Biology Courses

BIOL 101 Introductory Biology (4)

Introductory Biology is a one-semester lecture/laboratory course designed to acquaint the non-major with a broad overview of the fundamental principles of biology. Topics considered will include the scientific method of inquiry, evolution, the biology of cells, principles of inheritance, the biology of organisms including a survey of major groups, and ecology with emphasis on the adaptations of organisms to living and non-living environmental factors. This course includes 3 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisites: none

BIOL 112 Human Anatomy (4)

A lecture/laboratory course that uses the body-system approach to study the structure of the human body. Typically taken by EPLS students. Topics include gross anatomy, histology, the relationship between structure and function, and anatomical changes associated with disease processes. Course includes 3 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory per week.

BIOL 116 Medical Terminology (1)

Designed to acquaint the beginning student with the more commonly used medical terms. Recommended for pre-allied health programs. Course includes 1 hour of lecture per week.

BIOL 126 Nutrition (2)

A study of the fundamentals of human nutrition with emphasis on the impact of diet on health. Topics include the chemical nature and physiological roles of nutrient groups, principles of weight control, nutritional requirements at different life stages, eating disorders, food safety, world hunger, and the role of nutrition in the prevention and treatment of disease. Course includes 2 hours of lecture per week.

BIOL 203, 204 General Biology (5, 5)

Prerequisite: Must be qualified to enroll in Eng 101 and Math 104/106 to enroll in Biol 203. Completion of Biol 203 with a grade of C- or better is required for Biol 204.

A two-semester lecture/laboratory sequence introducing the fundamental principles of biology at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels. General Biology is the foundation course for Biology majors and is prerequisite to all 300 and 400 level courses in Biology. Course includes 5 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory per week.

BIOL 205, 206 Human Anatomy and Physiology (4,4)

Prerequisite: Must be qualified to enroll in Eng 101 and Math 104/106 to enroll in Biol 205. Completion of Biol 203 or Biol 205 with a grade of C- or better is required for Biol 206

A two-semester lecture/laboratory course that uses the body-system approach to study the structure and function of the human body. Recommended for pre-nursing and certain EPLS and allied health programs. Topics include gross anatomy, histology, cell function, regulation of body activities, and pathological changes in disease. Course includes 3 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory per week.

BIOL 215 Microbiology for Non-Majors (4)

Prerequisites: Completion of either Biol 205, 206 or Biol 203, 204 or Biol 205, Chem 105 with grades of C- or better.

A lecture/laboratory course designed to fulfill requirements for pre-nursing and pre-pharmacy students as a practical introduction to microorganisms, especially bacteria and viruses, and their contribution to human health and disease. Laboratory exercises are designed to provide experience in handling microorganisms, bacterial identification, and other basic principles of microbiology. Course includes 3 hours of lecture and 3 hours of laboratory per week.

BIOL 321 Genetics (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the General Biology sequence Biol 203, 204 and Chem 111, 112 or Chem 131, 132 with grades of C- or better. Concurrent registration in Biol 323 and Biol 325 is recommended.

A study of Mendelian and molecular genetics of eukaryotes and prokaryotes. Discussions include basic Mendelian principles, meiosis/mitosis, linkage, gene expression, and molecular techniques. Course includes 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of recitation per week.

BIOL 323 Cellular Biology (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the General Biology sequence Biol 203, 204 and Chem 111, 112 or 131, 132 with grades of C- or better. Concurrent registration in Biol 321 and Biol 325 is recommended.

The study of higher plant and animal cells and tissues at the biochemical level including: organelle structure, function, and metabolic role; cell growth, differentiation, and specialization; and a survey of instrumentation and methodologies for investigating life processes at the biochemical level. Course includes 3 hours of lecture per week.

BIOL 325 Cellular Biology/Genetics Laboratory (1)

Prerequisite: Completion of the General Biology sequence Biol 203, 204 and Chem 111, 112 or 131, 132 with grades of C- or better and concurrent registration or credit in Biol 321 and Biol 323.

Required companion laboratory to be taken concurrently with Biol 321 and Biol 323. Laboratory exercises in this course are designed to demonstrate, complement, and extend concepts considered in Biol 321 and Biol 323. Students will engage in exercises involving a variety of techniques in which data pertinent to both disciplines will be gathered and analyzed. Course includes 3 hours of laboratory per week.

