UHV Catalog 2007-2008

Biology (BIO)


BIO 3226:

Laboratory for Plant Biotechnology
Cr. 2. (0-2). Prerequisite: General Biology,  Co-requisite: BIO 3326.
An introduction to genetic engineering of plants with an emphasis on phytochemicals and plant physiology


BIO 3230: Laboratory for Immunohistochemistry
Cr. 2. (2-0). Prerequisite: General Biology, Co-requisite: BIO 3330
Lab lecture and lab practicum of 4 hours per week. Lab practicum in tissue morphology and cellular organelles through various staining procedures and antigen-antibody reactions.

BIO 3320:

Human Genetics
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: None, recommended General Biology and General Chemistry.
Study of the basic principles of inheritance and human genetics.


BIO 3322:

Human Physiology
Cr. 3. (3-0). 
A systems approach to the study of basic physiology and biochemistry of the vertebrates using the human as the main focus.


BIO 3323:

Comparative Anatomy
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: General Biology
The organ systems of various vertebrate animals with a concentration on human anatomy.


BIO 3326:

Plant Biology
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: 6 s.h. General Biology.
Analysis of the biology of plants and phytochemicals.


BIO 3330:

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: General Biology and Anatomy and Physiology.
A study of animal tissues and how they differentiate.


BIO 3340:

Animal Behavior
Cr. 3. (3-0).
A study of behavioral adaptation of animals to their environments.


BIO 3342:

Social Biology
Cr. 3. (3-0).
A synthesis of scientific disciplines that attempts to explain behavior in all species by considering the evolutionary advantages of social behavior.

BIO 3343:

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: BIO 3330.
The study of immunity and the response of the immune system to foreign substances such as bacteria and viruses.


BIO 4100;  4200:

Selected Labs in Biology
Cr. 1; 2. (0-1);(0-2). Prerequisite: Approval of Professor.
May be repeated when topics vary.

BIO 4102;  4302:

Independent Research in Biology
Cr. 1; 3 (1-0); (3-0). Prerequisites: Approval of Instructor
Independent research study in biology.


BIO 4103:

Biology Seminar
Cr. 1. (1-0). Prerequisites: Approval of Instructor
Literature surveys, presentations and research papers are required.


BIO 4210:

Laboratory for Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Cr. 2. (2-0). Corequisite: BIO 4310.
Lab practicum for Biochemistry lecture.


BIO 4235:

Laboratory for Ecotoxicology
Cr. 2. (2-0). Prerequisites: BIO 4335 or BIO 4345
Lab practicum for ecology and toxicology.


BIO 4237:

Cell and Molecular Genetics Laboratory
Cr. 2. (0-2). Pre or Corequisite: BIO 3320 or BIO 4337 or BIO 4313
Includes cell and genetic engineering, recombinant DNA technology, PCR, DNA sequencing and biotechnology.


BIO 4300:

Selected Topics in Biology
Cr. 3. (3-0).  Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
May be repeated when topics vary.

BIO 4310:

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: General Biology and Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry I.
Structure and function of amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids. An introduction to enzyme kinetics, metabolism, bioenergetics and protein chemistry.


BIO 4313:

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: One year of General Biology and General Chemistry.
The study of the more advanced molecular mechanisms in genetics and DNA science.


BIO 4320:

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: General Biology, General Chemistry and cell and molecular biology or genetics.
A study of the events that occur prior to and during gestation, including developmental biology topics in differentiation, stem cells, cloning, developmental genetics, regeneration, cell-cell communication and environmental regulation of development.


BIO 4325:

Introduction to Forensics
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: None; Recommend: General Biology and General Chemistry.
An introduction to the basic principles of forensic science.

BIO 4333:

Comparative Animal Physiology
Cr. 3 (3-0) Prerequisites: General Biology.
Study of organ function in major animal phyla with an emphasis on human physiology.


BIO 4335:

Cr. 3 (3-0)
The study of the interrelationships between organisms and the environment.


BIO 4337:

Cell & Molecular Biology
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: General Biology, General Chemistry, and BIO 3320 or BIO 4313.
Study of cell function at the molecular level including the fundamentals of DNA. Recombinant genetic engineering of plasmid DNA, transfections, DNA cloning, eukaryotic cells, the manipulation of bacteria and virus in cell culture will be discussed.


BIO 4345:

Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisties: BIO 4333, or BIO 3330, or BIO 3320, or BIO 4313 Molecular Genetics, or BIO 4310, or BIO 4335, or BIO 3326.
The study of harmful interactions between chemicals and biological systems, including man, animals and plants.


BIO 4390:

Phytochemicals and Human Health
Cr. 3. (3-0).
Topics in nutrition, antioxidants, agriculture, plant biology and disease as they relate to the effect of fruits and vegetables on human health.


BIO 6300:

Selected Topics in Biology
Cr. 3. (3-0).
May be repeated when topics vary.


BIO 6320:

Introduction to Bioinformatics
Cr. 3. (3-0).
A basic introduction to the study of biological information stemming from molecular genetics, proteomics and metabomics; with the practical tools of mathematics and computer science.

BIO 6330:

Comparative Genomics
Cr. 3. (3-0).
Comparative studies of genomes and genomic information among species, with a concentration on the human genome.

BIO 6333:

Advanced Cell Biology and Proteomics
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites or Corequisite: BIO 3320 and BIO 4237; or BIO 4310 and BIO 4210.
Advanced concepts in cell and molecular biology and the studies in proteomics.


BIO 6335:

Applications for Bioinformatics
Cr. 3. (3-0).
Study of various tools used in genomics, proteomics and metabomics including microarrays and application programs.

BIO 6337:

Computer Science for Bioinformatics
Cr. 3. (3-0).
Computer Science programs for bioinformatics: includes programming in PERL and use of applied programs.