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Biology Courses

BIOL 1014: SELECTED TOPICS IN BIOLOGY: 4 HOURS

Topics to be developed will change. The course is designed for students who have little or no training in science and does not count as a course toward a biology major. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory each week. (TBA)

BIOL 1101: ORIENTATION TO BIOLOGY: 1 HOUR

A weekly class meeting required for all new biology majors. The requirements for the major, schedule planning, and advisement procedures are introduced. On- and off-campus resources pertinent to the biology major are introduced, and practice in their acquisition and utilization is conducted. Career information, including immediate job entry opportunities and requirements for post-baccalaureate degree programs professional and graduate, is presented. (fall)

BIOL 1114: SELECTED CONCEPTS IN BIOLOGY: 4 HOURS

Concepts in biology, physiology, ecology, and evolution are examined in class and laboratory. The course is designed for students who have little or no training in science and does not count as a course toward a biology major. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory each week. (TBA)

BIOL 1141: ENVIRONMENTAL CURRICULA CERTIFICATIONS: 1 HOUR

In a laboratory setting over eight-weeks students complete seven environmental curricula certifications conferred by nationally recognized agencies -- Project WET Water Education for Teachers, Project WOW Wonders of Wetlands, Project WILD and Growing Up WILD, Project Learning Tree and Early Childhood PLT, and the Leopold Education Project.  All books and educational/reference/craft materials provided.  A general elective open to all students.  No prerequisites.  Fee per certification required.  Some Saturday classes may be required. (fall, odd)

BIOL 1214: FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY: 4 HOURS

A survey course designed to examine the central concepts of modern biological thought and the evidence that provides support for these concepts. This course is a prerequisite for many advanced biology courses and is for majors only. Three hours lecture/discussion and three hours laboratory each week. (fall)

BIOL 1313: SUSTAINABILITY AND THE ENVIRONMENT: 3 HOURS

The study of the environment as it relates to sustainability. Investigates the roles of scientific research, economic and political factors, and the influence of ethics and personal values as they relate to issues of sustainability and the environment. Requirement for the Oikos Scholars and the environmental studies major. Satisfies the general education service learning requirement. (TBA)

BIOL 1314: ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: 4 HOURS

This course emphasizes biological aspects of the environment, including the effect of humans on other organisms and vice versa, and their role in biological ecosystems. This course is designed for students who have little or no training in science and does not count as a course toward a biology major. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory each week. (TBA)

BIOL 2003: HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I: 3 HOURS

First course in a two-course sequence. Study of the structure and function of the human body. Cellular and tissue structure and function; skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems. (fall)

BIOL 2041, 2141: HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY LABORATORY: 1 HOUR

Taught concurrently with Biology 2003, 2103. Concurrent enrollment recommended but not required. (I offered fall; II offered spring.)

BIOL 2103: HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II: 3 HOURS

Second course in a two-course sequence. Study of the structure and function of the human body. Circulatory, excretory, digestive, immunological, and reproductive systems. Prerequisite: BIOL 2003 or permission of instructor. (spring)

BIOL 2214: GENERAL BOTANY: 4 HOURS

This is a survey course designed to examine plant structure and function. The emphasis is on mechanisms of plant adaptation to the environment. The laboratory involves hands-on activities related to concepts and principles discussed in lecture. Three hours of lecture/discussion and three hours of laboratory each week. Prerequisite: BIOL 1214. (spring)

BIOL 2314: INTRODUCTORY MICROBIOLOGY: 4 HOURS

This course, intended for nursing majors and students who plan to enter allied health fields, is an introduction to the structural and functional characteristics of microbes with a focus on bacteria and viruses. The importance of microbes to human health and welfare is a principle perspective in the architecture of this course. The laboratory component is devoted to the acquisition of skills required in the study of bacteria. Three hours of lecture/discussion and three hours of laboratory each week. Prerequisites: CHEM 1025 or equivalent and BIOL 2003 or equivalent, or permission of the instructor. (spring)

