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UNDERGRADUATE BIOLOGY COURSES (BIOL)

BIOL 1010 Fundamentals of Biology   3/0/3

    This course will instruct students in basic biological phenomena and how organisms interact with their environments. Emphasis will be placed on humans and processes within the human biology. Topics will include biological diversity, biological molecules, cells, organ systems, genetics, and the interaction of man with his environment. Must be taken concurrently with BIOL 1010L.

BIOL 1010L Fundamentals of Biology Lab   0/2/1

    Laboratory component of the Fundamentals of Biology course (BIOL 1010). The lecture and lab courses must be taken during the same term or students must have already completed BIOL 1010.

BIOL 1011 Biology of Human Reproduction   3/0/3

    Prerequisite: BIOL 1010

    This course is designed to familiarize students with the basic structure and function of the reproductive tract, developmental processes, the genetics of reproduction, and disease and dysfunctions of the reproductive tract. Topics of general interest such as birth control, sexually transmitted diseases, infertility, and means of overcoming infertility will be discussed.

BIOL 1012 Ecology and Environmental Biology   3/0/3

    Prerequisite: BIOL 1010

    This course is designed to familiarize non-major students with the basic structures and functions of populations, communities, and ecosystems. Based on this foundation, emphasis will be placed on ecological assessments of many current and pressing environmental issues that threaten the air, water, and soil resources of earth. Same as ENVS 1012.

BIOL 1013 Biology of AIDS and Infectious Disease   3/0/3

    Prerequisite: BIOL 1010

    This course is designed to inform students about infectious diseases, how microorganisms cause diseases and how humans resist and fight infection. It will introduce students to several human organ systems and the common infections for those systems. The course will particularly focus on AIDS and HIV, the history, epidemiology, biology, diagnosis, and treatment of this particular disease.

BIOL 1014 Nutrition   3/0/3

    Prerequisite: BIOL 1010

    This course is a general science course. This course will provide a basic understanding of the fundamentals of human nutrition. It will use a scientific approach to apply the logic of science in understanding the individual’s nutrition concerns. The course will incorporate the information needed to analyze and modify the individual’s diet so that they will be prepared to make decisions about their individual health and nutrition. Emphases will be placed on the digestion and absorption functions of three of the four macromolecules (carbohydrates, proteins, fats), vitamins, minerals, water, and accessory nutrients. This course will also integrate energy balance, weight control, health, diseases, metabolism, and cultural diversity. Nutritional assessments will also be performed.

BIOL 1015 The Unseen World of Microbes   3/0/3

    This course is designed to introduce non-science majors to the diversity and importance of microorganisms and the role these organism play in the enviroment, industry, and our health. The course is designed for on-line delivery and contains an associated laboratory component.

BIOL 1015L The Unseen World of Microorganisms Lab   0/2/1

    This laboratory is designed to accompany BIOL 1015. Students may take the lecture without the lab; however, the lecture portion is a corequisite or prerequsite to this laboratory course. The laboratory modules consist of hands-on and virtual labs that are shipped to off-campus students.

BIOL 1020L Biological Applications to Nursing   0/2/1

    Prerequisite: BIOL 1010, 1010L, or other college-level introductory biology course

    The course is designed as a hands-on laboratory to demonstrate how biology and biological concepts directly impact and direct human health care. For pre-nursing students, the course will provide a clearer understanding of laboratory methods that are used for diagnosis of human disease.

BIOL 1107 Principles of Biology I   3/0/3

    Prerequisite: 50% or better on Departmental Assessment Exam or grades of B or better for BIOL 1010 and 1010L

    This course is designed for the biology majors, other science majors, and secondary science majors. An integrated plant-animal approach, including form, function, and development of organisms, their systematics, ecology, and evolution. Must be taken with BIOL 1107L.

BIOL 1107L Principles of Biology I Lab   0/3/1

    The laboratory component for BIOL 1107. Lecture and lab must be taken in the same term.

BIOL 1108 Principles of Biology II   3/0/3

    Prerequisite: BIOL 1107

    A continuation of BIOL 1107. Must be taken with BIOL 1108L.

BIOL 1108L Principles of Biology II Lab   0/3/1

    The laboratory component for BIOL 1108. Lecture and lab must be taken in the same term.

