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BIOLOGY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

 

BIOL 2100K Bioinformatics Tools and Databases
Prerequisites: BIOL 2107K
3-3-4

This course covers the use of computational methods to access biological information. Concepts covered include introduction to databases, pairwise and multiple sequence alignments, structural homology, structural motifs and databases, homology modeling of macromolecules, phylogenetic trees, energy minimization and relaxation and molecular docking.

 

BIOL 2107K Biological Principles I
3-3-4

An introduction to biology including the chemistry of life, cell structure and functions, bioenergetics, genetics, basic statistics, biotechnology, and evolution. The laboratory exercises supplement the class work.

 

BIOL 2108K Biological Principles II
Prerequisite: BIOL 2107K
3-3-4

Topics include organ system anatomy and physiology, a survey of the diversity of life, animal behavior, and ecology. The laboratory exercises supplement the class work.

 

BIOL 2800 Drug Development and Regulation
Prerequisites: CHEM 1211K and CHEM 1212K, a "C" or better in BIOL 2107K and BIOL 2108K
3-0-3

Examination of the development process of new prescription pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter drugs, and biologics. Topics include non-clinical characterization of new drug entities, regulatory requirements and the role of the FDA, and the design and structure of clinical trials.

 

BIOL 3000K Genetics
Prerequisite: BIOL 2107K
3-3-4

Structure, function, regulation, and transmission of hereditary information in viruses, prokaryotes, and eukaryotes. Laboratory includes exercises in both classical and molecular genetics.

 

BIOL 3100K Microbiology
Prerequisite: BIOL 3000K
3-3-4

The morphology, physiology, genetics and biochemistry of microorganisms with emphasis on bacteria and viruses.  Laboratory exercises supplement classroom work. Biochemistry I is recommended , but not required, prerequisite for this course.

 

BIOL 3200K Applied Molecular Biology Laboratory
Prerequisite: BIOL 3310K
1-9-4

Application of modern molecular biochemical techniques and principles in a project-based laboratory setting. Students will use recombinant DNA technologies to pursue research projects, present results in informal group meetings, and be responsible for keeping records of all experiments and data for possible publication in research journals. May require additional time outside of the scheduled lab hours.

 

BIOL 3201 Biophysics I
Prerequisite or concurrent: BIOC 3111K
3-0-3

An introduction to the biophysics of living systems with emphasis on growth, energy transduction, transport processes, light and vision.

 

BIOL 3202 Biophysics II
Prerequisite: PHYS 3001
3-0-3

A continuation of Biophysics I with emphasis on the biophysical aspects of contractile and neural systems, kinesiology, biomedical applications of radiation, thermal, magnetic resonance and sonic techniques.

 

BIOL 3250K Ecosystem Ecology
Prerequisite: BIOL 2108K, CHEM 1211K
3-3-4

Ecosystem ecology is the study of energy and material flows (water, nutrients) through both the living (plants, animals, microbes) and non-living (soils, atmosphere) components of natural systems. Classes and lab exercises will examine the influence of biological, ecological and physical processes on energy and elemental cycling (C, N,P), considering the roles of microorganisms, plants and animals and whole ecosystems. Factors that regulate the ecosystem function including soils, climate, disturbance, and human activities will be considered from the molecular to the global scale.

 

BIOL 3300K Ecology
Prerequisite: BIOL 2108K or ENV 2100K
3-3-4

An examination of the relationship of organisms with their abiotic and biotic environments. Population, community, and ecosystems interactions are evaluated from both ecological and environmental perspectives.

 

BIOL 3310K Molecular Biology
Prerequisite: BIOL 3000K
3-3-4

Examination of the synthesis, function and modification of nucleic acids. Includes gene expression and regulation with an emphasis on experimental approaches used to study them. Laboratory exercises use modern techniques to reinforce lecture material and may require additional time outside of the scheduled lab hours.

 

BIOL 3400K Cell Physiology
Prerequisite: BIOL 2108K, BIOL 3000K
3-3-4

An overview of the structure and function of cells and their organelles. Includes membrane structure and transport, catabolism, energy metabolism, photosynthesis and biosynthesis. Laboratory exercises use modern techniques to reinforce lecture material.

 

BIOL 3500 Biostatistics
Prerequisite: MATH 2260
3-0-3

This course provides an overview of commonly used statistics in biological research, including t tests, analysis of variance, regression analysis, covariate analysis, and other techniques. Students gain practical experience in applying statistical tests to biological data. Other topics covered include a review of the scientific method and proper design of research experiments in biology.

 

BIOL 3600 Freshwater Biology
Prerequisite: BIOL 2108K
3-0-3

An examination of freshwater biota and their environments, with emphasis on the ecology of organisms and the structure and function of freshwater communities and ecosystems.

 

BIOL 3650 Marine Biology
Prerequisite: BIOL 2108K
3-0-3

This course is designed to help students understand the physical and biological aspects of the marine environment, as well as the impact of humans on oceanic ecosystems. Although this course will emphasize and ecological perspective, examples of marine flora and fauna will be described to elaborate on important points.

 

BIOL 3700K Ichthyology
Prerequisite: BIOL 2108K
3-3-4

A survey of fishes, with emphasis on the anatomy and physiology, taxonomy, evolutionary history, and ecology of these organisms. Field and laboratory exercises will develop skills in fish identification and the analysis of fish populations and assemblages.

 

BIOL 4100K Entomology
Prerequisite: BIOL 2108K
3-3-4

An overview of the study of insects including: functional anatomy and physiology, life histories, taxonomy, behavior, ecology, insects as vectors of pathogens, chemical and biological control of pests.

