BSCI - Biological Sciences Program

BSCI401 Animal Communication (3 Credits)

Examining the mechanisms by which animal produce and receive signals in each sensory modality; and quantifying the type and amount of information conveyed in signals and how animals attend to such information.

Prerequisite: BSCI160 and BSCI161; or BSCI106. And must have completed one semester of physics; and must have completed one semester of organic chemistry.

Recommended: A course in animal behavior or biopsychology.

Credit Only Granted for: BSCI401, BSCI 338W or BIOL 708W.

Formerly: BSCI338W.

BSCI402 Genomics of Sensory Systems (3 Credits)

An advanced course covering topics on the molecular basis of senses and the application of genomic techniques to studies of sensory systems & sensory ecology.

Prerequisite: BSCI222; or permission of instructor.

Credit Only Granted for: BSCI338C or BSCI402.

Formerly: BSCI338C.

BSCI403 Biology of Vision (3 Credits)

An upper level undergraduate course on the physical, molecular, and neural basis of vision.

Prerequisite: BSCI207.

Recommended: BSCI222.

Credit Only Granted for: BSCI 338V or BSCI 403.

Formerly: BSCI 338V.

BSCI404 Cell Biology from a Biophysical Perspective (3 Credits)

An approach to cell biology by focusing on mechanisms and unifying physical paradigms. It will not assume a great deal of factual biological knowledge, but will expect a background that prepares students to think mechanistically and quantitatively.

Prerequisite: BSCI330.

Recommended: PHYS121 and PHYS122; or completion of PHYS131 and PHYS132 recommended. Also offered as: BIOL704, BIPH704.

Credit Only Granted for: BSCI338O, BSCI404, BIOL704, BIOL708O, or BIPH704.

Formerly: BSCI338O.

BSCI405 Population and Evolutionary Genetics (3 Credits)

Genetic variation within a population provides the basis for future evolution as well as a record of past evolution. The genomics revolution provides data on this variation that, together with mathematical models, allow us to read this record to reconstruct evolutionary trajectories. Examples will focus on hominin and pathogen evolution. In the lab, students will use models to explore how genetic variation (allele frequencies) changes over time and space.

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI222; and 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (MATH131, MATH136, MATH141). Also offered as: BIOL709.

Credit Only Granted for: BSCI405, BSCI339J, or BIOL709C.

Formerly: BSCI339J.

BSCI410 Molecular Genetics (3 Credits)

An advanced genetics course emphasizing the molecular basis of gene structure and function in the context of modern approaches to the genetics of humans and model organisms.

Prerequisite: BSCI222. And must have completed CHEM233; or (CHEM231 and CHEM232).

BSCI411 Bioinformatics and Integrated Genomics (4 Credits)

Computational methods for the study of biological sequence data in comparative biology and evolution. Analysis of genome content and organization. Database searching, pairwise and multiple sequence alignment, phylogenetic, methods, pattern recognition, and functional inference. Functional and comparative genomics approaches.

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI222.

Recommended: BSCI410.

Credit Only Granted for: BSCI380 or BSCI411.

Formerly: BSCI380.

BSCI412 Microbial Genetics (4 Credits)

A laboratory/lecture based course that covers the fundamentals of mutation, mobile genetic elements and transmission genetics of microbial organisms using both classical and molecular approaches.

Prerequisite: BSCI223 and BSCI222.

BSCI413 Recombinant DNA (3 Credits)

An advanced course presenting the tools and procedures of genetic engineering. Theory and practical applications of recombinant DNA techniques to understanding eukaryotic gene structure and expression.

Prerequisite: BSCI330, BSCI223, or BSCI230; and BSCI222.

Formerly: ZOOL452.

BSCI414 Recombinant DNA Laboratory (3 Credits)

An advanced course offering hands-on experience in performing recombinant DNA experiments. All current molecular biology techniques used for cloning prokaryotic genes, analyzing the gene products, and modifying the genes will be performed. Techniques include isolation of DNA, use of restriction enzymes; cloning procedures, PCR analysis, and Southern hybridizations. Lecture material focuses on interpretation of results generated in the laboratory.

