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Biology (BIOL)


2010-2012 Catalog

Biology (BIOL)

100 Environmental Science (2) Basic course in human ecology for students with limited training in science. Emphasizes environmental problems related to human activity in the modern world. Meets the General Education environmental science requirement and meets the Wisconsin Teaching Certification Requirement for Environmental Science. Does not count toward the Biology major. No prerequisite. (Lecture two hours.) F10, S11, F11, S12

111 Plants and People (4) Provides an avenue to investigate botanical marvels that have influenced our past and will change our future. Designed to develop and sustain student interests in plants, regardless of prior background or knowledge. Scientific topics such as morphology, physiology, and ecology are integrated with everyday aspects of plants, including commercial uses, agriculture, nutrition, human health, and horticulture. Laboratory includes hands-on experiments in applied botany that utilize the University greenhouse. Students come away with plants to keep and activities to be used in public school classrooms. No prerequisite. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.) F10, S11, F11

115 Human Biology (4) General education course investigating the structure and function of the human body as related to areas of health and disease. Designed to meet the General Education requirement for laboratory science. Does not count toward the Biology major. Not open to those having taken BIOL 270, or 280. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours). F10, F11

123 Concepts In Biology (4)  Introduction to important biological concepts including chemistry, cell biology, genetics, evolution, plant and animal form and function, and ecology. Laboratory exercises are integrated with lectures and designed to be experimental and inquiry driven.  Fulfills the General Education requirement for laboratory science. Recommended for Elementary Education majors. Does not count toward the Biology major. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.) S11, S12

130 Principles of Biology I (4) Introduction to important principles of chemistry, cellular, molecular, and evolutionary biology, and the diversity of life. Laboratory experiments are inquiry driven. Intended as the first of a two-course sequence for biology majors, and students with a strong interest in the life sciences. Fulfills the General Education laboratory science requirement. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.) 

132 Principles of Biology II (4) The second course in a two-course sequence intended for Biology majors or minors, and other students with a strong interest in the life sciences.  Introduces students to the development, structure and function of both plants and animals and the basic principles of ecology. Laboratory exercises are integrated with lectures and designed to be experimental and inquiry driven. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours) Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in BIOL 130. F10, S11, F11, S12

181 Special Topics (1-4) In-depth study of specialized current topics in biology selected by the faculty on the basis of student/community interest. May include workshops, seminars, field trips, special problems, independent study, etc. Course may be repeated when topics are different. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

260 Forest Ecology and Management (3) (P) A broad overview of forests, including silviculture, forest ecology, harvest systems, wildlife, and ecosystem management. Designed for all students interested in forest resources and human uses of those resources. Specific attention is placed on forest issues of the western Great Lakes region. Several field trips to nearby forests provide the opportunity to study forest ecosystems in action and to develop identification and measurement skills. No prerequisite. (Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours.) F11

270 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4) First semester of a two-semester sequence investigating the structure and function of human body systems and mechanisms for maintaining homeostasis within and across each system. Examination of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, and sensory systems. Prerequisite BIOL 130 or instructor's consent. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)  F10, F11

280 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4) Continuation of a two-semester sequence investigating the structure and function of human body systems and mechanisms for maintaining homeostasis within and across each system. Examination of the digestive, circulatory, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive systems. Prerequisite BIOL 270 or consent of instructor. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.) S11, S12

281 Special Topics (1-4) In-depth study of specialized current topics in biology selected by the faculty on the basis of student/community interest. May include workshops, seminars, field trips, special problems, independent study, etc. Course may be repeated when topics are different. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

300 Marine Biology (3) Introduction to the biology and ecology of marine plants and animals, coral reefs, the deep sea, rocky shores, marine mammals, fisheries, aquaculture, pollution, and the conservation of marine resources. Prerequisites: BIOL 132 (Lecture three hours). F11

305/505 Evolution (3) A view of the scope, significance and mechanisms of evolutionary concepts in modern biology. Prerequisite: BIOL 132 or permission of instructor (Lecture three hours.) S11

312/512 Biogeography (3) Study of the geographical distribution of plants and animals across space and time. Topics include environmental causes of species range structure, species diversity, island biogeography, evolutionary diversification, and conservation biogeography. Prerequisites: BIOL 132. (Lecture three hours.) S11

315/515 Plant Physiology (4) (P) Study of functions and physiological properties of plants, from the molecular scale up through ecosystem scale of biological organization. Main topics include water and nutrient transport, cell structure and function, nutrient relationships, photosynthesis, growth and development, and metabolism. Lab exercises emphasize experimental approaches using modern technology. Prerequisites: BIOL 132 and CHEM 106. (Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours.) S11, S12

316 Medical Terminology (2) Study of basic medical terminology. Prefixes, suffixes, word roots, combining forms, special endings, plural forms, abbreviations, and symbols are emphasized. A programmed learning, word-building systems approach is used to learn, construct, and analyze new terms as they relate to the function and location of body systems. No prerequisite. S11, S12

318 Immunology (3) Study of the body's defense mechanisms against disease. Includes discussion of the roles of lymphocytes and their products, the accessory cells, and structures related to the immune response. Prerequisite: BIOL 132. Highly recommended: BIOL 355 and/or BIOL 330. (Lecture three hours.) S11

