Undergraduate Biological Sciences
2023 Summer Term
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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 humans and their biological environment. Not applicable to biology emphases or minors. Three lectures and two hours of laboratory per week.
INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY II
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.
SEX, GENDER, AND HEALTH
This course explores the reproductive and sexual functions of human bodies, as well as the scientific and social influences on those bodies. By examining sex, reproduction, and aging, this course uses intersectional lenses to explore uneven access to sexual health resources and reproductive justice across cultures, ultimately demonstrating the achievements and limitations of women's health movements in the recent past.
WRITING IN BIOLOGY
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.
EXPLORING ECOLOGICAL ISSUES IN SOCIETY
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 humanity's activities. This course includes a laboratory component concentrating on hands-on activities that will explore ecological phenomena and how human activity can alter how our natural world functions. This course fulfills the conservation requirement for teacher licensure in the sciences.
ECO & GEOLGY OF YELLOWSTONE NATL. PARK & UPPER GREAT PLAINS
An interdisciplinary science course with travel to Yellowstone National Park (YNP) and other sites. On-line work will introduce ecology, geology and the natural history of the travel sites. Labs and fieldwork will be conducted outside of YNP. Students with disabilities may be accommodated. Biology or Geology/Geography majors take Bio/Geo 451 or see Department Chair. Summers only. Additional fees apply.
INTRODUCTION TO CELL BIOLOGY
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.
Variable topics. Group activity. Not offered regularly in the curriculum but offered on topics selected on the basis of timeliness, need, and interest, and generally in the format of regularly scheduled Catalog offerings. Repeatable for a maximum of 3 credits in major.
A study of the identification and ecology of flowering plants, conifers and ferns. Emphasis will be given to the plants and plant communitites in the vicinity of the course location. A collection of local plants is required of all students. Field trips required. Summer session only.
This course is a review of all extant vertebrate classes, including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. It covers diversity, evolutionary history/relationships, taxonomy, morphology, identification, and ecology of these groups.
NATURAL HISTORY OF YELLOWSTONE NP AND THE UPPER GREAT PLAINS
This is an introductory, multi-disciplinary, summer field course open to all. It is held at Yellowstone National Park and locations in route. Students will learn field methods, geology, ecology and natural history. It is suitable for biology and geology majors and anyone interested in field science or natural history.
LABORATORY TEACHING EXPERIENCE
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
Typical projects may include helping researchers in conducting research projects or helping instructors develop pedagogical tools for their courses. Eligible students who are conducting their own research projects should enroll in Biology 498R. Repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits in major and degree or 2 units in the minor.
INDEPENDENT STUDY - UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
Students will complete and present an undergraduate research project under the direction of a faculty mentor. Projects may require more than one semester to complete. Repeatable for a maximum of 6 units in major and degree or 2 in the minor.