“It is interesting to contemplate a tangled bank, …and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, …have all been produced by laws acting around us.” — Charles Darwin

Biology Course Descriptions

BIO 149 — Human Biology

Non-majors course

Semester hours: 3 (3R)   Offered: I    Instructor: Shibata

Survey course designed for nonmajors who have only a high school background in the sciences. Covers the major areas of human structure, function, nutrition and genetics. Examination of both the normal condition and examples of disorders in this condition. Discussion of related topics of current interest.

Note: This course may not be taken for credit toward the Biology major.

BIO 201 — General Biology: Organismal and Population

Semester hours: 3 (3R)   Offered: II, S    Instructor: Staff

Organismal and population biology with emphasis on organismal diversity, structural and functional strategies of organisms, ecological and behavioral relationships, and evolutionary mechanisms. The diversity of adaptive specialization based on the fundamental unity of life is the theme of the course.

Note: BIO 201 replaces the old BIO 212 lecture. BIO 205 replaces the old BIO 212 lab.

BIO 202 — General Biology: Cell and Molecular

Semester hours: 3 (3R)   Offered: I, S    Instructor: Staff

Introduces the conceptual bases of biology and presents the molecular and cellular aspects of metabolism, genetics, and other selected systems. Prerequisite: one year of college or high school chemistry of sufficient depth and rigor to enable the student to participate in the study of the molecular aspects of biology.

Note: BIO 202 replaces the old BIO 211 lecture. BIO 206 replaces the old BIO 211 lab.
The prerequisite for BIO 202 is a one-year high-school chemistry course of sufficient depth and rigor to enable the student to participate in the study of the molecular aspects of biology.

BIO 205 — General Biology: Organismal and Population Laboratory

Semester hours: 1 (3L)   Offered: II    Instructor: Staff

Laboratory activities designed to reinforce introductory knowledge in evolution, biological diversity, ecology, and plant and animal physiology. Students will be introduced to basic biological laboratory techniques and principals of experimental design and analysis.

Prerequisites: P or CO: BIO 201

Note: BIO 205 replaces the old BIO 212 lab.

BIO 206 — General Biology: Cell and Molecular Laboratory

Semester hours: 1 (3L)   Offered: I    Instructor: Staff

Laboratory activities designed to reinforce introductory knowledge in molecular and cellular biology and genetics. Students will learn basic biological laboratory techniques and principals of experimental design and analysis.

Prerequisites: P or CO: BIO 202

Note: BIO 206 replaces the old BIO 211 lab.

BIO 297 —  Directed Research

Semester hours: 0-2   Offered: I, II, PS, S    Instructor: Staff

An introduction to laboratory or field methods intended to prepare students for independent research. This course may not be repeated; research students should enroll in BIO 397 or 497 in subsequent semesters.

Prerequisites: P: IC

Note: SA/UN grading No more than 12 semester hours of credit may be accrued in any combination of BIO 297, 397, 493, 495, and 497.

BIO 310 — Biostatistics

(Same as EVS 401)

Semester hours: 4 (3R, 3L)   Offered: I, II, S    Instructor: Cullum

Introduction to statistical methods, data display, and experimental design as applied to biological studies. Lectures supplemented by problem-solving sessions. (Qualifies as laboratory course).

Prerequisites: P: BIO 211 & 212

Satisfies: Lab requirement

BIO 317 — Genetics

Semester hours: 3 (3R)   Offered: I, II, S (OD)    Instructor: Brockhouse/Cho

Science of heredity and variation. Basic principles of Mendelian genetics, cytogenetics, molecular genetics, human genetics and evolution are examined.

Prerequisites: P: BIO 211 & 212; P or CO: CHM 205 or CHM 285

Satisfies: Molecular/Cellular Biology requirement

BIO 318 — Genetics Laboratory

Semester hours: 1 (3L)   Offered: I    Instructor: Brockhouse

Laboratory projects designed to illustrate basic genetic principles will be conducted with the aid of bacteria, fungi, and Drosophila as experimental organisms.

