Please note: The course descriptions displayed here are current as of Sunday, April 23, 2017, but the official Course Catalog should be used for all official planning.

MATH 107
Elementary Statistics

For students in all disciplines. Provides the background needed to evaluate statistical arguments found in newspapers, magazines, reports, and journals and the logic and techniques necessary to perform responsible elementary statistical analysis. Topics include basic data analysis, one-variable regression, experimental and sampling design, random variables, sampling distributions, and inference (confidence intervals and significance testing). This course may not be taken on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

CHEM 116
Principles of Chemistry: Energetics and Dynamics

Introduction to the study of chemistry, for students who have taken high school chemistry or CHEM 115, emphasizing structural and quantitative models of chemical behavior. Topics include bonding, thermochemistry, equilibrium, kinetics, and related applications. Three lectures and one laboratory per week. Enrollment is determined by placement examination for students who have not completed CHEM 115. See the chemistry department's web page for placement examination information. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CHEM 115 or placement examination

MATH 120
Applied Calculus I

A course in the applications of mathematics to a wide variety of areas, stressing economics and the biological sciences. Topics may include recursive sequences and their equilibria, the derivative of a function, optimization, fitting abstract models to observed data. Emphasis placed on algebraic and numerical techniques and on understanding the role of mathematical thinking. Mathematics 120 and 130 do not prepare students for more advanced courses in mathematics. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Three years of high school mathematics;

BIOL 130
Integrative Biology: Cells to Organisms

An exploration of fundamental cellular processes in an evolutionary context including homeostasis, cell cycle, gene expression, energy transformation, inheritance, and multi-cellular development. Experimental approaches will be emphasized. Lecture and laboratory. Units: 6.

MATH 130
Applied Calculus II

A continuation of math 120. Topics may include the indefinite and definite integral, elementary linear algebra including matrix arithmetic and solving linear equations, vectors, partial derivatives, Lagrange multipliers. Both algebraic and numerical computations. Units: 6. Prerequisite: MATH 120 or the equivalent

MATH 140
Calculus I

Functions, limits, derivatives, the Mean Value Theorem, definition and properties of integrals, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, and applications to related rates, curve sketching, and optimization problems. Placement exam not required. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Four years of high school mathematics

PHYS 141
Principles of Classical, Relativistic, and Quantum Mechanics

A calculus-based introduction to fundamental concepts in mechanics, from Galileo and Newton through relativity and quantum mechanics. Weekly laboratories emphasize the acquisition, reduction and interpretation of experimental data and the keeping of complete records. Explicit instruction in calculus will be provided. Units: 6. Prerequisite: None, but calculus is recommended.

PHYS 151
Principles of Classical Physics

A continuation of Physics 141. Physics 151 offers a brief review of mechanics, and covers electricity, magnetism, circuits, waves, optics and thermal physics. Weekly laboratories emphasize the acquisition, reduction, and interpretation of experimental data and the keeping of complete records. Units: 6. Prerequisite: PHYS 141, or one year of high school physics and MATH 140.

BIOL 170
Integrative Biology: Experimental Design and Statistics

An introduction to experimental and sampling design in the fields of biology and biochemistry, as well as methods of data analysis and interpretation. The connection between statistical analysis and experimental design will be emphasized. Topics include descriptive, exploratory, and confirmatory statistical analyses. Lecture and computer laboratory. Units: 6. Prerequisite: BIOL 150 or consent of instructor

CHEM 210
Analytical Chemistry

A course in the quantitative description of chemical equilibria in solution (acid-base, complexation, redox, solubility) using classical, separation, electrochemical, and spectrochemical methods of analysis. This course covers methods of quantification, statistics, and data analysis as applied to modern chemistry. Students will have the opportunity to individually design projects. Three lectures and two laboratory periods per week. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CHEM 116, placement exam, or consent of instructor
Also listed as Environmental Studies 250

BIOL 226

A study of microbial life with an emphasis on prokaryotes. Microbial physiology is examined in the context of how unique characteristics allow microbes to exploit a vast diversity of environments, including the human body. Laboratory exercises introduce students to techniques used to safely study microorganisms. Units: 6. Prerequisite: BIOL 130, and CHEM 115 or CHEM 116

BIOL 235
Evolutionary Biology

A study of biological evolution, including natural selection, adaptation, the evolution of sex, speciation, extinction, and constraints on evolutionary change. Reading primary literature is emphasized. Two lectures and one discussion per week. Units: 6. Prerequisite: BIOL 130 or ANTH 140
Also listed as Environmental Studies 213

