Undergraduate Course Descriptions

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BIOL 1301 - Gen Bio I Premed Majors (APT)
A study of the basic principles of biology. Topics will include biological chemistry, cell structure and function, photosynthesis and respiration, DNA structure and function, mitosis, meiosis, Mendelian genetics, and evolution. Medical/clinical applications of the general biology concepts will be integrated into the course.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture
BIOL 1302 - Gen Bio II Premed Majors (APT)
A study of the basic principles of biology. Topics include evolution and diversity of prokaryotes invertebrate and vertebrate animals, mechanisms of support and movement, digestion and nutrition, respiration, circulation, homeostasis, hormonal control, nervous control, sexual reproduction, development, behavior, and ecology. Prerequisites: BIOL 1301.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

BIOL 1306 - Gen Bio I
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

BIOL 1307 - Gen Bio II
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

BIOL 1308 - Bio Concepts I Non-Majors
This introductory course is designed to provide Non-Majors a conceptual approach to topics ranging from molecular and cellular biology, to genetics, and biotechnology as they relate to current events, cultural, and societal issues. Prerequisites: Credit/registration in BIOL 1108.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

BIOL 1309 - Bio Concepts II Non-Majors
This introductory course is designed to provide Non-Majors a conceptual approach to topics ranging from evolution biodiversity, ecology, to conservation biology as they relate to current events, cultural, and societal issues.  Prerequisites: Credit/registration in BIOL 1109.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

BIOL 1322 - Human Nutrition
A study of the basic principles of nutrition in health and disease. Stresses the modern concepts of an adequate diet based on the nutritional needs of the individual.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

BIOL 1406 - Gen Bio I

A study of the basic principles of Biology. Topics will include biological chemistry, cell structure and function, photosynthesis and respiration, DNA structure and function, mitosis, meiosis, Mendelian genetics, evolution, and the structure and function of bacteria, viruses, protozoan, algae, fungi, and plants.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
All Sections for this Course
Course Attributes:
Core Life & Phys Sciences-030, Lab fee - Biology


BIOL 1407 - Gen Bio II

A continuation of Biology 1406. Topics include evolution and diversity of invertebrate and vertebrate animals; mechanisms of support and movement, digestion and nutrition, respiration, circulation homeostasis, hormonal control, nervous control, sexual reproduction, development, behavior, and ecology. Prerequisites: BIOL 1406 or BIOL 1487.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
All Sections for this Course
Course Attributes:
Core Life & Phys Sciences-030, Lab fee - Biology


BIOL 1487 - Gen Bio I HON

An accelerated study of the basic principles of Biology. Topics covered include cellular biology, photosynthesis, respiration, protein synthesis, cellular reproduction, genetics, microbial genetics and a survey of the diversity of organisms. Open to students enrolled in the Honors Studies Program or by permission of the instructor. Prerequisites: Admission to Honors Program.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
All Sections for this Course
Course Attributes:
Core Life & Phys Sciences-030, Lab fee - Biology


BIOL 1488 - Gen Bio II HON

An accelerated study of the basic concepts of Biology. Topics covered include reproduction and development, digestion and nutrition, transport, homeostasis, the nervous system, ecology and evolution. Open to students enrolled in the Honors Studies Program or by permission of the instructor. Prerequisites: BIOL 1487 and admission to Honors Program.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Core Life & Phys Sciences-030, Lab fee - Biology


BIOL 2201 - Special Problems in Biology

Study of special topics in Biology for freshman- and sophomore-level students. The course will involve the independent study of a specific problem through conferences and activities directed by the instructor. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
0.000 OR 2.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 2.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study, Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Lab fee - Biology


BIOL 2301 - Anatomy & Physiology I
A study of the structure and function of the human body including cells, tissues, and organs of the following systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous system, and special senses.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

BIOL 2302 - Anatomy & Physiology II
A continuation of BIOL 2401. Includes endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. Other topics include metabolism, acid-base balance, development and heredity. Co/Prerequisites: BIOL 2401.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

BIOL 2310 - Marine Ecosystem Dynamics

This course investigates the interactions between organisms and the physical processes that regulate productivity and distribution of marine life in oceanic and coastal ecosystems. Prerequisites: BIOL 1407 (or BIOL 1488) .
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Schl of Earth, Envr&Marine Science Department


BIOL 2321 - Gen Microbiology
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

BIOL 2343 - Gen Bio III
This course is a comparative study of form and function in protists, fungi, and plants including a survey of diversity, physiology, reproduction and development. Other topics to be discussed include the origin and diversification of life, population genetics, taxonomy, and systematics.  Prerequisites: BIOL 1407 (or BIOL 1488) and credit/registration in BIOL 2143.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

BIOL 2401 - Anatomy & Physiology I

A study of the structure and function of the human body including cells, tissues, and organs of the following systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous system, and special senses.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
All Sections for this Course
Course Attributes:
Core Int/Exp Lrng-090, Core Life & Phys Sciences-030, Lab fee - Biology


BIOL 2402 - Anatomy & Physiology II

A continuation of BIOL 2401. Includes endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. Other topics include metabolism, acid-base balance, development and heredity. Prerequisites: BIOL 2401.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
All Sections for this Course
Course Attributes:
Core Int/Exp Lrng-090, Core Life & Phys Sciences-030, Lab fee - Biology


BIOL 2428 - Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

Comparative studies of the morphological, embryological, and physiological relationships among vertebrates, with inclusion of histological and paleontological data. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
All Sections for this Course
Course Attributes:
Lab fee - Biology


BIOL 3301 - Biological Evolution

Genetic, ecological, and paleontological aspects of evolution. Includes review of evolutionary history and thought, species concepts, speciation, and other evolutionary processes. Emphasis is on evolutionary mechanisms. Prerequisites: BIOL 1406 (or BIOL 1487) and BIOL 1407 (or BIOL 1488), or permission of instructor.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture
Course Attributes:
Degree Elective, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U


BIOL 3303 - Genetics
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

BIOL 3309 - Ecology
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

BIOL 3310 - Neurobiology

Studies of nervous systems. Topics range from physiology of single neurons to neural basis of behavior in intact animals. This course emphasizes comparative methods, with examples drawn from a wide range of invertebrates and vertebrates. Prerequisites: BIOL 2401 and BIOL 3411.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture
Course Attributes:
Degree Elective, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U


BIOL 3311 - Mammalian Physiology
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

BIOL 3312 - Cell Biology
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

BIOL 3314 - Invertebrate Zoology
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

BIOL 3320 - Marine Biogeochemistry

This course is a study of the biological, chemical, geological, and physical processes that influence cycling of bioactive elements in marine waters and sediments. Prerequisites: BIOL 2310, CHEM 1311 and CHEM 1111.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Schl of Earth, Envr&Marine Science Department


