Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


UDM Academic Policies Course Descriptions List of All Programs Faculty
Biology Courses

BIO 1030 Environmental ScienceCredit Hours: 3

A topic-oriented course which examines the interrelated problems of population, food-supply and demand, pollution, and water resources. It is intended to provide the information required for making intelligent choices about issues that are scientific, social, political, and economic in nature. It fulfills Objective 3 of the University Core Curriculum, but may not be used for credit toward a major in Biology.
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BIO 1080 The Science of LifeCredit Hours: 3

The fundamental nature of biology as a science. Its scope and unique characteristics which provide the non-specialist with the background information needed to clearly and properly understand the major features of the life-related problems of today, and then put them into proper and meaningful perspective. This course serves as an experience for students with a secondary interest in science, fulfills Objective 3 of the University Core Curriculum, but cannot be used for credit toward a major in Biology.
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BIO 1200 General Biology ICredit Hours: 3

Introduction to biological phenomena designed to acquaint the student with biological principles and their applications to living systems. Emphasis is on structure and function at the molecular-cellular level of organization in plants and animals. Also includes an analysis of the basic principles of inheritance as seen in various living forms.
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BIO 1210 General Biology Laboratory ICredit Hours: 2

An introduction to the experimental nature of the science of biology. Laboratory exercises demonstrate physical, physiological and biochemical processes that are important to life. The diversity of life is explored by observing both living and prepared specimens from the Kingdoms Protista, Monera, Fungi, and Plantae and by correlating form with function.

Prerequisites:
BIO 1200 (Minimum Grade of C, May be taken concurrently)
Corequisites: BIO 1200

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BIO 1220 General Biology IICredit Hours: 3

A continuation of BIO 1200. The course is an introduction to biology at the organismal and population levels. Topics include physiology, embryology and development, ecology, evolution and animal behavior. BIO 1200 is not a pre-requisite.
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BIO 1230 General Biology Laboratory IICredit Hours: 2

Continuation of BIO 121 with laboratory exercises emphasizing evolution, population growth, survey of Kingdom Animalia, mammalian structure and function, and fundamentals of vertebrate embryology. BIO 121 is not a pre-requisite

Prerequisites:
BIO 1220 (Minimum Grade of C, May be taken concurrently)
Corequisites: BIO 1220

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BIO 2040 Applied NutritionCredit Hours: 3

Principles of normal nutrition, with emphasis on functions, requirements, sources, and deficiencies of nutrients in all stages of the life cycle. Weight control, energy balance and nutritional assessments are discussed.
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BIO 2200 Research Laboratory BasicsCredit Hours: 1

This one credit course is designed to introduce and enhance basic laboratory practices and methods to students that are interested in laboratory research within the College of Engineering and Science. In addition, it would serve as reinforcement for laboratory techniques that will be practiced in upper level science laboratory courses. This course is a pre-requisite for BIO 4920 (Laboratory Research).

Prerequisites:
BIO 1200 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
BIO 1210 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

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BIO 2300 Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology Lecture ICredit Hours: 3

Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology is designed to demonstrate the means through which the human body maintains homeostasis, an internal environment limited to the parameters necessary for life. This course is designed to provide students with a systemic overview of physiology through the integration of concepts previously developed in biology, chemistry, and physics courses. The lecture series is organized in a manner that demonstrates the interrelationships of organ systems with emphasis on recurrent concepts that underline basic homeostatic balance.
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BIO 2310 Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory ICredit Hours: 1

This introductory anatomy course provides health professional students with an understanding of both the structure and organization of the human body. This course may not be used for credit toward a major in Biology.
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BIO 2320 Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology Lecture IICredit Hours: 3

Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology is designed to demonstrate the means through which the human body maintains homeostasis, an internal environment limited to the parameters necessary for life. This course is designed to provide students with a systemic overview of physiology through the integration of concepts previously developed in biology, chemistry, and physics courses. The lecture series is organized in a manner that demonstrates the interrelationships of organ systems with emphasis on recurrent concepts that underline basic homeostatic balance.

Prerequisites:
BIO 2300 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)
Corequisites: BIO 2330

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BIO 2330 Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab IICredit Hours: 1

This introductory anatomy course provides health professional students with an understanding of both the structure and organization of the human body. This course may not be used for credit toward a major in Biology.

