Courses in Biology

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BIOL 1000 Introductory Cell Biology with Lab (4 sem. hours).

First in a four course core sequence for biology majors. An intensive examination of fundamental concepts of modern cell biology, including cell structure and physiology, molecular biology, and genetics. Laboratory introduces basic instrumentation and experimental strategies used to study modern biological concepts at a cellular level. Offered every year in the fall and spring semesters.

BIOL 1010 General Botany with Lab (4 sem. hours).

An introduction to the structures, life processes, ecological interactions, and evolutionary relationships among archaea, bacteria, protists, fungi, and plants. Laboratory includes a survey of bacterial, protist, fungi, and plant diversity. Prerequisite: BIOL 1000. Offered every year in the fall and spring semesters.

BIOL 1020 General Zoology with Lab (4 sem. hours).

An introduction to morphology, physiology, and evolutionary relationships among invertebrate and vertebrate animals. Laboratory includes a survey of animal diversity, histology, and anatomy. Offered every year in the fall and spring semesters.

BIOL 1720: Galápagos Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation (4 sem. hours).

An exploration of fundamental principles of ecology, evolution, and conservation biology, using the Galápagos Islands as a case study. The Galápagos’ special place in the history of science is considered from the works of Charles Darwin to that of contemporary scientists whose research on the islands and surrounding marine reserve have enhanced our understanding of the evolution of biodiversity. The cultural heritage of the Galápagos and the interaction between people and the natural environment of the archipelago are explored. Includes travel to Ecuador including the Galápagos. Does not fulfill requirements for the B.S. degree or for a major or minor in Biology. Offered occasionally during the summer.

BIOL 1730 Explore the Natural World with Lab (4 sem. hours).

An introduction to science and the methods of science for students who are not planning to major in the sciences but are interested in learning more about the plants, animals, and other organisms around us, including their ecology, evolution, and relationships with people. Issues of global importance regarding the conservation of biodiversity are investigated using local examples as case studies. Does not fulfill requirements for B.S. degree or for a major or minor in biology. Offered every year in the fall.

BIOL 2000 Genetics (4 sem. hours).

Historical/developmental treatment of theories of biological inheritance with emphasis on the process of scientific discovery. Includes Mendelian, cytogenetic, bacterial, and molecular approaches to questions about the nature and function of genetic material. Prerequisite: BIOL 1000 and sophomore standing. Offered every year in the fall and spring semesters.

BIOL 2001 Biomolecular Research Methods I: Molecular Genetic Analysis (1 sem. hour).

Introduction to basic research techniques in molecular genetics and their applications, including restriction enzyme mapping, PCR, cloning, Southern blotting, and database mining. Prerequisites: BIOL 1000 and sophomore standing. Offered every year in the fall semester.

BIOL 2200 Ecology with Lab (4 sem. hours).

Study of relationships of organisms with other organisms and their physical environment, including population, community, and ecosystem dynamics; includes a laboratory. Prerequisite: BIOL 1010 or by petitioning the instructor. Offered every year in the spring semester.

BIOL 2220 Evolution and Systematics with Lab (4 sem. hours).

Evidence for, and mechanisms of, evolution, including population, molecular genetics, and paleontology. History, philosophy, and practice of taxonomy and phylogenetics; nature of taxonomic evidence; includes a laboratory. Prerequisite: BIOL 1010. Offered every other year in the fall semester.

BIOL 3100 Histology with Lab (4 sem. hours).

Microscopic anatomy of the different vertebrate systems, with an emphasis on basic tissue types; includes a laboratory. Prerequisites: BIOL 1000 and BIOL 1020. Offered every year in the spring semester.

BIOL 3200 Aquatic Biology with Lab (4 sem. hours).

Physical and biological processes in aquatic ecosystems, both freshwater and marine. Emphasis is on natural ecosystems and the impact on them by the activities of humans; includes a laboratory. Prerequisites: BIOL 1010 and BIOL 1020. Offered occasionally in the fall semester.

