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BIOLOGY

The biology minor requires five biology courses, two of which must be BI 111 and BI 112 or the equivalent. Additional 100 level courses, perspective courses, or directed/independent studies may not be included in the minor. At least one of the five courses must be at the 300 level or above.

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BI 111N: Ecology and Evolution
Introduction to the basic concepts of ecology and evolution and how they relate to the diversity, structure, and function of life on earth.

BI 112N: Cells and Genes
Introduction to the primary concepts of cell biology and the fundamentals of genetics as they relate to the diversity, structure, and function of organisms.

BI 200: Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
Classification, evolutionary history, structure, neo-Darwinian evolution and evolutionary features as seen in anatomy of aquatic and terrestrial chordates. Prerequisites: BI 111N or BI 112N.

BI 204: Microbiology
Biology of microorganisms; microbiological techniques, isolation and identification of unknown organisms. Prerequisite: BI 112N or BI 202.

BI 207N: Medical Ethics
Are you state property? Explore the subtleties of decisions made by you and about you in the biomedical world. Topics to be covered include pharmaceutical development, human experimentation, medical crises, and individual case studies.

BI 211: Cellular Processes
Non-laboratory course focused on cellular organization and function, including biological molecules, cellular respiration, mitosis, cytoskeleton, cell signaling, and fundamentals of genetics. Intended for Marine Science students. Prerequisites: MS 101N and MS 102N.

BI 212: Genetics and Molecular Biology
Mendelian and transcription genetics from historical perpective. Experimental approach emphasized. Small lab groups participate in experimental design, and develop research skills in both classical genetic systems and molecular biology. Prerequisites: CH 121 and BI 112N or BI 211 with a grade of C- or better. Corequisite: CH 122.

BI 214: Animal Nutrition
Aspects of nutrition for domestic animals including dogs, cats, cattle, horses. Fundamentals of nutrition including vitamins and energetics. Also digestive anatomy and history of nutrition. Prerequisites: BI 202 and either BI 101N or BI 200.

BI 221: Plant Biology
This course is devoted to the understanding of the origins of plant life and the evolution of form and function of the major plant groups. Prerequisite: BI 111N and BI 112N.

BI 222: Principles of Zoology
This course is devoted to the understanding of the origin and diversification of animal life and the evolution of form and function of major animal groups. Prerequisite: BI 111N.

BI 301: Principles of Ecology
Physical, chemical and biological relationships in natural communities. Field work in nearby ponds and Gulf shoreline. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing. Prerequisite: BI 212 or BI 303.

BI 308: General and Molecular Physiology
Mammalian nervous, endocrine, muscle, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, immune, reproductive systems. Macro and molecular aspects. Prerequisites: BI 202 and CH 122.

BI 314: Comp Physiology: Investigative
Physiological mechanisms of animals and general principles revealed through application of comparative methods. Creative project lab to develop research skills. Prerequisites: BI 202, CH 122, and Junior or Senior standing.

BI 351: Plant Ecology
Relationship of plants with their biological, physical, and chemical environments. Includes understanding the coexistence of plants in communities, landscape dynamics, productivity, environmental stresses, and principles of restoration exology. Prerequisite: BI212

BI 352: Behavioral Ecology
Application of ecological principles to the study of animal behavior. Field course in local terrestrial and marine environments. Prerequisites: Junior standing and (MS 102N and BI 211) or (BI 111N and BI 112N).

BI 362: Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles
Synthesis of fundamental concepts in biology through the study of amphibians and reptiles. Includes extensive field work and an independent research project. Prerequisites: BI 101N, BI 200, or BI 222 or equivalent.

BI 371: Conservation Biology
Examine problems such as species decline and endangerment, invasion by non-native species, habitat destruction and fragmentation, loss of biodiversity, and potential solutions, such as endangered species management, habitat restoration, ecosystem management. Prerequisite: (ES 270N or BI 100N or BI 111N or MS 102N) and any statistics course.

BI 372: Parasitology
An ecological and evolutionary approach to parasitism. A broad survey of parasites of humans and animals, with emphasis on parasite life cycles and anatomy. Genetic, immunological, pathological and economic aspects of parasite-host relationships. Prerequisites: BI 303 or permission of instructor.

BI 373: Restoration Ecology
Focuses on understanding how natural processes recover from a variety of disturbances. Study of practices for restoring ecosystems. A multi-scale approach will be used with distinct emphasis on coastal wetlands. Prerequisites: (MS 288 or BI 100N or BI 111N) and (MS 289 or BI 101N or BI 112N or ES 270N).

BI 406: Advanced Topics in Botany
Subjects investigated determined by student interest. Prerequisite: MS 288.

BI1 410: Biology Junior Seminar
Exploration of current biology research topics, biology internship opportunities. and strategies for gaining internships. BI1 410 Biology Junior Seminar and BI2 410 Biology Senior Seminar are required for one course credit. Required for both BA and BS programs. Juniors only. Prerequisite: BI 303.

BI2 410: Biology Senior Seminar
Student presentation and discussion of current research papers in biology. Both BI1 410 Biology Junior Seminar and BI2 Biology Senior Seminar are required for one course credit. Required for both BA and BS programs. Seniors only.

BI 412: Receptor Pharmacology
Investigate major classes of therapeutic drugs, cell surface receptors, and intracellular signaling pathways. Explore rationales and mechanisms underlying clinical pharmacotherapy for a variety of human diseases. Prerequisites: BI 112 and (BI 202 or BI 211) and (BI 212 or BI 303) and CH 122.

BI 420: Advanced Ecology and Evolution
Read and evaluate scientific literature and conduct a semester-long independent field research project on selected topic. Prerequisites: B or better in BI 301.

BI 422: Advanced Molecular Topics
Selected topics and techniques from contemporary genetics and molecular biology research. Processing of clinical/environmental specimens, next-generation sequencing analysis, advanced probe-based imaging and microscopy. Prerequisite: BI 212 or BI 303.

BI 424: Developmental Biology
Molecular and morphological mechanisms underlying the development of body plans and organ systems in the embryos of marine and terrestrial species. Current scientific literature, modern experimental techniques, independent laboratory research projects. Prerequisites:(BI 202 or BI 112N) and (BI 303or BI 212).

BI 430: Independent Research: Biology
For students interested in pursuing careers in biology, intensive instruction in use of laboratory and/or field equipment. Various methodology approaches, current and historical, used in scientific investigation. Prerequisites: CH 222, BI 202, 303, and instructor's permission.

BI1 498: Biology Capstone - First Semester

BI2 498: Biology Capstone - Second Semester
Prerequisite: BI1 498.

BI 499: Independent Research - Thesis
Upon invitation, Seniors may design and carry out a creative research program, usually resulting in a written dissertation which is defended in the spring of the senior year.

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