Oct 01, 2020  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


 

Biomedical Science

  
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    BIMS 4200 - Professional Skills for Clinical Laboratory Scientists

    2 sem. hrs. (2:0) Study of the role of the medical laboratory professional in the health care system. Includes professional ethics, legal responsibility, medical laboratory management, instructional methods, evaluation of clinical laboratory methods, medical laboratory instrument selection, clinical research and current professional topics. Requires permission of instructor and application.
    Offered summer semester (summer I only) every year.

  
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    BIMS 4295 - Biomedical Practicum

    2 sem. hrs. Supervised learning experience with a community professional in health care (e.g., physician, dentist, veterinarian, chiropractor, pharmacist, physician assistant or physical therapist). On-campus meetings, oral and written reports are required. (Cannot be taken by Clinical Laboratory Science students in lieu of  BIMS 4297 - Professional Practicum I .) Prerequisite: BIOL 1407 - Biology II .  Corequisite: Safety training given in  SMTE 0092 - Biomedical Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course. 
    This course may be repeated once for full credit in subsequent semesters. Requires permission of instructor. Offered fall and spring semesters every year.

  
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    BIMS 4296 - Clinical Research

    2 sem. hrs. Students will actively perform clinical research and learn from and interact with health care professionals such as physicians, nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, etc. The student will be a functioning member of a research team with specific, measurable responsibilities in clinical studies.  Prerequisite: BIOL 1407 - Biology II .  Corequisite: Safety training given in  SMTE 0092 - Biomedical Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course.
    This course may be repeated once for full credit in subsequent semesters. Requires permission of instructor. Offered spring semester every year.

  
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    BIMS 4297 - Professional Practicum I

    2 sem. hrs. Supervised learning experience in selected departments of the clinical laboratories.
    Clinical Laboratory Science students only. Requires permission of instructor and application. Offered spring semester every year.

  
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    BIMS 4299 - Directed Independent Research

    1-2 sem. hrs. (0:1-2) Independent laboratory- or field-based research project on topic of current interest. Project developed and funded in conjunction with a faculty advisor. Written report required. Prerequisites: Junior class standing,  BIOL 1407 - Biology II  and  CHEM 1412 - General Chemistry II , and consent of instructor.  Corequisite: Safety training given in  SMTE 0092 - Biomedical Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course.
    May be repeated for a maximum of 4 semester credit hours. Offered any semester upon request by a student and consent of the instructor.

  
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    BIMS 4311 - Biology of Cancer

    3 sem. hrs. This course is a study of the profile of a cancer cell, and the various causes of human cancer. Contribution of heredity, environmental factors, and infectious agents to oncogenesis will be studied. Cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment will be discussed. Various types of cancer will be presented. Prerequisite: BIOL 2416 - Genetics . ( BIOL 3410 - Cell Biology  is strongly recommended.)
    Offered fall semester of even-numbered years.

  
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    BIMS 4323 - Neurobiology

    3 sem. hrs. (3:0) Studies the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system. Includes an examination of evolutionary trends in nervous system development, neural function, nerve impulse transmission, sensory and motor systems, behavior, emotional states, learning and memory. Particular emphasis is placed on human functioning. Prerequisite: BIOL 2416 - Genetics .
    Offered spring semester every year.

  
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    BIMS 4325 - Clinical Chemistry I

    3 sem. hrs. (2:3) Principles and practice of procedures found in general clinical chemistry. Includes the methodology of diagnostic tests and normal and abnormal human physiology as applied to diagnosis of pathological conditions. Prerequisite: CHEM 4401 - Biochemistry I . Corequisite: Safety training given in  SMTE 0092 - Biomedical Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course. 
    Offered fall semester every year.

  
  
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    BIMS 4327 - Introduction to Toxicology

    3 sem. hrs. (3:0) Principles of toxicology including absorption and excretion, biotransformation, chemical carcinogenesis, developmental toxicology and toxic agents. Prerequisites: BIOL 1407 - Biology II  and  CHEM 1412 - General Chemistry II .
    Offered summer semester every year.

  
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    BIMS 4330 - Biological Basis of Aging

    3 sem. hrs. (3:0) Molecular aspects of aging and disease, including biological mechanisms and theories involving cells, tissues, and organ systems. Prerequisites:  BIOL 1407 - Biology II  and  CHEM 3411 - Organic Chemistry I .
    Offered on sufficient demand.

