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Courses - Spring 2022
BSCI
Biological Sciences Program Department Site
BSCI courses are offered by the Biological Science Program and individual College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences departments, as indicated.

The sponsoring department for each course is provided in the course listing. Consult the sponsoring department if you have questions about an individual course (sponsoring departments BIOL - Department of Biology, 2227 Biol-Psyc Building; BSCI - Biological Sciences Program, 1322 Symons Hall; CBMG - Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, 1219 H.J. Patterson Building; ENTM - Entomology, 4112 PLS Building).

Registration in course sections which begin with "SES*" is restricted to students admitted into the Science in the Evening Program, administered through the Office of Extended Studies. For complete information, visit: http://oes.umd.edu/index.php?slab=sie, e-mail oes@umd.edu , or call 301-405-7762.

The following courses may involve the use of animals. Students who are concerned about the use of animals in teaching have the responsibility to consult the instructor prior to course enrollment to determine whether animals are to be used in the course, whether class exercises involving animals are optional or required, and what alternatives, if any, are available.

The College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences enforces course prerequisites. Students who do not meet the course prerequisites will be administratively dropped from the course.

BSCI103
The World of Biology
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
CORE: LL
GenEd: DSNL
Additional information: Not acceptable for degree requirements in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, or Biochemistry.
An introduction to modern biology for the non-science major. Major themes include molecular biology, cell biology, evolution and organismal biology. Relevance of study of biology to modern human life will be emphasized.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BSCI). Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
BSCI103M
(Perm Req)
The World of Biology
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
CORE: LL
GenEd: DSNL
Additional information: Not acceptable for degree requirements in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, or Biochemistry.
An introduction to modern biology for the non-science major. Major themes include molecular biology, cell biology, evolution and organismal biology. Relevance of study of biology to modern human life will be emphasized.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BSCI). Must be taken within 12 months of the semester in which BSCI 103 is taken. A student is eligible to take this course only if the lab scores received in BSCI 103 the last time it was taken totalled at least 80 percent of the maximum possible total. These scores will count for part of the grade in BSCI 103M.
BSCI120
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: LS
GenEd: DSNS
A survey of the major groups of insects, their natural history, and their relationships with humans and their environment. Course not acceptable toward major requirements in Biological Sciences, Chemistry or Biochemistry.
(Sponsoring Dept.: ENTM).
BSCI135
Amazing Green: Plants that Transformed the World
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: LL
GenEd: DSNL, SCIS
An interactive way to learn about plants and science, focusing on how plants have changed human history, the biology of their growth, and the science behind their use.
BSCI155
Learning to Learn biology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course focuses on learning, understanding, and working with core ideas in biology to engage in scientific practice and applications. In the spirit of "integrated STEM learning", this course will focus on applications of biological principles particularly as they relate to design solutions for human needs and participation in socioscientific issues. A sub-thread of the course is attention to the content of the Middle School Science Praxis exam sections on "Scientific Inquiry, Methodology, Techniques and History" (a topic that runs through the course) and "Life Sciences" to prepare students in the MSMS major to excel on this section of the Praxis.
BSCI160
Principles of Ecology and Evolution
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSNL (if taken with BSCI161) or DSNS
Prerequisite: Must have math eligibility of MATH120 or higher.
Recommended: For Science majors.
Credit only granted for: BSCI106 or BSCI160.
Formerly: BSCI106.
Basic principles of biology with special emphasis on ecological and evolutionary biology.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BSCI).
BSCI161
Principles of Ecology and Evolution Lab
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Must have math eligibility of MATH120 or higher.
Corequisite: BSCI160.
Recommended: For Science majors.
Basic laboratory principles of biology with special emphasis on ecological and evolutionary biology.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BSCI). Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
BSCI170
Principles of Molecular & Cellular Biology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSNL (if taken with BSCI171) or DSNS
Prerequisite: Must have math eligibility of MATH120 or higher.
Recommended: For Science majors.
Credit only granted for: BSCI105 or BSCI170.
Formerly: BSCI105.
Basic principles of biology with special emphasis on cellular and molecular biology.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BSCI).
BSCI170C
Principles of Molecular & Cellular Biology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSNL (if taken with BSCI171) or DSNS
Prerequisite: Must have math eligibility of MATH120 or higher.
Recommended: For Science majors.
Credit only granted for: BSCI105 or BSCI170.
Formerly: BSCI105.
Basic principles of biology with special emphasis on cellular and molecular biology.
BSCI171
Principles of Molecular & Cellular Biology Laboratory
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Must have math eligibility of MATH120 or higher.
Corequisite: BSCI170.
Recommended: For Science majors.
Basic laboratory principles of biology with special emphasis on cellular and molecular biology.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BSCI). Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
BSCI171S
Principles of Molecular & Cellular Biology Laboratory
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Must have math eligibility of MATH120 or higher.
Corequisite: BSCI170.
Recommended: For Science majors.
Basic laboratory principles of biology with special emphasis on cellular and molecular biology.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BSCI). Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee. Restricted to College Park Scholars - Life Sciences.
BSCI201
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: LL
GenEd: DSNL
Prerequisite: BSCI170 and BSCI171; or BSCI105; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Anatomy and physiology of the skeletal, muscular, neural, endocrine, and sensory systems. Course not acceptable toward major requirements in Biological Sciences, Chemistry or Biochemistry.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL). Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
BSCI202
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: BSCI201; or permission of CMNS-Biology department.
Anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory, immune, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. Course not acceptable toward major requirements in Biological Sciences, Chemistry or Biochemistry.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL). Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
BSCI207
Principles of Biology III - Organismal Biology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: BSCI160 and BSCI161; or BSCI106. And BSCI170 and BSCI171; or BSCI105. And must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in CHEM131.
The diversity, structure and function of organisms as understood from the perspective of their common physicochemical principles and unique evolutionary histories.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BSCI).
BSCI222
Principles of Genetics
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: CHEM131 and CHEM132; and (BSCI160 and BSCI161; or BSCI106); and (BSCI170 and BSCI171; or BSCI105). Or must have completed BSCI105 or (BSCI170 and BSCI171); and two semesters of chemistry.
Principles and mechanisms of heredity and gene expression. Considers plant, animal, and microbial organisms.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BSCI).
BSCI223
General Microbiology
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: LL
GenEd: DSNL, SCIS
Prerequisite: BSCI170 and BSCI171; or BSCI105.
Credit only granted for: BSCI223 or BSCI283.
Fundamental concepts in morphology, physiology, genetics, immunology, ecology, and pathogenic microbiology. Applications of microbiology to medicine, the food industry and biotechnology.
(Sponsoring Dept.: CBMG) Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
BSCI238D
Special Topics in Biology Student Initiated Courses; A Primer on Research Kits in the Life Sciences
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisites: BSCI171 and BSCI222.

This course will combat the "Kit Mentality" by explaing the "whys" behind the most widely used technologies in the biological research field. The student facilitator is Kevin Tu.
BSCI238G
Special Topics in Biology Student Initiated Courses; Introduction to Shell Scripting for the Life Sciences
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Corequisite: Any of STAT100, STAT4XX, BIOM301, MATH141 or higher, MATH135 or higher, or permission of the instructor. Restrictions: Must be a major within the biological, Biochemical, or Public Health sciences departments; or obtain permission of the instructor.

This course will teach life science majors the basics of the Bash shell, scripting, and the command line environment. Students will learn about navigating the shell, using and combining commands, and basic scripting, all in the context of biologically relevant applications. No prior programming experience is assumed.
BSCI258
College Park Scholars Internship
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
(Sponsoring Dept.: BSCI).
BSCI279
(Perm Req)
Supplemental Study; Supplemental Study in Biology
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
(Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL).
Contact department for information to register for this course.
BSCI279B
Supplemental Study; BioFIRE Spring Colloquium
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restricted to BioFire students.
BSCI279C
(Perm Req)
Supplemental Study; Catalyst Program Seminar
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
(Sponsoring Dept: BIOL).
BSCI279H
(Perm Req)
Supplemental Study; Catalyst Program Seminar
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
(Sponsoring Dept: BIOL).
BSCI279P
(Perm Req)
Supplemental Study; Undergraduate Teaching Fellows Professional Development Seminar
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: permission of department.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
BSCI279Q
(Perm Req)
Supplemental Study; Readings in Neurophysiology
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
(Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL).
BSCI279R
(Perm Req)
Supplemental Study; Undergraduate Research Rotation
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
(Sponsoring Dept.: CBMG).
Contact department for information to register for this course.
BSCI279T
(Perm Req)
Supplemental Study; BSCI Learning Assistants
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
BSCI283
Principles of Microbiology
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSNL, SCIS
Prerequisite: BSCI222.
Restriction: Must be in a major within Biological Sciences; or permission of CMNS-Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics.
Credit only granted for: BSCI223 or BSCI283.
Additional information: Priority given to BSCI, BCHM and CHEM majors.
Introduction to microorganisms designed for science majors. Genetic principles underlying microbial abilities; microbial structure-function relationships; metabolism, physiology, and ecology of microorganisms; interactions between microorganisms (including pathogens) and their hosts.
(Sponsoring Dept.: CBMG). Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
BSCI289
(Perm Req)
Off-Campus Internship
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: S-F
(Sponsoring Dept.: BSCI). Provides credit for off-campus research internships. This credit counts as elective toward graduation, but does not satisfy any Biological Sciences degree requirements (For information about research credit that does count toward Biological Sciences contact the Biological Sciences Program, room 1322 Symons Hall). This requires that a contract form be filed with the Director of Undergraduate Research and Internship Programs, Room 1313 Symons Hall, prior to the internship. The contract must be finalized and signed by the research supervisor at the end of the semester before credit will be awarded.
BSCI302
Foundations of Applied Global Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
Restriction: Restricted to students in the Biological Sciences program at Shady Grove.
An exploration of sociocultural, economic,political, biological, and environmental factors that contribute to global andcommunity health. Students will be introduced to the world's vast diversity ofdeterminants of health and disease and will analyze current and emerging globalhealth priorities, including the major infectious diseases, nutritional,noncommunicable, neuropsychiatric, and other causes of morbidity, mortality,and disability in each world region.
BSCI329
(Perm Req)
Instructional Assistance Practicum
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
(Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL). Credit cannot be applied to the requirements of any Biological Sciences Major. Prerequiste: permission of department.
BSCI329H
(Perm Req)
Instructional Assistance Practicum; Honors Instructional Assistance Practicum
Credits: 1 - 2
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
(Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL). Credit cannot be applied to the requirements of any Biological Sciences Major. Prerequiste: permission of department.
BSCI330
Cell Biology and Physiology
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in CHEM131 and CHEM132. And minimum grade of C- in BSCI170 and BSCI171; or minimum grade of C- in BSCI105.
Restriction: Must not have completed BSCI230.
Credit only granted for: BSCI230 or BSCI330.
Formerly: BSCI230.
Biochemical and physiological mechanisms underlying cellular function. Properties of cells which make life possible and mechanisms by which cells provide energy, reproduce, and regulate and integrate with each other and their environment.
(Sponsoring Dept: BIOL). Specialization Areas: PHNB, CEBG, MICB, ECEV, and GENB. Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
BSCI334
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI207. And minimum grade of C- in BSCI160 and BSCI161; or minimum grade of C- in BSCI106.
Introduction to the biology of mammals, including evolution, physiological, and behavioral specializations.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: GENB and ECEV.
BSCI335
Mammalogy Laboratory
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI160 and BSCI161; or minimum grade of C- in BSCI106. And minimum grade of C- in BSCI207; and must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in BSCI334.
Lab and field techniques for the study of mammals, focusing on their identification, anatomy, histology, spatial distribution, ecology, and behavior.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences specialization areas: ECEV and GENB. Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
BSCI337
Biology of Insects
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: BSCI160 and BSCI161; or BSCI106; or permission of CMNS-Entomology department.
An overview of the biology, evolution and diversity of insects and their relatives. Insect morphology, physiology, behavior and ecology; the impact of insects on humanity and the management of pest insect populations; assembly of an insect collection is required.
(Sponsoring Dept.: ENTM). Specialization Areas: GENB and ECEV. Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
BSCI338C
Special Topics in Biology; Pathophysiology of Cardiac Disorders
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit cannot be applied to the requirements of any Biological Sciences Major.

Prerequisite: BSCI330

This course is designed to apply the basics of science you have already learned to medical disorders of the heart. You will start with the anatomy and physiology of the heart with progression into how alteration s to the system can lead to dysfunction.
BSCI338F
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Biology; iGEM Research Seminar
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
(Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL). Restriction: Permission of instructor. Also offered as BIOE389F. Credit grandted for BSCI338F or BIOE389F.

This course is open to iGEM team members to develop a synthetic biology research project for the internatial Genetically Engineered Machines competition.
BSCI338L
Special Topics in Biology; Mammalian Systems Physiology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
BSCI338N
Special Topics in Biology; Hormones and Behavior
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: C- or better in BSCI330, NEUR200, or PSYC202. (Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: ECEV, GENB (Cell Biology category), and PHNB. Cross-listing with PSYC489G. Credit only granted for BSCI338N or PSYC489G.

A comprehensive overview of the field of behavioral endocrinology, the study of the relationship between hormones and behavior, from a psychobiological perspective. Examine the major mammalian endocrine systems, how hormones influence sex determination, how hormones underlie sex differences in brain structure and function, the role of hormones in parental and social behaviors, mood disorders, homeostasis, cognition, and stress. Both normal and abnormal hormonal pathologies will be discussed. Due to the physiological and experimental perspectives, much of the phenomenology will be based on research in species other than humans. This species comparative approach will reveal interesting "ways of doing things" that are intriguingly different from how "humans do things."
BSCI338Z
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Biology; Field Research
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
(Sponsoring Dept: BIOL). Cannot be used as credit toward the major requirements for any Biological Sciences major. Contact the Biology Department Undergraduate Office for course information.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
BSCI339A
Selected Topics in Biology; Scholarly Communication and Public Engagement
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Minimum of 60 credits completed.

Advanced students will gain awareness, knowledge, and practical skills in fundamental concepts of science communication, science policy, and public engagement. Course content is broadly relevant and will provide insights on skills and techniques for engaging in these areas, and networking opportunities for students planning a scientific career in academia, public service, non-profits, or industry where public speaking, contributing scientific expertise and working with stakeholder groups isin demand.

Credits may not be applied to any Biological Sciences major.
BSCI339E
Selected Topics in Biology; Developmental Genetics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
(Sponsoring Dept.): BIOL. Applicable towards Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: CEBG and GENB.

Prerequisites: C- or better in BSCI222 and BSCI430.

Focus is placed on the structure, expression, and regulation of genes controlling plant and animal development.
BSCI339Y
(Perm Req)
Selected Topics in Biology; Invertebrate Behavioral Physiology Research Seminar
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
BSCI339Z
(Perm Req)
Selected Topics in Biology; Cell Death and Cancer Research Seminar
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
BSCI343
Cellular Mechanisms of Aging and Disease
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI330.
Credit only granted for: BSCI339I or BSCI343.
Formerly: BSCI339I.
Explore how alterations in normal cellular and molecular processes lead to both aging and a variety of non-infectious human diseases currently plaguing our society. Students will read, analyze, and discuss current primary and secondary literature in the field of cell biology and biomedicine.
BSCI348
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics
Credits: 1 - 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
(Sponsoring Dept.: CBMG). May be repeated, but only 3 credits may be applied to major requirements.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
BSCI348A
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics; Scientific Teaching Internship
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
(Sponsoring Dept.: CBMG).

Students will act as Undergraduate Teaching Assistants for BSCI223. Prerequisite: A or B in BSCI223 and permission of instructor. Student must be available for one of the BSCI223 lab periods. Students interested in this teaching/leadership opportunity should contact Dr. John Buchner for application information: JBuchner@umd.edu. This course is applicable for the Enrichment credits required of all Biological Sciences students in majors with 0404 codes. For others this is elective credit.
BSCI348I
Special Topics in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics; Infectious Disease Process
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
BSCI348R
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics; Microbiology Internship
Credits: 1 - 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
(Sponsoring Dept.: CBMG).

