Courses

Biology Courses (BIO)

BIO-102   Biology of Human Disease3 credits

Corequisites: BIO-102L

Emphasis on pathogenic organisms and human immune responses. This is a laboratory course designed for students not majoring in biology. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory weekly.

BIO-102L   Biology of Human Disease Laboratory1 credit

Corequisites: BIO-102

This is the laboratory course for BIO-102.

BIO-104   Introduction to Human Anatomy3 credits

A general study of the anatomy of the human body with emphasis on the neuromuscular, skeletal, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems as they relate to activity. This course is not designed for students majoring in biology, exercise science, nursing, health science, or related pre-health professional programs. The course is designed for physical education majors.

BIO-105   Introduction to Physiology of Exercise3 credits

Corequisites: BIO-105L

The study of the physiology of the human body systems, including cardiovascular, muscular, nervous, metabolic and respiratory, and the affects of exercise on these systems.

BIO-105L   Introduction to Physiology of Exercise Laboratory1 credit

Corequisites: BIO-105

This is the laboratory course for BIO-105. Laboratory experiences will explore scientific inquiry, methods, measurement and statistics related to stress, metabolism and exercise.

BIO-106   Readings in Biology1 - 3 credits

Individually assigned readings, followed by written reports or seminars covering classical, current, and semi-popular literature on biological topics.

BIO-108   Human Genetics3 credits

Genetics and genetic technology as applied to humans. Topics include classical (Mendelian) inheritance, genes and gene expression inherited disorders, analysis of pedigrees, sex determination, biological basis of gender, genetics of behavior, gene therapy, and genetic privacy.

BIO-109   Biology of Reproduction3 credits

Corequisites: BIO-109L

This course provides an overview of major topics in reproductive biology that include sex differentiation, male and female anatomy, environmental factors that influence reproduction, contraception, and the hormonal control of different stages of reproduction such as puberty (sexual maturation), reproductive cycles, pregnancy and childbirth. The course primarily focuses on human reproduction but other animal groups will be discussed when appropriate. NOTE: When the laboratory (BIO-109L) is offered with this course, it is a required co-requisite course; the combination of the lecture and laboratory will fulfill the laboratory requirement of the Human Biology and Natural Science minors.

BIO-109L   Biology of Reproduction Laboratory1 credit

Corequisites: BIO-109

This laboratory course may or may not be scheduled along with the BIO-109 lecture. When the laboratory is scheduled with the lecture, it is a required co-requisite course.

BIO-129   Murder, Medicine and Magic3 credits

A study of ethnobotany - the uses people have made of plants. Topics include the uses of plants in various cultures for foods, fibers, shelter, beverages, medicines, rituals, and other ends. Emphasis will be placed on basic botanical principles (such as taxonomy, anatomy, evolution, chemistry), and the human needs (physiological, behavioral, cultural) that plants satisfy. NOTE: When the laboratory (BIO-129L) is offered with this course, it is a required co-requisite; the combination of the lecture and laboratory will fulfill the laboratory requirement of the natural science minor.

BIO-129L   Murder, Medicine and Magic Laboratory1 credit

Corequisites: BIO-129

This laboratory course may or may not be scheduled along with the BIO-129 lecture. When the laboratory is scheduled with the lecture, it is a required co-requisite course.

BIO-140   Idaho Natural History 3 credits

Corequisites: BIO-140L

Natural history, flora, fauna, and ecological relationships of the local area. Three lectures and one four hour laboratory weekly. This course is designed for students not majoring in biology.

BIO-140L   Idaho Natural History Laboratory1 credit

Corequisites: BIO-140

This is the laboratory course for BIO-140.

BIO-145   Drugs, Brains and Behavior3 credits

This course will explore fundamental neuroscience concepts, with an emphasis on how the nervous system is impacted by injury, toxins, aging, and disease. Societal implications of recent research will be discussed, and a component of the course will be devoted to investigating ethical issues that arise from these discoveries. NOTE: When the laboratory (BIO-145L) is offered with this course, it is a required co-requisite course.

BIO-145L   Drugs, Brains, and Behavior Laboratory1 credit

This is the laboratory course for BIO-145.

BIO-198   Biology Colloquium.5 credits

A seminar series highlighting contemporary research in biology. This course is intended to introduce students to a wide range of fields within the biological sciences. Course can be repeated for up to 2 credits (4 semesters).

