Department of Biological Sciences
Course Descriptions

This page describes all the undergraduate and graduate science courses offered through the Department. Courses numbered 100-499 are for undergraduates; courses numbered 500-699 are for graduate students

We have done our best to accurately show all currently active courses. However, changes in faculty, class enrollment, and other factors can cause this to change. Always check the current issue of the DSU Bulletin for the most up-to-date information. For information about the next semester a course is expected to be offered, check with your academic advisor.

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BIO 100. General Biology I

Credit: 4

Principles, concepts, and theories of biology including the origin of life, ecology, diversity, evolution, structure, and function. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours.
Instructors: Blackwell, Katembe, McKinney, Tiftickjian, Groh, Reza

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

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BIO 101. General Biology II

Credit: 4

Continuation of BIO 100. Mechanisms of evolution, prokaryotes, protists, fungi, plant form and function, plant diversity, animal form and function, animal diversity, and ecology. Prerequisite: BIO 100. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
Instructors: Blackwell, Green, Tiftickjian, Reza

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

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BIO 110. Biology and Human Concerns

Credit: 3

A practical examination of biological phenomena relevant to humans in their daily existence. May not count toward a major or minor in the biological or physical sciences. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours.
Instructors: Baghai Riding, Reza

Offered: Fall, Spring

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BIO 123. Foundations of Environmental Science

Credit: 3

Biological and physical environmental problems, focusing on toxicology; human population growth; water, soil, and air pollution; land use; sustainable design; introduced and endangered species; preservation of wetland ecosystems; and careers in environmental science. Environmental Science majors only. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours.
Instructors: Baghai Riding

Offered: Spring

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BIO 217. Introduction to Microbiology

Credit: 4

Nonpathogenic and pathogenic bacteria, yeasts, and molds in relation to ecology, disease, public health, foods, and industry. Laboratory includes culture methods, staining, incubation, control, and other bacteriological techniques. Prerequisites: BIO 100; CHE 101, 102, 103, 104. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 4 hours.
Instructors: McKinney

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

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BIO 221. Introduction to Wildlife Management

Credit: 3

An overview of the history of wildlife management including habitat management, exotic wildlife, and population ecology. Students will participate in field research. Prerequisites: BIO 101. Lecture/discussion 3 hours.
Instructors: Reza

Offered: Fall

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BIO 229. Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology

Credit: 4

(See HSE 229). May not count toward a major or minor in biological or physical sciences. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
Instructors: HPER faculty

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BIO 230. Anatomy and Physiology I

Credit: 4

Introduction to fundamental mechanisms that govern function of various systems in the body. Covers the function of neural, muscle, cardiac, and renal function. Laboratory exercises focus on histology and gross anatomy of the various organs. Not open to students who have completed BIO 330. Prerequisites: BIO 100; CHE 101, 103. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours.
Instructors: Groh

Offered: Fall

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BIO 231. Anatomy and Physiology II

Credit: 4

Continuation of BIO 230. Fundamental mechanisms governing the function of blood cell formation, immune function, respiration, digestion, and endocrinology. Laboratory exercises focus on selective physiological function. Not open to students who have completed BIO 331. Prerequisite: BIO 230. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours.
Instructors: Groh

Offered: Spring

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BIO 300. Cell Biology

Credit: 4

Structural, chemical, and physical principles of animal and plant cells. Prerequisites: BIO 101; CHE 101, 102, 103, 104. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
Instructors: Katembe

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

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BIO 301. Ecology

Credit: 4

Plants and animals in relation to their environment. Role of humans in the ecosystem. Field trips. Prerequisites: BIO 101. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
Instructors: Blackwell

Offered: Fall, Spring

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BIO 309. Environmental Regulation

Credit: 3

History of environmental regulation and development or an environmental ethic, environmental advocacy,understanding our national and state environmental regulatory framework, environmental sampling protocol and chain of custody, environmental impact statements.
Instructors: Reza

Offered: Spring (Irregular)

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BIO 312. Dendrology

Credit: 3

Identification of selected trees, shrubs, and woody vines by means of field trips and the study of herbarium specimens. Introduction to the collection and preparation of herbarium specimens. Emphasis on species of the southeastern United States. Prerequisite: BIO 101. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours.
Instructors: Blackwell

