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BSCI
Biological Sciences Program Department Site
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07/19/2024 at 10:30 PM
BSCI126
Pollinators in Crisis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSNS, SCIS
How are pollinators threatened by climate change, habitat destruction, and human interaction, and what are some ways to support and protect them? We will dissect the pollinator crisis, and in the process learn about insects, about the interaction of organisms in complex ecosystems, and about the human-nature interface. Students will work in groups that specialize in an aspect of pollinator biology and their challenges. Instruction will target methods for collecting information, interpretation of scientific information and the professional presentation of findings.
(Sponsoring Dept.: ENTM). Not acceptable for credit for any Biological Sciences major.
BSCI135
Amazing Green: Plants that Transformed the World
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSNL, SCIS
In what profound ways have plants changed humanity and the world we live in today? 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.
(Sponsoring Dept.: CBMG). Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee. Not acceptable for credit for any Biological Sciences major.
BSCI151
Beyond Race: Human Biological Diversity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSNS or DSSP, DVUP, SCIS
Credit only granted for: BSCI189I, BSCI150 or BSCI151.
Formerly: BSCI150.
Do racial labels have any practical use in understanding human biological diversity? Such categorizations are inextricably linked to racism, including a history of misuse in science going back hundreds of years, yet modern biological research and medicine often include the use of race. At its core, addressing this question requires understanding the balance between genetic and non-genetic factors underlying human diversity. The course will help students make an informed critique of the biological basis of race through the study of topics such as: basic biology, data analysis and experimental design, human evolution and genetics, and biomedical research and health outcomes.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL).
BSCI160
Principles of Ecology and Evolution
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
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
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.
BSCI161C
Principles of Ecology and Evolution Lab
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg
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.
Restricted to new freshmen and new transfer students in Biological Science or Neuroscience. (Sponsoring Dept.: BSCI). Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
BSCI161S
Principles of Ecology and Evolution Lab
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg
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.
Restricted to College Park Scholars - Life Sciences. (Sponsoring Dept.: BSCI). Students must pay a $40 laboratory materials fee.
BSCI170
Principles of Molecular & Cellular Biology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
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).
BSCI171
Principles of Molecular & Cellular Biology Laboratory
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg
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.
BSCI201
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSNL
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI170; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the CMNS-Biology 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 laboratory materials fee.
BSCI202
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI201; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the 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).
BSCI213
The Public Microbe
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GenEd: DSNS, SCIS
Credit only granted for: BSCI213 OR BSCI223.
How are microbes essential for human health yet cause so much disease? This course covers basic concepts in microbiology as they relate to human- microbe interactions by surveying the diversity of microbial life, the role our resident microbiota play in human health, modes of disease tracking, and prophylactic and therapeutic measures designed to control the spread of infectious disease.
Course not acceptable toward major requirements in Biological Sciences Sponsoring dept CBMG
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
GenEd: DSNL, SCIS
Prerequisite: BSCI170 and BSCI171; or BSCI105.
Credit only granted for: BSCI223 or BSCI283.
How have microorganisms exploited every conceivable ecological niche, and how have humans harnessed this diversity to improve medicine, agriculture, and biotechnology? The course covers 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.
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.
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.
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). The off-campus internship credit requires that a contract form be filed with the Assistant Dean for Science Education Initiatives, 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.
BSCI300
Strategies for Success
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in USG-Universities at Shady Grove; and must be in Biological Sciences: Physiology & Neurobiology program.
Credit only granted for: BSCI300 or BSCI339R.
Formerly: BSCI339R.
Students often face an increased emphasis on critical thinking, pressure from a typically higher credit hour load, and a faster pace of exposure to new material when moving from lower- to upper-level coursework. The Biological Sciences program designed this course to help all transfer students make successful transitions, both academically and socially, to the University of Maryland at Shady Grove.
BSCI329
(Perm Req)
Instructional Assistance Practicum
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequiste: permission of department. (Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL). Credit cannot be applied to the requirements of any Biological Sciences Major.
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.
BSCI330H
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. Restricted to students in the Integrated Life Science Honors program or permission of the instructor. Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
BSCI333
Principles of Paleontology
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GEOL102; or (BSCI207 or BSCI392); or permission of CMNS-Geology department.
Restriction: Permission of instructor is required of non-degree seeking students.
Cross-listed with: GEOL331.
Credit only granted for: GEOL331 or BSCI333.
A review of the theory, principles, and applications of Paleontology. A systematic overview of the morphology, evolution, and relationships of the major fossil-producing taxa.
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.
BSCI339Z
(Perm Req)
Selected Topics in Biology; Cell Death and Cancer Research Seminar
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit cannot be applied to the requirements of any Biological Sciences Major.
BSCI348
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics
Credits: 1 - 3
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; Microbiology Undergraduate Teaching Practicum
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. Students 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: 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. Formerly: BSCI348U.
BSCI348R
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics; Microbiology Internship
Credits: 1 - 3
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
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Earning C- or higher in NEUR200 or BSCI330.
Corequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in PHYS132 or equivalent course.
Cross-listed with: NEUR306.
Credit only granted for: NEUR306 or BSCI353.
Students will gain an appreciation of neuroscience as the nexus of chemistry, physics, and biology. Additionally, they will gain an understanding of how: both individual and networks of neurons function as variable electrical circuits; our nervous systems transduce signals from the outside world and sets-off molecular cascades; the behavior of a neuron can be changed and or remain the same in response to changing variables. Techniques used to study the nervous system at a cellular and molecular level will be discussed.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL). Acceptable toward Bilogical Sciences Specialization Areas: CEBG (Cell Biology), Development, Physiology), and PHNB.
BSCI357
Neurobiology of Chemosensory Systems
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI353 or NEUR306.
Credit only granted for: BSCI339D, BSCI357, BIOL708Q, or NACS728J.
Formerly: BSCI339D.
Chemosensation is essential for all forms of life, orchestrating several physiological processes, such as feeding, sexual behaviors, and body homeostasis. This course will review the function of chemosensory systems, including olfaction, gustatory and central chemoreception, among others. Through lectures and discussion of papers, we will examine the cell biology, systems neuroscience, and evolutionary aspects in these chemosensory systems.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL). Applicable towards Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: GENB and PHNB.
BSCI358C
Special Topics in Biological Sciences at Shady Grove; Bioethics of Biotechnology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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 Dept.: BIOL). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: ECEV and GENB.
BSCI363
The Biology of Conservation and Extinction
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI361.
Ecology, evolutionary biology, and paleontology will be applied to the study of conservation, species invasions, and extinction.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: ECEV and GENB (Ecology, Behavior & Organismal).
BSCI366
Environmental Physiology of Animals
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: BSCI207.
Explores the physiological, morphological, ecological, and behavioral adaptations of aquatic and terrestrial animals that help them manage environmental challenges. The course considers both diverse adaptations among animal lineages and striking convergence among different animal lineages and systems, as well as the physical laws that drive this convergence. Impacts of climate change on the physiology and ecology of animals are highlighted across the course.
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) Applies to Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: PHNB, GENB, and ECEV.
BSCI374
Mathematical Modeling in Biology
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: MATH131, MATH136, or MATH141.
Cross-listed with: HLSC374.
Credit only granted for: BSCI374, BSCI474, or HLSC374.
Formerly: BSCI474.
Additional information: The HLSC374 version of this course is restricted to students in the Honors College Integrated Life Sciences program.
Students will learn empowering mathematical techniques through the understanding of biological models. Models are chosen from a variety of biological disciplines. Mathematical skills that will be developed along the way include: solving non-linear difference equations, eigenvector analysis, and the implementation of these algorithms as computer models.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL) Applies as an upper-level laboratory course to Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: CEBG, ECEV, GENB, and PHNB. Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
BSCI378H
(Perm Req)
Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics Department Honors Seminar
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg
Required seminar for all students participating in departmental honors research program.
