Undergraduate Courses in Biology

Subject course numbers in parentheses at the end of the course description represent the course equivalent in the Texas Common Course Numbering system.

BIOL 1401 General Botany (3-2)
A general survey of the plant kingdom which considers the fundamentals of biological facts, laws and principles as they apply to plants. Structure and functions of the organs of representative plants will be considered. (BIOL 1411)

BIOL 1402 General Zoology (3-2)
A general survey of the animal kingdom which considers the fundamentals of biological facts, laws and principles as they apply to animals and structure and functions of the organs and systems of representative animals. (BIOL 1413)

BIOL 2100 Independent Study/Research (0-3)
Independent study or research of a topic in biology with supervision by a biology faculty member. This course may be repeeated if topic varies.
Prerequisite: General Botany or General Zoology, or consent of instructor.

BIOL 2200 Independent Study/Research(0-6)
Independent study or research of a topic in biology with supervision by a biology faculty member. This course may be repeated if topic varies.
Prerequisite: General Botany or General Zoology, or consent of instructor.

2300 Independent Study/Research(0-9)
Independent study or research of a topic in biology with supervision by a biology faculty member. This course may be repeated if topic varies.
Prerequisite: General Botany or General Zoology, or consent of instructor.

BIOL 2320 Special Topics (3-0)
A course offering selected topics in biology. This course may be repeated if topic varies.
Prerequisite: General Botany or General Zoology, or consent of instructor.

BIOL 2401 Plants and People (3-2)
A survey of plants and plant products that have major uses in human life. Such uses include food, fiber, medicines, religious sacraments, poisons, stimulants, inebriants, oils, perfumes, dyes, spices and beverages. Examples from Trans-Pecos Texas will be discussed, including forages, toxic plants and invasive species.
Prerequisite: General Botany or equivalent

BIOL 2403 Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology (3-2)
Basic structure and function of human systems, including: skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, digestive and urinary systems. Laboratory emphasis on anatomy and lecture emphasis on physiology. Recommended for Kinesiology and pre-vocational nursing students. This course will not count toward credit in a Biology major or minor.
Prerequisite: General Zoology or permission of instructor.

BIOL 2404 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3-2)
Study of the structure and function of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. Also focuses on basic cellular physiology and how it applies to various systems of the body. This course will involve the dissection of mammalian material. Course is intended for pre-nursing, pre-medical, pre-optometry, pre-veterinary, other pre-health professions, and biology majors.
Prerequisite: General Zoology

BIOL 2405 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3-2)
Study of the structure and function of the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, immune, endocrine and reproductive systems.This course will involve the dissection of mammalian materaial. Course is intended for pre-nursing, pre-medical, pre-optometry, pre-veterinary, other pre-health professions and Biology majors.
Prerequisite: General Zoology and Human Anatomy and Physiology I (add) or by permission of instructor.

BIOL 2406 Introduction to Microbiology (3-2)
This course is a study of the principles and techniques of bacteriology. The laboratory work is in part comprised of the application of staining and microscopic techniques, preparation of media, pure culture techniques and the physical and chemical control of micro-organisms. Course designed for biology majors, pre-nursing, pre-dental and pre-veterinary students. (BIOL 2421)
Prerequisite: General Botany or Zoology or equivalent, General Chemistry.

BIOL 2407 Environmental Biology (3-2)
An introduction to the biological effect of the human activities on the environment. This course emphasizes water, soil and air pollution as well as other current ecological concerns. The course serves as one of the introductory courses in environmental science. The laboratory will focus on the EPA Standard Methods used in field and laboratory analysis of environmental sample. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

BIOL 2420 Speical Topics with Laboratory (3-2)
A course offering selected topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.
Prerequisite: General Botany or General Zoology, or by permission of instructor.

BIOL 3301 Human Nutrition (3-0)
Scientific principles of human nutrition. Emphasis on nutrients, metabolism and factors affecting utilization in the human body throughout the life cycle. Includes influence of food selection on health and evaluation of diets.

