Biology - BIOL
1204 - Introduction to Cellular Biology
- 4 credit hours
An introduction to biology, this course applies the scientific
method of study to cell biology, genetics, and molecular biology.
Lectures are integrated with laboratory exercises. Successful
completion of this course satisfies the requirements for a major or
minor in Biology, and is an option for the "Natural Sciences"
component in General Education Requirements.
Prerequisite: A minimum ACT mathematics
subscore of 16 or an Accuplacer algebra score of 33-120 or
Elementary Algebra. Note: Students must first complete or test
out of the reading sequence before taking this course: All
1214 - Introduction to Organismal
Biology - 4 credit hours
Provides an introductory study of animal and plant kingdoms. Course
emphasizes structure and function, reproduction, and ecology of
animals and plants. Lectures are integrated with laboratory
exercises, which include animal and plant dissections. Note:
Successful completion of this course satisfies the general
education requirements for a major or minor in Biology.
Note: Students must first complete or test out of the reading
sequence before taking this course. Course Rotation: All
2004 Clinical Microbiology - 4
An elementary microbiology course for
students interested in understanding the characteristics and
activities of microorganisms and their relationship to health and
disease. Note: Pre-nursing curriculum, not acceptable
for Biology major or minor. Course rotation:
2104 - Microbiology - 4 credit
Deals with fundamental microbiological principles and techniques,
including: structure, function, cultural characteristics, and
evolutionary and ecological relationships among microorganisms with
a human perspective The laboratory is a two-hour series that
correlates with the lecture. Activities include aseptic techniques
for use of microorganisms, cultural characteristics and biochemical
reactions of microorganisms, classification and identification of
unknown microorganisms. High school chemistry is recommended.
Prerequisite: BIOL 1204 and 1214
with a minimum grade of C or permission of the instructor.
Course Rotation: Spring.
2204 - Animal Diversity - 4 credit
Study of animal characteristics and review of phylogeny of major
animal groups with special attention to invertebrates. Students
learn the diversity of Kentucky fauna by participating in "The
Great Kentucky Critter Hunt." This course employs traditional
lecture and laboratory formats; it requires active student
participation in developing a field collection. Recommended for
science majors only.
Prerequisite: BIOL 1204 and BIOL
1214 with a minimum grade of C or permission of the instructor.
Course Rotation: Spring.
2314 - Plant Diversity - 4 credit
Study of plant characteristics and review of plant diversity.
Students learn Linnaean classification and use of dichotomous keys,
comparative anatomy through dissection, and plant kingdom survey.
Students will complete a taxonomic collection of specimens from a
species list of representative Kentucky plants. Recommended for
science majors only. Prerequisite:
BIOL 1204 and BIOL 1214 with a minimum grade of C. Course
2604 - Environmental Science - 4 credit
Physical processes of the environment and their interaction with
human development, industrialization, and pollution are examined.
Labs with special emphasis on environmental ecology, resource
management, and aquatic environments from a watershed perspective.
Prerequisites: BIOL 1204 and BIOL 1214
with a minimum grade of C or permission of the instructor.
Course Rotation: Varies.
2603 - Conservation Biology - 3 credit
Introduces conservation biology, the science of preserving
biodiversity. A major new discipline, conservation biology
incorporates biological principles in the design of effective
strategies for the sustainable management of populations, species,
and ecosystems. In particular, it explores the fundamental problems
of habitat loss and fragmentation, habitat disturbance, and the
non-sustainable exploitation of species in aquatic and terrestrial
ecosystems. Prerequisites: BIOL 1204 and
BIOL 1214 with a minimum grade of C or permission of the
instructor. Course Rotation: Varies.
2614 - Anatomy and Physiology I - 4
Basic anatomy and physiology course with laboratory designed
for students interested in health science careers.
Emphasis is placed upon the concept of homeostasis and the
relationship of structure and function. This course may be
taken at the 3000-level upon approval from the Natural Sciences
faculty. Course Rotation: Fall.
2702 - Medical Terminology - 2 credit
Introduces basic health care terminology. The use of prefixes,
roots, and suffixes, along with the breakdown of words into
separate definite components, is used to ascertain the meaning of
words associated with healthcare careers. Self-paced learning for
mastery of the material. Course Rotation: Fall.
3103 - Cell Biology - 3 credit
An integration of biological, chemical, and physical aspects of the
cell. Lectures emphasize molecular processes in the cell including
organelle structure and function, membranes, cytoskeleton,
respiration, trafficking, and signaling. Organic chemistry
recommended. Prerequisites: BIOL
1204 and 1214 with a minimum grade of C and CHEM 1224 or permission
of instructor. Course Rotation: Spring.
3204 - Genetics - 4 credit
A study of the major features of heredity, including patterns of
transmission; the nature of hereditary information; the structure,
replication, expression, and the regulation of this information.
Integrated laboratory exercises focus on the patterns of
transmission, the nature of RNA, DNA, and chromosomes, the
regulation of gene expression. Modern genetic techniques - such as
gel electrophoresis, DNA transformation, and PCR - will be
employed. Prerequisite: BIOL 1204
and BIOL 1214 with a minimum grade of C and CHEM 1224 or permission
of instructor. Course Rotation: Fall.
3304 - Ecology - 4 credit
Concentrates on fundamental principles of ecology and modern topics
of ecological interest, e.g., community and biosphere ecology and
biodiversity. Laboratory of a strong field component that
emphasizes various data collection methods, identification of local
flora and fauna, and statistical analysis. Requires independent
effort and may exceed scheduled time.
Prerequisites: BIOL 1204 and 1214 with a
minimum grade of C and junior standing or permission of the
instructor. Course Rotation: Fall odd years.
3403 - Theory of Natural Selection - 3
Study of the writings of Ernst Mayr as a tool for
understanding the fundamental philosophical reasoning supporting
Darwin's discovery. Takes the student from the time of Darwin and
finishes with modern discoveries by this now 150-year-old research
program. Employs recitation and lecture format. Note: This
course is recommended as an elective to junior or senior students
of any discipline. Course Rotation: Spring.
3503 - Economic Botany - 3 credit
Survey of various economic uses of plants including plants
used as food, spices, oils, beverages, fibers, dyes, sources of
industrial materials, building supplies, ornamentals and
pharmacological sources for designer drugs. Recommended
elective for psychology majors. BIOL 2314 recommended.
Prerequisite: Successful completion
of a general education biology course (BIOL 1204 or SCI
1013). Course Rotation: Spring even years.
3513 - Animal Behavior - 3 credit
A study of the history and development of science up to modern
discoveries in foraging theory, reproductive strategies, sexual
selection, social behavior, domestication, learning, migration, and
more. The course employs special topical readings followed up by
recitation and discussion plus formal lectures. A few field trips
to a local blackbird roost are required. Note: This course is
recommended as an elective to junior or senior students in any
discipline. Course Rotation: Fall even years.
3624 - Anatomy and Physiology II - 4
Continuation of Anatomy and Physiology I. Designed for students
interested in human health, medicine, or exercise physiology.
Integrates lecture with co-requisite laboratory experiments to
develop an understanding of the physiological principles of muscle,
nerve, respiratory, endocrine, digestive, cardiovascular, and
kidney function, as well as, wound healing, metabolism, and
nutrition. Prerequisite: BIOL 2614 with a
grade of C or equivalent. Course Rotation: Spring.
3901 - Junior Seminar - 1 credit
A study of current literature in a selected biology topic of a
student's interest. Readings selected and discussed will provide
the basis for research in senior seminar (BIOL 4901).
Prerequisites: Junior standing in the
Biology program. Course Rotation: Fall.
4204 - Plant Ecology - 4 credit
Provides a range of topics from plant adaptations to habitat
disturbance and succession to landscape ecology and conservation.
Application of geographic information systems (GIS) analysis,
global positioning systems (GPS), and habitat assessment (HA)
methods will highlight the hands-on labs to provide students with
practical job related experience and specific technical expertise.
Prerequisites: Junior standing and BIOL
3304 with a minimum grade of C or permission of instructor.
Course Rotation: Varies.
4213 - Human Genetics - 3 credit
Provides an understanding of the genetic basis for human disease
with an emphasis on the principles and methods of molecular
genetics. Topics include monogenic traits, cytogenetics,
non-Mendelian inheritance, cancer genetics, and complex genetics.
Papers from the current literature will supplement lecture
material. Prerequisite: BIOL 3204
with a minimum grade of C. Course Rotation: Spring
4404 - Molecular Biology - 4 credit
Advanced theory and methods in the study of gene expression in
prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, genetic engineering, and
molecular biology including DNA replication, regulation of gene
expression, protein expression and purification. Integrated lab
exercises include DNA manipulations, DNA cloning and mapping,
protein expression and purification. Note: Recommended for
pre-health science majors.
Prerequisites: BIOL 3204 with a minimum
grade of C and CHEM 1224. Course Rotation: Spring odd
4604 - Aquatic Biology - 4 credit
Introduction to concepts in lake and stream ecology. In lab,
students will assess abiotic (physical and geomorphical) aspects of
aquatic ecosystems, e.g., wet chemistry and physiometric
assessments. Students will also employ various aquatic survey
techniques to assess biotic aspects of lakes and streams, including
rapid biological assessment used state and federal agencies.
Prerequisites: Junior standing and
successful completion of BIOL 2204 and BIOL 2304 with a grade of C.
Course Rotation: Spring odd years.
4901 - Senior Seminar - 1 credit
A capstone course that continues the analysis of a selected
research topic of the student's interest formulated in "Junior
Seminar." Students will submit a novel biology research proposal
for completion. Note: Completion of the ETS Biology Field Test
is required for passage of this course.
Prerequisites: Senior standing and
successful completion of BIOL 3901 with a minimum grade of C.
Course Rotation: All semesters.