BIO-201   Molecules to Cells3 credits

Corequisites: BIO-201L

This is the first course in a three semester sequence for biology majors. Course topics will cover fundamental concepts including biomolecule structure and function, energy metabolism (respiration and photosynthesis), the biology of inheritance, and gene structure, function, and expression. Focus on frontier areas of biology with an emphasis on molecular and cellular processes. Examples may include human genetics, bioinformatics, or cancer biology. Emphasis on scientific problem-solving, including collection, analysis, and interpretation of biological data. This course is designed for students who plan to take further coursework in biology or related disciplines.

BIO-201L   Molecules to Cells1 credit

Corequisites: BIO-201

This is the laboratory course for BIO-201.

BIO-202   Organismal Biology3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-201

Corequisites: BIO-202L

This is the second course in a three semester sequence for biology majors. The course examines reproduction, development, anatomy, and physiology of higher animals and plants, including trends in the evolution of plants.

BIO-202L   Organismal Biology Laboratory1 credit

Corequisites: BIO-202

This is the laboratory course for BIO-202.

BIO-203   Ecology, Evolution and Diversity3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-202 and MAT-112 or MAT-212

Corequisites: BIO-203L

This is the third course in a three semester sequence for biology majors. Examines the ecology, evolution, and diversity of life. Topics to be covered include population ecology, population genetics, evolution, phylogeny and classification, and a survey of the animal kingdom - including trends in animal evolution.

BIO-203L   Ecology, Evolution and Diversity Laboratory1 credit

Corequisites: BIO-203

This is the laboratory course for BIO-203. Includes discussion, field study, and laboratory experience

BIO-260   Diversity of Life1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-203

Corequisites: BIO-260L

A survey of major taxonomic groups of organisms with an emphasis on biological classification, phylogeny reconstruction, biological diversity, and comparative morphology. Readings, lectures, discussions, and lab activities.

BIO-260L   Diversity of Life Laboratory1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-202

Corequisites: BIO-260

This is the laboratory course for BIO-260.

BIO-294   Independent Study1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

Library research in biology. Critical review of literature pertaining to a problem or specialized topic in biology culminating in a paper written according to department guide lines. See independent study guidelines.

BIO-303   Human Anatomy3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-202

Corequisites: BIO-303L

A study of the structures of the human body, including musculoskeletal, nervous, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, renal, digestive, endocrine, and reproductive systems with emphasis on the interactions between body systems. Clinical applications will be emphasized. Laboratory activities include dissection of cats, sheep brains and hearts, and the study of a prosected human cadaver. This course is designed for pre-health professions students and any students interested in human biology.

BIO-303L   Human Anatomy Laboratory1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-202

Corequisites: BIO-303

This is the laboratory course for BIO-303.

BIO-304   Human Physiology3 credits

Prerequisites: CHE-141 and BIO-202

Corequisites: BIO-304L

A study of the physiology and morphology of human cells, tissues and organs, with emphasis on selected human organ systems. Three lectures/discussion and one three-hour laboratory weekly.

BIO-304L   Human Physiology Laboratory1 credit

Prerequisites: CHE-141 and BIO-202

Corequisites: BIO-304

This is the laboratory for BIO-304.

BIO-306   Conservation Biology3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-203 or both ENV-260 and BIO-202

Application of scientific principles to conservation of biological diversity, with emphasis on patterns and explanations for diversity, threats to and value of diversity, habitat relationships and extinction processes, and conservation strategies.

BIO-311   Molecular Biotechnology3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-330

Corequisites: BIO-311L

This course introduces techniques used in nucleic acid and protein expression technologies and their applications in forensics, conservation biology, environmental microbiology, medical diagnostics and basic research. Topics covered include: nucleic acid isolation and purification, PCR techniques, cloning tools and strategies, hybridization technologies, and an introduction to protein expression systems used in research and industry. Bioinformatics modules acquaint students with informational databases (NCBI, OMIM, FlyBase) and enable them to use tools for interpretation and manipulation of sequence data.

BIO-311L   Molecular Biotechnology1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-330 and BIO-330L

This is the laboratory course for BIO-311.