Prerequisites: P or CO: BIO 317

Satisfies: Lab requirement

BIO 335 — Zoology

(Same as EVS 335)

Semester hours: 4 (3R, 3L)   Offered: I    Instructor: Shea

Biological concepts and principles exemplified by both invertebrates and vertebrates with emphasis on animal diversity, morphology, evolution, and ecological relationships.

Prerequisites: P: BIO 211 & 212

Satisfies: Lab requirement, Organismal Biology requirement

BIO 341 — Botany

(Same as EVS 341)

Semester hours: 4 (3R, 3L)   Offered: I    Instructor: Taylor

Modern biological concepts and principles exemplified by the plant kingdom with emphasis on plant diversity, taxonomy, and evolution.

Prerequisites: P: BIO 211 & 212

Satisfies: Lab requirement, Organismal Biology requirement

BIO 362 — Cell Structure and Function

Semester hours: 3 (3R)   Offered: I, II, S (OD)    Instructor: Staff

Emphasizes the fundamental importance and experimental underpinnings of knowledge in cell biology. The course consists of four segments; 1) common techniques in cell biology research, 2) basic principles of cell structure and function including membranes, vesicular transport, protein sorting, and the cytoskeleton, 3) how cells multiply, assemble into tissues, and interact with their environment, and 4) cell motility, the immune response, and cancer.

Prerequisites: P: BIO 211

Satisfies: Molecular/Cellular Biology requirement

BIO 371 — Animal Behavior

(Same as EVS 571)

Semester hours: 3 (3R)   Offered: I, S    Instructor: Burk

Evolutionary aspects of animal behavior, including physiological bases of behavior, social behavior, behavioral ecology and genetics of behavior.

Prerequisites: P: BIO 211 & 212

Satisfies: Organismal Biology requirement

BIO 372 — Animal Behavior Laboratory

(Same as EVS 572)

Semester hours: 2 (3L)   Offered: II    Instructor: Burk

Introduction to animal behavior research methods using structured observations and experiments in laboratory and field settings.

Prerequisites: P: BIO 571

Satisfies: Certified Writing, Lab requirement

BIO 383 — Vertebrate Natural History

(Same as EVS 483)

Semester hours: 3 (3R)   Offered: II    Instructor: Staff

Lecture series designed to provide students with a modern overview of vertebrate diversity. Lectures encompass ancestry, major adaptive shifts between classes of vertebrates, geographic distribution based on physiological limits, specialized feeding and locomotor modes, courtship patterns, reproductive strategies, and conservation issues. Useful foundation material for students desiring additional depth in vertebrate biology; complimentary content to that of BIO 333. Recommended as useful prior to enrollment in BIO 440 (Field Biology of the Desert Southwest) and for students seeking a general understanding of vertebrate life, or those who are interested in teaching biological sciences.

Prerequisites: P: BIO 211 & 212

Satisfies: Population/Ecology/Evolution requirement

BIO 384 — Vertebrate Natural History Laboratory

(Same as EVS 484)

Semester hours: 1 (3L)   Offered: II    Instructor: Staff

Laboratory exercises that will provide experience in the following areas: dissection of representatives of each major vertebrate class with emphasis on the diagnostic differences between groups; identification and preservation of vertebrate specimens. Field trips are available on a limited basis.

Prerequisites: P or CO: BIO 483

Satisfies: Lab requirement

BIO 385 — The Ecology, Geography and Health of Lakes

(Same as EVS 385)

Semester hours: 4 (3R, 3L)   Offered: PS (AY)    Instructor: Schalles

A summer field course that examines lakes in the North Central Rocky Mountains regions of the United States. This course is a combination of lectures and field and laboratory studies of the physical, chemical and biological properties of lakes in a landscape context. The effects of human impacts on lake ecology and ecosystem health are emphasized. The course includes field work at lakes and regional field stations in northern Iowa (Iowa Lakeside Laboratory on West Okoboji Lake), the Boundary Waters and Lake Superior in Minnesota, the hyperalkaline Western Nebraska Sandhills, and alpine lakes in the Colorado Rockies (University of Colorado's Mountain Research Station at Niwot Ridge).

