Biological Sciences

Courses

The following symbols are used in the course descriptions to indicate the semesters in which that course is normally taught: Fall (F), Spring (Sp), Summer (Su).

BIOLOGY (BIOL)

1114 #GENERAL BIOLOGY. (F, Sp, Su) An introduction to the unifying principles of biology. The methods of science will be illustrated in the study of life, cell structure, and function, energy , genetics, development, evolution and ecology. With laboratory (Cannot be used in major or minor within the Department.)

1133 #BASIC NUTRITION. (F,Sp) Fundamental principles of human nutrition for all ages. (Will not satisfy general education requirements in Biological Sciences. Cannot be used in major or minor within the Department.)

1143 #MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY. (F, Sp) Introduction to terms used to describe parts of the body, and to learn the meaning of words used to denote signs and symptoms of diseased conditions, diagnostic and surgical procedures, as well as treatments used. (Cannot be used in a major or minor within the Department.)

1404 #PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY I (F, Sp, Su) An introductory course for the  biological sciences which covers the scientific method, cell chemistry and  metabolism, molecular genetics and Mendelian genetics.  With laboratory.

1504 #PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY II (F, Su) An introductory course for the  biological sciences which covers the kingdoms of living organisms, plant and  animal physiology, population genetics, evolution, and ecology.  With  laboratory.  (Prerequisite: BIOL 1404)

2114 #INTRODUCTORY MICROBIOLOGY. (F, Sp) The study of microorganisms including their anatomy, metabolism, and genetics. The course will also stress medical microbiology including microbial diseases and the body’s response to pathogens. With laboratory. (Prerequisite: BIOL 1404.)

2203 #NATURE STUDY. Identification, life histories, ecological relationships of local plants and animals. With laboratory. (For Elementary and Secondary Education majors) (Prerequisite: BIOL  1114 or BIOL 1404)

3404 #GENETICS. (F, Sp) Study of basic principles of genetics of plants and animals. (Prerequisites:  BIOL 1504 or ZOOL 2114 and BOT 2114)

3414 #ECOLOGY. (F, Sp, Su) The relations of plant and animal populations to themselves and environment. With laboratory. (Prerequisite: BIOL 1504 or BOT 2114 and ZOOL 2114)

3614 #HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY. (F, Sp, Su) A study of functions of the human organ systems. The biochemical and and metabolic processes involved in homeostasis are examined at the cellular, histological and systemic levels. (Prerequisite: BIOL 1404)

3624 #HUMAN ANATOMY. (F, Sp, Su) A study of the structure of the human body at the developmental, cellular, histological and gross levels, with laboratory. (Prerequisite:BIOL 1404)

3702 #HISTORY OF BIOLOGY. Historical development of biological theories, principles, and methods. (Prerequisite: BIOL 1504 or BOT 2114 and ZOOL 2114)

3814 #CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY. (F, Sp) With laboratory. Study of eukaryotic cell structure and function covering the areas of cellular biochemistry, physiology, metabolism, gene regulation, and the cell cycle. (Prerequisites: CHEM 1315,  BIOL 3404)

3913 BIOSTATISTICS. (F, Sp,) A course designed to familiarize students with statistical tests used by researchers to summarize and analyze biological data, such as Chi2, Paired t, Student’s t, Regression Analysis, and Analysis of Variance. (Prerequisite: MATH 1513 or higher)

4115 # MICROBIOLOGY. The study of microorganisms and their interactions with mankind and the environment. With laboratory. ((Prerequisite: BIOL 2114)

4124 MOLECULAR GENETICS. (F) A study of gene organization and control of gene  expression in prokaryotes and eukaryotes, emphasizing applications in modern  biotechnology, and the genetic and biochemical techniques involved in  manipulating and assaying gene expression.  Integrated lab and lecture  format.  (Same as CHEM 4124) (Preequisites: CHEM 3053 with a grade of C or better, CHEM 3062, BIOL  2114, BIOL 3404 and BIOL 3814; recommendation co-requisite: CHEM 4115 or  deparmental approval.)

