University Bulletin 2016-17

Biology

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  • BLY 101L
    Life Science I Laboratory
    1 cr

    Laboratory exercises associated with BLY 101. Together, BLY 101 and BLY 101L count as one laboratory science course, partially fulfilling general education requirements. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: BLY 101 Minimum Grade of D
  • BLY 102L
    Life Science II Lab
    1 cr

    Laboratory exercises associated with BLY 102. Together, BLY 102 and 102L count as one laboratory science course, partially fulfilling general education requirements. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: BLY 101 Minimum Grade of D and BLY 102 Minimum Grade of D
  • BLY 121L
    General Biology I Lab
    1 cr

    Laboratory exercises associated with BLY 121. Together, BLY 121 and BLY 121L count as one laboratory science course, partially fulfilling general education requirements. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: BLY 121 Minimum Grade of D or BLY 141 Minimum Grade of D
  • BLY 122L
    General Biology II Laboratory
    1 cr

    Laboratory exercises associated with BLY 122. Together, BLY 122 and 122L count as one laboratory science course, partially fulfilling general education requirements. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: (BLY 122 Minimum Grade of D or BLY 142 Minimum Grade of D) and (BLY 121 Minimum Grade of D or BLY 141 Minimum Grade of D)
  • BLY 134L
    Ocean Science Lab
    1 cr

    Lab experiences associated with BLY 134.

    Pre-requisite: BLY 134 Minimum Grade of D
  • BLY 101
    Life Science I
    3 cr

    The first of a two-semester sequence designed for the non-major. The basic principles of biological phenomena are emphasized by examples relating to the human. Cell structure and function, energy and organ systems are studied.

  • BLY 102
    Life Science II
    3 cr

    A continuation of BLY 101. Organ systems, cell reproduction, plant and animal development, heredity, evolution, and ecology area studied.

    Pre-requisite: BLY 101 Minimum Grade of D
  • BLY 121
    General Biology I
    3 cr

    A study of general biological principles, including the chemical basis of life; cellular biology, including cell structure and metabolism, genetics, microevolution; and a survey of simple organisms, including bacteria, protists and fungi.

    Pre-requisite: ACT Math 22 or CH 100 Minimum Grade of D or CH 131 Minimum Grade of D or BLY 101 Minimum Grade of C
  • BLY 122
    General Biology II
    3 cr

    A study of plants, major invertebrate phyla, vertebrate morphology, plant and animal physiology, animal behavior, macroevolution and ecology. Core course.

    Pre-requisite: BLY 121 Minimum Grade of D or BLY 141 Minimum Grade of D
  • BLY 134
    Ocean Science
    3 cr

    An introduction to physical, chemical, and biological oceanography.

    Pre-requisite: BLY 101 Minimum Grade of D
  • BLY 205
    Intro Environmental Sci
    3 cr

    Environmental science, including the fundamentals required to understand how ecosystems work, how environmental modifications affect ecosystems and living things, and how living things affect their environment. Topics to be emphasized include the effects of pollution, habitat modification and other environmental changes, on ecosystems, plants, wildlife, man, outdoor recreation and the future. Public health and medical effects will also be considered. Many topics covered are of special significance to this region: wetlands, the effects of dredging and filling, artificial lake construction, development, agricultural and forestry practices on ecosystems, plants and animals. Requires college biology, or permission of instructor.

    Pre-requisite: BLY 101 Minimum Grade of D
  • BLY 207
    Biology of Aging
    3 cr

    A descriptive review of processes of aging. Emphasis is placed on studying structural and functional changes that could occur with increase in chronological age. Usually taught in the fall, spring and summer terms.

    Pre-requisite: BLY 101 Minimum Grade of D
  • BLY 213
    Microbiology
    3 cr

    A survey of bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses with emphasis on host-microbe interactions, immune responses, and control mechanisms.

    Pre-requisite: BLY 101 Minimum Grade of D
  • BLY 214
    Lab Studies Microbiology
    1 cr

    A series of laboratory experiments designed to provide practical experiments in basic microbial techniques.

    Pre-requisite: (BLY 213 Minimum Grade of D or BMD 210 Minimum Grade of D)
  • BLY 301
    Cell Biology
    3 cr

    A course designed to integrate cell structure and function: the study of the ultrastructure, organization, physiology, genetics, and other functions of the cell. Core course.

