2009-10 Course Descriptions

   BIOL - Biology

Department of Biology (CAS)
   

BIOL 112 General Biology I (3-0-3), fall, spring. A consideration of the diversity of life, emphasizing organism classification, structure and function in plants and animals. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 114 required. Prerequisite: ACT comp of 22 or above; or an SAT total of 1110 or above; or a grade of "C" or better in BIOL 120.

   

BIOL 113 General Biology II (3-0-3), fall, spring. A consideration of the unity of life, emphasizing chemical and cellular organization, energy transfer through living systems, genetics, cellular information flow, ecology, and evolution/speciation. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 115 required. Prerequisite: ACT comp of 22 or above; or an SAT total of 1110 or above; or a grade of "C" or better in BIOL 120.

   

BIOL 114 General Biology I Laboratory (0-3-1), fall, spring. Laboratory experiences considering the diversity of life. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 112 required.

   

BIOL 115 General Biology II Laboratory (0-3-1), fall, spring. Laboratory experience considering the unity of life. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 113 required.

   

BIOL 120 Biology - Human Perspective (3-0-3), fall, spring, summer. A conceptual investigation of biological principles from the human perspective - including historical, theoretical, ethical, and practical aspects. May be used to satisfy Science University Core requirements. For non-biology majors.

   

BIOL 203 Basic Biology for Teachers (2-2-3), fall, spring, even years. Survey of the plant and animal kingdoms and life processes; interactions with the environment and ecosystems and the ecology of life; includes laboratory work. Laboratory graded and credited with the course. For non-biology majors; only for students seeking teacher certification in an area other than biology. Prerequisite: MATH 147 or Math ACT score of 20 or Math SAT score of 500.

   

BIOL 221 Animal Biology (3-0-3), fall, spring. A study of the comparative structure, physiology, and development of invertebrates and vertebrates. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 223 required. Prerequisites: BIOL 112/114 and BIOL 113/115.

   

BIOL 222 Plant Biology (3-0-3), fall. A study of the historical, physiological, taxonomic, and ecological aspects of plants as well as their anatomic, reproductive, and adaptive responses to world environments. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 224 required. Prerequisites: BIOL 112/114 and BIOL 113/115.

   

BIOL 223 Animal Biology Laboratory (0-3-1), fall, spring. Laboratory and dissection experiences to understand the comparative structure, physiology, and development of invertebrate and vertebrate animals. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 221 required. Prerequisites: BIOL 112/114 and BIOL 113/115.

   

BIOL 224 Plant Biology Laboratory (0-3-1), fall. Laboratory experiences using scientific methods to understand the anatomy, physiology, and practical aspects of plants. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 222 required. Prerequisites: BIOL 112/114 and BIOL 113/115.

   

BIOL 291 Anatomy and Physiology I (3-0-3), fall. A systems approach to human anatomy and physiology emphasizing the musculoskeletal, nervous, and endocrine systems. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 293 required. Prerequisite: ACT Natural Sciences, 20 or above/950 or above on SAT; or a grade of "C" or better in BIOL 120. For non-biology majors.

   

BIOL 292 Anatomy and Physiology II (3-0-3), spring. A systems approach to human anatomy and physiology emphasizing the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, and genito-urinary systems. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 294 required. Prerequisite: BIOL 291 and 293. For non-biology majors.

   

BIOL 293 Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory (0-3-1), fall. Laboratory study of topics covered in BIOL 291. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 291 required. For non-biology majors.

   

BIOL 294 Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory (0-3-1), spring. Laboratory study of topics covered in BIOL 292. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 292 required. For non-biology majors.

   

BIOL 302 Limnology-Water Resources (2-6-4), summer, on demand. Field study of lakes and streams with applications to planning management. Includes an introduction to limnology and investigation of representative lakes and streams of the region. Laboratory graded and credited with the course. Prerequisites: BIOL 221/223 or 222/224, CHEM 111/112 or 131/133, CHEM 113/114 or 132/134. Course offered at Au Sable Institute. Travel to site required.

   

BIOL 305 Ornithology (2-6-4), summer, on demand. Biology, behavior, ecology and identification of birds. Work is primarily conducted in the field and covers the major habitats of northern lower Michigan, including wetlands, lakes, rivers, forests, dunes, and open field communities. Emphasis will be placed on identification of the spring bird fauna of northern lower Michigan by sight and by call. Laboratory graded and credited with the course. Prerequisite: BIOL 221/223 or 222/224. Course offered at Au Sable Institute. Travel to site required.

   

BIOL 311 Field Botany (2-6-4), summer, on demand. Field identification and ecology of vascular plants as components of natural communities in Michigan. Emphasis is placed upon on-sight examination of plants in communities such as bog, dune, forest marsh, meadow, and swamp. Plants difficult to study under field conditions are brought to the laboratory for microscopic examination and identification. Ecological features such as community stratification and plant zonation along ecological gradients are examined. Laboratory graded and credited with the course. Prerequisite: BIOL 221/223 or 222/224. Course offered at Au Sable Institute. Travel to site required.

