Biological Sciences Courses

Biochemistry, BIOC = 0116

Biological Sciences, BIOL = 0114

Molecular Biology

Biochemistry, BIOC = 0116

4540. Biochemistry I. 3 hours. Chemistry and biochemistry of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids and proteins and nucleic acids; biochemical energetics, enzyme catalysis, vitamins and coenzymes, and their interrelationships in energy-producing cycles and pathways. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 2380. May not be repeated at the graduate level as BIOC 5540.

4550. Biochemistry II. 3 hours. Metabolic pathways in biosynthesis and degradation of lipids, nucleic acids, proteins and carbohydrates; photosynthesis, nitrogen cycle, and metabolic regulation. Prerequisite(s): BIOC 4540 or consent of department. May not be repeated at the graduate level as BIOC 5550.

4560. Biochemistry Laboratory. 2 hours. (l;3) Analysis and characterization of amino acids, peptides, enzymes, lipids, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and metabolic pathways and processes. Techniques include a variety of chromatographic methods, electrophoresis, UV-vis spectroscopy and radiochemistry. Prerequisite(s): BIOC 4540 (may be taken concurrently).

4570. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Gene. 3 hours. Mechanisms and regulation of genetic expression, chromosome replication, mutagenesis and DNA repair, and gene cloning in prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems. May not be used to satisfy minor requirements in chemistry. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 3450, 3510/3520, or BIOC 4540. (Same as BIOL 4570.)

4580. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Gene Laboratory. 2 hours. (0;5) Experiments in recombinant DNA techniques, gene regulation and other areas of molecular biology. Prerequisite(s): credit for or concurrent enrollment in BIOC 4570, or consent of department. (Same as BIOL 4580.)

4940. Honors Research in Biochemistry. 3 hours. (0;6-9) Advanced original independent research supervised by a faculty member in the biological sciences. For students interested in pursuing careers in research or medicine. Prerequisite(s): GPA 3.25 or better in the sciences, at least 12 hours of biology and 16 hours of biochemistry/chemistry, junior or senior standing and departmental approval.

4950. Honors Thesis in Biochemistry. 3 hours. (0;6-9) A continuation of BIOC 4940 involving advanced original independent research culminating in a written report supervised by a faculty member in the biological sciences. The results will be written in standard thesis format and presented orally. For students interested in pursuing careers in research or medicine. Prerequisite(s): BIOC 4940 and departmental approval.

5340. Molecular Biology. 3 hours. Mechanisms and regulation of genetic expression, chromosome replication, mutagenesis and DNA repair, and gene cloning in prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 4570 and 4580, or BIOC 4570 and 4580, and at least two of the following: BIOC 4540, 4550 or 4560, or BIOL 3450, 3510 or 3520. (Same as BIOL 5340.)

5540. Biochemistry. 3 hours. (3;0;1) Chemistry and biochemistry of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids and proteins, and nucleic acids; biochemical energetics, enzyme catalysis, vitamins and coenzymes, and their interrelationships in energy-producing cycles and pathways. A recitation period is scheduled for problem-solving and student reports from the current biochemical literature. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 2380 or consent of department.

5550. Biochemistry. 3 hours. (3;0;1) Continuation of BIOC 5540. Metabolic pathways in biosynthesis and degradation of lipids, nucleic acids, proteins and carbohydrates; photosynthesis, nitrogen cycle, biochemical genetics and metabolic regulation. A recitation period is scheduled for problem-solving and student reports from the current biochemical literature. Prerequisite(s): BIOC 5540 or consent of department.

5680. Selected Topics in Biochemistry. 1-3 hours. Current research interests in the field of biochemistry. Prerequisite(s): consent of department. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

5900-5910. Special Problems. 1-3 hours each. For students capable of developing a problem independently through conferences and activities directed by the instructor. Problem chosen by the student with the consent of the instructor.

5940. Seminar in Current Biochemistry. 1 hour. A study of current literature; current research emphasized. May be repeated for credit.

5950. Master's Thesis. 3 or 6 hours. To be scheduled only with consent of department. 6 hours credit required. No credit assigned until thesis has been completed and filed with the graduate dean. Continuous enrollment required once work on thesis has begun. May be repeated for credit.