Offered: Fall 2014, 2016

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BIO 314. Physical Geology for the Life Sciences

Credit: 4

A study of the Earth, its composition, structure and natural processes. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours.
Instructors: Baghai Riding

Offered: Fall

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BIO 321. Wildlife Techniques

Credit: 4

The theory and practice of a variety of laboratory and field methods to conduct and evaluate natural resource management and research. Field trips are required. Prerequisites: BIO 221. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
Instructors: Reza

Offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2016

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BIO 328. Genetics

Credit: 4

Basic concepts and historical development of the principles of heredity. Topics include: Mendelian genetics, variation in hereditary mechanisms, chromosome theory, gene mapping, molecular aspects of the genetic material, and population genetics. Laboratory includes breeding experiments and statistical analysis. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
Instructors: Tiftickjian

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

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BIO 329. Medical Terminology

Credit: 3

Development of a working vocabulary of medical terminology as applied in health-related professions. Emphasis on pronunciation, spelling, and correct usage.
Instructors: Campbell

Offered: Fall

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BIO 330. Mammalian Physiology I

Credit: 4

In-depth study of fundamental mechanisms governing physiological processes in mammalian system. Covers the function of neural, muscle, cardiac, and renal function. Not open to students who have completed BIO 230. Prerequisite: BIO 300. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
Instructors: Groh

Offered: Fall

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BIO 331. Mammalian Physiology II

Credit: 4

Continuation of BIO 330. In-depth study of fundamental mechanisms governing the function of blood cell formation, immune function, respiration, digestion, and endocrinology. Not open to students who have completed BIO 231. Prerequisite: BIO 330. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
Instructors: Groh

Offered: Spring

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BIO 334. Investigating the Natural World

Credit: 3

Subject matter of elementary school science. Prerequisites: elementary education major, one course in biological science and one course in physical science. Lecture/laboratory 3 hours.

Offered: Fall, Spring

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BIO 336. Invertebrate Zoology

Credit: 4

Biology, taxonomy, and ecology of invertebrates. Prerequisite: BIO 101. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 4 hours.

Offered: Irregular

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BIO 340. Entomology

Credit: 4

Biology, ecology, reproduction, and classification of insects. Prerequisite: BIO 101. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
Instructors: Green

Offered: Spring

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BIO 343. Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

Credit: 4

Anatomy of the vertebrates, with emphasis on phylogenetic relationships among the classes; laboratory study of representative types. Prerequisite: BIO 101. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 4 hours.

Offered: Irregular

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BIO 348. Problems in Biology

Credit: 1-4

Independent research on problems of interest to student and instructor that may involve library, laboratory, and field work. May be repeated for a maximum of four semester hours credit. Prerequisites: GPA of 3.0 and permission of instructor.
Instructors: Arranged with student

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

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BIO 402. Microbial Genetics

Credit: 4

Genetic mechanisms of microbial response to changing environmental conditions with emphasis on pathogenicity and bioremediation. Prerequisites: BIO 217, BIO 442 recommended. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 4 hours.
Instructors: McKinney

Offered: Irregular

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BIO 404. Economic Botany

Credit: 4

The study of economically important plants of the world with emphasis on origins, genetics, diversity, and utilization by humanity. Survey of agricultural and horticultural crop plants, fiber plants, forest trees, and medical and ethnobotanical plants. Prerequisites: BIO 101. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours.
Instructors: Baghai Riding

Offered: Irregular

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BIO 405. Plant Physiology

Credit: 4

Physiology of vascular plants with emphasis on angiosperms; water relations, translocation, mineral nutrition, photosynthesis, growth, hormones, and physiology of reproduction. Prerequisite: BIO 101. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
Instructors: Tiftickjian

Offered: Spring 2014, Fall 2015

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BIO 406. Plant Pathology

Credit: 4

The study of plant pathogenic organisms, including viruses, bacteria fungi, and invertebrates; pathogen life cycles and effects of pathogens on host plants; ecophysiology of plant pathogens; pathogen management and control with emphasis on economic plants. Prerequisites: BIO 410. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours.