4193 #METABOLISM. (Sp) The study of molecular and subcellular events involved in the process of metabolism and bioenergetics. (Prerequisite or corequisite CHEM 4115)(Same as CHEM 4193)

4303 #EVOLUTION. (F) Historical development of evolutionary concepts; origin of life, species, and higher taxons; evolutionary mechanisms; genetic variation, natural selection, and population genetics. (Prerequisite:  BIOL 3404)

4314 #IMMUNOLOGY. (Sp) A study of the molecular and cellular mechanisms of immunity. With laboratory. (Prerequisite: BIOL 2114) (Same as CHEM 4313)

4423 #DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY. (Sp odd years) The study of the processes and events involved in differentiation from gametogenesis through the embryonic and fetal periods. The human is used as the primary model organism. Developmental disorders are also examined. (Prerequisite or corequisite BIOL 3624)

4434 #HISTOLOGY. (Sp even years) The study of the primary tissues and the cellular tissue morphology of the human organ systems. Histological alterations in disease states are also examined. With laboratory. (Prerequisite or corequisite BIOL 3624)

4642 BIOETHICS. (Sp) This course examines the principles, concepts, and  applications of bioethics.  Historical, current, and future bioethical  issues will be examined.  (Prerequisite: BIOL 1114 or BIOL 1404)

4653 HUMAN DISEASE. (F) A survey of diseases caused by deterioration of the body, disruption of physiological processes, and/or pathogenic organisms. Also includes treatments, surgical techniques, and diagnostic procedures. (Prerequisite: BIOL 2114 and BIOL 3614)

4960 DIRECTED READING. Individualized literature study selected in consultation with the professor. (Prerequisite: 20 hours of Biological Sciences and permission)

4970 SPECIAL STUDIES. Individualized project selected in consultation with the professor. (Prerequisite: 20 hours of biological science and permission)

4980 SEMINAR. Small group study of topic announced in the Schedule of Classes. (Prerequisite: 20 hours of biological science and permission)

4990 RESEARCH. Independent investigation designed in consultation with the professor. (Prerequisite: 20 hours of biological science and permission)

5113 RECOMBINANT DNA METHODS. Course examines theoretical background in Recombinant DNA Technology and provides opportunities for students to obtain laboratory experience in recombinant DNA technology. (Prerequisites: 30 hours of undergraduate biological and/or physical sciences, same as CHEM 5113)

5124 MOLECULAR GENETICS. (F) A study of gene organization and control of gene  expression in prokaryotes and eukaryotes, emphasizing applications in modern  biotechnology, and the genetic and biochemical techniques involved in  manipulating and assaying gene expression.  Integrated lab and lecture  format.  (Same as CHEM 4124) (Prerequisites: CHEM 3053 with a grade of C or better, CHEM 3062, BIOL  2114, BIOL 3404 and BIOL 3814; recommendation co-requisite: CHEM 4115 or  departmental approval.)

5303 EVOLUTION. (F) Historical development of evolutionary theory; genetic variation in populations; natural selection an other evolutionary mechanisms; origin of life and history of life on Earth; relevance of evolution to medical science and conservation.  Includes research paper.

5314 IMMUNOLOGY. (Sp) A study of the molecular and cellular mechanisms of immunity. With laboratory. (Prerequisite: BIOL 2114) (Same as CHEM 4313)

5423 DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY. (Sp odd years) The study of the processes and events involved in differentiation from gametogenesis through the embryonic and fetal periods. The human is used as the primary model organism. Developmental disorders are also examined. (Prerequisite or corequisite BIOL 3624)

5434 HISTOLOGY. (Sp even years) The study of the primary tissues and the cellular tissue morphology of the human organ systems. Histological alterations in disease states are also examined. With laboratory. (Prerequisite or corequisite BIOL 3624)

5553 POPULATION BIOLOGY. Principles and theories of the structure and dynamics of natural populations including their ecological, genetic, and evolutionary organization.  (Prerequisite: B.S. or B.A. in Biology, Conservation or related field)

5642 BIOETHICS. (Sp) Introduce students to basic concepts, principles, and issues related to bioethics.  Objectives include developing a wide array of student’s abilities including library and on-line research skills, giving oral and computer-aided presentations, logic and argumentative skills, critical thinking and analysis skills, and written advocacy of different sides of bioethical issues.

