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  • Prerequisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable
  • Additional Fees
Credits4
Lecture
Spring
Fall
BIOLOGY-202

Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Processes

Study of biological principles, focusing on cellular structure and function, metabolism, genetics, evolution and development. This introductory course is intended for science majors.

Prerequisites
P: ACT Science Score of 24 or greater, OR grade of C or better in Hum Biol 102, OR grade of C or better in Biology 203.
  • Gen Ed: Human Biology 1
Credits4
Lecture
Spring
Fall
BIOLOGY-203

Principles of Biology: Organisms, Ecology, and Evolution

Biological principles, structure and function of organisms, with consideration of interactions at cellular level and examination of the relationships of organisms to the environment. Includes laboratories.

    Credits1-4
    IND Study
    Spring
    Fall
    BIOLOGY-298

    Independent Study

    Independent study is offered on an individual basis at the student's request and consists of a program of learning activities planned in consultation with a faculty member. A student wishing to study or conduct research in an area not represented in available scheduled courses should develop a preliminary proposal and seek the sponsorship of a faculty member. The student's advisor can direct him or her to instructors with appropriate interests. A written report or equivalent is required for evaluation, and a short title describing the program must be sent early inthe semester to the registrar for entry on the student's transcript.

    Prerequisites
    P: fr or so st with cum gpa > or = 2.50; or jr or sr st with cum gpa > or = 2.00.
    • Course is repeatable for credit.
    Credits1-4
    Field EXP
    BIOLOGY-299

    Travel Course

    • Pre-Requisites
    • General Education
    • Travel Course
    • Repeatable

    Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

    Prerequisites
    P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
    • Gen Ed: World Culture
    • Travel Course
    • Course is repeatable for credit.
    Credits4
    Lecture
    Spring
    Fall
    BIOLOGY-302

    Principles of Microbiology

    Microorganisms and their activities; their form, structure, reproduction, physiology, metabolism, and identification; their distribution in nature and their relationship to each other and other living things.

    Prerequisites
    P: Biology 202 with at least a C grade.
      Credits3
      Lecture
      Spring
      Fall
      BIOLOGY-303

      Genetics

      Mechanisms of heredity and variation, their cytological and molecular basis and their implications in biological technology.

      Prerequisites
      P: Biology 202 with at least a C grade; Chem 108 or 212 with at least a C grade; Math 260 with at least a C grade;
        Credits1
        LAB
        Fall
        BIOLOGY-304

        Genetics Laboratory

        Basic techniques of genetic research; laboratory investigation and analysis of animal, plant, and human patterns of inheritance.

        Prerequisites
        P: Biology 303 with at least a C grade.
          Credits3
          Lecture
          Spring
          BIOLOGY-307

          Cell Biology

          A lecture course examining the molecular organization of major cellular organelles and their functions in plant and animal cells.

          Prerequisites
          P: Biology 202 with at least a C grade; and Chem 108 or 212 with at least a C grade; Math 260 with at least a C grade.
            Credits1
            LAB
            Spring
            BIOLOGY-308

            Cell Biology Laboratory

            A laboratory course examining a variety of laboratory techniques used by cell biologists to elucidate cell structure and function.

            Prerequisites
            P: Biology 202 with at least a C grade; and Chem 108 or 212 with at least a C grade; Math 260 with at least a C grade.
              Credits3
              Lecture
              Spring
              Fall
              BIOLOGY-309

              Evolutionary Biology

              Patterns and processes of biological evolution and their significance for modern biology. Topics include the history of life, population genetics, speciation, and evolution in populations today.

              Prerequisites
              P: Biology 202 with at least a C grade and either Biology 203 or Human Biology 204 with at least a C grade.
                Credits3
                Lecture
                Spring
                BIOLOGY-310

                Plant Taxonomy

                Identification and classification of vascular plants of North America, emphasizing flora of Wisconsin and including topics in evolution of vascular plants.

                Prerequisites
                P: Biology 202 with at leat a C grade and Biology 203 with at least a C grade, or transfer cse Biology 003.
                  Credits4
                  Lecture
                  Fall
                  BIOLOGY-311

                  Plant Physiology

                  General physiology of vascular plants within the context of a plant life cycle: seed dormancy and germination, metabolism, transport systems, mineral nutrition, patterns of plant growth and development, growth regulators, reproduction and senescence.

