Biology (BIOL)

BIOL 1106  General Biology Laboratory I  1 SCH  (3)  

A laboratory experience that focuses on laboratory techniques, data collection and analysis. The experience reinforces and promotes an understanding of the cell structure, energy transformation, reproduction and genetic variability. Pre- or corequisite: BIOL 1306.

Fee: $6.00

BIOL 1107  General Biology Laboratory II  1 SCH  (3)  

Experimental and observational techniques used to study plant and animal life at the organismal, population and community levels including morphology, physiology, reproduction and ecology. Pre- or corequisite: BIOL 1307.

Fee: $6.00

BIOL 1108  Intro Cellular and Mol Bio Lab  1 SCH  (2)  

A laboratory experience that focuses on laboratory techniques, data collection and analysis. The experience reinforces and promotes an understanding of the cell structure, energy transformation, reproduction and genetic variability. Prerequisites: exemption from or credit in WRIT 0300, READ 0300 and ALGE 0301. Corequisite: BIOL 1308. Laboratory fee, $6.

Fee: $6.00

BIOL 1111  Introd Botany Laboratory  1 SCH  (2)  

A laboratory experience that reinforces an understanding of plant form, function and identification. Prerequisites: exemption from or credit in WRIT 0300, READ 0300 and ALGE 0301. Pre or corequisite: BIOL 1311.

Fee: $5.00

BIOL 1113  Introd Zoology Laboratory  1 SCH  (2)  

A laboratory experience that reinforces an understanding of animal form, function and identification. Prerequisites: exemption from or credit in WRIT 0300, READ 0300 and ALGE 0301. Pre or corequisite: BIOL 1313.

Fee: $5.00

BIOL 1201  Intro to the Arts and Sciences  2 SCH  (2)  

Designed to serve a dual function: primarily as an introduction to the specific disciplinary area (i.e., sciences and mathematics: biology, chemistry, geosciences, physics, mathematics) and secondarily as general university-level instruction in the methods and practice of critical thinking, analysis and communication. The 30 clock hour course assigns 20 hours to an academic core that is discipline-specific and 10 hours instruction in and application of academic habits and skills. The course is required of all entering freshmen and transfer students with fewer than 20 hours.

BIOL 1306  General Biology I  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Survey of contemporary biology that covers the chemical basis of life, structure, function and physiology of the cell, molecular biology and microevolution. Three lecturer hours and one discussion hour a week for one semester. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 1106 recommended.

BIOL 1307  General Biology II  3 SCH  (3-0)  

Continuation of a two-semester course in biological concepts; will emphasize organismal diversity and comparative anatomy, reproduction, physiology, ecology, behavior and evolution. Three lecture hours and one discussion hour a week for one semester. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 1107 recommended. Prerequisite: BIOL 1306.

BIOL 1308  Introd Cellular and Mol Biol  3 SCH  (3)  

Introduction to the cellular and molecular basis of biology. Key molecular concepts such as cell theory and structure, energy transformations, reproduction and genetic variability are covered. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 1108 is recommended. Prerequisites: exemption from or credit in WRIT 0300, READ 0300 and ALGE 0301.

BIOL 1311  Introductory Botany  3 SCH  (3)  

Survey of the plant kingdom with emphasis on the evolution and diversity of form, function followed by a survey of plant diversity and ecology. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 1111 is recommended. Prerequisites: exemption from or credit in WRIT 0300, READ 0300 and ALGE 0301.

BIOL 1313  Introductory Zoology  3 SCH  (3)  

Survey of the animal kingdom with emphasis on the evolution, structure and function followed by a survey of animal diversity and ecology. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 1113 is recommended. Prerequisites: exemption from or credit in WRIT 0300, READ 0300 and ALGE 0301.

BIOL 1372  Biological Connections  3 SCH  (3)  

Role of biological sciences in issues of world concern. Some experience in biology assumed (either one year of high school biology or credit or registration in BIOL 1306). Prerequisite: ENGL 1301.

