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    • BIOL-1010 Fundamentals of Biology
      Description

      Fundamentals of Biology 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.

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    • BIOL-1010L Fundamentals of Biology Laboratory
      Description

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

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    • BIOL-1011 Biology of Human Reproduction
      Description

      The Biology of Human Reproduction is designed to familiarize students with the basic structure and function of the reproductive tract, developmental biology, 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.

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    • BIOL-1012 Ecology and Environmental Biology
      Description

      Ecology and Environmental Biology 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.

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    • BIOL-1013 Biology of AIDS and Infectious Disease
      Description

      The Biology of AIDS and Infectious Disease 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.

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    • BIOL-1014 Nutrition
      Description

      A course designed to introduce students to the science of nutrition and how it impacts their lives.

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    • BIOL-1015 The Unseen World of Microbes
      Description

      Designed to introduce non-science majors to the diversity and importance of microorganisms and the role of these organisms play in the environment, industry, and out health. Designed for on-line delivery and contains an associated laboratory component.

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    • BIOL-1015L The Unseen World of Microorganisms Lab
      Description

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

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    • BIOL-1101 Freshman Biology Seminar
      Description

      This course surveys the University of West Georgia, the Biology Department, and the discipline of Biology, including opportunities for post graduate studies and careers. Students will be engaged by active learning assignments in critical thinking, scientific information retrieval, practical computer skills, and oral and written communication. Students will be introduced to resources and practices that can assist success in the classroom. Students are expected to attend and report on assigned presentations outside of class.

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    • BIOL-1107 Principles of Biology I
      Description

      This course is designed for the biology major, other science majors, and secondary science majors. An integrated plant- animal approach, including form, function, and development of organisms, their systematics, ecology and evolution. Students must enroll in BIOL 1107L in the same term.

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    • BIOL-1107L Principles of Biology I Laboratory
      Description

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

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    • BIOL-1108 Principles of Biology II
      Description

      A continuation of BIOL 1107. Students must enroll in BIOL 1108L in the same term.

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    • BIOL-1108L Principles of Biology II Laboratory
      Description

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

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    • BIOL-1110 Biological Diversity
      Description

      This course is an Introductory foundation-building course for Biology majors. It is designed to familiarize students with the distinguishing characteristics, taxonomy, evolutionary relationships, and economic importance of all domains of life. For Biology majors only. Does not fulfill core requirements.

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    • BIOL-2021 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
      Description

      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. Course is designed to be taken before Biology 2022. This course is not intended for biology or other laboratory science majors and cannot be used for credit toward those degrees. Students must enroll in BIOL 2021L in the same term.

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    • BIOL-2021L Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
      Description

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

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    • BIOL-2022 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
      Description

      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 Biology 2021. This course is not intended for biology or other laboratory science majors and cannot be used for credit toward those degrees.

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    • BIOL-2022L Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
      Description

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

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    • BIOL-2030 Medical Microbiology
      Description

      Medical microbiology is a course 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. Students must enroll in BIOL 2030L in the same term.

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    • BIOL-2030L Medical Microbiology Laboratory
      Description

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

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    • BIOL-2107 Principles of Biology I for Biology Majors
      Description

      This is the first of a two semester course designed for biology majors requiring a survey of fundamental topics in modern biology. Lectures build on a foundation of chemistry to develop current concepts of cell and molecular biology, genetics, evolution, and biological diversity. This course satisfies a core requirement of the Biology Major, but does not fulfill any of the requirements for general education.

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    • BIOL-2107L Principles of Biology I Lab for Biology Majors
      Description

      This is the laboratory component for the lecture course, BIOL 2017. Lecture and lab must be taken in the same semester.

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    • BIOL-2108 Principles of Biology II for Biology Majors
      Description

      This is the second of a two semester course designed for biology majors requiring a survey of fundamental topics in modern biology. Lectures build on a foundation of chemistry to develop current concepts of the form and function of plants and animals and of ecology. This course satisfies a core requirement of the Biology major but does not fulfill any of the requirements for general education.

