BIO - Biology

BIO 501 Advanced Topics in Animal Ecology

Directed readings in the literature of physiological ecology, growth and regulation of populations, community structure, energy flow, mineral cycling, and other areas of current research interest.

3

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor

BIO 502 Advanced Topics in Animal Physiology

Study of physiological mechanisms; selected problems from current literature.

3

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor

BIO 503 Advanced Topics in Biochemistry

Directed readings and reports from the biochemical literature. Structure and biosynthesis of macromolecules and the composition and kinetic characteristics of biochemical pathways.

3

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor

BIO 504 Advanced Topics in Cell Biology

Advanced treatment of cell biology covering selected topics such as gene regulation, protein sorting, cell cycle control, apoptosis. The course will consist of lectures and discussion of research articles.

3

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor

BIO 505 Advanced Topics in Ecological Physiology

Study of a major topic in ecological physiology of animals, including mechanisms by which physiological processes change in response to environmental alterations and the ecological significance of those changes.

3

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor

BIO 506 Advanced Topics in Genetics

Basic mechanisms of gene action in microbes, animals, and plants.

3

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor

BIO 507 Advanced Topics in Neurobiology

Directed readings on fundamental physiological principles of nervous system functioning. Topics may include motor pattern generation, sensory transduction, sensori-motor integration, neurohormonal modulation of behavior.

3

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor

BIO 509 Advanced Topics in Microbiology

Critical review of current research covering a wide range of topics including infectious diseases, bacterial physiology, marine microbiology, and immunology. Focus on students' interests or needs.

3

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor

BIO 510 Advanced Topics in Plant Ecology

Studies of special terrestrial communities or plant groups.

3

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor

BIO 511 Advanced Topics in Plant Physiology

The physiology of growth and development in vascular plants treated in terms of phytohormones, nutrition, theories of transport, and environmental factors.

3

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor

BIO 512 Advanced Topics in Plant Structure and Evolution

Study of current topics in plant structure, development, and evolution. A term paper is normally required.

3

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor

BIO 513 Advanced Topics in Reproductive Biology

Directed readings and original research on reproductive biology, with emphasis on structural, regulatory, behavioral, and evolutionary aspects.

3

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor

BIO 515 Advanced Topics in Vertebrate History

Directed/independent study of classification and phylogeny of particular vertebrate groups that results in a term paper.

3

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor

BIO 520 Ecosystem Ecology

Introduction to ecosystem function, structure, and dynamics; basic ecosystem theories; discussions of key processes governing energy flow and nutrient cycling; comparison of ecosystems; selected original literature.

3

Prerequisites

BIO 301

BIO 522 Landscape Ecology

Introduction to patch-corridor-matrix structure of landscapes and their impact on ecological processes. Discussion of landscape indices, spatial heterogeneity, current issues, and general approaches in landscape ecology.

3

Prerequisites

BIO 301; STA 271 recommended

Corequisites

BIO 523

BIO 523 Landscape Ecology Laboratory

Field labs to observe different landscape structures and conduct course projects for comprehending principles of landscape ecology. Students will use computer labs for GIS basics, landscape analyses.

1

Prerequisites

BIO 301

Corequisites

BIO 522

BIO 526 Conservation Biology

Introduction to habitat and species conservation; topics include genetic diversity, demographic patterns of rare species, habitat fragmentation, design and management of nature reserves, ecological restoration.

3

Prerequisites

BIO 301 and BIO 392; STA 271 recommended

BIO 527 Terrestrial Plant Ecology

Application of principles of ecology to plants and plant communities. Experimental methods stressed in laboratory work. Two required weekend field trips.

3

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor

BIO 528 Microbial Ecology

Emphasis on current areas of active research with reference to applied problems.

3

Prerequisites

BIO 280 or BIO 481, or permission of instructor

BIO 529 Aquatic Ecology

The study of the geology, physics, chemistry, and ecology of lakes, including reservoirs and streams with comparisons to the ocean.