This course is an opportunity for students interested in microbiology to pursue a research project in an off-campus lab. The student must see the instructor and complete an information sheet found on the web site, prior to enrolling in the course.
BSCI353
Principles of Neuroscience
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (BSCI207, BSCI330).
Corequisite: PHYS122, PHYS142, or PHYS132.
Principles of nervous system function, ranging from molecular and cellular basis of neuron function through nervous system integration.
(Sponsoring Dept: BIOL). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences specialization areas: CEBG, GENB, and PHNB.
BSCI360
Principles of Animal Behavior
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: BSCI160 and BSCI161; or BSCI106. And BSCI170 and BSCI171; or BSCI105. And BSCI222.
Study of animal behavior with emphasis on its evolution and function. Topics include genetic basis of behavior, communication, aggression, foraging, cooperation, mate selection, and relevance for conservation.
(Sponsoring Dept: BIOL). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences specialization areas: ECEV, GENB, and PHNB.
BSCI361
Principles of Ecology
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: BSCI160 and BSCI161; or BSCI106. And (MATH130, MATH136, or MATH140).
Basic principles of population, community, and ecosystem ecology. Use of these principles to predict possible consequences of human-caused changes in the environment and to understand the level of uncertainty of those predictions.
(Sponsoring Dep.: ENTM). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: ECEV and GENB.
BSCI370
Principles of Evolution
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI160, BSCI161, and BSCI222 .
Understanding evolutionary processes in a natural and human environment, including adaptation; DNA sequence, protein, and genome evolution; evolution of developmental mechanisms; mechanisms of evolutionary change (mutation, natural selection, drift); epidemiology; coevolution and biological control; speciation; comparative methods; extinction and conservation; human evolution.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: PHNB, GENB, and ECEV.
BSCI378H
Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics Department Honors Seminar
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Required seminar for all students participating in departmental honors research program.
(Sponsoring Dept.: CBMG).

Corequisite: BSCI379H. Restricted to students participating in the CBMG Departmental Honors Program.
BSCI379G
(Perm Req)
Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics Department Research; Research in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prequisite: permission of department. See CBMG department Undergraduate office.

(Sponsoring Dept: CBMG).
Contact department for information to register for this course.
BSCI379H
(Perm Req)
Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics Department Honors Research
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Student should consult program guidelines. Research project carried out under guidance of faculty advisor.
Corequisite: BSCI378H. Restricted to students participating in the CBMG Departmental Honors Program.

