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Biology Graduate Course Descriptions

BIOL 5000 Methods of Biological Research (4)
Prerequisite: Major or minor in Biology
Offered every Fall Semester
Required of all prospective candidates majoring in biology during their first semester of residence in which the course is taught. An introduction to the principles of scientific research, the use of bibliographic resources, the proper form of scientific writing, an introduction to biostatistics and research techniques in the design and execution of biological research.

BIOL 5020 Biological Sciences and Geographic Information Systems (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
Offered Fall Semester in even numbered years
Students in the biological sciences shall learn the functionality of geographic information systems and spatial analysis related to epidemiological and population dynamics. They will learn the integration of computer plotting, site investigation mapping and analysis of geo-positioning satellite information from the application of real-time case studies of research problems in the biological sciences.

BIOL 5030 Plant Taxonomy (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
Offered Fall Semester in odd numbered years
A study of regional vascular plants with emphasis on flowering, fruiting and familiar characteristics, sight identification, economic importance, relating species to habitats, appropriate literature and counseling-preservation. Primarily a field course; collections required.

BIOL 5070 Animal Behavior (4)
 
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
Offered Spring Semester in even numbered years
The course will instruct the student in major topics of animal behavior. The instructional material will focus on the three main areas of animal behavior research, categories of animal behavior, evolution of animal behavior and neuro-analysis of animal behavior.  

BIOL 5100 Biostatistics (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
Offered Fall Semester in odd numbered years
Basic descriptive and inferential statistics, frequency distributions and analyses, analysis of variance, linear regression, correlation, nonparametric analogues to parametric methods, relationships between experimental design and data analysis used in hypothesis testing.  Selected multivariate analysis, statistical resampling methods, and data reduction techniques are discussed.  Computer use emphasized.

BIOL 5200 Developmental Biology (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
Offered Fall Semester in odd numbered years
The study of morphology and physiology of development with a focus on genetic and molecular mechanisms in a wide variety of model organisms.

BIOL 5230 Advanced Topics in Genetics (4) 
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
A course designed to explore current topics in genetics and regulation of gene expression. Concepts are taught through literature review and experimental problems.

  
BIOL 5300 Bacteriology (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory
An introduction to each of the 10 groups of bacteria.  Major emphasis will be placed on those groups that greatly affect humans through their beneficial or detrimental attributes.

BIOL 5310 Advanced Microbiology (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory
A study of selected topics in Microbiology to include virology, mycology, and microbial pathogenesis.

BIOL 5315 Virology (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory
An advanced microbiology course designed to study the diversity of viruses through analysis of their genetics and morphology. The biology and medical significance of viruses will be emphasized. Laboratory experience will include methods of isolation, cultivation, and molecular analysis.

BIOL 5330 Aquatic Biology and Water Quality Control (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
Offered Spring Semester in odd numbered years
A study of the aquatic environment. Materials covered will include concepts and methods of analyses of the physical, chemical and biological factors influencing aquatic life and water quality. Kinds and sources of pollution as well as methods of pollution control will be emphasized.

BIOL 5335 Microbial Pathogenesis (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
An advanced microbiology course designed to teach the concepts relating to human/animal host and microbial parasite interactions and the pathologic consequences that may result.  Also studied is the immunology and epidemiology of various agents that cause infectious disease in man and other animals.  Laboratory studies include the isolation, characterization, pathogenesis and detection of infectious agents.

BIOL 5340 Algal Ecology (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
 
Offered Fall Semester in odd numbered years
A study of the structure, evolution, ecology, and physiology of algae. Students will conduct research to learn methodologies needed to use physiological and ecological characteristics of algae as indicators of environmental health.

BIOL 5410 Reproductive Physiology (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
Offered Fall Semester in even numbered years 
A study of animal reproductive physiology. Emphasis will be placed on vertebrate physiology, but insects and other animals will be discussed.

