Department of Biology
Course Descriptions 
[Updated 22 Apr. 2013]
 CBU Biology Department
Biology Degree Paradigms

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Course #
Course Name
Course #
Course Name
 
BIOL 102
BIOL 103

BIOL 105
BIOL 106
BIOL 107

BIOL 109

Public Health
Principles of Epidemiology
Biol of Addiction & Lab [nonmaj]
Fundamentals of Environ Biol [nonmaj]
Fundamentals of Biology [nonmaj]
Environmental Biol and Lab [nonmaj]

Human Biology and Lab [nonmajors]


BIOL 303
BIOL 304
BIOL 311

BIOL 312

BIOL 321

BIOL 335
BIOL 346
BIOL 350
BIOL 362
BIOL 367
BIOL 370
BIOL 369
BIOL 381

BIOL 393
BIOL 394
BIOL 398


Algae Fungi Lichens and Lab
Limnology and Lab
Genetics and Lab

Human Physiology and Lab

Microbiology and Lab
Invertebrate Zoology and Lab
Evolution
Research Methods
Biology Seminar
Pharmacology
Toxicology
Herpetology and Lab
Animal Behavior

Sp. Top. Medical Shadowing
Sp. Top. Dendrology
Sp. Top. Wetland Ecology


BIOL 112

Principles of Biology I and Lab


Principles of Biology II and Lab

 
 
Natural Hist of Vertebrates [nonmaj]
BIOL 390-399
  390L-399L
Special Topics in Biology
Sp. Topics in Biol Lab
 
 
Vertebrate Embryology and Lab
Ecological Census Techniques
Comparative Vertebrate Anat & Lab
Medical and Scientific Terminology
Botany and Lab
Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab
Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab
Nutrition
Intro Bioinformatics (same as CS 240)


BIOL 430
BIOL 440-441

BIOL 451

General Ecology and Lab
Parasitology and Lab
Animal Histology and Lab
Immunology and Lab
Entomology and Lab
Cell/Molecular Biol & Lab


Biol of Zoo Animals & Lab
Ecol. Research I and II

Neuroscience and Lab

 
BIOL 464
BIOL 465
Independant Research I and II

 

Mentored Res I, II and III

 
BIOL 290-299


BIOL 290
BIOL 291
  290L-299L

Special Topics in Biology


Sp. Top. - Intro Forensic Entomology
Sp. Top. Career Prep Biol Sci
Special Topics Biology Lab

 
 


Summer courses in affiliation with the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs MS: Contact Dr. Sandra Thompson-Jaeger, Biol Dept Chair.
  490L-498L
Special Topics in Biology
Special Topics in Biol Lab
 
 
 
 
Senior Comprehensive
   
   
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BIOL 101.  PUBLIC HEALTH
BIOL 101 PUBLIC HEALTH
This course provides students with an introduction to fundamental concepts and approaches underlying public health. Topics covered include evidence and prevention-based perspectives on health; the social context of health and health disparities, environment and health, health and our food system, the role of community in public health, effective public health interventions, ethical issues in public health, and future directions in public health.  Special focus will be paid to the South, Memphis, and the topic of HIV/AIDS.  Prerequisite: MATH 105 or higher.  Offered fall semester as needed.  Professor: Dustin James
One semester; three credits

 

BIOL 102.  PRINCIPLES OF EPIDEMIOLOGY
An introduction to the basic principles of epidemiology and how they related to public health. Topics discussed will include the definition of infectious and non-infectious diseases, the causes of diseases, importance of the environmental, host-parasite relationship, prevention of disease, risks, and influence of demographics.
One semester; three credits.

 

BIOL 103. BIOLOGY OF ADDICTION
In this course, we will cover the biological effects of alcohol and drugs on human organ systems, particularly the nervous, digestive, excretory and reproductive systems.  We will discuss the psychological and sociological consequences of these effects.  The use of drugs in both therapeutic and pathologic situations will be explored, and modalities of recovery will be discussed.  With the laboratory component, this course fulfills university graduation requirements for a science course.   Corequisite: BIOL 103L.  Offered spring semester.  Professor:  Dr. Stan Eisen. 
One semester; three credits.

BIOL 103L.  BIOLOGY OF ADDICTION LABORATORY
In this course, we will examine the anatomy and physiology of organ systems affected by alcohol and other psychoactive drugs of abuse.  We will use fruit flies as a model to determine the effects of alcohol on their physiology and reproductive success.  We will conduct two experiments on human volunteers: Effects of caffeine on the cardiovascular system; and the effects of ethanol on balance, equilibrium, and judgement.  With the laboratory component, this course fulfills university graduation requirements for a science course.  Offered spring semester.  Prerequisite or Corequisite: BIOL 103.  Professor: Dr. Stan Eisen
One semester; one credit.

BIOL 105.  FUNDAMENTALS OF ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY
A study of the basic scientific principles required for how ecosystems work.  Emphasis will be given to nutrient cycling, soil structure and composition, basic meteorology, air and water pollution and conservation, structure and energy flow in ecosystems, food production and hunger in the world, demographics, epidemics and emergent diseases, and consequences of the disruption of natural systems.  Offered spring semester as needed.  This course does not fulfill the general education requirements.  Professor: Lynda Miller
One semester, three credits. 

