BIO 001: BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES-NON-MAJORS, 2 or 3 credit hrs.
A survey course exploring principles and current topics in the biological sciences: origin of life; representatives of the biological kingdoms; structure and function of cells; ecology; genetics; evolution; bioethics. Applications of critical thinking in solving biological problems. Co-requisite lab: BIO 001L. For Non-Majors.
BIO 001L: BIOLOGY LABORATORY, 1 credit hr.
Co-requisite lab for BIO 001.
BIO 012: GENERAL/PRE-PROFESSIONAL BIOLOGY I, 3 credit hrs.
This course covers topics cell biology, biochemistry, and genetics. The labs, which focus on content covered in the lectures, will incorporate the process of inquiry through active learning and the scientific method. Students will have repeated opportunities in the inquiry-based laboratories to develop and test hypotheses, analytically explore the natural world, collect, analyze, and formally present data. Offered fall semesters. No prerequisites. Co-requisite lab BIO 012L. Students who take BIO 012 online in the summer term must still complete the lab section, but may take BIO 013L in the fall term.
BIO 012L: GEN/PRE-PROFESSIONAL BIOLOGY I LAB, 1 credit hr.
Co-requisite lab for BIO 012.
BIO 013: GEN/PRE-PROFESSIONAL BIOLOGY II, 3 credit hrs.
Ecology, evolution, and the physiology of animals. The labs, which focus on content covered in the lectures, will incorporate the process of inquiry through active learning and the scientific method. Students will have repeated opportunities in the inquiry-based laboratories to develop and test hypotheses, analytically explore the natural world, collect, analyze, and formally present data. No prerequisites. Co-requisite lab BIO 013L. Students who take BIO 013 online in the summer term must still complete the lab section, but may take BIO 013L in the spring term.
BIO 013L: GEN/PRE-PROFESSIONAL BIOLOGY II LAB, 1 credit hr.
Co-requisite lab for BIO 013.
BIO 015: INTRO TO BIOLOGY, 1 credit hr.
Readings discussions and projects in selected areas of biology. For first-year biology students or interested open enrolled first year students.
BIO 018: INTRO ANATOMY/PHYSIOLOGY, 3 credit hrs.
Vertebrate anatomical structure and function, including evolutionary events leading to certain structures including diseases and anomalies resulting from failure of certain structures. Co-requisite lab BIO 018L.
BIO 018L: ANATOMY/PHYSIOLOGY LAB, 1 credit hr.
Co-requisite lab for BIO 018.
BIO 019: INTRODUCTION TO BOTANY, 3 credit hrs.
Broad introduction to the disciplines in the science of plant biology including: morphology, anatomy, physiology, evolution, taxonomy, ecology and ethnobotany. Lecture, laboratory, field trips, term paper. Co-requisite lab BIO 019L.
BIO 019L: BOTANY LAB, 1 credit hr.
Co-requisite lab for BIO 019.
BIO 021: SPECIAL TOPICS IN BIOLOGY, 1-3 credit hrs.
Selected topics developed by biology faculty and sometimes cross-listed with First-Year Seminars for entering first-year students.
BIO 024: IOWA BIRDS & BIRDING, 1 credit hr.
Introductory study of the identification and natural history of local birds. Primary topics include field recognition of birds by sight and sound, avian adaptations, flight, bird songs, nest building, and migration. Lectures, creative component required. No pre-requisites; Co-requisite lab: BIO 024L.
BIO 024L: IOWA BIRDS & BIRDING LAB, 1 credit hr.
Co-requisite lab for BIO 024. Identification and ecology of local birds through study of field guides, birding software, and field trips. Weekend field trips required.
BIO 025: ANIMAL BEHAVIOR, 3 credit hrs.