BIOL 4110 Parasitology
Prerequisite: BIOL 2108K
3-0-3

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of classical parasitology, with emphasis on parasites of major medical/veterinary importance. Topics covered will include basic principles of parasitology, life cycles, epidemiology, host-parasite interactions, host-parasite population dynamics, drug treatments and vector control programs.

 

BIOL 4200K Zoology
Prerequisite: BIOL 2108K
3-3-4

A survey of the animal phyla emphasizing morphology, life histories, ecology, evolution, behavior, and coordination of structure and function.

 

BIOL 4300 Virology
Prerequisite: BIOL 3000K
3-0-3

Topics explored include the structure and replication strategies of virus, techniques used for the study and diagnosis of viruses, the immune system defense against viruses, and the relationship between viruses and cancer. The historical significance, pathogenesis and replication of important human viruses can be discussed in detail.

 

BIOL 4350K Cell and Tissue Culture
Prerequisite: BIOL 3400K
2-4-4

This course covers the culturing of eukaryotic cells, tissues, and organs in vitro. Lectures topics include the history of tissue culture, cell lines, basic cell culture techniques, stem cells, and tissue engineering. In laboratory, students will investigate the propagation of adherent and non-adherent cell lines, cloning techniques, primary cell and organ explants cultures, and sterile micropropagation of plant tissues.

 

BIOL 4400K Human Physiology
Prerequisite: BIOL 2108K, CHEM 1211K
3-3-4

This course is designed to introduce biology majors to the fundamentals of mammalian physiology, with the human as the model organism. This course emphasizes the normal functioning of the human body, homeostatic mechanisms, and the relationship between form and function; however, disease states will be described at various times to illustrate how normal functions become disrupted.

 

BIOL 4410 Immunology
Prerequisite: a "C" or better in BIOL 3000K
3-0-3

Biology of the immune system including the functions and interactions of the innate and adaptive immune system components, T lymphocyte classes, antibody-antigen interactions, structure and function of antibodies, and the cellular and physiological consequences of the immune response as it pertains to anti-pathogen responses, hypersensitivities, autoimmunity, vaccination and transplantation biology.

 

BIOL 4420K Advanced Immunology
Prerequisite: BIOL 4410K
3-3-4

The lecture material focuses in depth on the molecular and cellular events of innate and adaptive immune responses. The function of the innate immune system and rudimentary immune systems in lower organisms will be discussed. Intracellular signaling following cytokine or antigen receptors binding will be presented. Case studies and primary research literature supplement lecture material. Laboratory work uses modern immunological techniques to reinforce lecture material and may require additional time outside of the scheduled lab hours.

 

BIOL 4430K Animal Physiology
Prerequisite: BIOL 2108K, CHEM 1212K, PHYS 1111K
3-3-4

This course examines the homeostatic and physiological mechanisms that allow animals to survive in a wide range of extreme environments. Topics include, but are not limited to, respiration, metabolism, nervous/endocrine control systems, cardiovascular physiology, water balance/regulation, thermal biology, locomotion, and musculoskeletal physiology.

 

BIOL 4440K Botany
Prerequisite: BIOL 2108K
3-3-4

A survey of land plants, with emphasis on the ecology, field identification, economic importance, and natural history of these organisms. Laboratory exercises supplement classroom work.

 

BIOL 4460K Human Anatomy
Prerequisite: BIOL 2108K, CHEM 1211K
3-3-4

This course is designed to introduce biology majors to the anatomical structure of the human body. Body structure will be studied from an organ system perspective, and will include histological and gross anatomical examinations. Particular emphasis will be placed on the relationship between form and function in the human body. Laboratory activities will involve working with human skeletons, models, diagrams, and dissection of animal cadavers/preserved specimens.

 

BIOL 4470 Plant Physiology
Prerequisite: BIOL 3000K, BIOC 3111K
3-0-3

Introduction to plant physiology, including biochemical, genetic and developmental aspects of the plant life cycle. Topics include: photosynthesis, respiration, metabolism, water relations, plant hormones, embryogenesis and early development, flowering, stress physiology, response to pathogens and plant genetic engineering.

 

BIOL 4480 Evolution
Prerequisite: BIOL 2108K
3-0-3

Origins of life-mechanisms and processes of organic evolution stressing evidence from population genetics, systematics, paleontology, and comparative physiology; biochemistry; the evolution of humans and human culture.

 

BIOL 4510K Bioinformatics II
Prerequisite: BIOL 2100K
3-3-4

The course covers use of homology to extract information about structure and function from amino acid, DNA and RNA sequences. Concepts covered include structural homology, structural motifs and databases, homology modeling of macromolecules, energy minimization and relaxation, molecular docking, and introduction to molecular dynamics.

 

BIOL 4550 Cancer Biology
Prerequisite: BIOL 3400K
3-0-3

This course will present an overview of the cancer development process at the cellular and molecular level, including regulatory networks involved in growth control and tissue organization and an introduction to animal, cell and molecular techniques for studying progression, treatment and prevention of cancer.

 

BIOL 4600K Biotechnology
Prerequisites: BIOL 3310K and BIOL 3400K
3-3-4

Fundamentals of biotechnology and its applications in microbial and eukaryotic systems. Topics include transgenic organisms, cloning, medical diagnostics, therapeutics, vaccines, environmental biotechnology, and regulation and societal issues. Laboratory exercises use modern techniques to reinforce lecture material.

 

BIOL 4700 Internship
Prerequisite: Junior standing
3-0-3

An opportunity for students to apply principles and techniques of biology in a specific organization. The student is responsible for finding an internship, but the biology program office will assist. The student must submit a written proposal describing the internship according to department guidelines. Each internship is monitored by the student's advisor.

 

BIOL 4900-4905 Special Topics
Prerequisite: senior standing or permission of department
1-5

Special courses or research projects offered by the program faculty on a student demand/need basis.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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