    Pre-requisite: BLY 121 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 122 Minimum Grade of C and CH 131 Minimum Grade of D
  • BLY 302
    Genetics
    3 cr

    An introduction to both classical and modern genetic concepts and theory, with an emphasis on problem-solving. Topics covered include Mendelian genetics, molecular genetics, and evolutionary genetics. Core course.

    Pre-requisite: BLY 121 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 122 Minimum Grade of C and CH 131 Minimum Grade of D
  • BLY 303
    Ecology and Evolution
    3 cr

    Introduction to the fundamental concepts of ecology and evolution, with emphasis on their status as interrelated, central organizing principles of biology. Major topics will include community structure, biotic and abiotic interactions, mechanisms of evolution, adaption, and phylogenetics. Theoretical and practical issues will be addressed. Core course.

    Pre-requisite: BLY 121 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 122 Minimum Grade of C and CH 131 Minimum Grade of D
  • BLY 314
    Molecular Microbiology - W
    4 cr

    Study of procaryotic and eucaryotic microorganisms and their relationship to their environment. Molecular, genetic and biochemical aspects of each will be emphasized.

    Pre-requisite: EH 102 Minimum Grade of C and CH 131 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C
  • BLY 332
    Biology of Algae
    4 cr

    A survey of non-vascular plants: algae, fungi, liverworts, and mosses, with emphasis on morphology and taxonomy.

    Pre-requisite: (BLY 121 Minimum Grade of D or BLY 141 Minimum Grade of D) and (BLY 122 Minimum Grade of D or BLY 142 Minimum Grade of D) and (BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 341 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 311 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 325 Minimum Grade of C)
  • BLY 342
    Experimental Cell Biology-W
    2 cr

    Laboratory experience with instrumentation and techniques utilized in modern cell biology research including organellar isolation, enzyme assay, protein analysis, and microscope techniques. Students develop and conduct group projects.

    Pre-requisite: BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C
  • BLY 350
    Human Physiology
    3 cr

    The function and regulation of the organ systems of the body and physiological integration of the systems to maintain homeostasis. Course content will include neural and hormonal homeostatic control mechanisms, and study of the musculoskeletal, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, immune, reproductive, and endocrine systems.

    Pre-requisite: (BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 341 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 311 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 325 Minimum Grade of C) and CH 115 Minimum Grade of C or (CH 131 Minimum Grade of C and CH 131L Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 121 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 141 Minimum Grade of C) and BLY 121L Minimum Grade of C and (BLY 122 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 142 Minimum Grade of C) and BLY 122L Minimum Grade of C
  • BLY 352
    Biol Terrestrial Verts - W
    4 cr

    Evolution, characteristics, classification, life history, ecology, and behavior of amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Laboratory and field work emphasize local species.

    Pre-requisite: BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C
  • BLY 354
    General Entomology
    4 cr

    Classification and habits of insects, including collection, preservation, and identification of those occurring in south Alabama.

    Pre-requisite: BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C
  • BLY 360
    Invertebrate Zoology
    4 cr

    Detailed study of the invertebrate phyla, taxonomy, ecology and phylogenetic relationship. Terrestrial, fresh-water, and marine forms are studied.

    Pre-requisite: BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C
  • BLY 363
    Vertebrate Embryology
    4 cr

    Avian and amphibian histogenesis and organogenesis from fertilization to time of histological maturity.

    Pre-requisite: BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C
  • BLY 367
    Marine Biology
    4 cr

    A general survey of marine plants, invertebrates and vertebrates, the communities they form and the physical and chemical factors that influence them. Field trips include marsh, seagrass, and dune habitats. Sampling from research vessels and laboratory exercises will serve to introduce students to the diversity of marine habitats and organisms. Organisms will be identified using dichotomous keys. Participation in overnight field trips is a part of this course. Snorkeling gear is required.

    Pre-requisite: (BLY 121 Minimum Grade of D or BLY 141 Minimum Grade of D) and (BLY 122 Minimum Grade of D or BLY 142 Minimum Grade of D) and (BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 341 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 311 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 325 Minimum Grade of C) and (CH 115 Minimum Grade of D or CH 131 Minimum Grade of D) and (CH 116 Minimum Grade of D or CH 132 Minimum Grade of D)
  • BLY 368
    Dolphins and Whales
    2 cr

    Classification, anatomy, and ecology of cetaceans and manatees. Course offered only through Marine Environmental Science Consortium (DISL). Offered during the summer term.