BIOL 3210 Ecology of the Galápagos Islands (4 sem. hours).

Field course involving travel to Ecuador, including the Galapagos. Study of principles of ecology, evolution, behavior, and conservation biology in the Galápagos Islands and surrounding marine reserve, with consideration of the historical importance of the Galápagos as a "living laboratory" that has inspired scientists from the time of Charles Darwin to the present. The cultural heritage of the Galápagos and the interaction between people and the natural environment of the archipelago are also explored. Intended for science majors. Prerequisites: BIOL 1010 and BIOL 1020 or by petitioning the instructor.. Offered occasionally in the summer.

BIOL 3220: Biogeography of the American Southwest (4 sem. hours).

Field course involving travel to the southwestern United States. Geology, climate, and biodiversity of the American Southwest. Emphasis will be on the formation of arid lands and forested “sky islands”, ecology and evolution of desert-adapted organisms, the role of plate tectonics and climate change in promoting population divergence, and the conservation of desert biodiversity. Summer travel and camping required. Prerequisite: BIOL 1020 or by petitioning the instructor. Offered occasionally in the summer.

BIOL 3230 Field Arachnology (4 sem. hours).

Field course involving travel to the southwestern United States. Morphology, ecology, and medical importance of arachnids (spiders, scorpions, and kin). Emphasis will be on the collection, identification, and behavior of species. Summer travel and camping required. Prerequisite: BIOL 1020 or by petitioning the instructor. Offered occasionally in the summer.

BIOL 3300: Molecular Cell Biology with Lab (4 sem. hours).

An in-depth study of the molecular principles by which eukaryotic cells function, with emphasis on membrane structure/function, signal transduction, cytoskeleton, and the cell cycle. Lab is a research-based course focused on the development and analysis of genetically modified microorganisms (bacterial, fungal, or protozoan) and the effects of these modifications. Techniques will include microorganism culture, PCR, cloning, Southern and western blotting, light and fluorescence microscopy, and database analysis. Prerequisites: BIOL 2000, BIOL 2001, and CHEM 1221/1223. Offered every other year in the spring semester.

BIOL 3310 Ornithology with Lab (4 sem. hours).

Evolution, form and function, behavior, life history, ecology, and conservation of birds. Techniques for the study of birds will be taught in laboratory and field settings. Prerequisite: BIOL 1020 and sophomore standing. Offered occasionally in the spring semester.

BIOL 3320 Biology of Terrestrial Arthropods with Lab (4 sem. hours).

Evolution, functional morphology, ecology, conservation, and medical importance of terrestrial arthropods (arachnids, myriapods, and insects). Collection and identification of local fauna will be stressed in the laboratory; weekend- long fieldtrip required. Prerequisite: BIOL 1020 and sophomore standing. Offered every other year in the fall semester.

BIOL 3350 Conservation Biology (4 sem. hours).

This course deals with the application of eco- logical, behavioral, and genetic principles to conservation problems, particularly the prevention of species extinctions. Specific topics to be discussed include global diversity patterns and processes, demographic processes, genetic constraints on population viability, the importance of keystone species and disturbance regimes, invasive species biology, the design of conservation reserves, and ecological restoration; includes a laboratory. Prerequisites: BIOL 1000 and BIOL 1020. Offered occasionally in the fall semester.

BIOL 3370: Herpetology with Lab (4 sem. hours).

Life history, ecology, taxonomy, and conservation of reptiles and amphibians. Lab and field trips will emphasize study techniques and the identification of herpetofauna in Mississippi in the southeastern United States. Prerequisites: BIOL 1020 and sophomore standing. Offered every other year in the spring semester.

BIOL 3380: Wetland Ecology with Lab: Principles and Conservation (4 sem. hours).

