Course Offerings

Undergraduate Courses

Course Number

Course Name and description

 Credits

1102

Medical Terminology

An entry level class which provides the basic vocabulary needed to function in the medical environment.  Course content stresses prefix and suffix usage derived from Greek and Latin as applied to Biology.  This course is not a substitute for Biological Literature

1

1308

General Biology (Nonmajors)

A human-centered, nonchemically based course for non-science majors.  Includes function and problems of the human circulation, respiration, digestion, reproductive and sensory systems.

3

1315

Plants and Human Society (Nonmajors)

A companion course to Biology 1408, which is not a pre-requisite.  Includes human heredity and a consideration of the diversity and impact of the plant kingdom on human life and history as food and medicine as well as their aesthetic value.

3

1406

General Biology I (Majors)

A survey of molecules, cells, tissues, photosynthesis, genetics. and the diversity of organisms

4

1407

General Biology II (Majors)

Vertebrate structure and function, development, reproduction, and ecology.

Prerequisite: Biol 1406

4

2306

Environmental Science (Non-Majors)

An introduction to complimentary environmental issues and human interactions with ecosystems.

May not be used as a Biology major course.

 3

2401

Human Anatomy and Physiology

Structure and function of cells, tissues, and muscle, skeletal and nervous systems.

Pre-requisite: Passing scores on all sections of TASP test or be TASP exempt. May not be used as a Biology major course.

4

2402

Human Anatomy and Physiology

Structure and function of the circulatory, digestive, excretory and reproductive systems

Pre-requisites: Biol 2401.  May not be used as a Biology major course.

4

2420

Microbiology

Micro-organisms with emphasis on those of medical significance and problems of personal and community health.

Pre-requisite: Credit for Biol 1406, 1407 or Biol 2401, 2402.

 4

3420

Embryology

Comparative study of meiosis, fertilization, cleavage and early embryology as it relates to human development of vertebrates.

Pre-requisites: Biol 1406, 1407

3428

Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates

Comparative anatomy presented from the systematic viewpoint.

Pre-requisites: Biol 1406, 1407

4

3440

Advanced Physiology

General physiology; nerve muscle relations; digestive, circulatory, respiratory, excretory, nervous and endocrine systems. (Offered Fall semester)

Pre-requisites: Biol 1406, 1407 and Chem 1411, 1412.  (Recommended Chem 3411, 3412)

4

3450

General Botany

Introduction to plant structure and function with emphasis on the seed plants.

Pre-requisites: Biol 1406, 1407

4

3460

Invertebrate Zoology

Classification, natural history, phylogenetic relationships and economic importance of the invertebrate phyla.  (Offered Fall semester)

Pre-requisites: Biol 1406, 1407

4

3470

Genetics

General principles of heredity, including human inheritance.

Pre-requisites: Biol 1406, 1407, 2420 (Recommended: Statistics)

4

4101,

4201,

4301,

4401

Special Topics in Biology

An investigation into specialized areas of Biology under the guidance of a faculty member. This course may be repeated for credit when topics of investigation differ.

Prerequisite: BIOL 1406, BIOL 1407, BIOL 2420 with minimum grade of "C" or better

1, 2, 3,

or 4 

4300

Undergraduate Research Problems

Individual investigation of a research problem in biology. Formal report to be approved by faculty members.

Prerequisite: Prior approval of faculty member, upperclass standing in biology.

3

4302

Conservation Biology

Introduces general concepts of conservation biology, with an emphasis on basic and applied research in such fields as ecology, behavior, population genetics, and systematics, as they relate to the preservation of biodiversity at all levels.

3

4305

Systematic and Evolutionary Biology

A survey of evolutionary mechanisms from molecular to population levels. Consideration of speciation, adaptation and historical geology

3

4306

Evolutionary Ecology

Abiotic oncitions that affect the ecology and evolution of organisms. Consideration is given to populations and community ecology.

Prerequisite: BIOL 4460

3

4307

Life in the Extreme

Course is designed to examine the basic physiological problems that all organisms face and then see these principles applied to extreme environments.

3

4344

Development of Biological Thought

The history of biological thought and the development of evolutionary concepts and inheritance will be examined. The influence of prevailing philosophies and social contexts and scientific discoveries on how biological systems and concepts were interpreted and theories were formulated will be emphasized.

Prerequisite course: Currently enrolled or completed BIOL 3470.

3

4345

Experimental Design

Selection of methods in designing an experiment, including number of repetitions, controls, sample size and statistical analysis.

Prerequisite: One course in statistics.

3

4403

Field Botany

A field-oriented course that will introduce students to the flora of the surrounding region. Emphasis will be placed on the sight identification of common species as well as the use of dichotomous keys in identification to the family level.

4

4404

Molecular Biology

Concepts and applications of procedures for isolation and identification of components found in cells. Addresses structure and function of proteins and nucleic acids as well as the roles of these molecules in important biochemical processes.

4

4405

Immunology

Organs, tissues, cells, and molecules of the immune response and their interactions.

Prerequisite: BIOL 2420

4

4406

Epidemiology

A study of the distribution and determinants of disease and injuries in human populations. Laboratory utilizes a case study approach.

Prerequisites: BIOL 2420.  PSYC 2471 recommend.

4

4407

Animal Behavior

An analysis of the development and significance of various behavior patterns in animals from an evolutionary point of view

4

4408

Mammalogy

Classification, identification, ecology and natural history of the mammals. Required field trips.

4

4409

Ornithology

Identification, taxonomy, behavior and biogeography of birds.

4

4410

Parasitology

A study of the morphology, life history and host-parasite relationships of parasites of man and other animals

Prerequisite: BIOL 1406, 1407.

4

4411

Biomedical Technology and Applications

Introduction to modern biomedical technology topics such as the process of targeted therapeutic development, biomaterials, nano-technology, tissue engineering, as well as diagnosis and clinical instrumentations. The course will also provide hand-on experience for quantitative PCR gene expression analysis, next generation sequencing principles, 3D printing technologies and molecular-based diagnosis using various bio-markers. A special emphasis on the regulatory, legal and ethics issues related to modern biotechnology will also be discussed.

Prerequisite: BIOL 1406, BIOL 1407, BIOL 2420 with a minimum grade of “C” or better.

4416

Field Parasitology

A laboratory field based study of the major parasitic animal groups. Several required field trips.

4

4430

Limnology

Fauna, flora, ecology and productivity of fresh water.

Prerequisite: BIOL 1406, 1407.

4

4431

Ichthyology

Natural history, taxonomy and ecology of freshwater and marine fishes. Required field trip.

Prerequisite: BIOL 1406, 1407

4

4435

Environmental Toxicology

Principals of how contaminants are absorbed, transformed, and eliminated in different organisms. Toxin effects on organismal physiology. Student-lead laboratory experimentation and field trips.

Prerequisites: BIOL 1406, BIOL 1407, CHEM 1311, CHEM 1111, CHEM 1312, CHEM 1112

4

4437

Environmental Microbiology

Ecology and application of microorganisms in natural and synthetic environments. Research report writing intensive.

Prerequisite: BIOL 2420

4 

4440

Vertebrate Natural History

Collection, identification and natural history of area fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

Prerequisite: BIOL 1406, 1407

4

4443

Embryology and Development

Students in this course will focus their studies primarily on the embryonic development of vertebrate organisms, although development patterns of some of the invertebrate and even non-animal groups will be visited as well. Pathways and mechanisms of development will be explored at the molecular, cellular, tissue, and organismal levels from pre-fertilization through the complete development of the embryo. The interaction of evolution and development will also be considered.

Prerequisite: BIOL 1406, 1407

4

4445

Herpetology

Classification, evolution, natural history, and conservation of amphibians and reptiles.

