Biology (BIO)

BIO 101  Principles of Biology     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

Course Description: Principles of living phenomena; meets the general education biological science requirement. Three hours lecture, two hours lab.

BIO 105  Principles of Organismal Biology     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Examines basic concepts and principles related to organismal morphology and homeostasis of representative organisms. Three hours lecture and three hours lab per week. Prerequisite(s): ACT math score of 22 or higher or a score of 70 or higher on the MWSU Math Placement Exam or the equivalent, ACT English score of 18 or higher or the equivalent, and ACT reading score of 18 or higher or the equivalent. LAS Writing.

BIO 106  Principles of Cell Biology     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: A course for biology majors and students planning to take additional courses in biology, covering basic biochemistry, cell structure and function, molecular biology, genetics, physiology and development of plants and animals. Three hours lecture and three hours lab. Prerequisite(s): ACT math score of 22 or higher or a score of 70 or higher on the MWSU Math Placement Exam or the equivalent, ACT English score of 18 or higher or the equivalent, and ACT reading score of 18 or higher or the equivalent. LAS Writing.

BIO 116  Naturalist Training     Credits: 1

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: This course emphasizes the interpretation of major Missouri habitats, plants and animals. The history and philosophy of nature interpretation and its importance to conservation education is covered. The course is designed for students who wish to serve as official volunteers for the Department of Conservation during their college career and beyond. Course grades assigned on a pass/fail basis. Prerequisite(s): BIO 101 or BIO 105 recommended.

BIO 205  Genetics     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Explore and study classical, molecular, and evolutionary genetics. Three hours lecture and three hours lab per week. Prerequisite(s): BIO 106 and CHE 111 with a grade of C or higher.

BIO 209  Introduction to Wildlife Conservation     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: This course surveys the historic and modern development of conservation biology. How the principles of conservation are applied to the management, restoration, conservation and preservation of wildlife natural resources is emphasized. Prerequisite(s): BIO 105 with a grade of C or higher. BIO 225 recommended.

BIO 220  Field Natural History     Credits: 1-3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Involves participation in an off-campus field trip to experience a focused study of a unique biotic habitat. May involve pre-trip lectures and organizational meetings and/or post-trip class sessions or presentations. Different BIO 220 courses may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite(s): BIO 101, BIO 105, or BIO 106 or departmental approval.

BIO 225  Evolutionary Ecology     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Covers principles of ecology and evolution, including field and research methods. Three hours lecture and three hours lab. LAS Computer Literacy. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in BIO 105.

BIO 250  Anatomy and Physiology     Credits: 5

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

Course Description: Concepts of human structure and function and relationships of these concepts to cells, tissues, organs and systems. Four hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in either BIO 101 or BIO 106.

BIO 251  Medical and Public Health Microbiology     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Medically significant microorganisms, their characteristics, relationship to disease, transmission, and control methods. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Prerequisite(s): BIO 101 or BIO 106 and CHE 101, CHE 104 or CHE 111 each with a grade of C or higher.

BIO 265  Biology of Aging     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Introductory course examining the aging process in humans and other living organisms. Research into the causes of aging, prospects of retarding or reversing the aging process and the outlook for increasing life expectancy and life span in humans is reviewed. Prerequisite(s): BIO 101.

BIO 283  Introduction to Research Methods in Biology     Credits: 1-5

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Introduction to basic research in biology. Individual and team projects involving methods for solving biology-related research problems. Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval.

BIO 305  Human Ecology     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Mankind and the environment; pollution, population, resources, environmental law, and environmental ethics. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in either BIO 101, BIO 105 or BIO 106.

BIO 308  History and Philosophy of the Natural Sciences     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: A study of the history of the natural sciences with an emphasis on the philosophical analysis of these events. Prerequisite(s): Completion of General Studies Mathematics and Natural Sciences requirements.

BIO 311  Animal Physiology     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: The physiological systems, their functions and interactions in animal physiology with emphasis on the human animal. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Prerequisite(s): BIO 205 with a grade of C or higher.

BIO 313  Topics in Molecular Genetics     Credits: 1

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: A selected topics lecture course dealing with the molecular biology of the gene, i.e., the storage, modification, transmission, and retrieval of macromolecular information. One hour lecture/discussion. Prerequisite(s): Either BIO 101 or BIO 106, and BIO 205.

BIO 314  Technology and Society     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Participatory course emphasizing a particular problem and/or issue related to technology and society. Class participants will investigate the semester's theme using currently available technologies. Same as ENG 314, HUM 314, PSY 314, and PSC 314. Prerequisite(s): Category One - Basic Skills courses.

BIO 318  Ornithology     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Spring (even-numbered years).

Course Description: This course covers the taxonomy, anatomy, physiology, behavior and evolution, and sight and sound identification of birds. Prerequisite(s): BIO 225 with C or higher.

BIO 320  Histology     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Identification and description of microscopic structure, organization of tissues and organs, preparation of tissues for observation and study. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Prerequisite(s): BIO 106.

BIO 325  Introduction to Paleontology     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Spring (even-numbered years).

