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Spring 2013 Semester
Apr 21, 2014
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BIOL 1000 - Biology at Northeastern
Introduces first-year students in biology to the liberal arts in general; familiarizes them with their major; helps them develop the academic skills necessary to succeed (analytical ability and critical thinking); provides grounding in the culture and values of the University community; and helps them develop interpersonal skills—in short, familiarizes students with all skills needed to become a successful university student.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

BIOL 1101 - Principles of Biology 1
Focuses on the basic architecture of cells, cellular organelles, and their molecular components; information and heredity; and mechanisms of evolution. Coreq. BIOL 1102.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Science/Tech Lvl 1, UG College of Science

BIOL 1102 - Lab for BIOL 1101
Accompanies BIOL 1101. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Coreq. BIOL 1101.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

BIOL 1103 - Principles of Biology 2
Continues BIOL 1101. Focuses on the evolution of structural and functional diversity of organisms; the integrative biology of multicellular organisms; and ecological relationships at the population, community, and ecosystem levels. Prereq. BIOL 1101 or BIOL 1111. Coreq. BIOL 1104.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

BIOL 1104 - Lab for BIOL 1103
Accompanies BIOL 1103. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Coreq. BIOL 1103.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

BIOL 1105 - Beginning Scuba
Focuses on basic skin diving and scuba diving skills, with emphasis on safety. Requires lab fee.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

BIOL 1106 - Introduction to Experiential Education
Provides students with information about the cooperative education program, the experiential education requirement, and other experiential opportunities. Students work in small groups to practice résumé writing and interview skills.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

BIOL 1111 - General Biology 1
Examines the basic architecture of cells, cellular organelles, and their molecular components; information and heredity; and the mechanisms of evolution. Coreq. BIOL 1112.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Science/Tech Lvl 1, UG College of Science

BIOL 1112 - Lab for BIOL 1111
Accompanies BIOL 1111. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Coreq. BIOL 1111.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

BIOL 1113 - General Biology 2
Continues BIOL 1111. Examines the evolution of structural and functional diversity of organisms; the integrative biology of multicellular organisms; and ecological relationships at the population, community, and ecosystem levels. Prereq. BIOL 1101, BIOL 1111, or BIOL 1115. Coreq. BIOL 1114.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

BIOL 1114 - Lab for BIOL 1113
Accompanies BIOL 1113. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Coreq. BIOL 1113.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

BIOL 1115 - General Biology 1 for Engineers
Introduces basic molecular and cellular biology principles and concepts. Offers students an opportunity to begin to apply chemical and engineering principles to further an understanding of selected physiological processes and biological systems. Topics include protein structure and function, cellular organization, energetics, information management, molecular transport, signaling, and motility. Prereq. Engineering students only. Coreq. BIOL 1116.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Science/Tech Lvl 1, UG College of Science

BIOL 1116 - Lab for BIOL 1115
Accompanies BIOL 1115. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Prereq. Engineering students only. Coreq. BIOL 1115.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

BIOL 1117 - Integrated Anatomy and Physiology 1
Introduces students to integrated human anatomy and physiology. Focuses on structure and function of cells and tissues. Presents the anatomy and physiology of skin, bones, muscles, blood, and the nervous system. Coreq. BIOL 1118.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Science/Tech Lvl 1, UG College of Science

BIOL 1118 - Lab for BIOL 1117
Accompanies BIOL 1117. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Coreq. BIOL 1117.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

BIOL 1119 - Integrated Anatomy and Physiology 2
Continues BIOL 1117. Presents the structure and function of the human endocrine, reproductive, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, and digestive systems as well as the regulation of metabolism and body temperature. Prereq. BIOL 1117. Coreq. BIOL 1120.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

BIOL 1120 - Lab for BIOL 1119
Accompanies BIOL 1119. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Coreq. BIOL 1119.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

BIOL 1121 - Basic Microbiology
Focuses on how to identify, control, and live with bacteria and viruses. Emphasizes the mechanisms of disease production, natural host defense systems, and medical interventions. Coreq. BIOL 1122.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Science/Tech Lvl 1, UG College of Science

BIOL 1122 - Lab for BIOL 1121
Accompanies BIOL 1121. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Coreq. BIOL 1121.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

BIOL 1141 - Microbes and Society
Introduces the unseen world of microorganisms. Students analyze how the growth and behavior of this diverse group of organisms affect many aspects of human society including agriculture and food preparation; drug development and manufacture; liquid and solid waste management; genetic engineering; geochemical cycles; and health and disease.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core MOI: Natural World, NU Core Science/Tech Lvl 1, UG College of Science

BIOL 1143 - Biology and Society
Overviews how biology weaves its way across a broad spectrum of complex societal issues. Provides a framework within which students may critically interpret and discuss important biological information provided in public forums. As a result, students are empowered to make informed choices at the policy and personal levels. Students acquire an understanding of the basic principles of biology and apply the scientific process to the analysis of contemporary issues. Using a thematic approach, covers a wide range of issues including the reemergence of plagues, biological weapons and security, the environment, and human health and wellness.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Hist,Ethcl,Asth Prspv, NU Core Science/Tech Lvl 1, UG College of Science

BIOL 1145 - Environment and Humankind
Offers an ecological analysis of human interaction with other organisms. Presents the necessary foundation of biological principles.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core MOI: Natural World, NU Core Science/Tech Lvl 1, UG College of Science

