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BIOL 1106   Biology I Laboratory   BIOL 1106 Biology for Majors I Laboratory (0-2). The first half of a two semester sequence including the molecular basis of life biology and replication of the cell transcription translation energy acquisition and retrieval and reproduction. This lab will focus on cell structure and replication the physical and chemical properties of life and energy cycles. Required for Biology Majors and Minors. Prerequisites: Biology for Majors I (BIOL 1306) lecture must be taken concurrently or previously  
BIOL 1107   Biology II Laboratory   BIOL 1107 (BIOL 1107) Biology for Majors II Laboratory (0-2). The second half of a two semester sequence including foundational concepts of natural selection evolution and speciation anatomy and physiology and diversity of plants and animals and ecological and environmental principles. This lab will focus on natural selection simulation phylogenetics microscopy animal and plant anatomy and the diversity of microbes protisis fungi plants invertebrates and vertebrates. Required for Biology Majors and Minors. Prerequisites: Biology for Majors II (BIOL 1307) lecture must be taken concurrently or previously  
BIOL 1301   Medical Terminology   BIOL 1301 Medical Terminology (3-0). 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 o n- line resources students will acquire an understanding of how medical terms should be used pronounced and the meaning behind these terms.  
BIOL 1306   Biology for Majors I   BIOL 1306 (BIOL 1306) Biology for Majors I (3-0). The first half of a two semester sequence including the molecular basis of life biology and replication of the cell transcription translation energy acquisition and retrieval and reproduction. Required for Biology Majors and Minors.  
BIOL 1307   Biology for Majors II   BIOL 1307 Biology for Majors II (3-0). The second half of a two semester sequence including foundational concepts of natural selection evolution and speciation anatomy and physiology of plants and animals diversity of plants and animals and ecological and environmental principles. Required for Biology Majors and Minors. Prerequisites: Biology for Majors I (BIOL 1306/BIOL 1106)  
BIOL 1311   General Botany   BIOL 1311 (BIOL1311) General Botany (3-0). 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   BIOL 1313 (BIOL 1313) General Zoology (3-0). 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 2121   Microbiology Laboratory   BIOL 2121 Microbiology for Science Majors Laboratory (0-2). Principles of microbiology including metabolism structure and function of microbes. This lab presents an overview of the ubiquity and diversity of microorganisms and will focus on hands-on learning of microscopy aseptic technique isolating culturing and identifying bacteria. This course is designed for Biology Majors and Minors pre-nursing pre-dental and pre-veterinary students. Prerequisites: Microbiology for Science Majors (BIOL 2321) lecture must be taken concurrently or previously.  
BIOL 2301   Anatomy & Physiology I   BIOL 2301 Anatomy && Physiology I (3-0). 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. Course is intended for pre-nursing pre-medical pre-optometry pre-veterinary students other pre-health professionals and Biology Majors. Prerequisites: Biology for Majors I (BIOL 1306/BIOL 1106) strongly preferred  
BIOL 2302   Anatomy & Physiology II   BIOL 2302 Anatomy && Physiology II (3-0). Study of the structure and function of the cardiovascular respiratory digestive urinary immune endocrine and reproductive systems. Course is intended for pre-nursing pre-medical pre-optometry pre-veterinary students other pre-health professionals and Biology Majors. Prerequisites: Anatomy && Physiology I lecture and laboratory (BIOL 2301/BIOL2101) required  
BIOL 2320   Pathophysiology   BIOL 2320 Special Topics (3-0). A course offering selected topics in biology. This course may be repeated if topic varies. Prerequisite: BIOL 1306 - Biology for Majors I  
BIOL 2321   Microbiology   BIOL 2321 (BIOL 2321) Microbiology for Science Majors (3-0). Principles of microbiology including metabolism structure and function genetics and phylogeny of microbes. This course presents an overview of the ubiquity diversity and evolution of microorganisms microbial ecology and medical microbiology. This course is designed for Biology Majors and Minors pre-nursing pre-dental and pre-veterinary students. Prerequisites: Biology for Majors I (BIOL 1306/BIOL 1106) or Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 2301/BIOL 2101) required.  
