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BIOL-100  Topics In Biology

Specialized focus on new developments or subjectsıof current interest in biology.ıNOTE: Not applicable for Biology or GeneralıScience major or minor.ı3 credits (NW)ı

BIOL-104  Genetics: A 20th Century Science

Examination of the changing concept of the geneıfrom 1900 to the present. The advent and theıfuture of molecular biology. Consideration ofıtopics from historical and biologocialıperspectives. Study of the scientific method andıits application to the gene concept.ıNOT APPLICABLE for Biology or General Scienceımajor or minor.ı3 credits (NW)

BIOL-105  Human Biology and Evolution (also Listed As ANTH 105)

Principles of human biology and evolution, dealingıwith the genetics, physiology, and behavior ofıhumans and other primates. Study of theırelationships between biology and culture.ıEmphasis on the theory of evolution, itsıapplication to humans, and recent discoveries inıthe field of human prehistory. Lecture, readings,ıfilms, essays, and discussion.ıNOT APPLICABLE for Biology or General Scienceımajor or minor.ı3 credits (NW)

BIOL-106  Microbes and Man

Role of microorganisms in nature and theirıimportance to human welfare. Stimulation of anıunderstanding of such contemporary issues asıgenetic engineering, cancer and its causes,ıinfectious diseases, and the quality of theıenvironment. For the non-science major; assumesıno biology or chemistry.ıNOT APPLICABLE for Biology or General Scienceımajor or minor.ı3 credits

BIOL-107  Animals In Action

Course explores animal behavior at multiple levelsıof biological organization from genetic andıneurophysiological underpinnings of behavior toıresulting behavioral interactions of animals withıenvironment and other organisms. Special emphasisıgiven to relating course concepts to relevantıcurrent topics in human health and society,ıevolution and biological conservation. Topicsıinclude: behavioral genetics, hormones andıbehavior, mating behavior, parent-offspringıinteractions, habitat selection, navigation,ıforaging, self defense, communication, learning,ıcognition, sociality, and behavior andıconservation. Course for non-majors intended toıpromote scientific literacy and quantitativeıreasoning.ıNOT APPLICABLE for Biology or General Scienceımajor or minor.ı3 credits (NW)

BIOL-108  Ecology of Ecosystems

Examination of the diversity and complexity ofıecosystems plus critical processes, includingınutrient cycling, productivity, and energy flow.ıAnalysis of human impacts on these ecosystems,ıwith considerations of ecosystem resilience andırestoration efforts.ıNOT APPLICABLE for Biology or General Scienceımajor or minor.ı3 credits (NW or QR)

BIOL-109  The Life and Death of Cancer

Introduction to basic biology and pathogenesis ofıcancer. Overview of many types of cancer withıdescription of statistics regarding prevalence andısurvival rates. Consideration of economic andısocial implications of cancer, treatments, andıresearch and drug development. Designed forınon-majors.ıNOT APPLICABLE for Biology or General Scienceımajor or minor.ı3 credits (NW)

BIOL-210  Principles of Biology

An introduction to the fundamental principles ıof biology including the origin and diversity ofıliving things; the molecular, cellular, andıgenetic bases of life; the structure andıfunction of organisms; their evolution andıecology. Lecture and laboratory. Required forıBiology majors. Completion of 210 is aıprerequisite for enrollment in 211. $60 lab fee.ıRecommended: concurrent enrollment in CHEM 210.ı4 credits (NW)

BIOL-211  Principles of Biology

An introduction to the fundamental principles ıof biology including the origin and diversity ofıliving things; the molecular, cellular, andıgenetic bases of life; the structure andıfunction of organisms; their evolution andıecology. Lecture and laboratory. Required forıBiology majors. Completion of 210 is aıprerequisite for enrollment in 211. $60 lab fee.ıRecommended: concurrent enrollment in CHEM 210.ı4 credits (NW)

