BIO*100*51 Description

Current Topics in Biology

This course will investigate the biology of how alcohol and drugs affect the body. We will discuss various organ systems in the body and how they respond to alcohol and drugs. The organ systems we will focus on will include the nervous, circulatory, excretory, digestive and immune systems. We may also touch on the skeletal, muscular, endocrine and reproductive systems. We will discuss the normal function of an organ system and then look at the negative impact of alcohol and drug abuse on this system. This course will familiarize you with how your body works and allow you to apply this knowledge to understanding the consequences of alcohol and drugs on these systems. The Laboratory portion of this course will focus on the effect of alcohol and drugs on living organisms such as blackworms and zebrafish. We will explore the scientific method by designing experiments, carrying out experiments and analyzing data.