Biology

College of Science

 

Chair Jonathan Campbell

 

Web www.uta.edu/biology/

Phone 817.272.2871

Fax 817.272.2855

 

337 Life Sciences

Degrees / Certificates

Master’s Degrees

Biology, M.S.

Doctoral Degrees

Quantitative Biology, B.S to Ph.D.

Quantitative Biology, Ph.D.

Graduate Faculty

Todd Castoe

Woo-Suk Chang

Jeffery Demuth

John Fondon

Matthew Fujita

Maeli Melotto

Jorge Rodrigues

Eric Smith

Professor

Jonathan Campbell

Paul Chippindale

Thomas Chrzanowski

Daniel Formanowicz

Bernard Frye

James Grover

James Robinson

Associate Professor

David Bernard

Esther Betran

Laura Gough

Sophia Passy

Michael Roner

Assistant Professor

Shawn Christensen

Cedric Feschotte

Julian Hurdle

Laura Mydlarz

Andre Pires Da Silva

Ellen Pritham

Graduate Advisors

Paul Chippindale

Biology, M.S.

Quantitative Biology, B.S to Ph.D.

Quantitative Biology, Ph.D.

Shawn Christensen

Biology, M.S.

Quantitative Biology, B.S to Ph.D.

Quantitative Biology, Ph.D.

Michael Roner

Biology, M.S.

Quantitative Biology, B.S to Ph.D.

Quantitative Biology, Ph.D.

Department Information

Courses

 

Department Information

Objective

Admission

Degree Requirements

 

Objective

The program leading to the degree of Master of Science in biology is designed to provide graduate education that will prepare students for vocations in industry, government, and teaching, and to pursue further graduate education leading to the doctorate. The doctoral program is designed to train students to apply sophisticated quantitative techniques to solving basic and applied problems in biology. Students in this program will attain substantially greater quantitative skills than in traditional doctoral programs in the biological sciences, providing them with a competitive advantage in business, industry, government, and academia.

Admission

The following are minimal requirements for entrance into the graduate program in Biology. However, satisfying or exceeding these requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Admission to the program is determined solely by the Biology Graduate Studies Committee and the Graduate School and is based on an evaluation of all pertinent aspects of an applicant's record.

Master of Science

Admission status in the Master of Science program is determined as follows:

Unconditional Admission

Decisions are based on consideration of all the information listed below and are not based on any single criterion alone.

  1. A Bachelor's degree in Biology or a Bachelor's degree in some other discipline with at least 12 hours of advanced level coursework (junior or senior level courses) in Biology.
  2. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by the Graduate School. Applicants overall GPA in the Sciences and within Biology are also considered.
  3. A satisfactory score on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam. Successful students tend to have a minimum combined total score of 1000 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections, with strong performance on the Quantitative section of the GRE exam.
  4. Favorable letters of recommendation from at least three individuals able to assess the applicant's potential for success in graduate school.
  5. Evidence of previous research experience may also be considered.
  6. International students whose native language is not English must provide a score on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) of at least 45, a minimum score of 23 on the Speaking portion of the TOEFL iBT exam or a minimum score of 7 on the Speaking portion of the IELTS exam.

 

Denial of Admission

A candidate may be denied admission if they have less than satisfactory performance on a majority of the admission criteria listed above.

Probationary Admission

If an applicant does not meet a majority of standards for unconditional admission outlined above, he or she may be considered for probationary admission after careful examination of their application materials. Probationary admission requires that the applicant receive a B or better in his/her first 12 hours of graduate coursework at UT Arlington.

Deferred and Provisional Admission

A deferred application decision may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate. An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.

Fellowships and Scholarships

Students that are unconditionally admitted will be eligible for available scholarship and/or fellowship support. Award of scholarships or fellowships will be based on consideration of the same criteria utilized in admission decisions. To be eligible, candidates must be new students coming to UT Arlington in the Fall semester, must have a GPA of 3.0 in their last 60 undergraduate credit hours plus any graduate credit hours as calculated by the Graduate School, and must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours of coursework in both long semesters to retain their fellowships.