BIO-316   Genetics3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-330

This course incorporates both classical and molecular approaches to study the structure and function of DNA, genes, chromosomes, the genome, and gene expression. Possible topics include, but not limited to, classical genetic concepts, oncogenes and cancer; cloning and gene therapy; genomics, sex determination and sex chromosomes, genetic screening, and population genetics.

BIO-317   Stream Ecology3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-203

Corequisites: BIO-317L

This course examines the ecology of streams with an emphasis on the physical, chemical and biological organization of stream ecosystems. The course will also cover current theories in stream ecology. Students will learn laboratory and field methods for conducting stream research and will be expected to complete a field-based research project. Lectures and one four-hour laboratory weekly. Some weekend field trips are required.

BIO-317L   Stream Ecology Laboratory1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-203

Corequisites: BIO-317

This laboratory is for course BIO-317.

BIO-319   Ichthyology3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-203 or both ENV-260 and BIO-202

Corequisites: BIO-319L

A study of the evolution, classification, anatomy, and physiology of marine and freshwater fishes. Two lectures and one four-hour laboratory weekly. Some weekend field trips required.

BIO-319L   Ichthyology Laboratory1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-203 or both ENV-260 and BIO-202

Corequisites: BIO-319

The laboratory is for course BIO-319.

BIO-322.1   Field Botany3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-202 or BIO-129

Corequisites: BIO-322.1L

Field based investigation of diversity, history, and adaptations of plants with emphasis on local examples. Methods of taxonomic identification and classification emphasized. Two lectures and one four-hour laboratory period weekly. Some weekend field trips are required. When taught in the Summer Session, day-long and overnight field trips are required.

BIO-322.1L   Field Botany1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-202 or BIO-129

Corequisites: BIO-322.1

The lab section for BIO-322.1

BIO-326   Coastal Marine Ecology4 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-203 or both ENV-260 and BIO-202

Corequisites: BIO-326L

This course examines the ecology of coastal marine ecosystems (salt marshes, coral reefs, mangroves, sea grass beds, estuaries, barrier islands) with an emphasis on the physical, chemical, and biological organization of each system. The course will also cover current developments in coastal marine ecology, including discussion of human impacts on coastal systems. Lectures and an off-campus study component. Venues include but not limited to: Florida, Belize, the Caribbean, Hawaii.

BIO-326L   Coastal Marine Ecology Laboratory1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-324; BIO-203 or both ENV-260 and BIO-202

Corequisites: BIO-326

This is the laboratoryfor course BIO-326.

BIO-330   Cell Biology3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-202 and CHE-141

Corequisites: BIO-330L

Introduction to the components of cells and processes that occur in living cells. Topics include cell structure and function, genetic events, regulation of gene expression, and the chemical pathways of metabolism. Readings, lectures, discussions, and laboratory activities. Three lectures and one three-hour lab weekly.

BIO-330L   Cell Biology Laboratory1 credit

Corequisites: BIO-330

This is the laboratory for course BIO-330.

BIO-331   Evolution3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-203 and BIO-330

The study of organic evolution as an organizing principle of biology, including a synthesis of principles of population genetics, paleontology, ecology, and molecular, developmental and organismal biology. Three lectures and one three-hour lab weekly plus a weekend field trip.

BIO-331L   Evolution Laboratory1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-203L and BIO-330L

This is the laboratory course for BIO-331.

BIO-339.1   Mammalogy3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-203 or BIO-202 and ENV-260

Corequisites: BIO-339.1L

Biological principles as applied to mammals with emphasis on adaptations, behavior, evolution, classification, and ecological relationships. Three lectures and one four-hour laboratory weekly. Some overnight field trips may be required.

BIO-339.1L   Mammalogy Laboratory1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-203 or BIO-202 and ENV-260

Corequisites: BIO-339.1

This is the laboratory for course BIO-339.

BIO-345   Ecology3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-203 or both ENV-260 and BIO-202

Corequisites: BIO-345L

Interrelationships between plants, animals, and their environments. Emphasizes population interactions and community organization. Laboratory emphasizes techniques of ecosystem analysis. Three lectures and one four-hour laboratory weekly.

BIO-345L   Ecology Laboratory1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-203 or both ENV-260 and BIO-202

Corequisites: BIO-345

This is the laboratory course for BIO-345.

