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Undergraduate Bulletin 2011-2012 PDF

Courses

BIOL 101, 102 - Anatomy & Physiology I, II

4, 4 hours

An integrated two-semester study of the anatomy and physiology of human organ systems as well as cellular biology and fluid, electrolyte and acid-base balance. 3 Lec 3 Lab. Does not apply toward a biology major nor minor. (BIOL 101 Fall, BIOL 102 Spring)

BIOL 104, 105 - Human Biology I, II

4, 4 hours

A two-semester survey-study of the human body including structure and function, life-span from conception to death, impact of disease processes and injury on the human body, and the interaction of humans with each other and with the environment. Discussion of the impact of healthful living on human physiology is a very important part of this course. This course is designed to meet the General Education Science requirement and does not apply toward a Biology major nor minor. 3 Lec 3 Lab. (BIOL 104 Fall, BIOL 105 Spring)

BIOL 111, 112 - General Biology

4, 4 hours

A two-semester course covering the basic disciplines of life science.  General concepts in genetics, taxonomy, behavior, ecology, morphology, physiology and speciation of living organisms are taught.  High school chemistry highly recommended.  3 Lec. 3 Lab (BIOL 111 Fall, BIOL 112 Spring)

BIOL 220 - Microbiology and Immunology

4 hours

Introduction to the structure, function and control of microorganisms in the environment with special emphasis on those organisms of medical importance. Introduction to immune responses and mechanisms including antibody and host-antigen interactions, bursal and thymic influences on the lymphoid system, and humoral and cellular immunological response mechanisms. 3 Lec 3 Lab. Lab fee. (Fall)

BIOL 230 - Ecology

4 hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 111, 112

This course will examine the principles governing relationships between organisms and the physical and chemical environment and among organisms.   Important topics will include population dynamics, ecosystem processes and the distribution of the earth's biomes.  The principles of ecology will be brought to beat issues such as a conservation of biodiversity and wise use of natural resources. The laboratory includes a four-day field trip. 3 Lec 3 Lab. Field trip fee. (Spring)

BIOL 235 - Selected Topics in Field Ecology

3 hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 111, 112

This course is a field study of the plants, animals, natural features, and climate of a particular region of North America or perhaps another continent.  It includes the study ecological relationships in the selected study area.  Students will be assessed by periodic quizzes in the field and a field presentation or a summative paper after returning to campus.  This three week intensive field course will involve camping and extensive travel to National Parks, game reserves, and natural areas.  A field trip fee will be charged commensurate with the distance traveled. (Offered periodically as an intensive course spanning 3 weeks before fall term, Christmas holiday, or 3 weeks after spring term.)

BIOL 280 - Principles of Research and Statistics

2 hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 111, 112, or any entry level science sequence

A general introduction to the techniques and methodologies of scientific literature and presentations based upon library and on-line research. Each student will select a specific topic for research, prepare a paper, and make an oral presentation based on that work. The student will learn scientific methodology, basic statistical skills, and critical data analysis. Students will begin the process of senior portfolio development. This course fulfills the requirement for UNIV 201: Research in an Academic Discipline as specified in Southwestern's Quality Enhancement Plan. (Fall)

BIOL 291 - Selected Topics

1-3 hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 111, 112, and approval of instructor

A study in an area of student interest under the direction of a staff member. This study may involve data collection, or library work and will involve a written report. Content and method of study must be arranged prior to registration. May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.

BIOL 312 - Ornithology

3 hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 111, 112

A study of native American birds, with emphasis on avian identification, geographic distribution, migration, habits and conservation. Attention is given to anatomical and physiological features that contribute to their unique lifestyles. Laboratory sessions are largely in the field and include a four-day field trip. 2 Lec 3 Lab. Field trip fee. (Spring)

BIOL 314 - Systematic Botany

4 hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 111, 112

This is a taxonomic study of the flowering plants of Texas. Includes methods for identification and preservation of plant specimens. Laboratory includes a four-day field trip. 3 Lec 3 Lab. Field trip fee. (Offered periodically)

BIOL 315 - Field Invertebrate Zoology

4 hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 111, 112

A taxonomic and ecological study of invertebrates from marine, freshwater, and terrestrial environments. Some attention is focused on the direct role of invertebrates on human life. Laboratory studies include field work locally and at the Texas Gulf Coast. Field fee covering cost of transportation, room and board, and use of a research vessel. 3 Lec 3 Lab (Offered in odd years)

BIOL 318 - Microbiology and Immunology

3 hours

Taught concurrently with BIOL 220 with emphasis given to critical analysis of problems and case studies.  Students will give several presentations and a final infectious disease report.

