduces students to elements of science behind cooking, cuisine preparation and the enjoyment of food. The ultimate goal is to help students recognize the importance of scientific principles being applied in everyday life, so that they will appreciate and be able to apply some of these principles in their future cooking practice, including the manipulation of human perception.
In this course you will learn about how and why DNA and protein sequences evolve. You will learn the theory behind methods for building and analyzing phylogenetic trees, and get hands-on experience with some widely used software packages.
An introduction to current concepts of how cellular molecules come together to form systems, how these systems exhibit emergent properties, and how these properties are used to make cellular decisions.
This course will help anyone who loves dogs to better understand their dog’s reproductive health and how to control its reproduction. This includes understanding the pros and cons of having your dog spayed or castrated, and understanding at what age that surgery can be performed.
You will become intimately acquainted with the operational principles of neuronal “life-ware” (synapses, neurons and the networks that they form) as well as with recent ideas about how the dynamics of these networks generate the “neuronal code.”
Biotechnology is the application of biology and biological concepts to science and engineering. It is the crossroad of the biological sciences with other major disciplines of science, from organic chemistry to mechanical engineering.
Cancer has existed among humans since humans themselves began and has been a subject of urgent interest from very early in our history. What we call “cancer” consists of a number of different diseases with one fundamental similarity: they are all initiated by the unchecked proliferation and growth of cells in which the pathways and systems that normally control cell division and mortality are absent.
Developmental biology asks questions about how organisms come into being, how life forms, and how complex structures develop and are differentiated.
Molecular biology studies the molecular mechanisms of life, particularly those responsible for genes and their expression. In the center of molecular biology are the nucleic acids, DNA and RNA, and how they contribute to the synthesis of proteins.
One of the best ways to understand the present is to understand the past. Evolutionary Biology is the study of the changes in life forms over time—changes that have occurred over millions of years as well as those that have occurred over just a few decades.