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ASTR 1103   Stars and Galaxies Laboratory   Laboratory includes instruction in the university planetarium as well as telescopic observations.  
ASTR 1104   Solar System Laboratory   Laboratory includes observations of the night sky and solar objects with various university telescope systems.  
ASTR 1303   Stars and Galaxies   A descriptive, non-mathematical course that deals mainly with stellar and galactic astronomy, but begins with a brief survey of the solar system. Emphasis is on the study of properties of stars, star clusters, nebulae, interstellar gas and dust, the Milky Way galaxy, and exterior galaxies.  
ASTR 1304   Solar System   A descriptive, non-mathematical course that deals mainly with the solar system and its components. Emphasis is on the study of the celestial sphere, the history of astronomy, motions in the heavens, and the survey of planets.  
BIOL 1111   General Botany Lab    
BIOL 1113   General Zoology Lab   Laboratory activities will reinforce fundamental biological concepts relevant to animals, including systematics, evolution, structure and function, cellular and molecular metabolism, reproduction, development, diversity, phylogeny, and ecology.  
BIOL 1301   Medical Terminology   This course is intended to introduce students to the importance of the medical terminology in order to properly use it in a medical environment. This goal will be addressed through an examination of the terminology of the human body, starting with the general terms and then specializing on the various systems of the body, including the integument, muscular, skeletal, cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, lymphatic, respiratory, reproductive, and urinary. Combined with on-line resources, students will acquire an understanding of how medical terms should be used, pronounced, and the meaning behind these terms.  
BIOL 1311   General Botany   A general survey of the plant kingdom which considers the fundamentals of biological facts, laws, and principles as they apply to plants. Structure and functions of the organs of representative plants will be considered.  
BIOL 1313   General Zoology   A general survey of the animal kingdom which considers the fundamentals of biological facts, laws, and principles as they apply to animals. The structure and functions of the organs and systems of representative animals will be covered.  
BIOL 2101   Anatomy/Physiology I Lab    
BIOL 2102   Anatomy/Physiology II Lab    
BIOL 2121   Microbiology Laboratory    
BIOL 2300   Medical Terminology   Independent study or research of a topic in biology with supervision by a biology faculty member. This course may be repeated if topic varies. Prerequisite: General Botany or General Zoology, or consent of instructor.  
BIOL 2301   Anatomy & Physiology I    
BIOL 2302   Anatomy & Physiology II    
BIOL 2320   Pathophysiology   A course offering selected topics in biology. This course may be repeated if topic varies. Prerequisite: General Botany or General Zoology, or consent of instructor.  
BIOL 2321   Microbiology    
BIOL 2401   Anatomy and Physiology I   Study of the structure and function of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Also focuses on basic cellular physiology and how it applies to various systems of the body. This course will involve the dissection of mammalian material. Course is intended for pre-nursing, pre-medical, pre-optometry, pre- veterinary, other pre-health professionals, and biology majors. Prerequisite: General Zoology.  
BIOL 2401   Anatomy and Physiology I Lab   Study of the structure and function of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Also focuses on basic cellular physiology and how it applies to various systems of the body. This course will involve the dissection of mammalian material. Course is intended for pre-nursing, pre-medical, pre-optometry, pre- veterinary, other pre-health professionals, and biology majors. Prerequisite: General Zoology.  
BIOL 2402   Anat and Physiology II Lab   Study of the structure and function of the cardiovascular, respiratory, and digestive, urinary, immune, endocrine, and reproductive systems. This course will involve the dissection of mammalian material. Course is intended for pre-nursing, pre-medical, pre-optometry, pre-veterinary, other pre-health professionals, and biology majors. Prerequisite: General Zoology and Human Anatomy and Physiology I or by permission of instructor.  
BIOL 2402   Anatomy and Physiology II   Study of the structure and function of the cardiovascular, respiratory, and digestive, urinary, immune, endocrine, and reproductive systems. This course will involve the dissection of mammalian material. Course is intended for pre-nursing, pre-medical, pre-optometry, pre-veterinary, other pre-health professionals, and biology majors. Prerequisite: General Zoology and Human Anatomy and Physiology I or by permission of instructor.  
BIOL 2402   Anatomy and Physiology II Lab   Study of the structure and function of the cardiovascular, respiratory, and digestive, urinary, immune, endocrine, and reproductive systems. This course will involve the dissection of mammalian material. Course is intended for pre-nursing, pre-medical, pre-optometry, pre-veterinary, other pre-health professionals, and biology majors. Prerequisite: General Zoology and Human Anatomy and Physiology I or by permission of instructor.  
BIOL 2404   Anatomy & Physiology   Basic structure and function of human systems, including: skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, digestive, and urinary systems. Laboratory emphasis on anatomy and lecture emphasis on physiology. Recommended for Kinesiology and pre-vocational nursing students. This course will not count toward credit in a Biology major or minor. Prerequisite: General Zoology or permission of instructor.  
BIOL 2404   Anatomy & Physiology Lab   Basic structure and function of human systems, including: skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, digestive, and urinary systems. Laboratory emphasis on anatomy and lecture emphasis on physiology. Recommended for Kinesiology and pre-vocational nursing students. This course will not count toward credit in a Biology major or minor. Prerequisite: General Zoology or permission of instructor.  
