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Life Sciences (LIFE)

1000 Level | 2000 Level | 3000 Level | 4000 Level

USP Codes are listed in brackets by the 2003 USP code followed by the 2015 USP code (i.e. [QB<>Q]).

1001 [BIOL 1001]. Biology as Culture. 2. [I<>{none}] Introduces Life Science majors to the role of modern biology in society, the methods biologists use to generate knowledge, methods of accessing data, use of data, and the relationship between biology and other sciences. Prefer declared Biology, Botany and Zoology majors. (normally offered fall semester).

1002 [BIOL 1002]. Discovering Science. 4. [S<>PN] Integrates Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Science for non-science majors. Fundamental concepts from each discipline are concurrently addressed through lectures, while weekly laboratory activities and discussion groups enable students to learn how to do science and place it into larger societal issues. (Normally offered fall semester)

1003 [BIOL 1003]. Current Issues in Biology. 4. [SB<>PN] Emphasizes central themes of biology - cell biology, genetics, evolution, ecology - and scientific methodology by focusing on current issues in biology.  Taught in 3 two-hour blocks of lecture/discussion each week, with one usually devoted to laboratory explorations.  Students cannot receive duplicate credit for LIFE 1010 or 1020. (Normally offered spring semester)

1010 [BIOL 1004]. General Biology. 4. [SB<>PN] Fundamental concepts of biology, including basic chemistry of living systems, cell structures and functions, energy relations, genetics, molecular biology, ecology, population dynamics and evolutionary theory. Living invertebrate and vertebrate organisms studied during some lab meetings. Laboratory is required. Students who have credit in LIFE 1003 or 1020 may not receive duplicate credit for this course. Prerequisite: grade of C or better in MATH 0921 or level 2 on the Math Placement Exam or math ACT of 21 or math SAT of 600. (Normally offered fall and spring semesters)

1020 [BIOL 1020]. Life Science. 4. [SB<>PN] Emphasizes fundamental principles of biology including cell structure and function, genetics, ecology, evolution and organismal biology. Considers applications of these principles to societal issues such as the conservation of biodiversity, overpopulation and global environmental changes, biotechnology, and human wellness and disease. Duplicate credit will not be given for LIFE 1010. Prerequisite: elementary education majors only; concurrent enrollment in EDEL 1430. (Normally offered fall and spring semesters)

2002 [BIOL 2002]. Global Ecology. 3. [G,SB<>{none}] Provides a global perspective on ecological processes, biodiversity, climate change, and the environmental consequences of human actions. Students develop a global awareness of the role of ecology in international human affairs, and how this influences relationships between the developed and developing worlds. For majors and non-majors. Prerequisite: LIFE 1002, 1003 or 1010.

2022 [BIOL 2022]. Animal Biology. 4. An integrative course addressing the evolution, anatomy, physiology, and ecology of animals.  Continues building upon the four themes in LIFE 1010, cell and molecular biology, genetics, evolution, and ecology.  Preserved animal specimens are dissected during some labs.  Intended for students majoring in the life sciences.  Laboratory is required. Prerequisite: LIFE 1010 with a grade of C or better. (Normally offered spring semester)

2023 [BIOL 2023]. Biology of Plants and Fungi. 4. An integrated course dealing with the central themes of biology including cell and molecular biology, genetics, evolution and ecology of plants and fungi.  Intended for students majoring in the life sciences.  Laboratory is required. Prerequisite: LIFE 1010 with a grade of C or better. (Normally offered fall semester)

2050 [LIFE 2050]. Biology of Aging and Human Development. 3. Reviews cellular, physiological, endocrine, anatomical and nutritional aspects to aging. Format relates topics, such as exercise, nutrition and evolution, to aging. Students gain insight to problems related to research in aging and its potential impact on society. Uses videotaped lectures from field experts. Prerequisite: LIFE 1010. (Normally offered spring semester)

3050 [BIOL 3050, BIOL 4000]. Genetics. 4. Introduces principles of heredity and variation in living organisms, including a study of the nature of the genetic material and its transmission, influence of heredity and environment on the development of individual characters, as well as evolution of organisms and artificial selection of plant and animal varieties. Emphasizes application to today's society. Prerequisite: completion of LIFE 1010 and one of LIFE 2022, 2023, or MICR/MOLB 2021 with a grade of C or higher in each. (Normally offered fall and spring semesters)

3400 [BIOL 3400, BIOL 2400]. General Ecology. 3. Presents fundamental concepts in population and ecosystem ecology to both majors and non-majors. Emphasizes basic principles and their use in manipulated ecosystems. Prerequisite: completion of LIFE 1010 and one of LIFE 2022, 2023, or MICR/MOLB 2021 with a grade of C or higher in each. (Normally offered fall and spring semesters)

3410 [BIOL 3410, BIOL 2410]. Introduction to Field Ecology. 2. Field and laboratory course. Introduces methods used in plant and animal ecology. Prerequisite: LIFE 3400 (may be concurrently enrolled) or consent of instructor. (Normally offered fall semester)

3500 [BIOL 3500]. Evolutionary Biology. 3. Presents modern evolutionary theory.  Examines evolution and evolutionary mechanisms from several viewpoints, with particular attention given to genetic mechanisms underlying processes of evolution and speciation. Prerequisite: completion of LIFE 1010, one of LIFE 2022, 2023, or MICR/MOLB 2021, and LIFE 3050 with a grade of C or higher in each. (Normally offered fall semesters)

3600 [BIOL 3600, BIOL 4600]. Cell Biology. 4. Focuses on cell structure, cell function and the regulation of cell processes. Examines many levels of organization, ranging from single molecules and individual cells to multi-cellular systems and the whole organism. Discussion section is required. Prerequisite: completion of LIFE 1010 and one of LIFE 2022, 2023, or MICR/MOLB 2021 with a grade of C or higher in each, and one semester of Organic Chemistry.

4975 [BIOL 4975]. Practicum in Laboratory Teaching. 1-3 (Max. 3). Intended to give undergraduate students experience teaching in a laboratory setting. Working closely with an instructor and a graduate teaching assistant, students will assist in the teaching of biology laboratories during the semester and participate in weekly sessions centered on teaching, learning, and assessment. Prerequisite: completion of a 1000-level LIFE course and consent of instructor.

4976 [BIOL 4976]. Practicum in Laboratory Teaching II. 1-3 (Max 3). Intended to build on the foundation of Biology 4975. Students would work under the dual supervision of the course instructor and the graduate teaching assistant to gain further first-hand experience with teaching in biology laboratories during the semester. Prerequisite: LIFE 4975.

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