BIOLOGY (BIO)

 

College of Science and Allied Health

Department Chair: Mark Sandheinrich

3004 Cowley Hall, 608-785-8238

e-mail: sandhein.mark@uwlax.edu

Web site: www.uwlax.edu/biology

 

Professors: Brice, Claflin, Davis, Gillis, Mowbray, Sandheinrich, Sutherland, Tyser; Associate Professors: Abler, M., Cooper, Gerber, Haro, Maher, Volk;

Assistant Professors: Galbraith, Howard, Miskowski, Saros, Seebach;

Lecturers: Hanmer, Hoar, Nontelle.

 

Major and/or minor requirements differ for students in the College of Liberal Studies, College of Science and Allied Health, and the College of Business Administration from those in the School of Education and the College of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. See separate listings below.

 

 

Honors Program in Biology:

 

I.              Admission

A.            Junior Standing

B.            15 credits in biology, including one 300-level course

C.            3.25 grade point average in biology courses and a 3.00 cumulative grade point average

D.            Recommendation by two faculty members in student’s major department

II.            Program

A.            Completion of a regular major program in biology

B.            BIO 492: Honors Seminar, 1 credit

C.            BIO 499: Independent Research, 2 credits

III.           Evaluation

A.            A cumulative 3.50 grade point average in the major at time of graduation and a 3.00 cumulative grade point average

B.            Distinguished performance on a project developed in BIO 499

C.            Presentation of the project developed in BIO 499 to a colloquium of faculty and students in the major department

IV.           Methods of Implementation

A.            Admission

1.             Announcement of program sophomore-level biology classes

2.             Application form

a.             academic record

b.             reasons for wishing to participate

c.             signatures of two faculty members in the major

B.            Program

1.             BIO 492: Honors Seminar will be offered one semester each year unless the number of students involved requires more than one section

2.             BIO 499: Independent Research will be offered each semester

V.            Recognition

A.            Honors certificate

B.            Notation on permanent academic record

 

 

Note: Each student must have a minimum of three 400-level BIO credits (excluding BIO 450, 479, 489, 491, 492, and 499) to fulfill requirements of the major. BIO 492 may be taken in lieu of BIO 491 by Biology Honors Program students.

 

 

Biology Major

(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) — 39 credits, including BIO 103 or 105, 204, 210, 306, 307, 315, 491, and remaining electives from the following courses: *BIO 302, 303, 312, 313, 321, 337, 341, 404, 406, 408, 412, 414, 417, 419, 422, 423, 424, 428, 429, 432, 433, 435, 436, 437, 439, 443, 447, 448, 449, 463, 464, 465, 466, and 492; MIC 230, 350, 406, 420, 421, 426, 427, 428, and 434. A maximum of two non-lab courses may be applied toward the biology major elective requirements, excluding BIO 499. Up to two credits of BIO 499 may be used as electives. Three semesters of chemistry, including organic CHM 300 (or 303, 304 and 305) and MTH 205 or 250 are required.

Biology Major: Aquatic Science Concentration

(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) — 39 credits, including BIO 103 or 105, 204, 210, 306, 315, 341, 491;MIC 230. Remaining credits from the following electives: BIO 307, 405, 414, 419, 422, 423, 447, 448, 463, 464; MIC 434. Up to two credits of BIO 499 may count toward the major. A minimum of 20 chemistry credits is required, including CHM 103, 104, 301, 300 (or 303, 304 and 305). A minimum of eight credits of mathematics including MTH 205 or 250 and 175 or 207 is also required. C-S 101 (or equivalent skills) is required.

 

 

Biology Major: Biomedical Science Concentration

(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) — 39 credits, including BIO 103 or 105, 210, 306, 312, 313, 315, 491, and 408 or 424 or 465. Remaining credits from the following electives: BIO 204, 307, 406, 408, 413, 424, 428, 432, 433, 435, 436, 443, 449, 463, 465, and 466; MIC 230, 406, 407, 420, and 421. Up to two elective credits from a combination of BIO 450, 479, 489 and 499 of which only BIO 499 can be taken for two credits. A minimum of 24 chemistry credits is required including CHM 103, 104, 300 (or 303, 304 and 305), 301, and 325 or (417 and 418). MTH 205 or 250 and C-S 101 (or equivalent skills) are also required.