BIOL 2405   Plants and People   A survey of plants and plant products that have major uses in human life. Such uses include food, fiber, medicines, religious sacraments, poisons, stimulants, inebriants, oils, perfumes, dyes, spices, and beverages. Examples from Trans-Pecos Texas will be discussed, including forages, toxic plants and invasive species. Prerequisite: General Botany or equivalent.  
BIOL 2405   Plants and People Lab   A survey of plants and plant products that have major uses in human life. Such uses include food, fiber, medicines, religious sacraments, poisons, stimulants, inebriants, oils, perfumes, dyes, spices, and beverages. Examples from Trans-Pecos Texas will be discussed, including forages, toxic plants and invasive species. Prerequisite: General Botany or equivalent.  
BIOL 2406   Environmental Biology   An introduction to the biological effect of the human activities on the environment. This course emphasizes water, soil, and air pollution as well as other current ecological concerns. The course serves as one of the introductory courses in environmental science. The laboratory will focus on the EPA Standards Method used in field and laboratory analysis of environmental samples. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.  
BIOL 2406   Environmental Biology Lab   An introduction to the biological effect of the human activities on the environment. This course emphasizes water, soil, and air pollution as well as other current ecological concerns. The course serves as one of the introductory courses in environmental science. The laboratory will focus on the EPA Standards Method used in field and laboratory analysis of environmental samples. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.  
BIOL 2421   Microbiology for Sci Major   Principles of microbiology, including metabolism, structure, function, genetics, and phylogeny of microbes. Laboratory activities will reinforce principles of microbiology, including metabolism, structure, function, genetics, and phylogeny of microbes. The course will also examine the interactions of microbes with each other, hosts, and the environment. This course is designed for biology majors and minors, pre-nursing, pre-dental, and pre-veterinary students. Prerequisite: Chemistry 1311 and 1111, either Biology 1311 and 1111 or Biology 1313 and 1113.  
BIOL 2421   Microbiology for Sci Major Lab   Principles of microbiology, including metabolism, structure, function, genetics, and phylogeny of microbes. Laboratory activities will reinforce principles of microbiology, including metabolism, structure, function, genetics, and phylogeny of microbes. The course will also examine the interactions of microbes with each other, hosts, and the environment. This course is designed for biology majors and minors, pre-nursing, pre-dental, and pre-veterinary students. Prerequisite: Chemistry 1311 and 1111, either Biology 1311 and 1111 or Biology 1313 and 1113.  
BIOL 3301   Human Nutrition   Scientific principles of human nutrition. Emphasis on nutrients, metabolism, and factors affecting utilization in the human body throughout the life cycle. Includes influence of food selection on health and evaluation of diets.  
BIOL 3303   Sciences in Cinema & TV   A lecture course examining the scientific content or lack thereof in classic and current films. Films with a scientific theme will be viewed and the merits of the scientific content will be discussed. Students will gain an understanding and appreciation of how science is portrayed to the viewing public by the film and television industries and can be used as a persuasive tool for political maneuvering. Prerequisite: General Botany or General Zoology.  
BIOL 3305   Women in Science   Explores the roles and contributions that past and present women have made within the sciences, including: chemistry, earth and physical sciences, biology, and natural resource management.  
BIOL 3306   Genetics   A comprehensive introduction to four main areas of modern genetics: Mendelian genetics, cytogenesis, molecular genetics, and population genetics. The historical and philosophical basis for these areas will be dealt with using plant and animal studies. Prerequisite: General Botany or General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 3307   Animal Behavior   The study of feeding, defense, animal orientation, instinctive behavior, learning, communication, social, and sexual behavior with emphasis on evolutionary and ecological relationships. Prerequisite: General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 3309   History of Science    
BIOL 3403   Parasitology   A study of the biology, morphology, and ecology of parasitic organisms as they relate to various host-parasite relationships and diseases in animals and man. The diagnosis, pathology, treatment and prevention of parasitism will be discussed. Post mortem examinations and treatment of animals will be performed in labs as available. Prerequisite: General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 3403   Parasitology Lab   A study of the biology, morphology, and ecology of parasitic organisms as they relate to various host-parasite relationships and diseases in animals and man. The diagnosis, pathology, treatment and prevention of parasitism will be discussed. Post mortem examinations and treatment of animals will be performed in labs as available. Prerequisite: General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 3408   Invertebrate Zoology   The study of the life history, morphology, taxonomy, phylogeny, and ecology of invertebrate organisms. Prerequisite: General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 3408   Invertebrate Zoology Lab   The study of the life history, morphology, taxonomy, phylogeny, and ecology of invertebrate organisms. Prerequisite: General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 3601   General Entomology   A comprehensive introduction to the field of entomology, including functional anatomy, physiology, behavior, ecology, and control of insects. Laboratory section emphasizes taxonomy. Collection of insects is required. Prerequisites: General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 4101   Biology Senior Review   Pertinent topics in biology. Required for all majors and in order to be eligible for teaching certification. To be taken during last long semester before graduation. Prerequisite: Completion of, or current enrollment in, all required departmental courses (e.g., Genetics and Cell Biology).  
