Course Descriptions

Biology 110 - Introductory Cell Biology and Genetics

(4) (TBR: BIOL 1010) 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 BIOL 110 and BIOL 140.

Biology 120 - Introductory Plant and Animal Biology

(4) (TBR: BIOL 1020) 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 BIOL 120 and BIOL 130.

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

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 BIOL 130 unless the results of mathematics testing indicate placement in MATH 140 or a higher level course. Students may not receive credit for both BIOL 130 and BIOL 120.

Biology 140 - Foundations of Biology: Cell and Molecular

(4) (TBR: BIOL 1110) 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 BIOL 140 unless the results of mathematics testing indicate placement in MATH 140 or a higher level course. Students may not receive credit for both BIOL 140 and BIOL 110.

Biology 180 - Special Topics in Biology [topic title]

(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.

Biology 331 (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: BIOL 130-140 with grades of C or better.

Biology 336 (536) - Introductory Genetics

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

Biology 337 (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: BIOL 130-140 with grades of C or better, and either CHEM 341 or CHEM 310 (and 319) with grade of C or better.

Biology 338 (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, RNA/DNA isolation, reverse transcription, quantitative PCR, investigation of the scientific literature, practice in experimental design, data collection, analysis and presentation. Two two-hour labs. Coreq/prereq: BIOL 337 with grade of C or better and a grade of C or better in CHEM 341 or (CHEM 310 and CHEM 319).

Biology 355 (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: BIOL 130-140 with grades of C or better, CHEM 121-122.

Biology 391 (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: BIOL 110-120 and instructor’s approval, or BIOL 130-140 with grades of C of higher; BIOL 336 recommended.

Biology 410-411 - Seminar in Biological Sciences

(1, 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, BIOL 130-140 with grades of C or better, major in Biology or major in Secondary Education with endorsement in biological sciences, or instructor’s approval.

Biology 412-413 - Wildlife Biology Seminar

(1, 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, BIOL 130-140 with grades of C or better, major in Biology or major in Wildlife biology, or instructor’s approval.

Biology 418 (618) - Limnology

(3) An introduction to the study of freshwater ecosystems: physical, chemical, biological and ecological aspects. Two one-hour lectures and one three-hour lab. Prereq: BIOL 130-140 with grades of C or better, and CHEM 111-112 or 121-122. This course requires field work involving physical activity.

Biology 420 (620) – Human Virology

(3) The fundamental principles of virology, classification, general characteristics and diseases of human viruses. Three one-hour lectures. Prereq: BIOL 336 or BIOL 337 with grade of C or better or instructor’s permission. Students may not receive credit for both BIOL 420 and MBIO 420.

Biology 432 (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: BIOL 130-140 with grades of C or better, and CHEM 121-122.

Biology 436 (636) - 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 BIOL 336 with grade of C or better.

Biology 437 (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: BIOL 436 with grade of C or better.

Biology 439 (639) – Cancer Biology

(3) Current concepts in molecular medicine using cancer in its many forms as a model. Topics include oncogenes, tumor suppression, cellular transformation and mutagenesis, cell cycle dysregulation, pathogenesis, angiogenesis and metastasis, as they relate to the initiation, progression, pathways and drug design strategy for specific categories of malignancy. Practice in reading and discussing the primary scientific literature on cancer and its treatment, as well as popular literature. Prereq: BIOL 337 with a grade of C or better or MBIO 401 with a grade of C or better.

Biology 443 (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.

Biology 444 (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.

Biology 451-452; 453-454 - Research Participation

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

Biology 462 - Special Topics in Biology

(1-3) Intensive lectures and/or lab work on special topics in biology. May be repeated for credit for different Titles of topic. Prereq: BIOL 130-140 with grades of C or better and either Junior standing or instructor’s approval.

Biology 464-465 – Directed Studies in Biology

(1-2) Directed studies in current topics in biology, as directed by a faculty member. May be repeated for a maximum of two (2) hours credit. Prereq: Junior standing and instructor’s approval prior to enrollment.

Biology 475 (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. 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.

