Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2011

Biology

 

Faculty

J. N. Jarrett, Chair; D. R. Carter, T. M. Doan, S. L. Halkin, M. E. Jackson, J. R. King, J. L. Krans, T. Mione, B.J. Nicholson, P. Osei, C. A. Penniman, R. E. Rollin, D. A. Spector (Dept. phone: 860-832-2645)

 

Department Overview

The Department of Biology has full-time faculty representing the major specializations within the broad field of biology. Copernicus Hall houses laboratories for introductory and advanced undergraduate and graduate courses and research in biology.

The department has a wide range of modern research equipment in laboratories designed for class and/or individual research studies. Specialized facilities, available for faculty and student instruction and research, include a greenhouse, herbarium, molecular genetics research laboratory, controlled environment room, computer laboratory, experimental gardens, and growth chambers.

Through the academic and extracurricular opportunities which the department offers, students are prepared to understand the living world and to enter various careers in biology.

 

Programs

Major in Biology, BS (Non-teaching)

Biology Core (14-19 credits):
BIO 121 General Biology I 4
BIO 122 General Biology II 4
BIO 200 General Biology III 4
BIO 290 Biology Research Experience I 1
BIO 390 Biology Research Experience II 1
   or

BIO 391 Internship in Biology 1-6

General Biology (32 total credits in biology required)

Biology core, plus 13-18 credits of any other 200-level or higher BIO or BMS courses. Please note that upper-level BMS courses require BMS 201, which can count as an elective in the general biology major. Other electives may be approved at the discretion of the department chair.

 

Related Requirements (28-30 credits):

MATH 124 Applied Calculus with Trigonometry 4
   or

MATH 152 Calculus I
4
   or

MATH 125 Applied Calculus 3
and

MATH 115 Trigonometry 3
CHEM 161 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 162 General Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 163 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 164 General Chemistry II Lab 1
CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 213 Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
PHYS 121 General Physics I 4
and

PHYS 122 General Physics II 4
   or

PHYS 125 University Physics I 4
and

PHYS 126 University Physics II 4

This program includes consideration of all the major concepts and areas of biology. Students are encouraged to see connections in biological processes from the standpoint of all sciences. Students may select different courses to build on the knowledge gained in their first and second years of study and design a biology curriculum that suits their interests. With this degree, students may enter careers in research, health-related fields, industry, or graduate study in biology.

Specialization in Ecology, Biodiversity, and Evolutionary Biology (32 total credits in biology)

Biology core, plus 13-18 credits as follows:

One of the following:

BIO 402 Evolutionary & Ecological Genetics 3
BIO 405 Ecology 4
BIO 434 Ecology of Inland Waters 4
BIO 440 Evolution 3
BIO 480 Animal Behavior 3

 

And one of the following:

BIO 315 Microbial Ecology 4
BIO 322 Vertebrate Zoology 4
BIO 326 Mushrooms, Mosses & More 4
BIO 327 Vascular Plants 4
BIO 420 Ornithology 4
BIO 421 Marine Invertebrate Biology 4
BIO 425 Aquatic Plant Biology 4
BIO 444 Plant Taxonomy 3

 

And any advanced courses in the E/B/E Group

E/B/E Group

BIO 230 Natural History 2
BIO 402 Evolutionary & Ecological Genetics 3
BIO 315 Microbial Ecology 4
BIO 322 Vertebrate Zoology 4
BIO 326 Mushrooms, Mosses, & More 4
BIO 327 Vascular Plants 4
BIO 405 Ecology 4
BIO 410 Ecological Physiology 4
BIO 420 Ornithology 4
BIO 421 Marine Invertebrate Biology 4
BIO 425 Aquatic Plant Biology 4
BIO 434 Ecology of Inland Waters 4
BIO 436 Environmental Resources and Management 3
BIO 438 Aquatic Pollution 4
BIO 440 Evolution 3
BIO 444 Plant Taxonomy 3
BIO 470 Field Studies in Biology 1-4
BIO 471 International Field Studies in Biology  1-4
BIO 480 Animal Behavior Laboratory
2
BIO 481 Skeletal Biology 4
BIO 488 Animal Behavior Laboratory
2
BIO 489 Vertebrate Dissection 2
BIO 490** Topics in Biology 3-4
BIO 491** Advanced Studies in Biology 1-3
BIO 499** Undergraduate Thesis in Biology 1



**with a topic focus approved by the E/B/E faculty advisor

 

Related Requirements (28-30 credits):

