Biology Graduate Courses

Some courses may not be offered every year. Check with the college or department office for current information about when specific courses are offered.  

 

For course syllabi, see the departmental website.

 

BIO  502 VIROLOGY      (3)

Biophysical and biochemical characteristics of mammalian and microbial viruses; mechanisms of infectivity, viral-induced neoplasma; lab emphasis on the activities of bacteriophage as a model system. 3 hrs. lecture.  Recommended: PHY 111 and 112.  Prerequisite: BIO 401C and (CHM 360 or CHM 461 or  CHM 560)

 

BIO  514 ADVANCED EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY     (3)

Applies physiological principles to exercise circumstances; includes critical analysis of the effect of exercise on human physiologic function with in-depth examination of current literature.  Co-convenes with BIO 420C.  Prerequisite: EXS 336 or BIO 338

 

BIO  516 MICROBIAL GENETICS      (3)

Fundamental concepts of microbial genetics including chromosome mapping, resistance transfer factors, transduction, transformation, mutagenesis, mechanism and control of gene expression.  Recommended: PHY 111 and 112.  Prerequisite: BIO 205 and (CHM 360 or CHM 461 or CHM 560)

 

BIO  517 AGROSTOLOGY      (3)

Identification, classification, structure, distribution, and economic importance of grasses. Lecture and lab combined; two 2-hour periods per week.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite: BIO 415

 

BIO  525 ICHTHYOLOGY       (3)

Evolution, systematics, anatomy, physiology, ecology, and identification of fishes. recommended: weekend field trips.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite: BIO 223 and BIO 425

 

BIO  526 HERPETOLOGY      (3)

Classification, distribution, ecology, and identification of amphibians and reptiles. 2 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite: BIO 182 and BIO 223

 

BIO  527 ORNITHOLOGY     (3)

Classification, anatomy, physiology, ecology, behavior, distribution, and field identification of birds. 2 hrs. lecture, 4 hrs. lab.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite: BIO 182 and BIO 223

 

BIO  528 MAMMALOGY     (3)

Survey of functional morphology, classification, behavior, and ecology of mammals. 2 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite: BIO 223 and BIO 424

 

BIO  535 NEUROBIOLOGY AND BEHAVIOR     (3)

Mechanisms of neuron and muscle excitability, neural network function, and sensory processing. Presents several examples of the neural correlates of behavior. 2 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. demonstration and discussion.  Prerequisite: BIO 425

 

BIO  536 DEVELOPMENTAL PLANT ANATOMY     (3)

Cells, tissues, and organs of seed plants, emphasizing correlations between structure and function.  2 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab.  Co-convenes with BIO 436.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: BIO 284 or BIO 284H

 

BIO  540 COMPARATIVE ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY      (4)

Advanced survey of organ systems, physiology, and functional morphology. 3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab.  Prerequisite: BIO 221 and (GLG 102 or GLG 225)

 

BIO  541 CARDIORESPIRATORY PHYSIOLOGY     (3)

Provides in-depth exploration of cardiovascular and respiratory physiology, emphasizing mechanics and control and their study in exercise. Prerequisite: EXS 336 or BIO 338 or BIO 425 or BIO 444

 

BIO  542 BIOMECHANICS     (3)

Mechanical principles of force, motion, and equilibrium as they apply to human performance of motor skills.  Co-convenes with BIO 360.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: EXS 334 or BIO 334

 

BIO  545 ENDOCRINOLOGY     (3)

Influence of chemical mediators in physiological processes.  Prerequisite: (CHM 238 or CHM 360) and BIO 425

 

BIO  546 MICROBIAL PHYSIOLOGY     (3)

Physiology of microorganisms, emphasizing procaryotes. Includes aspects of growth, nutrition, chemical composition, and metabolism. 2 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab.  Prerequisite: CHM 360 or CHM 461

 

BIO  550 HUMAN GENETICS      (3)

Human inheritance, particularly from the view of medicine, with some reference to the relationship of genetics to marriage and social conditions. 3 hrs. lecture. Prerequisite: BIO 340

 

BIO  551 DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY     (3)

Topical survey of microbial, plant, and animal development, emphasizing molecular mechanisms underlying cellular differentiation, pattern formation, and spatial and temporal regulation of gene expression.  recommended: BIO 331.  Prerequisite: BIO 345 or BIO 350

 

BIO  566 LEGISLATIVE INTERNSHIP      (1-12)

Supervised internship in the Arizona Legislature during spring semester.  You must apply during fall semester; selection is competitive, and you must be a candidate for a graduate degree.  Registration is handled by the internship coordinator after the legislature has made its final selection.  Pass-fail only.  

