Biology Courses (BIO)

BIO 1100
Principles of Biology (3)
  Biological principles including the evolution of life, cell structure and function, human biology, cell reproduction, heredity, and ecology. Credit for this non-majors course cannot be applied toward any curriculum in biology. Co-requisite: BIO L100.
   
BIO L100
Principles of Biology Lab (1-2)
  Labs include coverage of scientific methods, measurements, microscopy, cell structure, human biology, cell reproduction, heredity, and ecology. Credit for this non-majors course cannot be applied toward any curriculum in biology. Co-requisite: BIO 1100.
   
BIO 1101
Organismal Biology (3)
  Biological concepts and life processes of protists, fungi, plants, and animals. Prerequisites: BIO 1100/L100. Co-requisite: BIO L101.
   
BIO L101
Organismal Biology Lab (1-2)
  Survey of organisms from selected phyla, including anatomy, phylogeny, and life histories. Prerequisites: BIO 1100/L100. Co-requisite: BIO 1101.
   
BIO 1120
Survey of Environmental Sciences (3)
  This course is an overview of the Earth’s abiotic and biotic systems with an emphasis on how human activity influences these systems. Included in this course will be lectures on ecology, environmental health, natural resources, energy, pollution, and environmental monitoring. If a student drops the lab (BIO L120), then the student MUST also drop the lecture (BIO 1120).
Co-requisite: BIO L120
   
BIO L120
Survey of Environmental Sciences Lab (1)
  This course includes Lab/Field-oriented experiences designed to enhance understanding of environmental concepts and issues. If a student drops the lecture (BIO 1120), then the student MUST also drop the lab (BIO L120). Co-requisite: BIO 1120
   
BIO 2205
Career Opportunities in Medicine and Allied Health Professions (1)
  An introduction to medicine and allied health professions, including academic requirements, job opportunities, and future trends. Professionals from different fields will discuss their specialties to provide students with realistic perspectives.
   
BIO 2220
Principles of Cell Biology (3)
  Introduction to cell structure and function with emphasis on organelle structure, metabolism, cell cycle, genetics, and gene function. Prerequisites: BIO 1100/L100. Co-requisite: BIO L220. Credit will not be given toward major/program if taken at same time or after BIO 3320 and BIO 4482.
   
BIO L220
Principles of Cell Biology Lab (1)
  Laboratory studies of cell biology with an emphasis on cell structure, function, experimental techniques, and data collection and analyses. Prerequisite: BIO 1100/L100. Co-requisite: BIO 2220. Credit will not be given toward major/program if taken at same time or after BIO L320 and BIO L482.
   
BIO 2229
General Ecology (3)
  The relationships of living organisms to one another and to the nonliving environment. Basic ecological concepts with the emphasis on bioenergetics, limiting factors, adaptation to a changing environment, the niche, ecological pyramids, and succession. Prerequisites: BIO 1101/L101. Co-requisite: BIO L229.
   
BIO L229
General Ecology Lab (1-3)
  Introduction to the terminology, procedures and equipment for sampling biotic and abiotic components of ecosystems, the functional and dynamic features of ecosystems, and biotic interactions. Prerequisites: BIO 1101/L101. Co-requisite: BIO 2229.
   
BIO 3307
Invertebrate Zoology (3)
  Major and minor phyla of invertebrates with emphasis on anatomy, classification, life histories, and phylogeny. Prerequisites: BIO 1101/L101. Co-requisite: BIO L307.
   
BIO L307
Invertebrate Zoology Lab (1-3)
  Anatomy, classification, and life histories of invertebrates. Prerequisites: BIO 1101/L101. Co-requisite: BIO 3307
   
BIO 3320
Genetics (3)
  Principles of heredity, from basic Mendelian concepts through molecular genetics. Prerequisites: BIO 2220/L220 and CHM 1143/L143. Co-requisite: BIO L320.
   
BIO L320
Genetics Lab (1-3)
  Basic laboratory techniques in genetics, including the genetics of common laboratory organisms. Prerequisites: BIO 2220/L220 and CHM 1143/L143. Co-requisite: BIO 3320.
   
BIO 3325
Plant Form and Function (3)
  The development, structure, and function of plant tissues and organs. Primary emphasis on anatomical, morphological, and physiological features of angiosperms. Prerequisites: BIO 1101/L101. Co-requisite: BIO L325.
   
BIO L325
Plant Form and Function Lab (1-3)
  The development, structure, and function of plant tissues and organs, with the primary emphasis on structures. Prerequisites: BIO 1101/L101. Co-requisite: BIO 3325.
   