BIOL 3330 - Functions and Modeling
Students will engage in explorations and lab activities designed to strengthen and expand their knowledge of the topics found in secondary school mathematics and other sciences through activities of data collection; modeling the data with elementary mathematical functions; using tools from calculus to determine the best model for the data; and using concepts from mathematics, physics and chemistry to interpret the results of the model. The major objective of this course is for students in the UTeach program to understand the interconnection between science and mathematics, and how to effectively use mathematics in scientific inquiry. Prerequisites: A grade of 'C' or better in the following: MATH 2413 and UTCH 1102.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

BIOL 3345 - Animal Nutrition
Students will become familiar with the anatomy and digestive processes that take place in digestive tracts of various domesticated animals. They will also learn how to balance a ration that meets protein and energy requirements of livestock. Prerequisites: BIOL 1406 (or BIOL 1487) and BIOL 1407 (or BIOL 1488)
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

BIOL 3401 - Gen Microbiology

A general survey of the field of microbiology with emphasis on bacteria. Topics will include structure, growth, reproduction, metabolism, genetics and taxonomy of bacteria; a general survey of fungi, algae, protozoa and viruses and microbiology of soil, water, foods, and industry. Laboratory work will include staining, growing, biochemistry, characterization, and control of bacteria with a general survey of other microorganisms. Prerequisites: BIOL 1406 (or BIOL 1487), BIOL 1407 (or BIOL 1488), CHEM 1311, CHEM 1111, CHEM 1312, and CHEM 1112.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
All Sections for this Course
Course Attributes:
Degree Elective, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 3403 - Med Microbio & Immunology

A study of microorganisms that cause disease and immune response of the host to these pathogens. Emphasis will be on principles of immunology and selected infectious disease processes. Laboratory exercises will include a study of basic serologic procedures and cultural characteristics of related pathogenic microorganisms. Prerequisites: BIOL 3401.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Degree Elective, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 3404 - Conservation Biology
This course provides a scientific foundation for resource management efforts aimed at conserving, restoring, and sustaining the biological diversity in habitats. Biological diversity includes genetic variation among individuals and populations; species richness and abundance; habitat heterogeneity and all of the interactions that determine the distribution and abundance of species. Prerequisites: BIOL 1406 (or BIOL 1487) and BIOL 1407 (or BIOL 1488). BIOL 3409 is recommended.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
All Sections for this Course

BIOL 3405 - Histology

Lectures in this offering will place major emphasis on the structure and function of major tissue types and their cellular components. The laboratory will provide an opportunity for first-hand experience in examining the microscopic structure of the major tissue types and their relationships in organ structure. Prerequisites: 12 hours of Biology, including 4 hours from either BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
All Sections for this Course
Course Attributes:
Degree Elective, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 3406 - Developmental Mechanisms

Study of processes that lead to the diversity of animal and plant morphologies with an emphasis on mechanisms of pattern induction at the molecular level. Lectures will focus on common patterns and novel adaptations from a comparative point of view, while laboratories will give students experience in a variety of fundamental protocols using Drosophila as a model. Prerequisites: BIOL 3412 or consent of instructor.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Course Fee - Biology 06, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U


BIOL 3407 - Comparative Embryology

Developmental studies from the zygote through embryological stages (chiefly concerned with amphibians, birds, and mammals). Prerequisites: 9 hours of Biology, including 4 hours from BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, or BIOL 2428. BIOL 3413 recommended.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
All Sections for this Course
Course Attributes:
Degree Elective, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 3408 - Plant Morphology

A study of the morphology, development and relationships of algae, lichens, liverworts, mosses, ferns, gymnosperms and angiosperms. Particular attention is given to the evolution of these groups. Prerequisites: 9 hours of Biology, including BIOL 1407 (or BIOL 1488).
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
All Sections for this Course
Course Attributes:
Degree Elective, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 3409 - Ecology

A study of the basic environmental factors affecting plants and animals, and their relation to economic and conservation problems. Field work. Prerequisites: 9 hours of Biology, including BIOL 1407 (or BIOL 1488).
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
All Sections for this Course
Course Attributes:
Degree Elective, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 3411 - Mammalian Physiology

A survey of the physiological mechanisms of the organs and organ systems of mammals with emphasis on man. The laboratory will provide experiences with modern techniques. Topics will include muscle, nerve, digestive, urinary, respiratory, circulatory, and reproductive systems. Prerequisites: 12 hours of Biology, including 4 hours from either BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, or BIOL 2403; and also 8 hours of Chemistry.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Degree Elective, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 01, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U, Lab Fee Biology 05


BIOL 3412 - Cell Biology

A study of cell structure and function with emphasis on bio-energetics, membranes, genes, and genetic control, cell division and its regulation, and cellular differentiation. Prerequisites: BIOL 1406 (or BIOL 1487) , BIOL 1407 (or BIOL 1487), CHEM 2123, and CHEM 2323.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
All Sections for this Course
Course Attributes:
Degree Elective, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 3413 - Genetics

Introductory lectures and laboratories in classical genetics. Topics will include Mendelian genetics, cell mechanics, sex determination, sex linkage, DNA structure and function, genetic linkage, crossing over, gene mapping, mutation, regulation of gene expression, chromosomal variations, population genetics, and evolution. Prerequisites: BIOL 1406 (or BIOL 1487) , BIOL 1407 (or BIOL 1487), CHEM 1311, CHEM 1111, CHEM 1312, and CHEM 1112.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
All Sections for this Course
Course Attributes:
Degree Elective, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 01, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U, Lab Fee Biology 05


BIOL 3414 - Invertebrate Zoology

Study of the comparative morphology, evolution, systematics, and natural history of the invertebrates. Recommended as a preparatory course for BIOL 4402, BIOL 4407, BIOL 4415 and BIOL 5316. Prerequisites: 6 hours of Biology and junior standing.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
All Sections for this Course
Course Attributes:
Degree Elective, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 3415 - Molecular Biology

A study of the structure and function of biological macromolecules as they relate to the functioning of whole cells and organisms. Topics include the structure and function of nucleic acids and proteins, DNA replication and repair, transcription, translation, gene regulation, genetic engineering and gene regulation, genetic engineering, applications of molecular technologies and biotechnology, bacteriophages, and mobile genetic elements. Prerequisites: CHEM 2323 and CHEM 2123 and either BIOL 3413, BIOL 3401, or BIOL 3412.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
All Sections for this Course
Course Attributes:
Degree Elective, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 06, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 3416 - Coral Reef Ecology

The course examines the biotic and abiotic ecology of coral reefs including their zonational and community structure. Emphasis is placed on directed, field-oriented, individual research projects as a means of examining the morphology, evolutionary patterns, and ecological importance of coral reefs. Prerequisites: BIOL 3409.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture

Schl of Earth, Envr&Marine Science Department
Course Attributes:
Lab fee - Biology


BIOL 3420 - Environmental Biology

This course will introduce useful biological principles to evaluating human impacts to the environment. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, environmental and ecological census techniques for water, soil, plants, and animals, nutrient cycling, metal transport fates, biomonitoring and indicator species, and human health and economical risk assessment, land management and rare species protection. Prerequisites: BIOL 1406 (or BIOL 1487) and BIOL 1407 (or BIOL 1488).
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 2.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Lab fee - Biology