This course provides an introduction to the study of animal behavior often called ethology, with an emphasis on evolutionary approach. Although ethological and evolutionary approaches can be successfully applied to human behavior, this course will primarily deal with animal behavior in natural environments. We will cover a variety of topics, including: natural selection and evolution, development of behavior, neural and hormonal control of behavior, predator- prey interactions, foraging behavior, territoriality, reproductive behavior, and social behavior. In addition, students will design, conduct, write up, and present a group research project as part of their coursework. Prerequisites: PSY 001 or BIO 013 or NSCI 001.
BIO 026: ETHOLOGICAL METHODS, 3 credit hrs.
This course will provide a hands-on introduction to the methods of direct and indirect behavioral observation, including the development of observation techniques, ethogram construction, field methods, use of video and other technologies, appropriate data management and analysis. The course will have a significant component of experiential learning, including each student’s individual design and execution of a substantial behavioral observation project. Prerequisites: BIO 013; PSY 024 (or co-enrolled). Cross-listed with ENSP 026.
BIO 061: NATURAL HISTORY PHOTOGRAPHY, 3 credit hrs.
Basic to intermediate instruction in the application of photography to natural landscapes, flora and fauna. Emphasis is on making artistic images in the field using three principles that contribute to the aesthetic appeal of an image-content, technique, and composition. Major topics include the basics of 35mm SLR cameras and lenses, film image size, depth of field, and plant, animal and landscape photography. Students should have access to a 35mm SLR camera and at least one lens. No previous experience needed. Lectures, field trip, slide submissions.
BIO 063: ZOO BIOLOGY, 3 credit hrs.
This course will provide an overview of the field of zoo biology, with emphases on the role of zoos in conservation, species survival plans, captive management of small populations of exotic animals (especially including endangered species), and the use of behavioral research and environmental enrichment methods in captive animal welfare. The course will have a significant component of experiential learning including participation in ongoing and newly-initiated behavioral research in a zoo setting. Prequisite: BIO 013 or instructor permission. Cross-listed with ENSP 063.
BIO 064: MUSEUM CURATION, 1 credit hr.
In this course you will learn to prepare scientific research specimens (science taxidermy) for the Drake University Biodiversity Center. Concurrently, you will learn about diversity, anatomy, and biology of vertebrates, invertebrates, or plants. We will meet once a week for three hours throughout the semester, and you will become proficient with the following: specimen preparation, specimen data collection methods, proper specimen storage techniques, and a host of other museum curation related skills. If you are interested, please contact the Vertebrate Biologist, Plant Biologist, or Invertebrate Biologist to inquire if the class will meet during a given semester. May retake a maximum of six semesters for credit with a maximum of three credits applied toward a Biology major. No prerequisites but instructor permission is required.
BIO 091: UNDERSTANDING EVOLUTION, 3 credit hrs.
Introduction to modern theories of evolution and the evidence on which they are based; consideration of social and intellectual forces leading to the development of evolutionary theory. Effects of evolutionary thinking in biology and in society. No prerequisites.
BIO 092: INTRODUCTION TO ETHNOBOTANY, 3 credit hrs.
Ethnobotany is a multidisciplinary field of study that investigates the role of relationships between humans and plant populations in shaping human behavioral and biological adaptations as well as plant community structures. Topics will include uses of plants, how people think about plants and the natural world, the origins of agriculture, ecological relationships between humans and plants, and the relevance of ethnobotany to contemporary global issues.
BIO 092L: INTRO TO ETHNOBOTANY LAB, 1 credit hr.
Co-requisite lab for BIO 092: Laboratory exercises will focus on field techniques used in the practice of Ethnobotany, including plant identification and collection, interviewing, sampling methodologies, and data handling. Field trips can include visits to natural areas, ethnic markets, community gardens, and/or alternative healers.
BIO 093L: LAB ASSISTANT, 1-2 credit hrs.
Student assistant in biology laboratory/field research setting. Prereq: Consent of instructor.
BIO 095: MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY, 3 credit hrs.
