Biology Courses

BI 5100 Biology Colloquium - 1 graduate credits
Course is comprised of lectures featuring prominent speakers from a variety of institutions.


BI 5110 Cell Structure and Function - 3 graduate credits
Addresses the diversity of form and function found in the basic units of life, the cells. The first segment centers on the various techniques, especially electron microscopy, which are used to study microscopic anatomy. The components, organelles, which comprise a "generalized cell" are examined and their functional relationships discussed. The second segment centers on the structural differences between tissues of the body (classical histology). Finally, this knowledge of cell and tissue structure will be employed to understand organs and organ systems. This course will not be purely morphological. The development and functional properties of these systems will be examined. There will be a laboratory component in this course. Falls.


BI 5120 Biotechnology - 3 graduate credits
This course is an exploration of the use of living organisms to produce products beneficial to human kind, the application of biological organisms to technical and industrial processes and the use of "novel" microbes which have been altered or manipulated by humans through techniques of genetic engineering. This is a laboratory oriented course. Falls.


BI 5130 Ecology - 3 graduate credits
Fundamental ecological concepts which illustrate the complex interrelationships of living organisms with each other and with the non-living environment will be the focus of the course. Laboratory time used for field work, experimentation and analysis of data will be incorporated. Graduate students will have additional coursework and/or projects equivalent to graduate level study. Falls.


BI 5140 Animal Behavior - 3 graduate credits
The study of animal behavior offers a unique opportunity to understand the relationship between ecology, evolution, physiology, populations and individual organisms. Examines the influence of genetics and environment on animal behavior. Outdoor and laboratory investigations test specific student and/or instructor generated hypotheses concerning the causal mechanisms underlying behavior. Falls.


BI 5150 Animal Physiology - 3 graduate credits
This course will examine the various systems of the body including the respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive and excretory systems using a comparative approach. Discusses the control of these systems and behavior by the nervous and endocrine systems. Inherent is an analysis of an interaction between the mechanisms of homeostatic regulation and the environment. Laboratory investigations using local animals illustrate some of the principles outlined in lecture through the use of student and/or instructor generated hypothesis testing and uses modern equipment including computers, Data Acquisition Units, amplifiers, transducers, stimulators and activity monitors. Spring of even years.


BI 5160 Neurobiology - 3 graduate credits
Examines the functioning of the nervous system in vertebrates and invertebrates. The fundamental principles underlying membrane potentials, action potentials and conduction are followed by mechanisms of communication between single cells and groups of cells. Different aspects of sensory, motor and integrative physiology are discussed and the role of specific parts of the brain is explored. The laboratory portion is used to demonstrate certain principles and phenomena discussed in lecture. The laboratory involves a series of student-driven mini-projects. Students use computers, Data Acquisition Units, oscilloscopes, manipulators, transducers and amplifiers to test student and/or instructor generated hypothesis. Spring of odd years.


BI 5230 Landscape Ecology - 3 graduate credits
The study of ecological principles at the landscape scale. Topics to be examined include: the problem of scale, how are models used in landscape ecology, what biotic and abiotic features are associated with the pattern of the landscape, what processes take place in the landscape, and what are the applications of landscape ecology. Course will include both lecture and practical experience in landscape ecology.


BI 5350 Conservation Biology - 3 graduate credits
Conservation Biology investigates the causes and consequences of loss of biodiversity. Species are first placed into their ecological context. Then global and regional patterns of species extinction are discussed. The mechanisms that precipitate loss and eventually cause extinction are examined through modeling and statistical exercises. Students share in the responsibility for covering the material by presenting selected topics.


BI 5370 Behavioral Ecology - 3 graduate credits
This graduate seminar focuses on the interface between behavior and fitness. Several categories of behavior are covered through presentations, reading of primary literature, and discussion. The topics include but are not limited to optimal foraging, mating systems and mate attraction, social organization (including eusociality), predator-prey interactions, and learning.


BI 5380 Avian Ecology - 3 graduate credits
Avian Ecology is a field-oriented course that focuses on bird interactions with each other and their environment as a medium for understanding field ecological research. Students become familiar with local bird identification, give presentations on selected topics, assist in banding birds, and carry out their own individual research projects under the guidance of a researching avian ecologist.


BI 5560 Special Topics Bio Sciences - 1-3 graduate credits
Lectures on special topics in selected areas of the Biological Sciences. May be repeated in the same or separate terms, as topics vary, to a maximum of 9 graduate hours.


BI 5810 University Biology Teaching - 1 graduate credits
A course designed for graduate students interested in learning more about teaching biology effectively at the University level. The format of the course will primarily be discussion-oriented with contributions from faculty both in and outside off the Department of Biological Sciences. You should either be currently teaching or have taught at the college level. Topically the course will cover three areas: teaching and learning, the academic job market, and faculty life.


BI 5900 Graduate Seminar - Biology - 1 graduate credits
Specific topics vary from year to year depending upon the interests of the faculty and the students enrolled.


BI 5910 Independent Study - Biology - 1-4 graduate credits
Original research done in an area of the student's choosing in conjunction with a sponsoring faculty member. Results must be presented at a scientific conference.


BI 5950 Thesis Research - Biology - 1-12 graduate credits
Supervised execution of thesis research. Prerequisite: permission of advisor after submission of a thesis proposal to committee.

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