Botany 301 (501) Foundations of Botany

(3) A study of the structure, function, diversity and significance of photosynthetic organisms from the cyanobacteria through the vascular plants, as well as major representatives of the fungi. Two lecture hours and two hour lab. Prereq: BIOL 130-140 with grades of C or better.

Botany 302 (502) Plant Morphology

(3) A study of the major groups of photosynthetic organisms with respect to comparative anatomy, reproductive patterns, development and phylogenetic relationships. Two lecture hours and two hour lab. Prereq: BIOL 130-140 with grades of C or better.

Botany 303 (503) Plant Taxonomy

(3) Principles of plant taxonomy. Classification of selected vascular plant families and the use of keys to identify common Tennessee species of vascular plants. This course requires field work involving physical activity. Two one-hour lectures and one three-hour lab. Prereq: BIOL 130-140 with grades of C or better.

Botany 305 (505) Freshwater Algae

(3) A study of the identification, classification, diversity and ecology of freshwater algae; taught during the summer at the Reelfoot Lake Environmental Field Station. This course requires field work involving physical activity. Prereq: BIOL 130-140 or instructor’s approval.

Botany 306 (506) Aquatic and Wetland Plants

(3) A field course designed to introduce students to the biology, ecology, and taxonomy of aquatic and wetland plants, with an emphasis on sight recognition and identification of species using diagnostic keys. Brief coverage of the natural history of aquatics will be developed in lecture and lecture/discussions. This course is taught during the summer at the Reelfoot Lake Environmental Field Station and requires field work involving physical activity. Prereq: BIOL 130-140 with a grade of C or higher or instructor’s approval.

Botany 421 (621) Plant Physiology

(3) A study of vascular plant function focusing on plant-specific topics including nutrition; transport; photosynthesis; molecular, hormonal, and environmental controls of reproduction, development, and senescence; and effects of stress and disturbance. Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab. Prereq: BIOL 130-140 with grades of C or better; CHEM 111-112 or CHEM 121-122.

Botany 431 (631) Plant Ecology

(3) Relations of plants to their environment with emphasis on climate and biotic factors influencing their structure, growth, behavior and distribution. Prereq: BIOL 130-140 with grades of C or better.

Botany 432 (632) Plant Ecology Laboratory

(1) Lab and field studies in the methods and principles of plant ecology. This course requires field work involving physical activity. One two-hour lab. Coreq: BOT 431.

Microbiology 251 General Bacteriology

(4) (TBR: BIOL 2230) Fundamentals of microbiology with emphasis on morphology, classification, nutrition, mechanisms of pathogenesis and body defenses. Meets the needs of all programs requiring one course in microbiology. Three one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab. Students may not receive credit for both MBIO 251 and MBIO 310.

Microbiology 310 (510) General Molecular Microbiology

(4) An introductory, molecular oriented course dealing with bacterial structure, nutrition and growth, metabolism of heterotrophic bacteria and bacterial and bacteriophage genetics. Meets the needs of all programs requiring one course in microbiology. Three one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab. Students may not receive credit for both MBIO 251 and MBIO 310. Prereq: BIOL 140 with grade of C or better; CHEM 111-112 or 121-122.

Microbiology 311 (511) Public Health Microbiology

(4) Public health microbiology dealing with epidemiology, sterilization and disinfection, common pathogenic bacteria and viruses, mechanisms of pathogenesis, methods of isolation and identification of pathogens, mechanisms of action of selected antibiotics and water and food microbiology pertaining to public health problems. Three one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab. Prereq: MBIO 251 or 310 with grade of C or better in either course.

Microbiology 401 (601) Immunology

(3) An introductory course dealing with the functions and effects of the immune system. Emphasis on humoral immunity, cellular immunity, serology, hypersensitivities, autoimmunity and immunodeficiency. Three one-hour lectures. Prereq: MBIO 251 or MBIO 310 with grade of C or better in either course.

Microbiology 402 (602) Immunology Laboratory

(1) A lab course designed to introduce students to commonly used immunologic techniques, including antibody purification, immunodiffusion, SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, western blotting and enzymelinked immunosorbent assay. One two-hour lab. Prereq/coreq: MBIO 401.