BIOL-212  Human Anatomy

A systemic approach to structure and basicıfunctions of cells, tissues, and organs of theıhuman body. Lab exercises include cat dissection,ımicroscopic examination of tissues and organs ofıthe body and utilization of human cadaverıprosections. Lecture and laboratory. $60 lab fee.ıPrerequisites: Completion of one full semester ofıcollege. One year of Principles of Biology orıGeneral Chemistry is strongly recommended.ıAcceptable for General Science major.ı4 credits (NW)ıııııı

BIOL-213  Human Physiology

Functioning of human body systems relating toıorganization and structure; support and movement,ıinternal communication; integration, coordination,ıand sensation; internal transport; energyıacquisition and metabolism; fluid regulation; andıreproduction. Lecture and laboratory. $60 lab fee.ıPrerequisite: 212 or consent of instructor.ıOffered fall and spring.ıAcceptable for General Science major.ı4 credits (NW)

BIOL-220  Research Methods

Instruction and practice in techniques used inıresearch laboratories. May be repeated for Biologyımajor or minor elective credit.ıPrerequisite: consent of instructor.ı1 credit

BIOL-225  Tropical Ecology In Costa Rica

Introduction to tropical ecosystems and to theırelationship between humans and thoseıenvironments. Field trips to several tropicalıecosystems including humid, dry, and cloudıforests and to agricultural or biologicalıresearch stations. Conducted in Spanish.ıPrerequisites: 210/211.ıOffered fall.ı3 credits (NW or GP)

BIOL-235  Field Methods In Biology and Environmental Science

A hands-on exploration of the methods used toıgather and analyze data taken from the field,ıincluding quantification of the diversity andıdistribution of plant, animal, and fungal species,ıpopulations, communities, and ecosystems, ofıhydrology and water quality, and of GIS software.ıLecture, laboratory, and field trips. $60 lab fee.ıPrerequisites: 210/211; MATH 140 recommended.ı4 credits

BIOL-250  Plant Growth and Development

Study of the basic structure and function of ıthe cells, tissues, and organs of higher plants.ıDetailed exploration of the genetic and molecularıbases of processes such as flowering andıembryogenesis. Emphasis on current models ofıplantıdevelopment using scientific papers from theıprimary literature. Lecture and laboratory. $60ılab fee. Prerequisites: 210/211. 5 credits.

BIOL-260  Plant Diversity and Ecology

Study of the evolution and systematics of plants,ıincluding mosses, ferns and fern allies,ıgymnosperms, and angiosperms; the global andıregional distribution and ecology of plantıcommunities and ecosystems; and theıinterrelationships between plants and humans. $60ılab fee. Prerequisites: 210/211, or ENVS 101/102.ı4 credits. (NW)

BIOL-270  Genetics

Fundamental principles of heredity from virusesıtoıman, with emphasis on chromosomal mapping, geneıregulation, and modern concepts of DNAımanipulation. Lecture and laboratory. $60 labıfee.ıPrerequisites: 210/211, and CHEM 210. 5 credits.

BIOL-275  Introduction To Microbiology

Introductory course covering the basic conceptsıofımicrobial world, beginning with a review ofıbiological and chemical concepts. Focus on theıprokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms withıclinicalıand industrial importance. Meets theıprerequisitesıfor students planning to major in Nursing. $60ılabıfee. Prerequisites: 210/211, or CHEM 210/211.ı4 credits.

BIOL-285  Principles of Ecology

Introduction to the structure and functions ofıecosystems, communities, and populations withıemphasis on terrestrial and fresh waterıenvironments. Introduction to the science ofılaboratory ecology and field research.ıQuantitative field techniques, basic statisticalıtools, and independent research study. $60 labıfee. Prerequisite: 211 or ENVS 101.ı5 credits. (NW or QR)

BIOL-290  Plants and Society (also Listed As ANTH 290)

An interdisciplinary study of past, present, andıfuture uses of plants, the products made fromıthem, the sociocultural contexts in which theıplants are used, their impact on development ofıhuman societies, and the impact of humans onıplant populations worldwide. Three hours ofılecture per week plus field trips. $60 lab fee.ıPrerequisites: 211, ANTH 111 or ENVS 203.ıOffered fall of even-numbered years.ı4 credits. (NW)

BIOL-295  Sophomore Seminar In Biology

Career planning and skills in biology. Careerıguidance, networking, ethics, problem solving,ıscientific exploration, resume and/or CV writing,ıinformational interviews, attendance at andısummary of several Science Colloquium meetings,ıand class presentations.ıPrerequisite: sophomore standing. (S/U)ı1 credit.