 

BIO  570 PLANT ECOLOGY     (3)

Surveys theories that explore the dynamic nature of plants. Uses examples from population-level and community-level studies to demonstrate current problems in plant ecology, emphasizing paradigms unique to plants. 2 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab.  Prerequisite: 15 hours of BIO coursework

 

BIO  571 FIELD BIOLOGY 2.00 3.00

Natural history of organisms common to Arizona.  1-2 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab.  May be repeated as needed for credit.  Instructor's consent required.  Letter grade only.  

 

BIO  572 LIMNOLOGY     (3)

Ecology of inland waters; examination of structural, physical, and chemical influences on biotic communities. 2 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab, field trips.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  Prerequisite: BIO 182 and BIO 221

 

BIO  573 FIELD ECOLOGY      (4)

Emphasizes identification of original field research problems in diverse habitats, experimentation, data analyses, oral presentation of findings, and writing in journal format.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  

 

BIO  574 EXPERIMENTAL MARINE ECOLOGY 6.00 6.00

Summer field studies of marine organisms in the Gulf of California, emphasizing observational and experimental tests of behavioral, ecological, and evolutionary theory. 2 hrs. lecture, 6 hrs. lab daily. recommended: one of BIO 221, 223, 410, or 525.  Instructor's Consent.  Prerequisite: BIO 326 and BIO 340

 

BIO  575 PLANT PATHOLOGY     (3)

Causes, environmental relations, and control of major plant diseases. 2 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab.  Prerequisite: BIO 284 or BIO 284H or BIO 411

 

BIO  577 CONCEPTS IN ECOLOGY     (3)

Theoretical and applied concepts in ecology, such as evolutionary ecology, population and community ecology, ecosystem ecology and behavioral ecology. 3 hrs. lecture.  Prerequisite: BIO 326

 

BIO  578 MICROBIAL ECOLOGY     (3)

Population, community, and ecosystem ecology of microorganisms emphasizing interactions with plants and animals and the roles of microorganisms in ecosystem processes.  Co-convenes with BIO 471.  Cross-listed with ENV 471 and ENV 571.  Letter grade only.  Prerequisite: BIO 205, 220 or permission of instructor

 

BIO  580 POPULATION AND QUANTITATIVE GENETICS     (3)

Mendelian and quantitative approaches to understanding population and evolutionary genetics; inference concerning natural lab populations. 3 hrs. lecture.  Prerequisite: BIO 340 and MAT 119 and STA 270

 

BIO  587 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT      (1-3)

Designed to assist in preparing you for entry into your professional arena.  Pass-fail or letter grade, depending on department policy.  

 

BIO  589 CONTENT ENHANCEMENT FOR TEACHERS      (1-6)

This course acts as a mechanism for teachers to enhance their content knowledge by taking needed undergraduate courses by arranging for an individually negotiated form of an independent study and completing an additional teaching application assignment equaling 30% of the final course grade.  Department consent required.  Letter grade only.  

 

BIO  593 IN-SERVICE TEACHER WORKSHOP      (1-3)

Topical instruction involving exchange of ideas, practical methods, skills, and principles. Normally you may count up to 6 hours of 593 toward your graduate program. Pass-fail only.

 

BIO  597 READING FOR COMPREHENSIVE EXAM      (1-9)

Preparation for comprehensive examination.  Pass-fail only.  

 

BIO  599 CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENTS      (1-4)

Examines recent trends and investigations in a selected area of a particular field of study.  May be offered no more than three times before being submitted for a permanent course number.  May be repeated for credit.  Letter grade only.  

 

BIO  608 FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE      (1-12)

Supervised field experience in an appropriate agency, organization, or situation. May not exceed 12 hours of credit. Pass-fail only.  Department consent required.  

