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BIOL 501. Credit By Arrangement

Credits: 1-3 View Details
Description: Credit By Arrangement.
Semester Offered:
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer


BIOL 511. Herpetology

Credits: 4 View Details
Description: Biology, systematics, anatomy and physiology, ecology, behavior, and conservation of amphibians and non-avian reptiles.
Semester Offered: Fall


BIOL 513. Communities and Ecosystems

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Biodiversity patterns and metrics, species interactions, community assembly and structure, trophic interactions, food webs, succession, disturbance, stability, nutrient cycling, productivity, energy flow, ecosystem function, decomposition, climate change.
Semester Offered: DEMAND


BIOL 514. Paleobiology

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Ancient life from the Precambrian microorganism through Cenozoic macrofossils. Trace fossils, ancient animals/plants, extinction.
Semester Offered: DEMAND


BIOL 515. Mammalogy

Credits: 4 View Details
Description: Biology of mammals. Phylogeny, classification, evolutionary origins, morphology, ecology, behavior, population dynamics, life histories, adaptations.
Semester Offered: Fall


BIOL 516. Entomology

Credits: 4 View Details
Description: Biology of insects and related groups of animals. Phylogeny, classification, evolutionary origins, morphology, ecology, behavior, population dynamics, life histories, adaptations, economic impacts.
Semester Offered: DEMAND


BIOL 517. Ichthyology

Credits: 4 View Details
Description: Biology of fishes. Phylogeny, classification, evolutionary origins, morphology, ecology, behavior, population dynamics, life histories, adaptations.
Semester Offered: Fall


BIOL 518. Wetland Plant Communities

Credits: 2 View Details
Description: The structure, characteristics, indicator plants, wildlife uses, management, and restoration of wetland and aquatic plant communities.
Semester Offered: Fall


BIOL 519. Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Development and structure of representative vertebrates. Dissection of selected animals.
Semester Offered: Fall


BIOL 520. Plant Taxonomy

Credits: 4 View Details
Description: Principles and practice of plant taxonomy including modern technological approaches.
Semester Offered: Spring


BIOL 522. Terrestrial and Aquatic Plant Identification

Credits: 4 View Details
Description: Field identification and ecological aspects of local terrestrial, wetland, and aquatic vascular plants.
Semester Offered: Summer


BIOL 524. Ornithology

Credits: 4 View Details
Description: Biology of birds. Phylogeny, classification, evolutionary origins, morphology, ecology, behavior, population dynamics, life histories, adaptations. Field identification.
Semester Offered: Spring


BIOL 526. Limnology

Credits: 4 View Details
Description: Lakes and streams in a watershed setting. Historical origin, physical and chemical environment, diversity of plants and animals, field and laboratory limnological sampling methods.
Semester Offered: Fall


BIOL 530. Aquatic Microbiology

Credits: 4 View Details
Description: The collection, identification, culture, and study of freshwater microbial organisms from diverse habitats; primary production, community interactions, foodweb interactions, life cycles, and lake and stream assessment.
Semester Offered: Odd Spring


BIOL 534. Freshwater Invertebrate Zoology

Credits: 4 View Details
Description: Natural history, collection, and classification of local species of freshwater invertebrates, exclusive of planktonic forms and Protozoa.
Semester Offered: DEMAND


BIOL 536. Water Quality

Credits: 4 View Details
Description: Water quality monitoring, sampling strategies, and data analysis. Biomonitoring, toxicity, eutrophication, acid deposition, and groundwater quality.
Semester Offered: DEMAND


BIOL 541. Comparative Animal Behavior

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Behavior of animals in their natural environments. Comparative analysis across a range of species and topics.
Semester Offered: DEMAND


BIOL 542. Wildlife Populations

Credits: 4 View Details
Description: Mathematical modeling of population growth, population sampling techniques, and survival/reproduction. Case studies involve theoretical and empirical investigation of single populations, metapopulations, and sources and sinks.
Semester Offered: DEMAND


BIOL 549. Field Studies in Biology (Topical)

Credits: 1-3 View Details
Description: Field trips to study the flora, fauna, and ecology of native habitats such as Isle Royal and the Florida Keys. Arranged instructional sessions may be required before or after the trip. Travel expenses required. Permission of instructor. May be repeated, with approval of adviser to a max. of 9 credits.
Semester Offered: DEMAND


BIOL 553. Seminar in Biology

Credits: 1-3 View Details
Description: Presentations and discussions by students under guidance of a faculty member. May be repeated to a maximum of 4 credits.
Semester Offered:
  • Fall
  • Spring


BIOL 555. Practicum

Credits: 0-3 View Details
Description: Credit for supervised on-campus experience in areas such as laboratory management, greenhouse management, animal room management, museum/herbarium curation, and graduate teaching assistants. May be repeated to a maximum of 3 credits.
Semester Offered:
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer


BIOL 556. Biological Evolution

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: History, evidence, and processes of biological evolution (microevolution, speciation, and macroevolution). Theories on the origin of life.
Semester Offered:
  • Fall
  • Spring


BIOL 557. History and Philosophy of Biology

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Origins of science and history of biological discoveries. The development of modern biology. Philosophical bases for the biological sciences.
Semester Offered: Spring


BIOL 560. General Parasitology

Credits: 4 View Details
Description: Parasite ecology and classification. The relationship of these organisms to diseases of humans and animals.
Prerequisites: BIOL 151, BIOL 152 or Permission of Instructor
Semester Offered: Fall


BIOL 561. Conservation and Management of Animals

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Description: Biology, ecology, population structures, sampling methods, management techniques, life histories and demographic analysis, ecosystems, and conservation of animals.
Semester Offered: Fall






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