Structure and function of microorganisms with emphasis on human pathogens. Prereq: BIO 001, 012, 013, or 018 and CHEM 107. Intended for pre-pharmacy majors.
BIO 098: INTRODUCTION TO PRIMATOLOGY, 3 credit hrs.
This survey course focuses on the psychological, biological, and ethological aspects of primatology and will be taught from a neo-Darwinian perspective. Areas of emphasis include taxonomy, social behavior, reproductive strategies, and intelligence.
BIO 099: BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH & STATISTICAL METHODS, 4 credit hrs.
Introduction to research methods used in the biological sciences including hypothesis formation, research design, ethics in research, scientific integrity, data collection, probability, and confidence intervals, statistical analyses, inference and interpretation, and preparation of research papers. Lectures and project required. Prereq: BIO 001, 012, 013, or 018.
BIO 101: COMPARATIVE ANATOMY OF VERTEBRATES, 3 credit hrs.
Principles and evolution of vertebrate structure including the human. A comparative study of laboratory forms including amphioxus, elasmobranchs, cat and other mammals. Prereq: BIO 001, 012, 013, or 018. Co-requisite lab BIO 101L.
BIO 101L: COMPARATIVE ANATOMY LAB, 1 credit hr.
Co-requisite lab for BIO 101.
BIO 103: MICROBIOLOGY, 3 credit hrs.
The characteristics of microorganisms with special emphasis on the pathogens and immunology; with laboratory. Pre-req: BIO 001, 012, 013, or 018. Organic chemistry recommended. Co-requisite lab BIO 103L.
BIO 103L: MICROBIOLOGY LAB, 2 credit hrs.
Co-requisite lab for BIO 103.
BIO 104: VIROLOGY, 3 credit hrs.
Examination of virus structure, genetics, taxonomy, diversity and evolution, and processes of infection and replication in the context of virus-host interactions, with an emphasis on viruses influential to human society. Prereq.: BIO 001, 012, 013, or 018.
BIO 105: INTRODUCTION TO GENETICS, 3 credit hrs.
The principles of heredity and their theoretical and practical applications. Prereq: BIO 001, 012, 013, or 018. Organic Chemistry recommended.
BIO 106L: RESEARCH IN GENETICS, 3 credit hrs.
Inquiry-based course designed to expose students to using scientific methods to solve a biological problem involving yeast as a genetics model organism. Students will have the opportunity to design and conduct experiments, collect and interpret data, and formally present their findings. While engaged in a research project, students will learn a variety of technical skills in classical and molecular genetics. Give the research project nature of this laboratory, students will be required to spend some time outside of class to maintain experiments. Prerequisite: BIO 105.
BIO 107: BEHAVIOR GENETICS, 3 credit hrs.
This course will provide an overview of the field of behavior genetics, with special emphasis given to the use and interpretation of animal models in behavioral genetic research.
BIO 108: INFECTIOUS DISEASES, 3 credit hrs.
In-depth examination of selected infectious diseases/epidemics in scientific, social (political, geographical), and historical contexts. Course content changes each year contingent on global and local trends and will include basic epidemiology relevant to the selected diseases.
BIO 110: IOWA NATURAL HISTORY, 1 credit hr.
A survey of the natural history and biodiversity of Iowa and the midwest with emphasis on conservation principles and ideology. Examination of geology, landscape history, and ecology for the protection of endangered species and communities. Extended overnight field trips. Offered alternate spring interim periods. Co-requisite lab BIO 110L.
BIO 110L: IOWA NATURAL HISTORY LAB, 1 credit hr.
Co-requisite lab for BIO 110.
BIO 111: EVOLVED FOODWAYS, 3 credit hrs.
Exploration of interactions of environment, culture, and plant biology as they relate to human food plants. Discussions focus on impact of diverse global environments on evolutionary adaptations in native plant species and exploitation of these adaptations by native human cultures to produce fascinating foodways important for human health and culture. Features student-led discussions and cooking regional cuisine.
