BIO 4000 Courses

Current Class Schedule

BIO 4104 Medical Entomology Laboratory
Prerequisite(s): Either BIO 1105 or 1305, or BIO 1405; and either BIO 1106 and 1306, or BIO 1406; all with grades of C- or better; upper-level standing and credit or concurrent enrollment in BIO 4304, or consent of instructor.
Collection, preservation, identification, taxonomy and biology of medically important arthropods, especially insects. Survey collection required for graduate credit. Fee: $100

BIO 4106 Molecular Genetics Laboratory
Prerequisite(s): Either BIO 1105 or 1305, or BIO 1405; and either BIO 1106 and 1306, or BIO 1406; all with grades of C- or better; and either BIO 2306 or CHE 4341; and credit or concurrent enrollment in BIO 4306; or consent of instructor.
Training and preparation for graduate work in genetic engineering, molecular ecology, or molecular medical research. Techniques include DNA isolation, cloning, southern blotting, PCR, DNA sequencing, and computer analysis of DNA sequence. Fee: $120

Laboratory Studies in Biochemistry and Physiology of the Cell
Prerequisite(s): Either BIO 1105 and 1305, or BIO 1405; and either BIO 1106 and 1306, or BIO 1406;all with grades of C- or better; and credit or concurrent enrollment in BIO 4307.
Experimental aspects of cellular biochemistry and physiology with emphasis on current techniques for protein analysis. Fee: $150

BIO 4108 Cell and Developmental Biology Laboratory
Prerequisite(s): Either BIO 1105 or 1305, or BIO 1405; and either BIO 1106 and 1306, or BIO 1406; all with grades of C- or better; and BIO 2306 and credit or concurrent enrollment in BIO 4308; or consent of instructor.
Modern experimental techniques of cell and developmental biology such as microscopy, mutant screening, immunoblotting, histochemistry, tissue culture, and cell adhesion assay will be covered during the course of laboratory exercises and students will have hands-on experience. Fee: $75.

BIO 4123 Laboratory for Parasitology
Prerequisite(s): Either BIO 1105 or 1305, or BIO 1405; and either BIO 1106 and 1306, or BIO 1406; all with grades of C- or better; credit or concurrent enrollment in BIO 4323 and consent of instructor; and upper-level or graduate standing.
Detection and identification of human parasite diagnostic forms. Power Point presentation required for graduate credit. Fee: $100

4301 Immunology
Prerequisite(s): Either BIO 1105 or 1305, or BIO 1405; and either BIO 1106 and 1306, or BIO 1406; and BIO 2306; all with grades of C- or better.
Basic principles of resistance to disease, host-antigen interactions, immunologic response mechanisms, immunologic techniques, and correlations of disease and the immune response. (3-0)

4303 Molecular and Medical Biotechnology
Prerequisite(s): Either BIO 1105 and 1305, or BIO 1405; and either BIO 1106 and 1306, or BIO 1406; all with grades of C- or better; and either BIO 2306 or CHE 4341.
Production of medical and industrial products (e.g., vaccines, enzymes, pharmaceuticals); genetic manipulation of mice, livestock, plants, and microbes for medical research, agriculture, and environmental remediation; regulations, ethics, and patenting. Group capstone project: defend the technology platform of an existing biotechnology company.

BIO 4304 Medical Entomology
Prerequisite(s): Either BIO 1105 or 1305, or BIO 1405; and either BIO 1106 and 1306, or BIO 1406; all with grades of C- or better; upper-level standing or consent of instructor.
Identification, biology, and management of arthropod pests, especially insects, transmitting diseases affecting man, livestock, and wildlife.

BIO 4306 Molecular Genetics
Co-requisite(s): BIO 4106
Prerequisite(s): Either BIO 1105 or 1305, or BIO 1405; and either BIO 1106 and 1306, or BIO 1406; all with grades of C- or better; and either BIO 2306 or CHE 4341
Techniques and strategies pertinent to work in genomics, proteonomics, and genetic engineering as well as cellular processes such as DNA replication, message expression, and cell signaling. Capstone project on analysis and presentation of published research is required.

BIO 4307 Biochemistry and Physiology of the Cell
Prerequisite(s): Either BIO 1105 or 1305, or BIO 1405; and either BIO 1106 and 1306, or BIO 1406; all with grades of C- or better; and CHE 3331 or consent of instructor; and credit or concurrent enrollment in BIO 2306
The roles of biologically important molecules in cellular structure and function, emphasizing an integrated understanding of the characteristic of the four major classes of biological molecules and the chemical interactions that support living systems.