BIOL 1147 - The Human Organism
Introduces the structure and function of the human body. Emphasizes the principles of biological and physical science as they relate to life processes in health and disease.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core MOI: Natural World, NU Core Science/Tech Lvl 1, UG College of Science

BIOL 1149 - Biology of Human Reproduction
Studies sexual and reproductive function in the human male and female, that is, sexual development, coitus, fertilization, pregnancy, birth, and lactation. Discusses the methods of controlling fertility and sexually transmitted diseases. Analyzes factors affecting reproduction and sexuality in human population.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core MOI: Natural World, UG College of Science

BIOL 1151 - Introduction to Marine Biology
Presents the major physical, chemical, and geological properties of the ocean. Focuses on life in the marine environment as well as the structure and function of marine ecosystems. Includes the study of human interactions with the sea such as the acquisition of marine resources, human impacts, and marine biotechnology.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core MOI: Natural World, NU Core Science/Tech Lvl 1, UG College of Science

BIOL 1990 - Elective
Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. Prereq. Permission of instructor.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Off-campus instruction

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Do not publish in schedule, UG College of Science

BIOL 2297 - Inquiries in Behavioral and Evolutionary Biology
Focuses on the latest developments in the field. Offers students an opportunity to explore both scientific practice and progress through readings, discussion, and projects. Offers students an opportunity to expand and deepen their understanding of fundamental biological principles at the behavioral, ecological, and evolutionary levels. Prereq. Open only to freshman biology, biochemistry, and behavioral neuroscience students with AP biology credit.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

BIOL 2299 - Inquiries in Cell and Molecular Biology
Focuses on the latest developments in the field. Offers students an opportunity to explore both scientific practice and progress through readings, discussion, and projects and to expand and deepen their understanding of fundamental biological principles at the cellular and molecular level. Prereq. Open only to freshman biology, biochemistry, and behavioral neuroscience students with AP biology credit.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

BIOL 2301 - Genetics and Molecular Biology
Focuses on mechanisms of inheritance, gene-genome structure and function, and developmental genetics and evolution. Examples are drawn from the broad spectrum of plants, animals, fungi, bacteria, and viruses. Topics and analytical approaches include transmission genetics, molecular biology and gene regulation, DNA molecular methods, quantitative and population genetics, bioinformatics, genomics, and proteomics. Prereq. (a) BIOL 1101, BIOL 1111, or BIOL 1115 and (b) CHEM 1214 or CHEM 1220. Coreq. BIOL 2302.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Analysis, NU Core Math/Anly Think Lvl 2, UG College of Science

BIOL 2302 - Lab for BIOL 2301
Accompanies BIOL 2301. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Coreq. BIOL 2301.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

BIOL 2311 - Ecology
Considers physical and chemical factors of the environment as they affect the distribution of organisms and as they may in turn be affected by the organisms. Includes population dynamics, species interactions, population genetics (briefly), the development of communities, and the structure and function of ecosystems. Prereq. (a) BIOL 1103 or BIOL 1113 and (b) CHEM 1151, CHEM 1211, or CHEM 1217 and (c) ENGL 1111 or ENGL 1102. Coreq. BIOL 2312.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, UG College of Science

BIOL 2312 - Lab for BIOL 2311
Accompanies BIOL 2311. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Coreq. BIOL 2311.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

BIOL 2313 - Plant Biology
Examines the biology and diversity of plants and plant-like organisms. Explores the relationships between humans and plants by looking at plants through three different perspectives: feeding a starving world; curing a sick world; and engineering a better world. Employs case studies to highlight major themes. Prereq. (a) BIOL 1103 or BIOL 1113 and (b) ENGL 1111 or ENGL 1102.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, UG College of Science

BIOL 2314 - Lab for BIOL 2313
Accompanies BIOL 2313. Covers topics from the course through various experiments.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

BIOL 2315 - Invertebrate Zoology
Explores functional morphology, systematics, ecology, and phylogenetic relationships of the major invertebrate phyla. Prereq. (a) BIOL 1103 or BIOL 1113 and (b) ENGL 1111 or ENGL 1102. Coreq. BIOL 2316.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, UG College of Science

BIOL 2316 - Lab for BIOL 2315
Accompanies BIOL 2315. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Coreq. BIOL 2315.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

BIOL 2317 - Vertebrate Zoology
Explores functional morphology, systematics, ecology, and phylogenetic relationships of the major vertebrate phyla. Prereq. (a) BIOL 1103 or BIOL 1113 and (b) ENGL 1111 or ENGL 1102. Coreq. BIOL 2318.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, UG College of Science

BIOL 2318 - Lab for BIOL 2317
Accompanies BIOL 2317. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Coreq. BIOL 2317.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

BIOL 2319 - Cell Biology
Introduces physiological control systems including transport processes, cellular basis of nerve function, action of chemical messengers and regulators, and principles of cellular contraction and motility. Prereq. (a) BIOL 2301 and (b) CHEM 2311 or CHEM 2315 and (c) ENGL 1111 or ENGL 1102. Coreq. BIOL 2320.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, UG College of Science

BIOL 2320 - Lab for BIOL 2319
Accompanies BIOL 2319. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Coreq. BIOL 2319.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