 

BIOL 106.  FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY
An introduction to the fundamental concepts of biology with emphasis on cellular structure and physiology, including cellular respiration, photosynthesis, and transmission of hereditary information. A broad overview of biological diversity, interaction between organisms and their physical environment, as well as the structure and function of the major human organ systems is included. This course is designed for education majors enrolled in the evening program. Day students may not register for this course. There is no laboratory associated with this course. General education requirements are not fulfilled by this course. Prerequisite: MATH 105 or higher; enrollment in the evening school at Christian Brothers University majoring in education. Offered as needed. Three credits.
 

BIOL 107. ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY
An interdisciplinary approach to the study of the environment. The course provides the scientific basis for understanding how environmental systems work. Topics include discussion of the economic impact and consequences of the disruptions of natural systems; the importance of public policy; and how environmental issues are linked to our everyday life. Designed for non-majors. Corequisite: BIOL 107L. Offered fall semester as needed.  Professor:  Dr. Katie Sauser
One semester; three credits.

BIOL 107L. ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY LABORATORY.
A combination of laboratory experiences and field trips to illustrate the principles covered in BIOL 107.  Visits to sewage treatment plant, pest control center, land fill, and forests will be scheduled when possible.  Prerequisite or Corequisite: BIOL 107. Offered fall semester as needed.  Professor: Dr. Katie Sauser
One semester; one credit.
BIOL 109. HUMAN BIOLOGY
A systematic study of the developmental structure and function of the human organism, including the anatomy and physiology of each organ system, and common problems that may occur in each. Genetics, evolution, and ecology are also studied. Designed for non-majors. Corequisite: BIOL 109L. Offered fall semester.  Professor Dr. Katie Sauser
One semester; three credits 
BIOL 109L. HUMAN BIOLOGY LABORATORY.
Laboratory experience to illustrate and explain the principles covered in BIOL 109. Prerequisite or Corequisite: BIOL 109. Professor: Dr. Katie Sauser
One semester; one credit
BIOL 111. PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY I. 
The first half of a comprehensive study of contemporary biology, this semester covers biochemistry, cytology, energy metabolism, photosynthesis, cell division, genetics, evolution, systematics and taxonomy of viruses, prokaryotes, protists, and fungi. Includes three lectures and one discussion section per week. Prerequisite: ACT of 22 or higher or a grade of C or better in Chem 101. Corequisites: BIOL 111L and CHEM 101 or higher.  Offered in fall and spring semesters. 
One semester; three credits 
BIOL 111L. PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY I LABORATORY. 
Laboratory experience to illustrate and explain the principles covered in BIOL 111.  Prerequisite or corequisite: BIOL 111. 
One semester; one credit
BIOL 112. PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY II. 
Continuation of BIOL 111, this semester covers systematics and taxonomy of plants and animals, anatomy and physiology of eukaryotic organisms, embryology and development, and ecology. Includes three lectures and one discussion per week.  Prerequisite: BIOL 111 and CHEM 101 or higher. Corequisite: BIOL 112L. Offered in fall and spring semesters. 
One semester; three credits
BIOL 112L. PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY II LABORATORY. 
Laboratory experience to illustrate and explain the principles covered in BIOL 112. Prerequisite BIOL 111L.  Corequisite: and BIOL 112. 
One semester; one credit
BIOL 211. VERTEBRATE EMBRYOLOGY
A study of human embryology with emphasis on the fundamental development processes common to vertebrate embryos. Topics include gametogenesis, fertilization, and development of the embryo from zygote through the differentiation of the neural tube. The second half of the course is devoted to the development of selected human organ systems including the nervous system, sense organs, and the cardiovascular, digestive, respiratory, and urogenital systems. Prerequisite: BIOL 111 and 112 and CHEM 113 or higher. Corequisite: BIOL 211L. Offered fall semester.  Professor: Dr. Anna Ross
One semester; three credits  Laboratory experience to illustrate and explain the principles covered in BIOL 211. Histological, preserved, and selected living materials are studied to illustrate gametogenesis, fertilization, and development of the vertebrate embryo from zygote through the differentiation of organ systems in amphibian, avian, and mammalian embryos. Prerequisite or Corequisite: BIOL 211. 
One semester; one credit.
 