  
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    BIMS 4331 - Health Disparities

    3 sem. hrs. (3:0) This course will examine the social/societal, physical/environmental, biological, and genetic/epigenetic factors that are fundamental in creating disparities in health in America. This course will also focus on the formulation and implementation of public policy objectives to reduce and ultimately eliminate health disparities. Prerequisite: BIOL 1407 - Biology II .
    Offered fall and spring semesters every year.

  
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    BIMS 4333 - Medical Entomology

    3 sem. hrs. (3:0) An introduction to arthropods of medical and veterinary importance with particular emphasis on the critical roles that they play in their host group’s health and well-being. Prerequisite:  BIOL 1407 - Biology II .
    Offered on sufficient demand.

  
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    BIMS 4334 - Human Genetics

    3 sem. hrs. (3:0) Introduction to the genetic aspects of health and disease. Classic Mendelian and chromosomal disorders are examined as well as the relationship of genetic predisposition to the healthy state and to diseases/conditions. Prerequisites: BIOL 2416 - Genetics  and  CHEM 3412 - Organic Chemistry II .
    Offered on sufficient demand.

  
  
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    BIMS 4340 - Forensic Science in Criminal Law

    3 sem. hrs. (3:0) Students will learn legal procedures, rules of evidence, and applications of forensic science in the area of criminal law. Students will also develop skills in report writing and testifying in court. Prerequisite:  BIMS 3320 - Survey of Forensic Science .
    Offered spring semester every year.

  
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    BIMS 4370 - Clinical Microbiology I

    3 sem. hrs. (2:3) Lecture and laboratory studies of common pathogenic bacteria. Emphasis is on staining, cultural, and differential biochemical characteristics, methods of isolation from body fluids and susceptibility to therapeutic agents. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: BIOL 2421 - Microbiology .  Corequisite: Safety training given in  SMTE 0092 - Biomedical Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course. 
    Offered fall semester every year.

  
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    BIMS 4371 - Clinical Microbiology II

    3 sem. hrs. (2:3) Lecture and laboratory studies of parasitic, viral, mycological and unusual bacterial human pathogens. Emphasis on methods of isolation from body fluids, identification methods and correlation with pathology. Prerequisite: BIMS 4370 - Clinical Microbiology I .  Corequisite: Safety training given in  SMTE 0092 - Biomedical Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course.
    Offered spring semester every year.

  
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    BIMS 4374 - Medical Microbiology

    3 sem. hrs. (3:0) Study of common human pathogenic organisms. Includes bacterial, parasitic, viral and fungal infections with emphasis on pathogenesis and treatment. Prerequisite:  BIOL 2421 - Microbiology .
    Offered fall semester every year.

  
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    BIMS 4375 - Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis

    3 sem. hrs. (3:0) Studies of how microorganisms invade the host and produce pathological symptoms associated with diseases. Emphasis is on the interaction between various host cells and pathogens, especially molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis and host immune responses. Prerequisite:  BIOL 2421 - Microbiology .
    Offered summer semester of even-numbered years.

  
  
  
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    BIMS 4395 - Forensic Science Internship

    3 sem. hrs. This course is designed to bridge the gap between academic instructions and the forensic science industry by providing real world experience in forensic investigations. Students attend lectures on campus, plus spend five hours/week at a crime laboratory. Students will accompany crime scene investigators to actual crime scenes and participate in several hands on forensic exercises involving mock as well as real investigations. Prerequisite or Corequisite: BIMS 3320 - Survey of Forensic Science .
    Offered fall semester every year.

  
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    BIMS 4396 - Directed Independent Study

    1-3 sem. hrs. (1-3:0) Research in areas of current interest. Written report required. Prerequisites:  BIOL 1407 - Biology II  CHEM 1412 - General Chemistry II , and consent of instructor.
    May be repeated for a maximum of 6 semester hours credit. Offered any semester upon request by a student and consent of the instructor.

  
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    BIMS 4406 - Immunology

    4 sem. hrs. (3:3) An overview of immunology with emphasis on current knowledge of the immune system. Detailed examination of the specific cells, cytokines, antibodies, and molecules that comprise the immune system. Laboratory exercises demonstrate the basic principles and techniques used in immunologic studies. Prerequisite: BIOL 2421 - Microbiology  ( BIOL 3345 - Cell Physiology  or  BIOL 3410 - Cell Biology  is recommended). Corequisite: Safety training given in  SMTE 0092 - Biomedical Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course. 
    Offered spring semester every year.