Doctor of Philosophy

Students interested in pursuing the Ph.D. in the Biology Department may apply for the B.S. - Ph.D. Track or the doctoral program directly depending on their background. The B.S. - Ph.D. Track is the point of entry into doctoral studies for students with a Bachelor's degree in Biology, but without 30 hours of graduate level coursework in Biology or a master's degree in Biology. Students who have already accomplished these goals may apply directly for the doctoral program as Ph.D. students. Degree requirements are the same for both groups (see below).

B.S. - Ph.D. Track Students

Admission status in the B.S. - Ph.D. Track program is determined as follows:

Unconditional Admission

Decisions are based on consideration of all the information listed below and are not based on any single criterion alone.

  1. A Bachelor's degree in Biology or a Bachelor's degree in some other discipline with at least 12 hours of advanced level coursework (junior or senior level courses) in Biology.
  2. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by the Graduate School. Applicants overall GPA in the Sciences and within Biology are also considered.
  3. A satisfactory score on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam. Successful students tend to have a minimum combined total score of 1100 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections, with strong performance on the Quantitative section of the GRE exam.
  4. Favorable letters of recommendation from at least three individuals able to assess the applicant's potential for success in graduate school.
  5. Evidence of previous research experience may also be considered.
  6. International students whose native language is not English must provide a score on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) of at least 45, a minimum score of 23 on the Speaking portion of the TOEFL iBT exam or a minimum score of 7 on the Speaking portion of the IELTS exam.

 

Denial of Admission

A candidate may be denied admission if they have less than satisfactory performance on a majority of the admission criteria listed above.

Probationary Admission

If an applicant does not meet a majority of standards for unconditional admission outlined above, they may be considered for probationary admission after careful examination of their application materials. Probationary admission requires that the applicant receive a B or better in their first 12 hours of graduate coursework at UT Arlington.

Deferred and Provisional Admission

A deferred application decision may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate. An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.

Fellowships and Scholarships

Students that are unconditionally admitted will be eligible for available scholarship and/or fellowship support. Award of scholarships or fellowships will be based on consideration of the same criteria utilized in admission decisions. To be eligible, candidates must be new students coming to UT Arlington in the Fall semester, must have a GPA of 3.0 in their last 60 undergraduate credit hours plus any graduate credit hours as calculated by the Graduate School, and must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours of coursework in both long semesters to retain their fellowships.

Ph.D. Students

Admission status in the doctoral program is determined as follows:

Unconditional Admission

Decisions are based on consideration of all the information listed below and are not based on any single criterion alone.

  1. A master's degree in Biology or at least 30 hours of graduate level coursework in Biology.
  2. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by the Graduate School. If an Applicant has a Master's degree, the GPA from their Bachelor's degree, as calculated by the Graduate School, will also be considered. If they have 30 hours of graduate coursework but no degree, the GPA from that 30 hours, as calculated by the Graduate School, will also be considered.
  3. A satisfactory score on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam. Successful students tend to have a minimum combined total score of 1100 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections, with strong performance on the Quantitative section of the GRE exam.
  4. Favorable letters of recommendation from at least three individuals able to assess the applicant's potential for success in a doctoral program in quantitative biology.
  5. Evidence of previous research experience including publications resulting from previous graduate work may also be considered.
  6. International students whose native language is not English must provide a score on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) of at least 45, a minimum score of 23 on the Speaking portion of the TOEFL iBT exam, or a minimum score of 7 on the Speaking portion of the IELTS exam.

 

Denial of Admission

A candidate may be denied admission if they have less than satisfactory performance on a majority of the admission criteria listed above.

Probationary Admission

The Department of Biology does not as a matter of course admit doctoral students on a probationary basis. Under exceptional circumstances, an applicant that does not meet the standards for unconditional admission outlined above, may be considered for probationary admission after careful examination of their application materials. Probationary admission requires that the applicant receive a B or better in their first 12 hours of graduate coursework at UT Arlington.

Deferred and Provisional Admission

A deferred application decision may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate. An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.

Fellowships and Scholarships

Students that have no provisional admission conditions to meet will be eligible for available scholarship and/or fellowship support. Award of scholarships or fellowships will be based on the same criteria utilized in admission decisions. To be eligible, candidates must be new students coming to UT Arlington in the Fall semester, must have a GPA of 3.0 in their last 60 undergraduate credit hours plus any graduate credit hours as calculated by the Graduate School, and must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours of coursework in both long semesters to retain their fellowships.