Prerequisites: P: BIO 212 and IC

Satisfies: Certified Writing, Lab requirement, Population/Ecology/Evolution requirement

BIO 390 — Environmental Science

(Same as EVS 390)

Semester hours: 3 (3R)   Offered: II    Instructor: Vinton

Course presents a balanced, scientific approach to the study of the environment and stresses the application of ecological concepts within a systems perspective. Topics include ecological concepts, population principles, endangered species and habitats, resources, air and water pollution, environmental health, and global perspectives.

Prerequisites: P: BIO 211 & 212 or CHM 205 or CHM 285

Satisfies: Population/Ecology/Evolution requirement

BIO 397 — Directed Independent Research (Extramural)

Semester hours: 0-3   Offered: I, II, PS, S    Instructor: Taylor

A program of independent study emphasizing laboratory or field research, intended for students working with mentors not part of the Biology faculty.

Prerequisites: P: IC

Note: SA/UN grading. The instructor of record acts as program coordinator. No more than 12 semester hours of credit may be accrued in any combination of BIO 297, 397, 493, 495, and 497.

BIO 419 — Molecular Genetics Laboratory

Semester hours: 2 (3L)   Offered: II    Instructor: Austerberry/Cho

Laboratory activities using contemporary methods of genomic inquiry. Emphasis on fundamental aspects of gene structure and function.

Prerequisites: P: BIO 317 or IC

Satisfies: Certified Writing, Lab requirement

BIO 425 — Development of Biological Thought

Semester hours: 3 (3R)   Offered: PS (OD)    Instructor: Brockhouse

This travel course will examine the development of the intellectual tools used in the natural sciences, particularly Biology, while visiting many of the institutions and locations in which the advances were made. The course will be held in London, UK and will include both lectures and field trips.

Prerequisites: P: BIO 211 and 212

Note: FLPA course

BIO 432 — Immunology

Semester hours: 3 (3R)   Offered: I    Instructor: Shibata

This lecture course is designed to present the basic principles and concepts of immunology. Topics such as organization of the immune system, evolution of the immune system, and cellular and molecular mechanisms used by the immune system to protect organisms from disease are discussed in detail. Additionally, course material examines the practical application of immunological experimental advances in basic and medical science.

Prerequisites: P: BIO 211 & 212, and BIO 317 or 362

Satisfies: Molecular/Cellular Biology requirement

BIO 433 — Vertebrate Comparative Anatomy

Semester hours: 4 (3R, 3L)   Offered: II    Instructor: Rivera

Lecture and laboratory study of the comparative morphology of representative members of the phylum Chordata. Lectures incorporate the developmental and evolutionary bases of anatomy. Useful background for pre-health majors and those enrolling in BIO 449 or BIO 461. This course by content and by instruction is designed to provide a useful foundation for students that go on to take BIO 449, Animal Physiology and/or BIO 467, Developmental Biology. For students who want a thorough background in vertebrate biology, it also serves as the compliment to BIO 483, Vertebrate Natural History.

Prerequisites: P: BIO 211 & 212

Satisfies: Lab requirement, Organismal Biology requirement

BIO 435 — Coastal and Estuarine Ecology

(Same as EVS 435)

Semester hours: 4 (3R, 3L)   Offered: PS (AY)    Instructor: Schalles

Coastal and Estuarine Ecology is a 3½ week, intensive travel course. Participants experience, first-hand, the great diversity of marine ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico, Tropical Atlantic, and Southeastern Atlantic regions. The class will examine tropical coral reef, sea grass, and mangrove communities, barrier islands (salt marshes, beaches, mudflats), and diverse open water habitats (lagoons, bays, tidal creeks and rivers, and near-shore shelf waters). The course emphasizes physical, chemical, and biological concepts applied to coastal habitats, with an emphasis on adaptations of marine organisms to their environments, ecological relationships, sampling methods and site characterizations, and threats to coastal ecosystems. The class stays at nationally recognized oceanographic and coastal field stations in Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi. The Creighton 18' Sundance Skiff and field station boats serve as work platforms and provide access to various habitats.