    Pre-requisite: (BLY 121 Minimum Grade of D or BLY 141 Minimum Grade of D) and (BLY 122 Minimum Grade of D or BLY 142 Minimum Grade of D) and (BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 341 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 311 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 325 Minimum Grade of C)
  • BLY 369
    Blgy/Conserv Marine Turtles
    2 cr

    Introductory course providing an overview of the biology and conservation of marine turtles. The course will culminate with a multi-day field trip to sea turtle nesting beaches and foraging grounds in the southeastern U.S. Class also will visit sea turtle research and rehabilitation facilities. Course offered only through Marine Environmental Science Consortium (DISL). Offered during the summer term. Special fees apply and will be posted on the website: www.disl.org

    Pre-requisite: (BLY 121 Minimum Grade of D or BLY 141 Minimum Grade of D) and (BLY 122 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 142 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 341 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 311 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 325 Minimum Grade of C)
  • BLY 370
    Marine Aquaculture
    2 cr

    Techniques and issues involved with the commercial culture of marine organisms including nutrition, reproductive biology, production, water quality, processing, marketing, and economics. Course offered only through Marine Environmental Science Consortium (DISL). Offered during the summer term.

    Pre-requisite: (BLY 121 Minimum Grade of D or BLY 141 Minimum Grade of D) and (BLY 122 Minimum Grade of D or BLY 142 Minimum Grade of D) and (BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 341 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 311 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 325 Minimum Grade of C)
  • BLY 371
    Shark and Ray Biology
    2 cr

    This course will provide an introduction to the biology of sharks and rays, with special emphasis on regional shark fauna and field techniques. Lectures will be supplemented with discussions of papers from the primary literature to familiarize students with current research; in addition, longline and gillnet sampling will provide students with first hand knowledge of field techniques and local shark identification. Course offered only through Marine Environmental Science Consortium (DISL). Offered during the summer term.

    Pre-requisite: (BLY 121 Minimum Grade of D or BLY 141 Minimum Grade of D) or (BLY 122 Minimum Grade of D or BLY 142 Minimum Grade of D) and (BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 341 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 311 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 325 Minimum Grade of C)
  • BLY 372
    Coastal Birds of Alabama
    2 cr

    An introductory-level, field-based course covering identification, population dynamics and behavior of coastal avian fauna. Field trips will be taken to local coastal ecosystems and island rookeries. Course offered only through Marine Environmental Science Consortium (DISL). Offered during the summer term.

    Pre-requisite: (BLY 121 Minimum Grade of D or BLY 141 Minimum Grade of D) and (BLY 122 Minimum Grade of D or BLY 142 Minimum Grade of D) and (BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 341 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 311 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 325 Minimum Grade of C)
  • BLY 414
    Expt Bacterial Genomics - W
    4 cr

    An integrated lab-lecture course utilizing real-world research experiences to explore the molecular genetics and genomics of bacteria. Students will be directly involved in the design, execution, analysis, and presentation of group research projects determining the function of genes from completed microbial genomes. A basic foundation in microbiology and genetics is required for this course.

    Pre-requisite: BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 314 Minimum Grade of C and EH 101 Minimum Grade of C and EH 102 Minimum Grade of C
  • BLY 425
    Chemical Ecology - W
    3 cr

    This class focuses on chemically mediated interactions between, among, and within organisms in both the aquatic and terrestrial environments. The topics covered include: chemoreception, chemical defense, chemical attraction, and the impact of chemical ecology on humans. This course includes a writing component. Students will gain experience in critical analysis, research development, grant writing, and computer-based presentation.

    Pre-requisite: (BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 341 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 311 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 325 Minimum Grade of C)
  • BLY 426
    Freshwater Ecology
    3 cr

    This course examines four aspects of freshwater ecology; physical and chemical properties of water, biotic communities, links among freshwater systems, and human influence on freshwater ecosystems. Students will be required to submit a collection of local freshwater invertebrates.

    Pre-requisite: (BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 341 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 311 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 325 Minimum Grade of C)
  • BLY 430
    Marine Botany
    4 cr

    A general survey of marine algae and vascular and non-vascular plants associated with the marine environment. Distribution, identification, structure, ecology, and reproduction will be considered. Course offered only through Marine Environmental Science Consortium (DISL). Offered during the summer term.

