Plant Biology, Evolution, &
BIOHOPK 43 / Equivalent to BIO 43
Co-requisite BIOHOPK 44Y
The final leg of the biology core series, Hopkins’ BIOHOPK 43/44Y is
refreshingly unlike the crowded lecture halls associated with the main campus core experience. A small class size at Hopkins
facilitates discussion and student involvement, while the integrated nature of the lecture and lab components emphasizes the hands-on applicability of core concepts and skills.
Bio 43 focuses on three core biological principles–plant biology,
evolution, and ecology–and integrates all three in the quarter-long course. The structure facilitates the application of lecture material into the laboratory and field components of the class. Hands-on
experimentation in the marine environment provides great
opportunity not only to learn about, but also to learn how to explore scientific questions with the concepts, organisms and techniques of the core principles. As such, class assessments are geared towards processing, analyzing, understanding and presenting (both orally and written) data gathered in the advanced laboratory experiments and field surveys.
In covering the three principles, the class delves into plant
physiology, structure and diversity, micro and macroevolution, as well as an introduction to population genetic, and population,
community and ecosystem ecology. Hopkins faculty are at the
forefront of research, covering topics from algae structure (Mark Denny) to sea urchin population genetics (Steve Palumbi) to
intertidal ecology (Jim Watanabe). In this bio core class, everybody gets a front row seat to new and exciting biological studies.