BIOL - Biology

James J. Nagler, Dept. Chair, Dept. of Biological Sciences (252 Life Sc. Bldg. 83844-3051; phone 208/885-6280).

Exception to regulation D-4:  Students who transfer in a course for which the UI requires BIOL 114 or BIOL 115 as a prerequisite (but who have not yet taken BIOL 114 or BIOL 115), may take BIOL 114 and BIOL 115 for credit.

Note:  Enrollment in lab sections of departmental courses will be limited to the number of stations available in that section.

BIOL 101 Perspectives in Biology

Biol 101 Perspectives in Biology (1 cr)

Open only to majors. Intro to the disciplines in the fields of biology; current research topics.

BIOL 102 Biology and Society

Biol 102 Biology and Society (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Natural and Applied Sciences

Not open to majors or for minor cr. Principles of biology and their relationship to social issues. Three lec and one 3-hr lab a wk.

BIOL 102L Biology and Society Lab

Biol 102L Biology and Society Lab (1 cr)

Gen Ed: Natural and Applied Sciences

Not open to Biology majors or for minor cr. Principles of biology and their relationship to social issues. Three lec and one 3-hr lab a wk.

BIOL 114 Organisms and Environments

Biol 114 Organisms and Environments (4 cr)

Gen Ed: Natural and Applied Sciences

The evolution of diversity, the biology of plants and animals, and their environments. Three lec and one 3-hr lab a wk.

BIOL 115 Cells & the Evolution of Life

Biol 115 Cells and the Evolution of Life (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Natural and Applied Sciences

The cell, heredity and evolutionary processes.

Coreq: Chem 101 or Chem 111

BIOL 115L Cells and the Evolution of Life Laboratory

Biol 115L Cells and the Evolution of Life Laboratory (1 cr)

Laboratory for introductory biology; experiments are designed to teach problem solving, scientific methods and the aspects of biology related to the cell.

Coreq or Prereq: Biol 115

BIOL 120 Human Anatomy

Biol 120 Human Anatomy (4 cr)

Study of the anatomy of the major organ systems of the human body; lab consists of studying human gross anatomy models and prosected cadavers. Three lec and one 3-hr lab a wk. (Fall only)

BIOL 121 Human Physiology

Biol 121 Human Physiology (4 cr)

Study of the physiology of the major organ systems of the human body. Three lec and one 3-hr lab a wk. (Spring only)

Prereq: Biol 120

BIOL 154 Introductory Microbiology

Biol 154 Introductory Microbiology (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Natural and Applied Sciences

Carries no credit after Biol 250. May be taken by microbiology majors, but carries no cr after Biol 250. Introduction to microorganisms and their role in disease, health, foods, and the environment; current topics in microbiology. (Spring only)

BIOL 155 Introductory Microbiology Laboratory

Biol 155 Introductory Microbiology Laboratory (1 cr)

Gen Ed: Natural and Applied Sciences

May be taken by microbiology majors but carries no credit after Biol 255. Introductory laboratory training in basic microbiology; includes sterile technique, bacterial enumeration methods, culturing techniques, yogurt preparation and analysis, recombinant DNA techniques. Three hrs lab a wk. (Spring only)

Coreq: Biol 154

BIOL 204 Special Topics

Biol 204 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

BIOL 213 Principles of Biological Structure and Function

Biol 213 Principles of Biological Structure and Function (4 cr)

Principles of physiology in plants and animals (homeostasis, hormonal and neural control systems, organismal physiology). Three lec and one 3-hr lab a wk. (Spring only)

Prereq: Biol 115/115L

BIOL 250 General Microbiology

Biol 250 General Microbiology (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Natural and Applied Sciences

Introduction to nature and activity of bacteria and other microorganisms; their importance in all life systems. Three hrs of lec per wk. (Fall only)

Prereq: Chem 101 or Chem 111

BIOL 255 General Microbiology Lab

Biol 255 General Microbiology Lab (2 cr)

Gen Ed: Natural and Applied Sciences

Training in the handling of microscopes, basic lab equipment, and manipulation of microbes. Two 2-hr labs per week.