    Pre-requisite: (BLY 121 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 141 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 122 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 142 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 341 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 311 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 325 Minimum Grade of C)
  • BLY 431
    Plant Physiology - W
    4 cr

    An integrative study of higher plant functions. This course includes a study of water relations, plant biochemistry, plant development, and plant-environmental interactions.

    Pre-requisite: BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C and CH 132 Minimum Grade of D
  • BLY 432
    Morphology Vascular Plants
    4 cr

    Morphological features and possible relationships of psilophytes, club mosses, horsetails, ferns, and seed plants. Illustrated whenever feasible with local plants.

    Pre-requisite: BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C
  • BLY 433
    Evolution of Vascular Plants
    4 cr

    A survey of the systematics, taxonomy, and structure of the major groups of vascular plants. Fossil plants (paleobotany) will also be covered where relevant. Many labs are outdoors and focus on plant structure and identification utilizing the rich local flora.

    Pre-requisite: BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C
  • BLY 435
    Biology of Fungi
    4 cr

    Identification and morphology of fungi with some emphasis on their relation to human affairs. Collection required.

    Pre-requisite: (BLY 121 Minimum Grade of D or BLY 141 Minimum Grade of D) and (BLY 122 Minimum Grade of D or BLY 142 Minimum Grade of D) and (BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 341 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 311 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 325 Minimum Grade of C)
  • BLY 436
    Animal Physiology - W
    4 cr

    This class will take a comparative approach to animal physiology. Comparisons of structural and functional relationships in the body systems of invertebrates and vertebrates, including humans, will be made. A basic foundation in chemistry and cell biology is required for this course. This course incorporates writing and computer components. Students will gain experience in critical analysis, research development and analysis, word processing, computer based statistical and graphical analysis, and in computer based presentation programs. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: (BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 341 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 311 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 325 Minimum Grade of C)
  • BLY 440
    Biochemistry I
    3 cr

    Study of the fundamental biochemical concepts; emphasis is placed on protein, carbohydrate, and lipid structure as related to their functional behavior; enzymes kinetics and mechanisms of action; thermodynamic relationships in biochemical systems. Offered only in Fall term. Cross-listed with CH 440.

    Pre-requisite: CH 202 Minimum Grade of D and BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C
  • BLY 441
    Biochemistry II
    3 cr

    Study of the reaction and regulations of intermediary metabolism; the biochemistry of genetics systems to include regulatory mechanisms and protein synthesis. Offered only in Spring term. Cross-listed with CH 441.

    Pre-requisite: BLY 440 Minimum Grade of D or CH 440 Minimum Grade of D
  • BLY 443
    Lab Studies Biochemistry
    2 cr

    Course familiarizes the student with basic laboratory techniques commonly employed in biochemical research. Offered only in Spring term. Cross-listed with CH 443. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: (BLY 440 Minimum Grade of D or CH 440 Minimum Grade of D) and (BLY 441 Minimum Grade of D or CH 441 Minimum Grade of D)
  • BLY 445
    Computational Genetics-W
    3 cr

    An ever growing body of online genetic datasets and publically available software makes basic informatic analysis of genetic systems no longer restricted to programmers. Utilizing the principle online resources employed by researchers today, this course will provide advanced undergraduates with a solid foundation in computational biology as well as the competency to independently evaluate emerging resources in the future. Students enrolled in this course will gain real world experience in the application of informatic techniques through participating in an actual collaborative research analysis and through directly contributing to a peer-reviewed manuscript reporting their results. Requires permission of instructor.

    Pre-requisite: BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C
  • BLY 450
    Animal Behavior
    4 cr

    Course examines animal behavior from a biological and empirical viewpoint, with an emphasis on behavioral adaptations of animals to their environment. Orientation, migration, rhythms, communication, territoriality, social and courtship behaviors will be considered within the context of ecology and evolution.

    Pre-requisite: BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C
  • BLY 451
    Marine Vertebrate Zoology
    4 cr

    A study of marine vertebrates, with emphasis on fishes; their systematics, zoogeography, and ecology. Course offered only through Marine Environmental Science Consortium (DISL). Offered during the summer term.

