601. Biological Clocks. (3-0). Credit 3.
Introduction to the formal properties of biological rhythms; cellular and molecular bases for rhythmicity; temporal adaptations of organisms using clocks. Prerequisite: Graduate classification or approval of instructor. Cross-listed with NRSC 635.
606. Microbial Genetics.
608. Light Microscopy.
609. Molecular Tools in Biology. (3-0). Credit 3.
Interactive lecture course in molecular biology for beginning graduate students; introduction to tools and methodologies used in prokaryotic and eukaryotic molecular labs; choosing the appropriate experimental technique for a given scientific question; virtual experiments will reinforce the applications and introduce useful bioinformatics tools. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
610. Evolution. (3-0). Credit 3.
Fundamentals of evolutionary biology with an emphasis on evolutionary theory.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification or approval of instructor
611. Developmental Genetics.
612. Fundamental Molecular Cell Biology. (3-0). Credit 3.
Foundation in current molecular and cellular biology and genetics; basis for many interdisciplinary studies including biostatistics, cancer biology, and biomedical materials and devices. Prerequisites: Graduate classification; non-biology majors.
613. Cell Biology.
615. Signaling Behavior & Development
622. Microbial Physiology.
625. Structure & Molecular Biology.
627. Principles of Neuroscience I. (3-0) Credit 3.
Detailed introduction to the basic fundamentals of cellular and molecular neuroscience; topics include membrane potentials, action potential generation, and the mechanisms underlying synaptic transmission, as well as their molecular basis. Prerequisites: Graduate classification or approval of instructor. Cross-listed with NRSC 601.
628. Principles of Neuroscience II. (3-0). Credit 3.
Fully integrated overview of nervous system organization and systems-level neurobiology; broad topics include sensory systems and sensory systems function, motor systems and neuromuscular function, central pattern generation and locomotion, homeostatic regulation, motivation, emotions, learning and memory, and circadian rhythms. Prerequisites: Graduate classification or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with NRSC 602.
634. Comparative Neurobiology. (3-0). Credit 3.
Cellular, molecular and systems neurobiology, together with neuroethology. A comparative approach to subject matter is stressed. Topics such as evolution of nervous systems and their diverse structure and complex functions are dealt with. Cross-listed with NRSC 634.
635. Plant Molecular Biology.
644. Neural Development.
647. Digital Biology. (4-0). Credit 4.
Obtain, organize, process, and analyze genome and genome-related data; learning to ask and answer biologically relevant questions by designing and performing experiments using computers. Prerequisite: Graduate classification or approval form instructor.
661. Antimicrobial Agents. (1-0). Credit 1.
Understanding of microbial agents, limitations of use, biosynthesis and regulation, and challenges in development as new therapeutics. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.
665. Biology of Invertebrates. (3-3). Credit 4.
Morphology, biology and phylogeny of invertebrates. Topics may be either detailed discussions of specific organisms or comparative information on a process. Prerequisite: BIOL 335 or equivalent.
680. Departmental Colloquium. (1-0). Credit 1.
Attend presentations given by renowned scientists from various fields of biology; learn about new developments in science; stay abreast of current and trending research topics. Prerequisite: Graduate classification in biology or microbiology.
682. Research Seminar. (1-0). Credit 1.
Seminars presented by students based upon their research projects. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
683. Experimental Design in Biology. (3-0). Credit 3.
Design of scientific research projects in the field of biology; a wide range of biological experiments designed with the appropriate statistical technique for analysis; design biological studies that are statistically tractable and perform basic statistical analyses using the statistical programming language R. Prerequisites: Graduate classification and STAT651 or approval of instructor.
685. Directed Studies. Credit 1 to 6 each semester.
Limited investigations in fields other than those chosen for thesis or dissertation.
689. Special Topics In… Credit 1 to 4.
Selected topics in an identified area of biology.
Credit 1 or more each semester. Research for thesis or dissertation.
694. Graduate Orientation. (1-0). Credit 1.
Instruction on what constitutes fraud in science, how to recognize it and avoid committing fraud; includes basis of ethics and plagiarism; negotiation techniques and conflict management; regulations and ethics covering animal and human experiments; record-keeping; data management; peer review. May be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
696. Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research. (1-0). Credit 1.
Instruction on what constitutes fraud in science, how to recognize it and avoid committing fraud; includes basis of ethics and plagiarism; negotiation techniques and conflict management; regulations and ethics covering animal and human experiments; record-keeping; data management; peer review. Prerequisite: Graduate classification or approval of instructor.
697. Methods in Teaching Biology Laboratory. (1-0). Credit 1.
Introduction to teaching methods associated with the teaching of undergraduate biology laboratories; emphasis on effective preparation and delivery of laboratory course content, clear instructions for procedures and laboratory safety. Prerequisite: Graduate classification in a biological science.
698. Behavior, Genes, and Evolution. (3-0). Credit 3.
This literature and lecture-based course will introduce an integrative approach to the study of animal behavior, complementing evolutionary and ecological perspectives with molecular and genetic approaches and methodologies. Prerequisite: Graduate classification. Cross-listed with NRSC 698.
The Department of Biology offers a collection of journal/science discussion clubs (typically under course BIOL 681). All students, post-docs and faculty are encouraged to participate. Each organizer sets the format and curriculum of their club, so please contact them directly for more information.