Course Descriptions

Biology 110 - Introductory Cell Biology and Genetics

(4) An introductory course that emphasizes plant and animal cell structure, cellular processes and genetics. Three one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab. Students may not receive credit for both Biology 110 and Biology 140.(F, Sp, Su)

Biology 120 - Introductory Plant and Animal Biology

(4) A course in organismal biology with emphasis on the structure and function of plants and animals, including an introduction to the principles of ecology and evolution. This course requires field work involving physical activity. Three one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab. Students may not receive credit for both Biology 120 and Biology 130. (F, Sp, Su)

Biology 130 - Foundations of Biology: Ecology, Evolution and Diversity

(4) An introductory course designed for science majors that investigates the ecology, evolution and diversity of form and function of the organisms primarily in the Kingdoms Animalia and Plantae. Lab experiences include the collection, analysis and interpretation of zoological and botanical data. This course requires field work involving physical activity. Three one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab. Students should not attempt Biology 130 unless the results of mathematics testing indicate placement in MATH 140 or a higher level course. Students may not receive credit for both Biology 130 and Biology 120. (F, Sp, Su)

Biology 140 - Foundations of Biology: Cell and Molecular

(4) An introductory course designed for science majors that investigates cell and molecular biology including biochemical processes, cellular function, genetics and the biology of microbes. Lab experiences include the collection, analysis and interpretation of cellular and molecular data. Three one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab.Students should not attempt Biology 140 unless the results of mathematics testing indicate placement in MATH 140 or a higher level course. Students may not receive credit for both Biology 140 and Biology 110. (F, Sp, Su)

Biology 180 - Special Topics in Biology

(1-4) Lectures, field and/or lab work, discussions and readings in restricted topics in biology. Prereq: permission of instructor. Topics to be announced. (as needed)

Biology 300 - Medical and Scientific Vocabulary

(2) The study of word derivations, especially as it relates to technical terms. The use of common prefixes, suffixes and combining forms to understand and effectively use scientific vocabulary. Prereq: Completion of at least one lab science sequence and Junior standing. (F, Sp)

Biology 331 - General Ecology

(3) The study of the interactions of organisms with their physical environment and with each other. Students will be required to use standard word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software in course assignments. Three one-hour lectures. Prereq: Biology 130-140 with grades of C or better. (F, Sp)

Biology 336 - Introductory Genetics

(3) Basic concepts of Mendelian and molecular genetics. Prereq: Biology 130-140 with grades of C or better. (F, Sp)

Biology 337 - Cell Biology

(3) Study of the internal and external dynamics of eukaryotic cells, their physical and chemical properties, structures, functions and interactions with other cells. Students are familiarized with advanced cellular features/properties of membrane structure and function, compartmentalization, protein processing, cell energetics, cell signaling, cytoskeleton and transport, cell cycle regulation, and apoptosis. Three one-hour lectures. Prereq: Biology 130-140 with grades of C or better, and either CHEM 341 or CHEM 310 (and 319) with grade of C or better. (F, Sp)

Biology 338 - Cell Biology Laboratory

(2) Experiments using current techniques to study different aspects of the cell and its function. Techniques include basic tissue culture, centrifugation, spectrophotometry, hemocytometry, histochemical staining, protein and DNA extraction and electrophoresis and column chromatography. One three-hour lab. Coreq/prereq: Biology 337 with grade of C or better. (F, Sp)

Biology 355 - Introduction to Environmental Health

(3) An introduction to the study of environmental impacts on human health. Topics include the effects and control of natural and man-made pollutants and carcinogens; major groups of biohazards, microbial pathogens, and diseae vectors; ionizing and non-ionizing radiation; water treatment and waste management. Three one-hour lectures. Prereq: Biology 130-140, CHEM 121-122. (Sp)

Biology 391 - Evolutionary Biology

(3) The history of evolutionary thought, the evidence for evolution and the nature of evolutionary processes. Students will be required to use standard office suite software including word processing, spreadsheet and presentation programs in course assignments. Three one-hour lectures. Prereq: Biology 110-120 and instructor's approval, or Biology 130-140 with grades of C of higher; Biology 336 recommended. (F, Sp)

