Biology Courses

Biology (BIO) courses

  • BIO 601 Natural History Museum Techniques

    Techniques in the development of natural history museum displays including making models, design of displays, writing educational text, and other techniques. Course will be taught off-site at the Bull Shoals Field Station and Chase Studio. May be taught concurrently with BIO 501. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 601 and BIO 501.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 605 Human Nature

    Recommended Prerequisite: general biology with evolution; genetics; college algebra; and introductory psychology. A survey of current biological research on the behavioral, psychological, and cognitive dimensions of human biology. This course emphasizes the evolution and function of human social behaviors and value systems, but also addresses the genetics of human psychological diversity, the genetics of human-ape divergence, and the neurobiology of human cognition. May be taught concurrently with BIO 505. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 605 and BIO 505.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 608 Environmental Microbiology

    Recommended Prerequisite: microbiology. The study of the ecology of microorganisms and the applied use of microorganisms by man in the environment. Laboratory will emphasize current methods used in the field of environmental microbiology. May be taught concurrently with BIO 508. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 508 and BIO 608.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 609 Stream Ecology

    Recommended Prerequisite: ecology course and one year of college chemistry. The interdisciplinary study of running waters, including study of the physical and chemical environment, trophic interactions, nutrient cycling, and the multiple impacts of humans on modifying these systems. Lectures, group discussion of readings, and laboratory and field exercises. One all-day Saturday field trip required. May be taught concurrently with BIO 509. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 509 and BIO 609.

    Credit hours:
    4
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    4

    Typically offered: Spring (odd-numbered years)

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 611 Immunology

    Recommended Prerequisite: microbiology or molecular/cellular biology. A study of the immune system with emphasis on molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying host-microbe interactions, allergy, transplant rejection, cancer surveillance, and autoimmune disease. Laboratory emphasis on techniques used to address research and diagnostic problems. Supplemental course fee. May be taught concurrently with BIO 511. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 511 and BIO 611.

    Credit hours:
    4
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 613 Industrial Microbiology

    Recommended Prerequisite: microbiology course. An introduction to the fundamental concepts of industrial and applied microbiology. The industrial production of proteins, metabolites, polymers, biocides, and vaccines will be discussed in addition to biotransformations and environmental applications. Production improvement strategies that employ both physical and modern molecular techniques will be introduced. Laboratory will emphasize the selection of industrially important microorganisms, the theory and operation of a fermentor for the production of proteins, antibiotics, and steroids, use of analytical equipment for monitoring product formation, enzymes analysis, downstream processing, and bio-reactor construction and design. May be taught concurrently with BIO 512. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 512 and BIO 613.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 616 Evolution

    Recommended Prerequisite: genetics course; and college algebra or pre-calculus mathematics course. A survey of modern evolutionary biology, including the evidence that supports the theory of evolution, the natural processes that cause evolution, patterns and mechanisms of speciation, and methods for estimating evolutionary relationships. May be taught concurrently with BIO 515. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 515 and BIO 616.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 617 Microbial Physiology and Metabolism

    Recommended Prerequisite: microbiology course and organic chemistry course. Physiology and anatomy of microorganisms including adaptive responses to environmental changes and microbial metabolic diversity will be discussed. Laboratory will emphasize selective isolation and identification of microorganisms, the growth dynamics of microorganisms, and responses by microorganisms to environmental changes. May be taught concurrently with BIO 517. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 517 and BIO 617.

    Credit hours:
    4
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    4

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 618 Regulatory Mechanisms

    Recommended Prerequisite: genetics, molecular/cellular biology, microbiology, or biochemistry. The regulation of gene expression and protein/enzyme activity in prokaryotes, eukaryotes and viruses. A content-based lecture and discussion course utilizing both textbook and primary literature. May be taught concurrently with BIO 518. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 618 and BIO 518.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 620 Pathogenic Microbiology

    Recommended Prerequisite: microbiology course. Fundamental principles of pathogenic microbiology; transmission, infection and control of the pathogen. May be taught concurrently with BIO 520. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 520 and BIO 620.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 621 Marine Science for Teachers I

    Prerequisite: 12 hours in biology.

    Recommended Prerequisite: genetics course. A course designed to introduce students, particularly inservice teachers, to the study of marine science and to promote the teaching of marine biology at all grade levels. Must be taken at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi. May be taught concurrently with BIO 521. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 521 and BIO 621.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Summer

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 623 Marine Science for Teachers I Lab

    Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in BIO 621.

    Laboratory portion of BIO 621. Must be taken at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi. May be taught concurrently with BIO 522. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 522 and BIO 623.

