DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY

Faculty
     Professors Beasley, Martin, Pilcher, Wilson
     Associate ProfessorBenoit 
     Adjunct Professor Ausmus
 

Mission and Goals

The Department of Biology believes its mission to be: 

1. To provide the opportunity and stimulate the development of an integrated understanding and appreciation for the forms and processes of life at all levels of complexity. The Department will offer variety in its curriculum, attempt to maintain a current and varied selection of library holdings, and offer student opportunities such as organizations and speakers. 

2. To provide the foundation and facilitate the development of the intellectual skills needed for life-long learning. The Department will utilize a curriculum of traditional courses and independent studies, incorporating contemporary topics whenever possible and exploring new methods of instruction. Emphasis will be placed upon quantitative, analytical, and verbal communication skills. 

3. To provide an environment which encourages discovery-based learning as well as traditional methods of instruction in a stimulating physical and intellectual setting. The faculty will continue to be current in their knowledge base and pursue intellectual development, with teaching being their first priority. The physical facilities and biological technology will also be current and conducive to learning. Undergraduate research will be made available to all interested students. 
 

Special Programs and Opportunities

Pi Beta Chapter of Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society. The purposes of this organization are to promote scholarship, biological research, and dissemination of scientific knowledge. 

Departmental Honors. Students may pursue departmental honors in Biology. The general requirements for entering the University Honors Program are listed in the Catalog on page XXX. Specific requirements in the Department of Biology include completion of 16 hours of biology including BIOL 1401, 1402, and 1403, and a minimum biology g.p.a. of 3.25. Students will make application to the Chair of the Biology Department and be approved by the biology faculty for admission into the Biology Honors Program. A g.p.a. of 3.25 in biology must be maintained. Program requirements are 4 hours of BIOL 4X96 and 3 hours of 4X97. AIS courses with biology credit may be used in lieu of 3 hours of the BIOL 4X96 requirement. 

Departmental Awards. Each spring, awards are presented to the outstanding freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior Biology major. 

Travel courses in Biology. The Department attempts to offer a travel course (BIOL 4340) or travel opportunity each year. 

Undergraduate Research. Biology majors are encouraged to participate in research during their senior year. Summer research is also encouraged either at McMurry or other institutions. 
 

Requirements for Degrees in Biology

B.S. Degree in Biology (A Minor IS NOT required for this degree)

BIOL 1401, 1402, 1403, 3440, 3350, 3460, 4101..........................24 hrs 
Electives from BIOL advanced courses.............................................11 hrs 
Supporting courses CHEM 1410, 1420, 3410, 3420, 
PHYS 1410, 1420, MATH 2421.....................................................28 hrs 

Total hours.....................................................................................63 hrs 
 

Minor in Biology
BIOL 1401, 1402, 1403, plus 8 hrs. advanced biology.....................20 hrs 
 

Teaching Fields in Biology
Please consult the offerings for the Department of Curriculum & Instruction for course requirements. 
 

Course Descriptions:

1401 Principles of Biology (3-3) Prerequisites: none. Designed as a course for general education credit as well as the introductory course for majors, minors, and teaching fields. An introduction to the fundamental principles and processes of life. (Fall, Spring) 

1402 Botany (3-3) Prerequisite: 1401. A required course for BIOL majors, minors, and teaching fields, optional for B.S. in Natural Science. A phylogenetic approach to the plant kingdom emphasizing plant forms, life cycles, and anatomy. (Fall) 

1403 Zoology (3-3) Prerequisite: 1401. A required course for BIOL majors, minors, and teaching fields, optional for B.S. in Natural Science. A survey of the animal kingdom with emphasis on taxonomy, anatomy, and ecology of the invertebrates. (Spring) 

2401 Anatomy and Physiology I (3-3) Prerequisites: none. Credit will not count as part of a biology major, minor, or teaching field, but may be taken in addition to the minimum requirements. Required for nursing major, athletic trainer program, and some allied health programs. Will count for General Education requirement in Science and Math category. A study of cells, tissues, and cellular processes of the human body, as well as the structure and function of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems. Laboratory emphasis on skeletal and muscular systems. (Fall) 

2402 Anatomy and Physiology II (3-3). Prerequisite: BIOL 2401. Will not count toward biology major, minor or teaching field, but may be taken in addition to the minimum requirements. Required of nursing majors and some allied health programs. A study of the structure and function of the digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, urinary, and reproductive systems of the human body. (Spring) 

3350 Cell Biology (3-0) Prerequisites: 8 hours of BIOL, CHEM 1410, 1420. Designed for Biology majors, minors, and teaching fields. A study of biology at the cellular level. This course is concerned with the anatomy and physiology of eukaryotic cells of both plants and animals. Topics to be covered include cellular organization and the processes involved in membrane support, energy conservation, gene expression, macromolecular processing, the cell cycle, and cell signalling. (Spring) 

3360 Comparative Animal Behavior (3-0). Prerequisites: BIOL 1401 and PSYC 1340. Cross-listed as PSYC 3360. Designed for Biology majors, minors, and teaching fields, as well as Psychology majors and minors. A comparative study of the developmental, ecological, and social factors that influence behavior in animals. Similarities and differences between human and other animal behaviors will also be discussed. (Fall, even years) 

