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BIOS 101
Prereqs:
High school chemistry or equivalent strongly recommended.
Parallel BIOS 101L. BIOS 101 provides the foundation for tomorrow’s citizens to critically think about and evaluate issues in biology. Not intended for most Life Sciences majors; such students should take BIOS 102 and BIOS 103 instead. This course does not count towards the biology major.
Analysis of the structure, functions, and interactions of organisms from the molecular to the ecosystem levels.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 4
Prereqs:
Parallel registration in BIOS 101.
Laboratory exercises and experiments that complement material covered in BIOS 101.
This course is a prerequisite for: BIOC 321, BIOS 213, BIOS 213L
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lab 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 109
Prereqs:
BIOS 101 and 101L or equivalent.
Field work is required.
Introduction to the plant kingdom and to plants as biological organisms; structure and function of cells, tissues, and organs with emphasis on seed plants; the important processes and concepts of classification, inheritance, evolution, and ecology.
This course is a prerequisite for: AGRO 240, AGRO 426, BIOS 478, HORT 221, NRES 310, NRES 446, TLMT 227, TLMT 228, TLMT 327
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
BIOS 101 and 101L, or equivalent.
Open to freshmen and sophomores; juniors and seniors by permission only.
Comparative study of microorganisms, principles and applications.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
BIOS 101 and 101L, or equivalent.
Parallel registration in BIOS 112L required.
Survey of the animal kingdom with emphasis on the evolution, ecology, and behavior of major animal groups.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
BIOS 101 and 101L, or equivalent.
Parallel registration in BIOS 112 required.
Laboratory exercises and experiments that complement material covered in BIOS 112.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lab 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 115
Insect BiologyCrosslisted as ENTO 115
ENTO/BIOS 116 may be taken as an optional 1 cr hour lab.
Fundamental insect biology (anatomy, development, physiology, behavior, ecology and diversity). Economic and medical importance of insects and principles of insect pest management.
This course is a prerequisite for: ENTO 308, ENTO 400
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
ACE Outcomes: 4
BIOS 116
Insect IdentificationCrosslisted as ENTO 116
Identification of representative orders and families of insects by their anatomy, metamorphosis, habits and habitats. Sight recognition emphasized but dichotomous keys also used. Interrelation of insect and habitats stressed.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lab
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 150 will not count toward a major in biological sciences
Interest in dentistry, dental hygiene, or other health professions as a career. Terminology, ethics, anatomy, dental specialties and clinical experience.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
For students interested in a career in clinical laboratory science/medical technology. BIOS 160 will not count toward a major in biological sciences.
Introduces the pre-clinical laboratory scientist/medical technologist to the profession of clinical laboratory science. Includes lessons in ethics, organization of the medical team, professionalism, automation, medical terminology, hematology, blood bank, clinical chemistry, and medical microbiology.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation.
University Honors Seminar 189H is required of all students in the University Honors Program.
Topic varies.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 203
Prereqs:
Sophomore standing; BIOS 101 and 101L.
BIOS 203 will not count toward a major in biological sciences.
Relevance of biological science to society and its environment examined through readings, guest lecturers, and discussion.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
BIOS 206 or parallel.
Series of lab exercises to introduce principles of genetic, molecular and cellular biology. Experiments done using model systems to identify, map and clone genes; analyze gene products and expression; and fractionate cell components.
This course is a prerequisite for: ASCI 486, BIOS 302, FORS 401
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 206
Inheritance and regulation of genes in organisms and populations. Fundamentals of genomics and bioinformatics.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lecture 3, Recitation 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Introduction to the principles and processes of ecology and evolution. Structure and dynamics of populations and communities; biotic and abiotic interactions; mechanisms of evolutionary change; natural selection; adaptation; and speciation.
This course is a prerequisite for: BIOS 429, BIOS 454, BIOS 457, BIOS 462, BIOS 470
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 213
Prereqs:
BIOS 101 & BIOS 101L or LIFE 120 & LIFE 120L or equivalent; parallel BIOS 213L.
Elementary survey of the basic functional systems of the human body: the muscular, nervous, receptor, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, excretory, endocrine, and reproductive systems.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 213L
Prereqs:
BIOS 101 & BIOS 101L or LIFE 120 & LIFE 120L or equivalent; parallel BIOS 213.
Laboratory exercises and experiments that complement material covered in BIOS 213.
This course is a prerequisite for: BIOS 213
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lab 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 214
Prereqs:
Sophomore standing.
Cadaver prosections are studied in the lab. BIOS 214 is 'Letter Grade Only'.
Introduction to the major organ systems of the human body including skeletal, major muscle, nervous, digestive, circulatory, excretory, and reproductive systems. Anatomical structures as they pertain to clinical anatomy.
This course is a prerequisite for: NUTR 384, NUTR 456, NUTR 484
Credit Hours: 5
Course Format: Lab 6, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
BIOS 216
Plant Breeding Principles and PracticeCrosslisted as HORT 216, AGRO 216
Prereqs:
High school biology and chemistry. BIOS 101 and 101L, or 102 or equivalent recommended.
Plant breeding theory and technique. Application of genetic principles to plant improvement. Experience with breeding agronomic and horticultural plant species to illustrate plant mating systems and breeding principles.
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 220
Principles of EcologyCrosslisted as NRES 220
Prereqs:
4 hrs biological sciences, and MATH 101 or 103.
BIOS 220 is not open to students who have completed BIOS 207. BIOS 220 will not count toward a major in BIOS.
Ecology as a quantitative discipline that integrates the life and earth sciences to understand the dynamics of natural and managed ecosystems.
This course is a prerequisite for: ENTO 406, GEOL 439, LARC 487, NRES 311, NRES 459
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 222
Ecology LaboratoryCrosslisted as NRES 222
Prereqs:
NRES/BIOS 220 or parallel.
May also be offered at Cedar Point Biological Station. Field trips to local ecosystems are required.
Field and laboratory experiments in terrestrial and aquatic ecology.
This course is a prerequisite for: NRES 433L
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lab 4
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 232 is not open to students who have completed BIOS 220. BIOS 232 will not count toward a major in biological sciences.