Prerequisites: P: One organismal-level or field course in biology, or IC

Satisfies: Lab requirement, Population/Ecology/Evolution requirement

BIO 439 — Parasitology

Semester hours: 4 (3R, 3L)   Offered: II    Instructor: Shea

A survey of protozoan, helminth, and arthropod parasites with emphasis on their morphology, taxonomy, life histories, and host/parasite relationships. Includes parasites of medical and ecological importance.

Prerequisites: P: Any 300 or higher level BIO course

Satisfies: Lab requirement, Organismal Biology requirement or Population/Ecology/Evolution requirement

BIO 445 — Environmental Physiology

(Same as EVS 549)

Semester hours: 3 (3R)   Offered: I    Instructor: Rivera

Impact of environmental changes and environmental extremes on animals and their physiological mechanisms. Examines primarily vertebrates and their responses to variations in temperature, pressure, and salinity. Basic physiological principles associated with each adaptive response covered in lecture and reading assignments.

Prerequisites: P: BIO 333, 335, 483 or 449

Satisfies: Certified Writing, Organismal Biology requirement

BIO 449 — Animal Physiology

Semester hours: 3 (3R)   Offered: I, II, S (OD)    Instructor: Fassbinder-Orth/Cullum

A study of the functions of animals from the cellular to the organ-systems level with emphasis on vertebrate systems physiology.

Prerequisites: P: BIO 211 & 212; Jr. standing

Satisfies: Organismal Biology requirement

BIO 450 — Animal Physiology Laboratory

Semester hours: 1 (3L)   Offered: I    Instructor: Fassbinder-Orth

Laboratory exercises designed to illustrate several physiological processes in animals, including cellular and whole animal metabolism, heart and muscle function, osmoregulation and responses to thyroxine and cold acclimation.

Prerequisites: P or CO: BIO 449

Satisfies: Lab requirement

BIO 451 — Microbiology

Semester hours: 4 (3R, 3L)   Offered: II    Instructor: Staff

Microbiology is the study of organisms too small to be seen with the naked eye. Despite their small size, these organisms are ubiquitous and play important roles in human health, industry, and the functioning of ecosystems. This course is designed to cover a wide range of material in lecture and through laboratory exercises, introducing students to the breadth of microbial diversity and physiology, as well as the basic techniques used in microbiology.

Prerequisites: P: BIO 211 & 212

Satisfies: Lab requirement, Molecular/Cellular Biology requirement

BIO 460 — Environmental Remote Sensing

(Same as EVS 460)

Semester hours: 4 (3R, 3L)   Offered: II    Instructor: Schalles

This course is an introduction to the techniques of observing the Earth from air- and space-bourne instruments. We will cover the basic issues of geometry and scale associated with making these instrument measurements, electromagnetic properties of Earth surface metals, the range of instruments used to observe the Earth, and applications of satellite remote sensing to geological and environmental materials. The course will involve an independent research project utilizing remote sensing data and software.

Prerequisites: P: BIO 201, 202, 205 & 206; or ATS/EVS 113 & 114

Satisfies: Lab requirement, Population/Ecology/Evolution requirement

BIO 461 — Entomology

(Same as EVS 561)

Semester hours: 4 (3R, 3L)   Offered: I (AY)    Instructor: Burk

Introduction to insect biology with emphasis on the major insect groups. Anatomy, physiology, and behavior of insects and their ecological, agricultural, and medical importance.