BIO 112L: AVIAN WINTER ECOLOGY, 3 credit hrs.
In this J-term course, you will gain extensive experience working with birds in a field setting. You will learn and practice a fundamental tool used by ornithologist and wildlife biologist for studying birds: mist-netting and banding of individuals. In addition, you will learn identification of Iowa’s winter bird species, working with museum study skins as well as captured live individuals, and you will design and conduct behavioral experiments on birds, exploring their winter physiology and ecological roles. Class time will be outdoors as much as possible, you will become expert at handling and releasing live birds, and the skills developed in this course will well prepare you for advanced field studies and graduate work in Ornithology. This is an on-campus course, and we will be working at natural areas nearby Drake. Prerequisites: BIO 001, 012, 013, or 018 or see instructor for approval.
BIO 113: VERTEBRATE BIOLOGY, 3 credit hrs.
An introduction to vertebrate biology including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Lecture material will emphasize evolutionary history, including major morphological transitions, and taxonomy, behavior, and ecology among the major extant vertebrate groups. Pre-reqs: BIO 001, 012, 013, or 018. Co-requisite lab BIO 113L.
BIO 113L: VERTEBRATE BIOLOGY LAB, 1 credit hr.
Co-requisite lab for BIO 113. Laboratory exercises will focus on taxonomy and field identification of Iowa's fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Lab will utilize heavily both natural history museum collections and field capture techniques for studying vertebrates. Pre-reqs: BIO 001, 012, 013, or 018.
BIO 114: EVOLUTION, 3 credit hrs.
Mechanisms of evolution and evidence of evolutionary change, considered from an analytical perspective. Development of scientific reading and writing skills. Lab exercises will demonstrate principles from lecture through computer simulations and data collection and analysis. Prereq: BIO 001, 012, or 013. Co-requisite lab BIO 114L.
BIO 114L: EVOLUTION LAB, 1 credit hr.
Co-requisite lab for BIO 114.
BIO 115: AQUATIC BIOLOGY, 2 credit hrs.
Species diversity and population dynamics of plant and animal communities in fresh water environments. Prereq: BIO 001, 012, 013, or 018. (BIO 115L: Aquatic Biology Lab must be taken concurrently.)
BIO 115L: AQUATIC BIOLOGY LAB, 1 credit hr.
Co-requisite lab for BIO 115.
BIO 116: BIOINFORMATICS, 3 credit hrs.
An introduction to the principles, practice, and application of bioinformatics. The focus of the course will be the analysis of biological systems through the use of computational methods. Topics include: sequence alignment, algorithm analysis, genome assembly, and databases. Cross-listed with CS 116.
BIO 117: ECOLOGY, 3 credit hrs.
An introduction to the study of the relationships between organisms and their environment, or more specifically, the distribution and abundance of organisms, particularly plant, animal, and fungi species. Emphasis on the physical environment, organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems and biomes. Lecture, optional field trips. Prereq.: BIO 001, 012, 013, or 018. (BIO 118L: Ecology laboratory may be taken concurrently.)
BIO 118L: ECOLOGY LAB, 2 credit hrs.
Techniques of ecological study in the field and laboratory. Emphasis on the collection, analysis, and interpretation of ecological data. Field trips, research paper. Offered fall semester. Prereq: BIO 117 or concurrent enrollment.
BIO 119: HERPETOLOGY, 2 credit hrs.
A survey of reptiles, with special attention toward taxonomy, ecology and behavior of reptiles and amphibians of Iowa. Prereq.: BIO 001, 012, 013, or 018.
BIO 119L: HERPETOLOGY LAB, 1 credit hr.
Co-requisite lab for BIO 119. Identification, ecology and research of Midwestern amphibians and reptiles through the study of museum specimens, live animals, and field trips.
BIO 120: ECOSYSTEM ECOLOGY, 3 credit hrs.