CHEM 250
Organic Chemistry I

A study of the relationship between structure and function in organic compounds. Basic topics such as molecular orbital theory, conformational equilibria, stereochemistry, and nucleophilic substitution are covered. Students also learn to use instrumental analysis (NMR, IR, GC-MS) to identify and characterize compounds. One four-hour laboratory per week. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CHEM 116 or 119 or consent of instructor

CHEM 252
Organic Chemistry II

A study of organic reactions and their mechanisms. The focus of the class is synthesis, both in the concrete sense of building molecules and in the abstract sense of pulling together disparate concepts to solve problems. Case studies from the polymer and pharmaceutical industries underline the relevance of the discipline to everyday life. One four-hour laboratory per week. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CHEM 250

CHEM 320
Inorganic Chemistry

A survey of structures, properties, reactivities, and interrelationships of chemical elements and their compounds. Topics include unifying principles and concepts that enable the interpretation of experimental data associated with materials. Emphasis on multidisciplinary aspects of inorganic chemistry. Lectures and weekly laboratory. Laboratory projects involve synthesis and studies of compounds using a variety of experimental methods. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CHEM 116 or 119 or consent of instructor

BIOL 325
Cell Biology

Survey of the structure and function of eukaryotic cells, the basic functional unit of life. Correlation of cellular structures including organelles, proteins, and membranes with functions such as cellular communication, division, transport, movement, and secretory pathways will be analyzed. Lecture and laboratory. Units: 6. Prerequisite: One of BIOL 260, BIOL 354, BIOL 444, or concurrent enrollment or consent of instructor

BIOL 340
Topics in Neuroscience

A study of the nervous system from the perspectives of psychology and biology. Topics vary year to year and may include glial cells, neural development, and the evolution of nervous systems and neurotransmitter systems. Lecture only. May be repeated when topic is different.

Topic for Spring 2017: The Mindful Brain
Mindfulness meditation involves paying attention, on purpose and without judgment. With roots in Eastern philosophy, it has been applied to the treatment of various physical and mental conditions in contemporary Western medicine and psychotherapy. This course will explore research on how mindfulness meditation changes the brain. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CHEM 116, BIOL 150, and one course in psychology; or PSYC 360 and one course in biology; or consent of instructor
Also listed as Psychology 580

CHEM 340
Biochemistry I

An introduction to the study of biological processes at the molecular level with emphases on protein struction and function, enzyme mechanism and kinetics, fundamentals of physical biochemistry, and the chemistry of biological molecules, including carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CHEM 250 or concurrent enrollment, or consent of instructor
Also listed as Biology 444

PSYC 350
Psychopharmacology and Behavior

An interdisciplinary examination of the ways in which behaviorally active drugs exert their effects, drawing on research in pharmacology, psychology, biochemistry, anatomy, and neurophysiology. Provides an understanding and appreciation of the role of behaviorally active drugs in people’s lives, today and in the past. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; at least one prior biology course recommended

BIOL 354
Molecular Biology

An interdisciplinary examination of regulatory mechanisms leading to differential gene expression. Main topics include transcription, translation, gene and protein structure, and modern genomics. The application of current molecular techniques is emphasized throughout the course. Laboratory work is experimental in approach. Lecture and laboratory. Units: 6. Prerequisite: BIOL 130 and CHEM 115

CHEM 370
Physical Chemistry I

Develops and explores theoretical descriptions of chemical systems: physical states, the laws of thermodynamics as applied to chemical and physical equilibria, chemical reaction kinetics, and catalysis. No laboratory. Units: 6. Prerequisite: MATH 150, PHYS 150, CHEM 116; or consent of instructor

CHEM 380
Seminar: Perspectives on Chemistry

A series of presentations by visiting chemists and Lawrence students, faculty, and staff, featuring current issues in chemistry, important applications of chemistry, and professional development topics appropriate to chemistry majors or minors. Approximately one meeting per week. Two or more short “reaction papers” (a short seminar critique or summary) required of each student. Offered annually in the Fall Term. May be repeated for credit. Units: 1. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; offered annually in the Fall Term

CHEM 410
Instrumental Analysis

An advanced course in instrumental methods of quantification and identification in modern chemistry. Emphasis on instrument design, operating principles, interpretation of instrumental data, and discrimination between techniques. This course focuses on spectroscopic, chromatographic, and electrochemical techniques and their application in fundamental and applied research. Students will have the opportunity to individually design projects. Three lectures and one laboratory per week. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CHEM 210 or consent of instructor