BIOL 2414: GENERAL ZOOLOGY: 4 HOURS

This course is a study of animal structure and function with an emphasis on animal diversity and mechanisms of adaptation to the environment. Most laboratory sessions include dissection of preserved specimens of the animals discussed in lecture. Three hours of lecture/discussion and three hours of laboratory each week. Prerequisites: BIOL 1214 or equivalent, or BIOL 2003, 2041, 2013, and 2141, or permission of instructor. (spring)

BIOL 2852: MEDICAL VOCABULARY: 2 HOURS

This course is designed for students who are in the biomedical track or pre-medicine track. The course focuses exclusively on terminology required for medical practitioners. (spring)

BIOL 3003: GENETICS: 3 HOURS

This course deals with the fundamental principles and mechanisms of genetics; including, structure and function of nucleic acids; mechanisms of inheritance and genetic change; similarities and differences in viral, prokaryotic, and eukaryotic systems; applications of statistics and other analytical tools to understanding the mechanisms of genetics; and an introduction to population genetics and related questions in molecular evolution. Three hours of lecture/discussion each week. Prerequisite: BIOL 1214 or equivalent and a college chemistry course, or permission of instructor. (fall)

BIOL 3014: INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY: 4 HOURS

A study of the structure and function of invertebrate groups. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory each week. Prerequisite: BIOL 1214 and BIOL 2414 or permission of instructor. (TBA)

BIOL 3041: GENETICS LABORATORY: 1 HOUR

Laboratory investigations in Mendelian and non-Mendelian inheritance using experimental systems such as bacteria, bacteriophage, Drosophila, and Arabidopsis, and an introduction to techniques and tools used in the molecular genetics laboratory, that may include DNA isolation and manipulation, electrophoresis, PCR, and cloning techniques. Three hours of laboratory each week. Prerequisites: BIOL 3003 or concurrent enrollment or permission of instructor. (TBA)

BIOL 3103: INTRODUCTORY BIOCHEMISTRY: 3 HOURS

Detailed coverage of processes that are fundamental to the study of biology, including a study of biological macromolecules, enzymes and metabolic processes, cell structure, and gene expression. Prerequisite: BIOL 1214. (spring)

BIOL 3114: GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY: 4 HOURS

This course, intended for majors in biology and related fields, focuses  on the structure and physiology of microorganisms, with an emphasis on bacteria. The skills required to handle and study bacteria are acquired in the lab portion of the course. Three hours of lecture/discussion and three hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisites: BIOL 1214 or equivalent and CHEM 1104 or equivalent, or permission of instructor. (fall)

BIOL 3214: COMPARATIVE ANATOMY: 4 HOURS

Morphology of the organ systems in animals with special emphasis  on vertebrates, providing a basis for the structural and developmental history of humans and other animals. Detailed dissection of selected vertebrates. Three hours lecture/discussion and three hours of laboratory each week. Prerequisites: BIOL 1214 and either BIOL 2414 or BIOL 2003, 2041, 2103, and 2141, or permission of instructor. (fall, odd)

BIOL 3314: PRINCIPLES OF ECOLOGY: 4 HOURS

This course is designed for biology majors. Emphasis is placed on eco- logical theory in an effort to explain the development and maintenance of natural ecosystems. Field trips are included. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory each week. Prerequisite BIOL 1214 or equivalent. (spring, even)

BIOL 3414: COMPARATIVE PHYSIOLOGY: 4 HOURS

The integration of neural, hormonal, nutritional, circulatory, and excretory functions of the animal as related to cell-origin interrelationships. Laboratory exercises include instrumentation and techniques required for the study of animal systems. Three hours lecture/discussion and three hours of laboratory each week. Prerequisites: BIOL 1214 and either BIOL 2414 or BIOL 2003, 2041, 2103, and 2141, or permission of instructor. (fall, even)

