Department of Biology

The Undergraduate Biology Program at SFASU

Undergraduate Courses in Biology (BIO)

     A minimum of 40 semester hours of Biology, including the core curriculum, (with 15 hours in advanced courses) is required for a B.S. degree with a major in Biology. Core or lower level courses 100-299 Advanced or upper level courses 300-499

121. Concepts of Biology - 4 semester hours, 2 hours lecture per week, 2 hours laboratory per week. Concepts oriented course for the non-science major. Study of the origin of life, the cell, growth and reproduction, genetics, and evolution. May not be used to meet graduation requirements by students majoring in the College of Sciences and Mathematics or for certification of high school teachers in Biology. Required lab fee.

123. Human Biology - 4 semester hours, 3 hours lecture per week, 2 hours laboratory per week. Biological principles for non-science majors. Study of the evolution of man, organ systems, and the human organism. May not be used to meet graduation requirements of students majoring in the College of Sciences and Mathematics or for certification of high school teachers in Biology. Required lab fee.

130. Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology - 3 semester hours, 3 hours lecture per week. An introductory cell biology course. Topics include the structure of the cell and cell components, both eukaryotic and prokaryotic. The processes of DNA replication and gene expression including protein processing and routing. Photosynthesis, respiration, and chemotrophy as means of energy production. The cell cycle and its regulation.

131. Principles of Botany (BIOL 1411) - 4 semester hours, 3 hours lecture per week, 2 hours lab per week. Introduction to the fundamental principles of botany and the plant sciences. Topics include the study of plant form, function, reproduction, and an overview of plant diversity including bryophytes, ferns, and seed plants. Required lab fee.

133. Principles of Zoology (BIOL 1413) - 4 semester hours, 3 hours lecture per week, 2 hours lab per week. Fundamental principles of animal life, including invertebrate and vertebrate animals. Required lab
 fee.

220. Medical Terminology - 3 semester hours, 3 hours lecture per week. Covers the highly specialized and specific medical terms used in the health care professions, providing explanations of terms, clinical procedures, and abbreviations. Prerequisites: BIO 130, 133, or 238.

225. Local Flora - 3 semester hours, 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab per week. Field and laboratory studies of common local ferns, conifers and wildflowers. Recommended for Biology and Non-biology majors. Required field trips. Required travel fee. Required lab fee.

238. Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 2401) - 4 semester hours, 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab per week. Structure and function of the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems, including sense organs. Not open to students who have received credit for BIO 327. Not open for credit for Biology majors or minors. Required lab
 fee.

239. Human Anatomy and Physiology II (BIOL 2402) - 4 semester hours, 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab per week. Structure and function of the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, excretory, endocrine and reproductive systems. Not open to students who have received credit for BIO 327. Not recommended for biology majors or minors. Prerequisite: Successful completion of BIO 238. Required lab fee.

275. Special Problems - Individual study and/or laboratory research conducted under the supervision of a biology faculty member. Variable credit 1-3 hours. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credit hours toward a degree
plan.

300. Contemporary Biology - 3 semester hours, 3 hours lecture per week. Survey of biological principles and their application to the contemporary newsworthy problems as they apply to the biological future of man. Variable topics, such as recent advances of medicine, the population explosion, world food problems, environmental pollution, genetic engineering, epidemics and natural disasters. Maximum of 6 hours for Biology m
ajor.

301. Planetary and Space Life Sciences - 4 semester hours, 3 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory per week. Designed for Interdisciplinary Studies EC-4 or Grades 4-8 degree programs for teacher certification, this concept-based course concentrates on Earth as a life-support system for its inhabitants and is taught from the perspective that the students are part of the living, changing Earth. This course may not be used to meet graduation requirements by a student majoring/minoring in the College of Sciences and Mathematics. Required lab fee. Required travel fee.

302. Cancer Biology - 3 semester hours, 3 hours lecture. Survey of topics relevant to the biology of cancer, including cancer epidemiology, viral causes of cancer, the genes and metabolic pathways behind cancer development, the role of DNA damage in cancer, events leading to metastasis, and methods of treating cancer, including the development of targeted therapies. Prerequisites: BIO 130 or BIO 131 or BIO 133 or permission of the instructor.