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    • BIOL-2108L Principles of Biology II Lab for Biology Majors
      Description

      This is the laboratory component for the lecture course, BIOL 2108. Lecture and lab must be taken in the same semester.

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    • BIOL-2983 Undergraduate Biology Research
      Description

      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.

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    • BIOL-2985 Special Topics in Biology
      Description

      This course will cover various topics in biology at the lower division level. The topics will change from term to term. Courses may or may not involve laboratory instruction. Non-laboratory courses will offer 3 credit hours and laboratory courses will offer 4 credit hours.

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    • BIOL-3134 Cell and Molecular Biology
      Description

      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.

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    • BIOL-3135 Ecology
      Description

      This course is designed to familiarize Biology majors with the factors controlling the structure and function of populations, communities, and ecosystems. The role of evolutionary processes in the structure and function of these systems will also be explored. Basic concepts will be synthesized and reinforced by investigating the dynamics of the aquatic life zones and terrestrial biomes on earth.

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    • BIOL-3221 Taxonomy of Flowering Plants and Ferns
      Description

      Taxonomy of flowering plants and ferns is designed to familiarize students with the important botanical features and methods used to identify vascular plant species. Emphasis will be placed on recognizing the distinguishing characteristics, taxonomic relationships, and ecological distribution of plant families common to Northwest Georgia.

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    • BIOL-3223 Vascular Plants
      Description

      Designed to familiarize students with four basic areas of plant biology: diversity, anatomy, physiology and ecology. Ferns, fern allies, gymnosperms, and angiosperms will be compared and contrasted through lecture and lab-based exercises.

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    • BIOL-3226 Natural History of Vertebrates
      Description

      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.

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    • BIOL-3231 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
      Description

      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.

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    • BIOL-3242 Evolution
      Description

      The principles and mechanisms of evolution in plants and animals, covering population phenomena, specification, sexual selection, life history strategies, behavior, adaption, systematics and biogeography.

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    • BIOL-3310 Microbiology
      Description

      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.

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    • BIOL-3513 Human Physiology
      Description

      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.

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    • BIOL-3526 Vertebrate Histology
      Description

      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.

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    • BIOL-3621 Genetics and Medical Genetics
      Description

      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.

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    • BIOL-3825 Research Methods
      Description

      Specially designed to meet the needs of future teachers, students design and carry out four independent inquiries, which they write up and present in the manner that is common in the scientific community. Course is restricted to UTEACH students.

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    • BIOL-4241 Entomology
      Description

      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.

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    • BIOL-4242 Invertebrate Zoology
      Description

      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.

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    • BIOL-4245 Ichthyology
      Description

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

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    • BIOL-4266 Molecular Ecology
      Description

      This course examines the use of molecular genetic data to the understanding of ecological and evolutionary processes in the natural populations such as genetic diversity, dispersal, gene flow and phylogeography. This course will also examine how molecular genetic data is utilized to study behavioral mechanism such as mate selection and foraging. Application of molecular ecology principles to conversation will also be explored.

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    • BIOL-4315 Bacterial Genetics
      Description

      Bacterial Genetics is an advanced microbiology course which focuses on the molecular genetics of the bacterium Escherichia coli. Topics addressed include the nature of the bacterial chromosome, the multi-step process of DNA replication, DNA damaging agents and mutations, DNA repair systems, mechanisms of gene transfer and antibiotic resistance, and the regulation of gene expression. The laboratory component reinforces concepts learned in lecture and familiarizes students with modern techniques used in genetic engineering and biotechnology.

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    • BIOL-4321 Applied and Environmental Microbiology
      Description

      Course is designed to expose students to the importance of micro organisms in industry and in the environment. Lab exercises focus on microbial growth, interactions with environmental factors and use in industrial applications such as treatment of sewage. Same as ENVS 4321.