 

 

Biology Major: Cellular and Molecular Biology Concentration

(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) — 39 credits, including BIO 103 or 105, 204, 210, 306, 315, 435, 436, 491; MIC 230. Remaining credits from the following electives: *BIO 303, 307, 312, 313, 337, 406, 408, 412, 424, 428, 432, 433, 443, 463, and 466; MIC 406, 420, 421, and 427. Up to two credits from BIO 450, 489, and 499 may count toward the major. A minimum of 24 chemistry credits is required including: CHM 103, 104, 301, 300 or (303, 304 and 305), 325 or (417 and 418). A minimum of four credits of mathematics is also required, including MTH 175 or 205 or 250 or 207. C-S 101 (or equivalent skills) is also required.

 

 

Biology Major: Environmental Science Concentration

(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) — 39 credits, including BIO 103 or 105, 204, 210, 306, 307, 315, 419, 491. Remaining credits from the following electives: BIO 321, 337, 341, 404, 405, 412, 414, 422, 429, 447, 448, 463, 464; MIC 230, 350, 434. Up to two credits of BIO 499 may count toward the major. Three semesters of chemistry, including CHM 103, 104 and 300 (or 303, 304 and 305) and eight credits of mathematics (MTH 175 or 207, 205 or 250) are required. A minimum of five-six credits of environmental science support courses is also required which include CHM 301, or GEO/ESC 250 and 481, or C-S 120 and MTH 305.

 

 

Biology Minor

(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) — 24 credits, including

BIO 103 or 105, 204, 210, and electives* in biology or microbiology including at least one course numbered 302 or above. (BIO 102, 106, 201, 413 and MIC 100, 407, 416, 425 are not applicable as electives.) A maximum of two non-lab courses can be applied toward the biology minor elective requirement, excluding BIO 499.

 

 

Biology Major

(Teacher Certification programs) — 36 credits including BIO 103 or 105, 204, 210, 306, 307, 315, 491; MIC 230, and remaining electives from the following courses: *BIO 302, 303, 312, 313, 321, 337, 341, 404, 406, 408, 412, 414, 417, 419, 422, 423, 424, 428, 429, 432, 433, 435, 436, 437, 439, 443, 447, 448, 449, 463, 464, 465 and 466; MIC 230, 350, 406, 420, 426, 427, 428, and 434. Up to two credits of BIO 499 may count toward the major. A maximum of two non-lab courses may be applied toward the biology major elective requirement, excluding BIO 499. In addition to this sequence, GEO 200 is a statutory requirement; C-I 381, an administrative code requirement; and three semesters of  chemistry, including organic CHM 300 (or 303, 304 and 305), and MTH 205 or 250 are required. BIO 429 — Evolution — is strongly recommended.

 

 

Biology Minor

(Teacher certification programs) — 22 credits including BIO 103 or 105, 204, 210; MIC 230 or BIO 315, 306, 307. (BIO 102, 106, 201, 413, and MIC 100, 407, 416, 425 are not applicable as electives.) A maximum of two non-lab courses can be applied toward the biology minor elective requirement, excluding BIO 499. In addition to the above sequence, GEO 200 and C-I 381 are required.

 

 

Secondary Broadfield Science Major

(Middle/Secondary Education). See description of this broad field major on p. 73.

 

 

Dual Degree Program in Chiropractic

Students spend three years (94 credits) at UW-La Crosse completing General Education requirements, Palmer College Core Requirements, and many of the requirements for a B.S. in Biology (Biomedical Science Concentration), with a 3.0 average. These students are then admitted to Palmer College for three years of study, leading to the Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Upon completion of this degree, Palmer credits transfer back to UW-La Crosse as 36.3 semester credits to satisfy all requirements for a B.S. in Biology: Biomedical Science. In six years, successful students earn both a Bachelor of Science degree (from UW-La Crosse) and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. For complete degree requirements, see the pre-chiropractic adviser.

 

 

(See also Pigeon Lake Field Station for additional biology offerings, p. 27.)

 

 

The Biology Department incorporates a significant amount of writing throughout the required courses instead of identifying particular courses as writing emphasis courses.  Students who complete the biology major, including any of the concentrations, will fulfill the university writing emphasis requirement.