Prerequisite: BIOL 1406, 1407

4

4450

Marine Biology

Habitats and community relationships of marine plants and animals.

Prerequisite: BIOL 1406, 1407.

4

4451

Marine Invertebrate Zoology

A survey of the major marine and estuarine invertebrates, including collection and identification. Required field trip

4

4460

Ecology

Quantitative approach to both field and experimental studies. Interrelationships of organisms and their environment.

Prerequisites: BIOL 1406, 1407.

4

4470

Cell Biology/Histology

Structural and physiological functions of cells at the biochemical and molecular level. Laboratory emphasis on structure and function of mammalian cells and tissues.

Prerequisite: CHEM 3411, BIOL 1407 (Recommended: CHEM 4411).

4

4471

Ecology of Polluted Waters

Analyses of effects of water pollutants on aquatic ecosystems. Serves both biology and environmental science majors.

4

4480

Aquatic Entomology

Biology, morphology, life history, and classification of aquatic insects. Field trips and personal collection required.

Pre-requisites: BIOL 1406, 1407

4

4487

Desert Field Mammalogy

A field-oriented course focused on mammalian faunas of desert regions of West Texas. Emphasis given ecological factors affecting distribution and abundance of species, collection and identification of specimens and performance of ecological analyses determining population densities and variations in local species composition.

Pre-requisites: BIOL 1406, 1407

4

4488

Desert Field Biology

A field-oriented course focused on the biology of desert regions of West Texas. Emphasis is given to ecological factors affecting distribution and abundance of species, collection and identification of specimens and performance of ecological analyses determining population densities and variations in local species composition.

Pre-requisites: Biol 1406, 1407

4

4490

Comparative Physiology

Course is designed to examine how organisms have solved the problems of gas exchange, circulation, osmoregulation, thermoregulation, locomotion and communication between body parts. Will take an evolutionary view of these solutions and will focus on how organisms maintain homeostasis. 

4

Graduate Courses

Course Number

Course Name and description

 Credits

5101, 5201, 5301, 5401

Special Topics

Research in areas other than thesis.

Prerequisite: Approval of graduate advisor. May be repeated when topic changes.

1, 2, 3, or 4

5110

Graduate Seminar

Current topics in biological research

See requirement 3 under Degree Requirements

1

5302

Conservation Biology

Introduces general concepts of conservation biology, with an emphasis on basic and applied research in such fields as ecology, behavior, population genetics, and systematics, as they relate to the preservation of biodiversity at all levels.

3

5305

Systematic & Evolutionary Biology

A survey of evolutionary mechanisms from molecular to population levels. Consideration of speciation, adaptation and historical geology.

3

5307

Life in the extreme

Examines the basic physiological problems that all organisms face and then sees these principles applied to extreme environments.

3

5344

Development of Biological Thought

The history of biological thought and the development of evolutionary concepts and inheritance will be examined. The influence of prevailing philosophies and social contexts and scientific discoveries on how biological systems and concepts were interpreted and theories were formulated will be emphasized.

3

5345

Experimental Design

Selection of methods in designing an experiment, including number of repetitions, control, sample size and statistical analysis.

Prerequisite: One course in Statistics.

3

5390

Thesis

Prerequisite: Approval of graduate advisor. Must complete both for required 6 credits.

3

5391

Thesis

Prerequisite: Approval of graduate advisor. Must complete both for required 6 credits.

3

5403

Field Botany

A field-oriented course that will introduce students to the flora of the surrounding region. Emphasis will be placed on the sight identification of common species as well as the use of dichotomous keys in identification to the family level.

4

5404

Molecular Biology

Concepts and application of procedures for isolation and identification of components found in cells. Addresses structure and function of proteins and nucleic acids as well as the roles of these molecules in important biochemical processes.

4

5405

Immunology

Organs, tissues, cells, and molecules of the immune response and their interactions.