BIOL 4102   Biological Investigation   Individual study of selected topics in biological literature or Field Biology.  
BIOL 4102   Individual Studies   Individual study of selected topics in biological literature or Field Biology.  
BIOL 4102   Senior Review   Individual study of selected topics in biological literature or Field Biology.  
BIOL 4202   Biological Investigation   Individual study of selected topics in biological literature or Field Biology.  
BIOL 4202   Biological Investigations II   Individual study of selected topics in biological literature or Field Biology.  
BIOL 4300   Biol Investigation in Genetics   Independent study of selected topics in Biology.  
BIOL 4300   Ecological Parasitology   Independent study of selected topics in Biology.  
BIOL 4301   Cell Biology   A study of the particulate morphology and basic physiology of the cell and cell organelles, including basic facts, concepts, and problems in modern cellular biology. Prerequisite: General Botany and General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 4305   Applied Entomology   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology such as Animal Physiology, Co- evolution, Aquatic Plants, or many other potential subjects. May be repeated when topic varies. Prerequisite: General Botany and General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 4305   Biophysical Mechanics   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology such as Animal Physiology, Co- evolution, Aquatic Plants, or many other potential subjects. May be repeated when topic varies. Prerequisite: General Botany and General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 4305   Dendrology   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology such as Animal Physiology, Co- evolution, Aquatic Plants, or many other potential subjects. May be repeated when topic varies. Prerequisite: General Botany and General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 4305   Evolution   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology such as Animal Physiology, Co- evolution, Aquatic Plants, or many other potential subjects. May be repeated when topic varies. Prerequisite: General Botany and General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 4305   History of Science   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology such as Animal Physiology, Co- evolution, Aquatic Plants, or many other potential subjects. May be repeated when topic varies. Prerequisite: General Botany and General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 4305   Readings in Tropical Diseases   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology such as Animal Physiology, Co- evolution, Aquatic Plants, or many other potential subjects. May be repeated when topic varies. Prerequisite: General Botany and General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 4307   Amphibian Hematology    
BIOL 4307   Capstone Research   A capstone research project ? undergraduate thesis designed to culminate the undergraduate experience in the Biology program. Course is designed to have students coordinate research activities with a mentor, conduct a study, write up results in a publishable format according to the appropriate discipline, and present findings to a scientific audience. Prerequisite, if any: Biology major of Junior or Senior classification.  
BIOL 4307   Invasion Ecology    
BIOL 4307   Physical Therapy Internsip    
BIOL 4402   Ichthyology   The systematic, phylogeny, natural history, and economic importance of the fishes of the world with emphasis on those found in the fresh and salt waters of Texas. This course also serves as an introduction to Vertebrate Zoology. Prerequisite: General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 4402   Ichthyology Lab   The systematic, phylogeny, natural history, and economic importance of the fishes of the world with emphasis on those found in the fresh and salt waters of Texas. This course also serves as an introduction to Vertebrate Zoology. Prerequisite: General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 4403   Herpetology   The systematic, natural history, and phylogeny of the amphibians and reptiles with emphasis on those found in the American Southwest. Prerequisite: General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 4403   Herpetology Lab   The systematic, natural history, and phylogeny of the amphibians and reptiles with emphasis on those found in the American Southwest. Prerequisite: General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 4404   Ornithology   The systematic, phylogeny, natural history and field study of birds with emphasis on those found in the Trans-Pecos region of Texas. Prerequisite: General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 4404   Ornithology Lab   The systematic, phylogeny, natural history and field study of birds with emphasis on those found in the Trans-Pecos region of Texas. Prerequisite: General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 4405   Plant Physiology   The study of the life processes of plants and the physical and chemical phenomena of plant cells, and their relationship to the environment. Studies of photosynthesis, transportation, translocation, nitrogen fixation, and hormones will be included with emphasis on vascular plants. Prerequisite: General Botany.  
BIOL 4405   Plant Physiology Lab   The study of the life processes of plants and the physical and chemical phenomena of plant cells, and their relationship to the environment. Studies of photosynthesis, transportation, translocation, nitrogen fixation, and hormones will be included with emphasis on vascular plants. Prerequisite: General Botany.  
BIOL 4406   Principles of Ecology   A study of the interrelationships of plants and animals with the environment. To include, but not limited to, energy flow, community and ecosystem development, ecological classification, nutrient cycling, sampling and censusing techniques, limiting factors, predator-prey relationships, and aspects of speciation. Prerequisite: General Botany or General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 4406   Principles of Ecology Lab   A study of the interrelationships of plants and animals with the environment. To include, but not limited to, energy flow, community and ecosystem development, ecological classification, nutrient cycling, sampling and censusing techniques, limiting factors, predator-prey relationships, and aspects of speciation. Prerequisite: General Botany or General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 4409   Mammalogy   The systematic, natural history, phylogeny, and economic relations of mammals of the world with particular emphasis on mammals native to the Trans-Pecos region of Texas. Museum technique and field work will be stressed. Prerequisite: 12 hours in Biology, including General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 4409   Mammalogy Lab   The systematic, natural history, phylogeny, and economic relations of mammals of the world with particular emphasis on mammals native to the Trans-Pecos region of Texas. Museum technique and field work will be stressed. Prerequisite: 12 hours in Biology, including General Zoology or equivalent.  
