Wisconsin's Public Liberal Arts College

Biology


2012-2014 Catalog

Biology

Faculty

Michelle M. Arnhold, Assistant Professor, Physiology
Mary D. Balcer, Professor, Aquatic Ecology
Edward W. Burkett, Professor, Ecology
Nicholas P. Danz, Assistant Professor, Plant Sciences
Kurt L. Schmude, Assistant Professor, Invertebrate Biology
Jeffrey A. Schuldt, Associate Professor, Fishery Science
Ralph W. Seelke, Department Chair, Professor, Cell/Molecular Biology, Microbiology

Biology Program

The Biology curriculum leads to either a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree. A minor field of study is required.

Biology has many specialty areas and exciting career opportunities. The courses required for all biology majors have been selected to provide a broad introduction to the field of biology. Students are encouraged to individualize their biology curriculum by taking elective courses in their specific areas of interest including: Preprofessional Studies; Cell/Molecular Biology; Ecology/Aquatic Biology/Fishery Science; and Plant Sciences. Prospective high school biology teachers should take note of the special requirements for Secondary Certification. Your biology advisor will guide you in choosing a program of study that best suits your interests and goals.

The Biology program is strengthened by the environmental resources of the Lake Superior region and by close working relationships with regional research laboratories. Field and laboratory research experience and internships are provided through cooperation with UW-Superior's Lake Superior Research Institute, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and faculty research grants.

The freshman biology sequence (BIOL 130 and BIOL 132) must be completed prior to enrollment in most biology courses numbered over 300. Credit for these introductory courses may be awarded to high school students who have taken Advanced Placement courses. A score of 3 on the AP biology exam will earn credit for BIOL 130. For scores of 4 or greater, credit will be awarded for both BIOL 130 and 132. Credit is also awarded for International Baccaulaureate (IB) exams. International students should contact the Department chair to discuss advanced placement based on their previous course work. Biology courses numbered over 400 should be taken during the junior or senior year. A formal plan for the required Senior Experience should be approved by the end of the second semester of the junior year.

Student Learning Outcome

The Biology Program has developed the following learning outcomes for the Biology major. Our students will:

  • understand and apply fundamental biological principles from the major areas of biology (ecology, genetics, evolution, cell and molecular biology, and organismal biology)
  • be able to integrate their knowledge of fundamental biological principles
  • acquire laboratory and field skills necessary to answer biological questions
  • develop scientific literacy and enhanced critical thinking skills
  • communicate effectively in written and oral forms to a variety of audiences
  • engage in the scientific process

Admission Requirements

Admission to UW-Superior is sufficient for admission to the Biology program. We recommend college preparatory coursework in math and science in preparation for majoring in Biology.

Biology Majors

Biology Major Requirements

34 total biology credits plus 9 chemistry credits

Biology required courses (20 credits required):

BIOL 130 Principles of Biology I -- 4 credits
BIOL 132 Principles of Biology II -- 4 credits
BIOL 330 Genetics -- 4 credits
BIOL 340 Ecology -- 4 credits
BIOL 440 Cell Biology -- 4 credits

Physiology required courses (4 credits required):

BIOL 315 Plant Physiology (P) -- 4 credits
BIOL 400 Animal Physiology (A) -- 4 credits
or, both of the following Physiology courses may be taken to fulfill the biology core Physiology requirement:
BIOL 270 Human Anatomy and Physiology I -- 4 credits
BIOL 280 Human Anatomy and Physiology II -- 4 credits

Senior Experience required course (1 credit required):

BIOL 491 Undergraduate Research -- 1-4 credits
BIOL 492 Biology Seminar -- 1 credit
BIOL 496 Internship -- 1-4 credits

The senior project will be presented publically in fulfillment of this requirement

Biology Upper-level Elective courses (9 credits required):

A and P indicate courses that fulfill the animal and plant course requirements for teaching.

BIOL 260 Forest Ecology and Management(P) -- 3 credits
BIOL 300 Marine Biology -- 3 credits
BIOL 305 Evolution -- 3 credits
BIOL 312 Biogeography -- 3 credits
BIOL 316 Medical Terminology -- 2 credits
BIOL 318 Immunology -- 3 credits
BIOL 325 Plant Taxonomy (P) -- 4 credits
BIOL 335 Aquatic Entomology (A) -- 3 credits
BIOL 350 Limnology -- 4 credits
BIOL 355 General Microbiology -- 4 credits
BIOL 360 Parasitology (A) -- 4 credits
BIOL 365 Entomology (A) -- 4 credits
BIOL 367 Ornithology (A) -- 4 credits
BIOL 380 Vertebrate Biology (A) -- 4 credits
BIOL 382 Ichthyology (A) -- 3 credits
BIOL 420 Field Biology -- 1 credit
BIOL 431 Animal Behavior -- 3 credits
BIOL 432 Animal Behavior Lab -- 1 credit
BIOL 465 Laboratory Techniques in Biochemistry and Cell Molecular Biology -- 2 credits
BIOL 481 Special Topics -- 1-4 credits
BIOL 484 Fish Population Ecology -- 4 credits

Chemistry course requirements (9 credits required):

CHEM 105 General Chemistry I -- 5 credits
CHEM 106 General Chemistry II -- 4 credits

One semester of calculus and a year of physics are recommended for students interested in graduate or professional school.

Preprofessional Studies Focus

Students interested in the preprofessional preparation in the areas of chiropractic, dentistry, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, podiatry, and veterinary medicine will find that our course array provides a comprehensive background that enables students to apply for professional health programs as well as other programs in the medical area. Whereas prerequisite courses required for admission to professional schools differ, it is recommended that students interested in professional health programs have a strong background in chemistry, physics, and mathematics in addition to biology. Recommended courses include PHYS 107 and 108, CHEM 105, 106, 320, 321, and 360 and MATH 240. Students should work closely with their advisor when choosing elective classes.

Cell/Molecular Biology Focus

Cell and molecular biologists study basic life processes, seeking to understand them at the molecular level. Students interested in graduate, medical or professional schools, or work in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries are encouraged to focus on course offerings in the Biology Major which will expose them to a variety of techniques and areas of study and also provide the opportunity for independent research. 

Those interested in focusing on Cell and Molecular Biology should minor in chemistry (taking CHEM 360, Biochemistry as part of the minor).  

Students should also enroll in:

  • BIOL 318 Immunology or BIOL 400 Animal Physiology
  • BIOL 355 Microbiology
  • BIOL 465 Lab Techniques in Biochemistry
  • BIOL 465 Cell/Molecular Biology

Ecology, Aquatic Biology and Fishery Science Focus

Faculty expertise and the Lake Superior region contribute to the development of both classroom and non-classroom learning experiences in the area of ecology, aquatic biology and fishery science. Students interested in careers in aquatic ecology, marine biology, terrestrial ecology, field biology, resource management, or natural resource education will be advised to take courses within the Biology Major which prepare them for work or graduate studies in these fields. Additional courses in mathematics, statistics, computer science, geographic information systems, and physics are recommended.

Plant Sciences Focus

Rich in forests as well as other plant communities, northwestern Wisconsin provides an excellent setting for the study of plants. Students interested in botany or other plant science are encouraged to take additional courses in the plant sciences, geographic information systems, and geology as part of the Biology Major and as suggested by their advisors.

Biology Teaching Major Early Adolescence-Adolescence Level (EA-A) Requirements

Students desiring licensure to teach biology at the early adolescence through adolescence level must complete the Biology major described below. Elective courses must include at least three credits in animal science (A) and at least three credits in plant science (P). All Secondary Education students must also meet the Professional Education Requirements .

34 total biology credits plus 9 chemistry credits

Biology required courses (20 credits required):

BIOL 130 Principles of Biology I -- 4 credits
BIOL 132 Principles of Biology II -- 4 credits
BIOL 330 Genetics -- 4 credits
BIOL 340 Ecology -- 4 credits
BIOL 440 Cell Biology -- 4 credits

Physiology required courses (4 credits required):

BIOL 315 Plant Physiology (P) -- 4 credits
BIOL 400 Animal Physiology (A) -- 4 credits
or, both of the following Physiology courses may be taken to fulfill the biology core Physiology requirement:
BIOL 270 Human Anatomy and Physiology I -- 4 credits
BIOL 280 Human Anatomy and Physiology II -- 4 credits

Animal Science required courses (3 credits required):

