Course Descriptions

The Biology Core:

1121. Introduction to Cell Biology Laboratory: 1 hour

Prerequisite: MAT 1302, Eng 1301 and concurrent enrollment in BIO 1321.
An introduction to basic research techniques and applying those techniques to an extended project

1121. Introduction to Cell Biology: 3 hours

Prerequisite: CHE 1315, ENG 1301, MAT 1302 (or take concurrently), concurrent enrollment in BIO 1121.
This is the first course of the Biology Core. This course provides an introduction to the scientific study of biology and focuses on basic biochemistry and the organization of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. This course must be taken concurrently with the associated laboratory course, BIO 1121.

1122. Introduction to Genetics Laboratory: 1 hour

Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment or credit in BIO 1322.
A laboratory course that focuses on the acquisition of basic research techniques and their application to selected laboratory projects.
These projects will cover a variety of topics in basic genetics.

1322. Introduction to Genetics: 3 hours

Prerequisite: Biology 1321 and concurrent enrollment in BIO 1122.
An introduction to the structure and operation of genes as they are expressed in cells, organisms and populations.

2124. Evolution and Ecology Laboratory: 1 hour

Prerequisite: BIO 1321, 1322, and concurrent enrollment in BIO 2324.
A laboratory course in the interactions of populations with their environment, including natural selection, population genetics, speciation, ecosystems, and behavior. One 3-hour meeting per week.

2324. Evolution and Ecology: 3 hours

Prerequisite: BIO 1321, 1322 and concurrent enrollment in BIO 2124.
The interactions of populations with their environment, including natural selection, population genetics, speciation, ecosystems, and behavior.

2141. Microbiology Lab: 1 hour

Corequisite: BIO 2341.
Course covers bacterial taxonomy including: morphological, physiological, and biochemical distinguishing characteristics, methods employed for their study, immunology, infection and antibiotics.

2341. Microbiology: 3 hours

Prerequisite: BIO 1121, BIO 1321, BIO 1122, BIO 1322 and concurrent enrollment in BIO 2141.
An in-depth study of the microbial world with emphasis on bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Addresses classification, structure and function, metabolism, genetics, and the role of these organisms in the environment and medicine.

The four courses of the Biology Core are required for all more advanced courses.

1340. Human Anatomy and Physiology I (1440): 3 hours

This course will be dedicated to “constructing the human organism” beginning with the basic building block of the body, the cell. Subsequently, other systems vital to the construction process will be examined including, but not limited to, the skeletal, muscular, nervous, gastrointestinal and integumentary systems.

1140. Human anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory: 1 hour

The course will consist of laboratory observations, data collection and analysis about human cell structure and function body, the structure of bone and the organization of the skeleton , the skin, muscles of the upper and the lower body, the spinal cord and nerves and the brain and cranial nerves, as well as the digestive system. Students will keep records of observations in a laboratory notebook.

1341. Human anatomy and Physiology II (1440): 3 hours

Prerequisite: BIO 1340, 1140.
The course is dedicated to the “integrative systems” of the human body that facilitate nutrient delivery, waste removal, and the proliferation of life. Topics that will be examined include, but are not limited to, the respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, endocrine, renal, and reproductive system.

1141. Human anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory: 1 hour

Prerequisite: BIO 1340, 1140.
This course will cover scientific method and measurement and involve laboratory observation and data collection about respiratory volumes and capacities, structure of the heart, the cardiac cycle, pulse rate and blood pressure, the functional anatomy of the lymphatic system, humoral factors governing homeostasis, the structure and function of the kidney and male and female reproductive biology. Students will keep records of observations in a laboratory notebook.

2320. Biostatistics 3 hours

Prerequisite: Biology Core.
Examines descriptive and inferential statistical reasoning, parametric and nonparametric tests including analysis of variance, Chi squared, Bayesian inference, standardization and life tables.

3431. Molecular Genetics: 4 hours

Prerequisite: Biology Core and General Chemistry with a C or better.
Molecular aspects of gene transmission, interaction, expression and regulation. After a review of basic principles, students will explore topics selected from the current research literature. Three hours of laboratory per week

4412. Molecular Cell Biology: 4 hours

Prerequisite: Biology Core and General Chemistry with a C or better and completion of CHE 2316 and 2116.
The course covers the study of cell structure and physiology, emphasizing the role of cellular organelles in eukaryotic cells, the mechanisms that underlie cell physiology and metabolism, cell division, and the underlying molecular genetic controls of cellular
processes. The course will include lecture, analysis of primary literature, and exposure to modern laboratory techniques in both cell and molecular biology.  Three hours of laboratory per week.  

4426. Infection and Immunity: 4 hours

Prerequisite: Biology Core and General Chemistry with a C or better.
This course provides the students with a basic understanding of infectious disease and host responses. Students will study the microorganisms involved in infection and immune related disease, current treatments, and research directions. The course has three hours of laboratory per week.

4470. Conservation Biology: 4 hours

Prerequisites: Biology Core; BIO 2320 or MAT 1324 and any BIO 3000-level course in a related area strongly recommended.
Examines the biological diversity crisis and the social implications of human’s domination of the earth’s ecosystems. Three hours of laboratory each week and field data collection and analysis required.

3352. Research Methods in Biology: 3 hours

Prerequisites: Biology Core and any 3000- or 4000-level biology course.
Under supervision of biology faculty mentors, students will select a research project, write a literature review and research proposal, conduct preliminary experiments, and write a research report. Research methods and experimental design will be emphasized, including the location and study of articles from the professional literature. One 2-hour lecture period per week. Students must also schedule time for consultation with the supervising faculty member and for 6 hours of library/laboratory work per week.

4351. Senior Research in Biology: 3 hours

Prerequisites: Biology Core; BIO 3352; PSY 2420 or MAT 3391 strongly recommended.
Under supervision of biology faculty mentors, students will extend the research project begun in BIO 3352, and write and present a formal professional research paper. Data analysis and professional writing will be emphasized. Students will also attend research presentations by area professionals. One 2-hour lecture period per week. Students must also schedule time for consultation with the supervising faculty member and for 6 hours of library/laboratory work per week.

4120. Biology Certification Exam Review 1 hour

Prerequisite: Biology Core and General Chemistry with a C or better.
Provides review for Biology content competencies needed for TExES mastery. Student must achieve mastery of material to satisfactorily complete the course.

4393. Internship: 3 hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 45 hours or dean’s approval; 2.0 GPA.
Graded academic experiences that provide students with an opportunity to put classroom learning into practice. Internships provide supervised work experience directly related to one’s major field of study.

4394. Internship II: 4 hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 45 hours or dean’s approval; 2.0 GPA.
Graded academic experiences that provide students with an opportunity to put classroom learning into practice. Internships provide supervised work experience directly related to one’s major field of study.

Contact Information

Tamika Reynolds
Administrative Assistant
Department of Biology 
Location: McFadden Building, Suite 310 
Phone: 817-531-4893
Fax: 817-531-4275
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