Offered: Irregular

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BIO 408. Biology of Nonvascular Plants

Credit: 4

Biology of the algae, fungi, and bryophytes, emphasizing morphology, life histories, and systematics, but also including physiology, and ecology. Laboratory includes identification, isolation, and culture methods. Prerequisites: BIO 101. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
Instructors: Tiftickjian

Offered: Fall 2014, Spring 2016

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BIO 410. Plant Anatomy

Credit: 4

Organization and development of the vegetative and reproductive tissues and organs of seed plants with emphasis on angiosperms. Prerequisites: BIO 101, 300. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours.
Instructors: Tiftickjian

Offered: Fall 2013, Spring 2015

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BIO 411. Elements of Plant Systematics

Credit: 3

Principles of plant classification including history, nomenclature, and current methodologies. Survey of major vascular plant families including lycophytes, pteridophytes, gymnosperms, and angiosperms. Prerequisite: BIO 101. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
Instructors: Baghai Riding

Offered: Summer 2014

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BIO 412. Medical Botany

Credit: 3

The importance of plants and plant-derived compounds as causes of and as treatments of medical conditions in humans and other animals. Topics include: secondary plant compounds that have medicinal effects and the biological mechanisms through which these effects take place, beneficial and poisonous plant compounds used in Western medicine and in other cultures, and plant-derived compounds found in common foods and beverages and the emerging research showing their health benefits beyond basic nutrition.
Instructors: Green

Offered: Fall

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BIO 414. Environmental Geology

Credit: 3

Geologic related consequences of the interaction between people and the physical environment, including natural geologic hazards; minerals, energy, water and soil resources; and global change and decision making. Field trips to environmentally sensitive sites. Recommended preparation: BIO 314. Lecture/Laboratory 3 hours.
Instructors: Baghai Riding

Offered: Winter intersession

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BIO 415. Materials and Methods in Environmental Science

Credit: 4

Practical experiences with field and laboratory methods in air, water, soil, and solid waste pollution analysis and management; environmental impact and assessment methods. Prerequisite: Major in Environmental Science or permission of instructor. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours. 4.
Instructors: Baghai Riding

Offered: Spring

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BIO 416. Soil Science and Biology

Credit: 4

The soil as a natural body. Soil development and taxonomy, physical and chemical characteristics of soils, the role of soils in plant growth and mineral nutrition, soil ecology and microbiology, fate of soil pollutants and solid wastes, soil conservation. Prerequisites: BIO 301 and permission of instructor. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 4 hours.

Offered: Irregular

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BIO 417. Medical Microbiology

Credit: 4

Introduction to infectious diseases, concentrating principally on the basic mechanisms of pathogenesis for bacterial, viral, and fungal diseases. Prerequisite: BIO 217. Lecture 3 hours, discussion 1 hour.
Instructors: McKinney

Offered: Spring

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BIO 423. Histology

Credit: 4

Microscopic anatomy of mammalian cells, tissues, and organs. Characteristics, organization, and identification obtained through the study of tissue sections. Prerequisites: BIO 101, 300. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours.
Instructors: Campbell

Offered: Spring

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BIO 424. Developmental Biology

Credit: 4

Combines aspects of classical embryology, developmental mechanics, ecotoxicology, and the evolution of development. Prerequisites: BIO 101, 300. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours.

Offered: Irregular

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BIO 425. Medical Entomology

Credit: 3

Arthropods of medical importance; distribution, biology, and control; collection and identification. Prerequisite: BIO 340 or BIO 447. Lecture/laboratory 3 hours.
Instructors: Campbell

Offered: Spring

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BIO 426. Reproduction

Credit: 4

Structure and function of cells, tissues, and organs involved in animal reproduction. The interrelationships of functioning systems involving male and female reproduction, as well as processes involved in successful reproduction are also discussed. Laboratory exercises include microscopic and gross examination of reproductive tissues and organs as well as selective examination of reproductive physiology. Prerequisite: BIO 331 or equivalent. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours.

Offered: Irregular

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BIO 427. Immunology

Credit: 4

The immune mechanism of vertebrates as it applies to allergies, tissue compatibility, autoimmune diseases, resistance to infectious diseases, and clinical testing. Prerequisites: BIO 217, 300. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
Instructors: Campbell, McKinney

Offered: Fall

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BIO 428. Endocrinology

Credit: 3

Introduction and in-depth study of hormone function and organs involved in production of hormones. Mechanisms involved in synthesis and secretion of hormones as well as intracellular mechanisms involved in hormone-induced signal transduction are also discussed. Prerequisite: BIO 331 or equivalent. Lecture 3 hours.
Instructors: Groh

Offered: Spring

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BIO 435. Methods and Materials in the Biological Sciences

Credit: 3

Experiences with field and laboratory biological methods suitable for use with middle school/junior high school and secondary school students. Prerequisite: Biology education major.

