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Biology (BIOL)


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BIOL 1106:

Biology I Lab
Cr. 1. (1-0-3). Prerequisite: BIOL 1306 or 1308 completion or concurrent registration.
Laboratory designed to give hands-on experience and to reinforce basic principles of cell physiology, molecular biology and genetics. Three lab hours each week.

BIOL 1107:

Biology II Lab
Cr. 1. (1-0-3). Prerequisite: BIOL 1307 or 1309 completion or concurrent registration.
Laboratory designed to give hands-on experience and to reinforce basic principles of diversity, ecology, and evolution. Three lab hours each week.

BIOL 1306:

Biology I for Science Majors
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
Introduction to cell physiology, molecular biology and genetics. This class is designed for science majors. Concurrent enrollment BIOL 1106 recommended.

BIOL 1307:

Biology II for Science Majors
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
Emphasis on organismal diversity, ecology, behavior and evolution. This class is designed for science majors. Concurrent enrollment BIOL 1107 recommended.

BIOL 1308:

Biology I for Non-Science Majors
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
Introduction to cell physiology, molecular biology and genetics. Three hours lecture each week. This class is designed for non-science majors. Concurrent enrollment BIOL 1106 recommended.

BIOL 1309:

Biology II for Non-Science Majors
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
Emphasis on organismal diversity, ecology, behavior and evolution. Three hours lecture each week. This class is designed for non-science majors. Concurrent enrollment BIOL 1107 recommended.

BIOL 1322:

Nutrition
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
Introduction to nutrition for students of science and non-science majors. Topics include fundamentals of nutrition, metabolism, digestion, absorption, nutrient storage and drug/nutrient interactions.

BIOL 1410:

Environmental Chemistry
Cr. 4. (4-3-1).
A discussion of key element cycles in the atmosphere, lithosphere and hydrosphere as related to functioning of biological systems. Major environment issues, such as acid rain, sewage treatment and eutrophication will also be considered.

BIOL 2303:

PhysiologyCr. 3. (3-3-0).
Introduction to bodily function and regulation, including all major organ systems. Class intended for non-science majors. BIOL 1306 or 1308 preferred.

BIOL 2306; 2406:

The Living Planet
Cr. 3; 4. (3-3-0); (4-3-1). Students cannot receive credit for both BIOL 1307/1407 General Biology II and BIOL 2306/2406 The Living Planet.
Overview of world ecology to students of science and non-science majors. Includes a survey of major biomes of the world, environmental interactions of species, polulations and community dynamics and impact of humans on world ecology. BIOL 2406 includes a laboratory component.

BIOL 2420:

Elementary Microbiology
Cr. 4. (4-3-1). Prerequisites: 8 hours of freshman biology (including 2 hours of lab) or permission of the instructor.
Fundamental microbiology course designed to give a student basic training in microbiology, with a survey of relevant microbes and microbial processes. Laboratory portion of the course is designed to train students in basic microbiological techniques as well as to support classroom learning with hands-on applications.

BIOL 3122:

Human Physiology Lab
Cr. 1. (1-0-3). Prerequisite or Co-requisite: BIOL 3322
Lab practicum for Human Physiology.

BIOL 3126:

Plant Biology Lab
Cr. 1. (1-0-3). Prerequisite or Co-requisite: BIOL 3326
Lab lecture and lab practicum of 3 hours per week. Lab practicum in plant morphology, plant tissue culture and plant physiology.

BIOL 3130:

Histology Lab
Cr. 1. (1-0-3). Prerequisite or Co-requisite: BIOL 3330
Lab lecture and lab practicum of 3 hours per week. Lab practicum in preparing tissue biopsies for microscopic staining procedure.

BIOL 3226:

Laboratory for Plant Biotechnology
Cr. 2. (2-0-6). Prerequisite: General Biology, Co-requisite: BIO 3326.
An introduction to genetic engineering of plants with an emphasis on phytochemicals and plant physiology.

BIOL 3230:

Lab for Histology and Immunology
Cr. 2. (2-0-5). Prerequisite: General Biology, Co-requisite: BIO 3330
Lab lecture and lab practicum of 5 hours per week. Lab practicum in histochemistry and immunology through various staining procedures.

