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Graduate courses

BIOL 507 Principles of Molecular Biology

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Molecular aspects of structure and function of nucleic acids and proteins, including recombinant DNA research. Prokaryotic and eukaryotic molecular biology are given equal weight.
  • Prerequisites: BIOL-K 322, CHEM-C 342, or Consent of instructor

BIOL 516 Molecular Biology of Cancer

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: A detailed course examining the molecular mechanisms controlling the growth of animal cells. Emphasis on current experimental approaches to defining the molecular basis of growth regulation in developing systems and the uncontrolled proliferation of cells in metabolic disorders, such as cancer.
  • Prerequisites: CHEM-C 342, BIOL-K 322 or a course in biochemistry

BIOL 530 Introductory Virology

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Detection, titration, and chemistry of viruses; viral host interactions: bacteriophage-bacterium, animal virus-animal cell, plant virus-plant cell; tumor viruses: infection and transformation.
  • Prerequisites: BIOL-K 356, CHEM-C 342

BIOL 540 Topics in Biotechnology

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Examines research techniques and applications for several technologies situated at currently recognized biological frontiers, including recombinant DNA technology, hybridoma technology, protein engineering, agricultural research, and microbiological engineering.
  • Prerequisites: BIOL-K 322 and CHEM C341, or Consent of instructor.

BIOL 548 Techniques in Biotechnology

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Laboratory experience in techniques applicable to biotechnology: protein chemistry, molecular biology, and immunology.
  • Prerequisites: BIOL-K 322, CHEM-C 342, or Consent of instructor.

BIOL 550 Plant Molecular Biology

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: A comprehensive study of plant molecular biology and plant molecular genetics. Topics will include the structure and expression of plant nuclear, chloroplast, and mitochondrial genomes, and plant viruses.
  • Prerequisites: BIOL-K 322, CHEM-C 341, or Consent of instructor

BIOL 556 Physiology I

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Principles of physiology: nerve and muscle, temperature regulation, ion and water balance.
  • Prerequisites: BIOL-K 103, CHEM-C 342.

BIOL 557 Physiology II

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: A study of human cardiovascular, pulmonary, blood, and gastrointestinal systems. Higher neuronal functions and intersystem interactions will be discussed.
  • Prerequisites: BIOL-K 556 or Consent of instructor.

BIOL 559 Endocrinology

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: The study of hormone function. Consideration will be given to the role of hormones in growth, development, metabolism, homeostasis, and reproduction.
  • Prerequisites: BIOL 556 or equivalent, and CHEM-C 342.

BIOL 561 Immunology

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Introduction to basic principles and experimentation in cellular and humoral immunology.
  • Prerequisites: BIOL-K 103, CHEM-C 341

BIOL 564 Molecular Genetics of Development

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Examines how key regulatory genes and molecular signaling pathways regulate development in both lower eukaryotic organisms and mammalian organ systems, with emphasis on the function and evolution of signaling molecules and transcription factor superfamilies.
  • Prerequisites: BIOL-K 322 or similar or consent of instructor. R: BIOL 566.

BIOL 566 Developmental Biology

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Principles of animal development. The emphasis is on concepts and underlying mechanisms of developing and regenerating systems and stem cell properties, including molecular and biochemical approaches.
  • Prerequisites: BIOL-K 322

BIOL 568 Regenerative Biology and Medicine

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: This course examines the mechanisms of natural regeneration (regenerative biology) and the application of these mechanisms to the development of therapies to restore tissues damaged by injury or disease (regenerative medicine).
  • Prerequisites: BIOL-K 324 or BIOL-K 331 or a Biochemistry course

BIOL 570 Biological Membranes

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: An examination of structure and function of biological membranes. Topics include lipid and protein composition and interactions, physiological properties of membranes, physiological methods of analysis, model membrane systems, and survey of specific biological membranes and their modes of action.
  • Prerequisites: CHEM-C 342 or Consent of instructor.

BIOL 571 Developmental Neurobiology

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: The major phases of nervous system development beginning with neurolation and neurogenesis and ending with the onset of physiological activity will be studied in a variety of animals, mainly avians and mammals (including man). Neural developmental disorders and behavioral ontogeny will also be considered.
  • Prerequisites: Consent of instructor

BIOL 595 Special Assignments

  • Credit Hours: 3-Jan
  • Course Summary: Special work, such as directed reading, independent study or research, supervised library, laboratory or fieldwork, or presentation of material not available in the formal courses of the department.
  • Prerequisites: Consent of instructor

BIOL 696 Seminar

Credit Hours: 1

Course Summary: Each semester there are several separate offerings. They will likely be on the following topics: biochemistry, biology teaching, ecology and population biology, genetics, mechanisms of development, microbiology, neurobiology, and plant physiology. Oral presentations required.

Additional Information: May be repeated for credit.

BIOL 697 Special Topics

  • Credit Hours: 3-Jan
  • Course Summary: The frontiers of biology. Critical examination of developments in the various specialties represented by the members of the department. Currently, advanced work in the following and related fields can be offered: molecular genetics; structure and biosynthesis of biologically significant molecules; the nature of biological specificity and enzyme catalysis; the fine structure and chemistry of subcellular particles, cells, and tissues; microbial and plant metabolism; comparative biochemistry; genetics and physiology of viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, helminths, and cells of higher forms of life; the genetics, structure, development, and physiology of plants and animals, including endocrinology and work physiology; excitable membranes; neurobiology, ecology, systematics, and evolution of microorganisms, plants, and animals; host-parasite relationships including immunology; and the teaching of biology.
  • Additional Information: The field in which work is offered will be indicated in the student's record. May be repeated for credit.

BIOL 698 Research M.S. Thesis

  • Credit Hours: arranged
  • Course Summary: Formal research on M.S. Thesis supervised by the faculty advisor.

BIOL 699 Research Ph.D. Thesis

  • Credit Hours: arranged
  • Course Summary: Formal research on Ph.D. Thesis supervised by the faculty advisor.

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