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    • BIOL-4325 Advanced Medical Microbiology
      Description

      Advanced medical microbiology 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.

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    • BIOL-4424 Wildlife Habitat Ecology
      Description

      This course is designed to familiarize biology majors with the ecology and management of terrestrial wildlife habitats. Ecological concepts and principles relevant to wildlife habitat structure and function will be evaluated from the individual, population, community, ecosystem, and landscape levels of organization. Management practices that affect the structure and function of wildlife habitats will be evaluated for agricultural and forest ecosystems. Concepts will be synthesized and reinforced by investigating the habitat requirements for a variety of wildlife species in the southwestern United States.

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    • BIOL-4440 Aquatic Ecology
      Description

      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.

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    • BIOL-4441 Animal Behavior
      Description

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

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    • BIOL-4445 Marine Biology
      Description

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

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    • BIOL-4450 Terrestrial Ecology
      Description

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

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    • BIOL-4503 Biological Perspectives: Biochemistry
      Description

      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.

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    • BIOL-4520 Developmental Biology and Embryology
      Description

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

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    • BIOL-4539 Comparative Physiology
      Description

      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.

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    • BIOL-4541 Plant Physiology
      Description

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

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    • BIOL-4666 Evolutionary Genomics
      Description

      This course covers the techniques by which genome sequences and genome functions are analyzed. This course also examines topics in evolutionary genomics such as comparative genomics, evolution of duplicate genes, evolution of genome structure and organization, evolution of protein function and evolution of gene expression.

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    • BIOL-4727 Essentials of Immunology
      Description

      Essentials of immunology 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.

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    • BIOL-4728 Bacterial Pathogenesis
      Description

      Bacterial Pathogenesis introduces students to the field of medical microbiology and the study of infectious disease. Topics covered include a discussion of environmental and host factors involved in bacterial infection and disease, an introduction to epidemiology and nosocomial infections, an overview of innate and acquired host defenses, and an extensive survey of bacterial pathogens with special emphasis on virulence factors and molecular mechanisms underlying disease processes. An online, virtual laboratory component will focus on methods routinely used to isolate, culture, and identify bacterial pathogens.

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    • BIOL-4729 Medical Virology
      Description

      Medical virology 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.

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    • BIOL-4730 Emerging Pathogens
      Description

      The emerging pathogen course is designed to inform students of the dramatic changes and current developments in the area of infectious disease. The course will focus on the evolving microorganisms and the reasons that the pathogens emerged. Also the course will include discussions on the mechanisms of pathogenesis and the host defense.

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    • BIOL-4731 Introduction to Toxicology
      Description

      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.

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    • BIOL-4732 Biology of Aging
      Description

      Since the beginning of time , the fear of aging has preoccupied mankind. Only recently we are gaining insights into important clues about biological process of aging. In this course we will focus on some of the ideas about aging put forward by early alchemists to modern molecular biologists. Biological principles behind anti-aging, aging intervention agents, and life-style options will be discussed.

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    • BIOL-4733 Nutrition
      Description

      Biology 4733 is a general science course for science majors. This course provides a basic understanding of the fundamentals of human nutrition and builds from what biology majors already know about physiology, biochemistry and general biology. It uses a scientific approach to apply the logic of sciences in understanding the individual's diet so that they are prepared to make decisions about health and nutrition. Emphases are placed on digestion, absorption and functions of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, nucleic acids, vitamins, minerals, water, and accessory nutrients. This course also integrates energy balance, weight control, health, diseases, metabolism, and cultural diversity. This course is only for those who have learned metabolic pathways and chemistry, which set it apart from the lower level core curriculum course, Biology 1014.

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    • BIOL-4734 Neuroscience
      Description

      Biology 4734W is an upper level Discipline-Specific Writing science course. This course will provide an understanding of human neuroanatomy, physiology and pharmacology of the nervous system and its voluntary and autonomic target and sensory organs. Other topics will include cognition, neural disorders and disorders of movement. Students taking this course should have passed BIOL 3513 (Physiology) CGEN 2411 (Organic Chemistry I) or BIOL 4503 (Biochemistry).