Prerequisites:
BIO 2310 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)
Corequisites: BIO 2320

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BIO 2410 General MicrobiologyCredit Hours: 3

Survey of public health microbiology: prokaryotes and eukaryotes, control of microorganisms, immunology, bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa; introduction to infectious disease. This course may not be used for credit toward a major in biology.

Prerequisites:
BIO 2550 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
CHM 1010 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) OR
CHM 1015 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)
Corequisites: BIO 2420

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BIO 2420 General Microbiology LaboratoryCredit Hours: 1

Experimental laboratory: handling, control, isolation and identification of microorganisms that are of interest to public health. This course may not be used for credit toward a major in Biology

Prerequisites:
BIO 2550 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
CHM 1010 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) OR
CHM 1015 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)
Corequisites: BIO 2410

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BIO 2540 Principles of Human AnatomyCredit Hours: 3

An introductory course, systematically investigating the structure and organization of the human body, specifically designed for health professions. This course may not be used for credit toward a major in Biology.
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BIO 2550 Principles of Human PhysiologyCredit Hours: 3

The relationship of organ systems in the overall maintenance of normal human function as it pertains to health professions. The laboratory is designed to investigate the clinical aspects of human physiology. This course may not be used for credit toward a major in Biology.

Prerequisites:
BIO 2540 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

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BIO 2570 Principles of Human Anatomy LaboratoryCredit Hours: 1

Complementary laboratory to BIO 254, following the systemic investigation of human anatomy for health professionals. This course may not be used for credit toward a major in Biology.
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BIO 2600 Comparative Vertebrate AnatomyCredit Hours: 3

Structural and physiological adaptations that have evolved among vertebrates, which permit them to live in various kinds of habitats. Special emphasis is placed on the evolution and diversity of organ systems.

Prerequisites:
BIO 1200 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
BIO 1220 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)
Corequisites: BIO 2610

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BIO 2610 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy LaboratoryCredit Hours: 2

Detailed study of slides and other demonstration material, together with dissection of selected vertebrate types.

Prerequisites:
BIO 1200 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
BIO 1220 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)
Corequisites: BIO 2600

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BIO 2700 GeneticsCredit Hours: 3

The study of heredity. The course covers Mendelian genetics, molecular and biochemical genetics, quantitative inheritance and population genetics.

Prerequisites:
BIO 1200 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
BIO 1220 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

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BIO 2710 Genetics LaboratoryCredit Hours: 2

An experimental laboratory course designed to employ valuable techniques which are unique to the science and illustrate principles presented in BIO 2700 Genetics.

Prerequisites:
BIO 2700 (Minimum Grade of C, May be taken concurrently)

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BIO 2800 Invertebrate ZoologyCredit Hours: 3

Invertebrate animals significantly impact human society through their pivotal role in the environment and their relationship to our health and economy. An evolutionary adaptive perspective of the major invertebrate phyla is used to focus on the ecological, medical, industrial and scientific relevance of animals without backbones.

Prerequisites:
BIO 1200 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
BIO 1210 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
BIO 1220 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
BIO 1230 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

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BIO 2810 Invertebrate Zoology LaboratoryCredit Hours: 2

Invertebrate animals are phylogenetical investigated on an organismal, histological, and behavioral level. This course complements the lecture course, BIO 2800, placing emphasis on those groups significantly impacting humans.

Prerequisites:
BIO 2800 (Minimum Grade of C, May be taken concurrently)

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BIO 2840 Animal BehaviorCredit Hours: 3

Animal behavior is the study of the evolution of behavior. The course focuses on the genetic, physiological and ecological basis of behavior. Topics include courtship behavior, foraging behavior, social behavior, migration, learning, aggression, and altruistic behavior.

Prerequisites:
BIO 1200 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
BIO 1220 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

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BIO 2850 Animal Behavior LaboratoryCredit Hours: 2

Observations of animal behaviors discussed in Lecture BIO 285.
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BIO 2900 BiostatisticsCredit Hours: 3

A stochastical and numerical analysis of biological data. Topics include parametric tests, non-parametric tests and basic concepts in experimental design.

Prerequisites:
BIO 1200 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
BIO 1220 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
MTH 1400 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

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BIO 3400 Cancer BiologyCredit Hours: 3

Cancer biology is designed to acquaint the student with the development and treatment of neoplasms. The course will focus on the cellular and molecular level of cancer as well as will provide the student with an understanding of how to interpret current scientific literature that pertains to cancer.