MATH 124 Applied Calculus with Trigonometry 4
   or

MATH 152 Calculus I
4
   or

MATH 125 Applied Calculus 3
and

MATH 115 Trigonometry 3
CHEM 161 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 162 General Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 163 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 164 General Chemistry II Lab 1
CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 213 Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
PHYS 121 General Physics I 4
and

PHYS 122 General Physics II 4
   or

PHYS 125 University Physics I 4
and

PHYS 126 University Physics II 4

This specialization emphasizes ecological and evolutionary processes integrated with study of organismal diversity. Students will develop an understanding of the processes that influence relationships among organisms and interactions with their environments through selected courses and individual research projects. This program will prepare students for careers with government agencies (e.g., conservation, fisheries, wildlife management, forestry), nongovernmental organizations, environmental education groups, and the environmental industry. In addition, students will be prepared for graduate studies in fields such as ecology, evolution, animal behavior, natural resources management, or marine and aquatic biology.

 

Specialization in Environmental Science (28-32 total credits in biology required)

Biology core, plus 14-16 credits as follows :

BIO 436 Environmental Resources and Management 3
   or

BIO 438 Aquatic Pollution 4
 


One of the following:
BIO 315 Microbial Ecology 4
BIO 322 Vertebrate Zoology 4
BIO 326 Mushrooms, Mosses & More 4
BIO 327 Vascular Plants 4
BIO 420 Ornithology 4
BIO 421 Marine Invertebrate Biology 4
BIO 425 Aquatic Plant Biology 4
BIO 444 Plant Taxonomy 3



One of the following:
BIO 331 Neurobiology 4
BIO 410 Ecological Physiology 4
BIO 412 Human Physiology 3
and

BIO 413 Human Physiology Lab 1
BIO 449 Plant Physiology 3
and

BIO 450 Investigations in Plant Physiology 1
BIO 405 Ecology 4
   or

BIO 434 Ecology of Inland Waters 4
  


Related Requirements (38-41 credits):
MATH 124 Applied Calculus with Trigonometry 4
   or

MATH 152 Calculus i
4
   or

MATH 125 Applied Calculus 3
and

MATH 115 Trigonometry 3
CHEM 161 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 162 General Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 163 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 164 General Chemistry II Lab 1
CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 213 Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
CHEM 301 Analytical Chemistry 4
CHEM 406 Environmental Chemistry 3
ESCI 121 Physical Geology 4
   or

ESCI 450 Environmental Geology 3
PHYS 121 General Physics I 4
and

PHYS 122 General Physics II 4
   or

PHYS 125 University Physics I 4
and

PHYS 126 University Physics II 4

This specialization offers students a strong biology core curriculum and added multidisciplinary strengths in environmental science. The program provides students with a foundation in organismal biology, ecology, environmental chemistry, earth science, and environmental management in order to give an understanding of environmental issues from a multidisciplinary perspective. The program has particular strengths in plant and animal organismal biology and aquatic (freshwater and estuarine) ecology. The specialization prepares students for careers in environmental science and natural resource management with government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and the environmental industry, or for graduate studies in these areas.

 

Major in Biology, BS (Certifiable for teaching grades 7-12, 32-34 credits in biology)

BIO 121 General Biology I 4
BIO 122 General Biology II 4
BIO 200 General Biology III 4
BIO 290 Biology Research Experience I 1
BIO 390 Biology Research Experience II 1

 

Animal Diversity Elective

One of the following:

BIO 322 Vertebrate Zoology 4
BIO 420 Ornithology 4
BIO 421 Marine Invertebrate Biology 4

Plant Diversity Elective

One of the following:

BIO 326 Mushrooms, Mosses & More 4
BIO 327 Vascular Plants 4
BIO 425 Aquatic Plant Biology 4
BIO 444 Plant Taxonomy 3

Genetics/Microbiology Elective

One of the following:

BIO 402 Evolutionary & Ecological Genetics 3
BIO 315 Microbial Ecology 4
BMS 306 Genetics 4
BMS 316 Microbiology 4

 

Physiology Elective

One of the following:

BIO 318 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 319 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO 331 Neurobiology 4
BIO 410 Ecological Physiology 4
BIO 412 Human Physiology 3
BIO 413 Human Physiology Lab 1
BIO 449 Plant Physiology 3
BIO 450 Investigations in Plant Physiology 1
BIO 481 Skeletal Biology 4

Ecology/Evolution Elective

One of the following:

BIO 405  Ecology 4
BIO 434 Ecology of Inland Waters 4
BIO 440 Evolution 3
BIO 470 Field Studies in Biology 1-4
BIO 480 Animal Behavior 3

At least one course in BIO or BMS must be at the 400-level. Please note that upper-level BMS courses require BMS 201, which can count as an elective in the biology major.

