Course Requirements

Core Areas of Study

Ecology, Evolution, and Population Biology

Genetics, Cell and Molecular Biology

Physiology and Neurobiology

BIO 490 - Special Topics, as appropriate, may also be approved in one of the three core areas.
 

Advancement to Candidacy

Based upon results of a qualifying examination taken near the end of the third quarter of the student's first full year of course work.
 

Final Project Requirement

Based upon an independent library research project under the supervision of a faculty member.  Up to four credit hours of BIO 496 RESEARCH may be taken to complete the Final Project.

BIO 495

INTRODUCTION TO GRADUATE STUDY

Presents the biology faculty and facilities. Various research and teaching methods in biology will be explored. Required of all graduate students.

BIO 400

DEVELOPMENT OF TOPICS FOR RESEARCH

The purpose of this course is to help graduate students in formulating research questions and design methods while improving written expression and oral presentation skills. Students will, with the guidance of a faculty member, undertake a detailed investigation of a topic, formulate a potential research project in that area, and present their proposal orally to the faculty at the end of the quarter.

BIO 415

TOPICS IN ECOLOGY

The focus of this course is to read and critique classic papers in ecology and to connect their foundational ideas with modern research and understanding.

BIO 417

AQUATIC BIOLOGY

The study of biological, physical and chemical phenomena in fresh water and marine environments. Emphasis on organisms and their interactions. Lecture-laboratory. Lab fee.

BIO 420

MICROBIAL ECOLOGY

This course will explore key roles that microorganisms play in life on earth and how they are being used in biotechnology. This is a lab course, which will enable students to study processes used in the enrichment, isolation, and identification of microorganisms from various environments.

BIO 421

MOLECULAR METHODS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION

This course will provide hands-on experience in methods of detecting and analyzing molecular variation in nature. By the end of the course, students should be competent employing molecular markers to answer a wide variety of basic questions in ecology and evolution. Cross-listed with BIO 321.

BIO 433

MYCOLOGY (CROSS-LISTED AS BIO 333)

This course provides an opportunity for students to integrate their knowledge of cell biology, genetics, ecology and physiology at the organismal level by focusing on fungi. Students will gain an appreciation of the biological diversity within the major groups of fungi and their role in the environment, research and biotechnology. Lecture-laboratory. Lab fee.

BIO 435

CONCEPTS IN EVOLUTION

Study of evolution and diversity in the living world. Lecture only.

BIO 445

TOPICS IN PALEOBIOLOGY

A seminar course examining various topics in paleobiology (the study of ancient life) including morphological concepts, macroevolutionary processes, extinction events, phylogenetic systematics, paleoecology, paleobiogeography, and the adequacy of the fossil record. Readings include classic and recent articles in the fields of paleobiology.

BIO 447

TOPICS IN MEDICAL BACTERIOLOGY

This course will address current topics of concern and research in medical bacteriology. Students participating in this course will explore key concepts used in bacterial pathogenesis and learn how to critically appraise recent research papers in the field.

BIO 409

PLANT PHYSIOLOGY

A study pf the functional and developmental aspects of flowering plants. Lecture-laboratory. Lab fee. Cross-listed as BIO 309.

BIO 425

CELLULAR EVENTS IN THE IMMUNE RESPONSE

Analysis of cellular and subcellular interactions in the immune response. Lecture, seminar, discussion. BIO 470 recommended.

BIO 430

DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY

A survey of developmental phenomena in animals from fertilization to sexual maturity. Topics include gametogenesis, early cell divisions, organ formation, metamorphosis, regeneration, birth defects, stem cells, reproductive technology and mammalian cloning. Lecture-laboratory. Lab Fee.

BIO 448

THE BIOLOGY OF INFECTION

This course will provide students with detailed knowledge of medically important bacteria. The course will first examine common events in infections and the body's responses to infection. We will highlight in these studies the changes in both hosts and pathogens as strategies of infection and immunity evolve relative to one another. Within this framework we will examine a spectrum of infectious diseases in detail. BIO 470 is recommended.

BIO 450

PROBLEMS IN CELL MOTILITY

Analysis of contemporary problems in cellular movements, with emphasis on the biochemistry, biophysics and regulation of cell and organelle movements. Lecture, seminar, discussion.

BIO 455

GENETIC TOXICOLOGY

This course will deal with the study of agents that damage the genome or alter the proper functioning of the genome that can lead to disease in humans. Topics covered will include basic spectrum of genetic damage and chromosomal effects, mechanisms of mutations, DNA repair, genetic assays used for evaluation of genetic toxicology, health consequences of genetic damage, including cancer and inheritable mutations, and the current position of US government and global regulatory agencies on the issues of genetic toxicology.
Prerequisites:
BIO 260 is a prerequisite for this class.

