Courses offered currently or in upcoming semesters

  • BCB 716 Comparative Sequence Analysis.
    • An introduction to sequence analysis for graduate students in the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Curriculum, covering: alignment, database search, phylogenetics, sequence assembly, hidden Markov models for sequence comparison, RNA secondary structure analysis, gene structure prediction, and RNA secondary structure prediction.
    • Co-taught annually with Dr. Zefeng Wang
    • 1 credit hour
    • Prerequisites: Enrollment in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology graduate program or permission of instructors.
    • 2014 Syllabus.
  • BIOL 201 Ecology and Evolution 
    • Principles governing the ecology and evolution of populations, communities, and ecosystems, including speciation, population genetics, population regulation, and community and ecosystem structure and dynamics.
    • 4 credit hours (3 lecture, 1 recitation)
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 101 and CHEM 101 or 102. A grade of C or better in BIOL 101 and CHEM 101 or 102 required.
    • Spring 2015 Syllabus
  • BIOL 224H/L The Mathematics of Life
    • This course enriches the foundational material from BIOL 201, 202 and 205 through study of classic applications of math to many of the same topics. By revealing the mathematical underpinnings of much of the material in the majors’ core, this course will introduce students to quantitative approaches and research directions across Biology.
    • Co-taught with Dr. Maria Servedio, to be offered every Spring starting 2017
    • Aimed at Honors Biology and Quantitive Biology majors in their sophomore or junior year.
    • 3 credit hours for lecture plus 1 for the co-requisite lab section
    • Not yet listed in course catalog
  • BIOL 526H Computational Genetics
    • Introduction to computational principles underlying sequence alignment and phylogenetics, genome assembly and annotation, analysis of gene function, and other bioinformatics applications. Three classroom hours and a one-hour computer lab.
    • Taught in the Fall Semester, alternating years.
    • 4 credit hours (including 1 hr of computer lab).
    • Pre/co-requisites, BIOL 202, COMP 116, and STOR 155, or equivalents. Open to honors undergraduates, or to other undergraduates and graduates by permission of the instructor.
    • Fall 2014 Syllabus
  • BIOL 659 Special Topics in Evolutionary Biology
    • A graduate seminar taught by Dr. Vision every other year on varying topics.
    • Fall 2015 Syllabus