    Pre-requisite: (BLY 121 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 141 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 122 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 142 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 341 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 311 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 325 Minimum Grade of C)
  • BLY 452
    Marine Mammals
    4 cr

    This is a marine field course designed to engage students in the collection, identification, and preservation of parasites of marine vertebrates and invertebrates. Each student will be required to submit a collection of parasites taken from beach, barrier island, estuarine, and pelagic (10-200km) offshore localities.

    Pre-requisite: BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C
  • BLY 455
    Ornithology - W
    4 cr

    Principles of classification, structure, distribution, migration, natural history and adaptations of birds within an ecological context. Field & laboratory identification of birds by habitat, size, form, color, and sound. Some field activities may occur at times other than regularly scheduled laboratory hours.

    Pre-requisite: BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C
  • BLY 459
    General Parasitology
    4 cr

    Ecology and evolution of parasites and a survey of all major parasitic groups.

    Pre-requisite: (BLY 121 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 141 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 122 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 142 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 341 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 311 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 325 Minimum Grade of C)
  • BLY 466
    Introduction to Neurobiology
    3 cr

    Neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of marine invertebrates and vertebrates. Topics include resting and action potentials, synaptic transmission, neurotransmitters, sensory transduction, muscle innervation, sensorimotor transformations, and the neurophysiological basis of behavior. Course offered only through Marine Environmental Science Consortium (DISL). Offered during the summer term.

    Pre-requisite: (BLY 121 Minimum Grade of D or BLY 141 Minimum Grade of D) and (BLY 122 Minimum Grade of D or BLY 142 Minimum Grade of D) and (BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 341 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 311 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 325 Minimum Grade of C)
  • BLY 470
    Herpetology
    4 cr

    A field course that emphasizes the ecology, evolution, natural history, characteristics, structure, function, geographic distribution, behavior, and systematics of amphibians and reptiles. Course includes structured writing assignments and focuses on good writing skills and forms. Laboratory and field work emphasize identification of specimens by name, habitat, and characteristics. Some field activities will occur at times other than the scheduled laboratory hours.

    Pre-requisite: BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C
  • BLY 471
    Mar Invertebrate Zoology
    4 cr

    A study of the natural history, systematics, and morphology of marine invertebrates. Course offered only through Marine Environmental Science Consortium (DISL). Offered during the summer term.

    Pre-requisite: (BLY 121 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 141 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 122 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 142 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 341 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 311 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 325 Minimum Grade of C)
  • BLY 472
    Marine Behavioral Ecology
    4 cr

    The ecological and evolutionary significance of animal behaviors in the marine environment. Exercises will include analysis of data collected from laboratory and field experiments. Statistics recommended. Course offered only through Marine Environmental Science Consortium (DISL). Offered during the summer term.

    Pre-requisite: (BLY 121 Minimum Grade of D or BLY 141 Minimum Grade of D) and (BLY 122 Minimum Grade of D or BLY 142 Minimum Grade of D) and (BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 341 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 311 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 325 Minimum Grade of C)
  • BLY 474
    Intro to Oceanography
    4 cr

    A general introduction to the oceans, with emphasis on chemical, physical, and geological processes and their relation to biological systems. Course offered only through Marine Environmental Science Consortium (DISL). Offered during the summer term.

    Pre-requisite: (BLY 121 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 141 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 122 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 142 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 341 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 311 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 325 Minimum Grade of C)
  • BLY 475
    Marine Ecology
    4 cr

    The relationship of marine organisms to their environment. Course offered only through Marine Environmental Science Consortium (DISL). Offered during the summer term.

    Pre-requisite: (BLY 121 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 141 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 122 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 142 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 341 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 311 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 325 Minimum Grade of C)
  • BLY 478
    Marsh Ecology
    4 cr

    Study of the floral and faunal elements of various coastal and near-coastal marsh communities and the interaction with the environment. The course will focus upon the main indicators of marsh wetlands (vegetation, soil, and hydrology), how they interact to form functional wetlands, and how these wetlands are linked to the estuaries and seas beyond. Attention will be given to identification of indicators for the delineation of jurisdictional wetlands accounting to current federal guidelines. Participation in overnight field trips is part of this course. Course offered only through Marine Environmental Science Consortium (DISL). Offered during the summer term.