BIOL 430

This course will cover the basic concepts of immunology, including differentiation of immune cells, antibody structure and function, antigen-antibody reactions, the major-histocompatibility complex, the complement system, immune responses to pathogens, allergies and auto-immune diseases, and comparative immunology. The course will also examine recent advances in the field through current peer-reviewed publications. The weekly laboratory will examine the basic questions, experimental subjects, and procedures of the field. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor

CHEM 440
Biochemistry II

A continuation of Biochemistry I. A study of biological processes at the molecular level with an emphasis on metabolic pathways, recent advances in biochemical medicine, and biochemical aspects of gene replication, protein synthesis, molecular motors, and sensing. The course is divided between lecture and discussion and will rely heavily on current biochemical literature. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CHEM 340 or consent of instructor
Also listed as Biology 455

BIOL 444
Biochemistry I

An introduction to the study of biological processes at the molecular level with emphases on protein struction and function, enzyme mechanism and kinetics, fundamentals of physical biochemistry, and the chemistry of biological molecules, including carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CHEM 250 or concurrent enrollment, or consent of instructor
Also listed as Chemistry 340

CHEM 450
Topics in Advanced Organic Chemistry

A study of modern topics in organic chemistry, emphasizing current literature. Topics may vary from year to year, but the class typically covers organic synthesis in depth. Students will often use the literature and their own expanding understanding of chemical reactivity to design synthetic routes to complex drugs and natural products. No formal laboratory; lab exercises may occasionally substitute for lectures.

Topic for Winter 2017: Modern Organic Synthesis
This course will study modern methods and topics in organic synthesis, including organometallic catalysis, stereoselectivity, pericyclic reactions, carbenes, and more. Students will learn to search and read the modern literature of organic synthesis, and will design syntheses toward complex products. Lecture only. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CHEM 252 or consent of instructor

BIOL 453
Developmental Biology

An experimental approach to animal development with laboratory and lecture emphasis on molecular and cellular processes of embryogenesis. Includes discussions of pattern formation, differentiation, cell interactions, gametogenesis and fertilization. Lecture and laboratory. Units: 6. Prerequisite: BIOL 150; and one of the following (or concurrent enrollment): BIOL 354, BIOL 444/CHEM 340, BIOL 260, or BIOL 325

CHEM 480
Seminar: Chemical Literature

A seminar course intended primarily for junior majors and minors in chemistry. Students learn the character and organization of the chemical literature and become familiar with search strategies, as each selects a topic and, guided by the instructor, conducts a literature search for key papers on that topic, constructs an annotated bibliography, reads several of the most important of the papers, and prepares an end-of-term presentation highlighting key research findings related to their chosen topic. Units: 2. Prerequisite: Junior standing, or consent of instructor

PHYS 500
Special Topics in Physics

Treats selected topics, such as relativity, fundamental particles, fluid mechanics, and surface physics that vary according to the interests of students and staff.

Topic for Spring 2017: General Relativity
General relativity is one of the greatest triumphs of the human mind. This course treats topics such as black holes, gravitational waves, and the evolution of the universe. Units: 6. Prerequisite: MATH 210 and PHYS 230; or MATH 210, MATH 310, and PHYS 151

PHYS 570
Biological Physics

Develops and explores the physical principles underlying biological systems, with a particular emphasis on building quantitative models. Applies fundamental topics including thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, elasticity, and electrostatics to model molecular and cellular phenomena such as gene expression, virus assembly, DNA bending and stretching, and nerve impulses. Units: 6. Prerequisite: PHYS 151, and one of PHYS 230, CHEM 252, CHEM 340, or BIOL 354
Also listed as Biology 570

BIOL 650
Biology Senior Capstone

Senior capstone in which students will benefit from direct input and feedback on their scientific writing and oral presentation skills as they complete senior experience projects and papers. Successful completion of BIOL 650 includes participation in BioFest, a symposium of biology senior experience projects during spring term. Units: 1 OR 5. Prerequisite: Major in biology or biochemistry, or in neuroscience with departmental approval; and senior class standing or departmental approval

CHEM 680
Seminar: Senior Seminar

A seminar course for senior majors, culminating in an individual seminar presentation by each student. Units: 3.

LarryU Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube