2012-2014 Catalog

2012-14 Undergraduate Catalog

Biology

Faculty Top of Page

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 Top of Page

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 Top of Page

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 Top of Page

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 Top of Page

Biology Major Requirements Top of Page

34 total biology credits plus 9 chemistry credits

Biology required courses (20 credits required):

Principles of Biology I -- 4.00 credits
Principles of Biology II -- 4.00 credits
Genetics -- 4.00 credits
Ecology -- 4.00 credits
Cell Biology -- 4.00 credits

Physiology required courses (4 credits required):

Plant Physiology -- 4.00 credits
Animal Physiology -- 4.00 credits

or, both of the following Psysiology courses may be taken to fulfill the Biology core Physiology requirement:

Human Anatomy and Physiology I -- 4.00 credits
Human Anatomy & Physiology II -- 4.00 credits

Senior Experience required course (1 credit required):

Research in Biology -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits
Biology Seminar -- 1.00 credits
Internship -- 1.00 - 4.00 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]]

Marine Biology -- 3.00 credits
Evolution -- 3.00 credits
Biogeography and Conservation -- 3.00 credits
Medical Terminology -- 2.00 credits
Immunology -- 3.00 credits
Plant Taxonomy -- 4.00 credits
Aquatic Entomology -- 3.00 credits
Limnology -- 4.00 credits
General Microbiology -- 4.00 credits
Parasitology -- 4.00 credits
Entomology -- 4.00 credits
Ornithology -- 4.00 credits
Vertebrate Biology -- 4.00 credits
Ichthyology -- 4.00 credits
Field Biology -- 1.00 credits
Animal Behavior (Ethology) -- 3.00 credits
Animal Behavior Laboratory -- 1.00 credits
Laboratory Techniques in Biochemistry and Cell/Molecular Biology -- 2.00 credits
Special Topics -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits
Fish Population Ecology and Management -- 4.00 credits

Chemistry course requirements (9 credits required):

General Chemistry I -- 5.00 credits
General Chemistry II -- 4.00 credits

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

Preprofessional Studies Focus Top of Page

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 Top of Page

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:

Immunology -- 3.00 credits

or

Animal Physiology -- 4.00 credits

General Microbiology -- 4.00 credits
Laboratory Techniques in Biochemistry and Cell/Molecular Biology -- 2.00 credits

Ecology, Aquatic Biology and Fishery Science Focus Top of Page

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 Top of Page

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 Top of Page

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):

Principles of Biology I -- 4.00 credits
Principles of Biology II -- 4.00 credits
Genetics -- 4.00 credits
Ecology -- 4.00 credits
Cell Biology -- 4.00 credits

Physiology required courses (4 credits required):

Plant Physiology -- 4.00 credits
Animal Physiology -- 4.00 credits

or, both of the following Physiology courses may be taken to fulfill the Biology core Physiology requirement:

Human Anatomy and Physiology I -- 4.00 credits
Human Anatomy & Physiology II -- 4.00 credits

Animal Science required courses (3 credits required):

Aquatic Entomology -- 3.00 credits
Parasitology -- 4.00 credits
Entomology -- 4.00 credits
Ornithology -- 4.00 credits
Vertebrate Biology -- 4.00 credits
Ichthyology -- 4.00 credits
Animal Behavior (Ethology) -- 3.00 credits
Animal Behavior Laboratory -- 1.00 credits
Fish Population Ecology and Management -- 4.00 credits

Plant Science required course (3 credits required):

[[BIOL 260]]

Plant Taxonomy -- 4.00 credits

Biology Elective course (3 credits required):

Marine Biology -- 3.00 credits
Evolution -- 3.00 credits
Biogeography and Conservation -- 3.00 credits
Medical Terminology -- 2.00 credits
Immunology -- 3.00 credits
Limnology -- 4.00 credits
General Microbiology -- 4.00 credits
Field Biology -- 1.00 credits
Animal Behavior (Ethology) -- 3.00 credits
Animal Behavior Laboratory -- 1.00 credits
Laboratory Techniques in Biochemistry and Cell/Molecular Biology -- 2.00 credits
Special Topics -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits
Fish Population Ecology and Management -- 4.00 credits

Senior Experience required course (1 credit required):

Research in Biology -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits
Biology Seminar -- 1.00 credits
Internship -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits

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

Natural Science Education Requirement (3 credits required):

Teaching Science in the Secondary School -- 3.00 credits

Chemistry course requirements (9 credits required):

General Chemistry I -- 5.00 credits
General Chemistry II -- 4.00 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):

Introduction to Education -- 3.00 credits
Human Development -- 3.00 credits
Multicultural Education -- 3.00 credits
Theories of Student Learning -- 3.00 credits
Instructional and Assessment Strategies -- 3.00 credits
The Middle School and its Students -- 3.00 credits
Student Teaching in Special Areas-Early Childhood-Adolescence (4-18) -- 4.00 - 18.00 credits
Content Area Literacy -- 3.00 credits
Principles and Practices of Inclusive Teaching -- 3.00 credits

Biology Minor Requirements Top of Page

22 total credits

Required courses (16 credits required):

Principles of Biology I -- 4.00 credits
Principles of Biology II -- 4.00 credits
Genetics -- 4.00 credits
Ecology -- 4.00 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 Top of Page

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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