(Sponsoring Dept.: CBMG). Restricted to students participating in the CBMG Departmental Honors Program. If you are interested in a CBMG Departmental Honors Research experience, please see the CBMG department web site for detailed information.
BSCI379G
(Perm Req)
Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics Department Research; Research in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, 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, 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.
BSCI381
Molecular Neuroethology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI222; and minimum grade of C- in BSCI353 or NEUR306.
Credit only granted for: BSCI339W, BSCI381, or BIOL709W.
Formerly: BSCI339W.
The brain generates a tremendous variety of behaviors, but how it achieves these feats remains largely unknown. Genetics and molecular tools yield fundamental insights into how the brain senses its environment and determines an appropriate course of action. This course will describe modern genetic manipulations (eg, CRISPR editing) and neuronal interventions (e. g., optogenetics), and discuss the quantification of behavioral outputs. Course consists of lectures plus readings and group discussions of primary scientific literature.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL). Acceptable towards Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: GENB (Genetics & Evolution), CEBG, and PHNB.
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
(Perm Req)
Entomology Department Research; Lab Research
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
(Sponsoring Dept: ENTM)
Contact department for information to register for this course.
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).
BSCI399
(Perm Req)
Biology Department Research; Biology Department Research
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg
(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
Contact department for information to register for this course.
BSCI400
Animal Diversity and Evolution
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI160 and BSCI207.
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).
BSCI404
Cell Biology from a Biophysical Perspective
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: BSCI330.
Recommended: PHYS121 and PHYS122; or completion of PHYS131 and PHYS132 recommended.
Jointly offered with BIOL704, BIPH704.
Credit only granted for: BSCI338O, BSCI404, BIOL704, BIOL708O, or BIPH704.
Formerly: BSCI338O.
An approach to cell biology by focusing on mechanisms and unifying physical paradigms. It will not assume a great deal of factual biological knowledge, but will expect a background that prepares students to think mechanistically and quantitatively.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: CEBG (Cell Biology), GENB (Cell Biology, Development, Physiology), 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, CEBG, GENB and ECEV.
BSCI411
Bioinformatics and Integrated Genomics
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI222.
Recommended: BSCI410.
Credit only granted for: BSCI380 or BSCI411.
Formerly: BSCI380.
Computational methods for the study of biological data. Pairwise and multiple sequence alignment, genome assembly and annotation, RNAseq analysis, and structural bioinformatics. Introduction to UNIX, Python, and R in the context of biological sequence data. Previous computational experience is not necessary.
(Sponsoring Dept.: CBMG). Acceptable to Biological Specialization Areas: CEBG, MICB, and GENB. Studets must pay a $40.00 Laboratory Materials fee.
BSCI411H
Bioinformatics and Integrated Genomics
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI222.
Recommended: BSCI410.
Credit only granted for: BSCI380 or BSCI411.
Formerly: BSCI380.
Computational methods for the study of biological data. Pairwise and multiple sequence alignment, genome assembly and annotation, RNAseq analysis, and structural bioinformatics. Introduction to UNIX, Python, and R in the context of biological sequence data. Previous computational experience is not necessary.
(Sponsoring Dept.: CBMG). Acceptable to Biological Specialization Areas: CEBG, MICB, and GENB. Studets 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.
(Sponsoring Dept.: CBMG). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: PHNB, MICB, CEBG and GENB. Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
BSCI415
Molecular Genetics Laboratory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in BSCI410.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
Credit only granted for: BSCI348G or BSCI415.
Formerly: BSCI348G.
Problem solving laboratory organized around extended projects that employ different approaches toward linking gene and function.
(Sponsoring Dept.: CBMG). Specialization Areas: CEBG and GENB. Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
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). Specialization Areas: PHNB, CEBG, and GENB. Cross-listed with BSCI420. Credit only granted for BSCI420 or CBMG688C.
BSCI422
Principles of Immunology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
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.
BSCI424
Pathogenic Microbiology
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: BSCI223 or BSCI283.
The role of bacteria and fungi in the diseases of humans with emphasis upon the differentiation and culture of microorganisms, types of disease, modes of disease transmission, prophylactic, therapeutic, and epidemiological aspects.