BIOL 2321   Microbiology for Science Major   Principles of microbiology, including metabolism, structure and function, genetics and phylogeny of microbes. This course presents an overview of the ubiquity, diversity and evolution of microorganisms, microbial ecology, and medical microbiology. This course is designed for Biology Majors and Minors, pre-nursing, pre-dental, and pre-veterinary students. Prerequisites: Biology for Majors I (BIOL 1306/BIOL 1106) or Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 2301/BIOL 2101) required.  
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 2405   Plants and People   BIOL 2405 Plants and People (3-2). 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: BIOL 1307 - Biology for Majors II preferred Lab fee: $8  
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 3301   Human Nutrition   BIOL 3301 Human Nutrition (3-0). A general Science course designed for elementary education majors only focusing on understanding and teaching Earth Sciences and Biology standards from Kindergarten level through Middle School. Standards will be presented using the scientific inquiry cycle of observing a phenomenon asking questions constructing explanations planning and carrying out investigations and engaging in argument from evidence.  
BIOL 3302   Evolution   BIOL 3302 Evolution (3-0). Evolution is the central concept in biology. This course examines evolution as a science and places it in an historical context. Lectures focus on descent with modification, the nature of natural selection, the history of the earth, the information content of the fossil record, and processes responsible for diversification (speciation and extinction). Prerequisites: BIOL 3306 or BIO 3306  
BIOL 3303   Sciences in Cinema & TV   BIOL 3303 Sciences in Cinema and Television (3-0). 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.  
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   BIOL 3306 Genetics (3-0). A comprehensive introduction to the four main areas of modern genetics: Mendelian genetics, cytogenetics, molecular genetics, and population genetics. The historical and philosophical basis for these areas will be dealt with using plant and animal studies. Prerequisites: BIOL 1306/1106 & BIOL 1307/1107  
BIOL 3307   Animal Behavior   BIOL 3307 Animal Behavior (3-0). The study of feeding, defense, animal orientation, instinctive behavior, learning, communication, social, and sexual behavior with emphasis on evolutionary and ecological relationships. Prerequisites: BIOL 1306/1106 & BIOL 1307/1107  
BIOL 3309   History of Science   BIOL 3309 History of Science (3-0). The study of the evolution of scientific discovery over time. Topics covered will reach beyond just biology covering physics astronomy chemistry and medicine. Time periods covered begin in the ancient sciences and move forward to the Renaissance. Scientific discoveries will be examined culture by culture to see the multicultural influence on the development of science over time.  
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 3405   Agrostology   BIOL 3405 Agrostology (3-2). The classification phylogeny natural history and literature of the important range grasses of the Trans- Pecos region of Texas. Collection and field trips. Prerequisite: BIOL 1307 - Biology for Majors II. Lab fee: $8. Equivalent course: BIO 3405.  
BIOL 3408   Invertebrate Zoology   BIOL 3408 Invertebrate Zoology (3-2). The study of the life history morphology taxonomy phylogeny and ecology of invertebrate organisms. Prerequisite: BIOL 1307 - Biology for Majors II. Lab fee: $8  
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   BIOL 4101 Biology Senior Review (1-0). The purpose of the senior capstone is to provide students with a formal opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the Biology curriculum to a culminating personalized learning experience. Students conduct a thorough literature review of pertinent topics in biology, analyze and summarize findings, resulting in a written and/or oral report. Required for all Biology majors. To be taken during the final long semester before graduation. Prerequisite: Completion of, or current enrollment in, all required departmental courses (e.g., Genetics and Cell Biology).  
BIOL 4102   Amphibian Hematology   Individual study of selected topics in biological literature or Field Biology.  