Basic concepts in ecology, including comparison of major world ecosystems, especially the Great Plains. Interplay of ecological principles and human activities.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 8
Prereqs:
Provides a broad overview of bioinformatics. Shows how bioinformatics can help solving problems in biological research. Covered topics: biological databases, molecular biology tools, sequence comparison methods, phylogenetic inference, and molecular graphics.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 2, Recitation 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Sophomore standing; BIOS major; BIOS 213 or 214.
Pass/No Pass only. Keep a personal journal and make a class presentation. BIOS 280 will not count toward a major in BIOS.
Exposure for pre-medical and other pre-health science students to career in health sciences. Shadow a professional and research medically-based careers.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Field, Lab, Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission.
Students need not be majors in biological sciences nor necessarily have had extensive biological training.
Topic varies.
Credit Hours: 1-3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
4 hrs BIOS and permission.
A maximum of 3 credit hours may be counted toward the major in BIOS. Before registering, arrangements must be made with a faculty member in BIOS to reach an agreement on the scope and determine the amount of credit for the project.
Opportunity to participate in work in a research laboratory in order to gain some insight into the philosophy and methods of original research.
Credit Hours: 1-3
Max credits per semester: 3
Course Format: Lab
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 300
Toxins in the EnvironmentCrosslisted as ENTO 300, NRES 300
Prereqs:
One semester BIOS and one semester CHEM.
Offered fall semester of odd-numbered calendar years.
Introduction to the principles of toxicology as they apply to environmental contaminants, agri-chemicals, and industrial and naturally occurring chemicals.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 302
Prereqs:
BIOS 206; one semester organic chemistry. BIOS 205 or equivalent, and two semesters organic chemistry recommended.
The design, execution, and evaluation of scientific experiments that advance the knowledge of cell and molecular biology.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Molecular biology of prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Review of the experimental basis for the principles of the discipline.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
12 hrs biological sciences with an average of B or above, and permission.
P/N only.
Reviews of current literature of general interest; reports of research activities by staff and guest speakers.
Credit Hours: 1
Max credits per degree: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 312
Prereqs:
One year biological sciences, one year general chemistry, and one semester organic chemistry or one semester biochemistry.
One semester organic chemistry and one semester biochemistry recommended. Parallel registration in BIOS 313 or 314 recommended.
Microbial cell structure, genetics, metabolic and biosynthetic activity, diversity, ecology and evolution including host-microbe interactions.
This course is a prerequisite for: BIOS 313, BIOS 314, BIOS 440, FDST 405, VBMS 403, VBMS 424, VBMS 441, VBMS 441L
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
One year each of biological sciences and general chemistry; one semester organic chemistry or biochemistry; BIOS 312 or parallel.
One semester of organic chemistry and one semester biochemistry recommended; BIOS 312 parallel recommended. Credit towards the degree may not be earned in both BIOS 313 and 314.
Microbiology techniques which include recombinant DNA methods used in industry, medicine and research.
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lab 6
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
One year each biological sciences and general chemistry; one semester organic chemistry or biochemistry; and BIOS 312 or parallel.
One semester of organic chemistry and one semester biochemistry recommended. BIOS 312 parallel recommended.Credit towards the degree may not be earned in both BIOS 313 and 314.
Traditional microbiology techniques without recombinant DNA methods.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lab 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
12 hrs BIOS; comparative anatomy recommended.
Gametogenesis, fertilization, cleavage, early development of a number of vertebrates, and the development of specific organ systems. Includes a three-hour lab in which the morphological aspects of development are illustrated on slides and in which some modern techniques used in experimental mammalian development are introduced.
This course is a prerequisite for: VBMS 408
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 316
Case Studies in Theoretical EcologyCrosslisted as MATH 316, NRES 316
Prereqs:
Permission.
Case studies are structured around preparation for subsequent independent research (BIOS 498 or MATH 496).
Introduction to biological literature, applied mathematics, computer programming, and/or statistical techniques relevant to particular questions in ecology, evolution, and behavior. Typical mathematical topics include discrete dynamics, systems of differential equations, matrix algebra, or statistical inference and probability.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
BIOS 206; one year general chemistry and one semester organic chemistry.
Fundamental concepts in virology including basic features of structure, evolution, diseases, replication cycles and virus-host interactions.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 369
Introductory Plant PathologyCrosslisted as PLPT 369
Prereqs:
BIOS 101 and 101L, or 109.
Introduction to the study of plant diseases including relation of plant disease to crop production, environment, and man. Examples and demonstrations emphasize horticultural and agronomic crops of Nebraska.
This course is a prerequisite for: PLPT 369L, TLMT 414
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab, Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 373
BiopsychologyCrosslisted as PSYC 373
Prereqs:
PSYC 181 and BIOS 101/101L or their equivalents.
Critical introduction into methods and concepts useful in analyzing the biological basis of animal behavior. Topics surveyed are the physiological, genetic, developmental, and environmental mechanisms controlling behavior in various species of animals including humans.
This course is a prerequisite for: PSYC 458, PSYC 465
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
ACE Outcomes: 4
BIOS 374
Prereqs:
12 hrs BIOS, including BIOS 103 or 109.
Major groups of economically important plants including food crops, wood, medicinal plants and ornamentals. Evolution, cultivation, processing and uses of the plant.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Comparative study of the morphology and natural history of invertebrate animals; emphasis on phylogenetic relationships.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 385
Prereqs:
Emphasis on parasitic diseases of humans. Impact of parasitism on societies considered in addition to the clinical consequences for infected individuals. Means of transmission, diagnosis, and treatment considered in respect to recent technological advances in production of monoclonal antibodies and genetic engineering. Nature and biological significance of parasitism are viewed in terms of prospects for control.
This course is a prerequisite for: BIOS 481
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 386
Vertebrate ZoologyCrosslisted as NRES 386
Prereqs:
BIOS/NRES 386 requires field trips and includes trips outside of normal classtime.
Evolutionary origin and relationships, natural history, and ecological adaptations of vertebrates. Comparative form and function, particularly of bone and muscle systems among and the diversity within vertebrate groups.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Evolutionary development and comparative structure of the chordate organ systems, including dissections of the dogfish, salamander, and cat.