(Sponsoring Dept.: CBMG). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: MICB and GENB (Category 2). Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
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 or BSCI207.
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.
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). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: GENB, MICB and CEBG.
BSCI443
Microbial Physiology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI223 or BSCI283; and minimum grade of C- in BCHM461 or BCHM462.
Microbial cellular and population growth. Fermentation metabolism, physiology of anaerobiosis, and energy conservation and transformation in bacterial membranes. Efficiency of energy utilization for growth. Membrane structure and transport. Bacterial motility and chemotaxis. Regulation of bacterial chromosome replication, RNA and protein synthesis. Control of metabolic pathways. Bacterial stress responses. Antimicrobials.
(Sponsoring Dept.: CBMG).
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.: BIOL). Specialization Areas: PHNB and GENB.
BSCI450
Mammalian Systems Physiology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI330; and minimum grade of C- in CHEM233 or both CHEM231 and CHEM232.
Credit only granted for: BIOL708M, BSCI338L, BSCI440, or BSCI450.
A study of the cardiovascular, hemopoietic, gastrointestinal, renal, and respiratory systems. Chemical and endocrine regulation of physiological functions in mammals.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: GENB and PHNB.
BSCI451
Mammalian Systems Physiology Laboratory
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed with a minimum of C- or be concurrently enrolled in either BSCI440 or BSCI450.
Credit only granted for: BSCI441 or BSCI451.
Formerly: BSCI441.
Laboratory exercises in experimental mammalian physiology.
(Sponsoring Dept.: BIOL). Acceptable toward Biological Sciences Specialization Areas: GENB and PHNB. Students must pay a $40.00 $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
BSCI455
Neuroscience Laboratory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: NEUR306 or BSCI353; and PHYS132.
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 laboratory materials fee.
BSCI464
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: BSCI223 or BSCI283; and (CHEM271 or CHEM277); or permission of the instructor.
Interaction of microorganisms with the environment, other microorganisms and with higher organisms. Roles of microorganisms in the biosphere. Microorganisms and current environmental problems.
(Sponsoring Dept: CBMG).
BSCI467
Freshwater Biology
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: BSCI160.
Biology and ecology of freshwater invertebrates in lotic and lentic habitats, their adaptation to aquatic life, their function in aquatic ecosystems, and their relationship to environmental deterioration. Laboratory will include field trips, demonstrations, and identifications.
BSCI481
Insect Diversity and Classification
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: BSCI337.
A summary of the morphology, systematics and evolution of insects and techniques for their collection, preservation and identification. Emphasis is placed on the diversity of insects in North America, particularly Maryland and adjacent regions. An insect collection is required.
Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
BSCI482
Insect Physiology and Molecular Biology
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: BSCI337.
Physiological and biochemical functions of insects. Insect endocrinology, neurobiology, sensory physiology, integument and molting, development and metamorphosis, immunity, metabolism and related topics.
BSCI483
Insects, Pathogens, and Public Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: BSCI207.
Mosquito- and tick-borne disease transmission poses significant challenges to human health and well-being globally, and is on the rise in North America. Arthropod parasites and the pathogens they transmit to humans and animals will be introduced, and the public health significance of these arthropods will be examined. The ecology and behavior of vectors in relation to disease transmission will be emphasized.
(Sponsoring Dept.: ENTM). Acceptable toward Biological Specialization Areas: ECEV and GENB (Ecology, Behavior & Organismal category).
BSCI494
Animal-Plant Interactions
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: BSCI160 and BSCI161; or BSCI106.
Theoretical, conceptual and applied aspects of evolutionary and ecological interactions between plants and animals. This course gives an overview of major ideas, historical controversies, and current research on animal-plant relationships. We will explore the mechanisms and evolution of plant defenses and animal counter-adaptations, behavioral ecology and interactions across trophic levels, the role of microbial communities in mediating interactions, and how these interactions color human experience through food and medicine. The course will have a blended lecture/discussion format and will include field walks to collect herbivory data and observe animal-plant interactions.