Biology Courses

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

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 especially 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

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 corequisite 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 corequisite course.

BIO-129 Murder, Medicine, & Magic3 credits

Corequisites:BIO-129L

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 corequisite; the combination of the lecture and laboratory will fulfill the laboratory requirement of the natural science minor.

BIO-129L Murder, Medicine, & 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 corequisite course.

BIO-140 Idaho Natural History3 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

The laboratory course for BIO-140.

BIO-145 Drugs, Brains, and Behavior3 credits

Corequisites:BIO-145L

This course explores fundamental neuroscience concepts with an emphasis on how the nervous system is affected 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 corequisite course.

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

Corequisites:BIO-145

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-210 may be substituted for BIO-201 for all academic programs.

BIO-201L Molecules to Cells1 credit

Corequisites:BIO-201

The laboratory course for BIO-201.

BIO-202 Organismal Biology3 credits

Prerequisites:BIO-201 or BIO-210

Corequisites:BIO-202L

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

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

The third course in a three-semester sequence for biology majors. Examines the ecology, evolution, and diversity of life. Topics 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

The laboratory course for BIO-203. Includes discussion, field study, and laboratory experience

BIO-210 Molecules to Cells with Integrated Laboratory Research4 credits

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. Students enrolled in this course will undertake a rigorous semester-long research project with an emphasis on independent laboratory work, 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. The class is taught in an integrated lecture-lab block. BIO-210 may be substituted for BIO-201 for all academic programs.

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. See independent study guidelines.

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.

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.

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

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. 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

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.