BIOL 4410   Med & Vet Entomology Lab   A comprehensive introduction to the insects and other arthropods of medical and veterinary importance. Lectures emphasize life-cycles, transmission of disease, and control practices. Laboratory studies emphasize taxonomy and techniques. Prerequisite: General Zoology or General Entomology or equivalent.  
BIOL 4410   Med & Veterinary Entomology   A comprehensive introduction to the insects and other arthropods of medical and veterinary importance. Lectures emphasize life-cycles, transmission of disease, and control practices. Laboratory studies emphasize taxonomy and techniques. Prerequisite: General Zoology or General Entomology or equivalent.  
BIOL 4414   Forensic Entomology    
BIOL 4414   Forensic Entomology Lab    
BIOL 4420   Forensic Entomology   A course offering selected topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies. Prerequisite: General Botany or General Zoology, or by permission of instructor.  
BIOL 4420   Forensic Entomology Lab   A course offering selected topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies. Prerequisite: General Botany or General Zoology, or by permission of instructor.  
BIOL 4601   Desert Ecology   A course dealing with the biology of North American deserts, primarily the Chihuahuan Desert. Offered in summer session, several field trips including multi-day. Prerequisite: General Botany and General Zoology or permission of instructor.  
BIOL 4607   Arachnida of the Trans Pecos    
BIOL 4607   Comparative Biogeography    
BIOL 5100   Biological Investigation   Independent study of selected topics in biology.  
BIOL 5101   Controversy in Conservation   Discussion of pertinent topics in biology, with emphasis changing depending upon instructor.  
BIOL 5200   Biological Investigations   Independent study of selected topics in biology.  
BIOL 5301   Cacti & Succulents Lab   A study of the life cycles, life histories, and environment with special attention to survival and adaption of the cacti and succulents of the Southwest and in particular those in the Trans-Pecos region.  
BIOL 5301   Cacti & Succulents of the SW   A study of the life cycles, life histories, and environment with special attention to survival and adaption of the cacti and succulents of the Southwest and in particular those in the Trans-Pecos region.  
BIOL 5305   Tech of Scientific Research   Style and format in manuscript, proposal and thesis preparation. Materials and methods of scientific investigation and science education. Orientation to graduate level and professional studies. Required in first semester or at first opportunity thereafter.  
BIOL 5307   Animal Behavior   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology. May be repeated when topic varies.  
BIOL 5307   Biochemistry I   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology. May be repeated when topic varies.  
BIOL 5307   Biochemistry II   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology. May be repeated when topic varies.  
BIOL 5307   Biogeography   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology. May be repeated when topic varies.  
BIOL 5307   Conservation Biology   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology. May be repeated when topic varies.  
BIOL 5307   Invasion Ecology   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology. May be repeated when topic varies.  
BIOL 5307   Readings in Tropical Diseases   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology. May be repeated when topic varies.  
BIOL 5307   Science in Cinema & TV   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology. May be repeated when topic varies.  
BIOL 5307   Sciences in Cinema & TV   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology. May be repeated when topic varies.  
BIOL 5307   Women in Science   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology. May be repeated when topic varies.  
BIOL 5311   Evolution   The study of the theory and current concepts of evolution, including: natural selection, gene flow, founder effect, and speciation.  
BIOL 5312   Graduate Research   Qualified students may conduct individual research under the direction and supervision of the staff. May be repeated once when topic varies.  
BIOL 5316   Biostatistics I   An introduction to statistical concepts and models applied to agricultural and biological systems. The course introduces the scientific method, inferential theory, data types, descriptive statistics, goodness of fit, contingency tables, the normal distribution and one- and two-sample hypothesis testing. Emphasis will be placed on data analysis and interpretation using computer statistical applications. Required for MS Thesis Plan I option. Offered Fall.  
BIOL 5316   Biostatistics I Lab   An introduction to statistical concepts and models applied to agricultural and biological systems. The course introduces the scientific method, inferential theory, data types, descriptive statistics, goodness of fit, contingency tables, the normal distribution and one- and two-sample hypothesis testing. Emphasis will be placed on data analysis and interpretation using computer statistical applications. Required for MS Thesis Plan I option. Offered Fall.  
BIOL 5317   Biostatistics II   An advanced course in statistical concepts and models applied to agricultural and biological systems. The course will cover experimental designs, paired-sample hypotheses, multi-sample hypotheses (ANOVA), multiple comparisons, factorial and nested ANOVA, data transformations, linear regression and correlation, multiple regression and correlation, polynomial regression and the binomial distribution. Emphasis will be placed on data analysis and interpretation using computer statistical applications. Offered Spring.  
BIOL 5317   Biostatistics II Lab   An advanced course in statistical concepts and models applied to agricultural and biological systems. The course will cover experimental designs, paired-sample hypotheses, multi-sample hypotheses (ANOVA), multiple comparisons, factorial and nested ANOVA, data transformations, linear regression and correlation, multiple regression and correlation, polynomial regression and the binomial distribution. Emphasis will be placed on data analysis and interpretation using computer statistical applications. Offered Spring.  