BIO-346   Field Biology4 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-346.1, BIO-203 or ENV-260 and BIO-202, KPHE-150.19

This course examines the ecology of tropical and subtropical ecosystems (coral reefs, mangroves, tropical rainforests, etc) with an emphasis on the physical, chemical, and biological organization of each system—including the physiological adaptations of organisms. The course will also introduce students to field biology techniques (e.g., field sampling, journaling, etc.). Field study locations include but are not limited to: Australia, Hawaii, and Belize. Students will complete an independent field research project suitable for presentation at a professional meeting. Students are selected based upon a competitive application process as well as completed prerequisite course work.

BIO-346.1   Field Biology Preparation2 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-203 or ENV-260 and BIO-202

This course will cover ecological concepts and field biology techniques in preparation for the Winter off-campus study course, BIO-346 Field Biology, in Australia, Hawaii, etc.

BIO-349   Vertebrate Natural History3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-203 or both ENV-260 and BIO-202

Corequisites: BIO-349L

Vertebrate classification, life histories, adaptations, distribution, and evolution. Three lectures, one four-hour laboratory weekly and occasional field trips.

BIO-349L   Vertebrate Natural History Laboratory1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-203 or both ENV-260 and BIO-202

Corequisites: BIO-349

This is the labaortory for course BIO-349.

BIO-354   Selected Topics: Human Anatomy1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-303 and permission

Corequisites: BIO-354L

A didactic/discussion course consisting of selected dissections on a cadaver and guided supervision of Human Anatomy (BIO-303) students. Limited enrollment.

BIO-354L   Selected Topics: Human Anatomy Laboratory1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-303

Corequisites: BIO-354

This is the laboratory course for BIO 354.

BIO-357   Molecular Biology3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-330

A detailed study of the mechanisms of spatial and temporal control of gene expression. Emphasis will be placed on recombinant DNA and bioinformatics techniques. This course will be taught as an integrated lab/lecture workshop.

BIO-360   Microbiology3 credits

Prerequisites: CHE-141 and BIO-202

Corequisites: BIO-360L

This course covers morphology and physiology of microorganisms, with an emphasis on medically-important bacteria and viruses. Methods of identifying and controlling the growth of microorganisms as well as host-microbe interactions will be explored. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory weekly.

BIO-360L   Microbiology Laboratory1 credit

Corequisites: BIO-360

This is the lab section for BIO-360.

BIO-361   Pathobiology3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-304

Concepts of pathobiology, to include causes, physiological mechanisms, symptoms, and patterns of pathogenesis of human disease.

BIO-365   Immunology3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-330

Study of immune responses at molecular, cellular, and organismal levels. Application of this knowledge to study autoimmunity, hypersensitivity, immunodeficiency, and manipulation of the immune system in the treatment of human diseases. Three lectures weekly.

BIO-365L   Immunology Laboratory1 credit

Corequisites: BIO-365

This lab may or may not be scheduled along with the BIO-365 lecture. When the laboratory is scheduled with the lecture, it is a required co-requisite course.

BIO-371   Endocrinology3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-330

Study of hormones and the mechanisms by which hormones regulate genetic and cellular function, and metabolism.

BIO-372   Developmental Biology3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-330

Corequisites: BIO-372L

Study of the main principles of animal developmental biology on the molecular, cellular, and organismal level. Three lecture/discussions and one three-hour lab weekly.

BIO-372L   Developmental Biology Laboratory1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-330

Corequisites: BIO-372

This is the lab section for BIO-372.

BIO-374   Animal Physiology3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-202 and BIO-330

Corequisites: BIO-374L

Comparative study of temperature, respiration, circulation, energy metabolism, homeostasis, and neuromuscular function. Three lectures/discussion and one three-hour laboratory weekly.

BIO-374L   Animal Physiology Laboratory1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-202 and BIO-330

Corequisites: BIO-374

This is the lab section for BIO-374.

BIO-375   Plant Physiology3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-202 and BIO-330

Corequisites: BIO-375L

Nutrition, gas exchange, water relations, transport, metabolism, growth, and development of plants with emphasis on environmental influences. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory weekly.

BIO-375L   Plant Physiology Laboratory1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-202 and BIO-330

Corequisites: BIO-375

Thhis is the lab section for BIO-375.