This course is a prerequisite for: NRES 474
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 4, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Open only to students who expect to become teaching assitants in anatomy or physiology
A combination of academic work and instruction in the anatomy or physiology laboratories in biological sciences: cadaver dissection or work with physiological equipment; assist in the instruction of anatomical and physiological concepts.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 394
Seminar in Behavioral BiologyCrosslisted as PSYC 394
Prereqs:
PSYC/BIOS 373.
May be repeated for credit under different topics.
Critical reading and discussion of literature on topics dealing with the biological bases of behavior.
Credit Hours: 1
Max credits per semester: 24
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 395
Specifics of requirements to be arranged with surpervising faculty member. BIOS 395 will not count toward a major in BIOS. Pass/No Pass only.
Combination of work outside the University and academic work in biological sciences arranged through the Career Services Office.
Credit Hours: 1-3
Max credits per degree: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 398H
Prereqs:
Enrollment in the biological sciences honors program.
Enrollment in the biolgical sciences honors program
Special topics in biology.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 399H
Prereqs:
Open to candidates for degrees with distinction or enrollment in the biological sciences honors program.
Independent research leading to an honors thesis and exam in accordance with the College's degrees with distinction procedure.
Credit Hours: 1-4
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 402/802
Prereqs:
Principles of cancer genetics, cancer prevention, and new methods for diagnosis and therapy. Fundamentals of the cell and molecular events that lead to human cancer.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
BIOS 406/806
Insect EcologyCrosslisted as ENTO 406/806
Prereqs:
BIOS/NRES 220 and 222.
ENTO 406/806 is offered spring semester of odd numbered calendar years. ENTO 406/806 is also offered on the internet via the World Wide Web (WWW) in the spring semester of odd-numbered calendar years.
Biotic and abiotic factors as they influence insect development, behavior, distribution, and abundance.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
Prereqs:
Regulation and timing of macromolecular synthesis during the cell cycle; the genetic autonomy of mitochondria and chloroplasts.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 408/808
Functional HistologyCrosslisted as VBMS 408/808
Prereqs:
BIOS 101 and 101L, or 102 or 112; BIOS 213 or ASCI 240. BIOS 315 recommended.
Microscopic anatomy of the tissues and organs of major vertebrate species, including humans. Normal cellular arrangements of tissues and organs as related to their macroscopic anatomy and function, with reference to sub-cellular characteristics and biochemical processes. Functional relationships among cells, tissues, organs and organ systems, contributory to organismal well being. General introduction to pathological processes and principles underlying some diseases.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 412/812
Prereqs:
BIOS 206.
Genetic basis of human variation, with emphasis on methods of applying genetic principles to humankind. Genetic ratios in pooled data; population and quantitative genetics; consanguinity; polygenic inheritance; blood types; sex linkage; linkage and crossing over; sex determination; visible chromosome variation; mutation; heredity and environment; eugenics; anthropological genetics; molecular genetics and molecular basis of disease; human genome project.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 2, Recitation 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
Prereqs:
Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation; BIOS 206.
Genetic basis of human variation, with emphasis on methods of applying genetic principles to humankind. Genetic ratios in pooled data; population and quantitative genetics; consanguinity; polygenic inheritance; blood types; sex linkage; linkage and crossing over; sex determination; visible chromosome variation; mutation; heredity and environment; eugenics; anthropological genetics; molecular genetics and molecular basis of disease; human genome project.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 2, Recitation 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 415/815
Prereqs:
Survey of topics in developmental biology, both animal and plant development.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 418/818
Prereqs:
In-depth study of the principles and methodology of genetics, with emphasis on Drosophila: multiple alleles and complex loci, linkage and recombination, chromosome rearrangements, fine structure analysis, sex determination, recombinant DNA, and gene function in development.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 419/819
Behavioral NeuroscienceCrosslisted as PSYC 465/865
Prereqs:
12 hrs psychology or 12 hrs biological sciences, including PSYC 373 or BIOS 373.
Relationship of physiological variables to behavior, an introduction to laboratory techniques in neuropsychology.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 420/820
Molecular GeneticsCrosslisted as VBMS 820
Prereqs:
Molecular basis of genetics. Gene structure and regulation, transposable elements, chromosome structure, DNA replication, and repair mechanisms and recombination.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
BIOS 422/822
Prereqs:
BIOS 423/823 recommended.
Comprehensive survey of comparative physiology with emphasis on the diversity of adaptations in basic physiological systems and the effects of environmental parameters upon such systems. Comparative physiology of osmoregulation, temperature regulation, metabolism, muscle, central nervous function, and sensory function.
This course is a prerequisite for: BIOS 422L
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
Prereqs:
Co-enrollment with BIOS 422
Letter grade only.
Physiological adaptations in ecological and evolutionary context.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lab 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
BIOS 213 or equivalent and one semester organic chemistry.
Examination of the more detailed mechanisms operating in selected physiology systems of man and other animals with emphasis on the neural, cardiovascular, renal, and endocrine systems.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 425/825
Prereqs:
Introduction to the use of plants for basic and applied purposes by deliberate manipulation of their genomes; techniques in plant genetic engineering; manipulations of plant development and metabolism; engineering pest, disease, and stress resistance; plants as bioreactors; and environmental and social impacts of plant biotechnology.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
BIOS 206 or equivalent.
No computer programming skill is required.
Basic knowledge and skills needed for general bioinformatics, genomics and proteomics analyses. Various computational analyses including database search, sequence alignment, phylogenetic reconstruction, gene prediction/mining, microarray data analyses and protein structure analyses.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
12 hrs BIOS.
Computer programming, using Perl, as applied to biological sciences, bioinformatics, computational biology, and genomics.
Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per degree: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 429/829
Prereqs:
Principles of phylogenetic inference and emphasis on the application of phylogenetic hypotheses in biology and the biomedical sciences. How inferences derived from phylogenetic trees can be applied in different areas of biological investigation including systematics, biogeography, conservation biology, molecular evolution, genome structure, epidemiology, population biology, ecology, character evolution, behavior, and macroevolution.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lecture 3, Recitation 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
BIOS 431/831
Biomolecules and MetabolismCrosslisted as BIOC 431/831, CHEM 431/831
Prereqs:
CHEM 252 or 262. LIFE 120 recommended.
