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BIOL 2285. Research Methods in Biology (1-3-2) Prerequisites: ENGL 1101 and STAT 1127, both with a grade of "C" or better. Review and practice of computer technology applications to data management and analysis, word processing and graphics, along with uses of electronic mail. Library skills and writing style for the Life Sciences will also be considered, along with consideration of the philosophy of scientific methodology, experimental design of research, and preparation of research proposals.


BIOL 3215K. Cell Biology (3-3-4) Prerequisites: BIOL 1231K and CHEM 1212 and CHEM 1212L with a grade of "C" or better. Study of the morphology and function of cellular structures in multicellular organisms. Emphasis is placed on the structure, function, and unifying nature of cell membrane systems, cellular energetics, motility and transport, intercellular interactions, cellular communication, and cell division. Laboratory experiences introduce basic cytological study techniques. (Course fee required.)


BIOL 3216K. Genetics (3-3-4) Prerequisites: BIOL 1231K with a grade of "C" or better. An introduction to genetic analysis. Topics include simple Mendelian inheritance, extensions of Mendelian inheritance, linkage, genetic mapping, quantitative inheritance, population genetics, prokaryotic genetics, and molecular genetics. Laboratory assignments will require more than the scheduled time periods. (Course fee required.)


BIOL 3217K. Ecology (3-4-4) Prerequisites: BIOL 2206K and BIOL 2207K both with a grade of "C" or better. A laboratory and field-oriented course dealing with the distribution and abundance of living organisms. Topics include an exploration of adaptations to environments, population dynamics, and community organization and function. Laboratory and field work will require time beyond the scheduled periods. (Course fee required.)


BIOL 3218K. Biosystematics (3-4-4) Prerequisites: BIOL 3215K and BIOL 3216K, both with a grade of "C" or better. A focus on the products of organic evolution. Topics considered include explanation for biodiversity; approaches used by biologists to describe, classify, catalogue, and determine the evolutionary relationships among organisms, and the skills used to investigate these topics. (Course fee required.)