Course Description: A review of major principles and techniques in paleontology including but not limited to systematics, evolutionary history and relationships within the tree of life, comparative anatomy and community analysis. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Prerequisite(s): BIO 101 or BIO 105 or ESC 111 with a grade of C or higher, or consent of the instructor.

BIO 331  Bioinformatics     Credits: 2

Typically Offered: Spring (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: Bioinformatics is both the acquisition and the analysis of molecular genetic information. This course will concentrate on the growing repertoire of software available for bioinformatics studies and will give students an opportunity to design, complete, and present independent bioinformatics projects that address biological questions. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in BIO 205.

BIO 340  Plant Physiology     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Plant functions; emphasis on water relations, mineral nutrition, plant biochemistry, development, and responses to environmental factors in higher plants. Three hours lecture, three- hours lab. Prerequisite(s): BIO 106 or CHE 111 both with a grade of C or higher.

BIO 350  Plant Systematics     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Fall (even-numbered years).

Course Description: Identification, characteristics, and importance of seed plants; studies classification, techniques, and literature of taxonomy. Requires a plant collection and field trips. Three hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite(s): BIO 205 and BIO 225 both with a grade of C or higher.

BIO 351  Local Flora     Credits: 2

Typically Offered: Fall (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: This course concentrates on the identification, systematics, ecology, and natural history of native plants in forests, prairies, wetlands, and successional habitats in northwest Missouri. Field experiences, lectures and discussions are integrated throughout the course. Prerequisite(s): BIO 225 with a grade of C or higher.

BIO 352  Lichenology     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Spring (even-numbered years).

Course Description: Taxonomy, morphology, systematics, and ecology of lichenized-fungi with laboratory emphasis on identification of local taxa using micro- and macro-morphological characters, thin layer chromatography, and ascospore microscopy. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Prerequisite(s): BIO 225 with a grade of C or higher.

BIO 353  Philosophy of Biology     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: An introduction to current issues in the philosophy of biology such as the nature of biological organization, classification, and living systems and some of the problems that have arisen in the attempt to understand these complex systems. Same as PHL 353. Prerequisite(s): BIO 101 or BIO 105 or BIO 106.

BIO 355  Cave Ecology     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: The ecology of cave habitats. Includes information on biotic and abiotic factors affecting cave organisms, cave microhabitats, trophic interactions, and evolutionary adaptations. Field activities will emphasize mini projects that relate to cave ecology. Two hours lecture and the equivalent of three hours lab. Prerequisite(s): BIO 105 and BIO 225 both with a grade of C or higher.

BIO 357  Ichythology     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: This class will consist of one hour lecture followed by a two hour lab. Lectures will cover aspects of fish morphology and physiology; general taxonomy, phylogeny and evolution; behavior; and ecology. Labs will consist of identification of native fishes of Missouri and learning about their distributions, the habitats they are found in, their life history characteristics, and their taxonomic identification. Prerequisite(s): BIO 225 with a grade of C or higher.

BIO 360  Development of Federal Wildlife Law     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall (even-numbered years).

Course Description: Introduction to the principles of federal wildlife law as currently practiced in the United States. The course will survey the historical and constitutional origins of federal wildlife law and discuss the influence major statutes currently in effect exert on the biopolitics and daily practice of wildlife resource management and conservation. Three hours lecture, including discussions and/or special topics. Field trips may occasionally substitute for lecture/discussion periods at instructor's discretion, depending upon the topic. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in BIO 105.

BIO 375  Pathophysiology     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Human diseases and the physiological disorders produced by disease. The origin, incidence and symptoms of disease. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in BIO 250 or BIO 311.

BIO 380  Biology Teaching: Materials and Methods     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring (even-numbered years).

Course Description: This course provides pre-service secondary biology teachers with opportunities to develop a framework that can be used to coordinate biological concepts and techniques obtained from science courses with pedagogical concepts and methods from education classes and teaching experiences. The development of a science teaching portfolio is required. Students enrolled in this course must also be available to work in one of the scheduled BIO 101 labs. Prerequisite(s): 20 credit hours in science.

BIO 385  Herpetology     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Spring (even-numbered years).

Course Description: Natural history of the amphibians and reptiles, including ecology, biology, evolution, and anatomy, with an emphasis on local species. Three hours lecture and one, three-hour lab each week. One weekend field trip is required. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in BIO 106 and BIO 225.

BIO 390  Microbiology     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Identification, characteristics, and importance of microorganisms; application to human needs, infection and immunity. Three hours lecture and three hours lab per week. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in BIO 205.

BIO 407  Plant Morphology     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Spring (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: Structure, development, and evolutionary relationships of algae, fungi, and bryophytes and representative vascular plants. Three hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in BIO 105.

BIO 409  Principles of Terrestrial Wildlife Management     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring (even-numbered years).

Course Description: Students will survey the principles, theories, and practices of terrestrial wildlife management. Activities include discussions of local, national, and international issues as well as exploration of major techniques used in the management of terrestrial wildlife resources. Lectures, field experiences, discussions, and in-class activities are integrated throughout the course. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in both BIO 209 and BIO 225.

