Catalog 2021-2022

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BIO 301 Stem Cell Biology

This course will provide basic and advanced understanding of various stem cells (embryonic, induced pluripotent, adult), nuclear reprogramming (epigenetic, viral, non-viral, mRNA and protein based), potential diseases (neurological, autoimmune, metabolic, genetic, cardiac) treated by stem cells, translational medicine (from lab to bedside), drug discovery, and molecular pathways involved in the development and differentiation of embryonic and adult stem cells.
Credit Hours: 4
(NS) (Category I, PP).

Prerequisites

Biology lower-core curriculum and BIO 200

Corequisites

BIO 350L

BIO 301L Stem Cell Biology Laboratory

This course will provide basic and advanced understanding of various stem cells (embryonic, induced pluripotent, adult), nuclear reprogramming (epigenetic, viral, non-viral, mRNA and protein based), potential diseases (neurological, autoimmune, metabolic, genetic, cardiac) treated by stem cells, translational medicine (from lab to bedside), drug discovery, and molecular pathways involved in the development and differentiation of embryonic and adult stem cells.
Credit Hours: 0

Prerequisites

Biology lower-core curriculum and BIO 200

Corequisites

BIO 301

BIO 302 Clinical Anatomy

This course examines the relationship between anatomy and the clinical reasoning skills used in medical diagnostics. The course relies on anatomical knowledge gleaned from dissections of model organisms as well as human prosections. This course is intended for advanced undergraduates with intentions of pursuing a career in the health professions.

Credit Hours: 4
(NS) (Category II, PP)

Prerequisites

Biology lower-core curriculum and BIO 250

Corequisites

BIO 302L

BIO 302L Clinical Anatomy Laboratory

This course examines the relationship between anatomy and the clinical reasoning skills used in medical diagnostics. The course relies on anatomical knowledge gleaned from dissections of model organisms as well as human prosections. This course is intended for advanced undergraduates with intentions of pursuing a career in the health professions.

Credit Hours: 0

Prerequisites

Biology lower-core curriculum and BIO 250

Corequisites

BIO 302

BIO 307 Microbiology

A study of the structure, function and taxonomy of microorganisms, and their interactions with humans and their environment.

Credit Hours: 4
(W) (NS) (Category I, PP)

Prerequisites

Biology lower-core curriculum.

Corequisites

BIO 307L

BIO 307L Microbiology Laboratory

A study of the structure, function and taxonomy of microorganisms, and their interactions with humans and their environment.
Credit Hours: 0

Prerequisites

Biology lower-core curriculum

Corequisites

BIO 307

BIO 310 Developmental Biology

A study of the developmental process in animals with emphases on cellular mechanisms, controlling development and morphology of embryos.

Credit Hours: 4
(W) (NS) (Category I, PP)

Prerequisites

Biology lower-core curriculum; BIO 200; BIO 250 recommended.

Corequisites

BIO 310L

BIO 310L Developmental Biology Laboratory

A study of the developmental process in animals with emphases on cellular mechanisms, controlling development and morphology of embryos.

Credit Hours: 0

Prerequisites

Biology lower-core curriculum; BIO 200; BIO 250 recommended

Corequisites

BIO 310

BIO 315 Virology

This course will introduce concepts in modern virology, with an emphasis on virus genetics, replication strategies, host-virus interactions, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and prevention and control of virus infections.
Credit Hours: 4
(NS) (Category I, PP)

Prerequisites

Biology lower-core curriculum

Corequisites

BIO 315L

BIO 315L Virology Laboratory

This course will focus on laboratory techniques and methodology used in modern virology, with an emphasis on virus isolation, characterization and cellular interactions.
Credit Hours: 0

Prerequisites

Biology lower-core curriculum

Corequisites

BIO 315

BIO 317 Parasitology

A study of the major groups of parasites, emphasizing those affecting humans and domesticated animals. Examines the morphology, life history, ecology and pathogenicity of each parasite.

Credit Hours: 4
(NS) (Category II, PP)

Prerequisites

Biology lower-core curriculum.

Corequisites

BIO 317L

BIO 317L Parasitology Laboratory

A study of the major groups of parasites, emphasizing those affecting humans and domesticated animals. Examines the morphology, life history, ecology and pathogenicity of each parasite.
Credit Hours: 0

Prerequisites

Biology lower-core curriculum

Corequisites

BIO 317

BIO 330 General Physiology

A study of the major physiological systems of animals from a comparative perspective. Covers functional anatomy, homeostasis, evolutionary relationships, neurophysiology, dynamics of muscle contraction, endocrinology, cardiovascular physiology and environmental physiology.

Credit Hours: 4
(NS) (Category I, PP)

Prerequisites

Biology lower-core curriculum.

