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Biology Courses

WKU Biology Classes and their descriptions can be found below.

*asterisk denotes that class does not count toward a Biology major or minor.

*113 GENERAL BIOLOGY. 3 hours. GEN ED D-1
An introductory course in biology for the non-science major which emphasizes the organization of life systems integrated with major principles and new discoveries.

*114 GENERAL BIOLOGY LAB 1 hour. GEN ED D-1
A laboratory course correlated with BIOL 113 for non-science majors emphasizing the scientific process, biological concepts and biological organization.

120 BIOLOGICAL CONCEPTS - CELLS METAB GENETICS 3 hours. GEN ED D-1
Corequisite: BIOL 121
Introductory course in biology for science majors. Lecture emphasizes unifying concepts of biology, including, but not limited to, organization cell structure and function, metabolism, ecological organization and evolutionary principles.

121 BIOLOGICAL CONCEPTS - CELLS METAB GENETICS LABORATORY. 1 hour. GEN ED D-1 (DL)
Corequisite: BIOL 120.
Introductory laboratory in biology that emphasizes the experimental aspects of cellular organization and processes, metabolism, DNA structure and replication, and Mendelian and population genetics.

122 BIOLOGICAL CONCEPTS - EVOLUTION DIVERSITY ECOL. 3 hours. GEN ED D-1 
Corequisite: BIOL 123
Introductory course in biology that emphasizes evolutionary patterns and processes, diversity of life (bacteria, archaea, protists, plants, fungi, and animals), ecological principles, and conservation and management. 

123  BIOLOGICAL CONCEPTS - EVOLUTION DIVERSITY ECOL LAB. 1 hour GEN ED D-1
Corequisite: BIOL 122
Introductory laboratory in biology for science majors that emphasizes the experimental aspects of evolutionary patterns and processes, diversity of life (bacteria, archaea, protists, plants, fungi, and animals), ecological principles, and conservation and management.

*131 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY. 4 hours GEN ED D-I (DL)
A basic anatomy and physiology course designed for students in physical education, home economics and health science careers. Emphasis is placed upon the concept of homeostasis and relationship of structure and function.

153 BIOTECHNOLOGY MODULE. 1 hour
Consent of Instructor Biotechnology core modules as taught in BIOL 150 and BIOL 151. Lab fee required. May be repeated for a total of 10 credits.

175 UNIVERSITY EXPERIENCE-BIOLOGY 2 hours
Prerequisite: For beginning college freshmen or transfer students with fewer than 24 semester hours of credit. Transition to university experience. Topics include study skills, critical thinking skills, library education, exploration of majors and careers, degree programs, campus resources, and personal development. Special attention is given to educational requirements, careers, and resources in the field of biology.

199 INTRO TO RESEARCH 1 hour (General Syllabus on TopNet)
Introduces students to research through laboratory rotations. Each student will participate in 2 different rotations with 2 different faculty members. Pass/Fail grading.

*207 GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY. 3 hours. GEN ED D-I
An introduction to microorganisms and their importance to humans (for non-biology majors). Approximately one third of the course is devoted to each of the three major areas of microbiology: organismal, environmental, and medical. Lecture, three hours. (May be taken with or without the correlated laboratory course, BIOL 208, dependent upon the students curriculum requirements).

*208 GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY LABORATORY 1 hour. GEN ED D-I (DL)
Prerequisite or Corequisite: BIOL 207.
A laboratory course correlated with BIOL 207.

222 PLANT BIOLOGY AND DIVERSITY. 3 hours. Corequisite: BIOL 223
Prerequisites: BIOL 120/BIOL 121 and BIOL 122/BIOL 123.
Survey of cyanobacteria, algae and plants with emphasis on morphology, development, adaptations and evolutionary relationships.

223 PLANT BIOLOGY AND DIVERSITY LAB. 1 hour.
Corequisite or prerequisite: BIOL 222.
A laboratory course correlated with BIOL 222,.

