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Biology

BIOL 1400 - INTRODUCTION TO LIFE SCIENCES (4 Credits)

Life processes, principles and forms, emphasizing application to everyday things; laboratory exercises stressing investigative techniques. Credit for this course and BIOL 1401 and/or BIOL 1402 may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Completion of pre-college mathematics and pre-college English requirements or satisfactory score on admission placement assessments. Fee: $30. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

BIOL 1401 - GENERAL BIOLOGY I (4 Credits)

Life processes as they occur in all living organisms, concentrating on the chemical and cellular basis of life. Includes metabolic activities, molecular and cellular principles of inheritance and microevolution. Six lecture or laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor required for non-science majors or minors. Completion of pre-college algebra and pre-college English requirements or satisfactory score on admission or placement assessment. Fee: $30. Offered: Spring.

BIOL 1402 - GENERAL BIOLOGY II (4 Credits)

Life processes as they occur in all living organisms, concentrating on macroevolution, organisms, and ecology. Includes systematics of living organisms, emphasizing the evolutionary basis of structural and functional adaptations. Interactions between organisms and the environment are stressed. Six lecture or laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor required for non-science majors or minors. Completion of pre-college algebra and pre-college English requirements or satisfactory score on admission or placement assessments. Fee: $30. Offered: Fall.

BIOL 1410 - ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (4 Credits)

Interdisciplinary study of interactions between humans and the environment, emphasizing scientific principles as the basis for understanding environmental issues involving living organisms, air, land, and water; includes ecology of populations and ecosystems, impacts of agricultural and urban development, use of natural resources and energy, and issues of sustainability pollution, and global climate change. This course does not count toward biology major or minor. Six lecture or laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: Completion of pre-college mathematics and pre-college English requirements or satisfactory score on admission or placement assessments. Fee: $30. Offered: Spring.

BIOL 1421 - GENERAL HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (4 Credits)

Fundamental life processes at the elementary level as they occur in the human being; meets requirements for social work, pre-nursing, exercise and sports science, and communication and learning disorders students. This course does not count toward biology major or minor. Six lecture or laboratory hours per week TCCN: BIOL 2401). Fee: $30. Offered: Fall.

BIOL 1422 - GENERAL HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II (4 Credits)

A continuation of BIOL 1421. Six lecture or laboratory hours per week [TCCN: BIOL 2402] Fee $30. Offered: Spring.

BIOL 2190-2690 SELECTED ISSUES IN BIOLOGY (1-6 Credits)

Introduction to specialized topic(s) chosen by instructor. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Fee: $40 (when applicable).

BIOL 2300 - INTRODUCTION TO EVOLUTION (3 Credits)

Introduction to the theory of natural selection and its consequences for microevolution and macroevolution. Topics covered include co-evolution, sexual selection, group selection. There is extensive discussion of differences between creationism/intelligent design and theories about evolution, with an emphasis on the definition and characteristics of science.

BIOL 2400 - INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY (4 Credits)

Survey of invertebrate animals, focusing on the major adaptations that have led to the diverse phyla found among species. Particular emphasis will be placed on the relationship between form and function. Six lecture or laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BIOL 1401, BIOL 1402 or equivalents. Fee: $40. Offered: Fall of odd-numbered years.

BIOL 2430 - MOLECULAR CELLULAR BIOLOGY (4 Credits)

An overview of cellular biology and molecular biology and an introduction to molecular genetics (with focus on the molecular basis of the relationship between genotype and phenotype). Laboratory exercises will use biotechnological methods and will require inquiry-based approaches, troubleshooting, and analyzing experimental data. CHEM 1401 or CHEM 1400 is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. Six lecture or laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BIOL 1401 (General Biology I - Introducing cellular and molecular concepts, evolution, and biochemistry); MATH 1304 (College Algebra). Fee: $40. Offered: Fall.

BIOL 2492 - ORGAN PHYSIOLOGY (4 Credits)

Physiological processes at the organ level; basic functional phenomena in living organisms demonstrated in studies of the human body by use of modern instrumentation. Six lecture or laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BIOL 1401, BIOL 1402 or equivalents. Fee: $40. Offered: Fall and Spring of odd-numbered years.

BIOL 3310 - DRUGS AND THE BODY: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT DRUGS (3 Credits)

General principles of drug action in humans, emphasizing how drugs and other chemicals produce their beneficial and adverse effects, drug dependence and abuse, and a survey of some of the major classes of prescription and nonprescription drugs. Credit for this course will not fulfill Biology major requirements. May be used for biology minors. Prerequisites: Advanced standing or consent of the instructor. Offered: Summer.

BIOL 3400 - HUMAN HEREDITY (4 Credits)

Study of patterns of transmission for inherited traits in the human population. Spans reproductive biology, classical genetics, and modern technological application with attention to concepts and controversies. Six lecture or laboratory hours per week. Fulfills Content Competence ll for non-biology majors. May be used for biology minors. Prerequisites: Advanced standing or consent of the instructor. Fee: $40

BIOL 3413 - VASCULAR PLANTS (4 Credits)

Anatomy of vascular plants; physiology including photosynthesis, trans-location and regulation of growth; ecological adaptations and evolutionary relationships. Six lecture or laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BIOL 1401, BIOL 1402 or equivalents. Fee: $40. Offered: Spring of odd-numbered years.

BIOL 3422 - COMPARATIVE ANATOMY VERTEBRATES (4 Credits)

Comparative anatomy of selected types of vertebrates with emphasis on fish, amphibian and mammal. Six lecture or laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite BIOL 1401, BIOL 1402; junior standing or consent of instructor. Fee: $40. Offered: Fall and Spring of even-numbered years.