 

 

+ above a course number indicates a General Education course.

 

 

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BIO        102                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Contemporary Issues in Biological Sciences

An intra-disciplinary approach to investigating current issues within the biological sciences. Specific topics under the general categories of health, medicine, environment, genetics, and industrial technology will be identified, described and characterized. The science underlying the issue will be explored and the potential impact (past and future) of applied scientific advances within the respective disciplines will be examined in depth. Not applicable to a major or minor in biology. Offered Sem. II.

 

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BIO        103                                                                                                                                     Cr. 4

Introductory Biology

A survey of modern biology. Subjects discussed include ecology, cell biology and genetics. Themes developed through the course are the use of the scientific method and the relationships between society, technology and science. This course is designed as a general education course for non-science or non-allied health majors. Lect. 3, Lab 2.

Students cannot earn credit in both BIO 103

and 105.

 

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BIO        105                                                                                                                                     Cr. 4

General Biology

An introduction to biology including topics in ecology, population biology, nutrient cycling, food webs, cell structure and function, metabolism, photosynthesis, reproduction, genetics, molecular biology and evolution. This course provides a strong foundation for further science courses, and is designed for science majors, allied health majors and students with an interest in science. Lect. 3, Lab. 2. Students cannot earn credit in both BIO 103 and 105.

 

BIO        106                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Nature Study

A study of the common plants and animals of the area. Lect. 2, Lab. 2. Not applicable to a major or minor in biology. Offered occasionally.

 

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BIO/PSY   107                                                                                                                                 Cr. 3

Brain Basics: Linking Society and Neuroscience

Students will be introduced to the field of neuroscience, including an examination of the cells that make the brain operate, how they operate together to form structures and systems, and how the operation of these systems relates to human behavior. The range of behaviors to be examined will include everyday learning and memory, sleeping and dreaming, as well as an exploration of the brain when abnormal behaviors occur. We will also investigate the impact that advances in the neurosciences have had on society in general. (Cross-listed with PSY; may only earn credit in BIO or PSY.) Not applicable to Biology major. Offered Sem. II.

 

BIO        201                                                                                                                                     Cr. 4

Human Biology

Biological principles and concepts relevant to the human body, society and the environment. Lect. 3, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: BIO 103 or 105. Not applicable to a major or minor in biology. Offered occasionally.

 

BIO        204                                                                                                                                     Cr. 4

Plant Biology

An investigation of the general morphology and life patterns of plants, fungi, algae and bacteria — with emphasis on plants — and inquiry into their economic importance, ecology, evolution, growth and development. The importance of photosynthetic organisms will be a general theme throughout the course. Lect. 3, Lab. 2.

Prerequisite: BIO 103 or 105.

 

BIO        210                                                                                                                                     Cr. 4

Animal Biology

A phylogenetic survey of the animal kingdom beginning with single-celled organisms and ending with vertebrates. Innovation of form and function of each major taxonomic group will be discussed along with their ecology, natural history, distribution and relationship to humans. Lect. 3, Lab 2. Prerequisite: BIO 103 or 105.

 

BIO        302                                                                                                                                     Cr. 2

Trees and Shrubs

Biology of evergreen and deciduous woody plants with emphasis on identification of both local native and cultivated species. Field trips required. Lect. 1, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: BIO 204. Offered Sem. I, odd years.


BIO        303                                                                                                                                     Cr. 4

Vertebrate Form and Function

Anatomy and physiology of the vertebrates with the rat as the basic study animal. Lect. 2, Lab. 4. Prerequisite: BIO 103 or 105.

 

BIO        306                                                                                                                                     Cr. 4

Genetics

A comprehensive study of the basic principles of heredity, including Mendelian and Molecular Genetics. Lect. 3, Lab. 2. Prerequisites: BIO 103 or 105 and a second biology course applicable to the major.

 

BIO        307                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Ecology

A study of interactions that determine the distribution and abundance of living organisms.  The basic principles of ecology are presented in order to develop an understanding of the nature of these interactions at the individual, population and community levels of biological organization.  Prerequisites: BIO 204 and 210.

 

BIO        308                                                                                                                                     Cr. 4

Vertebrate Embryology

Principles of animal development with special emphasis on the embryology of the frog, chick, pig and man. Lect. 2, Lab. 4. Prerequisite: BIO 210 or 303.

 

BIO        309/509                                                                                                                             Cr. 3

Entomology

Morphology, physiology, classification, life histories, distribution, and economic importance of insects. Individual collections of local insects are required. Lect 2, Lab 2. Prerequisite: BIO 210. Offered Sem. I.

 

BIO        312                                                                                                                                     Cr. 4

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

A comprehensive study of general physiological principles, membrane physiology, body fluid compartments, the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems and the special senses. Lect. 3, Lab. 2. Prerequisites: BIO 103 or 105 and CHM 103.

 

BIO        313                                                                                                                                     Cr. 4

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

A comprehensive study of the cardiovascular system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, fluid/electrolyte balance, reproduction and the endocrine system. Lect. 3, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: BIO 312.

 

BIO        315                                                                                                                                     Cr. 4

Cell Biology

A comprehensive overview of cell structure and function, including the nature of biomolecules, cellular metabolism and its regulation, the dynamics of membranes and the cytoskeleton, the execution and control of the cell cycle, cell interactions, and cell signaling. Lect.3, Lab. 3. Prerequisites: BIO 103 or 105, one additional semester of biology, MTH 205 or 250, and a minimum of three semesters of chemistry through organic chemistry.

 

BIO        321                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Ornithology

Field identification and ecology of birds with emphasis on Wisconsin forms. Lect. 2, Lab. 3. Prerequisite: BIO 210 or 303. Offered Sem. II.

 

BIO        337                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Plant Physiology

An introduction to plant water relations, mineral nutrition, respiration, photosynthesis, growth, and development with emphasis on the physiology of seed plants. Prerequisite: BIO 204. Offered Sem. II, even years.

 

BIO        341                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Limnology

This course includes fundamentals of aquatic ecology, with special reference to community ecology. Taxonomy, stratification and succession of organisms to be investigated. Energy traffic through aquatic ecosystems will also be investigated. Field trips required. Lect. 2, Lab. 3. Prerequisites: BIO 103 or 105, one additional biology course, and one semester of chemistry. Offered Sem. I.

 

BIO        404/504                                                                                                                             Cr. 3

Plant Taxonomy

Collection, identification, classification, and evolution of the vascular plants with emphasis on local flora. Lect. 1, Lab. 4. Prerequisite: BIO 204. Offered Sem. II, alternate years.

 

BIO        405/505                                                                                                                             Cr. 2

Aquatic Vascular Plants

Identification and collection of vascular plants of aquatic and marsh habitats with emphasis on adaptive morphology and ecology of local species. Field trips required.

Lect. 1, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: BIO 204.

 

BIO        406/506                                                                                                                             Cr. 4

Parasitology

A survey of the major groups of animal parasites with regard to their taxonomy, morphology, life histories, host-parasite relationships, and economic importance. Lect. 2, Lab 4. Prerequisite: BIO 210 or 303. Offered Sem. I.

 

BIO        408/508                                                                                                                             Cr. 4

Developmental Biology

A study of primarily animal embryonic development including fertilization, cleavage, cell determination, gastrulation, organ-system development, pattern formation and cell differentiation. Genetic control of developmental processes using various vertebrate and invertebrate models will be integrated and emphasized. Lect. 2, Lab. 4. Prerequisites: BIO 210 or 303; BIO 306 or MIC 416; BIO 315 recommended. Offered Sem. I.

 

BIO        412/512                                                                                                                             Cr. 4

Mycology

A survey of all the major groups of fungi of the fungal kingdom (and relatives) in terms of systematics, anatomy, morphology, ecology, physiology, genetics, evolutionary relationships, and human and plant pathology. Laboratory includes microscopic and macroscopic study of the fungi, as well as making a collection of cultures and of fungal reproductive structures (including mushrooms) from selected groups. Lect. 2, Lab 4. Prerequisite: BIO 204 or MIC 230. Both are strongly recommended. Offered Sem. I.