5653 HUMAN DISEASE. (F) A survey of diseases caused by deterioration of the body, disruption of physiological processes, and/or pathogenic organisms. Also includes treatments, surgical techniques, and diagnostic procedures. (Prerequisite: BIOL 2114 and BIOL 3614)

5920 PROBLEMS IN BIOLOGY (Prerequisite: 15 hours of biological sciences and permission)

5943 THE LIFE SCIENCE CLASSROOM  The goal of this course it help educators acquire pedagogical content knowledge and skills that are necessary to teach life science for understanding, appreciation and interest by all students.  The course includes analysis of secondary life science curriculum, planning of the life science units and lessons, examination of inquiry models to teach life science concepts, and development of standards-based assessment. (Prerequisite: 4 hours of biological science with lab)

5960 DIRECTED READING. Individualized literature study selected in consultation with the professor. (Prerequisite: 15 hours of Biological Sciences and permission)

5970 SPECIAL STUDIES. Individualized project selected in consultation with the professor. (Prerequisite: 15 hours of biological science and permission)

5980 SEMINAR. Small group study of topic announced in the Schedule of Classes. (Prerequisite: 15 hours of biological science and permission)

5990 RESEARCH. Independent investigation designed in consultation with the professor.  Limited to a maximum of six credit hours. (Prerequisite: 20 hours of biological science and permission)

 


BOTANY (BOT)

2114 #GENERAL BOTANY. (Sp) The major concepts of botany, illustrated by the living plant. With laboratory.   (Prerequisite: BIOL 1404)

3213 #PLANT PHYSIOLOGY. Functions of plants. With laboratory. (Prerequisite: BOT  2114)

3814 #PLANT MORPHOLOGY. Life cycles, structures, anatomy of representatives of plant kingdom. (Prerequisite: BOT  2114)

4214 #SYSTEMATIC BOTANY. (Sp) Classification and identification of flowering plants and herbarium preparation. With laboratory. (Prerequisite: BOT 2114)

4274 FOREST SYSTEMATICS. Identification, taxonomy, and distribution of trees, shrubs, and other important forest species of the United States. (Prerequisite: BOT 2114)

4844 ECOLOGICAL AND RANGE TECHNOLOGIES. An introduction to field techniques used by ecologists to construct biological inventories for most plant types. To support the measurement techniques used to inventory the vegetation, part of the course will be dedicated to the identification of the local flora and to some statistical techniques used in summarizing ecological data. (Prerequisite: BIOL 2114).

4960 DIRECTED READING. Individualized literature study selected in consultation with the professor. (Prerequisite: 20 hours of Biological Sciences and permission)

4970 SPECIAL STUDIES. Individualized project selected in consultation with the professor. (Prerequisite: 20 hours of Biological Sciences and permission)

4980 SEMINAR. Small group study of topic announced in the Schedule of Classes. (Prerequisite: 20 hours of Biological Sciences and permission)

4990 RESEARCH. Independent investigation designed in consultation with the professor. (Prerequisite: 20 hours of Biological Sciences and permission)

5214 SYSTEMATIC BOTANY. (Sp) Classification and identification of flowering plants and herbarium preparation. Special project required.  With laboratory.

5920 PROBLEMS IN BOTANY. Independent study designed in consultation with the professor. (Prerequisite: 15 hours of biological science and permission)

5960 DIRECTED READING. Individualized literature study selected in consultation with the professor. (Prerequisite: 15 hours of Biological Sciences and permission)

4970 SPECIAL STUDIES. Individualized project selected in consultation with the professor. (Prerequisite: 15 hours of Biological Sciences and permission)

4980 SEMINAR. Small group study of topic announced in the Schedule of Classes. (Prerequisite: 15 hours of Biological Sciences and permission)

4990 RESEARCH. Independent investigation designed in consultation with the professor. Limited to a maximum of six hours. (Prerequisite: 20 hours of Biological Sciences and permission)


CONSERVATION (CONS)

1124 #CONSERVATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES. (F, Sp) The study of the dependence of the human population upon natural resources.

2224 FUNDAMENTALS OF SOIL SCIENCE. (Sp) Principle and biological properties of soils in relation to: plant growth, soil production, and land use. With laboratory. (Prerequisite: CHEM 1315 or CHEM 1114)

2323 WILDLIFE CONSERVATION. Requirements and values of wildlife resources. History of wildlife conservation. (Prerequisite: ZOOL 2114, BOT 2114, CONS 1124)

3623 SOIL MANAGEMENT AND CONSERVATION. Principles of soil management with emphasis on improvement and maintenance of soil productivity. With laboratory. (Prerequisite: CONS 2224)