First course of a two-semester, comprehensive biochemistry course sequence.
Structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids; nature of enzymes; major metabolic pathways; and biochemical energy production.
This course is a prerequisite for: BIOC 432, BIOC 433
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lecture 4
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 432
Gene Expression and ReplicationCrosslisted as BIOC 432/832, CHEM 432/832
Prereqs:
Continuation of BIOC 431/831. Structural and biochemical aspects of DNA replication and gene expression, and biotechnology.
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 433/833
Biochemistry LaboratoryCrosslisted as BIOC 433/833, CHEM 433/833
Prereqs:
BIOC 431/831 or concurrent enrollment.
Introduction to techniques used in biochemical and biotechnology research, including measurement of pH, spectroscopy, analysis of enzymes, chromatography, fractionation of macromolecules, electrophoresis, and centrifugation.
This course is a prerequisite for: CHEM 498
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lab 4, Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 434/834
Plant BiochemistryCrosslisted as AGRO 434/834, BIOC 434/834, CHEM 434/834
Prereqs:
BIOC/BIOS/CHEM 431/831.
Offered every other year beginning spring 2007.
Biochemical metabolism unique to plants. Relationships of topics previously acquired in general biochemistry to biochemical processes unique to plants. Biochemical mechanisms behind physiological processes discussed in plant or crop physiology.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 436/836
Prereqs:
12 hrs GEOL or BIOS.
Analysis and interpretation of the Quaternary period's paleoecological data. Patterns of long-term climate variation. Distribution patterns and responses of organisms and ecosystems to Quaternary environmental change.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 437/837
Research Techniques in BiochemistryCrosslisted as BIOC 437/837
Prereqs:
BIOC/BIOS/CHEM 433/833, or permission.
Methods approach to systems biology analysis. Molecular identification and quantification employing techniques such as mass spectrometry, chromatography, electrophoretic fractionation, transcriptomics, protemics and metabolomics. Data and pathway analysis with computational methods.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 438/838
Biogeochemical CyclesCrosslisted as GEOL 424/824
Prereqs:
CHEM 109 or 113; 12 hrs geology or biological sciences.
Chemical cycling at or near the earth's surface, emphasizing interactions among the atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere and hydrosphere. Modern processes, the geological record, and human impacts on elemental cycles.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 440/840
Microbial PhysiologyCrosslisted as VBMS 840
Prereqs:
BIOS 312 and either 313 or 314, or permission.
Molecular approaches to the study of prokaryotic cell structure and physiology, including growth, cell division, metabolism, and alternative microbial life styles.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 441/841
Pathogenic MicrobiologyCrosslisted as VBMS 441/841
Prereqs:
BIOS 312 and either 313 or 314, or permission.
Fundamental principles involved in host-microorganism interrelationships. Identification of pathogens, isolation, propagation, mode of transmission, pathogenicity, symptoms, treatment, prevention of disease, epidemiology, and methods of control.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 442/842
EndocrinologyCrosslisted as ASCI 442/842, VBMS 842
Prereqs:
A course in vertebrate physiology and/or biochemistry.
Mammalian endocrine glands from the standpoint of their structure, their physiological function in relation to the organism, the chemical nature and mechanisms of action of their secretory products, and the nature of anomalies manifested with their dysfunction.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 443/843
ImmunologyCrosslisted as VBMS 843
Prereqs:
BIOS 206 and one semester organic chemistry.
Fundamental consideration of cellular and humoral mechanisms of immunity, the structure and function of immunoglobulins, antigen-antibody interactions; hypersensitivity; transplantation and tumor immunity; immune and autoimmune disorders.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 444/844
GeomicrobiologyCrosslisted as GEOL 444/844
Prereqs:
3 hours biological sciences and 3 hours chemistry.
Lectures and discussions of primary literature regarding microorganisms and their role transforming Earth through geologic time.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 445/845
Food MicrobiologyCrosslisted as FDST 405/805
Nature, physiology, and interactions of microorganisms in foods. Introduction to food-borne diseases, the effect of food processing systems on the microflora of foods, principles of food preservation, food spoilage, and foods produced by microorganisms. Food plant sanitation and criteria for establishing microbial standards for food products.
This course is a prerequisite for: FDST 406, FDST 415, FDST 425, FDST 455, FDST 455L, FDST 460
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
BIOS 446/846
Food Microbiology LaboratoryCrosslisted as FDST 406/806
Prereqs:
Parallel in FDST 405/805/BIOS 446/846.
The microorganisms in foods and the methods used to study them as discussed in FDST 405/805.
This course is a prerequisite for: FDST 415
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lab 6
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 447/847
Soil MicrobiologyCrosslisted as AGRO 460/860, NRES 460/860, SOIL 460
Prereqs:
One semester microbiology; one semester biochemistry or organic chemistry.
Soil from a microbe's perspective-growth, activity and survival strategies; principles governing methods to study microorganisms and biochemical processes in soil; mechanisms controlling organic matter cycling and stabilization with reference to C, N, S, and P; microbial interactions with plants and animals; and agronomic and environmental applications of soil microorganisms.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 448/848
Human Growth and DevelopmentCrosslisted as ANTH 448/848
Prereqs:
ANTH 242 and 242L, or BIOS 101 and 101L.
Biological diversity from an evolutionary perspective. The history of the study of human physical growth and biological principles of growth. Genetic, epigenetic and hormonal effects on human and other mammal growth patterns, and environmental factors that influence growth. Effects of nutrition, disease, socio-economic status, pollution, etc. Unique features of human growth in its various stages. How anthropologists interpret variation in growth patterns among human populations and the possible adaptive significance of this variation.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 450/850
Biology of Wildlife PopulationsCrosslisted as NRES 450/850
Prereqs:
Principles of population dynamics. Management strategies (for consumptive and nonconsumptive fish and wildlife species) presented utilizing principles developed.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 452/852
Prereqs:
12 hours biological sciences.
