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Biology Courses (BIO)

BIO 5505 - Entomology (4)

A study of the orders of insects with the emphasis on morphology, taxonomy, and life cycles. Prerequisites: General Biology.


BIO 5513 - Limnology (3)

A study of the physical, chemical, geological, and biological aspects of freshwater ecosystems as influenced by activities in surrounding watersheds. Prerequisites: general biology, general ecology, general chemistry. Co-requisite: BIO L513


BIO L513 - Limnology Lab (1)

Field and laboratory exercises in lake and stream science, including instrumentation, measurement, sampling, and analysis. Co-requisite: BIO 5513


BIO 5514 - 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. Prerequisites: BIO 3372/L372. Corequisite: BIO L514.


BIO L514 - Food Microbiology Lab (3)

This lab focuses on advanced microbiological laboratory techniques including enumeration and analysis of bacteria in food, water, and dairy products. Prerequisites: BIO 3372/L372. Corequisite: BIO 5514.


BIO 5516 - Microbial Ecology (3)

A study of the taxonomy, diversity, and ecology of microbial populations in ecosystems, with the emphasis on the roles that they play in biogeochemical cycles, their contributions to metabolic diversity, their interactions with animals and plants, their niches and bioremediation. Prerequisites: microbiology, organic chemistry. Co-requisite: BIO L516


BIO L516 - Microbial Ecology Lab (1)

Microbial ecology laboratory techniques including isolation, identification, and enumeration of microorganisms from aquatic and terrestrial environments. Co-requisite: BIO 5516


BIO 5520 - Field Vertebrate Zoology (4)

A study of the basics of vertebrate identification, with emphasis on phylogeny, anatomy, morphology, life histories, habitats, distributions, and conservation. Prerequisites: General Biology, General Chemistry


BIO 5521 - Population Ecology (3)

This course covers animal and plant populations, food supply, competition, disease, fecundity, distribution, and other environmental factors. Management of endangered species and protected ecosystems are included. Prerequsites: General Ecology, Genetics, General Chemistry, Statistics. Co-requisite: BIO L521


BIO L521 - Population Ecology Lab (1)

Field exercises in identifying ecological problems, formulating and testing hypotheses, and evaluating data using standard statistical methods. Co-requisite: BIO 5521


BIO 5525 - Field Botany (4)

A 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: General Biology, General Ecology. See semester hour limits listed under Course Restrictions in General Regulations section.


BIO 5547 - Ornithology (3)

Biology, ecology, evolution, and the conservation of birds .Prerequisites: General Biology, General Ecology or permission of the instructor Co-requisite: BIO L547


BIO L547 - Ornithology Lab (1)

Diversity, adaptations, classification, and field identification of birds. Co-requisite: BIO 5547


BIO 5550 - Environmental History (3)

An introduction to environmental history of the United States from the 18th century to the late 20th century, emphasizing the post WWII period. The course will focus on the historical development of the science of ecology, the origins of environmental problems and solutions attempted by government and experts, and responses by grassroots activists over time. Prerequisite: Graduate standing at Troy University.


BIO 5551 - Toxicology (3)

A study of the principles related to the adverse effects of chemicals on living organisms. Prerequisite: Organic Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology.


BIO L551 - Toxicology Lab (1)

An assessment of terrestrial and aquatic toxicity of chemical agents following standard protocols.


BIO 5571 - Parasitology (3)

This course covers the 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 BIO lecture and lab. Corequisite: BIO L571


BIO L571 - Parasitology Lab (1)

A laboratory study of parasitic protozoa, helminths, and arthropods, with the emphasis on those of medical importance. Co-requisite: BIO 5571


BIO 5576 - Special Topics (1-4)

Specialized topics not generally included in course offerings. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor


BIO 5579 - 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 macroinvertebrate and fish assemblages, and the index of biological integrity. Prerequisites: BIO 1101/L101; 2202/ L202 or 2229/L229. Corequisite: BIO L579.


BIO L579 - Environmental Assessment Lab (1)

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 macroinvertebrate 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; 2202/L202 or 2229/L229. Corequisite: BIO 5579.