BIOL 3514: CELL BIOLOGY: 4 HOURS

Principles of cellular activity, molecular structure and protoplasm, surface and osmotic phenomena, permeability, energy exchange mechanisms, and the biochemistry of cellular replication. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory each week. Prerequisite: BIOL 1214 or permission of instructor. (spring, even)

BIOL 3603: ECONOMIC BOTANY: 3 HOURS

Examines the discipline of plant biology focusing on the study of plants that are economically important to people, including plants that are sources of food, fibers, medicines, gums, insecticides, etc. (TBA)

BIOL 3714*: BIOCHEMISTRY I: 4 HOURS

See CHEM 3714. (TBA)

BIOL 3851-8, 4851-8: DIRECTED STUDY IN BIOLOGY: 1-8 HOURS

Level designed for individual or small-group study within specialized  areas of biological science. Under appropriate faculty guidance, study opportunities range from specialized course work i.e., courses not listed in the catalog and seminars or colloquia to participation in a specific research project. The course level shown on enrollment reflects the level of complexity inherent in the study opportunity. (TBA)

BIOL 3914: PLANT SYSTEMATICS: 4 HOURS

This course emphasizes the origin and evolutionary patterns of vascular plants with an emphasis on flowering plants. The importance of various techniques used in the development of classification schemes, including those related to computer analyses and molecular biology, are dis- cussed. Reproductive biology of flowering plants constitute a significant component of this course. The laboratory emphasizes the flora of Oklahoma. The course consists of three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BIOL 2214. (TBA)

BIOL 4114*: ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: 4 HOURS

Mechanisms and evolution of animal behavior. Includes methods of observation of behavior, hypothesis testing, neural and physiological basis of behavior, communication, aggression, social behavior and cognition. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory each week. Prerequisite: BIOL 1214 or permission of instructor. Cross-listed PSYC 4114. (TBA)

BIOL 4214: MOLECULAR BIOLOGY: 4 HOURS

This course focuses on biologic processes at the molecular level, including in-depth study of nucleic acids, gene organization, and gene expression. Modern recombinant DNA technology and approaches are addressed throughout the course. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory each week. Prerequisite: BIOL 3003 or permission of instructor. (spring, odd)

BIOL 4314: PATHOGENIC MICROBIOLOGY AND IMMUNOLOGY: 4 HOURS

This course addresses the mechanisms by which microorganisms, especially bacteria, cause disease. The human immune responses to invasive microorganisms also will be covered. Three hours of lecture/discussion and three hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisites: BIOL 3114 and junior or senior standing or permission of instructor. (spring)

BIOL 4403*: BIOCHEMISTRY II: 3 HOURS

See CHEM 4403. (TBA)

BIOL 4442*: LABORATORY TECHNIQUES IN BIOCHEMISTRY: 2 HOURS

See CHEM 4442. (TBA)

BIOL 4502: BIOLOGY CAPSTONE: 2 HOURS

This course fulfills the general education capstone requirement for all biology majors. The student completes a capstone project that requires conducting laboratory or library research on an approved question drawn from the field of biology. Course requirements include a written paper, which draws on the primary research literature in addressing the research question and an oral presentation of the capstone project to the department. Prerequisite: BIOL 3851-8 or 4851-8 and senior standing. (fall)

BIOL 4861-4: FIELD STUDIES IN BIOLOGY: 1-4 HOURS

Biological study of a selected region of the world through travel, field work, reading, and lecture. Specific topics e.g. ecology, animal behavior, zoology, botany, and/or environmental issues reflect the expertise of the instructor and the characteristics of the region, supplemented by informal lectures, seminars, demonstrations, discussions, experimentation, and directed study. Library research paper and/or other forms of writing required. (TBA)

BIOL 4881-8: INTERNSHIP: 1-8 HOURS

Structured and evaluated experiential learning in a biology-related organization. Number of credit hours and location arranged through the Department of Biology. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing and permission of the department chair. (TBA)

BIOL 4991-8: RESEARCH: 1-8 HOURS

Research projects are conducted under appropriate faculty guidance. By permission of department chair only. (TBA)

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