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241 Brehm Hall

Department of Biological Sciences
University of Tennessee at Martin

574 University Street
Martin, TN 38238


My office: 731.881.7177
Depart. Bio Sci: 731.881.7171

FAX: 731.881.7187
nbuschha@utm.edu

 

Courses that I Teach:

BIOL 110--Introductory Cell Biology and Genetics (4). This introductory biology course emphasizes plant and animal cell structure, cellular processes and genetics. Three one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab. This course is designed for non-science majors and those students not proceeding to professional school in the health sciences. Many professors in the department teach this course and it is offered every semester.

 

BIOL 120--Introductory Plant and Animal Biology (4). This introductory biology course in organismal biology emphasizes the structure and function of plants and animals, including an introduction to the principles of ecology and evolution. Three one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab. This course is designed for non-science majors and those students not proceeding to professional school in the health sciences. Many professors in the department teach this course. Many professors in the department teach this course and it is offered every semester.

 

BIOL 130--Principles of Biology I (4). This introductory course 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. Three one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab. This course is designed for science majors and those students proceeding to professional school in the health sciences. Many professors in the department teach this course and it is offered every semester.

 

BIOL 391--Organic Evolution (3). This course examines the history of evolutionary thought, the evidence for evolution and the nature of evolutionary processes. Evolutionary biology is the foundation of biology. An understanding of how evolution affects populations is crucial to an undersganding of how organisms, single-celled or multicellular, function, interact, reproduce and change over time. For the most part, this course primarily focuses on microevoutionary processes that drive evolutionary events. During the semester, students work together to complete a group research project that investigates the effect of selection, genetic drift and gene flow on a genetic condition in humans or non-human animals. Toward the end of the semester we examine how microevolutionary processes lead to larger-scale macroevolutionary events. This course is designed as a writing intensive course to meet the "writing across the curriculum" requirement. Three one-hour lectures. The course is offered every semester.

 

BIOL 411--Seminar in Biological Sciences (1). Senior seminar includes presentation of selected topics in advanced biology with active student participation including oral presenation of papers or topics. The subject that I typically choose for my seminar students is the Biology of Sexual Reproduction. Many professors in the department teach this course and it is offered every semester.

 

BIOL 451-452--Research Participation (2, 2). This course involves active research with a faculty mentor. My students are required to investigate the literature, develop a hypothesis and prediction, write a research proposal in format of a grant proposal, collect data, statistically analyze data, interpret results, write a scientific paper in the format suitable for publication in a scientific journal and present their independent project in scienfitic poster format. Several professors in the department engage undergraduates in research. I offer research opportunities for undergraduates most semesters.

 

BIOL 463--Special Topics (1). This course involves intensive lectures and/or lab work on special topics in biology. Occasionally faculty in the department offer these courses. This one is not offered every semester.

 

BIOL 475--Field Investigations (3). This course empahsizes ecological study of selected environments with emphasis placed upon the interaction of the flora and fauna within that environment. Involves an extended field trip utilizing facilities such as the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory. As part of the field trip, students complete a group research project. I team teach this course with Dr. T. Blanchard and Dr. H. D. Wilkins each spring.

 

ZOOL 319--Mammalogy (3). This course incorporates the biology, natural history, classification and identification of mammals with emphasis on the local fauna. As part of this course, students complete a group research project. I teach this course each fall.

 

ZOOL 443--Animal Behavior (3). This course exposes students to the ecological, evolutionary, physiological and psychological aspects of animal behavior in a wide variety of animals. As part of this course, students complete a group research project. I teach this course every other spring during years that end in an odd number (ZOOL 443 is on schedule for Spring 2011!).

 

For more information regarding the courses, please see the UTM course catalog and each semester's course offerings.