 
BIOL 210.  ECOLOGICAL CENSUS TECHNIQUES
A field-intensive introduction to the techniques and statistical analyses used in population and community ecology. Experimental design and data collection will be stressed on major groups of organisms, including invertebrates, small mammals, and plants. This course requires mandatory overnight exercises to be tentatively taught at the Edward J. Meeman Biological Field Station and several day trips to various locations throughout the mid-south. Pre-requisites: Grades of C or better in BIOL 112 and CHEM 113 and permission from the instructor.  Offered May summer term (Note: meets all day for two weeks in May: 13-24 May 2013).  Professor: Dr. Moore.
May summer term; three credits.
BIOL 212. COMPARATIVE VERTEBRATE ANATOMY
A study of the structural and functional evolution of selected organ systems in representative vertebrates. The first part of the course reviews the phylogenetic relationships among the vertebrates. In the remainder of the course, structures and their organization are interpreted in terms of their embryological development, phylogeny, and functional adaptations. Prerequisite: BIOL 111 and 112 and CHEM 113 or higher.  Corequisite: BIOL 212L. Offered spring semester.   Professor: Dr. Anna Ross
One semester; three credits Laboratory experience to illustrate and explain the principles covered in BIOL 212. Dissection of preserved representative specimens including shark, amphibian, and cat is required. Prerequisite or Corequisite: BIOL 212. 
One semester; one credit
BIOL 213. MEDICAL AND SCIENTIFIC TERMINOLOGY.
This course examines the Latin and Greek origins of words used in the scientific and medical community. In addition to learning the basic meaning of these words, their prefixes, suffixes and combining forms will also be studied. Emphasis will be given to terms applicable to the systems, structure, function and diseases of the human body as well as zoological and botanical terms. Attention will also be given to pronunciation, spelling and common abbreviations used in scientific writings. An understanding of etymology will give students in any area of specialization a better comprehension of the fundamental meaning of many English words. Prerequisites: BIOL 112 and CHEM 113 or higher. Offered as needed.  Professor: Lynda Miller
One semester; two credits
BIOL 216. BOTANY.
A comprehensive study of the principles of botany. Topics include a survey of the major groups of plants, algae, and fungi, their life cycles, anatomy, metabolism, biogeography, ecology and evolution.  Prerequisites: BIOL 112 and CHEM 113 or higher.  Corequisite: BIOL 216L. All scheduled field trips are mandatory.  Offered in odd numbered fall semesters.  Professor: Dr. James Moore.  Group II biology elective.
One semester; three credits
BIOL 216L. BOTANY LABORATORY.
A comprehensive field-based study of the principles of botany. There will be several mandatory field trips throughout the semester that involve travel to local sites so that students gain a better understanding of the local flora and how to gather and prepare specimens in the field. Prerequisites:  BIOL 112L and CHEM 113 or higher.  Corequisite: BIOL 216. 
One semester; one credit
BIOL 217. ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I.
The first half of a study of the various levels of organization of the human body. The first semester covers cells, cell metabolism, tissues and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, sensory, and endocrine systems. Prerequisites: BIOL 111, 112, 112L, and CHEM 113 or higher.  Corequisite: BIOL 217L. Offered in fall semester.   Professor: Dr. Anna Ross.  Both 217 and 218 are needed to fulfill the Group I biology elective.
One semester; three credits 
BIOL 217L. ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I LABORATORY.
Laboratory experience to illustrate and explain the principles covered in BIOL 217. Dissection of a preserved mammalian specimen is required.  Corequisite: BIOL 217.  One semester; one credit
BIOL 218. ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II.
A continuation of BIOL 217, this semester covers the cardiovascular, immune, digestive, respiratory, urinary and reproductive systems. Students will be responsible for a fee for the required CPR course. Prerequisites: BIOL 217 and CHEM 113. Corequisite: BIOL 218L. Offered in spring semester.   Professor Dr. Anna Ross.  Both semesters needed to fulfill the Group I biology elective.
One semester; three credits 
BIOL 218L. ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II LABORATORY.
Laboratory experience to illustrate and explain the principles covered in BIOL 218. Dissection of a preserved mammalian specimen is required. Corequisite: BIOL 218. 
One semester; one credit 
BIOL 236. NUTRITION.
The basic principles of nutrition are studied with particular emphasis on their applications to human health and development. This course includes a study of the essential nutrients; current and past dietary trends including ethnic considerations; relationship of RDA's and diets to health, disease, and the causes of death; changes in individual nutrient requirements based on factors such as age, gender, heredity, environment, etc.; governmental legislation regarding food labels, processing additives, contaminants, preservatives, and dietary guidelines; and a personal assessment of one's own eating habits, requirements and potential health problems. Outside reading materials related to current nutritional "trends" will be assigned.  Prerequisite: BIOL 112, 112L and CHEM 113 or higher. Offered as needed. 
One semester; three credits
BIOL 240.  INTRODUCTION TO BIOINFORMATICS.  (Same as CS  240)
The course considers introductory topics in bioinformatics. Topics include the structure of DNA, string representation in PERL, data searches, pairwise alignments, substitution patterns, protein structure prediction and modeling, proteomics and the use of web-based tools for topics in bioinformatics.  Offered in odd numbered spring semesters as needed.  Next offered in spring 2013. (Same as CS  240) Prerequisite: BIOL 111.  Professor: Dr. Arthur A. Yanushka
One semester; three credits
 
 