Corequisites

BIO 330L

BIO 330L General Physiology Laboratory

A study of the major physiological systems of animals from a comparative perspective. Covers functional anatomy, homeostasis, evolutionary relationships, neurophysiology, dynamics of muscle contraction, endocrinology, cardiovascular physiology and environmental physiology.
Credit Hours: 0

Prerequisites

Biology lower-core curriculum

Corequisites

BIO 330

BIO 340 Ichthyology

Examines the relationship between the unifying biological principles of evolutionary adaptation and the diversity of form and function found among fishes. The course considers the physical and biological selective pressures this group of vertebrates has faced during its evolutionary history and the morphological, physiological, developmental and behavioral adaptations that have arisen in response to these ecological factors. How fishes function in marine and freshwater ecosystems and the management actions being taken to conserve them as natural resources are examined.

Credit Hours: 4
(W) (NS) (Category II)

Prerequisites

Biology lower-core curriculum and BIO 225 or 250.

Corequisites

BIO 340L

BIO 340L Ichthyology Laboratory

Examines the relationship between the unifying biological principles of evolutionary adaptation and the diversity of form and function found among fishes. The course considers the physical and biological selective pressures this group of vertebrates has faced during its evolutionary history and the morphological, physiological, developmental and behavioral adaptations that have arisen in response to these ecological factors. How fishes function in marine and freshwater ecosystems and the management actions being taken to conserve them as natural resources are examined.
Credit Hours: 0

Prerequisites

Biology lower-core curriculum and BIO 225 or BIO 250

Corequisites

BIO 340

BIO 345 Field Ornithology Lecture

Field Ornithology is an excursion-based, experiential learning opportunity with the goal of teaching students about birds and their habitats. Bird identification, anatomy, physiology, behavior, and biogeography are introduced in the classroom, and reinforced in the field. Course lectures are supplemented by weekly field trips to various locations in and around the Tampa Bay area where students encounter wild birds in their habitats.
Credit Hours: 4
(NS) (Category II)

Prerequisites

Biology lower-core curriculum: At least one category II or category III course, or Ecophysiology (BIO 227), or Conservation, Evolutionary and Ecological Genetics (BIO 355) recommended

Corequisites

BIO 345L

BIO 345L Field Ornithology Laboratory

Field Ornithology is an excursion-based, experiential learning opportunity with the goal of teaching students about birds and their habitats. Bird identification, anatomy, physiology, behavior, and biogeography are introduced in the classroom, and reinforced in the field. Course lectures are supplemented by weekly field trips to various locations in and around the Tampa Bay area where students encounter wild birds in their habitats.
Credit Hours: 0

Prerequisites

Biology lower-core curriculum: At least one category II or category III course, or Ecophysiology (BIO 227), or Conservation, Evolutionary and Ecological Genetics (BIO 355) recommended.

Corequisites

BIO 345L

BIO 346 Conservation Biology

A study of the biological and human factors relating to the current global extinction crisis and how conservation practices are used to evaluate and preserve threatened species and habitats. Emphases are placed upon how issues in ecology, population, biology and taxonomy affect the status of a species, and how these issues relate to policy and management decisions. Materials covered are connected to current literature in weekly discussion periods.

Credit Hours: 4
(W) (NS) (Category III)

Prerequisites

Biology lower-core curriculum.

Corequisites

BIO 346L

BIO 346L Conservation Biology Discussion

A study of the biological and human factors relating to the current global extinction crisis and how conservation practices are used to evaluate and preserve threatened species and habitats. Emphases are placed upon how issues in ecology, population, biology and taxonomy affect the status of a species, and how these issues relate to policy and management decisions. Materials covered are connected to current literature in weekly discussion periods. This course may be used as an elective for biology and marine science-biology majors, and is a required course for a major and minor in environmental science.
Credit Hours: 0

Prerequisites

Biology lower-core curriculum.

Corequisites

BIO 346

BIO 350 Cell Biology

A study of general cellular organization, the physico-chemical aspects of living systems, cell energetics, cell membrane systems, signal transduction and second messenger systems, membrane phenomenon and cell cycle.

Credit Hours: 4
(NS) (Category I, PP)

Prerequisites

Biology lower-core curriculum and BIO 200

Corequisites

BIO 350L

BIO 350L Cell Biology Laboratory

A study of general cellular organization, the physico-chemical aspects of living systems, cell energetics, cell membrane systems, signal transduction and second messenger systems, membrane phenomenon and cell cycle.
Credit Hours: 0

Prerequisites

Biology lower-core curriculum and BIO 200

Corequisites

BIO 350

BIO 355 Conservation, Evolutionary and Ecological Genetics

Uses an inquiry-based approach to explore how genetic data are used to answer research questions in conservation, evolution and ecology. The course focuses on the main approaches and limitations to selecting genetic markers, collecting and analyzing genetic data, that are used in current research. For example, we will cover genealogical data (e.g., DNA sequence), codominant allele data (e.g., microsatellite), expression data (e.g., cDNA) and single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) data. Topics will be broached as hypothetical research questions are brought to the class by students.
Credit Hours: 4
(NS) (Category I)

Prerequisites

Biology lower-core curriculum and BIO 200.