(Sponsoring Dept.: CBMG).
Contact department for information to register for this course.
BSCI379L
(Perm Req)
Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics Department Research; Lab Research
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Any combination of 3 credits of BSCI379G, BSCI379L, and BSCI379H can be used to satisfy the enrichment requirement in CEBG, ECEV, MICB, or PHNB or an upper-level elective in GENB. Students must have successfully completed at least one semester in a Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics department research lab before getting permission to take BSCI379L in the same lab. Students completing at least 4 credits of laboratory research including at least one semester taking BSCI379L may substitute this experience for one of the two upper-level laboratory courses required to complete any BSCI major.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
BSCI389
(Perm Req)
Entomology Department Research
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
(Sponsoring Dept.: ENTM).
Contact department for information to register for this course.
BSCI389H
(Perm Req)
Entomology Department Research; Honors Research
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg
(Sponsoring Dept.: ENTM).
Contact department for information to register for this course.
BSCI389L
Entomology Department Research; Lab Research
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
BSCI392
Biology of Extinct Animals
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: BSCI160 and BSCI161; or BSCI106.
Cross-listed with: GEOL391.
Credit only granted for: GEOL391 or BSCI392.
A survey of extinct animals that have few, if any, direct living descendants. The principles governing the functional design of animals will be used to infer life styles for extinct, and frequently bizarre, organisms.
(Sponsoring Dept.: ENTM).
BSCI393
Biology of Extinct Animals Laboratory
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in BSCI392.
Cross-listed with: GEOL392.
Credit only granted for: GEOL392 or BSCI393.
An overview of the techniques used in paleobiological reconstructions of extinct animals.
(Sponsoring Dept.: ENTM).
BSCI398H
(Perm Req)
Biology Department Honors Seminar
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Required seminar for all students participating in departmental honors research program.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL). Prerequisite: permission of department.
BSCI399
(Perm Req)
Biology Department Research; Biology Department Research
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
(Sponsoring Dept: BIOL)
Contact department for information to register for this course.
BSCI399H
(Perm Req)
Biology Department Honors Research
Credits: 1 - 2
Grad Meth: Reg
A laboratory research problem; required each semester during honors participation and culminating in an honors thesis.
(Sponsoring Dept: BIOL).
Contact department for information to register for this course.
BSCI399L
(Perm Req)
Biology Department Research; Biology Lab Research
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
BSCI400
Animal Diversity and Evolution
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: C- or better in BSCI160 and BSCI207.
This course focuses on deep-level diversity of animals and their evolutionary relationships, unique and repeated transitions in the course of animal evolution, and the evolutionary mechanisms that have shaped and continue to shape animal diversity. The course takes an integrative organismal approach to understanding animal evolution, considering morphology, development, physiology, life history, and ecology. It also explores how patterns of animal diversity have changed through time and the processes affecting animal diversity in our changing world.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: ECEV and GENB (Ecology, Behavioral & Organismal category).
BSCI401
Animal Communication
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: BSCI160 and BSCI161; or BSCI106. And must have completed one semester of physics; and must have completed one semester of organic chemistry.
Recommended: A course in animal behavior or biopsychology.
Credit only granted for: BSCI401, BSCI 338W or BIOL 708W.
Formerly: BSCI338W.
Examining the mechanisms by which animal produce and receive signals in each sensory modality; and quantifying the type and amount of information conveyed in signals and how animals attend to such information.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL). Applicable toward Biological Sciences specialization areas: ECEV, GENB, and PHNB.
BSCI403
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: BSCI207.
Recommended: BSCI222.
Credit only granted for: BSCI 338V or BSCI 403.
Formerly: BSCI 338V.
An upper level undergraduate course on the physical, molecular, and neural basis of vision.
(Sponsoring Dept: BIOL). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences specialization areas: ECEV, GENB (Ecology, Behavioral & Organismal category), and PHNB.
BSCI406
Membranes and Biological Interfaces
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI330.
Recommended: PHYS122; or PHYS132; or (PHYS260 and PHYS261).
Credit only granted for: BSCI339R, BSCI406, or BIOL709R.
Formerly: BSCI339R.
An interdisciplinary approach to membrane biology, starting with the physical chemistry of interfaces and model systems and continuing into transport, excitability, and signaling. The course is oriented toward students with broad backgrounds in biology and biophysics. Success in the course will come from a background that prepares students to think mechanistically and quantitatively rather than having substantial factual biological knowledge.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: CEBG (Cell Biology category), GENB (Cell Biology ) and PHNB
BSCI407
Behavioral Genetics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI222.
Behavior represents an organism's most dynamic phenotype and allows an animal to respond immediately to both internal and external cues. We will explore the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms that underlie behavioral variation and the associated neurological, hormonal, and developmental pathways. We will examine modern approaches used to study behavioral genetics in model and non-model systems, and in humans. Using case studies, we will explore a range of complex phenotypes including those related to mating, parental care, aggression, circadian rhythm, locomotion, learning, anxiety, and addiction.
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(Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences specialization areas: CEBG (Genetics), ECEV, GENB (Genetics & Evolution), and PHNB.
BSCI410
