Course Descriptions 2012-2014 Catalog - UW-Superior

2012-2014 Catalog

Undergraduate Course Descriptions

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Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
BIOL 100Environmental Science2.00
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.)
General Education Attributes:
NS Natural Science-Environmental
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
BIOL 111Plants and People4.00
(P) 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. Does not count towards the Biology major, but counts towards the plant requirement for Secondary Education certification. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)
General Education Attributes:
NS5 Natural Science with Lab
Typically Offered:
Every Fall and Odd Spring Term
BIOL 115Human Biology4.00
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).
General Education Attributes:
NS5 Natural Science with Lab
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
BIOL 123Concepts In Biology4.00
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.)
General Education Attributes:
NS5 Natural Science with Lab
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
BIOL 130Principles of Biology I4.00
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.)
General Education Attributes:
NS5 Natural Science with Lab
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
BIOL 132Principles of Biology II4.00
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).
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of BIOL 130 or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
BIOL 181Special Topics1.00 - 4.00
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. Instructor permission to enroll in this course.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
BIOL 189Biology Elective1.00 - 99.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
BIOL 270Human Anatomy and Physiology I4.00
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. . (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of BIOL 130 or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
BIOL 280Human Anatomy & Physiology II4.00
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. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed BIOL 270.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
BIOL 281Special Topics1.00 - 4.00
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. Instructor permission to enroll in this course.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
BIOL 289Biology Elective1.00 - 50.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
BIOL 300Marine Biology3.00
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.(Lecture three hours).
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of BIOL 111 or BIOL 132 are prerequisite for this course.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Odd Years Only
BIOL 303Forest Ecology and Management3.00
Overview of major factors affecting forests, including disturbance, succession, wildlife, harvest systems, and ecosystem management. Emphasis on forests of the western Great Lakes region. Field trips develop identification and measurement skills and test ecological hypotheses. One weekend field trip. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of BIOL 111 or BIOL 132 are prerequisite for this course.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
BIOL 305Evolution3.00
A view of the scope, significance and mechanisms of evolutionary concepts in modern biology. (Lecture three hours.)
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of BIOL 111 or BIOL 132 are prerequisite for this course.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
BIOL 312Biogeography and Conservation3.00
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. (Lecture three hours.)
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of BIOL 111 or BIOL 132 are prerequisite for this course.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Odd Years Only
BIOL 315Plant Physiology4.00
(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. (Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours.)
Prerequisites:
BIOL 132 AND CHEM 106 are prerequisites for this class
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Even Years Only
BIOL 316Medical Terminology2.00
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.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
BIOL 318Immunology3.00
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. Highly recommended: BIOL 355 and/or BIOL 330. (Lecture three hours.)
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of BIOL 111 or BIOL 132 are prerequisite for this course.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Odd Years Only
BIOL 325Plant Taxonomy4.00
(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. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of BIOL 111 or BIOL 132 are prerequisite for this course.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Odd Years Only
BIOL 330Genetics4.00
Principles and techniques of classical and modern molecular genetics.(Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)
Prerequisites:
BIOL 132 and CHEM 105 are prerequisites for this course
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
BIOL 335Aquatic Entomology3.00
(A) Introduction to the identification and ecological relationships of freshwater insects and related invertebrates of the north central United States. (Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours.)
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of BIOL 111 or BIOL 132 are prerequisite for this course.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Even Years Only
BIOL 340Ecology4.00
Introduction to basic principles of ecology emphasizing interactions between organisms and their environment. Local ecosystems examined. CHEM 105 is recommended. (Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours.)
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of BIOL 111 or BIOL 132 are prerequisite for this course.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
BIOL 350Limnology4.00
Study of freshwater biology including the physical and chemical attributes of the environment as well as plants and animals found in lakes and streams. CHEM 105 is recommended. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of BIOL 111 or BIOL 132 are prerequisite for this course.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Odd Years Only
BIOL 355General Microbiology4.00
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. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)
Prerequisites:
CHEM 106 is a pre-requisite for this class
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
BIOL 360Parasitology4.00
A structure, habits, life cycles, classifications and identification of parasites and the diseases they cause. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours)
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of BIOL 111 or BIOL 132 are prerequisite for this course.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Odd Years Only
BIOL 365Entomology4.00
A 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. Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of BIOL 111 or BIOL 132 are prerequisite for this course.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Odd Years Only
BIOL 367Ornithology4.00
An 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. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of BIOL 111 or BIOL 132 are prerequisite for this course.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Even Years Only
BIOL 380Vertebrate Biology4.00
Life histories, habits, habitats, distribution, classification, and recognition of common vertebrates of the north central United States. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of BIOL 111 or BIOL 132 are prerequisite for this course.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Even Years Only
BIOL 382Ichthyology4.00
An introduction to the classification, structure, physiology, distribution, and life histories of fishes. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of BIOL 111 or BIOL 132 are prerequisite for this course.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Odd Years Only
BIOL 389Biology Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer Credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalen to a UW-Superior course.
BIOL 400Animal Physiology4.00
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.(Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of BIOL 111 or BIOL 132 are prerequisite for this course.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
BIOL 405Neurobiology3.00
Introduction to the structure and function of the nervous system, including neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and systems neurobiology. Topics include the properties of neurons, glia, and the mechanisms and organization underlying neural signaling; sensation and sensory processing; movement and its central control; and diseases and disorders of the nervous system. Discussions of neurobiological methods and reading of current neurobiological literature will be included.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is successful completion of PSYC 350, Biological Psychology, or BIOL 132, Principles of Biology II.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Even Years Only
BIOL 420Field Biology1.00
Study of plants and animals in nature through field trips and observation. Topics change each semester. (Laboratory two hours.)
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of BIOL 111 or BIOL 132 are prerequisite for this course.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Even Years Only
BIOL 431Animal Behavior (Ethology)3.00
An introduction to animal behavior with special attention to behavioral mechanisms and the function of behavior. (Optional concurrent enrollment in BIOL 432.)
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of BIOL 111 or BIOL 132 are prerequisite for this course.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Odd Years Only
BIOL 432Animal Behavior Laboratory1.00
Project-oriented course designed to explore the experimental aspects of animal behavior.
Prerequisites:
BIOL 431 is a corequisite for this class
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Odd Years Only
BIOL 440Cell Biology4.00
Study of the morphology, physiology and genetics of cells. Covers research techniques and modern application of molecular biology. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)
Prerequisites:
BIOL 330 & CHEM 106 ARE PRE-REQUISITES
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
BIOL 465Laboratory Techniques in Biochemistry and Cell/Molecular Biology2.00
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. Recommended: CHEM 462, BIOL 355 AND BIOL 440 or concurrent enrollment. (Lecture one hour, laboratory three hours) Cross-listed as: BIOL/CHEM 465.
Prerequisites:
BIOL 330 and CHEM 360 are pre-requisites for this class
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Even Years Only
BIOL 481Special Topics1.00 - 4.00
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. Instructor permission to enroll in this course.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is Junior standing or Instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
BIOL 484Fish Population Ecology and Management4.00
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. (Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours.)
Prerequisites:
BIOL 132, MATH 102 or equivalent are prerequisites
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Even Years Only
BIOL 489Biology Elective0.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
BIOL 491Research in Biology1.00 - 4.00
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.
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
BIOL 492Biology Seminar1.00
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. Must be a Senior Biology major.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
BIOL 496Internship1.00 - 4.00
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.
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms

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