BIOL 5440 Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
Offered Spring Semester in odd numbered years
The fundamental role of macro-molecules and cell ultrastructure in mediating such cellular activities as permeability, excitability, secretion, cell-cell communications, and energy transduction.  The function of the cell at the molecular level will be emphasized.
  
BIOL 5450 Biotechnology (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
Offered Spring Semester in odd numbered years
Instruction of students in the isolation and manipulation of nucleic acids for the construction and characterization of recombinant DNA molecules either for the generation of genetic probes or the development of genetically engineered microorganisms, Emphasis will be placed on the uses of these tools in biological research, biotechnology and diagnostics.

BIOL 5500 Research (2-4) 
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
The student, in consultation with a professor, will select, plan and complete a research problem. The results of the research must be written up in the style of a scientific paper and/or presented in a formal seminar or at a scientific meeting. Maximum of eight hours.

BIOL 5540 Plant Ecology (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
Offered Fall Semester in even numbered years 
Plants and their environment with emphasis on quantitative and qualitative analysis of regional plant communities and their determining factors.

BIOL 5550 Ichthyology (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory
Offered Fall Semester in even numbered years
A survey of fish diversity including study of their systematic relationships, evolutionary history, ecology, distribution, behavior, and morphology with an emphasis on the ichthyfauna of the Southeastern United States and identification of local taxa and families of the world.

BIOL 5560 Aquatic Macroinvertebrates (4) 
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
Offered Spring Semester in even numbered years 
An investigation of the diversity of aquatic macroinvertebrates through the study of their taxonomy, morphology, development, ecology and evolution of selected aquatic invertebrates.  Emphasis will be placed on freshwater aquatic macroinvertebrates of the Southeastern United States. 

BIOL 5600 Parasitology (4) 
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
A survey of the parasitic protozoans, helminthes, and arthropods affecting man and other animals.  Emphasis is placed upon morphology, life-cycles, host-parasite relationships, method of reproduction, transmission, and control.

BIOL 5610 Herpetology (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
Offered Spring Semester in even numbered years
A study of the taxonomy, structure, reproduction, ecology, behavior and geographic distribution of amphibians and reptiles with emphasis on the herpetofauna of the Southeastern United States.

BIOL 5620 Ornithology (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
Offered Spring Semester in odd numbered years
A study of the evolution, taxonomy, identification, life histories and behavior of birds, with emphasis on local representatives.

BIOL 5630 Mammalogy (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
Offered Fall Semester in even numbered years
A survey of mammalian diversity including study of their natural history, distribution, taxonomy, ecology and morphology with an emphasis on diversity in Southeastern USA and major groups in the world.  Includes laboratory and field trips.

BIOL 5650 Field Studies in Biogeography and Biodiversity (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
This field course will examine the biogeography, biodiversity and changing landscape of various regions. Focus will be given to rare ecosystems as well unique geographic regions.

BIOL 5700 Topics in Biology (1-4)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Special courses or workshops in selected topics of Biology.  Specific topics may be developed by faculty or by students in consultation with a faculty member. This course my be repeated for a cumulative total of 4 credit hours.

BIOL 5735 Contemporary Issues in Biology (2)
Offered every Spring Semester
The students will discuss and present research findings using current manuscripts from primary literature.

BIOL 5915 Seminar in Biology (1)
Offered every Spring Semester
The students will critique reports relative to research activities. Progress and special interests will determine topic development.

BIOL 5925 Topics in Health Science (1)
Overview of current clinical, educational, and management topics in health science.

BIOL 5950 Research Paper (2)

BIOL 5990 Thesis (1-10)
This course may be repeated for a cumulative total of ten (10) credit hours; however, credits may not be used toward fulfillment of graduate elective requirement (20 credits).

BIOL 5991 Research Requirement Completion (1)
For students not fulfilling graduate school research literacy requirement within one year after scheduled completion of thesis, field study report, research project paper, or research literacy paper.  Enrollment required each subsequent semester.  Tuition and fees for one credit hour must be paid every semester until research requirement is met.