BIOLOGY Courses

BIOLOGY Courses


BI–100 ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY
FALL/SPRING/ALL YEARS

3 credit hours

This is a one-semester course in general principles of environmental biology, conservation of the environment, and human ecology. It does count as credit toward a major in biology and toward the general education requirements. The course consists of three hours of lecture weekly. The lab, BI100L, MUST be taken concurrently. Corequisite: BI100L.

 

BI–100L ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY LABORATORY
FALL/SPRING/ALL YEARS

1 credit hour

BI100L is the laboratory portion of BI100 and MUST be taken concurrently. The course consists of one three-hour laboratory per week. Corequisite: BI100.

 

BI–103 MARINE BIOLOGY
SPRING ONLY/ALL YEARS

3 credit hours

This course is an introduction to the biology of the marine environment, with particular emphasis on marine environments of Micronesia and their importance to man. Laboratory exercises and field trips bring students into personal contact with local marine organisms and their habitats. It includes three hours of lecture weekly. The lab, BI103L, MUST be taken concurrently. Corequisite: BI103L.

 

BI–103L MARINE BIOLOGY LABORATORY
SPRING ONLY/ALL YEARS

1 credit hour

BI103L is the laboratory portion of BI103 and MUST be taken concurrently. The course consists of one three-hour laboratory per week. Corequisite: BI103.

 

BI–110 HUMAN BIOLOGY
AS REQUIRED/AS REQUIRED

3 credit hours

This is an introductory course designed for non-major undergraduate students as well as for students interested in choosing Biology as their major and who may have no background in Biology. This course emphasizes core biological concepts as it relates to human life ? how our bodies work, how our genes, environmental factors and disease causing organisms affect our health. This course is held online. The laboratory, BI110L must be taken concurrently and takes place face ?to-face. Prerequisites: MA085 a-b or MA089 or placement; EN110 Placement or above; Co requisite: BI110L.

 

BI–110L HUMAN BIOLOGY LABORATORY
AS REQUIRED/AS REQUIRED

1 credit hour

This is an introductory biology laboratory course with a human focus that must be taken concurrently with the BI110 Human Biology Lecture course. Experiments involving a variety of biological systems are conducted in order to investigate fundamental biological concepts and to understand how our bodies function. Basic molecules and genes in order to improve food production, produce medically important products, and to treat disease in humans. This course includes three hours of laboratory work per week. Corequisite: BI110; Prerequisite: MA085 a-b or MA089 or Placement; Placement in EN110 or above.

 

BI–124 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I
FALL ONLY/ALL YEARS

3 credit hours

This is the first part of a two-semester course in the study of the structure and function of the human body. This part will examine the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems from the level of cells, to tissues, to organs, to the whole organism. Homeostatic control mechanisms in the healthy human for these systems will be stressed. The course includes 3 hours of lecture each week. The lab, BI 124L should be taken concurrently. Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment in both EN110 and MA110 (or higher). Corequisite: BI124L.

 

BI–124L HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I LABORATORY
FALL ONLY/ALL YEARS

1 credit hour

BI124L is the laboratory portion of BI124 and MUST be taken concurrently. The course consists of one three-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment in both EN110 and MA110 (or higher). Corequisite: BI124. Lab Fee: $32.00

 

BI–125 HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II
SPRING ONLY/ALL YEARS

3 credit hours

This is the second part of a two-semester course in the study of the structure and functions of the systems of the human body. In this part, aspects of the nervous, circulatory, immune, digestive, reproductive, and excretory systems are investigated. The course consists of three hours of lecture weekly. The lab, BI125L, MUST be taken concurrently. Prerequisite: BI124, BI124L and prerequisite or concurrent enrollment in both EN110 and MA110 (or higher). Corequisite: BI125L.

 

BI–125L HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIO II LABORATORY
SPRING ONLY/ALL YEARS

1 credit hour

BI125L is the laboratory portion of BI125 and MUST be taken concurrently. The course consists of one three-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: BI124, BI124L and Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment in both EN110 and MA110 (or higher). Corequisite: BI125. Take MA-110 MA-161A MA-161B MA-203 MA-115(1529) or MA-165; Minimum grade C; # Take EN-110 or EN-9111; Minimum grade C; Lab Fee: $32.00

 

BI–157 PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY I
SPRING ONLY/ALL YEARS

3 credit hours

The first semester of a two-semester course covers basics of evolutionary theory and Sub-cellular through cellular biology. It is required for all biology majors and may be used by others to satisfy the general education requirements. It includes three hours of lecture weekly. The lab, BI 157L, MUST be taken concurrently. Prerequisite: Grade C grade or better in both BI100 and BI100L or concurrent enrollment in both EN110 and MA110 (or higher). Students majoring in other programs or minoring in Biology may substitute another introductory science class for BI100 and BI100L or request a waiver of the prerequisite. Corequisite: BI157L.