224 ANIMAL BIOL AND DIVERSITY. 3 hours.
Corequisite: BIOL 225
Prerequisites: BIOL 120/BIOL 121 and BIOL 122/BIOL 123
Survey of the major animal taxa with emphasis upon systems which have evolved to maintain organismal and population homeostasis.

225ANIMAL BIOL AND DIVERSITY LAB. 1 hour.
Corequisite or prerequisite: BIOL 224.
A laboratory course correlated with BIOL 224.

226MICROBIAL BIOL AND DIVERSITY. 3 hours.
Corequisite: BIOL 227
Prerequisites: BIOL 120/BIOL 121 and BIOL 122/BIOL 123
A study of morphological, cultural, and biochemical characteristics of important groups of bacteria.

227MICROBIAL BIOL AND DIVERSITY LAB. 1 hour.
Corequisite or prerequisite: BIOL 226.
A laboratory course correlated with BIOL 226.

*231 ADVANCED HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY. 4 hours.
Prerequisites: BIOL (131 with grade of "C" or better) or equivalent.
Human anatomy and physiology for health science career students emphasizing an integrated organ systems approach to body function.

232 WILDLIFE ECOLOGY AND MGMT 3 hours
Prerequisites: BIOL 120 and BIOL 121 and BIOL 122 and BIOL 123 or permission of instructor in place of any or all prerequisites.Examination of the principles of wildlife ecology and management, including population regulation, habitat management, wildlife diseases and conservation. Primarily for those interested in a career involving wildlife.

275 COLLOQUIA 1-3 hours
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Issues of contemporary, historical or intellectual significance in Biology, often with ethical implications will be weighed and debated. May not be used to satisfy the general education requirement in natural sciences. May be repeated with a maximum of 3 hours counting for the Biology or Investigative Biotechnology major.

283 INTRODUCTORY BIOSTATISTICS. 4 hours.
Prerequisite: BIOL 120/121, 222/223 and MATH 118 (or 116 and 117).
Introduction to statistical techniques and experimental design applied to the biological sciences. Probability and distributions, descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing and statistical inference using t-statistics, regression, ANOVA, chi-square, non-parametic tests. Use of computers and analysis of real data are emphasized.

*295 INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODOLOGY. 1 HOUR. GEN ED
To familiarize Ogden Research Scholars and other research oriented students with the fundamentals of choosing a research topic, performing a bibliographical search on a subject, classification or instruments, data taking, data reduction, professional ethics and other research oriented topics. The common points of research methodology in the different scientific ares will be accentuated. Examples will be drawn from the various disciplines. Use of computers will be emphasized. (Course does not count towards any major or minor).

*302 HUMAN BIOLOGY. 3 hours. GEN ED D-I
A survey of body systems with special emphasis on human reproduction, embryological development and infectious diseases. Designed for non-science majors.

*303 LIFE SCIENCE FOR MIDDLE GRADES TEACHERS. (1-3)
Prerequisites: BIOL 120/121, BIOL 122/123, and 6 hours of SMED 200 level and
above courses. Pedagogical content and knowledge in life sciences with practicum
experience for middle school teachers. Not available for credit toward any biology,
chemistry, or biochemistry major or minor. May be repeated once for a maximum of
4 credit hours.

312 BIOINFORMATICS 4 hours
Prerequisites: BIOL 120 -121 or 113 AND BIOL 283 or MATH 183 or MATH 382 or STAT 301. Presentation of the theoretical underpinnings and the computational methods of nucleic acid and protein sequence analyses used in genomic work. An associated laboratory component will provide project-based application of these methods.

315 ECOLOGY. 4 HOURS.
Prerequisites: BIOL 222/BIOL 223 or BIOL 224/BIOL 225 or BIOL 226/BIOL 227
A study of the fundamental principles of the ecology. Laboratory work includes field research and computer techniques for analysis and synthesis. A field trip may be required.