BIOL 290SPECIAL TOPICS - INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL AND FORENSIC ENTOMOLOGY.
This course focuses on two aspects of insect interactions with humans and animals.  Medical entomology is the study of insects that impact human and animal health, whereas forensic entomology is the use of arthropod evidence in civil and criminal cases.  Topics will include identification of insects, life histories of key species, impact on health and methods of control.  The forensic portion of the course will also include case histories of crimes and proper methods of evidence collection at crime scenes.  There will be some workshop style lectures outdoors at simulated crime scenes to demonstrate collection techniques.  Prerequisite: BIOL 112, 112L and CHEM 113 or higher.  Occasionally offered in spring semester.  Professor Dr. Joy M. Layton.
One semester; three credits 


 

BIOL 291.  SPECIAL TOPICS - CAREER PREPARATION IN BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES.
This course is designed to complement programs at CBU that help prepare students for life after college.  In this class students will learn about summer programs, resume development, interview techniques, career opportunities, entrance exam preparation and development of a plan A and B. Recruiters from graduate programs along with alumni representing several different career paths will visit the class and discuss their programs and how to be involved.  Prerequisites: Biol 112 and Chem 114.  Offered as needed in the Spring semester.  This course is a free elective (not a biology elective) in the biology and biomedical sciences curricula.  Professor Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald.
One semester; two credits.

BIOL 303. ALGAE, FUNGI AND LICHENS
This course will focus on the diversity and comparative study of the structure, function, reproduction, growth, development, ecology, evolution and natural history of algae, fungi and lichens. Economic importance and uses of the various organisms will also be covered.   Corequisite: BIOL 303L.  Prerequisites: BIOL 112, BIOL 112L, CHEM 113, CHEM 113L, and three additional credits of biology at the 200 level or higher, or permission of instructor.  Offered in fall semester as needed.  Professor: Bro. Tom Sullivan.
One semester, three credits.
BIOL 303L. ALGAE, FUNGI AND LICHENS LABORATORY
Laboratory exercises will focus on field trip collection and identification of the various algae, fungi and lichen organisms. Taxonomic keys and various chemical tests and laboratory techniques will be used. Proper preserving and herbarium mounting techniques for the lichens will also be covered. Corequisite: BIOL 303.
One semester, one credit.
 

BIOL 304. LIMNOLOGY.
BIOL 304L. LIMNOLOGY LAB.
Limnology is the study of inland waters, lakes, ponds, rivers and streams.  This course examines physical, chemical and biological variables that influence living organisms in these ecosystems.  Both theoretical and applied aspects of limnology will be covered.  Ecological theories will be examined and studies on aquatic ecosystems, which have been used to test these theories, will be discussed.  The role of limnology in the management of water resources will be discussed throughout the course.  Several labs will be field trips followed by analysis and discussion of the data collected. This provides the opportunity to ask questions in limnology, illustrate the variation in aquatic habitats, demonstrate the practical aspects of limnology (sampling methods, etc.) and the methods of analyzing and writing up collected data.  Participation in scheduled field trips is mandatory.  Prerequisites: Junior standing, BIOL 111 and 112, CHEM 113 and 114.  Offered in odd-numbered spring semesters (alternates with Invertebrate Zoology).  Professor: Dr. Stan Eisen.  Group III biology elective.
One semester; 3 credits lecture, 1 credit lab. 

BIOL 311. GENETICS.
A study of the structure and function of nucleic acids in viruses, prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Basic concepts, principles, and applications of classical, molecular, and population genetics. Topics include recombinant technology, genetics and cancer, developmental and behavioral genetics, and genetic engineering. Prerequisites: Grade of "C" or better in BIOL 112 and CHEM 212. Corequisite: BIOL 311L.  Offered in fall semester.  Professor: Dr. Sandra Thompson-Jaeger
One semester; three credits 
BIOL 311L. GENETICS LABORATORY. 
Laboratory experience to illustrate and explain the principles covered in BIOL 311. Prerequisite or Corequisite: BIOL 311. 
One semester; one credit 
BIOL 312. HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY
A study of the biochemical and biophysical mechanisms underlying human physiology and pathophysiology at a systems level.  Emphasis is placed on the role of membranes, nerves, and hormones in maintaining homeostasis.  Prerequisite: BIOL 112, BIOL 112L. Recommended: CHEM 211 and 211L, CHEM 315 and PHYS 201. Corequisite: BIOL 312L.  Offered in fall semester.  Professor: Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald.  Group I biology elective.
One semester; three credits 
BIOL 312L. HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY LABORATORY.
Laboratory experience to illustrate and explain the principles covered in BIOL 312. Prerequisite or Corequisite: BIOL 312.
One semester; one credit 
BIOL 321. MICROBIOLOGY.
A study of microbial biochemistry, molecular biology, morphology, physiology, metabolism, growth and growth control, taxonomy, diversity, genetics, evolution, ecology and immunology with emphasis on bacteria and viruses.  Topics include medical, food, and industrial microbiology, and public health.  Prerequisites: Grade of "C" or better in BIOL 112 and CHEM 211 and Junior or Senior standing.  Corequisite: BIOL 321L.  Offered in spring semester.  Professor: Dr. Sandra Thompson-Jaeger.  Group IV biology elective.
One semester; three credits 
BIOL 321L.  MICROBIOLOGY LABORATORY.
Laboratory experience to illustrate and explain the principles covered in BIOL 321.  Corequisite: BIOL 321.  Offered in spring semester.
One semester; one credit 
Taxonomy, ecology, evolution, morphology, and physiology of invertebrate phyla. 
Prerequisites: BIOL 112 and CHEM 113 or higher, and Junior or Senior status. Corequisite: BIOL 335L.  Offered in even numbered spring semesters (alternates with Limnology).  Professor: Dr. Stan Eisen.  Group II biology elective.
One semester: three credits 
BIOL 335L. INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY LABORATORY
Laboratory experience to illustrate and explain the principles in BIOL 335.  Participation in scheduled field trips is mandatory.  Students are required to participate in the Gulf Coast field trip. Prerequisite or Corequisite: BIOL 335. 
One semester: one credit 