3924 RANGE MANAGEMENT. Grazing and livestock management on native range lands. With laboratory. (Prerequisite: BOT 4214)

4224 TECHNIQUES IN FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT. (F) Techniques used to evaluate fisheries and wildlife resources, as well as methods of habitat assessment. With laboratory. (Prerequisite: CONS 1124, BIOL 3414)

4523 #ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND LAW. (F) Examination and analysis of important statutory laws, case laws, and administrative policies relating to the regulation of the environment and wildlife by state and federal agencies. Topics discussed will include pollution control, environmental impact assessment, endangered species, public lands, and wildlife law. (Prerequisite: junior standing)

4534 #LIMNOLOGY. (Sp, odd years) Physical, chemical factors affecting the biology of ponds, reservoirs, streams. With laboratory. (Prerequisites: BIOL 3414)

4634 FISHERIES MANAGEMENT AND CULTURE. Methods of managing exploited wild fish populations and rearing fish under controlled or semicontrolled conditions. With laboratory. (Prerequisites: BIOL 3414, ZOOL 4334)

4644 COMMERCIAL WILDLIFE PRODUCTION. Methods of breeding, feeding, marketing, and potential uses of wild animals. (Prerequisites: CONS 1124, BIOL/CONS 3414)

4723 MANAGEMENT OF FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE RESOURCES. (Sp) Synthesis course in the management of fisheries and wildlife resources that discusses how the biological basis of conservation is influenced by law, culture, social acceptability, and economic feasibility. With laboratory. (Prerequisite: CONS 1124, BIOL 3414)

4823 ENVIROMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT. (Sp) Analysis of the National  Environmental Policy Act and the consequences of its implementation; methods  used in environmental impact assessment; writing environmental impact  statements; assessment of human activity on the abiotic and biotic environment,  and well as the cultural, economic, and social dimensions of the environment.   (Prerequisite: CONS 1124)

4862 INTRODUCTION TO GIS. An introduction to the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and their application.  Students will learn the history, background, and justification of GIS, and will learn methods and analysis using GIS technology.  Classes will consist of lecture and lab exercises that demonstrate mastery of basic GIS skills.

4960 DIRECTED READING. Individualized literature study selected in consultation with the professor. (Prerequisite: 20 hours of Biological Sciences and permission)

4970 SPECIAL STUDIES. Study of individual problems in Conservation. (Prerequisite: 20 hours of Biological Sciences and permission)

4980 SEMINAR. Study and discussion of problems in Conservation. (Prerequisite: 20 hours of Biological Sciences and permission)

4990 RESEARCH. Methods of research, current literature, and research in conservation. (Prerequisite: 20 hours of Biological Sciences and permission)

5224 TECHNIQUES IN FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT. (F) Techniques used to evaluate fisheries and wildlife resources, as well as methods of habitat assessment. With laboratory. (Prerequisite: CONS 1124, BIOL 3414)

5534  LIMNOLOGY. (Sp, odd years) Physical, chemical factors affecting the biology of ponds, reservoirs, streams. With laboratory. (Prerequisites: BIOL 3414)

5553 POPULATION BIOLOGY. Principles and theories of the structure and dynamics of natural populations including their ecological, genetic, and evolutionary organization.  (Prerequisite: B.S. or B.A. in Biology, Conservation or related field)

5723 MANAGEMENT OF FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE RESOURCES. (Sp) Synthesis course in the management of fisheries and wildlife resources that discusses how the biological basis of conservation is influenced by law, culture, social acceptability, and economic feasibility. With laboratory. (Prerequisite: CONS 1124, BIOL 3414)

5862 INTRODUCTION TO GIS. An introduction to the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and their application.  Students will learn the history, background, and justification of GIS, and will learn methods and analysis using GIS technology.  Classes will consist of lecture and lab exercises that demonstrate mastery of basic GIS skills.

5920 PROBLEMS IN CONSERVATION. Independent study designed in consultation with the professor. (Prerequisite: 15 hours of biological science and permission)

5960 DIRECTED READING. Individualized literature study selected in consultation with the professor. (Prerequisite: 15 hours of Biological Sciences and permission)

4970 SPECIAL STUDIES. Individualized project selected in consultation with the professor. (Prerequisite: 15 hours of Biological Sciences and permission)

4980 SEMINAR. Small group study of topic announced in the Schedule of Classes. (Prerequisite: 15 hours of Biological Sciences and permission)

4990 RESEARCH. Independent investigation designed in consultation with the professor. Limited to a maximum of six hours. (Prerequisite: 20 hours of Biological Sciences and permission)


