Biological Sciences Courses

BSC
108
N
Hours
4
Intro Biology Non Maj I

Lecture and laboratory. Not open to biology majors or minors, pre-health professions students, or students with credit for BSC 114:115 and BSC 116:117 (or the honors equivalents, BSC 118 and BSC 120). Survey of the basic principles of cellular biology, genetics, plant and animal diversity, and evolution. Usually offered fall, spring, and summer. BSC 108 and BSC 109 may be taken in either order.

Natural Science
BSC
109
N
Hours
4
Intro Biology Non Maj II

Lecture and laboratory. Not open to biology majors or minors, or to pre-health professions students. Study of the physiology of living organisms with emphasis on the physiology of humans. Includes an overview of general ecology and animal behavior. Usually offered fall, spring and summer. BSC 108 and BSC 109 may be taken in either order.

Natural Science
BSC
114
N
Hours
3
Principles Of Biology I

For biology majors, biology minors and pre-health professions students. Study of general biological principles, including the chemical basis of life; cellular biology, including cell structure and metabolism, genetics evolution; and a survey of simple organisms, including viruses, bacteria, protista and fungi. Offered fall, spring and summer. NOTE: A student must take both BSC 114 and BSC 115 in order to use either one of the courses to satisfy a portion of the natural science (N) requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

Natural Science
BSC
115
N
Hours
1
Laboratory Biology I

No description available.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 114
Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: BSC 114
Natural Science
BSC
116
N
Hours
3
Principles Biology II

For biology majors, biology minors, and pre-health professions students. Study of the structure, function, and ecology of organisms, including bryophytes, vascular plants, invertebrate animals, and vertebrate animals. Offered fall, spring, and summer. NOTE: A student must take both BSC 116 and BSC 117 in order to use either one of the courses to satisfy a portion of the natural science (N) requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 114 and BSC 115 or BSC 118
Natural Science
BSC
117
N
Hours
1
Biology II Laboratory

No description available.

Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: BSC 116
Natural Science
BSC
118
N, UH
Hours
4
Honors General Biology I

Lecture, discussion period, and laboratory. Thorough study of general biological principles, including the chemical basis of life, cellular biology, genetics, evolution, and a survey of prokaryotic organisms.

Prerequisite(s): Honors attribute or ACT score of 28 or above
Natural Science, University Honors
BSC
120
N, UH
Hours
4
Honors Gen Biology II

Lecture, discussion period, and laboratory. Thorough study of the structure, function, physiology, and ecology of organisms, including higher and lower plants and vertebrates and invertebrate animals.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 114 and BSC 115 or BSC 118
Natural Science, University Honors
BSC
215
Hours
4
Human Anatomy & Physiology I

Lecture, laboratory, and laboratory lecture. Integrated survey of human anatomy and physiology that includes cellular aspects; tissues and skin; the skeletal, muscular, nervous and endocrine systems; and the special senses of sight, hearing, taste, and smell.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 108 or BSC 109 or BSC 118 or BSC 120 or BSC 114 and BSC 115; or BSC 116 and BSC 117; or CH 102 or CH 105 or CH 118
BSC
216
Hours
4
Human Anatomy & Physiology II

Lecture, laboratory, and laboratory lecture. Integrated survey of human anatomy and physiology that includes the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 215
BSC
220
Hours
3
Biol Evol

An introductory course on the evidence for evolution, mechanisms of evolutionary change, natural and sexual speciation, and common misconceptions about evolution.

BSC
242
Hours
4
Microbiology And Man

For students majoring in nursing, education, and human environmental sciences. Lecture and laboratory. Introduction to microbiology with an emphasis on the relationships between man and protozoa, bacteria, viruses, and fungi. NOTE: Credit will not be granted for both BSC 242 and BSC 310.