BIOL 330 - Bacteriology and Virology

4 hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 111, 112, 320

Biology of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microorganisms, and their interactions with their environment. Includes surveys of microbial diversity and taxonomy, human-microbe relationships, environmental and industrial microbiology. Bacteria and viruses will be used in the laboratory to provide training and experimental methodology. 3 Lec. 3 Lab. (Spring)

BIOL 335 - Limnology

3 hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 230

In this course we will examine topics dealing with the biological and ecological characteristics and economic importance of surface waters, including lakes, streams and wetlands.  Specific topics will include light and heat in aquatic environments, dissolved gasses, nutrients, dynamics of phytoplankton, periphyton, and consumers and the impact of human society on natural surface waters.  Laboratory includes a four-day field trip.  3 Lec. 3 Lab.  Field trip fee.  (Spring, odd years)

BIOL 320 - Genetics

4 hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 111, 112

The study of inheritance as it relates to man, animals and plants, including a detailed study of molecular genetics. Experimental work in the laboratory involves both lower and higher organisms. 3 Lec 3 Lab. (Fall)

BIOL 340, 341 - Cellular and Molecular Biology I, II

3 hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 111, 112; CHEM 232. Co-requisite: BIOL 344

A study of the internal workings of the cell. The molecular basis of various cell activities is emphasized. Particular attention is paid to molecular genetics, energetics, replication and synthesis, molecular transport, and excitability of cells. 3 Lec (Fall, Spring)

BIOL 344 - Molecular Biology Techniques

2 hours

Co-requisite: BIOL 340.

Laboratory course in modern molecular biology techniques for gene manipulation and analysis in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Evaluation and discussion of experimental results in group sessions. Techniques include: plasmid prep., genomic DNA prep.  digestion, ligation, making competent cells, kockout construction, transformation, electroporation, Southern analysis, Northern analysis, SDS-PAGE, Western analysis. 1 Lec 3 Lab (Fall)

BIOL 360 - Plant Dynamics

4 hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 111, 112 or permission of instructor

This is a broad course emphasizing importance of plants and their role in human life. This is an applied botany course in which physiology, structure, development and economic botany are studied.  The systematic survey section will include algae, mosses, non-seed plants, and seed plants. Laboratory includes a four-day field trip. 3 Lec 3 Lab. Field trip fee. (Spring)

BIOL 410 - Principles of Human Physiology

4 hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 111, 112 or BIOL 101, 102

Principles of Human Physiology is the study of the physiological processes that occur in humans. This one semester course is designed to make students competent in their understanding of human body functions, system by system, and dynamically. Topics included are, an in depth review of metabolism, endocrinology, neurology, muscle physiology, cardiovascular studies, urology and sexual reproduction. 3 Lec 3 Lab (Fall, even years)

BIOL 419 - Philosophy of Science

3 hours

A study of the philosophies and methodologies of science. Includes a review of the history of scientific and religious thought and the role each has played in the development of modern theories of origin. (Also taught as RLGN or GEOL 419.) This course fulfills the requirement for an upper-division course with components as specified in Southwestern's Quality Enhancement Plan. (Spring)

BIOL 420 - Animal Behavior

3 hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 112

A comparative study of behavioral patterns seen in animals and the forces behind them. This course draws from biological fields such as physiology, ecology and genetics, and interfaces with disciplines such as psychology and sociology. (Offered periodically)

BIOL 440 - Mammalogy

4 hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 111, 112

A systematic study of mammals with emphasis on natural history and ecology. 3 Lec 3 Lab. (Fall, odd years)

BIOL 443 - Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

4 hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 111, 112

An introduction to the classification and diversity of chordates and a comparison of the different vertebrate organ systems. Special consideration will be given to taxonomic comparisons of the skeletal and muscular systems. 3 Lec 3 Lab. (Spring, odd years)

BIOL 450 - Histology

4 hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 111, 112

An investigation of the structure and function of the tissues of the human body. The course is lab intensive and is intended to acquaint the student with the microscopic characteristics of tissues. 3 Lec 3 Lab. (Spring, even years)

BIOL 465 - Plant Physiology

3 hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 360

This is a study of primary plant metabolic processes, including the movement of materials in and out of plant cells and within plants, photosynthesis, respiration, mineral nutrition, nitrogen metabolism and growth analysis.  Other topics include environmental physiology such as the effects of temperature, salt, and water stress and the implications of globally rising carbon dioxide.  3 Lec. 3 Lab. (Spring, even years)

BIOL 480 - Research in Biology

1-3 hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 280 and approval of instructor

A supervised research experience involving the development of a research proposal, data collection, and a written paper. Research proposal may be developed in BIOL 280. May be repeated for a total of 5 credits. This course fulfills the requirement for a capstone/portfolio completion course with components as specified in  Southwestern's Quality Enhancement Plan. (Offered periodically)

BIOL 481 - Senior Thesis

1 hour

Prerequisite: BIOL 480

This course is designed to permit the student to develop a publishable-quality research paper. Instruction consists of writing techniques and guidance in the completion of the project. Students will give several oral progress-reports, a final presentation at the Biology Research Symposium, and a completed Senior Thesis. This course fulfills the requirement for a capstone/portfolio completion course with components as specified in  Southwestern's Quality Enhancement Plan. (Spring)

BIOL 491 - Selected Topics

1-3 hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 111, 112; two upper division courses; and permission of the instructor

Special study may be pursued beyond completed course work under the direction of a staff member. This study may involve data collection or library work and will involve a written report. Content and method of study must be arranged prior to registration. May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.

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