3410 Microbiology (3-3). Prerequisites: BIOL 1401 or 2401, CHEM 1410, 1420. Designed for majors, minors, teaching fields, and nursing majors. An introduction to morphology, physiology, growth, cultural characteristics, control of bacteria, and also immunology and microbial genetics. (Fall, Spring) 

3430 Human Physiology (3-3). Prerequisites: BIOL 1403, 3440. Designed for majors, minors, and teaching fields. A study of selected organ systems of the human with comparisons to other species. Laboratory exercises focus on the human and representative species of vertebrates. (Spring) 

3440 Comparative Anatomy (3-3). Prerequisites: BIOL 1401, 1403. Designed for majors, minors, and teaching fields. A comparative study of the anatomy and phylogeny of the vertebrate organ systems. (Fall) 

3450 Plant Physiology (3-3). Prerequisites: BIOL 1401, 1402, CHEM 1410, 1420. Designed for majors, minors, and teaching fields. A study of the physiology of plants, including growth and development, water relations, mineral nutrition, photosynthesis, photo-periodism, tropisms, hormone control, general metabolism, rhythmic processes, techniques and equipment used in physiological research, and a survey of current literature. (Spring, even years) 

3460 Genetics (3-3). Prerequisite: BIOL 1401. Designed for majors, minors, and teaching fields. A study of genes and their action. This course incorporates both classical Mendelian and molecular genetics. (Fall) 

4101 Biological Literature (1-0) Prerequisite: junior or senior classification.. Designed for majors, minors, and teaching fields. An exposure to current research and literature in the biological sciences through the experience of written and verbal communication. Emphasis is placed on the structure and form of the scientific paper. (Spring) 

4310 Immunology (3-0). Prerequisite: BIOL 3410. Designed for majors, minors, and teaching fields. A study of the basic principles of resistance to disease by cellular and humoral mechanisms of immunity. Included are antigen-antibody interactions, transplantation immunity, hypersensitivity, immunologic techniques, and relationship of disease to the immune response. (As needed) 

4311 Embryology (3-0). Prerequisites: BIOL 1401 and 1403, BIOL 3440 recommended. Designed for majors, minors, and teaching fields. A study of embryological development in animals with emphasis on the vertebrates. Gamete production through organ development is included. (As needed) 

4330 Advanced Botany (3-0). Prerequisite: BIOL 1402. Designed for majors, minors, and teaching fields. A study of major botanical fields with an emphasis on flowering plants. Topics included are plant taxonomy, plant anatomy, growth and development, evolution, and economic botany. This course is taught as a combination lecture and laboratory course. (Spring, odd years) 

4340 Biology Field Studies. Prerequisites: 8 hours of BIOL and permission of instructor. Designed for majors, minors, and teaching fields. A study of the flora, fauna, landforms, and ecology of selected sites primarily in the southwest and Mexico. Classroom studies and an extended field trip offers opportunities to view plants and wildlife in natural settings. (As needed) 

4350 Molecular Biology (3-0). Prerequisites: BIOL 3350 plus 8 hrs. from BIOL 3410, 3430 3450, 3460, and CHEM 3410, 3420. Designed for majors, minors, and teaching fields. A study of biology at the molecular level. Special emphasis is placed on molecular events in such processes as gene expression, energy conservation, organelle biosynthesis, growth and division, cell signalling, and the development of multicellular organisms. (Spring, even) 

4430 Field Biology and Ecology (3-3). Prerequisites: BIOL 1401, 1402, 1403. Designed for majors, minors, and teaching fields. A study of the interrelationships existing between plants and animals and their environments. Laboratory work consisting of field collecting and studying the plants and animals of the area. (Spring) 

4X95 Independent Studies. Prerequisites: permission of instructor. Designed for majors. A study program or research arranged between an advanced student and an instructor to provide intensive study or investigation in a particular area of interest. The course includes a definition of goals appropriate for the student, ways of attaining those goals, a schedule of frequent consultation, and means of measuring progress. (As needed) 

XX99 Special Topics. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Designed for majors. A course of study offered occasionally to groups of students to broaden department curriculum, to meet student demand, or to observe special events. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. (As needed) 

4X96 Biology Honors Tutorial. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Designed for Biology Honors participants. This course provides opportunities for investigations related to an upper level biology course (with current enrollment) or as a separate independent study. This course may be repeated. (As needed) 

4X97 Biology Honors Research. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Designed for Biology Honors participants. This course provides an opportunity to pursue a research topic under the direction of a biology faculty member, resulting in a final presentation to an appropriate audience. (As needed)
 


Requirements for B.S. Degree in Natural Science

This program is based on a broad divisional major in the sciences and is intended for those students who plan a career in one of the interdisciplinary areas of science, such as medicine, dentistry, paramedical services, meteorology, oceanography, health, physics, environmental science, etc. No minor is required. Requirements for the major, in addition to B.S. degree Core Curriculum requirements are as follows: 

Mathematics, including 7 hours of Calculus...........................10 hours 
Science Block.....................................................................32 hours 
     Biology 1401, Biology 1402 or 1403 
     Chemistry 1410, 1420 
     Geoscience 1410 plus 4 additional advanced hours 
     Physics 1410, 1420 

Advanced Science Electives................................................18 hours