BIOL 5318   Toxic & Medicinal Plants    
BIOL 5407   Advance Plant Physiology   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.  
BIOL 5407   Advanced Plant Physiology Lab   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.  
BIOL 5407   Forensic Entomology   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.  
BIOL 5407   Forensic Entomology Lab   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.  
BIOL 5407   Grad Collections Mgmt   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.  
BIOL 5407   Herpetology   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.  
BIOL 5407   Herpetology Lab   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.  
BIOL 5407   Histology   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.  
BIOL 5407   Histology Lab   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.  
BIOL 5407   Ichthyology   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.  
BIOL 5407   Ichthyology Lab   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.  
BIOL 5407   Mammalogy   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.  
BIOL 5407   Mammalogy Lab   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.  
BIOL 5407   Med & Vet Entomology   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.  
BIOL 5407   Med & Vet Entomology Lab   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.  
BIOL 5407   Ornithology   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.  
BIOL 5407   Ornithology Lab   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.  
BIOL 5407   Parasitology   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.  
BIOL 5407   Parasitology Lab   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.  
BIOL 5407   Principals of Ecology   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.  
BIOL 5407   Principals of Ecology Lab   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology with laboratory. This course may be repeated if topic varies.  
BIOL 5602   Field Zoology   A course devoted primarily to acquainting the student with animal life in its natural habitat. Collecting, museum techniques, systematic and ecological implications will be stressed.  
BIOL 5607   Arachnida of the Trans Pecos    
BIOL 5607   Comparative Biogeography    
BIOL 5607   Graduate Entomology    
BIOL 6040   Thesis Research    
BIOL 6301   Thesis Prospectus    
BIOL 6302   Thesis Defense   The student will enroll in this course at the time of the defense and after earning credit for BIOL 6301 (Thesis Prospectus). Satisfactory completion of this course will result in the completed thesis presented to the Graduate Committee, accepted by the Dean of the School, the Dean of the Graduate School, and filed in the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Prerequisite: BIOL 6301.  
CHEM 1111   General Chemistry I Lab    
CHEM 1112   General Chemistry II Lab    
CHEM 1311   General Chemistry I    
CHEM 1312   General Chemistry II    
CHEM 2401   Analytical Chemistry I    
CHEM 2401   Analytical Chemistry I Lab    
CHEM 2402   Inorganic Chemistry I    
CHEM 2402   Inorganic Chemistry Lab    
CHEM 3407   Organic Chemistry I    
CHEM 3407   Organic Chemistry I Lab    
CHEM 3408   Organic Chemistry II    
CHEM 3408   Organic Chemistry II Lab    
CHEM 3409   Inorganic Chemistry II    
CHEM 3409   Inorganic Chemistry II Lab    
CHEM 4300   Biochemistry II   Individual research or studies on topics of general interest encouraged. May be repeated once for credit. (On demand)  
CHEM 4300   McNair Chemistry Research   Individual research or studies on topics of general interest encouraged. May be repeated once for credit. (On demand)  
CHEM 4300   Undergraduate Research   Individual research or studies on topics of general interest encouraged. May be repeated once for credit. (On demand)  
CHEM 4301   Biochemistry I    
CHEM 4302   Biochemistry II    
CHEM 4311   McNair NanoSURE REU   A course covering various topics in Chemistry. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.  
CHEM 4406   Physical Chemistry I    
CHEM 4406   Physical Chemistry I Lab    
CHEM 4407   Physical Chemistry II    
CHEM 4407   Physical Chemistry II Lab    
GEOL 1103   Physical Geology Lab    
GEOL 1104   Historical Geology Laboratory   Laboratory exercises supporting GEOL 1304 including principles of physical and historical geology. Prerequisites: Geology 1303  
GEOL 1105   Environmental Geology Lab   Laboratory will consist of the study of a variety of environmental problems.  
GEOL 1303   Physical Geology   This course covers the nature and properties of the materials which make up the earth, the distribution of these materials throughout the earth, the processes (volcanism, glaciation, stream erosion, weathering, etc.) by which these materials are formed, altered, transported, and deformed and the nature and development of the landscapes.  
GEOL 1304   Historical Geology   A study of the record of life forms (fauna and flora) that evolved throughout the geologic time 4.5 billion years ago up to the occurrence of man. It also covers the physical changes of the earth through 4.5 billion years of advancing and retreating seas, of deposition, and of erosion of rocks, fashioned into mountain ranges-the entire chronological history of how processes of physical geology have operated. Prerequisite: Geology 1303  
GEOL 1305   Environmental Geology   This course emphasizes the complex relations between the land, sea and atmosphere and human activities. Topics include: geologic hazards, land management use, water resources, hazardous waste disposal, energy and mineral resources, conservation of natural resources, and atmosphere and ocean sciences. This course may be used by persons seeking earth science teacher certification.  
