Course Descriptions

Biology 111 Biology I: The Unity of Life. This course gives students the chance to study fundamental principles of prokaryotic and eukaryotic life. An examination of life processes from the molecular to the ecological level. Lecture and Laboratory. 4 credit hours.

Biology 112 Biology II: The Diversity of Life. Students learn about the evolutionary diversity of eukaryotes, with an emphasis on animals and plants. Animal and plant structure and function make up the core of the course. Lecture and Laboratory. 4 credit hours.

Biology 216 Cell Biology: Students study the structure and function at the molecular, organelle, and cellular levels of organization. This course will examine, in detail, the major cellular processes in eukaryotic sells. Lecture and laboratory. Credit 4 hours.

Biology 230 Genetics and Evolution: Students explore the fundamentals of transmission, population and molecular genetics, and the principles of organic evolution. Lecture and laboratory. Credit 4 hours.

Biology 243 Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates: This course compares the structure of vertebrates with emphasis on selected types. Lecture and laboratory. Credit 5 hours.

Biology 305 Marine Biology: This course introduces the diverse array of marine organisms and marine habitats to students. Examination of the ecology of oceans from the intertidal to the deep sea is the basis of the course. Emphasis is on adaptation to environmental factors and ecological relationships. Prerequisite: a college biology course or consent of instructor. Lecture and laboratory. There is a mandatory field trip to the Gulf Coast over spring break that students must pass in order to fulfill the requirements of the course. A $150 fee for food and housing on the field trip is an extra expense for the course. Credit 5 hours.

Biology 310 Developmental Biology: Students study the patterns of development, mechanisms of cellular differentiation, and cellular interactions in development in animals and plants. Examination of the cellular, molecular, and genetic mechanisms governing these processes make up the core of the class work. Lecture and laboratory. Credit 5 hours.

Biology 322 Animal Behavior: An examination of the different philosophical and experimental methodologies used to study animal behavior including ethology, comparative psychology, sociobiology, and behavioral ecology. Specific topics include communication, foraging, reproduction, and sociality. Lecture and laboratory. Credit 4 hours.

Biology 325 Animal Physiology: This general coruse allows students to compare and examine the major functional systems in animals. Emphasis is on regulatory mechanisms underlying physiological processes. Exploration of physiological adaptations at the cellular, molecular, and organ-system levels is the basis of the course. Lecture and laboratory. Credit 5 hours.

Biology 334 Microbiology and Microbial Genetics: In this introductory course, students study microorganisms with emphasis on bacteria. Lecture and laboratory. Credit 5 hours.

Biology 336 Ecology: This course deals with the relation, formation, and association of animal and plant communities. Prerequisites: Biology 121 and Biology 130. Lecture and laboratory. Credit 5 hours.

Biology 461 Seminar in Biology: While content will vary from year to year, the general theme of this seminar will be evolutionary biology. Credit 1 hour.

Biology 463 Research Preparation: This course will cover aspects of biological research including research opportunities, library and computer resources, data reduction and analysis, scientific writing, and illustration techniques. Each students will choose a research advisor or off-campus internship and submit a research proposal for departmental approval. Credit 1 hour.