 

BI–157L PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY I LABORATORY
SPRING ONLY/ALL YEARS

1 credit hour

BI157L is the laboratory portion of BI157 and MUST be taken concurrently. A major portion of this course focuses on original student research that emphasizes scientific experimentation, data analysis, and report writing. The course consists of one three-hour laboratory period per week. Students majoring in other programs or minoring in Biology may substitute another introductory science class for BI100, BI100L or request a waiver of the prerequisite. Prerequisite: Grade C or better grade in both BI100 and BI100L or concurrent enrollment in both EN110 and MA110 (or higher). Corequisite: BI157. Lab Fee: $32.00

 

BI–158 PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY II
FALL ONLY/ALL YEARS

3 credit hours

The second semester of a two-semester course covers the fundamental of organismal through super-organismal biology. It is required of all biology majors and may be used by others to satisfy the general education requirements. It includes three hours of lecture weekly. The lab, BI158L, MUST be taken concurrently. Prerequisites: Grade C or better grade in both BI157 and BI157L or concurrent enrollment in both EN110 and MA110 (or higher). Corequisite: BI158L.

 

BI–158L PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY II LABORATORY
FALL ONLY/ALL YEARS

1 credit hour

BI158L is the laboratory portion of BI158 and MUST be taken concurrently. The course consists of one three-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: Grade C or better grade in both BI157 and BI157L or concurrent enrollment in both EN110 and MA110 (or higher). Corequisite: BI158. Lab Fee: $32.00

 

BI–201 NATURAL HISTORY OF GUAM
AS REQUIRED/AS REQUIRED

3 credit hours

This course is a natural history of Guam that includes the development of the Mariana Islands arc, geologic history, physical geography, and a survey of the major groups of plants and animals. The course is presented by using a variety of methods including lectures, slide presentations, field specimen studies and field trips.

 

BI–225 BASIC MICROBIOLOGY
FALL ONLY/ALL YEARS

3 credit hours

This course is a survey of the characteristics and significance of microorganisms from environmental, industrial, and medical perspectives. It includes two 2-hour laboratories and 3 hours of lecture weekly. Prerequisites: CH100, CHl00L, CH101, CH101L (note: For Biology Majors: CH102, CH102L and CH103, CH103L) AND Grades of C or better in BI157, BI157L and BI158, BI158L or BI124, BI124L and BI125, BI125L. Corequisite: BI225L.

 

BI–225L BASIC MICROBIOLOGY LABORATORY
FALL ONLY/ALL YEARS

1 credit hour

BI225L is the laboratory portion of BI225 and MUST be taken concurrently. The course consists of two 2-hour laboratories and 3 hours of lecture weekly. Prerequisites: CH100, CHl00L, CH101, CH101L (note: For Biology Majors: CH102, CH102L and CH103, CH103L) AND Grades of C or better in BI157, BI157L and BI158, BI158L or BI124, BI124L and BI125, BI125L. Corequisite: BI225.

 

BI–302 PLANT BIOLOGY
FALL ONLY/EVEN YEARS

3 credit hours

This course builds on the basic knowledge of plant biology. Students learn the structure and function of various plant groups on a comparative basis, following the timeline of plant evolution. This course is essential for students who are interested in advanced topics in plant science or graduate study using plants as model organisms. Prerequisites: BI157, BI157L, BI158 and BI158L. Co-requisite: BI302L.

 

BI–302L PLANT BIOLOGY LABORATORY
FALL ONLY/EVEN YEARS

1 credit hour

BI302L is the laboratory component of BI302 and MUST be taken concurrently. The laboratory explores plant forms and levels of organizations with an emphasis on viewing and documenting anatomical features under a microscope. Prerequisites: BI157 & BI157L, BI158 & BI158L. Corequisite: BI302.

 

BI–303 INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY
SPRING ONLY/ODD YEARS

3 credit hours

This course examines the diversity of what are commonly called "animals" from an evolutionary perspective. Initially, the focus will be on how animals are described and classified. Then, diversity of animals will be explored through focus on particular phyla--examining the functional anatomy organ systems, evolutionary relationships, diversity, developmental patterns, and how they live their lives. The last portion of the course will examine first chordates. The course includes 3 hours of lecture each week. The lab (BI303L) must be taken concurrently. Prerequisite: BI157, BI157L and BI158, BI158L. Corequisite: BI303L.

 

BI–303L INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY LABORATORY
SPRING ONLY/ODD YEARS

1 credit hour

BI303L is the laboratory portion of BI303 and MUST be taken concurrently. The course consists of one three-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: BI157, BI157L and BI158, BI158L. Corequisite: BI303.

 

BI–310 EVOLUTION
SPRING ONLY/ALL YEARS

3 credit hours

This course is an introduction to the modern theory of evolution. The focus of the course is on the mechanisms that cause the evolution of adaptations and new species. The pattern of evolution in the fossil record is analyzed to understand the causes of speciation and extinction patterns. The ability of evolutionary theory to inform studies in other areas of biology (such as genetics, morphology, and ecology) is stressed. The course consists of three hours of lecture weekly. Prerequisite: Grades of C or better in BI157, BI157L, BI158, BI158L and BI315, BI315L.

 

BI–315 GENERAL GENETICS
FALL ONLY/ALL YEARS

3 credit hours

Basic principles of heredity, including biochemical genetics and population aspects, are covered. The course includes three hours of lecture weekly. The lab, BI315L, MUST be taken concurrently. Prerequisites: Grades of C or better in BI157, BI157L and (or concurrent enrollment in) BI158, BI158L. Corequisite: BI315L.

 

BI–315L GENERAL GENETICS LABORATORY
FALL ONLY/ALL YEARS

1 credit hour

BI315L is the laboratory portion of BI315 and MUST be taken concurrently. The course consists of one three-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: Grades of C or better in BI157, BI157L and (or concurrent enrollment in) BI158, BI158L. Corequisite: BI315. Lab Fee: $32.00

 

BI–320 SCIENTIFIC REPORT WRITING
SPRING ONLY/ALL YEARS

2 credit hours

Effective use of scientific data, literature and presentation software to write, illustrate and orally present a structurally correct and cohesive report using scientific format and the appropriate discourse genres for each section. Prerequisites: BI321 and EN111.

 

BI–321 SCIENTIFIC ARGUMENTS
SPRING ONLY/ALL YEARS

2 credit hours

Writing and analyzing scientific arguments for effectively presenting scientific work, career aspirations and for getting accepted to graduate school. Prerequisites: BI310.

 

BI–323 PLANT PATHOLOGY
FALL ONLY/EVEN YEARS

3 credit hours

Principles underlying the nature and control of plant disease that are related to crop production and horticulture are introduced in this course. Topics examined include the microorganisms and environmental conditions that cause disease, their dispersal mechanisms and reproductive cycles, and prevention and control options available to manage and contain plant disease. This course meets for three hours of lecture weekly. Concurrent enrollment with AL323L is required. Prerequisites: AL101/L and AL102/L or BI157/L and BI158/L.

 

BI–323L PLANT PATHOLOGY LAB
FALL ONLY/EVEN YEARS

1 credit hour

This is the laboratory course for BI323. Concurrent enrollment in AL323 is required. This course meets for three hours of laboratory weekly. Prerequisites: AL101/L and AL102/L OR BI157/L and BI158/L.

 

BI–333 COMPARATIVE VERTEBRATE ANATOMY
FALL ONLY/ODD YEARS

3 credit hours

This course is a study of the basic morphology of vertebrates, with lecture emphasislecture emphasis on the evolution of vertebrate systems and laboratory emphasis on dissection of these systems in selected vertebrates. It includes three hours of lecture weekly. The lab, BI333L, MUST be taken concurrently. Prerequisite: BI157, BI157L, BI158, BI158L and BI310. Corequisite: BI333L.

 

BI–333L COMPARATIVE VERTEBRATE ANATOMY LABORATORY
FALL ONLY/ODD YEARS

1 credit hour

BI333L is the laboratory portion of BI333 and MUST be taken concurrently. The course consists of one three-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: BI157, BI157L, BI158, BI158L and BI310. Corequisite: BI333. Lab Fee: $32.00

 

BI–345 GENERAL ENTOMOLOGY
FALL ONLY/ODD YEARS

3 credit hours

This course is an overview of insect biology with emphasis on fundamental problems encountered by insects, and the structural and functional adaptations used to overcome these problems. The laboratory focuses on insect identification. The course meets for three hours of lecture weekly. Concurrent enrollment in AL/BI345L is required. Prerequisites: BI157/L or AL109/L or AL281/L.

