BIO 5000 Courses

5100 Seminars in Biology

Graduate standing in biology and related fields. Topics of current interest in various subdisciplines of biology. Topics change each semester. Involves presentation of seminars by enrolled graduate students. May be repeated only with changes in topics.

5199 Non-Thesis Degree Completion

To fulfill requirements for non-thesis master’s students who need to complete final degree requirements other than coursework during their last semester. This may include such things as a comprehensive examination, oral examination, or foreign language requirement. Students are required to be registered during the semester they graduate.

5201 Research Methods in Biology

Description and application of the major tools of professional biology, especially biological design of experiments and the use of personal computers to summarize data, and methods for presentation of the results of scientific research. (2-0)

5202 Research Methods in Biology II

Description and application of the major tools of professional biology, especially photography, computer graphics, and scientific writing. (2-0)

5300 Advanced Studies in Biology

Special and advanced topics in biology. May be repeated once with change in content.

5302 Virology (Cross-listed as BMS 5305)

Prerequisite(s): BIO 4106 and 4306 or equivalent.

Material covered includes viral replication, molecular regulation, cellular life cycle, and pathogenesis; evolution, emerging diseases, and epidemiology; and prevention and control of viral diseases. Viruses which infect humans, domestic animals, and plants will be the focus. The global health perspective will be addressed throughout.

5303 Behavioral Ecology

Prerequisite(s): BIO 3403 or equivalent.

Relationships among animal behavior, ecology, and evolution. Emphasis is on integrating current models with comparative and experimental evidence on how a particular behavior pattern contributes to an animal’s chances of survival and its reproductive success.

5304 Nucleic Acids

This course examines recent developments in both DNA and RNA fields. Topics include nucleic acids structure, protein-nucleic acid interactions, techniques applied to nucleic acids, RNA decay, noncoding RNAs, RNA regulons, riboswitches, RNA bioinformatics and micro RNAs.

5306 Molecular Evolution

Prerequisite(s): BIO 2306 and 2106.

Research in molecular genetics and its implications for evolutionary theory. Topics to be discussed include the evolutionary role of plasmids, temperate phage, transposons, introns, multigene families, organelle DNA, and DNA sequence divergence. (3-0)

5307 Advanced Cell Biology (Cross-listed as BMS 5307)

Prerequisite(s): BIO 4307 or 4308 or equivalents; or consent of instructor.

Advanced topics in current cell biology research, including organelle and cytoskeleton structure and function, intra- and inter-cellular signaling, intracellular trafficking, cell cycle regulation, and cell division.

5310 Advanced Microbiology

Prerequisite(s): BIO 4401 or consent of instructor.

Microorganisms, especially their mechanics of pathogenesis with emphasis on their distribution in nature, their beneficial and detrimental effects on humans, and the potential role of certain organisms in biowarfare.

5311 Advanced Genetic Analysis

Prerequisite(s): BIO 1105, 1106, 1305, 1306, 2306, 3342, and 4306 or equivalents; or consent of instructor.

Principles and practice of classical and modern genetic analysis as applied to eukaryotic organisms, including yeast, nematodes, Drosophila, mice, and humans; isolation and analysis of mutations; gene mapping; suppressor analysis; chromosome structure; control of gene expression; and developmental genetics.

5315 Genomics & Infectious Diseases

Prerequisite(s): BIO 2306, 3342, 4308 or equivalents or consent of instructor.

This course concerns new principles of genome science and explores their applications in infectious disease research. Topics include how pathogen and vector genomes are studied, how they function, and how they evolve. The importance of comparative and functional genomics along with use of arthropod disease vectors in identifying control mechanisms of human pathogens are highlighted.

5320 Ecological Biophysics

Prerequisite(s): BIO 3303 or BIO 3403; and MTH 1321, PHY 1408 and PHY 1409.

First principle approaches that are used to describe microenvironments of living organisms and the energy and mass transfer between organisms and their external environment.

5325 Advanced Topics in Evolutionary Biology

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

This course provides an opportunity to explore advanced evolutionary theory and its implementation. Emphasis on evolution as an integrative principle of biological science.

5330 Conservation Biology (Cross-listed as ENV 5330)

Prerequisite(s): BIO 2306 and 3403 or equivalent.

Biological forces influencing scarcity and diversity, emphasizing: genetics, fitness, population viability, extinction, endemism, habitat fragmentation, and community structure and stability. (3-0)

5335 Climate Change and Biodiversity

Prerequisite(s): BIO 3303 and MTH 1320, or equivalents.

Biological and conservation responses to naturally and human-induced climate change. Greenhouse gas levels, recent climate trends, range and abundance changes, phenological changes, evolutionary effects, climate change models and projections, designing landscapes and seascapes for change, managing the landscape matrix, and the future of biodiversity.

5340 Ecosystem Process Modeling

Prerequisite(s): MTH 1321 (or equivalent) and BIO 3403 (or equivalent).

Interactions among ecosystem elements are formalized in computer simulation. Identification of ecosystem sources/sinks, reservoirs, and flux pathways is presented with the biological interpretation of mathematical representation of ecological processes. Fee: $60

5350 Biocomputing

Pre-requisite(s): Consent of instructor.

