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BIOLOGY

The biology minor requires five biology courses, two of which must be BI 111N and BI 112N 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
A phylogenetic perspective on the origin, evolution, and function of vertebrate anatomy and how vertebrate evolution is reflected in human anatomy. Prerequisites: BI 111N and BI 112N or equivalent.

BI 204: Microbiology
Biology of microorganisms; microbiological techniques, isolation and identification of unknown organisms. Prerequisite: BI 111N and BI 112N or equivalent.

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 either (BI 111N and BI 112N with a grade of C- or better) or (MS 102N and 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 physiology and history of nutrition. Prerequisites: (BI 111N and BI 112N) or (MS 102N and BI 211).

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 or equivalent.

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 and BI 112N or equivalent.

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

BI 308: General and Molecular Physiology
Mammalian nervous, endocrine, muscle, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, immune, reproductive systems. Macro and molecular aspects. Prerequisites: BI 212 and CH 122 and Junior or Senior standing.

BI 314: Comparative Physiology
Physiological mechanisms of animals and general principles revealed through application of comparative methods. Creative project lab to develop research skills. Prerequisites: BI 202 and 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: BI 212

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 111N and BI 112N and either BI 200 or BI 222.

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 101N 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 212.

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: ES 207N or the combination of (MS 288 or BI 111N) and (MS 289 or BI 112N).

BI 397: Neuroscience
This course covers topics in neuroscience: whole body--basics of the central and peripheral nervous systems and molecular level--neurotransmission and biochemical regulation. Neurological function and dysfunction will also be considered. Prerequisite: (BI 112 or BI 202 or BI 211) and (BI 212 or BI 303) and CH 122.

BI 406: Advanced Topics in Botany
Subjects investigated determined by student interest. Prerequisite: BI 221 or MS 288.

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 or BI 202 or BI 211) and (BI 212 or BI 303) and CH 122 and Junior or Senior standing.

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 112N or BI 202) and (BI 212 or BI 303).

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 and either BI 212 or BI 303 and instructor's permission.

BI1 498: Biology Capstone - First Semester
Exploration of a major theme in biology with emphasis on depth of understanding via close reading of the scientific literature, student presentations, and student-led discussions. BI1 498 Biology Capstone 1 and BI2 498 Biology Capstone 2 are required for one course credit. Required for both BA and BS. Seniors only. Prerequisite: BI 212.

BI2 498: Biology Capstone - Second Semester
Synthesis across the major areas of biology with emphasis on breadth of understanding via close reading of the scientific literature, and faculty and student-led discussions. BI1 498 Biology Capstone 1 and BI2 498 Biology Capstone 2 are required for one course credit. Required for both BA and BS. Seniors only. 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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