BIO 3328
Environmental Pollution and Control (3)
  Sources, effects, and methods of control for air, water, land, and noise pollution. Prerequisites: BIO 2229/L229, CHM 1143/L143. Co-requisite: BIO L328.
   
BIO L328
Environmental Pollution and Control Lab (1-3)
  Field and laboratory techniques for air, water, land, and noise pollution. Prerequisites: BIO 2229/L229, CHM 1143/L143. Co-requisite: BIO 3328.
   
BIO 3340
Evolution (3)
  Evolution is the fundamental unifying theory in biology. The course will introduce the major principles of evolutionary biology such as evolutionary genetics, adaption and natural selection, biological diversity, paleobiology and macroevolution.
Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission of instructor.
   
BIO 3347
Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3)
  Anatomical terminology, a survey of cell types and tissues, and detailed coverage of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems of humans. Prerequisites: BIO 1100/L100, BIO 2220/ L220, CHM 1142/L142. Co-requisite: BIO L347.
   
BIO L347
Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab (1-3)
  Anatomical terminology, a survey of cell types and tissues, and detailed coverage of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems of humans. Prerequisites: BIO 1100/L100, BIO 2220/L220, CHM 1142/L142. Co-requisite: BIO 3347.
   
BIO 3348
Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3)
  The endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems of humans. Prerequisites: a grade of C or better in BIO 3347/L347. Co-requisite: BIO L348.
   
BIO L348
Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab (1-3)
  The endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems of humans. Prerequisites: a grade of C or better in BIO 3347/L347. Co-requisite: BIO 3348
   
BIO 3372
Microbiology (3)
  Fundamentals of microbiology including historical perspectives, anatomy and growth of bacteria, microbial metabolism, diseases caused by them, and interrelationships of microorganisms with the environment. Prerequisites: BIO 1100/L100, BIO 2220/L220 and CHM 1142/L142 . Co-requisite: BIO L372.
   
BIO L372
Microbiology Lab (1-3)
  Fundamentals of microscopy, sterile techniques, staining procedures, isolation techniques, identification of unknowns, and biochemical tests. Prerequisites: BIO 1100/L100, BIO 2220/L220, CHM 1142/L142. Co-requisite: BIO 3372.
   
BIO 3382
Immunology (3)
  The cellular and humoral system involved in the host response and immunity of organisms to foreign substances. Mechanisms of humoral immunity, cellular immunity, and hypersensitivities. Prerequisites: BIO 3372/L372, CHM 3342/342. Co-requisite: BIO L382.
   
BIO L382
Immunology Lab (1-3)
  Analysis of immunological techniques used in research and clinical settings. Prerequisites: BIO 3372/L372, CHM 3342/L342. Co-requisite: BIO 3382.
   
BIO 3386
Hematology (3)
  The study of blood cells and blood-forming organs under normal and diseased states. Prerequisites: BIO 3320/L320, 3372/L372, CHM 3342/L342. Co-requisite: BIO L386.
   
BIO L386
Hematology Lab (1-3)
  Cytological and instrumental analyses of blood cells and blood forming organs. Hematological analysis of normal and diseased states. Introduction to blood-banking procedures. Prerequisites: BIO 3320/L320, 3372/L372, CHM 3342/L342. Co-requisite: BIO 3386.
   
BIO 4405
Entomology (3)
  Orders of insects with the emphasis on morphology, taxonomy, and life cycles. Prerequisites: BIO 1101/L101. Co-requisite: BIO L405.
   
BIO L405
Entomology Lab (1-3)
  Morphology, classification, and identification of insects. A collection is required. Prerequisites: BIO 1101/L101. Co-requisite: BIO 4405.
   
BIO 4413
Limnology (3)
  The physical, chemical, geological, and biological aspects of freshwater ecosystems as influenced by activities in surrounding watersheds. Prerequisites: BIO 2229/L229, CHM 1143/L143. Co-requisite: BIO L413.
   
BIO L413
Limnology Lab (1-3)
  Field and laboratory exercises in lake and stream science, including instrumentation, measurement, sampling, and analysis.
Prerequisites: BIO 2229/L229, CHM 1143/L143. Co-requisite: BIO 4413.
   
BIO 4414
Food Microbiology (3)
  This course focuses on topics in microbial metabolism, food spoilage, food preservation techniques, and foodborne pathogens and their control. Some molecular techniques will be introduced. Co-requisite: BIO L414.
   
BIO L414
Food Microbiology Lab (1)
  This lab focuses on advanced microbiological laboratory techniques including enumeration and analysis of bacteria in food, water, and dairy products. Prerequisites: BIO 3372/L372. Co-requisite: BIO 4414.
   
BIO 4416
Microbial Ecology (3)
  A study of the diversity and ecology of microbial populations in ecosystems, with the emphasis on the roles they play in biogeochemical cycles, their contributions to metabolic diversity, their interactions with animals and plants, their niches and bioremediation. Prerequisites: BIO 3372/L372, CHM 3342/L342. Co-requisite: BIO L416.
   
BIO L416
Microbial Ecology Lab (1-3)
  A study of the diversity and ecology of microbial populations in ecosystems, with the emphasis on the roles they play in biogeochemical cycles, their contributions to metabolic diversity, their interactions with animals and plants, their niches and bioremediation. Prerequisites: BIO 3372/L372, CHM 3342/L342. Co-requisite: BIO 4416.
   
BIO 4418
Food Laws and Regulations (3)
  Introduction to federal, state and local laws pertaining to food safety and sanitation, proper food preservation and labeling, environmental and occupational regulations, Federal Trade Commission regulations, Kosher and Halal food laws, and topics in biotechnology. Prerequisite: BIO 3372/L372. Co-requisite: BIO 4414/L414.
   
BIO 4420
Field Vertebrate Zoology (4-7)
  The basics of vertebrate identification, with emphasis on phylogeny, anatomy, morphology, life histories, habitats, distributions, and conservation. Prerequisites: BIO 1101/L101, CHM 1143/L143.
   
BIO 4421
Population Ecology (3)
  Animal and plant populations, food supply, competition, disease, fecundity, distribution, and other environmental factors. Management of endangered species and protected ecosystems are included. Prerequisites: BIO 2229/L229, CHM 1143/L143, MTH 2210. Co-requisite: BIO L421.
   
BIO L421
Population Ecology Lab (1-3)
  Field exercises in identifying ecological problems, formulating and testing hypotheses, and evaluating data using standard statistical methods. Prerequisites: BIO 2229/L229, CHM 1143/L143, MTH 2210. Co-requisite: BIO 4421.
   
BIO 4425
Field Botany (4-7)
  Survey of vascular plants from different habitats in southeast Alabama. Principles of plant taxonomy, including history and systems of classification and nomenclature, the use of dichotomous keys, and general herbarium techniques. Emphasis is placed on plant identification and habitat types. Prerequisites: BIO 2229/L229.
   
BIO 4447
Ornithology (3)
  Morphology, anatomy, physiology, taxonomy, life histories, distribution, and adaptations of birds. Prerequisites: BIO 1101/L101, 2229/L229. Co-requisite: BIO L447.
   
BIO L447
Ornithology Lab (1-3)
  Structural features, identification, and classification of birds. Prerequisites: BIO 1101/L101, 2229/L229. Co-requisite: BIO 4447.
   
BIO 4451
Toxicology (3)
  Principles related to the adverse effects of chemicals on living organisms. Prerequisites: CHM 3342/L342, and BIO 3348/L348 Co-requisite: BIO L451.
   
BIO L451
Toxicology Lab (1-3)
  Assessment of the toxicity of chemical agents following standard protocols. Prerequisites: CHM 3342/L342 and BIO 3348/L348 Co-requisite: BIO 4451.
   
BIO 4460
Critical Issues in Environmental Management (3)
  An examination of the scientific social economic and political factors that contribute to environment controversies, along with approaches for resolving disputes. Prerequisites: BIO 1100 and SCI 2233
   
BIO 4465
Occupational Safety and Health (3)
  A study of practical information occupational safety and health technology, management, and regulatory compliance issues and covering crucial topics like an introduction to industrial hygiene; organizing, directing, and evaluating occupational safety programs; and safety-related laws, regulations, and record keeping. Prerequisites: BIO 1100 and SCI 2233
   
BIO 4471
Parasitology (3)
  Taxonomy, structure, life histories, distribution, pathogenesis, and control of parasitic protozoa, helminths, and arthropods, with the emphasis on those of medical importance. Prerequisites: Any 3000-level biology lecture and lab. Co-requisite: BIO L471.
   
BIO L471
Parasitology Lab (1-3)
  Laboratory study of parasitic protozoa, helminths, and arthropods, with the emphasis on those of medical importance.
Prerequisites: Any 3000 level biology lecture and lab. Co-requisite: BIO 4471.
   
BIO 4474
Internship in Biology Education (9)
  The Professional Internship Program is the culminating clinical field-based experience for students seeking certification in a teaching field. The Professional Internship Program provides the student with the opportunity to conduct classes and assume the role of a teacher while receiving supervision from a classroom teacher and a university supervisor for a period of one full semester. The student will demonstrate skills of the informed, reflective decision maker throughout the internship experience.
Prerequisite: admission to TEP. Co-requisite: SED 4454 Internship Seminar for Secondary Education.
   
BIO 4476
Special Topics in Biology (1 to 4 credit hours per course per semester)
  Specialized topics not generally included in course offerings. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
   
BIO 4479
Environmental Assessment (3)
  An examination of theory and practices required in performing stream environmental assessment as currently practiced by state and federal agencies in their attempt to preserve biological integrity. Sustainable management of natural resources and a systems approach to environmental problem solving will be emphasized. Topics covered include water quality, habitat assessment, indicator species used in ecological inventory with a concentration on macro invertebrate and fish assemblages, and the index of biological integrity. Prerequisites: BIO 1101/l101; or BIO 2229/L229. Co-requisite: BIO L479.
   
BIO L479
Environmental Assessment Lab (1-3)
  Laboratory instruction and hands-on field training regarding stream environmental assessment as currently practiced by state agencies in their attempt to preserve biological integrity. Topics covered include measurement of water quality, habitat, and practice sampling techniques, with a concentration on fish and macro invertebrate assemblages. In addition, students will learn the use of the index of biological integrity using their own collections of fish assemblages. Prerequisites: BIO 1101/L101; BIO 2229/L229. Co-requisite: BIO 4479.
   
BIO 4480
Histology (3)
  Microscopic anatomy and function of cell types and tissues of mammalian organs. Prerequisites: BIO 1101/L101, BIO 3347/L347, BIO 3348/L348. Co-requisite: BIO L480
   
BIO L480
Histology Lab (1-3)
  Microscopic anatomy of cell types and tissues of mammalian organs. Prerequisites: BIO 1101/L101, BIO 3347/L347, BIO 3348/L348. Co-requisite: BIO 4480
   
BIO 4481
Methods and Materials for the Secondary Teacher (3)
  A survey of teaching methods and materials appropriate for teaching in the content areas for grades 6-12. Topics addressed will include teacher evaluation in the public schools, collaboration with special education teachers, and lesson planning formats. In addition, teaching methods, selections organization and use of biology/science materials for grades 6-12 will be covered in detail. A professional laboratory experience is included in this course. Prerequisite: admission to TEP.
   
BIO 4482
Molecular Biology (3)
  Fundamental principles of chromosomal organization and gene expression, with emphasis on the structure and function of nucleic acids and proteins. Prerequisites: BIO 3320/L320, 3372/L372, CHM 3343/L343. Co-requisite: BIO L482.
   
BIO L482
Molecular Biology Lab (1-3)
  Experimental approaches in molecular analyses of nucleic acids and proteins, with the emphasis placed on common techniques utilized in clinical and research settings. Prerequisites: BIO 3320/L320, 3372/L372, CHM 3343/L343. Co-requisite: BIO 4482.
   
BIO 4484
Senior Seminar in Biological & Environmental Sciences (1)
  The senior seminar course integrates knowledge, skills, and concepts acquired in departmental courses. The course is designed to help seniors to 1) prepare for the transition from college to career through a field-related project, and 2) complete a program assessment. Prerequisite: senior standing.
   
BIO 4485
Principles and Methods for the Laboratory Assistant (1-2)
  This course will provide each student with significant “hands on” experiences in laboratory preparation and laboratory safety. Students will work under the direct mentorship and supervision of the course instructor and will be trained in preparation techniques and organization of laboratory exercises in the biological sciences. (Students seeking one (1) semester hour credit will be required to assist in one laboratory course. Students seeking two (2) semester hours credit will be required to assist in two laboratory courses or laboratory courses with multiple sections.) Prerequisite: Good standing as a student in the department, advisor/departmental approval, interview.
   
BIO 4488-4489-4490
Internship in Biological or Environmental Science (1 to 3 credit hours per course per semester)
  Supervised work experience in the biotechnology industry, medical field, a governmental agency, business or industry, public service organization, food production or food service industry, or other working environment in which a student will learn and apply pertinent professional skills. Prerequisites: Approval of the student’s academic adviser and department chair.
   
BIO 4491-4492
Guided Independent Research (1 to 3 ) credit hours per course per semester)
  Additional information is indexed under Independent Study and Research.
   
BIO 4493-4494
Guided Independent Study (1 to 3 credit hours per course per semester)
  Additional information is indexed under Independent Study and Research.
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