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Biology Prefix: BIO

Semester offerings in parentheses are when courses are generally offered.

A grade of "C" or better is required in all prerequisite courses prior to taking the course for which they are required.

101-102 General Biology I and II (1-6)

Organized according to modules; student may elect as many as three modules during one semester; content of the module may change each semester and is announced during the semester prior to registration; typical modules have included Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Ecology, Florida’s Environment, and Introductory Genetics. Credits do not count towards Biology major. (101 Fall, 102 Spring)

104 Biological Foundations (Lecture 3, Lab 1)

Presentation of unifying concepts in cellular and molecular biology, genetics, ecology, behavior, evolution, and systematics. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory weekly. Corequisite: BIO 104L (special fee) (Fall, Spring, Summer)

112 Botany (Lecture 3, Lab 1)

Plant forms: correlating structure, function, and environment. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory weekly. Prerequisite: BIO 104 lecture. Corequisite: BIO 112L (special fee) (Fall, Spring, Summer)

120 Biology Overview for Non-majors (3)

For students curious about the living world. Includes an introduction to the systems comprising the human body, recent advances in biology, and man's relationship with the natural world. (Occasional offering)

199 Special Topics (Lecture 3, Lab 1)

Lower division special topic course. Content to be determined by the School as requested by faculty and/or students to fill specified needs or interests. Credits do not count toward Biology major. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory weekly. Enrollment in lab is optional. (Occasional offering)

216 Zoology (Lecture 3, Lab 1)

Survey of the major animal phyla, including discussion of the anatomy, physiology, embryology, evolution, and heredity of the major groups. Major emphasis on invertebrate phyla. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory weekly. Prerequisite: BIO 104 lecture. Corequisite: BIO 216L (special fee) (Fall, Spring, Summer)

220 Introductory Human Anatomy (Lecture 3, Lab 1)

Gross human anatomy with laboratory, including dissection of the mink. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory weekly. Corequisite: BIO 220L (special fee) (Fall, Spring, Summer)

225 Comparative Anatomy (Lecture 3, Lab 1)

Gross comparative vertebrate anatomy with laboratory, including dissection of five representative vertebrates. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory weekly. Prerequisites: BIO 216 or equivalent. Corequisite: BIO 225L (special fee) (Fall)

230 Human Anatomy for Majors (Lecture 3, Lab 1)

Gross anatomy with laboratory, including dissection of the mink. 2 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory weekly. Corequisite: BIO 230L (special fee) (Fall, Spring, Summer)

240 Introduction to Human Physiology (Lecture 4, Lab 1)

Survey of the functions of the organ systems in the human body. 4 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory weekly. Prerequisite or corequisite: BIO 220 or 230 lecture. Corequisite: BIO 240L (special fee) (Fall, Spring, Summer)

253 Introductory Microbiology (Lecture 3, Lab 1)

Characteristics, physiology, pathogenicity of bacteria and viruses, with emphasis on organisms important in human disease; methods of cultivation, identification, and control of microorganisms. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory weekly. Corequisite: BIO 253L (special fee) (Fall, Spring, Summer)

300 Special Topics (3)

Content to be determined by the Department as requested by faculty and/or students to fill specified needs or interests. Prerequisite: Sophomore level or above or approval of instructor. Section numbers beginning with 'M' are for majors and minors only and do count towards Biology majors and minor. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

303 Principles of Human Genetics (3)

The major goal is to acquire an understanding of the relationship between genes and phenotypes. Emphasis will be placed on familiarizing the student with the molecular nature of the hereditary material, gene function, and gene inheritance. In addition, the student will be introduced to recombinant DNA technology and learn how these techniques are utilized in human genetics. Prerequisite: BIO 104. (Spring, Summer)

305 Introduction to Oceanography (3)

Review of major physical and chemical variables in the marine environment. 3 hours lecture weekly. Prerequisites: CHE 111-112. Recommended: 4 s.h. of physics (PHY 151 or 201, 202). (Alternate years, Fall)