    Credit hours:
    1
    Lecture contact hours:
    0
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Summer

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 627 Field Biology

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    Field work during an extended field trip to a specific region of North America to familiarize the student with the flora and/or fauna of that region. Course is scheduled irregularly during academic breaks and may be preceded by several lectures in preparation for the trip. May be repeated to a total of 6 credits with a maximum of 3 credits to be applied to the major in biology. Supplemental course fee (variable by section). May be taught concurrently with BIO 527. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 527 and BIO 627.

    Credit hours:
    1-4
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 629 Phycology

    Recommended Prerequisite: ecology course. The structure, function, ecological significance, and diversity of algae. Emphasis will be placed on field studies, isolation and growth, and physiological characteristics. May be taught concurrently with BIO 530. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 530 and BIO 629.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 632 Principles of Fisheries Management

    Recommended Prerequisite: ecology or wildlife management course. Life history, population ecology, and management of exploited freshwater and marine species. Scientific sampling and analysis of fishery populations. Characterization, history, and management principles for representative commercial and recreational fisheries. May be taught concurrently with BIO 532. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 532 and BIO 632.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 633 Wetland Ecology

    Recommended Prerequisite: ecology course; and one year of college chemistry. The composition, structure, function, and importance of wetland ecosystems. Comparisons of different wetland types, hydrology, nutrient cycles, plants and animals and their adaptations, and conservation strategies. May be taught concurrently with BIO 533. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 533 and BIO 633.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 635 Coastal Vegetation Lab

    Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in BIO 641.

    Laboratory portion of BIO 641. Must be taken at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi. May be taught concurrently with BIO 535. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 535 and BIO 635.

    Credit hours:
    1
    Lecture contact hours:
    0
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Summer

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 636 Plant Ecology

    Recommended Prerequisite: ecology course. The dynamics, structure, and distribution of plant populations and communities, with emphasis on interactions among plants, plants and other organisms, and plants and ecosystems. Laboratory emphasis on experimental studies in the greenhouse and field. Weekend field trip is required. BIO 436 may be taught concurrently with BIO 636. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 436 and BIO 636.

    Credit hours:
    4
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    4

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 637 Salt Marsh Plant Ecology

    Prerequisite: permission of advisor or department head.

    Recommended Prerequisite: general biology II, plant taxonomy, ecology and plant physiology course. A study with emphasis on the botanical aspects of local marshes; includes plant identification, composition, structure, distribution, and development of coastal marshes. Biological and physical interrelationships. Primary productivity and relation of marshes to estuaries and associated fauna. Must be taken at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi. May be taught concurrently with BIO 537. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 537 and BIO 637.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Summer

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 638 Salt Marsh Plant Ecology Lab

    Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in BIO 637.

    Laboratory portion of BIO 637. Must be taken at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi. May be taught concurrently with BIO 538. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 538 and BIO 638.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    0
    Lab contact hours:
    4

    Typically offered: Summer

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 639 Biogeography

    Recommended Prerequisite: general biology I and II courses. Study of patterns of distribution of organisms in space and in time. May be taught concurrently with BIO 539. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 539 and BIO 639.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 640 Applications of Molecular Markers

    Recommended Prerequisite: genetics course. Introduction to the use of molecular markers in biological research. Topics covered include methods for identifying genetic variation at the molecular level and their applications to gene discovery, gene mapping, phylogenetics, forensics, conservation biology, and research in ecology and evolution. Students will complete research projects using one or more of the techniques learned. Supplemental course fee. May be taught concurrently with BIO 540. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 640 and BIO 540.

    Credit hours:
    4
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    4

    Typically offered: Fall (odd-numbered years)

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 641 Coastal Vegetation

    Prerequisite: 10 hours of biology and permission of advisor or department head.

    Recommended Prerequisite: general biology I and II courses. A broad study of the general and specific aspects of coastal vegetation, with emphasis on local examples. Vegetational composition, variation, succession, climax, and distribution. Includes aerial techniques, plant identification, delineation of vegetational types and mapping. Must be taken at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi. May be taught concurrently with BIO 534. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 534 and BIO 641.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Summer

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 644 Plant Physiology

    Recommended Prerequisite: organic chemistry course. Basic chemical and physical principles of plant function considering water relationships, nutrient transport, mineral nutrition, photosynthesis, respiration, and phytohormones. May be taught concurrently with BIO 544. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 544 and BIO 644.