Principles of epidemiology and the role in modern medicine. Combination of  theory and practice with living populations.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 4, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
BIOS 454/854
Ecological InteractionsCrosslisted as NRES 454/854
Prereqs:
BIOS 102, 103, and either BIOS 207 or BIOS 220, or equivalent courses.
Nature and characteristics of populations and communities. Interactions within and between populations in community structure and dynamics. Direct and indirect interactions and ecological processes, competition, predation, parasitism, herbivory, and pollination. Structure, functioning and persistence of natural communities, foodweb dynamics, succession, and biodiversity.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
BIOS 455/855
Prereqs:
12 hrs biological sciences or permission.
May also be offered at Cedar Point Biological Station.
Plant identification. Field study of the flora in various habitats. Field trips include grassland and woodland vegetation of this region.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Field 9, Lab 9
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 456/856
Mathematical Models in BiologyCrosslisted as NRES 456/856
Prereqs:
Junior standing; major in the biological sciences; MATH 106 or 107.
Biological systems, from molecules to ecosystems, are analyzed using mathematical techniques. Strengths and weaknesses of mathematical approaches to biological questions. Brief review of college level math; introduction to modeling; oscillating systems in biology; randomness in biology; review of historically important and currently popular models in biology.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 457/857
Ecosystem EcologyCrosslisted as GEOL 457/857
Prereqs:
BIOS 207 and CHEM 110.
Processes controlling the cycling of energy and elements in ecosystems and how both plant and animal species influence them. Human-influenced global and local changes that alter these cycles and ecosystem functioning.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lecture 3, Recitation 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
BIOS 458
WetlandsCrosslisted as NRES 468/868, WATS 468
Prereqs:
12 hrs biological sciences; BIOS 220; CHEM 109 and 110.
Offered even-numbered calendar years.
Physical, chemical and biological processes that occur in wetlands; the hydrology and soils of wetland systems; organisms occurring in wetlands and their ecology wetland creation, delineation, management and ecotoxicology.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lecture 4
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 459/859
LimnologyCrosslisted as NRES 459/859, WATS 459
Prereqs:
12 hrs BIOS, including BIOS/NRES 220/BIOS220x; two semesters CHEM.
May also be offered at Cedar Point Biological Station.
Physical, chemical, and biological processes that occur in fresh water. Organisms occurring in fresh water and their ecology; biological productivity of water and its causative factors; eutroplication and its effects.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 4, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 461/861
Marine Ecology and PaleoecologyCrosslisted as GEOL 439/839
Prereqs:
BIOS/NRES 220.
Geology majors should register for GEOL 439L/BIOS 461L.
Introduction to the fundamentals of marine ecology and their application to paleoecology.
This course is a prerequisite for: GEOL 439L
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 461L/861L
Marine Ecology and Paleoecology LabCrosslisted as GEOL 439L/839L
Prereqs:
Parallel GEOL 439/839.
Lab includes several field trips.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1
Max credits per degree: 1
Course Format: Lab 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 462/862
Prereqs:
Introduction to animal behavior stressing the ethological approach. Anatomical and physiological bases of behavior, ontogenetic and phylogenetic observations, and the relations of animal behavior studies to genetics, ecology, taxonomy, and evolution. Assigned reading.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 464/864
Fisheries BiologyCrosslisted as NRES 464/864
Prereqs:
BIOS/NRES 489/889 or equivalent.
Biology of fishes. Factors that affect fishes in the natural environment. Techniques used in the analysis and management of fish populations.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 468/868
Prereqs:
12 hrs biological sciences or permission.
Offered in the summer at Cedar Point Biological Station. Requires extensive field work and independent research project.
Behavior of animals. Stresses methods for testing evolutionary hypotheses under field conditions with emphasis on foraging behavior, animal communication, and animal social systems.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 470/870
Prereqs:
BIOS 207 or equivalent.
Extensive field work is required.
Structure, function, and distribution of communities. Interaction of different species with their biotic and abiotic environments.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 471/871
Prereqs:
12 hrs biological sciences.
Principles of plant classification, with emphasis on taxonomic procedures, nomenclatural rules, and plant identification. Lab work on taxonomic analysis and plant identification.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 472
Prereqs:
BIOS 207.
The principles and processes of micro- and macroevolution. Mechanisms behind evolutionary change and examples of these processes in a wide variety of organisms.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lecture 3, Recitation 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
BIOS 474/874
HerpetologyCrosslisted as NRES 474/874
Prereqs:
BIOS/NRES 386 and permission. BIOS 388 recommended.
May also be offered at Cedar Point Biological Station.
Fossil and living amphibians and reptiles. Anatomy, classification, ecology and evolution.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lecture 4
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 475/875
Prereqs:
Optional lab (BIOS 475L/875L) by arrangement. May also be offered at Cedar Point Biological Station.
Review of avian biology. Functional morphology, evolutionary relationships and breeding biology.
This course is a prerequisite for: BIOS 475L
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 475L/875L
Prereqs:
Parallel BIOS 475/875 and permission.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lab 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 476/876
MammalogyCrosslisted as NRES 476/876
Prereqs:
8 hrs BIOS; BIOS/NRES 386 or NRES 311.
May also be offered at Cedar Point Biological Station. Field trips are required and may occur outside of scheduled class time. Lab and field time emphasize diversity of mammalian families and species identification of Nebraska mammals.
Evolution, natural history, ecology, and functional morphology of planetary mammals and mammals of the Northern Great Plains.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
BIOS 206 or parallel and CHEM 251 or equivalent.
Basic statistics recommended.
Pairwise and multiple alignments, sequence similarity and domain search, distance estimation, phylogenetic methods, gene mining, protein classification and structure. Algorithms used in bioinformatics as well as fundamental concepts of molecular evolution that underlie various bioinformatics methods.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 478/878
Prereqs:
8 hrs biological sciences, BIOS 109 recommended.
Development, structure, and function of tissues and organs of the higher plants. Relationships of structure to physiology and ecology of plants.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 481
Prereqs:
12 hrs biological sciences including BIOS 385 and permission.
May also be offered at Cedar Point Biological Station.