3

Prerequisites

BIO 301 and CHE 114, or permission of instructor

BIO 530 Aquatic Ecology Laboratory

Practical study of water chemistry methods, lake and stream morphometry, identification of freshwater zooplankton, benthic invertebrates and fish, and field trips to area reservoirs and streams.

1

Prerequisites

BIO 301

Corequisites

BIO 529

BIO 535 Biochemistry: Metabolic Regulation in Health and Disease

Chemical properties of major cellular compounds; biosynthesis, degradation, and function of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids, vitamins, and hormones; energy metabolism; enzymatic catalysis.

3

Prerequisites

BIO 355 or BIO 392, or permission of instructor

BIO 536 Biology of Aging

An integrative look at biological theory and mechanisms to explain the diversity of the aging process, including human implications.

3

Prerequisites

BIO 301, BIO 355, BIO 392, or permission of instructor

BIO 540 Genes and Signals

Investigates the regulation of gene expression in bacteria, yeast, and higher eukaryotes, and explores how such regulatory systems have evolved.

3

Prerequisites

BIO 355 and BIO 392

BIO 541 Entomology

A theoretical and practical overview of the insect orders, selected topics of insect behavior, ecology, and evolution, and an introduction to human-insect interactions.

3

Prerequisites

BIO 301 and BIO 341, or permission of instructor. BIO 392 recommended.

BIO 543 Biophysics

Introduction to cellular biophysics, with emphasis on the physical properties of membranes, including membrane transport mechanisms and electrical properties of membranes.

3

Prerequisites

BIO 355; and PHY 211/PHY 212 or PHY 291/PHY 292; and MAT 191; and CHE 114; or permission of instructor.

Cross Listed Courses

Same as PHY 543

BIO 545 General Biochemistry Laboratory

Experimental work designed to complement lecture material of 535.

1

Prerequisites

Pr. or Coreq. BIO 535

BIO 549 Current Topics in Biology

Advanced topics courses in the biological sciences. Topics vary with instructor.

1–3

Prerequisites

BIO 112 and permission of instructor

BIO 552 Metamorphosis

Readings, discussions, and oral presentations of current literature on metamorphosis in animals. Mechanisms controlling metamorphosis, evolution of complex life cycles, and adaptations to differing habitats.

3

Prerequisites

Three from BIO 301, 302, 322, 341, 355, 370, or 392 or permission of instructor

BIO 555 Vertebrate Reproduction

An advanced treatment of the diversity of vertebrate reproductive biology, with emphasis on structural, regulatory, behavioral, and evolutionary aspects.

3

Prerequisites

One of BIO 277, BIO 370, BIO 425, BIO 453, BIO 464, or BIO 477

BIO 560 Symbiosis

Symbiotic interactions of living organisms from an evolutionary perspective. Metabolic, genetic, behavioral, and ecological adaptations which allow symbioses to be formed and maintained will be discussed.

3

Prerequisites

Three from BIO 301, BIO 322, BIO 341, BIO 354, BIO 355, BIO 370, or BIO 392, or permission of instructor

BIO 567 Chemical Senses

Exploration and interactive discussion of chemosensory stimuli, chemosensory transduction mechanisms, neural processing of chemosensory information, and organismal consequences of chemoreception.

3

Prerequisites

BIO 355, and one of the following: BIO 277, BIO 472, BIO 477, BIO 479, PSY 435, PSY 436, or permission of instructor

BIO 573 Drugs and the Brain

Pharmacology of major neurotransmitter systems in the brain and nervous system. Actions of clinically relevant drugs on these systems will be analyzed along with major drugs of abuse.

3

Prerequisites

BIO 355, and one of the following: BIO 277, BIO 477, BIO 479, PSY 230; or permission of instructor.

BIO 575 Neuroanatomical Techniques

Practical experience with a variety of neuroanatomical procedures used to investigate the structural framework of nervous systems in invertebrate and vertebrate preparations. Students will learn to conduct independent projects.

