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BIMS1101 Biology of Unicellular Organisms Lab (0-3). Prerequisites:BIMS 1300, and successful completion of (or concurrent enrollment in) BIOL 1301, or permission of instructor. This is a required course for the B.S. in Biomedical Science major. An introduction to the methods used for studying unicellular organisms. Open-ended investigative projects culminate in faculty review of poster presentations. (Spring)

BIMS1300 Introduction to Scientific Research (1-1-3). Prerequisites:None. This is a required course for the B.S. in Biomedical Science major. This course satisfi es the general education requirement for Critical Reasoning. An introduction to the process of science, its literature, and its opportunities. Lecture portion considers the nature of science through a critical review of its literature - historical and current - to provide context for how science is undertaken and reported. Seminar portion provides exposure to breaking news and emerging issues in science. Activities may include guest speakers, field trips. Laboratory focus is on critical thought for designing and conducting effective research, using research literature and student-designed
projects. (Fall)

BIMS 4120 Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory (0-3). Prerequisites:Completion of (or concurrent enrollment in) BIOL 4320, or permission of instructor. This is a required course for the B.S. in Biomedical Science and Biochemistry majors. An introduction to basic laboratory techniques used for the study of cells, organelles, and molecules. Methods will be taught through experimental approaches, culminating in the reporting of the findings in a scientific format. (Fall)

BIMS 4000 Junior Exam
(0-0). Prerequisites: Junior standing. This is a required course for the B.S. in Biomedical Science major. BIMS majors are required to pass basic knowledge tests over foundational principles of biology to qualify for advanced projects upon entrance into BIMS 4201 BIMS Senior Capstone. Tests may be taken repeatedly until satisfactory scores are achieved. This course is pass/fail. (Fall, Spring)

BIMS 4201 BIMS Capstone Experience
(1-3). Prerequisites: Senior standing and completion of BIMS 4250 and BIMS 4000, or approval of the dean. This course is required for the B.S. in Biomedical Science major. Participation in a capstone experience in the biological sciences, which integrates knowledge from course work and culminates in observations, data handling, and analysis to be used for completing a writing assignment in BIOL 4101. Capstone experiences may consist of original research, experience obtained in internships, summer research experiences, or other appropriate activities. (Fall, Spring)

BIMS 4250 Advanced Bioscience Laboratory
(0-6). Prerequisites:
BIOL 4320 and BIMS 4120, or permission of instructor. This is a required course for the B.S. in Biomedical Science major. An introduction to advanced techniques for the study of cells and molecules, building upon the techniques learned in BIMS 4120. Focus will be on nucleic acids. Methods will be taught through experimental approaches, culminating in the reporting of the fi ndings in a scientifi c format and defended before program faculty. (Spring)

BIOL1301 Biology of Unicellular Organisms (3-0)
Prerequisites: None.
An introductory level course intended to familiarize students with the nature of cells and the diversity, heredity, physiology, ecology, and evolution of unicellular organisms. This course is required for the Biology, Biomedical Science, Biochemistry, and Life Science majors. Biomedical Sciences majors are required to take BIMS 1101 Biology of Unicellular Organisms Laboratory. (Fall, Spring)

BIOL 1401 Principles of Biology (3-3) Prerequisites: none. Designed as a course for general education credit in Natural Science for non-majors. An introduction to the fundamental principles and processes of life, including the diversity of life, the nature of cells, the principles of heredity basic, organismal physiology, evolution, and the interdependence of life. (Fall, Spring)

BIOL 1402 Biology of Plants
(3-3) Prerequisite: None. Designed for Biology and Life Science majors, and Biology minor. A beginning course in botany emphasizing plant cells and tissues, development, genetics, physiology, and evolution. The life cycles and major phyla of algae and green plants discussed in the ecological and phylogenetic framework. (Fall)

BIOL 1403 Biology of Animals (3-3) Prerequisite: None. Designed for Biology and Life Science majors, and Biology minor. A beginning course in zoology emphasizing animal cells and tissues, development, genetics, physiology, and evolution. The major phyla of animals are used as examples. (Spring)

BIOL 2110 Environmental Seminar
(1-0). Prerequisites: BIOL 1402 and BIOL 1403. This is a required course for the Biology major. A course designed to discuss and explore current & classical issues in environmental biology. Topics covered may include the biodiversity crisis, the ethics of habitat management & protection, global warming, conservation biology & wildlife management, pollution and sustainable resource management. (Spring)

BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I (3-3) Prerequisites: none. Credit will not count toward the Biology or Biomedical Science majors, but this course is required for degrees in Nursing, Exercise Science & Human Performance, and Life Sciences, and for students pursuing athletic trainer certification. 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)

BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II
(3-3) Prerequisite: BIOL 2401 or permission of the instructor. Credit will not count toward the Biology or Biomedical Science majors, but this course is required for degrees in Nursing, Exercise Science & Human Performance, and Life Sciences. A study of the structure and function of the digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, urinary, and reproductive systems of the human body. Laboratory emphasis on physiology of organ systems. (Spring)

