Biology (BIOL)

BIOL 5101  Independent Study  
Credit: 1 (0-0-1)
  

Independent study projects provide research experience and academic credit for laboratory, field work, or theoretical research. Independent study projects may be done with any faculty in the biological sciences.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Repeat Status: Course may be repeated 11 time(s).

BIOL 5105  Graduate Seminar  
Credit: 1 (1-0-0)
  

This course provides graduate students with an opportunity to explore current primary research across a variety of biological disciplines. This seminar will use a variety of modalities including journal club style review of literature, invited talks by leading biologists and proposal presentations by the students to evaluate current topics in biology.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Repeat Status: Course may be repeated 5 time(s).

BIOL 5201  Independent Study  
Credits: 2 (0-0-2)
  

Independent study projects provide research experience and academic credit for laboratory, field work, or theoretical research. Independent study projects may be done with any faculty in the biological sciences.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Repeat Status: Course may be repeated 5 time(s).

BIOL 5301  Independent Study  
Credits: 3 (0-0-3)
  

Independent study projects provide research experience and academic credit for laboratory, field work, or theoretical research. Independent study projects may be done with any faculty in the biological sciences.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Repeat Status: Course may be repeated 3 time(s).

BIOL 5303  Ecosystems Ecology  
Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  

Restrictions:

BIOL 5305  Population & Community Ecology  
Credits: 4 (3-1-0)
  

This course provides an advanced view of the concepts that underlie the spatial and temporal dynamics of populations and the communities within which they are embedded using mathematical and graphical analysis and empirical investigations. Lectures will emphasize concepts and models. Readings from the primary literature will facilitate the student’s abilities to critically evaluate the primary literature and will provide a historical perspective of the discipline. Topics to be covered will include population growth and regulation, species interactions, eco-evo dynamics, food webs, and patterns of diversity.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

BIOL 5306  Thesis  
Credits: 3 (0-0-3)
  

Research contributing to the graduate degree program.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Repeat Status: Course may be repeated 3 time(s).

BIOL 5309  Biology of Disease  
Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  

This course will examine the molecular and cellular basis that underlie common infectious and noninfectious diseases of humans as well as mechanisms of transmission and epidemiology. The etiology and progression of the diseases will be discussed in addition to an understanding of experimental models and current therapeutic approaches. The infectious diseases covered will include those attributed to viral pathogens, prokaryotic pathogens, eukaryotic pathogens, and prions. The noninfectious diseases investigated include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, stroke, neurological diseases, and cancer.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

BIOL 5310  Graduate Scientific Scholarshp  
Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  

This course provides graduate students with an introduction to biological research methods including scientific ethics, writing, and citation, and grant writing.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

BIOL 5311  Molecular Ecology  
Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  

Molecular ecology is an exciting field that is taking advantage of the rapid development of new techniques in molecular genetics, as well as advances in the theoretical and statistical approaches, to study fundamental processes in evolution and ecology. This course will use the application of genetic and genomic techniques to explore the interface of ecological physiology, population biology, community ecology, phylogeography, behavioral ecology and conservation genetics.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

BIOL 5401  Independent Study  
Credits: 4 (0-0-4)
  

Independent study projects provide research experience and academic credit for laboratory, field work, or theoretical research. Independent study projects may be done with any faculty in the biological sciences.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Repeat Status: Course may be repeated 2 time(s).

BIOL 5404  Biotechnology  
Credits: 4 (3-1-0)
  

This course will explore the current use of biotechnology in biological research.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

BIOL 5405  Cellular Mechanisms  
Credits: 4 (3-1-0)
  

This course is the study of how different biochemical, metabolic, and molecular pathways of the cell work together to produce the many functions of cells such as movement, response to hormones, growth, protein synthesis, etc. The topics included in this course are transcription, translation, signal transduction pathways, protein targeting, secretion, endocytosis, cell death, cellular organization, and motility. Prokaryotic and eukaryotic mechanisms will be discussed when applicable. Cell-cell interactions and tissue formation will be discussed, including the loss of cell division control leading to cancer.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.