BIOL 330 Ecology (4)

Prerequisite: Completion of the General Biology sequence Biol 203, 204 with grades of C- or better. Math 205 and concurrent registration in Biol 332 are recommended.

An introduction to major ecological concepts and models at the levels of individuals, populations, communities, and ecosystems. The laboratory includes laboratory and field exercises, and an introduction to data collection and analysis. Course includes 3 hours of lecture and 3 hours of laboratory per week.

BIOL 332 Evolution (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the General Biology sequence Biol 203, 204 and Biol 321 with grades of C- or better. Concurrent registration in Biol 330 is recommended.

A study of the history and development of evolutionary theory. Consideration is given to evidence for and mechanisms of evolution from anatomical, developmental, geological, mathematical, and molecular perspectives. Course includes 3 hours of lecture per week.

BIOL 404 Physiological Zoology (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of all “Intermediate Block” Biology courses (Biol 321, 323, 325, 330, 332) with grades of C- or better.

Consideration of structural, functional, and behavioral aspects of physiological mechanisms within an ecological context. Adaptations of animals in response to common, changing, and/or extreme environmental stresses will be emphasized at both proximate and ultimate levels of inquiry. Course includes 3 hours of lecture per week and is offered during spring term of odd-numbered years.

BIOL 407 Comparative Animal Physiology (4)

Prerequisite: Completion of all "Intermediate Block" Biology courses (Biol 321, 323, 325, 330, 332) and Chem 321, 322 with grades of C- or better. Chem 401 and senior standing are recommended.

A lecture and laboratory course in which physiological principles common to all major animal phyla are discussed. Consideration of function ranges from biochemical to organismal levels and the comparative method is emphasized in the examination of physiological adaptations required to live in a variety of environments. Course includes 3 hours of lecture and 3 hours of laboratory per week and is offered during spring term of even-numbered years.

BIOL 408 Developmental biology (4)

Prerequisite: Completion of all "Intermediate Block" Biology courses (Biol 321, 323, 325, 330, 332) with grades of C- or better.

A lecture and laboratory exploration of the principles of cellular differentiation, morphogenesis, and development with emphasis on underlying genetic mechanisms. Course includes 3 hours of lecture and 3 hours of laboratory per week.

BIOL 411 Comparative Anatomy (4)

Prerequisite: Completion of all "Intermediate Block" Biology courses (Biol 321, 323, 325, 330, 332) with grades of C- or better.

An integrated lecture/laboratory investigation of the anatomy and functional morphology of the major groups of chordates and vertebrates with emphasis on the comparative method, anatomical changes through evolutionary history, and inferential reconstruction of phyletic evolutionary descent. Course includes 3 hours of lecture and 3 hours of laboratory per week and is offered during fall term of odd-numbered years.

BIOL 417 Vascular Plant Systematics (4)

Prerequisite: Completion of all “Intermediate Block” Biology courses (Biol 321, 323, 325, 330, 332) with grades of C- or better.

A study of the vascular plants, including taxonomy and identification, reproduction, evolution, ecological relations, collection, and preservation. Course includes 3 hours of lecture and 3 hours of laboratory per week and is offered during spring term of even-numbered years.

BIOL 418 Plant Morphology/Anatomy (4)

Prerequisite: Completion of all “Intermediate Block” Biology courses (Biol 321, 323, 325, 330, 332) with grades of C- or better.

A study of the taxonomy, morphology, reproduction, and ecological relations of terrestrial plants from mosses to flowering plants and a critical examination of the anatomy of the seed plants. Course includes 3 hours of lecture and 3 hours of laboratory per week and is offered during fall term of odd-numbered years.

BIOL 423 Plant Physiology(4)

Prerequisite: Completion of all “Intermediate Block” Biology courses (Biol 321, 323, 325, 330, 332) with grades of C- or better. Successful completion of, or concurrent registration in, Math 205 and Phys 221 is recommended.