Prereq or Coreq: Biol 250

BIOL 299 Directed Study

Biol 299 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

BIOL 300 Survey of Biochemistry

Biol 300 Survey of Biochemistry (3 cr)

Carries no credit after Biol 380. Survey of biochemical principles and the molecular structure and function that describe the chemical basis of life. (Fall only)

Prereq: Chem 101 or Chem 111

Coreq: Chem 275 or Chem 277

BIOL 301 Undergraduate Research

Biol 301 Undergraduate Research (1-4 cr, max 8)

Undergraduate research for students without senior standing.

Pereq: Permission

BIOL 310 Genetics

Biol 310 Genetics (3 cr)

Genetic mechanisms in animals, plants, and microorganisms. Three hours of lec per. (Fall only)

Prereq: Biol 115/115L or Biol 250

BIOL 312 Molecular and Cellular Biology

Biol 312 Molecular and Cellular Biology (3 cr)

Current theory and experimental basis of the structure/function of eukaryotic cells. Topics include plasma membrane, organelles, cytoskeleton and cell mobility, the nature of genes, gene expression, DNA replication and cellular reproduction, and signal transduction. Three lec and one 1-hr recitation a wk. (Spring only)

Prereq: Biol 115/115L

BIOL 313 Molecular and Cellular Laboratory

Biol 313 Molecular and Cellular Laboratory (1 cr)

Laboratory experiments and techniques related to molecular and cellular biology. One 3-hr lab per week. (Spring only)

Coreq: Biol 312

BIOL 314 Ecology and Population Biology

Biol 314 Ecology and Population Biology (4 cr)

Population genetics, population ecology, species interactions, community ecology, biodiversity, and data analysis. Three lec and one 3-hr lab per wk. (Spring only)

Prereq: Biol 114 and Biol 115/115L; Stat 251 or 301; and Math 160 or Math 170

BIOL 315 Genetics Lab

Biol 315 Genetics Lab (1 cr)

Laboratory on genetic mechanisms in animals, plants, and microorganisms. One three hr. lab per wk. (Fall only)

Prereq: Biol 115/115L or Biol 250

Coreq: Biol 310

BIOL 324 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

Biol 324 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (4 cr)

Evolution of vertebrates and their organ systems with an emphasis on structure - function relationships. Two lectures and two 3-hour labs a week. (Spring only, alt/yrs)

Prereq: Biol 114 and Biol 115/115L and Biol 213; or Permission

BIOL 380 Biochemistry I

Biol 380 Biochemistry I (4 cr)

Carries one credit after Biol 300. Introduction to the structure and function of major molecular constituents of living systems. Emphasis on proteins, enzyme kinetics and catalysis, carbohydrate metabolism. Three hrs lecture and one hr with interactive problem solving. (Fall only)

Prereq: Chem 112 and Chem 277

BIOL 382 Biochemistry I Laboratory

Biol 382 Biochemistry I Laboratory (2 cr)

Lab training in modern methods. One 3-hr lab and one 1-hr recitation a wk. (Fall only)

Coreq: Biol 380 or equivalent

BIOL 398 Internship

Biol 398 (s) Internship (1-3 cr, max 3)

Supervised internship in professional biological, non-university settings, integrating academic study with work experience; requires formal written plan of activities to be approved by academic advisor and department chair before engaging in the work; a final written report will be evaluated by on-campus faculty. Graded P/F.

Prereq: Permission

BIOL 400 Seminar

Biol 400 (s) Seminar (1 cr, max arr)

May be used as a science elective after 1 required credit, up to a maximum of 4 credits. Graded P/F.

BIOL 401 Undergraduate Research

Biol 401 Undergraduate Research (1-4 cr, max 8)

Gen Ed: Senior Experience

Undergraduate research at the senior level.

