BIO - Biology Course Descriptions

BIO A2000 Virology

Introductory survey of diverse genera of animal viruses and bacteriophages and methods used in the classification, detection, and quantification of viruses. The course emphasizes an understanding of the mechanisms of DNA/RNA replication, expression, and macro-molecular assembly into functional, infectious units (virions) in different viruses. Selected examples are presented in detail, including oncogenic RNA/DNA viruses and HIV/AIDS.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

BIO A4250 Cancer Biology

Introduction to the fundamental principles of the cellular and molecular biology underlying cancer. Lectures will include principles of cell division and growth, and role of growth factors, oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes, and angiogenesis on the development of cancer. Discussions will include cancer epidemiology, health disparities, cancer prevention, and cancer treatment.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Cell Biology Course.

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

BIO A4430 Insect Ecology

Introduction to the diversity and biology of major insect groups, focusing on the role of insects and other arthropods in natural ecosystems and their role in human affairs.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

BIO 22800 or permission of instructor.

Contact Hours

6 hr./wk.

BIO A4510 Movement and Muscle: The Neuroscience of Motor Control

The function and organization of motor systems. Topics include biomechanics, muscle organization and physiology, the neural activation of muscle, spinal and brainstem reflexes, locomotion, the control of arm and eye movements, motor planning, and motor learning. Not open to students who have taken BIO 40000 or BIO 31311.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

BIO 35400 or BIO 20700 or permission of instructor.

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

BIO A4540 Sensory Perception

Different types of sensory systems with their functional modalities will be presented. The biological bases for how these functions are generated and modified will then be described. As vision is the principal means of perception, we will focus in this course most on visual processing. Scientific data will be integrated into the lectures, such that students develop critical skills in analyzing data and proposing hypotheses.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

BIO A4580 Biogeography

Introduction to biogeography, the study of spatial patterns of biological diversity. The course addresses the study of geographic variation in nature at all levels from genes to communities to ecosystems, with both ecological and evolutionary perspectives. It includes analyses of real data regarding biogeographic problems relevant to conservation biology.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

BIO 22800 or permission of instructor.

Offered

Spring semester only.

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

BIO A4810 Introduction to Epigenetics

The course will use primary research articles to introduce graduate students to epigenetic mechanisms that regulate gene expression, how epigenetic modifications are propagated, and the phenotypic consequences of normal vs. abnormal epigenetic regulation in disease, development and evolution.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

BIO 20600

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

BIO A4880 Tropical Ecology and Conservation

Intensive field biology course focusing on observation, scientific inquiry, and hypothesis testing. Students will become familiar with the biology of several terrestrial taxa and will study ecology, behavior, and conservation in a tropical forest. The course will explore ecosystem function in natural habitats and investigate how they are perturbed by human activities.

Credits

5

Prerequisites

BIO 22800 or permission of instructor.

Contact Hours

5 hr./wk.

BIO A6000 Animal Behavior

The biological bases of behavior, with emphasis on such topics as the development, evolution, genetics and ecology of behavior; sensory physiology; social behavior and communication.

Credits

3

Materials Fee

$25

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

BIO A8000 Current Topics in Microbiology

This course explores the history and pathology of infectious diseases caused by bacteria, the development of antibiotics, their modes of action, and the rise of multidrug resistant superbugs. Students will read and evaluate primary research articles and become familiar with molecular methodologies used to solve important research questions in well-studied bacterial pathogens. Typically there will be two exams, weekly quizzes, an oral presentation, and additional written assignments for graduate students only.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

BIO A8300 Laboratory in Biotechnology

Introduction to modern molecular biological techniques in the context of solving biological questions. The techniques to be taught include DNA isolation, restriction enzyme mapping, subcloning of DNA fragments into plasmids, polymerase chain reaction, and other techniques of gene manipulation. Emphasis will be on the application of recombinant DNA technology.