                  Prerequisites
                  P: Biology 202 with at least a C grade and Biology 203 with at least a C grade, or transfer cse Biology 003; and Chem 212.
                    Credits3
                    Lecture
                    Spring
                    BIOLOGY-312

                    Mycology

                    Morphology, taxonomy and studies of fungi in medical mycology, allergies, antibiotic production, brewing, baking and other industries; poisonous edible and plant pathogenic fungi; techniques in collection, isolation, pure culture and identification.

                    Prerequisites
                    P: Biology 202 with at least a C grade or transfer cse Biology 003.
                      Credits3
                      Lecture
                      Fall
                      Even Only
                      BIOLOGY-317

                      Structure of Seed Plants

                      Anatomy of seed plants, with special emphasis upon tissue differentiation and structure.

                      Prerequisites
                      P: Biology 202 with at least a C grade and Biology 203 with at least a C grade, or transfer cse Biology 003.
                        Credits3
                        Lecture
                        Fall
                        BIOLOGY-320

                        Field Botany

                        Identification and natural history of plants indigenous to northeastern Wisconsin. .

                        Prerequisites
                        P: Biology 202 with at least a C grade and Biology 203 with at least a C grade, or transfer cse Biology 003.
                          Credits4
                          Lecture
                          Fall
                          BIOLOGY-340

                          Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates

                          A lecture and laboratory course examining the anatomy of organs and organ systems of the vertebrates with emphasis on adaptations. Specimens primarily studied in the lab are the shark and cat.

                          Prerequisites
                          P: Biology 202 with at least a C grade and Biology 203 with at least a C grade; OR transfer cse Biology 002.
                            Credits3
                            Lecture
                            Spring
                            Even Only
                            BIOLOGY-342

                            Ornithology

                            Overview of avian biology, emphasizing adaptation and ecology. Identification of North American bird species and other avian families. Region's most interesting birding areas.

                            Prerequisites
                            P: Biology 202 with at least a C grade and Biology 203 with at least a C grade, or transfer cse Biology 002.
                              Credits3
                              Lecture
                              Spring
                              Odd Only
                              BIOLOGY-343

                              Mammalogy

                              Comprehensive study of mammals, including systematics, anatomy, physiology, behavior, and ecology. Laboratory studies include work with specimens from the Richter Natural History Museum.

                              Prerequisites
                              P: Biology 202 with at least a C grade and 203 with at least a C grade, or transfer cse Biology 002.
                                Credits3
                                Lecture
                                Spring
                                Even Only
                                BIOLOGY-345

                                Animal Behavior

                                Biology of animal behavior patterns; behavioral interactions of animals with their environment.

                                Prerequisites
                                P: Biology 202 with at least a C grade.
                                  Credits3
                                  Lecture
                                  Spring
                                  BIOLOGY-346

                                  Comparative Physiology

                                  Ways in which dissimilar organisms perform similar functions. Behavioral, physiological, and biochemical solutions to problems imposed on invertebrate and vertebrate animals by their environment.

                                  Prerequisites
                                  P: Biology 202 with at least a C grade and Biology 203 with at least a C grade and Chem 212; OR transfer cse Biology 002 and Chem 212.
                                    Credits4
                                    Lecture
                                    Fall
                                    Odd Only
                                    BIOLOGY-353

                                    Invertebrate Biology

                                    Survey of invertebrate animals. A phylum-by-phylum survey examining defining characters, structure, function, life cycles, and ecology of invertebrate animals. Lab focuses on identification of invertebrates living in Wisconsin.

                                    Prerequisites
                                    P: Biology 202 with at least a C grade and Biology 203 with at least a C grade, or transfer course Biology 002..
                                      Credits3
                                      Lecture
                                      Fall
                                      Even Only
                                      BIOLOGY-355

                                      Entomology

                                      Structure, function, diversity, and ecology of insects, as well as their impact on human society. Lab develops ability to identify Wisconsin insects, both in the field and by examining microscopic anatomy.

                                      Prerequisites
                                      P: Biology 202 with at least a C grade and Biology 203 with at least a C grade, or transfer cse Biology 002; REC: Biology 353.
                                        Credits4
                                        Lecture
                                        Spring
                                        Even Only
                                        BIOLOGY-402

                                        Advanced Microbiology

                                        Study of viruses, bacteria, and viruses in relationship to their environment.