308 Environmental Science (Lecture 3, Lab 1)

An interdisciplinary course that investigates the biological, chemical, and socio-economic factors affecting the environment, with a special emphasis on the ecosystem level. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory weekly. Prerequisite: BIO 104 and BIO 112 or permission of instructor. Corequisite: BIO 308L (special fee) (Spring)

310 Marine Biology (Lecture 3, Lab 1)

Common marine organisms of the littoral seas, coral reef, and open ocean; interrelationships and problems of adaptation and survival. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory weekly; field trips by announcement. Prerequisite: BIO 112 and 216. Corequisite: BIO 310L (special fee) (Spring)

312 Ecology (Lecture 3, Lab 1)

Plants and animals in relation to their environments; population, communities, eco-systems, and behavioral patterns, utilizing many of the natural areas provided, such as coral reefs, hammocks, everglades. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory including field work and research projects. Prerequisite: BIO 112 and 216, or equivalent. Corequisite: BIO 312L (special fee) (Fall)

313 Human Nutrition (3)

This course considers the principles of nutrition and its applications. It has been designed so as to provide the necessary information to allow the student to make informed decisions with regard to nutritional well-being. It prompts the student to learn more about themselves, their diet and the maintenance of good health. It also serves to raise awareness of topical nutrition issues. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior status.

325 Microbiology (Lecture 3, Lab 1)

Bacterial and viral classification, structure, physiology, genetics, molecular biology, pathogenicity and immunology; methods of cultivation, identification, and control of microorganisms. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory weekly. Prerequisites: Biology 104; Prerequisite or Corequisite: CHE 152 or 343. Corequisite: BIO 325L (special fee) (Fall, Spring)

328 Animal Nutrition (3)

Animal nutrition is a discipline of animal science that is concerned with the feeding of animals and how animals utilize dietary nutrients to sustain life and for reproduction. Animal nutritionists aim to provide animals with a cost effective balanced diet that is appropriate for a given life stage. This course in animal nutrition is divided into two discrete parts that serve to introduce the principles and concepts of animal nutrition. The first part provides a brief overview of the discipline, defines key terms and provides an overview of the structure and function of the gastrointestinal tracts of selected domestic species. In part II, the major classes of nutrients are reviewed in terms of their structure, function and metabolism. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior status. (Spring)

330 Cell Biology (Lecture 3, Lab 1)

Biological processes in procaryotic and eucaryotic cells, with emphasis on the correlation between structure and function on the molecular level. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory weekly. Prerequisite: BIO 104; Prerequisite or Corequisite: CHE 152 or 343. Corequisite: BIO 330L (special fee) (Fall, Spring)

334 Human Physiology (Lecture 3, Lab 1)

Comprehensive study of the functioning of the major organ systems of the human. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory weekly. Prerequisites: BIO 220 or 225 or 230, 330; CHE 343. Corequisite: BIO 334L (special fee) (Spring)

335 Comparative Physiology (Lecture 3, Lab 1)

Comparative study of homeostatic mechanisms in animals with special emphasis on vertebrates. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory weekly. Prerequisites: BIO 225; CHE 343. Corequisite: BIO 3335L (special fee) (Spring)

341 Genetics (Lecture 3, Lab 1)

Principles of heredity, from classical breeding experiments to current molecular and recombinant DNA techniques; emphasis on inheritance in virus, bacteria, Drosophila and humans. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory weekly. Prerequisites: BIO 104; Prerequisite or Corequisites: CHE 152 or 343 or permission of instructor. Corequisite: BIO 341L (special fee) and SI 062 (Fall).