 

BIOL 346. EVOLUTION
Investigation of the evidence, proponents and theories of organic evolution, with emphasis on modern contributions to the understanding of speciation.  Prerequisite: BIOL 112 and CHEM 113 or higher.  Offered in odd numbered spring semesters.  Professor: Bro. Edward Salgado or Dr. James Moore.  Group III biology elective.
One semester; three credits 

BIOL 350. RESEARCH METHODS.
This course is designed for students who are involved in research projects that will not be considered for their senior research thesis. Students should either be in a research program or working with a researcher on or off-campus. Students should participate in a minimum of 200 hours on the research project. The students will be required to be familiar with several techniques within their research and describe how they are used in research. In addition to the description of the techniques the students will summarize their research experience and data in a short narrative. Prerequisites: BIOL 112, BIOL 112L, CHEM 114, CHEM 114L, permission of the instructor or Chair of the Department. Offered as needed. 
One semester; three credits

 

BIOL 362. BIOLOGY SEMINAR

Seminar series in which research scientists are invited to discuss their current research. Students are expected to submit a research proposal which they will use as the basis for their mandatory senior research project.  Required of Junior Biology and Biomedical Science majors.  Prerequisites or corequisites: Junior standing, a grade of C or better in a minimum of two 200-400 level biology courses, a grade of C or better in, Chem 212, a Science GPA of 2.0 or higher, or permission of instructor or Chair of the Department.  Offered in spring semester.   Professor: Dr. Mary Ogilvie
One semester; one credit 
BIOL 367. PHARMACOLOGY
An introduction to the structure, mechanisms, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, therapeutic uses and adverse reactions of prototypic agents from the major categories of drugs.  Prerequisites: CHEM 212 and either BIOL 217 and 218 or BIOL 312. Offered in odd numbered spring semesters (alternates with Toxicology).  Professor: Dr. Katie Sauser.  Group IV biology elective.
One semester; three credits 


 

BIOL 369.  HERPETOLOGY.
The biology of amphibians and reptiles.  Prerequisites: Chem 114; seven credits of biology 200 level or higher; Junior standing. CorequistieBiol 369L.  Offered even numbered spring semesters (alternates with NSCI 390 Natural History of Vertebrates).  Professor: Ms. Lynda Miller.  Group II biology elective.
One semester; three credits. 

BIOL 369L.  HERPETOLOGY LAB.
The student will learn to visually identify (to species level) the amphibians and reptiles naturally found in Western Tennessee and the tri-state region.  Additionally, the student will learn to identify amphibians by vocalization (frog calls). Initial identification will take place in the lab using preserved specimens and also digital images and sounds. Identification skills will continue to be developed in the field while on field trips to nearby sites. Field techniques for performing natural history surveys will be discussed, followed by implementation in the field. Prerequisites BIOL 111, 112, CHEM 113 or higher, seven additional credits of biology at the 200 level or higher, and Junior or Senior standing. Corequisite: BIOL 369.  Offered in even numbered spring semesters. 
One semester; one credit. 


 

BIOL 370.  TOXICOLOGY
An introduction to the basic Principles of toxicology including investigation of the sites and modes of action of toxic agents and the factors that affect their toxicity.  This course will also examine sources, fate, and effects of environmental pollutants.  Prerequisite: BIOL 111, 112 and CHEM 212.  Offered in even numbered spring semesters (alternates with Pharmacology).  Professor: Dr. Katie Sauser.  Group IV biology elective.
One semester; three credits. 
BIOL 381.ANIMAL BEHAVIOR
The study of the mechanisms and evolution of animal behavior. Topics include methods for the observation and quantification of the behavior, natural selection and evolution of behavior, behavior genetics, neural and physiological mechanisms of behavior, communication, aggression, sexual reproduction, mating systems, and interspecific behavioral interactions. Prerequisites: BIOL 111, 112, CHEM 113 or higher, seven additional credits of Biology at the 200 level or higher, and Junior or Senior standing. Offered in even numbered spring semesters.  Professor: Dr. Anna Ross.  Group III biology elective.
One semester; three credits 


 

NSCI 390.  NATURAL HISTORY OF THE VERTEBRATES. 
This course explores the characteristics of the major groups of vertebrates focusing on their diversity, identification, life history, reproduction, and ecology.  Distribution and biogeography will also be discussed as well as vertebrate adaptations.  Offered in even numbered spring semesters as needed (alternates with BIOL 369 Herpetology).  Designed for Natural Science majors (not a Biology elective). Prerequisite: Biol 112.  Corequisite NSCI 390L.  Professor: Lynda Miller.
One semester; three credits 

NSCI 390L.  NATURAL HISTORY OF THE VERTEBRATES LABORATORY.
Laboratory experience to illustrate and explain the principles covered in NSCI 390.
One semester; one credit. 