  
  
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    BIMS 4420 - Hematology

    4 sem. hrs. (3:3) Studies of the formation, function and identifying characteristics of the cellular elements of human blood and other body fluids in health and diseased states and laboratory studies on blood coagulation. Lecture and laboratory emphasize the enumeration, morphology and staining characteristics of normal and abnormal cells and hemostasis. Prerequisites:  BIOL 2416 - Genetics  and  CHEM 4401 - Biochemistry I  . Corequisite: Safety training given in SMTE 0092 - Biomedical Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course.
    Offered fall semester every year.

  
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    BIMS 4430 - Clinical Immunology

    4 sem. hrs. (3:3) Theoretical aspects of the immune response and its relationship to the diagnosis of disease and clinical immunohematology. Lecture and laboratory stress the detection, identification and characterization of antibodies, blood grouping and typing, compatibility testing, blood component therapy, HLA testing and diagnosis of pathological conditions. Prerequisite:  BIMS 4406 - Immunology  or  BIOL 4406 - Immunology . Corequisite: Safety training given in  SMTE 0092 - Biomedical Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course.
    Offered fall semester every year.

  
  
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    BIMS 4598 - Professional Practicum II

    5 sem. hrs. Continuation of  BIMS 4297 - Professional Practicum I . Supervised learning experience in selected departments of the clinical laboratories. Prerequisite:  BIMS 4297 - Professional Practicum I .
    Clinical Laboratory Science students only. Requires permission of instructor and application. Offered summer semester (summer I only) every year.

  
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    BIMS 4599 - Professional Practicum III

    5 sem. hrs. Continuation of  BIMS 4598 - Professional Practicum II . Supervised learning experience in selected departments of the clinical laboratories. Prerequisite:  BIMS 4598 - Professional Practicum II .
    Clinical Laboratory Science students only. Requires permission of instructor and application. Offered summer semester (summer II only) every year.


Biology

  
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    BIOL 1308 - Science for Life I (Non-Majors Biology)

    3 sem. hrs. (2:2) A non-majors science course in which students will learn basic biological principles, identify the relevance of science in everyday life, and will understand the scientific method. Hands-on lab activities will reinforce course concepts. This course does not substitute for BIOL 1406 - Biology I  or  BIOL 1407 - Biology II  for science majors. Corequisite: Safety training given in SMTE 0091 - Biological Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course. TCCNS Equivalent: BIOL 1308
    Semester Credit Hours (SCH) from this course may count toward the 6 SCH in the Life and Physical Sciences Foundational Component Area and/or the 6 SCH in the Component Area Option of the University Core Curriculum.Offered fall, spring and summer semesters every year.

  
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    BIOL 1406 - Biology I

    4 sem. hrs. (3:2) Presentation of basic biological concepts including scientific method, cytology, energetics, nucleic acids and genetics. This course is suitable for all majors. Placement: Students must place into Biology 1406 by achieving a sufficient score on either the SAT or ACT or completing a mathematics course. SAT scores required for placement in Biol 1406 are 500 on Critical Reading Section and 500 on the Mathematics section. An ACT score of 21 on each of the Math, English, and Reading sections can also be used. Students with test scores lower than this may take Biol 1406 if they completed a precalculus course in high school or have completed MATH 1314 - College Algebra  or equivalent. Corequisite: Safety training given in SMTE 0091 - Biological Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course. TCCNS Equivalent: BIOL 1406
    Semester Credit Hours (SCH) from this course may count toward the 6 SCH in the Life and Physical Sciences Foundational Component Area and/or the 6 SCH in the Component Area Option of the University Core Curriculum.Offered fall, spring and summer semesters every year.

  
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    BIOL 1407 - Biology II

    4 sem. hrs. (3:2) This course is an overview of the major concepts in biological diversity and plant and animal biology. Laboratory work will include individual/team activities as well as technology-related assignments. Prerequisite: BIOL 1406 - Biology I . Corequisite: Safety training given in  SMTE 0091 - Biological Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course. TCCNS Equivalent: BIOL 1407
    Semester Credit Hours (SCH) from this course may count toward the 6 SCH in the Life and Physical Sciences Foundational Component Area and/or the 6 SCH in the Component Area Option of the University Core Curriculum.Offered fall, spring and summer semesters every year.

  
  
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    BIOL 2371 - Principles of Evolution

    3 sem. hrs. (3:0) An overview of the structure and function of organisms in adapting to the environment. Provides a foundation for molecular, cellular, and organismal studies in the biological sciences. Prerequisite: BIOL 1407 - Biology II .
    Offered fall, spring and summer semesters every year.