BIOL 3430 - Marine Biology Field Methods

This course introduces the study of marine systems utilizing specialized field methods and provides students with a basic knowledge of coastal habitats and associated fauna and flora. Students will design experiment and collect and analyze data from field research projects as a group. Prerequisites: BIOL 3409.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Schl of Earth, Envr&Marine Science Department
Course Attributes:
Lab fee - Biology


BIOL 4170 - Laboratory Topics in Biology

This course is a series of lab/field investigations in areas not available in other courses. May be repeated for credit when content changes.  Prerequisites: BIOL 1406 (or BIOL 1487) and BIOL 1407 (or BIOL 1487). Must take BIOL 4370 concurrently.
1.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Lab fee - Biology


BIOL 4199 - Research Problems in Biology

Research under the supervision of a Biology faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but no more than 3 hours may apply toward the Biology Major.  Prerequisites: BIOL 1406 (or BIOL 1487) , BIOL 1407 (or BIOL 1487), and approval of instructor.
1.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Lab fee - Biology


BIOL 4201 - Biology Problems I

A course adapted to the study of special topics in biology. For advanced students capable of developing a problem independently through conference and activities directed by the instructor. Problem is chosen by the student with the approval of the instructor prior to registration. Prerequisites: Biology Major with at least junior standing. Consent of instructor. A course adapted to the study of special topics in biology. For advanced students capable of developing a problem independently through conference and activities directed by the instructor. Problem is chosen by the student with the approval of the instructor prior to registration.
0.000 OR 2.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 2.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
All Sections for this Course
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Degree Elective, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 4202 - Biology Problems II

A continuation of BIOL 4201. Prerequisites: BIOL 4201 and consent of instructor
0.000 OR 2.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 2.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
All Sections for this Course
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Degree Elective, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 4301 - Evolution
This course involves the study of organic evolution with an emphasis on mechanics, especially genetics and modern theories. This course will provide a common foundation of understanding of the fundamental principles that underpin biology. Prerequisites: BIOL 2343.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

BIOL 4302 - Marine Zoology
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

BIOL 4304 - Ichthyology

Fall A study of ecology, distribution, adaptations, physiology, systematics and evolution of freshwater and marine fishes, with an emphasis on local forms. Laboratories will stress identification and other practical applications of modern ichthyological techniques. Prerequisite: nine hours of biology. $4 laboratory fee.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture
Course Attributes:
Degree Elective, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 4309 - Herpetology
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

BIOL 4313 - Endocrinology

Advanced study of the endocrine system with emphasis on humans. Topics include hormonal control of homeostasis, feeding, stress, and reproduction; functions of endocrine organs, cellular mechanisms of hormone action, animal models of endocrinology, endocrine techniques, and endocrine related diseases. Prerequisites: 12 hours of biology, including 4 hours from BIOL 2402, or BIOL 3411; and 8 hours of Chemistry.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture
Course Attributes:
Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U


BIOL 4315 - Inquiry-Based Sci & Lab Tech

Designed for students interested in teaching secondary life sciences to provide additional preparation and skills to become an effective high school life sciences teacher. The course will emphasize the inquiry-based approach to science and cover mechanisms to apply this approach in lecture, lab and in assessment of content. Prerequisites: Students should enroll in the course during the semester in which they are finishing degree plan coursework and prior to the internship. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
0.000 OR 3.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 2.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Degree Elective, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 4316 - Environmental Toxicology

A survey of interaction of environmental pollutants with living systems. Laboratory consists of toxicological evaluation of selected environmental chemicals. Prerequisites: BIOL 3412 and 6 hours of organic chemistry or biochemistry.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture
Course Attributes:
Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U


BIOL 4317 - Disease Epidemiology

An introduction to the principles of epidemiology. Emphasis on ecological and evolutionary factors affecting disease processes. Both historical and current epidemics will be examined. Prerequisites: BIOL 3301 or BIOL 3413.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture
Course Attributes:
Degree Elective, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U


BIOL 4318 - Ethnobotany

Surveys on the historical uses of plants and their impacts on the evolution of human civilizations, natural sciences, and natural environments. Emphasis is placed on the practice of artificial selection and the exploitation of plant-based foods, medicines, stimulants, psychoactive compounds, fibers, spices, aromatics, biofuels, and construction materials. The promise of new and powerful biotechnological tools will be considered in light of economic and environmental concerns.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture
Course Attributes:
Degree Elective, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U


BIOL 4319 - Medical Entomology

Study of the medically important insects. The focus will be on insect vectors and the diseases that they can transmit. We will examine insect life history, population dynamics, ecology, and human impact. We will also cover some basic epidemiology and disease transmission models. Prerequisites: 8 hours from BIOL 1406 (or BIOL 1487) and BIOL 1407 (or BIOL 1488); or consent of instructor.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture
Course Attributes:
Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U


BIOL 4321 - Integrative Bio for Middle Sch
This course designed for middle school science teachers is the coordinated-thematic integration of biology with physics, chemistry, and earth/space science through a series of lectures, panels, demonstrations, and applied activities. Prerequisites: BIOL 1406 (or BIOL 1487) and BIOL 1407 (or BIOL 1487).
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

BIOL 4327 - Coastal Ecology
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

BIOL 4330 - Molecular Evolution

An examination of recent and current techniques in phylogenetic inference, population genetics and molecular evolution. The course will focus on both the theory and practical application of these techniques through review of seminal studies and a hands-on approach to gathering, processing and analyzing data for a group of genes or organisms of each student’s choice. Prerequisites: Either BIOL 3301, BIOL 3413, or consent of instructor.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture
Course Attributes:
Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U


BIOL 4331 - Integrative Bio for High Sch
This course provides an introduction to laboratory techniques used in the education of biology students. Students learn principles of organization and presentation of biological principles necessary to effectively set-up and run undergraduate teaching labs in middle, high, and post-secondary school. Prerequisites: Junior standing with a 3.0 GPA and at least 16 hours of Biology.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

BIOL 4332 - Animal Behavior
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

BIOL 4350 - Ornithology

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture


BIOL 4361 - Neuroscience I

This is a comprehensive first course in the cell and molecular neuroscience for students with biology and/or health science majors. The course offers general principles with a useful blend of data from vertebrate and invertebrate, and provides clear focus and well rounded modern knowledge. Prerequisites: BIOL 1406 (or BIOL 1487), BIOL 1407 (or BIOL 1487), and junior/senior standing.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture


BIOL 4362 - Neuroscience II
This is a comprehensive course in systems, developmental, and disorders of the nervous system. Neuronal mechanisms underlying intercellular communication, learning and memory, and diseases will be taught based on the knowledge in cellular and molecular neuroscience. Prerequisites: BIOL 1406 (or BIOL 1487), BIOL 1407 (or BIOL 1487), and junior/senior standing.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

BIOL 4370 - Special Topics II

Topics will cover specialized areas of study in the biological sciences that tend to not be part of regular course offerings. Subjects may vary from semester to semester, depending on the faculty member teaching the course. A student may take this course up to two times for credit. Prerequisites: Biology Major or Minor and 8 hours of BIOL 1406 (or BIOL 1487) and BIOL 1407 (or BIOL 1488); or consent of instructor.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing


BIOL 4387 - Inquiry-Based Sci HON

Applications of inquiry in science and an interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
0.000 OR 3.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 2.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Degree Elective, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 4388 - Global Change Ecology

This course will cover different aspects of global change, emphasizing topics such as habitat alteration, species extinctions, spread of diseases, invasive species, global warming, and the impact of these factors on conservation efforts. Prerequisites: BIOL 3409 or consent of instructor.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture
Course Attributes:
Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U


BIOL 4389 - GIS in Biology
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in Biology is 80% hands-on exercises developed for the students to acquire enough knowledge on the use and applications of GIS in Biology, environmental sciences, and agricultural sciences. The class will cover local, regional, continental, and worldwide conservation priorities of living organisms in different types of environments (e.g., freshwater/terrestrial). Techniques include visualization, overlapping, and analysis of geospatial data (lines, points, polygons, raster); searching and downloading maps of human footprint, land use/cover, climate, soils, and other important data that could limit the distribution of a species. GIS in Biology will provide undergraduate students the opportunity to expand on GIS concepts through problem-solving assignments. Several exercises will be developed by each student to visualize important information (e.g., presence of rivers, pollutants in the area, habitat deforestation, range of species distribution, occurrence of endangered, invasive, or vector borne disease, both for plants and animals, etc.), to assess species risk status of conservation, and understand the ecology and distribution of invasive species and potential outbreaks of vector borne diseases. Students will understand the influence of biotic, abiotic, historical and anthropogenic factors in creating conservation priorities at different spatial scales. Guest speakers from local-regional agencies (e.g., Texas Parks and Wildlife) will be invited to talk about their research projects related to the use of GIS in Biology (e.g., land acquisition priorities for conservation in the Lower Rio Grande Valley). Prerequisites: One of the following: BIOL 3404, BIOL 3409, BIOL 4388, BIOL 4403, BIOL 3420.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

BIOL 4390 - Biology Internship
This course is an applied experience in an industrial, educational, private agency, or government facility supported by an acceptable scholarly written report and a seminar. Prerequisites: BIOL 1406 (or BIOL 1487) and BIOL 1407 (or BIOL 1487).
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Other hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Internship

BIOL 4392 - Res Method Sci/Math (UTeach)

A course intended for students in the UTeach program. Students will design research projects, perform independent inquiries, and learn to combine skills from mathematics and science in order to solve research problems. Coursework will include inquiry, writing, and quantitative reasoning. Prerequisites: Grade of 'C' or better in the following: BIOL 1406 (or BIOL 1487), BIOL 1407 (or BIOL 1487); or CHEM 1111, 1112, 1311, 1312; or MATH 1314 or 1414; or PHYS 1401, 1402 or PHYS 2425, 2426 or PHYS 2411, 2412; and UTCH 1101, 1102 or consent of instructor.
0.000 OR 3.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 2.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Lab fee - Biology


BIOL 4398 - Special Topics I

Topics will cover specialized areas of study in the biological sciences that tend to not be part of regular course offerings. Subjects may vary from semester to semester, depending on the faculty member teaching the course. A student may take this course up to two times for credit. Prerequisites: Biology Major or Minor and 8 hours of BIOL 1406 (or BIOL 1487) and BIOL 1407 (or BIOL 1488); or consent of instructor.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U


BIOL 4399 - Research Problems in Biology

Research under the supervision of a Biology faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but no more than 3 hours may apply toward the Biology Major. Students enrolling for BIOL 4399 will present research results in a Department seminar. Prerequisites: BIOL 1406 (or BIOL 1487), BIOL 1407 (or BIOL 1487), and approval of instructor.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U


BIOL 4400 - Biological Communication
Capstone Course. Describes, analyzes, critiques, and applies biological communication and writing styles. Writing topics include vitas, professional letters, research/laboratory reports, and research proposals. Also focuses on manuscript editing, literature searches and referencing, reviewing published research papers, and data analysis, and interpretation. Prerequisites: Senior standing and 15 advanced hours of Biology.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

BIOL 4401 - Marine Biology Seminar

The student completes an independent scholarly review of a marine biology research topic, makes an oral report on the topic, and debates current marine issues with faculty and students. (Cannot be used for credit with BIOL 4100). Prerequisites: Senior standing and 24 hours of Biology.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Other hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar
Multidisciplinary Sciences Department


BIOL 4402 - Marine Zoology

A study of the common marine animals, especially invertebrates in coastal waters. Particular attention is given to structural and physiological relationships. Strenuous field work required. Students must provide their own transportation to and from South Padre Island or other field trip sites.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Schl of Earth, Envr&Marine Sci Department
Course Attributes:
Degree Elective, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 4403 - Intro Remote Sensing Tech

This course provides training in the use of electromagnetic radiation for monitoring environmental conditions and resources. Emphasis will be placed on the operation of various remote sensors, collection of analog and digital data, and use of computer software for image processing, interpretation, and integration of imagery into geographic information systems. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
All Sections for this Course
Course Attributes:
Degree Elective


BIOL 4404 - Ichthyology

A study of ecology, distribution, adaptations, physiology, systematics, and evolution of freshwater and marine fishes, with an emphasis on local forms. Laboratories will stress identification and other practical applications of modern ichthyological techniques. Prerequisites: 9 hours of Biology.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
All Sections for this Course
Course Attributes:
Degree Elective, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 07, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 4405 - Plant Physiology

An introduction of the basic principles of the physiology, growth, and development of plants. Prerequisites: 6 hours of Biology.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Degree Elective, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 01, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U, Lab Fee Biology 05


BIOL 4407 - Animal Parasitology

Introduction to study of parasitic protozoa and worms (especially trematodes, cestodes, nematodes, and acanthocephala). Prerequisites: 9 hours of biology, including 4 hours from either BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, or BIOL 3414; and also junior standing.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
All Sections for this Course
Course Attributes:
Degree Elective, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 4408 - Plant Pathology

An introductory course on the causes, nature, and control of plant diseases. Emphasis will be given to diseases of plants of economic importance. Prerequisites: 6 hours of Biology.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Degree Elective, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 4409 - Herpetology

A study of anatomy, evolution, distribution, systematics, ecology, and physiology of amphibians and reptiles, primarily of North American species, with special emphasis on local forms. Prerequisites: BIOL 1406 (or BIOL 1487) and BIOL 1407 (or BIOL 1487).
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
3.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
All Sections for this Course
Course Attributes:
Degree Elective, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 4410 - Marine Botany

A study of the common local marine flora with emphasis on macroscopic algae, sea grasses and terrestrial angiosperms. Students are expected to furnish their own transportation to field laboratory sessions at South Padre Island. Prerequisites: 9 hours of Biology, including BIOL 1407 (or BIOL 1487).
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
All Sections for this Course
Schl of Earth, Envr&Marine Science Department
Course Attributes:
Degree Elective, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U