BIOL 3302 Unseen Life on Earth(3-0)
A lecture course examining microbial functions and how microorganisms affect everything from medicine to environmental issues to global politics. Students gain an enhanced appreciation of the field of microbiology by studying the work of scientists and other experts in the field.
Prerequisite: General Botany or General Zoology

BIOL 3303 Sciences in Cinema and Television (3-0)
A lecture course examinig the scientific content or lack of in classic and current films. Films with a scientific theme will be viewed and the merits of the scientific content will be discussed. Students are required to write a review paper on each film viewed during the course. Students will gain an understanding and appreciation of how science is portrayed to the viewing public by the film and television industries and can be used as a persuasive tool for political maneuvering.
Prerequisite: General Botany or General Zoology

BIOL 3305 Women in Science (3-0)
Explores the roles and contributions that past and present women have made within the sciences, including: chemistry; earth and physical sciences; biology; and natural resource management.

BIOL 3306 Genetics (3-0)
A comprehensive introduction to four main areas of modern genetics: Mendelian genetics, cytogenetics, molecular genetics and population genetics. The historical and philosophical basis for these areas will be dealt with using plant and animal studies.
Prerequisite: General Botany or General Zoology or equivalent.

BIOL 3307 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: General Zoology or equivalent.

BIOL 3403 Parasitology (3-2)
A study of the biology, morphology and ecology of parasitic organisms as they relate to various host-parasite relationships and diseases in animal and man. The diagnosis, pathology, treatment and prevention of parasitism will be discusses. Post mortem examinations and treatment of animals will be performed in labs as available.
Prerequisite: General Zoology or equivalent.

BIOL 3405 Agrostology (3-2)
The classification, phylogeny, natural history and literature of the important range grasses of the Trans-Pecos region of Texas. Collection and field trips.
Prerequisite: General Botany or equivalent.

BIOL 3408 Invertebrate Biology (3-2)
The study of the life history, morphology, taxonomy, phylogeny and ecology of invertebrate organisms.
Prerequisite: General Zoology or equivalent.

BIOL 3601 General Entomology (4-4)
A comprehensive introduction to the field of entomology, including functional anatomy, physioloy, behavior, ecology and control of insects. Labratory section emphasizes taxonomy. Collection of insects is required.
Prerequisite: General Zoology or equivalent.

BIOL 3602 Plant Taxonomy (4-4)
The taxonomic study of vascular plants, emphasizing the flowering plants of Trans-Pecos Texas. Included are traditional aspects of plant classification, phylogeny, herbarium techniques, collections and field trips. Usually offered only in summer.
Prerequisite: General Botany or equivalent.

BIOL 4101 Biology Senior Review (1-0)
Pertinent topics in biology. Required for all majors and in order to be eligible for teaching certification. To be taken during last long semester before graduation
Prerequisite: Completion of, or current enrollment in, all required departmental courses (e.g., Genetics and Cell Biology)

BIOL 4102 Individual Studies (1-0)
Individual study of selected topics in biological literature or field biology.

BIOL 4202 Individual Studies(2-0)
Individual study of selected topics in biological literature or field biology.

BIOL 4300 Individual Studies (3-0)
Independent study of selected topics in biology.

BIOL 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: General Botany and General Zoology or equivalent.

BIOL 4302 Recreational Diseases (3-0)
A lecture course examining the infections and infectious agents we may contact in leisure activities during exposure to vacation climates, pets, recreational activities and exotic cuisine.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Microbiology or permission of instructor.

4305 Special Topics (3-0)
A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology such as animal behavior, animal physiology, coevolution, aquatic plants or many other potential subjects. May be repeated when topic varies.
Prerequisite: General Botany and General Zoology or equivalent.

BIOL 4307 Capstone Research (3-0)A capstone resesarch project - undergraduate thesis designed to culminate the undergraduate experience in the Biology program. Course is designed to have students coordinate research activites with a mentor, conduct a study, write up results ina publishable format according to the appropriate discipline, and present findings to a scientific audience.
Prerequisites, if any:  Biology Major of Junior or Senior classification.