 

BI–345L GENERAL ENTOMOLOGY LABORATORY
FALL ONLY/ODD YEARS

1 credit hour

This course is a corequisite of AL/BI345 and must be taken concurrently. The laboratory focuses on insect identification. An insect collection is required. The course meets for three hours of laboratory weekly. Prerequisites: BI157/L or AL109/L or AL281/L.

 

BI–350 ETHOLOGY
SPRING ONLY/ALL YEARS

3 credit hours

This course is an introductory survey of the field of Ethology. Ethology is the study of animal behavior, particularly under natural conditions. It encompasses proximate (genetic, neurophysiological) and ultimate (evolutionary) causes of animal behavior, and employs both field and laboratory research approaches. The course will show the influence of genetics, physiology, ecology, and the natural selection, and evolution on the expression of behavioral traits. This course consists of three hours of lecture per week. The lab, BI350L, MUST be taken concurrently. Prerequisites: BI157, BI157L, BI158, BI158L, BI310 (or concurrent enrollment) and Instructor's consent. Corequisite: BI350L.

 

BI–350L ETHOLOGY LABORATORY
SPRING ONLY/ALL YEARS

1 credit hour

BI350L is the laboratory portion of BI350 and MUST be taken concurrently. The course consists of one three-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: BI157, BI157L, BI158, BI158L, BI310 (or concurrent enrollment) and Instructor's consent. Corequisite: BI350.

 

BI–365 PLANT SYSTEMATICS
SPRING ONLY/EVEN YEARS

3 credit hours

This course covers the concepts and practices of modern plant systematics, emphasizing on Guam vascular plants identification, computational algorithms in bioinformatics and molecular phylogeny reconstruction, and species concept differentiation. The lab, MUST be taken concurrently. This course is particularly useful for students interested in evolutionary biology, conservation biology, ecological and environmental consultancy, or natural resource management. Prerequisites: BI310. Corequisite: BI365L.

 

BI–365L PLANT SYSTEMATICS LABORATORY
SPRING ONLY/EVEN YEARS

1 credit hour

BI365L is the laboratory portion of BI365 and MUST be taken concurrently. The course consists of one three-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: BI310. Corequisite: BI365. Lab Fee: $32.00

 

BI–380 OCEANOGRAPHY
FALL ONLY/ALL YEARS

3 credit hours

This course is an introductory survey of the biological, physical, chemical, geological, and meteorological aspects of the oceans and their basins including a history of oceanographic studies and techniques. The course consists of three hours of lecture weekly. The lab, BI380L, MUST be taken concurrently. Prerequisite: BI100, BI100L, BI157, BI157L, BI158 and BI158L or equivalent and MA161a or higher. Corequisite: BI380L.

 

BI–380L OCEANOGRAPHY LABORATORY
FALL ONLY/ALL YEARS

1 credit hour

BI380L is the laboratory portion of BI380 and MUST be taken concurrently. The course consists of one three-hour laboratory period per week. Corequisite: BI380.

 

BI–392 LABORATORY TEACHING AND ASSISTING
FALL/SPRING/ALL YEARS

1 - 3 credit hours

This course provides for practical educational experience in undergraduate course laboratories. It may be taken more than once for credit. Prerequisites: Completion of the course in which the laboratory is offered, or of an equivalent course, and consent of instructor.

 

BI–405 ANIMAL BEHAVIOR
FALL ONLY

3 credit hours

Students are not permitted to enroll in 300- or 400-level courses until they have completed MA-085 level II or MA-084B or any higher level math course

 

BI–405L ANIMAL BEHAVIOR LABORATORY
FALL ONLY/ODD YEARS

1 credit hour

PY/BI-405L is the laboratory component of PY/BI-405 and must be taken concurrently. The course meets for three hours per week. Students learn about animal laboratory procedures and basic phenomena by working with experimental animals and local critters. Corequisite: PY/BI-405 students are not permitted to enroll in 300- or 400-level courses until they have completed MA-085 level II or MA-084B or any higher level math course

 

BI–410 ECOLOGY
SPRING ONLY/ALL YEARS

3 credit hours

A study of fundamental concepts and methods of ecology illustrated by the examination of local natural systems; vegetational, faunal, and physical factors of the environment are considered. The course includes three hours of lecture weekly and six hours of laboratory weekly. Prerequisites: BI412 & BI412L, BI321, and any ONE of the following lecture & lab pairs: BI225 & BI225L or BI302 & BI302L or BI 303 & BI303L or BI333 & BI333L or BI365 & BI365L.

