College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

Courses

The following undergraduate courses have been offered recently by faculty in the Biology Department. Our faculty also contribute to the university honors program - a list of recent honors courses can be found at the end of the list of BSCI courses.

BSCI105 Principles of Biology I; (4 credits) CORE Life Science Lab (LL) Course. Prerequisite: Math eligibility or MATH111 or higher. For science majors. Basic principles of biology with special emphasis on cellular and molecular biology.

BSCI106 Principles of Biology II; (4 credits) CORE Life Science Lab (LL) Course. Prerequisite: Math eligibility or MATH111 or higher. For science majors. Basic principles of biology with special emphasis on organismal, ecological and evolutionary biology.

BSCI202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II; (4 credits) Prerequisite: BSCI201 or permission of department. Anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory, immune, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. Course not acceptable toward major requirements in the College of Chemistry and Life Sciences.

BSCI207 Principles of Biology III - Organismal Biology; (3 credits) Prerequisite: BSCI105 and BSCI106. Pre- or corequisite: CHEM103 or CHEM131; or equivalent. The diversity, structure and function of organisms as understood from the perspective of their common physicochemical principles and unique evolutionary histories.

BSCI215 Global Sustainability: A Biologist's Perspective; (3 Credits) Credit only granted for: BSCI205 or BSCI215. An overview of basic ecological and evolutionary principles and how they relate to current global dilemmas such as overpopulation, pollution, preservation of biodiversity, and the ethics involved in these dilemmas.

BSCI222 Principles of Genetics; (4 credits) Prerequisite: {BSCI105 and BSCI106 and (CHEM131 and CHEM132)} or {BSCI105 and two semesters of chemistry}. Principles and mechanisms of heredity and gene expression. Considers plant, animal, and microbial organisms.

BSCI279Q (PermReq) Supplemental Study: Readings in Neurophysiology; (1 credit)

BSCI330 Cell Biology and Physiology; (4 credits) Prerequisite: grade of C (2.0) or better in {BSCI105 and (CHEM131 and CHEM132)}. Biochemical and physiological mechanisms underlying cellular function. Properties of cells which make life possible and mechanisms by which cells provide energy, reproduce, and regulate and integrate with each other and their environment. Specialization Areas: PHNB, CEBG, MICB, ECEV, and GENB.

BSCI334 Mammalogy; (3 credits) Prerequisite: A grade of C (2.0) or better in {BSCI106 and BSCI207}. Introduction to the biology of mammals, including evolution, physiological, and behavioral specializations. Specialization Areas: GENB and ECEV.

BSCI338B Special Topics in Biology: Marine Biology; (3 credits) Grade Method: REG/P-F/AUD. Specialization Areas: GENB and ECEV.

BSCI338C Special Topics in Biology: Genomics of Sensory Systems; (2 credits) Prerequisites: BSCI222 or permission of instructor. An advanced course covering topics on the molecular basis of senses and the application of genomic techniques to studies of sensory systems and sensory ecology. Acceptable toward Biological Sciences specialization areas: PHNB and GENB.

BSCI338E Special Topics in Biology: Neuroethology; (3 credits) Prerequisites: BSCI106 and BSCI330. Acceptable towards Biological Specialization Areas: PHNB and GENB.

BSCI338G Special Topics in Biology: Seminar on Deregulated Cell Growth in Cancer & Drug Development; (2 credits) Acceptable towards Biological Sciences areas: PHNB and GENB.

BSCI338N Special Topics in Biology: Diseases of the Nervous System; (3 credits) An advanced course covering the function and organization of the nervous system as revealed by pathology and disease. Acceptable toward Biological Sciences specialization areas: PHNB, and GENB.

BSCI338P Special Topics in Biology: Pathophysiology of Circulatory System; (3 credits) Prerequisite: BSCI230 or BSCI330; or permission of instructor. Acceptable towards Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: PHNB, GENB, and CEBG. Seminar course focusing on the physiology of the cardiovascular system and on the rationales behind the development of specific drugs and intervention methodologies used in the treatments of pathological conditions.

