A minor in Biology must include 15 credit hours of biology course work, with at least 9 hours at the 3000-level or above.
BIOL 1001. Environmental Impact of Natural Disasters. 1-0-1 Unit.
Involves discussion and study of recent natural disasters, their environmental and economic ramifications, including the environmental characteristics of the impacted area, how man has altered that environment over time and how this impact influenced the events of the disaster.
BIOL 1100. Human Biology. 3-0-3 Units.
Prepares students for employment in the health professions. Topics include basic chemistry, cell biology, genetics, and digestive, excretory, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, reproductive, and skeletal systems. Laboratory demonstrations and practices are included. (Career Course)(F,S,M)
BIOL 1105K. Environmental Studies. 3-2-4 Units.
Focuses on the interrelationship of the biological and physical components of the environment and the impact of human activities on the biosphere.(F,S,M)
BIOL 1107K. Principles of Biology I. 3-2-4 Units.
Introduces fundamental unifying principles of biology. Topics include scientific method, biological chemistry, cell structure and function, energetics, cell division, genetics and evolution.(F,S,M)
BIOL 1108K. Principles of Biology II. 3-2-4 Units.
Continuation of BIOL 1107. Topics include the structure and function of the following animal, including human, systems: nervous, circulatory, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine, and reproductive, as well as diversity, development, behavior and ecology.(F,S,M)
BIOL 1203K. Principles of Botany. 3-2-4 Units.
Introduces students to plant cell biology, anatomy, physiology, genetics, biotechnology, economic importance, diversity, and classification. Teaches students sterile technique, basic plant tissue culture, and techniques for microscopic observation of plants.(S)
BIOL 1224K. Entomology. 3-2-4 Units.
Presents an introduction to the anatomy, biology, and behavior of insects. The laboratory emphasizes classification and identification of insects to family, which are required as part of assembling a collection during the course.(F)
BIOL 2212K. Anatomy and Physiology I. 3-3-4 Units.
Focuses on the study of human anatomy and physiology. Topics include chemistry, cells, tissues, and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems. (This course will satisfy an Area D or Area F requirement only if specifically listed as an option for the program of study.)(F,S,M)
BIOL 2213K. Anatomy and Physiology II. 3-3-4 Units.
Continues the study of human anatomy and physiology begun in Biology 2212. Topics covered include the circulatory-lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive-metabolic, excretory, and reproductive systems and human development and heredity. (This course will satisfy an Area D or Area F requirement only if specifically listed as an option for the program of study).(F,S,M)
BIOL 2215K. Microbiology. 3-2-4 Units.
Introduces students to the biology of viruses, bacteria, fungi, and protozoan and animal parasites. Teaches students the fundamental principles of microbiology with special emphasis on the relationships of microbes to man. Trains students to isolate, culture, and identify microbes in a laboratory. (This course will satisfy an Area D or Area F requirement only if specifically listed as an option for the program of study).(F,S,M)
BIOL 2270. Ethical Issues in Science. 2-0-2 Units.
Provides an introduction to basic ethical concepts and develops the concept of ethical decision-making and how this applies to the increasing number of biological ethics decisions made daily. A variety of bioethical questions will be proposed and students will explore the science and social science aspects of each particular question.(F,S)
BIOL 3200K. Cellular Biology. 3-3-4 Units.
An exploration of the basic unit of living organisms. Study of the structure and function of cellular structures with emphasis on the unifying nature of cell membrane systems, cellular energetics, motility and transport intercellular interactions, cellular communication, and cell division. Laboratory experiences introduce basic cytological study techniques.(F,S)
BIOL 3300K. Developmental Biology. 3-2-4 Units.
Introduces students to the developmental process in animals beginning with the formation of gametes through the embryonic stages, birth, maturation and aging. Anatomical development, experimental embryology and the molecular mechanisms of cell differentiation will be covered. Laboratory techniques in developmental biology including animal cell and tissue cultures will be utilized.(S)
BIOL 3340K. General Microbiology. 3-2-4 Units.
