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Course Descriptions

Concentration Requirements: 24 hours

ES332 Ecology and Conservation Biology (4) This course covers physiological, population, community and ecosystem ecology with a focus on methods of field study and conservation biology. Application of ecological and evolutionary principles to real-world environmental issues. Topics include nutrient cycling, biomes, population dynamics, species interaction, restoration and landscape ecology. The course will also investigate the social, economic, and political aspects of applied ecology. Laboratory. [Skill: Q] Prerequisites: BI230 and BI231.

BI330G-NS Animal Diversity (4) An overview of the biological diversity of animals and protozoa at the Kingdom, Phylum, Class and Order levels. An examination of anatomical and genomic criteria and techniques used to construct phylogenetic trees. Review of the evolutionary mechanisms that give rise to diversity. Examination of the current state, past history and future prospects of biological diversity on Earth. Examination of current concepts in the conservation of biological diversity. Intended for majors and general education. Laboratory. [Skill: O] Prerequisite: BI23.

BI333 Plant Biology (4) Structure, function, taxonomy, and ecology of plants. Topics include photosynthesis, reproduction, hormones, nutrition, water relations, evolution, and identification. Laboratory. [Skill: O] Prerequisites: BI230 and BI231.

ES350 or ES350G-NS Advanced Topics in Field Biology (4) This course contains an extensive field component. Lectures at Wilmington College will be followed by a one to two week field experience at biological field stations. Prerequisites: BI230 and BI231.

BI330G-NS Animal Diversity** (4) An overview of the biological diversity of animals and protozoa at the Kingdom, Phylum, Class and Order levels. An examination of anatomical and genomic criteria and techniques used to construct phylogenetic trees. Review of the evolutionary mechanisms that give rise to diversity. Examination of the current state, past history and future prospects of biological diversity on Earth. Examination of current concepts in the conservation of biological diversity. Intended for majors and general education. Laboratory. [Skill: O] Prerequisite: BI23.

BI333 Plant Biology** (4) Structure, function, taxonomy, and ecology of plants. Topics include photosynthesis, reproduction, hormones, nutrition, water relations, evolution, and identification. Laboratory. [Skill: O] Prerequisites: BI230 and BI231.

BI336 Evolution (4) The one unifying theory of biology is the theory of evolution by natural selection. Topics include natural selection speciation, biogeography, population genetics, character evolution, and macroevolution. Laboratory. [Skill: Q] Prerequisite: BI230 and BI231.

BI338 Vertebrate Anatomy (4) Laboratory sections and lecture presentations are combined to study the comparative anatomy of vertebrates and their invertebrate chordate relatives. Evolutionary trends in development, structure and function are studied to understand the various adaptations vertebrates have made to fit their environment. Laboratory. [Skill: W] Prerequisite: BI231.

BI340 Vertebrate Physiology (4) A comparative study of physiologic systems in all animals, emphasizing vertebrate species. Laboratory. [Skill: T] Prerequisite: BI231.

BI343 Microbiology and Immunology (4) A survey of the microbial world including: microbial growth, metabolism, molecular biology and genetics; medical, food and water microbiology; and microbial taxonomy. Also includes the vertebrate immune system and other defense mechanisms. Inquiry based laboratory activities enhance students’ ability to ask and answer scientific questions. Laboratory. [Skill: W] Prerequisite: BI230.

BI346 Genetics (4) A study of formal and molecular genetics. Topics include Mendelian genetics, epistatic systems, viral and bacterial genetics, DNA structure, gene mapping, transcription, translation, gene structure and regulation and eukaryotic genome structure. Laboratory. [Skill: Q] Prerequisite: BI230.

BI349 Parasitology (4) A survey of the anatomy, life cycles, modes of infection and effects on hosts of selected animal and protistan parasites. Emphasis is placed on parasites of medical and veterinary importance. Laboratory activities include methods for diagnosis of parasitic infections and projects to reinforce elements of proper experimental design. Laboratory. [Skill: W] Prerequisite: BI231.

BI350 Advanced Topics for Biology Majors (4) The advanced study of some of the areas of biology, such as ecology, physiology, pharmacology, and health science nor offered as regular courses in the biology curriculum. May be repeated when topics vary. Prerequisites: BI230 and BI231.

BI434 Molecular Biology (4) Basic concepts of the central dogma will be studied. Gene expression in eukaryotes, regulation at the transcriptional and posttranscriptional levels will also be emphasized. Cancer and developmental biology will be used as the focus for understanding concepts. The laboratory will focus on basic molecular techniques including nucleic acid isolation, gel electrophoresis, cloning techniques, Southern and Western techniques, and PCR techniques. Laboratory. Prerequisite: BIO230.