Department of Biology

Course Descriptions

1401 Diversity of Life.
This course studies the diversity of living organisms, structure and function of plants and animals, ecology, and evolution.  It provides a foundation for advanced courses in biology, but also serves as the sciences core requirement.  Fee. (Fall, Spring)

1402 Unity of Life.
This course studies the cellular and molecular biology of living organisms.  Cell structure and function, metabolism and genetics are emphasized.  It serves as a foundation for advanced courses in biology and is required for biology, nutrition, and pre-pharmacy majors. Prerequisites: CHEM 1301, 1101.  Fee (Fall, spring)

2121, 2122 Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I and 11.
Serves to clarify material from the corresponding lectures. Fee.

2321, 2322 Anatomy and Physiology I and 11.
These courses examines the gross structure and functions of the human organism. It is designed for students in the paramedical fields, biology, and physical education. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of chemistry.

2431 Human Physiology for Pharmacy Practice

This course examines the functions of the human organism.  It is designed for students enrolled in the Pre-Pharmacy program.  Lecture and Laboratory.  Fee (Fall, Spring)

2474 Introductory Microbiology and Laboratory.
This course is designed for majors in Nursing. It describes microorganism, their characteristics, isolation, growth, and application to public health, foods, and industry. Prerequisite: CHEM 1320. Fee (Fall, Spring)

3410 Soil Conservation

This course involves the study of social, environmental, and economic value of soil, and processess related to soil degradation.  This course includes an examination of the basic principles of soil conservation and associated use of best management practices, and a study of the technological advances.

3411 Molecular Biology of the Cell and Laboratory.
This course describes the structure and function of animals and plant cells, with emphasis on molecular biology. Prerequisites: BIOL 1402, CHEM 1302 or permission of the instructor. Fee. (Fall, Spring)

3430 Structure and Function of Animals and Laboratory
This course studies the functional anatomy and physsiological processes in animals by comparing different animal groups, evolutionary history of animals' phyla, structural adaptations of animals, and the relationship of these modifications to different habitat and environmental conditions.  Prerequisite: BIOL 1402, CHEM 1302 or permission of the instructor.  Fee. (Fall)

3442 Ecology and Laboratory.
This course studies the biological and physical environments, and the dynamic relationships of population and communities.  Prerequisite: Admission to the major or permission of the instructor.  Fee (Fall, Spring)

3461 Genetics and Laboratory

This course studies the principles of heredity and their application to model systems and biotechnology.  Student directed activities include case studies analysis, laboratory, and inquiry studies.  Prerequisites: BIOL 1402, CHEM 1302 or permission of the instructor.  Fee (Fall, Spring)

3471-General Microbiology.
This course is designed for biology and nutrition majors.  The principles of morphology, taxonomy, metabolism, and molecular biology of microbial cells and viruses will be presented.  Prerequisites: BIOL 1402, CHEM 1302.  Fee (Spring)

4415 Geographic Information Systems in Biology
GeographicInformation Systems (GIS) in Biology is a computer assemblage that has the capability to create a comprehensive database with many layers of information.  The assemblage provides visualization of spatial patterns by cross-referencing different layers of information.  This course concentrates on GIS applications in Biology.   Prerequisites: BIOL 1402, CHEM 1302 or permission of the instructor.  Fee (Spring, even-numbered years)

4420 Vertebrate Zoology and Laboratory

This course studies the evolutionary history and patterns of distribution of vertebrates and their structural and behavioral adaptations.  Prerequisites: BIOL 1402, CHEM 1302 or permission of the instructor. Fee (Spring, even-numbered years)


4344 Evolution and Systematics
This course examines classification principles, evolutionary patterns, mechanisms, and processes for change over time in plants and animals.  Prerequisites: BIOL 1402, CHEM 1302 or permission of the instructor. Fee. (Spring)

4450 Entomology and Laboratory
This broad survey of sub-disciplines within entomology covers beneficial and harmful aspects of insects, including production of silk and honey, agricultural pests, household and structural pests, and those insects that are of medical and veterinary importance because they transmit disease. The toxicology of insecticides and pest management by biological control will also be studied. Prerequisites: BIOL 1402, CHEM 1302 or permission of the instructor. Fee. (Fall)

4351/4352 Biochemistry and Laboratory
This course studies the structure and function of biologically significant molecules, enzymology, intermediary metabolism, biosynthesis of macromolecules, bioenergenics, and molecular biology. Cross-referenced as CHEM 4351/4352.  Prerequisite: BIOL 1402, CHEM 1302 and at least one semester of organic chemistry, or permission of the instructor. (Fall)

4151 Biochemistry Laboratory

This course is an introduction to the fundamental laboratory techniques, methods, instrumentation, and calculations used in Biochemistry laboratories, and amplifies material learned in Biochemistry lectures.  Cross-referenced as BIOL 4151.  Co-requisite: 4351.  Fee (Fall)

4444-Evolution and Systematics.
3 hours lecture and 4 hours laboratory/field. Examination of evolutionary patterns, mechanisms and processes. Classification principles are applied in a laboratory where chromosomal, morphometric and electrophoretic techniques are employed. Prerequisite: 9 hours of biology. Fee.

4460 Research in Water Quality
Applied biological and hydrological studies of the stream and associated flood plain environment including plant and macro-invertebrate survey, stream flow analysis, water chemistry and applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for accurate mapping and detailed field data recording. Evaluation of current and potential point and non-point sources of water pollution and introduction into environmental impact analysis. Prerequisites: Senior level Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science majors. Other students must have permission of the instructor and at least 18 credit hours of introductory and advance course work in Biology or Chemistry or Geology. Fee (Fall)

4370 Molecular Biology

This course presents the structure, expression, replication , and recombination of nucleic acids (DNA and RNA). The interaction of proteins with DNA will be presented. The organization of genes in the genomes of viruses, bacteria, yeast and animals will be discussed. Current methods of recombinant DNA technology will be presented. Applications of technologies of molecular biology will be discussed. Prerequisites: BIOL 3411 or BIOL 3471 (Fall, odd-numbered years)

4375 Medical Microbiology

This course presents the mechanisms of host defense, pathogeneis, and antimicrobial therapy. Medically important viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, helminthes are survyed Characteristics of infectious diseases are examined. Prerequisite: BIOL 3471 (Spring, even-numbered years).

4380 Virology

This course presents the structure, replication, and properties of viruses.  Interactions of viruses with the immune system, vaccination and chemotherapy for prevention and treatment of viral diseases will be discussed.  Prerequisite: BIOL 3471.

4385 Immunology

This course presents the function of the immune system with regard to innate immunity, the recogniton of foreign antigens, the development and function of lymphocytes, and the health consequences of immune failure.  Prerequisites: BIOL 3411 or BIOL 3471 (Spring, odd-numbered years)

4482 Aquatic Biology and Laboratory

This course provides field-based investigations of the freshwater habitat and its flora and fauna. Ponds, lakes and streams are characterized. Extensive fieldwork is required. Prerequisites: BIOL 1402, CHEM 1302 or permission of the instructor. Fee. (Spring, odd-numbered years)

4(X)99 Independent Studies in Molecular, Cellular, or Organismal Biology

Offered on an "as needed basis." May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Fee

4(X)99 Selected Topics: Research Experience in Biology

Offered on an "as needed basis." May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Fee


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