  
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    BIOL 2401 - Anatomy and Physiology I

    4 sem. hrs. (3:2) Structure and function of the human body emphasizing biological chemistry, cell biology, tissues, and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Not recommended for majors in the College of Science and Engineering. To count this course toward a major in the Department of Life Sciences, a student must demonstrate that it is required by professional schools in his or her career track and obtain approval for a substitution from his or her faculty mentor. Students may not receive credit for both this course and either  BIOL 3425 - Functional Anatomy  or  BIOL 3430 - Physiology . Corequisite: Safety training given in SMTE 0091 - Biological Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course. TCCNS Equivalent: BIOL 2401
    Semester Credit Hours (SCH) from this course may count toward the 6 SCH in the Life and Physical Sciences Foundational Component Area and/or the 6 SCH in the Component Area Option of the University Core Curriculum.Not recommended for Biology or Biomedical Sciences majors. Offered fall, spring and summer semesters every year.

  
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    BIOL 2402 - Anatomy and Physiology II

    4 sem. hrs. (3:2) Structure and function of the human body emphasizing blood, growth, development, genetics, and the endocrine, digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune and urogenital systems. Not recommended for majors in the College of Science and Engineering. To count this course toward a major in the Department of Life Sciences, a student must demonstrate that is is required by professional schools in his or her career track and obtain approval for a substitution from his or her faculty mentor. Students may not receive credit for both this course and either  BIOL 3425 - Functional Anatomy  or  BIOL 3430 - Physiology . Prerequisite:  BIOL 2401 - Anatomy and Physiology I . Corequisite: Safety training given in SMTE 0091 - Biological Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course. TCCNS Equivalent: BIOL 2402
    Semester Credit Hours (SCH) from this course may count toward the 6 SCH in the Life and Physical Sciences Foundational Component Area and/or the 6 SCH in the Component Area Option of the University Core Curriculum.Not recommended for Biology or Biomedical Sciences majors. Offered fall, spring and summer semesters every year.

  
  
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    BIOL 2420 - Principles of Microbiology

    4 sem. hrs. (3:2) Introduction to microorganisms with emphasis on those of importance in patient care. Principles of disinfection, sterilization, immunity. This class is intended for nursing majors; it cannot substitute for BIOL 2421 - Microbiology . Corequisite: Safety training given in  SMTE 0092 - Biomedical Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course. TCCNS Equivalent: BIOL 2420
    Semester Credit Hours (SCH) from this course may count toward the 6 SCH in the Life and Physical Sciences Foundational Component Area and/or the 6 SCH in the Component Area Option of the University Core Curriculum.Offered fall and spring semesters every year.

  
  
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    BIOL 2472 - Principles of Botany

    4 sem. hrs. (3:3) Introduction to the structure, function, diversity and application of plants. Laboratory focus on anatomical features, physiological adaptations, classification, and life cycles. Prerequisites: BIOL 1407 - Biology II  and CHEM 1411 - General Chemistry I , or consent of instructor. Corequisite: Safety training given in SMTE 0091 - Biological Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course.
    Offered spring semester of odd-numbered years.

  
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    BIOL 3300 - Animal Nutrition

    3 sem. hrs. (3:0) Examines the dietary requirements of both companion animals and livestock. Includes the anatomy, physiology and biochemistry of the gastrointestinal system, nutrient procurement and use, feed additives, growth stimulants, metabolic diseases, and diet therapy. Prerequisites:  BIOL 1407 - Biology II  and CHEM 3411 - Organic Chemistry I . Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 3412 - Organic Chemistry II .
    Offered spring semester every year.

  
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    BIOL 3345 - Cell Physiology

    3 sem. hrs. (3:0) Emphasis on cellular functions that underlie physiological processes, transport across membranes, membrane potential and excitability, the cell nucleus, and organelles and their relationship to energy, metabolism, and transport mechanisms within the cell. Prerequisites: BIOL 2200 - Professional Skills  or BIMS 2200 - Professional Skills , and  BIOL 3410 - Cell Biology .
    Offered on sufficient demand.

  
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    BIOL 3403 - Molecular Biology

    4 sem. hrs. (3:3) Principles of molecular biology including advanced concepts of gene structure, expression and regulation, chromatin structure, recombination, and current molecular biology techniques. Laboratory emphasis is on skills for recombinant DNA technology and DNA sequencing-based approaches. Prerequisites: BIOL 2416 - Genetics  and  BIOL 2421 - Microbiology . Corequisite: Safety training given in  SMTE 0092 - Biomedical Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course.
    Offered spring semester every year.