BIOL 4411 - Eco Physiology of Animals

A comparative study of the physiological adaptations of vertebrate animals to their environments. Emphasis is placed on the physiological basis of animal distribution and evolution. Prerequisites: BIOL 1406 (or BIOL 1487) and BIOL 1407 (or BIOL 1487).
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
All Sections for this Course
Course Attributes:
Degree Elective, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 4412 - Ornithology

Principles of avian classification, morphology and ecology, including migration, distribution, and relationships to man. Field work. Prerequisites: BIOL 1406 (or BIOL 1487) and BIOL 1407 (or BIOL 1488).
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Degree Elective, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 4413 - Gen Virology

Comprehensive course that covers fundamental aspects on the effect of viruses on procaryotic and eucaryotic organisms. It also covers interactions between viruses and populations and the impact of viral diseases on organisms, mechanisms of replication, and strategies of viral gene expression. Prerequisites: BIOL 3401. BIOL 3403 is recommended.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
All Sections for this Course
Course Attributes:
Lab fee - Biology


BIOL 4414 - Plant Taxonomy

Identification of vascular plants based on historical and modern molecular approaches to plant classification. Prerequisites: BIOL 1406 (or BIOL 1487) and BIOL 1407 (or BIOL 1487).
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
All Sections for this Course
Course Attributes:
Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 4415 - Entomology

An introduction to the study of insects and other arthropods of agricultural, medical, and veterinary importance. Includes basic insect morphology, physiology, classification and pest management. Laboratory consists of insect identification supported by field trips. Prerequisites: BIOL 3414.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Degree Elective, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 01, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U, Lab Fee Biology 05


BIOL 4416 - Mammalogy

A study of anatomy, evolution, distribution, systematics, ecology, and physiology of mammals of North America, with special emphasis on local forms. Prerequisites: 9 hours of Biology.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
All Sections for this Course
Course Attributes:
Degree Elective, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 01, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U, Lab Fee Biology 05


BIOL 4417 - Bacterial Genetics

This course will cover bacterial genetics from both classical and molecular perspectives. Topics will include transcription, translation, mutagenesis, transduction, transformation, conjugation, and transposition. The lab will include techniques related to those topics and will include northern blotting, DNA sequencing, and the polymerase chain reaction. Prerequisites: BIOL 1406 (or BIOL 1487), BIOL 1407 (or BIOL 1487), CHEM 1311, CHEM 1111, CHEM 1312, CHEM 1112, and BIOL 3415. BIOL 3401 is also recommended.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Degree Elective, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 4418 - Electron Microscopy

This course will provide an opportunity to learn scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Topics include the principles of electron microscopes, cell ultrastructure, specimen preparation, microtomy, immunocytochemistry, operation of electron microscopes, darkroom techniques, and graphic arts. Prerequisites: BIOL 1406 (or BIOL 1487), BIOL 1407 (or BIOL 1487), CHEM 1311, CHEM 1111, and 2 hours computer literacy from: INFS 2398, CSCI 1380 (or CSCI 1387), CSCI 1370 (or CSCI 1378 ), CMPE 1370 (or CMPE 1378).
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Degree Elective, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 06, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 4419 - Aquatic Entomology

This course will cover the identification, taxonomy, and ecology of aquatic insects. Emphasis will be on local aquatic environments. Laboratories will consist of field trips and identification of specimens. Prerequisites: 9 hours of Biology, including BIOL 1407 (or BIOL 1488).
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Degree Elective, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 4420 - Plant Anatomy

Anatomy of seed plants. Prerequisites: 8 hours of Biology.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Degree Elective, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 06, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 4421 - Biotechnology

This course will utilize the computational methods, online databases, and internet resources to answer questions in cell and molecular biology. In the laboratory. Students will explore online database resources to answer questions in a wide variety of areas relating to cellular and molecular biology. Prerequisites: CHEM 2323 and CHEM 2123 and either BIOL 3413, BIOL 3401, or BIOL 3412.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Lab fee - Biology


BIOL 4422 - Neurobiology Methods

An intensive introduction to techniques for studying neural anatomy and physiology, including staining, labelling, extracellular recording, and intracellular recording. Invertebrates are used as subjects. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and BIOL 3310.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Degree Elective, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 06, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 4423 - Wildlife Ecology & Management

The course examines the biological, ecological, historical and sociological factors influencing patterns or wildlife distribution, abundance, and diversity and the application of science and theory in the management of wildlife populations and habitats. Prerequisites: BIOL 3409.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Lab fee - Biology


BIOL 4424 - Microbial Ecology

An introduction to the diversity of microbes found in nature. Emphasis is placed on the ecological significance of bacterial communities found in terrestrial, aquatic and extreme ecosystems, as well as their metabolic activities, interactions, and survival strategies. The effects of microbial activities in areas such as bioremediation and biogeochemistry are also addressed. Prerequisites: BIOL 3401.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Degree Elective, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 4426 - Marine Ecology

This course is an introduction to marine ecology. It will include discussion of marine ecosystems and processes with a focus on the marine environment of South Texas. Prerequisites: BIOL 3409.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
All Sections for this Course
Schl of Earth, Envr&Marine Science Department
Course Attributes:
Degree Elective, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U


BIOL 4427 - Marine Animal Field Studies

This field course will offer students comprehensive field based training in the local marine fauna on South Padre Island. Students will conduct field trips to all major habitat types on South Padre Island, identify and classify marine organisms, and learn basic collecting techniques by conducting observational and experimental studies in field settings. Students are expected to stay on the facility during the field course (Student housing will be provided). Prerequisites: BIOL 1407 (or BIOL 1487) and junior standing.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Schl of Earth, Envr&Marine Science Department
Course Attributes:
Lab fee - Biology, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U


BIOL 4428 - Medical Genomics

This course will examine the ever-changing field of genomics. Specifically, the roles that genomics and population genetics play in expanding our knowledge of human biology, disease detection and personalized medicine will be studied. Prerequisites: BIOL 3413, BIOL 3301, or BIOL 4330.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
All Sections for this Course
Course Attributes:
Lab fee - Biology, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio U


BIOL 4429 - Agroecology

Ecological concepts and principles are applied to the design and management of agroecosystems. Alternatives for agriculture are discussed in terms of ecosystem structure and function. A weekly three-hour lab is required. Prerequisites: BIOL 3409 or consent of instructor.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Lab fee - Biology


BIOL 4430 - Coastal Ecology

This course examines the major near shore habitats and communities of the western Gulf of Mexico including: beaches, sand dunes, estuaries, salt marshes, mud flats, sea grass meadows, and rocky shores. Emphasis is placed on directed, field-oriented, group, and/or individual research projects. Prerequisites: BIOL 1406 (or BIOL 1487), BIOL 1407 (or BIOL 1487), and also either BIOL 3409, BIOL 3414, or BIOL 4402.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Schl of Earth, Envr&Marine Science Department
Course Attributes:
Lab fee - Biology