BIOL 3441 - GENERAL ECOLOGY (4 Credits)

Interrelations of plants and animals and the physical environment; dynamic balance in communities, development and organization of population and principles of conservation of biological resources. Six lecture or laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BIOL 1401, BIOL 1402 or equivalents, junior standing or consent of instructor. Fee: $40. Offered: Every Fall and Spring of even-numbered years.

BIOL 3442 - MARINE BIOLOGY (4 Credits)

A survey of organisms and their adaptations to the marine environment, including those of protistans, plants and animals; physical and chemical characteristics of the deep oceans and near shore areas; laboratory and field exercises emphasizing Texas barrier island ecosystems. Six lecture or laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BIOL 1401, BIOL 1402, junior standing or consent of instructor. Fee: $40. Offered: Fall of odd-numbered years.

BIOL 3443 - AQUATIC BIOLOGY (4 Credits)

Organisms and freshwater ecosystems; physical, chemical and biological components of lakes and streams; impacts of human activities on aquatic environments. Six lecture or laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BIOL 1401, BIOL 1402, junior standing or consent of instructor. Fee: $40. Offered: Spring of even-numbered years.

BIOL 3450 - ENVIRONMENTAL TOXICOLOGY (4 Credits)

Toxic compounds in the natural environment; sources, toxic action,monitoring and remediation. Absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination of toxic compounds in living systems. Six lecture or laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BIOL 1401, BIOL 1402, CHEM 1401, CHEM 1402, junior standing or consent of instructor. Fee: $40.

BIOL 3462 - GENETICS (4 Credits)

Principles and theories of heredity in their relation to organic life. Six lecture or laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BIOL 1401, BIOL 1402, CHEM 1401, CHEM 1402 and MATH 1304 or MATH 1411. Fee: $40. Offered: Fall.

BIOL 3463 - BIOLOGY OF REPRODUCTION (4 Credits)

Survey of reproductive strategies, behavior, and physiological mechanisms, including biotechnological advances that result in successful reproduction among plants and animals with emphasis on vertebrates. Six lecture and/or laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BIOL 1401, BIOL 1402, or equivalent and junior standing. Fee: $40. Offered: Fall of even-numbered years.

BIOL 3465 - EVOLUTION (4 Credits)

Introduction to the theory of natural selection and its consequences for microevolution and macroevolution. Topics covered include population genetics, co-evolution, sexual selection, and group selection. Six lecture or laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BIOL 1401, BIOL 1402, or equivalent. Fee: $40. Offered: Spring of odd-numbered years.

BIOL 3481 - GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY (4 Credits)

Bacteria and other microorganisms, their morphology, taxonomy, ecology, physiology and pathogenesis; various types of media and staining techniques used for identification. Six lecture or laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BIOL 1401, BIOL 1402, CHEM 1401, CHEM 1402, or consent of instructor. Fee: $40. Offered: Spring.

BIOL 4180-4480 SELECTED TOPICS IN BIOLOGY (1-4 Credits)

Intensive study of a specified subject. May be repeated to a maximum of four semester hours when topics vary, but not more than six semester hours may be earned in a combination of BIOL 4180-BIOL 4480 and BIOL 5101-BIOL 5401. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Fee: $40 (when applicable).

BIOL 4421 - DEVELOPMENT BIOLOGY (4 Credits)

Principal features of development in sexually reproducing organisms and their underlying molecular mechanisms; laboratories include descriptive and experimental investigations. Six lecture or laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BIOL 1401, BIOL 1402, BIOL 3462 Fee: $40.

BIOL 4423 - MICROSCOPIC ANATOMY (4 Credits)

Morphology of mammalian cells, tissues and organs studied at the microscopic level, emphasizing relationships between structure and function. Six lecture or laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BIOL 1401, BIOL 1402. Fee: $40. Offered: Fall of even-numbered years.

BIOL 4481 - RESEARCH AND WRITING (4 Credits)

Methodology and philosophy involved in design of biological research projects. Statistical inference, research design, background research, interpretation of scientific papers, data presentation, and scientific writing. Prepares students to conduct independent research projects and to write technical documents (e.g., grant proposals, scientific reviews, professional reports) in the biological sciences. Satisfies requirement for integrative summative experience in biology. Prerequisites: 24 semester hours of biology. Fee: $40. Offered: Spring.

BIOL 4490 - ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE INTERNSHIP (4 Credits)

Faculty supervised off-campus training in cooperating firms and government agencies. Research and written reports required. Prerequisites: Senior standing; completion of at least 40 semester hours in Environmental Science curriculum. Offered: Spring of even-numbered years.

BIOL 5101-5401 PROBLEMS IN BIOLOGY (1-4 Credits)

Individualized intensive study of selected laboratory problems in advanced biology. May be repeated to a maximum of four semester hours when topics vary, but not more than six semester hours may be earned in a combination of BIOL 4180-BIOL 4480 and BIOL 5101-BIOL 5401. Prerequisites: 20 semester hours of biology and consent of instructor. Fee: $40. Offered: By independent study.

BIOL 5493 - INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACOLOGY (4 Credits)

General principles of the interactions between living organisms and drugs, including dosage, absorption, distribution, metabolism, toxicity and drug dependence; drugs affecting the cardiovascular, digestive, respiratory, and central and autonomic nervous systems emphasized. Six lecture or laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BIOL 2492, CHEM 1401, CHEM 1402, junior standing, or consent of instructor. Fee: $40. Offered: Spring of even-numbered years.