  
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    BIOL 3410 - Cell Biology

    4 sem. hrs. (3:3) Study of cellular architecture and function. Topics include membranes, transport, organelles, cytoskeleton, and signaling mechanisms. Interrelationships of structure, function, energy and metabolism are explored. Laboratory will emphasize basic techniques of cell biology. Prerequisites: BIOL 2416 - Genetics  and CHEM 3411 - Organic Chemistry I . Corequisite: Safety training given in  SMTE 0092 - Biomedical Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course.
    Offered fall semester every year.

  
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    BIOL 3413 - Invertebrate Zoology

    4 sem. hrs. (3:3) Structure, life history, and evolution of the invertebrates with special emphasis on the phylogeny and ecological relationships of the major phyla. Laboratory will involve field trips and survey collections. Prerequisite: BIOL 1407 - Biology II . Corequisite: Safety training given in SMTE 0091 - Biological Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course.
    Offered fall semester every year.

  
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    BIOL 3414 - Vertebrate Zoology

    4 sem. hrs. (3:3) Structure, life history, and evolution of the vertebrates with special emphasis on the phylogeny and ecological relationships of the classes. Laboratory will involve field trips and survey collections. Prerequisite: BIOL 1407 - Biology II . Corequisite: Safety training given in SMTE 0091 - Biological Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course.
    Offered spring semester every year.

  
  
  
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    BIOL 3430 - Physiology

    4 sem. hrs. (3:3) The study of physiological processes that are the product of complex interactions between tissues, organs and organ systems, with emphasis on the circulatory, respiratory, endocrine, muscular, digestive, and urogenital systems. Particular focus on homeostasis, and the role of the environment and evolution on organ systems. Students may not receive credit for both this course and either  BIOL 2401 - Anatomy and Physiology I , or  BIOL 2402 - Anatomy and Physiology II . Prerequisite: BIOL 1407 - Biology II . Corequisite: Safety training given in SMTE 0091 - Biological Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course.
    Offered fall semester every year.

  
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    BIOL 3455 - Plant form and Function

    4 sem. hrs. (3:2) Anatomy of vegetative and reproductive organs of plants, unique cellular features, development and differentiation of cell and tissue types. Emphasis on physiological mechanisms. Prerequisite: BIOL 1407 - Biology II , or consent of instructor. Corequisite: Safety training given in SMTE 0091 - Biological Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course.
    Offered spring semester of even-numbered years.

  
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    BIOL 3471 - Padre Island Ecology

    4 sem. hrs. (3:2) The interrelationships of plants and animals with their environment on Padre Island, the Laguna Madre, and the Gulf of Mexico. This course is for non-science majors only and cannot be applied towards a science degree. Corequisite: Safety training given in SMTE 0091 - Biological Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course.
    Offered on sufficient demand.

  
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    BIOL 3472 - Marine Biology

    4 sem. hrs. (3:2) Introduction to the biology and ecology of the common organisms inhabiting beaches, bays and oceans, particularly the Gulf of Mexico. Selected field trips to local marine environments and research facilities. Laboratory exercises are included. This course is for non-science majors and cannot be applied towards a science degree. Corequisite: Safety training given in SMTE 0091 - Biological Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course.
    Offered on sufficient demand.

  
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    BIOL 3479 - Plant Ecology

    4 sem. hrs. (3:3) Structure, physiology, life cycles, and economic impact of plants. Factors influencing diversity, succession and ecological distribution of plants. Prerequisite: BIOL 1407 - Biology II . Corequisite: Safety training given in SMTE 0091 - Biological Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course.
    Offered spring semester of odd-numbered years.

  
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    BIOL 4085 - Major Field Test in Biology

    0 sem. hrs. (0:0) The Major Field Test (MFT) in Biology is a national examination given in the Fall and Spring semesters only. It is a graduation requirement for all Biology and some Biomedical Sciences students. Students enroll in this course during the semester that they plan to take the MFT. There is no cost to the student for either this course or for the MFT. Admission is limited to students who have completed 90 or more semester credit hours.
    Offered fall and spring semesters every year.

  
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    BIOL 4100 - Research Ethics and Professionalism

    1 sem. hrs. (1:0) A course designed to enhance the professionalism of undergraduate researchers. This course discusses the codified aspects of research ethics, including fabrication, falsification and plagiarism of data; assigning authorship, submitting manuscripts to more than one journal and management of lab teams. It also addresses careers in science, resume writing, producing the successful application and interviewing skills. Permission of instructor required.
    Offered on sufficient demand.

