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BIO-303   Human Anatomy and Physiology I3 credits

Prerequisites: CHE-141 and BIO-202

Corequisites: BIO-303L

This course is the first of two providing a comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Selected topics include body organization; histology; cytology; integumentary system, musculoskeletal system, and the nervous system. Clinical applications will be emphasized. Laboratory activities include the study of a prosected human cadaver. This course is designed for pre-health professions students and well-prepared students interested in Human Biology.

BIO-303L   Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-202

Corequisites: BIO-303

The laboratory course for BIO-303. Laboratory activities include the study of a prosected human cadaver. This course is designed for pre-health professions students and well-prepared students interested in Human Biology.

BIO-304   Human Anatomy and Physiology II3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-303 and 303L

Corequisites: BIO-304L

This course provides a continuation of a comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Selected topics include the cardiovascular, pulmonary, digestive, immune and lymphatic, endocrine and urinary and reproductive systems. Clinical applications will be emphasized. Laboratory work includes dissection of preserved specimens (cadaver), microscopic study, physiologic experiments, and computer simulations. This course is designed for pre-health professions students.

BIO-304L   Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-303 and 303L

Corequisites: BIO-304

This is the laboratory component of BIO-304. Laboratory work includes dissection of preserved specimens (cadaver), microscopic study, physiologic experiments, and computer simulations.

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

Corequisites: BIO-311

The laboratory course for BIO-311.

BIO-316   Genetics3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-201 or BIO-210, BIO-202, CHE-141, CHE-142 and Junior Standing

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 also covers 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 4-hour laboratory weekly. Some weekend field trips are required.

BIO-317L   Stream Ecology Laboratory1 credit

Corequisites: BIO-317

The laboratory course for 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 4-hour laboratory weekly. Some weekend field trips required.

BIO-319L   Ichthyology Laboratory1 credit

Corequisites: BIO-319

The laboratory course for 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 4-hour laboratory period weekly. Some weekend field trips are required. When taught in the Summer, day-long and overnight field trips are required.

BIO-322.1L   Field Botany1 credit

Corequisites: BIO-322.1

The laboratory course 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 are not limited to Florida, Belize, the Caribbean, Hawaii.

BIO-326L   Coastal Marine Ecology Laboratory1 credit

Prerequisites: x

Corequisites: BIO-326

The laboratory course for 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 3-hour lab weekly.

BIO-330L   Cell Biology Laboratory1 credit

Corequisites: BIO-330

The laboratory course for BIO-330.

BIO-331   Evolution3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-203 and BIO-330

Corequisites: BIO-331L

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 3-hour lab weekly plus a weekend field trip.

BIO-331L   Evolution Laboratory1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-203L and BIO-330L

Corequisites: BIO-331

The laboratory course for BIO-331.

BIO-339   Mammalogy3 credits

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

Corequisites: BIO-339L

Biological principles as applied to mammals with emphasis on adaptations, behavior, evolution, classification, and ecological relationships. Three lectures and one 4-hour laboratory weekly. Some overnight field trips may be required.

BIO-339L   Mammalogy Laboratory1 credit

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

Corequisites: BIO-339

The laboratory course for 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 4-hour laboratory weekly.

BIO-345L   Ecology Laboratory1 credit

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

Corequisites: BIO-345

The laboratory course for BIO-345.

BIO-346   Field Biology4 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-346.1; BIO-203 or ENV-260; 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-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 4-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

The laboratory course for BIO-349.

BIO-354   Selected Topics: Human Anatomy1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-303 and Instructor 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 and Instructor permission

Corequisites: BIO-354

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 3-hour laboratory weekly.

BIO-360L   Microbiology Laboratory1 credit

Corequisites: BIO-360

The laboratory course 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.

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.

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 3-hour lab weekly.

BIO-372L   Developmental Biology Laboratory1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-330

Corequisites: BIO-372

The laboratory course 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 3-hour laboratory weekly.

BIO-374L   Animal Physiology Laboratory1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-202 and BIO-330

Corequisites: BIO-374

The laboratory course 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 3-hour laboratory weekly.

BIO-375L   Plant Physiology Laboratory1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-202 and BIO-330

Corequisites: BIO-375

The laboratory course for BIO-375.

BIO-376   Neurophysiology3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-330

Corequisites: BIO-376L

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-330

Corequisites: BIO-376

The laboratory course for BIO-376.

BIO-377   Physiology of Extremes3 credits

Prerequisites: BIO-202 and BIO-330

Corequisites: BIO-377L

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 3-hour laboratory weekly.

BIO-377L   Physiology of Extremes Laboratory1 credit

Prerequisites: BIO-202 and BIO-330

Corequisites: BIO-377

The laboratory course for BIO-377.

BIO-395   Research Methods and Techniques2 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

A laboratory course in selected areas such as cell biology and toxicology, 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

A laboratory or field research problem culminating in a paper or other final presentation according to departmental guidelines. 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

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 internship guidelines. See internship guidelines.

BIO-398   Readings and 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.