Microbiology 410 (610) Applications in Food Microbiology

(4) Advanced microbiology with a focus on microorganisms that are associated with foods, used to produce food products, or are foodborne pathogens as well as their toxins. Lectures cover aspects of food safety, the natural microbial flora of foods, spoilage microorganisms, preservation methods, common fermentations, and prevalent foodborne illness-causing microorganisms and their symptoms. Laboratory exercises isolate microorganisms from various food products as well as produce food products through fermentations. Three one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab. Prereq: A grade of C or better in the following courses: MBIO 310 or MBIO 251, and CHEM 112 or CHEM 122.

Zoology 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology

(4) An introductory course surveying the structure and function of human organ systems with major emphasis on the coordinated functioning of the body. Three one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab. ZOOL 201 may not substitute for ZOOL 251. Students cannot receive credit for both ZOOL 201 and ZOOL 251.

Zoology 251 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

(4) (TBR: BIOL 2010) This course provides a brief introduction to basic chemistry and the fundamentals of cell biology and focuses on the structure and function of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. Three one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab.

Zoology 304 (504) Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

(5) Classification and phylogeny of the vertebrates, followed by a detailed study of integumentary and skeletal systems of a variety of forms. Dissections of dogfish shark, necturus and cat, with emphasis on digestive, respiratory, circulatory, urogenital and nervous systems. Three one-hour lectures and two two-hour labs. Prereq: BIOL 130-140 with grades of C or better.

Zoology 315 (515) Invertebrate Zoology

(4) Phylogeny, morphology and ecology of invertebrate animals. This course may require field work involving physical activity. Three one-hour lecture/one-hour lab classes. Prereq: BIOL 130-140 with grades of C or better.

Zoology 319 (519) Mammalogy

(3) Biology, natural history, classification and identification of mammals with emphasis on the local fauna. This course requires field work involving physical activity. Two one-hour lectures and one three-hour lab. Prereq: BIOL 110-120 and instructor’s approval, or BIOL 130-140 with grades of C or better.

Zoology 320 (520) Ichthyology

(3) Identification, classification, distribution, life history and economic importance of fishes. This course requires field work involving physical activity. Two one-hour lectures and one three-hour lab. Prereq: BIOL 130-140 with grades of C or better.

Zoology 321 (521) Ornithology

(3) Introduction to external structure, classification, migration, behavior and phylogeny of birds. Most lab periods are spent studying birds in the field. This course requires field work involving physical activity. Two one-hour lectures and one three-hour lab. Prereq: BIOL 110-120 and instructor’s approval, or 130-140 with grades of C or better.

Zoology 322 (522) Herpetology

(3) Introduction to the study of reptiles and amphibians including structure, classification, distribution, ecology, behavior and identification. Emphasis is on local species. This course requires field work involving physical activity. Two one-hour lectures and one three-hour lab. Prereq: BIOL 130-140 with grades of C or better.

Zoology 323 (523) Field Ornithology

(3) A study of the identification, classification, diversity and ecology of birds; taught during the summer at the Reelfoot Lake Environmental Field Station. This course requires field work involving physical activity. Prereq: BIOL 130-140 or instructor’s approval.

Zoology 325 (525) General Entomology

(4) A study of the biology, ecology, morphology, natural history, and taxonomy of insects. Emphasis on positive and negative human-insect interactions and identification of local insect fauna. This course requires field work involving physical activity. Three one-hour lectures and one three-hour lab. Prereq: BIOL 130-140 with grades of C or better.

Zoology 326 (526) Aquatic Macroinvertebrates

(3) An introduction to the study of freshwater macroinvertebrates including structure, classification, ecology and identification. This is a field course taught at the Reelfoot Lake Environmental Field Station in Samburg, TN. The course requires field work involving physical activity. Prereq: BIOL 110-120 and instructor’s approval, or 130-140.

Zoology 327 (527) Field Herpetology

(3) A study of the identification, classification, diversity and ecology of reptiles, taught during the summer at the Reelfoot Lake Environmental Field Station. This course requires field work involving physical activity. Prereq: BIOL 130-140 or instructor’s approval.