BSCI338Q Special Topics in Biology: Conservation Laboratory; (1 credit) Prerequisites: Co- or prerequisite: BSCI 363. Acceptable towards Biological Sciences Program Specialization Areas: ZOOL (EEB area); BEES (elective); GENB (category II). Also, acceptable as restricted elective in ENSP-Biodiversity & Conservation Biology.

BSCI338V Special Topics in Biology: Biology of Vision; (3 credits) Prerequisite: BSCI230 or BSCI330. Recommended: BSCI222. Acceptable towards Biological Sciences Specialization areas: PHNB and GENB.

BSCI338W Special Topics in Biology: Animal Communication; (3 credits) Prerequisite: BSCI106. Acceptable towards Biological Sciences Specialization areas: ECEV and GENB.

BSCI 353 Principles of Neuroscience (3 Credits) Prerequisite: 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (BSCI207, BSCI330). Corequisite: PHYS122 or PHYS142. Principles of nervous system function, ranging from molecular and cellular basis of neuron function through nervous system integration.  

BSCI360 Principles of Animal Behavior; (3 credits) Prerequisites: BSCI105 and BSCI106 and BSCI222. Study of animal behavior with emphasis on its evolution and function. Topics include genetic basis of behavior, communication, aggression, foraging, cooperation, mate selection, and relevance for conservation. Acceptable toward Biological Sciences specialization areas: PHNB, and GENB.

BSCI361 Principles of Ecology; (4 credits) Prerequisites: BSCI106 and (MATH140 or MATH220). Basic principles of population, community, and ecosystem ecology. Use of these principles to predict possible consequences of human-caused changes in the environment and to understand the level of uncertainty of those predictions. Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: ECEV and GENB.

BSCI363 The Biology of Conservation and Extinction; (3 credits) Prerequisite: BSCI106. Ecology, evolutionary biology, and paleontology will be applied to the study of conservation, species invasions, and extinction. Prerequisite: BSCI 106. Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Specialization areas: ECEV and GENB.

BSCI370 Principles of Evolution; (3 credits) Prerequisite: BSCI106. Understanding evolutionary processes in a natural and human environment, including adaptation; DNA sequence, protein, and genome evolution; evolution of developmental mechanisms; mechanisms of evolutionary change (mutation, natural selection, drift); epidemiology; coevolution and biological control; speciation; comparative methods; extinction and conservation; human evolution. Specialization Areas: PHNB, GENB, and ECEV.

BSCI398H (PermReq) Biology Department Honors Seminar; (1 credit) Prerequisite: permission of department. Required seminar for all students participating in departmental honors research program. Prerequisite: permission of department.

BSCI399 (PermReq) Biology Department Research: Biology Department Research; (1-3 credits) Individual Instruction course: contact department or instructor to obtain section number.

BSCI399H (PermReq) Biology Department Honors Research; (1-2 credits) Grade Method: REG. Individual Instruction course: contact department or instructor to obtain section number. Prerequisite: participation in the Biology Department Honors Program. Repeatable to 8 credits if content differs. A laboratory research problem; required each semester during honors participation and culminating in an honors thesis.

BSCI 404 Cell Biology from a Biophysical Perspective (3 Credits) Prerequisite: BSCI230 or BSCI330. Recommended: PHYS121 and PHYS122. Also offered as: BIOL704, BIPH704. Credit only granted for: BSCI338O, BSCI404, BIOL704, BIOL708O, or BIPH704. Formerly: BSCI338O. An approach to cell biology by focusing on mechanisms and unifying physical paradigms. It will not assume a great deal of factual biological knowledge, but will expect a background that prepares students to think mechanistically and quantitatively.  

BSCI420 Cell Biology Lectures; (3 credits) Prerequisites: BSCI230 or BSCI330; and BSCI222; and CHEM233. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: BSCI420 or BSCI421. Molecular and biochemical bases of cellular organization and function in eukaryotes. Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: PHNB, CEBG, and GENB.

BSCI421 Cell Biology; (4 credits) Prerequisites: BSCI230 or BSCI330; and BSCI222; and CHEM233. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: BSCI420 or BSCI421. Molecular and biochemical basis of cellular organization and function in eukaryotes. Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: PHNB, CEBG, and GENB.