BIOL-300  Topics In Biology

Specialized focus on new developments, advancedıtopics, or subjects of current interest inıbiology. Lecture/lab, lecture/field work, orıseminar format. May be repeated once for creditıwith different content. $60 lab fee.ıPrerequisites: 210/211, and junior standing.ı3 credits.

BIOL-330  Insect Biology

This course will explore the evolution,ıdiversity,ıanatomy, physiology, reproduction, development,ıecology, and behavior of the most abundant animalıform on planet earth--the insects. Class meetingsıwill be a mixture of traditional lecture formatıwith frequent in-class discussions andıactivities.ıThe laboratory will include experimental andıexperiential investigations of materialıcoordinated with the lecture. Students will alsoıassemble and curate an insect collection. $60 labıfee. Prerequisite: BIOL 211 and junior standingıorıconsent of instructor. 4 credits.

BIOL-335  Human Embryology

An examination of human developmental anatomy,ıbeginning with an analysis of early embryonicıdevelopment and an overview of the fundamentalıprinciples of developmental biology, andıcontinuing with a description of the developmentıof each of the systems of the human body.ıPrerequisites: 212. Offered every other or everyıthird spring. Not for Biology major or minor.ı3 credits. (NW)

BIOL-350  Biology and Identity of Woody Plants

Intensive field and lecture course forıidentification of tree, shrub, and vine speciesıprominent in Oregon ecosystems. Biogeographicıhistory, landscape and disturbance ecology,ıecological specialization, evolutionary history,ıand impacts of global warming and otherıanthropogenic environmental changes. Lab trip toıthe Redwoods. $60 fee. Prerequisite: BIOL 211.ıOffered fall of odd-numbered years. 4 credit.

BIOL-361  General Microbiology

Biology of major groups of microorganisms withıemphasis on bacteria and viruses. Microorganismsıin human disease, the environment, and appliedımicrobiology. Lab techniques for isolating andıidentifying bacteria. Three lectures and oneılaboratory per week. $60 lab fee. Appropriate forıBiology & Exercise Science majors.ıPrerequisites: 211 and CHEM 210. 4 credits.

BIOL-380  Marine Ecology

The physical and biological factors in the marineıecosystem and their interrelationships,ıemphasizing the rocky intertidal, sandy beach,ıand deep abyss environments. Lecture, laboratory,ıfield work, and projects. $60 lab fee.ıPrerequisites: 285. 4 credits.

BIOL-385  Plant Systematics

Evolutionary perspective of diversity andıadaptations of vascular plants. Special emphasisıgiven to vascular plant classifications,ırecognition of family-level traits, and plantınomenclature. Collection and identification ofıferns, gymnosperms, and flowering plants inıOregon. Lecture, lab, and field trips. $60 labıfee. Prerequisites: 210/211 and junior standing.ı270 strongly recommended. Offered spring ofıodd-numbered years. 5 credits.

BIOL-390  Vertebrate Physiology

Physiological principles in vertebrates, withıemphasis on mechanisms of integration andıhomeostasis at cellular, organ, and systemılevels. Lecture and laboratory. $60 lab fee.ıPrerequisites: 210/211 and CHEM 210/211.ı5 credits.