Prerequisite(s): CH 101 or CH 104 or CH 117; and CH 102 or CH 105 or CH 118; and BSC 108 or BSC 109 or BSC 114 or BSC 118 or BSC 215 or BSC 216
BSC
300
Hours
3
Cell Biology

The course is designed to provide an understanding of the molecular basis of cell function. Topics include metabolism, gene control, cell membranes, and cell-to-cell signaling.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 114 or BSC 118; and CH 102 or CH 118
BSC
303
Hours
3
Field Zoology

A field-based course with lecture and lab combined. A survey of the taxonomy, ecology, and identification of local biota. Offered irregularly.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 114; and BSC 115 or BSC 118; and BSC 116; and BSC 117 or BSC 120
BSC
310
Hours
3
Microbiology

Lecture. Survey course on microorganisms, including protozoa, bacteria, viruses, fungi, and algae. Credit will not be granted for both BSC 310 and BSC 242.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 114; and BSC 115 or BSC 118; and BSC 116; and BSC 117 or BSC 120
Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: CH 231
BSC
311
Hours
3
Gen Bacteriol & Physiol

Fundamental course in bacteriology with emphasis on bacterial morphology, physiology, nutrition, and genetics.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 310 and CH 232
BSC
312
Hours
2
Microbiology Lab

General microbiology laboratory to accompany BSC 310.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 310
Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: BSC 310
BSC
313
W
Hours
3
Gen Bacteriology Lab

Lecture and laboratory. Course presents methods for the isolation, microscopic observation, enumeration, and determination of the biochemical characteristics of bacteria. Writing proficiency within this discipline is required for a passing grade in this course.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 312
Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: BSC 311
Writing
BSC
314
Hours
3
Dendrology

This class will be a combination of lectures, field trips, and some inside laboratory plant identification exercises. The majority of the class will be conducted in natural areas surrounding Tuscaloosa. Most class time is dedicated to lab- and field-based activities.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 114 and BSC 115 or BSC 118 and BSC 116 and BSC 117 or BSC 120 or permission of the instructor.
BSC
315
Hours
3
Genetics

Study of transmission and function of genes, gene organization, regulation of prokaryotic and eukaryotic genes, and applications of genetics.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 114 or BSC 118; and CH 101 or CH 117; and CH 102 or CH 118
BSC
320
W
Hours
4
Freshwater Studies

Lecture and laboratory. Introduction to freshwater natural history and ecology with specific emphasis on the common freshwater habitats of Alabama.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 114; and BSC 115 or BSC 118; and BSC 116; and BSC 117 or BSC 120
Writing
BSC
325
Hours
4
Tropical Plant Diversity

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the relevant aspects of tropical ecosystems and tropical plants.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 114 or BSC 118; and BSC 115; and BSC 116 or BSC 120; and BSC 117
BSC
340
Hours
3
Principles of Natural Resources Conservation

Introduces students to basic principles of natural resources conservation, including fundamental concepts in natural resource conservation and management. Examines humanity’s past and present impacts on world environments; the influence of culture and the wants, needs, and desires of human beings will be integrated into the material. Discusses conservation of natural resources, including soil, water, air, forests, rangelands, energy, wildlife and fisheries, based on scientific principles.

Prerequisite(s): (BSC 114 and BSC 115 or BSC 118) OR (BSC 116 and BSC 117 or BSC 120)
BSC
360
W
Hours
4
Plant Biology

Lecture and laboratory. This course is designed to provide you with comprehensive exposure to the subject of plant biology. You will learn about the structure, function, systematics, evolution and ecological roles of plants including algae, mosses, liverworts, ferns, gymnosperms and angiosperms. If you are a person who has over-specialized in zoology or human biology, this course will expand your horizons significantly. As a study of producers (plants!), this course will examine these organisms that are essential to life because of their position at the energy and elemental intake portion of the energy pyramid and the food web! Human survival is dependent on plants. At the end of this course students should take away an appreciation for the extensive role plants play in our ecosystem as well as our everyday life. The course will consist of lectures, laboratory experiments, group discussions and other activities relating to course material. Registration is required for both lecture and laboratory. WRITING PROFICIENCY WITHIN THIS DISCIPLINE IS REQUIRED FOR A PASSING GRADE IN THIS COURSE.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 114; and BSC 115 or BSC 118; and BSC 116; and BSC 117 or BSC 120
Writing
BSC
371
W
Hours
4
Biology of Lower Plants