 

BI–410L ECOLOGY LABORATORY
SPRING ONLY/ALL YEARS

2 credit hours

BI410L is the laboratory component of BI410 and MUST be taken concurrently. This course consist of a weekly six-hour laboratory emphasizing filed and laboratory methods in ecology and analyst of ecology data. Prerequisites: BI320 and BI412 and BI412L. Corequisite: BI410. Lab Fee: $32.00

 

BI–412 BIOMETRICS
FALL ONLY/ALL YEARS

3 credit hours

This is a basic course in the design and analysis of biological experiments. Emphasis is given to analysis of biological and medical data. The course consists of three hours of lecture weekly. The lab, BI412l MUST be taken concurrently. Prerequisite: MA115 and BI321. Corequisite: BI412L.

 

BI–412L BIOMETRICS LABORATORY
FALL ONLY/ALL YEARS

1 credit hour

BI412L is the laboratory portion of BI412 and MUST be taken concurrently. The course consists of one three-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: MA115 and BI321. Corequisite: BI412. Lab Fee: $32.00

 

BI–416 CELLULAR & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
SPRING ONLY/ALL YEARS

3 credit hours

This course focuses on the advanced molecular cell biology approaches including recombinant DNA technology, advanced microscopy, protein interaction technologies, and model in vivo & in vitro experimental systems that have led to an unprecedented level of understanding of the structure and function of the cell, the fundamental unit of life. Student will learn to find rational explanations and unifying concepts from a large and rapidly evolving body of knowledge, in order to understand the mechanism by which the cell functions as well as the molecular basis of disease. Principle topics include cellular macromolecules & regulatory factors, membrane structure & membrane transport, cell nucleus & gene expression, cell signaling, the immune system, and cancer biology. This course prepares students for careers in bio-medical research, medicine, biotechnology & agriculture related industry. The lab, BI416L MUST be taken concurrently. Prerequisites: CH102, CH102L, CH103, CH103L, BI315 & BI315L. Corequisite: BI416L.

 

BI–416L CELLULAR & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LABORATORY
SPRING ONLY/ALL YEARS

1 credit hour

BI416L is the laboratory portion of BI416 and MUST be taken concurrently. The course consists of one three-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites CH102, CH102L & CH103, CH103L, BI315 & BI315L. Corequisite: BI416. Lab Fee: $32.00

 

BI–419 BIOCHEMISTRY
SPRING ONLY/ALL YEARS

3 credit hours

This course covers the principles of protein chemistry and enzyme nomenclature, catalysis, kinetics, and control. It includes three hours of lecture weekly. The lab, BI/CH419L, MUST be taken concurrently. Prerequisite: CH310a, CH311, CH310b and CH312 or concurrent enrollment, Corequisite: BI/CH419L.

 

BI–419G BIOCHEMISTRY
SPRING ONLY/ALL YEARS

3 credit hours

This course covers the principles of protein chemistry and enzyme nomenclature, catalysis, kinetics and control. It includes three hours of lecture weekly. The lab, BI/CH419L, MUST be taken concurrently. Prerequisites: CH310a, CH311, CH310b and CH312; or concurrent enrollment. Corequisite: BI/CH419L.

 

BI–419G/L BIOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY
SPRING ONLY/ALL YEARS

1 credit hour

This course is the laboratory portion of BI/CH419G and MUST be taken concurrently. The course consists of one three-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: CH310a, CH311, CH310b and CH312 or concurrent enrollment. Corequisite: BI/CH419G. Lab Fee: $32.00

 

BI–419L BIOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY
SPRING ONLY/ALL YEARS

1 credit hour

BI/CH419L is the laboratory portion of BI/CH419 and MUST be taken concurrently. The course consists of one three-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: CH310a, CH311, CH310b and CH312 or concurrent enrollment. Corequisite: BI/CH419. Lab Fee: $32.00

 

BI–425 MOLECULAR MEDICINE
SPRING ONLY/ODD YEARS

3 credit hours

This course is designed for students who are planning on entering graduate and professional programs in the biological and medical sciences or careers in the biotechnology industry. This course highlights current concepts and trends in molecular biology as well as the latest developments in novel molecular approaches for detection and treatment of diseases. Selected topics in Immunology, Cardiovascular Biology, Tumor Viruses and Cancer Biology, Viral Pathogenesis, and Neurobiology are the focus of this course. Prerequisite: BI416 & BI416L, or equivalent. Corequisite: BI425/G/L.