Prereq: Senior Standing and Permission of Instructor

BIOL 403 Workshop

Biol 403 (s) Workshop (cr arr)

BIOL 404 Special Topics

Biol 404 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

BIOL 405 Practicum in Anatomy Laboratory Teaching

Biol 405 Practicum in Anatomy Laboratory Teaching (2-4 cr, max 8)

Gen Ed: Senior Experience

Organization, preparation, and teaching of anatomy laboratory objectives under faculty supervision. (Fall only)

Prereq: Permission

BIOL 407 Practicum in Biology Laboratory Teaching

Biol 407 Practicum in Biology Laboratory Teaching (2-6 cr, max 12)

Gen Ed: Senior Experience

Organization, preparation, and teaching of lab experiments or demonstrations under faculty supervision.

Prereq: Any four of the following courses: Biol 114, Biol 115/115L, Biol 213, Biol 310, Biol 312, or Biol 314; and Permission

BIOL 408 Practicum in Human Physiology Laboratory Teaching

Biol 408 Practicum in Human Physiology Laboratory Teaching (2-4 cr, max 8)

Gen Ed: Senior Experience

Organization, preparation, and teaching of human physiology laboratory objectives under faculty supervision. (Spring only)

Prereq: Biol 121 and Permission

BIOL 411 Senior Capstone

Biol 411 Senior Capstone (2 cr)

Gen Ed: Senior Experience

Application of biological principles and information to the analysis of societal and philosophical issues. (Spring only)

Prereq: Biol 213, Biol 310, Biol 312, Biol 314, and Senior standing

BIOL 416 Plant Diversity and Evolution

Biol 416 Plant Diversity and Evolution (4 cr)

Origin, evolution, and diversity of major land plant groups; emphasis on systematics, anatomy, morphology, ecological diversity, and macroevolution. Two lec and one 3-hr lab a wk; one field trip. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students. (Fall only)

Prereq: Biol 114 and Biol 115/115L

BIOL 421 Advanced Evolution/Population Dynamics

Biol 421 Advanced Evolutionary Biology (3 cr)

Macro and Micro evolutionary patterns and processes examined from molecular, ecological, and paleontological perspectives. (Fall only)

Prereq: Biol 314, For 221 or REM 221

BIOL 423 Comparative Vertebrate Physiology

Biol 423 Comparative Vertebrate Physiology (3 cr)

Comparative physiology of the major organ systems found in vertebrates. May involve some evening exams. (Fall only)

Prereq: Biol 213, and Chem 275 or Chem 277

BIOL 424 Comparative Vertebrate Physiology Laboratory

Biol 424 Comparative Vertebrate Physiology Laboratory (1 cr)

Six experiments will be conducted covering whole animal metabolism, respiration and ventilation, isolated nerve function, salt/water balance, heart function and skeletal and smooth muscle physiology. Three hours of lab per week. (Fall only)

Prereq or Coreq: Biol 423

BIOL 425 Special Topics: Experimental Field Ecology

Biol 425 Special Topics: Experimental Field Ecology (3 cr)

Intensive course on diverse aspects of field ecology to be held off-campus. Various global locations (i.e. Costa Rica, Oregon coast, Hawaii) are possible. The course will be scheduled during an 8-10 day period preceding/following the Spring Term (i.e. January or May). Will involve travel and lodging costs at student expense.

Prereq: Biol 114, Biol 115/115L, Biol 213, Biol 310, Biol 312, and Biol 314

BIOL 428 Microscopic Anatomy

Biol 428 Microscopic Anatomy (4 cr)

Basic principles of histology and advanced microscopic anatomy of vertebrate tissues and organs. (Fall, alt/even yrs)

Prereq: Biol 213 or Biol 312

BIOL 432 Immunology

Biol J432/J532 Immunology (3 cr)

Theory and mechanisms of the cellular basis of immune response; antibody structure, function, and synthesis; cell-mediated immunity; complement; hypersensitivity; immunologic diseases; transplantation; tumor immunity. Extra oral and/or written assignments required for graduate credit. (Spring only)

Prereq: Biol 300 or Biol 380

BIOL 433 Pathogenic Microbiology

Biol J433/J533 Pathogenic Microbiology (3 cr)

