Bi 1 - Principles of Biology


A host of new technologies have led to an explosion of fascinating data across the hierarchy of biology, from molecules to ecosystems, as well as the integration of biology with other sciences, including geology, physics, chemistry and mathematics. This course provides an introduction to the most exciting themes of modern biology through a series of case studies. Each of these examples, whether the examination of the critical role of keystone species in ecology or the resolution of key puzzles of modern biogeography using DNA sequencing or the advent of super resolution microscopy which provides an astonishing dynamic view of cells and the viruses that infect them, serves to demonstrate the overarching principles of modern biology.

Where and When?

The course will be composed of two lecture sessions and one recitation per week. Occasionally, there will be a computational tutorial session in lieu of recitation.

Lecture | Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:00pm - 2:25pm in Baxter Lecture Hall

Recitations | Monday, Tuesday, Thursday; 7:00pm - 7:55pm & 8:00 - 8:55pm in Broad 200
Recitations | Fridays, 1:00-1:55 pm and 2:00 - 2:55pm in BBB 101

Office Hours

Day Time Location TAs
Monday 4:00pm - 5:00pm Broad 100 Lily, Soichi, and Tal
Monday 9:00pm - 10:00pm Broad 100 Bill and William
Monday 10:00pm - 11:00pm Broad 100 Muir and Caroline
Tuesday 3:00pm - 4:00pm Broad 100 Sasha and Emily Meany
Tuesday 9:00pm - 10:00pm Broad 100 Suzy and Emily Miaou
Tuesday 10:00pm - 11:00pm Broad 100 Griffin and Anvita
Wednesday 2:30pm - 3:30pm Broad 159 Rob
Wednesday 4:00pm - 5:00pm Broad 100 Stephanie and Janice
Wednesday 7:00pm - 8:00pm Broad 100 Manuel and Claudia
Wednesday 8:00pm - 9:00pm Broad 100 Andrew and Jessica
Wednesday 9:00pm - 10:00pm Broad 100 Rachel and Gloria