A study of the mechanisms of plant function throughout development from seeds through reproduction. This course includes consideration of metabolism (photosynthesis, respiration, mineral nutrition), water relations, gas exchange, and developmental growth in response to hormones. An integrated laboratory component requires an independently researched project. Coures includes 3 hours of lecture and 3 hours of laboratory per week and is offered during fall term of even-numbered years.

BIOL 430 Plant Ecology (4)

Prerequisite: Completion of all “Intermediate Block” Biology courses (Biol 321, 323, 325, 330, 332) with grades of C- or better. Biol 417 is recommended.

A study of the physiological mechanisms underlying plant responses to abiotic and biotic constraints. Topics will include the function of plants and plant communities in realtion to soils, climate, other plants, animals, and human activity. Course includes 3 hours of lecture and 3 hours of laboratory/field exercises per week and is offered during spring term of odd-numbered years.

BIOL 441 Invertebrate Zoology (4)

Prerequisite: Completion of all “Intermediate Block” Biology courses (Biol 321, 323, 325, 330, 332) with grades of C- or better.

A survey of the major groups of invertebrate animals from the Protozoa through Chordata with emphasis on anatomy, ecology, evolution, physiology, and taxonomy. Relationships will be demonstrated through study of selected invertebrate types, including marine, freshwater, and terrestrial species. Course includes 3 hours of lecture and 3 hours of laboratory per week and is offered during fall term of even-numbered years.

BIOL 448 Microbiology (4)

Prerequisite: Completion of all "Intermediate Block" Biology courses (Biol 321, 323, 325, 330, 332) with grades of C- or better. Chem 321 and 322 is recommended.

The study of bacteria, fungi, protozoans, and viruses with emphasis on their morphology, physiology, and medical and ecological interactions with human populations. Laboratory exercises are designed to provide experience in handling microorganisms, bacterial identification, isolation/titration of bacteriophages, and other basic principles of microbiology. Course includes 3 hours of lecture and 3 hours of laboratory per week.

BIOL 450 Immunology (4)

Prerequisite: Completion of all "Intermediate Block" Biology courses (Biol 321, 323, 325, 330, 332) and Biol 448 with grades of C- or better.

Introduction to the cellular and molecular participants in the immune response. Discussion of the relationship between immune mechanisms and medical problems such as allergy, AIDS, malignancy, infection, and organ transplantation. Course includes laboratory experiences in cellular immunology, immunoelectrophoresis, and ELISA. Course includes 3 hours of lecture and 3 hours of laboratory per week.

BIOL 451 Endocrinology (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of all “Intermediate Block” Biology courses (Biol 321, 323, 325, 330, 332) with grades of C- or better.

The study of the production, regulation, and function of classical hormones and paracrine regulatory molecules. Emphasis will be placed on human endocrinology, but the material will also include discussions of the evolution of hormone families and comparisons between species. Class activities will include histological study of endocrine tissue, videos of hormonal action, analysis of experiments in journal articles, and discussions of medical case histories. Course includes 3 hours of lecture per week and is offered during the fall term of even-numbered years.

BIOL 460 Ornithology (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of all “Intermediate Block” Biology courses (Biol 321, 323, 325, 330, 332) with grades of C- or better.

An integrated lecture and laboratory course covering the major taxonomic groups of birds, their ecology, evolutionary relationships, fossil history, identification, and unique aspects of their anatomy, behavior and physiology. Lecture topics are supplemented with laboratory and field identification, and preparation of museum specimens. Course includes 3 hours of lecture per week and is offered during spring term of odd-numbered years. Additional laboratory/field exercises are required.

BIOL 461 Entomology (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of all “Intermediate Block” Biology courses (Biol 321, 323, 325, 330, 332) with grades of C- or better.

Biology of the insects with emphasis on anatomy, physiology, natural history, life cycles, evolution, and identification of major groups. Collection of local species required. Students should meet with instructor during spring or summer prior to enrolling. Course includes 3 hours of lecture per week and is offered during fall term of odd-numbered years. Additional laboratory/field exercises are required.

BIOL 463 Ichthyology (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of all “Intermediate Block” Biology courses (Biol 321, 323, 325, 330, 332) with grades of C- or better.