BIOL 2321 - Microbiology
Introduces morphological, ecological, and biochemical consideration of representative groups of bacteria. Introduces virology and microbial genetics; host-parasite relationships, prokaryotes of medical significance; and physical and chemical controls of microbial growth. Prereq. (a) BIOL 2301 and (b) ENGL 1111 or ENGL 1102. Coreq. BIOL 2322.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, UG College of Science

BIOL 2322 - Lab for BIOL 2321
Accompanies BIOL 2321. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Coreq. BIOL 2321.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

BIOL 2323 - Biochemistry
Covers structure and function of biomolecules, central concepts of bioenergetics and thermodynamics, enzyme kinetics and regulation, and metabolic pathways. Prereq. (a) BIOL 2301 and (b) CHEM 2313 or CHEM 2317 and (c) ENGL 1111 or ENGL 1102. Coreq. BIOL 2324.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, UG College of Science

BIOL 2324 - Lab for BIOL 2323
Accompanies BIOL 2323. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Coreq. BIOL 2323.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

BIOL 2325 - Marine Biology
Examines biological aspects of ocean ecosystems and the physical processes that regulate them in this interdisciplinary course. Topics include the distributions, abundances, and interactions of marine organisms; interactions between organisms and the transformation and flux of energy and matter in marine ecosystems; aspects of physiology related to marine species distributions, abundances, and roles. Prereq. (a) BIOL 1101 or BIOL 1111 and (b) BIOL 1103 or BIOL 1113 and (c) CHEM 1214 (which latter may be taken concurrently) and (d) ENGL 1111 or ENGL 1102. Coreq. BIOL 2326.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, UG College of Science

BIOL 2326 - Lab for BIOL 2325
Accompanies BIOL 2325. Covers topics from the lecture course through discussions and experiments. Coreq. BIOL 2325.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

BIOL 2990 - Elective
Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. Prereq. Permission of instructor.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Off-campus instruction

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Do not publish in schedule, UG College of Science

BIOL 3401 - Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
Examines the morphology and phylogeny of the vertebrates. Prereq. BIOL 1103 or BIOL 1113. Coreq. BIOL 3402.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

BIOL 3402 - Lab for BIOL 3401
Accompanies BIOL 3401. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Coreq. BIOL 3401.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

BIOL 3403 - Animal Behavior
Examines the evolution of animal behavior. Topics include how behaviors have evolved, the adaptive function of behavior, and the relative roles of genes and the environment in the development of behavior. Behaviors from feeding and reproductive strategies to communication and social behavior are considered. Implications for human behavior are considered. Prereq. BIOL 2301 or PSYC 3458.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

BIOL 3405 - Neurobiology
Introduces the cellular and molecular functioning of the nervous system, the organization of neurons into circuits, the processing of information, and the generation of motor output. Prereq. BIOL 1103 or BIOL 1113 or PSYC 3458.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

BIOL 3407 - Molecular Cell Biology
Integrates molecular biology and biochemistry in the cellular context. Emphasizes the organization and replication of genomes, the regulation of gene expression, the structures and function of organelles, and the mechanisms of signal transduction. Prereq. BIOL 2323.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

BIOL 3409 - Current Topics in Biology
Examines selected topics in biology. Topics vary each semester.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

BIOL 3990 - Elective
Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. Prereq. Permission of instructor.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Off-campus instruction

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Do not publish in schedule, UG College of Science

BIOL 4701 - Biology Capstone
Integrates and assesses the concepts and skills obtained from the entire biology curriculum including both experiential and classroom-based components. Requires extensive reflection by students on their various educational experiences as well as written summaries of these reflections, library and Internet research of scientific questions related to the experiences, and preparation of presentations of this research (oral, poster, and/or Web site). All phases are accompanied by class discussion and critique. Required for biology majors and can be used to fulfill the experiential education requirement. Prereq. Junior or senior standing, 75 SH of course work, at least one approved experiential activity, and completion of advanced writing in the disciplines.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Capstone, NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, UG College of Science

BIOL 4970 - Junior/Senior Honors Project 1
Focuses on in-depth project in which a student conducts research or produces a product related to the student’s major field. Culminating experience in the University Honors Program. Combined with Junior/Senior Project 2 or college-defined equivalent for 8 credit honors project. Prereq. Honors Program participation and permission of instructor.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Individual Instruction

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Honors, Do not publish in schedule, UG College of Science

BIOL 4971 - Junior/Senior Honors Project 2
Focuses on second semester of in-depth project in which a student conducts research or produces a product related to the student’s major field. Culminating experience in the University Honors Program. Prereq. BIOL 4970, Honors Program participation, and permission of instructor.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Individual Instruction

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Honors, Do not publish in schedule, UG College of Science

BIOL 4990 - Elective
Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. Prereq. Permission of instructor.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Off-campus instruction

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Do not publish in schedule, UG College of Science

BIOL 4991 - Research
Offers independent laboratory research work on a chosen topic under the direction of members of the department. Course content depends on instructor. Prereq. Permission of instructor.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Individual Instruction

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

BIOL 4992 - Directed Study
Offers independent work under the direction of members of the department on a chosen topic. Course content depends on instructor. Prereq. Permission of instructor.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Individual Instruction

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Do not publish in schedule, UG College of Science

BIOL 4993 - Independent Study
Offers independent work under the direction of members of the department on a chosen topic. Course content depends on instructor. Prereq. Permission of advisor.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Individual Instruction