*318 BIOLOGY LAB ELEM TEACHER 0-1hours
Prerequisite: BIOL 113 or equivalent and at least junior standing.
A laboratory course for Elementary Education majors emphasizing the scientific process, highlighting classical and current topics of biological importance, and demonstrating relatively simple and economical means to reveal fundamental biological principles to elementary school students.

319 INTRO TO MOL AND CELL BIOLOGY 3 hours
Corequisite: BIOL 322 Prerequisites: BIOL 120/BIOL 121 and BIOL 122/BIOL 123 and
CHEM 120/CHEM 121 Introduction to molecular and cell structure, relating molecular structure and function to cell structure and function. Special emphasis on protein and nucleic acid structure and function and their role in coordinating cellular activities.

321 COMPARATIVE ANATOMY. 4 hours.
Prerequisites: BIOL 224-225.
A comparative study of the morphology and relationships of the organ systems of some typical vertebrates.

322 INTRO TO MOL AND CELL BIO LAB 1 HOURS
Co-requisite: BIOL 319. Laboratory course presenting fundamental techniques for the isolation and characterization of biological molecules, with an emphasis on proteins and nucleic acids.

324 HISTOLOGY. 4 hours.
Prerequisites: BIOL 224-225. A survey of cells, tissues and the general structure of animal form.

325 INSECT BIODIVERSITY. 4 hours.
Prerequisites: BIOL 120/BIOL 121 and BIOL 122/BIOL 123, or consent of instructor. A study of the structure, identification, and control of insects.

326ORNITHOLOGY. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: BIOL 120/BIOL 121 and BIOL 122/BIOL 123
A study of the general characteristics, economic importance, history, structure, classification and identification of birds. Lectures and field trips.

327 GENETICS. 4 hours.
Prerequisites: BIOL 120-121, 122-123.
A study of the fundamental principles of heredity as applied to plants and animals.

328 IMMUNOLOGY.0-4 hours
Prerequisites: BIOL 319 and BIOL 322 or BIOL 327
An introductory study of the vertebrate immune system and its relationship to organismic integrity. 

330 ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: BIOL 224/BIOL 225 and CHEM 120/CHEM 121. Examination of the general principles by which animals function. Major organ systems of animals are explored with emphasis on the communication and interactions between them. Numerous vertebrate and invertebrate systems are used to illustrate physiological concepts.

331 ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY LABORATORY. 1 hour.
Pre-requiste or co-requisite: BIOL 330. A laboratory course that emphasizes experimental design and hypothesis testing, along with classic and modern techniques used in animal physiology.

334 ANIMAL BEHAVIOR 3 hours
Prerequisites: BIOL 120/BIOL 121 and BIOL 122/BIOL 123. Examination of the evolutionary basis of behavior in animals. Topics include genetic and physiological basis of behavior, communication, animal cognition, migration, foraging, predator avoidance, courtship and mate choice, and sociality.

335 NEUROBIOLOGY 3 HOURS
Prerequisites: BIOL 120 and BIOL 121 and BIOL 122 and BIOL 123; or consent of the instructor.Description: The nervous system is described at the molecular, cellular and systemic level. Topics include the structure of neurons, how neurons transmit signals, sensory systems, brain organization, and neural development, as well as how these principles affect behavior and health.

*344BIOLOGY OF AGING. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: 3 hours of biology, or permission of the instructor.
An introductory study of the mechanisms of aging processes with special emphasis on humans. Unfavorable progressive changes in molecules, cells, organs and organ systems will be discussed. Designed for non-biology majors.

348 PLANT TAXONOMY. 4 hours.
Prerequisites: BIOL 222/223 with grade of C or better.
A course emphasizing the identification of the local species of vascular plants. In lecture, basic taxonomic principles, phylogeny and modern biosystematic procedures will be considered.

350 INTRODUCTION TO RECOMBINANT GENETICS. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: 319/322.
This course will introduce students to the basic mechanisms of genetic recombination, both in living cells and in vitro. Topics that will be discussed include: genomic organization, genetic recombination, genetic mapping, gene cloning and cloning vectors, and physical mapping of genes. The laboratory will cover methods for the isolation, cloning, labeling, and reintroduction into cells of recombinant vectors.

