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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, BIOL 2207K, and STAT 1401 all 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 4005. Biology Portfolio (0-0-0) Assessment of samples of student writing in biology. Students will submit examples of their own writing in biology, including lab reports, term papers, and/or articles for evaluation by a faculty committee. (S/U grading)

BIOL 4795. Capstone Senior Seminar (0-2-2) Prerequisites: BIOL 2206K, BIOL 2207K, BIOL 3215K, BIOL 3216K, and BIOL 3217K all with a grade of "C" or better. Students and faculty participate in formal discussions of assigned readings related to biological evolution.