BIOL 2021 Human Anatomy and Physiology I   3/0/3

    Prerequisites: BIOL 1010, 1010L or BIOL 1107, 1107L

    An introduction to the structural and functional relationships in the human body. This course will introduce the student to the background material and the organ systems associated with protection, support, and movement, as well as the systems which control and integrate body functions. This course is designed to be taken before BIOL 2022. This course is not intended for biology or other laboratory science majors and cannot be used for credit toward those degrees. Must be taken with BIOL 2021L.

BIOL 2021L Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab   0/3/1

    The laboratory component of BIOL 2021. Students must enroll in BIOL 2021 in the same term.

BIOL 2022 Human Anatomy and Physiology II   3/0/3

    Prerequisite: BIOL 2021

    A continuation of the study of the structural and functional relationships in the human body. This course will introduce the student to the structure and function of the organ systems associated with blood production, blood flow, respiration, digestion, excretion, reproduction, and immunity. This course is designed to follow BIOL 2021. This course is not intended for biology or other laboratory science majors and cannot be used for credit toward those degrees. Must be taken with BIOL 2022L.

BIOL 2022L Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab   0/3/1

    The laboratory component of BIOL 2022. Students must enroll in BIOL 2022 in the same term.

BIOL 2030 Medical Microbiology   3/0/3

    Prerequisites: BIOL 1010, 1010L and BIOL 2021, 2021L; or BIOL 1107, 1107L and 1108, 1108L

    This course is designed for nursing and other allied health persons and is intended to introduce the student to the basic concepts and practices of microbiology, especially with regard to health and human disease. Lecture portions of the course will address the basic biology of microorganisms, pathogenic mechanisms, host defense and immunity, and microorganisms and human diseases. This course is not intended for biology or other laboratory science majors and cannot be used for credit toward those degrees. Must be taken with BIOL 2030L.

BIOL 2030L Medical Microbiology Lab   0/3/1

    The laboratory component of BIOL 2030. Students must enroll in BIOL 2030L in the same term.

BIOL 2120 Biological Computer Applications   1/0/1

    Prerequisite: BIOL 1108; Corequisite: BIOL 2135

    This course is designed to introduce sophomore-level biology majors to basic computer applications that will provide knowledge and skills useful for advanced coursework, professional studies, or employment in the biological sciences.

BIOL 2130 Sophomore Biology Seminar   1/0/1

    Prerequisite: BIOL 1108

    A course designed to introduce biology majors to basic skills for critical reading of biological literature, methods for organizing information for oral presentation, and which will assess the oral presentation skills of students. Students will learn methods for literature searches and the styles of writing for biological literature, including research papers, review articles, and short communications. Each student will select a topic for presentation, will research her or his topic, and will present the researched information orally in a style acceptable for scientific presentations.

BIOL 2134 Molecular Cell Biology   3/0/3

    Prerequisites: BIOL 1108, 1108L and CHEM 1212K Corequisite: BIOL 2120

    This course deals with the molecular aspects of cell structure and function, emphasizing the chemical and molecular basis of cellular physiology. It also addresses genetic functions at the chromosomal and molecular levels, gene expression, and regulation.

BIOL 2134L Molecular Cell Biology Laboratory   0/3/1

    Prerequisites: BIOL 1108, 1108L and CHEM 1212K

    The laboratory component of BIOL 2134.

BIOL 2135 Ecology, Evolution, and Experimental Biology   3/0/3

    Prerequisites: BIOL 1108, 1108L and CHEM 1212L; Corequisite: BIOL 2120 This course is designed to familiarize sophomore-level biology majors with the basic factors controlling the structure and function of populations, communities, and ecosystems. The role of evolutionary processes in the structure and function of these systems also will be explored. Basic concepts will be synthesized and reinforced by investigating the dynamics of the major aquatic life zones and terrestrial biomes on earth.

BIOL 2135L Ecology, Evolution and Experimental Biology Laboratory   0/3/1

    Prerequisites: BIOL 1108, 1108L and CHEM 1212L

    This lab provides an in-depth study of experimental approaches and methods (including literature research, laboratory instrumentation, data collection and analysis, and report preparation and presentation) that are commonly used in research to address questions in the biological sciences.