Prerequisites: P: BIO 211 & 212

Satisfies: Lab requirement, Organismal Biology requirement or Population/Ecology/Evolution requirement

BIO 462 — Neurobiology

Semester hours: 3 (3R)   Offered: I    Instructor: Shibata

Introduction to the fundamental concepts of comparative neurobiology and the neural basis of behavior. Topics covered include the cell biology of the neuron, neural systems, sensory systems, motor systems, sensory-motor integration and higher brain functions, the interactions between hormones, brain and behavior, and human neurobiology. Lectures emphasize the comparative approach of studying the structure and function of nervous systems by using both invertebrate and vertebrate model systems to illustrate how the brain controls behavior.

Prerequisites: P: BIO 211 & 212, and BIO 333 or 449

Satisfies: Molecular/Cellular Biology requirement or Organismal Biology requirement

BIO 463 — Neurobiology Laboratory

Semester hours: 2 (6L)   Offered: I    Instructor: Shibata

Introduction to neurobiological and behavioral research methods using experimental techniques to understand functional aspects of neurophysiology and the neural basis of behavior.

Prerequisites: P or CO: BIO 562

Satisfies: Certified Writing, Lab requirement

BIO 467 — Developmental Biology

Semester hours: 4 (3R, 3L)   Offered: I    Instructor: Reedy

Animal development with emphasis on the higher vertebrates. Gametogenesis, cleavage patterns and basic body plans, organ system formation, embryo-maternal relationships. Control of growth, differentiation, and morphogenesis.

Prerequisites: P: BIO 211 & 212; Jr. standing

Satisfies: Lab requirement, Organismal Biology requirement

BIO 481 — Terrestrial Ecology

(Same as EVS 481)

Semester hours: 4 (3R, 3L)   Offered: I, S (OD)    Instructor: Vinton

Introduction to the interactions of organisms and the environment, especially the biology of populations, communities, and ecosystems. Individual adaptations, the nature of the environment, population dynamics, and community organization are stressed. Laboratory exercises include field trips to terrestrial habitats.

Prerequisites: P: BIO 211 & 212

Satisfies: Certified Writing, Lab requirement, Population/Ecology/Evolution requirement

BIO 485 — Marine and Freshwater Ecology

(Same as EVS 485)

Semester hours: 3 (3R)   Offered: I    Instructor: Schalles

An introduction to the community structure, biological production, and physical and chemical properties of aquatic ecosystems. The major features of water columns, benthic substrates, and lotic zones will be reviewed and compared.

Prerequisites: P: BIO 211 & 212

Satisfies: Population/Ecology/Evolution requirement

BIO 486 — Freshwater Ecology Laboratory

(Same as EVS 486)

Semester hours: 2 (3L)   Offered: I    Instructor: Schalles

Introduction to methods for analyzing lake, stream, and wetland habitats. Exercises will examine physical and chemical properties, biological production and food chains, and water quality of freshwater ecosystems.

Prerequisites: CO: BIO 211/212; P or CO: BIO 485 or IC

Satisfies: Lab requirement

BIO 490 — Seminar in Undergraduate Biology Laboratory Instruction

Semester hours: 1 (1R)   Offered: I    Instructor: Staff

Required of all undergraduate Teaching Assistants in those semesters in which they are teaching. Course provides instruction in both course content and its effective communication. Emphasis on laboratory and field skills, preparation of examinations, classroom supervision, and student evaluation. Course may be repeated up to a maximum of four times.

Prerequisites: P: IC

Satisfies: Lab requirement

BIO 492 — Seminar in Undergraduate Classroom Instruction

Semester hours: 1 (1R)   Offered: I    Instructor: Staff

Required of all undergraduate Teaching Assistants supporting lecture-based courses in those semesters they teach. Course provides instruction in course content and its effective communication, fair and constructive grading techniques, and management of course records. Specific duties will vary depending on the requirements for specific courses.

Prerequisites: P: IC

BIO 493 — Directed Independent Readings

Semester hours: 1-3   Offered: I, II, S    Instructor: Staff

Assigned readings in the student's area of interest. Course is only an addition to and not a substitution for any portion of the major requirement. No more than 12 semester hours of credit may be accrued in any combination of BIO 493, 495, and 497.