BIOL 3320:

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

BIOL 3322:

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

BIOL 3323:

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

BIOL 3324:

Human Reproduction
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisites: BIOL 1306 or BIOL 1308
Overview of the human reproductive system. Includes such diverse topics as sexual differentiation, fertilization, endocrinology, infertility, and brain sex. Three hours of lecture each week.

BIOL 3326:

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

BIOL 3330:

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

BIOL 3340:

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

BIOL 3342:

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

BIOL 3343:

Immunology
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.

BIOL 3427:

Aquatic and Wetland Biology
Cr. 4. (4-3-1).
Survey of freshwater ecosystems, their structure, function and role in the biosphere.

BIOL 3428:

Coastal Marine Ecology
Cr. 4. (4-3-1).
Review of coastal marine and estuarine ecosystems, their structure, functionand the role in the biosphere and hydrosphere.

BIOL 4100; 4200:

Selective Labs in Biology
Cr. 1; 2. (1-0-3);(2-0-6). Prerequisite: Approval of Professor.
May be repeated when topics vary.

BIOL 4102; 4302:

Independent Research in Biology
Cr. 1; 3 (1-0-3); (3-0-6). Prerequisites: Approval of Instructor
Independent research study in biology.

BIOL 4110:

Biochemistry Lab
Cr. 1. (1-0-3). Prerequisite or Co-requisite: BIOL 4310
Biochemical techniques in proteins, enzymology, chromatography, spectrometry and nucleic acids.

BIOL 4113:

Genetics Lab
Cr. 1. (1-0-3). Prerequisite or Co-requisite: BIOL 4313
Molecular lab techniques in recombinant DNA, genetic engineering, PCR, DNA sequencing and biotechnology.

BIOL 4135:

Ecology Lab
Cr. 1. (1-0-3). Prerequisite or Co-requisite: BIOL 4335
Lab lecture and lab practicum of 3 hours per week. Lab practicum in analysis of pond, lake and sea organisms and pollution.

BIOL 4203:

Biology Seminar
Cr. 2. (2-2-0).
Literature surveys, presentations and research papers are required.

BIOL 4210:

Laboratory for Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Cr. 2. (2-0-6). Corequisite: BIOL 4310.
Lab practicum for Biochemistry lecture.

BIOL 4235:

Lab for Ecology and Toxicology
Cr. 2. (2-0-6). Prerequisites: BIO 4335 or BIO 4345
Lab analysis of pond, lake air pollution and organisms. Lab practicum for mercury, arsenic and lead poisoning to lab fish and shrimp.

BIOL 4237:

Cell and Molecular Genetics Laboratory
Cr. 2. (2-0-6). Prerequisite or Corequisite: BIOL 3320, or BIOL 4337, or BIOL 4313.
Includes cell and genetic engineering, recombinant DNA technology, PCR, DNA sequencing and biotechnology. Lab practicum for Biochemistry lecture.

BIOL 4300:

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

BIOL 4310:

Biochemistry
Cr. 3. (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.

BIOL 4313:

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

BIOL 4320:

Embryology
Cr. 3. (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.

BIOL 4325:

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

BIOL 4328:

Marine Biology
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
Provides fundamental and comprehensive knowledge on latest awareness on marine ecology, marine microbiology and environmental impacts.

BIOL 4333:

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

BIOL 4335:

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

BIOL 4337:

Cell & Molecular Biology
Cr. 3. (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.

BIOL 4338:

Cancer Biology
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
Basic introduction to cancer biology, including prevention and various modes of treatments with special reference to personalized medicines in treating cancer using cancer genomics.

BIOL 4345:

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

BIOL 4390:

Phytochemicals, Nutrition, and Disease
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
Topics in nutrition, phytochemicals, antioxidants, cancer, plant biology and human disease.

BIOL 4437:

Environmental Microbiology
Cr. 4. (4-3-1).
Discussion of structure and function of microbial communities and their role in a larger biological and geological context, including petroleum microbiology as related to prospecting and waste treatment.

BIOL 4438:

Limnology
Cr. 4. (4-3-1).
Review of freshwater ecosystems, their structure, function and role in the biosphere and hydrosphere. Special attention will be paid to biological, chemical and physical processes occurring in freshwater environments.

BIOL 6300:

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

BIOL 6320:

Introduction to Bioinformatics
Cr. 3. (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.

BIOL 6330:

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

BIOL 6333:

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

BIOL 6335:

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

BIOL 6337:

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