BIOL 2150 Biology Honors House Seminar   1/0/1

    Prerequisite: Open to all honors students majoring in science

    An honors seminar based on the Oxford/Cambridge/Harvard model. Honor students will meet weekly with a faculty member to discuss topics relevant to biology, but which are not ususally discussed in traditional biology courses.

BIOL 2983 Sophomore Biology Research    var. 1-4

    A course designed to allow students to conduct faculty-directed, independent research projects in areas of the biological sciences. The course may be repeated, but credit for BIOL 2983 may not apply toward biology degree requirements. Consent of faculty supervisor required.

BIOL 2985 Special Topics in Biology    var. 1-4

    Specific titles will be announced for each term in class schedules and will be entered on transcripts. Application of these courses toward specific biology degree requirements will be made on a case-by-case basis, depending on the topic. May be repeated for credit as long as the topic differs. Consent of instructor required.

BIOL 3221 Taxonomy of Flowering Plants and Ferns   3/3/4

    Prerequisite: BIOL 1108, 1108L

    This course is designed to familiarize students with the plant features and methodologies used to identify vascular plant species. The distinguishing characteristics, taxonomic relationships, economic importance, and ecological distribution of plant families will also be explored. Emphasis will be placed on recognition of vascular plant species endemic to northwest Georgia.

BIOL 3223 Vascular Plants   3/3/4

    Prerequisites: BIOL 2134, 2134L and BIOL 2135, 2135L

    This course is designed to familiarize students with four basic areas of plant biology: diversity, anatomy, physiology, and ecology. In this survey, the ferns, fern allies, gymnosperms, and angiosperms will be compared and contrasted through lecture and lab-based exercises.

BIOL 3226 Natural History of Vertebrates   3/3/4

    Prerequisite: BIOL 1108, 1108L Vertebrate natural history is studied in lecture, lab, and field.

    The taxonomy, phylogeny, identification, and general aspects of the behavior and ecology of freshwater fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals of the Southeast are studied. Local species are emphasized.

BIOL 3231 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy   2/6/4

    Prerequisite: BIOL 2134, 2134L and 2135, 2125L

    A lab-oriented (dissection) course in the organogenesis and gross morphology of animal structure with an emphasis on functional and evolutionary modifications. Gross dissection and techniques used in morphology.

BIOL 3232 Vertebrate Evolution   3/0/3

    Prerequisite: BIOL 2134, 2134L and 2135, 2135L

    Concepts of evolution with a review of how animals with backbones developed through more than 400 million years.

BIOL 3310 Microbiology   3/3/4

    Prerequisite: BIOL 2134, 2134L and 2135, 2135L

    Microbiology is the study of biological organisms and agents too small to see with the unaided eye. This course will introduce students to the diversity, physiology, anatomy, and genetics of microorganisms, with particular emphasis on the bacteria. It will also introduce students to key areas of microbiology, including medical microbiology, microbial ecology, food microbiology, and biotechnology. In the laboratory, students will learn techniques for medical microbiology and biotechnology.

BIOL 3513 Human Physiology   3/3/4

    Prerequisite: BIOL 2134, 2134L; 2135, 2135L; and CHEM 2422 or 3422

    A survey of the mechanisms involved in the function of the human body. Study is approached from the organ system level to address muscular, neural, hormonal, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, renal, and reproductive functions. Correlation will be made to the similarity between the demands placed on living systems regardless of whether the organism is multicellular or a single cell.

BIOL 3526 Vertebrate Histology   3/3/4

    Prerequisite: BIOL 2134, 2134L and 2135, 2135L

    A microanatomical study of cell and tissue structure. Emphasis is on the complex nature of tissues and how the cellular associations within the tissue contribute to the overall functions of the tissues. Laboratory is devoted to preparation and interpretation of tissue samples.

BIOL 3621 Genetics and Medical Genetics   3/3/4

    Prerequisite: BIOL 2134, 2134L and 2135, 2135L

    The major emphasis of this course is the study of both basic and advanced genetic principles and genetic analysis methods that can be applied to all eukaryotic organisms. The secondary emphasis of this course will be the study of human medical genetics.