Prerequisite: Microbiology, BIOL 2420.

4

5406

Parasitology

A graduate level study of the morphology, life history and host-parasite relationships of parasites of man and other
animals.

Pre-requisites: BIOL 1406, 1407

4

5409

Ornithology

Identification, taxonomy, behavior and biogeography of birds.

4

5410

Animal Behavior

An analysis of the development and significance of various behavior patterns in animals from an evolutionary point of view.

4

5411

Biomedical Technology and Applications

Introduction to modern biomedical technology topics such as the process of targeted therapeutic development, biomaterials, nano-technology, tissue engineering, as well as diagnosis and clinical instrumentations. The course will also provide hands-on experience for quantitative PCR gene expression analysis, next generation sequencing principles, 3D printing technologies and molecular-based diagnosis using various bio-markers. A special emphasis in the regulatory, legal and ethics issues related to modern biotechnology will also be discussed.

Pre-requisites: BIOL 1406, 1407, 2420

 4

5416

Field Parasitology

A laboratory and field based study of the major parasitic animal groups. Several required field trips.

4

5430

Limnology

A graduate level study of fauna, flora, ecology and productivity of fresh water.

4

5431

Ichthyology

Natural history, taxonomy and ecology of freshwater and marine fishes. Required field trip.

 4

5435

Environmental Toxicology

Principals of how contaminants are absorbed, transformed, and eliminated in different organisms. Toxin effects on organismal physiology. Student-led laboratory experimentation and field trips.

 4

5437

Environmental Microbiology

Ecology and application of microorganisms in natural and synthetic environments.

4 

5440

Vertebrate Natural History

Collection, identification and natural history of area fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

4

5443

Embryology and Development

Students in this course will focus their studies primarily on the embryonic development of vertebrate organisms, although development patterns of some of the invertebrate and even non-animal groups will be visited as well. Pathways and mechanisms of development will be explored at the molecular, cellular, tissue, and organismal levels from pre-fertilization through the complete development of the embryo. The interaction of evolution and development will also be considered. Graduate students will have to write an extensive research paper and perform an oral presentation on that paper.

Pre-requisites: BIOL 1406, 1407

4 

5445

Herpetology

Natural history, taxonomy and ecology of amphibians and reptiles. Required field trip.

4

5450

Mammalogy

Natural history, taxonomy and ecology of mammals. Required field trip.

4

5451

Marine Invertebrate Zoology

A survey of the major marine and estuarine invertebrates, including collection and identification. Required field trip.

4

5455

Marine Biology

A graduate level field study and identification of area species; current research.
Required field trips.

Pre-requisites: BIOL 3460 or BIOL 4450

4

5460

Ecology

A graduate level quantitative approach to both field and experimental studies. Interrelationships of organisms and their environment.

Pre-requisites: BIOL 1406, 1407

4

5470

Ecology of Polluted Waters

Analyses of effects of water pollutants on aquatic ecosystems.

Pre-requisites: BIOL 4430/5430

4

5475

Cell Biology

A graduate level study of structural and physiological functions of cells at the biochemical and molecular level. Laboratory emphasis on structure and function of mammalian cells and tissues.

Prerequisites: Organic Chemistry, CHEM 3411, General Biology II, BIOL 1407;
Recommended: BioChemistry, CHEM 4411.

4

5480

Aquatic Entomology

Biology morphology, life history and classification of aquatic insects. Field trips and personal collection required.

4

5485

Epidemiology

A graduate level study of the distribution and determinants of diseases and injuries in human populations. Laboratory utilizes a case history approach.

Prerequisites: BIOL 2420; PSYC 2471

4

5490

Comparative Physiology

Fundamental physiological processes in animals from the phylogenetic viewpoint.

Pre-requisites: MATH 2312, CHEM 3411, CHEM 3412, BIOL 3460 or BIOL 4440

4