BIO 1500 BIOLOGICAL ESSENTIALS
Four hours. The first in a three-course sequence required for biology majors. A rigorous introduction to the principles that the lay the foundations for the biological sciences. Examines the relationships between metabolism, genetics, cell biology, and evolution. Students learn the mechanics and style of scientific reporting on laboratory exercises in cell and molecular biology utilizing techniques such as spectrophotometry and electrophoresis. Gen Ed: NW
BIO 1520 INTRO TO MARINE BIOLOGY
Four hours. Corequisite: BIO 1500. This foundational course provides an introduction to the interrelated physical, chemical, geological, and biological processes of the oceans, atmosphere, and coasts, with a focus on Florida waters.
BIO 1820 OCEANOGRAPHY
Four hours. Prerequisites: BIO 1520. An overview of the sub disciplines of ocean sciences including the sea floor, waves, tides, currents, the physical and chemical properties of seawater and their distribution in the sea, and planktonic life and its relation to nutrient cycling. This course will focus on how we study and use the ocean as well as the impact of human activities on the oceans.
MAT 2032 BIOSTATISTICS
Four hours. Applied statistical tools for analysis and decision making with applications for biology, environmental and agricultural sciences. Statistical terminology, collection and presentation of data, probability distributions, sampling, experimental design, parametric and nonparametric procedures, regression, correlation and analysis of variance. Class demonstrations of analysis using statistical software. Credit cannot be earned for both MAT 2022 and MAT 2032. Gen Ed: Qn
BIO 2120 MARINE MAMMAL BIOLOGY AND CONSERVATION
Five hours. Prerequisites: BIO 1820. An introduction to the biology of marine mammals, including cetaceans, pinnipeds, sirenians and sea otters on topics including physiology, behavior, evolution, and ecology, with particular attention paid to the conservation of marine mammals.
BIO 2200 ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Four hours. Same as ENV 2200. A study of public policy; environmental conservation and preservation; and current environmental issues, their origins, their consequences and possible solutions.
BIO 2201 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
Four hours. Same as ENV 2201. Prerequisite: BIO 1500. An introduction to the methods, technology, and equipment used to collect, analyze, and interpret environmental data. Students will apply the techniques they learn to an investigation of an environmental problem.
BIO 2220 BIOLOGY OF FISHES
Five hours. Prerequisites: BIO 1820. A comparative analysis of fish anatomy, taxonomy, physiology, behavior, ecology, evolution, and conservation and management, with a focus on the fishes found in Florida waters.
BIO 2235 GENERAL BOTANY
Four hours. Prerequisites: BIO 1500 or HRT 2100 or permission of the instructor. The flowering plant, major plant groups, metabolism, genetics, ecology, and economic botany.
BIO 2320 AQUATIC MICROBIAL DIVERSITY
Four hours. Prerequisites: BIO 1820 or BIO 2201. Does not substitute for BIO 3400. An overview of aquatic microbial diversity, morphology, and physiology, particularly viruses, prokaryotes, and fungi, with a focus on marine systems.
BIO 2750 EVOLUTION
Four hours. Prerequisites: BIO 2230 and BIO 2235. Theory, patterns, and processes in the biological evolution of organisms.
BIO 3120 BIOLOGY OF AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES
Five hours. Prerequisites: BIO 2230 and permission of instructor. This course provides a modern survey of the amphibians and reptiles, including life history, physiology, behavior, ecology, evolution, and conservation with a focus on the amphibians and reptiles (especially sea turtles) of Florida.
BIO 3150 ECOLOGY
Four hours. Same as ENV 3150. Prerequisites: BIO 2230 and BIO 2235, or permission of the instructor. Relationship of living organisms to their biological, physical, and chemical environments with emphasis on ecosystems.
BIO 3362 BIOCHEMISTRY: MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
Four hours. Same as CHE 3362. Prerequisites: BIO 1500 and CHE 2222. Students will consider important topics in molecular genetics, including structure, function and manipulation of DNA, and selected topics in metabolism and signaling.
BIO 3700 GENETICS
Four hours. No credit will be awarded if student has completed BIO 1900. This course helps students explore the principles of heredity as applied to all living organisms, the use of genetics to investigate evolution, and the application of genetics to the topics of immunology, cancer, and development.
BIO 3720 TECHNIQUES IN NUCLEIC ACID RESEARCH
Two hours. Prerequisites: BIO 2320 or BIO 2280 or BIO 3400. Techniques in DNA isolation and analysis, including purification, quantitation, PCR, RFLP, agarose gel electrophoresis and Southern blotting. Appropriate database analysis of DNA sequences.
BIO 3725 TECHNIQUES IN CLONING
Two hours. Prerequisites: BIO 3720. Techniques in cloning DNA in prokaryotes, including use of plasmids, restriction digests, ligation, and transformation.
BIO 3850 PARASITOLOGY
Four hours. Prerequisites: BIO 2230. This course focuses on the identification and understanding of parasitic organisms and their hosts, including most of the major groups of animals with parasitic members. The course focuses on human parasites, tropical medicine, and epidemiology, but includes veterinary diagnostics and the parasites of wildlife.
BIO 3900 ANIMAL BEHAVIOR
Four hours. Prerequisite: BIO 1500 or permission of the instructor. Analysis of behavior patterns and their importance in the natural environment.
BIO 3920 MARINE INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY
Five hours. Prerequisites: BIO 2120 or BIO 2220. This course provides a modern survey of the major branches of marine invertebrates, focused on bauplans (body plans), ecology, and evolution (phylogenetics) of each fascinating phylum, with primary attention provided to organisms collected along Florida coastlines and the Caribbean.
BIO 4150 PLANT PHYSIOLOGY
Four hours. Prerequisites: BIO 2235 and either CHE 1011 or 1111, or permission of the instructor. Photosynthesis, respiration, and other metabolic processes, growth, and water relationships in vascular plants. Engaged learning activities include group work on demonstrations of concepts discussed in class as well as group work on multi-week experiments on which graded reports will be written.