 

BI–425G MOLECULAR MEDICINE
SPRING ONLY/AS REQUIRED

3 credit hours

This course is designed for students who are planning on entering graduate and professional programs in the biological and medical sciences or careers in the biotechnology industry. This course highlights current concepts and trends in molecular biology as well as the latest developments in novel molecular approaches for detection and treatment of diseases. Selected topics in Immunology, Cardiovascular Biology, Tumor Viruses and Cancer Biology, Viral Pathogenesis, and Neurobiology are the focus of this course. Prerequisite: BI416 & BI416L, or equivalent. Corequisite: BI425/G/L.

 

BI–425L MOLECULAR MEDICINE LABORATORY
SPRING ONLY/ODD YEARS

2 credit hours

BI 425L is the molecular biology laboratory course that is taken concurrently with BI425. In this course, expression and control of eukaryotic genes is investigated in a research project format. Laboratory work involves the use of RNA & DNA techniques, protein methods, reporter gene assays, fluorescence microscopy, and the use of molecular biological computer databases to predict structure and function from nucleic acid & protein sequences. Prerequisites: BI416 & BI416L, or equivalent. Corequisite: BI425.

 

BI–430 SCIENTIFIC PHOTOGRAPHY
SPRING ONLY/EVEN YEARS

3 credit hours

Photography is one of the primary means through which scientific observation and research is documented and presented to colleagues and the public. By developing technical observational and aesthetic skills, students will learn how to extract relevant information from nature using macro-photography, photomicrography, special techniques and digital processing. Students will learn the basics of photography and the use of a computer as the digital darkroom. This course includes two hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory; weekly. Laboratories will either be field activities or hands-on experience in the classroom. AL/BI430L is the laboratory portion of AL/BI430 and MUST be taken concurrently. Corequisite: AL/BI430L.

 

BI–430L SCIENTIFIC PHOTOGRAPHY LABORATORY

1 credit hour

Photography is one of the primary means through which scientific observation and research is documented and presented to colleagues and the public. By developing technical observational and aesthetic skills, students will learn how to extract relevant information from nature using macro-photography, photomicrography, special techniques and digital processing. Students will learn the basics of photography and the use of a computer as the digital darkroom. BI/AL430L is the laboratory portion of BI/AL430 and MUST be taken concurrently. The course consists of two hours of lecture and three hours laboratory period per week. Corequisite: BI/AL430.

 

BI–432 PHARMACOLOGY
FALL ONLY/ODD YEARS

3 credit hours

This upper division course will provide a foundation of pharmacology that builds upon basic physiological principles. Pharmacology will introduce Phase I and Phase II metabolism, major drug classes, and mechanism of action for pharmacologic agents. The course is well suited for biomedical track students and those interested in pursuing graduate or pharmacy school. This is a hybrid course and some lectures will take place online, while others will be in class. Prerequisites: BI158, CH103, BI321. Recommended: BI124, BI12L and BI125, BI125L.

 

BI–474 MARINE BOTANY
SPRING ONLY/ODD YEARS

4 credit hours

This course provides students an in-depth exploration of the marine plants in the region with an emphasis on how the physiology and ecology of seaweeds and microalgae relate to environmental conditions in the sea. Prerequisites: BI302.

 

BI–474G MARINE BOTANY
SPRING ONLY/ODD YEARS

4 credit hours

This course provides students an in-depth exploration of the marine plants in the region with an emphasis on how the physiology and ecology of seaweeds and microalgae relate to environmental conditions in the sea. Prerequisite: BI302.

 

BI–475 ADVANCED ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY
SPRING ONLY/ALL YEARS

3 credit hours

Advanced Animal Physiology will acquaint students with the principles of animal form and function by examining how a diversity of animals cope with environmental challenges. Animal Physiology integrates the evolution of physiological system examined across major taxa, ranging from protists through vertebrates and across levels of biological organization from molecules to populations. Topics cover how the law of chemistry and physics govern the physiology of cell signaling, endocrine regulation, osmoregulation, gas exchange, thermoregulation, circulation, locomotion, basic and advanced neurophysiology, learning and memory and receptor physiology. These principles are examined within the context of physiological diversity among animals and their evolutionary processes. Prerequisite: BI320, BI315L, and BI321. Co requisite: BI475L

 

BI–475G ADVANCED ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY
SPRING ONLY/ALL YEARS

3 credit hours

Advanced Animal Physiology will acquaint students with the principles of animal form and function by examining how a diversity of animals cope with environmental challenges. Animal Physiology integrates the evolution of physiological system examined across major taxa, ranging from protists through vertebrates and across levels of biological organization from molecules to populations. Topics cover how the law of chemistry and physics govern the physiology of cell signaling, endocrine regulation, osmoregulation, gas exchange, thermoregulation, circulation, locomotion, basic and advanced neurophysiology, learning and memory and receptor physiology. These principles are examined within the context of physiological diversity among animals and their evolutionary processes. Prerequisite: BI320, BI315L, and BI321. Corequisite: BI475L.