ZOOLOGY (ZOOL)

2114 #GENERAL ZOOLOGY. (Sp) The major concepts of zoology, as illustrated by animal life. With laboratory.   Prerequisite: BIOL 1404)

3134 #FIELD ZOOLOGY. Identification, taxonomy, life histories, and ecology of the vertebrates. With laboratory. (Prerequisite: ZOOL 2114)

3643 #WILDLIFE DISEASES. The cause, nature, mode of transmission, and prevention of common bacterial, viral, parasitic, and other types of diseases of wild animals. Emphasis will be on how diseases impact individuals and populations of wild vertebrates. (Prerequisite: ZOOL 2114)

4134 # AQUATIC INVERTEBRATE TAXONOMY. A field and laboratory study of aquatic invertebrate phyla including immature insects. With laboratory. (Prerequisites:  ZOOL 2114 and BIOL 3414)

4234 # ENTOMOLOGY. Fundamental principles of insect life; classification, life histories, and ecologic relations. With laboratory. (Prerequisite: ZOOL 2114,  BIOL 3414)

4334 #ICHTHYOLOGY. (F, even years) Taxonomy, distribution, natural history, and economic importance of fishes. With laboratory. (Prerequisite: ZOOL 2114 and BIOL 3414)

4433 #ANIMAL BEHAVIOR. Analysis of the organization, function, and causation of animal behavior. Adaptiveness of behavior of vertebrates, techniques used to study behavior, and use of behavior to clarify evolutionary relationships will be emphasized. (Prerequisite: ZOOL 2114, BIOL 3414)

4524 #HERPETOLOGY. (Sp) Life histories, distributions, ecology, behavior, evolution, systematics, and techniques of collection and preservation of reptiles and amphibians of North America. With laboratory. (Prerequisite: ZOOL  2114 and BIOL 3414)

4534 #ORNITHOLOGY. (Sp) Classification, distribution, economic value, identification, life histories, morphology, preparation of specimens. With laboratory. (Prerequisite: ZOOL 2114 and  BIOL 3414)

4634 #MAMMALOGY. (F) Classification, distribution, life histories, economic importance, techniques of field study. With laboratory. (Prerequisite: ZOOL 2114 and BIOL 3414) 

4960 DIRECTED READING. Individualized literature study selected in consultation with the professor. (Prerequisite: 20 hours of Biological Sciences and permission)

4970 SPECIAL STUDIES. Individualized project selected in consultation with the professor. (Prerequisite: 20 hours of Biological Sciences and permission)

4980 SEMINAR. Small group study of topic announced in the Schedule of Classes. (Prerequisite: 20 hours of Biological Sciences and permission)

4990 RESEARCH. Independent investigation designed in consultation with the professor. (Prerequisite: 20 hours of Biological Sciences and permission)

5334 #ICHTHYOLOGY. (F, even years) Taxonomy, distribution, natural history, and economic importance of fishes. With laboratory. (Prerequisite: ZOOL 2114 and BIOL 3414)

5524 #HERPETOLOGY. (Sp) Life histories, distributions, ecology, behavior, evolution, systematics, and techniques of collection and preservation of reptiles and amphibians of North America. With laboratory. (Prerequisite: ZOOL  2114 and BIOL 3414)

5534 #ORNITHOLOGY. (Sp) Classification, distribution, economic value, identification, life histories, morphology, preparation of specimens. With laboratory. (Prerequisite: ZOOL 2114 and  BIOL 3414)

5634 #MAMMALOGY. (F) Classification, distribution, life histories, economic importance, techniques of field study. With laboratory. (Prerequisite: ZOOL 2114 and BIOL 3414)

5920 PROBLEMS IN ZOOLOGY. Independent study designed in consultation with the professor. (Prerequisite: 15 hours of biological science and permission)

5960 DIRECTED READING. Individualized literature study selected in consultation with the professor. (Prerequisite: 15 hours of Biological Sciences and permission)

4970 SPECIAL STUDIES. Individualized project selected in consultation with the professor. (Prerequisite: 15 hours of Biological Sciences and permission)

4980 SEMINAR. Small group study of topic announced in the Schedule of Classes. (Prerequisite: 15 hours of Biological Sciences and permission)

4990 RESEARCH. Independent investigation designed in consultation with the professor. Limited to a maximum of six hours. (Prerequisite: 20 hours of Biological Sciences and permission)

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