BIOL 4102   Biological Investigations   BIOL 4102 Individual Studies (1-0). Individual study of selected topics in biological literature or Field Biology. Prerequisite: BIOL 1306 - Biology for Majors I  
BIOL 4102   Biological Studies   Individual study of selected topics in biological literature or Field Biology.  
BIOL 4102   Ind. Stu: Bio. Investigations   BIOL 4102 Individual Studies (1-0). Individual study of selected topics in biological literature or Field Biology. Prerequisite: BIOL 1306 - Biology for Majors I  
BIOL 4202   Biological Investigations   Individual study of selected topics in biological literature or Field Biology.  
BIOL 4202   Individual Studies   BIOL 4202 Individual Studies (2-0). Individual study of selected topics in biological literature or Field Biology. Prerequisite: BIOL 1306 - Biology for Majors I  
BIOL 4301   Cell Biology   BIOL 4301 Cell Biology (3-0). 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: BIOL 1306/1106 & BIOL 1307/1107.  
BIOL 4305   Applied Entomology    
BIOL 4305   Dendrology    
BIOL 4305   Dynamics of Infectious Disease    
BIOL 4305   Evolution   animal behavior, animal physiology, coevolution, invasive species, aquatic plants, conservation or many other potential subjects. May be repeated when topic varies. Prerequisites: BIOL 1306/1106 & BIOL 1307/1107.  
BIOL 4307   Capstone Research    
BIOL 4307   Physical Therapy Internship II    
BIOL 4403   Herpetology   BIOL 4403 Herpetology (3-2). An exploration into the ecology, natural history, physiology, evolution and systematics of amphibians and reptiles with emphasis on those species found in the southwestern region of Texas. Prerequisites: BIOL 1306/1106 & BIOL 1307/1107.  
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 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 4409   Mammalogy   BIOL 4409 Mammalogy (3-2). An exploration into the ecology, natural history, physiology, evolution, systematics, and economic relations of mammals with emphasis on those species found in the southwestern region of Texas. Museum technique and field work will be stressed. Prerequisites: BIOL 1306/1106 & BIOL 1307/1107.  
BIOL 4410   Med & Veterinary Entomology   BIOL 4410 Medical and Veterinary Entomology (3-2). 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: BIOL 1307 - Biology for Majors II Lab fee: $8  
BIOL 4414   Forensic Entomology   BIOL 4414 Forensic Entomology (3-2). The study of the various insects associated with forensic investigations. Course will cover the use of insect related evidence in legal investigations and how that evidence can be collected analyzed and used in a court of law. Lectures will emphasize the major aspects of forensic entomology from calculating post mortem the different types of data that can be obtained from insects the effects of the environment on forensic entomology and other aspects of the filed. Laboratory studies will emphasize taxonomy and identification as well as collection techniques. Prerequisites: BIOL 1306 Biology for Majors I  
BIOL 4607   Arachnida of the Trans Pecos   BIOL 4607 Special Topics Field Studies (4-4). A course offering selected topics in Biology that consist of field work. This course may be repeated if topic varies. Prerequisite: BIOL 1307 - Biology for Majors II. Field school fee: $175 - $1800  
BIOL 4607   Field Zoology   BIOL 4607 Special Topics Field Studies (4-4). A course offering selected topics in Biology that consist of field work. This course may be repeated if topic varies. Prerequisite: BIOL 1307 - Biology for Majors II. Field school fee: $175 - $1800  
BIOL 5100   Non-thesis Oral Exam   Independent study of selected topics in biology.  
BIOL 5100   NT Oral Exam and Prep   Independent study of selected topics in biology.  
BIOL 5100   Oral Exam and Prep II   Independent study of selected topics in biology.  
BIOL 5101   Non-thesis Exam Prep   BIOL 5101 Graduate Seminar (1-0). Discussion of pertinent topics in biology with emphasis changing depending upon instructor.  