Credits

5

Materials Fee

Material fee: $30

Contact Hours

2 lect. hr./wk., 6 lab hr./wk.

BIO A8500 Evolution

Historical development and current understanding of the principles of evolution.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

BIO 22800 or permission of instructor.

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

BIO B4540 Sensory Perception

Different types of sensory systems with their functional modalities will be presented. The biological bases for how these functions are generated and modified will then be described. As vision is the principal means of perception, we will focus in this course most on visual processing. Scientific data will be integrated into the lectures, such that students develop critical skills in analyzing data and proposing hypotheses.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Intro neurobiology course.

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

BIO B4640 Laboratory in Neurobiology

Laboratory course in which techniques used in cellular and systems neurobiology are taught in the context of solving biological problems. Techniques to be covered include basic histological, molecular biological, electrophysiological, and behavioral techniques used in modern neurobiology.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Cell Biology Course.

Contact Hours

6 hr./wk.

BIO B9700 Special Topics

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 lect. hr./wk., 6 lab hr./wk.

BIO B9901 Thesis Research

Credits

3

BIO B9902 Thesis Research

Credits

3

BIO C0300 Molecular Biology

Molecular Biology

Credits

4

Contact Hours

4 lect. hr./wk.

BIO V0005 Genetics

Prokaryotic and eukaryotic genetics; organization of DNA, replication, repair, mutagenesis, recombination, control of gene expression, genetic engineering and molecular techniques.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Undergraduate genetics and molecular biology or biochemistry.

Contact Hours

4 lect. hr./wk.

BIO V0103 Microbial Genetics

Microbial genetic systems will be examined with respect to their contributions to the understanding of molecular mechanisms of recombination, repair of genetic material, and regulation of gene expression. Emphasis will be placed on the procedures and the role of the new biotechnology.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

BIO V0005 or equivalent.

Contact Hours

3 lect. hr./wk.

BIO V0503 Evolution

Study of the mechanism and processes of evolution. Theory, laboratory experimental results and the phenomena found in natural populations are described and discussed in relation to population genetics, speciation and megaevolution.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Course in genetics, vertebrate or invertebrate zoology, botany or permission of instructor.

Contact Hours

3 lect. hr./wk.

BIO V0603 Principles of Systematics

Lecture and discussion sections involving general principles of biological systematics, including fundamentals of nomenclature, phylogenetic theory, character analysis, and their use of relevant computer algorithms. Readings from the primary literature as well as text sources will be emphasized.

Credits

4

Contact Hours

3 lect. hr/wk., plus conf.

BIO V0606 Population Ecology Lab

Lecture, laboratory. An analysis of the structure and dynamics of plant and animal populations. Topics include density, growth, regulation, fluctuation of numbers, niche, dispersal systems, dispersion patterns, demographic techniques, and interactions between populations.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

BIO V0611 Systematics and Evolution of Insects and Spiders

Lectures emphasize basic knowledge and recent advances in the systematics, biogeography, morphology, behavior, and paleontology of these arthropods. Major Families of the world will be emphasized. Labs involve fieldwork, personal collections, identifications, techniques, and small research projects.

Credits

2

Contact Hours

2 lect. hr./wk.

BIO V0612 Systematics and Evolution of Insects and Spiders Lab

Lectures emphasize basic knowledge and recent advances in the systematics, biogeography, morphology, behavior, and paleontology of these arthropods. Major Families of the world will be emphasized. Labs involve fieldwork, personal collections, identifications, techniques, and small research projects.

Credits

2

Contact Hours

4 lab hr./wk.

BIO V0733 Zoology and Phylogeny of Chordata (Mammals)

Lecture, laboratory. Origin, adaptive radiation, morphology, ecology and systematics of mammals. Discussion of the reptile-mammal transition emphasizing the fundamental characters of teeth, ear structure and tarsal bones. Survey of mammalian orders and practical work in laboratory on living families and local species, including field methods and preparation of specimens for study. Lecture and laboratory are integrated; the course cannot be taken in separate parts.