6010. Seminar for Doctoral Candidates. 3 hours. Demonstration of competence in a specific area of biochemistry and/or molecular biology as evidenced by criteria established by the faculty. May be repeated for credit.

6600. Advanced Molecular Biology. 3 hours. Genetic structure and regulation of gene expression in prokaryotic and eukaryotic
organisms; mechanisms of gene action, gene/enzyme relationships and metabolic control; biochemical manipulation and characterization of genetic macromolecules. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 4570 or 5340 or equivalent. (Same as BIOL 6600.)

6610. Advanced Intermediary Metabolism and Its Regulation. 3 hours. Advanced intermediary metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, nitrogenous compounds and nucleic acids. Relevant new findings particularly regarding the regulation of these pathways will also be covered. Prerequisite(s): BIOC 4550/5550 or consent of department.

6620. Advanced Cell Biology. 3 hours. Structure and function of animal and plant cells with emphasis on cell membranes, cytoplasmic organelles and the nucleus; readings in current literature. Prerequisite(s): biochemistry, BIOL 3510/3520 or equivalent, or consent of department. (Same as BIOL 6620.)

6630. Protein Structure and Function. 3 hours. An introduction to protein structure. Coverage of recurring structural motifs and the determination of protein structure as it determines enzyme function. Catalytic reaction mechanisms, protein-substrate interactions, and the kinetics of enzyme catalyzed reactions. Prerequisite(s): BIOC 4550 or 5550.

6640. Biochemical Regulation. 3 hours. A study of regulation in metabolic processes and pathways, emphasizing the theories of metabolic flux and enzyme regulation. Fundamental regulatory mechanisms, such as allosterism, covalent protein modification and induction, are discussed in the context of fundamental cell metabolism and signal transduction. Prerequisite(s): BIOC 4550 or 5550, or consent of department.

6650. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry. 3 hours. This course emphasizes contemporary aspects of plant biochemistry and physiology using examples from the current research literature. Lectures will focus on physiological processes that are specialized and unique to higher plants, including photosynthesis, and dormancy. Biochemical and physiological approaches will be integrated as they relate to the overall control of plant growth and development. Prerequisite(s): one of the following: BIOC 4540 or 4550, or BIOL 3510 or 4570, or plant physiology, or consent of the instructor.

6680. Advanced Techniques in Biochemistry. 1-3 hours. Methods and instrumentation currently used in biochemical analyses. Presented in four-week minicourses consisting of 8 hours of lecture and 24 hours of laboratory. Topics vary from year to year but will include, among others, protein sequencing and amino acid analysis, nucleic acid sequencing, tissue culture, monoclonal antibody production, column chromatography, radioisotopes, peptide synthesis, and gel electrophoresis and electrofocusing. Prerequisite(s): consent of department. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

6900-6910. Special Problems. 1-3 hours each. For doctoral students capable of developing a problem independently through conferences and activities directed by the instructor. Problem selected by the student with the consent of the major professor.

6940. Individual Research. 1-12 hours. Doctoral research of independent nature. May be repeated for credit.

6950. Doctoral Dissertation. 3, 6 or 9 hours. To be scheduled only with consent of department. 12 hours credit required. No credit assigned until dissertation has been completed and filed with the graduate dean. Doctoral students must maintain continuous enrollment in this course subsequent to passing qualifying examination for admission to candidacy. May be repeated for credit.

6990. Postdoctoral Research. 1-3 hours. For postdoctoral fellows to further training and research experience in developing and solving research problems independently. Prerequisite(s): consent of department. May be repeated for credit.

Biological Sciences, BIOL = 0114

4000. Plant Ecology. 4 hours. (2;5) Role of plants in biological communities. Field and laboratory studies of the major local community types. Prerequisite(s): 6 hours of biological sciences.

4050. Animal Ecology. 4 hours. (3;4) Role of animals in biological communities. Field and laboratory studies of the ecology of local fauna. Prerequisite(s): 6 hours of biological sciences.

4070. Insect Biology. 4 hours. (3;3) Morphology, physiology, ethology, classification and control of insects and related arthropods. Prerequisite(s): 6 hours of biological sciences. May not be repeated at the graduate level as BIOL 5070.