 

BIOL 393. SPECIAL TOPICS - MEDICAL SHADOWING.
Upperclassmen will engage in shadowing activities through various departments at Delta Medical Center in which they will observe the activities of medical professionals, particularly physicians, physical therapists, nurses, and administrators.  Initial enrollment will be restricted to 6 students.  The course will meet at Delta Medical Center once per week for 3 hours, during which students would rotate through the departments during the semester.  Grading will be based on attendance, participation, fulfillment of the contract, and submission of a final paper.  Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing; permission of instructor; current immunization record, submission of TB test, urine test, and criminal background check.  Offered in Fall semester.  Professor: Dr. Stan Eisen
One semester; two credits. 


 

BIOL 394. SPECIAL TOPICS - DENDROLOGY.
Dendrology is the study of trees and woody shrubs. The course will focus on field and laboratory techniques used in the identification and classification of trees found in the mid-south region of the United States. Non-reproductive organs (leaves, bark, etc.) will be emphasized in order to identify families, genera and species in the field. Most of the class time will be spent outdoors. The students will be responsible to carry out a project of identification and classification of trees. A few lectures about the flora of North America, its ecoregions and ecology of the most common families will complement the fieldwork. Herbarium techniques will be included in the laboratory work.  Prerequisite: junior or senior standing and permission of the instructor; a minimum of two biology courses at the 300 or 400 level; CHEM 212.  Offered in the Fall semester as needed.  Professor: Bro. Edward Salgado.  Group II biology elective.
One semester; three credits. 


 

BIOL 398 and 398L. SPECIAL TOPICS - WETLAND ECOLOGY AND LAB.
This course will cover a wide range of topics in wetland science including definitions of wetlands; national and regional wetland types and resources; wetland attributes of hydrology, hydroperiod, biogeochemistry, wetland indicator plants, wetland cultural values, functions, delineation, protection, creation, and restoration. Students will become familiar with how to accurately determine what constitutes a wetland and how agencies such as the Army Corps of Engineers and private consulting firms conduct day-to-day work in preserving/mitigating these resources. Prerequisites include a “C” or better in BIOL 112 and CHEM 114.  Lab and lecture courses are co-requisites.  Professor: Dr. James Moore.  Group III Biology elective.  Offered for the first time in Spring 2013. 
One semester, three credits lecture, one credit lab.

BIOL 412. ECOLOGY
Study of the principles of ecology. Topics to be investigated include population organization, ecosystem and community structure/function, abiotic factors, and cycling of energy. Prerequisites: BIOL 112, CHEM 113 or higher, seven additional credits in Biology at the 200 level or higher, and Junior or Senior standing.  Corequisite: BIOL 412L.  Offered in even numbered Fall semesters.  Professor: Dr. James Moore.  Group III biology elective.
One semester; three credits 

BIOL 412L. ECOLOGY LABORATORY
Laboratory experience to illustrate and explain the principles covered in BIOL 412. The course includes data gathering in both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and mandatory field trips to ecologically relevant sites. Students will also complete a semester-long project with the intent to publish results.  Prerequisite or Corequisite: BIOL 412.  Offered in even numbered Fall semesters. 
One semester; one credit

BIOL 413.PARASITOLOGY
A study of the morphology, taxonomy, life cycle, distribution, economic importance and control of parasites of man and other animals. Prerequisites: BIOL 112, CHEM 113 or higher, and Junior or Senior standing. Corequisite: BIOL 413L.  Offered in the Fall Semester.  Professor: Dr. Stan Eisen.  Group II biology elective.
One semester; three credits 

BIOL 413L. PARASITOLOGY LABORATORY. 
Laboratory experience to illustrate and explain the principles covered in BIOL 413. Students conduct surveys to study the distribution of parasites and conduct long-term studies on the pathology of parasitic infection. Participation in scheduled field trips is mandatory.  Prerequisite or Corequisite: BIOL 413. 
One semester; one credit 

Note from Dr. Eisen (9 April 2012)
Dear Incoming BIOL 413 Students:

I noticed that you are registered for BIOL 413, and I thought it would be a good idea for me to tell you of a couple of things that we will be doing this time (fall 2012) that haven’t been before.  At the present time, I am negotiating with the Administration of the newly-established National Institute of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine (Houston) to visit their facilities during Fall Break, travelling to Houston on Wednesday, October 17, and returning on Sunday, October 21.  As an alternative, I am also negotiating with Brother Edward Salgado, Biology Professor Emeritus, for a maximum of 5 students to engage in a week-long internship experience at a clinic in Haiti during Fall Break. 

