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 INTRODUCTION TO MARINE BIOLOGY
Four hours. Pre- or 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.
BIO 2120 BIOLOGY AND CONSERVATION OF MARINE MAMMALS
Five hours. Prerequisites: BIO1820. 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 THE 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 2230 GENERAL ZOOLOGY
Four hours. Prerequisite: BIO 1500 or permission of the instructor. Adaptational biology of animals, with emphasis on the vertebrates; group relationships of major phyla; principles of development, ecology, and evolution.
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. An overview of aquatic microbial diversity,
morphology, and physiology, particularly viruses, prokaryotes, and fungi, with a focus on marine
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.
BIO 4460 INTRODUCTION TO ECOLOGY RESEARCH
Two hours. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Introduction to and preparation for research in ecology, resulting in the generation of a research proposal at the conclusion of the semester.
BIO 4461, 4462 RESEARCH: ECOLOGY
Four hours. Prerequisite: BIO 4460 or permission of the instructor, and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. Students will learn basic techniques in ecological research, and design and carry out research in ecology. Gen Ed: EC-C
BIO 4560 INTRODUCTION TO MOLECULAR BIOLOGY RESEARCH
Two hours. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Introduction to and preparation for research in molecular biology, resulting in the generation of a research proposal at the conclusion of the semester.
BIO 4561, 4562 RESEARCH: MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
Four hours. Prerequisite: BIO 4560 or permission of the instructor, and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. Students will learn basic techniques in molecular biology research, and design and carry out research in molecular biology. Gen Ed: EC-C
BIO 4960, 4961 BIOLOGY INTERNSHIP
One to eight hours (eight hours maximum). Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing; permission of and consultation with a full time faculty member the semester prior to the internship; minimum 3.0 grade point average. Correlating theory and practice in at least one operational setting; supervision by cooperating professionals and faculty.
CHE 1011 CHEMICAL FOUNDATIONS FOR THE BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES I
Four hours. A review and study of chemical concepts that includes atomic structure, chemical reactions, chemical bonding, acidity and basicity and oxidation-reduction reactions. The laboratory portion will contain experiments that reinforce the principles introduced in the classroom. Gen Ed: NW
CHE 1015 INTRODUCTION TO ORGANIC AND BIOCHEMISTRY
Two hours. Prerequisite: CHE 1101. A study of organic compounds that includes structure, properties, and reactions of functional groups followed by an examination of the role these molecules play in biological structures and processes. Concepts presented correlate areas such as environmental science, ecology, agricultural chemistry, marine chemistry and biochemistry. Coursework includes active learning exercises, collaborative problem solving, discovery based experiments, team projects, and peer instruction.
CHE 1017 INTRODUCTION TO CHEMICAL ANALYSIS
Two hours. Prerequisite: CHE 1101. Introductory principles for chemical analysis will be covered with an emphasis on quantitative measurements and data analysis. Topics may include acidbase and equilibrium chemistry, volumetric analyses, spectrophotometry, and electrochemical methods of chemical analysis with a particular emphasis on analyses relevant to environmental and agricultural systems. Theoretical aspects of these topics will be addressed in the classroom, and practical aspects of these topics will be explored in the laboratory.
CHE 1111 PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I
Four hours. Prerequisites: CHE 1000 or one year of high school chemistry. Quantitative treatment of the principles of chemistry including stoichiometry, states of matter, energy, atomic structure, periodicity, ionic compounds, and molecular structure. Gen Ed: NW
CHE 1112 PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II
Four hours. Prerequisite: CHE 1111. The topics covered in this course will include: intermolecular forces, kinetics, equilibrium, acid, bases, buffers, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and introduction to basic organic chemistry.
HON 4955/4956 HONORS SENIOR THESIS
Six hours distributed over 2 semesters. Prerequisite: Restricted to seniors in the Honors Program. Seniors must have a cumulative 3.5 GPA and have completed at least half of coursework at FSC. A two-semester sequence required of all Honors Program students. Students in the sequence will work with the professor teaching the course on research projects centered on a particular theme.
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