BIOL 4401 Molecular Biotechnology (2-4)
Molecular biotechnology applies the principles of recombinant DNA technology (genetic engineering, gene cloning) to the developement of agricultural and commercial products. The methods of recombinant DNA technology, molecular diagnostic systems, cloning and developement of genetically modified organisms (GMO) will be discussed. Ethical issues surrounding these techniques will be discussed. Animal, plant, bacteria, and examples will be discussed. Laboratory will focus on DNA purification virus, gene cloning and amplification, and DNA analysis using RFLP and PCR techniques.
Prerequisite: Microbiology and General Chemistry.

BIOL 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. This course also serves as an introduction to Vertebrate Zoology.
Prerequisite: General Zoology or equivalent.

BIOL 4403 Herpetology (3-2)
The systematics, natural history and phylogeny of the amphibians and reptiles with emphasis on those found in the American Southwest.
Prerequisite: General Zoology or equivalent.

BIOL 4404 Ornithology (3-2)
The systematics, phylogeny, natural history and field study of birds with emphasis on those found in the Tran-Pecos region of Texas.
Prerequisite: General Zoology or equivalent.

BIOL 4405 Plant Physiology (3-2)
The study of the life processes of plants and the physical and chemical phenomena of plant cells, and their relationship to the environment. Studies of photosynthesis, transpiration, translocation, nitrogen fixation, and hormones will be included with emphasis on vascular plants.
Prerequisite: General Botany.

BIOL 4406 Principle of Ecology (3-2)
A study of the interrelationships of plants and animals with the environment. To include, but not limited to, energy flow, community and ecosystem development, ecological classification, nutrient cycling, sampling and censusing techniques, limiting factors, predator-prey relationship and aspects of speciation.
Prerequisite: Biology 1401, 1402 or equivalent.

BIOL 4408 Morphology of the Vascular Plants (3-2)
The study of the vascular plants, including life cycles, life histories, and consideration of evolutionary trend. Field trip.
Prerequisite: General Botany or equivalent.

BIOL 4409 Mammalogy (3-2)
The systematics, natural history, phylogeny and economic relations of mammals of the world with particular emphasis on mammals native to the Tran-Pecos region of Texas. Museum technique and field work will be stressed.
Prerequisite: 12 hours in biology, including general zoology or equivalent.

BIOL 4410 Medical and Veterinary Entomology (3-2)
A comprehensive introduction to the insects and other arthropods of medical and veterinary importance. Lectures emphasize life-cycles, transmission of disease and control practices. Laboratory studies emphasize taxonomy and techniques.
Prerequisite: General Zoology or General Entomology or equivalent.

BIOL 4411 Microbial Ecology (3-2)
A study of the ecological roles of micro-organisms. Examples from freshwater, marine, terrestrial and other ecosystems will be used to illustrate the activities and importance of micro-organisms in these habitats.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Microbiology recommended.

BIOL 4412 Medical/Veterinary Microbiology (3-2)
A comprehensive introduction to the microbiology of pathogenic organisms in the medical and veterinary field. This will include discussion of the principles of medical and veterinary microbiology, the immune response and pathogenesis, principles of laboratory diagnosis, bacteriology, virology, mycology and parasitology. Laboratory will focus on specimen collection and diagnostic methods.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Microbiology or consent of instructor.

BIOL 4413 Collections Management (3-2)
Learn the techniques and skills required to operate, curate and manage a variety of biological collections. This will include proper handling, preservation, organization and accessioning techniques for both zoological and botanical materials. The legal side of collection maintenance will be covered, in addition to practical applications of museums in research.
Prerequisite: General Botany or General Zoology

BIOL 4420 Special Topics with Laboratory (3-2)
A course offering selected topics in biology with laboratory. this course may be repeated if topic varies.
Prerequisite: General Botany or General Zoology, or permission of instructor.

BIOL 4601 Desert Ecology (4-4)
A course dealing with biology of North American deserts, primarily the Chihuahuan Desert. Offered in summer session, several field trips including multi-day.
Prerequisite: General Botany and General Zoology or permission of instructor.