We will also be planning a weekend field trip to the Gulf Coast Research Lab during some weekend between mid-September and early November, which will include Dr. James Moore’s Ecology class. 

If you are unable or unwilling to consider participating in either a week-long internship in the clinic in Haiti or in a visit to the National Institute of Tropical Medicine, then I suggest that you register for a different class.
 

BIOL 414.ANIMAL HISTOLOGY
A study of the microscopic and ultramicroscopic structure of vertebrate (primarily mammalian) tissues and organs, i.e., microscopic anatomy. Special emphasis is placed on the relation of structure to function. Prerequisites: BIOL 112, CHEM 113 or higher, four additional hours in Biology, and Junior or Senior standing; Corequisite: BIOL 414L.  Offered in odd numbered Spring semesters.  Professor: Dr. Anna Ross.  Group I biology elective.
One semester; three credits 

BIOL 414L. ANIMAL HISTOLOGY LABORATORY
Laboratory experience to illustrate and explain the principles covered in BIOL 414. Corequisite: BIOL 414. 
One semester; one credit 

BIOL 415. IMMUNOLOGY.
The study of antigens, antibodies, organs and cells involved in humoral and cell-mediated immunity; immunologic techniques are discussed as well as immune problems such as autoimmunity and AIDS. Prerequisites: BIOL 112 and CHEM 212.  Recommended: BIOL 311.  Corequisite: BIOL 415L. Offered in the Fall semester.  Professor: Dr. Mary Ogilvie.  Group IV biology elective.
One semester; three credits 

BIOL 415L. IMMUNOLOGY LABORATORY
Laboratory experience to illustrate and explain the principles covered in BIOL 415. Prerequisite or Corequisite: BIOL 415.  One semester; one credit 
 

BIOL 420 and BIOL 420L.  ENTOMOLOGY and LAB
This course explores the most successful group of organisms on earth, the insects.  We will study anatomy, physiology, taxonomy and diversity with behavioral and ecological emphasis.  Lab will include field trips, use of dichotomous keys for identification, and some experimental components.  Students will make their own museum quality insect collections.  Prerequisites:  Junior or Senior standing, BIOL 112, CHEM 113.  [No longer planned for Spring.  Changed to fall for 2013.  Possibly to be offered in alternating years, but the new schedule plan still under discussion.]  Professor Dr. Joy M. Layton.  Group II biology elective. 
A study of eukaryotic cell structures and functions. Special emphasis is placed on the role that biomolecules play in cell surface interactions that lead to intracellular signalling.  The clinical and molecular nature of cancer is also discussed. Prerequisites: BIOL 112 and CHEM 212. Recommended: BIOL 311. Offered in the Spring semester.  Professor: Dr. Mary Ogilvie.  Group IV biology elective.
One semester; three credits 

BIOL 421L.CELL/MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LABORATORY
Laboratory experiences will demonstrate the concepts covered in BIOL 421. Experiments will employ techniques such as PCR, bacterial transformation, amplification and restriction mapping of plasmid DNA, western blotting and affinity chromatography.  Corequisite: BIOL 421. 
One semester; one credit 


 

BIOL 430. BIOLOGY OF ZOO ANIMALS.
The student will develop a broad understanding of the Phylum Chordata with emphasis on the subphylum Vertebrata. The focus will be on exotic animals and conservation methods associated with them. Lecture topics will include but are not limited to: vertebrate taxonomy and phylogeny, zoological biodiversity, thermoregulation, water balance, reproductive systems, housing and husbandry, nutritional requirements, and US laws and regulations. The course is geared towards students who are interested in zoological park careers, animal care and protection, animal management, wildlife management, veterinary medicine, science teaching, or environmental management and protection.  Prerequisites: CHEM 114, BIOL 112, and seven additional credits of biology at the 200 level or higher.  Corequisite: BIOL 430L.  Fall semester of odd numbered years.  Professor: Ms. Lynda Miller.
One semester; three credits

BIOL 430L. BIOLOGY OF ZOO ANIMALS.
The laboratory experience integrates knowledge and application by emphasizing the practical aspects of the care of exotic and domestic vertebrates. Students will conduct library research in aspects of vertebrate families and prepare a species profile. Work at the Memphis Zoo under the guidance of a zoologist and field trips are integral components of the laboratory experience.  Corequisite: BIOL 430.  Fall semester of odd numbered years.  Professor: Ms. Lynda Miller.
One semester; one credit 

BIOL 440. ECOLOGY RESEARCH I.
Research projects are conducted under the guidance of a practicing researcher, typically facilitated by Dr. James Moore. Research is performed in the summer preceding the senior year and usually requires 200 – 300 in-field hours. Students are required to attend lab discussions and meet regularly with Dr. Moore or their research mentor if off-site. Corequisite: Students are required to take the ETS Biology II exam (BIOL 499) that will be administered in exam week of the Fall semester. Prerequisites: BIOL 340 Experimental Design and Analysis and Senior standing or permission of the instructor. Offered in Fall semester.  Professor: Dr. James Moore. 
One semester; two credits.