303. Pollution of the Aquatic Environment - 3 semester hours, 3 hours lecture per week. An introduction to the impact of human activities on aquatic ecosystems, including cultural eutrophication, thermal pollution, impact of the nuisance invasive species, radioactive contamination, acid rain, and toxic wastes. Prerequisites: BIO 131 and 133.

304. Marine Biology - 3 semester hours, 3 hours lecture per week. This course introduces all main aspects of Marine Environment including property of seawater, ocean currents, classification of marine environments, structure and functioning of aquatic communities, as well as, impact of the habitat destruction and nuisance invasive species on the biodiversity and productivity of marine ecosystems. Prerequisites: BIO 131 and 133.

308. Pre-nursing Microbiology - 4 semester hours, 3 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory per week. Nursing majors will study the nature of microorganisms and their ability to interact with humans. Students also will learn current techniques used to identify, culture, and control microorganisms. Does not meet degree requirements for biology major. Prerequisites: 1 semester of Biology and 1 semester of Chemistry. Required lab fee. Prerequisites: BIO 238, BIO 239, and CHE 111 or 133.

309. Microbiology - 4 semester hours, 3 hours lecture, 4 hours lab per week. Morphology, physiology, genetics, and classification of microorganisms, with relationship to man. Required lab fee. Prerequisites: BIO 130, 131, 133 and CHE 133.

312. Mycology - 3 semester hours, 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab per week. Structure, classification, and identification of fungi including those of economic importance. Required lab fee. Prerequisites: BIO 131 and 133.

313. General Ecology - 3 semester hours, 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab per week. Principles of ecology, with special reference to populations and their ecosystems, distribution, biotic communities, and environmental relationships. Required field trips. Required travel fee. Required lab fee. Prerequisites: BIO 131, BIO 133 and MTH 138.

327. Human Physiology - 3 semester hours, 3 hours lecture per week. Functions of the major systems of the body. Not open to students who have received credit for BIO 238. Prerequisites: BIO 130 and 133. 341. Genetics - 4 semester hours, 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab per week. An introduction to modern genetics principles including inheritance patterns, chromosomes structure, and function, gene expression and regulation, DNA replication and repair, and the behavior of genes in populations. Required lab fee. Prerequisites: BIO 130, 131, 133, CHE 133, 134.

342. Comparative Vertebrate Zoology (BIOL 2428) - 4 semester hours, 3 hours lecture, 6 hours lab per week. Anatomical study of the vertebrates, with major emphasis on comparisons of organ systems. Vertebrate relationships, origins and adaptations. Representative forms in the laboratory. Prerequisite: BIO 133 or equivalent. Required lab fee.

343. General Entomology - 3 semester hours, 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab per week. Basic principles of insect life. Anatomy, physiology, life cycles, classification, ecology, and control methods. Required lab fee. Prerequisite: BIO 131 and 133, or permission of instructor.

345. Vertebrate Embryology - 4 semester hours, 2 hours lecture, 6 hours lab per week. Animal development. Laboratory studies of the frog, chick, and pig embryos, with reference to human development. Prerequisite: BIO 342 (241). Required lab fee.

350. Economic Botany - 3 semester hours, 3 lecture hours per week. Fundamental concepts and processes involving plants; examination of the diversity of plants and their role in the biosphere. The relationship and importance of plants to humans. Recommended for Biology and Non-biology majors.

351. Plant Kingdom - 3 semester hours, 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab per week. Comparative study of organisms traditionally classified in the plant kingdom including: algae, bryophytes, ferns, and allies and seed plants. The course will highlight evolutionary trends in reproductive morphology and adaptations to a desiccating environment. Required lab fee. Prerequisite: BIO 131.

353. Economic Entomology - 4 semester hours, 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab per week. Study of destructive and beneficial insects. Emphasis on recognition and control. Required lab fee. Prerequisites: BIO 131, 133 or permission of the instructor.

370. Evolution - 3 semester hours, 3 hours lecture per week. Basic principles, mechanism and patterns of evolution, including a historical survey of related ideas. Prerequisite: BIO 341.

401. Plant Anatomy - 3 semester hours, 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab per week. Study of plant cells, tissues, tissue systems, and development of seed plant stems, roots, and leaves. Required lab fee. Prerequisite: BIO 130 and 131, or permission of the instructor.