                                        Prerequisites
                                        P: Biology 302 with at least a C grade; Math 260 with at least a C grade.
                                          Credits3
                                          Lecture
                                          Spring
                                          Odd Only
                                          BIOLOGY-407

                                          Molecular Biology

                                          Molecular approaches to biological problems, emphasizing study of informational macro molecules. Topics include replication, control, expression, organization, and manipulation of genes; RNA processing; protein processing; transposons; oncogenies, growth factors; genetic control of development and the immune system.

                                          Prerequisites
                                          P: Biology 303 with at least a C grade or Chem 330 with at least a C grade; REC: Chem 300 or 303.
                                            Credits1
                                            LAB
                                            Spring
                                            Odd Only
                                            BIOLOGY-408

                                            Molecular Biology Laboratory

                                            Molecular biology of nucleic acids and the techniques that form the basis of biotechnology. Topics include electrophoresis, restriction mapping, hybridization, plasmid analysis, and DNA cloning (recombinant DNA library construction, screening, and mapping).

                                            Prerequisites
                                            P: Biology 407 or conc enr or Chem 407 or conc enr; and Env Sci 207 or conc enr of Hum Biol 207 or conc enr. REC: Chem 301 or 305.
                                              Credits3
                                              Lecture
                                              Spring
                                              Odd Only
                                              BIOLOGY-410

                                              Developmental Biology

                                              This course examines animal development from fertilization to the establishment of the adult body. Emphasis is placed on the molecular and cellular mechanisms that control differentiation, morphogenesis, and growth.

                                              Prerequisites
                                              P: Biology 303 or 307 or Hum Biol 310 with at least a C grade.
                                                Credits1
                                                LAB
                                                Spring
                                                BIOLOGY-411

                                                Developmental Biology Laboratory

                                                Laboratory will introduce descriptive and experimental embryological techniques using a variety of model organisms.

                                                Prerequisites
                                                P: Biology 410 with at least a C grade or concurrent enrollment
                                                  Credits1
                                                  Lecture
                                                  Spring
                                                  Fall
                                                  BIOLOGY-490

                                                  Biology Seminar

                                                  This course provides a capstone experience for upper-level students majoring in biology. Class activities introduce students to academic and professional infrasturctures, career oppportunities, and major conceptual issues in the biological sciences. During a significant part of the course, students will read and discuss current articles from the primary sci

                                                  Prerequisites
                                                  P: Biology major with jr st
                                                  • Course is repeatable to 3 credits.
                                                  Credits1-5
                                                  IND Study
                                                  Spring
                                                  Fall
                                                  BIOLOGY-495

                                                  Research in Biology

                                                  Work closely with a faculty member to plan, perform, evaluate, and report on laboratory research in biology or related area.

                                                  Prerequisites
                                                  P: Hum Biol 207 or Env Sci 207 and approval by faculty mentor.
                                                  • Course is repeatable to 10 credits.
                                                  Credits1-12
                                                  Field EXP
                                                  Spring
                                                  Fall
                                                  BIOLOGY-497

                                                  Internship

                                                  Supervised practical experience in an organization or activity appropriate to a student's career and educational interests. Internships are supervised by faculty members and require periodic student/faculty meetings.

                                                  Prerequisites
                                                  P: jr st.
                                                  • Course is repeatable for credit.
                                                  Credits1-4
                                                  IND Study
                                                  Spring
                                                  Fall
                                                  BIOLOGY-498

                                                  Independent Study

                                                  Independent study is offered on an individual basis at the student's request and consists of a program of learning activities planned in consultation with a faculty member. A student wishing to study or conduct research in an area not represented in available scheduled courses should develop a preliminary proposal and seek the sponsorship of a faculty member. The student's advisor can direct him or her to instructors with appropriate interests. A written report or equivalent is required for evaluation, and a short title describing the program must be sent early inthe semester to the registrar for entry on the student's transcript.

                                                  Prerequisites
                                                  P: fr or so st with cum gpa > or = 2.50; or jr or sr st with cum gpa > or = 2.00.
                                                  • Course is repeatable for credit.
                                                  Credits1-6
                                                  Field EXP
                                                  BIOLOGY-499

                                                  Travel Course

                                                  • Pre-Requisites
                                                  • General Education
                                                  • Travel Course
                                                  • Repeatable

                                                  Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

                                                  Prerequisites
                                                  P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
                                                  • Gen Ed: World Culture
                                                  • Travel Course
                                                  • Course is repeatable for credit.