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GRACE, SEAN P., Associate Professor and Chairperson
CRAWFORD, SARAH C., Professor and Graduate Coordinator
BARBOZA, MEGHAN., Assistant Professor
BURIAN, STEVEN., Professor
DUNBAR, MIRANDA., Assistant Professor
EDGINGTON, NICHOLAS P., Associate Professor
FISCHER, MICHAEL., Assistant Professor
JEFFREY, RACHEL., Assistant Professor
ROBERTS, ELIZABETH., Associate Professor
SILADY, REBECCA A., Assistant Professor
WEINBAUM, JONATHAN C., Associate Professor
WOJISKI, SARAH, Assistant Professor

Biology, M.S.
The Master of Science degree in biology is primarily for students with a strong undergraduate
preparation in biology who desire to prepare for advanced study, teach at the college level, and/or pursue a career in research. Students entering this program are encouraged to undertake thesis research as a means of satisfying the degree requirements.

Biology 7-12, Educator Preparation Program

BIO 501 - Conservation Ecology

Conservation of populations, habitats, ecosystems. Demographic techniques, land use, pollution topics.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

BIO 502 - Population and Community Ecology

Structure, dynamics, theory, sampling methods, statistical analyses, and use of models for the study of populations and communities.

Prerequisite(s): undergraduate ecology or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

BIO 504 - Evolution

Principles of modern evolutionary theory and methods of analysis. In depth study of events and processes that affect the structure of populations, species and ecosystems.

Prerequisite(s): one year of biology including genetics.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

BIO 512 - Marine Invertebrate Ecology

Natural history and ecology of marine invertebrates. Ecological analysis of the dominant marine invertebrate communities. Limiting factors that affect the distribution of invertebrates. Students must provide their own transportation for required field trips.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 229.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2014

BIO 513 - Coastal Ecosystem Management

Hydrography, microbiota, plankton, benthos, nekton, physiology, biological production and environmental degradation of estuarine habitats.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 518 - Advanced Microbiology

In-depth treatment of bacterial structure and function including metabolism, gene function and control mechanisms.

Prerequisite(s): microbiology, genetics, and biochemistry or cell biology.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Winter Session 2017

BIO 519 - Emerging Infectious Diseases

A study of currently emerging infectious diseases, the organisms that cause them, and the environmental, demographic, and economic conditions that influence their emergence.

Prerequisite(s): general microbiology.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 525 - Ichthyology

Biology, systematics, and ecology of freshwater and marine fishes. Laboratory studies stress taxonomic competence with common species native to eastern North America.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

BIO 526 - Herpetology

The morphology, systematics, and natural history of amphibians and reptiles. Background for conducting research in related fields, such as vertebrate paleontology, ecology, genetics, evolution, embryology, comparative anatomy, physiology, and field natural history.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2014

BIO 529 - Endocrinology

An advanced physiology course with focus on the cellular mechanisms underlying hormone action. Topics covered include the biosynthesis of hormones, their interaction with receptors, the subsequent signal transduction pathway, their physiological effects and the regulation of their secretion.

Prerequisite(s): one year of chemistry and three semesters of biology including animal, human, or cell . physiology

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2015

BIO 534 - Stream Ecology

Physical and biological aspects of streams and rivers are presented in the context of modern ecological theory. Extensive use is made of real data sets to examine ecological relationships.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2015

BIO 536 - Marine Algae

Taxonomy, physiology, life cycles, and economic importance of algae with emphasis on marine algae.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2013

BIO 537 - Plant Anatomy and Physiology

Study of the gross and microscopic anatomy of plants as it related to plant physiology, with an emphasis on photosynthesis, hormones, and water realations.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2013

BIO 540 - Biogeography

Study of the patterns and distribution of plant and animal life of the world biogeographical realms and the biological and evolutionary principles governing these populations.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 541 - Tissue Culture Workshop

Laboratory course with research based focus on experimental projects in mammalian cell culture emphasizing recombinant DNA approaches. Areas of study include tumor cell biology, cell death induction (apoptosis) by cytotoxic agents, DNA transfections and genomic DNA analysis.