Physical and ecological processes of freshwater and estaurine wetlands. Emphasis is on natural wetlands, wetland plants and wildlife, and conservation, restoration, and management of wetlands; includes a laboratory with outdoor field trips. Prerequisite: BIOL 1010 or by petitioning the instructor. Offered every other year in the fall semester.

BIOL 3400 Comparative Animal Physiology with Lab (4 sem. hours).

Comparative examination of eumetazoan organ systems and metabolism, with an emphasis on vertebrates. Laboratory employs current methods and instrumentation of experimental physiology. Prerequisite: BIOL 1020. Offered occasionally in the spring semester.

BIOL 3430 Developmental Biology with Lab (4 sem. hours).

An in-depth study of the process by which single cells develop into complex multicellular organisms. Emphasis is on the developmental, cellular, and molecular mechanisms of fertilization, specification, morphogenesis, and axis formation. Prerequisites: BIOL 1000 and BIOL 1020. Offered every other year in the spring semester.

BIOL 3440 Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab (4 sem. hours).

An integrated study of the anatomy and physiology of vertebrates with special emphasis on human biology. The first in a two-semester sequence, this course covers the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and sensory systems. Prerequisites: BIOL 1000 and BIOL 1020. Offered every year in the fall semester.

BIOL 3450 Human Anatomy and Physiology II with lab (4 sem. hours).

An integrated study of the anatomy and physiology of vertebrates with special emphasis on human biology. The second in a two-semester sequence, this course covers the cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, and urinary systems. Prerequisites: BIOL 1000 and BIOL 1020. Recommended: BIOL 3440. Offered every year in the spring semester.

BIOL 3510 Immunology (4 sem. hours).

An introduction to the physiology, biochemistry, and genetics of the human immune response. This course will include discussion of the immune response when faced with various challenges, including infection and cancer. Prerequisites: BIOL 1000, BIOL 1020, CHEM 1213, and CHEM 1223. Recommended: CHEM 2110. Offered every other year in the spring semester.

BIOL 3520 Microbiology with Lab (4 sem. hours).

Study of the role of microbes in disease, industry and ecology, with special emphasis on the structure, metabolism and genetics of bacteria. Laboratory emphasizes common microbiological techniques. Prerequisites: BIOL 1000 and BIOL 1010, or BIOL 1020. Offered every year in the fall semester.

BIOL 3530 Molecular Genetics and Genomics with Lab (4 sem. hours).

An analysis of both the principles and methodologies underlying contemporary molecular genetics and genomics. The course includes a laboratory component that will focus on the independent investigation of a research question using standard genetic techniques. Prerequisites: BIOL 1000 and BIOL 2001. Offered every other year in the spring semester.

BIOL 3600 Invertebrate Zoology with Lab (4 sem. hours).

An in-depth study of the invertebrate phyla. Emphasis on morphology, life history, physiology, ecology, and evolutionary histories. Prerequisites: BIOL 1020 and sophomore standing. Offered every other year in the fall semester.

BIOL 3700–3703 Undergraduate Research (1–4 sem. hours).

Under the supervision of a faculty mentor, students develop and carry out an independent laboratory or field investigation in biology. Prerequisite: by petitioning the instructor. Offered occasionally.

BIOL 3750–3753 Special Topics in Biology (1–4 sem. hours).

Offered occasionally.

BIOL 3800–3802 Directed Study (2 or 4 sem. hours).

Course is offered when a student needs a special subject covered to meet a professional requirement or wants to work with an instructor to look more deeply into a particular aspect of a discipline. Offered occasionally.

BIOL 3850 or 3852 Internship (2 or 4 sem. hours).

Practical experience and training with selected research, educational, governmental, and business institutions. Offered occasionally.

BIOL 4900 Senior Seminar (4 sem. hours).

A senior capstone course that focuses on reading and interpreting scientific literature and on integration of concepts learned throughout the course of study in biology. Prerequisite: senior standing. Offered every year in the fall semester.

BIOL HI-HII Honors Project 1 and 2 (1-4 sem. hours).

Offered occasionally.