   

BIOL 312 Cell Biology (3-0-3), fall, spring. Survey of cell structure and function with an emphasis on cellular energy-related events, proteins, and nucleic acids. Lecture may be taken without the lab. Prerequisites: CHEM 114 or 134; BIOL 112/114, 113/115 and BIOL 221/223 or 222/224.

   

BIOL 313 Cell Biology Laboratory (0-3-1), spring. Laboratory study of cell structure and function with emphasis on energy-related events, proteins, and nucleic acids. Prerequisites: CHEM 114 or 134, BIOL 112/114, 113/115 and 221/223 or 222/244.

   

BIOL 315 Woody Plants (2-6-4), summer, on demand. Taxonomy, ecology, management, and stewardship of trees and shrubs. Presents the systematic botany of local woody flora including identification byfoliage, twigs, wood, and bark, and trees of major economic and ecological importance worldwide. Given in the context of ethical and global questions of deforestation, global warming trends, old growth forest values, lumbering forest ecosystem restoration, and land stewardship. Laboratory graded and credited with the course. Prerequisite: BIOL 221/223 or 222/224. Course offered at Au Sable Institute. Travel to site required.

   

BIOL 322 Aquatic Biology (2-6-4), summer, on demand. Ecology, identification, systematics, culture, and care of aquatic plants and animals, and adaptations to freshwater environments. Aquatic life is studied in lakes, ponds, bogs, marshes, and streams and in the laboratory. The course assesses human impacts on aquatic species and ecosystems, presents procedures for the stewardship of aquatic habitats, and introduces aquatic restoration ecology. Laboratory graded and credited with the course. Prerequisite: BIOL 221/223 or 222/224. Course offered at Au Sable Institute. Travel to site required.

   

BIOL 330 Neurobiology (2-3-3), fall. A consideration of the following topics: the neurophysiology of synaptic transmission, how sensory input is perceived and motor output is transmitted, and the location and function of the cranial nerve nuclei. Laboratory graded and credited with the course. Prerequisite: BIOL 312.

   

BIOL 332 Mind and Wellness (1-0-1), fall. An investigation into the influences on health - physical, emotional and spiritual, with examples drawn from the Asian and Hispanic cultures. Prerequisites: BIOL 112/114, 113/115.

   

BIOL 351 Genetics (3-0-3), fall. Fundamental principles of genetics in plants and animals. Physical basis of inheritance, expression and interaction of genes, linkage, sex linkage, and the chemical nature of genetic material. Lecture may be taken without the lab. Prerequisites: BIOL 112/114, 113/115.

   

BIOL 353 General Microbiology (3-0-3), fall, on demand. Principles of general microbiology including immunology, pathogenic microbiology, environmental, and industrial microbiology. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 357 required. For non-biology majors.

   

BIOL 355 Microbiology (3-0-3), spring. A study of the cellular structure, metabolic pathways, regulatory, and genetic exchange mechanisms of microorganisms and how these relate to microbial roles in the biosphere, industry, and disease processes. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 357 required. Prerequisite: BIOL 312 or CHEM 223. For biology and biochemistry majors.

   

BIOL 357 Microbiology Laboratory (0-3-1), fall, spring, on demand. The study of cultivation and characterization of microorganisms, their identification, and the microbiology of the environment. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 353 or 355 required.

   

BIOL 362 Ecology (3-0-3), fall, summer, even years. Ecological concepts, methods of vegetational and animal population analysis and biomes of the world. Lecture may be taken without the lab. Prerequisites: BIOL 221/223 or 222/224.

   

BIOL 364 Ecology Laboratory (0-3-1), fall. Introduction to sampling methods of plant and animal populations and communities, and how they interact with their environment. Prerequisites: BIOL 221/223 or 222/224. Special travel fee. 

   

BIOL 370 Field Biology (3-3-4), summer, odd years. Sampling methods and field techniques applicable to the biota of the southwest. Collection, identification, and natural history including soils, geology, population and community analysis and dynamics. Laboratory graded and credited with the course. Special travel fee.

   

BIOL 377 Marine Invertebrates (2-6-4), summer, on demand. A study of invertebrate taxonomy, ecology, life histories, and economic importance. Field methods are stressed. Laboratory graded and credited with the course. Prerequisite: BIOL 221/223 or 222/224. Course offered at Au Sable Institute. Travel to site required.

   

BIOL 380 General Mammalogy (3-3-4), spring, even years. Principles of ecology, evolution, classification, biogeography, economic importance, and conservation of mammals. Laboratory graded and credited with the course. Prerequisite: BIOL 221/223 or 222/224. Special travel fee.