4080. Radiation Safety. 1 hour. Radiation sources, interaction of radiation with matter and human tissues, radiation measurement and dosage, instrumentation, regulations and practical safety procedures. Meets state training requirements for use of radioactive isotopes or radiation producing equipment. Prerequisites(s): 12 hours of biology, chemistry or physics, or combination of the three. May not be repeated at the graduate level as BIOL 5080. (Same as BIOL 5080.)

4090. Parasitology. 4 hours. (3;3) Biology, ecology and classification of animal parasites; immunology and physiology of host-parasite interaction. Prerequisite(s): 8 hours of biological sciences.

4110. Endocrinology. 3 hours. Regulation of physiological processes in animals by hormones and related chemical agents. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 3800 or equivalent, or consent of department. May not be repeated at the graduate level as BIOL 5110.

4130. Economic Botany. 3 hours. Distribution, production, history and botany of plants of economic importance. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1720/1740, or equivalent.

4200. Immunology. 4 hours. (3;4) Immune defense mechanisms, including immunobiology, immunochemistry, serology, immune responses to infectious agents, allergy and autoimmune diseases. Laboratory studies of antigen-antibody reactions. Prerequisite(s): credit for or concurrent enrollment in organic chemistry. May not be repeated at the graduate level as BIOL 5510.

4250. Pharmacology Biological Basis of Drug Action. 3 hours. An overview of pharmacology based on principles of drug action; emphasize on drugs by class, and not specific drugs per se. General principles, antibiotics and pharmacology of the autonomic, cardiovascular, central nervous and endocrine systems. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 3800 and credit for or concurrent enrollment in second semester organic chemistry, or consent of instructor. May not be repeated at the graduate level as BIOL 5150.

4260. Principles of Evolution. 3 hours. Population genetics; ecological, geographical and historical concepts of evolution. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 3350 or 3450 or equivalent. May not be repeated at the graduate level as BIOL 5260.

4300. Histology. 4 hours. (2;5) Microstructure and ultrastructure of animal cells and tissues; relationship of structure and function in tissues and organs. Laboratory studies of tissue structure using the light microscope. Prerequisite(s): 12 hours of biology.

4360. Bioanalytical Chemistry. 4 hours. (3;3) Principles of chromatographic and detection systems. Recent advances in separation sciences and their applications to the analysis of chiral amino acids, proteins, DNA sequence, vitamins and toxicants in biological and environmental samples. Laboratory experiments illustrate methods used in biochemistry, biotechnology, toxicology and environmental sciences. Prerequisite(s): 16 hours of organic chemistry.

4380. Fundamentals of Aquatic Toxicology. 3 hours. (2;3) Theory and methodologies used by scientists, regulatory agencies and industry to measure the impact of man's activities on freshwater aquatic ecosystems. The course has its foundations in history, but concentrates on current methodologies and theories. Prerequisite(s): 8 hours each of chemistry and biology. May not be repeated at the graduate level as BIOL 5380.

4420. Invertebrate Biology. 4 hours. (3;3) Biology of non-vertebrate animals with emphasis on phylogenetic relationships and anatomical, physiological and behavioral adaptation to varied environments. Prerequisite(s): 12 hours of biological sciences.

4480. Medical Genetics and Genetic Counseling. 3 hours. Human genetics, including cytogenetics, immunogenetics, population genetics, molecular genetics, human biochemical genetics and genetic counseling. Prerequisite(s): 12 hours or biological sciences including BIOL 3350 or 3450 or equivalent. May not be repeated at the graduate level as BIOL 5840.

4500. Bacterial Physiology. 4 hours. (3;4) Biochemistry, metabolism, energy transformations and synthesis of cell constituents in bacteria; chemical and physical agents affecting bacterial growth and survival. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 3370 and at least one semester of organic chemistry with laboratory.

4530. Virology. 3 hours. Molecular biology of viruses infecting bacteria, plants and animals; interaction of viruses and host cells; viral genetics; replication, pathogenesis, oncology, immunology, chemotherapy and vaccines. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2040 or 3370.

4540. Virology Laboratory. 1 hour. (0;4;0) Growth and cultivation of bacterial viruses, including the production and purification of viral stocks. The use of bacteriophage as model systems to study virus reproduction and cellular metabolism and as tools in modern molecular biology to study genetic processes. Prerequisite(s): credit for or concurrent enrollment in BIOL 4530, or consent of department.

4570. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Gene. 3 hours. Mechanisms and regulation of genetic expression, chromosome replication, mutagenesis and DNA repair and gene cloning in prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems. Prerequisite(s): at least one of the following: BIOL 3450, 3510/3520 or BIOC 4540. (Same as BIOC 4570.)

4580. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Gene Laboratory. 2 hours. (0;5) Experiments in recombinant DNA techniques, gene regulation and other areas of molecular biology. Prerequisite(s): credit for or concurrent enrollment in BIOL 4570, or consent

4600. Forensic Biology. 3 hours. Human identification techniques with emphasis on identification from human skeletal remains. Fundamental biology of osseous and dental tissues; forensic botany and entomology; genetics of human variability; serotyping; HLA typing; analysis of hair and dermatoglyphic lines; and DNA fingerprinting. Prerequisite(s): no course prerequisites; however, a background in zoology or general biology would be helpful. (Same as ANTH 4600 when offered as Forensic Anthropology.)

4750. Neurobiology. 3 hours. Brain chemistry, physiology and anatomy; neural basis of memory, perception, rhythms, emotion, cognition, etc., development of the nervous system; neurological disorders. Prerequisite(s): 16 hours of biology or consent of department.

4760. Neurobiology Laboratory. 1 hour. (0;3 or 6) Vertebrate neuroanatomy and experimental neurobiology using electrophysiological and behavioral methods. Prerequisite(s): concurrent enrollment in BIOL 4750 and consent of department. May not be repeated at the graduate level as BIOL 5760.

4800. Biological Sciences Seminar Series. 1 hour. A weekly seminar series covering a broad range of biological research topics. Invited speakers are prominent local, regional or national researchers. Prerequisite(s): 12 hours of biological sciences or consent of department. Pass/no pass only. May be repeated for credit. May not be applied toward upper-level science electives.

4920. Cooperative Education in Biological Sciences. 1-3 hours. Supervised work in a job directly related to the student's major, professional field of study or career objective. Prerequisite(s): 12 hours of credit in biological sciences; student must meet employer's requirements and have consent of department. May be repeated for credit.

4940. Honors Research in Biology. 3 hours. (0;6-9) Advanced original independent research supervised by a faculty member in the biological sciences. For students interested in pursuing careers in research or medicine. Prerequisite(s): GPA 3.25 or better in the sciences, at least 20 hours of biology and 16 hours of chemistry, junior or senior standing and departmental approval.

4950. Honors Thesis in Biology. 3 hours. (0;6-9) A continuation of BIOL 4940 involving advanced original independent research culminating in a written report supervised by a faculty member in the biological sciences. The results will be written in standard thesis format and presented orally. For students interested in pursuing careers in research or medicine. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 4940 and departmental approval.

5001. Contemporary Topics in Molecular Biology. 1-3 hours. Contemporary topics in molecular biology and biochemistry. Topics may vary from semester to semester and may include eukaryotic and prokaryotic molecular genetics, DNA profiling, physiology and metabolism and application of recombinant DNA technologies. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

5002. Contemporary Topics in Microbiology. 1-3 hours. Contemporary topics in microbiology. Topics vary from semester to semester and may include bacterial physiology or metabolism and microbial chemistry. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

5003. Contemporary Topics in Neuroscience. 1-3 hours. Contemporary topics in neuroscience and physiology. Topics vary from semester to semester and may include neurophysiology, computational neuroscience, neurotransmitters, central nervous system trauma. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

5005. Contemporary Topics in Biology. 1-3 hours. Contemporary topics in the biological sciences. Topics may vary from semester to semester and may include topics such as human development, epidemiology or plant physiology. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

5040. Contemporary Topics in Environmental Science and Ecology. 1-3 hours. Contemporary topics and issues in environmental science and ecology. Topical themes include global climate change, biodiversity, wetlands, population and aquatic, terrestrial or plant ecology. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

5060. Electron Microscopy. 4 hours. (2;6) Theory and application of scanning and transmission electron microscopy, including sample preparation and analytical techniques.