Ecological processes and dynamics associated with grasslands, forests, and wetlands. Detailed examination of soil, climate, fire, microclimate, disturbance regimes and species interactions. Emphasis relevant to management and ecological restoration. Lecture, lab, field trips, presentation. Prereq: BIO 117. Co-requisite lab BIO 120L.
BIO 120L: ECOSYSTEM ECOLOGY LAB, 1 credit hr.
Co-requisite lab for BIO 120.
BIO 121: PARASITOLOGY, 0-4 credit hrs.
Organisms of medical importance; life cycles; host-parasite relationships. Prereq.: BIO 001, 012, 013, 018, or equivalent. Co-requisite lab BIO 121L.
BIO 121L: PARASITOLOGY LAB, 1 credit hr.
Co-requisite lab for BIO 121.
BIO 122: MAMMALOGY, 2 credit hrs.
A survey of mammals with special attention directed toward taxonomy, ecology and behavior of mammals of Iowa. Prereq.: BIO 001, 012, 013 or 018 or equivalent. Co-requisite lab BIO 122L.
BIO 122L: MAMMOLOGY, 1 credit hr.
Co-requisite lab for BIO 122. Identification, ecology, and research of Midwestern mammals through the study of museum specimens, live animals and field trips.
BIO 123: BIOLOGY OF INVERTEBRATES, 3 credit hrs.
Comparative anatomy with biological principles of invertebrates. Prereq.: BIO 001, 012, 013, or 018 or equivalent. Co-requisite lab BIO 123L.
BIO 123L: INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY, 1 credit hr.
Co-requisite lab for BIO 123.
BIO 124L: RESEARCH COLLABORATION, 1-3 credit hrs.
Project-based research course in which students work together (collaborate) to solve a defined biological problem using the scientific method. While engaged in research, students will use primary literature, learn research methods, become proficient in technical scientific skills, work with others toward a common research outcome, and present project results in scientific forms. Prereq.: BIO 001, 012, 013, or 018.
BIO 125: CONSERVATION BIOLOGY, 3 credit hrs.
Application of ecological theory to managing earth's biodiversity. Includes consideration of ethical and political frameworks, definitions or species, population genetics, landscape ecology, design of parks and preserves, ecology, and sustainable development. Features case study approach, student-led discussions of primary literature, lab and field experiences including a required weekend trip. Prereqs: BIO 001, 012, 013, 018, or ENSP 055. Co-requisite lab BIO 125L.
BIO 125L: CONSERVATION BIOLOGY LAB, 1 credit hr.
Co-requisite lab for BIO 125.
BIO 126: DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY, 3 credit hrs.
The development of organisms with special reference to vertebrates and humans; formation of germ cells, fertilization, differentiation, development of organs and systems with emphasis on molecular concepts. Prereq.: BIO 105 or BIO 165, or equivalent or consent of instructor. Co-requisite lab BIO 126L.
BIO 126L: DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY LAB, 1 credit hr.
Co-requisite lab for BIO 126.
BIO 127: HISTOLOGY, 3 credit hrs.
Study of microscopic structure of cells, tissues and organs with some reference to pathology. Prereq.: BIO 001, 012, 013, 018, or equivalent. Co-requisite lab BIO 127L.
BIO 127L: HISTOLOGY LAB, 1 credit hr.
Co-requisite lab for BIO 127.
BIO 129: MAMMALIAN PHYSIOLOGY, 4 credit hrs.
A laboratory-based course in mammalian physiology. Emphasis on the integration of physiological systems including mechanisms of fundamental principles progressing from molecular events to cellular, organ, and system levels. Laboratory exercises feature inquiry-based learning. Organic chemistry recommended. Prereq.: Two intro courses of BIO 001, 012, 013, 018, or equivalent. Corequisite lab BIO 129L.