Biology 410 - Seminar in Biological Sciences

(1) Presentation of selected topics in advanced biology. Subject determined by the instructor. Active student participation including oral presentation of papers. Students will be required to use standard office suite software including word processing, spreadsheet and presentation programs in course assignments. Prereq: Junior standing, major in Biology or major in Secondary Education with endorsement in biological sciences, or instructor's approval. (F, Sp)

Biology 411 - Seminar in Biological Sciences

(1) Presentation of selected topics in advanced biology. Subject determined by the instructor. Active student participation including oral presentation of papers. Students will be required to use standard office suite software including word processing, spreadsheet and presentation programs in course assignments. Prereq: Junior standing, major in Biology or major in Secondary Education with endorsement in biological sciences, or instructor's approval. (F, Sp)

Biology 412 - Wildlife Biology Seminar

(1) Presentation of selected topics in Wildlife Biology with emphasis on waterfowl management. Active student participation including oral presentation of papers. Students will be required to use standard office suite software including word processing, spreadsheet and presentation programs in course assignments. Prereq: Junior standing, major in Biology or major in Wildlife biology, or instructor's approval. (F)

Biology 413 - Wildlife Biology Seminar

(1) Presentation of selected topics in Wildlife Biology with emphasis on fisheries management. Active student participation including oral presentation of papers. Students will be required to use standard office suite software including word processing, spreadsheet and presentation programs in course assignments. Prereq: Junior standing, major in Biology or major in Wildlife biology, or instructor's approval. (F, Sp)

Biology 418 - Limnology

(3) An introduction to the study of inland waters and factors and processes that affect the nature of water. Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab. Prereq: Biology 130-140 with grades of C or better, and CHEM 111-112 or 121-122. This course requires field work involving physical activity. (F-odd)

Biology 432 - Developmental Biology

(3) Principles and concepts of fertilization, embryogenesis, organogenesis, prenatal development and postnatal development. Emphasis is on animal systems. Three one-hour lectures. Prereq: Biology 130-140 with grades of C or better, and CHEM 121-122. (Sp-even)

Biology 436 - Molecular Biology

(3) Molecular mechanisms and controlling elements of replication, transcription and translation as they relate to gene expression in prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. Special emphasis will be placed on the biological and social implications of technology, including the identification, cloning and recombination of genes. Prereq: CHEM 341 or CHEM 310 (and 319), and Biology 336 with grade of C or better. (F, Sp)

Biology 437 - Molecular Biology Lab

(2) Experiments designed to illustrate some of the basic principles of molecular biology, including sterile techniques for the handling of bacteria and bacteriophages, replica plating, DNA restriction analysis, bacterial transformation and recombination, purification of plasmid and bacterial DNA. Two two-hour labs. Pre/Coreq: Biology 436 with grade of C or better.(F, Sp)

Biology 443 - Ecological Methods

(3) Introduction to common field techniques used to collect and analyze ecological data in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. This course requires field work involving physical activity. Two one-hour lectures and one three-hour lab.Prereq: Biology 130-140 with grades of C or better; Biology 331 with grade of C or better, BOT 431 with grade of C or better, or ZOOL 441 with grade of C or better. (F)

Biology 444 - Conservation Biology

(3) An interdisciplinary introduction to conservation biology focusing on ecosystem conservation and restoration. This course will incorporate information from many areas in science including genetics, organismal biology, ecology and biogeography. Three one-hour lectures. Prereq: Biology 130-140 with grades of C or better. (Sp-even)

Biology 451 - Research Participation

(2) Experience in active research projects under the supervision of faculty members. Prereq: Junior or Senior standing, minimum average grade of 3.00 and research supervisor's approval prior to enrollment. Taught by arrangement. (F, Sp)

Biology 452 - Research Participation

(2) Experience in active research projects under the supervision of faculty members. Prereq: Junior or Senior standing, minimum average grade of 3.00 and research supervisor's approval prior to enrollment. Taught by arrangement. (F, Sp)

Biology 462 - Special Topics in Biology

(1-3) Intensive lectures and/or lab work on special topics in biology. Prereq: Junior standing and instructor's approval. (as needed)