369 COOP EDUC/BIOLOGY I

Prerequisites: Biol 120-121, Biol 122-123 with a grade of "C" or higher and consent of instructor.

Practical out-of-the classroom experience in a supervised work or research environment with a cooperating business, industry, government agency,or laboratory, emphasizing application of knowledge and skills in specific areas of biology.

377 ANIMAL FORM AND FUNCTION 3 hours.
Prerequisites: BIOL 120/BIOL 121 and BIOL 122/BIOL 123 or Consent of Instructor. Mechanistic designs underlying organismal morphology, physiology driving designs, and behaviors that impact function. Topics include comparative anatomy, adaptation, ecomorphology, biological basis of physical principles, and organismal performance.

399 RESEARCH PROBLEMS IN BIOLOGY. 1-3 hours. (General Syllabus on TopNet)
Prerequisite: Consent of research project director.
A study involving a research project under faculty supervision. May be repeated with a maximum of 6 hours counted for graduation.

BIO 399 Research Contract (please open in Adobe Reader or Adobe Pro)

400 PLANT PHYSIOLOGY. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: BIOL 222-223 and two semesters of chemistry.
A study of the function of plant systems.

403 MOLECULAR BASIS OF CANCER. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: BIOL 319 and BIOL 322 or equivalent.  Biological and molecular features of oncogenesis and clinical cancer, focusing on specific molecular events underlying carcinogensis, metastasis, and angiogenesis.  Case study learning is integrated into the course to help students understand the societal implications of cancer.

404 TECHNIQUES AND THEORY OF ELECTRON MICROSCOPY. 4 hours
Prerequisites: BIOL 120/121 and 122/123 or consent of instructor.
A course in the fundamentals of electron microscopy including basic theory, techniques for specimen preparation and photography, and operation of the electron microscope.

405 AQUATIC INSECT DIVERSITY. 3 hours.

Prerequisites: BIOL 224 and 225 or consent of instructor.  The taxonomy and biology of the insects commonly encountered in freshwater habitats.

407 VIROLOGY. 3 hours
Pre/Corequisites: Biol 319/322.
A study of bacterial, animal and plant viruses with special emphasis on the chemistry and replication of bacterial viruses.

411 CELL BIOLOGY. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: BIOL 319 AND BIOL 322 OR BIOL 327 .
A lecture series emphasizing the morphological and chemical make-up of cells, the physical and chemical properties of the cell, and the modern techniques for investigation of cellular functions.

412 CELL BIOLOGY LABORATORY. 1 hour.
Pre/Corequisite: BIOL 411.
A laboratory course correlated with BIOL 411.

415 ECOLOGICAL METHODS. 3 hours
Prerequisites: BIOL 315 or consent of instructor.
A course emphasizing the collection, manipulation and analysis of ecological data using a variety of techniques in aquatic and terrestrial habitats.

420 INTRODUCTION TO TOXICOLOGY. 3 hours. GEN ED (W)
Prerequisites: BIOL 120-121; CHEM 314 or equivalent.
Toxicology is the study of the adverse affects of inorganic and organic molecules on living organisms. The course will provide an understanding of the basic principles of toxicology for undergraduate majors and minors in the natural sciences.

430 EVOLUTION: THEORY AND PROCESS. 3 hours. GEN ED (W)
Prerequisite: BIOL 319/322 and 327 or permission of instructor.
Study of the genetic, behavioral and ecological mechanisms leading to evolutionary change, and the role of evolutionary theory as a unifying framework in biology.

440 DEVELOPMENTAL GENETICS 3 hours
Prerequisite: BIOL 319/322. A descriptive investigation of the genetic and biochemical processes that regulate development of microbes, plants and animals.

446 BIOCHEMISTRY I. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: CHEM 314 or 340. A study of biochemical compounds and their role in intermediary metabolism. Special topics include biochemical energetics and coenzyme mechanisms.

447BIOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY. 2 hours. gen ed
Corequisite or prerequisite: BIOL/CHEM 446.
A basic laboratory study involving selected experiments which illustrate biochemical principles including separation, identification and chemical proprieties of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and enzymes.

450 RECOMBINANT GENE TECHNOLOGY. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: BIOL 350. Discovery-based laboratory emphasizing application of basic techniques to solve student-defined problems. Problems in characterization and expression of genetic material are explored. .

456 ICHTHYOLOGY. 4 hours.
Prerequisites: BIOL 224-225 and consent of instructor.
A survey of the fishes of the world, their physiology, structure, behavior and ecology. Special emphasis will be placed upon the collection and identification of freshwater species of Kentucky.

457 HERPETOLOGY. 4 hours.

Prerequisites: BIOL 224 / 225 with a grade of "C"or higher or consent of instructor.

The diversity, biology, and conservation of reptiles and amphibians. Off-campus travel will be required.

458 FISHERIES MANAGEMENT. 4 hours.

Prerequisites: BIOL 224-225. A study of the factors affecting fish populations.  Topics covered include life history traits, sampling techniques, management practices, and policies regulating the management of fish populations.  Off-campus and overnight weekend field trips and a course fee are required.

459 MAMMALOGY. 3 hours
Prerequisites: BIOL 224/225.
Taxonomy, life history and ecology of the mammals. Laboratory work includes field studies and collection and study of specimens in the laboratory.

460 PARASITOLOGY. 4 hours.
Prerequisites: BIOL 224-225.
A study of the morphology, physiology, life histories, control and economic significance of representative species.

467 BIOCHEMISTRY II. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: BIOL/CHEM 446.  A study of the reactions of living systems and an introduction to the mechanisms and energetics of metabolism.

470 PATHOGENIC MICROBIOLOGY. 4 hours
Prerequisites: BIOL 226/227 or consent of instructor.
A study of the organisms causing disease with emphasis on bacteria. The course will survey pathogenic bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa.

472 APPLIED AND ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY. 4 hours.
Prerequisites: BIOL 207/208 or 226/227.
A study of the roles of microorganisms in food preservation, fermentation, spoilage and food intoxication. Production of microbial products of industrial interest; application of modern microbiological techniques to industrial processes; interrelationships between microorganisms and their environment.

475 SELECTED TOPICS IN BIOLOGY. 1-3 hours.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
A consideration of special topics to acquaint the advanced student with significant problems and developments of current interest in biology. May be repeated with a maximum of 6 hours counted for graduation.

477 MARINE BIOLOGY. 3 hours

Prerequisites:  BIOL 224-225 or consent of instructor.  Marine organisms are examined within a framework of basic biological principles and processes that are fundamental to all forms of life in the sea, including evolution, ecology, biodiversity, biogeography, behavior, and physiology.

483 MULTIVARIATE METHODS IN BIOLOGY. 4 hours.
Prerequisites: Junior standing and a course in statistics, or consent of instructor.
Application of multivariate statistical analysis techniques to problems in the biological sciences. Principal component and factor analysis, canonical discriminant analysis, correspondence analysis, distance metrics and clustering, canonical correlation, repetitive sampling, randomization. Not a course in mathematical statistics; rather, emphasis is on experimental design, selection of appropriate methods for testing particular hypothesis, and the analysis of real data. (Spring)

485 FIELD BIOLOGY. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: Major or minor in the life sciences and consent of instructor.
An intensive field experience on a specific biological topic, consisting of a two-week field trip to a geographical area of biological interest preceded by a four-day introductory session and followed by a one-day evaluation session.

490 PLANTS AS ALTERNATIVE THERAPEUTICS. 3 hours

Prerequisites: BIOL 120-121 and BIOL 122-123, or consent of instructor. Exploration of plants used in traditional medicine with emphasis on pharmacological implications as evidenced in modern clinical research.  Examines therapeutic actions of phytochemicals on major human illnesses.