Introduces students to the biology of noncellular, prokaryotic, and eukaryotic microorganisms. Topics include microbial metabolism, genetics, systematics, pathogenesis, epidemiology, and ecology. The history of microbiology, host defense against disease, and human exploitation of microbes will also be studied. The laboratory introduces students to the culture and identification of microorganisms.(F,S)
BIOL 3400K. Genetics. 3-3-4 Units.
A study of Mendelian principles, molecular genetics and population genetics. Topics include simple Mendelian inheritance, extensions of Mendelian inheritance, linkage, genetic mapping, quantitative inheritance, population genetics, prokaryotic genetics, and molecular genetics.(F,S)
BIOL 3500K. Ecology. 3-3-4 Units.
A study of the interrelationships of organisms with their physical and biological environment. Topics include an exploration of adaptations, population structure and dynamics, organization and classification of communities, and nutrient and energy flows in ecosystems.(S)
BIOL 3510K. Plant Biology. 3-3-4 Units.
BIOL 3520K. Invertebrate Zoology. 3-3-4 Units.
An in depth examination of the taxonomy, morphology, physiology, and evolution of the more common invertebrate phyla. A study of the distribution and interspecific relationships among invertebrates and other forms of life.(F)
BIOL 3550. Conservation Biology. 3-0-3 Units.
An in depth study of the biological aspects of environmental crises and how principles from major areas in biology can provide solutions to the conservation of species and ecosystems. Major topics will include population ecology, population genetics, and community ecology. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of conservation we will discuss the social and political aspects of the field. Supplemental readings will come from primary literature. A semester long project which requires developing a management plan for a novel environmental problem is required.(S)
BIOL 3900. Readings in Biology. 2-0-2 Units.
Independent in-depth study of the literature within a topic of current research in Biology.(F,S,M)
BIOL 4000. Senior Seminar. 2-0-2 Units.
Survey of various topics, especially highlighting the interdisciplinary nature of biology.(F,S)
BIOL 4100. Immunology. 3-0-3 Units.
Provides an introduction to the cellular and molecular basis of the immune response, which includes antigen presentation, immunogenetics, effector mechanisms, and medical immunology.(F)
BIOL 4250. Evolution. 3-0-3 Units.
A study of the principles of evolutionary biology including discussions of natural selection, adaptation, population genetics, speciation, and phylogeny reconstruction, and the distribution, abundance and adaptations of living organisms as mediated by the environment and natural selection.(F)
BIOL 4275. Bioremediation and Phytoremediation. 3-0-3 Units.
Bioremediation and phytoremediation use microbes and plants, respectively, in the treatment of contaminated soils and water. These methods are increasingly utilized at sites requiring remediation, either individually or in conjunction with more traditional remediation techniques. This course will examine the histories, theories, benefits, drawbacks and applications of various bioremediation and phytoremediation techniques of organic and inorganic pollutants. Some of the techniques addressed will be natural attenuation, biodegradation, biofiltration, phytoextraction and phytostabilization.(F)
BIOL 4360K. Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology. 3-3-4 Units.
Broad comparative analysis of vertebrate morphology by considering anatomical structure and function and the integration of these structures in the individual organism, as well as the functional process of vertebrate organs and organ systems, and their physiological integration. Consideration will be given to the relationship between structure and functional demands of vertebrates to particular environments as well as the details of each vertebrate organ system, emphasizing the structure-function relationship of the organs/organ systems, and the range of structural and evolutionary modifications of organ systems seen in different vertebrate classes.(F)
BIOL 4410K. Molecular Biology. 3-3-4 Units.
In depth examination of the molecular aspects of cell structure and function, emphasizing the chemical and molecular basis of cellular physiology. Addresses genetic function at the chromosomal and molecular levels, gene expression, and regulation.(F)
BIOL 4500K. Biotechnology. 3-3-4 Units.
A study of the applied aspects of biochemistry and molecular biology in various fields, with emphasis on the use of recombinant DNA methods and protein engineering.(S)
BIOL 4900. Special Topics in Biology. 3-0-3 Units.
A detailed examination of one topic culminating in a research paper. Any field of biology may be included in these topics. Course may be repeated for credit when topic differs.(F,S)
BIOL 4960. Research in Biology. 1-0-1 Unit.
Research project conducted by a student under guidance of a faculty member. Repeatable for a maximum of 4 hours.(F,S,M)