BIOL 5303   NT Oral Exam and Prep   BIOL 5303 Non-Thesis Oral Exam and Preparation (3-0). A short course covering all the major topics and areas of biology in order to prepare for the final exam for the degree. Students will be expected to review and teach back material including but not limited to basic biological concepts such as photosynthesis cellular respiration transcription and translation mitosis and meiosis and evolution via natural selection. Current relevant topics in biology will also be incorporated into the course. Toward the end of the semester students will take the final comprehensive exam required for completion of the degree.  
BIOL 5305   Tech of Scientific Research   BIOL 5305 Techniques of Scientific Research (3-0). 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   BIOL 5307 Special Topics (3-0). A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology. May be repeated when topic varies.  
BIOL 5307   Biogeography   BIOL 5307 Special Topics (3-0). A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology. May be repeated when topic varies.  
BIOL 5307   Dynamics of Infectious Disease   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology. May be repeated when topic varies.  
BIOL 5307   Genetics   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology. May be repeated when topic varies.  
BIOL 5307   Graduate Evolution   BIOL 5307 Special Topics (3-0). A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology. May be repeated when topic varies.  
BIOL 5307   Readings in Conservation Biol.   BIOL 5307 Special Topics (3-0). A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology. May be repeated when topic varies.  
BIOL 5307   Topics in Environmental Biol   A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology. May be repeated when topic varies.  
BIOL 5307   Women in STEM   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 5322   NT Oral Exam and Prep   BIOL 5322 Non-Thesis Oral Exam and Preparation (3-0). A short course covering all the major topics and areas of biology in order to prepare for the final exam for the degree. Students will be expected to review and teach back material including but not limited to basic biological concepts such as photosynthesis cellular respiration transcription and translation mitosis and meiosis and evolution via natural selection. Current relevant topics in biology will also be incorporated into the course. Toward the end of the semester students will take the final comprehensive exam required for completion of the degree. Equivalent course: BIOL 5303 (through Summer 2022), BIO 5322.  
BIOL 5323   Evolutionary Biology   BIOL 5323 Evolutionary Biology (3-0). This course will focus on current theories of forces of evolutionary change including natural selection gene flow founder effects and the role of evolutionary change in the origin of new species and the diversity of life. Prerequisite: Bachelor of Science in Biology or permission of the instructor  
BIOL 5324   Tech of Scientific Research   BIOL 5324 Techniques of Scientific Research (3-0). 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. Equivalent course: BIOL 5305 (through Summer 2022), BIO 5324.  
BIOL 5326   ST:Molecular Phylogenetic Tec   BIOL 5326 Special Topics (3-0). A course dealing with selected and timely topics in biology. May be repeated when topic varies. Equivalent course: BIOL 5307 (through Summer 2022), BIO 5326.  
BIOL 5407   Biostatistical Analysis Theory   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   Ornithology   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 5602   Field Zoology   BIOL 5602 Field Zoology (3-6). 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. Field school fee: $175 - $1800  
BIOL 5607   Advanced Plant Taxonomy    
BIOL 5607   Arachnida of the Trans Pecos   BIOL 5607 Special Topics Graduate Field Studies (3-6). A course offering selected topics in biology that consist of field work. This course may be repeated if topic varies. Field school fee: $175 - $1800  
BIOL 6040   Thesis Research   BIOL 6040 Thesis Research (0-18). The student will enroll in this course after earning credit for BIOL 6301 (Thesis Prospectus) 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. Prerequisites: Master of Science students that have been admitted to candidacy including earned credit for Thesis Prospectus.  
BIOL 6301   Thesis Prospectus   BIOL 6301 Thesis Prospectus (0-6). Satisfactory completion of this course requires an acceptable prospectus presented to the Graduate Committee. The student will normally register for this class no earlier than the second semester of graduate study. The prospectus is expected to be completed promptly as this course may not be taken more than two long semesters.  
BIOL 6302   Thesis Defense   BIOL 6302 Thesis Defense (0-6). 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.