3

Prerequisites

BIO 111 and BIO 112, and BIO 355 and one of the following: BIO 453, BIO 472, BIO 477, BIO 479, PSY 435, or permission of instructor

BIO 578 Hormones in Action

Hormonal signaling in humans and other animals is examined using developmental, physiological, behavioral, cellular, and molecular perspectives, with special emphasis on the adrenal glands and the gonads.

3

Prerequisites

BIO 355 and BIO 392

BIO 579 Environmental Physiology

Lectures, discussions, and student presentations on the physiology of animals as it is influenced by and is adapted to environmental conditions.

3

Prerequisites

BIO 112, and BIO 341 or BIO 355 or BIO 370, and BIO 277 or BIO 477

BIO 583 Virology

Selected topics in virology. Emphasis upon new trends in the study of animal, plant, and bacterial viruses at both molecular and cellular levels.

3

Prerequisites

BIO 355 and 392, or permission of instructor

BIO 584 Immunology

Principles of immunology and serology covering both humoral and cellular aspects of immunobiology. Selected topics include: T and B cell, immunoglobulins, tolerance, hypersensitivity.

3

Prerequisites

BIO 481 or permission of instructor

BIO 586 Cell Cycle and Cancer

Molecular basis of cell division and cancer examined through lectures and discussions of primary literature. Topics include cell cycle control, genomic stability, carcinogenesis, and cancer genetics.

3

Prerequisites

BIO 355 and BIO 392, or permission of instructor

BIO 587 Epigenetics

Study of epigenetic mechanisms involved in chromatin structure, DNA and histone modifications, gene expression, dosage compensation, imprinting, heterochromatin structure, stem cell differentiation,development, human disease and environmental-gene interactions. (Alt Fall)

3

Prerequisites

BIO 355 and BIO 392

BIO 589 Experimental Course

This number reserved for experimental courses. Refer to the Course Schedule for current offerings.

BIO 589A Experimental Course: Ecology of Infectious Diseases

Discussion of the ecological drivers of infectious disease dynamics, distribution, and evolution ranging from the individual to biospheric factors. Includes theory, case studies, lab work, and field work.

4

Prerequisites

BIO 301

BIO 590 Introduction to Mathematical Models in Biology

Exploration of research and methodology at the interface of mathematics and biology, with an overview of relevant fields and in-depth case studies. Focus will be on mathematical models in biology.

3

Prerequisites

B- or higher in BIO 112 and either MAT 191 or STA 271; or permission of instructor

Cross Listed Courses

Same as MAT 590.

BIO 591 Population Genetics and Molecular Evolution

Application of population genetic and molecular evolutionary theory to the study of natural history, natural selection, genome variation and organization, human evolution, conservation biology, and forensics.

3

Prerequisites

BIO 392 or permission of instructor

BIO 593 Genetics of Complex Traits

Theory, experimental methods, and analysis related to the genetic basis for variation in complex traits, including quantitative and threshold traits in animals and plants, and complex human diseases.

3

Prerequisites

BIO 392 or permission of the instructor

BIO 595 Advanced Genetics

Selected topics in genetics at an advanced level. Emphasis placed on comparative view of molecular mechanisms underlying animal and plant development.

3

Prerequisites

BIO 392

BIO 596 Molecular Biological Approaches in Research

Use of novel molecular approaches to address current questions in the life sciences will be explored by analyzing recent research reports and learning the principles underlying these approaches.

1

Prerequisites

BIO 392

BIO 597 Workshops in Biotechnology

Individual, intensive four-week workshops focused on specific techniques in biotechnology. Provides hands-on experience designing and implementing a focused project utilizing current methods and bioinformatics.

1

Prerequisites

BIO 494 or permission of instructor

BIO 600 Introduction to Graduate Studies

Training in research ethics and oral-visual communication. Topics include plagiarism, experimental design, statistical interpretation, conflicts of interest, animal safety, authorship, peer review, and scientific presentations.