Corequisites

BIO 355L

BIO 355L Conservation, Evolutionary and Ecological Genetics Laboratory

The laboratory includes hands-on wet lab data collection, data analysis and discussion of current research.
Credit Hours: 0

Prerequisites

Biology lower-core curriculum and BIO 200.

Corequisites

BIO 355

BIO 360 Immunology

A study of the fundamental concepts of immunology, including the essentials of immunological expression, cellular and humoral immunity, immunity and disease, auto-immunity, and developmental and comparative immunology, focusing on landmark experiments that underlie its theoretical framework.

Credit Hours: 4
(W) (NS) (Category I, PP)

Prerequisites

Biology lower-core curriculum and CHE 232; BIO 307 is recommended.

Corequisites

BIO 360L

BIO 360L Immunology Laboratory

A study of the fundamental concepts of immunology, including the essentials of immunological expression, cellular and humoral immunity, immunity and disease, auto-immunity, and developmental and comparative immunology, focusing on landmark experiments that underlie its theoretical framework.
Credit Hours: 0

Prerequisites

Biology lower-core curriculum and CHE 232; BIO 307 is recommended

Corequisites

BIO 360

BIO 370 Molecular Biology

Provides a background in molecular biology with a focus on the regulation of gene expression and the experimental approaches used to study this regulation. Topics include DNA replication, transcription, translation and the mechanisms that regulate these processes. Cancer genetics and mammalian coat color genetics also are discussed as models for gene regulation. The laboratory portion of the course provides experiential learning of some of the laboratory techniques discussed in lecture. Topics covered in the laboratory include DNA extraction, PCR cloning of a gene, gene expression analysis, DNA sequencing and analysis using bioinformatics.

Credit Hours: 4
(NS) (Category I, PP)

Prerequisites

Biology lower-core curriculum.

Corequisites

BIO 370L

BIO 370L Molecular Biology Laboratory

Provides a background in molecular biology with a focus on the regulation of gene expression and the experimental approaches used to study this regulation. Topics include DNA replication, transcription, translation and the mechanisms that regulate these processes. Cancer genetics and mammalian coat color genetics also are discussed as models for gene regulation. The laboratory portion of the course provides experiential learning of some of the laboratory techniques discussed in lecture. Topics covered in the laboratory include DNA extraction, PCR cloning of a gene, gene expression analysis, DNA sequencing and analysis using bioinformatics.
Credit Hours: 0

Prerequisites

Biology lower-core curriculum

Corequisites

BIO 370

BIO 380 Behavioral Biology

Course focuses on historical knowledge and recent advances concerning the evolution and adaptive significance of behavior from a comparative point of view. Topics include the genetic basis of behavior, the nervous system and integration of behavior, and social behavior, including mating and reproduction, predator-prey relationships and the biological bases of aggression, territoriality and communication.  Students will develop their communication skills as part of the writing-intensive requirement, learning about discipline-specific writing and research processes that engage course topics through formal and informal writing assignments, with opportunities for in-class discussion of the material, through student-led formal discussions and professor-led informal discussions.
Credit Hours: 4
(W) (NS) (Category III, PP)

Prerequisites

Biology lower-core curriculum or equivalent

Corequisites

BIO 380L

BIO 380L Behavioral Biology Discussion

Companion course to BIO 380 explores course concepts in more detail. Laboratory exercises will investigate research methods in behavior, behavioral genetics, sensory systems and communication, animal motivation and personalities, optimal foraging, habitat preference, reproduction and mating systems, and parental care, using a range of live animal, video recordings, and simulations. In addition, scientific writing will be investigated through the preparation of a grant on a behavioral topic of the students choice. One weekend field trip to Lowry Park Zoo is required.
Credit Hours: 0

Prerequisites

Biology lower-core curriculum or equivalent

Corequisites

BIO 380

BIO 390 Essentials of Electron Microscopy

Introduces the techniques used in preparation and viewing of biological specimens on the scanning and transmission electron microscopes.

Credit Hours: 4
(NS) (Category I, PP)

Prerequisites

Biology lower-core curriculum and consent of instructor.

Corequisites

BIO 390L

BIO 390L Essentials of Electron Laboratory

Introduces the techniques used in preparation and viewing of biological specimens on the scanning and transmission electron microscopes.
Credit Hours: 0

Prerequisites

Biology lower-core curriculum and consent of instructor

Corequisites

BIO 390

BIO 395 Disease Ecology

Course focuses on disease dynamics and host-pathogen interactions in complex natural environments. We will investigate the ecological phenomena that drive the transmission of pathogens among hosts, the impact of disease on host populations, and investigate what impacts the emergence of an infectious disease. We will explore wildlife and human diseases (e.g. White nose syndrome, influenza, malaria, Ebola, HIV, Chytridiomycosis). A discussion section will present the historical and current primary literature allowing us to explore disease epidemics more in-depth. Students will develop critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills through discussion and student-led presentation-based learning.
Credit Hours: 4
(NS) (Category III, PP)

Prerequisites

Biology lower-core curriculum.