Offered: Spring

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BIO 439. Field Herpetology

Credit: 4

Focuses on amphibians and reptiles of the southeastern United States, especially Mississippi. Laboratory experiences include taxonomic surveys, habitat assessment, and trophic relationships. Prerequisite: BIO 301 or permission of instructor. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 4 hours.
Instructors: Blackwell

Offered: Spring 2015, 2017

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BIO 440. Evolution and Systematics

Credit: 3

History of taxonomy and evolutionary theory, methods of speciation and evolution, current principles and theories, and an exploration of classical and modern literature. Prerequisite: BIO 328.
Instructors: Green

Offered: Spring

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BIO 442. Biotechnology

Credit: 4

Methods to isolate, amplify, manipulate, and analyze DNA sequences. Societal implications of DNA technology are considered. Prerequisites: One semester of organic chemistry and cell biology or biochemistry. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
Instructors: Katembe

Offered: Spring

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BIO 447. Parasitology

Credit: 4

Taxonomy, morphology, life cycles, control, and medical importance of parasites of humans and animals. Prerequisites: BIO 101, 300. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours.
Instructors: Campbell

Offered: Fall

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BIO 449. Landscape Ecology

Credit: 4

Influence of biotic and abiotic processes on the characterization, pattern development, spatial heterogeneity, and dynamics of landscapes. Applications and techniques using GIS. Prerequisites: BIO 301. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours.
Instructors: Blackwell

Offered: Irregular

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BIO 451. Cell and Molecular Biology

Credit: 3

The specific goals of this course are 1) to gain a detailed understanding of the molecular processes critical for the formation of a functional organism in eukaryotes and 2) to develop/improve critical reading, thinking and writing skills. Selected topics will depend in part on students’ interests and will include regulation of gene expression, protein synthesis and trafficking, regulation of the cell cycle and stem cell development. Critical readings and discussions of research articles will be used to examine these fundamental molecular processes in further details and provide an introduction to the study of genetic disorders. Prerequisites: BIO 300, (courses in genetics and biochemistry are also recommended). Lecture 3 hours.
Instructors: Groh

Offered: Irregular

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BIO 459. Conservation Biology

Credit: 4

Integrates fundamental relationships between organisms and their environment with investigations in population/community biology and wildlife management. Prerequisites: BIO 301 and two additional field-oriented offerings recommended. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours
Instructors: Baghai Riding

Offered: Fall 2014

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BIO 461. Mammalogy

Credit: 4

Systematics and ecology of mammals. Prerequisite: BIO 101. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
Instructors: Reza

Offered: Fall 2014, Fall 2015

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BIO 462. Ornithology

Credit: 4

Systematics and ecology of birds. Prerequisite: BIO 101. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
Instructors: Reza

Offered: Fall 2016

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BIO 463. Wildlife Habitat Management

Credit: 4

The theory and practice of evaluating and managing habitat for wildlife. Students gain experience writing wildlife habitat management plans. Field trips are required. Prerequisites: BIO 321, BIO 312 or 411. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
Instructors: Reza

Offered: Spring

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BIO 465. Human Pathophysiology

Credit: 3

The specific goals of this course are to use selected topics in cell biology, biological chemistry, anatomy, physiology and terminology to introduce students to the basis of human pathophysiology. The concept of homeostasis is integrated with general disease processes to focus on the etiology and pathogenesis of neuromuscular, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular disorders. Instruction combines traditional lectures with critical discussion of original research articles. Prerequisites: BIO 300, (courses in biochemistry, medical terminology, and physiology are also recommended). Lecture 3 hours.
Instructors: Groh

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BIO 470. Internship

Credit: 1-4

Field studies with an approved professional agency or industry. Open only to advanced biology majors. Prerequisites: Approval of adviser and department chair. Not to exceed 4 hours total credit.
Instructors: Arranged with student

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

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BIO 477. Wetland Ecology

Credit: 4

Structure and function of wetlands. Methods of delineation using hydrologic, soil, and vegetation indicators. Emphasis on the southeastern U.S. Prerequisites: BIO 301, CHE 101, 102, 103, 104. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 4 hours.
Instructors: Blackwell