   

BIOL 403 Marine Biology (3-3-4), spring, odd years. A field course in Florida or Honduras. A study of the open ocean and the intertidal zones. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Laboratory graded and credited with the course. Special travel fee. Travel during spring break required.

   

BIOL 425 Behavioral Biology: Theory and Methods (3-1-4), spring, odd years. Discover how an organism's behavior permits adaptation to its environment. Behavioral ecology and ethological methods will be learned to understand how behavior permits homeostasis and adaptation. An introduction into sociobiological theory and a critique as it relates to human behavior will be explored. Laboratory graded and credited with the course. Special travel fee; out of town travel. Prerequisite: BIOL 362

   

BIOL 448 Biology of Aging (3-0-3), summer. Survey of the human anatomy and physiology with implications of normal and abnormal age-related changes. Same as GERO 448/548.

   

BIOL 454 Immunology (3-0-3), fall. The cellular and molecular mechanisms inherent in immunology. Prerequisite: BIOL 312.

   

BIOL 471 Conservation Biology (2-6-4), summer, on demand. Principles of conservation biology with applications to sustainable human society and biospheric integrity. An integrative approach to biology and society that interrelates population biology, ecological principles, biogeochemical cycles, ecosystem functions, and human society in the context of biospheric degradation. The course develops a stewardship perspective rooted in biological principles and directed at conservation of plant and animal species, biotic communities, ecosystems, and human society. Included are topics of human development, poverty, and economic growth. Prerequisites: BIOL 221/223 or 222/224, and BIOL 362. Course offered at Au Sable Institute. Travel to site required.

   

BIOL 472 Biochemistry I (3-0-3), fall. Discuses the chemistry, structural aspects, and properties of amino acids, peptides, proteins, vitamins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. Prerequisite: CHEM 324. Same as CHEM 453.

   

BIOL 475 Molecular Genetics (3-0-3), spring. A study of the molecular interactions that take place during mitosis, meiosis, cell activation and inactivation, gene activation and inactivation, transcription, reverse transcription, translation, organelle synthesis and formation, morphogenetic cell movement, membrane synthesis. Prerequisite: BIOL 312 or CHEM 454 or BIOL 472 or concurrent enrollment.

   

BIOL 476 Biotechnology Laboratory (0-6-2), spring. Explores the advancement of recombinant DNA technology. Experimental tasks include isolation, amplification, mapping, sequencing, cloning and fingerprinting of DNA, genome analysis, genetic testing, cell culture, and antigen detection. Prerequisite: BIOL 312.

   

BIOL 477 Plant Ecology (2-6-4), summer, on demand. Interrelationships between plants and their physical and biotic environments, plant-animal interactions, plant community composition and development, and modern methods of ordination and quantitative analysis with applications to conservation and stewardship. Laboratory graded and credited with the course. Prerequisites: BIOL 221/223 or 222/224, and BIOL 362. Course offered at Au Sable Institute. Travel to site required.

   

BIOL 480 Histology (2-3-3), spring. Detailed mocroscopic anatomy of the tissues and organs of higher vertebrates. Laboratory graded and credited with the course. Prerequisite: BIOL 312.

   

BIOL 483 Biostatistics (3-0-3), spring, even years. An introduction to experimental design, including common techniques in descriptive and inferential statistics.

   

BIOL 484 Developmental Biology (3-0-3), spring, odd years. A study of molecular events which begin with meiosis and fertilization and continue through the development and growth of the human embryo and fetus. Prerequisite: BIOL 312.

   

BIOL 491 Human Anatomy (3-0-3), spring. Human biology, stressing morphology of the body using a systemic and regional approach. Prerequisites: BIOL 112/114 and BIOL 113/115. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 493 required.

   

BIOL 492 Physiology (3-0-3), fall, on demand. Study of normal functional needs and environmental challenges of vertebrates and invertebrates. Lecture may be taken without the lab. Prerequisites: BIOL 112/114 and BIOL 113/115.

   

BIOL 493 Human Anatomy Laboratory (0-3-1), spring. Laboratory study of the human body using visualization and dissection. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 491 required.

   

BIOL 495 Physiology Laboratory (0-3-1), fall, on demand. Laboratory investigation of animal function including measurements and data collection. Prerequisites: BIOL 112/114 and BIOL 113/115.

   

BIOL 497 Seminar in Biology (1-0-1), fall, spring, summer, on demand. Discussions of subjects of current biological interest. A writing intensive course. Open to senior science majors and seniors with declared health professions concentrations.

   

BIOL 498 Cancer Biology (3-0-3), fall. Exposes students to all aspects of cancer studies including cancer causation, pathology, epidemiology, genetics, metastasis, detection, treatments and preventions. The biology of cancer cells is emphasized and analyzed at the molecular level with the introduction of classical and modern experimental details. Prerequisite: BIOL 312.

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