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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 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 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.
Prerequisites: BIOL 151, BIOL 152
Semester Offered: Fall


BIOL 520. Plant Taxonomy

Credits: 4 View Details
Description: Principles and practice of plant taxonomy including modern technological approaches.
Prerequisites: BIOL 306
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.
Prerequisites: BIOL 306
Semester Offered: Summer


BIOL 530. Phycology

Credits: 4 View Details
Description: The collection, identification, culture, and study of freshwater algae from diverse habitats; primary production, community interactions, life cycles, and lake phytoplankton and stream phytobenthos assessment.
Prerequisites: BIOL 306, BIOL 312
Semester Offered: DEMAND


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.
Prerequisites: BIOL 308, BIOL 312
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 (Topical)

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


BIOL 555. Practicum (Topical)

Credits: 0-3 View Details
Description: Supervised experience in selected areas such as laboratory management, greenhouse management, animal room management, aquarium management, Museum/herbarium curator, undergraduate learning assistants. May be repeated to a maximum of 3 credits. Departmental approval required for enrollment.
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
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


BIOL 562. Medical Microbiology

Credits: 4 View Details
Description: Taxonomy, morphology, culture biochemical activities of pathogenic microorganisms and their pathogenic mechanisms and the corresponding host response.
Prerequisites: BIOL 362
Semester Offered: Spring


BIOL 564. Hematology

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Blood cell formation and function, morphology and function. Etiology and lab diagnosis of common hematologic diseases. Mechanisms of hemostasis. Clinical procedures.
Prerequisites: BIOL 151
Semester Offered: Fall


BIOL 565. Principles of Phylogenetics

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Description: Taxonomy, Linnaean system & codes of nomenclature, homology and character analysis, history of systematics, systematic principles, optimality criteria, divergence-time estimation, character evolution, biogeography, macroevolution.
Semester Offered: DEMAND


BIOL 566. Microscopy and Image Analysis

Credits: 2 View Details
Description: Principles of light microscopy, image acquisition, and analysis including computer measurement and enhancement of images.
Prerequisites: BIOL 151
Semester Offered:
  • Fall
  • Spring


BIOL 572. Virology

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Morphology, virus-host relationships, diseases, prions and viroids.
Prerequisites: BIOL 362
Semester Offered: Spring


BIOL 574. Neurobiology

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Molecular, cellular and developmental aspects of the nervous system. Sensory, motor, and central systems. Mechanisms of neuropathology.
Prerequisites: BIOL 360
Semester Offered: DEMAND


BIOL 575. Systematic Bioinformatics

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Description: Biological collections, collection stewardship, biological collections databases, networks, cybertaxonomy, taxonomic concepts, ontology, specimen digitization, georeferenced specimens, predictive ecogeographic modeling, genomic databases, genomic partitioning strategies, models of molecular evolution, phylogenomics.
Prerequisites: BIOL 456
Semester Offered: DEMAND






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