GEOL 2401   Lithology    
GEOL 2401   Lithology Lab    
GEOL 2405   Optical Mineralogy   Introduction to crystallography, crystal chemistry, and optical mineralogy. Identification of minerals by physical, optical, and X-ray diffraction techniques. Prerequisite: Geology 1303, 1103, Chemistry 1311, 1111  
GEOL 2405   Optical Mineralogy Lab   Introduction to crystallography, crystal chemistry, and optical mineralogy. Identification of minerals by physical, optical, and X-ray diffraction techniques. Prerequisite: Geology 1303, 1103, Chemistry 1311, 1111  
GEOL 2408   Geological Field Skills    
GEOL 2408   Geological Field Skills Lab    
GEOL 3301   Geology of West Texas   Designed as an introduction the geology of West Texas, this course contains a brief introduction to general geology followed by outlines of the geologic evolution of the region. Topics range from billion-year-old continental collisions, through deep sea deposition, coral reefs, explosive volcanism, mineral and petroleum deposits, to the evolution of the present day West Texas landscape. Optional field trips will be available.  
GEOL 3302   Dinos/Volc/Earthquakes   Designed to introduce the non-major to recent developments and theories dealing with the changing face of the Earth and some of the animals that lived on it. New views on dinosaurs, their lives and their ultimate extinction. The distribution, causes, effects, and prediction of earthquakes and volcanoes. This course does not count toward advanced hours for Geology majors.  
GEOL 3305   Geol of West Nat'l Parks    
GEOL 3311   Volcanoes of the West    
GEOL 3401   Interdiscp Geo Info Sys Lab    
GEOL 3401   Interdiscp Geographic Info Sys    
GEOL 3401   Interdiscp GIS Lab    
GEOL 3402   Structural Geology   A study of the deformation of Earth?s crust. Covers stress and strain as well as geometric analysis of the structures (faults, folds, joints, shear zones) that comprise deformation. Construction of geologic maps and cross sections will be included, as will field trips.  
GEOL 3402   Structural Geology Lab   A study of the deformation of Earth?s crust. Covers stress and strain as well as geometric analysis of the structures (faults, folds, joints, shear zones) that comprise deformation. Construction of geologic maps and cross sections will be included, as will field trips.  
GEOL 3408   Strat & Sed Lab   A study of the processes governing the formation and distribution of recent sediments, which established the guiding principles used in the classification, correlation and interpretation of ancient, stratified sedimentary rocks. The stratigraphic record is largely the result of the continuity of sedimentary processes through the dimension of geologic time. Prerequisite: Geology 1304/1104  
GEOL 3408   Stratigraphy and Sedimentation   A study of the processes governing the formation and distribution of recent sediments, which established the guiding principles used in the classification, correlation and interpretation of ancient, stratified sedimentary rocks. The stratigraphic record is largely the result of the continuity of sedimentary processes through the dimension of geologic time. Prerequisite: Geology 1304/1104  
GEOL 3601   Field Geology   A capstone summer field course reviewing methods of geologic mapping, construction of geologic cross sections, measurement of stratigraphic sections, hydrogeologic surveys, and preparation of geological reports, in the context of regional geologic settings.  
GEOL 4101   Chem Analysis of Minerals   Research by the student into a carefully outlined problem in the earth or geologic sciences. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.  
GEOL 4101   Cretaceous Shark Teeth   Research by the student into a carefully outlined problem in the earth or geologic sciences. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.  
GEOL 4101   Dino Tooth Morphometrics   Research by the student into a carefully outlined problem in the earth or geologic sciences. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.  
GEOL 4101   Geochem of Siliceous Spec   Research by the student into a carefully outlined problem in the earth or geologic sciences. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.  
GEOL 4101   Intro to Field Geology   Research by the student into a carefully outlined problem in the earth or geologic sciences. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.  
GEOL 4101   Lidar App to Archaeology   Research by the student into a carefully outlined problem in the earth or geologic sciences. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.  
GEOL 4101   Planetary Geology Studies   Research by the student into a carefully outlined problem in the earth or geologic sciences. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.  
GEOL 4102   Intro to Field Geology    
GEOL 4301   McNair Geology Research    
GEOL 4301   McNair: Geology Research    
GEOL 4301   Stratigraphic Problems    
GEOL 4308   Tectonics    
GEOL 4311   Aqueous Geochemistry    
GEOL 4311   History of Geology    
GEOL 4311   Vertebrate Paleontology    
GEOL 4311   Vertebrate Paleontoloty    
GEOL 4401   Sedimentary Petrology   The course concerns the laws of sedimentation, the origin, history, description, classification, and interpretation of sedimentary rocks. It also involves determination of the rock types in the source areas. Laboratory work consists of petrographic investigation of thin sections of sedimentary rock types. Prerequisite: Geology 2405, 3408  
GEOL 4401   Sedimentary Petrology Lab   The course concerns the laws of sedimentation, the origin, history, description, classification, and interpretation of sedimentary rocks. It also involves determination of the rock types in the source areas. Laboratory work consists of petrographic investigation of thin sections of sedimentary rock types. Prerequisite: Geology 2405, 3408  
GEOL 4402   Groundwater Hydrology   This course consists of individual directed readings and conference on special topics in geology. A lecture or seminar format may be used when sufficient interest exists in a topic. Course may only be used once for credit. Prerequisite: GEOL 1303, 1103, 1304, 1104 and 2405.  