Degree Requirements

Supporting work outside the student's major area may be taken in botany, chemistry, earth & environmental sciences, mathematics, microbiology, physics, and zoology. Approved courses in city and regional planning, civil engineering, environmental science and engineering, philosophy, psychology, and sociology may also be taken in support of the student's program. Subject to written approval by the Graduate Advisor and within the limitations stated in the General Graduate School Regulations, a student may take up to nine hours of coursework from among courses listed under Biology at the 3000 or 4000 levels.

Master of Science

Non-thesis and thesis options are offered. The non-thesis option is designed to meet the needs of practicing teachers or those intending to enter the teaching profession. Students enrolled in the non-thesis option are required to complete 36 hours, including 24 hours of formal coursework in biology plus two hours of 5101, 5391, and sufficient additional hours to complete course requirements. Students enrolled in the thesis option are required to complete 30 hours, including 18 hours of formal coursework (of which BIOL 5314 is required), two hours of 5101, 5698, and sufficient additional hours to complete degree requirements.

Doctor of Philosophy

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Quantitative Biology requires distinguished attainment both in scholarship and in research. In addition to meeting the minimum requirements of a planned course of study, the ultimate basis for conferring the degree must be the demonstrated ability to do independent and creative work and the exhibition of a profound grasp of the subject matter within the field.

Mathematics: Students will be expected to have (or complete during their first year of residence) a strong quantitative background including a formal course in differential and integral calculus (i.e., Calculus I).

General Course Requirements: A total of 60 credit hours should normally be completed including 24 hours of required and elective courses, and 36 hours of research courses. All students in the program are required to take BIOL 5314 (Biometry), Professional Development (BIOL 5102) and two seminar courses (2 x BIOL 5101) as part of their required courses.

Other requirements: Each student will make three research presentations that are open to the entire department. These may include the proposal defense, a research progress report, and the dissertation defense.

Biology Tracks: Students should follow one of the Biology Tracks described below: Ecology and Evolution, Genome Biology, or Microbiology and Molecular Biology.

Track Specific Quantitative Requirements:

Ecology and Evolution: Students in this track are required to take Advanced Biometry (BIOL 5361) and Experimental Design (BIOL 5362). They will also be expected to have (or complete during their first year of residence) an additional calculus course (i.e., Calculus II).

Genome Biology: Students in this track are required to take one of the following courses in quantitative biology: Bioinformatics (BIOL 5340), Genetics Methods Lab (BIOL 5420), Molecular Evolution (BIOL 5336), or Population Genetics (BIOL 5364).

Microbiology and Molecular Biology: Students in this track are required to take one of the following courses in quantitative biology: Bioinformatics (BIOL 5340), Biological Modeling (BIOL 5333), or Methods in Molecular Microbiology (BIOL 5421).

Track Specific Additional Courses:

Ecology and Evolution: Students in this track are required to take 6 credit hours from among the following courses: Amphibian Biology (BIOL 5344), Behavioral Ecology (BIOL 5337), Biogeography (BIOL 5320), Biological Modeling (BIOL 5333), Community Ecology (BIOL 5315), Conservation Biology (BIOL 5350), Environmental Microbiology (BIOL 5351), Evolution (BIOL 5311), Landscape Ecology (BIOL 5328), Limnology (BIOL 5354), Marine Biology (BIOL 5357), Plant Ecology (BIOL 5325), Reptile Biology (BIOL 5310), Theoretical Systematics (BIOL 5367), Wetlands Ecology (BIOL 5326), or as advised by their supervisory committee.

Genome Biology: Students in this track are required to take 9 credit hours from among the following courses: Advanced Genetics (5312), Advanced Molecular Biology (5331), Developmental Biology (5330), Essentials of Genomics (5335), Evolution (5311), Evolution of Development (5313), Genome Structure and Dynamics (5308), Human Genetics (5319), Mechanisms and Regulation of Mobile DNA (5334), and Mobile DNA and Genome Evolution (5339), or as advised by their supervisory committee.

Microbiology and Molecular Biology: Students in this track are required to take 9 credit hours from among the following courses including: Advanced Molecular Biology (BIOL 5330), Environmental Microbiology (5351), Immunology (BIOL 5309), Microbial Genetics (BIOL 5302), Microbial Physiology (BIOL 5445), and Virology (BIOL 5304), or as advised by their supervisory committee.

Additional Courses: Students in the program are required to take 6 hours of additional courses as advised by their supervisory committee.

Research hours: Finally, 36 hours of research, including 9 hours of dissertation in the final semester (BIOL 6999), are required from among the following courses: BIOL 5101, 5200, 5291, 5391, 5193-5693, 5398, 5698, or 5998, or BIOL 6191, 6291, 6391, 6491, 6591, or 6691 (these courses can be repeated for credit).

 

BIOL Courses

BIOL5101 – SPECIAL TOPICS IN BIOLOGY

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

Seminar on significant biological research. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.

 

BIOL5102 – PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course will provide senior graduate students with important information regarding various aspects of their professional development including job searching, interviewing, stress and time management, and professional ethics.

 

BIOL5193 – RESEARCH IN BIOLOGY

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

Conference course in which the student undertakes intensive investigation of topics under the supervision of a staff member. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. Graded P/F/R.

 

BIOL5291 – INDIVIDUAL PROBLEMS IN BIOLOGY

2 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Individual research projects supervised by a faculty member. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.

 

BIOL5293 – RESEARCH

2 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

 

BIOL5301 – LABORATORY ROTATION

6 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course is an elective designed to enable students to choose a major advisor and laboratory. Rotations among two or three faculty laboratories will familiarize students with faculty research interests, sharpen individual research skills, and expose students to different study systems, instruments, and research methods. May only be taken once for credit by MS students; may be repeated for credit once by Ph.D. students.

 

BIOL5302 – MICROBIAL GENETICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Consideration of the nature, expression and regulation of the genetic processes in micro-organisms. Prerequisites: BIOL 2451 and 3315 or consent of the instructor.

 

BIOL5304 – VIROLOGY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

The nature, reproduction and host-cell interactions of viruses and animals. Emphasizes molecular aspects of viral replication and the molecular basis of pathogenesis. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.

 

BIOL5306 – SCIENTIFIC WRITING

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Discussion and critique of student's writing in peer response workshop groups. This course offers the opportunity for students to learn how to identify and fix problems in scientific texts. In order to enroll in this course, students must be actively writing a paper, proposal, poster, dissertation, or any other scientific text. Instructor's permission to enroll in the course is required.

 

BIOL5308 – GENOME STRUCTURE AND DYNAMICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course will describe how genes and genomes are organized in a variety of species from all kingdoms of life and will provide a detailed overview of the molecular mechanisms underlying the function and evolution of genomes. Particular emphasis will be given to the human genome project and its biomedical implications. Prerequisite: BIOL 3315.

 

BIOL5309 – IMMUNOBIOLOGY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course is designed to acquaint students with the cellular processes involved in the generation of an immune response. It will provide students with detailed knowledge of the cells and organs of the immune system, their organization and diversity and their specialized functions at different anatomical locations. The importance of immune cell receptors and cytokines in cellular interactions and co-ordination of immunological mechanisms is also emphasized.

 

BIOL5310 – SELECTED TOPICS IN BIOLOGY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Topics may vary depending on the needs and interests of the students. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: consent of the student's thesis committee and the current course instructor.

 

BIOL5311 – EVOLUTION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Study of the origin of living systems and the mechanism of their evolution. Prerequisite: BIOL 3315 or equivalent or consent of the instructor.

 

BIOL5312 – ADVANCED GENETICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Mechanisms of transmission and function of genetic material. Covers fundamental concepts in transmission genetics including: genotype/phenotype relationships; inheritance; linkage; genome organization; and gene expression. Experimental and quantitative approaches to genetic analyses are emphasized. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.

 

BIOL5313 – EVOLUTION OF DEVELOPMENT

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

The diversity of animal and plant forms can largely be traced to evolutionary changes in the genes that control the development of the embryo. Changes in when and where these genes are active have been important in the diversification of body form. A major goal of this course is to provide an interdisciplinary framework for studies related to evolution, genetics, and development. The course will mainly consist of lecturers and seminars; relevant scientific papers will be read and commented on in class. Prerequisite: BIOL 3315.

 

BIOL5314 – BIOMETRY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

An examination of statistical methods and procedures in relation to the design of biological experiments and the analysis of their results. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.

 

BIOL5315 – COMMUNITY ECOLOGY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

An investigation of the effects of interspecific interactions on the distribution and abundance of organisms. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.

 

BIOL5316 – ADVANCED EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

An analysis of existing biological phenomena with regard to their selective advantage in biological systems. Prerequisite: BIOL 5311 or consent of the instructor.

 

BIOL5317 – BACTERIAL PATHOGENESIS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Host-pathogen relationships in microbial dieseases. Topics include bacterium-host interactions, pathogens and pathogenic factors: techniques in pathogenesis research: molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis by major bacterial pathogens; antimicrobial compounds and resistance to antibiotics; and discussion of human genomics and susceptibility to infections. Prerequisites: BIOL 3312 and BIOL 3444 must have a B or better in these courses.

 

BIOL5319 – HUMAN GENETICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course will enable students to comprehend the basic principles of genetics applied to human inheritance and disease, to interpret the research strategies aimed to identify and study the genes responsible for diverse functions and traits, as well as to assess the consequences of the genetic technologies in our society.

 

BIOL5320 – BIOGEOGRAPHY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

The role of natural and artificial transport, population pressure and limiting agencies are examined in the light of the patterns of distribution of living organisms. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.

 

BIOL5325 – PLANT ECOLOGY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

An introduction to plant ecology including physiological, population, community and ecosystem ecology.

 

BIOL5326 – WETLANDS ECOLOGY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

An introduction to wetland ecology including the formation of wetlands, biogeochemistry of wetland soils, hydrology and biotic adaptations to wetland environments.

 

BIOL5327 – QUANTITATIVE ECOLOGY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

A presentation of quantitative methods used in the design of experiments, collection and analysis of data associated with research in population, community and landscape ecology.

 

BIOL5328 – LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Landscape ecology focuses on the spatial organization of the landscape mosaic and the flows of energy, nutrients, and species among landscape elements and ecosystems.

 

BIOL5330 – DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

The primary goal of this course is to describe how organismic complexity is generated during embryonic and post-embryonic development. The course will cover current areas of research in developmental biology, which include: the roles of genetic networks, induction events, cell lineage, maternal inheritance, cell-cell communication, and hormonal control in developmental processes in well-suited organisms such as vertebrates, insects, and nematodes.

 

BIOL5331 – ADVANCED MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Molecular biology, protein-nucleic acid interactions, nucleic acid biochemistry, and the RNA World.

 

BIOL5333 – BIOLOGICAL MODELING

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Computational and mathematical techniques for representing biological processes, including dynamical systems, simulation, and stochastic processes, using examples from ecology, evolution, and other areas of biology. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.

 

BIOL5334 – MOBILE DNA MECHANISMS & REGULATION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This is a graduate course that covers the classification of transposable elements, and the mechanisms and regulation of transposition in a broad range of organisms. In addition to traditional lectures given by the instructor, students will present and discuss papers among the classic and recent literature on the topic.

 

BIOL5335 – ESSENTIALS OF GENOMICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

An integrative approach to genome science, combining elements of genetics, statistics and bioinformatics. Current technologies used in genomics analysis will be presented.

 

BIOL5336 – MOLECULAR EVOLUTION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

An exploration of how genes and genomes evolve at the molecular level. The presentation uses the theoretical framework provided by population genetics to analyze molecular biology data.

 

BIOL5337 – BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Introduction to predictive modeling techniques used in studying behavior and ecology of animals. Includes optimization, dynamic optimization, utility theory, and game theory. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.

 

BIOL5339 – MOBILE DNA & GENOME EVOLUTION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This is a graduate discussion course that tackles the broad topic of the role of transposable elements in the evolution of genomes. Students will choose topics of interest to present and lead discussion. Organisms discussed will viruses, bacteria, archea and eukaryotes.