    Credit hours:
    4
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 647 Water Resources

    Recommended Prerequisite: BIO 122 or GLG 110 or GRY 142; and CHM 160 and CHM 161; and MTH 135. An interdisciplinary study of freshwater resource development, including environmental impacts of humans on hydrology and water quality, conflicts among users, and politics at local and global scales. Identical with GLG 647. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 647 and GLG 647. May be taught concurrently with BIO 547. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 647 and BIO 547.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 650 Statistical Methods for Biologists

    Recommended Prerequisite: genetics course and pre-calculus mathematics course. Scientific methodology, experimental design, statistical analysis, and data interpretation applied to biological questions. May be taught concurrently with BIO 550. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 550 and BIO 650.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 651 Experimental Design for Biologists

    Recommended Prerequisite: statistics course. The design and analysis of biological experiments, with an emphasis on the choice and interpretation of inferential statistics. Topics covered include causal inference, statistical power, general linear models, and repeated measures designs. The use of computer software to analyze real data sets from the biological literature is emphasized. May be taught concurrently with BIO 551. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 551 and BIO 651.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 654 Marine Ichthyology

    Prerequisite: 16 hours of biology and permission of advisor or department head.

    Recommended Prerequisite: General Biology I and II, Genetics and Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy. This course provides the student with a strong general background in the biology of marine fishes. Emphasis placed on the principles involved in the classification and taxonomy of marine and estuarine fishes. Must be taken at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi. May be taught concurrently with BIO 555. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 555 and BIO 654.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Summer

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 655 Developmental Biology

    Recommended Prerequisite: cell biology course. An in-depth study of the molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in the development of vertebrate, invertebrate, and plant systems. Lectures will emphasize fertilization, morphogenesis, differentiation, induction, regeneration, and neoplasia. Laboratory exercises will emphasize techniques utilized by developmental biologists. Review of current literature and poster presentations will be required. May be taught concurrently with BIO 355. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 355 and BIO 655.

    Credit hours:
    4
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 656 Marine Ichthyology Lab

    Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in BIO 654.

    Laboratory portion of BIO 654. Must be taken at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi. May be taught concurrently with BIO 556. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 556 and BIO 656.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    0
    Lab contact hours:
    6

    Typically offered: Summer

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 657 Marine Fisheries Management

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor; and concurrent enrollment in BIO 658.

    A course designed to familiarize students with practical marine fisheries management problems in today's real world. Covers the international and local, economic, social, legal, and political, as well as biological factors that are considered in decisions directed toward achieving optimum sustainable yield from marine resources. The history of management schemes, sources of information, current status of fishing technology, management methods, legal problems and educational needs are explored. Must be taken at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi. May be taught concurrently with BIO 557. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 557 and BIO 657.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Summer

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 658 Marine Fisheries Management Lab

    Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in BIO 657.

    Laboratory portion of BIO 657. Must be taken at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi. May be taught concurrently with BIO 558. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 558 and BIO 658.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    0
    Lab contact hours:
    4

    Typically offered: Summer

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 659 Population Genetics and Evolutionary Mechanisms

    Recommended Prerequisite: evolution course and statistics course. The theory of genetic variation in populations, with emphasis on quantitative description of the mechanisms of biological evolution. May be taught concurrently with BIO 560. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 560 and BIO 659.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 661 Environmental Issues Education and Interpretation

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    Discussion of environmental issues, practical experiences in teaching environmental concepts, and awareness of environmental resource materials for the formal and nonformal educational setting. May be taught concurrently with BIO 561. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 661 and BIO 561

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 662 Limnology

    Recommended Prerequisite: ecology course; and one year of college chemistry. Physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of lakes and reservoirs. Laboratory includes mapping, lake models, water chemistry, and surveys of diversity and abundance. Two all-day Saturday labs required. May be taught concurrently with BIO 562. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 562 and BIO 662.

    Credit hours:
    4
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    4

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 663 Population Ecology

    Recommended Prerequisite: ecology course and pre-calculus mathematics course. Discussion of factors controlling the distribution and abundance of populations. Quantitative description of population dynamics is emphasized. May be taught concurrently with BIO 563. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 563 and BIO 663.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Spring (even-numbered years)

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 664 Ozarks Natural Communities

    Recommended Prerequisite: BIO 369. Examination of forests, glades, and aquatic habitats with focus on environmental issues in the Ozarks. Integration into formal and non-formal educational settings will be covered. May be taught at the Bull Shoals Field Station. May be taught concurrently with BIO 564. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 664 and BIO 564.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 665 Marine Ecology

    Prerequisite: 16 hours of biology and permission of advisor or department head.