4 Cr Hours. Lecture and Laboratory. This course is designed to provide you with comprehensive exposure to the subject of biology of lower plants. You will learn about the morphology, systematics, evolution, economic significance and ecological roles of the lower plants including cyanobacteria, algae, mosses, liverworts, fern allies and ferns with emphasis in their diversity in the southeastern USA. If you are a person who has over-specialized in zoology or human biology, this course will expand your horizons significantly. This course will examine these organisms that are essential to life because of their position at the energy pyramid and the food web, the negative effect on the environment and human health, and their commercial importance. At the end of this course students should take away an appreciation for the extensive diversity and roles the lower plants play in our ecosystem as well as our everyday life. The course will consist of lectures, laboratory experiments, group discussions and other activities relating to course material. Registration is required for both lecture and laboratory. WRITING PROFICIENCY WITHIN THIS DISCIPLINE IS REQUIRED FOR A PASSING GRADE IN THIS COURSE.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 114/115 and BSC 116/117, or BSC 118 and BSC 120
Writing
BSC
373
Hours
4
Vertebrate Zoology

Lecture and laboratory. Introductory course in the study of vertebrate zoology. Subjects included are principles of systematics and nomenclature, a survey of vertebrate taxa, the species concept, analysis of taxonomic characters, and an introduction to zoogeography and behavior.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 114; and BSC 115 or BSC 118; and BSC 116; and BSC 117 or BSC 120
BSC
376
W
Hours
4
Invertebrate Zoology

Lecture and laboratory. The classification, morphology, evolution, and ecology of invertebrate animals.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 114; and BSC 115 or BSC 118; and BSC 116; and BSC 117 or BSC 120
Writing
BSC
380
C
Hours
3
Introduction to probability and statistics for biologists

This course will provide an introduction to probability and statistical methods that are commonly used in the biological sciences. Practical, real-world examples from biology, ecology, and natural resources management will be used throughout the course. This course is aimed at 300-level students who intend to work with biological data, or anyone interested in statistics. Computing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 112 or MATH 115 or MATH 125 or MATH 145 and CS 102
Computer Science
BSC
385
Hours
3
Ecology and Evolution

This course introduces the student to two fundamental disciplines in biology – ecology and evolution. We introduce the student to the processes common to both disciplines and show how these have shaped the diversity and organization of life on this planet.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 112 or MATH 115 or MATH 121 or MATH 125 or MATH 145; and BSC 114; and BSC 115 or BSC 118; and BSC 116; and BSC 117 or BSC 120
BSC
386
Hours
2
General Ecology Lab

Offered irregularly.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 385
Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: BSC 385
BSC
390
UH
Hours
1-8
Honors Thesis Research

Individual research conducted under the direction of an advisor and reported in an acceptable thesis. May be repeated over two to four semesters for a maximum 8 hours.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 315 and BSC 300 and BSC 385
University Honors
BSC
391
Hours
1-2
Tutorial In Biol Science

Survey of the literature relating to a topic approved by the supervising faculty member; not to include laboratory or field research. A formal paper and/or examination is required. May be taken for one credit hour in each of two consecutive semesters, or for one or two credit hours in any one semester. Offered according to demand.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 114; and BSC 115 or BSC 118; and BSC 116; and BSC 117 or BSC 120
BSC
393
W
Hours
2
Biology Outreach

Service learning. Survey of literature, design of active learning projects and teaching science concepts to elementary students to encourage and enrich young children’s interest in science. Writing proficiency within this discipline is required for a passing grade in this course. A maximum of 4 hours credit may be applied to the requirements for the biology or microbiology major.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 114; and BSC 115 or BSC 116 or BSC 118; and BSC 117 or BSC 120
Writing
BSC
396
Hours
1-6
Resident Study

Prerequisite: Written approval from the department office prior to registration. Credit awarded is determined by the extent of the student's participation but may not exceed 6 hours.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 114; and BSC 115 or BSC 118; and BSC 116; and BSC 117 or BSC 120
BSC
398
Hours
1-4
Undergraduate Research

Independent research or research participation. A maximum of 4 hours credit for BSC 398 may be applied to the requirements of the biology and microbiology majors; an additional 4 hours may be taken as elective credit and applied to the 120-hour requirement.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 114; and BSC 115 or BSC 118; and BSC 116; and BSC 117 or BSC 120
BSC
399
W
Hours
2
Presentation of UG Research

Exploration of the process of presenting research results in different written formats including: abstract, poster, and full journal article. How the needs for clear presentation and response to peer review can inform the experimental process will also be covered.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 398
Writing
BSC
400
Hours
4
Vertebrate Funct Morphol

Recommended for pre-health professions students. Lecture and laboratory. The comparative anatomy of the vertebrates with emphasis on functional features of several vertebrate species. Laboratory work deals mainly with identifying anatomical features of several vertebrate species.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 114 and BSC 115; or BSC 118; and BSC 116 and BSC 117; or BSC 120; and BSC 300
BSC
403
Hours
2
Intro To Bsc Instruction

Prerequisites: BSC 114:115 or BSC 118, BSC 116:117 or BSC 120, and junior or senior standing, formal application, and a satisfactory interview.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 114 and BSC 115; or BSC 118; BSC 116 and BSC 117; or BSC 120
BSC
404
UH
Hours
2
Honors Intro To Bsc Instruction

Prerequisites: BSC 114:115 or BSC 118, BSC 116:117 or BSC 120, and junior or senior standing, Honors attribute, formal application, and a satisfactory interview.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 114 and BSC 115; or BSC 118; and BSC 116 and BSC 117; or BSC 120
University Honors
BSC
407
UH
Hours
1
Honors Seminar In Bsc

Seminar and discussion. In the first semester, students present seminars based on the current literature. In the second semester, students present seminars derived from their honors theses. A maximum of 2 hours of credit for BSC 407 may be applied to the requirements of the biology or microbiology major. Offered according to demand.

University Honors
BSC
409
Hours
2
Pre-Health Apprenticeship I

This course provides a one semester apprenticeship at a local health care facility and is intended for all pre-health professional students. This course also has a service learning component. It does not count as applicable hours for the biology major or minor.

BSC
410
Hours
2
Pre-Health Apprenticeship II

This course provides a one semester apprenticeship at a local health care facility and is intended for all pre-health professional students. This course also has a service learning component. It does not count as applicable hours for the biology major or minor.

BSC
412
Hours
3
Limnology

Study of freshwater environments and the organisms that live in lakes, ponds, and streams. May be taken with BSC 413 or separately.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 114; and BSC 115 or BSC 118; and BSC 116; and BSC 117 or BSC 120
BSC
415
Hours
3
Wetland Ecology

An in-depth analysis of wetland ecology emphasizing the biology and ecology of vascular plants, including plant adaptations to anaerobic soils, reproductive adaptations, habitat and plant zonation, and the role of plants in ecosystem function. Offered in alternate years.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 385
BSC
417
Hours
3
Environmental Modeling

An integrated study of quantitative principles and computer-based solution techniques important for understanding environmental systems and for environmental problem solving.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 125 and CH 101 or CH 117; and CH 102 or CH 118 and BSC 385
BSC
420
Hours
4
Principles Of Systematics