346 Parasitology (Lecture 3, Lab 1)

Morphology, taxonomy, identification, life history, host-parasite relationship, and control of protozoan, helminth, and arthropod parasites. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory weekly. Prerequisite: BIO 104. Corequisite: BIO 346L (special fee) (Alternate years, Spring)

352 Biochemistry (Lecture 3, Lab 1)

Molecular structure in the cell, biological oxidations, selected biosynthetic pathways, molecular genetics. Same as CHE 352. Prerequisites same as CHE 352. Corequisite: BIO 352L (Fall)

360 Dynamics of Restoration Ecology (3)

The efficient utilization and development of resources for preserving and restoring the delicate homeodynamics of aquatic, soil, plant, forest, and wildlife habitats. Saturday field trips may be required. Prerequisite: BIO 260, or BIO 312. (Alternate years, Spring)

401 Biostatistics (3)

Concepts, principles, methods of descriptive and inferential statistics, and statistical quality control are applied to Biological and Biomedical health issues. Prerequisite: Algebra. (Occasional offering)

404 Epidemiology (3)

Introduction to the study of the distribution, determinants, and measurement of health and disease in populations, including study methods and their application to specific diseases and conditions, with emphasis on data-base search techniques and statistical inference. Pre-requisites: BIO 104; MAT 109. (Occasional offering)

420 Marine Field Study (3-10)

An opportunity for the student to work in the marine field for both individual and group projects at an off-campus facility. Prerequisite: 12 s.h. Biology course work or Department Chair’s permission. (Cost variable.) (Fall, Spring, Summer)

427, 428 Biochemistry I, II (3), (3)

Introduction to the fundamental aspects of biochemistry. It emphasizes the relationship between structure and function of the major classes of macromolecules in living systems. Metabolic interrelationships and control mechanisms are discussed as well as the biochemical basis of human disease. (Occasional offering)

440 Evolution (3)

Evidence for and the principles involved in the evolution of plants and animals, including man. Prerequisites: BIO 112 and 216 or equivalent; BIO 220 or 225 or 230. (Fall)

450 Histology (Lecture 3, Lab 1)

Microscopic study of animal tissues, with the relationship between structure and function stressed. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory weekly. Prerequisites: BIO 104; BIO 220 or 225 or 230. Corequisite: BIO 450L (special fee) (Alternate years, Spring)

451 Embryology (3)

Vertebrate embryology, including gametogenesis, fertilization, the formation of the germ layers, and organ systems. 3 hours lecture. Prerequisites: BIO 104; BIO 220 or 225 or 230. (special fee) (Alternate years, Fall)

454 Virology (3)

A broad investigation of viruses. Topics of discussion include the physical and chemical nature of viruses, methods of cultivation and assay, modes of replication, characteristics of major viral groups, and the mechanisms of viral disease. Emphasis on viral genetics and culture mechanisms. Prerequisites: BIO 104 and any one of the following: BIO 303, 325, 330 or 341. (Spring)

455 Immunology (3)

Basic theoretical concepts of immunology and the role of the immune system in health and disease. Major topics considered in this course are antibody formation, antigen-antibody interactions, biological effects of immunologic reactions, immunological specificity, immune dysfunctions, immunological methods, and vaccination. Prerequisite: BIO 104 and any one of the following: BIO 303, 325, 330 or 341. (Fall)

465 Environmental Field Study (3-10)

An opportunity for students to work in the field of environmental science on individual or group projects. Prerequisite: 12 s.h. Biology course work or Department Chair’s permission. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

471 Biotechnology Internship (9-12)

An opportunity to learn experimental techniques by working in a company laboratory or a professional industrial environment. CR/NCR. Prerequisite: 12 s.h. Biology course work or Department Chair’s permission. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

475 Seminar (3)

Presentation of reports, discussions, lectures, and papers on selected topic(s) in biology. Prerequisite: BIO 104. (Fall, Spring)

476 Teaching of Biology in the Secondary School (3)

Problems confronting teachers of biology in the secondary school; organization of courses, sources of materials, textbooks, methods of teaching. Prerequisite: BIO 104. (Fall, Spring)

295, 395, 495 Research (1-3), (1-3), (1-3)

Investigation of an original research problem of special interest to the student; independent execution of chosen experimental work or library research; under direction of one selected faculty member. MARC scholars follow a special research program. (45 hours/semester required per credit) Prerequisite: Approval of Instructor. (special fee) (Fall, Spring, Summer)

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