An integrated lecture and laboratory course covering the major taxonomic groups of fishes, their ecology, evolutionary relationships, fossil history, identification, and unique aspects of their anatomy, behavior and physiology. Course includes 3 hours of lecture per week and is offered during fall term of odd-numbered years. Additional laboratory/field exercises are required.

BIOL 464 Mammalogy (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of all “Intermediate Block” Biology courses (Biol 321, 323, 325, 330, 332) with grades of C- or better.

An integrated lecture and laboratory course covering the major taxonomic groups of mammals, their ecology, evolutionary relationships, fossil history, identification, and unique aspects of their anatomy, behavior and physiology. Course includes 3 hours of lecture per week and is offered during spring term of even-numbered years. Additional laboratory/field exercises are required.

Biol 467 Wildlife Management (2)

Prerequisite: Completion of all "Intermediate Block" Biology courses (Biol 321, 323, 325, 330, 332) with grades of C- or better. Math 205 is recommended.

Study of the ecological foundation, historical development, techniques, and current perspectives and problems in wildlife management. Course includes 2 hours of lecture per week and is offered during fall term of even-numbered years.

BIOL 469 Fisheries Management (2)

Prerequisite: Completion of all "Intermediate Block" Biology courses (Biol 321, 323, 325, 330, 332) with grades of C- or better. Math 205 is recommended.

A study of the ecological foundation, historical development, techniques, and current perspectives and problems in inland fisheries management. Emphasis will be on the application of scientific management of fishes, their habitats, and managing human use of inland fisheries. Fisheries Management does not include a separate laboratory section, but will include various field trips to give students the opportunity to observe and apply management techniques discussed in class. Course includes 2 hours of lecture per week and is offered during fall term of odd-numbered years.

BIOL 471 Herpetology (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of all "Intermediate Block" Biology courses (Biol 321, 323, 325, 330, 332) with grades of C- or better.

An integrated lecture and laboratory course covering the major taxonomic groups of amphibians and reptiles, their ecology, evolutionary relationships, fossil history, identification, and unique aspects of their anatomy, behavior and physiology. Course includes 3 hours of lecture per week and is offered during fall term of even-numbered years. Additional laboratory/field exercises are required.

BIOL 476 Molecular Biology I (4)

Prerequisite: Completion of all “Intermediate Block” Biology courses (Biol 321, 323, 325, 330, 332), Biol 448, and Chem 401 with grades of C- or better.

An introduction to the study of nucleic acids, genomes and molecular mechanisms with emphasis on genome organization, gene expression, and the techniques used in the study of molecular biology. Laboratory exercises will include standard methodologies such as restriction mapping, cloning, hybridization, DNA libraries, and PCR. Course includes 3 hours of lecture and 4 hours of laboratory per week.

BIOL 477 Molecular Biology II (4)

Prerequisite: Completion of all “Intermediate Block” Biology courses (Biol 321, 323, 325, 330, 332), Biol 476, and Chem 401 with grades of C- or better.

This course is designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of functional genomics and bioinformatics. Topics discussed include structure and anatomy of DNA, sequences and other methods used in decoding DNA, gene, and entire genomes, gene expression profiling, gene annotation, homology, clusters of ortholog genes, protein structure function, high throughput functional assays, and experimental perturbation of genomes for medical purposes. Laboratory exercises will give students experience in handling and interpreting biological data using various computational methods.

BIOL 493 Thesis I (1)

Prerequisite: Junior standing, completion of Intermediate Block courses (BIOL 321, 323, 325, 330, and 332) and a minimum of 6 credit hours of 400 level Biology coursework with grades of C- or better, or permission of the Biology Department.

First in a series of two capstone courses for Biology majors designed to review and synthesize their biological background. Preparation of an independent research paper, or formal literature review of a selected topic in biology. Emphasis is on writing as a process and effective peer review. Course includes 2 hours of lecture per week.

BIOL 494 Thesis II (1)

Prerequisite: Senior standing and completion of Thesis I (Biol 493) with grade of C- or better.

Second in a series of two capstone courses for Biology majors designed to review and synthesize their biological background. Development of oral presentation skills is emphasized. Students will prepare and deliver several short oral presentations as well as one formal seminar on a biological topic. Course includes 1 hours of lecture per week.