BIOL 4432 - Animal Behavior

Lectures introduce students to the biological basis of animal behavior. Emphasis is placed on evolutionary explanations of: behavioral genetics and development, neural and hormonal mechanisms, instincts and learning, reproductive, and social behavior. Laboratory projects introduce students to laboratory and field methods for observing, quantifying, analyzing, and reporting animal behavior. Typical research projects address: sensory mechanisms, chemical and vocal communication signals, and dynamic behavioral interactions. Prerequisites: Junior standing and completion of 12 hours in Biology.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Lab fee - Biology


BIOL 5136 - Current Issues in Biology
Discussion and analysis of active areas of research in biology at an advanced level. Topics will vary by semester offered. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Lecture

BIOL 5300 - Graduate Biology for Educators
This course covers integrated biological principals from molecules through the biosphere, with a focus on specific contributions that knowledge of those principles has made to the physical, intellectual and esthetic welfare of humanity. The course will include lectures, readings of scholarly and popular literature, discussion, and a scholarly paper based on individual investigation of literature. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Lecture

BIOL 5307 - Host-Parasite Relationships

A comprehensive analysis of the interrelationships between host and parasite. Modern laboratory techniques essential to understanding these interrelationships will be considered. Laboratory fee. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio G, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 5312 - Vertebrate Evolutionary Biol

A course covering the theories and techniques employed in the study and conservation of vertebrate populations and their associated habits. Topics include predator/prey relationships, foraging theory, reproductive ecology and mating systems, disease ecology and community structure with a particular emphasis on the evolutionary advantages and pressures associated with development of vertebrate life histories and distributions. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.
0.000 OR 3.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio G, Lab Fee 04


BIOL 5313 - Advanced Endocrinology

Advanced study of the endocrine system with emphasis on humans. Topics include: hormonal control of homeostasis, feeding, stress and reproduction; function of endocrine organs, cellular mechanisms of hormone action, and animal models of endocrinology, endocrine techniques and endocrine related diseases. Credit Restriction: Credit cannot be given if BIOL 4313 has been taken. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio G


BIOL 5316 - Adv Environmental Toxicology

An advanced treatment of physiological and systematic interactions of environmental pollutants with biological systems. Prerequisite: BIOL 2401 and 2402 or 3411 and 6 hours of Organic or Biochemistry or consent of instructor
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 01, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio G, Lab Fee Biology 05


BIOL 5317 - Adv Bacterial Genetics

Bacterial genetics from both classical and molecular perspectives. Topics include transcription, translation, mutagenesis, transduction, transformation, conjugation and transposition. The lab is structured as a semester-long research project in which bacterial strains are randomly mutagenized, mutants are analyzed, and the mutated gene is identified. Laboratory fee. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 01, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio G, Lab Fee Biology 05


BIOL 5319 - Adv Medical Entomology

Study of medically important insects. The focus will be on insect vectors and the diseases that they can transmit. We will examine insect life history, population dynamics, ecology, and human impact. We will also cover some basic epidemiology and disease transmission models. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio G


BIOL 5340 - Statistical Ecology
The application, interpretation, and critique of statistical methods for analyzing arrays of species-by-samples data as arise in biological monitoring of environmental impacts and fundamental studies of community ecology. Topics include standard diversity indices, hierarchical clustering, multidimensional scaling, principal components analyses, analysis of similarities and selected advanced topics. This course will emphasize the use of statistical software packages and reporting of results. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and one course in Ecology or consent of constructor.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Lecture

BIOL 5342 - Restoration Ecology
This course explores the relevance of ecological principles applicable to the recovery of degraded ecosystems. With an emphasis on the reestablishment of ecosystem functioning to facilitate recovery, topics discussed relate to the implementation and monitoring or restoration projects across systems and disturbances. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and one course in Ecology or consent of constructor.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Lecture

BIOL 5344 - Advanced Mammalogy

A study of anatomy, evolution, distribution, systematics, ecology and physiology of mammals of North America. A research project is required. Critical review of current literature and studies of recent advances in Mammalogy are emphasized. Laboratory fee. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
0.000 OR 3.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 2.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio G, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 5346 - Adv Aquatic Entomology

Aquatic insect identification, taxonomy, ecology and use in bioassessment of water quality. Lower Rio Grande regional fauna emphasized. Lecture, lab and field work. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing,
0.000 OR 3.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio G, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 5388 - Adv Global Change Ecology

This course will cover different aspects of global change, a critical environmental problem caused by human activities (e.g., non-sustainable agricultural practices). This course will address lectures, discussion, and assignments related to topics such as habitat transformation, species extinctions, and spread of diseases, invasive species, global warming and the impact of these factors on conservation efforts. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio G


BIOL 5402 - Molecular Virology

This course emphasizes current research on the genome organization and replication of viruses, functions and regulations of viral genes, molecular mechanisms of virus-host and virus-vector interactions, and novel molecular control strategies. Students will be introduced to the history of virology, taxonomy of viruses, symptomatology, epidemiology, diseases and management of viral diseases. Laboratory fee. Prerequisite: BIOL 3403
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 1.000 Lab hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Lab fee - Biology


BIOL 5403 - Adv Remote Sensing Tech

This course provides training in the use of electromagnetic radiation for monitoring environmental conditions and resources. Emphasis will be placed on the operation of various remote sensors, collection of analog and digital data, and use of computer software for image processing, interpretation and integration of imagery into geographic information systems. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio G, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 5404 - Advanced Ichthyology

A study of ecology, distribution, adaptations, physiology, systematics and evolution of freshwater and marine fishes, with an emphasis on local forms. Laboratories will stress identification and other practical applications of modern ichthyological techniques. Laboratory fee. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio G, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 5405 - Adv Plant Physiology

Physiology of plants, cell structure and function, nutrition, metabolism and factors influencing growth and development. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
All Sections for this Course
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio G, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 5406 - Advanced Mycology

Subject areas shall include morphology and taxonomy, structure-function relationships, physiology and genetics, molecular biology, parasitism of animals and plants, applied and environmental mycology. Prerequisite: BIOL 3402, BIOL 3412 or BIOL 3413.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio G, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 5407 - Plant Ecology

This course will introduce students to the theoretical framework and current research in plant ecology. Plant ecology focuses on factors that influence the distribution and abundance of plants and their interactions with each other and their environment. Resource availability, seed dispersal, competition, herbivory, and disturbances all interact to influence plant survival and growth, and topics such as these are the focus of this class. We will also address timely issues relevant to current research in plant ecology such as exotic species invasions, global climate change, and human-driven changes to disturbance regimes. These topics will be discussed in relation to the primary scientific literature and other mainstream sources such as newspapers and magazines. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 1.000 Lab hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Lab fee - Biology


BIOL 5408 - Adv Plant Pathology

The causes, nature and control of plant diseases. Principles of plant disease development. Laboratory fee. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio G, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 5409 - Advanced Herpetology

A study of the anatomy, evolution, distribution, systematics, ecology and physiology of amphibians and reptiles, primarily of North American species with special emphasis on local forms. Laboratory Fee. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio G, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 5410 - Marine Plant Science