Classification, morphology, biology of helminth parasites, chiefly of animals other than man. Includes collection, preparation of specimens, and technique.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 6, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 482/882
Field EntomologyCrosslisted as ENTO 411/811
Prereqs:
12 hrs biological sciences.
Offered only at Cedar Point Biological Station.
Field course in insect taxonomy and biology emphasizing field collection, specimen preparation, classification, and insect natural history.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 484/884
Physiology of ExerciseCrosslisted as NUTR 484/884
Prereqs:
12 hrs biological sciences, including BIOS 213 or equivalent; BIOS 214 or equivalent.
Effects of physical activity on the circulatory, respiratory, and other physiological processes.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 1, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 485/885
Aquatic InsectsCrosslisted as ENTO 402/802, NRES 402/802
Prereqs:
12 hrs biological sciences.
Offered fall semester of odd-numbered calendar years. Offered summer semester of even-numbered calendar years on the Internet via the World Wide Web (WWW).
Biology and ecology of aquatic insects.
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
BIOS 485L/885L
Identification of Aquatic InsectsCrosslisted as ENTO 402L/802L, NRES 402L/802L
Prereqs:
ENTO 402L/802L is offered fall semester of odd-numbered calender years. BIOS 485L/885L and NRES 402L/802L may be offered in the spring semester.
Identification of aquatic insects to the family level.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lab
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 486/886
Advanced Topics in Biophysical ChemistryCrosslisted as BIOC 486/886, CHEM 486/886
Prereqs:
Applications of thermodynamics to biochemical phenomena, optical properties of proteins and polynucleotides, and kinetics of rapid reactions.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 487/887
Prereqs:
12 hrs biological sciences.
Offered summers only at Cedar Point Biological Station.
Animal host-parasite relationships, epizootiology, ecology, host distribution, classification, and life cycle stages of animal parasites.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
Prereqs:
12 hrs biological sciences.
Offered summers only at Cedar Point Biological Station.
Field course in invertebrate community relations stressing on-site observation of community components, natural history, and interactions.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 489/889
IchthyologyCrosslisted as NRES 489/889
Prereqs:
12 hrs biological sciences.
May also be offered at Cedar Point Biological Station.
Fishes, their taxonomy, physiology, behavior, and ecology. Dynamics of fish stocks and factors regulating their production.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 4, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
12 hrs biological sciences and permission.
Topics vary by term.
Credit Hours: 1-4
Max credits per degree: 24
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
12 hrs BIOS and permission.
Four credit hours may be counted toward the undergraduate BIOS major. Before registering, arrangements must be made with a faculty member in BIOS to reach an agreement on the scope and to determine the amount of credit for the project.
Independent study and laboratory or field investigation of a specific problem.
Credit Hours: 1-8
Max credits per degree: 8
Course Format: Independent Study
Course Delivery: Classroom
Micro- and macroevolutionary patterns and processes. Population genetics, evolutionary ecology, speciation, phylogenetic systematics, and biogeographic patterns of extant and extinct taxa.
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lecture 2
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Introduction to the ecology and evolution of animal behavior.
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lecture 2
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Ecological principles at the populations, community, and ecosystem levels. Population growth, meta-population dynamics, competitive and predatory interactions, temporal and spatial variation in community food webs, tropic cascades, patterns and mechanisms underlying species diversity, ecosystem processes, nutrient cycling, and global change.
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lecture 2
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 809
P/N only. Discussion of skills needed to be a professional scientist including: writing, submitting, editing, and revision of journal articles and grant proposals; preparation or oral and poster presentations; and ethical issues in research and teaching.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 810
Plant Molecular BiologyCrosslisted as BIOC 810, HORT 810, AGRO 810
Prereqs:
AGRO 315 or BIOS 206; BIOC 831 or permission
Molecular genetic basis of biological function in higher plants. Genome organization, gene structure and function, regulation of gene expression, recombinant DNA, and genetic engineering principles. Material taken primarily from current literature.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 811
Plant Tissue CultureCrosslisted as HORT 811, NRES 811
Prereqs:
BIOS 109; AGRO 325 which includes CHEM 109, 110; or equivalent
Survey of techniques used in plant cell, tissue and organ culture, including current research. Laboratory emphasizes practical manipulation of plant cells, tissues, and organs, including examples from woody and herbaceous plant species.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 4, Lecture 2
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 813
Animal Physiology ICrosslisted as ASCI 845, VBMS 845, VMED 645
Prereqs:
For ASCI/VBMS *845/BIOS *813: An undergraduate course in biochemistry or biology or physiology. For VMED 645: First year standing in and admission to VMED.
Primarily for students in animal or biological sciences or veterinary medicine.
Mammalian physiology and cellular mechanisms. Physiology of the cell, embryology, and neuro-sensory, neuromuscular, endocrine, and reproductive systems.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 814
Animal Physiology IICrosslisted as ASCI 846, VBMS 846, VMED 646
Prereqs:
For ASCI/VBMS *846/BIOS *814: An undergraduate course in biochemistry or biology or physiology. For VMED 646: First year standing in and admission to VMED.
ASCI/VBMS *846/BIOS *814/VMED 646 is designed for students in animal or biological sciences or veterinary medicine.
Mammalian physiology and cellular mechanisms. Physiology of the digestive, cardiovascular, respiratory, and renal systems.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 816
Prereqs:
Introductory course in biological sequence display, analysis and manipulation with computers. Applied rather than theoretical aspects of different programs are emphasized providing skills to satisfy the analysis demands of molecular biology research. Students completing this course will be able to search, display and analyze the biological information content of macromolecules.
