Division of Biology and Medicine
Biology Undergraduate Education

Course Offerings

From Anatomy to Zoology, a comprehensive look at all the course offerings in the biology program.

 2022-23 Biology Course Offerings

 *FYS (First-Year Seminar); SOPH (Sophomore Seminar); LAB (Lab or Field Trip Course); WRIT (designated-course offering considered to fulfill the writing requirement); CONF (discussion group in addition to primary course section); DIV (content addresses issues of diversity including race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, inequality, and other related areas of inquiry as relevant to topics and careers in the biological sciences); COEX (engages students in addressing a research question or knowledge gap of interest to scholarly communities).

For courses offered in alternate years, view course summaries from previous academic years at the bottom of the page,






BIOL XLIST: AFRI 1920 Health Inequality in Historical Perspective Braun, Lundy DIV/SOPH/WRIT  
BIOL XLIST: CLPS 1195 Life Under Water in the Anthropocene Colwill, Ruth COEX/LAB/WRIT  
BIOL XLIST: NEUR 1530 Communication In the Brain: What We Know and How We Know It Stein, John    
0030 Principles of Nutrition Flynn, Mary   Online
0100 Living Biology at Brown & Beyond Monteiro, Kristina FYS/DIV/LAB  
0140T Communicating Science Through Visual Media Stein, John LAB  
0170-S01 Biotechnology in Medicine Achilli, Toni Marie    
0170-S02 Biotechnology in Medicine Achilli, Toni Marie   Hybrid
0190P Pride & Prejudice in the Development of Scientific Theories Helfand, Stephen FYS  
0190R Foundations: Phage Hunters, Part 1 Taylor, Sarah COEX/FYS/LAB  
0210 Diversity of Life Kellner, James  DIV  
0380 The Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease Dillon, Kelsey Witt  CONF  
0410 Invertebrate Zoology Ewanchuk, Patrick LAB/DIV  
0470-S01 Genetics  Johnson, Mark LAB  
0470-S02 Genetics Johnson, Mark LAB Hybrid
0480-S01 Evolutionary Biology Rand, David CONF/DIV Remote Accessable
0480-S02 Evolutionary Biology Rand, David CONF/DIV Hybrid
0530 Principles of Immunology Dugan, Aisling CONF  
0800-S01 Principles of Physiology Stein, John LAB  
0800-S02 Principles of Physiology Stein, John LAB Hybrid
0940A  Viral Epidemics Atwood, Walter SOPH/WRIT  
0940D Rhode Island Flora: Understanding and Documenting Local Plant Diversity Kartzinel, Rebecca SOPH  
0960 Independent Study in Science Writing Faculty Advisors    
1050,2050 Biology of the Eukaryotic Cell (Grad students register for 2050) Gerbi, Susan CONF  
1070  Biotechnology and Global Health Schell, Jacquelyn    
1140 Tissue Engineering Hoffman-Kim, Diane  DIV  
1260-S01, 2260 Physiological Pharmacology (Grad students register for 2260) Marshall, John    
1260-S02 Physiological Pharmacology  Marshall, John   Online
1270,2270 Advanced Biochemistry (Grad students register for 2270) Lisi, George    
1290 Cancer Biology  Zhitkovich, Anatoly    
1300,2300 Biomolecular Interactions (Grad students register for 2300) Fawzi, Nicolas WRIT  
1470 Conservation Biology Sax, Dov    
1515,2015 Conservation in Genomics Age (Grad students register for 2015) Kartzinel, Tyler COEX/LAB/WRIT (1515 ONLY)  
1520 Innate Immunity Brossay, Laurent    
1560,2560 Virology (Grad students register for 2560) Lee, Sanghyun    
1565 Survey of Biomedical Informatics Sarkar, Neil    
1575,2075 Evaluation of Health Information Systems (Grad students register for 2075) Fraser, Hamish WRIT (1575 ONLY)  
1650 Structure of the Nervous System Berson, David LAB  
1800 Animal Locomotion Swartz, Sharon WRIT  
1945 Outbreaks and Infections: Harnessing History and Preventing Future Epidemics Dugan, Aisling    
1950 Directed Research/Independent Study - See Research Faculty Advisors LAB  
1970A Stem Cell Biology Freiman, Richard    
2010A Introduction to Molecular Research in the Life Sciences Mowry, Kimberly    
2030 Foundations for Advanced Study in the Life Sciences DeLong, Alison    
2089 Biotechnology IP Holmander, Daniel    
2110 Drug and Gene Delivery Mathiowitz, Edith    
2150-S01 Scientific Communication Bender, Judith    
2150-S02 Scientific Communication Ramachandran, Sohini    
2180 Experiential Learning Industry (ELI) Schell, Jacquelyn    
2020 Biotechnology Science & Industry Huang, Eric    
2230 Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology Seminar Darling, Eric    
2250 Survey of Modern Therapeutics Horrigan, Diana    
2340 Neurogenetics and Disease Reenan, Robert    
2430-S01 Topics in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Brainerd, Elizabeth    
2430-S02 Topics in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Huerta-Sanchez, Emilia    
2430-S03 Topics in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Ramachandran, Sohini    
0940G Antibiotic Drug Discovery: Identifying Novel Soil Microbes to Combat Antibiotic Resistance Achilli, Toni-Marie COEX/LAB Hybrid
1000 Quality Improvement Science and Application Monteiro, Kristina   Online
1445 Medicine in Austere Settings Martin, Kyle Denison    
1455 Planetary Health: Global Environmental Change and Emerging Infectious Disease Smith, Katherine   Online
1980 HIV/AIDS in Diverse Settings: Focus on Israel Kantor, Rami WRIT  