Prerequisite(s): a course in each of the following: genetics, cell biology, and biochemistry.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2013

BIO 542 - Human Physiology

In-depth study of the function of cells and selected organ systems suitable for students of health sciences. Cell physiology, nervous system, muscular system, respiratory system, cardiovascular system and excretory system are considered. Scheduled alternate summer terms.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 545 - Immunology

Study of innate and adaptive immunity, the nature of antigens and antibodies, genetics and control of immune response, immunopathologies.

Prerequisite(s): 3 semesters of chemistry, 3 semesters of biology including microbiology.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 547 - Virology

The basic concepts of general virology, biochemistry, molecular biology and cellular aspects of replication of viruses of different groups; also, viruses that are pathogenic for man; emerging viruses; the nature and symptoms of the diseases they cause and methods of treatment and prevention.

Prerequisite(s): one year of microbiology or consent of instructor.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2014

BIO 549 - Cellular Physiology

Current physiological explanations of all cellular reactions based on protein mechanisms at the cellular and subcellular levels, including metabolism, membrane and filamentous processes.

Prerequisite(s): Three semesters of biology including either one undergraduate course in cell/ molecular biology, or two semesters of biochemistry.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

BIO 550 - Research Methods in Biology (required course)

Design and execution of experimental approaches to biological problems. Emphasis is on use of scientific literature, preparation of the research proposal, modern techniques, and collection and evaluation of experimental data. 2 hours lecture per week; 2 hours lab per week. Scheduled in either fall or spring semesters each academic year.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 551 - Molecular and Developmental Genetics

Study of the molecular and genetic basis of development in metazoans including chromatin structure and function, RNA synthesis and processing, posttranslational regulation of proteins, and conserved signal transduction cascades, as they relate to cell differentiation, migration, division, growth, and apoptosis during the development of selected model organisms.

Prerequisite(s): an undergraduate developmental biology co urse; and an undergraduate cell/molecular biology course o r BIO 549, or two semesters of biochemistry.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2013

BIO 552 - Human and Medical Genetics

Biochemical defects, chromosome abnormalities, mutagenic hazards, forensic and pharmacogenetics, human genome project, molecular analysis of genetic disorders, gene therapy.

Prerequisite(s): a course in each of the following: biolog y, genetics, and chemistry.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

BIO 555 - Neurobiology

Discussion of the function and structure of the human nervous system at both cellular and system levels. Also included are recent research topics in developmental neurobiology, neuropharmacology and neurochemistry.

Prerequisite(s): coursework in chemistry, physics and phys iology.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

BIO 556 - Cancer Biology

Interdisciplinary approach to the study of cancer, emphasizing genetic and cellular aspects of loss of growth control. Also recombinant DNA technology approaches to the analysis of gene regulation and treatment modalities.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 320.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

BIO 560 - Scientific Communication: General Topics Seminar (required course)

Presentation and discussion of current material in various areas of biology. Always scheduled. (May be repeated.)

1 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 561 - Scientific Communication: Special Topics Seminar (required course)

Presentation and discussion of current material in a selected area of biology. Always scheduled. (May be repeated.)

1 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

BIO 582 - Biological Illustration

Emphasis on the basics of biological illustration and focus on five techniques: pen and ink, carbon dust, colored pencil, transparent watercolors, and watercolor airbrush. Use of mechanical and optical drawing aids (e.g., cameral lucida and microprojector) will be presented along with detailed discussion of the technical aspects of biological illustration. Students complete projects using the techniques presented. Scheduled spring or summer semesters. Also listed as ART 585. Scheduled summer semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

BIO 590 - Thesis Research

Open by departmental permission to candidates for Master of Science degree in biology who are registered in a thesis program. Always scheduled.

3 or 6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

BIO 600 - Independent Study and Research

Study of an area of theoretical or experimental biology under the direction of a faculty member. Admission by consent of department chairman. May not be used for credit towards thesis research. Always scheduled.

3 or 6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017