  
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    BIOL 4292 - Senior Presentation

    2 sem. hrs. (2:0) Application of scientific literature research skills including a review of library services pertinent to science. Student oral seminar presentation in a science-oriented format and with visual aid support on an approved biological topic. Prerequisites: BIOL 2200 - Professional Skills  or BIMS 2200 - Professional Skills ; Senior standing or consent of instructor.
    Offered fall, spring and summer semesters every year.

  
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    BIOL 4299 - Directed Independent Research

    1-2 sem. hrs. (0:1-2) Independent laboratory- or field-based research project on topic of current interest. Project developed and funded in conjunction with a faculty advisor. Written report required. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 semester hours. Prerequisites: Junior class standing,  BIOL 1407 - Biology II , and CHEM 1412 - General Chemistry II , and consent of instructor. Corequisite: Safety training given in  SMTE 0092 - Biomedical Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course.
    Offered any semester upon request by a student and consent of the instructor.

  
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    BIOL 4301 - Embryology

    3 sem. hrs. (3:0) Studies the events that occur just prior to and during gestation. Includes gametogenesis, chromosomal and single gene aberrations, teratology, and the development of the body systems. Prerequisite: BIOL 2416 - Genetics .
    Offered fall semester every year.

  
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    BIOL 4302 - Coral Reef Conservation

    3 sem. hrs. 3:0 Survey of challenges and threats facing coral reef ecosystems in the 21st century and discussion of conservation and management strategies.  Topics include biology and ecology of reef ecosystems, climate change impacts, coaral bleaching, over-fishing and the effectivness and design of marine protected areas. Prerequisite: BIOL 3428 - Principles of Ecology .
    Offered spring semester every year.

  
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    BIOL 4304 - Biology of Viruses

    3 sem. hrs. (3:0) Introduction to the study of viruses, including viral life cycles, replication schemes and Baltimore classification of representative bacteriophages, plant and animal viruses. Emphasis on analysis and review of primary literature on viruses. Prerequisites: BIOL 2416 - Genetics  BIOL 2421 - Microbiology  and  CHEM 1411 - General Chemistry I .
    Offered spring semester of odd-numbered years.

  
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    BIOL 4311 - Biological Bases of Behavior

    3 sem. hrs. (3:0) This lecture-based course examines the processes by which neuronal circuits generate behaviors and the mechanisms by which experience modulates the activity of these circuits. Prerequisite: BIMS 4323 - Neurobiology , or permission of the instructor.
    Offered fall semester every year.

  
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    BIOL 4319 - Marine Mammals

    3 sem. hrs. (3:0) A taxonomic overview of the marine mammal group including representative life histories of selected species, their distribution and behavior, and the management/conservation and stranding network efforts. Prerequisite: BIOL 1407 - Biology II , or consent of instructor.
    Offered fall semester every year.

  
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    BIOL 4323 - Global Change Ecology

    3 sem. hrs. (3:0) An introduction to the effects of climatic and anthropogenic change on terrestrial and aquatic structure and function. Includes readings from the current literature and discussion of controversial articles. Prerequisite: BIOL 3428 - Principles of Ecology .
    Offered spring semester every year.

  
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    BIOL 4326 - Toxic and Therapeutic Plants

    3 sem. hrs. (3:0) Anatomy and physiology of green plants toxic to humans and plants used in treating specific medical conditions. Prerequisite: BIOL 1407 - Biology II .
    Offered on sufficient demand.

  
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    BIOL 4328 - Fisheries

    3 sem. hrs. (3:0) A study of theory and techniques in fisheries science, including practical fisheries sampling designs and techniques, behavior of fisheries populations and application to resource management with emphasis in tide-influenced waters. Includes readings in the current literature. Prerequisite: BIOL 1407 - Biology II .
    Offered fall semester every year.

  
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    BIOL 4340 - Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics

    3 sem. hrs. (3:0) An introduction to integrative biological study using genome-wide approaches and bioinformatics. The “-omics” technologies (Genomics, Proteomics, Metabolomics, etc.) will be surveyed for current and potential contributions to understanding biological function at molecular, cellular, organismal and ecosystem levels. Prerequisites:  BIOL 2416 - Genetics  and either  BIOL 3410 - Cell Biology  or CHEM 4401 - Biochemistry I .
    Offered fall semester every year.