Environmental Science in a Changing World Kartzinel, Tyler    
0080 Biotechnology Management Bready, Barrett   Remote Accessible
0150D Techniques in Regenerative Medicine: Cells, Scaffolds, and Staining Achilli, Toni-Marie FYS/LAB  
0160 Plants, Food, and People Heywood, Peter    
0190S Foundations: Phage Hunters, Part II Zhou, Yang COEX/FYS/LAB  
0190U The Lives of Plants Heywood, Peter FYS/WRIT  
0200 The Foundations of Living Systems Stein, John LAB/DIV  
0280 Biochemistry Deaconescu, Alexandra CONF  
0285-S01, S02

Inquiry in Biochemistry: From Gene to Protein Function

Sobieraj, Andrea COEX/WRIT/CONF/LAB  

Principles of Ecology

Witman, Jon CONF  
0430 Evolution of Plant Diversity Kartzinel, Rebecca LAB  
0440 Inquiry in Plant Biology DeLong, Alison LAB  

Statistical Analysis of Biological Data

Ramachandran, Sohini CONF  

Cell and Molecular Biology

Valdez, Gregorio    

Introductory Microbiology

Belenky, Peter

0860 Diet and Chronic Disease Flynn, Mary    
0946 Research Design & Quantitative Methods for the Health Sciences Monteiro, Kristina    

Independent Study in Science Writing

Faculty Advisors

1040,2040 Ultrastructure/Bioimaging (Grad students register for 2040) Williams, Geoffrey LAB  

Cell Physiology and Biophysics

Horrigan, Diana

1120 Biomaterials Dingle, Yu-Ting    
1150 Stem Cell Engineering Darling, Eric LAB  
1160 Principles of Exercise Physiology Sobieraj, Andrea DIV  
1222A,2222B Current Topics in Functional Genomics (Grad students register for 2222B) Fairbrother, William    
1250 Host-microbiome Interactions in Health and Disease Belenky, Peter    
1310,2310 Developmental Biology Wharton, Kristi    
1330 Biology of Reproduction Wessel, Gary DIV  
1435 Computational Methods for Studying Demographic History with Molecular Data Peede, David    
1530 Emergency Medical Systems: An Anatomy of Critical Performance  Becker, Bruce CONF  
1540,2540 Molecular Genetics (Grad students register for 2540) Larschan, Erica    
1545,2545 Human Genetics and Genomics (Grad students register for 2545) Morrow, Eric    
1550 Parasitism: Biology and Disease de Graffenried, Christopher CONF  
1555 Methods in Informatics and Data Science for Health Chen, Elizabeth COEX  
1600 Development of Vaccines to Infectious Diseases Vaishnava, Shipra    
BIOL 1610/ NEUR 1600 Experimental Neurobiology Stein, John LAB/WRIT  
1810 21st Century Applications in Cell and Molecular Biology Dawson, Michelle WRIT  
1820 Environmental Health & Disease Plavicki, Jessica    
1865,2865 Toxicology (Grad students register for 2865) Spade, Daniel    
1885 Human Anatomy and Biomechanics Swartz, Shannon LAB  
1960 Directed Research/Independent Study - See Research Faculty Advisors    
2010B Introduction to Data Science in Molecular Biology Neretti, Nicola    

Management Strategies in Biotechnology

Jong, Yong    
2135 Pharmacokinetics and Drug Design Christian, Donald    

Molecular Targets of Drug Discovery

Horrigan, Diana    

In Vitro Models for Disease

Schell, Jacquelyn    
2170 Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology Horrigan, Diana    

Experiential Learning Industry (ELI)

Schell, Jacquelyn    

Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology Seminar

Morgan, Jeffrey    

The Biology of Aging

Sedivy, John DIV  

Innovation and Commercialization in Medical Devices, Diagnostics, and Wearables

Analoui, Mostafa    

Prior Course Offerings