1

Prerequisites

Biology graduate student or permission of instructor

BIO 601 Seminar in Animal Ecology

Literature of animal ecology including both classical and recent papers; using student presentations and class discussions, the ontogeny of some overarching ecological themes explored.

3

Prerequisites

BIO 301

BIO 602 Seminar in Animal Physiology

Discussion of recent breakthroughs in topics ranging from the hormonal and neural mechanisms involved in homeostasis to the interactive effects of physiology and behavior.

3

Prerequisites

BIO 477

BIO 603 Seminar in Biochemistry

Study of recent progress in biochemical research; reading, discussion, and critical evaluation of current literature.

3

Prerequisites

At least one previous course in biochemistry

BIO 604 Seminar in Ecological Physiology

Discussions of primary literature in the physiological ecology of animals.

3

Prerequisites

BIO 477, BIO 505, or BIO 579

BIO 605 Seminar in Ecology

Broad view of ecological literature and in-depth studies of selected aspects of population and community ecology.

3

Prerequisites

Previous course in ecology

BIO 606 Seminar in Evolutionary Biology

Discussion of fundamental concepts involving the interrelationships of population genetics, ecology, systematics, and neo-Darwinian evolution; review of recent literature.

3

Prerequisites

BIO 430 or permission of instructor

BIO 608 Seminar in Microbiology

Study of recent progress in microbiological research; reading, discussion, and evaluation of current literature.

3

Prerequisites

BIO 481

BIO 609 Seminar in Molecular Cell Biology

Topics in cell and molecular biology will be reviewed through discussion of research journal articles. Emphasis on modern experimental techniques and approaches.

3

Prerequisites

BIO 355

BIO 610 Seminar in Molecular Genetics

Recent advances in molecular genetics; reinforcing basic concepts underlying these developments and understanding their impact on the life sciences.

3

Prerequisites

BIO 355 and BIO 392

BIO 612 Seminar in Plant Structure and Evolution

Reading and discussion of current research in plant structure, development and evolution.

3

Prerequisites

BIO 322, BIO 354 or BIO 440

BIO 613 Seminar in Reproductive Biology

Directed readings and original research on selected topics in reproductive biology, with emphasis on structural, regulatory, behavioral, and evolutionary aspects.

3

Prerequisites

BIO 464

BIO 614 Prenatal Development: Embryology and Teratology

Human embryological development with emphasis on normal and abnormal development. Issues in teratology and birth defects, clinical problems associated with birth defects and their means of prevention.

3

Prerequisites

Enrollment in MS genetic counseling program or permission of instructor

Cross Listed Courses

GEN 614

BIO 616 Human Molecular Genetics

Review and extension of basic principles of molecular genetics and their application for the characterization, understanding, and treatment of genetically based disorders and susceptibilities.

3

Prerequisites

Enrollment in MS genetic counseling program or permission of instructor

Cross Listed Courses

GEN 616

BIO 621 General Biology for Teachers I

Topics include scientific method, biochemistry, cells, cellular processes, animal development, and animal physiology.

3

Prerequisites

Enrollment restricted to those seeking the MEd in comprehensive science.

BIO 622 General Biology for Teachers II

Topics include botany, cell division, genetics, evolution, and ecology.

3

Prerequisites

BIO 621; enrollment restricted to those seeking the MEd in comprehensive science.

BIO 625 Advanced Animal Behavior

Current research and theories including development and evolution of behavior, sociobiology, behavioral genetics, behavioral ecology, and the use of comparative method.

3

Prerequisites

BIO 435, or BIO 436, or BIO 438, or permission of instructor

Cross Listed Courses

PSY 726

BIO 635 Molecular Toxicology

Molecular mechanisms involved in the toxicant-induced adverse health effects and discussion of molecular pathways altered in cells in response to environmental xenobiotic exposure.