  
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    BIOL 4350 - Research and Design

    3 sem. hrs. (3:0) Course will include experimental design, literature review of a research topic and laboratory work on the research topic. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
    Offered on sufficient demand.

  
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    BIOL 4370 - Mariculture

    3 sem. hrs. (3:0) Survey of the physiological, behavioral, environmental, and economic parameters governing the culture of selected aquatic species. Included are techniques employed worldwide to produce aquatic products. Prerequisite:  BIOL 1407 - Biology II , or consent of instructor.
    Offered fall semester every year.

  
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    BIOL 4371 - Population Genetics

    3 sem. hrs. (3:0) An introduction to evolutionary processes and their genetic basis, this course focuses on theoretical and experimental approaches to the study of population genetics, quantitative genetics, evolutionary ecology, and molecular evolution. Prerequisites: BIOL 2416 - Genetics  and MATH 2413 - Calculus I , or permission of instructor.
    Offered fall semester of even-numbered years.

  
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    BIOL 4396 - Directed Independent Study

    1-3 sem. hrs. (1-3:0) Research in areas of current interest. Written report required. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 semester hours. Prerequisites:  BIOL 1407 - Biology II , and  CHEM 1412 - General Chemistry II , and consent of instructor.
    Offered any semester upon request by a student and consent of the instructor.

  
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    BIOL 4405 - Limnology

    4 sem. hrs. (3:3) The study of the functional relationships and productivity of aquatic communities as they are affected by their physical, chemical, and biotic environment. The influence of man’s activities on these systems will be the focus of the course. Prerequisite:  BIOL 3428 - Principles of Ecology . Corequisite: Safety training given in SMTE 0091 - Biological Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course.
    Offered fall semester of odd-numbered years.

  
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    BIOL 4406 - Immunology

    4 sem. hrs. (3:3) An overview of immunology with emphasis on current knowledge of the immune system. Detailed examination of the specific cells, cytokines, antibodies, and molecules that comprise the immune system. Laboratory exercises demonstrate the basic principles and techniques used in immunologic studies. Prerequisite: BIOL 2421 - Microbiology . ( BIOL 3410 - Cell Biology  or BIOL 3345 - Cell Physiology  recommended.) Corequisite: Safety training given in  SMTE 0092 - Biomedical Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course.
    Offered spring semester every year.

  
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    BIOL 4407 - Biology of the Fungi

    4 sem. hrs. (3:3) Overview of the fungi, including their characteristics, diversity, and ecology. Interactions between fungi and other organisms are explored along with the role and importance of the fungi. Prerequisite: BIOL 2421 - Microbiology . Corequisite: Safety training given in  SMTE 0092 - Biomedical Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course.
    Offered spring semester of even-numbered years.

  
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    BIOL 4408 - Microbial Diversity and Ecology

    4 sem. hrs. (3:3) Biodiversity and roles of microorganisms in natural environments. Interactions with other micro- and macro-organisms (humans, animals and plants) and with abiotic factors. Unique abilities of microorganisms such as nitrogen fixation and adaptation to extreme environments. Prerequisite:  BIOL 2421 - Microbiology , or consent of instructor. Corequisite: Safety training given in   SMTE 0092 - Biomedical Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course.
    Offered fall semester every year.

  
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    BIOL 4409 - Field and Sampling Techniques

    4 sem. hrs. (3:3) The study of techniques required for proper field work in the biological sciences. The course includes ecological sampling methods, safety, logistics, equipment operation and maintenance and travel concerns. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Corequisite: Safety training given in  SMTE 0091 - Biological Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course.
    Offered summer semester every year.

  
  
  
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    BIOL 4413 - Entomology

    4 sem. hrs. (3:3) A broad overview of the natural history, classification, phylogeny, ecology, behavior, development and physiology of insects and their kin. The lab will involve field work, collection and curation. Prerequisite: BIOL 3413 Invertebrate Zoology  or consent of instructor. Corequisite: Safety training given in SMTE 0091 Biological Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course.
    Offered on sufficient demand.

  
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    BIOL 4417 - Field Biology

    4 sem. hrs. (1:6) Field Biology is a hands-on course designed to teach students key concepts by immersing them in nature. Topics include adaptations of plants and animals in different habitats, food web interactions, and how biotic and abiotic forces interact to structure natural communities including spatial and temporal variation in communities. Prerequisite: BIOL 3428 - Principles of Ecology . Corequisite: Safety training given in SMTE 0091 Biological Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course.
    Offered summer semester (Maymester) every year.