 

BIOL5340 – BIOINFORMATICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course is an applied introduction to bioinformatics and computational genomics. The course is geared toward the student with a biology background and limited programming experience. The course provides an entrance to commonly used programming/scripting languages and an introduction to numerous aspects of modern genomic data analyses (e.g. identification of coding and regulatory features in novel sequences, expression analysis, and comparative/phylogenetic analyses).

 

BIOL5341 – PRINCIPLES OF NEUROSCIENCE

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Organization and function of the mammalian nervous system including: sensory functions, motor activity, regulation of autonomic function, memory and association. Prerequisites: three hours of advanced physiology courses or consent of the instructor.

 

BIOL5343 – REPTILE BIOLOGY

2 Lecture Hours  ·  3 Lab Hours

Diversity, systematics, distribution and behavior of major groups of reptiles. Laboratory includes museum techniques, identification and anatomical study. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.

 

BIOL5344 – AMPHIBIAN BIOLOGY

2 Lecture Hours  ·  3 Lab Hours

Diversity, systematics and behavior of major groups of amphibians. Laboratory includes museum techniques, identification and anatomical study. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.

 

BIOL5345 – ORNITHOLOGY

2 Lecture Hours  ·  3 Lab Hours

Anatomy, physiology, identification, population dynamics and ethology of birds. Laboratory includes field identification, preparation of specimens, and field study techniques. A weekend field trip is required. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.

 

BIOL5346 – MICROBIAL PHYSIOLOGY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course considers the anatomy and physiology of the bacterial cell in detail. Lecture topics consider the molecular architecture of cell walls, membranes and organelles, synthesis of wall material and membranes, insertion of proteins into membranes and regulation of biosynthetic systems at the whole cell level.

 

BIOL5350 – CONSERVATION BIOLOGY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Theory and practice of conservation biology, with emphasis on applications of modern quantitative and molecular genetic techniques to preservation of organisms and habitats. Includes: identification and prioritization of units for protection; conservation genetics; preserve design; public policy; and current case studies. Prerequisites: BIOL 3315 or equivalent or consent of the instructor.

 

BIOL5351 – ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Principles, methodology, and practical applications of environmental microbiology. Topics include: habitat and community approaches to environmental microbiology; measures of microbial populations and activities; interactions among microbial communities; role of microorganisms in the origin of mineral resources and pollution and energy flow through microbial communities. Prerequisite: BIOL 3444 or equivalent or consent of the instructor.

 

BIOL5354 – LIMNOLOGY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

The study of biotic and abiotic components of inland waters. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.

 

BIOL5357 – MARINE BIOLOGY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Principles of oceanography and ocean circulation, adaptations of marine organisms to their environment, ecological principles of marine biology and human impacts on the sea.

 

BIOL5361 – ADVANCED BIOMETRY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Topics include introduction to matrix algebra, regression, correlation,residual analysis, and multivariate statistics. Several computerized statistical packages are introduced. Prerequisite: BIOL 5314 or consent of the instructor.

 

BIOL5362 – EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Various analysis of variance models will be explored including hierarchic models, multiway factorial models, Latin square designs, split plots designs, and incomplete block designs. Nonparametric methodologies and analysis of covariance techniques will also be presented. Prerequisite: BIOL 5314 or consent of the instructor.

 

BIOL5364 – POPULATION GENETICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

The genetics of evolution with emphasis on measuring, predicting, and modeling genetic change in populations. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.

 

BIOL5367 – THEORETICAL SYSTEMATICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Introduction to the study of organismal diversity and evolutionary relationships. Emphasizes quantitative methods for phylogeny reconstruction, and interpretation and application of molecular data. Prerequisite: BIOL 3315 and BIOL 3339 or equivalents, or consent of the instructor.

 

BIOL5391 – INDIVIDUAL PROBLEMS IN BIOLOGY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Individual research projects supervised by a faculty member. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.

 

BIOL5393 – RESEARCH IN BIOLOGY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Conference course in which the student undertakes intensive investigation of topics under the supervision of a staff member. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. Graded P/F/R.

 

BIOL5398 – THESIS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Graded R/F only. Prerequisite: consent of faculty.

 

BIOL5420 – GENETICS METHODS LAB

0 Lecture Hours  ·  4 Lab Hours

Computational and experimental approach to genomics research. The course theme will be transposable elements.