    Pre-requisite: BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C
  • BLY 483
    Field Marine Science
    1 TO 4 cr

    Course consists of a 10-day field exercise in the tropical southeastern Gulf of Mexico (Florida Keys) and the temperate north Atlantic. Sites alternate annually. Faculty members with diverse interest accompany the students, participate in pre-trip readings and discussion sessions and evaluate the product developed by each student. Course offered only through Marine Environmental Science Consortium (DISL). Offered during the summer term. Requires Senior or Graduate standing in a major related to Marine Sciences and permission of instructor.

    Pre-requisite: BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C
  • BLY 484
    Conservation Biology
    3 cr

    The study of preserving biodiversity and sustaining ecosystems using a multidisciplinary approach. Primary emphasis will focus on the development of strategies for preservation and management using scientific principles and theory.

    Pre-requisite: (BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 341 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 311 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 325 Minimum Grade of C)
  • BLY 485
    Evolutionary Biology
    3 cr

    The study of mechanisms and historical patterns of evolutionary change in biological systems ranging from genes to phylogeny.

    Pre-requisite: (BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 341 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 311 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 325 Minimum Grade of C)
  • BLY 490
    Special Topics -
    1 TO 4 cr

    Small interested groups of students will study specialized topics not generally listed in the course offerings. Faculty and visiting professors will offer courses in their areas of specialization. This course may be taken more than once if the topic changes for a total of eight hours. Requires permission of the department.

    Pre-requisite: BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C
  • BLY 494
    Directed Studies -
    1 TO 4 cr

    Course is designed to enable the capable student to pursue independent research under the direction of a member of the faculty. Six hours of credit can be used to satisfy the 37 credit hours for the Biology major. Requires permission of the department chair.

    Pre-requisite: BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C
  • BLY 499
    Honors Research in Biology-H-W
    1 TO 6 cr

    Experience in planning, conducting, and reporting a research project under the direction of the faculty. Requires overall GPA 3.0, Biology GPA 3.5, and permission of the faculty. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: (BLY 121 Minimum Grade of D or BLY 141 Minimum Grade of D) and (BLY 122 Minimum Grade of D or BLY 142 Minimum Grade of D) and (CH 115 Minimum Grade of D or CH 131 Minimum Grade of D) and (CH 116 Minimum Grade of D or CH 132 Minimum Grade of D)
  • BLY 510
    Prof in Science
    3 cr

    The overall goal for this course to convey expectations and important "survival skills" required to succeed in the competitive world of science. Emphasis is placed on grant writing, publications, tenure and promotion, collegiality, productivity creativity, building a CV, alternative paths, and achieving balance between the professional and private life.

  • BLY 511
    Developmental Biology
    3 cr

    The genetic and biochemical interactions present in the early embryonic development of higher organisms. Emphasis is on animal development.

    Pre-requisite: (BLY 302 Minimum Grade of D or BLY 311 Minimum Grade of D) and (BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 341 Minimum Grade of C) and BLY 363 Minimum Grade of D
  • BLY 515
    Ecotoxicology
    4 cr

    The impact of chemicals as toxic agents on ecosystems. Students will understand types, sources, and effects of environmental toxicants, methods of testing and interpretation, and regulation of environmental toxicants. This material will be presented in the context of ecosystem health rather than human health. This is a core course for MS degree students in the Environmental Toxicology program.

  • BLY 520
    Biometry
    4 cr

    The application of statistical methodology, both univariate and multivariate techniques, to the solution of biological problems. This course is not designed as a substitute for instruction in statistics, but rather to complement previous course work. The laboratory will involve the use of PC computers to perform procedures on biological data and subsequent interpretation of the results. Prerequisites can be waived at the discretion of the instructor.

    Pre-requisite: (BLY 121 Minimum Grade of D or BLY 141 Minimum Grade of D) and (BLY 122 Minimum Grade of D or BLY 142 Minimum Grade of D) and (ST 175 Minimum Grade of D or ST 210 Minimum Grade of D or ST 540 Minimum Grade of C)
  • BLY 525
    Chemical Ecology
    3 cr

    Chemical Ecology focuses on chemically mediated interactions within organisms in both aquatic and terrestrial environments. The topics covered include: chemoreception, chemical defense, chemical attraction, and the impact of chemical ecology on humans. Students will gain experience in critical analysis, research development, grant writing, and computer-based presentation. Requires permission of instructor.