 

Required Courses

MATH 124 Applied Calculus with Trigonometry 4
   or
MATH 152 Calculus i
4
   or
MATH 125 Applied Calculus 3
and
MATH 115 Trigonometry 3
CHEM 161 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 162 General Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 163 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 164 General Chemistry II Lab 1
CHEM 250 Basic Organic and Biochemistry 4
   or
CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I 3
and
CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
PHYS 121 General Physics I 4
and
PHYS 122 General Physics II 4
   or
PHYS 125 University Physics I 4
and
PHYS 126 University Physics II 4
EDTE 316 Principals of Learning (Sec/K-12) 4
EDF 415 Educational Foundations 3
SPED 315 Introduction to Educating Learners with Exceptionalities 3
EDSC 425 Principles of Secondary Education 3
EDSC 435 Secondary Education Student Teaching 3-9
SCI 416 Educational Technology in Secondary Science 1
SCI 417 Teaching of Science in the Secondary School 3
SCI 419 Student Teaching Seminar 1
SCI 420 History and Nature of Science 3
RDG 440 Literacy in Secondary School 3

This major is designed for students who wish to teach biology at the secondary level. The program includes consideration of all major concepts and areas of biology. Within some of the areas, students may select different courses to build on knowledge gained in their first and second years of study. Students are continuously encouraged to see connections in biological events from the standpoint of all sciences. The specialization also includes a professional education component. Because of the breadth of required courses, it is also possible for students in secondary education to enter a variety of other careers in research, health, and industry, as well as graduate study.

A student who majors in biology is not required to complete a minor but is urged to minor in one of the other laboratory sciences or general science.

 

Portfolio Requirement

All majors in the Department of Biology are required to complete a student portfolio. Minimally, the student portfolio must include a current resume, a current Student Graduation Evaluation (available from the Department of Biology) or transcript, a narrative describing the student's goals for undergraduate education and graduate educational or career plans, and writing samples from one or more upper-level courses in the major. To fulfill the portfolio requirement in biology, the student portfolio must be reviewed with one or more faculty members in biology as a course requirement in BIO 200, as a required component of BIO 390, 391, 491, and all independent studies and internships, and prior to application for graduation, as evidenced by submission of a Portfolio Requirement Completed form (available from the Department of Biology and signed by the major advisor) to the biology chair.

 

Minor in Biology (Certifiable for secondary teaching)

20 credits in biology (for those with a major in chemistry, physics, or earth sciences):

BIO 121 General Biology I 4
BIO 122 General Biology II 4
BIO 200 General Biology III 4
and 8 credits in BIO at the 300- or 400-level

Required Courses

SCI 416 Educational Technology in Secondary Science 1
SCI 417 Teaching of Science in the Secondary School 3
SCI 419 Student Teaching Seminar 1
MATH 125 Applied Calculus 3
CHEM 161 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 162 General Chemistry I Lab 1

Students interested in the biology minor should consult with the Department of Biology chair about the specific requirements for the minor.


Major in General Science with Specialization in Biology, BS (Certifiable for elementary education, 39-42 credits)

For course listing, see major in general science linked here.

 

For Certification in Elementary Education, Complementary Subject Matter Area in Biology (18 credits)

BIO 100 Search in Biology 3
BIO 101 Search in Biology with Lab 3
BIO 120 Plants of Connecticut 3
BIO 132 Introductory Ecology 3
BIO 133 Laboratory in Introductory Ecology 1
BIO 150 Long Island Sound - Introductory Ecology 4
BIO 230 Natural History 2
BIO 322 Vertebrate Zoology 4
BIO 326 Mushrooms, Mosses & More 4
BIO 327 Vascular Plants 4
BIO 421 Marine Invertebrate Biology 4
and any 300- or 400-level biology course 3

 

Please consult with the School of Education and Professional Studies concerning additional requirements for dual subject programs and interdisciplinary majors.

 

Major in General Science with Specialization in Environmental Interpretation, BS (53-57 credits)

For course listing, see major in general science linked here.

 

Minor in Biology (Non-teaching, 20 credits)

BIO 121 General Biology I 4
BIO 122 General Biology II 4
BIO 200 General Biology III 4
and 8 credits of BIO electives at the 300 or 400 level 8

 

Minor in Gerontology

The minor in gerontology provides students with a solid background in different issues related to adult development and aging in order to prepare them to serve the aging population in various capacities. The minor incorporates courses from the schools of Arts and Sciences, Education and Professional Studies, and Technology. For more information, see the Gerontology page linked here.



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