492CLINICAL INTERNSHIP IN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY. 8 hours.
Prerequisites: Student must have completed the course requirements in medical technology and have been accepted to an accredited medical technology school.
An internship in an accredited medical technology school with a curriculum that includes both daily instruction in basic theory and corresponding laboratory experience.

493 CLINICAL INTERNSHIP IN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY. 14 hours.
Prerequisites: Student must have completed the course requirements in medical technology and have been accepted to an accredited medical technology school.
An internship in an accredited medical technology school with a curriculum that includes both daily instruction in basic theory and corresponding laboratory experience.

494 CLINICAL INTERNSHIP IN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY. (14)
Prerequisites: Student must have completed the course requirements in medical
technology and have been accepted to an accredited medical technology school.
An internship in an accredited medical technology school with a curriculum that
includes both daily instruction in basic theory and corresponding laboratory
experience.

495 MOLECULAR GENETICS. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: BIOL 312
A study of the molecular basis of genetics and heredity of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms.

496 PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY. 4 hours.
Prerequisite:  BIOL 319/322 or AGRO 110 or permission of instructor.
A course designed to illustrate the current advances in plant biotechnology and their potential application in agriculture, health and environment.

497 AQUATIC FIELD ECOLOGY. 4 hours.
Prerequisites: BIOL 222/BIOL 223 or BIOL 224/BIOL 225 or BIOL 226/BIOL 227 and CHEM 120/CHEM 121 and junior standing.
Physical, chemical and biological aspects of bodies of fresh water with emphasis upon water as a biological environment. 

 

Graduate Courses Some 400-level courses may be taken for graduate credit, with an increased workload for the course. See course description above under the undergraduate listing.


400G Plant Physiology
403G Molecular Basis of Cancer
404G Techniques and Theory of Electron Microscopy
407GVirology
408GInvertebrate Zoology
411G Cell Biology
412G Cell Biology Lab
415G Ecological Methods
430GEvolution: Theory and Process
446G Biochemistry
447G Biochemistry Lab
450G Recombinant Gene Technology
456G Ichthyology
458G Fisheries Management
459G Mammalogy
460G Parasitology
467G Biochemistry II
470G Pathogenic Microbiology
472G Applied and Environmental Microbiology
473G Interactions in the Cave and Karst Environment
475G Selected Topics in Biology
483G Multivariate Methods in Biology
485G Field Biology
490G Plants as Alternative Therapeutics
495G Molecular Genetics
496G Plant Biotechnolgy
497G Aquatic field Ecology

 

500 INTRO TO GRAD STUDY AND RESEARCH. 3 hours.
Introduction to research techniques and experimental design, with an emphasis on on-going research at WKU. Also includes an introduction to research-related resources at WKU.

 

501 BIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES. 3-4 hours.
Designed to acquaint graduate students with advances in the biological sciences and practical applications of biological principles.

 

503 CONTEMPORARY RESEARCH IN BIOLOGY. 1 hour.
Prerequisite: Admission to biology graduate program. Participants will present a research article on a topic of their choice to the class. A critical appraisal of the research approach, methods, results and interpretation of results will be stressed. Requires participation in critical discussions of all presentations. The course may be taken as often as wished but only once for credit toward a degree program.

 

505 AQUATIC INSECT ECOLOGY. 2 hours
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Ecological functions, evolutionary adaptations, and indicators of environmental quality of aquatic insects.

 

506 ENVIRONMENTAL SEMINAR. 1 hour
Designed for future environmental practitioners, this course will provide real world examples of environmental jobs and research projects. The course will impart a broad understanding of environmental science from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Required for the MS Environmental Science emphasis degrees. Repeatable twice for a maximum of three credit hours.