Offered: Spring 2014, 2016

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BIO 478. Population Ecology

Credit: 4

Basic principles of populations and the application of these principles by wildlife managers, environmental scientist, national park service personnel, and fish and wildlife service decision makers. Use of industry standard software and specialized computer programs necessary for the design of population ecology experiments.
Instructors: Blackwell

Offered: Fall 2015, 2017

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BIO 492. Special Topics

Credit: 1-4

Current developments in biological sciences. May be repeated with change in topic. Prerequisites: Varies with topic. Total credit not to exceed 6 hours.

Offered: Irregular

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BIO 502. Microbial Genetics

Credit: 4

Genetic mechanisms of microbial response to changing environmental conditions with emphasis on pathogenicity and bioremediation. Prerequisites: BIO 217, BIO 442 recommended. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 4 hours.
Instructors: McKinney

Offered: Irregular

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BIO 504. Economic Botany

Credit: 4

The study of economically important plants of the world with emphasis on origins, genetics, diversity, and utilization by humanity. Survey of agricultural and horticultural crop plants, fiber plants, forest trees, and medical and ethnobotanical plants. Prerequisites: BIO 101. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours.
Instructors: Baghai Riding

Offered: Irregular

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BIO 505. Plant Physiology

Credit: 4

Physiology of vascular plants with emphasis on angiosperms; water relations, translocation, mineral nutrition, photosynthesis, growth, hormones, and physiology of reproduction. Prerequisite: BIO 101, 300. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
Instructors: Tiftickjian

Offered: Spring 2014, Fall 2015

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BIO 506. Plant Pathology

Credit: 4

The study of plant pathogenic organisms, including viruses, bacteria fungi, and invertebrates; pathogen life cycles and effects of pathogens on host plants; ecophysiology of plant pathogens; pathogen management and control with emphasis on economic plants. Prerequisites: BIO 410. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours.

Offered: Irregular

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BIO 508. Biology of Nonvascular Plants

Credit: 4

Biology of the algae, fungi, and bryophytes, emphasizing morphology, life histories, and systematics, but also including physiology, and ecology. Laboratory includes identification, isolation, and culture methods. Prerequisites: BIO 101. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
Instructors: Tiftickjian

Offered: Fall 2014, Spring 2016

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BIO 510. Plant Anatomy

Credit: 4

Organization and development of the vegetative and reproductive tissues and organs of seed plants with emphasis on angiosperms. Prerequisites: BIO 101, 300. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours.
Instructors: Tiftickjian

Offered: Fall 2013, Spring 2015

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BIO 511. Elements of Plant Systematics

Credit: 3

Principles of plant classification including history, nomenclature, and current methodologies. Survey of major vascular plant families including lycophytes, pteridophytes, gymnosperms, and angiosperms. Prerequisite: BIO 101. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
Instructors: Baghai Riding

Offered: Summer 2014

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BIO 512. Medical Botany

Credit: 3

The importance of plants and plant-derived compounds as causes of and as treatments of medical conditions in humans and other animals. Topics include: secondary plant compounds that have medicinal effects and the biological mechanisms through which these effects take place, beneficial and poisonous plant compounds used in Western medicine and in other cultures, and plant-derived compounds found in common foods and beverages and the emerging research showing their health benefits beyond basic nutrition.
Instructors: Green

Offered: Fall

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BIO 514. Environmental Geology

Credit: 3

Geologic related consequences of the interaction between people and the physical environment, including natural geologic hazards; minerals, energy, water and soil resources; and global change and decision making. Field trips to environmentally sensitive sites. Prerequisites: BIO 314 or PHY 314 or permission of instructor.
Instructors: Baghai Riding

Offered: Winter intersession

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BIO 516. Soil Science and Biology

Credit: 4

The soil as a natural body. Soil development and taxonomy, physical and chemical characteristics of soils, the role of soils in plant growth and mineral nutrition, soil ecology and microbiology, fate of soil pollutants and solid wastes, soil conservation. Prerequisites: BIO 301 and permission of instructor. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 4 hours.