    Pre-requisite: (BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 341 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 311 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 325 Minimum Grade of C) and (CH 201 Minimum Grade of C or CH 222 Minimum Grade of C)
  • BLY 526
    Freshwater Ecology
    3 cr

    Course examines four aspects of freshwater ecology: physical and chemical properties of water, biotic communities, links among freshwater systems, and human influences on freshwater ecosystems. Students will be required to submit a collection of local freshwater invertebrates. Prerequisite: Ecology (equivalent to BLY 303). This prerequisite may be waived at the discretion of the instructor. Dual listed with BLY 426.

    Pre-requisite: BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C
  • BLY 530
    Marine Microbial Ecology
    3 cr

    A general survey of the types of microorganisms found in the marine environment. Emphasis will be on the interaction of microorganisms with each other and with their environment. In particular, the role of microorganisms in the carbon cycling and biogeochemical processes will be stressed. Readings from current literature will expose students to the latest techniques and research.

  • BLY 533
    Topics in Parasitology
    3 cr

    Theoretical aspects of parasite ecology, evolution, and physiology, with emphasis on current literature.

  • BLY 534
    Plant Physiological Ecology
    3 cr

    This course is an investigation into how plants function in their environment and is designed to meet the needs of students majoring in biology, ecology and/or various disciplines in plant biology. This course explores plant biology, plant-animal interactions, as well as, principles of ecology and evolution.

    Pre-requisite: (BLY 121 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 141 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 122 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 142 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 301 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 341 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 311 Minimum Grade of C) and (BLY 303 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 325 Minimum Grade of C)
  • BLY 535
    Biology of Fungi
    4 cr

    Identification and morphology of fungi with some emphasis on their relation to human affairs. Collection required. Credit for both BLY 535 and 435 is not allowed.

  • BLY 540
    Biochemistry I
    3 cr

    Study of the fundamental biochemical concepts; emphasis is placed on protein, carbohydrate, and lipid structure as related to their functional behavior; enzymes kinetics and mechanisms of action; thermodynamic relationships in biochemical systems. Offered only in Fall term. Cross-listed with CH 540.

    Pre-requisite: (CH 201 Minimum Grade of D or CH 222 Minimum Grade of D) and (CH 202 Minimum Grade of D or CH 223 Minimum Grade of D)
  • BLY 541
    Biochemistry II
    3 cr

    Study of the reaction and regulations of intermediary metabolism; the biochemistry of genetics systems to include regulatory mechanisms and protein synthesis. Offered only in Spring term. Cross-listed with CH 541.

    Pre-requisite: BLY 540 Minimum Grade of B
  • BLY 543
    Lab Studies Biochemistry
    2 cr

    Course familiarizes the student with basic laboratory techniques commonly employed in biochemical research. Offered only in Spring term. Cross-listed with CH 543. Fee.

    Pre-requisite: BLY 440 Minimum Grade of D or BLY 441 Minimum Grade of D or BLY 540 Minimum Grade of B or BLY 541 Minimum Grade of B
  • BLY 544
    Molecular Biology
    3 cr

    BLY 544 is a graduate course that covers the basic mechanisms by which organisms utilize, maintain and duplicate their genetic information. Topics to be covered include: organization of genes, the mechanisms and regulation of transcription, RNA processing and translation, the packaging of DNA as chromatin and its impact on gene expression, DNA replication, recombination and repair, and genomics and proteomics.

  • BLY 545
    Bioinformatics of Genetics
    1 cr

    The sequencing of whole genomes and the analysis of genetic information continues fundamentally change biological and medical research. Recent advances in high-throughput sequencing have generated massive amounts of largely untapped genetic information. Utilizing the principal online resources employed by researchers today, this course will provide graduate students with a solid bioinformatic foundation to analyze current sequencing data sets, as well as the competency to independently evaluate emerging computational resources in the future.

    Pre-requisite: BLY 302 Minimum Grade of C or BLY 311 Minimum Grade of C
  • BLY 550
    Animal Behavior
    4 cr

    This course will examine animal behavior from a biological and empirical viewpoint, with an emphasis on behavioral adaptations of animals to their environment. Orientation, migration, rhythms, communication, territoriality, social and courtship behaviors will be considered within the context of ecology and evolution. Credit for both BLY 450 and BLY 550 is not allowed.

  • BLY 551
    Marine Vertebrate Zoology
    4 cr

    A study of marine vertebrates with emphasis on fishes; their systematics, zoogeography, and ecology. Students will have an opportunity to assemble a collection of vertebrate species. Course offered only through Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium. Credit for both BLY 551 and BLY 451 is not allowed.