    Recommended Prerequisite: General Biology I and II. A consideration of the relationship of marine organisms to their environment includes the effects of temperature, salinity, light, nutrient concentration, currents, and food on the abundance and distribution of marine organisms. Must be taken at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Concurrent enrollment in BIO 566 required. May be taught concurrently with BIO 565. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 565 and BIO 665.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Summer

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 666 Marine Ecology Lab

    Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in BIO 665.

    Laboratory portion of BIO 665. Must be taken at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi. May be taught concurrently with BIO 566. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 566 and BIO 666.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    0
    Lab contact hours:
    4

    Typically offered: Summer

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 668 Physiological Ecology

    Recommended Prerequisite: ecology course; and general physiology or plant physiology or human physiology course. Physiological adaptations of plants and animals to environmentally stressful conditions and to ecological/evolutionary pressures. May be taught concurrently with BIO 567. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 567 and BIO 668.

    Credit hours:
    4
    Lecture contact hours:
    4
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring (odd-numbered years)

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 671 Comparative Animal Physiology

    Recommended Prerequisite: general physiology or human physiology course. Organ/system function in a wide range of invertebrate and vertebrate animals. May be taught concurrently with BIO 571. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 571 and BIO 671.

    Credit hours:
    4
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    3

    Typically offered: Spring (odd-numbered years)

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 673 Ornithology

    Prerequisite: 12 hours of biology.

    Taxonomy, distribution, life histories and ecology of birds; emphasis on Missouri forms. Early morning field trips required. May be taught concurrently with BIO 573. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 573 and BIO 673.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 674 Aquatic Entomology

    Aquatic insects, ecology and taxonomy with emphasis on field applications. May be taught concurrently with BIO 574. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 574 and BIO 674.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    3

    Typically offered: Spring (even-numbered years)

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 675 Ichthyology

    Prerequisite: 12 hours in biology.

    Taxonomy, distribution, life histories and ecology of fish with emphasis on Missouri forms. May be taught concurrently with BIO 575. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 575 and BIO 675.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 676 Herpetology

    Prerequisite: 12 hours in biology.

    Taxonomy, distribution, life histories and ecology of amphibians and reptiles with emphasis on Missouri forms. One weekend field trip required. Supplemental course fee. May be taught concurrently with BIO 576. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 576 and BIO 676.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 677 Mammalogy

    Prerequisite: 12 hours in biology.

    Taxonomy, distribution, life histories and ecology of mammals with emphasis on Missouri forms. One weekend field trip required. Supplemental course fee. May be taught concurrently with BIO 577. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 577 and BIO 677.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 678 Behavioral Ecology

    Recommended Prerequisite: ecology course and statistics course. Fundamental principles of animal behavior with an emphasis on the study of the ecological and evolutionary processes that influence behavior. May be taught concurrently with BIO 578. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 578 and BIO 678.

    Credit hours:
    4
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 679 Conservation Biology

    Recommended Prerequisite: genetics course and ecology course. An in-depth examination of the science of conservation from a biological perspective, with an examination of ethical and legal aspects of conservation. May be taught concurrently with BIO 579. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 579 and BIO 679.

    Credit hours:
    4
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 680 Vertebrate Anatomy and Evolution

    Vertebrate gross anatomy. Phylogeny and present status of organ systems in vertebrates. May be taught concurrently with BIO 380. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 380 and BIO 680.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 685 Marine Conservation

    An overview of current issues related to the conservation and management of marine organisms, with emphasis on marine species and habitats exploited or endangered by human actions. BIO 485 may be taught concurrently with BIO 685. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 685 and 485.

    Credit hours:
    1-3
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Fall, Summer

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 686 Fish Ecology

    Recommended Prerequisite: ecology course and ichthyology course. The biology of fishes in relation to environmental conditions at the individual, population, and community levels. May be taught concurrently with BIO 584. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 584 and BIO 686.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 687 Marine Invertebrate Zoology

    Prerequisite: 16 hours in biology; and concurrent enrollment in BIO 688.

    A concentrated study of the free-living marine and estuarine invertebrates of Mississippi Sound and adjacent bayous, salt marshes, barrier islands, and the nearshore continental shelf of the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. Course emphasizes structure, classification, phylogenetic relationships, larval development, functional processes, and ecological aspects of Gulf of Mexico invertebrates and their natural assemblages. Advanced undergraduates and graduate students may be asked to conduct independent, short-term research projects during the course. Must be taken at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi. May be taught concurrently with BIO 587. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 587 and BIO 687.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Summer

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 688 Marine Invertebrate Zoology Lab

    Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in BIO 687.