An introduction to the Python language and its specific application to genomic, proteomic, and environmental research. Emphasis on strings, data storage/access, and creating custom modules. Weekly coding projects will be based on each student’s dissertation research. No coding experience is required.


5351 Advanced Biocomputing

Pre-requisite(s): Consent of instructor.

A Python-based course covering protein structure, phylogeny, DNA sequencing and transcriptome analysis, Markov chains, clustering, and machine learning. Weekly coding projects will be completed which are relevant, where possible, to each student’s dissertation research. Strong skills in Python are required.

5360 Biological Invasions: Ecology and Management (Cross-listed as ENV 5360)

Prerequisite(s): BIO 3403 or equivalent.

The biology of invasive alien plants and animals, emphasizing evolutionary ecology, impacts on native species, and effects on biodiversity. Biological invasion causes, pathways, vectors, and management strategies in terrestrial and aquatic systems.

5377 Landscape Ecology (Cross-listed as ENV 5377)

Prerequisite(s): BIO 3403, MTH 1304, or equivalent.

Ecological factors influencing landscape structure and dynamics. Emphasis on landscape structure, exchanges among landscape components, and landscape stability and management. (3-0)

5380 Integrative Ecophysiology

Prerequisite(s): BIO 4431 or instructor approval.

Application of the basic principles of nutrition to the study of fish, reptiles, birds, and mammals in their natural environments.

5399 Experimental Design and Research Communications for Molecular Biologists (Cross-listed as BMS 5399)

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

This course provides in-depth training on how to formulate research hypothesis and questions and how to present the specialized areas of student research to general and professional audiences.

5400 Population Genetics

Prerequisite(s): BIO 2306 or equivalent.

Basic concepts and current research in population genetics. Topics covered include genetic variation in natural populations, evolutionary forces causing change in gene frequency, linkage disequilibrium, quantitative variation, and the genetics of speciation. (3-3) Fee: $50

5401 Microbial Ecology

Interactions and transformations of microorganisms in soil, air, and water. Emphasis on methodology and practical relationships of microorganisms in the environment. (2-6) Fee: $50

5402 Invertebrate Zoology

Diversity and phylogenic development of all non-vertebrate phyla. Current areas of research in invertebrate biology are examined. (3-3) Fee: $50

5403 Population Ecology

Prerequisite(s): BIO 3403 or equivalent; and BIO 5412 or MTH 2381 or STA 3381

Lectures, discussions, and field studies that illustrate basic concepts and current research in theoretical and applied population ecology. Topics include life tables, census techniques, single-species population and metapopulation dynamics, population regulation, population dynamics in competitive and predator/prey interactions, and the conservation of populations. Includes an independent research project. (3-3) Fee: $50

5404 Wetland Ecology and Management (Cross-listed as ENV 5404)

Prerequisite(s); BIO 3403 or equivalent.

Lecture, laboratory, and field studies of the ecology and management of North American wetland environments. Emphasis will be placed on the ecology of aquatic and wetland plants and their role in determining wetland structure and function. Overnight field trip required.

5405 Stream Ecology (Cross-listed as ENV 5405)

Physical, chemical and biological organization of streams. Topics include geomorphology and hydrology, water chemistry, ecosystem processes in streams, watershed-stream linkages, and bioassessment methods.

5407 Bioenergetics

Discussion and laboratory experiences on the processes, pathways, and rate of biological energy transformation. (2-6) Fee: $50

5408 Plankton Ecology

Prerequisite(s): BIO 3303 or equivalent; or consent of instructor.

Plankton comprise the most important community of oceans and most lakes. Their metabolism drives the global carbon cycle and supports global fisheries. We consider all plankton, but focus on the middle of the food web, i.e., the zooplankton as an intermediary between the phytoplankton producers and the fish consumers. The course has a strong hands-on component with experimental laboratory experiences.

5409 Cancer Biology (cross-listed as FCS 5365)

Pre-requisite(s): BIO 4306 or 4307 or 4308 or consent of the instructor.

Basic concepts and current research in cancer biology. Topics include the cell intrinsic regulation of growth control, the accumulation of mutations, and the cell biological and micro-environmental changes associated with cancer, as well as therapeutic strategies. Current literature is discussed.

5412 Biometrics

Prerequisite(s): MTH 1304 or equivalent.

Principles and methods for experimental design, quantitative analysis, and interpretation of biological data, including application of mainframe computer packages. (3-3) Fee: $50

5413 Advanced Ecological Data Analysis (Cross-listed as ENV 5413)

Prerequisite(s): BIO 5412 or equivalent.

Current approaches to analyzing and interpreting complex ecological data, particularly multivariate techniques relevant to community ecology and environmental assessment. Emphasis on integrative analysis strategies using techniques not typically available in statistics departments. Hands-on computer analysis of data sets.

5425 Molecular Ecology

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Basic concepts and current laboratory techniques in molecular ecology. Emphasis is on use of these skills in addressing basic and advanced ecological questions.

5V90 Special Problems 1 to 6 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Advanced work in biology. Subject and hours of credit agreed upon by student and professor prior to registration. For master’s and doctoral students. Fee: $50

5V99 Thesis 1 to 6 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): Consent of major professor.

Research, data analysis, writing, and oral defense of an approved master’s thesis. At least six hours of BIO 5V99 are required. Fee: $50

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