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Courses for Biology Majors

BIOL L101 INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES I (5 cr) P: Math Level 4 (by Placement Exam, or completion of MATH M107 with a C or better).
Lecture and laboratory. Fundamental principles of biology for students considering a career in the biological sciences. Principles of genetics, evolution, ecology and diversity. I, II

BIOL L102 INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES II (5 cr) P: Math Level 4 (by Placement Exam or completion of MATH M107). One year of high school chemistry or one semester of college chemistry; R: BIOL LI01 Lecture and laboratory.
Fundamental principles of biology for students considering a career in the biological sciences. Cell structure and function bioenergetics, organismal morphology and physiology, and diversityI, II

BIOL L211 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (3cr.) P: BIOL L102, CHEM 106.
Structure and function of DNA and RNA. DNA replication, mechanisms of mutation and repair. Mechanisms and regulation of gene expression. The genetic code, transcription, and translation. Introduces bacteriophages, plasmids, and the technology of recombinant DNA. I

BIOL L220 BIOSTATISTICS (3 Cr.) P: Math Level 4 (by Placement Exam or completion of MATH M107 with a C or better).
Introduction to statistical methods and programs used in the analysis of biological data. R statistical programming language and environment is used for analyzing biological data.

BIOL L280 BIOINFORMATICS (3 cr) R: BIOL L101, BIOL Ll02, BIOL L211, CSCI Cl0l.
Computational analysis of biological macromolecules, including DNA and protein sequence analysis, genome annotation, structure prediction, and gene expression analysis. Use of databases and other Internet resources; fundamentals of programming; computational resources for the manipulation of large data sets.

BIOL B300 VASCULAR PLANTS (3cr.) P: BIOL Ll0l, BIOL L102.
Lecture and laboratory. A survey of vascular plant diversity, with emphasis on identification of species, genera, and families using morphological features, and an introduction to the principles and practices of modern plant systematics, including phylogenetic theory, types of systematic evidence, and speciation processes.

BIOL L391 INTRODUCTION TO THE ANIMAL KINGDOM (5cr.) P: BIOL L101, BIOL L102.
Lecture and laboratory. Survey of the phyla of the animal kingdom with emphasis on the morphology, physiology, classification and evolutioary relationships between animals. II (even years)

BIOL L304 MARINE BIOLOGY (3cr.) P: BIOL L101, one semester of college chemistry.
An introductory lecture course for majors involving the study of principles, concepts, and techniques of marine and estuarine biology. II (even years)

BIOL L308 ORGANISMAL PHYSIOLOGY (5cr.) P:BIOL L211, CHEM Cl06. R: BIOL L312.
Lecture and laboratory. Structural and functional aspects of regulative processes in animals; detection of the environment, integrative functions, reproduction. Laboratory deals with representative experiments on animal physiological processes. I

BIOL L311 GENETICS (3cr.) P: BIOL L211, CHEM C106 and one year of college-level mathematics.
Lectures on the principles of heredity at the molecular, cellular, individual, and population levels. II

BIOL L312 CELL BIOLOGY (3 cr) P: BIOL L211, CHEM C106.
Current views of the structure and function of cellular organelles and components, with emphasis on cell-cell communication, cell cycle control, cytoskeletal architecture and cellular motility, the metabolism that supports cellular functions, and differences among specialized cells. II

BIOL L317 DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY (3cr.) P: BIOL L211.  R:  BIOL L312.
Analysis of developmental processes that lead to the construction of whole organisms from single cells. Includes the principles of embryology and molecular mechanisms of development. II (odd years)

BIOL L318 EVOLUTION (3cr.) P: BIOL, L211 & L311.
Rigorous exploration of the theory of evolution - the conceptual core of biology. Topics covered include the history of evolutionary thought, the evidence for evolution, the major evolutionary mechanisms, adaptation, the origin of species, and methods for reconstructing evolutionary history II (even years)

BIOL L319 GENETICS LABORATORY (3cr.) P: BIOL Ll0l, BIOL L102, CHEM C125.
Experiments with plants, animals, bacteria, and viruses demonstrating fundamental genetic mechanisms. I (even years)