 

BI–475G/L ADVANCED ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY
SPRING ONLY/ALL YEARS

3 credit hours

Advanced Animal Physiology will acquaint students with the principles of animal form and function by examining how a diversity of animals cope with environmental challenges. Animal Physiology integrates the evolution of physiological system examined across major taxa, ranging from protists through vertebrates and across levels of biological organization from molecules to populations. Topics cover how the law of chemistry and physics govern the physiology of cell signaling, endocrine regulation, osmoregulation, gas exchange, thermoregulation, circulation, locomotion, basic and advanced neurophysiology, learning and memory and receptor physiology. These principles are examined within the context of physiological diversity among animals and their evolutionary processes. Prerequisite: BI320, BI315L, and BI321. Co requisite: BI475L

 

BI–475L ADVANCED ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY LABORATORY
SPRING ONLY/ALL YEARS

1 credit hour

Advanced Animal Physiology will acquaint students with the principles of animal form and function by examining how a diversity of animals cope with environmental challenges. Animal Physiology integrates the evolution of physiological system examined across major taxa, ranging from protists through vertebrates and across levels of biological organization from molecules to populations. Topics cover how the law of chemistry and physics govern the physiology of cell signaling, endocrine regulation, osmoregulation, gas exchange, thermoregulation, circulation, locomotion, basic and advanced neurophysiology, learning and memory and receptor physiology. These principles are examined within the context of physiological diversity among animals and their evolutionary processes. The lecture course, BI475, must be taken concurrently. Prerequisite: BI320, BI315L, and BI321. Co requisite: BI475

 

BI–503 BIOLOGICAL LITERATURE AND SCIENTIFIC WRITING
SPRING ONLY/ALL YEARS

2 credit hours

Survey of biological literature as an assist in thesis and manuscript preparation in the areas of writing, proofreading, literature citation, figure and table preparation. Two hours of lecture weekly.

 

BI–507 ADVANCED STATISTICAL METHODS
FALL ONLY/ALL YEARS

4 credit hours

An advanced course in applied statistical methods as used in the biological and environmental sciences stressing the design and analysis of experimental and observational studies. Lectures will be 3 hours per week. Prerequisites: MA385 or equivalent.

 

BI–508 SCIENTIFIC COMPETENCE AND INTEGRITY
FALL ONLY/ALL YEARS

3 credit hours

This course examines historical, philosophical, methodological, ethical, and moral aspects of scientific thought and practice in the context of both historical and contemporary issues in natural and environmental science. Readings and discussions are built around classical examples such as the scientific controversy over Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics as well as contemporary environmental issues, ranging from global concerns such as climate and sea level change, to local public concerns such as solid waste management and the safety of tap water. The central objective of the course is to develop the skills and habits of sound critical thinking essential to the progress, ethical practice, and moral application of science.

 

BI–515 ADVANCES IN BIOGEOGRAPHY
FALL ONLY/EVEN YEARS

3 credit hours

This course presents the fundamentals of biogeography, and then focuses on recent advances in theory and method. Topics include the distribution of plants and animals over space and time, defining metapopulations, reconstructing biogeographic history and the theory of island biogeography. Students will be given hands-on experience with the latest analytical tools used for hypothesis testing. Emphasis will be on marine organisms, including algae, invertebrates and fish. Three hours of lectures per week.

 

BI–520 CURRENT TOPICS IN CELLULAR BIOLOGY
SPRING ONLY/ODD YEARS

3 credit hours

Important background information in biochemistry, cellular physiology, and molecular biology, with emphasis on recent scientific articles, new techniques and advances in the field. Application of new techniques and advances toward biotechnology and medicine will be discussed. Students will be required to actively participate in discussions, critique scientific articles, make oral presentations, and write a research paper. Prerequisite: BI101a-b or equivalent, or consent of instructor.

 

BI–525 EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY
FALL ONLY/EVEN YEARS

3 credit hours

This course provides a survey of the origin and evolution of life on Earth, exploring the history and major features of evolutionary change through time and the mechanisms responsible for those changes. The course will also consider evolutionary aspects of genetics, development, ecology, biogeography, systematics and paleontology. Prerequisite: Genetics or consent of instructor.

