Courses in Biology

BIO 3300 Basic Survey of Sciences (3-0)
A course designed for non-science majors. This course will introduce students to the basic terminology, concepts, and principals of chemistry, physics, and biology and demonstrate the interrelatedness of these three scientific disciplines. For elementary education only.

BIO 3302 Evolution (3-0)
Origins and evidence for the theory of Biological evolution, and its significance for society and science.
Prerequisite: BIO 3306

BIO 3306 Genetics (3-0)
A comprehensive introduction to the four main areas of modern genetics: Mendelian, cytogenetics, molecular genetics, and population genetics. The historical and philosophical basis for these areas will be dealt with using plant and animal studies.
Prerequisites: BIOL 1406 & BIOL 1407

BIO 33O7 Animal Behavior (3-0)
The study of feeding, defense, animal orientation, instinctive behavior, learning, communication, social, and sexual behavior with emphasis on evolutionary and ecological relationships.
Prerequisite: BIOL 1407

BIO 3401 Entomology (3-2)
A comprehensive introduction to the field of entomology, including functional anatomy, physiology, behavior, ecology, and control of insects. Laboratory emphasis taxonomy. Collection of insects is required.
Prerequisite: BIOL 1407

BIO 3402 Plant Taxonomy (3-2)
Introduction to principles and practices of plant taxonomy. Identification of vascular plant species and recognition of families common in Texas particularly theChihuahuan Desert.
Prerequisite: BIOL 1407

BIO 3406 General Ecology (3-2)
Study of the interrelationship among organisms and their environments, addressing where and how organisms live. Adaptation, population growth, species interactions, biodiversity, and ecosystem function are explored for a wide variety of organisms and ecosystems.
Prerequisites: BIOL 1406 & BIOL 1407

BIO 3407 Vertebrate Natural History (3-2)
Taxonomy, evolution, and natural history of vertebrates of the world with emphasis on North American and Texas species.
Prerequisite: BIOL 1407

BIO 4301 Cell Biology (3-0)
A study of the particulate morphology and basic physiology of the cell and cell organelles, including basic facts, concepts, and problems in modern cellular Biology.
Prerequisite: BIOL 1406 & BIOL 1407

BIO 4402 Ichthyology (3-2)
The systematics, phylogeny, natural history and economic importance of the fishes of the world with emphasis on those found in the fresh and salt waters of Texas.
Prerequisite: BIOL 1407

BIO 4403 Herpetology (3-2)
The systematics, phylogeny, natural history and field study of amphibians and reptiles with emphasis on those found in the southwestern region of Texas.
Prerequisite: BIOL 1407

BIO 4404 Ornithology (3-2)
The systematics, phylogeny, natural history and field study of birds with emphasis on those found in the southwestern region of Texas.
Prerequisite: BIOL 1407

BIO 4409 Mammalogy (3-2)
The systematics, phylogeny, natural history, field study, and economic relations of mammals of the world with particular emphasis on those found in the southwestern region of Texas.
Prerequisite: BIOL 1407

BIO 4415 Desert Ecology (3-2)
A course dealing with the biology of North American deserts, primarily the Chihuahuan Desert. Prerequisites: General biology and zoology or equivalents.
Prerequisites: BIOL 1406 & BIOL 1407