BIO 4308 Cell and Developmental Biology
Co-requisite(s): BIO 4108
Prerequisite(s): Either BIO 1105 or 1305, or BIO 1405; and either BIO 1106 and 1306, or BIO 1406; all with grades of C- or better; and 2306.
The mechanisms that regulate the development of multicellular organisms, from nematode to humans, will be examined using biochemical, genetic, and cell biological approaches. The course will investigate the role that gene regulation, cell-cell communication, cell adhesion, cell motility, signal transduction, and intracellular trafficking play in the commitment, differentiation and assembly of stem cells into specialized cell types and organs.

BIO 4310 Biogeography
Prerequisite(s): Either BIO 1105 or 1305, or BIO 1405; and either BIO 1106 and 1306, or BIO 1406; all with grades of C- or better; and 3403 and any one of BIO 3424, 4414, 4420, 4422, 4425, 4427 or 4428.
Patterns of geographic distributions of animals and plants, and the physical and biological factors, and processes affecting geographic distributions. (3-0)

BIO 4320 Pathophysiology
Prerequisite(s): Either BIO 1105 or 1305, or BIO 1405; and either BIO 1106 and 1306, or BIO 1406; all with grades of C- or better; and 3422 or concurrent enrollment; or consent of instructor.
Pathophysiology of disease with emphasis on immunology, communicable disease, neoplasia, heredity, congenital problems, and degeneration as expressed in each organ system.

BIO 4323 Parasitology
Prerequisite(s): Either BIO 1105 or 1305, or BIO 1405; and either BIO 1106 and 1306, or BIO 1406; all with grades of C- or better; upper-level or graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Introduction to study of parasites and vectors, emphasizing life cycles and control of those affecting humans. Research paper required for graduate credit.

4330 Behavioral Genetics
Prerequisite(s): Either BIO 1105 and 1305, or BIO 1405; and either BIO 1106 and 1306, or BIO 1406; all with grades of C- or better; and 2106 and 2306; or consent of instructor.
Biological and genetic foundations of animal behavior. (3-0)

4339 Advanced Marine Field Studies (Cross-listed as GEO 4339)
See GEO 4339 for course information

BIO 4344 Fundamentals of Toxicology (Cross-listed as ENV 4344)
Prerequisite(s): CHE 1301, 1302, 3331, BIO 1305, BIO 1306 and BIO 3422; or consent of instructor.
Basic concepts of toxicology, including historical perspectives, the disposition and metabolism of toxic substances, pharmacokinetics, target organ toxicity, non-organ directed toxicity, toxic agents, industrial toxicology, forensic toxicology, environmental toxicology, toxicity testing techniques, and risk assessment.

BIO 4350 Pathogenic Microbiology
Prerequisite(s): Either BIO 1105 or 1305, or BIO 1405; and either BIO 1106 and 1306, or BIO 1406; all with grades of C- or better; and BIO 4401
Introduction to medically relevant pathogens with an emphasis on bacterial pathogenesis.

4352 Evolutionary Developmental Genetics
Prerequisite(s): Either BIO 1105 and 1305, or BIO 1405; and either BIO 1106 and 1306, or BIO 1406; all with grades of C- or better; and 2306, and upper-level standing; or consent of instructor.
Integration of Evolutionary Biology and Developmental Biology into a common framework. The focus will be on the evolution of developmental pathways in order to explain the evolution of animal morphology

BIO 4354 Neglected Tropical Diseases
Prerequisite(s): Either BIO 1105 or 1305, or BIO 1405; and either BIO 1106 and 1306, or BIO 1406; all with grades of C- or better.
Core principles in genetics and cellular and molecular biology to understand the causation, pathogenesis, and control of the major neglected tropical diseases, defined as a group of poverty-promoting chronic infectious diseases.

4360 Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Pre-requisite(s): Either BIO 1105 and 1305, or BIO 1405; and either BIO 1106 and 1306, or BIO 1406; all with grades of C- or better; and either BIO 4401 or consent of instructor.
Introduction to the fundamentals and processes in industrial and environmental microbiology including practical topics including fermentation, antibiotic production, industrial biotechnology, wastewater treatment, etc.