Prerequisites: P: IC

BIO 495 — Directed Independent Study

Semester hours: 1-3   Offered: I, II, S    Instructor: Staff

A program of independent study with emphasis on activities other than laboratory or field research. (Examples include library research or special course attendance). Course is only an addition to and not a substitution for any portion of the major requirement. 2-4 C and/or L. No more than 12 semester hours of credit may be accrued in any combination of BIO 493, 495, and 497.

Prerequisites: P: IC

BIO 497 — Directed Independent Research

Semester hours: 0-3   Offered: I, II, S    Instructor: Staff

A program of independent study with emphasis on laboratory or field research. Course is only an addition to and not a substitution for any portion of the major requirement.

Prerequisites: P: IC

Note: No more than 12 semester hours of credit may be accrued in any combination of BIO 297, 397, 493, 495, and 497.

BIO 501 — Bioinformatics: Genomics Approach

Semester hours: 4 (3R, 3L)   Offered: II (AY)    Instructor: Cho

Introduction to the field of bioinformatics and genome science. Lectures will discuss the pivotal role of bioinformatics in metabolizing the massive amounts of biological information generated from genome projects. Students will also have hands-on experiences of data mining, processing, and analysis, using computer software publically available or hand-coded by students.

Prerequisites: P: BIO 317 or IC

Satisfies: Lab requirement

BIO 517 — Current Topics in Genetics

Semester hours: 3 (3R)   Offered: I    Instructor: Brockhouse

A lecture/discussion course which examines contemporary issues in genetics. Topics include, but are not limited to molecular and genetic aspects of autoimmune disease, aging, behavior, cancer, development, evolution, genomics, proteomics, etc. In addition, methods which accompany such studies, such as bioinformatics and in silico biology, will also be examined. Both faculty and students are involved in presenting information.

Prerequisites: P: BIO 317

Satisfies: Certified Writing

BIO 520 — Genomes and Chromosomes

Semester hours: 4 (3R, 3L)   Offered: I (AY)    Instructor: Brockhouse

The chromosome is the physical basis of genetics in Eukaryotes, and controls major aspects of gene regulation. In this course, we will examine the structure, function and behavior of eukaryotic chromosomes. The accompanying laboratory will emphasize modern genome-wide approach, including student participation in a genome project focusing on disease transmitting flies.

Prerequisites: P: BIO 317

Satisfies: Lab requirement

BIO 523 — Environmental Toxicology

(Same as EVS 523)

Semester hours: 3 (3R)   Offered: II    Instructor: Schalles

Principles of environmental tolerance, bioenergetics and nutrition, homeostasis, and toxicology and disease will be developed and related to the organismal, population and community levels and to comparative responses to environmental disturbance. The course uses a reading/discussion format.

Prerequisites: P: BIO 211 & 212

BIO 532 — Current Topics in Cellular and Molecular Biology

Semester hours: 3 (3R)   Offered: II    Instructor: Austerberry

Interactions between nucleic acids and proteins responsible for cell growth, division, and development. Assumes basic knowledge of biomolecules and gene expression. Tipics include DNA and chromatin structure and modification, DNA cloning and sequencing, DNA replication and repair, DNA recombination and transposition, regulation of gene expression (transcription, RNA processing, translation, and protein modification), functions of non-coding RNAs, genomics, and analytical techniques of molecular/cellular biology. Original scientific literature study including student-facilitated discussions and a term paper.

Prerequisites: P: Any two of the following: BIO 317, BIO 351, BIO 362, BMS 521, CHM 371, CHM 381; or IC.

Satisfies: Certified Writing

BIO 539 — Ecology of Zoonotic Diseases

(Same as EVS 539)

Semester hours: 3 (3R)   Offered: II    Instructor: Fassbinder-Orth

Over the past few decades there has been a resurgence of zoonotic diseases such as SARS and Avian Influenza. Why do zoonotic diseases emerge, and what factors lead to epidemics? This course will address these questions, and apply an ecological approach to an understanding of epidemiology in wildlife populations.

