Biology 3422: Genes, Brains, and Behavior

Genetic studies of physiological systems underlying animal behavior, including the genetic basis for normal and abnormal behaviors in animals and humans. Topics include: history of behavioral genetics; the ongoing debate about “nature vs. nurture”; contributions of genetic model systems including the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, zebrafish, the mouse Mus musculus, and other animal models; molecular mechanisms underlying the evolution of behavioral phenotypes; the emerging role of epigenetics in regulating nervous-system functions and behavior; the use of genetic and genomic analyses in studies of human behavior and psychiatric disorders.

Biology 1810: Freshman Seminar in Imaging Sciences

An introduction to the breadth and depth of imaging sciences across Arts & Sciences, Medicine and Engineering, on topics from radiology to cell biology. Seminars are presented by experts in these fields to acquaint undergraduate students with advances in imaging sciences and research opportunities in these areas. This seminar is the preferred entry point for freshmen and sophomores for the Imaging Sciences Pathway ( No prerequisites, primarily for freshmen and sophomores, but open to all students.