BIO 5580 - Histology (3)

A study of the microscopic anatomy and function of cell types and tissues of mammalian organs. Prerequisite: general biology. Co-requisite: BIO L580


BIO L580 - Histology Lab (1)

A study of the microscopic anatomy of cell types and tissues of mammalian organs. Co-requisite: BIO 5580


BIO 5582 - Molecular Biology (3)

The study of the fundamental principles of chromosomal organization and gene expression, with emphasis on the structure and function of nucleic acids and proteins. Prerequisites: Genetics, Microbiology, Organic Chemistry. Co-requisite: BIO L582


BIO L582 - Molecular Biology Lab (1)

Experimental approaches in molecular analyses of nucleicacids and proteins, with the emphasis placed on common techniques utilized in clinical and research settings. Co-requisite: BIO 5582


BIO 5592 - Guided Independent Research (1-4)

Additional information is indexed under “Guided Independent Research and Study.


BIO 5594 - Guided Independent Study (1-4 )

Additional information is indexed under “Guided Independent Research and Study.”


BIO 6601 - Environmental and Biological Ethics (3)

Examination of major ethical theories as they apply to environmental, biological, and medical issues. The linkage of ethics to decision-making in social, public, and business policy. Course develops skills in understanding value systems and framing ethical positions.


BIO 6603 - Environmental Management (3)

Concepts and practices underlying procedures for environmental resource management, including planning, organizing, and conducting programs.


BIO 6610 - Principles and Methods for the Teaching Assistant (1-2)

This course will provide each student with significant “hands-on” experiences in college level instruction and develop the knowledge and skills teachers need to implement inquiry-based instruction. Students will work under the direct mentorship and supervision of the course instructor and will be trained in techniques, current presentations, and teaching methods of laboratory-based biology. (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.)


BIO 6611 - Global Pollution and International Environmental Policy (3)

An examination of global environmental issues, such as global climate change, ozone depletion, and acid precipitation. This course also deals with alternative in developing global policies and treaties to address these problems.


BIO 6612 - Environmental Impact Studies and Risk Management (3)

An examination of practices used in analysis of land, water, and air to determine the impact of human activities such as construction, mining, clearing, and industrial operation. Planning approaches and ecological constraints, economic evaluation, and quantitative approaches to predict impact.


BIO 6617 6618 - Seminar in Environmental and Biological Sciences (1)

Presentations on interdisciplinary principles and concepts, current issues, and new studies and research from a variety of fields, with environmental science serving as a unifying theme. Faculty members and outside speakers will present guest lecturers. Candidates for the master’s degree in the thesis option will present their research findings and conclusions.


BIO 6619 - Environmental Negotiations and Conflict Resolution (3)

An examination of the approaches to resolving environmental disputes through alternative dispute resolution techniques.


BIO 6621 - Environmental Toxicology (3)

This course is a foundation for scientific decision-making involving contaminants and their effects on biological systems. It covers the basic principles of environmental toxicology including bioaccumulation, the biological effects of toxicants from the molecular to global level of organization, and a basic understanding of the risk of environmental pollutants and the science of risk assessment. Prerequisites: Eight semester hours or equivalent of chemistry


BIO 6624 - Public Health (3)

The impact of the environment on humans as well as the human impact on the environment serve as the dual focus of this course. Environmental agents of physical, chemical, and biological nature with adverse effect on human health will be considered. The physiological, molecular, cellular, genetic, and biochemical mechanisms of action of environmental carcinogens, toxins, pollutant, and other disease causing environmental agents and the interaction of various environmental agents with biological systems will be addressed.


BIO 6625 6626 - Specialized Study in Biology (1-4)

The student has the opportunity to engage in intensive study of a particular subject or learn a pertinent skill, which fits his/her academic and/or professional needs but is not available in the regular curriculum. This study may include educational activities or training outside of the University. The student will follow the guidelines that the Department established for the supervision and the pursuance of this study. Requires approval of the student’s adviser and chairs.


BIO 6630 - Pollution Science (3)

A study of pollution of atmosphere, surface water, and soil and groundwater from animate activities and inanimate processes. Adverse effects, fate, and transport of pollutants in air, soil, and water. Prerequisite: general chemistry.


BIO L630 - Pollution Science Lab (1)

Theory and analytical techniques used in both field and laboratory for the analysis of air, water, and soil contaminants. Prerequisite: general chemistry


BIO 6632 - Land Use Planning (3)

An introduction to land use planning and land use tools, including zoning and comprehensive planning. The course also examines the interaction between land use and environments and explores strategies to reduce environmental impacts and protect natural resources.


BIO 6635 - Water Quality and Resources (3)

This course is designed to present the basic aspects of water quality, quantity, and policy to the students to help them make informed decisions on how to manage the social science issues related to water supply, demand, and sustainable water management within the U.S. and globally. This course specifically covers properties of water, ecological implications of water, water resources, hydrologic cycle, physical, chemical and biological characteristics of water, stream, lake and reservoir water quality, water pollution, best management practices, water laws, regulations, and standards, and water economics. This course is an elective for all concentrations within the Environmental and Biological Sciences program.


BIO 6641 - Environmental Law, Permitting, and Regulatory Compliance (3)

A study of the steps needed and programs required to insure that public and private sector organizations are in compliance with federal and state environmental regulations. Prerequisites: An undergraduate ecology or environmental course, or approval of adviser.


BIO 6647 - Environmental Economics (3)

Introduction to the micro and macro aspects of environmental economics. The course will explore the various economic and institutional means of controlling environmental problems for effectiveness, efficiency and equity.


BIO 6650 - Spatial Analysis Using Geographical Information Systems (3)

A graduate level GIS course geared for beginners that presents the understanding behind the four functional and physical components of a GIS: data input; storage and retrieval; manipulation; and data output. Multiple GIS applications are also discussed. Prerequisites: BIO 6630, BIO L630, or permission of chair. Co-requisite: BIO L650


BIO L650 - Spatial Analysis Using Geographical Information Systems Lab (1)

This lab is intended for average computer users with little or no experience in ArcView GIS or any other GIS software. At the end of the labs, students will be able to use ArcView to view, query, analyze, chart, and map geographic data. Co-requisite: BIO 6650.


BIO 6655 - Clinical Biochemistry (3)

This course is the discipline of pathology (or laboratory medicine) that is concerned with the detection and measurement of biochemical changes in disease. This course will give a succinct overview, the “big picture”, and relevance of biochemistry and essential pathways that regulate and affect various disorders. Discussion of potential targets for research and drug development through the use of case studies will be included. Prerequisites: Cell Biology/Lab, General Chemistry/Lab, Genetics or equivalent, or by permission of instructor.


BIO 6660 - Issues in Aquatic Ecology (3)

Case studies on the overexploitation and degradation of aquatic ecosystems and their resources, with a primary focus on freshwater systems. Prerequisite: An undergraduate ecology course is highly recommended.


BIO 6661 - Conservation Biology (3)

Examination of the principles, practices, and philosophy of measuring, maintaining, and enhancing biological diversity. The course focuses on the applications of ecology, population biology, and genetics of the conservation of keystone and rare species and ecosystems. Prerequisite: An undergraduate ecology course is highly recommended.


BIO 6665 - Sustainable Development (3)

This course will increase student awareness of sustainability issues concerning the future survival of humans and other organisms on the planet. The course specifically covers the following: biological diversity trends, human population growth, agriculture and food consumption issues, water use and supplies, global warming and effects on biological diversity, sustainable fisheries, forest products and services, and other issues.


BIO 6670 6671 - Special Topics (1-4)

Specialized topics not generally included in course offerings. A maximum total of 4 semester hours is allowed for program credit.


BIO 6691 - Research Methodology and Experimental Design (3)

This course will include hands-on statistical experience emphasizing hypothesis testing using a statistical software system. It will combine several elements of research methodology including developing a grant proposal that will include topic selection, literature search, question formulation, methods, statistics, and a budget. Prerequisite: Three semester hours in probability and statistics or permission of instructor. A grade of “B” or better is required.


BIO 6695 - Thesis Research (1- 6)

Under the guidance of the student’s adviser and the chair of the department, the student may pursue original research (independent acquisition and interpretation of data) in a particular area of environmental or biological science. The completion of a thesis is required. The results and conclusions must be successfully defended before the student’s graduate committee. Grading system is Pass / Fail. Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA and permission of the Chair of the Biological and Environmental Sciences department.