Credits

2

Prerequisites

Course in vertebrate comparative anatomy.

Contact Hours

2 lect. hr./wk.

BIO V0734 Zoology and Phylogeny of Chordata (Mammals) Lab

Lecture, laboratory. Origin, adaptive radiation, morphology, ecology and systematics of mammals. Discussion of the reptile-mammal transition emphasizing the fundamental characters of teeth, ear structure and tarsal bones. Survey of mammalian orders and practical work in laboratory on living families and local species, including field methods and preparation of specimens for study. Lecture and laboratory are integrated; the course cannot be taken in separate parts. 

Credits

2

Prerequisites

Course in vertebrate comparative anatomy.

Offered

Fall semester only.

Contact Hours

5 lab hr./wk.

BIO V0743 Zoology and Phylogeny of Chordata (Birds)

Lecture, laboratory, special topics in the evolution of birds. 

Credits

2

Prerequisites

Permission of the instructor.

Offered

Spring semester only.

Contact Hours

2 lect. hr./wk.

BIO V0744 Zoology and Phylogeny of Chordata (Birds) Lab

Lecture, laboratory, special topics in the evolution of birds.

Credits

2

Prerequisites

Permission of the instructor.

Contact Hours

4 lab hr./wk.

BIO V0803 Molecular Evolution

Principles of evolution at the level of DNA and proteins; gene families, concerted evolution of genes, codon bias, and other genetic processes will be discussed.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 lect. hr./wk.

BIO V0901 Population Genetics

Lecture, laboratory. The Hardy-Weinberg law, gene pools, gene frequencies, and gene migration.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

A course in genetics, a course in organic chemistry.

Contact Hours

3 lect. hr./wk.

BIO V0902 Population Genetics Lab

Lecture, laboratory. The Hardy-Weinberg law, gene pools, gene frequencies, and gene migration.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

A course in genetics, a course in organic chemistry.

Contact Hours

6 lab hr./wk.

BIO V1401 Cell Biology

Cells will be studied with special emphasis placed on organization, molecular structure/function relationships of organelles, and energetics and metabolism.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

A course in organic chemistry and a course in biochemistry or permission of the instructor.

Contact Hours

4 lect. hr./wk.

BIO V1800 Immunology

Introduction to the basic concepts in immunology including innate and adaptive immunity, development and function of the cells of the immune system, antigen receptor diversity and the basic methods used to induce and measure immune responses. Selected research topics in immunology with an emphasis on current primary literature will also be covered.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Cell and Molecular Biology & undergraduate genetics.

Contact Hours

3 lect. hr./wk.

BIO V2301 Neuroscience I

This course and V2302 comprise an introduction to the neurosciences. The first semester covers neuronal cell biology (structure and trophic functions), cellular neurophysiology (membrane physiology, action potentials), synapses (neurotransmitters and physiology), neuroendocrine mechanisms, local neuronal circuits (integrative anatomical organization of the vertebrate nervous system). The second semester will cover the sensory and motor systems, as well as neurochemical pathways. Receptor physiology and information processing are discussed in brief for the somatosensory system and in detail for the visual and auditory systems. The vertebrate motor systems are discussed with respect to spinal, supraspinal and cortical mechanisms.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Students with no background in physiology must meet instructor before course begins.

Contact Hours

4 lect. hr./wk.

BIO V2302 Neuroscience II

Building upon materials covered in Neuroscience I, this course provides an introduction to sensory processing for several sensory systems, outlines the important developmental processes with a specific focus on the functional differentiation of the brain.

Credits

4

Contact Hours

4 hr./wk.

BIO V2403 Animal Behavior I

Lectures and discussions of selected major areas in modern animal behavior research. Included among the topics are conceptual issues in methodology, orientation and navigation, and development of behavior. A modern eclectic approach is emphasized. Students read and lead discussion of papers from the original literature.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

An undergraduate course in animal behavior/comparative psychology or permission of the instructor.