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Do not publish in schedule, UG College of Science

BIOL 4994 - Internship
Offers students an opportunity for internship work. Prereq. Permission of instructor.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Individual Instruction

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

BIOL 4996 - Experiential Education Directed Study
Draws upon the student’s approved experiential activity and integrates it with study in the academic major. Restricted to those students who are using the course to fulfill their experiential education requirement. Prereq. Permission of instructor.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Off-campus instruction

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Do not publish in schedule, NU Core Experiential Learning, UG College of Science

BIOL 5100 - Biology Colloquium
Offers a series of colloquia in biological research by invited experts on current topics. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
GS College of Science

BIOL 5103 - Marine Biology Careers Seminar
Covers the information and tools needed to begin pursuing career opportunities in marine biology. Encourages students to explore a variety of career paths, construct résumés, contact potential employers for their internship and permanent positions. Presents invited speakers from state and federal agencies, and from private consulting firms, to talk about their work and career track. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
GS College of Science

BIOL 5306 - Biological Clocks
Examines the expression of endogenously generated twenty-four-hour (circadian) rhythms in eukaryotic life, emphasizing theoretical foundations as well as current research strategies for understanding how biological clocks work. Presents analytic principles essential for understanding biological rhythmicity in any organism at any level of organization. Emphasizes strategies used to understand the concrete mechanisms underlying biological rhythmicity. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
GS College of Science

BIOL 5307 - Biological Electron Microscopy
Presents techniques of electron microscopy applied to biological materials. Discusses specimen preparation, fixation, thin-sectioning, staining, operation of the microscopes, photographic techniques, and interpretation of electron micrographs. Requires student seminars and project. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
GS College of Science

BIOL 5308 - Lab for BIOL 5307
Designed for graduate and advanced undergraduate students with no formal training in electron microscopy. Offers students an opportunity to acquire a thorough working knowledge of transmission and scanning electron microscopy by having each student process specimens from living tissue through the production of electron micrographs. This involves standard specimen preparation protocols including fixation, embedding, ultramicrotomy, staining, critical point drying, and sputter coating, as well as the independent operation of state-of-the-art electron microscopy equipment. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
GS College of Science

BIOL 5499 - Plant Biotechnology
Designed as an introductory course on plant biotechnology for upper-level undergraduates and first-year graduate students. Using examples from current research, offers students an opportunity to review the technology used to modify and improve economically important plants for sustainable agriculture as well as for the production of pharmaceutical and medicinal products. Specific topics include principles of plant heredity and genetics (molecular biology), plant breeding and improvement, hormones and growth regulators, gene isolation, plant tissue culture and transformation, plant-based pharmaceutical production, and stress tolerance and improvement. The course consists of weekly lectures, laboratory demonstrations, and review sessions of recent literature. Prereq. CHEM 2311, BIOL 2313, or graduate standing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
GS College of Science

BIOL 5501 - Marine Botany
Studies the structure, taxonomy, ecology, and evolution of marine plants. Lectures include relationships to other plants, ecological role, and economic importance of marine algae. Includes field trips to a variety of local habitats. Prereq. (a) BIOL 2311 and junior or senior standing or (b) graduate standing. Coreq. BIOL 5502.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
GS College of Science