 

BI–529A ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINATION & TOXICOLOGY I: FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES & BASIC CONCEPTS
SPRING ONLY/EVEN YEARS

3 credit hours

This course covers the fundamental principles and mechanisms governing the interaction of pollutants with natural systems. The basic concepts of classical and environmental toxicology are also addressed with emphasis on contaminant absorption, distribution, metabolism, systemic toxicology, carcinogenesis, toxicity testing and risk assessment. The course concludes with a general introduction to air, land and water pollution. Three hours of lectures weekly. Prerequisites: BI157, BI158, CH102 and CH103 or equivalent.

 

BI–529B ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINATION & TOXICOLOGY II: MAJOR CLASSES OF ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTANTS
SPRING ONLY/ODD YEARS

3 credit hours

This course focuses on classic and contemporary groups of environmental contaminants and their impact on organisms, ecosystems and man. Physical and chemical properties of each contaminant group are discussed in relation to their environmental distribution, fate and toxicity. Occupational health related pollution problems and pollution monitoring strategies are also discussed. Three hours of lectures a week. Prerequisites: BI157, BI158, CH102 and CH102, or equivalent, or consent of instructor. EV/BI529a is also highly recommended as it provides the foundations upon which EV/BI529b is built. Undergraduates may enroll in the course with instructor's consent.

 

BI–531 BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY
FALL ONLY/ODD YEARS

3 credit hours

Review and discussions of current topics in behavioral ecology. These include game theory, foraging strategies, mating systems, predator-prey interactions, animal communication, and the ecological determinants of social behavior. Prerequisite: BI101a-b or equivalent, or consent of instructor.

 

BI–540 ICHTHYOLOGY
SPRING ONLY/EVEN YEARS

3 credit hours

This course is a survey of the classification and morphology of fishes with emphasis on local forms. It includes three hours of lecture weekly. The lab, BI440L, MUST be taken concurrently. Prerequisite: BI157-157L and BI158-158L or equivalent. Corequisite: BI440L.

 

BI–540L ICHTHYOLOGY LABORATORY
SPRING ONLY/EVEN YEARS

1 credit hour

This course is the laboratory portion of BI540G and MUST be taken concurrently. The course consists of one three-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: BI157-157L and BI158-158L or equivalent. Corequisite: BI540G.

 

BI–546 MARINE INVERTEBRATES
FALL ONLY/EVEN YEARS

4 credit hours

Survey of the classification and morphology of marine invertebrates, with emphasis on local forms. Six hours of lecture-laboratory weekly.

 

BI–557 POPULATION ECOLOGY
FALL ONLY/ODD YEARS

3 credit hours

This course provides a quantitative background of the processes and principles associated with population dynamics. Both theoretical approaches and applied modeling techniques are used to help students visualize patterns observed in natural systems. The course is relevant for both marine and terrestrial biology or environmental science graduate students, however, examples are mainly focused on marine ecosystems, and coral reefs in particular. Prerequisites: BI157-157L and BI158-158L. Corequisite: BI410.

 

BI–557L POPULATION ECOLOGY LABORATORY
FALL ONLY/ODD YEARS

1 credit hour

This lab is required for BI/EV557, "Population Ecology". The labs provide a quantitative background of the processes and principles associated with population dynamics. Labs consist of applied modeling techniques to help students visualize patterns observed in natural systems. The course is relevant for both marine and terrestrial biology or environmental science graduate students, however, examples are mainly focused on marine ecosystems, and coral reefs in particular. Prerequisites: BI157-157L and BI158-158L. Corequisite: BI410.

 

BI–581 PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY
SPRING ONLY/EVEN YEARS

3 credit hours

This course is intended to give students a view to how wind, radiation, gravity, friction, and the Earth's rotation determine the ocean's temperature and salinity patterns and currents. Some important processes we study include heat budget of the oceans, exchange of heat with the atmosphere and the role of the ocean in climate, surface mixed layer waves in the ocean, geostrophy, Ekman transport, and Rossby waves. Students learn how to explain physical features of the ocean ranging from microscopic turbulence to global circulation. Prerequisites: MA203 OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR. Recommended: MA204, PH-251 and PH-252.

 

BI–691 SEMINAR
FALL/SPRING/ALL YEARS

1 credit hour

 

BI–695 THESIS
FALL/SPRING/ALL YEARS

1 - 6 credit hours