BIO-376   Neurophysiology3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-330

This course serves as an introduction to the structure and function of the nervous system. Topics include neurodevelopment, gross organization of the brain and spinal cord, biophysical properties of excitable cells, synaptic transmission, the processing of sensory information, motor control, and higher cognitive functions such as learning and memory. Laboratory studies include comparative neuroanatomy, the molecular and cellular basis of behavior in invertebrates, and neurophysiology.

BIO-376L   Neurophysiology Laboratory1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-330L

This is the laboratory course for Neurophysiology.

BIO-377   Physiology of Extremes3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-202 and BIO-330

Corequisites: BIO-377L

An in depth coverage of how organisms survive under extreme environmental conditions. Topics will include physiological adaptations to life in environments with extreme temperatures, oxygen concentrations, salinities, and limited water availability, such as deserts, high altitudes, and arctic or alpine tundra. Three lectures/discussions and one three-hour laboratory weekly.

BIO-377L   Physiology of Extremes Laboratory1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-202 and BIO-330

Corequisites: BIO-377

This is the laboratory course for BIO-377.

BIO-395   Research Methods & Techniques2 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

A laboratory course in selected areas such as cell biology and toxicology or molecular biology or bioinformatics. Working in a research group students critically evaluate scientific literature and solve problems using laboratory techniques typical of the selected area of study. Students enrolled in this course will be actively engaged in laboratory research and will be expected to conduct research projects outside of the scheduled class time period.

BIO-396   Biology Research1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

A laboratory or field research problem culminating in a paper or other final presentation according to departmental guidelines. See specific guidelines in the student handbook for written and/or oral presentations. Students enrolled in BIO-396 must complete relevant safety training prior to beginning laboratory or field work. In addition, students must complete a course in research ethics such as Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) or equivalent by mid-term.

BIO-397   Internship1 - 6 credits

Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing and Instructor permission

Internships are designed to give students experience in the fields of their interest, and are coordinated through the Center for Experiential Learning (CEL). A written summary of the internship and a seminar are presented to the department at the conclusion of the internship. See CEL internship guidelines. See internship guidelines.

BIO-398   Readings & Conference1 - 2 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

Independent reading and weekly conference with a faculty supervisor. Appropriate for fields of special interest, but will not substitute for required courses.

BIO-450   Biology Capstone Seminar3 credits

Prerequisites: Senior standing

A capstone seminar course focuses on topics that integrate molecular, cellular, organismal, and population processes; course topics vary. Readings, lectures, and discussions. May be repeated for credit with different topics.

BIO-490   Laboratory Assistant1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

Laboratory assistants gain experience in laboratory techniques and science education by working closely with faculty and staff preparing teaching laboratories. All Laboratory Assistants must submit a Laboratory Assistant Agreement to the department chair. May be repeated for credit up to 3 times.

BIO-494   Independent Study1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

Library research in biology. Critical review of literature pertaining to a problem or specialized topic in biology culminating in a paper written according to department guidelines. See independent study guidelines.

BIO-495   Research Methods and Techniques2 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

A laboratory course in selected areas such as cell biology and toxicology or molecular biology or bioinformatics. Working in a research group students critically evaluate scientific literature and solve problems using laboratory techniques typical of the selected area of study. Students enrolled in this course will be actively engaged in laboratory research and will be expected to conduct research projects outside of the scheduled class time period.

BIO-496   Biology Research1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-396

A laboratory or field research problem culminating in a paper or other final presentation according to departmental guidelines. Students enrolled in BIO-496 must complete relevant safety training prior to beginning laboratory or field work. In addition, students must complete a course in research ethics such as Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) or equivalent by mid-term. See independent study guidelines.

BIO-497   Research Internship1 - 6 credits

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing and Instructor permission

Research Internships are designed to give students independent research experience in the fields of their interest, and are coordinated through the Center for Experiential Learning (CEL). A written summary of the internship and a seminar are presented to the department at the conclusion of the internship. See internship guidelines.

BIO-499   Senior Comprehensive Examination0 credits

A written comprehensive examination designed to measure the full range of students' understanding of biology. To pass BIO-499, a student must pass the written exam according to the criteria set by the Biology Department. Students failing to score a passing grade must pass an Oral Comprehensive exam given by the biology faculty in the following Winter or Spring term.