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Graduate Program

Graduate Course Descriptions

BIOL 5101: Univariate Statistical Methods in Biology - A critical evaluation of statistical analysis as applied in the biological sciences. Approaches to experimental design will be discussed, and univariate statistical methods will be reviewed with an emphasis on current applications in ecology and systematics. Course fee $10.

BIOL 5102: Multivariate Statistical Methods in Biology - A continuation of BIOL 5101. A critical evaluation of multivariate statistical analyses as applied in the biological sciences. Basic properties of multivariate normal distributions and analyses will be reviewed with an emphasis on current applications in ecology and systematics. Course fee $10.

BIOL 5302: Cell and Molecular Biology - Regulatory processes of cellular activities. Emphasis on genetic regulation; membranes and transport, replication and cell cycle, and cell signaling. Co-requisite: BIOL 5103; Prerequisites: BIOL 3332/3133; BIOL3334/3134; CHEM 4334/4135 orequivalent. Course fees pending.

BIOL 5103: Cell and Molecular Biology Lab - Advanced techniques for the study of the cellular and molecular basis of biology. Emphasis on genomic and proteomic analysis of cells. Co-requisite:BIOL 5302; Prerequisites: BIOL3332/3133; BIOL3334/3134; CHEM4334/4135 or equivalent. Course fees pending.

BIOL 5304: Biogeography - Study of flora and fauna of the world and factors affecting their distribution. Course fee $10.

BIOL 5330: Herpetology - The study of the diversity of amphibians and reptiles including their evolution and distributions. Also covered will be their physiology, ecology and conservation. Field trips will be required. Course fee $10.

BIOL 5131: Herpetology Laboratory - Laboratory examination of the diversity of amphibians and reptiles. Study of the anatomy and physiology of amphibians and reptiles and ecological and behavioral experiments. Course fee $10. Laboratory fee $5. Incidental Equipment fee $50.

BIOL 5331: Entomology - Physiology, morphology, life history, and control of insects. Course fee $10.

BIOL 5132: Entomology Laboratory - Systematics and taxonomy of insects and related forms with emphasis on collection and identification. Course fee $10. Laboratory fee $5. Incidental Equipment fee $50.

BIOL 5333: Landscape Ecology - An introduction to the study of large-scale ecological patterns and processes. Course will emphasize how spatial complexity emerges and is maintained in ecological systems, the analysis of spatial pattern, scaling issues, the ecologicalc onsequences of spatial pattern and applications for conservation and ecosystem management. Course fee $10.

BIOL 5133: Landscape Ecology Laboratory - An introduction to the analysis of landscape structure. Computer modelling will be used to examine spatial pattern including defining elements of pattern, connectedness, fractal geometry, and percolating networks. Course fee $5. Laboratory fee $5. Equipment fee $50.

BIOL 5340: Ornithology - The origin, taxonomy, distribution and a natural history of birds. Prerequisite: BIOL 4335-4136 or consent of instructor. Course fee $10.

BIOL 5141: Ornithology Laboratory - Anatomy, field identification, and methods of study of birds. Prerequisite: BIOL 4335-4136 or consent of instructor. Course fee $10. Laboratory fee $5. Incidental Equipment fee $50.

BIOL 5661: Field Biology - A field course emphasizing the identification, ecology, life histories, and behavior of organisms under natural conditions (summers only). Course fee $10.

BIOL 5366: Phylogenetic Systematics - An introduction to the methods and underlying theory of phylogenetic analysis. Course will review the historical development of phylogenetic systematics and then focus on use of maximum parsimony and maximum likelihood methods in determining evolutionary relationships. Applications of phylogenetic information will be discussed. Course fee $10.

BIOL 5380: Topics in Advanced Biology - Topics to be selected include microbial physiology, microbial anatomy, general virology, terrestrial ecology, evolution, invertebrate zoology, vertebrate zoology, botany, and immunology. Topics differ according to interest and needs of the student. May be repeated once for credit when content changes. Course fee $10.

BIOL 5181: Topics in Advanced Biology Laboratory - Laboratory work selected to correlate with the subjects covered in BIOL 5380. May be repeated once for credit when content changes. Course fee $10. Laboratory fee $5. Incidental Equipment fee $50.

BIOL 5384: Evolutionary Genetics - A synthesis and development of the fundamental concepts related to biochemical and population genetics including such topics as mechanism of gene action, genetic control of cellular activities, gene-enzyme relations, inborn errors in metabolism, genetic equilibrium in populations, mutations, allelic variation, selection, and evolution. Prerequisite: One course in genetics. Course fee $10.

BIOL 5185: Evolutionary Genetics Laboratory - Classic and fundamental genetic experiments to demonstrate such genetic concepts as inheritance of single recessive traits, phenotypic and genotypic frequencies, spontaneous mutation, selection, recombination, and in-breeding. Course fee $10. Laboratory fee $5. Incidental Equipment fee $50.

BIOL 5390: Ethoecology - The biological basis of animal behavior. Topics to be studied include fixed action patterns, dominance, conflict behavior, and phylogeny and ontogeny of behavior, genetics and ecology of behavior. Course fee $10.

BIOL 5191: Ethoecology Laboratory - Experiments designed to illustrate principles of dominance, territorial defense, and genetic patterns of behavior. Course fee $10. Laboratory fee $5. Incidental Equipment fee $50.

BIOL 5192: Experimental Methods in Biology - Theory and criticism of commonly used research designs in the biochemical sciences, including analysis and interpretation of biological observations. Various strengths and weaknesses of certain experimental designs are examined. Course fee $10.

BIOL 5193: Graduate Seminar in Biology - Discussion and presentations by faculty and students on various up-to-date topics in biology. May be repeated once for credit.

BIOL 5394: Biological Research - Emphasis on proposal writing and research in biology. May be repeated once for credit if topic varies. Requisite: approval by chair of thesis committee. Course fee $10.

BIOL 5395: Thesis - Selection of a research topic and development of a thesis plan. Incidental Equipment fee $50.

BIOL 5396: Thesis - Completion and approval of thesis. Prerequisite: BIOL 5395 or concurrent enrollment. Incidental Equipment fee $50.

BIOL 5199 - 5399: Independent Study - Independent study in specific areas of biology not covered by organized graduate courses. A maximum of six credit hours of independent study courses may be applied toward a graduate degree. Prerequisite: Consent of department chair.

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