Biology  
Spring 2014 Course Offerings (with descriptions)
Course Descriptions (updated June 2011)

1003 SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & Society (3 hours) - Now substituted as SCI 1003 Methods of Scientific Inquiry
This course focuses on the acquisition and meaning of scientific data leading to the development and support of hypotheses and theories. The use of scientific knowledge in selected areas is investigated with regard to its application to technology, human well-being, and related ethical problems. Topics related to pseudoscience and the abuse of science and technology are also discussed. (Fall, Spring, Summer))

1014 SELECTED TOPICS IN BIOLOGY (4 hours)
Themes to be developed will change. The course is designed for students who have little or no training in science. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory each week. (Fall, Spring, Summer).

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 will be introduced. On- and off-campus resources pertinent to the biology major will be introduced, and practice in their acquisition and utilization will be conducted. Career information, including immediate job entry opportunities, and requirements for post-baccalaureate degree programs (professional and graduate) will be presented. Students will also initiate the development of their portfolio, which will include assessments to evaluate their knowledge of subject matter relevant to the major, samples of specified examinations and other written assignments such as laboratory reports, and a list of objectives to be satisfied prior to graduation. (Fall)

1114 SELECTED CONCEPTS IN BIOLOGY (4 hours)
Concepts in biology, physiology, ecology, and evolution will be examined in class and laboratory. The course is designed for students who have little or no training in science. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory each week. (Fall, Spring, Summer).

1214 FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY (4 hours)
A survey course designed to examine the central concepts of modern biological thought and the evidence which provides support for these concepts. This course is the prerequisite course for many advanced biology courses, and is for MAJORS ONLY. Three hours lecture/ discussion and three hours laboratory each week. (Fall)

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. Three hours lecture and three to six hours laboratory each week. (TBA)

2003 HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I & (3 hours)
First course of 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).

2103 HUMAN ANATOMY & 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).

2041, 2141 HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY LABORATORY I & II (1,1 hour)
Taught concurrently with Biology 2003, 2103. Concurrent enrollment recommended but not required. (I offered Spring; II offered Fall).

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 or equivalent or permission of instructor. (Spring)

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)

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)

2852 MEDICAL VOCABULARY (2 hours)
This course is designed for students who are in the biomedical track or premedical track.  The course focuses exclusively on terminology required for medical practitioners. (Spring)

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)

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. (Fall)

3103 ADVANCED PRINCIPLES IN BIOLOGY (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. (Fall)

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 will be 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)

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, 2013, and 2141], or permission of instructor. (TBA)

3314 PRINCIPLES OF ECOLOGY (4 hours)
This course is designed for biology majors. Emphasis is placed on ecological 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. (Fall, odd)

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, 2013, and 2141], or permission of instructor. (TBA)

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)

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)

3714 GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY (4 hours)
Chemical properties and constituents of living organisms. Three hours of lecture and discussion and three hours of laboratory each week. Prerequisite: CHEM 3103 or equivalent. (Fall)

3851-8, 4851-8 DIRECTED STUDY IN BIOLOGY (1-8 hours)
Level designed for individual or small group study within specialized areas of fields of biological science. Under appropriate faculty guidance, study opportunities available will 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 will reflect the level of complexity inherent In the study opportunity. (TBA)

3914 PLANT SYSTEMATICS (4 hours)
This course will emphasize 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, will be discussed. Reproductive biology of flowering plants will constitute a significant component of this course. The laboratory will emphasize the flora of Oklahoma. The course will consist of three hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week. Prerequisites: BIOL 2203 and BIOL 2241. (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)

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 will be addressed throughout the course. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory each week. Prerequisite: 3003 or permission of the instructor. (Spring, odd)

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 will also 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. (TBA)

4403 ADVANCED BIOCHEMISTRY (3 hours)
Detailed analysis of selected areas of intermediary metabolism with an introduction to enzyme and hormone research. Three hours of lecture and discussion each week. Prerequisite: BIOL 3714. (Spring)

4442 LABORATORY TECHNIQUES IN BIOCHEMISTRY (2 hours)
Introduction to techniques used in biochemical research with emphasis on experimental design, evaluation, and interpretation of data. Prerequisite: BIOL 3714 (may be taken concurrently). (TBA)

4502 BIOLOGY CAPSTONE (2 hours)
This course fulfills the general education capstone requirement, and is required for all biology majors. The student will complete a capstone project which 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. Students will also be required to complete the development of their portfolio. Prerequisite: Senior standing. (TBA)

4861-4 FIELD STUDIES IN BIOLOGY (1-4 hours)
The biological study of a given region of the world through travel, field work, reading, and lecture. Specific topics (e.g., ecology, animal behavior, zoology, botany, and/or environmental issues) will reflect the expertise of the instructor and the characteristics of the region. As appropriate, field experience will be supplemented by informal lectures, seminars, demonstrations, discussions, experimentation, and directed study. A library research paper and/or other forms of writing will be required. (TBA)

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)

4991-8 RESEARCH (1-8 hours)
Research projects will be conducted under appropriate faculty guidance. By permission of department chairperson only. (TBA)

Last updated 21 June 2011.