BSCI426 Membrane Biophysics; (3 credits). CORE Capstone (CS) Course. Prerequisites: BSCI230 or BSCI330; and PHYS122 or PHYS142; and MATH140 or MATH220. Quantitative aspects of biology and the use of mathematical descriptions of biological phenomena. The focus will be on membrane structure, transport, and bioenergetics. Specialization Areas: CEBG, PHNB and GENB

BSCI430 Developmental Biology; (3 credits) Prerequisites: BSCI230 or BSCI330; and BSCI222. Formerly ZOOL430. Structural, functional and regulatory events and mechanisms that operate during development to produce an integrated, multicellular organism composed of a multitude of differentiated cell types. Specialization Areas: PHNB, CEBG, ECEV, and GENB.

BSCI433 Biology of Cancer; (3 credits) Prerequisites: BSCI230 or BSCI330; and BSCI222; or permission of department. Causes and consequences of neoplastic transformations at the biochemical and cellular levels. Specialization Areas: PHNB, CEBG, and GENB.

BSCI440 Mammalian Physiology; (4 credits) Prerequisites: BSCI230 or BSCI330; and CHEM233; or permission of department. A study of the cardiovascular, hemopoietic, gastrointestinal, renal and respiratory systems. Chemical and endocrine regulation of physiological functions in mammals. Course does not count as an upper level lab for BIOL majors (see BSCI441). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: PHNB, and GENB.

BSCI441 Mammalian Physiology Laboratory; (2 credits) Corequisite: BSCI440. Formerly ZOOL423. Laboratory exercises in experimental mammalian physiology. Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Program Specialization Areas: PHNB and GENB).

BSCI446 Neural Systems; (3 credits) Prerequisite: BSCI230 or BSCI330. Neural development, followed by sensory, motor and integrative system organization in the central nervous system. Specialization Areas: PHNB and GENB.

BSCI447 General Endocrinology; (3 credits) Prerequisites: BSCI230 or BSCI330; and CHEM233; and CHEM243. Functions and the functioning of the endocrine glands of animals with special reference to the vertebrates. Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: PHNB and GENB.

BSCI451 Physical Chemistry for Biologists; (3 credits) Prerequisite: BSCI230 or BSCI330. Mechanistic and quantitative aspects of chemical and physical processes, including diffusion, ligand-receptor binding, DNA melting, sedimentation, redox reactions, kinetics, fluorescence, osmosis, and electrophoresis. Specialization Areas: PHNB, CEBG and GENB.

BSCI454 Neurobiology Laboratory; (1 credit) Prerequisite: BSCI230 or BSCI330; and {CHEM231 and CHEM232} and PHYS122. Pre- or corequisite: {BSCI453 or BSCI446}. Grade of C (2.0) required in all course pre-requisites. Basic neuroanatomical techniques, intracellular and extracellular recordings of electrical potentials from nerve and muscle. Specialization areas: CEBG, PHNB, and GENB.

BSCI460 Plant Ecology; (3 credits) Prerequisite: BSCI106. Formerly PBIO440. The dynamics of populations as affected by environmental factors with special emphasis on the structure and composition of natural plant communities, both terrestrial and aquatic.

BSCI461 Plant Ecology Laboratory; (2 credits) Pre- or corequisite: BSCI460. Two or three field trips per semester. The application of field and experimental methods to the qualitative and quantitative study of vegetation and ecosystems.

BSCI462 Population Ecology; (3 credits) Prerequisites: BSCI106 and MATH220. Theory of population growth and regulation, life tables, and theory of competition and predation, evolution in ecological settings, community structure and dynamics. Specialization areas: ECEV and GENB.

BSCI471 Molecular Evolution; (3 credits) Prerequisite: BSCI222 or permission of department. Patterns of DNA sequence variation within and between species, caused by nucleotide changes and the movement of transposable elements. Theories of molecular evolution, such as the neutral theory. Molecular clock' hypothesis: its importance as a practical empirical tool in molecular genetics and systematics and its theoretical foundation.

 

Honors courses recently taught by Biology Faculty

HONR218N Current Issues in Biology; (3 credits)

HONR289C Honors Seminar: History of Evolutionary Thought; (3 credits)

HONR248N Honors Seminar: Extinction Risk: Where Biology, Geography, and Mathematics Meet; (3 credits)