 

507 SCIENCE CONCEPTS ELEM TEACHERS. 3 hours
This course provides basic background to the KY Core Contents in science that elementary teachers are required to teach along with discipline-specific strategies and best-practices that can be implemented in the classroom. National Boards "Big Ideas", inquiry learning and implementation of math and science will be integrated into this course to provide beginning teachers the tools necessary to conduct dynamic science classes.

 

515 ECOLOGICAL CONCEPTS. 4 hours.
Essential dynamic features of plant and animal populations. Covers the theoretical and empirical aspects of single populations, or pairs of interacting populations, and of whole communities.

 

516 INVESTIGATIONS IN BIOLOGY. 1 to 3 hours. (General Syllabus on TopNet)
Prerequisite: Permission of research project director. Research project completed under faculty supervision. Not applicable for MS thesis option. (Spring, Summer and Fall).

 

518 POPULATION ECOLOGY. 2 hours
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Investigation of the theories and models used to describe and predict populations. Includes applications in population projection and harvesting, as well as two-species interactions.

 

519 INTL WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AND POLICY. 2 hours
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Exploration of the major wildlife management models used in various countries, emphasizing North America, Europe and Africa. Economic ramifications of these models and international treaty obligations relating to the wildlife trade are investigated.

 

522 SYSTEMATICS AND EVOLUTION. 4 hours.
Prerequisites: BIOL 430 or consent of instructor.Study of systematic theory and practice with a focus on current controversies. Taxonomic methods will be evaluated with an emphasis upon the use of taxonomic tools to reconstruct evolutionary relationships.

 

523 BIOLOGICAL SYMBIOSES AND HOST-PARASITE ASSOCIATIONS. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Exploration of biological symbioses, emphasizing patterns and processes
of biological coevolution. Host-parasite systems are explored in detail, with a focus on classic and current
coevolutionary and cospeciation systems.

 

524 EVOLUTIONARY AND ECOLOGICAL GENETICS
Theoretical basis behind models of evolutionary change via natural selection as well as an understanding of how that theory may be applied and tested at several levels of biological orgnaization.

 

526 PHYSIOLOGICAL ECOLOGY. 3 hours
Examines the physiological adaptations of animals that enhance their survival and/or permit them to exploit extreme (e.g. arctic, desert, hypoxic) environments. Includes mechanisms by which animals function and the anatomical, biochemical and physiological specializations that contribute the understanding of these general principles.

 

530 ANIMAL BEHAVIOR. 4 hours.
Comparative approach to the current understanding of physiological mechanisms involved at the organismal level in transducing environmental input into adaptive behavioral output.

 

532 BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing. An investigation of animals in reference to their evolution and interactions
with others emphasizing behavior related to their survival and reproduction in a natural context.

 

533BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY LABORATORY. 2 hours.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing. A eld and laboratory investigation of the methodology to study the
actions of animals in reference to their evolution, environment and interactions with other organisms.

 

535 ANALYTICAL BIOCHEMISTRY. 3 hours
Prerequisites: BIOL 446/G or CHEM 446/G or consent of instructor. An overview of the science of modern analytical and instrumental techniques with emphasis on techniques relevant to measurements in biochemistry and biology.

 

543 ENVIRONMENTAL SCI CONCEPTS. 3 hours
Explores the inter-relationship among the science and technical disciplines that contribute to our understanding of the environment as a whole. Introduces research methods and core environmental science concepts. Prepares students to examine environmental science questions with an interdisciplinary outlook.

 

545 ANIMAL COMMUNICATION. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing. An investigation of the principles and mechanisms by which animals
produce and receive signals for each sensory modality (sound detection, vision, chemoreception, and elec-
troreception).

 

550 INTRO BIOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS IN HLS. 3 hours
An introductory course in biological principals for students in Homeland Security with a limited biology background. Topics include cell structure/function, cellular information and energy flow, immune function, cellular and population genetics.