BIOL 441. ECOLOGY RESEARCH II.
This course is a continuation of BIOL 440 Research I. During this course the students will meet weekly to discuss their research results and analyze their data. Project results will be presented in a formal paper by the end of the Spring semester. Students will also present their results at the annual Tennessee Academy of Science meeting. Prerequisite or corequisite: BIOL 340, BIOL 440, and BIOL 499. Offered in Spring semester.  Professor: Dr. James Moore. 
One semester; two credits.

BIOL 451. NEUROSCIENCE
This course will investigate the field of neuroscience with emphasis on the neuroanatomy of the mammalian brain.  Also contained within this course will be the study of neurophysiology and neuropharmacology using both vertebrate and invertebrate central and peripheral nervous systems.  Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing or permission of instructor, BIOL 218 or BIOL 312 and CHEM 212 or higher.  Corequisite: BIOL 451L. Offered in the Spring semester.  Professor: Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald.  Group I biology elective.
One semester; three credits 

BIOL 451L. NEUROSCIENCE LABORATORY. 
This laboratory is designed to complement the Neuroscience lecture course. Neuroanatomy will be taught at both the gross and microscopic level. Experiments and demonstrations will be used to study neurophysiology and neuropharmacology concepts. Corequisite: BIOL 451.
One semester; one credit 

BIOL 461. INDEPENDENT RESEARCH I. 
Under the guidance of a faculty member, senior students design and conduct an organized research project usually requiring 100-150 in-lab hours. Course emphases include experimental design, controls, analysis of results, use of professional literature, and the writing of a draft of a journal-quality paper. Prerequisites: BIOL 275, 362, permission of the Chair or Course Director, and Senior standing.  Offered in the fall semester if needed.  Professor: Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald
One semester; one credit 

BIOL 462. INDEPENDENT RESEARCH II.
A continuation of BIOL 461, the students prepare to present their results in three forms - a final paper, an oral presentation at a public forum, and a poster session on campus.  Prerequisite: BIOL 461 and Senior standing. Offered in the Spring semester.  Professor: Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald
One semester; one credit 

BIOL 463. MENTORED RESEARCH I.
Research projects are conducted under the guidance of a practicing researcher, generally off campus, but under some circumstances mentored research may be conducted at CBU.  Research is performed during the summer preceding the senior year.  Mentored research I usually requires 200-300 in-lab hours. Students are required to attend group discussions and participate in tutorial meetings or correspondence with the course director. Students normally register for Mentored Research I during one of the summer terms. Students unable to begin their research during the summer will need permission of the course director to register for Mentored Research I and II concurrently during the Fall semester. Students are required to take the ETS Biology II exam as a requirement for graduation. Prerequisites: BIOL 362, Senior standing, and permission of the instructor.  Offered in the Summer and Fall semesters.  Professor: Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald
One semester; one credit 

BIOL 464. MENTORED RESEARCH II.
This course is a continuation of Mentored Research I. During this course the students will meet weekly to discuss their research results and analyze their data. Project results will be presented in a formal paper by the end of the Fall semester. Prerequisite or corequisite: BIOL 463 and BIOL 499. Offered in the Fall semester.  Professor: Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald
One semester; two credits 

BIOL 465. MENTORED RESEARCH III.
During this course the students will present the results of their work in a public forum as an oral paper and in a poster session on campus.  Prerequisite: BIOL 464. Offered in the Spring semester.  Professor: Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald
One semester; two credits. 

BIOL 490-495. SPECIAL TOPICS IN BIOLOGY. 
Selected topics of interest. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
One semester; one to four credits
BIOL 497 and BIOL 498.  SPECIAL TOPICS IN BIOLOGY: ENTOMOLOGY
This course explores the most successful group of organisms on earth, the insects.  We will study anatomy, physiology, taxonomy and diversity with behavioral and ecological emphasis.  Lab will include field trips, use of dichotomous keys for identification, and some experimental components.  Students will make their own museum quality insect collections.  Prerequisites:  Junior or Senior standing, BIOL 112, CHEM 113.  [No longer planned for Spring.  Changed to fall for 2013.  Possibly to be offered in alternating years, but the new schedule plan still under discussion.]  Professor Dr. Joy M. Layton.  Group II biology elective. 

 

BIOL 499. SENIOR COMPREHENSIVE
First semester seniors are required to take a comprehensive examination (ETS) on selected fields of biology. A passing score is required for graduation.  Offered in the Fall semester.
One semester; zero credit 


 

GCRL
TENTATIVE SUMMER COURSES
in affiliation with the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), Ocean Springs MS.
Barrier Island Ecology, Coastal Ornithology, Coastal Herpetology, Dolphin and Whale Behavior, Marine Biology, Shark Biology, Marine Invertebrate Zoology, Marine Ecology, Parasites of  Marine Mammals, Oceanography, Marine Mammals, Marine Ichthyology, Marine Aquaculture.