5070. Insect Biology. 4 hours. (3;3) Morphology, physiology, ethology, classification and control of insects and related arthropods. Prerequisite(s): 6 hours of biology.

5080. Radiation Safety. 1 hour. Radiation sources, interaction of radiation with matter and human tissues, radiation measurement and dosage, instrumentation, regulations and practical safety procedures.

5110. Endocrinology. 3 hours. Regulation of physiological processes in animals by hormones and related chemical agents. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 3800 or equivalent, or consent of department.

5120. Environmental Contaminants. 2 hours. Presents a scientific overview of environmental contaminants, their occurrence, sources and impact on humans and the environment.

5150. Pharmacology: The Biological Basis of Drug Action. 3 hours. An overview of pharmacology for graduate students, based on principles of drug action. The course emphasizes drugs by class, and not specific drugs per se. Course covers general principles, antibiotics and pharmacology of the autonomic, cardiovascular, central nervous and endocrine systems.

5160. Advanced Techniques in Microbiology and Molecular Biology. 6 hours. (0;6) Intensive laboratory exercises in cultivation, analysis and gene transfer in bacterial mutants. Further emphasis on techniques for studying macromolecular and enzyme synthesis, preparation and analysis of plasmid DNA, cloning and gene expression. Prerequisite(s): microbiology, biochemistry or BIOL 3510.

5180. Techniques in Molecular Biology. 6 hours. (1;6) Teaches advanced molecular biology laboratory methodology. Techniques include gene cloning, plasmid purification, restriction analysis, DNA fingerprinting and DNA sequencing. Prerequisite(s): BIOL/BIOC 4570, or BIOL 5340, or consent of instructor.

5200. Environmental Health. 3 hours. An introduction to the environmental determinants of health that focuses on health risks of human-mediated changes to the environment, as well as the regulatory framework which directs decision making on environmental issues. Consideration given to health implications of growing populations, available food quantity and quality, loss of habitat and biodiversity, radiation, toxins in the environment, sanitation, solid and hazardous waste disposal, and environmental degradation including noise, air and water pollution.

5250. Advanced Human Physiology. 3 hours. Physiological mechanisms in humans, with emphasis on medical physiology.

5260. Principles of Evolution. 3 hours. Genetic, systematic, ecological, historical and geographical concepts of evolution. Prerequisite(s): consent of department.

5270. Limnology. 4 hours. (2;4;1) Physical, chemical and biological factors that affect productivity in reservoirs, lakes and ponds. Field studies using current limnological methods and instruments. For biologists, chemists, teachers and sanitarians. Prerequisite(s): 12 hours biology or 6 hours biology plus 6 hours of another science.

5300. Physiological Ecology. 3 hours. Physiological, behavioral, and biochemical adaptations of animals to environmental limiting factors, including temperature, oxygen, water, salinity, light and toxic chemicals.

5340. Molecular Biology. 3 hours. Mechanisms and regulation of genetic expression, chromosome replication, mutagenesis and DNA repair, and gene cloning in prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems. Prerequisite(s): BIOL/BIOC 4570/4580 and at least two of the following: BIOC 4540/4550/4560 or BIOL 3450 or 3510/3520. (Same as BIOC 5340.)

5360. Chemistry of Water and Water Pollution. 4 hours. (3;3;0) Chemical and engineering approaches to water and waste water treatment. Laboratory studies for assessing chemicals in water and waste water. Application of standardized analytical methods for evaluating water quality. Prerequisite(s): 6 hours of chemistry.

5380. Fundamentals of Aquatic Toxicology. 3 hours. (2;3) Theory and methodologies used by scientists, regulatory agencies and industry to measure the impact of man's activities on freshwater aquatic ecosystems. The course has its foundations in history, but concentrates on current methodologies and theories.

5420. Industrial Microbiology. 3 hours. Use of microorganisms and microbial processes in the pharmaceutical, chemical and food industries. Prerequisite(s): biochemistry, BIOL 4500.