BIOL-395  Junior Seminar: Topics In Biological Literature

Detailed investigation of selected topics in theıbiological literature via discussion and critiqueıof current research papers. Student oralıpresentation.ıPrerequisites: 211 and junior standing. Offeredıspring semester.ı1 credit

BIOL-400  Molecular Cell Biology

Study of the molecular mechanisms of ıfundamental biological processes such asıtranscription, translation, and DNAıreplication; molecular cell biology ofıeukaryotic organisms. Concepts introduced atıthe beginning of the course applied to theımolecular biology of complex multicellularıprocesses such as development, immuneıresponse, and cancer. $60 lab fee.ıPrerequisites: 210/211, CHEM 210/211, and juniorıstanding. 5 credits. (MWI)

BIOL-410  Animal Behavior

Concepts in animal behavior at multiple levels ofıbiological organization. Perspectives range fromıgenetic and neurophysiological underpinnings ofıbehavior to the resulting behavioral interactionsıof animals with their environment and otherıorganisms. Topics include behavioral genetics,ıhormones and behavior, mating behavior,ıparent-offspring interactions, habitat selection,ınavigation, foraging, self defense,ıcommunication,ılearning, sociality, and behavior andıconservation. Laboratory includes experimentalıhypothesis testing in the field and lab; dataıcollection, analysis, and presentation; and aıgrant proposal. $60 lab fee.ıPrerequisites: 210/211, and junior standing.ı4 credits. (MWI)

BIOL-420  Animal Development

Study of the early development of vertebrates ıand selected invertebrates, with emphasis onıgenetic, biochemical, and physiologicalıprocesses influencing formation and growth ofıorgan systems. Lecture and laboratory. $60 labıfee. Prerequisites: 211, CHEM 211. BIOL 270ıstrongly recommended. 4 credits.

BIOL-432  Immunology

The nature of antigens, lymphocytes,ıimmunoglobulins, and the regulation of the immuneıresponse. Applications to infection,ıhypersensitivity, tumor immunity, transplantation,ıand autoimmunity. Three lectures per week.ıPrerequisites: 210/211, and CHEM 210/211, 321.ı3 credits

BIOL-433  Immunology Lab

Laboratory techniques in basic hematology,ıserology, cell culture, and experimentalıimmunology. $60 lab fee. Prerequisite: 432ıconcurrently. 1 credit.

BIOL-439  Peer Instruction

Advanced study opportunity for outstandingıstudents to assist faculty members in theıclassroom or laboratory. Focus on course contentıand pedagogy.ıPrerequisites: junior standing, application andıconsent of instructor.ı1-2 credits. (S/U) (EL)

BIOL-441  Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Study of the biochemical and molecular processesıwithin a cell. Consideration of the role ofılipids, amino acids, carbohydrates, and nucleicıacids in the fundamental cellular processes ofıreplication, transcription, translation,ısignaling, and transport. $60 lab fee.ıPrerequisites: 210/211; CHEM 210/211, and juniorıstanding. 4 credits.

BIOL-450  Evolution

Historical development of modern synthetic ıtheory; sources and maintenance of variation,ıpopulation differentiation, origin of species;ıapplications to conservation and human welfare.ıLecture and field trips. $60 lab fee.ıPrerequisites: 211 and junior standing; 270ıstrongly recommended. 5 credits. (MWI)

BIOL-480  Independent Study

Supplemental work for students with advancedıstanding in biology.ı1-5 credits, with a maximum of 5 credits appliedıto the major.

BIOL-485  Seminar

Group study and discussion of contemporaryıproblems, research issues, and ideas inıbiology. Oral presentation.ıPrerequisite: one year of college biology.ı1 credit

BIOL-486  Senior Comprehensive Exam

Preparation for oral examination emphasizingıbreadth of knowledge in general biology andıdepth of knowledge in areas of course work.ıPrerequisite: senior standing.ı1 credit

BIOL-487  Internship

Opportunity to gain practical experiences, e.g. ıat a field station, with a health careıprofessional, in a business, or with aıgovernmental agency. Written report. Oneıcredit per 40 hours of experience.ıPrerequisite: consent of department.ıMaximum of 5 cr may be applied to the major.ı1-5 credits (EL)ıı

BIOL-490  Independent Research

Field or laboratory research on topics of ıinterest to student. Library work andıextensive written report. For advanced,ıself-reliant students.ıPrerequisite: consent of instructor.ıMaximum of 5 credits may be applied to the major.ı2-5 credits

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