  • BLY 554
    Advanced Entomology
    4 cr

    Course emphasizes form, function, classification, behavior, taxonomy and evolution of insects. In addition, the student is required to make an insect collection of adult and immature insects.

  • BLY 566
    Introduction to Neurobiology
    4 cr

    Neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of marine invertebrates and vertebrates. Topics include resting and action potentials, synaptic transmission, neurotransmitters, sensory transduction, muscle innervation, sensorimotor transformations, and the neurophysiological basis of behavior. Credit for BLY 566 and 466 is not allowed.

    Pre-requisite: ( (BLY 121 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 121L Minimum Grade of C) or BLY 141 Minimum Grade of C) and ( (BLY 122 Minimum Grade of C and (BLY 122L Minimum Grade of C) or BLY 142 Minimum Grade of C)
  • BLY 570
    Herpetology
    4 cr

    A field course that emphasizes the ecology, evolution, natural history, characteristics, structure, function, geographic distribution, behavior, and systematics of amphibians and reptiles. Course includes structured writing assignments and focuses on good writing skills and forms. Laboratory and field work emphasize identification of specimens by name, habitat, and characteristics. Some field activities will occur at times other than the scheduled laboratory hours. Oral classroom presentations required. Credit for BLY 470 and BLY 570 is not allowed.

  • BLY 571
    Marine Invertebrate Zoology
    4 cr

    A study of the natural history, systematics and morphology of marine invertebrates. Credit for both BLY 571 and BLY 471 is not allowed.

  • BLY 572
    Marine Behavioral Ecology
    4 cr

    The ecological and evolutionary significance of animal behaviors in the marine environment. Exercises will include analysis of data collected from laboratory and field experiments. Statistics recommended. Credit for BLY 572 and BLY 472 is not allowed.

    Pre-requisite: (BLY 122 Minimum Grade of C and BLY 122L Minimum Grade of C) or BLY 142 Minimum Grade of C
  • BLY 573
    Oceanol Gulf of Mexico
    3 cr

    A descriptive study of the oceanology of the Gulf of Mexico, and adjacent waters, including coastal zone, continental shelf, and deep ocean.

  • BLY 575
    Marine Ecology
    4 cr

    Their relationship of marine organisms to their environment. Credit for both BLY 575 and BLY 475 is not allowed.

  • BLY 583
    Field Marine Science I
    1 TO 4 cr

    The Field Marine Science course will consist of an 8 - 12 day field exercise in representative coastal sites. The field exercise is conducted in the term break prior to the term of registration for the course. Faculty members with diverse interests will accompany the students, participate in pre-trip discussions and evaluate the product developed by each student. The course is designed to familiarize students with habitats and research conditions different from those they experience on the Northern Gulf Coast. Field trip locations are selected on the basis of faculty and student interest, economics, and availability of logistical support. Students pay their room and board costs for the field exercise. The course is primarily for graduate students, but advanced undergraduates may enroll with consent of instructor. Both BLY 483/583 and 488/588 may be taken for credit when each is taught in a different environment.

  • BLY 585
    Evolutionary Biology
    3 cr

    The study of mechanisms and historical patterns of evolutionary change in biological systems ranging from genes to phylogeny.

  • BLY 589
    Marine Plankton
    3 cr

    The course familiarizes the student with the taxonomic breadth of phytoplankton, bacterioplankton and zooplankton in estuaries, coastal seas and open oceans. Though the focus is on taxonomic familiarization, basic biology of all major taxa, represented in the plankton will be covered. Students will learn fundamental, as well as "cutting-edge", field, lab, and statistical techniques.

  • BLY 590
    Special Topics -
    1 TO 4 cr

    Small, interested groups of students will study specialized topics not generally listed in the course offerings. Faculty and visiting professors will offer courses in their areas of specialization. This course may be taken more than once if the topic changes for a total of eight hours. Requires permission of the department.

  • BLY 592
    Seminar
    1 cr

    Recent research in areas of special academic interest to students and faculty.

  • BLY 594
    Directed Studies -
    1 TO 4 cr

    Independent research under the direction of a member of the graduate faculty. A maximum of six credits may be used to meet degree requirements. Permission of instructor required.

  • BLY 599
    Thesis
    1 TO 4 cr

    Requires approval of research prospectus by student's graduate committee.