BIO 129L: MAMMALIAN PHYSIOLOGY LAB, 1 credit hr.
Co-requisite lab for BIO 129. A systems-level approach to investigation and experimentation using computer simulations, student volunteers, and animal subjects.
BIO 130: ORNITHOLOGY, 2 credit hrs.
This course will provide an in-depth exploration of avian biology, with a particular focus on bird behavior, ecology, and evolution. Pre-reqs: BIO 001, 012, 013, or 018. Co-requisite lab BIO 130L.
BIO 130L: ORNITHOLOGY LAB, 1 credit hr.
Co-requisite lab for BIO 130. Laboratory exercises will focus on anatomy, taxonomy, and field identification (visual and vocal) of avian species. Pre-reqs: BIO 001, 012, 013, or 018.
BIO 131: BIOCHEMISTRY, 3 credit hrs.
A study of the nature of the chemical constituents of living matter, the functions and transformation of these chemical entities in biological systems, and the chemical changes associated with these transformations in the course of the activity of living matter. Prereq.: CHEM 108, CHEM 110. Co-requisite lab BIO 131L. Cross-listed with CHEM 130.
BIO 131L: BIOCHEMISTRY LAB, 1 credit hr.
Co-requisite lab for BIO 131. Introduction to biochemical laboratory techniques. Provides practical experiences with techniques for separation and characterization of biomolecules and methods of examining biochemical reactions including kinetics. Prereq: CHEM 130/BIO 131 or concurrent with CHEM 130/BIO 131 or consent of instructor. Cross-listed with CHEM 131.
BIO 132: MEDICAL BIOPHYSICS, 3 credit hrs.
This course offers a comprehensive introduction to fundamental concepts and methods in medical biophysics, an interdisciplinary field at the interface of physics, biology and medicine. The course will explore the physical and physiological principles underlying the behavior of biological systems, in particular the human body. Concepts from varios branches of physics will be introduced in the context of living organisms. Additionally, modern methods from medical physics, including laser surgery, ultrasound imaging, computed tomography, radiation theraphy and magnetic resonance imaging, will be investigated. The emphasis will be on the applications of physics in biology and medicine.
BIO 133: KINESIOLOGY, 3 credit hrs.
Kinesiology is the study of human movement, specifically examining the roles of bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. This course includes an examination of functional anatomy, current research methods, analytical and diagnostic methods, and practical applications of knowledge to basic movements such as walking/running and throwing and sport-specific movements. Pre-reqs: Two introductory Biology couses and junior standing. Co-requisite lab BIO 133L.
BIO 133L: KINESIOLOGY LAB, 1 credit hr.
Co-requisite lab for BIO 133. Kinesiology lab accompanies lecture and focuses on methods for collecting and analyzing data related to human anatomy or motion in exercise and sport contexts. Students will practice current kinesiology techniques in an original research-based setting similar to that encountered by career kinesiology researchers. Pre-req: Two introductory Biology courses and junior standing. Lecture and lab must be taken concurrently.
BIO 134: EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY, 3 credit hrs.
Biological aspects of physical activity in the context of exercise, recreation, and sport using multidisciplinary instructional approaches. Content includes neuromuscular, metabolic, cardiorespiratory, and other physiological changes to training or environmental conditions. Co-requisite lab BIO 134L.
BIO 134L: EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY LAB, 1 credit hr.
Co-requisite lab for BIO 134. Basic skills in exercise testing and analysis within the context of original research frameworks, emphasizing human subject research and repeated practice of techniques. Specific experiments change each semester to reflect current topics in the field.
BIO 135L: FOOT AND ANKLE RESEARCH LAB, 1credit hr.
Intended for students interested in the mecical sciences. The purpose of the lab is to learn and practice skills relevant to clinical aspects of foot and ankle research within the context of sports medicine and podiatry. Emphasized skills include: working with human subjects; developing experimental designs that help address questions specific to the sports medicine community; collecting data from those designs and analyzing the resultant data; clinical measurements such as range-of-motion (goniometry), muscle activation, movement analysis, performance analysis, and evaluation of subjective measures; and critical evaluation of media and marketing related to sports medicine. Projects and techniques will change each time the course is offered.