Offered: Irregular

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BIO 517. Medical Microbiology

Credit: 4

Introduction to infectious diseases, concentrating principally on the basic mechanisms of pathogenesis for bacterial, viral, and fungal diseases. Lecture 3 hours, discussion 1 hour.
Instructors: McKinney

Offered: Spring

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BIO 523. Histology

Credit: 4

Microscopic anatomy of mammalian cells, tissues, and organs. Characteristics, organization, and identification obtained through the study of tissue sections. Prerequisites: BIO 101, 300. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours.
Instructors: Campbell

Offered: Spring

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BIO 524. Developmental Biology

Credit: 4

Combines aspects of classical embryology, developmental mechanics, ecotoxicology, and the evolution of development. Prerequisites: BIO 101, 300. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours.

Offered: Irregular

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BIO 525. Medical Entomology

Credit: 3

Arthropods of medical importance; distribution, biology, and control; collection and identification. Prerequisite: BIO 340 or BIO 447. Lecture/laboratory 3 hours.
Instructors: Campbell

Offered: Spring

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BIO 526. Reproduction

Credit: 4

Structure and function of cells, tissues, and organs involved in animal reproduction. The interrelationships of functioning systems involving male and female reproduction, as well as processes involved in successful reproduction are also discussed. Laboratory exercises include microscopic and gross examination of reproductive tissues and organs as well as selective examination of reproductive physiology. Prerequisite: BIO 331 or equivalent. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours.

Offered: Irregular

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BIO 527. Immunology

Credit: 4

The immune mechanism of vertebrates as it applies to allergies, tissue compatibility, autoimmune diseases, resistance to infectious diseases, and clinical testing. Prerequisites: BIO 217, 300. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
Instructors: Campbell, McKinney

Offered: Fall

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BIO 528. Endocrinology

Credit: 3

Introduction and in-depth study of hormone function and organs involved in production of hormones. Mechanisms involved in synthesis and secretion of hormones as well as intracellular mechanisms involved in hormone-induced signal transduction are also discussed. Prerequisite: BIO 331 or equivalent. Lecture 3 hours.
Instructors: Groh

Offered: Spring

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BIO 535. Methods and Materials in the Biological Sciences

Credit: 3

Experiences with field and laboratory biological methods suitable for use with middle school/junior high school and secondary school students. Prerequisite: Biology education major.

Offered: Spring

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BIO 539. Field Herpetology

Credit: 4

Focuses on amphibians and reptiles of the southeastern United States, especially Mississippi. Laboratory experiences include taxonomic surveys, habitat assessment, and trophic relationships. Prerequisite: BIO 301 or permission of instructor. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 4 hours.
Instructors: Blackwell

Offered: Spring 2015, 2017

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BIO 540. Evolution and Systematics

Credit: 3

History of taxonomy and evolutionary theory, methods of speciation and evolution, current principles and theories, and an exploration of classical and modern literature. Prerequisites BIO 328.
Instructors: Green

Offered: Spring

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BIO 547. Parasitology

Credit: 4

Taxonomy, morphology, life cycles, control, and medical importance of parasites of humans and animals. Prerequisites: BIO 101, 300. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours.
Instructors: Campbell

Offered: Fall

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BIO 551. Cell and Molecular Biology

Credit: 3

The specific goals of this course are 1) to gain a detailed understanding of the molecular processes critical for the formation of a functional organism in eukaryotes and 2) to develop/improve critical reading, thinking and writing skills. Selected topics will depend in part on students’ interests and will include regulation of gene expression, protein synthesis and trafficking, regulation of the cell cycle and stem cell development. Critical readings and discussions of research articles will be used to examine these fundamental molecular processes in further details and provide an introduction to the study of genetic disorders. Prerequisites: BIO300, (courses in genetics and biochemistry are also recommended). Lecture 3 hours.
Instructors: Groh

Offered: Irregular

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BIO 559. Conservation Biology

Credit: 4

Influence of biotic and abiotic processes on the characterization, pattern development, spatial heterogeneity and dynamics of landscapes. Applications and techniques using GIS, GIP and GPS. Prerequisites: BIO 301 and one additional field-oriented offering. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours.
Instructors: Baghai Riding

Offered: Fall 2014

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BIO 561. Mammalogy

Credit: 4

Systematics and ecology of mammals. Prerequisite: BIO 101. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
Instructors: Reza