GEOL 4403   Ig & Met Pet Lab   A study of the mode of origin, environment, evolution, characteristics and association of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Laboratory consists of hand specimen and petrographic examination of igneous and metamorphic rock suites from differing environments. Prerequisite: Geology 2405, and Chemistry 1311, 1111  
GEOL 4403   Ig & Metamorphic Petrol Lab   A study of the mode of origin, environment, evolution, characteristics and association of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Laboratory consists of hand specimen and petrographic examination of igneous and metamorphic rock suites from differing environments. Prerequisite: Geology 2405, and Chemistry 1311, 1111  
GEOL 4403   Igneous & Metamorph Petrol Lab   A study of the mode of origin, environment, evolution, characteristics and association of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Laboratory consists of hand specimen and petrographic examination of igneous and metamorphic rock suites from differing environments. Prerequisite: Geology 2405, and Chemistry 1311, 1111  
GEOL 4403   Igneous & Metamorphic Petrol   A study of the mode of origin, environment, evolution, characteristics and association of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Laboratory consists of hand specimen and petrographic examination of igneous and metamorphic rock suites from differing environments. Prerequisite: Geology 2405, and Chemistry 1311, 1111  
GEOL 4418   Groundwater Hydrology    
GEOL 4418   Groundwater Hydrology Lab    
GEOL 4421   Vertebrate Paleontology    
GEOL 4421   Vertebrate Paleontology Lab    
GEOL 4601   Field Geology    
GEOL 5101   Volcanoes of the Trans Pecos   The course deals with modern fields of research in the geosciences. The format varies from group discussions to the presentation of oral reports. The course can be taken for credit up to a maximum of three times. At least one semester is required of all students.  
GEOL 5302   Cretaceous Carbonate Desc   Qualified students may pursue independent laboratory or field problems under the supervision of the staff. A project proposal is required before enrollment.  
GEOL 5302   Geology of Lacco-Calderas   Qualified students may pursue independent laboratory or field problems under the supervision of the staff. A project proposal is required before enrollment.  
GEOL 5302   Geophysics   Qualified students may pursue independent laboratory or field problems under the supervision of the staff. A project proposal is required before enrollment.  
GEOL 5302   Imaging of Gastropods   Qualified students may pursue independent laboratory or field problems under the supervision of the staff. A project proposal is required before enrollment.  
GEOL 5302   Mini-Thesis   Qualified students may pursue independent laboratory or field problems under the supervision of the staff. A project proposal is required before enrollment.  
GEOL 5302   Permian Gastropod Studies   Qualified students may pursue independent laboratory or field problems under the supervision of the staff. A project proposal is required before enrollment.  
GEOL 5302   Structural Investigations   Qualified students may pursue independent laboratory or field problems under the supervision of the staff. A project proposal is required before enrollment.  
GEOL 5302   Structure of Christmas Mtns   Qualified students may pursue independent laboratory or field problems under the supervision of the staff. A project proposal is required before enrollment.  
GEOL 5302   Terrell County Hydrogeology   Qualified students may pursue independent laboratory or field problems under the supervision of the staff. A project proposal is required before enrollment.  
GEOL 5304   Geology of West Texas   A seminar or lecture format may be used when sufficient interest exists in a timely topic. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in geology and by arrangement with the instructor.  
GEOL 5304   History of Geology   A seminar or lecture format may be used when sufficient interest exists in a timely topic. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in geology and by arrangement with the instructor.  
GEOL 5304   Tectonics   A seminar or lecture format may be used when sufficient interest exists in a timely topic. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in geology and by arrangement with the instructor.  
GEOL 5306   Advanced Structural Methods   Discussion of new geophysical, paleomagnetic, and structural methods. Application of these methods in resolving large-scale structural problems to scale, applied structural problems.  
GEOL 5317   Aqueous Geochemistry   The course involves the study of the geochemistry of surface and groundwater as applied to geologic and environmental problems. Prerequisite: Geology 3410 and Chemistry 3404 recommended  
GEOL 5320   Advanced Paleontology   Understanding the basic principles of evolution and ecology through the study of fossil organisms. The use of fossils in paleoenvironmental interpretations.  
GEOL 5326   Carbonate Petrology   Origin, classification and diagenesis of ancient and modern carbonate rocks and sediments.  
GEOL 5328   Advanced Sedimentation   Selected recent sedimentary environments and their ancient counterparts. Methods of investigation of sediments and sedimentary rocks with emphasis on terrigenous environments and rocks.  
GEOL 5332   Dynamic Stratigraphy   An analysis of the stratigraphic record emphasizing the relationships between dynamic processes and facies changes in modern and ancient environments.  