BIO 138: HISTORY OF BIOLOGY, 3 credit hrs.
A survey of the events that have led to the development of biology as a science, with in-depth discussions of order, timing, and chronology of discoveries in biology. No prerequisites. Sophomore standing or consent of the instructor.
BIO 145: SELECTED TOPICS IN BIOLOGY, 1-3 credit hrs.
Serves as a forum for class-structured studies of selected topics in biology or the trial presentation of new biology courses. Offered only as needed. Could require BIO 145L. Prerequisites will vary.
BIO 145L: SELECTED TOPICS IN BIOLOGY LAB, 1-3 credit hrs.
Lab component for Selected Topics in Biology, BIO 145. Offered only as needed.
BIO 152: FIELD BOTANY, 0-3 credit hrs.
General principles of plant taxonomy and plant ecology. Emphasis on classification and nomenclature, botanical terminology, recognition of plant families, use of plant keys, Iowa plant species identification and ecology and plant collecting and voucher preparation. Lecture, lab, field trips. One weekend field trip required. Offered spring semester of alternating years. Prereq: BIO 001, 012, 013, or 018, or consent of instructor. Co-requisite lab BIO 152L.
BIO 152L: FIELD BOTANY LAB, 1 credit hr.
Co-requisite lab for BIO 152.
BIO 156: BIOLOGY SHORT COURSE, 1 credit hr.
Specialized topics in biology for short periods of time during the semester. Course title and program to be assigned.
BIO 165: CELL BIOLOGY, 0-4 credit hrs.
A comprehensive introduction to molecular cell biology with an emphasis on applications to biology and medicine. Basic structure and chemistry of cells, protein-targeting, cellular signaling, the cytoskeleton, and the cell cycle. Prereq: BIO 001, 012, 013, or 018, or equivalent.
BIO 167: POPULATION & COMMUNITY ECOLOGY, 3 credit hrs.
Principles of population growth, cycles, genetics and regulation. Examination of emerging theories regarding the interaction and assembly of plant and animal populations into ecological communities. Field studies and computer modeling are used to examine behavioral ecology, spatial dispersion, demography, life histories, competition and predation. Application of theory and principles to complex environmental problems such as pest management, viability analysis, and the spread of infectious diseases. Lecture, lab, field trips, research project and paper. Offered spring semester of even-numbered years. Prereq: BIO 118L; STAT 060 or BIO 099. Co-requisite lab BIO 167L.
BIO 167L: POPULATION ECOLOGY LAB, 1 credit hr.
Co-requisite lab for BIO 167.
BIO 168: LIMNOLOGY, 3 credit hrs.
Study of inland waters: the biological, physical, chemical and geological characteristics of lakes, streams, and reservoirs. Lecture, laboratory, and field trips. Prereq: BIO 001, 012, 013, or 018, and CHEM 001. Co-requisite lab BIO 168L.
BIO 168L: LIMNOLOGY LAB, 1 credit hr.
Co-requisite lab for BIO 168.
BIO 176: NEUROPHYSIOLOGY, 3 credit hrs.
The physiology of excitable cells with emphasis on cellular mechanisms, synaptic integration, signal processing, and sensory/motor interactions in nervous systems. Computer simulations and hands-on experience with stimulating and recording in live systems. With laboratory. Prereq.: Two intro courses of BIO 001, 012, 013, or 018 or equivalent or consent of instructor. Co-requisite lab BIO 176L.
BIO 176L: NEUROPHYSIOLOGY LAB, 1 credit hr.
Co-requisite lab for BIO 176.
BIO 182: IMMUNOLOGY, 3 credit hrs.