5470. Laboratory Techniques in Cytology. 1 hours. (0;3;1) Cytological techniques in plants, animals and humans, including karyotyping, cell and tissue culture, and sex chromatin analysis. Prerequisite(s): consent of department. May be taken with or without BIOL 5490.

5490. Cytology and Cytogenetics. 3 hours. Cell structure and function in plants and animals with emphasis on genetic and chromosomal aberrations. Prerequisite(s): consent of department.

5500. Advanced Bacterial Physiology. 3 hours. Growth, processes of metabolism, genetics, regulatory control, structure, adaptation and differentiation mechanisms in bacteria. Emphasis on comparative analysis and current literature. Prerequisite(s): general microbiology, biochemistry or BIOL 3510/3520.

5510. Advanced Immunology. 3 hours. Immune defense mechanisms, including immunobiology, immunochemistry, serology, immune responses to infectious agents, allergy and autoimmune diseases.

5570. Aquatic Insects of North America. 4 hours. (3;4) Ecology, sampling methods, systematics and classification of Nearctic aquatic insects at the family level; use of keys and key terminology in aquatic insect identification. Prerequisite(s): invertebrate zoology or entomology, or consent of instructor.

5650. Environmental Science Field Course. 6 hours. (3;5) Advanced field methods and approaches for analysis of the physical, chemical and ecological aspects of aquatic, terrestrial and estuarine ecosystems will be covered. On a rotating basis, the field course will focus on alpine lakes, deserts and estuaries. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Prerequisite(s): consent of instructor.

5760. Neurobiology Laboratory. 1 hour. (0;3) Vertebrate neuroanatomy and experimental neurobiology using electrophysiological and behavioral methods. Prerequisite(s): concurrent enrollment in BIOL 6460 or consent of department.

5800. Microbial Genetics. 3 hours. Genetic structure, inheritance and gene expression in microorganisms and their viruses. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 3450 and 4500 or equivalent, and consent of department.

5830. Advanced Genetics. 3 hours. Genetic structure and inheritance in viruses, bacteria and higher organisms, including gene biochemistry, gene expression, population genetics, cytogenetics and organelle genetics. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 3450 or equivalent, and consent of department.

5840. Medical Genetics and Genetic Counseling. 3 hours. Human genetics, including cytogenetics, immunogenetics, population genetics, molecular genetics, human biochemical genetics and genetic counseling. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 3350 or 3450 or equivalent.

5860. Biological Sciences Seminar Series. 1 hour. A weekly seminar series covering a broad range of biological research topics. Invited speakers are prominent local, regional or national researchers. May be repeated for credit. Pass/no pass only.

5880. Environmental Sciences Seminar Series. 1 hour. A weekly seminar series covering a broad range of environmental research topics. Invited speakers are prominent local, regional or national researchers. May be repeated for credit. Pass/no pass only.

5900-5910. Special Problems. 1-3 hours each. Independent study or laboratory research. Problem must be approved by major professor. No more than 6 hours may be counted toward a degree.

5920-5930. Research Problems in Lieu of Thesis. 3 hours each.

5950. Master's Thesis. 3 or 6 hours. To be scheduled only with consent of department. 6 hours credit required. No credit assigned until thesis has been completed and filed with the graduate dean. Continuous enrollment required once work on thesis has begun. May be repeated for credit.

5960. Science Institute. 1-6 hours. For students who assist in instruction or participate in special research workshops. Prerequisite(s): consent of department. No more than 6 hours may be counted toward a degree.

6010. Biology Seminar. 1 hour. Weekly lectures on research in biology and related disciplines. Prerequisite(s): consent of department. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

6070. Ecology of Benthic Organisms. 4 hours. (3;2;1) Adaptations, biotic interrelationships and population characteristics of bottom-dwelling aquatic organisms. Field techniques, population analysis and dynamics in both lentic and lotic habitats. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2140 or equivalent, and a minimum of 7 hours advanced or graduate ecology.

6080. Current Advances in Pharmacology. 3 hours. Course covers the latest advances in pharmacology on a rotating basis, with emphasis on neuropharmacology, autonomic pharmacology and biochemical/molecular pharmacology. May be repeated up to a total
of three times to cover all aspects.