BIOL 2375  Life Science  3 SCH  (3-2)  

A survey of the basic concepts of biology. Emphasizes cell structure, energy transformation, plant and animal structures and functions, diversity, and classification.

Fee: $5.00

BIOL 2401  Human Anatomy and Physiol  4 SCH  (3-3)  

Gross and microscopic anatomy and physiology of the cells and tissues, integument, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. Six hours of chemistry recommended.

Fee: $6.00

BIOL 2402  Human Anat and Physiology II  4 SCH  (3-3)  

Gross and microscopic anatomy and physiology of the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, excretory, endocrine and reproductive systems. Prerequisites: READ 0300, BIOL 2401; 6 hours of chemistry recommended.

Fee: $6.00

BIOL 2421  Elementary Microbiology  4 SCH  (3-3)  

Fundamental principles of the relationship of microorganisms to the life of human beings, including their morphology, growth, nutrition, and study. Prerequisites: C or better in both BIOL 1306 and BIOL 1106; 6 hours of chemistry recommended.

Fee: $6.00

BIOL 3301  Evolutionary Theory  3 SCH  (3)  

A study of Darwinism, mechanisms of evolutionary change and a history of life in the context of contemporary biology. Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of biology are required.

BIOL 3401  Invertebrate Zoology  4 SCH  (3-3)  

Classification, anatomy, life history and evolution of invertebrates exclusive of insects. Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of biology.

Fee: $5.00

BIOL 3402  Genetics  4 SCH  (0-3-0-3)  

Fundamental concepts of heredity, including cell reproduction, transmission genetics, biochemistry of genetics, gene structure and function and genetics of population. Lecture and recitation meetings. Prerequisites: 12 semester hours of biology; 6 semester hours of chemistry recommended.

BIOL 3403  Plant Taxonomy  4 SCH  (3-3)  

An introductory course concerned with developing skill in recognition and identification of seed plants at the species and family levels. Emphasis will be placed on collection, use of keys and manuals and herbarium techniques. Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of biology.

Fee: $6.00

BIOL 3404  Biotechniques  4 SCH  (3-3)  

Focus on applications of modern molecular techniques that are used in biology. Technical report writing and computer skills will be emphasized. Prerequisite: freshman biology.

BIOL 3405  Vertebrate Zoology  4 SCH  (3-3)  

Anatomy, classification and natural history of the vertebrates; methods of collecting, preserving and identifying local vertebrates. Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of biology.

Fee: $4.00

BIOL 3407  Ecology  4 SCH  (0-3-0-3)  

Ecology of water and land forms of South Texas. Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of biology.

Fee: $5.00

BIOL 3408  Animal Physiology  4 SCH  (3-3)  

A study of the fundamental process of the animal systems. Prerequisites: 12 semester hours of biology and 6 semester hours of chemistry.

Fee: $6.00

BIOL 3409  Field Biology I  4 SCH  (3-3)  

A study of the ecology and conservation of southern Texas flora and fauna. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of biology.

Fee: $5.00

BIOL 4102  Seminar (WI)  1 SCH  (1)  

Current biological literature with critical class reports. Course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of biology. Assessment Exam Fee, $21.

Fee: $21.00

BIOL 4304  Research Projects in Biol  1-3 SCH  (1-3)  

An independent review of literature and a laboratory or field problem yielding a formal report on the research. Variable credit dependent upon the project. May be repeated not to exceed accumulated total of 3 semester hours applicable to requirements for the major in biology. Prerequisite: advanced standing and prior approval of the problem by the supervising instructor.

BIOL 4332  Pathophysiology  3 SCH  (3)  

Fundamental concepts of pathophysiology, including changes at the cellular, organ, system, and whole-organism levels during the disease state. Prerequisites: BIOL 1306/BIOL 1106, BIOL 1307/BIOL 1107, BIOL 2421, and BIOL 3402. BIOL 2401 and 2402, or BIOL 3408 is recommended.