Prerequisites: P: BIO 211 & 212, and one of the following: BIO 351, 390, 432, or 481

Satisfies: Certified Writing

BIO 541 — Advanced Topics in Plant Biology

(Same as EVS 541)

Semester hours: 3 (3R)   Offered: II (AY)    Instructor: Taylor

This course focuses on historical and current questions in plant biology. Students will explore the evolution, function, and development of plants from the genetic, cellular, and organismal perspective. Specific topics may include organogenesis, cell differentiation and expansion, hormone function, plant responses to stimuli, and the evolution of plant tissues and organs.

Prerequisites: P: BIO 201, 202 & 205, and BIO 341, 317, or IC

Satisfies: Certified Writing

BIO 545 — Plant Diversity and Evolution

(Same as EVS 545)

Semester hours: 4 (3R, 3L)   Offered: II    Instructor: Taylor

An investigation of the diversity, morphology, and evolution of fossil and living plants. Topics emphasized include the origin of land plants, plant life cycles, evolution of the vascular cylinder, leaf, seed and flower, and the origin of flowering plants.

Prerequisites: P: BIO 201, BIO 202, BIO 205, and one of BIO 341, BIO 362, BIO 581 or IC

Satisfies: Certified Writing, Lab requirement, Population/Ecology/Evolution requirement

BIO 559 — Special Topics in Physiology

Semester hours: 3 (3R)   Offered: II (AY)    Instructor: Cullum

This course provides an in-depth examination of one or more physiological topics through a combination of lecture, discussion and student presentations. Reference materials will include textbooks, book chapters, review articles and the primary literature. Topics may include but are not limited to aspects of environmental, comparative and evolutionary physiology, as well as mammalian and human physiology. In most semesters the focus will be on current research, but historical aspects of some subjects may also be addressed.

Prerequisites: P: BIO 449

Satisfies: Certified Writing

BIO 567 — Current Topics in Neuroscience

Semester hours: 3 (3R)   Offered:    Instructor: Shibata

This course will provide an introduction to processes regulating the development of the mammalian central nervous system. Attention will be given to how classic research findings in the field of developmental neuroscience have formed the modern understanding of the formation, functioning, and repair of the central nervous system.

Prerequisites: P: BIO 211 & 212, and BIO 362, 449, 462 or 467

BIO 580 — Current Topics in Ecology

(Same as EVS 580)

Semester hours: 3 (3R)   Offered: II (AY)    Instructor: Vinton

The focus of this course will be advanced topics in ecology, with an emphasis on the concepts and current approaches in ecosystem ecology. Primary literature will serve as a key resource for students. The structure and function of several model ecosystems will be explored in detail, with particular attention to the concepts of biodiversity, productivity, decomposition and nutrient cycling. In addition, the degree of human alteration of ecosystem structure and function as well as consequences for global ecological processes will be presented.

Prerequisites: P: BIO 481, 485 or 390

Satisfies: Certified Writing

BIO 581 — Evolution

(Same as EVS 581)

Semester hours: 4 (3R, 3L)   Offered: I    Instructor: Staff

Lectures and discussion designed to provide junior and senior students with a broad understanding of the science of evolutionary biology. Organized in three parts, each takes a chronological approach: (A) evolutionary theory, (B) mechanisms of evolution, (C) the implications and consequences of theory and mechanism; and as part of both the lecture and laboratory experience in (C, above) topics in evolutionary medicine will be covered. Laboratory sessions include computer modeling exercises to illustrate the mechanisms of evolutionary changes, an excellent film series, discussion opportunities designed to explore in more depth questions and topics associated with speciation, biodiversity and human evolution as well as a review session prior to each exam. BIO 317 recommended.

Prerequisites: P: One upper-division BIO course or Jr. standing

Satisfies: Lab requirement, Population/Ecology/Evolution requirement