402. Cellular Biology - 3 semester hours, 3 hours lecture per week. Structure and function of eukaryotic cells. Topics include architecture of the cell and function of cellular components, the cytoskeleton, interactions between the cell and the extra-cellular matrix, regulation of cell growth, differentiation, and division, and mechanisms of cellular transport. Prerequisites: BIO 341.

403. Terrestrial Plant Ecology - 3 semester hours, 3 hours lecture per week. This course introduces students to basic ecological concepts from both the perspective of plant communities (synecology) and of populations or individual species (autecology). Additionally, the course introduces students to current vegetation sampling methodology and to the analysis of multivariate vegetation data. Required lab fee. Required Travel fee. Prerequisite: BIO 130, BIO 131, and BIO 133.

404. Plant Physiology - 4 semester hours, 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab per week. Survey of the principal physiological processes of higher plants including water relations, respiration, photosynthesis, and mineral nutrition. Required lab fee. Prerequisites: BIO 130, 131 and CHE 133, 134.

407. Behavioral Ecology - 3 semester hours, 3 hours lecture per week. The study of how animal behaviors influence survival and reproduction of individuals in different ecological settings. The course will examine the ecological context in which behaviors evolve. The course will consist of lectures and class discussions of assigned readings of important behavioural studies. Prerequisite: BIO 313 or FOR 209.

408. Pathogenic Bacteriology
- 4 semester hours, 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab per week. Basic survey of medically important bacteria. Includes mechanisms of pathogenesis, collection and transport of specimens, initial specimen processing, and identification of isolates by classical, automated and molecular techniques. Prerequisite: BIO 309. Required lab fee.

410. Fundamentals of Immunology - 4 semester hours, 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab per week. Basic survey of the immune system with focus on the human and mouse models. Covers the origin and differentiation of the hematopoietic system, antibody structure and function, basic serologic techniques such as ELISA, fluorescence microscopy, agglutination, precipitation, and gel diffusion. Prerequisites: BIO 309 and BIO 341. Required lab fee.

411. Phylogenetics - 3 semester hours, 3 hours lecture per week. Examination of the methods used to reconstruct and evaluate the strength of evolutionary trees (phylogenies). The methods used to test evolutionary hypotheses using these evolutionary trees also will be examined. Additionally, the course will examine the logic and assumptions associated with each methodological approach. Outside readings as well as participation in class discussions will be required. Prerequisite: BIO 130, 131, 133, 341, 370 or permission of instructor.

412. Field Biology - 6 semester hours, 5-week summer session. Quantitative studies of ecological communities. Analysis of biodiversity and ecological relationships through participation in field research projects. Possible topics include population, community ecosystem, evolutionary and/or behavioral ecology. A maximum of six credits of 412 or 414 may be applied to the biology major. An additional six credits may be used toward advanced electives. Transportation expenses will be required. Lab fee required. Prerequisites: 18 hours of Biology, Biology major or minor and permission of the instructor.

414. Field Course in Applied Ecological Methods - 6 semester hours, 5-week summer session. Research projects will involve methods and instrumentation for documenting ecological patterns. Students will learn to collect and analyze data using the newest and/or most widely accepted tools available. A maximum of 6 credits of 412 or 414 may be applied to the Biology major. An additional 6 credits may be used towards advanced electives. Transportation expenses will be required. Lab fee required. Prerequisite: 18 hours of Biology, Biology major or minor and permission of the instructor.

415. Principles of Electron Microscopy - 4 semester hours, 2 hours lecture, 6 hours lab per week. Introduction to the biological applications of transmission and scanning electron microscopy. Required lab fee. Prerequisite: Senior standing with a major or minor in the sciences and permission of the instructor.

420. Virology - 4 semester hours, 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab per week. Basic study of viruses with laboratory. Covers viral structure, genome organization, replication strategies, and medical implications of infection. Laboratory includes bacteriophages, animal and plant viral propagation, and basic tissue culture, PCR for viral detection and fluorescence and electron microscopy for viral identification. Prerequisites: BIO 309 and BIO 341. Required lab fee.

424. Plant Pathology - 3 semester hours, 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab per week. Principles of Plant Pathology. Survey of fungal, bacterial and viral diseases of plants. Required lab fee. Prerequisite: BIO 131 and Junior or Senior standing (60 or more credit hours completed).