    Laboratory portion of BIO 687. May be taught concurrently with BIO 588. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 588 and BIO 688.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    0
    Lab contact hours:
    6

    Typically offered: Summer

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 689 Game Management

    Recommended Prerequisite: wildlife management course. Management of game birds and mammals for recreational utilization. May be taught concurrently with BIO 589. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 589 and BIO 689.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 697 Topics in Biology

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    A variable content course to provide for the offering of selected topics in biology on a one time or first-time basis. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. May be taught concurrently with BIO 597. Cannot receive credit for both BIO 597 and BIO 697.

    Credit hours:
    1-4
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 710 Topics in Microbial Physiology

    Topics of interest in microbial physiology will be discussed. These may include, cell structure, energy production, fermentation, nitrogen metabolism, protein and nucleic acid syntheses, regulation of gene expression, and dynamics of cell growth. Lecture will supplement discussion sessions.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 712 Advanced Immunology

    Recommended Prerequisite: immunology course. Cellular aspects of the immune system.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 725 Advanced Limnology

    Recommended Prerequisite: limnology course. Advanced concepts of biological, chemical and physical limnology. Recent symposia, reviews, and primary literature are discussed. Prerequisite: BIO 562. Advanced concepts of biological, chemical and physical limnology. Recent symposia, reviews, and primary literature are discussed.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 726 Advanced Limnology Methods

    Recommended Prerequisite: limnology course. Research and practical application of modern limnological methods are taught.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    0
    Lab contact hours:
    4

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 728 Recent Advances in Biology

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    Selected topics in biology to be discussed using original literature as the focal point. Variable content course. May be repeated when topic varies.

    Credit hours:
    1
    Lecture contact hours:
    0
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 730 Advanced Topics in Biology

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    Individual study in biology; may include literature, field and/or laboratory work. May be repeated.

    Credit hours:
    1-4
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 734 Advanced Plant Taxonomy

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    Philosophy and principles of modern taxonomic procedures.

    Credit hours:
    4
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    4

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 755 Advanced Developmental Biology

    Recommended Prerequisite: developmental biology course. This course delves deeper into topics introduced in BIO 355 and 655, and will explore other subjects not previously covered. Topics discussed may include, but are not limited to, fertilization (how do sperm and eggs mature, and how does fertilization occur?), organ size determination (what controls the size and correct proportions of organs during development), organ/embryo patterning (how does an embryo know which side will become the left and which will become the right?), organogenesis (how is a branching pattern created in developing blood vessels?), ecological developmental biology (how does climate change affect development of an organism?), and evolutionary developmental biology (how do cavefish develop without eyes, despite their eye bearing ancestors?).

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 760 Topics in Teaching Biology

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    Biological concepts, information, practical experiences, and use of resource materials in the elementary and secondary classroom. Variable content course. May be repeated when topic varies.

    Credit hours:
    1-3
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 767 Advanced Vertebrate Zoology

    Evolutionary relationships of living and extinct vertebrates; analysis of geographic distribution and adaptive radiation. Includes field/lab experiences to be arranged.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 790 Degree Paper

    Prerequisite: permission of advisor.

    Extensive paper on selected topics. Exclusively satisfies requirements for non-thesis option, which also requires one BIO 790 paper to be presented orally to the department. May be repeated to total of 4 hours. Graded Pass/Not Pass only.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 794 Scientific Writing

    Organization and methods in scientific writing. Included are discussion of literature searching, scientific methodology, experimental design, proposal writing, figure preparation, editing and oral presentation. Recommended for graduate students in biology, preferably during the first year of graduate study.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 796 Science Internship

    Completion of an internship project (80 hours/credit hour) at a discipline-related business, nonprofit organization, or government agency, approved and supervised by both the departmental and internship advisors. Includes a formal report in the appropriate professional format, and an oral presentation at an approved venue. Graded Pass/Not Pass only. No more than 6 hours may count toward a masters degree.

    Credit hours:
    1-6
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 798 Research

    Prerequisite: permission of advisor.

    Supervised research in special biology areas. May be repeated, but no more than 6 hours may be counted as credit towards the MS degree. Graded Pass/Not Pass only.

    Credit hours:
    1-6
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • BIO 799 Thesis

    Prerequisite: permission of advisor.

    Independent study connected with preparation of thesis. May be repeated, but no more than 6 hours may be counted as credit towards the MS degree. Graded Pass/Not Pass only.

    Credit hours:
    1-6
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings