BIOL 027. Systems Biology

Systems Biology is an innovative, cross-disciplinary approach that is rooted in the realization that it is difficult to understand biological systems from the study of individual components because living systems are more than the sum of their parts.  Systems Biology aims to get at the big picture by using quantitative measurements of the properties and behaviors of interacting agents (molecules, cells, organisms, populations), bioinformatics, physics, and mathematical models, to capture and predict the dynamics of biological systems. 
In this course, students will be trained in the basic skills to tackle biological and biomedical problems using a systems biology approach.  This will be achieved through the introduction of core concepts, hands-on training in biological, computational, and quantitative methods, and through reading of primary literature.  In the laboratory, students will work with a diverse set of biological systems, including bacteria, eukaryotic cells, Hydra, and planarians. 
Prerequisite: BIOL 001 and BIOL 002; or permission of instructor. 
Natural sciences and engineering practicum.
1 credit.
Spring 2021. Collins.
Catalog chapter: Biology  
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