BIOL 3410 Microbiology (3-3) Prerequisites: BIOL 2402 or BIOL 1301 and (CHEM 1405 and CHEM 1406), or (CHEM 1410 and CHEM 1420). This is a required course for majors in Biomedical Science, Life Sciences, and Nursing. An introduction to the morphology, physiology, genetics, growth, pathogenicity, and control of microbes, and also immunological interactions between microbes and man. (Fall, Spring)

BIOL 3430 Human Physiology (3-3) Prerequisites: BIOL 1301 and either (BIOL 3410 or BIOL 3460) or (BIOL 1403 and BIOL 3440) or (BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402). Designed for majors and minors. A study of the function and chemistry of organ systems of the human body using experimental approaches and computer simulations. (Spring)

BIOL 3440 Comparative Anatomy
(3-3). Prerequisites: BIOL 1301 and CHEM 1420, and sophomore standing. Designed for Biology and Life Science majors, and Biology minors. A comparative study of the anatomy and phylogeny of the vertebrate organ systems. (Fall)

BIOL 3460 Genetics
(3-3) Prerequisite: BIOL 1301, 1402 or 1403, and 8 hours of Chemistry. Designed for Biology and Life Science majors, and Biology minors. A study of genes and their action. This course incorporates both classical Mendelian and molecular genetics. (Fall)

BIOL 4101 Biological Literature
(1-0). Prerequisites: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, BIOL 4201 or BIMS 4201. An introduction to current research and literature in the biological sciences, with a focus on the skills required to read and write scientific literature. Topics will include the various levels and styles of scientific writing, ethical conduct in science communication, and the methods and skills required for preparing effective oral, poster, and paper presentations of a scientifi c nature. (Fall, Spring)

BIOL 4201 Capstone Experience (1-3). Prerequisites: Senior standing and completion of the major requirements for the biology degree, or approval of the dean. This course is required for the B.S. in Biology and B.S. in Life Science majors. Participation in a capstone experience in the biological sciences, which integrates knowledge from course work and culminates in observations, data, and analysis to be used for completing a writing assignment in BIOL 4101. Capstone experiences may consist of original research, internships, summer research experiences, science pedagogy research, or other appropriate activities. (Fall, Spring)

4310 Immunology (3-0) Prerequisite: BIOL 3410. Designed for Biology and Life Science majors, and Biology minors. 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)

4320 Molecular and Cellular Biology (3-0) Prerequisites: BIOL 3410 or BIOL 3460, and CHEM 3410, 3420. This is a required course for the B.S. in Biomedical Science and Biochemistry majors. A study of biology at the cellular and molecular level. Topics drawn from the anatomy and physiology of eukaryotic cells, gene expression and regulation, energy transformation, organelle function and biosynthesis, growth and division, intracellular transport, cell signaling, and the development of tissues and multicellular organisms. (Fall)

BIOL 4340 Biology Field Studies Prerequisites: 7 hours of BIOL and permission of instructor. Designed for Biology and Life Science majors, and Biology minors. A study of the flora, fauna, landforms, and ecology of selected sites primarily in the southwest and Mexico. Classroom studies and an extended fi eld trip offers opportunities to view plants and wildlife in natural settings. (As needed)

BIOL 4360 Evolution (3-0). Prerequisites: Biol 3460. This course is designed to introduce and explore one of the fundamental principles in biology - evolution. Topics deal with the genesis of evolutionary thought, the processes by which natural populations evolve, and the methods that have been used to investigate evolutionary hypotheses. (Fall odd years)

BIOL 4430 Ecology (3-3) Prerequisites: BIOL 1301, 1402, 1403. Designed for Biology and Life Science majors, and Biology minors. Qualitative and quantitative studies of the interrelationships existing between plants and animals and their environments. Laboratory work involves fi eld collections, data analyses, and studies of plants and animals in different ecosystems. Field trip required. (Spring)

BIOL 4450 Advanced Botany (3-3) Prerequisite: BIOL 1402. Designed for Biology and Life Science majors, and Biology minors. 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)

BIOL 4X91 Advanced Topics in Botany (3-0/3). Prerequisites: BIOL 1402. This course is designed to discuss and explore specialized topics in botany. Potential courses include plan taxonomy, plant physiology, medicinal plants, and other specialized courses. (As needed)

BIOL 4X92 Advanced Topics in Zoology (3-0/3). Prerequisites: BIOL 1403. This course is designed to discuss and explore specialized topics in botany. Potential courses include entomology, invertebrate biology, mammalogy, ornithology, and other specialized courses. (As needed)

BIOL 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)

BIOL 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)

BIOL 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 fi nal presentation to an appropriate audience. (as needed)

BIOL 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)