Introduction to the principles, methods, and applications of systematics to analysis of morphological and molecular data. Includes introduction to biological classifications and nomenclature.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 360 or BSC 373 or BSC 376 or BSC 483
BSC
421
Hours
3
Personalized and Genetic Medicine

This course will examine biological techniques that are advancing medical research and care. Topics include personalized medicine, direct-to-consumer genetic testing, predictive medicine, pharmacogenomics, and preimplantation genetic diagnosis. It will also explore concomitant ethical, legal, and societal ramifications related to many of these discoveries, such as ownership of biological material, informed consent for human experimentation, the burden of knowledge regarding genetic information, eugenics, and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 300 and BSC 315
BSC
422
Hours
3
Biology of Cancer

This course is an introduction to the biological principals that explain the origins, development, pathology, and treatment of cancer. Students will work in teams assigned to particular types of cancer and will investigate what is known on various topics as related to that type of cancer.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 300 minimum grade of C- and BSC 315 minimum grade of C-
BSC
424
Hours
3
Human Physiology

Topics covered are the digestive, nervous, reproductive, immune, muscular, blood, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, and body-fluid systems. May be taken with BSC 425 or separately.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 300
BSC
425
Hours
2
Human Physiology Lab

Hands-on experience for understanding the principles and mechanisms of physiological processes of the human body. Major emphases on organ system performance, whole-body metabolism, and energetics.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 424
Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: BSC 424
BSC
428
W
Hours
4
Biology Of Fishes

Lecture and laboratory. Survey of the structure, function, ecology, and classification of fishes. Offered in alternate years.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 385
Writing
BSC
431
Hours
3
Pathogenic Microbiology

Study of microorganisms related to health and disease with emphasis on molecular mechanism of pathogenesis. Offered in alternate years.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 310
BSC
432
Hours
3
Pathogenic Mibrobiol Lab

Practical experience in the isolation, characterization, and identification of pathogenic microorganisms. Offered in alternate years.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 312 and BSC 431
Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: BSC 431
BSC
434
Hours
4
Plant Systematics

Lecture and laboratory. Characteristics and distribution of the major families of vascular plants as well as practice in the collection and identification of flowering plants. One weekend field trip required. Offered in alternate years.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 360
BSC
435
Hours
4
Immunology

Thorough exploration of various aspects of modern immunology at the molecular and cellular levels.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 310
BSC
436
W
Hours
3
Immunology Laboratory

Practical experience in modern immunological techniques. Offered in alternate years.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 435
Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: BSC 435
Writing
BSC
439
Hours
3
Bch/Molecular Biology Lab

Students participate in the generation of new knowledge, thus the experiments vary. Techniques taught include agarose gel electrophoresis, cycle sequencing, sequence analysis, plasmid purification, restriction endonuclease digestion, gel purification of DNA, ligation, transformation, primer design, PCR, gene knockouts, protein fusions, and enzyme assays.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 450
BSC
441
Hours
3
Developmental Biology

The course provides basic information about events in developing animal systems, emphasizing cellular, molecular, and genetic research approaches to the study of development.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 300 and BSC 315
BSC
442
Hours
4
Integrated Genomics

An advanced discovery-based laboratory course designed to introduce the process of gene discovery and integrate modern genomics techniques and bioinformatic database usage.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 300 and BSC 315
Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: BSC 315
BSC
444
Hours
3
General Virology

A survey of viruses, viral replication, and viral pathogenesis, including bacterial, animal, and plant viruses. The role of viruses in molecular biology is emphasized.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 300 or BSC 310
BSC
448
W
Hours
3
Animal Behavior

This course is designed to provide modern perspectives on the study of animal behavior, pulling from fields as diverse as evolutionary biology, ecology, neurobiology and economics. However there will be a historical undercurrent which will illustrate the roots of this truly interdisciplinary field.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 114; and BSC 115 or BSC 116 or BSC 118; and BSC 117 or BSC 120; and BSC 385
Writing
BSC
449
W
Hours
3
Endocrinology

A detailed examination of the vertebrate endocrine system that uses a comparative approach to explore intricate relationships between the brain, endocrine glands, hormones and target organs.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 114; and BSC 115 or BSC 118; and BSC 116; and BSC 117 or BSC 120; and BSC 300
Writing
BSC
450
Hours
3
Fundamentals of Biochemistry

A one-semester survey of protein structure, enzymes, bioenergetics, metabolism and its regulation. Designed for advanced undergraduate students.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 300 minimum grade of C- and CH 232 minimum grade of C-
BSC
451
Hours
3
Molecular Biology

A one-semester survey of molecular biology that emphasizes gene structure, function, and regulation of expression. Offered spring semester.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 311 or BSC 315; and BSC 450; and CH 462 or
BSC
456
Hours
3
Microbial Ecology

Study of microorganisms in the environment, with emphasis on their roles in energy transformations, biogeochemical cycles, and biotic interactions.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 310 or BSC 385
BSC
460
W
Hours
4
Human Developmental Biology

Lecture and laboratory. Development of the human embryo and fetus, including molecular, physiological, and structural aspects of morphogenesis, and functional development. Offered in alternate years.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 114; and BSC 115 or BSC 118; and BSC 116; and BSC 117 or BSC 120; and BSC 300
Writing
BSC
464
W
Hours
4
Biology Of Algae

Lecture and laboratory. Freshwater and marine algae: their structure, development, taxonomy, and distribution.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 360 or BSC 310
Writing
BSC
465
Hours
3
Prin Of Toxicology

The study of adverse effects of chemicals on living organisms and methods for predicting the likelihood of such effects, including descriptive, mechanistic, and regulatory aspects.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 300 and BSC 315
BSC
469
Hours
4
Histology Of Vertebrates

Lecture and laboratory. Identification of tissue types and components, histogenesis and function of tissues.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 114; and BSC 115 or BSC 118; and BSC 116; and BSC 117 or BSC 120; and BSC 300
BSC
470
Hours
3
Principles of Population Genetics

Population genetics is the study of how evolutionary forces (genetic drift, natural selection, mutation, and gene flow) affect allele and genotype frequencies in populations. Population genetics is a field with a rich theoretical history that has allowed scientists to make predictions about these evolutionary processes. With the advent of massive amounts of genetic data in many species, it is now possible to test these predictions, and a solid foundation in theory, its expectations, and assumptions is crucial for interpreting results from genetic analyses. Students should expect to learn how evolutionary forces acting on individuals affect patterns of inheritance and ultimately drive the changes we see between species.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 315 minimum grade of C- and BSC 385 minimum grade of C- or permission of the instructor.
BSC
471
W
Hours
3
Plant Physiology

A general survey for upper-level undergraduate students covering all aspects of plant physiology including plant transport, translocation of sugars in plants, plant biochemistry, plant metabolism, plant growth and development, photosynthesis, nitrogen fixation, flowering and plant hormones. The course will consist of lectures, in-class experiments, group discussions, presentations and other activities relating to course material.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 300 and BSC 360
Writing
BSC
472
W
Hours
4
Mycology

Lecture and laboratory. Introduction to the fungi and their biology, including aspects of their structure and function, taxonomy, genetics, and ecology. Offered in alternate years.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 310
Writing
BSC
473
W
Hours
3
Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics BSC 473/573 covers the tools and approaches necessary to perform computational analysis of large datasets. We will focus on analyzing high-throughput sequencing data although the tools we will learn are applicable to a wide range of modern biological questions. Specific topics include operating in a UNIX/bash shell environment, scripting, genome assembly, alignment, and algorithms. BSC 473/573 is a writing course and writing proficiency within this discipline is required for a passing grade in this course.

Prerequisite(s): Grade of C- or higher in BSC 315 Genetics.
Writing
BSC
475
W
Hours
4
General Entomology

Lecture and laboratory. Survey of the structure, function, classification, and habits of insects.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 385
Writing
BSC
476
Hours
4
Aquatic Insects

Lecture and laboratory. Survey of aquatic insects with emphasis on their identification, life histories, and ecology. Offered in alternate years.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 385
BSC
480
W
Hours
3
Plant Ecology

This course will examine the ecology of plants at different levels: individual, population and community.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 385 and BSC 360
Writing
BSC
481
Hours
3
Foundations in Advanced Biostatistics with Applications to R

This course provides an overview to common statistical methods used in biological research, using case studies from biology, ecology, and natural resources management. The overarching objective of this course is to give students the ability to use and effectively evaluate biological data. We will demonstrate and conduct statistical analyses with an emphasis on utilizing the statistical computing language, R, to apply statistical concepts to biological and ecological data.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 380
BSC
482
Hours
3
Conservation Biology

A thorough examination of the principles of conservation biology.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 385
BSC
483
W
Hours
3
Evolution

Thorough investigation of evolution, including population genetics, molecular evolution, adaptation, and speciation. Offered in the spring semester.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 385 and BSC 315
Writing
BSC
484
Hours
1
Aquatic Biology Seminar

Review and discussion of current topics in aquatic biology.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 320 and BSC 385; and BSC 412 or BSC 490
BSC
485
Hours
3
Foundations in Forest Resources and Conservation

This course provides an introduction to the foundational ideas of forest resources and conservation. The course includes a history of the forestry profession and a variety of perspectives to develop students' knowledge of forestry field and research methods. This course also helps students develop an understanding and appreciation of the diversity of forest resources both here in Alabama and globally.

Prerequisite(s): (BSC 114 minimum grade of C- or BSC 118 minimum grade of C-) and (BSC 116 minimum grade of C- or BSC 120 minimum grade of C-) and BSC 340 minimum grade of C- or BSC 385 minimum grade of C-.
BSC
487
Hours
3
Biogeography

Examination of the ecological and historical factors influencing the geographic distribution of plants and animals. Offered alternate years.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 385
BSC
488
Hours
1
Research Seminars in Biology

This course is a one-hour weekly seminar where students will be exposed to current research being performed in the UA Department of Biological Sciences and at other institutions. Students will gain exposure and familiarity with research and current methodology being used in the fields of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, Animal Behavior and Physiology, Microbiology and Cell and Molecular Biology.

Prerequisite(s): 6 hours or more of BSC or MS courses at the 300-400 levels.
BSC
490
Hours
4
Stream Ecology

Lecture and laboratory. Thorough study of the structural (physical and biological) and functional attributes (energy flow, nutrient cycling, community structure) characteristic of stream and river ecosystems. Offered in alternate years.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 385
BSC
493
W
Hours
3
Cell Cycle Regulation

In-depth review and discussion of recent scientific research literature dealing with mechanisms of eukaryotic cell cycle regulation and their significance in human cancers. Provides a foundation for further studies in the cell cycle field, which impacts many areas of cell, molecular, and developmental biology.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 300 minimum grade of C- and BSC 315 minimum grade of C-and BSC 450 minimum grade of C-.
Writing
BSC
496
W
Hours
3
Bioremediation

This course will explore how diverse organisms transform contaminants in soils and groundwater and how microbes/plants interact with environmental conditions present at bioremediation sites. There will be an emphasis on modern molecular methods developed to detect impacted sites, to monitor the effectiveness of bioremediation and/or the presence of contaminant degrading organisms, and the development and potential use of genetically modified organisms to remediate contaminants.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 310 minimum grade of C-
Writing
BSC
497
Hours
1-4
Special Topics

A biological sciences topic not covered in other courses. The credit hours and format are determined as appropriate to the topic, and a course title is added to the schedule of classes. Offered according to demand.

Prerequisite(s): BSC 114; and BSC 115 or BSC 118; and BSC 116; and BSC 117 or BSC 120