BIOL 5502 - Lab for BIOL 5501
Accompanies BIOL 5501. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. BIOL 5501.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5503 - Marine Invertebrate Zoology
Examines the morphology, physiology, life history, systematics, and ecology of marine invertebrates at the phylum and class level, using the comparative approach. Laboratories emphasize functional morphology and identification. Prereq. (a) BIOL 2311 and junior or senior standing or (b) graduate standing. Coreq. BIOL 5504.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5504 - Lab for BIOL 5503
Accompanies BIOL 5503. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. BIOL 5503.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5505 - Biology of Corals
Focuses on the biology of Scleractinian reef-building corals and associated anthozoans found in coral reef ecosystems. Topics include systematics, anatomy, physiology, and population biology of corals, with an emphasis on the latest techniques employed by coral molecular biologists and physiologists. Prereq. (a) BIOL 2311 and junior or senior standing or (b) graduate standing.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5507 - Biology and Ecology of Fishes
Presents an examination of the systematics, functional morphology, and behavioral, larval, and community ecology of reef fishes through lectures. Field and laboratory experiments focus on morphology, behavior, and community ecology of reef fishes. Prereq. (a) BIOL 2311 and junior or senior standing or (b) graduate standing.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5509 - Marine Birds and Mammals
Studies principles of classification, anatomy, physiology, behavior, and evolution of seabirds and marine mammals. Also addresses conservation and protection of animals and essential habitat. Includes field trips to observe local species. Prereq. (a) BIOL 2311 and junior or senior standing or (b) graduate standing. Coreq. BIOL 5510.
2.000 Credit hours
2.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5510 - Lab for BIOL 5509
Accompanies BIOL 5509. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. BIOL 5509.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5513 - Tropical Terrestrial Ecology
Studies the animals, plants, and ecosystems of the new world tropics, with the community structure and diversity of terrestrial Jamaican habitats as an example. Includes field trips to lowland forests, carbonate caves, and the Blue Mountain mist-montane forest. The issue of land use and development vs. conservation is a recurring theme. Prereq. (a) BIOL 2311 and junior or senior standing or (b) graduate standing.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5515 - Marine Ecology
Examines processes and interactions in ocean ecosystems. Topics include an introduction to major ocean ecosystems; the biotic and abiotic factors influencing the distributions, abundances, and interactions of marine organisms; and the transformation and flux of energy and matter in marine systems. Particularly emphasizes local coastal habitats, which are used to demonstrate quantitative field research methods. Prereq. (a) BIOL 2311 and junior or senior standing or (b) graduate standing. Coreq. BIOL 5516.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5516 - Lab for BIOL 5515
Accompanies BIOL 5515. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Coreq. BIOL 5515.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5517 - Oceanography
Examines processes important to coastal ocean ecosystems by presenting biological, chemical, and physical oceanographic concepts. Examines the productivity of coastal oceans, biogeochemical cycling, and atmosphere-ocean interactions. Prereq. (a) BIOL 2311 and junior or senior standing or (b) graduate standing. Coreq. BIOL 5518.
2.000 Credit hours
2.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5518 - Lab for BIOL 5517
Accompanies BIOL 5517. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. BIOL 5517.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5519 - Ocean and Coastal Processes
Examines the coupling between physical and biological processes on coral reefs and adjacent habitats. Focuses on biophysical, oceanographic, and benthic-pelagic processes acting in coral reef and associated nearshore ecosystems. Specific topics include oceanographic forcing mechanisms, organismal biomechanics, hydrodynamics, and nutrient dynamics. Prereq. (a) BIOL 2311 and junior or senior standing or (b) graduate standing.
2.000 Credit hours
2.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5520 - Coral Reef Ecology
Examines the ecology and paleoecology of coral reefs. This course highlights the ecological importance of coral reefs and associated nearshore communities, ecosystem function, changes in reef biotas through geologic time, and the causes and consequences of reef degradation worldwide. Prereq. (a) BIOL 2311 and junior or senior standing or (b) graduate standing.
2.000 Credit hours
2.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5521 - Experimental Design Marine Ecology
Provides the tools necessary for the proper design of ecological experiments and their analysis. Focuses on experimental designs tailored for analysis of variance (ANOVA). Principles of design are illustrated with several short-term experiments. Prereq. (a) BIOL 2311 and junior or senior standing or (b) graduate standing. Coreq. BIOL 5522.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5522 - Lab for BIOL 5521
Accompanies BIOL 5521. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. BIOL 5521.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5523 - Molecular Marine Biology
Uses molecular approaches (electrophoresis and DNA) to determine genetic relationships at the population and species level for the study of ecological and evolutionary questions. Techniques learned are applied to research projects. Prereq. (a) BIOL 2301 and junior or senior standing or (b) graduate standing.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5525 - Marine Microbial Ecology
Examines the diversity of marine microorganisms and recent advances in the area of microbial ecology. Emphasizes the structure and function of microbial food webs in marine communities. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. BIOL 5526.
2.000 Credit hours
2.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5526 - Lab for BIOL 5525
Accompanies BIOL 5525. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. BIOL 5525.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5527 - Marine Conservation Biology
Examines several critical issues facing marine ecosystems, including invasive species, marine pollution and eutrophication, fisheries impacts, physical alteration of habitats, and global climate change. Students spend field time surveying intertidal and subtidal habitats within the Wrigley Marine Life Refuge and in adjacent habitats outside the reserve as part of a long-term monitoring effort. Prereq. (a) BIOL 2311 and junior or senior standing or (b) graduate standing.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5529 - Physiological and Molecular Marine Ecology
Explores the physiological responses of marine organisms to variations in environmental factors. Uses complementary techniques, including molecular and physiological approaches, to determine genetic relationships at the species and population level and elucidate the mechanistic basis of organismic responses to environmental conditions at the level of genes and gene products. Prereq. (a) BIOL 2311 and junior or senior standing or (b) graduate standing.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5531 - Molecular Ecology and Evolution