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    • BIOL-4981 Independent Study
      Description

      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.

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    • BIOL-4983 Advanced Undergraduate Biology Research
      Description

      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 4983 may be applied toward biology degree requirements for a maximum of 4 credit hours.

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    • BIOL-4984 Senior Biology Seminar
      Description

      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. Students who have conducted research projects may present their own research results. Others may present information from current biological research literature.

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    • BIOL-4985 Special Topics in Biology
      Description

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

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    • BIOL-4986 Biological Internship
      Description

      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. Variable Credit Course 1-6 hours. May be repeated for up to 12 hours.

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  • Masters
    • BIOL-5241 Entomology
      Description

      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.

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    • BIOL-5242 Invertebrate Zoology
      Description

      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 insect identification.

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    • BIOL-5245 Ichthyology
      Description

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

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    • BIOL-5266 Molecular Ecology
      Description

      This course examines the use of molecular genetic data to the understanding of ecological and evolutionary processes in natural populations such as genetic diversity, dispersal, gene flow and phylogeography. This course will also examine how molecular genetic data is utilized to study behavioral mechanism such as mate selection and foraging. Application of molecular ecology principles to conservation will also be explored.

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    • BIOL-5315 Bacterial Genetics
      Description

      Bacterial Genetics is an advanced microbiology course which focuses on the molecular genetics of the bacterium Escherichia coli. Topics addressed include the nature of the bacterial chromosome, the multi-step process of DNA replication, DNA damaging agents and mutations, DNA repair systems, mechanisms of gene transfer and antibiotic resistance, and the regulation of gene expression. The laboratory component reinforces concepts learned in lecture and familiarizes students with modern techniques used in genetic engineering and biotechnology.

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    • BIOL-5321 Applied and Environmental Microbiology
      Description

      The applied and environmental microbiology course is designed to expose students to the importance of microorganisms in industry and in the environment.

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    • BIOL-5325 Advanced Medical Microbiology
      Description

      Advanced medical microbiology 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.

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    • BIOL-5424 Wildlife Habitat Ecology
      Description

      This course is designed to familiarize biology graduate students with the ecology and management of terrestrial wildlife habitats. Ecological concepts and principles relevant to wildlife habitat structure and function will be evaluated from the individual, population, community, ecosystem, and landscape levels of organization. Management practices that affect the structure and function of wildlife habitats will be evaluated for agriculture and forest ecosystems. Concepts will be synthesized and reinforced by investigating the habitat requirements for a variety of wildlife species in the southwestern United States.

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    • BIOL-5440 Aquatic Ecology
      Description

      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.

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    • BIOL-5441 Animal Behavior
      Description

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

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    • BIOL-5445 Marine Biology
      Description

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

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    • BIOL-5450 Terrestrial Ecology
      Description

      Terrestrial ecology is designed to give the student an overview of the structures and functions of populations, communities, and ecosystems in the major terrestrial biomes on Earth. Emphasis will be placed on ecological analyses and disturbance impact assessments in the dominant terrestrial ecosystems of the southeastern United States.

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    • BIOL-5520 Developmental Biology and Embryology
      Description

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

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    • BIOL-5539 Comparative Physiology
      Description

      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.

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    • BIOL-5541 Plant Physiology
      Description

      Plant Physiology is intended to give students an overview of the processes which allow plants to function as living organisms. Emphasis will be placed on how plants interact with their environments.

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    • BIOL-5631 Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics
      Description

      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.

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    • BIOL-5666 Evolutionary Genomics
      Description

      This course covers the techniques by which genome sequences and genome functions are analyzed. This course also examines topics in evolutionary genomics such as comparative genomics, evolution or duplicate genes, evolution of genome structure and organization, evolution of protein function, and evolution of gene expression.

