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Graduate Studies Biology Courses

BIOL 5000 Methods of Biological Research (4)
Prerequisite: Major or minor in Biology
Offered every Fall Semester
Required of all prospective candidates majoring in biology during their first semester of residence in which the course is taught. An introduction to the principles of scientific research, the use of bibliographic resources, the proper form of scientific writing, an introduction to biostatistics and research techniques in the design and execution of biological research.

BIOL 5020 Biological Sciences and Geographic Information Systems (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
Offered Fall Semester in even numbered years
Students in the biological sciences shall learn the functionality of geographic information systems and spatial analysis related to epidemiological and population dynamics. They will learn the integration of computer plotting, site investigation mapping and analysis of geo-positioning satellite information from the application of real-time case studies of research problems in the biological sciences.

BIOL 5030 Plant Taxonomy (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
Offered Fall Semester in odd numbered years
A study of regional vascular plants with emphasis on flowering, fruiting and familiar characteristics, sight identification, economic importance, relating species to habitats, appropriate literature and counseling-preservation. Primarily a field course; collections required.

BIOL 5070 Animal Behavior (4)
 
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
Offered Spring Semester in odd numbered years
The course will instruct the student in major topics of animal behavior. The instructional material will focus on the three main areas of animal behavior research, categories of animal behavior, evolution of animal behavior and neuro-analysis of animal behavior.  

BIOL 5100 Biostatistics (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
Offered Fall Semester in odd numbered years
Basic descriptive and inferential statistics, frequency distributions and analyses, analysis of variance, linear regression, correlation, nonparametric analogues to parametric methods, relationships between experimental design and data analysis used in hypothesis testing.  Selected multivariate analysis, statistical resampling methods, and data reduction techniques are discussed.  Computer use emphasized.

BIOL 5130 Advanced Topics in Genetics (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
Offered Fall Semester in even numbered years
Current concepts of genetics that include the cell cycle and regulation of division, gene mapping, inter- and intra-genic recombination, mutations, chromosome structure and function, oncogenes, genetics of mitochondria and chloroplast, gene imprinting, population genetics and other topics.

BIOL 5315 Virology (4) 
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
An advanced microbiology course designed to study the diversity of viruses through analysis of their genetics and morphology.  The biology and medical significance of viruses will be emphasized.  Laboratory experience will include methods of isolation, cultivation, and molecular analysis.
  
BIOL 5320 Plant Growth and Development (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory. 
Plant growth, correlation phenomena in development and hormones involved on growth regulation.

BIOL 5325 Mycology (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
An advanced microbiology course designed to study the kingdom of fungi to include a survey of the major fungal phyla and fungal like organisms including lichens.  The biology and economic significance of these organisms will be emphasized.  In addition, the roles and interrelationships of fungi will include methods used in isolation, cultivation and the identification of fungi, fungal nutrition, physiology and genetics as well as field experience in collection, preservation and identification of higher fungi.

BIOL 5330 Aquatic Biology and Water Quality Control (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
Offered Spring Semester in odd numbered years
A study of the aquatic environment. Materials covered will include concepts and methods of analyses of the physical, chemical and biological factors influencing aquatic life and water quality. Kinds and sources of pollution as well as methods of pollution control will be emphasized.

BIOL 5335 Microbial Pathogenesis (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
Offered Spring Semester in even numbered years
An advanced microbiology course designed to teach the concepts relating to human/animal host and microbial parasite interactions and the pathologic consequences that may result.  Also studied is the immunology and epidemiology of various agents that cause infectious disease in man and other animals.  Laboratory studies include the isolation, characterization, pathogenesis and detection of infectious agents.

BIOL 5340 Phycology (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory. 
Offered Fall Semester in odd numbered years
A study of the structure, evolution, ecology, and physiology of algae. Students will conduct research to learn methodologies needed to use physiological and ecological characteristics of algae as indicators of environmental health.

BIOL 5410 Reproductive Physiology (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
Offered Fall Semester in even numbered years 
A study of animal reproductive physiology. Emphasis will be placed on vertebrate physiology, but insects and other animals will be discussed.

BIOL  5440 Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
Offered Spring Semester in odd numbered years
The fundamental role of macro-molecules and cell ultrastructure in mediating such cellular activities as permeability, excitability, secretion, cell-cell communications, and energy transduction.  The function of the cell at the molecular level will be emphasized.
  
BIOL 5450 Biotechnology (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
Offered Fall Semester in odd numbered years
Instruction of students in the isolation and manipulation of nucleic acids for the construction and characterization of recombinant DNA molecules either for the generation of genetic probes or the development of genetically engineered microorganisms, Emphasis will be placed on the uses of these tools in biological research, biotechnology and diagnostics.

BIOL 5510 Special Problems A (2-4) 
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
The student, in consultation with a professor, will select, plan and complete a research problem. The data is to be written in acceptable scientific form for presentation in a seminar.

BIOL 5520 Special Problems B (2-4) 
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
The student, in consultation with a professor, will select, plan and complete a research problem. The data is to be written in acceptable scientific form for presentation in a seminar.

BIOL 5540 Plant Ecology (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
Offered Fall Semester in even numbered years 
Plants and their environment with emphasis on quantitative and qualitative analysis of regional plant communities and their determining factors.

BIOL 5550 Ichthyology (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory
Offered Fall Semester in even numbered years
A survey of fish diversity including study of their systematic relationships, evolutionary history, ecology, distribution, behavior, and morphology with an emphasis on the ichthyfauna of the Southeastern United States and identification of local taxa and families of the world.

BIOL 5560 Aquatic Macroinvertebrates (4) 
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
Offered Spring Semester in even numbered years 
An investigation of the diversity of aquatic macroinvertebrates through the study of their taxonomy, morphology, development, ecology and evolution of selected aquatic invertebrates.  Emphasis will be placed on freshwater aquatic macroinvertebrates of the Southeastern United States. 

BIOL 5580 Entomology (4) 
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
 An investigation of the diversity of insects through the study of their taxonomy, morphology, development, ecology and evolution.  Emphasis will be placed on insect taxa of the Southeastern United States.

BIOL 5610 Herpetology (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
Offered Spring Semester in even numbered years
A study of the taxonomy, structure, reproduction, ecology, behavior and geographic distribution of amphibians and reptiles with emphasis on the herpetofauna of the Southeastern United States.

BIOL 5620 Ornithology (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
Offered Spring Semester in odd numbered years
A study of the evolution, taxonomy, identification, life histories and behavior of birds, with emphasis on local representatives.

BIOL 5700 Topics in Biology (1-2)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Special courses or workshops in selected topics of Biology.  Specific topics may be developed by faculty or by students in consultation with a faculty member. This course my be repeated for a cumulative total of 4 credit hours.

BIOL 5730 Diagnostic Microbiology (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
Students must be accepted into the graduate study of the Clinical Laboratory Science track. Students will be involved in the advanced study of bacterial agents that cause human disease. The processing and handling of clinical specimens with emphasis on state of the art isolation and identification of pathogenic bacteria is included. Theory and practice in clinical serology as used in the diagnosis of infectious disease is also emphasized

BIOL 5735 Contemporary Issues in Biology (2)
Offered every Spring Semester
The students will discuss and present research findings using current manuscripts from primary literature.

BIOL 5850 Clinical Practicum in Microbiology (12)
A clinical approach to the laboratory diagnosis of infectious disease agents. Clinical experience will utilize diagnostic methods to identify pathogenic microorganisms. Molecular and immunodiagonostic procedures will be emphasized.

BIOL 5860 Practicum I in Clinical Laboratory Science (4)
This is the first of three clinical rotations in Clinical Laboratory Science management and administration. Students will select clinical site and specialty area in conjunction with program advisor.

BIOL 5870 Practicum II in Clinical Laboratory Science (4)
This is the second of three clinical rotations in Clinical Laboratory Science management and administration. Students will select clinical site and specialty area in conjunction with program advisor.

BIOL 5880 Practicum III in Clinical Laboratory Science (4)
This is the final clinical rotation in Clinical Laboratory Science management and administration. Students will select clinical site and specialty area in conjunction with program advisor.

BIOL 5915 Seminar in Biology (1)
Offered every Spring Semester
The students will critique reports relative to research activities. Progress and special interests will determine topic development.

BIOL 5925 Topics in Health Science (1)
Overview of current clinical, educational, and management topics in health science.

BIOL 5980 Diagnostic Microbiology II (4)
Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory
Acceptance into the graduate study of the Clinical laboratory science track. A study of the fundamental techniques used in isolation, identification and recovery of medically important mycobacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses. Emphasis is also placed on the host/microbial interaction and response. The theory and laboratory practice in clinical serology (of the above organisms) used in diagnosis of infectious disease is also included.

BIOL 5950 Research Paper (2)

BIOL 5990 Thesis (6)

BIOL 5991 Research Requirement Completion (1)
For students not fulfilling graduate school research literacy requirement within one year after scheduled completion of thesis, field study report, research project paper, or research literacy paper.  Enrollment required each subsequent semester.  Tuition and fees for one credit hour must be paid every semester until research requirement is met.