The common local marine flora including the microscopic and algal forms and aquatic angiosperms. Credit Restriction: Not open to students with previous credit for BIOL 4410. Laboratory fee. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio G


BIOL 5411 - Adv Ecological Physiology

A comparative study of the physiological adaptations of vertebrate animals to their environments. Emphasis is placed on the physiological basis of animal distribution and evolution. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio G, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 5412 - Adv Ornithology

Studies in avian biology with emphasis on taxonomy, behavior and ecology. Cannot take for credit if have had BIOL 4412 or equivalent. Laboratory fee. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
All Sections for this Course
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Lab fee - Biology


BIOL 5414 - Adv Plant Systematics

A study of literature and methods of experimental plant systematics, phylogenetic considerations, field and herbarium techniques and modern biosystematic approaches applied to selected taxa will be emphasized. Laboratory fee. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Lab fee - Biology, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio G, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 5418 - Adv Electron Microscopy

An introduction to electron microscopy including scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Topics include the principles of electron microscopes, cell ultrastructure, specimen preparation, microtomy, immunocytochemistry, operation of electron microscopes, and graphic arts. Laboratory fee. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 06, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio G, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 5421 - Biotechnology

This course will survey many areas of biotechnology. Human disease, genetic engineering of organisms, forensics and the latest technologies used in biotechnology will be focus areas. The laboratory will be based on discussion groups and internet based exercises to answer questions in a wide variety of questions in areas relating to Biotechnology.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Lab fee - Biology


BIOL 5422 - Conservation Biology

Focus on the controlled use and systematic protection of natural resources such as forests, soils, and water systems. Conservation integrates concepts of geography, climatology, geology, geomorphology, chemistry, and biology into one applied standing. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 1.000 Lab hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Lab fee - Biology


BIOL 5424 - Adv Microbial Ecology

An in-depth study of the diversity of microbes found in nature. Emphasis is placed on the ecological significance of bacterial communities found in terrestrial, aquatic and extreme environments, as well as their metabolic activities, interactions and survival strategies. Microbial bioremediation and biogeochemistry are also addressed. Students will develop and conduct an independent research project as a requirement of the course. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing and 3 hours of microbiology, or consent of instructor
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 07, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio G, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 5426 - Advanced Marine Ecology

This course will include discussion of marine ecosystems and processes with a focus on the marine environment of South Texas. Prerequisite: BIOL 3409
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio G


BIOL 5427 - Coastal Ecology

This course examines the major nearshore habitats and communities of the western Gulf of Mexico including: beaches, sand dunes, estuaries, salt marshes, mud flats, sea grass meadows and rocky shores. Emphasis is placed on directed, field-oriented, individual research projects. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and one course in general ecology or zoology or consent of the instructor.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 1.000 Lab hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Lab fee - Biology


BIOL 5432 - Animal Behavior

This course examines the biological basis of animal behavior from an evolutionary perspective. Topics include instincts and learning, behavioral genetics, development of behavior, neural and endocrine mechanisms, adaptive significance of behavior and social behavior. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, four semester hours of upper-division biology.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
3.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 1.000 Lab hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Lab fee - Biology


BIOL 5452 - Adv Marine Zoology

Structural, physiological and ecological relationships of common marine animals, stressing invertebrates of coastal waters. Laboratory fee Prerequisite: BIOL 3414 recommended.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio G


BIOL 5480 - Animal Communication

This course examines the factors that have shaped the evolution of communication in animals. Topics include the role of physics and physiology in the evolution of signaling adapted to different environment and the role of social context in animal communication. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Lab fee - Biology


BIOL 6101 - Scientific Thinking

Students will review the literature for current research topics, reporting, and discussion with faculty and other students. Students will refine a topic for scientific investigation, formulate testable hypotheses, design controlled experiments, conduct scientific literature searches, and interpret the methods and results of primary literature articles, as well as refine their oral presentation skills. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio G


BIOL 6102 - Scientific Writing

Students will learn professional skills for a career in the biological sciences such as grant agency selection, grant writing, preparation of curriculum vitae, the peer review process, development and formatting of manuscripts, scientific proposals, review papers, cover letters and preparation of. Students will learn to make proper use of bibliographic citations, write technical papers and prepare documents. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process


BIOL 6185 - Graduate Research

Faculty supervised research designed for students who are working on a research or the thesis project. Courses are offered with between 1 and 6 semester credit hours. A maximum of six semester credit hours of graduate research will count toward the degree; subsequent enrollments will not count. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Other hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Independent Study
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process


BIOL 6198 - Topics in Biology

Specialized context and field experiences not available in other courses. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lab hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Laboratory
Course Attributes:
Lab fee - Biology


BIOL 6285 - Graduate Research

Faculty supervised research designed for students who are working on a research or the thesis project. Courses are offered with between 1 and 6 semester credit hours. A maximum of six semester credit hours of graduate research will count toward the degree; subsequent enrollments will not count. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
2.000 Credit hours
2.000 Other hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Independent Study
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process


BIOL 6301 - Molecular Tech & Lab Instrument

This course studies the theory and application of laboratory techniques, with an emphasis on molecular techniques. The course may be team taught by various members of the graduate faculty as expertise dictates. Prerequisite: Graduate standing
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process


BIOL 6303 - Advanced Ecology

Utilization of modern techniques to analyze interrelationships between plants, animals and the environment. Terrestrial and freshwater environments will be considered. Laboratory fee. Prerequisite: Graduate standing
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process


BIOL 6304 - Systematic Biology

Theory and methods of taxonomy, classification, phylogeny and biogeography. Prerequisite: Graduate standing
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process


BIOL 6305 - Biometry

Statistical analysis and principles as applied to biological problems. Laboratory Fee Prerequisite: Recommended: Undergraduate statistics course.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process


BIOL 6307 - Animal Bioenergetics

This course provides a detailed examination of the ecology and physiology of energy extraction and allocation in animals. The effects of temperature and the proximate and ultimate mechanisms that drive allocation strategies under varying environmental conditions will be emphasized. Students will gain experience in critical thinking about their own research and the research of others through weekly paper discussions. Prerequisite: Graduate standing
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio G, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 6308 - Plant-Microbe Interactions

The course will cover advanced plant pathology topics and several others not covered in BIOL 4408/5408. The graduate student will become familiar with the concepts underlying the interactions of microbes and plants across a continuum of symbioses. Modern ideas from very recent scientific literature concerning the molecular nature of plant pathogenicity and resistance will be emphasized. Prerequisite: BIOL 4408 or BIOL 5408; BIOL 3401, BIOL 3412, BIOL 3413 or BIOL 3415; consent of instructor.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio G, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 6312 - Adv Cellular/Molecular Biology

An in-depth study of the physical and molecular activity at the cellular level. Topics to be emphasized include nucleic acid structure and organization, gene expression and its regulation, protein structure and recombinant DNA techniques. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, BIOL 3412 or equivalent, CHEM 3303 or equivalent.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Course Fee - Biology 02, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio G, Lab Fee 04