BIOL 3983 Junior Biology Research     Variable (1-4)

    A course designed to allow students to conduct faculty-directed, independent research projects in areas of the biological sciences. The course may be repeated, but credit for BIOL 3983 may not apply toward biology degree requirements. Consent of faculty supervisor required.

BIOL 4150 Biology Honors House Seminar   1/0/1

    Prerequisite: Open to all honors students majoring in science

    An honors seminar based on the Oxford/Cambridge/Harvard model. Honor students will meet weekly with a faculty member to discuss topics relevant to biology, but which are not ususally discussed in traditional biology courses.

BIOL 4231 Eucaryotic Molecular Biology   3/3/4

    Prerequisites: BIOL 2134, 2134L, 2135, 2135L

    This course thoroughly examines the molecular aspects of nuclear structure and function. A special emphasis will be placed on understanding the experimental methods and interpretation of data on which current understanding is based.

BIOL 4241 Entomology   3/3/4

    Prerequisite: BIOL 1108, 1108L or consent of instructor

    The study of insects. This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of insect taxonomy, morphology, physiology, behavior, and evolution. The relationships between insects and humans, other animals, and plants will be examined. The influences of insects on culture, religion, art, history, and colonization will be discussed. The laboratory will be devoted primarily to developing an understanding of insect identification.

BIOL 4242 Invertebrate Zoology   3/3/4

    Prerequisite: BIOL 1108, 1108L

    This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of taxonomy, morphology, physiology, and evolution of the more common invertebrate phyla. The distribution and interspecific relationships among invertebrates and other forms of life will be presented and discussed. The laboratory will be devoted primarily to developing an understanding of invertebrate morphology and classification.

BIOL 4245 Ichthyology   3/3/4

    Prerequisite: BIOL 1108, 1108L

    The biology, systematics, and taxonomy of fishes with an emphasis on the biodiversity/biogeography of fishes in the state of Georgia.

BIOL 4315 Microbial Physiology and Genetics   3/3/4

    Prerequisite: BIOL 3310

    Microbial physiology is designed to illustrate that procaryotic organisms follow the same physiological rules and restrictions as eucaryotes. The course will illustrate the value of biophysical, biochemical, and thermodynamic principles to bacterial growth and function and will utilize mathematical formulae to illustrate the basic principles of microbial reproduction. Microbial physiology will utilize problem solving to strengthen the ability of students to design, conduct, and evaluate biological experiments and data.

BIOL 4321 Applied and Enviromental Microbiology   3/3/4

    Prerequisite: BIOL 3310 or consent of instructor

    This course is designed to expose students to the importance of microorganisms in industry and in the environment. Laboratory exercises focus on microbial growth, interactions with environmental factors and use in industrial applications such as food production and sewage treatment. Same as ENVS 4321.

BIOL 4325 Advanced Medical Microbiology   3/0/3

    Prerequisite: BIOL 3310 or consent of instructor

    This course is designed to inform students of current developments in the areas of clinical and medical microbiology. The course will focus on mechanisms of pathogenesis and host defense. Discussion of new and emerging infectious agents will be addressed.

BIOL 4440 Aquatic Ecology   2/6/4

    Prerequisites: BIOL 2134, 2135 and CHEM 1212

    A study of biological, chemical, and physical components and interactions in freshwater systems. Field labs include a study of reservoirs and streams in west Georgia. A three-day field trip to the Georgia coast or the Okefenokee Swamp is required. Same as ENVS 4440.

BIOL 4441 Animal Behavior   3/3/4

    Prerequisites: BIOL 2134 and 2135

    A study of the mechanisms and adaptive functions of behaviors. The genetics, development, physiology, and ecology of behaviors are investigated with an evolutionary approach.

BIOL 4445 Marine Biology   3/3/4

    Prerequisite: BIOL 2134 and 2135

    The biology, systematics, and taxonomy of marine organisms with an emphasis on the ecological principles that influence their biogeography and distribution.

BIOL 4450 Terrestrial Ecology   2/6/4

    Prerequisites: BIOL 2134, 2134L and 2135, and 2135L

    This course provides an in-depth study of the processes controlling the structure and function of terrestrial ecosystems. Basic concepts will be synthesized and applied by comparing and contrasting the dynamics of terrestrial ecosystems in the Coastal Plain, Piedmont, and Mountain Regions of the Southeastern United States.