BIOL L323 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LABORATORY (3cr.) P: BIOL L2l1.
Manipulation and analysis of genes and gene products. Gene amplification, cloning. Southern blots, and DNA sequence analysis. Column chromatography and gel electrophoresis of nucleic acids and proteins. II

BIOL L342 TROPICAL MARINE BIOLOGY FIELD STUDY (3cr) P: or C: BIOL L304.
Tropical marine ecosystems are studied in detail during a 10-day trip to a field site in the Caribbean. II or S (even years). Click here for more information

BIOL Z373 ENTOMOLOGY (3cr.) P: BIOL L211. C: BIOL-Z 383.
The physiology, behavior, taxonomy and evolution of insects. I (even years)

BIOL Z383 ENTOMOLOGY LABORATORY (3 cr) P: BIOL L211. C: BIOL Z373.
Laboratory and field studies of methods of collecting, preserving and studying insects. Intensive study of insect classification. Preparation of an insect collection required I (even years)

BIOL L391 SPECIAL TOPICS IN BIOLOGY (1-3 cr.) P: BIOL L101, BIOL L102 (additional pre-requisites may apply depending on topic).
A detailed examination of an area within biology. Topics will vary. Open to non-majors with appropriate prerequisites.

BIOL L403 BIOLOGY SEMINAR (1 cr.) P: senior standing with major in Biology; completion of at least 15 credit hours or upper-level Biology majors courses.
Capstone course in the Biology major. Research paper and individual presentations of topics of current importance. II

BIOL M430 VIROLOGY (3 cr) P: BIOL L211, R: BIOL L311, BIOL L312.
Viruses of plants, animals (including humans) and bacteria; emphasis on molecular biology of viral systems. Viruses and human diseases such as cancer and AIDS; viral evolution. I (odd years)

BIOL Z460 ETHOLOGY (3cr.) P: BIOL L101, BIOL L102. 6 credit hours of upper-level majors Biology courses.
Introduction to the study of animal behavior. Emphasizes both internal and external factors involved in the causation of species-typical behavior of animals in their natural environment. II (odd years)

BIOL A464 HUMAN TISSUE BIOLOGY (4-5 cr.) P: BIOL L101, BIOL L102.
Lecture and laboratory. Analyzes the structure and activities of the cells that make up the human body, concentrating on the aspects of cellular morphology important for biochemical function. Fundamental types of distinct tissues (epithelial, muscular, nervous and connective) are described, emphasizing the functional significance of the structural features. Organ systems are discussed with regard to how their tissue composition and arrangement mediates their diverse functions. I (odd years)

BIOL L473 ECOLOGY (3cr.) P: BIOL L101, BIOL L102, CHEM C106 and 6 credit hours of upper-level majors Biology courses.
Distribution and abundance of animals and plants, interactions of organisms and the environment at levels of individual, population, and community. I (odd years)

BIOL L474 ECOLOGY LABORATORY (2 cr.) P: or C: BIOL L473.
Field and laboratory study of populations, communities. and ecosystem components through observation and measurement. I (odd years)

BIOL L490 INDIVIDUAL STUDY (Cr. arr., 6cr. max) P: Written permission of faculty member supervising research is required.
A written report must be completed as evidence of each semester's work. Student must present an oral report to receive more than 3 credit hours. II, S

MICR M310 MICROBIOLOGY (3cr) P: BIOL L21 I, CHEM C341.
Application of fundamental biological principles to the study of microorganisms. Significance of microorganisms to humans and the environment II

MICR M315 MICROBIOLOGY LABORATORY (2cr) P: or C: MICR M310.
Exercises and demonstrations in the principles and techniques of cultivation and utilization of microrganisms. II

PHSL P261 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (5cr.) P: CHEM C102 or PHSL P130.
Lecture and laboratory. Introduction to the basic structure and function of the human body including laboratory studies in gross anatomy, histology and physiology. Topics are cellular anatomy and physiology, body tissues and integument, and the skeletal, muscle, endocrine and nervous systems. Credit not allowed toward the Biology major (but required as a pre-requisite for PHSL P262, which can be used as a Biology majors elective). I, II

PHSL P262 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II (5cr.) P: PHSL P126.
Lecture and laboratory. Continuation of PHSL P261. Topics are the circulatory, respiratory, urinary, digestive, and reproductive systems; fluid and electrolyte balance, and acid-base balance. II, S.