Credit Hours: 2
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 817
Plant-Water RelationsCrosslisted as AGRO 807, NRES 807
Prereqs:
AGRO 325 or equivalent; MATH 106 recommended
Quantitative study of water relations in the soil-plant-atmosphere system. Basic physical processes, which describe the movement of water in the soil and the atmosphere, and the physiological processes, which describe water movement inside of the plant. Stomata physiology and the effects of internal water deficits on photosynthesis, respiration, nitrogen metabolism, cell division and cell enlargement. Results from integrative models used to study the relative importance of environmental versus physiological factors for several plant-environment systems.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
BIOS 213 or equivalent and one semester organic chemistry
More detailed mechanisms operating in selected physiology systems of man and other animals. Neural, cardiovascular, renal, and endocrine systems. Additional areas examined if time permits.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 835
Animal BiochemistryCrosslisted as VBMS 835
Prereqs:
BIOC 831 or permission
Biochemistry of animal cells and tissues, with integration of major metabolic pathways and aspects of their control mechanism.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 839
Survey of BiochemistryCrosslisted as BIOC 839, CHEM 839
Prereqs:
Permission
Comprehensive survey of biochemistry for incoming graduate students. Topics include those in BIOC 831 and 832, but not all topics discussed in lecture periods. Depth enhanced by assigned readings.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 849
Woody Plant Growth and DevelopmentCrosslisted as HORT 849, NRES 849
Prereqs:
Offered fall semester of odd-numbered calendar years. Plant growth and development specifically of woody plants as viewed from an applied whole-plant physiological level. Plant growth regulators, structure and secondary growth characteristics of woody plants, juvenility, senescence, abscission and dormancy.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 2
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 860
Advanced LimnologyCrosslisted as NRES 866
Prereqs:
NRES 859 or equivalent
In-depth consideration of selected areas of limnology including stream limnology, primary production, secondary production, nutrient cycling, and eutrophication.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
PLPT 369 or equivalent; an introduction to biochemistry course
Epidemiology and disease control through cultural, biological, chemical and host plant resistance strategies.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 2
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
PLPT 369 or equivalent; an introduction to biochemistry course
Molecular and cellular approach to the study of plant pathological principles.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 2
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 865
Insect Transmission of Plant DiseasesCrosslisted as ENTO 865
Prereqs:
8 hrs biological sciences including BIOS 864 preceding or parallel and 6 hrs entomology or biological sciences (zoology)
ENTO *865 is offered even-numbered calendar years.
Relationships between plant diseases and their vectors with emphasis on virus diseases and transmission by aphids.
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lecture 2
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
BIOS 864A or *864B, or permission
Offered odd-numbered calendar years. Lecture and laboratory course concerning principles of nematode-induced disease of plants.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 2
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
BIOS 312, 864A or *864B, and CHEM 832 or 836 or permission
Offered even-numbered calendar years. Principles and methods of identification, chemistry and function of cell constituents, role and characterization of antibacterial agents, spread and survival mechanisms of pathogenicity, host-parasite relations and control measures.
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lecture 2
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Parallel registration in BIOS *867
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lab 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
BIOS 312, 805, 864A or *864B; or equivalent and permission
Offered even-numbered calendar years. Ecology and taxonomy of plant pathogenic and plant associated fungi with emphasis on environment influences and on microbial interactions leading to biological control.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 1
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Processes involved in plant growth and development, seed formation, dormancy, germination, differential growth, flowering, and senescence. The role of extrinsic factors (e.g. light, water, and gravity) and intrinsic factors (e.g. formones, pigments, and energy sources) on these processes.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 881
Prereqs:
12 hrs biological sciences including BIOS 385 and permission
Classification, morphology, biology of helminth parasites, chiefly of animals other than humans. Includes collection, preparation of specimens, and technique.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 6, Lecture 2
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 883
Chemistry for Secondary School ClassroomsCrosslisted as CHEM 869, BIOC 869, TEAC 869
Credit in this course will not count towards a graduate degree in chemistry or biochemistry or biological sciences. Course taught via World Wide Web. Chemistry content for high school teachers organized according to the National Science Education Standards. Individual course coverage includes: content, integration with other sciences and mathematics, graphing calculators, probe-experiments, simulations, at-home experiments, teaching materials, and industrial applications related to the title description.
A. Structure and Properties of Matter: Water and Solutions (1 cr)
B. Structure and Properties of Matter: Periodicity (1 cr)
D. Structure and Properties of Matter: Bonding and Structure (1 cr)
E. Structure and Properties of Matter: Carbon Chemistry and Polymers (1 cr)
J. Structure and Properties of Matter: Gases and the Atmosphere (1 cr)
K. Chemistry of Life Processes: Biomolecules (1 cr)
L. Structure and Properties of Matter: Condensed States and Materials Science (1 cr)
M. Interactions of Matter and Energy (1 cr)
N. Chemistry of Life Processes: DNA (1 cr)
P. Chemistry of Life Processes: Energy and Metabolism (1 cr)
Q. Chemical Reactions: Equations and their Consequences (1 cr)
R. Chemical Reactions: Acids and Bases (1 cr)
T. Chemical Reactions: Kinetics (1 cr)
U. Chemical Reactions: Oxidation, Reduction and Electrochemistry (1 cr)
V. Equilibrium: Unifying Theme (1 cr)
W. Conservation of Energy and the Increase in Disorder: Thermodynamics (1 cr)
Y. Inquiry and the Nature of Science: Analysis and Instrumentation (1 cr)
Z. Structure of Atoms: Nuclear Chemistry (1 cr)
Credit Hours: 1
Max credits per degree: 12
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 899
Prereqs:
Admission to masters degree program and permission of major adviser
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 6-10
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
General genetics or equivalent
Effects of various mutations on developing biological systems. Mechanisms by which the abnormal genome expresses its pheno-type. Special consideration to vertebrate organisms.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 915
Prereqs:
Permission
Topics include the following:
A. Graduate Seminar
D. Botany
E. Ecology
G. Cell Biology and Genetics
M. Microbiology
P. Parasitology
W. Evolutionary Biology
Z. Other Topics
Credit Hours: 1-3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 916
Aimed at improving research design in evolutionary biology. Experience with presenting scientific ideas, as well as help with specific project.
Credit Hours: 1
Max credits per degree: 10
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
Theory and methodology of phylogenetic inference based on molecular characters (mainly DNA sequences). Population genetic principles and analysis of microsatellite loci. Emphasis on project design, data analysis, and hypothesis testing. Training on current computer programs for phylogenetic analysis acquired.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 1, Lecture
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 932
ProteinsCrosslisted as CHEM 932, BIOC 932
Prereqs:
BIOC/BIOS/CHEM 832 or BIOC/BIOS/CHEM *839
Protein structure and function.
