Biology

Classes

BIOL 101 : General Biology

An introductory sequence of two courses designed for all Biology majors that presents the unifying concepts of contemporary biology at all organizational levels through integrated lectures and laboratories. All basic life properties in prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems are studied.

Credits

4

BIOL 102 : General Biology II

An introductory sequence of two courses designed for all Biology majors that presents the unifying concepts of contemporary biology at all organizational levels through integrated lectures and laboratories. All basic life properties in both prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems are studied.

Credits

4

BIOL 200 : Genetics

Introduction to the study of the chemical composition and structure of the genetic material and its transmission and function in development and metabolism. Combines classical and molecular-biological approaches to the understanding of mechanisms of inheritance.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 101/102.

BIOL 204 : Science and Public Policy

This course explores ethical, historical, and political aspects of the utilization of scientific knowledge for the development of public policy.

Credits

3

BIOL 205 : Invertebrate Biology

Study of representative invertebrates, including the morphology, life history, and phylogenetic relationships.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 101/102.

BIOL 207 : Biosphere

An examination of the evolutionary history of the dynamics of the biosphere (the upper few kilometers of the crust, atmosphere, oceans, and anthroposhere) with particular focus on the role of life in the regulation of chemical and physical conditions.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 101/102.

BIOL 208 : Native Plants

Nontechnical field and laboratory course dealing with the collection, identification, preparation, and uses of native wild plants. BIOL 101/102.

Credits

4

BIOL 210 : Field Biology

Field course involving the collection, preservation, and identification of native and introduced Flora and Fanua.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 101/102.

BIOL 217 : Honors Orientation

 Pursuit of an independent literature research problem in one subdiscipline.For Honors students only

Credits

1

Prerequisites

Sophomore status and consent of instructor.

BIOL 218 : Directed Readings

A supervised study on a topic chosen in conjunction with an appropriate faculty supervisor. For Honors students only.

Credits

1

Prerequisites

Sophomore status and consent of instructor.

BIOL 220 : General Microbiology

Introductory course involving study of the identification, culture, physiology, and genetics of bacteria

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 101/102

BIOL 230 : Ecology

This lecture-laboratory course considers how the physical and biotic environments of animal and plant species influence patterns of distribution and abundance, with specific emphasis on features of natural communities.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 101/102.

BIOL 240 : Evolution

Includes the study of Darwin's theory of evolution and its implications, evidence from various biological disciplines supporting Darwin's evolutionary theory, chemical evolution and organic evolution from the cell to modern man. 

Credits

3

Prerequisites

BIOL 200. 

BIOL 251 : Comparative Anatomy

Lectures analyze the functional anatomy of vertebrates and the evolution and embryonic development of their structures and functions. Laboratories involve dissection of selected vertebrate organisms. 

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 101/102.

BIOL 253 : Plant Anatomy

Lecture-laboratory course dealing with the study of the structure and development of the cells, tissues, and organs of vascular plants.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 101/102.

BIOL 302 : Organismal Biology

A comprehensive study of form, physiology, and phylogeny in the major groups of living organisms. Emphasis on the commonality of mechanisms utilized for growth, reproduction, and adaptation to environmental change by different groups of organisms. MARC Honor Course.

Credits

4

BIOL 310 : Cell Biology

Examines the chemistry, structure, and function of cells and their components and the microscopic details of mammalian tissues and organs.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 200

BIOL 315 : Quantitative Biology

An introduction to quantitative methods of measuring biological processes, evaluating and interpreting experimental data, and monitoring biological phenoma. Marc Honors Course.

Credits

3

BIOL 317/318 : Directed Readings

A supervised study on a topic chosen in conjunction with an appropriate faculty supervisor. For Honors students only.

Credits

1

Prerequisites

 Junior status and consent of instructor.

BIOL 320 : Molecular Biology

Discussion and experimentation covering the structure and function of prokaryotic and eukaryotic genomes and their gene products. Regulation of genetic expression is stressed. The theoretical basis and application of current research techniques used in basic and applied molecular biology and genetic engineering are covered.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 200.

BIOL 328 : Global Climate Change

Discussion and experimentation covering the structure and function of prokaryotic and eukaryotic genomes and their gene products. Regulation of genetic expression is stressed. The theoretical basis and application of current research techniques used in basic and applied molecular biology and genetic engineering are covered. 

Prerequisites

BIOL 230.

BIOL 329 : Global Environment

This course is an introduction to global ecology. It considers the critical problems facing humanity with regard to environmental ecological damage, agriculture, climatic change and depletable mineral, water and energy resources. All spatial scales are discussed with emphasis on global/local/urban interrelations and their impact on human health and ecosystems. The global environmental/ecological crisis I discussed in the context of North/South relations.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

BIOL 101/102 or consent of the instructor.

BIOL 340 : Bacterial Physiology

Comprehensive study of biochemical mechanisms and physiological behavior in bacteria. Prerequisites BIOL 220, and CHEM. 142.

Credits

3

BIOL 341 : Animal Physiology

Lecture-laboratory course covering the muscles, nervous system, reproduction, and physiological regulation.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIOL101/102.

BIOL 344 : Plant Physiology

Study of the physiologic processes and regulatory mechanisms associated with growth and development primarily in higher plants.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 101/102.

BIOL 348 : Biogeochemistry

Survey of the distribution of the elements composing the earth with discussion of the reasons underlying these patterns, including examination of biological interactions.

Credits

3

BIOL 402 : Insect Biology

This lecture/laboratory course includes taxonomy, morphology, physiology, behavior, and ecological and evolutionary relationships in the class Insecta.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

BIOL 101/102, and BIOL 200.

BIOL 403 : Research in Parastism

Considers the biology of metazoan parasites of man and animals and the host-parasite relationship.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Consent of instructor.

BIOL 404 : Parasitology

Considers the biology of protozoan and metazoan parasites of man and animals and the host-parasite relationship.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

consent of instructor.

BIOL 405 : Social Insects

Deals with behavioral and systemic studies in social insects in their natural habitats.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 101/102.

BIOL 407 : Ichthyology,

A study of fish biology, including taxonomy, morphology, population dynamics and distribution of fishes, and a critical review of current ichthyological research. The laboratory consists of field experience, along with dissection of representative forms.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 101/102 or consent of instructor.

BIOL 408 : Herpetology

This lecture-laboratory course concerns the study of amphibians and reptiles and focuses on the taxonomic, morphological, physiological, behavioral, ecological and evolutionary relationships among members of these vertebrates.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 101/102 or consent of instructor.

BIOL 409 : Animal Behavior

Environmental and quantitative approach to behavior illustrating basic principles, with emphasis on physiological bases, ecological correlates, and evolutionary aspects.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 101/102 or consent of instructor, BIOL 310 or consent of instructor.

BIOL 410 : Plant Systematics

Lecture-laboratory course involving the basic principles and concepts in the classification and nomenclature of vascular plants.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 101/102.

BIOL 413 : Developmental Biology

Discusses gametogenesis, fertilization, cleavage, differentiation and mechanisms controlling these processes. Laboratory includes study of living invertebrate specimens.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 310 or  BIOL 320.

BIOL 415 : Molecular Genetics

Lecture-laboratory course in which studies of plant an microbial genomes are conducted through nucleic acid analysis and applications of recombinant-DNA technology and environmental mutagenesis.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 101/102, BIOL 200, CHEM. 156 or the equivalent; and advanced standing.

BIOL 416 : Advanced Cytology

Analyzes untrastructural cytology, with emphasis on current techniques in transmission and scanning electron microscopy and cytochemistry.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 101/102, BIOL 200, BIOL 310.

BIOL 420 : Cancer Biology

Examines normal vs. cancerous cell growth; examines genetic mechanisms, protein modifications and the multi-hit hypothesis that leads to cancer onset, as well as associated stages of disease and treatment/therapies.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

BIOL  310 OR 320; CHEM through Organic

BIOL 421 : Virology

Study of the structure, biochemistry, and biologic relations of viruses.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

BIOL 220 or CHEM. 141.

BIOL 422 : Immunology

Covers humoral and cellular immunity against infections and non-self agents; cellular interactions and differentiations events associated with the immune response; and applications of immunology to biomedicine.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 310; Chemistry through organic

BIOL 424 : Environmental Microbiology

An integrated approach to studying the role of microorganisms in environmental waste management. The microbiology of air, water, soil and sewers are addressed. Emphases are placed on the public health implications of microbes and their products in the environment, and the role of microbes in bioremediation of hazardous chemical wastes.

Prerequisites

BIOL 220.

BIOL 425 : Pathogenic Bacteriology

Lecture-laboratory course in which the pathways of etiological agents of disease, methods of identification and therapy, and control measures are considered.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 220.

BIOL 426 : Food Microbiology

Lecture-laboratory course involving the microbiology and epidemiology of food-borne diseases and food poisoning and microbiology of fermented foods. Methods of prevention and identification are considered.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 220.

BIOL 430 : Biostatistics

Deals with measures of central tendency and dispersion; binominal, student, and chi-square distribution; and hypothesis testing related to biological problems.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

college algebra or the equivalent.

BIOL 432 : Plant Populations and Communities

Lectures, labs and field trips introduce students to the structure and dynamics of plant populations and communities from an evolutionary perspective. Students develop and awareness of abiotic factors and ecological relationships between species that influence the abundance and distribution of plants in the natural environment, and the important role of plants in the global ecosystem. Laboratory exercises allow students to design and implement field and greenhouse experiments. Students will gain experience with internet resources in searching the primary literature in plant ecology, as well as analyzing and presenting scientific data.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 101/102, BIOL 200, BIOL, 230 or consent of instructor.

BIOL 441 : Endocrinology

.Examines the endocrine system in a systematic manner, beginning with consideration of the chemistry, function and physiological roles of the hormones. Special emphasis on the molecular mechanism of action of these hormones and how are they are involved in the regulation of physiological processes. 

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 200, Chemistry through organic and consent of instructor.

BIOL 444 : Neurobiology/Neuroscience

The function of the nervous systems from a molecular and cellular perspective. Topics include cellular neurophysiology, synaptic transmission, processing of sensory information and motor control of movement. 

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 341.

BIOL 445 : Biochemical Genetics

Study of the chemical nature of the genetic materials, mutation, the genetic code, protein synthesis, enzyme subunit structure, genetic complementation, and gene action and development.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 101/102, BIOL 200, CHEM. 142, and consent of instructor.

BIOL 446 : Mycology

General study of the biology of fungi, with emphasis on their development, phylogency, and ecologic distribution.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 101/102.

BIOL 448 : Techniques in Biological Chemistry

Introduces student to the theoretical bases and practical applications of experimental techniques in cellular biochemistry. Lecture-laboratory instruction on the following: pH, buffers and solutions (gravimetric and spectrophotometric methods); purification of enzymes and other proteins by chromatographic (MEC, IEC, etc.) and electrophoretic (PAGE, SDS-PAGE, IEF) methods; enzyme kinetics (Km, inhibition); isozymes (pl, Km, Mr, densitometry); estimation of relative molecular mass of proteins by denaturing and non-denaturing methods (retardation coefficients); quantitative (graphic and statistical) analysis of experimental data; BASIC computer programming.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

a survey course in biochemistry.

BIOL 449 : Population Genetics

Focuses on the genetic structure of population, factors affecting gene frequency, geno-type-environment interaction, and genetic relationship in natural and artificial populations.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 200 and consent of instructor.

BIOL 450 : Molecular Genetics

Students learn transcription and translational regulation of gene expression, concepts of knockout and transgenic technology, RFLP and restriction mapping, and fundamental concepts of molecular aspects of genome size, concepts in bioinformatics and hands-on experience in basic recombinant DNA techniques.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 200, 320 or CHEM 151 (Biochemistry)

BIOL 451 : Ultrastructure

Course in electron microscopy undertaking methods of preparation of biological specimens and a study of their fine structure.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 310 or equivalent.

BIOL 452 : Cell Signaling

Study selected pathways of signal tranduction as they relate to information transfer from cell surface receptors to DNA binding sites and/or response elements within the nucleus.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 310 or equivalent.

BIOL 454 : Principles of Plant Pathology

Lecture-laboratory study of the nature, etiologic agents, and host-parasite interactions associated with plant disease development.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 101/102 and advanced standing.

BIOL 457 : Morphology of Lower Plants

Intensive examination of the development, ecology, and phylogenetic relationships of the prokaryotes, fungi, algal groups, and bryophytes.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 101/102 and advanced standing.

BIOL 459 : Morphology of Vascular Plants

In-depth study of the origin, structure, ontogenetic patterns, and evolutionary relationships of vascular plants. Alternate year course.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 101/102.

BIOL 462 : Biotechnology

Prepares students with an in-depth understanding of modern techniques in molecular genetics so they can compete in an ever-growing biotechnology job market.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIOL 320 or BIOL 450

BIOL 489 : Honors Research

Conception and development of an individual research project.

Credits

1 - 3

Prerequisites

Enrollment in the COAS Honors Program and consent of instructor.

BIOL 493, 494 : Senior Seminar

 Weekly seminar for undergraduates on current topics in biology.

Credits

1

Prerequisites

BIOL 200 and all core electives.

BIOL 495/496 : Honors Research

A course designed to provide students with the opportunity to plan and execute research problems which denote a level of creativity and mastery of research technology beyond that expected in standard laboratory training. Marc Honors Course.

Credits

3

BIOL 498/499 : Honors Seminar

 Weekly seminar devoted to discussions of various aspects of biological research. Emphasis is placed on presentations by invited speakers and presentations of student research projects. Marc Honors Course.

Credits

0

BIOL 801 : Environmental Studies I

An interdisciplinary examination of environmental issues with particular attention to impacts affecting communities at local and regional levels. Particular attention will be paid to anthropological, biological, ethical, political and social aspects.

Credits

3

BIOL 802 : Environmental Studies II

An interdisciplinary examination of environmental issues with particular attention to causal factors and impacts at national and global levels. Particular attention will be paid to anthropological, biological, ethical, political and social aspects.

Credits

3