 

552 BIOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS IN HLS I. 3 hours
Corequisite: BIOL 553 Prerequisites: BIOL 550 or permission of instructor. An advanced study of biological phenomena relevant to Homeland Security Concerns. Biol Apps to HLS I will focus on the recognized groups of pathogenic organisms to human and selected crops. Topics to be covered are types of pathogens, pathogenicity and virulence, control and detection, and dispersal mechanisms. Also, the immune response to infectious disease will be covered in depth with special attention toward understanding the functionality of the antibody.

 

553 LAB: BIOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS IN HLS I. 1 hour
Corequisite: BIOL 552 Prerequisites: BIOL 550 or equivalent. The laboratory will provide students with knowledge in laboratory safety and manipulation, identification, and enumeration of microbial and viral cultures.

 

555 LAB: BIOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS IN HLS II - 1 hour
Corequisite: EH 572. Prerequisite: BIOL 552/553 or permission of instructor. The laboratory will provide students with knowledge in laboratory immunological methodologies and analytical methods in DNA forensics.

 

560 ADVANCED CELL BIOLOGY. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: BIOL 411 or equivalent. Lecture-discussion course designed to understand structure and function of differentiated cells of multicellular organisms. Textbook readings, review articles and current research papers will be incorporated into lectures and discussions. Lecture.

 

562 ADVANCED BIOCHEMISTRY 4 hours.
Survey of metabolic processes relevant to biochemistry and the biological sciences. Topics include bioenergetics, nucleic acid metabolism, protein synthesis and metabolic regulation.

 

566 ADVANCED MOLECULAR GENETICS. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: BIOL 495 or consent of instructor. Consideration of the molecular mechanisms for replication, gene expression and regulation of development.

 

568 ADV MICRO BIOLOGY. 3 hours
Study of microbial metabolic and genetic diversity, phylogeny and evolution, and ecology, including a consideration of research methodologies applicable to microorganisms.

 

569 PROFESSIONAL WORK/CAREER EXPERIENCE IN BIOLOGY. 3 hours.
Practical experience in a supervised work situation with a cooperative business, industry, or governmental agency, emphasizing application of advanced knowledge and skills in specified areas of biology.

 

570 ADVANCED IMMUNOLOGY. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: Bio 328 or consent of instructor. Cellular, biochemical, and molecular mechanisms of the immune response of multicellular organisms. Emphasis is on current scientific literature in the field.

 

577 ADVANCED MARINE BIOLOGY. 3 hours
Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Marine organisms are examined within a framework of basic biological principles and processes that are fundamental to all forms of life in the sea, including evolution, ecology, biodiversity, biogeography, behavior, and physiology.

 

579MECHANISTIC TOXICOLOGY. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: graduate standing. A course that examines how toxic substances interact with living organ-
isms, while integrating aspects of biochemistry, anatomy and physiology, ecology, and health. Emphasis is
placed on the effects of xenobiotics on human systems, particularly the mechanisms of actions, detoxication
and adverse effects on target organs.

 

582 BIOMETRY. 3 hours.
Prerequisites/corequisites: Graduate standing. Application of statistical techniques to problems in biological
sciences. Emphasis is placed on hypothesis testing, use of linear models, randomization techniques, and non-
parametric methods.

 

587 ENVIRONMENTAL LAW. 3 hours
An introduction to major environmental legislation for air, water, toxic and hazardous pollutants, and related legislative, administrative, and judicial developments. A broad overview of legal practices focused on specific regulatory programs.

 

598 GRADUATE SEMINAR. 1 hour.
Oral presentation on selected topics in biology.

 

599 THESIS RESEARCH AND WRITING. 6 hours (General Syllabus on TopNet)

 

600 MAINTAINING MATRICULATION. 1 to 6 hours. (General Syllabus on TopNet)

 

601 INTERNSHIP IN COLLEGE INSTRUCTION. 1 hour. (General Syllabus on TopNet)
Designed for prospective teachers of biology. Staff direction in preparing and giving lectures. Includes analyses of presentation and techniques. May be repeated.

 

675 ADVANCED TOPICS IN BIOLOGY. 1 to 3 hours.
Selected topics in Biology.

 

 

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