Molecular Genetics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: BSCI222. And must have completed CHEM233; or (CHEM231 and CHEM232).
An advanced genetics course emphasizing the molecular basis of gene structure and function in the context of modern approaches to the genetics of humans and model organisms.
(Sponsoring Dept.: CBMG) Acceptable toward Biological Sciences specialization areas: PHNB, MICB, CEBG, GENB and ECEV.
BSCI412
Microbial Genetics
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: BSCI222; and (BSCI223 or BSCI283).
A laboratory/lecture based course that covers the fundamentals of mutation, mobile genetic elements and transmission genetics of microbial organisms using both classical and molecular approaches.
(Sponsoring Dept: CBMG). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: MICB, CEBG, and GENB. Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
BSCI414
Recombinant DNA Laboratory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: BSCI222.
An advanced course offering hands-on experience in performing recombinant DNA experiments. All current molecular biology techniques used for cloning prokaryotic genes, analyzing the gene products, and modifying the genes will be performed. Techniques include isolation of DNA, use of restriction enzymes; cloning procedures, PCR analysis, and Southern hybridizations. Lecture material focuses on interpretation of results generated in the laboratory.
BSCI416
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI410.
Recommended: BSCI330.
Approaches to human genetics and applications to biology and medicine focusing on specific human genetic topics using primary research papers as the main resource.
(Sponsoring Dept.: CBMG).
BSCI417
Microbial Pathogenesis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: CS
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: BSCI222; and (BSCI223 or BSCI283).
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
Current research in microbial pathogenesis and the molecular and cellular basis of bacterial disease. Comprehensive overview of the molecular basis of pathogenesis with a focus on model microbial systems to illustrate mechanisms of disease pathogenesis. Topics covered: how microorganisms attach to and enter cells; how host cells are damaged by microbial products; how the host responds to invasion; and host-pathogen evolution.
(Sponsoring Dept.: CBMG).
BSCI420
Cell Biology Lectures
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: BSCI330, BSCI222, CHEM231, and CHEM232.
Credit only granted for: BSCI420 or BSCI421.
Molecular and biochemical bases of cellular organization and function in eukaryotes.
(Sponsoring Dept.: CBMG). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: PHNB, CEBG, and GENB.
BSCI422
Principles of Immunology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: BSCI222.
Recommended: BSCI330; and (BSCI223 or BSCI283).
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
The immune system in health and disease. Presentation and analysis of the cellular and molecular processes that comprise the immune system.
(Sponsoring Dept.: CMBG). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: PHNB, MICB, CEBG, and GENB. Jointly offered with C BMG699W.
BSCI423
Immunology Laboratory
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: BSCI222.
Corequisite: BSCI422.
Recommended: BSCI223 or BSCI283.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
Current techniques for assessment of immune status and evaluation of the immune response, including monoclonal antibody production, Western blotting, cytokine assays, ELISA and flow cytometry.
(Sponsoring Dept.: CBMG). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Specialization Areas:PHNB, MICB, CEBG and GENB. Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
BSCI425
Advanced Cell Biology Lab Practices
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Must have completed BSCI330, BSCI222, CHEM231, and CHEM232; and must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in BSCI420.
Credit only granted for: BSCI421, BSCI425, or BSCI348C.
Experimental techniques used to study the molecular, structural, and spatial organization of plant and animal cells. Using a combination of in vitro assays aimed at analyzing macromolecular and subcellular components and in vivo analyses designed to reveal the inner architecture of a typical eukaryotic cell, students will have an opportunity to: improve some of the basic technical and conceptual skills they acquired in an introductory cell biology course; develop a more sophisticated understanding of the nature of experimental cell manipulation; and tackle the ongoing challenge of articulating their findings in both written and oral communication.
BSCI430
Developmental Biology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: BSCI222 and BSCI330.
Structural, functional and regulatory events and mechanisms that operate during development to produce an integrated, multicellular organism composed of a multitude of differentiated cell types.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: CEBG(Cell Biology), ECEV, GENB (Cell Biology, Development, Physiology) and PHNB
BSCI431
The Origin and Evolution of Nervous Systems
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in NEUR200, BSCI353 or NEUR306.
Explore how brains change through evolution along the animal tree of life. By comparing the nervous system structure and development across the animal kingdom, this course aims to reveal common designs and mechanisms that generate behavior, and to inform our understanding of how biology builds minds. Topics include the origins of neurons, the universal molecular patterning of brain development across invertebrates and vertebrates, the evolution of neurotransmission, comparative mechanisms of learning and memory, and what in our brain makes us human.
(Sponsoring Dept: BIOL). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences specialization areas: ECEV, GENB (Cell Biology category), and PHNB.
BSCI433
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: BSCI222 and BSCI330; or permission of CMNS-Biological Sciences UG Program.
Causes and consequences of neoplastic transformations at the biochemical and cellular levels.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL). Acceptable towards Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: PHNB, CEBG, and GENB.
BSCI437
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: BSCI222; or permission of CMNS-Biological Sciences UG Program.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
Discussion of the physical and chemical nature of viruses, virus cultivation and assay methods, virus replication, viral diseases with emphasis on the oncogenic viruses, viral genetics, and characteristics of the major virus groups.
(Sponsoring Dept.: CBMG). Specialization Areas: MICB, CEBG, and GENB.
BSCI440
Mammalian Physiology
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: BSCI330; and (CHEM231 and CHEM232; or must have completed CHEM233). Or permission of CMNS-Biological Sciences UG Program.
A study of the cardiovascular, hemopoietic, gastrointestinal, renal and respiratory systems. Chemical and endocrine regulation of physiological functions in mammals. Course does not count as an upper level lab for BIOL majors (see BSCI441).
(Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: PHNB, and GENB.
BSCI441
Mammalian Physiology Laboratory
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in BSCI440.
Laboratory exercises in experimental mammalian physiology.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Program Specialization Areas: PHNB and GENB. Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
BSCI442
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: BSCI170 and BSCI171; or BSCI105; or PLSC201. And CHEM231 and CHEM232; or CHEM237; or permission of AGNR-Plant Science & Landscape Architecture department; or permission of CMNS-Biological Sciences UG Program.
Cross-listed with: PLSC400.
Credit only granted for: BSCI442 or PLSC400.
A survey of plant physiology and development responses and adaptation to the environment.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BSCI) Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
BSCI446
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI330 and BSCI353.
Neural development, followed by sensory, motor and integrative system organization in the central nervous system.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL) Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Program Specialization Areas: PHNB, and GENB.
BSCI447
General Endocrinology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: BSCI330, CHEM241, and CHEM242.
Functions and dysfunctions of the endocrine system with special reference to mammals.
(Sponsoring Dept.: ENTM). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Program Specialization Areas: PHNB, and GENB.
BSCI454
Neurobiology Laboratory
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI330; and must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in BSCI353; and must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in PHYS122, PHYS132, or PHYS142.
Basic neuroanatomical techniques, intracellular and extracellular recordings of electrical potentials from nerve and muscle.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL). Specialization areas: CEBG, PHNB, and GENB. Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
BSCI455
Neuroscience Laboratory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: NEUR306 or BSCI353.
Recommended: NEUR305.
Cross-listed with: NEUR405.
Credit only granted for: PSYC401, NEUR405, BSCI455 or BSCI454.
Students will utilize neurophysiological techniques to examine fundamental principles of neurons and neural circuits. This course will reinforce content from prerequisite NEUR courses. Students will also strengthen skills in experimental design and scientific writing.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: CEBG (Cell Biology), GENB (Cell Biology, Development, Physiology), and PHNB. Students must pay a $40.00 lab fee.
BSCI473
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: BSCI207.
Courses in evolution and animal behavior are strongly recommended. A detailed analysis of the evolutionary ecology of marine invertebrates; emphasis on testing of theories and on current literature.
(Sponsoring Dept: BIOL). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences specialization areas: ECEV and GENB.
BSCI476
Evolutionary Genomics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: C- or better in BSCI222.
Recommended: BSCI370.
Application of genomics to understanding evolutionary processes, including genome evolution, organismal evolution, genomic diversity across the tree of life, human evolution and disease. Relevant concepts of evolutionary genetics and genome biology will be covered.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: ECEV and GENB (Ecology, Behavioral & Organismal category).
BSCI477
Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: C- or better in BSCI160 and either MATH136 or MATH140.
Recommended: BSCI361.
Parasites are a ubiquitous feature of ecological communities, and can strongly impact population growth, extinction risk, community structure and biodiversity, as well as pose serious risks to human health and food security. This course will cover basic principles of disease ecology, including; the diversity of parasitic organisms and transmission modes, host and pathogen traits for defense and infection, mathematical models of disease spread, the impacts of disease at different ecological scales, and host-parasite co-evolution. In the latter half of the course we will apply these basic concepts to current real-world problems in disease ecology including emerging infectious diseases in humans, wildlife and agriculture. We will use examples from plants, animals and humans to about an equal degree. This course will have a strong quantitative focus, and completion of the math series is recommended.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: ECEV and GENB (Ecology, Behavioral & Organismal category).
BSCI480
Arthropod Form and Function
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of CMNS-Entomology (AGNR).
Survey of the morphological, systematic and physiological diversity of the phylum Arthropoda.
BSCI487
IPM: Science-Based Decision Making for Sustainable Pest Management
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisites: BSCI160 and BSCI161 Restrictions: Must have earned a minimum of 90 credits
Jointly offered with: ENTM609.
Credit only granted for: BSCI487 or ENTM609.
Long-term global food security requires a sustainable increase in agricultural productivity to ensure the availability and accessibility of safe and nutritious food. Agricultural pests reduce global food production and threaten its sustainability. This course explores sustainable pest management in agroecosystems using the integrated pest management (IPM) paradigm. IPM is an ecosystem-based strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests or their damage through a combination of techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, and use of resistant varieties. Pesticides are used only after monitoring indicates they are needed according to established guidelines, and treatments are made with the goal of removing only the target organism. Pest control materials are selected and applied in a manner that minimizes risks to human health, beneficial and non-target organisms, and the environment.