BIOLOGY (BIOL)

1401 Diversity of Life and Laboratory

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 science core requirement. Fee. (Fall, Spring)

1402 Unity of Life and Laboratory

This course studies the characteristics of living organisms, cell theory, metabolism, and genetics. A foundation for advanced courses in Biology and is required of Biology majors. Prerequisites: CHEM 1301, 1101. Fee. (Fall, Spring)

2121 and 2122 Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I and II

This course serves to clarify material from the corresponding lectures. Fee. (Fall, Spring)

2321 and 2322 Anatomy and Physiology I and II

These courses examine the gross structure and functions of the human organism. They are designed for students in the health professions, Biology, and physical education. (Fall, Spring)

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.

2474 Introductory Microbiology and Laboratory

This course is designed for majors in Nursing. It describes microorganisms, their characteristics, isolation, growth, and application to public health, foods, and industry. Prerequisite: CHEM 1302 or CHEM 1320. Fee. (Fall, Spring)

3410 Research in Soil Conservation and Laboratory

Soil Conservation involves the study of social, environmental, and economic value of soil, and the processes 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 that can be utilized to keep our soil resources sustainable. Lecture and Laboratory. Fee.

3411 Molecular Biology of the Cell and Laboratory

This course describes the structure and function of animal and plant cells, with emphasis on molecular biology. Prerequisites: BIOL 1402, CHEM 1302. Fee. (Fall, Spring)

3430 Structure and Function of Animals and Laboratory

This course studies the functional anatomy and physiological 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 populations and communities. Prerequisite: Admission to the Biology Major or permission of the instructor. Fee. (Fall)

3445 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, and a research paper. Prerequisite: BIOL 1402, CHEM 1302 or permission of the instructor. Fee. (Fall, spring)

3450 Histology and Laboratory

This is a study of cells and tissues through microscopic analysis. It relates structure and function of major animal tissues, and utilizes methods for the preservation and examination of tissues. Prerequisite: BIOL 1402, CHEM 1302 or permission of the instructor. Fee.

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, and a research paper. Prerequisites: BIOL 1402, CHEM 1302 or permission of the instructor. Fee

3471 General Microbiology and Laboratory

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. Prerequisite: BIOL 1402, CHEM 1302. Fee. (Spring)

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

4415 Geographic Information Systems in Biology

Geographic Information 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 will concentrate on GIS applications in Biology. Prerequisite: BIOL 1402, CHEM 1302 or permission of the instructor. Cross-listed with ENSC 4415. Fee.

4420 Vertebrate Zoology and Laboratory

This course studies the evolutionary history and patterns of distribution of vertebrates and their structural and behavioral adaptations. Prerequisite: 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 of plants and animals. Prerequisite: 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 diseases; and toxicology of insecticides and pest management by biological control. Students collect, pin, and identify insects in the laboratory. BIOL 1402, CHEM 1302 or permission of the instructor. Fee. (Fall)

4451 Biochemistry and Laboratory

This course studies the structure and function of biologically significant molecules, enzymology, intermediary metabolism, biosynthesis of macromolecules, bioenergetics, and molecular biology. Cross-referenced as CHEM 4351. Biology majors must register for 4451. May be approved for graduate credit. Prerequisite: BIOL 1402, CHEM 1302, at least one semester of Organic Chemistry, or permission of the instructor. Fee. (Fall)

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 who wish to enroll in the course must have permission from the instructor, and have completed at least 18 credit hours of introductory and advance course work in Biology, or Chemistry, or Geology. Fee. (Fall)

4472 Immunology and Laboratory

This course presents the immune response, nature of antibodies and antigens and humoral and cellular immune responses. May be approved for graduate credit. Prerequisite: BIOL 1402, CHEM 1302, BIOL 3471 is recommended. Fee. (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. May be approved for graduate credit. Prerequisite: BIOL 1402, CHEM 1302 or permission of the instructor. Fee. (Spring, even-numbered years)

4490 Texas Flora and Laboratory

This course and laboratory explore the structure and taxonomy of plants common to South Texas. Laboratory and fieldwork activities examine the characteristics and classification of trees, shrubs, and flowers. Prerequisite: BIOL 1402, CHEM 1302 or permission of the instructor. Fee. (Spring, odd-numbered years).

4498 Independent Studies in Molecular, Cellular or Organismal Biology

Offered on an "as needed" basis. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Fee.

4499 Selected Topics

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

BIOLOGY (BIOL)