Pre-Medicine/Cell and Molecular Biology Course Descriptions 2016-2017


BIOL 313 Cell and Genetics Laboratory 2 credits
An introduction to experimentation and laboratory techniques used in cell biology, physiology, and genetics, including experimental design, data analysis, and presentation of research results.

Prerequisite or corequisite: BIOL 312.

BIOL 317 Genome Analysis (with laboratory) 3 credits
This course introduces students to the appropriate mathematical techniques to answer questions about information contained in genetic sequences. These techniques may include dynamic programming, motif similarity, Bayesian models, hidden Markov models, principal component analysis, and clustering. Students use standard genome query tools to annotate genomic DNA. BIOL 317 and MATH 317 cannot both be taken for credit.

Prerequisites: BIOL 312 and MATH 213.

BIOL 342 Microbiology (with laboratory) 4 credits
An introduction to microbial morphology, identification, physiology, genetics, and microbiology laboratory techniques. A brief consideration is given to fungi.

Prerequisites: Biology Nucleus.

BIOL 362 Evolution 3 credits
This course provides a comprehensive overview of evolutionary processes, mechanisms, and analytical techniques. Topics include population genetics, conservation genetics, phylogenetic analysis, adaptation, behavioral evolution, sexual selection, and speciation. Evolutionary perspectives in human health and medicine, conservation biology, agriculture, natural resource management, biotechnology, global change, and emerging diseases are considered.

Prerequisites: BIOL 312; or ENVS 350, ENVS 370, ENVS 390, and either BIOL 151 or Both BIOL 130 and BIOL 135; or instructor permission.

BIOL 372 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (with laboratory) 4 credits
An introduction to regulatory mechanisms which maintain normal body function. Specific topics include cytology, histology, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous system. The course is designed for allied health and exercise and sport science students.

Prerequisites: BIOL 150; CHEM 231 or CHEM 111.

BIOL 373 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (with laboratory) 4 credits
A continuation of BIOL 372 Human Anatomy and Physiology I. Specific topics include immunology, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, digestive system, excretory system, reproductive system, and endocrine system.

Prerequisite: BIOL 372.

BIOL 420 Molecular Biology (with laboratory) 4 credits
A study of the molecular mechanisms by which cellular processes are controlled in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Topics include the biochemistry of macromolecular processes, the structure of genes and chromosomes, the genetic and molecular techniques used to study gene expression, and the transcriptional and translational control of gene expression. The laboratory includes recombinant DNA techniques to manipulate the genome of a model organism.

Prerequisites: BIOL 312 and CHEM 471.

BIOL 454 Developmental Biology (with laboratory) 4 credits
An examination of the embryology of vertebrates, stressing mammalian embryonic development and comparisons with amphibians, reptiles, and birds.

Prerequisite: BIOL 312.

BIOL 474 Comparative Animal Physiology (with laboratory) 4 credits
An analysis of function in invertebrates and vertebrates, utilizing an environmental approach and emphasizing evolutionary trends in
physiological systems.

Prerequisites: Biology Nucleus and PHYS 140 or PHYS 170 or PHYS 200.

BIOL 495 Senior Seminar 1 credit
An examination of biological subdisciplines through an investigation of the primary literature. The professional practices, procedures, and standards of the subdiscipline are discussed. This course may be repeated for credit and must be taken twice to fulfill the capstone course requirement. Graded Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory only.

Prerequisites: Biology Nucleus and MATH 213.

BIOL 496 Senior Thesis 2-4 credits
An advanced research experience resulting in a Senior Thesis, supervised by a thesis committee of three faculty members including at least one biologist. A proposal of the project must be approved by the thesis committee prior to project initiation. In addition to completing the written thesis, students must present the results of their work in a departmental seminar. This course satisfies the capstone course requirement. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only.

Prerequisites: Biology Nucleus, and MATH 213.