BIOL 4503 Biological Perspectives: Biochemistry   3/0/3

    Prerequisites: BIOL 2134 and 2135, 5 Hours of Biology at 3000 or above, CHEM 2422 or 3422

    This course is designed to study the interactions of biochemical pathways and the control systems that function to regulate cell and whole body metabolism. This course emphasizes the regulation of biochemical pathways as opposed to the mechanisms involved in each enzymatic step within a given pathway.

BIOL 4520 Developmental Biology and Embryology   3/3/4

    Prerequisites: BIOL 2134 and 2135

    A course combining the fundamentals of embryology with the genetic and molecular analysis of embryonic development.

BIOL 4539 Comparative Physiology   3/0/3

    Prerequisite: BIOL 3513 or consent of instructor

    This course is designed to study the similarities and differences in how various animals have solved a wide variety of physiological problems imposed by the natural world in which they exist. The student will investigate the functions of the different organ systems in invertebrates and vertebrates. The main goal of this class is to focus on the observation of how problems in nature are solved by various organisms. A complete understanding of the physiology of the human is an absolute prerequisite for this course as this will be the point of reference for most discussions.

BIOL 4541 Plant Physiology   3/3/4

    Prerequisites: BIOL 2134, 2135, and CHEM 2411

    This course is designed to give students a hands-on approach to understanding the metabolic activities of how plants grow and develop throughout their lifecycles. Emphasis will be placed on plant environmental interactions, stress physiology, growth regulators, mineral nutrition, translocation, transpiration, photosynthesis/respiration, and root/shoot physiology.

BIOL 4727 Essentials of Immunology   3/0/3

    Prerequisite: BIOL 3310 or consent of instructor

    This course is designed as an introduction to the immune response. The student will obtain a broad, comprehensive understanding of the principles of immunology. The course will focus on a detailed study of antigen-antibody interactions, humoral immunity, and cell-mediated immunity. Medically important syndromes, including AIDS, will be discussed to reinforce the principles of immunology.

BIOL 4729 Medical Virology   3/0/3

    Prerequisite: BIOL 3310 or consent of instructor

    This course is designed as an introduction to viruses that are involved in human disease. The student will obtain a broad, comprehensive understanding of the principles of virology using specific medical examples. The course will focus on a detailed study of the viral structure, replication, gene expression, pathogenesis, and host defense.

BIOL 4731 Introduction to Toxicology   3/0/3

    Prerequisite: BIOL 3513 or consent of instructor

    The primary objective of the course is to present students with the concepts and practical applications of the science of toxicology. This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the principles of toxicology, focusing on the biochemical, physiological, and ecological effects of various toxicants. The use of toxicology in biomedical, pharmaceutical, agrochemical, and environmental research will be examined and discussed.

BIOL 4981 Independent Study    var. 1-4

    Independent study of topics not offered in the current term. Independent study is only available for topics addressed by current courses if the topical course will not be offered during the academic year, or if the scheduling of the topical course is such that it will require a delay in timely completion of the degree for the student.

BIOL 4983 Senior Biology Research    var. 1-4

    The research course is designed to teach students methods for biological research. Students will conduct research under the supervision of a faculty mentor and will learn proper methods for record keeping and report writing. Each student will work on a unique research project to be selected by the faculty mentor and the student. Students may repeat this course without limit, but a maximum of four semester hours may be applied toward the biology degree.

BIOL 4984 Senior Biology Seminar   1/0/1

    Prerequisites: Senior Status and BIOL 2130

    The senior biology seminar is designed to prepare students for oral presentation of biological research and concepts and to allow a mechanism for feedback on presentation skills. Biology majors are required to first enroll in sophomore biology seminar. Students who have conducted research projects may present their own research results. Others may present information from current biological research literature.

BIOL 4985 Special Topics in Biology    var. 1-4

    Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.

    Specific titles will be announced for each term in class schedules and will be entered on transcripts.

BIOL 4986 Biological Internship    var. 1-6

    Prerequisite: Consent of Department Chair

    Students wishing to enter an internship experience will be provided with a written statement of understanding, defining the nature of the experience and the expectations for student performance. The degree of involvement for the particular experience will be used to determine credit hours received.