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    • BIOL-5727 Essentials of Immunology
      Description

      Essentials of immunology 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.

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    • BIOL-5728 Bacterial Pathogenesis
      Description

      Bacterial Pathogenesis is intended to familiarize graduate students with advanced topics in medical microbiology and and the study of infectious disease. The course includes detailed discussions of factors involved in the infectious disease process, epidemiology, host defenses, and bacterial virulence factors. In addition, graduate students will be required to analyze and critique articles from the scientific literature, to compose a synopsis of their literature research, and orally present their work to the class. An online, virtual laboratory component will focus on methods routinely used to isolate, culture, and identify bacterial pathogens.

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    • BIOL-5729 Medical Virology
      Description

      Medical virology 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.

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    • BIOL-5730 Emerging Pathogens
      Description

      The emerging pathogen course is designed to inform students of the dramatic changes and current developments in the area of infectious disease. The course will focus on the evolving microorganisms and the reasons that the pathogens emerged. Also the course will include discussions on the mechanisms of pathogenesis and the host defense.

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    • BIOL-5731 Introduction to Toxicology
      Description

      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.

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    • BIOL-5732 Biology of Aging
      Description

      Course will focus on some of the ideas about aging put forward by early alchemists to modern molecular biologists. Will discuss the biological principles behind anti-aging and aging intervention agents, as well as life-style options.

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    • BIOL-5985 Special Topics In Biology
      Description

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

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    • BIOL-6150 Scientific Integrity and Propriety
      Description

      A course designed to inform students of the ethical and professional obligations of scientific investigation and communication. Students will be instructed in proper methods for record keeping and for reporting scientific discoveries. Topics such as scientific integrity, authorship, peer review, ethical use of animals in research, conflict of interest, ownership of data, and intellectual property will also be addressed. Case studies will be used heavily as teaching tools. This course is recommended for all graduate students conducting research in the department, and is required for all students who are supported from federal funds for their research or degree program.

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    • BIOL-6325 Procaryotic Biology
      Description

      This course is intended to introduce graduate students to the complexity and diversity of procaryotic organisms, including the eubacteria and archaea. The course will involve both lecture and laboratory learning, will engage problem solving skills, and will require extensive written and oral communication components.

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    • BIOL-6503 Biological Perspectives: Biochemistry
      Description

      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.

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    • BIOL-6513 Human Physiology
      Description

      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.

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    • BIOL-6526 Histology
      Description

      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.

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    • BIOL-6981 Graduate Independent Study
      Description

      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.

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    • BIOL-6982 Directed Readings
      Description

      Directed readings are available for graduate students who need to conduct an independent review of the literature in a topic not addressed by the curriculum of the department. Students must complete a statement of understanding and expectation and must have the topic approved by their major professor and either the graduate coordinator or the department chair. Selected readings are appropriate for topics related to thesis research or for topics that provide a foundation for comprehensive examinations for non-thesis track students.

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    • BIOL-6983 Graduate Research
      Description

      The research course is designed to teach students methods for biological research. Student 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. The research conducted is expected to provide the basis for the thesis for students in a thesis track degree program.

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    • BIOL-6984 Graduate Biology Seminar
      Description

      Graduate seminar will meet each term. Each offering will have a different topical focus, to be determined by the faculty discussion leader. All students will select an area to present that is consistent with the topic for the term. Students are also expected to fully participate in the discussions generated by student presentations. Graduate students should enroll in graduate seminar each term.

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    • BIOL-6985 Graduate Special Topics in Biology
      Description

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

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    • BIOL-6995 Comprehensive Exam
      Description

      Comprehensive examination should be taken by all students in a non-thesis track program during the last term in their graduate degree program. The student will complete an examination of a body of biological work as determined by the graduate committee. The student must submit to an examination to be coordinated by the student's major professor and composed by the graduate committee. The examination will generally be an oral format, however, the graduate committee and student may elect an alternative format with sufficient justification.

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    • BIOL-6999 Thesis