Epidemiology, host-parasite relationships, pathology, host response; treatment, prevention, and control of pathogenic microorganisms. Extra oral and/or written assignments required for graduate credit. (Spring, alt/even years)

Prereq: Biol 250

BIOL 441 Cellular and Molecular Basis of Disease

Biol J441/J541 Cellular and Molecular Basis of Disease (3 cr)

Basic principles of cell biology explored in the context of human diseases. Emphasis on molecular mechanisms of cancer, Alzheimer 's disease and prion diseases. Extra oral assignment required for grad cr. Recommended Preparation for 422: PlSc 476. Recommended Preparation for 522: PlSc 576. (Fall only)

Prereq: Biol 310 or Gene 314; and Biol 380

BIOL 444 Genomics

Biol 444 Genomics (3 cr)

Structural, functional, and comparative genomics of animals, plants, fungi, and microbes. Case studies illustrating a genomic approach to questions of fundamental biological and societal relevance will be drawn from diverse fields such as human medicine, evolutionary biology, agriculture, and bioterrorism. (Spring, alt/yrs)

Prereq: Biol 114 and Biol 310; or Biol 250

BIOL 447 Virology

Biol J447/J547 Virology (3 cr)

A survey of virology, with special emphasis on the molecular basis of replication, host-pathogen interactions and diseases associated with animal viruses. Extra oral and/or written assignments required for grad credit. Recommended preparation: Biol 250. (Fall, alt/yrs)

Prereq: Biol 312 or Permission

BIOL 454 Biochemistry II

Biol J454/J554 Biochemistry II (3 cr)

Biol 554 same as Chem 542. Intermediate biochemistry; areas of emphasis include molecular biology, nitrogen and lipid metabolism. Extra oral and/or written assignments required for grad credit. (Spring only)

Prereq: Chem 372; Biol 380 or Chem 302 or 306; or Permission

BIOL 456 Computer Skills for Biologists

Biol 456 Computer Skills for Biologists (3 cr)

Management and analysis of complicated datasets such as those in molecular evolution, systematics, and genomics. Demonstrations, exercises, and student projects to teach advanced Unix skills, programming (e.g. Perl and R), and data management. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students. (Fall, alt/even yrs)

Prereq: Biol 310 and Stat 251 or Stat 301; or Permission

BIOL 460 Advanced Field Botany

Biol J460/J560 Advanced Field Botany (3 cr)

Hands-on training in field botany as applied to evolutionary, ecological, and floristic studies; two-week field course in the Inland Northwest. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr. (Summer only)

Prereq: Instructor Permission

BIOL 461 Neurobiology

Biol 461 Neurobiology (3 cr)

Study of the nervous system, with an emphasis on mechanisms of neuronal signaling, the function of sensory and motorsystems, and neural development. Recommended: Phys 111, Phys 112, and Chem 275 or Chem 277. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students. (Fall, Alt/yrs)

Prereq: Biol 213, Biol 310, Biol 312, Gene 314, Biol 300, or Biol 380

BIOL 462 Molecular Parasitology

Biol J462/J562 Molecular Parasitology (3 cr)

Survey course exploring the cellular and molecular mechanisms utilized by human and animal parasites to develop, interact with their hosts and cause disease. Graduate students will have to produce a final written report or presentation on a research article. Recommended preparation: Biol 310 or Gene 314, and Biol J432/J532. (Spring only)

Prereq: Biol 154 or Biol 250; and Biol 300 or Biol 380; or Permission

BIOL 474 Principles of Developmental Biology

Biol 474 Principles of Developmental Biology (3 cr)

Analysis of mechanisms at cellular and molecular level during metazoan development. (Spring, Alt/yrs)

Prereq: Biol 114 and Biol 115/115L; or Biol 312

BIOL 478 Animal Behavior

Biol 478 Animal Behavior (3 cr)

Evolution, causation, development, and function of behavior in vertebrates and invertebrates. (Spring only)

Prereq: Biol 114 and Biol 115/115L

BIOL 482 Protein Structure and Function

Biol J482/J582 Protein Structure and Function (3 cr)