Exposes students to the molecular techniques and analyses used to examine the genetic relationships among individuals, populations, and species. Coreq. BIOL 5532.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5532 - Lab for BIOL 5531
Accompanies BIOL 5531. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Coreq. BIOL 5531.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5533 - Vertebrate Microanatomy
Deals with the structure and function of cells, tissues, and organs in vertebrate animals at light and electron microscopic levels.Prereq. (a) BIOL 1101, BIOL 1103, BIOL 2301, CHEM 1214, and junior or senior standing or (b) graduate standing. Coreq. BIOL 5534.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5534 - Lab for BIOL 5533
Accompanies BIOL 5533. Seeks to enable the student to identify microscopically the structures of cells, tissues, and organs in vertebrate animals at light and electron microscopic levels. Coreq. BIOL 5533.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5541 - Endocrinology
Explores the endocrine regulation of physiological systems, emphasizing current research. Lectures provide background, followed by analysis of primary literature and case studies. Topics include growth, reproduction, nutrient utilization, stress, and environmental endocrine disruption. Emphasizes humans but includes material on other animals, including invertebrates. Prereq. (a) BIOL 2319 and junior or senior standing or (b) BIOL 2323 and junior or senior standing or (c) BIOL 3405 and junior or senior standing or (d) graduate standing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5543 - Embryonic Stem Cells
Explores the biological basis for an understanding of embryonic stem cells and their potential for curing a variety of diseases. Covers both theoretical and methodological topics. Student presentations and discussions constitute a large portion of the course. Prereq. (a) BIOL 2323, BIOL 3407, and junior or senior standing or (b) graduate standing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5545 - Neuroethology
Concentrates on the mechanisms underlying behavior of model invertebrates and lower vertebrates. Aims to develop a framework to explain behavior in terms of properties and connectivity of neuronal circuits. Topics include cellular biology of neurons and neuronal circuits, the organization of sensory and motor systems, and field and lab analysis of simple behaviors. Prereq. (a) BIOL 3405 and junior or senior standing or (b) PSYC 3458 and junior or senior standing or (c) graduate standing. Coreq. BIOL 5546.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5546 - Lab for BIOL 5545
Accompanies BIOL 5545. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. BIOL 5545.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5547 - Sociobiology
Focuses on the biological basis for the evolution of social behavior. Incorporates ethology (animal behavior), ecology, population biology, and evolutionary theory to explain the origins and diversity of social organization in animals. Reviews studies of nonhuman animals that best illustrate evolutionary principles and theories. Reviews information on human behavior where applicable and studies it within an evolutionary perspective. Through practical and theoretical assignments, helps students understand research in the areas of ethology and sociobiology, and provides them with novel tools to interpret the natural world around them in a very different way. Prereq. (a) BIOL 2301 and junior or senior standing or (b) graduate standing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5549 - Microbial Biotechnology
Offers readings and seminar-style discussion from the current literature on important inventions and practical applications in biotechnology, with a focus on drug discovery. Prereq. (a) BIOL 2301 and junior or senior standing or (b) graduate standing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5551 - Principles of Animal Physiology
Covers function and regulation of major physiological systems in animals including cellular and organismal energy metabolism, thermoregulation, muscle and movements, circulation, respiration, and salt and water balance. Emphasizes vertebrates including humans, but material on invertebrates is included where appropriate for understanding general principles. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. BIOL 5552.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5552 - Lab for BIOL 5551
Accompanies BIOL 5551. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. BIOL 5551.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5553 - Biology of Muscle: Molecules to Movements
Examines the biology of skeletal muscle and movement in an integrated fashion. Considers the biochemical, physiological, and structural properties of skeletal muscle that adapt it to diverse mechanical functions. Examines the structure and function of the contractile proteins and their assembly into sarcomeres. Considers the regulation of these elements through excitation-contraction coupling. Reviews the metabolic machinery that supplies the energy for contraction, with emphasis on the regulatory systems that link energy supply and demand and the overall efficiency of contraction. Presents the architectural organization of muscle fibers and connective tissue elements to form mechanical linkages to the skeleton. This information is integrated by analyzing the function and performance of skeletal muscle during movement. Considers locomotor systems including swimming, flying, running, and jumping. Prereq. (a) BIOL 4551 and junior or senior standing or (b) graduate standing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5559 - Entomology
Studies the biology of insects and related arthropods including their anatomy, morphology, physiology, development, taxonomy, ecology, behavior, and life histories. Includes field and laboratory study of insect biology. Prereq. (a) BIOL 2301 and junior or senior standing or (b) graduate standing. Coreq. BIOL 5560.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5560 - Lab for BIOL 5559
Accompanies BIOL 5559. Covers topics from the course through field and laboratory study, including insect collection. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. BIOL 5559.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5561 - Herpetology
Offers a survey of the amphibians and reptiles of the world, with emphasis on eastern North America. Topics include morphology, physiology, systematics, paleontology, ecology, zoogeography, and behavior. Includes field trips to observe the habitats and behavior of local herpetofauna. Laboratory emphasizes systematics and ecology. Prereq. (a) BIOL 2311 and junior or senior standing or (b) BIOL 2317 and junior or senior standing or (c) graduate standing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5562 - Lab for BIOL 5561
Accompanies BIOL 5561. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5563 - Ornithology
Offers a survey of the birds of the world including morphology, physiology, systematics, behavior, ecology, zoogeography, and paleontology. Laboratory focuses on the identification and ecology of the avifauna of the Northeast, with field trips in eastern Massachusetts. Prereq. (a) BIOL 2311 and junior or senior standing or (b) BIOL 2317 and junior or senior standing or (c) graduate standing. Coreq. BIOL 5564.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5564 - Lab for BIOL 5563
Accompanies BIOL 5563. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. BIOL 5563.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5565 - Mammalogy
Provides a survey of the mammals of the world including morphology, physiology, systematics, behavior, ecology, zoogeography, and paleontology. Laboratory focuses on the identification of the mammals of eastern North America and techniques used to study them. Includes a three-day field trip to observe mammals and employ techniques. Prereq. (a) BIOL 2311 and junior or senior standing or (b) BIOL 2317 and junior or senior standing or (c) graduate standing. Coreq. BIOL 5566.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5566 - Lab for BIOL 5565