Principles and concepts of immunology; characteristics of antigens and antibodies; antibody reactions; hypersensitivity; discussions of immune response with applications to biology and humans. Prereq: BIO 103.
BIO 182L: IMMUNOLOGY LAB, 2 credit hrs.
Optional lab for BIO 182.
BIO 185: HUMAN GENETICS, 2 credit hrs.
Principles and concepts of inheritance in humans with special reference to medical genetics. Prereq.: BIO 105. College algebra and organic chemistry recommended.
BIO 186: MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, 3 credit hrs.
Introduction to principles, practice, and applications of modern molecular biology. Chemistry of informational macromolecules, mechanism regulation and integration of informational processes in the cell; application to basic biology and medicine. Implications for society. Prereq.: BIO 165 or consent of instructor. Crosslisted with CHEM 134.
BIO 187L: MOLECULAR CELL BIOLOGY LAB, 0-3 credit hrs.
Introduction to the methods and practice of molecular cell biology, with an emphasis on the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students carry out an independent research project in molecular cell biology, culminating in a formal paper and presentation. Prereq: BIO 165 or consent of instructor.
BIO 188: STRUCTURAL BIOLOGY, 3 credit hrs.
Introduction to the principles, methods and applications of structural biology -- a discipline that seeks to relate molecular form to biological function. An analysis of molecular structure and biological function in relationship to the molecular biology of the cell, and an exploration of the applications of this understanding. Practical experience in the use of sequence analysis and molecular graphics computer programs as applied to structural problems in cellular and molecular biology. Prereq.: BIO 165 or CHEM 130/BIO 131 or consent of instructor. Cross-listed with CHEM 136.
BIO 188L: STRUCTURAL BIOLOGY LAB, 2 credit hrs.
Co-requisite lab for BIO 188.
BIO 189: REGULATORY BIOLOGY, 2 credit hrs.
Principles of cellular regulation as illustrated by the molecular biology of the cell cycle and programmed cell death. Prereq: BIO 165, 186, or CHEM 132 or consent of instructor.
BIO 191: SEMINAR IN BIOLOGY, 1 credit hr.
Professional and student presentations in a seminar format. Offered Fall semester.
BIO 192: SEMINAR IN BIOLOGY, 1 credit hr.
Professional and student presentations in a seminar format. Offered Spring semester.
BIO 193L: SENIOR LAB ASSISTANT, 2 credit hrs.
BIO 195L: ADVANCED MOLECULAR LIFE LAB, 3 credit hrs.
A biochemistry, cellular/molecular biology capstone, interdisciplinary course that involves students in laboratory research problems. A structure course to mimic the processes used by practicing scientists as they conduct reserach. Students develop effective experimental and effective communication skills. Prereq.: CHEM 130/BIO 131 or BIO 165. Does not count as senior capstone experience for biology majors. Cross-listed with CHEM 137.
BIO 197: UNDERGRADUATE THESIS RESEARCH, 1-3 credit hrs.
Supervised undergraduate research in biology required in the B.S. program. Prereq: Sophomore standing and consent of instructor.
BIO 197L: UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH, 1-3 credit hrs.
Supervised undergraduate research in biology. Prereq.: Sophomore standing and consent of the instructor.
BIO 198: INDEPENDENT STUDY IN BIOLOGY, 1-3 credit hrs.
A forum for a student-initiated and directed study of a biological topic of interest. Must be mentored by a Biology faculty member. Requires completion of an independent study form and approval by the chair.
BIO 199: SENIOR CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE, 3 credit hrs.
Topics will vary in different semesters and will focus on the unifying theme of evolution. Students will complete an instructor-approved project requiring analysis and synthesis of a problem involving biological principles pertaining to the course topic. This project will culminate with a written document and an oral presentation of the chosen project. This course is required for completion of the biology major. Prereq.: Enrollment restricted to biology majors with senior standing. Offered fall semester only.