Undergraduate Biological Sciences
2012 Fall Term
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BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS (GL)
Biological Sciences 120
A terminal course designed to introduce basic principles of life, such as structure and function, reproduction, evolution, diversity, and adaptation, leading to a broader understanding of man and his biological environment. Not applicable to biology emphases or minors. Three lectures and two hours of laboratory per week.
INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY I
Biological Sciences 141
An introduction to biology emphasizing the chemistry of life, the cell, metabolism, genetics, bacteria and protists. Three hours of lecture and one hour of discussion and two hours of laboratory per week. This course is prerequisite to all advanced courses in biology for majors and minors. Offered every term.
INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY II
Biological Sciences 142
An introduction to biology emphasizing evolution, animal physiology, ecology, fungal, plant and animal diversity. Dissections are required. Three hours of lecture, one hour of discussion and two hours of laboratory per week. This course is prerequisite to all advanced courses in biology for majors and minors. Offered every term.
WRITING IN BIOLOGY
Biological Sciences 200
This course is designed to develop the written communication skills of Biology students. It satisfies the Writing Proficiency requirement for all Biology majors. The two units do not apply towards any Biology major or minor.
ECOLOGY AND SOCIETY (GM)
Biological Sciences 214
A study of basic ecological concepts and their application to the identification, understanding, and abatement of contemporary environmental problems. Special emphasis is given to those problems resulting from man and his activities. This course is accepted as a course in conservation required for teacher licensure in the sciences.
INTRODUCTION TO GENETICS
Biological Sciences 251
An introduction to the general principles of inheritance; subjects included are basic transmission genetics, molecular genetics, genetic engineering, mutations, and population genetics. Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week. Offered every semester.
INTRODUCTION TO CELL BIOLOGY
Biological Sciences 253
Introduction to the chemical and physical bases of life; bacterial and eukaryotic cell structure and function; cellular respiration; photosynthesis; and molecular biology. Three hours of lecture per week. Offered every semester.
BIOTECHNOLOGY LABORATORY METHODS I
Biological Sciences 254
Introduction to theory and practice in modern molecular biology labs, including principles of nucleic acid isolation/quantitation/manipulation, photometry, centrifugation, electrophoresis, and assay methods. Exercises include basic lab methods and techniques, DNA analysis including cloning, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) restriction digests and RNA analysis. Three hours laboratory per week.
INTRODUCTION TO ECOLOGY
Biological Sciences 257
A survey of ecosystems and animal and plant populations and communities. Topics include review of the Earth's major biomes and the physical factors that influence them, the ecology and evolution of populations, the nature of biotic communities, the structure and function of ecosystems, and the status and protection of biodiversity. Three hours of lecture per week. Optional field trip. Offered every semester.
Biological Sciences 258
Introduction to regional terrestrial and aquatic biological communities and field techniques for studying these communities. Field work and lectures will emphasize recognition of biotic community types, interpretation of their dynamics, and methods for identifying and surveying organisms. Weekend field trip required. Registration priority given to Ecology/Field majors.
INTRODUCTION TO BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE
Biological Sciences 301
A survey of the biological and physiological bases of human and animal behavior, with particular attention to the following: Basic principles of the anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry of the nervous system; sensory and motor systems; sleep; circadian rhythms; sexual behavior; emotion and stress; motivation; learning, memory, and language; neurological disorders; psychopathology.
PLANNING AND PRESENTING BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH
Biological Sciences 303
Students will learn fundamentals of hypothesis formation and testing, experimental design, and to evaluate research methodologies published in the biological literature. Students will write about their own research, and become familiar with the standards for publication of research results. Critical analysis of quantitative methods in biology. Recommended for the Ecology and Field Biology emphasis; strongly encouraged for Cell Biology and Physiology emphasis.
Biological Sciences 311
Examination of organisms too small to be seen by the unaided eye, ranging from their molecular organization to their role in global ecology. Primary emphasis will be the study of bacteria and viruses, their beneficial or detrimental impacts on humans, animals, and plants, and their current and potential exploitation. Two lectures and two labs per week. Offered every term.
COMPARATIVE VERTEBRATE ANATOMY
Biological Sciences 340
Dissection and study of vertebrate types emphasizing characteristic structures, general relationships, comparative anatomy, and the significance of adaptation and evolution. Laboratory work, lectures and quizzes.
Biological Sciences 345
A study of the functional mechanisms that underlie the life processes in animals. Six hours of laboratory and lecture per week.
THE PLANT KINGDOM
Biological Sciences 351
A study of the major groups of plants with emphasis on structure, reproduction, classification and evolution. Offered during the spring of odd years.
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I
Biological Sciences 361
A study of the structure and function of the human body at the level of organs and systems. This course covers the following topics: Anatomical Structure, Basic Histology, Bones, Muscles, and Nervous System. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II
Biological Sciences 362
A study of the structure and function of the human body at the level of organs and systems. This is the second term course of a two term sequence. This course represents coverage of the following topics: Endocrinology, Circulatory System, Cardiac System, Lymphatic System, Respiration, Digestion and Metabolism, Renal, and Reproduction and Development. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.
Biological Sciences 363
The study of how nucleic acids and proteins interact to control the cell. Topics include DNA replication, chromosome structure, transcription, translation, control of gene expression, gene evolution and genomics. Experimental approaches to studying molecular biology are emphasized. Three hours of lecture per week.
Biological Sciences 370
The study of aquatic environment, its fauna, flora and general ecology. The laboratory will emphasize the taxonomic study of aquatic organisms.
Biological Sciences 390
Lecturer on current research and career opportunities in biology through the colloquium format. Required of Biology majors offered on a satisfactory/no credit basis every semester. May not be taken concurrently with Senior Biology Colloquium.
SENIOR BIOLOGY COLLOQUIUM
Biological Sciences 400
Continuation of Biological Sciences 630-390. Lectures on current research and career opportunities in biology through the colloquium format. Required of Biology majors. Offered on a satisfactory/no credit basis only. Offered every semester. May not be taken concurrently with BIOLOGY 390.
Biological Sciences 446
History of evolutionary thought, evidences of evolution and analysis of evolutionary mechanisms and processes.
Biological Sciences 457
A study of biotic populations and communities and natural ecosystems. Contemporary ecological theory and techniques will be emphasized, as well as their applications to the preservation of natural communities. Laboratory exercises will include field studies, laboratory experiments, and computer simulations and analysis. Six hours of lecture or laboratory per week.
LABORATORY TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Biological Sciences 492
This course provides teaching experience at the college level for undergraduate students. Undergraduate teaching experience students will assist faculty members in preparing, delivering, and tearing down laboratory or discussion section instructional units in biology courses, conducting review sessions, and tutoring students under the direct supervision of a faculty mentor. S/NC only.
INTERNSHIP IN BIOLOGY
Biological Sciences 493
Biological Sciences 497
Biological Sciences 498
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits in major. One hour of discussion weekly plus laboratory hours by arrangement with instructor.
INDEPENDENT STUDY - UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
Biological Sciences 498R
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. One hour of discussion plus laboratory hours by arrangement with instructor. Repeatable.
Biological Sciences 499
A substantial research project written as a thesis. Two credits are taken in the first semester and three in the second semester. A proposal must be submitted at the midpoint of the first term and an oral defense takes place at the end of the second term. Thesis students must participate in BIOLOGY 498 discussions. Available only for senior students in Biology Honors Emphasis.