 

BIO  621 ADVANCED IMMUNOCHEMISTRY      (4)

Techniques in the isolation and purification of immunoglobulins, cellular mechanisms, complement assay, transplantation, and other current methodology.. 2hrs. lecture, 6 hrs. lab.  Prerequisite: BIO 401C and CHM 320 and (CHM 360 or CHM 461 or CHM 560)

 

BIO  644 APPLIED MICROBIOLOGY      (4)

Theoretical considerations and practical application in using microbes for producing specific products and for solving environmental, industrial, and medical problems. 3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab.  Prerequisite: CHM 360 or CHM 460 or CHM 560

 

BIO  646 PLANT CHEMISTRY     (3)

Composition of plants, properties, nature, and classification of plant constituents, storage of plant products. 2 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab.  Prerequisite: CHM 230 or CHM 360

 

BIO  650 ADVANCED CELLULAR BIOLOGY     (3)

Up-to-date coverage of cellular structures and functions, including at least membrane phenomena, DNA replication and function, protein synthesis and secretion, cytoskeleton and locomotor functions, and energy transduction phenomena. Prerequisite: undergraduate degree in biology.  

 

BIO  652 CYTOGENETICS      (4)

Chromosomal types, behavior, and activity in plants and animals, emphasizing cell division, changes in chromosome structure and number, and techniques for their analysis. 3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab.  Prerequisite: BIO 340

 

BIO  660 ORGANIC EVOLUTION     (3)

Modern theory of evolution and developing conceptual issues, patterns, and mechanisms of evolution. Prerequisite: undergraduate degree in biology.  

 

BIO  663 BIOGEOGRAPHY     (3)

Reviews factors governing the patterns of organism distribution, including biotic and physical relationships, evolutionary history, dispersal mechanisms, paleoecology, continental drift, and insular phenomena. Prerequisites: undergraduate degree in biology or related field plus knowledge of basic ecological concepts.  

 

BIO  666 ANIMAL BEHAVIOR     (3)

Surveys principles and theory, emphasizing feeding, reproduction, habitat behavior, aggression, learning, communication, behavioral genetics, and social organization. Prerequisite: undergraduate degree in biology, psychology, anthropology, or sociology.  

 

BIO  670 ADVANCED ECOLOGY     (3)

Contemporary theories on various ecological phenomena including ecological systems theory, species diversity, competition, predation, habitat selection, dispersal, co-evolution, and population regulation.  Prerequisite: BIO 326

 

BIO  673 PHYSIOLOGICAL ECOLOGY      (4)

Biophysical analysis of organism interaction with environment. Major topics include energy balance, gas exchange, and water relations of animals and plants. Prerequisites: introductory courses in ecology, physiology, chemistry, and physics.  

 

BIO  680 BIOLOGICAL TECHNIQUES      (1-3)

Selected topics on techniques used in modern field and lab research. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit. 2 hrs. lecture (3 hrs. lab at instructor's option). Instructor's consent required.  Pass-fail or letter grade.  Course fee required.  

 

BIO  681 ADVANCED STUDIES IN BIOLOGY      (2-3)

In-depth coverage of important groups of plants and animals. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit. 2 hrs. lecture (3 hrs. lab at instructor's option). Instructor's Consent.

 

BIO  682 QUANTITATIVE BIOLOGY     (3)

Introduces quantitative analysis of biological data, including the treatment of field and lab data by computer statistical packages and mathematical models of biological and ecological processes.  Prerequisite: STA 570

 

BIO  683 MODERN BIOLOGY FOR TEACHERS     (3)

Fundamentals of biology, emphasizing recent developments in the field. Prerequisite: introductory course in biology.  

 

BIO  685 GRADUATE RESEARCH      (1-6)

Letter grade or pass-fail.  May be repeated as needed.  Department Consent.

 

BIO  697 INDEPENDENT STUDY      (1-3)

Letter grade or pass-fail.  Department Consent.

 

BIO  698 GRADUATE SEMINAR      (1)

Oral reports on current literature topics or individual research by staff and graduate students. Coconvenes with BIO 498.  Letter grade or pass-fail.  May be repeated as needed.  Department consent required.  

 

BIO  699 GRADUATE THESIS      (1-9)

Individualized directed research, writing, and oral defense of selected thesis topic.  May be repeated as needed.  Department Consent.  Prerequisite:  Admission to master's program.  

 

BIO  795 INTERNSHIP IN COLLEGE TEACHING      (1)

Department Consent.  

 

BIO  799 DISSERTATION      (1-9)

Individualized directed research, writing, and oral defense of selected dissertation topic.  May be repeated as needed.  Department Consent.