Prerequisite: BSCI222.

BSCI415 Molecular Genetics Laboratory (3 Credits)

Problem solving laboratory organized around extended projects that employ different approaches toward linking gene and function.

Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in BSCI410.

Restriction: Junior standing or higher.

Credit Only Granted for: BSCI348G or BSCI415.

Formerly: BSCI348G.

BSCI416 Human Genetics (3 Credits)

Approaches to human genetics and applications to biology and medicine focusing on specific human genetic topics using primary research papers as the main resource.

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI410.

Recommended: BSCI330.

BSCI417 Microbial Pathogenesis (3 Credits)

Current research in microbial pathogenesis and the molecular and cellular basis of bacterial disease. Comprehensive overview of the molecular basis of pathogenesis with a focus on model microbial systems to illustrate mechanisms of disease pathogenesis. Topics covered: how microorganisms attach to and enter cells; how host cells are damaged by microbial products; how the host responds to invasion; and host-pathogen evolution.

Prerequisite: BSCI223 and BSCI222.

Restriction: Junior standing or higher.

Credit Only Granted for: BSCI348M or BSCI417.

Formerly: BSCI348M.

BSCI420 Cell Biology Lectures (3 Credits)

Molecular and biochemical bases of cellular organization and function in eukaryotes.

Prerequisite: BSCI330, BSCI222, CHEM231, and CHEM232.

Credit Only Granted for: BSCI420 or BSCI421.

BSCI421 Cell Biology (4 Credits)

Molecular and biochemical basis of cellular organization and function in eukaryotes.

Prerequisite: BSCI330, BSCI222, CHEM231, and CHEM232.

Credit Only Granted for: BSCI420 or BSCI421.

BSCI422 Principles of Immunology (3 Credits)

The immune system in health and disease. Presentation and analysis of the cellular and molecular processes that comprise the immune system.

Prerequisite: BSCI223 and BSCI222.

Recommended: BSCI330.

Restriction: Junior standing or higher.

BSCI423 Immunology Laboratory (2 Credits)

Current techniques for assessment of immune status and evaluation of the immune response, including monoclonal antibody production, Western blotting, cytokine assays, ELISA and flow cytometry.

Prerequisite: BSCI223 and BSCI222.

Corequisite: BSCI422.

Restriction: Junior standing or higher.

BSCI424 Pathogenic Microbiology (4 Credits)

The role of bacteria and fungi in the diseases of humans with emphasis upon the differentiation and culture of microorganisms, types of disease, modes of disease transmission, prophylactic, therapeutic, and epidemiological aspects.

Prerequisite: BSCI223.

BSCI425 Epidemiology and Public Health (3 Credits)

History, characteristic features of epidemiology; the important responsibilities of public health; vital statistics.

Prerequisite: BSCI223.

BSCI426 Membrane Biophysics (3 Credits)

Quantitative aspects of biology and the use of mathematical descriptions of biological phenomena. The focus will be on membrane structure, transport, and bioenergetics.

Prerequisite: BSCI330; and (PHYS142, PHYS122, or PHYS132); and (MATH130, MATH136, or MATH140).

BSCI427 Principles of Microscopy (2 Credits)

An introduction to optical principles that underlie light and electron microscopic image formation. Brightfield, darkfield, phase contrast, differential interference contrast, fluorescence and polarized light microscopy. Comparison of light and electron microscopy. The application of these techniques to problems in biological research.

Prerequisite: BSCI421.

BSCI430 Developmental Biology (3 Credits)

Structural, functional and regulatory events and mechanisms that operate during development to produce an integrated, multicellular organism composed of a multitude of differentiated cell types.

Prerequisite: BSCI222 and BSCI330.

BSCI433 Biology of Cancer (3 Credits)

Causes and consequences of neoplastic transformations at the biochemical and cellular levels.

Prerequisite: BSCI222 and BSCI330; or permission of CMNS-Biological Sciences UG Program.

BSCI434 Mammalian Histology (4 Credits)

A study of the microscopic anatomy, ultrastructure and histophysiology of tissues and organs of mammals.

Prerequisite: BSCI330 and BSCI440; or permission of CMNS-Biological Sciences UG Program.

BSCI437 General Virology (3 Credits)

Discussion of the physical and chemical nature of viruses, virus cultivation and assay methods, virus replication, viral diseases with emphasis on the oncogenic viruses, viral genetics, and characteristics of the major virus groups.

Prerequisite: BSCI222; or permission of CMNS-Biological Sciences UG Program.

Restriction: Junior standing or higher.

BSCI440 Mammalian Physiology (4 Credits)

A study of the cardiovascular, hemopoietic, gastrointestinal, renal and respiratory systems. Chemical and endocrine regulation of physiological functions in mammals. Course does not count as an upper level lab for BIOL majors (see BSCI441).

Prerequisite: BSCI330; and (CHEM231 and CHEM232; or must have completed CHEM233). Or permission of CMNS-Biological Sciences UG Program.

BSCI441 Mammalian Physiology Laboratory (2 Credits)

Laboratory exercises in experimental mammalian physiology.

Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in BSCI440.

BSCI442 Plant Physiology (4 Credits)

A survey of plant physiology and development and responses and adaptation to the environment

Prerequisite: BSCI170 and BSCI171; or BSCI105; or PLSC201. And CHEM231 and CHEM232; or CHEM237; or permission of CMNS-Biological Sciences UG Program.

Restriction: Must not have completed ENST407; or must not have completed PLSC400. Also offered as: PLSC400.

Credit Only Granted for: BSCI442 or PLSC400.

BSCI443 Microbial Physiology (3 Credits)

Microbial cellular and population growth. Fermentation metabolism, physiology of anaerobiosis, and energy conservation and transformation in bacterial membranes. Efficiency of energy utilization for growth. Membrane structure and transport. Bacterial chemotaxis. Regulation of bacterial chromosome replication, RNA and protein synthesis. Control of metabolic pathways.

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI223. And minimum grade of C- in BCHM461; or minimum grade of C- in BCHM463.

BSCI446 Neural Systems (3 Credits)

Neural development, followed by sensory, motor and integrative system organization in the central nervous system.Sponsoring Dept. (BIOL) Specialization Areas: PHNB, GENB.

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI330 and BSCI353.

BSCI447 General Endocrinology (3 Credits)

Functions and dysfunctions of the endocrine system with special reference to mammals.

Prerequisite: BSCI330, CHEM241, and CHEM242.

BSCI452 Diseases of the Nervous System (3 Credits)

An advanced course covering the neuroanatomy, function, and organization of the nervous system and its implication for pathology and disease.

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI330; and minimum grade of C- in BSCI353. Also offered as: NACS728, BIOL708.

Credit Only Granted for: BSCI452, BSCI338N, BIOL708E, or NACS728N.

Formerly: BSCI338N.

BSCI453 Cellular Neurophysiology (3 Credits)

The cellular and molecular basis of nervous system function.

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI330, CHEM231, CHEM232, and PHYS122.

BSCI454 Neurobiology Laboratory (1 Credit)

Basic neuroanatomical techniques, intracellular and extracellular recordings of electrical potentials from nerve and muscle.

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI330; and must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in BSCI353; and must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in PHYS122, PHYS132, or PHYS142.

BSCI460 Plant Ecology (3 Credits)

The dynamics of populations as affected by environmental factors with special emphasis on the structure and composition of natural plant communities, both terrestrial and aquatic.

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI361.

BSCI461 Plant Ecology Laboratory (2 Credits)

Two or three field trips per semester. The application of field and experimental methods to the qualitative and quantitative study of vegetation and ecosystems.

Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in BSCI460.

BSCI462 Population Ecology (3 Credits)

Theory of population growth and regulation, life tables, and theory of competition and predation, evolution in ecological settings, community structure and dynamics.

Prerequisite: MATH130, MATH136, or MATH140. And BSCI160 and BSCI161; or BSCI106.

BSCI464 Microbial Ecology (3 Credits)

Interaction of microorganisms with the environment, other microorganisms and with higher organisms. Roles of microorganisms in the biosphere. Microorganisms and current environmental problems.

Prerequisite: BSCI223 and CHEM241. And must have completed CHEM243; or CHEM242.

BSCI465 Behavioral Ecology (3 Credits)

How natural and social environments shape individual behavior. The influence of evolution on patterns of individual adaptation. Use of the evolutionary paradigm to investigate specific problems in animal and human behavior.

Prerequisite: BSCI160 and BSCI161; or BSCI106. And BSCI222.

BSCI467 Freshwater Biology (4 Credits)

Biology and ecology of freshwater invertebrates in lotic and lentic habitats, their adaptation to aquatic life, their function in aquatic ecosystems, and their relationship to environmental deterioration. Laboratory will include field trips, demonstrations, and identifications.

Prerequisite: Permission of CMNS-Biological Sciences UG Program.

BSCI471 Molecular Evolution (3 Credits)

Patterns of DNA sequence variation within and between species, caused by nucleotide changes and the movement of transposable elements. Theories of molecular evolution, such as the neutral theory. Molecular clock hypothesis: its importance as a practical empirical tool in molecular genetics and systematics and its theoretical foundation.

Prerequisite: BSCI222; or permission of CMNS-Biology department.

BSCI472 Evolutionary Biology of Plants (3 Credits)

Evolution in plant populations. The pace, pattern, and mechanisms of evolution will be discussed within a genetic and ecological framework. Some emphasis will be placed on processes that are unique to the evolution of plants.

Prerequisite: BSCI160 and BSCI161; or BSCI106. And BSCI222.

BSCI473 Marine Ecology (3 Credits)

Courses in evolution and animal behavior are strongly recommended. A detailed analysis of the evolutionary ecology of marine invertebrates; emphasis on testing of theories and on current literature.

Prerequisite: BSCI207.

BSCI480 Arthropod Form and Function (4 Credits)

Survey of the morphological, systematic and physiological diversity of the phylum Arthropoda.

Prerequisite: Permission of CMNS-Entomology (AGNR).

BSCI481 Insect Diversity and Classification (4 Credits)

The techniques of collecting insects in the field and their classification into the latest hierarchical scheme. Field trips will visit habitats throughout the state. An insect collection is required.

Prerequisite: BSCI337.

BSCI483 Medical and Veterinary Entomology (4 Credits)

A study of the morphology, taxonomy, biology and control of the arthropod parasites and disease vectors of man and animals. The ecology and behavior of vectors in relation to disease transmission will be emphasized.

Prerequisite: Permission of CMNS-Biological Sciences UG Program.

BSCI488 Summer Biology Institutes (1-8 Credits)

BSCI493 Medicinal and Poisonous Plants (3 Credits)

A study of plants important to humans that have medicinal or poisonous properties. Emphasis on plant source, plant description, the active agent and its beneficial or detrimental physiological action and effects.

Prerequisite: (BSCI170 and BSCI171; or BSCI105); and must have completed CHEM233. Or 4 credits in BSCI courses.

BSCI494 Animal-Plant Interactions (3 Credits)

Theoretical, conceptual and applied aspects of the ecological interactions between plants and animals.

Prerequisite: BSCI160 and BSCI161; or BSCI106. And permission of CMNS-Biological Sciences UG Program.

BSCI497 Insect Pests of Ornamentals and Turf (4 Credits)

The recognition, biology and management of insects and mites injurious to ornamental shrubs, trees, greenhouse crops, and turf. Emphasis on Integrated Pest Management (IPM).