 

BIO        413/513                                                                                                                             Cr. 3

Medical Mycology

A study of the yeasts, molds, and actinomycetes that are pathogenic to humans and other animals. Emphasis is on laboratory techniques for isolation and identification of pathogenic fungi. Lect. 2, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: BIO 412 or MIC 230. Not applicable to biology major; may be applied only to microbiology major and/or graduate program as well as an elective for the Biomedical Science Concentration. Offered Sem. II.

 

BIO        414/514                                                                                                                             Cr. 3

Freshwater Invertebrate Zoology

Introduces the ecology and taxonomy of the metazoan, non–parasitic freshwater invertebrates. An extensive course designed to provide a foundation for taxonomic knowledge, and basic understanding of the biology and ecology of freshwater invertebrates for advanced students in aquatic and environmental sciences. Lectures will focus on ecology; labs on taxonomy and quantitative skills. A student reference collection and field trips will be required. Lect. 2, Lab. 2. Prerequisites: BIO 210 or 341. Offered Sem. I.

 

BIO        417/517                                                                                                                             Cr. 4

Animal Physiology

Consideration of how vertebrates solve physiological problems. Material covered includes: movement, information processing and sensory physiology, respiration, circulation of nutrients and oxygen, water and solute metabolism, thermoregulation, and chemical coordination. Lect. 3, Lab. 3. Prerequisites: BIO 303 or BIO 312-313. Offered Sem. II.

 

BIO        419/519                                                                                                                             Cr. 3

Quantitative Methods in Ecology

An introduction to field and laboratory procedures used by ecologists to describe and analyze the interactions between organisms and their environments. The course will emphasize quantitative techniques, including the use of computer technology, for collecting, recording and interpreting ecological data. Lect. 2, Lab. 2. Prerequisites: BIO 307 or BIO 341. Offered Sem. I.

 

BIO        422/522                                                                                                                             Cr. 3

Ichthyology

A study of the taxonomy, anatomy, physiology, and ecology of fish, with emphasis on the fresh water fishes. Lect. 2, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: BIO 210 or 303.

 

BIO        423/523                                                                                                                             Cr. 3

Fisheries Management

An introduction to the science of managing fish populations, fish communities, and anthropogenic impacts. The application and rationale of methods of manipulating fish populations will be investigated. Lect. 2, Lab. 2. Prerequisites: BIO 307 or 341; BIO 422 strongly recommended. Offered occasionally.

 

BIO        424/524                                                                                                                             Cr. 3

Endocrinology

A study of the anatomy and physiology of the glands comprising the endocrine system. Prerequisites: BIO 303 or BIO 312-313 or ESS 205-206.

 

BIO        428/528                                                                                                                             Cr. 3

Animal Metabolism, Nutrition and Disease

An in-depth coverage of animal digestion, absorption and metabolism (biochemical pathways) of key nutrients, including protein, lipids, carbohydrates and essential vitamins and minerals. There will also be substantial consideration of energy balance, nutrient partitioning, life span dietary recommendations for humans, food nutrient content and the role of nutrient metabolism in disease. Prerequisite: BIO 313 or approval of instructor.

 

BIO        429/529                                                                                                                             Cr. 3

Evolution

Consideration of the principles and the record of organic evolution of plants and animals. Lect. 3. Prerequisite: BIO 306. Offered Sem. I.

 

BIO        432/532                                                                                                                             Cr. 2

Biology of Cancer

A survey of the current knowledge of cancer biology. The course will include lectures, readings and discussions on a wide range of cancer topics, including: characteristics of cancer cells, carcinogenesis, cancer genes, tumor classification, invasion, metastasis, impact of cancer on body functions, epidemiology, inheritance, immunology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Prerequisites: BIO 303 or 313, and BIO 306 or MIC 416. Offered Sem. II.

 

BIO        433/533                                                                                                                             Cr. 3

Radiation Biology

Applications and effects of nuclear radiation on biological systems. Lect. 2, Lab. 3. Prerequisites: BIO 103 or 105, one additional course in biology, and CHM 103. Offered Sem. II.

 

BIO        435/535                                                                                                                             Cr. 3

Molecular Biology

A study of molecular biology with an emphasis on eukaryotic systems. The course will focus on the molecular aspects controlling biological processes.The impact of recombinant DNA technology on biotechnology and medicine will also be examined. Prerequisites: BIO 306 and 315, or MIC 416, and three semesters of college chemistry including organic chemistry. Biochemistry strongly recommended. BIO 436 is an optional laboratory which can be taken concurrently. Offered Sem. I.