Prerequisites:
BIO 1200 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
BIO 1220 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
BIO 2700 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

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BIO 3500 HistologyCredit Hours: 3

Descriptive analysis of mammalian tissue and organ morphology. Special emphasis is placed on the correlation of structure with function as seen in the human.
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BIO 3510 Histology LaboratoryCredit Hours: 2

Comprehensive study of microscope slides which illustrate the tissues and organs discussed in BIO 350.

Prerequisites:
BIO 2610 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
BIO 2600 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)
Corequisites: BIO 3500

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BIO 3650 Human AnatomyCredit Hours: 3

An in-depth analysis of the major areas of gross human structure that builds upon the fundamentals of mammalian anatomy as learned previously in BIO 2600.

Prerequisites:
BIO 2600 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
BIO 2610 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)
Corequisites: BIO 3660

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BIO 3660 Human Anatomy LaboratoryCredit Hours: 1

Demonstrative laboratory that correlates topics discussed in BIO 365 on a microscopic and gross level using microscopy and prosections, respectively.

Prerequisites:
BIO 2600 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
BIO 2610 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)
Corequisites: BIO 3650

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BIO 3700 EmbryologyCredit Hours: 3

Comparative chordate embryology with examples drawn from the development of the frog, chick and pig.The emphasis is on understanding how events at the level of the gene lead to the formation of organs and systems.

Prerequisites:
BIO 2600 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
BIO 2700 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

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BIO 3710 Embryology LaboratoryCredit Hours: 2

Microscope study of slides together with experiments which are illustrative of the material discussed in BIO 370.

Prerequisites:
BIO 3700 (Minimum Grade of C, May be taken concurrently)
Corequisites: BIO 3700

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BIO 3750 Human GeneticsCredit Hours: 3

Course topics include Mendelian inheritance in man, chromosomal aberrations, mutation, polygenic inheritance, studies of the human genome, probability and genetic counseling.

Prerequisites:
BIO 1200 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
BIO 1220 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

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BIO 4200 EvolutionCredit Hours: 3

A discussion of organic evolution. Evidence of evolution, mechanisms driving evolution, population genetics, and forces causing biological diversity are emphasized.

Prerequisites:
BIO 1200 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
BIO 1220 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
BIO 2700 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

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BIO 4210 MicrobiologyCredit Hours: 3

The biology of microorganisms: microbial cell structure, growth and reproduction, virology, molecular genetics, plasmids, transposons, microbial ecology, food microbiology, infectious disease, and industrial microbiology.

Prerequisites:
BIO 1200 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
BIO 1220 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
CHM 2250 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
CHM 2260 (Minimum Grade of C, May be taken concurrently) OR
CHM 2300 (Minimum Grade of C, May be taken concurrently)

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BIO 4220 Microbiology LaboratoryCredit Hours: 2

An experimental laboratory course designed to employ valuable techniques which are unique to the science and illustrate principles presented in BIO 421.

Prerequisites:
BIO 4210 (Minimum Grade of C, May be taken concurrently)
Corequisites: BIO 4210

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BIO 4250 ImmunologyCredit Hours: 3

A study of the immune system and immune responses.Topics include: antigens, antibodies, complement, antigen-antibody reactions, monoclonal antibodies, immunogenetics, cell mediated immunity, immune modulation, allergy, autoimmunity, immune proliferation and deficiency diseases, immunity to infection and transplantation, tumor immunology, immunity and cancer.

Prerequisites:
BIO 1200 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
BIO 1220 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
CHM 2250 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
CHM 2260 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) OR
CHM 2300 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

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BIO 4410 Public Health MicrobiologyCredit Hours: 3

A survey of bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites that cause infectious disease. Subjects include host symptoms, isolation and identification of microorganisms, and mechanisms of pathogenesis.

Prerequisites:
BIO 1200 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
BIO 1220 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
CHM 2250 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
CHM 2260 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

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BIO 4480 EcologyCredit Hours: 3

An overview of the biological, chemical, and physical processes found in ecosystems. Also included are factors affecting biological population structures, interactions and evolution.

Prerequisites:
BIO 1200 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently) AND
BIO 1220 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently) AND
CHM 1070 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently) AND
CHM 1080 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
MTH 1400 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

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BIO 4490 Ecology LaboratoryCredit Hours: 2

A laboratory course designed to augment the principles discussed in BIO 4480. Ecological concepts are illustrated by experimentation and analysis of data.