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lecture 2
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 933
EnzymesCrosslisted as CHEM 933, BIOC 933
Prereqs:
BIOC/BIOS/CHEM 432/832, or BIOC/BIOS/CHEM *839
Kinetics regulation and reaction mechanisms of enzymes.
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lecture 2
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 934
Genome Dynamics and Gene ExpressionCrosslisted as CHEM 934, BIOC 934
Prereqs:
BIOC/BIOS/CHEM 832 or permission
Detailed examination of dynamic control mechanisms of genome maintenance and gene regulation. Mechanisms of transcription, translation, and replication based on analysis of current and seminal literature.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 935
Metabolic Function and DysfunctionCrosslisted as CHEM 935, BIOC 935
Prereqs:
BIOC/CHEM/BIOS 432/832 and permission
BIOC/CHEM/BIOS 935 is offered even-numbered calendar years.
Current metabolic research at the bioenergetic, metabolomic, and molecular level. The normal metabolic processes that go awry in cancer, obesity, and oxidative stress.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
6 hrs microbiology and BIOC 831 or permission
Diversity of microbial structures, shape, movement, metabolism, symbioses, and adaptations to extreme environments using both bacterial and fungal examples. A physiological approach used throughout.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
BIOS 312 and 831 or permission
BIOS 840 recommended. Methods of energy transduction, growth, and metabolism of anaerobic microorganisms from a variety of habitats. Microbes considered range from methane producers to photosynthetic bacteria. Molecular and phylogenetic analyses as well as interactions among microorganisms in anaerobic environments.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
BIOS 241 and 312, or permission
Prokaryotic gene regulation, DNA exchange, DNA recombination and repair, comparative prokaryotic genomics and computer-based methods of analysis.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 945
Prereqs:
BIOS 820 or permission
Role of RNA in regulation of gene expression and in determining genome structure. Regulation of mRNA stability and function, RNA as regulatory molecules and enzymes, and computer-based methods of analysis.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
BIOS 312 or equivalent, BIOS 831 or 840 recommended, or permission
Biosynthetic activity of bacteria, yeasts, and fungi, including genetically engineered organisms: antibiotic, amino acid, enzyme, and vitamin production; polysaccharides, steroid transformation, microbes as food sources, microbial insecticides, petroleum microbiology, fermentation engineering, and mass production of microbial cells.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 949
Biochemistry of NutritionCrosslisted as ASCI 949, BIOC 949, NUTR 949
Prereqs:
BIOC 832 or *839, or permission
Offered odd-numbered calendar years. Interrelationships of nutrients, nutritional state and metabolic processes. Energy metabolism, integration of nutrition and metabolism and nutritional regulation of gene function.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 950
Medical Molecular VirologyCrosslisted as VBMS 950
Prereqs:
BIOS/CHEM/BIOC 431/831 and 432/832; VBMS *852
Offered odd-numbered calendar years. Current topics in molecular virology relevant to the natural history and pathogenesis of viral diseases of humans and animals.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
Surveys the kinds of quantitative problems that arise in biological research, particularly in field-oriented disciplines such as ecology, evolution and behavior, and the quantitative methods used to solve them. Practical learning of the strengths and weaknesses of different methods through the analysis of biological data on microcomputers.
Credit Hours: 4
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
Ecological phenomena in populations. Quantitative description of population processes, life history strategies, foraging theory, resource interactions, population dynamics of competition and predation, and selected current topics in population ecology. Research methodology and historical development of the field as well as analysis, criticism, and synthesis of current research in the area.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Previous course work in ecology or behavioral comparative psychology
Evolution of behavioral attributes of animals with respect to ecological conditions. Overview of the field and area of active research.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission; a course in biochemistry is strongly recommended
Major aspects of molecular/physiological adaptation in plants and animals including the evolution of metabolic pathways, enzyme function, and gene regulation.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 958
Prereqs:
Background in genetics and ecology
Interplay of genetics and ecology. Genetic basis of adaptation to environmental conditions and particularly the variety of ways in which this may occur.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
Ecological and evolutionary forces responsible for patterns of numbers and types of species which coexist and form ecological communities. Mathematical models, coevolution, random processes, historical background, and examination of biotic interactions responsible for the observed patterns. Emphasis on critique and synthesis of current theory in light of empirical evidence.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 960
Biosystematics and NomenclatureCrosslisted as ENTO 960
Methods and principles of systematics and nomenclature.
Credit Hours: 2-3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Course work in ecology and/or evolution and/or animal behavior, or permission
Course work in physics recommended. Advanced introduction to the evolution of animal communication. Addresses evolution of signal structure (including acoustic, visual, electrical, and chemical signals), environmental effects on signal transmission, and the evolution of receiver responses to signals.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 963
Genetics of Host-Parasite InteractionCrosslisted as AGRO 963, HORT 963
Prereqs:
Recommended BIOS 312; BIOS *864A or *864B; and BIOC 837. Offered even-numbered calendar years.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 2
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 964
Signal TransductionCrosslisted as VBMS 964
Prereqs:
BIOS 832, BIOS 820 or equivalent, or permission
Molecular basis of genetics in eukaryotes. Gene structure and regulation, transposable elements, chromosome structure, DNA replication and repair mechanisms and recombination.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
BIOS 864A or *864B or permission
Offered odd-numbered calendar years.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 2
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 966
Advanced Viral PathogenesisCrosslisted as VBMS 966
Prereqs:
BIOS 843; VBMS 852 or equivalent introductory course in virology or experience
Advanced analysis on the mechanisms of cell and tissue damage by viruses, the spread of viruses through the body, and the host response.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Senior standing.
Required for graduation. Pass/No Pass only.
Completion of a standardized cumulative examination, an exit interview and other assessment activities.
Credit Hours: 0
Course Format: Lecture, Personalized System of Instruction
Course Delivery: Classroom
BIOS 996
Prereqs:
Permission of instructor and departmental Graduate Committee
other than thesis.
Credit Hours: 3-10
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
Reviews of specialized subject areas. Subject dependent on student demand and availability of staff.
Credit Hours: 1-24
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Admission to doctoral degree program and permission of supervisory committee chair
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-24
Max credits per degree: 55
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom