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.

Graduate credit

BIOL 810 Analysis of Ecological Gradients. (3) II, odd years.  An introduction to analytical methods and conceptual approaches to evaluate patterns of communities across environmental gradients. Multivariate statistical techniques will be used to analyze data and quantify species abundance patterns in a variety of environments.

BIOL 815 Advanced Fisheries Management. (3) II, in odd years. Advanced study of theory and techniques related to managing freshwater fisheries. Emphasis will be placed on current research needed to support management practices such as sampling, indices, harvest regulations, predator-prey interactions, community structure, ecosystem management. Pr.: BIOL 542 and BIOL 696.

BIOL 818 Advanced Aquatic Ecology (3) I, in odd years.  A study of advanced issues and methodology in limnological sciences, including a workshop on algal taxonomy, and an applied group project.

BIOL 822. Landscape Ecology. (3) I, in odd years. Effect of spatial pattern on ecological processes. Course will emphasize how spatial complexity emerges and is maintained in ecological systems, the analysis of spatial pattern, scaling issues, the ecological consequences of spatial pattern and applications for conservation and ecosystem management in both aquatic and terrestrial systems. Two lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week. Pr.: BIOL 529 or equivalent.

BIOL 823 Demographic Methods. (3) I, in even years.  Theory and methods of quantitative approaches for the study of population dynamics. Advances in matrix methods and mark-recapture statistics will be emphasized.

BIOL 825. Evolution of Animal Behavior. (4) II, in even years. The study of mechanisms, ontogeny, and evolution of behavior stressing the adaptive nature of behavior. Two hours lec., one hour of discussion on assigned readings, and two to three hours lab a week. Lab format will be individual research projects requiring independent research skills. Pr.: BIOL 450 or equiv.

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 886. Confocal, Fluorescence and Light Microscopy. (3) I, in odd years.  An introduction to theories, functions and applications of confocal, fluorescence and light microscopy, and fluorescent molecules. Lab emphasis on students working on independent research projects requiring microscopy.

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.