Zoology 328 (528) Natural History of the Vertebrates

(3) Life modes of various types of vertebrates. Identification of common, local and American species, distributions, life histories and ecology. Recommended for students in elementary or secondary education or biology students who do not intend to take other vertebrate morphology courses. This course requires field work involving physical activity. Two one-hour lectures and one three-hour lab. Three weeks of combined lecture and lab sessions. Prereq: BIOL 110-120 and instructor’s approval, or 130-140 with grades of C or better.

Zoology 352 (552) Human Anatomy and Physiology II

(4) This course focuses on the structure and function of the endocrine, reproductive, digestive, respiratory, excretory, lymphatic, immune and cardiovascular systems, with additional emphasis on blood, metabolism and the maintenance of fluid and electrolyte balance. Three one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab. Prereq: ZOOL 251 with grade of C or better or instructor’s permission. Students may not receive credit for both ZOOL 252 and ZOOL 352.

Zoology 440 (640) General Parasitology

(4) A study of animal parasites. Emphasis on morphology, taxonomy, life history, ecology and host-parasite relationships. Three two-hour lecture/lab classes. Prereq: BIOL 130-140 with grades of C or better.

Zoology 441 (641) Animal Ecology

(3) Basic principles of animal ecology and population biology. Prereq: BIOL 130-140 with grades of C or better.

Zoology 442 (642) Animal Ecology Laboratory

(1) Lab studies of the methods of animal ecology. This course requires field work involving physical activity. One two-hour lab. Coreq: ZOOL 441.

Zoology 443 (643) Animal Behavior

(3) A course designed to expose students to the ecological, evolutionary, physiological and psychological aspects of animal behavior in a wide variety of animals. Lab exercises with animals in their natural environment or in a lab setting focus on observational and experimental techniques used in current animal behavior research. This course requires field work involving physical activity. Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab. Prereq: BIOL 130-140 with grades of C or better.

Zoology 461 (661) Histology

(4) The study of characteristics and properties of primary normal animal tissues and special histology dealing with the arrangement and adaptations of tissues in organs. Three one-hour lectures and one three-hour lab. Prereq: BIOL 130-140 with grades of C or better.

Zoology 462 (662) Neuroscience

(3) This is an upper-division course examining the anatomy and physiology of the human nervous system from a molecular, cellular, systemic, behavioral and cognitive level. Three one-hour lectures. Prereq: BIOL 130-140 with grades of C or better and ZOOL 251 with grade of C or better.

Zoology 463 (663) Endocrinology

(3) This course includes the concepts, examples and applications of vertebrate hormones. A focus is placed on the critical roles of receptors and cellular/molecular signaling pathways in the control of physiological/pathophysiological processes by hormones. Three one-hour lectures. Prereq: BIOL 130-140, ZOOL 251 and 352.

Biology 700-701 - Special Topics in Botany

(3, 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 703-704 - Research Participation

(2. 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 710-711 - Special Topics in Zoology

(3, 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 720-721 - Special Topics in Ecology

(3, 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 730-731 - Special Topics in Evolution

(3, 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 740-741 - Special Topics in Microbiology

(3, 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 750-751 - Special Topics in Genetics

(3, 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 760-761 - Special Topics in Cell Biology

(3, 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 770-771 - Special Topics in Molecular Biology

(3, 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)

 

Any upper-division Biology, Botany, Microbiology, or Zoology course applicable toward the Biology major or Biology minor may be repeated once to earn a minimum grade of C. To repeat an upper-division Biology, Botany, or Microbiology, or Zoology course a second time, a student must apply for and receive special permission from the departmental Degrees Committee. Application information is available in the Department of Biological Sciences office. Only grades of D or F are counted as one of the available attempts (grades with W, WD are not counted). The Degrees Committee will meet the first Tuesday of each semester and as needed for summer terms in order to evaluate student applications; students attempting to repeat a course a second time will not be permitted to register for the class until permission is granted by the Degrees Committee.

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