 

BIO        436/536                                                                                                                             Cr. 1

Molecular Biology Laboratory

A study of molecular biology with an emphasis on eukaryotic systems. Laboratory emphasis is on recombinant DNA technology, current techniques used to express recombinant proteins in eukaryotic cells, computer based DNA analysis, macromolecular modeling using computers, and quantitative assay techniques. This lab is optional for those enrolled in BIO 435. Lab. 3. Prerequisite: BIO 435 must be taken concurrently. Offered Sem. I.

 

BIO        437/537                                                                                                                             Cr. 3

Plant Growth and Development

Discussion of experiments and analysis of research data obtained from the living plant. Prerequisite: BIO 204 or equivalent or consent of instructor.

 

BIO        439/539                                                                                                                             Cr. 3

Plant Anatomy

A detailed examination of plant structure and development as revealed with the light and electron microscopes. Primarily seed plants will be examined. Structure and development will be studied as a means by which plants cope with their ecology, evolution and function. Lect. 2, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: BIO 204 or an equivalent general botany course. Offered Sem. II, alternate years.

 

BIO        443/543                                                                                                                             Cr. 3

Molecular Mechanism of Disease and Drug Action

A survey of the leading non-infectious and non-cancerous diseases in the industrialized world. This course will explore the molecular mechanisms of disease, clinical symptomology, and pharmacological treatment. Students will be expected to conduct thorough research on a given disease and present their results in a poster session. Prerequisites: BIO 306, 313 and CHM 300 or 304. Offered Sem. II.

 

BIO        447/547                                                                                                                             Cr. 3

Standard Methods and Quality Assurance of Water Analysis

This course will instruct students on the use of standard methods for analysis of selected biological, chemical, and physical constituents commonly included in water quality analysis. Quality assurance procedures, including Good Laboratory Practice Standards (GLPS) will be integrated into all activities. Materials covered include: principles of methods used; evaluation of precision, bias, and contamination; proper reporting and interpretation of results; and environmental sources and significance of constituents analyzed. Lect. 1, Lab. 4. Prerequisites: BIO 204 or 210 or 303, MIC 230, and three semesters of college chemistry. BIO 341 recommended. Offered Sem. II.

 

BIO        448/548                                                                                                                             Cr. 4

Aquatic Toxicology

A study of the lethal and sublethal effects of chemical contaminants in aquatic systems, specific chemical effects, chemical distribution and fate, and environmental legislation. Procedures for toxicity evaluation, experimental design and statistical analysis will be emphasized in the laboratory. Lect. 3, Lab. 2. Prerequisites: four semesters of college biology, and three semesters of college chemistry. BIO 341 recommended. Offered Sem. II.

 

BIO        449/549                                                                                                                             Cr. 3

Microtechnique and Electron Microscopy

Principles and techniques of specimen preparation and microscopy. Students develop proficiency in light microscope, scanning electron microscope, and transmission electron microscope operation and learn how to prepare biological specimens for viewing and resulting photographs for presentation. Lect. 1, Lab. 4. Prerequisites: junior standing and BIO 315 or MIC 361. Offered Sem. I, alternate years.

 

BIO        450                                                                                                                                     Cr. 1-3

Internship in Biology

An academically relevant field experience in government, industry, business, or community agencies. Students must have their internships approved and be advised by the department. Students must be on their internship worksite during the semester for which they are registered for academic credit. Credits earned will count only toward university electives and not toward the completion of any major or minor unless listed. Repeatable for credit — maximum 8. Pass/Fail grading.

 

BIO        460/560                                                                                                                             Cr. 1-3

Symposium in Biology

Studies in biology of interest to specific groups. Varying topics will be offered at intervals with a specific title assigned to each. May be staffed by resident faculty or visiting lecturers. Other departments may be invited to participate. Prerequisite: four semesters of biology. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6. Variable offerings — check registration schedules.

 

BIO        463/563                                                                                                                             Cr. 3

Aquatic Animal Health      

The study of pathogens of aquatic animals, including fish, shellfish, crustaceans, amphibians, waterfowl and mammals. Sections on nutrition and toxicology are included. Emphasis is on laboratory techniques for isolation and identification of pathogenic bacteria, viruses and parasites. Field trips required. Lect. 2, Lab. 3. Prerequisites: BIO 103 or 105, 210 or 303, and CHM 103; MIC 230 strongly recommended. Offered Sem. II, alternate years.


BIO        464/564                                                                                                                             Cr. 3

Stream and Watershed Ecology

Introduces key concepts and theory pertinent to understanding and managing fluvial ecosystems (rivers and streams) and their watersheds. The course will emphasize rivers as large-scale physical and biological systems. Course work includes a comparative case study of distinctive types of temperate, tropical, and polar rivers. Lect. 3,

Lab. 2. Prerequisites: BIO 341 or BIO 307.

Offered Sem. II.

 

BIO        465/565                                                                                                                             Cr. 4

Neurobiology

An examination of the workings of the brain beginning at the cellular level and working up to neuronal systems. Inquiry-based laboratory experiments will provide a foundation for discussion of neural development, the biological basis of learning and memory, and neurobiological bases of brain disease and dysfunction. Lect. 2, Lab. 4. Prerequisite: BIO 312. Offered Sem. II.

 

BIO        466/566                                                                                                                             Cr. 3

Human Genetics

A study of the basic principles of heredity in humans. Focus will be on modern molecular techniques used in isolating human disease genes and modes of inheritance of human traits and disorders. Ethical issues in human genetics will also be discussed. Prerequisite: BIO 306. Offered. Sem. I.

 

BIO        479                                                                                                                                     Cr. 1-2

Biology Laboratory Assistant

An opportunity to assist in the preparation and instruction of a biology laboratory. Students will be expected to assist in preparation of course materials, demonstrate proper techniques, and evaluate student performance. Lab. 2-6. Admission by instructor consent. Repeatable for credit — maximum 4. Pass/Fail grading.

 

BIO        489                                                                                                                                     Cr. 1

Independent Study in Biology

A directed reading project or job shadowing experience within the discipline but outside that offered through regularly scheduled courses. Under the direction of the supervising faculty member (and in coordination with mentoring professional for job shadowing experience). A written report is an expected outcome. Admission by instructor consent and department approval. Repeatable for credit — maximum 2.

 

BIO        490/590                                                                                                                             Cr. 1-3

Current Topics in Biology Education

Biological researchers produce new discoveries almost daily. To better understand these new discoveries, it is important that students be exposed to some of the current technologies used in biological research. The purpose of this course is to train high school teachers in the current technologies used in biological research and to demonstrate the current approaches to teaching these materials. The course will be offered as a two-day workshop where teachers will learn several exercises that have been designed specifically for high school biology classes. Repeatable for credit under different topics. Departmental option for Pass/Fail grading.

 

BIO        491                                                                                                                                     Cr. 1

Capstone Seminar in Biology

A seminar-style course designed for students to review and discuss basic concepts necessary for a career in the biological sciences and to assess their major in biology. This course will cover basic concepts of resume and cover letter writing, quantitative skills, computer literacy and current topics in biology. Students are expected to actively participate in an assessment of their major, and participate in discussions on major issues and developments in the biological sciences. Students will present a seminar on a contemporary biological topic incorporating primary literature. Prerequisite: senior standing.

 

BIO        492                                                                                                                                     Cr. 1

Honors Capstone Seminar in Biology

A seminar-style course designed for students to review and discuss basic concepts necessary for a career in the biological sciences and to assess their major in biology. This course will cover basic concepts of resume and cover letter writing, quantitative skills, computer literacy and current topics in biology. Students are expected to actively participate in an assessment of their major, and participate in discussions on major issues and developments in the biological sciences. Students will present a seminar on a contemporary biological topic incorporating primary literature. Prerequisite: senior standing.

 

BIO        499                                                                                                                                     Cr. 1-3

Independent Research

Individual research projects. Open to advanced students. Prerequisites: four semesters of biology and the completion of a consent form signed by the project director. Students may enroll for 1-3 credits per semester for a maximum of 6 credits. A maximum of two credits can be applied to the major in biology.