6150. Communication in Scientific Teaching and Research. 3 hours. A seminar and workshop that cover lecture course techniques, laboratory preparation and teaching, seminar techniques, research presentations at scientific meetings, research publications, research proposals, scientific illustration, photography, departmental and university services for teaching and research, and job-seeking techniques in academe, government and industry.

6200. Bioinstrumentation and Analytical Techniques. 4 hours. (3;0;1) Current research instrumentation and techniques in biological sciences. Prerequisite(s): consent of department.

6220. Biostatistics. 6 hours. Statistical methods and experimental design; descriptive statistics; data presentation; parametric and non-parametric methods of hypothesis testing, including two-sample tests, analysis of variance, regression and correlation analyses; introduction to multivariate statistics. Competency with computer statistical packages is developed. Computer fee required.

6300. Hazardous Waste Management. 3 hours. An introduction to the dynamic and rapidly changing field of hazardous waste management. Management issues such as legal, technical and sociological aspects are presented. Types of hazardous waste and numerous treatment/disposal options are reviewed.

6320. Remote Sensing. 4 hours. (3;3) The theoretical bases and practical aspects of digital remote sensing. Remote sensing technology is reviewed and data analysis techniques are presented. Approaches to the development of a remote sensing project are given. Hands-on experience is provided in the laboratory. Prerequisite: GEOG 5170 is recommended.

6340. Environmental Impact Assessment. 4 hours. (3;3) The principles and practices of preparing environmental impact assessments and statements. Procedures for predicting and assessing impacts on the physical, chemical, biological, cultural and socioeconomic environments are given. Techniques for selecting a preferred action from a group of alternatives are presented.

6360. Environmental Engineering. 4 hours. (3;3) Water, land and air pollution control technologies are presented. Engineering approaches to pollution problems are demonstrated by considering technical feasibility and economic constraints. Laboratory exercises provide instruction for quantitative analysis of water and waste water; field trips to various pollution-control facilities. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1410-1420 and 1430-1440.

6370. Aquatic Chemistry. 3 hours. Quantitative treatment of the variables that determine the composition of natural waters and factors governing natural water cycles.

6380. Environmental Chemistry. 4 hours. (3;1) Thermodynamics and kinetics of physical and chemical reactions under environmental conditions. Transfer of laboratory results to field situations. Offers basic knowledge necessary to understand the fate and transport of chemicals in the atmosphere and hydrosphere. Prerequisite(s): 15 hours of chemistry.

6390. Techniques in Environmental Analysis. 4 hours. (3;3) Theory and application of advanced analytical chemistry techniques for metals and organics in environmental and biological samples. Introduces methods for trace metals analysis and identification, and organics separation and identification techniques. Laboratory teaches state-of-the-art spectroscopic and chromatographic techniques.

6460. Cellular Neuroscience. 3 hours. A detailed examination of the nervous system, specifically neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurochemistry and sensory transduction. Prerequisite(s): consent of department.

6480. Systems Neuroscience. 3 hours. A detailed examination of the major brain functions, including sensation, perception, movement, emotions, language, thought and memory. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 6460 or equivalent, or consent of department.

6500. Brain Development and Plasticity. 3 hours. Development of the nervous system from early embryo through adulthood; neurogenesis, cell migration, differentiation, synaptogenesis; similarities among mechanisms of ontogeny, learning and regeneration; emphasis on experimental approaches. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 4750 or 6480 or equivalent is recommended.

6540. Neurochemistry. 3 hours. Chemistry of the nervous system and behavior; pharmacology, anatomy and physiology of neurotransmitter systems; current techniques in neurochemistry and neuropharmacology. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 4750 or 6460 or equivalent, and one semester of undergraduate biochemistry are recommended.

6600. Advanced Molecular Biology. 3 hours. Genetic structure and regulation of gene expression in prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms; mechanisms of gene action, gene/enzyme relationships and metabolic control; biochemical manipulation and characterization of genetic macromolecules. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 4570 or 5340 or equivalent. (Same as BIOC 6600.)

6620. Advanced Cell Biology. 3 hours. Structure and function of animal and plant cells with emphasis on cell membranes, cytoplasmic organelles and the nucleus; readings in current literature. Prerequisite(s): biochemistry, BIOL 3510/3520 or equivalent, or consent of department. (Same as BIOC 6620.)