Accompanies BIOL 5565. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. BIOL 5565.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5567 - Wildlife Biology
Presents concepts and techniques utilized in the conservation and study of wild animals including the sociological aspects of management. Topics include habitat management, nonnative species, zoonoses, endangered species, legislation, and financing. Includes extended field trips to observe various ecosystems and wildlife. Prereq. (a) BIOL 2311 or BIOL 5565 and (b) junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. BIOL 5568.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5568 - Lab for BIOL 5567
Accompanies BIOL 5567. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. BIOL 5567.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5569 - Microbial Developmental Physiology and Genetics
Focuses on how microorganisms develop, exchange, and regulate genes, and survive in various environments. Emphasizes experimental design and proof, particularly as related to genetic exchange, gene regulation, single and multicellular development, and cell-cell communication. Prereq. (a) BIOL 2321, BIOL 2323, and junior or senior standing or (b) graduate standing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5571 - Microbial Ecology
Focuses on the fundamental role of microbial communities in the function of the biosphere. Surveys the diversity of microorganisms, their ecological strategies, and interactions in aquatic and soil communities, deep sea vent and subsurface rock environments, extreme conditions of Antarctic ice, and boiling springs. Prereq. (a) BIOL 2321 and junior or senior standing or (b) graduate standing. Coreq. BIOL 5572.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5572 - Lab for BIOL 5571
Accompanies BIOL 5571. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. BIOL 5571.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5573 - Medical Microbiology
Emphasizes host-parasite interactions: virulence, toxins, natural flora, and immunological responses; characteristics of the common bacterial, rickettsial, and protozoal infections in humans; and epidemiology, pathology, vaccines, and chemotherapy. Prereq. (a) BIOL 2321 and junior or senior standing or (b) graduate standing. Coreq. BIOL 5574.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5574 - Lab for BIOL 5573
Accompanies BIOL 5573. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. BIOL 5573.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5575 - Parasitology
Examines the symbiotic relationships of parasitic protozoans, flatworms, nematodes, and arthropods. Prereq. (a) BIOL 2301 and junior or senior standing or (b) graduate standing. Coreq. BIOL 5576.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5576 - Lab for BIOL 5575
Accompanies BIOL 5575. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing. Coreq. BIOL 5575.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5577 - Developmental Biology
Focuses on organismal development at cellular, molecular, and anatomical levels. Topics include gametogenesis, fertilization, cleavage, gastrulation, organogenesis, and metamorphosis. Invertebrates and vertebrates provide descriptive and experimental models. Laboratory work emphasizes echinoderms, amphibians, birds, and mammals. Prereq. (a) BIOL 2301 and junior or senior standing or (b) graduate standing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5578 - Lab for BIOL 5577
Accompanies BIOL 5577. Covers topics from the course through various experiments. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5579 - Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Experimental Approaches
Introduces experimental design in biochemistry and molecular biology. Covers database analysis, recombinant DNA, in vitro mutagenesis, and kinetic properties of enzymes. Includes approximately two hours of lecture/presentations/discussion and six hours of lab per week. Prereq. (a) BIOL 2323 and junior or senior standing or (b) graduate standing.
5.000 Credit hours
5.000 Lab hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5581 - Biological Imaging
Illustrates imaging principles and techniques and their application to biological problems. Topics vary and may include microscopic and macroscopic approaches in areas such as cellular and neurobiology, ecology, and biochemistry. Prereq. (a) BIOL 2301 and junior or senior standing or (b) graduate standing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5583 - Immunology
Provides an overview of the structure and function of genes, proteins, and cells involved in the generation of the immune response. Emphasis is on molecular immunology and immunogenetics. Prereq. (a) BIOL 2323 and junior or senior standing or (b) graduate standing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5585 - Evolution
Discusses history of evolutionary theory and lines of evidence. Emphasis is on mechanisms of speciation. Introduces and discusses current evolutionary topics. Prereq. (a) BIOL 2301 and junior or senior standing or (b) graduate standing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5586 - Lab for BIOL 5585
Accompanies BIOL 5585. Students make presentations during laboratory. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5587 - Comparative Neurobiology
Presents a cellular approach to structure and function of the nervous system. Topics include neuronal anatomy, phylogeny of nervous systems, electrophysiology of membrane conductances, synaptic transmission, integration in nerve cells, neuronal networks, sensory systems, motor systems, sensory-motor integration, development and regeneration of neuronal connectivity, and fundamentals of neurotechnology for biomedics. Focuses on the development of these concepts from the primary research literature. A term project involves the design of a simple nervous system for a hypothetical animal. Prereq. (a) BIOL 3405 and junior or senior standing or (b) PSYC 3458 and junior or senior standing or (c) graduate standing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5589 - Diving Research Methods
Presents experimental design, sampling methodology, statistical analysis, techniques, and the use of underwater equipment to conduct subtidal research. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing.
2.000 Credit hours
2.000 Lab hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5601 - Multidisciplinary Approaches in Motor Control
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4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5603 - Computational Neuroscience
Covers applications of computational methods to current problems in cellular and systems neuroscience. Draws examples from such biological domains as sensory encoding, motor control, cortical information processing, memory storage and retrieval, neuronal decision making, animal learning paradigms and cognitive architectures. Emphasizes neuronal computation, realistic network modeling, and associated analytical techniques. Prereq. (a) Either BIOL 3405 or PSYC 3458 and junior or senior standing or (b) graduate standing; biology, biotechnology, bioinformatics, behavioral neuroscience, and psychology students only or permission of instructor.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5976 - Directed Study
Offers independent work under the direction of members of the department on a chosen topic. Course content depends on instructor. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing and permission of department.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Individual Instruction