430. Invertebrate Natural History - 3 semester hours, 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab per week. Animals without backbones. Laboratory emphasis on recognition. Brief treatment of insects and parasites. Prerequisite: BIO 131 and 133. Required lab fee.

431. Molecular Biology - 3 semester hours, 3 hours lecture per week. Structure, function and organization of DNA, DNA replication, the transcription, and translation of RNA. Mechanisms of gene expression and regulation. Prerequisite: BIO 341.

433. Ornithology - 4 semester hours, 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab per week. Classification, distribution, ecology, and evolution of birds. Emphasis on identification of local species in lab. Field trips required. Travel fee required. Lab fee required. Requires concurrent enrollment in lab. Prerequisite: BIO 133 or permission from the instructor.

435. Plant Systematics - 3 semester hours, 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab per week. Diversity of plants, their identification, naming, classification, and evolution. Required field trips. Required travel fee. Required lab fee. Prerequisite: BIO 131 and BIO 130 or 133.

436. Mammalogy - 4 semester hours, 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab per week. Classification, evolution, natural history, and distribution of mammals. Emphasis on natural history and identification of regional species in lab. Field trips required. Requires outside readings and/or research projects. Travel fee required. Lab fee required. Requires concurrent enrollment in lab. Prerequisite: BIO 133 or permission of the instructor.

437. Herpetology - 4 semester hours, 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab per week. Classification, distribution, ecology and evolution of amphibians and reptiles. Emphasis on natural history and identification of regional species in lab. Field trips required. Requires outside readings, papers and/or research projects. Travel fee required. Lab fee required. Requires concurrent enrollment in lab. Prerequisite: BIO 133 or permission of instructor.

438. Ichthyology - 3 semester hours, 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab per week. Classification, evolution, natural history, and distribution of freshwater fishes. Required field trips. Prerequisite: BIO 133 or permission of the instructor. Required travel fee. Required lab fee.

439. Parasitology - 4 semester hours, 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab per week. Basic survey of parasites primarily from the human pathogen perspective. Includes identification and pathogenesis of protozoan, nematode and cestode parasites. Coverage of taxonomic identification of preserved and fresh clinical samples in lab. Prerequisite: BIO 309. Required lab fee.

442. Molecular Genetics of Human Disease - 3 semester hours, 3 hours lecture per week. A detailed survey of genetic disease mechanisms involving case studies of specific genetic disorders. An examination of specific genes and the effects of mutations upon protein structure and chemistry, and upon the physiology of those effected. Prerequisite: BIO 341.

445. Developmental Biology - 3 semester hours, 3 hours lecture per week. Fundamental mechanisms of embryonic development. Molecular, cellular and tissue interactions that direct development of vertebrate and invertebrate embryos. Prerequisite BIO 342 (241).

449. Histology - 4 semester hours, 2 hours lecture, 6 hours lab per week. Microscopic structure of vertebrate tissues and cells, with consideration of their origin and their function in the adult body. Prerequisite: Bio 342 (241). Offered in fall only. Required lab fee.

450. Limnology - 4 semester hours, 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab per week. Study of the biological, chemical, and physical characteristics of the freshwater environment. Required field trips. Prerequisite: BIO 131 and 133. Required travel fee. Required lab fee.

470. Seminar in Biology - 1 semester hour, 1-hour lecture per week. For undergraduate credit only. Student participation in general and specific topics in biology; separate section for life sciences teacher certification. May be repeated once on a different topic for credit. Prerequisites: 20 hours in Bio
logy.

471. Special Topics in Biology - 3 semester hours, 3 hours lecture per week. For undergraduate credit only. Special studies in the biological sciences. May be repeated in a different topic. Prerequisite: 4 semesters of Biology.

472. Special Topics in Biology - 3 semester hours, 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab per week. Special studies in the biological sciences. May be repeated in a different topic. Prerequisite: 4 semesters of Biology. Laboratory must be taken concurrently with the lecture.

475. Special Problems - 3 semester hours. For undergraduate credit only. Independent investigations by students guided through individual conferences with the professor willing to work with them. May be repeated for additional credit. Prerequisites: 18 hours of Biology with minimum B average and approval of the department chair.
















 

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