3

BIO 636 Ecotoxicology

This course is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the sources and transport of environmental pollutants, and their adverse ecological impacts.
3

Prerequisites

Introductory undergraduate-level course in Ecology or Environmental Sciences, or equivalent, or by permission of the instructor

BIO 641 Stream Ecology

Study of ecology and management of flowing water ecosystems. Topics such as community and ecosystem processes, major paradigms, management of point versus non-point pollutants, and restoration addressed.

3

Prerequisites

BIO 301 or equivalent

BIO 645 Ecoepidemiology of Infectious Diseases

Understanding and managing emerging infectious diseases, primarily zoonotic, using an ecologically-based approach. Students learn theory and skills in the epidemiology and ecology of infectious diseases.
4:3:3

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor. Registration in both lecture and laboratory is mandatory.

BIO 658 Molecular Diagnostics

A survey of current clinical methods used for the diagnosis of human genetic disorders. Special emphasis given to the molecular principles, interpretations, and limitations of these tests.

1

Prerequisites

Enrollment in MS genetic counseling program or permission of instructor

Cross Listed Courses

GEN 658

BIO 692 Genomics

An examination of genomic concepts and technologies; their application to understanding genome content, structure, function, and evolution; implications for understanding fundamental biological and health questions; and management of genomic data.

Prerequisites

392 or permission of instructor

BIO 695 Biological Research

Student engages in advanced biological research under the supervision of a member of the Graduate Faculty.  Course may be repeated with a maximum of 9 hours credit counting toward the MS degree.

1–6

BIO 699 Thesis

Individual research for the completion of a thesis. (Graded on an S-U basis)


1–6

Prerequisites

Successful presentation of thesis proposal to the Biology Department

BIO 707 Seminar in Environmental Health Science

Development of critical-thinking and writing skills through discussions and critiques of primary literature in environmental health science and through writing assignments.

2

Prerequisites

Biology graduate student or permission of instructor

BIO 731 Environmental Health Science I: Ecosystems to Individuals

Causes of environmental problems that society faces and the effects on ecosystem and community function and species survival. Implications for environmental and human health are explored.

3

Prerequisites

Biology graduate student or permission of instructor

BIO 732 Environmental Health Science II: Individuals to Molecules

Introduction to fundamentals of toxicology with a focus on toxicological consequences of environmental perturbations on physiological and cellular processes, genome structure, and gene function.

3

Prerequisites

Biology graduate student or permission of instructor

BIO 733 Workshops in Environmental Health Science

Individual six-week workshops focusing on analytical tools and experimental approaches used in freshwater/riparian ecosystem analysis, environmental genomics, environmental forensics, and cellular/physiological research.

1

Prerequisites

Biology graduate student or permission of instructor

BIO 734 Current Research in Environmental Health Science

Weekly discussion of research journal articles in the area of environmental health science. Students will present and discuss research journal articles.

1

BIO 749 Research Lab Rotations

Optional course providing credit for participation in laboratory meetings and/or the initiation of preliminary research training in the labs of 1 to 3 potential thesis advisors.

1

BIO 790 Directed Study in Environmental Health Science

Advanced research in environmental health science under the direction of a graduate faculty advisor. Preparation of doctoral research proposal and planning for dissertation research. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 hours credit counting towards the PhD degree.

1–6

Prerequisites

Admitted to PhD in environmental health science and approval of graduate faculty advisor

BIO 791 Independent Doctoral Research

Independent research in environmental health science related to the student’s primary area of research specialization leading to dissertation. May be repeated for a maximum of 15 hours credit counting towards the PhD degree.

1–6

Prerequisites

Admitted to candidacy

BIO 799 Dissertation

Individual research for the completion of the doctoral dissertation.

1–18

Prerequisites

Admitted to candidacy

BIO 801 Thesis Extension

1–3

BIO 802 Dissertation Extension

1-3

BIO 803 Research Extension

1–3

 

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