Materials Fee

$25.

Contact Hours

3 lect. hr./wk.

BIO V2407 Animal Behavior II

Lecture and discussion of the selected major areas in modern behavioral research. Topics include behavioral genetics, the evolution of behavior, and behavioral ecology.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

An undergraduate course in animal behavior, evolution or ecology.

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

BIO V5003 Developmental Biology

Principles of evolution at the level of DNA and proteins; gene families, concerted evolution of genes, codon bias, and other genetic processes will be discussed.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 lect. hr./wk.

BIO V6003 Community Ecology

Lecture, laboratory. Structural attributes, growth, and regulation of plant and animal communities.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

A course in either ecology or field biology.

Contact Hours

3 lect. hr./wk.

BIO V6004 Community Ecology Lab

Lecture, laboratory. Structural attributes, growth, and regulation of plant and animal communities.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

A course in either ecology or field biology.

Contact Hours

6 lab hr./wk.

BIO V6005 Population Ecology

Lecture, laboratory. An analysis of the structure and dynamics of plant and animal populations. Topics include density, growth, regulation, fluctuation of numbers, niche, dispersal systems, dispersion patterns, demographic techniques, and interactions between populations.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 lect. hr./wk.

BIO V6006 Population Ecology

Lecture, laboratory. An analysis of the structure and dynamics of plant and animal populations. Topics include density, growth, regulation, fluctuation of numbers, niche, dispersal systems, dispersion patterns, demographic techniques, and interactions between populations.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

6 lab hr./wk.

BIO V7200 Biological Electron Microscopy

Preparation of materials and their examination by means of Transmission and Scanning electron microscopes. Techniques include methods of fixation and embedment for TEM; thin sectioning, staining, critical point drying, sputter coating, microscope operation, photography, and dark room procedures. Students will complete a project of their choosing to demonstrate their ability to use their new skills.

Credits

4

Contact Hours

2 lect., 4 lab hr./wk. plus 3 hr. TBA

BIO V8101 Mathematical Biology

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 lect. hr./wk.

BIO V8201 Biostatistics I

Univariate statistics of biological systems (theory and application). Topics include: probability, descriptive statistics, correlation, analysis of variance, and regression.

Credits

6

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor.

Contact Hours

3 lect., 6 lab hr./wk.

BIO V9001 Seminar in Evolution

Topics relating to the general subject of evolution.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

2 hr./wk., plus conf.

BIO V9006 Seminar in Ecology

The conservation ecology seminar will focus on genetic problems and implications of wildlife management programs.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Permission of the instructor.

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

BIO V9012 Seminar in Zoogeography

Special topics are discussed and reviewed.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Permission of the instructor.

Contact Hours

2 hr./wk., plus conf.

BIO V9030 Seminar in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior

AMNH (Alternate weeks).

Credits

1

Contact Hours

2 hr./wk.

BIO V9100 Colloquium

Recent developments and trends in the field of biology. Required of all candidates for the M.S. degree. Repeatable with a maximum of 4 credits with dept permission.

Credits

1

Contact Hours

2 hr./wk.

Notes

Colloquium must be taken twice.

BIO V9101 Colloquium in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior

AMNH (Alternate weeks).

Credits

1

Contact Hours

2 lect. hr./wk.

BIO V9200 Tutorial

Credits

BIO V9201– V9204 Advanced Study

Study in an area where formal course work is not given. Subject matter may vary from assigned current readings in a specialized area with reports to special laboratory or field work. This set of courses is repeatable to a maximum of 12 credits total with dept. permission. The topics vary with each professor and each of-fering, and are customized to each student

Credits

1-4

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor.

BIO V9302 Molecular Biology Journal Club

Credits

1

BIO V9303 Seminar Special Topics

Specialized seminars in diverse fields, depending upon the needs of specific students.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

2 hr./wk., plus conf.

BIO B9902 Thesis Research

Credits

3