325 Plant Taxonomy (4) (P) Provides the skills and background to identify flowering plants of northern Wisconsin and Minnesota. Lecture topics focus on floral structure, classification, and distribution of plant families of regional importance, while labs focus on identification of living plant materials using dichotomous keys. Each student will prepare a plant collection. Prerequisite: BIOL 132. (Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours.) S11

330 Genetics (4) Principles and techniques of classical and modern molecular genetics. Prerequisites: BIOL 132 and CHEM 105. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.) F10, F11

335/535 Aquatic Entomology (3) (A) Introduction to the identification and ecological relationships of freshwater insects and related invertebrates of the north central United States. Prerequisite: BIOL 132. (Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours.) F10

340/540 Ecology (4) Introduction to basic principles of ecology emphasizing interactions between organisms and their environment. Local ecosystems examined. Prerequisites: BIOL 132. CHEM 105 is recommended. (Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours.) F10, F11

350/550 Limnology (4) Study of freshwater biology including the physical and chemical attributes of the environment as well as plants and animals found in lakes and streams. Prerequisites: BIOL 132. CHEM 105 is recommended. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.) S11

355 General Microbiology (4) Structure, function, and genetics of microorganisms including bacteria, viruses and fungi. Medically important microbes, the host response to infection, and the roles of microbes in nature and industry are studied. The laboratory involves culture and identification techniques as well as modern applications of molecular biology. Prerequisite: CHEM 106. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.) F10, F11

360/560 Parasitology (4) Structure, habits, life cycles, classifications and identification of parasites and the diseases they cause. Prerequisite: BIOL 132 or consent of instructor. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours) S11

365/565 Entomology (4) Study of the anatomy, physiology, classification and identification of hexapods (insects). Includes a survey of hexapod orders, their economic and medical importance, and ecological topics. Prerequisite: BIOL 132 (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.) F11

367/567 Ornithology (4) (A) Introduction to the study of birds. General principles of classification, structure, distribution, migration, life histories, and habits are covered in lecture and text. Laboratory periods devoted largely to identification of birds in the field. Prerequisite: BIOL 132. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.) S12

380/580 Vertebrate Biology (4) (A) Life histories, habits, habitats, distribution, classification, and recognition of common vertebrates of the north central United States. Prerequisite: BIOL 132. (Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours.) F10

382/582 Ichthyology (3) (A) Introduction to the classification, structure, physiology, distribution, and life histories of fishes. Prerequisite: BIOL 132. (Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours.) F11

400/600 Animal Physiology (4) (A) Study of normal and abnormal functions and vital processes of organ systems and how these processes are important to animals as they adapt to their environments. Prerequisite: BIOL 132. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.) S11, S12

420/620 Field Biology (1) Study of plants and animals in nature through field trips and observation. Topics change each semester. Prerequisites: BIOL 132. (Laboratory two hours.) F10, S12

431 Animal Behavior (Ethology) (3) (A) Introduction to animal behavior with special attention to behavioral mechanisms and the function of behavior. (Optional concurrent enrollment in BIOL 432.) Prerequisite: BIOL 132. S11

432 Animal Behavior Laboratory (1) Project-oriented course designed to explore the experimental aspects of animal behavior. Co-requisite: BIOL 431.  S11

440/640 Cell Biology (4) Study of the morphology, physiology and genetics of cells. Covers research techniques and modern application of molecular biology. Prerequisites: BIOL 330 and CHEM 106 or consent of instructor. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.) S11, S12 

465/665 Laboratory Techniques in Biochemistry and Cell/Molecular Biology (2) Principles and practices of techniques used in biochemistry and in cell and molecular biology. Includes protein isolation and analysis, enzyme kinetics, carbohydrate analysis, immunological techniques for analysis, and techniques of gene cloning and manipulation. Prerequisite: BIOL 330 and CHEM 360 or instructor consent. Recommended: CHEM 462, BIOL 355 and BIOL 440 or concurrent enrollment. (Lecture one hour, laboratory three hours) Cross-listed as CHEM 465. S12

481/681 Special Topics (1-4) In-depth study of specialized current topics in biology selected by the faculty on the basis of student/community interest. May include workshops, seminars, field trips, special problems, independent study, etc. Course may be repeated when topics are different. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and junior standing.

484/684 Fish Population Ecology and Management (4) Focuses on two important ecological questions regarding fish populations: 1) What factors cause changes in the size of fish populations? 2) What factors influence the total number of species found in a particular environment? These questions are addressed by investigating how individual fish allocate time and resources in response to environmental conditions, and how different allocation schemes influence individual fitness. Prerequisites: BIOL 132, MATH 102 or equivalent. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)  F10

491/691 Research in Biology (1-4) A course developed in cooperation with faculty or area research laboratories designed to provide students with practical experience in experimental biology. Candidates for this course must outline a research problem. Registration for credit can only be made after all supervisory and support requirements have been assured and the formal research plan is approved. (May be repeated for a total of four credits.) Instructor consent required. F10, S11, F11, S12

492 Biology Seminar (1) Study of a topic through literature research. Student studies a topic and effectively summarizes the available information in written and oral form. Presentation techniques are emphasized. Prerequisite: Senior Biology major. F10, S11, F11, S12

496 Internship (1-4) On-the-job experience with local agencies such as the Wisconsin DNR. Provides students with realistic opportunities to apply their skills to practical problems. Instructor consent required. Registration for credit can only be made after all supervisory and support requirements have been assured. F10, S11, F11, S12


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