BIOL 6316 - Molecular Genetics

Subject matter in this course will be dealing with the modern concepts of genetics with emphasis on molecular-level investigations of DNA, gene structure, transcription, translation and gene regulation as elucidated through studies of gene cloning, recombinant DNA technology and biochemical genetics. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and one of the following courses: BIOL 3401 OR BIOL 3406 OR BIOL 3412 OR BIOL 3413 OR BIOL 3415 OR BIOL 4417.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process


BIOL 6319 - Scientific Philosophy

A study of the characteristics of science and the relationship between modern science and culture. A student interactive course investigating how science actually proceeds, how it should ideally be carried out, the motivations and roles of the individuals involved, and their interaction with society as a whole. Prerequisite: Graduate standing
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio G


BIOL 6321 - Applied Microbiology

This course is primarily associated with the commercial exploitation of microorganisms, and involves processes and products that are of major economic, environmental and medical importance to humankind. Aspects of industrial microbiology such as production of valuable microbial products via fermentation processes will be emphasized. Key aspects of microbial physiology to elucidate the versatility of microorganisms for their diverse metabolic activities and products will be included in the course. $4 laboratory fee. Prerequisite: BIOL 3401.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio G


BIOL 6322 - History of Biology

A survey of the events that have led to the development of biology as a science, with in-depth discussions of the order, timing and chronology of discoveries in biology from antiquity to the present. Trends of thought in the biological sciences with emphasis on notable contributors will be highlighted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio G


BIOL 6324 - Evolutionary Theory

Examination of current and historical concepts in research on micro and macroevolution. Topics include natural and sexual selection, adaptation, homology, phylogenetic reconstruction, gene flow, molecular evolution, speciation, hybridization and extinction. Prerequisite: Graduate standing
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio G


BIOL 6330 - Molecular & Cellular Evolution

This course involves the study of the appearance of life on earth and its subsequent evolution at the molecular and cellular levels. Prerequisite: Graduate standing
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Lecture


BIOL 6365 - Biological Research Problems

The student, in conference with his or her committee chair, will define an independent research problem. If taken in summer, the student should enroll in no other course that summer term. The student's report will be written in an approved scientific style. One copy will be retained by the faculty member directing the research, and one copy will be placed in the student's biology graduate program file. Laboratory Fee.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Other hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Independent Study
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process


BIOL 6385 - Graduate Research

Faculty supervised research designed for students who are working on a research or the thesis project. Courses are offered with between 1 and 6 semester credit hours. A maximum of six semester credit hours of graduate research will count toward the degree; subsequent enrollments will not count. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Other hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Independent Study
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process


BIOL 6390 - Biology Internship
Paid or volunteer work in an industrial, educational, private agency, or government facility, under the general supervision of collaborating personnel. The student must secure the appointment for such work, but faculty will assist in finding opportunities. The collaborating personnel and the student must agree to written terms required by the Biological Sciences Department. Successful completion requires a letter from the collaborating personnel detailing the student’s qualifying experience, an acceptable scholarly report, and a seminar presentation. The instructor must be a full-time member of the Graduate Faculty. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, permission of the instructor and Department Chair.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Lecture

BIOL 6398 - Advanced Topics in Biology l

Topics will cover specialized areas of study in the biological sciences that tend not to be part of regular course offerings. Subjects may vary from semester to semester, depending on the faculty member teaching the course. A student may take this course up to two times for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio G


BIOL 6400 - Neuroscience

This course studies the integrative functions of the animal nervous system from molecules to behavior. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 1.000 Lab hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Lab fee - Biology


BIOL 6404 - Fish Ecology

Interactions of fishes especially teleosts, with their physical and biotic environment. The lab emphasizes fieldwork and includes and individual student project. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 1.000 Lab hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Lab fee - Biology


BIOL 6412 - Subtropical Ornithology

Ecology, history, behavior and conservation of subtropical bird communities, focusing on breeding birds of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Students will perform field studies of birds and several field trips will be held. Laboratory fee. Prerequisites: Graduate standing.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Lab fee - Biology, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio G


BIOL 6420 - Plant Biochem/Molecular Biol

The lecture portion of this course will present the unique biological aspects of plants in the context of their biochemistry, physiology and cellular and molecular biology. The laboratory portion of this course will teach students the unique lab techniques involved in the study of plant biochemistry and molecular biology. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and one of the following courses: BIOL 3401 OR BIOL 3406 OR BIOL 3412 OR BIOL 3413 OR BIOL 3415 OR BIOL 4417.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Lab fee - Biology, Course Fee - Biology 06, Technology Fee - CSE - Bio G, Lab Fee Biology 04


BIOL 6429 - Advanced Agroecology

Ecological concepts and principles are applied to the design and management of sustainable agroecosystems. Alternatives for agriculture are discussed in terms of ecosystem structure and function. A weekly three-hour lab is required, with lab fees charged. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process, Lab fee - Biology


BIOL 6485 - Graduate Research

Faculty supervised research designed for students who are working on a research or the thesis project. Courses are offered with between 1 and 6 semester credit hours. A maximum of six semester credit hours of graduate research will count toward the degree; subsequent enrollments will not count. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Other hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Independent Study
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process


BIOL 6499 - Advanced Topics in Biology II

Topics will cover specialized areas of study in the biological sciences that tend not to be part of regular course offerings. Subjects may vary from semester to semester, depending on the faculty member teaching the course. A student may take this course up to two times for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.
0.000 OR 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 OR 3.000 Lab hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Lecture
All Sections for this Course
Course Attributes:
Lab fee - Biology


BIOL 6585 - Graduate Research
Faculty supervised research designed for students who are working on a research or the thesis project. Courses are offered with between 1 and 6 semester credit hours. A maximum of six semester credit hours of graduate research will count toward the degree; subsequent enrollments will not count. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
5.000 Credit hours
5.000 Other hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Independent Study

BIOL 6685 - Graduate Research

Faculty supervised research designed for students who are working on a research or the thesis project. Courses are offered with between 1 and 6 semester credit hours. A maximum of six semester credit hours of graduate research will count toward the degree; subsequent enrollments will not count. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
6.000 Credit hours
6.000 Other hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Independent Study
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process


BIOL 7100 - Thesis Proposal

All graduate students undertaking a thesis will be required to enroll for credit in this class. All biology graduate students are strongly encouraged to attend other students’ thesis proposal presentations each semester they are enrolled in graduate school. Students in this class will give a presentation on their planned thesis research before other graduate students and faculty. The presentation should include the conceptual basis for the project, the hypothesis to be tested or questions to be answered, and details of the methodology planned to be used in answering the question. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Other hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Thesis
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process


BIOL 7300 - Thesis I

Supervised research. Will include design of an original research problem with a written proposal, collection and analysis of original data and writing of a scientific report in acceptable publication format. Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Other hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Thesis
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process


BIOL 7301 - Thesis II

Continuation of BIOL 7300. Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Other hours
Levels: Masters
Schedule Types: Thesis
Course Attributes:
Exempt from 3peat processing, Exempt/Waive 6 drop process