6900-6910. Special Problems. 1-3 hours each. Independent study or laboratory research for doctoral students. Problem must be approved by major professor. No more than 6 hours may be counted toward a degree.

6940. Individual Research. 1-12 hours. May be repeated for credit, not to exceed 12 hours. Pass/no pass only.

6950. Doctoral Dissertation. 3, 6 or 9 hours. To be scheduled only with consent of department. 12 hours credit required. No credit assigned until dissertation has been completed and filed with the graduate dean. Doctoral students must maintain continuous enrollment in this course subsequent to passing qualifying examination for admission to candidacy. May be repeated for credit.

Molecular Biology

Related Courses Offered at Texas Woman's University

Students who wish to enroll in the following TWU courses may do so through a cross-registration mechanism administered by the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies at UNT.

BACT 5413. Virology. 3 hours. Morphology and chemistry of viruses, including genetic information; methods of growth and importance. 3 lecture hours a week. Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor.

BACT 6533. Plasmids as Vectors for Recombinant DNA. 3 hours. Molecular structure and replication of plasmids. Utilization of plasmids for isolation, characterization, and expression of prokaryotic and eukaryotic genes. One lecture, 6 laboratory hours a week.

BACT 6543. Viruses as Vectors for Recombinant DNA. 3 hours. Replicative cycle of viruses utilized in recombinant DNA technology. Viruses used to isolate genetic material from other sources and characterization of the recombinant DNA by size, restriction endonuclease mapping and nucleic acid sequencing. One lecture, 6 laboratory hours a week.

BIOL 5123. Biostatistics. 3 hours. Advanced studies in biometric systems, experimental design and data analysis. 3 lecture hours a week. Prerequisite(s): 12 hours of biology and permission of instructor.

BIOL 5133. Advanced Genetics. 3 hours. Theory, experimental methods, and data analysis of modern advances in genetics. 3 lecture hours a week. Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor.

BIOL 5653. Human Development. 3 hours. Fundamentals of human embryology, the anatomy of human development and pathology of development. Emphasis on normal and pathological aspects of human gestation. Lectures, films, student reports and tests. 3 lecture hours a week.

BIOL 5703. Radiation, Protection and Dosimetry. 3 hours. Interactions of ionizing radiations and matter, radiation instrumentation, determination of radiation, case and principles of radiation protection. 3 lecture hours a week. Prerequisite(s): one year of physics and permission of instructor.

BIOL 6123. Neuroendocrinology. 3 hours. Introduction to neural and physiological mechanisms of endocrine function with emphasis on reproduction and response to stress. Survey of current literature. 3 lecture hours a week.

BIOL 6323. Advances in Cell Biology. 3 hours. In-depth analysis of recent progress in the study of selected cellular functions with emphasis on contemporary approaches to the study of these processes. 3 lecture hours a week. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 6334 and/or permission of instructor.

BIOL 6334. Advanced Cell Biology. 4 hours. Survey of current understanding of biogenesis, architecture and function of cellular organelles. The cell cycle and regulation of cell growth. 4 lecture hours. Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor.

BIOL 6513. Molecular Biology. 3 hours. Survey of current understanding of DNA structure, organization, chromosome replication, gene transcription, ribosome assembly and translation. Emphasis is on molecular processes and their regulation in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes. 3 lecture hours a week. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 5613 and CHEM 5623 or permission of instructor.

BIOL 6523. Advances in Molecular Biology. 3 hours. Molecular mechanisms of cellular processes and their regulation. Emphasis is on the current literature and contemporary approaches to the study of these processes. 3 lecture hours a week. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 6513 and/or permission of instructor.

BIOL 6653. Developmental Biology. 3 hours. Experimental evidence and molecular analysis of the embryogenesis of animals and mechanisms of cellular differentiation. Reading assignments, lectures and review of recent research publications in the field. 3 lecture hours a week.

ZOOL 5423. Endocrinology. 3 hours. Advanced studies of biology and biochemistry of the glands of internal secretion. 3 lecture hours a week. Prerequisite(s): ZOOL 4243.

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