GEOL 5334   Geological Methodology    
GEOL 5402   Interdisciplinary GIS    
GEOL 5402   Interdisciplinary GIS Lab    
GEOL 5403   Advanced GIS   This course is designed to build on the skills learned in the Interdisciplinary GIS class. Topics will include a review of advanced vector analysis, followed by a detailed coverage of raster- based analysis. Projects will include the creation and manipulation of digital elevation models, classification on aerial and satellite imagery, and vector-to-raster conversion and analysis. The projects and assignments will utilize an extensive Trans-Pecos spatial database housed in the Sul Ross GIS lab. Software used will include the Spatial and 3D Analyst extension for ArcGIS and ERDAS Image. The graduate requirements will include a term research project related to the individual students research interest. Prerequisite: Geology 3401, Geology 5402, or approval of instructor  
GEOL 5403   Advanced GIS Lab   This course is designed to build on the skills learned in the Interdisciplinary GIS class. Topics will include a review of advanced vector analysis, followed by a detailed coverage of raster- based analysis. Projects will include the creation and manipulation of digital elevation models, classification on aerial and satellite imagery, and vector-to-raster conversion and analysis. The projects and assignments will utilize an extensive Trans-Pecos spatial database housed in the Sul Ross GIS lab. Software used will include the Spatial and 3D Analyst extension for ArcGIS and ERDAS Image. The graduate requirements will include a term research project related to the individual students research interest. Prerequisite: Geology 3401, Geology 5402, or approval of instructor  
GEOL 5404   Advanced Hydrology   A seminar or lecture format may be used when sufficient interest exists in a timely topic. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in geology and by arrangement with the instructor.  
GEOL 5404   Advanced Hydrology Lab   A seminar or lecture format may be used when sufficient interest exists in a timely topic. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in geology and by arrangement with the instructor.  
GEOL 5404   Geostatistics   A seminar or lecture format may be used when sufficient interest exists in a timely topic. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in geology and by arrangement with the instructor.  
GEOL 5404   Geostatistics Lab   A seminar or lecture format may be used when sufficient interest exists in a timely topic. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in geology and by arrangement with the instructor.  
GEOL 5404   Mini-Thesis    
GEOL 5404   Vertebrate Paleontology    
GEOL 5404   Vertebrate Paleontology   A seminar or lecture format may be used when sufficient interest exists in a timely topic. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in geology and by arrangement with the instructor.  
GEOL 5404   Vertebrate Paleontology Lab    
GEOL 5404   Vertebrate Paleontology Lab   A seminar or lecture format may be used when sufficient interest exists in a timely topic. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in geology and by arrangement with the instructor.  
GEOL 5405   Advanced Hysrology    
GEOL 6040   Thesis Research   The student will enroll in this course after earning credit for GEOL 6301 each semester or summer term in which assistance is provided by committee members or when use of the library or other research facilities of Sul Ross State University is made. The course is variable for 1 to 9 credit hours, and may be repeated with approval of advisor. Credit hours earned may not be applied towards the 30 or 36 hours required for the degree. Prerequisite: Master of Science students that have been admitted to candidacy  
GEOL 6301   Thesis Proposal   Satisfactory completion of this course requires an acceptable prospectus presented to the Graduate Committee. The student will normally register for this course no earlier than the second semester of graduate study. The student will enroll each semester or summer term in which assistance is provided by Committee members or when use of the library or other research facilities of Sul Ross State University is made.  
GEOL 6302   Thesis Defense    
PHYS 1101   College Physics Laboratory I   This laboratory-based course accompanies PHYS 1301, College Physics I. Laboratory activities will reinforce fundamental principles of physics, using algebra and trigonometry; the principles and applications of classical mechanics and thermodynamics, including harmonic motion, mechanical waves and sound, physical systems, Newton Laws of Motion, and gravitation and other fundamental forces; emphasis will be on problem solving. Corequisite: Physics 1301  
PHYS 1102   College Physics Laboratory II   This laboratory-based course accompanies PHYS 1302, College Physics II. Laboratory activities will reinforce fundamental principles of physics, using algebra and trigonometry; the principles and applications of electricity and magnetism, including circuits, electromagnetism, waves, sound, light, optics, and modern physics topics; with emphasis on problem solving. Corequisite: Physics 1302  
PHYS 1301   College Physics I   Non-calculus based survey course in general physics covering kinematics, dynamics, temperature, heat, thermal properties of matter, and wave phenomena. Emphasis is placed upon the concepts of physics rather than mathematical relationships. Prerequisite: Math 1314 or a satisfactory score on the algebra placement test.  
PHYS 1302   College Physics II   This non-calculus based survey course in general physics covers electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, optics, atomic and nuclear physics, special relativity, and quantum chromo dynamics. Emphasis is placed on the concepts of physics rather than mathematical relationships. Prerequisite: Physics 1301  
PHYS 2125   University Physics Lab I   Basic laboratory experiments supporting theoretical principles presented in PHYS 2325 involving the principles and applications of classical mechanics, including harmonic motion and physical systems; experimental design, data collection and analysis, and preparation of laboratory reports. Corequisite: Physics 2325  
PHYS 2126   University Physics Lab II   Laboratory experiments supporting theoretical principles presented in PHYS 2326 involving the principles of electricity and magnetism, including circuits, electromagnetism, waves, sound, light, and optics; experimental design, data collection and analysis, and preparation of laboratory reports. Corequisite: Physics 2326  
PHYS 2325   University Physics I   General physics for students who plan to do further work in engineering, mathematics, chemistry, geology or other related sciences. The course covers vectors, statistics, linear and rotational kinematics and dynamics and wave phenomena. Prerequisites: Math 1316 and Math 2413  
PHYS 2326   University Physics II   Continuation of Physics 2325 covering kinetic theory, thermal properties of matter, thermodynamics, electrostatic fields, potential, electric circuits, and magnetic fields. Prerequisites: Physics 2325 and Math 2414  
PHYS 4301   Introductory Geophysics