Department of Biology


BIOL 11700 - Principles of Ecology and Evolution

Principles of organismic and evolutionary biology; a phylogenetic synopsis of the major groups of organisms from viruses to vertebrates; an introduction to genetic, evolutionary and ecological processes, population biology, community ecology, and behavior. This course is open only to science majors. Instructor's permission required for non-biology majors.

BIOL 28600 - Introduction To Ecology And Evolution

Evolutionary processes and ecological principles associated with individuals, populations, communities, and ecosystems. Topics include genetic drift, natural selection, adaptation, life tables, population dynamics, competition, predation, biodiversity, and ecological stability, with emphasis on natural systems.


BIOL 31100 - Introduction To Evolution

A study of evolution as a basic concept of the biological sciences; an examination of current scientific methods of experimentation within the area, as well as evidences for, and possible mechanisms of, evolutionary change.


BIOL 31700 - Addiction: Biology, Psychology, and Society

It is an interdisciplinary, introduction course taught by a team from the Biology and Psychology Departments. The course will focus on using the processes of addiction to alcohol, marijuana, nicotine, and psychomotor stimulants to teach the basics of biological and psychological science. Example topic areas include neurological/brain function, impact on cognitive function, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, emotion, and motivation, learning and memory, physiology and pharmacology, and the psychosocial aspects of addictions.

BIOL 33300 - Ecology

Adaptations of living organisms to environment; natural selection and evolution of species; ecological interactions at organism, population and community levels; dynamics of populations and communities; ecosystem structures and functions; and human impacts on ecosystems.


BIOL 43600 - Introduction To Neurobiology
This course will cover key aspects in molecular, cellular, and developmental neurobiology. Topics include: Cell biology of neurons and glia, electrophysiological properties of neurons, electrical and chemical signaling between neurons, synaptic integration and plasticity, development and regeneration of the nervous system, nervous system diseases. Up-to-date research findings and techniques will be included. A basic knowledge of cell biology and protein structure and function is strongly recommended.


BIOL 50300 - Introduction To Neurobiology

Covers basic aspects of the structure and function of the nervous system with a strong cellular and molecular emphasis. Broad areas of consideration will include the cellular and molecular biology of neurons, glia, and muscle, electrical and chemical signaling in the nervous system, neuronal development, and the complex interactions between neurons and the processing and integration of neural activity. A strong background knowledge in cell biology and/or physiology.

BIOL 52500 - Principles Of Neurobiology

A survey of fundamental topics in the physiology of the nervous system including a discussion of excitable membranes, the physiology and pharmacology of electrical and chemical synapses, and the organization and function of vertebrate and invertebrate nervous systems.


BIOL 56200 (AUS 507, PSY 512) - Neural Systems

Overview of the structure and function of neural systems including those involved with motor, somatosensory, visual, auditory, learning, memory, and higher cortical processes. Molecular and cellular aspects of neural function are integrated with discussion of relevant neuroanatomy. Background in cell biology, psychobiology, physiology or anatomy is recommended.

BIOL 58000 - Evolution

A study of evolution as a basic concept of the biological sciences; an examination of current methods of experimentation within the area, as well as evidences for the possible mechanisms of evolutionary change.

BIOL 59200 - The Evolution Of Behavior

An investigation of behaviors as adaptations: specializations of sensory and motor mechanisms involved in behavior; animal communication systems; behavioral ecology; patterns of social behavior as solutions to ecological problems, such as predator avoidance and resource exploitation. Emphasis will be on theoretical principles; examples will be broadly comparative, ranging from microorganisms to mammals.

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