BIOL 335 Aquatic Entomology -- 3 credits
BIOL 360 Parasitology -- 3 credits
BIOL 365 Entomology -- 3 credits
BIOL 367 Ornithology -- 3 credits
BIOL 380 Vertebrate Biology -- 4 credits
BIOL 382 Ichthyology -- 4 credits
BIOL 431 Animal Behavior -- 3 credits
BIOL 432 Animal Behavior Lab -- 1 credit
BIOL 484 Fish Population Ecology -- 4 credits

Plant Science required course (3 credits required):

BIOL 260 Forest Ecology and Management -- 4 credits
BIOL 325 Plant Taxonomy -- 4 credits

Biology Elective course (3 credits required):

BIOL 300 Marine Biology -- 3 credits
BIOL 305 Evolution -- 3 credits
BIOL 312 Biogeography -- 3 credits
BIOL 316 Medical Terminology -- 2 credits
BIOL 318 Immunology -- 3 credits
BIOL 350 Limnology -- 4 credits
BIOL 355 General Microbiology -- 4 credits
BIOL 420 Field Biology -- 1 credit
BIOL 431 Animal Behavior -- 3 credits
BIOL 432 Animal Behavior Lab -- 1 credit
BIOL 465 Laboratory Techniques in Biochemistry and Cell Molecular Biology -- 2 credits
BIOL 481 Special Topics -- 1-4 credits
BIOL 484 Fish Population Ecology -- 4 credits

Senior Experience required course (1 credit required):

BIOL 491 Undergraduate Research -- 1-4 credits
BIOL 492 Biology Seminar -- 1 credit
BIOL 496 Internship -- 1-4 credits

The senior project will be presented publicly in fulfillment of this requirement

Natural Science Education Requirement (3 credits required):

NSED 339 Teaching Science in the Secondary School

Chemistry course requirements (9 credits required):

CHEM 105 General Chemistry I -- 5 credits
CHEM 106 General Chemistry II -- 4 credits

General Education course requirements (18 credits required):
Environmental Science: BIOL 100 -- 2 credits

Lab Science, select from:
BIOL 111, 115, 123, 130; CHEM 102, 105, 181; GEOL 110, 130; PHYS 100, 107, 160, 201 -- 4-5 credits

Art History, Criticism, and Appreciation, select from:
ART 221,222, 224 (NW), 331 (NW), IDS 108, COMM 104, 122, 285, 286, 287; MUSI 160, 266 (D); WRIT 215, 216 -- 3 credits

Aesthetic Experience, select from:
ART 101; COMM 125, 180, 200, 273; WRIT 251, 252, 253, 350; HHP 132-136; MUSI 104-116, 118, 120-139 -- 3 credit

Diversity: TED 270 -- 3 credits

Non-Western course -- 3 credits

One semester of calculus and a year of physics are recommended for students interested in graduate or professional school.

Teacher Education required courses (36 credits required):

TED 200 Introduction to Education -- 3 credits
TED 253 Human Development -- 3 credits
TED 270 Multicultural Non-Sexist Education -- 3 credits
TED 300 Principles of Learning -- 3 credits
TED 339 Instructional Assessment & Strategies -- 3 credits
TED 407 The Middle School and Its Students -- 3 credits
TED 443 Student Teaching -- 12 credits
ENGED 465 Using Literary Processes in the Content Area -- 3 credits
TED 494 Principles and Practices of Inclusive Teaching -- 3 credits

Biology Minor Requirements

22 total credits

Required courses (16 credits required):

BIOL 130 Principles of Biology I -- 4 credits
BIOL 132 Principles of Biology II -- 4 credits
BIOL 330 Genetics -- 4 credits
BIOL 340 Ecology -- 4 credits

Biology Elective courses (6 credits required):
Only BIOL courses required for the Biology major are allowed as electives for this area.

Biology Teaching Minor (EA-A) Requirements

Students desiring licensure to teach science at the early adolescence through adolescence level must complete the Biology minor described above. Recommended elective courses include BIOL 270 and 280. All Secondary Education students must also meet the Professional Education Requirements (see the Secondary Education information under the Teacher Education section of this catalog) including completion of NSEd 339 Teaching Science in the Secondary Schools as well as course work in Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Sciences. See your advisor for recommended classes.


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