Offered: Fall 2014, Fall 2015

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BIO 562. Ornithology

Credit: 4

Systematics and ecology of birds. Prerequisite: BIO 101. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
Instructors: Reza

Offered: Fall 2016

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BIO 563. Wildlife Habitat Management

Credit: 4

The theory and practice of evaluating and managing habitat for wildlife. Students gain experience writing wildlife habitat management plans. Field trips are required. Prerequisites: BIO 321, BIO 312 or 411. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
Instructors: Reza

Offered: Spring

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BIO 565. Human Pathophysiology

Credit: 3

The specific goals of this course are to use selected topics in cell biology, biological chemistry, anatomy, physiology and terminology to introduce students to the basis of human pathophysiology. The concept of homeostasis is integrated with general disease processes to focus on the etiology and pathogenesis of neuromuscular, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular disorders. Instruction combines traditional lectures with critical discussion of original research articles. Prerequisites: BIO 300, (courses in biochemistry, medical terminolog, and physiology are also recommended). Lecture 3 hours.
Instructors: Groh

Offered: Irregular

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BIO 570. Internship

Credit: 1-4

Field studies with an approved professional agency or industry. Open only to advanced biology majors. Prerequisites: Approval of adviser and department chair. Not to exceed 4 hours total credit.
Instructors: Arranged with student

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

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BIO 577. Wetland Ecology

Credit: 4

Structure and function of wetlands. Methods of delineation using hydrologic, soil, and vegetation indicators. Emphasis on the southeastern U.S. Prerequisites: BIO 301, CHE 101, 102, 103, 104. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours.
Instructors: Blackwell

Offered: Spring 2014, 2016

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BIO 578. Population Ecology

Credit: 4

Basic principles of populations and the application of these principles by wildlife managers, environmental scientist, national park service personnel, and fish and wildlife service decision makers. Use of industry standard software and specialized computer programs necessary for the design of population ecology experiments.
Instructors: Blackwell

Offered: Fall 2015, 2017

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BIO 592. Special Topics

Credit: 1-4

Current developments in biological sciences. May be repeated with change in topic. Prerequisites: Varies with topic. Total credit not to exceed 6 hours.

Offered: Irregular

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BIO 601. Problems Teaching Science in the Secondary School

Credit: 3

Methods of teaching biology and trends and recent concepts in biology education as they relate to teaching in the junior and senior high schools.

Offered: Fall

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BIO 614. Problems Teaching Science in Elementary Schools

Credit: 3

Practical problems handled on an individual basis, while potential problems are being analyzed through research and discussion. Scientific methods of instruction used as foundation techniques for all instruction at elementary school level.

Offered: Irregular

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BIO 615. Topics in Ecology

Credit: 3

Survey and discussion of a specific area of ecology. May be repeated for credit.
Instructors: Blackwell

Offered: Irregular

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BIO 618. DNA Science

Credit: 4

Methods to isolate, amplify, manipulate, and analyze DNA sequences. Societal implications of DNA technology are considered. Each student must design and perform an independent laboratory experiment supported by a scholarly paper. Prerequisites: One semester of organic chemistry and cell biology or biochemistry. Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours.
Instructors: Katembe

Offered: Spring

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CUR 456. Trends in Teaching the Sciences

Credit: 3

(CUR 456 in the Division of Curriculum and Instruction.)

Offered: Irregular

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CUR 493. Teaching the Sciences

Credit: 3

Current teaching methods and objectives are correlated with organization and presentation of subject matter. Considerations include the laboratory and selection of equipment, selecting the science library, and organization of science fairs.

Offered: Fall

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REM 631. Information Extraction from Multi-, Hyper-Spectral & Lidar

Credit: 3

Advanced knowledge for acquisition of field and laboratory remote sensing data and extraction of biophysical and biochemical information from multi-, hyper-spectral and lidar remote sensing are presented. Students gain knowledge and practical skills in applying cutting-edge technology to environment, ecology, natural resources, and agriculture research.
Instructors: Zhang

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REM 641. Advanced Sensor Systems and Data Collection

Credit: 3

Ground, airborne and spaceborne sensor systems and principles for data acquisition are introduced. The newest active and passive sensors including spectrometers, camera systems, optical and advanced hyperspectral sensors, microwave, lidar, and advanced platforms which carry these sensors are presented.
Instructors: Zhang

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