BIO 460

MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

Study of biology at the molecular level, focusing on the regulation of gene expression and the principles of genetic engineering. Lecture-laboratory. Lab fee. Cross-listed as BIO 360.

BIO 462

BIOINFORMATICS FOR BENCH SCIENTISTS

Study how high-throughput technologies like whole-genome sequencing have changed biological research, and learn to use computers in real research tasks such as primer design, DNA sequencing, homology searches, sequence alignment, and more. Cross-listed with BIO 362.

BIO 461

TOPICS IN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

Discussion and seminars in selected areas of molecular biology.

BIO 471

IMMUNOBIOLOGY

Basic factors governing immune phenomena and antigen antibody reactions. Lecture-laboratory. Lab fee.

BIO 475

INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACOLOGY

Introduction to Pharmacology will explore the relationships between an organism and its response to an administered drug. This will include: 1) How drugs are administered to the body 2) What is their fate once in the body, i.e. Pharmacokinetics 3) What their mechanisms actions are - i.e. Pharmacodynamics, and 4) Adverse reactions to drugs. We will explore these relationships in different physiological systems of the human body including (but not limited to) the nervous system, circulatory system, digestive system and endocrine system. Lastly, this course will provide an understanding of the pharmaceutical system by providing a framework to explore how drugs are discovered, produced, tested, and regulated. Cross-listed with BIO 375.

BIO 480

CANCER BIOLOGY

This course will explore the cellular and molecular aspects of cancer. Topics will include the pathology and epidemiology of cancer, the origin and spread of cancer, hereditary and familial cancers, cancer associated genes and strategies of cancer therapy.

BIO 439

CELLULAR NEUROBIOLOGY

A study of the cellular and molecular mechanisms of the nervous system and the role they play in neural signaling, learning and memory.

BIO 440

SYSTEMS NEUROBIOLOGY

An examination of the ways in which neural systems underpin behavior with an emphasis on vertebrates. In this course, behavior is understood in its broadest sense, from the functioning of organs and organ systems to the activities of whole organisms. Lecture-Laboratory. Lab Fee.

BIO 441

TOPICS IN NEUROBIOLOGY

A seminar course examining current topics in neurobiology. Original readings will include both current review and classic articles in the fields of neurobiology, neuroethology and the related neurosciences. BIO 439 or BIO 440 is recommended.

BIO 452

ADVANCED COMPARATIVE PHYSIOLOGY

Comparative and environmental approach to the function and mechanisms of vertebrate organ systems. Selected topics in comparative physiology will be addressed using a lecture/discussion/seminar format.

BIO 465

PRINCIPLES OF TOXICOLOGY

A study of the adverse effects of chemicals on living organisms, including the chemical natures, kinetics, dose-response relationships, metabolism, and mechanisms of action of various toxins and toxicants.

BIO 485

MAMMALIAN REPRODUCTION

Molecular, cellular, physiological, and behavioral aspects of mammalian reproduction. Mechanisms and strategies used by mammals in reproductive processes including sexual differentiation, gamete production, puberty, reproductive hormone cyclicity, neuroendocrine control mechanisms, pregnancy, parturition, and reproductive behavior. Cross-listed with BIO 385.

BIO 486

INTRODUCTION TO ENDOCRINOLOGY

A study of hormones as chemical regulators of development, growth, metabolism, homeostasis, reproduction, response to stress, and behavior; as well as hormone synthesis, chemistry, mechanisms of action, and endocrine gland structure.

BIO 490

SPECIAL TOPICS

Occasional courses offered at the graduate level. See schedule for current offerings. Two or four quarter hours.

A&S 491

ADMINISTRATIVE THEORY AND BEHAVIOR

This course concerns theoretical concepts and empirical research relating to administrative behavior in organizations with special reference to educational organizations. Concepts are examined within the typical decisional framework of supervisors, chief school business officers, principles, and superintendents, and similar positions in the helping professions. Assignments are individualized.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Advanced Masters Education student is a prerequisite for this class.

BIO 496

RESEARCH

Experimental work in selected areas of biology. These studies do not necessarily relate to a thesis. Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer. Laboratory. Two or four quarter hours. Lab fee.

BIO 380

CANCER BIOLOGY

This course will explore the cellular and molecular aspects of cancer. Topics will include the pathology and epidemiology of cancer, the origin and spread of cancer, hereditary and familial cancers, cancer associated genes and strategies of cancer therapy.
Prerequisites:
BIO 250 and BIO 260 are a prerequisite for this class.