BIOL 4334  Molecular Neurobiology  3 SCH  (3)  

Fundamental concepts of neurobiolog, including neuronal electrical signaling, synaptic transmission, signal transduction, neurotransmitter diversity, neural development, and synaptic. Prerequisites: BIOL 1306/BIOL 1106, BIOL 1307/BIOL 1107, BIOL 2421, and BIOL 3402. Either BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402, or BIOL 3408 is recommended.

BIOL 4335  Molecular Genetics  3 SCH  (3)  

Fundamental concepts of molecular genetics, including gene structure and diversity, chromatin organization, nucleosomes, gene expression, and epigenetics. BIOL 1306/BIOL 1106, BIOL 1307/BIOL 1107, BIOL 2421, and BIOL 3402.

BIOL 4355  Topics in Biology  3 SCH  (3)  

Lectures in selected topics. May be repeated for credit once under a different topic. Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of biology or equivalent.

BIOL 4360  Internship in Biology  3 SCH  (3)  

BIOL 4401  Molecular Biology  4 SCH  (3-3)  

The application of modern molecular techniques to manipulate the replication and expression of genes. The laboratory will introduce basic and advanced molecular techniques. Prerequisites: 12 semester hours of biology and BIOL 3402.

Fee: $6.00

BIOL 4402  Vertebrate Embryology  4 SCH  (3-3)  

Embryonic development of the frog, chick, and pig. Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of biology.

Fee: $5.00

BIOL 4406  Bacteriology  4 SCH  (3-3)  

Survey of medical, public health, water, sewage and milk bacteriology. Bacteriological technique is emphasized. Prerequisites: 12 semester hours of biology, including BIOL 2421; 6 semester hours of chemistry recommended.

Fee: $6.00

BIOL 4408  Immunology  4 SCH  (3-3)  

Experimental studies in the principles of infection and immunity. Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of biology, including BIOL 4406; organic chemistry recommended.

Fee: $6.00

BIOL 4410  Topics in Biology  4 SCH  (3-3)  

Lectures, literature investigation and research in selected topics. May be repeated for credit once under different topic. Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of biology or equivalent.

Fee: $5.00

BIOL 4411  Plant Physiology  4 SCH  (3-3)  

The study of the physiological functions of vascular plants including water relations, photosynthesis, respiration and hormone synthesis. Prerequisites: 12 hours of biology including BIOL 1107/BIOL 1307.

Fee: $6.00

BIOL 4413  Nonflowering Plants  4 SCH  (3-3)  

The study of structure, physiological function, life cycles and the economical and biological importance of algae, bryophytes, lichens, ferns and gymnosperms. Prerequisites: 12 hours of biology including BIOL 1107/BIOL 1307.

Fee: $6.00

BIOL 4425  Ornithology  4 SCH  (3-3)  

Classification, structures, physiology, natural history and field identification of birds. Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of biology.

Fee: $5.00

BIOL 4426  Cellular Physiology  4 SCH  (3-3)  

Physiochemical function at the cellular level. Prerequisites: 12 semester hours of biology and CHEM 3323/3123, CHEM 3325/3125; PHYS 1301/1101 and PHYS 1302/1102 recommended.

Fee: $6.00

BIOL 4427  Herpetology  4 SCH  (3-3)  

Classification, anatomy, life history and distribution of reptiles and amphibians with special emphasis on local forms. Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of biology.

BIOL 4429  Mammalogy  4 SCH  (3-3)  

Classification, distribution, life histories, economic importance, techniques of field study, methods of collection and preservation of mammals. Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of biology.

Fee: $6.00

BIOL 4430  Parasitology  4 SCH  (3-3)  

Introduction to parasitism with special reference to human and other vertebrate hosts. Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of biology.

Fee: $5.00

BIOL 4431  Ichthyology  4 SCH  (3-3)  

Classification, anatomy, life history and distribution of fishes, with special emphasis on local fresh water forms. Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of biology.

BIOL 4433  Histology  4 SCH  (3-3)  

Fundamental concepts of histology, including microanatomy of tissues, organ systems, and organ physiology. Prerequisites: BIOL 1306/BIOL 1106, BIOL 1307/BIOL 1107, BIOL 2421, and BIOL 3402.