BIO 410  Molecular Cell Biology     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Advanced cell biology covering topics relevant to cellular structure and function. Selected topics may include: cell signaling, cell adhesion, membrane function, cell motility and cytoskeletal structure and function. The cellular basis for some human syndromes and disease will also be covered. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Prerequisite(s): BIO 205 with a grade of C or higher.

BIO 411  Developmental Biology     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Examines the morphological changes and the genetic and molecular pathways involved in animal embryonic development. Three hours lecture and three hours lab. Prerequisite(s): BIO 205 with a grade of C or higher.

BIO 412  Seminar in Biology     Credits: 1

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Individual reports and group discussion on problems and current research in biology. May be repeated for a maximum of 2 credits. Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval.

BIO 415  Invertebrate Biology     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Fall (even-numbered years).

Course Description: Biology of the invertebrates, emphasizing their taxonomy, anatomy, life cycles, evolution, and ecology. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Prerequisite(s): BIO 106 and BIO 225 with a grade of C or higher.

BIO 416  Vertebrate Biology     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Spring (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: Comparative anatomy, biological principles, and taxonomy of the vertebrates. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Prerequisite(s): BIO 205 and BIO 225 with a grade of C or higher.

BIO 417  Medical Parasitology     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: An introduction to the major protozoal, helminth, and arthropod parasites of humans. Three hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite(s): BIO 205 and BIO 225 with a grade of C or higher.

BIO 418  Mammalogy     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Fall (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: The morphology, systematics, evolution, taxonomy, distribution, comparative physiology, life history, behavior, and ecology of mammals. Research and collections dealing with mammals will also be a part of this course. Three hours lecture and three hours lab. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in BIO 225.

BIO 419  Animal Behavior     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Fall (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: An introduction to the principles of animal behavior, including the evolutionary, ecological, physiological, and psychological basis of animal behavior. Topics will include social interactions, mating behavior, communication, learning, foraging, predator-prey interactions, and habitat selection. Three hours lecture and three hours lab. Same as PSY 419. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in BIO 105, or a grade of C or higher in both BIO 101 and PSY 101.

BIO 420  Biology Teaching Practicum     Credits: 1-2

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

Course Description: A laboratory or classroom teaching assistant experience. This experience may not be substituted for other courses required in the student's major area. Course grades assigned on a pass/fail basis. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite(s): Junior or Senior standing, declared Biology major, and departmental approval.

BIO 421  Immunology     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Spring (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: Investigation of the cellular and molecular basis of the immune response. Methods in immunology as applied to various fields. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Prerequisite(s): BIO 390 with a grade of C or higher.

BIO 425  Biology Internship     Credits: 1-2

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

Course Description: An extracurricular experience related to a unique approved career experience or a Preprofessional experience. Course grades assigned on a pass/fail basis. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite(s): Junior or Senior standing, declared Biology major, and departmental approval.

BIO 430  Molecular Basis of Disease     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Spring (even-numbered years).

Course Description: Investigation of the basic biological causes of human diseases at molecular, cellular, and physiological levels. Three hours lecture, three hours lab per week. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in BIO 205.

BIO 431  Molecular Biology     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: In-depth study of the molecular and cellular basis of life. Investigation of molecular genetic techniques as applied to diverse biological disciplines. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in both BIO 106 and BIO 205.

BIO 441  Virology     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Spring (even-numbered years).

Course Description: Principles of Virology that will focus on virus classification, various molecular aspects of virus replication, and pathogenesis. Prerequisite(s): BIO 390 with a grade of C or higher.

BIO 450  Independent Research/Project     Credits: 1-5

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

Course Description: Investigation of a research problem, project, or topic on an individual conference basis. Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior standing, declared Biology major, overall GPA of 2.5, BIO 105, CHE 111, CHE 120, and MAT 116.

BIO 455  Entomology     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Fall (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: Introduction to the insects that will focus on their taxonomy, natural history, physiology, development, and ecology. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in BIO 105, BIO 106 and BIO 225.

BIO 458  Fisheries Management     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: The course will stress sampling gears, strategies, and catch selectivity in the assessment of fish populations. In addition, the interrelationships among trophic components in aquatic systems and the proper collection and mathematical description of fishery data will be discussed. Basic principles of recruitment, growth, and mortality will be examined in conjunction with management implications. Primary emphasis will be on warm water sport fish populations inhabiting temperate lakes and reservoirs using case histories as examples. Each class will consist of 1 hours of lecture and 2 hours of covering the lecture topic in lab. Prerequisite(s): BIO 209 and BIO 225 each with a grade of C or higher.

BIO 461  Renewable Resources Policy and Administration     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: This course explores wildlife resources policy and administration from several perspectives. It examines environmental and administrative decision making in developing and implementing policy designed to address contemporary resource management challenges, conflicts and problems as they impact wildlife resources at the state and national level. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in BIO 105.

BIO 495  Individual Research in Biology     Credits: 1-5

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

Course Description: Individual research within the various fields of biology. The student will be required to present results of investigation at a public seminar. Course grade assigned on a pass/fail basis. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite(s): Junior or Senior standing, with a declared Biology major, 2.5 GPA; BIO 105, CHE 111, CHE 120, MAT 116.