Biology 463 - Special Topics in Biology

(1-3) Intensive lectures and/or lab work on special topics in biology. Prereq: Junior standing and instructor's approval. (as needed)

Biology 475 - Field Investigations in Biology

(3) Field work in selected environments with emphasis placed upon the interaction of the flora and fauna within that environment. Extended field trip utilizing facilities such as the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory. This course requires field work involving physical activity. Prereq: Biology 110-120 and instructor's approval or Biology 130-140 with grades of C or better.(Sp)

Biology 531 - General Ecology

(3) The study of the interactions of organisms with their physical environment and with each other. Students will be required to use standard word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software in course assignments. Three one-hour lectures. Prereq: Biology 130-140 with grades of C or better. (F, Sp)

Biology 536 - Introductory Genetics

(3) Basic concepts of Mendelian and molecular genetics. Prereq: Biology 130-140 with grades of C or better. (F, Sp)

Biology 537 - Cell Biology

(3) Study of the internal and external dynamics of eukaryotic cells, their physical and chemical properties, structures, functions and interactions with other cells. Students are familiarized with advanced cellular features/properties of membrane structure and function, compartmentalization, protein processing, cell energetics, cell signaling, cytoskeleton and transport, cell cycle regulation, and apoptosis. Three one-hour lectures. Prereq: Biology 130-140 with grades of C or better, and either CHEM 341 or CHEM 310 (and 319) with grade of C or better. (F, Sp)

Biology 538 - Cell Biology Laboratory

(2) Experiments using current techniques to study different aspects of the cell and its function. Techniques include basic tissue culture, centrifugation, spectrophotometry, hemocytometry, histochemical staining, protein and DNA extraction and electrophoresis and column chromatography. One three-hour lab. Biology 337 with grade of C or better. (F, Sp)

Biology 555 - Introduction to Environmental Health

(3) An introduction to the study of environmental impacts on human health. Topics include the effects and control of natural and man-made pollutants and carcinogens; major groups of biohazards, microbial pathogens, and disease vectors; ionizing and non-ionizing radiation; water treatment and waste management. Three one-hour lectures. Prereq: Biology 130-140, CHEM 121-122. (Sp)

Biology 591 - Evolutionary Biology

(3) The history of evolutionary thought, the evidence for evolution and the nature of evolutionary processes. Students will be required to use standard office suite software including word processing, spreadsheet and presentation programs in course assignments. Three one-hour lectures. Prereq: Biology 110-120 and instructor's approval or Biology 130-140 with grades of C or higher; Biology 336 recommended. (F, Sp)

Biology 618 - Limnology

(3) An introduction to the study of inland waters and factors and processes that affect the nature of water. Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab. Prereq: Biology 130-140 with grades of C or better, and CHEM 111-112 or 121-122. This course requires field work involving physical activity. (F-odd)

Biology 632 - Developmental Biology

(3) Principles and concepts of fertilization, embryogenesis, organogenesis, prenatal development and postnatal development. Emphasis is on animal systems. Three one-hour lectures. Prereq: Biology 130-140 with grades of C or better, and CHEM 121-122. (Sp-even)

Biology 636 - Molecurar Biology

(3) Molecular mechanisms and controlling elements of replication, transcription and translation as they relate to gene expression in prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. Special emphasis will be placed on the biological and social implications of technology, including the identification, cloning and recombination of genes. Prereq: CHEM 341 or CHEM 310 (and 319), and Biology 336 with grade of C or better. (F, Sp)

Biology 637 - Molecular Biology Lab

(2) Experiments designed to illustrate some of the basic principles of molecular biology, including sterile techniques for the handling of bacteria and bacteriophages, replica plating, DNA restriction analysis, bacterial transformation and recombination, purification of plasmid and bacterial DNA. Two two-hour labs. Pre/Coreq: Biology 436 with grade of C or better.(F, Sp)

Biology 643 - Ecological Methods

(3) Introduction to common field techniques used to collect and analyze ecological data in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. This course requires field work involving physical activity. Two one-hour lectures and one three-hour lab.Prereq: Biology 130-140 with grades of C or better; Biology 331 with grade of C or better, BOT 431 with grade of C or better, or ZOOL 441 with grade of C or better. (F)

Biology 644 - Conservation Biology

(3) An interdisciplinary introduction to conservation biology focusing on ecosystem conservation and restoration. This course will incorporate information from many areas in science including genetics, organismal biology, ecology and biogeography. Three one-hour lectures. Prereq: Biology 130-140 with grades of C or better. (Sp-even)

Biology 675 - Field Investigations in Biology

(3) Field work in selected environments with emphasis placed upon the interaction of the flora and fauna within that environment. Extended field trip utilizing facilities such as the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory. Prereq: Biology 110-120 and instructor's approval or Biology 130-140 with grades of C or better. This course requires field work involving physical activity.(Sp)

Biology 700 - Special Topics in Botany

(3) Intensive lectures and/or lab work on special topics in botany. Prereq: At least one course in the area of the special topic or approval of the instructor. (as needed)

Biology 701 - Special Topics in Botany

(3) Intensive lectures and/or lab work on special topics in botany. Prereq: At least one course in the area of the special topic or approval of the instructor. (as needed)

Biology 703 - Research Participation

(2) Experience in active research projects under the supervision of a faculty member. Taught by arrangement. Prereq: At least one graduate course in the area of special topic or approval of the instructor. (as needed)

Biology 704 - Research Participation

(2) Experience in active research projects under the supervision of a faculty member. Taught by arrangement. Prereq: At least one graduate course in the area of special topic or approval of the instructor. (as needed)

Biology 710 - Special Topics in Zoology

(3) Intensive lectures and/or lab work on special topics in zoology. Prereq: At least one course in the area of the special topic or approval of the instructor. (as needed)

Biology 711 - Special Topics in Zoology

(3) Intensive lectures and/or lab work on special topics in zoology. Prereq: At least one course in the area of the special topic or approval of the instructor. (as needed)

Biology 720 - Special Topics in Ecology

(3) Intensive lectures and/or lab work on special topics in ecology. Prereq: At least one course in the area of the special topic or approval of the instructor. (as needed)

Biology 721 - Special Topics in Ecology

(3) Intensive lectures and/or lab work on special topics in ecology. Prereq: At least one course in the area of the special topic or approval of the instructor. (as needed)

Biology 730 - Special Topics in Evolution

(3) Intensive lectures and/or lab work on special topics in evolution. Prereq: At least one course in the area of the special topic or approval of the instructor. (as needed)

Biology 731 - Special Topics in Evolution

(3) Intensive lectures and/or lab work on special topics in evolution. Prereq: At least one course in the area of the special topic or approval of the instructor. (as needed)

Biology 740 - Special Topics in Microbiology

(3) Intensive lectures and/or lab work on special topics in microbiology. Prereq: At least one course in the area of the special topic or approval of the instructor. (as needed)

Biology 741 - Special Topics in Microbiology

(3) Intensive lectures and/or lab work on special topics in microbiology. Prereq: At least one course in the area of the special topic or approval of the instructor. (as needed)

Biology 750 - Special Topics in Genetics

(3) Intensive lectures and/or lab work on special topics in genetics. Prereq: At least one course in the area of the special topic or approval of the instructor. (as needed)

Biology 751 - Special Topics in Genetics

(3) Intensive lectures and/or lab work on special topics in genetics. Prereq: At least one course in the area of the special topic or approval of the instructor. (as needed)

Biology 760 - Special Topics in Cell Biology

(3) Intensive lectures and/or lab work on special topics in cell biology. Prereq: At least one course in the area of the special topic or approval of the instructor. (as needed)

Biology 761 - Special Topics in Cell Biology

(3) Intensive lectures and/or lab work on special topics in cell biology. Prereq: At least one course in the area of the special topic or approval of the instructor. (as needed)

Biology 770 - Special Topics in Molecular Biology

(3) Intensive lectures and/or lab work on special topics in molecular biology. Prereq: At least one course in the area of the special topic or approval of the instructor. (as needed)

Biology 771 - Special Topics in Molecular Biology

(3) Intensive lectures and/or lab work on special topics in molecular biology. Prereq: At least one course in the area of the special topic or approval of the instructor. (as needed)

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