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BIOL 5118. Neuroscience (3-0-3) Prerequisites: BIOL 3215K with a grade of "C" or better. This course provides a detailed study of the nervous system. The student will explore the mechanics of the brain, spinal cord and nerves from a molecular and cellular perspective. The course explores neuroscience from the perspective of the neuron and neurological diseases and disorders.

BIOL 5215. Developmental Biology (3-3-4) Prerequisites: BIOL 3215K and BIOL 3216K with a grade of "C" or better. Detailed study of interacting systems in animal development. Fertilization, early development, regulation of gene expression, cell fate specification, morphogenesis, proximate tissue interactions, environmental influences on development, and evolution of developmental patterns. (Course fee required.)

BIOL 5216. Histology and Histotechniques (3-4-4) Prerequisites: BIOL 3215K with a grade of "C" or better. A study of the microscopic and ultramicroscopic structure of mammalian tissues and organs. The course highlights normal vertebrate histology and the functional significance of microanatomical structures. Function of individual cells will be correlated to the function of the appropriate tissues, organs, organ systems and the organism as a whole. Laboratory sessions will include sessions dedicated to learning to identify tissue types and to learning common histological techniques. (Course fee required.)

BIOL 5217. Cell and Molecular Techniques (2-6-4) Prerequisites: BIOL 3215K with a grade of "C" or better. A laboratory-intensive course that introduces basic experimental techniques used in cell and molecular biology, laboratory safety and methods in research. The lecture topics covered include the structure and function of nucleic acids and proteins, biochemistry, molecular genetics and genetic engineering. The cellular techniques represent an application of cell biology, genetics and biochemistry. (Course fee required.)

BIOL 5218. Introduction to Virology (3-0-3) Prerequisites: BIOL 3215K and BIOL 3216K with a grade of "C" or better. Introduction to Virology is a course designed for advanced undergraduate biology majors interested in the world of viruses. This course will introduce students to the mechanisms behind viral replication and transmission to other cells. It will also provide insight into the host cell response to viral infections. In addition, students in this course will learn about various molecular techniques used in viral studies. Hence, a thorough knowledge of cellular and molecular biology, genetics and biochemistry is required.

BIOL 5219. Immunology (3-2-4) Prerequisites: BIOL 3215K and 3216K with a grade of "C" or better. The study of the human immune system, its development, innate and adaptive immune responses, B and T cell receptors and signaling, cytokines and chemokines, and antigen presentation. The course will also explore the immune system as it relates to infectious disease—specifically host-pathogen interactions, vaccines, and immunodeficiency disorders.

BIOL 5225. Microbial Pathogenesis (3-2-4) Prerequisites: BIOL 3215K and 3216K with a grade of "C" or better. The study of the pathogenesis of microorganisms including bacteria, viruses, and eukaryotic pathogens. Emphasis will be placed upon how these organisms cause disease, specific mechanisms of virulence, and how pathogens evade the host immune response.

BIOL 5318. Neuroscience Lab (0-3-1) Prerequisites: BIOL 3215K with a grade of "C" or better; Undergraduate Corequisite: BIOL 5118U; Graduate Corequisite: BIOL 5118G. The student will explore the nervous system from a molecular and cellular perspective in a laboratory setting. Planned and student-generated experimental design will provide the framework for experiential learning. Techniques will include electrophysiology, dissection, and cell culture. (Course fee required.)

BIOL 5515. Selected Topics in Cell and Molecular Biology ({0-4}-{0-8}-{1-4}) Prerequisites: BIOL 3215K and BIOL 3216K, both with a grade of "C" or better or permission of instructor. An opportunity to study in depth one of many specialized fields in cellular and molecular biology. The specific topic will vary by semester and instructor. Course may be repeated for credit when topic differs. Laboratory experiences, when included, will introduce the student to basic cytological study techniques for that specific field. Lecture and lab hours vary with topic, and laboratory work may extend beyond scheduled hours. (Course fee required.)