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 5978 - Independent Study
Offers independent work under the direction of members of the department on a chosen topic. Course content depends on instructor. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing and permission of department.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Individual Instruction

Biology Department

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BIOL 5984 - Research
Offers an opportunity to conduct research under faculty supervision. Prereq. Junior, senior, or graduate standing and permission of instructor.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Individual Instruction

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 6200 - Bioinformatics Programming
Surveys programming techniques using examples and exercises from bioinformatics. Python is the main programming language used, and the course ends with a brief introduction to Perl. Topics include string operations, file manipulations, regular expressions, object-oriented programming, database access, and an introduction to the BioPython/BioPerl libraries. Substantial out-of-classroom assignments are an essential instructional component. Most students have had at least some prior programming experience, but that is not a requirement.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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GS College of Science

BIOL 6300 - Biochemistry
Studies the structure and function of biomolecules, with an emphasis on proteins; enzyme catalysis; and cellular metabolism, with an emphasis on bioenergetics and carbohydrate/lipid. Prereq. Biotechnology, biology, and pharmaceutical sciences students only.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
GS College of Science

BIOL 6301 - Molecular Cell Biology
Integrates biochemistry and molecular biology in the cellular context. Emphasizes the organization and replication of genomes, the regulation of gene expression, the structure and function of organelles, and the mechanisms of signal transduction. Prereq. BIOL 6300; biotechnology, biology, and pharmaceutical sciences students only.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
GS College of Science

BIOL 6303 - Neurobiology and Behavior
Offers a lecture course that aims to provide a comprehensive overview of behavioral neurobiology, with special emphasis on a neuroethological approach. At the end of the course, the successful student should have a contemporary understanding of the historical development of the behavioral sciences, the major ethological and neurobiological concepts, and the principal mechanisms that govern behavior in animals and humans. Prereq. Biology, bioinformatics, and marine biology students only or permission of instructor.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
GS College of Science

BIOL 6308 - Bioinformatics Computational Methods 1
Offers the first semester of a two-semester sequence on the use of computers in bioinformatics research. Offers students an opportunity to work with current methods and computational algorithms used in contemporary sequence analysis. Teaches practical skills necessary to manage and mine the vast biological information being generated and housed in public databases. Emphasizes the use of Perl as the primary computer language and requires students to learn and understand basic computer logic and syntax, including an introduction to scalars, arrays, hashes, decision statements, loops, subroutines, references, and regular expressions. A focus on fundamental skills, including the command line interface found in the Linux operating system, is designed to prepare students for second-semester applications.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
GS College of Science

BIOL 6309 - Bioinformatics Computational Methods 2
Designed to build upon the core topics covered in BIOL 6308, i.e., use of the computer as a tool for bioinformatics research. Builds upon the Perl language fundamentals covered during the first semester but requires students to apply these fundamentals to a semester-long project. The project includes protein family analysis, multiple sequence analysis, phylogeny, and protein structure analysis. Additionally, students have an opportunity to learn to build, load, connect, and query custom MySQL databases, parse command line flags, and build Perl objects. Prereq. BIOL 6308.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
GS College of Science

BIOL 6380 - Experience in College Teaching
Offers training for and assessment of teaching assignments, with senior graduate student mentorship and faculty supervision. Requires student presentations.
2.000 Credit hours
2.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
GS College of Science

BIOL 6381 - Ethics in Biological Research
Discusses ethical issues relevant to research in the biological sciences. Requires student presentations.
2.000 Credit hours
2.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
GS College of Science

BIOL 6399 - Dynamics of Microbial Ecology
Explores state-of-the-art research on microbial biology of the environment and human body. Focuses on molecular diversity of microbial species and microbial discovery, microbial dynamics across time and space, microbiology of extreme environments, microbial ecology in the genomics age, host-microbe interactions in the human body, and translation of basic microbiology into practice. Emphasizes how new concepts in microbial biology, such as signal-based regulation and cell individuality, may change the current views on organization and function of microbial communities in nature. Prereq. Biology, biotechnology, and bioinformatics students only or permission of instructor.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
GS College of Science

BIOL 6401 - Research Methods and Critical Analysis in Molecular Cell Biology
Encompasses biochemical and cell biological approaches to understanding cell structure and function, including membranes, organelles, vesicle trafficking, cytoskeleton, cell cycle, and signaling. Structured activities integrate critical analysis of recently published literature and methods. Offers students an opportunity to prepare for the professional practice of molecular cell biology. Prereq. Biology graduate students only or permission of instructor.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
GS College of Science

BIOL 6403 - Concepts and Trends in Evolution and Ecology
Presents key concepts and important recent advances in evolution and ecology, including interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the distributions, abundances, and diversity of species, organisms, and molecules. Topics include natural selection, adaptation, speciation, molecular evolution, global change, and perspectives on communities and ecosystems. Discusses and critiques current literature and methods. Prereq. Biology and marine biology students only.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
GS College of Science

BIOL 6960 - Exam Preparation—Master’s
Offers the student the opportunity to prepare for the master’s qualifying exam under faculty supervision.
0.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Individual Instruction

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
GS College of Science, Full-time status

BIOL 6962 - Elective
Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. Prereq. Permission of instructor.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Off-campus instruction

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
GS College of Science

BIOL 6964 - Co-op Work Experience
Provides eligible students with an opportunity for work experience.
0.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Individual Instruction

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
GS College of Science, Full-time status

BIOL 6966 - Practicum
Provides eligible students with an opportunity for practical experience.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Individual Instruction

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
GS College of Science


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