Prerequisites:
BIO 2900 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)
Corequisites: BIO 4480

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BIO 4510 Plant Form and FunctionCredit Hours: 3

An introduction to the form and function found in the Kingdom Plantae. Topics include photosynthesis, water relations, morphogenesis, plant growth and development. A brief overview of the major taxonomic groups of plants, as it relates to morphology and development, is also presented.

Prerequisites:
CHM 2250 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
CHM 2260 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

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BIO 4520 Plant Form and Function LaboratoryCredit Hours: 2

A set of laboratory exercises designed to introduce students to the anatomy and physiology of plants.

Prerequisites:
BIO 4510 (Minimum Grade of D, May be taken concurrently)
Corequisites: BIO 4510

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BIO 4580 Plant Developmental BiologyCredit Hours: 3

An advanced lecture and readings course that covers topics in plant development that are under active scientific investigation. Topics covered include pattern formation, flower induction, reproductive organ development, gametogenesis, pollination, self-incompatibility, fertilization, and embryogenesis.

Prerequisites:
BIO 4740 (Minimum Grade of D, May be taken concurrently)

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BIO 4630 PhysiologyCredit Hours: 3

An analysis of the specific contribution of each human organ system toward the maintenance of a stable internal environment. The integration of these contributions is used to understand the concepts of homeostasis and its alteration in disease states

Prerequisites:
BIO 2600 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
BIO 2610 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) OR
DENT 1000 (Minimum Grade of P, May not be taken concurrently) OR
PAS 1010 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

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BIO 4640 Physiology LaboratoryCredit Hours: 2

Demonstration of physiological topics discussed in BIO 463 with emphasis on animal model systems that explore concepts in experimental design.

Prerequisites:
BIO 4630 (Minimum Grade of D, May be taken concurrently)
Corequisites: BIO 4630

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BIO 4740 Cell and Molecular BiologyCredit Hours: 3

An examination of basic concepts and experimental methodologies of cellular and molecular biology. Lecture presentations examine how genes work, proteins function, and study membrane structure and function. The course emphasizes cell interactions.

Prerequisites:
BIO 2700 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

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BIO 4750 Cell and Molecular Biology LaboratoryCredit Hours: 2

Exercises demonstrating basic principles of biochemistry and cytochemistry used to investigate cellular organelles and their physiology. Included is an introduction to current molecular biology techniques and procedures.

Prerequisites:
BIO 4740 (Minimum Grade of D, May be taken concurrently)
Corequisites: BIO 4740

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BIO 4801 Advanced Human Anatomy for Pre-Professional StudentsCredit Hours: 3

A systemic-approach to the anatomy of the human body with an emphasis on advanced and clinical correlations that are relevant to students in professional health care programs, specifically designed for students pursuing graduate professional programs in the medical, dental and health professional field.

Prerequisites:
BIO 1200 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
BIO 1220 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

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BIO 4820 HerpetologyCredit Hours: 3

Vertebrates at the cross roads: The study of amphibians and reptiles. Their structural and functional characteristics; origin and phylogenetic relationships; geographical distribution; moisture, temperature, and food variables; color and color changes; reproductive adaptations; birds as feathered reptiles. The extant amphibians and reptiles, their interactions with humankind, and their future on a fast-changing planet.
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BIO 4900 Directed Studies: Library ResearchCredit Hours: 1

Open only to Biology majors with junior status; registration only by arrangement with the department chair and the permission of the dean of the College. Directed readings in various specialized branches of biology. Papers, oral reports, and examinations are required as evidence of work completed.

Prerequisites:
BIO 1200 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
BIO 1220 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

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BIO 4920 Directed Studies: Laboratory ResearchCredit Hours: 1

Open only to Biology majors with junior status; registration only by arrangement with the department chair and with the permission of the dean of the College. Independent laboratory studies. Research projects are conducted under the supervision of department faculty.

Prerequisites:
BIO 2200 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

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BIO 4980 PathophysiologyCredit Hours: 3

Introductory study of the alteration of physiologic mechanisms responsible for disease. Emphasis is placed on pathogenesis, focusing on morphologic and physiologic manifestations, as well as the rationale of specific disease therapies. The course is designed for pre-professional students.

Prerequisites:
BIO 2600 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
BIO 4630 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

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BIO 4990 Biology and Social IssuesCredit Hours: 3

An examination of the effect of science on society and of social attitudes on the practice of science. The course is required of all biology majors during their final year. Open only to Biology majors with senior status.

Prerequisites:
BIO 1200 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently) AND
BIO 1220 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

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