Detailed analysis of protein structure and function including enzyme activity, binding, folding and stability, and techniques for structure determination. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit. (Fall, alt/yrs)

Prereq for 482: Biol 380

BIOL 483 Mammalogy

Biol 483 Mammalogy (3 cr)

Evolution, systematics, distribution, and biology of mammals. Two lec and one 3-hr lab a wk; one field trip. (Fall only)

Prereq: Biol 114 and Biol 115/115L

BIOL 484 Invertebrate Zoology

Biol 484 Invertebrate Zoology (4 cr)

Morphology of freshwater, marine, and terrestrial invertebrates and phylogeny of major groups. Three lec and one 3-hr lab a wk.

Prereq: Biol 114 and Biol 115/115L

BIOL 485 Prokaryotic Molecular Biology

Biol J485/J585 Prokaryotic Molecular Biology (3 cr)

Current theory and experimental basis for prokaryotic DNA, RNA, and protein synthesis, gene regulation and cell wall metabolism. Extra oral and/or written assignments required for graduate credit. (Spring only)

Prereq: Biol 250 and Biol 380

BIOL 487 Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics

Biol J487/J587 Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics (3 cr)

Molecular basis of genetics in eukaryotes. Extra oral and/or written assignments required for graduate credit. Recommended preparation: Biol J485/J585 and PlSc J488/J588. (Fall only)

Prereq: Biol 380; and Biol 310 or Gene 314

BIOL 489 Herpetology

Biol 489 Herpetology (4 cr)

Evolution, systematics, physiology, and ecology of reptiles and amphibians. Three lectures and one 3-hr lab a wk; field trip. (Fall only)

Prereq: Biol 114 and Biol 115/115L

BIOL 491 Practicum in Teaching

Biol 491 Practicum in Teaching (2 cr)

Gen Ed: Senior Experience

Teaching by advanced students under faculty supervision.

Prereq: Permission

BIOL 495 Research in Molec/Cell/Dev Biology

Biol 495 Research in Molec/Cell/Dev Biology (cr arr)

Gen Ed: Senior Experience

Directed research in faculty laboratory.

Prereq: Permission

BIOL 496 Research in Ecology and Evolution

Biol 496 Research in Ecology and Evolution (cr arr)

Gen Ed: Senior Experience

Directed research in faculty laboratory.

Prereq: Permission

BIOL 497 Research in Anatomy and Physiology

Biol 497 Research in Anatomy and Physiology (cr arr)

Gen Ed: Senior Experience

Directed research in faculty laboratory.

Prereq: Permission

BIOL 499 Directed Study

Biol 499 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

BIOL 500 Master's Research and Thesis

Biol 500 Master's Research and Thesis (cr arr)

BIOL 501 Seminar

Biol 501 (s) Seminar (cr arr)

BIOL 502 Directed Study

Biol 502 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

BIOL 503 Workshop

Biol 503 (s) Workshop (cr arr)

BIOL 504 Special Topics

Biol 504 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

BIOL 505 Colloquium

Biol 505 Colloquium (1 cr)

Oral presentation reqd for cr. Graded P/F.

Prereq: Permission

BIOL 508 Topics in Neuroscience

Biol 508 Topics in Neuroscience (1 cr, max arr)

Seminars and discussion of current topics in neuroscience.

Prereq: Graduate standing

BIOL 521 Graduate Teaching Practicum

Biol 521 Graduate Teaching Practicum (3 cr)

Organization, preparation, and teaching of lab experiments or demonstrations under faculty supervision. Graded pass/fail.

Prereq: Graduate standing and Permission

BIOL 522 Molecular Evolution

Biol 522 Molecular Evolution (3 cr)

Understanding evolutionary processes and patterns at the molecular level, techniques for using genetic and genomic data understand evolutionary history of organisms, 3 lectures per week. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students. (Fall, alt/yrs)

Prereq: Undergraduates require permission of instructor

BIOL 524 Research & Curriculum Progress

Biol 524 Research and Curriculum Progress (1 cr, max arr)

Required of all graduate students one semester per year. The grade is based on preparation of an oral and written presentation of research goals and coursework for the completion of the degree. A letter grade is assigned by committee members at the time of the student's graduate committee meeting. Recommended preparation: Undergraduate degree in Microbiology, Biochemistry, or related topic.

Prereq: Permission

BIOL 532 Immunology

Biol 532 Immunology (3 cr)

See Biol J432/J532.

BIOL 533 Pathogenic Microbiology

Biol 533 Pathogenic Microbiology (3 cr)

See Biol J433/J533.

BIOL 536 Phylogenetics Reading Group

Biol 536 Phylogenetics Reading Group (1 cr)

Review recent articles in phylogenetics and systematics journals. Students choose, critically review, and discuss the articles to develop critical-thinking skills and confidence in their knowledge of the literature. Graded P/F. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

BIOL 541 Cellular and Molecular Basis of Disease

Biol 541 Cellular and Molecular Basis of Disease (3 cr)

Same as Biol J441/J541.

BIOL 545 Principles of Systematic Biology

Biol 545 Principles of Systematic Biology (3 cr)

The inference of evolutionary trees (phylogeny) and the processes that generate biodiversity from analyses of morphological, molecular, and behavioral data; uses of phylogenies in testing evolutionary and other hypotheses at both inter and intraspecific levels. Two hrs of lec and one 3-hr lab a wk. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students. (Spring, Alt/yrs)

Prereq: PlSc 205 or Biol 213 and Biol 310

BIOL 547 Virology

Biol 547 Virology (3 cr)

See Biol J447/J547.

BIOL 548 Evolutionary Ecology

Biol 548 Evolutionary Ecology (3 cr)

This course develops the theoretical underpinnings for the field of evolutionary ecology and illustrates how this conceptual basis is used to address major questions of social and economic importance such as the spread of invasive species and the evolution of infectious disease. This is a cooperative course available to WSU degree-seeking students. (Spring, alt/yrs)

BIOL 551 Seminar on Reproductive Biology

Biol 551 Seminar on Reproductive Biology (1 cr, max 5)

Current topics in reproductive biology. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students. (Spring only)

Prereq: Graduate standing

BIOL 552 Professional Development for Biologists

Biol 552 Professional Development for Biologists (3 cr)

Oral and written presentation skills for communicating scientific information, including grant writing and data presentation for manuscripts and seminars.

Prereq: Graduate standing

BIOL 553 Ethical Issues in Biological Research

Biol 553 Ethical Issues in Biological Research (1 cr)

Practical ethical issues for biologists.

Prereq: Graduate standing

BIOL 554 Biochemistry II

Biol 554 Biochemistry II (3 cr)

See Biol J454/J554.

BIOL 558 Reproductive Biology of Fishes

Biol 558 Reproductive Biology of Fishes (2 cr)

A graduate level course covering all aspects of the reproductive biology of fishes. The class will meet once per week for 2 hours; the first hour will be used for a formal lecture, the second hour will be used for informal student presentations/discussion of current literature topics or assigned readings in the field. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students. (Spring only, Alt/yrs)

BIOL 560 Advanced Field Botany

Biol 560 Advanced Field Botany (3 cr)

See Biol J460/J560.

BIOL 562 Molecular Parasitology

Biol 562 Molecular Parasitology (3 cr)

Same as Biol J462/J562.

BIOL 563 Mathematical Genetics

Biol 563 Mathematical Genetics (3 cr)

See Math 563.

BIOL 582 Protein Structure and Function

Biol 582 Protein Structure and Function (3 cr)

See Biol J482/J582.

BIOL 585 Prokaryotic Molecular Biology

Biol 585 Prokaryotic Molecular Biology (3 cr)

See Biol J485/J585.

BIOL 587 Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics

Biol 587 Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics (3 cr)

See Biol J487/J587.

BIOL 598 Internship

Biol 598 (s) Internship (cr arr)

BIOL 599 Non-thesis Master's Research

Biol 599 (s) Non-thesis Master's Research (cr arr)

BIOL 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation

Biol 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation (cr arr)