Some Biology courses Related to Research in Aquatic Ecology
note: additional courses such as Hydrology and Statistics are available in other departments. Check course catalogue for complete listing.
Undergraduate and graduate credit
BIOL 542. Ichthyology. (3) II, in even years. Systematics, morphology, physiology, distribution, and natural history of fishes. Two hours lecture and three hours lab a week. Pr.: BIOL 201.
BIOL 612. Freshwater Ecology. (4) I, in even years. Basic ecological principles of aquatic environments. Plants and animals of local streams, rivers, ponds, and reservoirs are used to demonstrate the interaction of biological processes with the chemical and physical features of natural aquatic environments. Three hours lec., three hours lab a week; two optional weekend field trips. Pr.: BIOL 201 and CHEM 110 or 210.
BIOL 620. Evolution. (3) II. A study of the theory of evolution including its historical and social implications. Three hours lec. a week. Pr.: BIOL 450 or a course in genetics.
BIOL 625. Animal Parasitology. (4) I, in odd years. Biology and pathology of the principal protozoan, helminth, and arthropod parasites of domestic animals and wildlife. Three hours lec. and two hours lab a week. Pr.: BIOL 198 and junior standing.
BIOL 632. Ecology Laboratory. (1) II. Laboratory and field experiences with ecological problems. Pr.: STAT 340 or equiv.
BIOL 640. Population Biology. (3) I. An introduction to the theories of quantitative population biology including dynamics, demography and genetics. Emphasis on spatio-temporal variation within and among populations and species. Pr.: BIOL 450 and 529 and STAT 340.
BIOL 642. Principles of Conservation Biology. (3) II. Biological diversity and the factors contributing to loss of biodiversity. Scientific principles of biological conservation emphasizing the application of ecological theory and population genetics to the conservation of threatened populations, species, and ecosystems. Three hours lec. per week. Pr.: BIOL 450 and 529.
BIOL 682. Fish Ecology. (3) I, in odd years. The interaction between fish and their environment. Exploring fundamental ecological processes in aquatic systems at individual, population, community and ecosystem scales. Two hours lecture and three hours lab per week. Pr.: BIOL 529.
BIOL 687. Microbial Ecology. (3) II, in odd years. The ecology of aquatic and terrestrial microorganisms in their natural environment. Pr.: BIOL 455.
BIOL 690. Microbial Physiology and Metabolism. (2) II. The study of structure, function, regulation, and intermediary metabolism of bacteria. Pr.: BIOL 455; and BIOCH 521 or 765.
BIOL 696. Fisheries Management. (4) I, in even years. Historical and contemporary issues in the management and conservation of exploited fish. Methods for managing fisheries resources in streams, lakes and ponds including estimating abundances, quantifying age and growth, manipulating populations, modeling population dynamics, culturing fishes and improving aquatic habitat. Three hours lecture and three hours lab a week. Pr.: BIOL 430.
BIOL 702. Radiation Safety in
the Research Laboratory. (1) I. Principles of radioactive safety and
isotope handling, licensing procedures, and laboratory techniques. Pr.: BIOL
198 or 455; and CHM 210 or PHYS 113.
BIOL 826. Nutrient Dynamics. (3) II, in odd years. The cycling of elements in ecosystems with emphasis on macronutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorous, and major cations, and the influence of variables such as acid rain on nutrient dynamics. Two hours lec. and two hours lab a week. Pr.: BIOL 529 and CHM 210.
BIOL 828. Advanced Topics in Conservation Biology. (3) II, in even years. Study of factors that threaten biodiversity and strategies/techniques to minimize or reverse those threats. Considers how spatial and temporal scale issues affect management decisions, how molecular techniques have been used to elucidate problems of scale and the social and economic factors that affect implementation of conservation techniques. Pr.: BIOL 450 and BIOL 529.
BIOL 863. Professional Skills in Biology. (3) II. An introduction for new graduate students in the mechanics of becoming a scientist and professional biologist. The course includes presentation of professional seminars, grant proposal writing and reviewing, manuscript preparation and submission, interviewing for jobs, teaching skills, effective communication of scientific data in graphs and tables, and other topics.
BIOL 875. Evolutionary Ecology. (3) I, in even years. A study of the evolution of population, community, and ecosystem structure. Two hours lec. and one hour rec. a week. Pr.: BIOL 529.
BIOL 888. Electron Microscopy Techniques. (3) II. Theory and techniques involved in using the transmission electron microscope for the study of biological materials. Includes individualized instruction on the operation of the Philips 201 electron microscope and techniques for processing biological samples. Pr.: Current participation in research requiring electron microscope and consent of instructor.
BIOL 890. Advanced Topics in Biology. (1-6) I, II, S. Pr.: Consent of instructor.
BIOL 891. Advanced Problems in Biology. (1-8) I, II, S. Pr.: Consent of instructor.
BIOL 895. Graduate Seminar in Biology. (1) I, II. Pr.: Consent of instructor.
BIOL 898. Master's Research in Biology. (1-9) I, II, S.
BIOL 899. Master's Research in Microbiology. (1-9) I, II, S.
BIOL 997. Postdoctoral Research in Biology. (1-12) I, II, S. Advanced-level research in collaboration with a faculty member, involving projects in any area of biology. Pr.: Ph.D. degree or equivalent.
BIOL 998. PhD Research in Biology. (Var.) I, II, S.
BIOL 999. PhD Research in Microbiology. (Var.) I, II, S.