 

BIOL5421 – METHODS IN MOLECULAR MICROBIOLOGY

1 Lecture Hour  ·  3 Lab Hours

This course will provide an overview of different techniques used during manipulation of microorganisms. It will allow students to gain a historical perspective of techniques used in microbiology (Winogradsky column, Koch solid agar plating) as well as learn state of the art molecular characterization of microorganisms and their genetic manipulation. This course introduces current biochemical, physiological and molecular biology methods to assess community diversity and microbial activity in a variety of ecosystems. Other topics discussed include bacterial growth and survival, population biology, and microbial interactions.

 

BIOL5440 – LABORATORY METHODS IN BACTERIAL PATHOGENESIS

1 Lecture Hour  ·  3 Lab Hours

This course in intended to expose students to research techniques for studying bacterial pathogens. Students will use molecular and classical techniques to isolate, identify and characterize bacteria and their response to stimuli. Techniques will ranger from PCR, Gene Sequencing, SDSPAGE and Immunofuluorescence Microscopy. Prerequisites BIOL 3312, 3444, 4317.

 

BIOL5493 – RESEARCH

4 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

 

BIOL5593 – RESEARCH

5 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

 

BIOL5693 – RESEARCH IN BIOLOGY

6 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Conference course in which the student undertakes intensive investigation of topics under the supervision of a staff member. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. Graded P/F/R.

 

BIOL5698 – THESIS

6 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Graded P/F/R. Prerequisite: consent of faculty.

 

BIOL5998 – THESIS

9 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Graded P/F/R. Prerequisite: consent of faculty.

 

BIOL6191 – ADVANCED RESEARCH

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

Faculty supervised individual research. May be repeated for credit. Graded P/F/R.

 

BIOL6291 – ADVANCED RESEARCH

2 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Faculty supervised individual research. May be repeated for credit. Graded P/F/R.

 

BIOL6391 – ADVANCED RESEARCH

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Faculty supervised individual research. May be repeated for credit. Graded P/F/R.

 

BIOL6399 – DISSERTATION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

6399 and 6699 graded R/F only; 6999 graded P/F/R. Prerequisite: admission to candidacy for the degree Doctor of Philosophy in Quantitative Biology.

 

BIOL6491 – ADVANCED RESEARCH

4 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Faculty supervised individual research. May be repeated for credit. Graded P/F/R.

 

BIOL6591 – ADVANCED RESEARCH

5 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Faculty supervised individual research. May be repeated for credit. Graded P/F/R.

 

BIOL6691 – ADVANCED RESEARCH

6 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Faculty supervised individual research. May be repeated for credit. Graded P/F/R.

 

BIOL6699 – DISSERTATION

6 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

6399 and 6699 graded R/F only; 6999 graded P/F/R. Prerequisite: admission to candidacy for the degree Doctor of Philosophy in Quantitative Biology.

 

BIOL6999 – DISSERTATION

9 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

6399 and 6699 graded R/F only; 6999 graded P/F/R. Prerequisite: admission to candidacy for the degree Doctor of Philosophy in Quantitative Biology.

 

BIOL7399 – DOCTORAL DEGREE COMPLETION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course may be taken during the semester in which a student expects to complete all requirements for the doctoral degree and graduate. Enrolling in this course meets minimum enrollment requirements for graduation, for holding fellowships awarded by The Office of Graduate Studies and for full-time GTA or GRA positions. Students should verify that enrollment in this course meets other applicable enrollment requirements. To remain eligible in their final semester of study for grants, loans or other forms of financial aid administered by the Financial Aid Office must enroll in a minimum of 5 hours as required by the Office of Financial Aid. Other funding sources may also require more than 3-hours of enrollment. Additional hours may also be required to meet to requirements set by immigration law or by the policies of the student's degree program. Students should contact the Financial Aid Office, other sources of funding, Office of International Education and/or their graduate advisor to verify enrollment requirements before registering for this course. This course may only be taken once and may not be repeated. Students who do not complete all graduation requirements while enrolled in this course must enroll in a minimum of 6 dissertation hours (6699 or 6999) in their graduation term. Graded P/F/R.