BIO 4365 Topics in Evolution
Prerequisite(s): Either BIO 1105 or 1305, or BIO 1405; and either BIO 1106 and 1306, or BIO 1406; all with grades of C- or better; and 2306
Process which establish or eliminate variation in populations and how these mechanisms affect biological diversity. (3-0)

BIO 4366 Foundations of Evolutionary Biology
Prerequisite(s): Either BIO 1105 or 1305, or BIO 1405; and either BIO 1106 and 1306, or BIO 1406; all with grades of C- or better; and 2306 or consent of instructor.
Comprehensive survey of evolutionary biology, including a fundamental framework to address causative issues in the biological sciences, and an understanding of the basic processes contributing to biological diversification.

4370 Biological Principles and Clinical Decision-Making
Prerequisite(s): Either BIO 1105 and 1305, or BIO 1405; and either BIO 1106 and 1306, or BIO 1406; all with grades of C- or better; and 3422 or concurrent enrollment; or consent of instructor.
Qualitative and quantitative fundamentals of clinical diagnosis and evidence-based medicine in the context of basic anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and epidemiology.

BIO 4381 Restoration Ecology (Cross-listed as ENV 4380)
Prerequisite(s): ENV 2375 and 2376, or BIO 3303
Principles and practices for restoring natural systems that have been degraded or destroyed. Emphasis on re-establishment of soils, plants, and animals in terrestrial and aquatic environments. Legislative, political, industrial, and regulatory perspectives considered. (3-0)

BIO 4386 Remote Sensing (Cross-listed as AVS 4386, ENV 4386, GEO 4386)
Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.
Physical mechanisms of surface and atmospheric materials absorption, transmittance, reflection, and emittance of light measured by various remote sensing platforms. Survey various applications related to earth science, ecology, meteorology, and environmental science. Fee: $50

BIO 4405 Limnology
Prerequisite(s): Either BIO 1105 or 1305, or BIO 1405; and either BIO 1106 and 1306, or BIO 1406; all with grades of C- or better.
Lecture, laboratory, and field studies of lakes and streams. Emphasis on analysis and interpretation of physical, chemical, and biological factors relating to metabolism and production of aquatic communities. Overnight trips may be required. (2-6) Fee: $75

BIO 4406 Aquatic Biology
Prerequisite(s): Either BIO 1105 or 1305, or BIO 1405; and either BIO 1106 and 1306, or BIO 1406; all with grades of C- or better.
Laboratory and field studies of lakes, streams, and estuaries. Primarily for advanced students of zoology and botany who are interested in aquatic organisms and their ecology. Emphasis is on collection, preservation, and identification of all aquatic biota except fishes. Overnight trips may be required. (2-6) Fee: $75

BIO 4417 Plant Physiology
Prerequisite(s): Either BIO 1105 or 1305, or BIO 1405; and either BIO 1106 and 1306, or BIO 1406; all with grades of C- or better.
Experimental studies of important physical and chemical processes related to plant function. (3-3) Fee: $75

BIO 4418 Biology of Wetland and Aquatic Vascular Plants
Prerequisite(s): Either BIO 1105 or 1305, or BIO 1405; and either BIO 1106 and 1306, or BIO 1406; all with grades of C- or better; and any taxonomic course.
Taxonomy, ecology, structure, distribution, and economic significance of aquatic vascular plants. (4-3) Fee: $75

BIO 4422 Ichthyology
Prerequisite(s): Either BIO 1105 or 1305, or BIO 1405; and either BIO 1106 and 1306, or BIO 1406; all with grades of C- or better.
Fish fauna of the area with emphasis on morphology, ecology, economics, and systematics. Overnight trips may be required. (2-6) Fee: $75

BIO 4426 Vertebrate Histology
Prerequisite(s): Either BIO 1105 or 1305, or BIO 1405; and either BIO 1106 and 1306, or BIO 1406; and BIO 3422; all with grades of C- or better; and consent of instructor.
Microscopic structure of vertebrate tissues and organs. (3-3) Fee: $75

BIO 4431 Comparative Vertebrate Physiology
Prerequisite(s): Either BIO 1105 or 1305, or BIO 1405; and either BIO 1106 and 1306, or BIO 1406; all with grades of C- or better; and upper-level standing; and consent of instructor.
Vertebrate physiology in a comparative evolutionary contex. Emphasis on general principles, with unique examples supplied from all major vertebrate taxa. Fee:$150

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