  
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    BIOL 4422 - Plant Taxonomy

    4 sem. hrs. (3:3) Principles and practice in the classification of flowering plants. Field trips are required. Prerequisite: BIOL 1407 - Biology II . Corequisite: Safety training given in  SMTE 0091 - Biological Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course.
    Offered spring semester every year.

  
  
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    BIOL 4429 - Marine Botany

    4 sem. hrs. (3:3) The ecology of marine plants with emphasis on identification, life histories, and environmental factors of distribution. Prerequisite: BIOL 1407 - Biology II . Corequisite: Safety training given in  SMTE 0091 - Biological Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course.
    Offered fall semester every year.

  
  
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    BIOL 4433 - Parasitology

    4 sem. hrs. (3:3) An introduction to parasitology with emphasis on internal parasites and appropriate references to human endoparasites and parasites of veterinary importance. Prerequisite: BIOL 2421 - Microbiology , or consent of instructor. Corequisite: Safety training given in  SMTE 0092 - Biomedical Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course.
    Offered spring semester every year.

  
  
  
  
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    BIOL 4444 - Estuarine Organisms

    4 sem. hrs. (3:3) Systematics, distribution, and ecology of estuarine macrofauna and macroflora. Weekend field trips and individual study required. Prerequisite: BIOL 3413 - Invertebrate Zoology . Corequisite: Safety training given in  SMTE 0091 - Biological Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course.
    Offered spring semester every year.

  
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    BIOL 4446 - Tropical Ecosystems & Conservation

    4 sem. hrs. (3:3) Survey of the ecology and conservation issues of the major ecosystems in the tropics and field techniques used to study tropical forest ecology. Prerequisite: BIOL 3428 - Principles of Ecology  or permission of instructor. Corequisite: Safety training given in  SMTE 0091 - Biological Laboratory Safety Seminar  is required for continued participation in this course.
    Offered fall semester of even-numbered years.

  

Business Law

  
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    BLAW 3310 - Legal Environment of Business

    3 sem. hrs. An introduction to the legal systems of government, business and society. Includes coverage of ethics, the judicial process, basics of contracts law, constitutional issues, business torts and crimes, creditor/debtor relationships, business organizations, international law, environmental law, and various aspects of regulation of business. Prerequisite: BUSI 0011.
  
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    BLAW 3320 - Law for Personal Business

    3 sem. hrs. A study of the laws that influence each individual in the conduct of personal life and business affairs. Includes such topics as the court and legal system, family law, torts, property law, insurance, wills and trusts, contracts, and other areas of current interest. Prerequisite: Junior standing or above.
  
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    BLAW 4342 - Law for Professional Certification

    3 sem. hrs. Designed as a second course in business law for students who desire a more in-depth knowledge. Individuals planning to take professional certification exams that contain a business law component are encouraged to enroll in this course. Prerequisites: BLAW 3310 (or permission of instructor) and Junior standing or above.
  
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    BLAW 4350 - Human Resource Law

    3 sem. hrs. A study of the laws relating to human resource management in today’s business environment. Covers discrimination, labor law, retirement regulations, safety issues and employee/management topics. Emphasis on current issues, cases and legislation. May be used as a management major elective or business elective. Prerequisite: Junior standing or above.
  
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    BLAW 4390 - Current Topics in Business Law

    1-3 sem. hrs. Selected topics for special study related to laws impacting business, organizations and human resources. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisites: Junior standing or above, and others depending on topic.
    Contact the Dean’s office for information.

  
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    BLAW 4396 - Directed Individual Study

    1-3 sem. hrs. Individual supervised study and a final report. Prerequisites: permission of instructor, Junior standing or above, and others depending on selected topic.
    Inquire at the Dean’s office for information.


Business Administration

  
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    BUSI 0011 - Cob Student Code of Ethics and Plagiarism

    0 sem. hrs. The emphasis of this non-credit, web-based course is educational. It covers the provisions in the COB Student Code of Ethics and covers information related to the issue of plagiarism. It prepares business majors to successfully complete an online test to meet a requirement for graduation. Prerequisites: students must have officially declared a major offered by the College of Business.  Graded CR/NC.
  
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    BUSI 0088 - Major Field Test Review

    0 sem. hrs. The Major Field Test (MFT) in Business is a national examination given in the Fall and Spring semesters only. Successful completion is a graduation requirement for all Business students. Students enroll in this course during the semester that they plan to take the MFT. There is no cost to the student for either this course or for the MFT.   Completion of all College of Business core courses except MGMT 4388 is required. BUSI0088 is CR/NC.
 

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