Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2011

Biology

 

BIO 100     Search in Biology       3

Examination of various topics, contemporary issues, and problems in biological sciences. Three hours of lecture per week. No credit given toward biology majors or minors. Course may be repeated one time with a different topic. Irregular. Study Area IV

 

BIO 101     Search in Biology with Lab    3

Examination of various topics, contemporary issues, and problems in biological sciences. Sections include two lectures and one two-hour lab per week. No credit given toward biology majors or minors. Course may be repeated one time with a different topic. Irregular. Study Area IV

 

BIO 111     Introductory Biology    3

Humans and the biological world, with emphasis on structure and function of the human organism, including topics on disease, heredity and evolution. Cannot be used to meet requirements for major or minor in biology. Three lectures per week. No credit given to those with credit for BMS 111. Study Area IV


BIO 113     Laboratory Experience in Biology    1

Prereq.:  BIO 100 or 111 (may be taken concurrently), or permission of department chair. Laboratory experiences in biology, with a strong emphasis on hypothesis development, experimentation, data analysis, and written reports. One two-hour laboratory per week. Study Area IV

 

BIO 120     Plants of Connecticut   3

From sea lettuce to mountain laurel-introduction to the plants of Connecticut. Naturalistic approach dealing with common names and practical information. Field walks and plant collections required. Two lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week. Not open to Biology majors. Summer. Study Area IV

 

BIO 121     General Biology I       4

Structural and physiological organization of cells involved in growth and inheritance of living organisms is discussed. Consideration of growth of flowering plants and comparisons of levels of specialization reached among major groups within the plant kingdom. Lecture topics are paralleled in laboratory, where living, prepared and preserved materials are used for study and dissection. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week. Required for major, minor, or specialization in biology, but open to anyone interested in the subject. Study Area IV

 

BIO 122     General Biology II      4

Prereq.:  BIO 121. Consideration of major animal groups, emphasizing diversity of animal life and its wide distribution. Vertebrate type is used to illustrate differentiation, division of labor, and development of organ systems, stressing integration to make unified whole. Embryology, evolution, and ecology. In laboratory, living, prepared, and preserved materials are used for study and dissection. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week. Study Area IV


BIO 132     Introductory Ecology    3

Introductory course that introduces students to ecological processes structuring the biosphere and our impacts on it. Emphasis will be placed on current local and global environmental issues and ways of making human lifestyles sustainable. Three lectures per week. Cannot be used to meet requirements for major or minor in Biology. Study Area IV [I]


BIO 133     Laboratory in Introductory Ecology  1

Prereq.:  BIO 132. Introductory biology laboratory course in field ecology to accompany, or follow, BIO 132. One three-hour laboratory or field trip per week. Cannot be used to meet requirements for major in Biology. Study Area IV


BIO 150     Long Island Sound -- Introductory Ecology 4

An introduction to the physical, chemical, geological, and biological characteristics of estuaries, using Long Island Sound as a model. Laboratories and field trips will emphasize identifying common coastal organisms and understanding their roles in estuarine ecosystems. Lectures, laboratories, and field trips. Summer. Study Area IV


BIO 170     Introductory Field Studies in Biology     1 TO 4

Prereq.:  Permission of instructor based on interview. Travel-based field biology experience. Non-major students will learn to identify biological questions, design and conduct observations and/or experiments, analyze their data, and reach valid conclusions. May be  repeated at different field sites. Irregular. Study Area IV


BIO 171     Introductory Field Studies in Biology     1 TO 4

Prereq.:  Permission of instructor based on interview. Travel-based international field biology experience. Non-major students will learn to identify biological questions, design and conduct observations and/or experiments, analyze data, and reach valid conclusions. May be repeated at different international field sites. Irregular. Study Are IV [I]


BIO 200     General Biology III     4

Prereq.:  BIO 121 and BIO 122. A survey of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells as classified into bacteria, archaea, and eukarya domains with an overview of structure and function. Special attention to the evolution of tissues, cells, and organelles. Also, a review of animal behavior and basic ecological principles. Three hours of lecture and one, three-hour laboratory per week.


BIO 211     Concepts in Biology     3

Introduction to cellular, genetic, evolutionary, and ecological principles with laboratory emphasis on application of basic concepts. Two lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Cannot be used to meet requirements for major in Biology. Study Area IV


BIO 230     Natural History   2

Prereq.:  BIO 121; or BIO 132 and 133; or BIO/BMS 111 and 113. Consideration of local wild species and their range, habitats, natural history traits, and evolutionary history. Two, one-hour lecture meetings per week. Noteworthy field and library work expected outside of class time. Fall. Study Area IV


BIO 290     Biology Research Experience I 1

Prereq.:  MATH 101 (or math placement exam) and BIO 121 (may be taken concurrently). Introduction to research design and the analysis, interpretation, and presentation of biological data. Includes lectures, seminars, and computer laboratory.


BIO 315     Microbial Ecology 4

Prereq.:  BIO 200 (or permission of instructor) and CHEM 161 and 162 or CHEM 121. Ecology and biodiversity of aquatic and terrestrial microbes. Laboratories deal with microbial distribution, ecosystem function, and methods of studying microbes in the environment. Three hours of lecture and one, three-hour laboratory per week. Fall.


BIO 318     Anatomy and Physiology I      4

Prereq.:  BIO 122 or BMS 201 or NRSE 150; or permission of department chair.  Human gross morphology, histology, and physiology of the skeletal, integument, muscular, nervous, and respiratory systems, including effects of aging. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week. Cross listed as BMS 318. No credit given to students with credit for BMS 318. Fall.

 

BIO 319     Anatomy and Physiology II     4

Prereq.:  BIO 122; or BMS 201; or NRSE 150; or permission of department chair. Human gross morphology, histology, and physiology of the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, renal, digestive, and reproductive systems. Nutrition, metabolism, fetal development and aging will also be covered. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week. Cross listed as BMS 319. No credit given to students with credit for BMS 319. Spring.


BIO 322     Vertebrate Zoology      4

Prereq.:  BIO 200 or permission of the department chair. Vertebrate classification and life histories of representative forms. Laboratory work will emphasize identification of North American species. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week. No credit given to those with credit for BIO 222. Spring. (E)


BIO 326     Mushrooms, Mosses, & More     4

Prereq.:  BIO 200 or permission of the department chair. Natural history and importance to human health, agriculture, and industry of fungi, algae, lichens, liverworts, and mosses. Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab/field trips per week. Occasional Saturday field trips. No credit given to those with credit for BIO 226. Irregular.


BIO 327     Vascular Plants   4

Prereq.:  BIO 200 or permission of the department chair. Phylogenetic relationships, life cycles, distribution and economic significance of vascular plants. Emphasis is placed on the seed plants. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week. No credit given to those with credit for BIO 227. Spring.


BIO 331     Neurobiology      4

Prereq:  Bio 200 or permission of instructor. Basic principles of neuroscience. Resting potentials, action potentials, synaptic transmission, sensory systems, learning, neural circuits underlying behavior,  neurological diseases and mental illness. Three hours of lecture and one, three-hour laboratory per week. Spring. (O)


BIO 333     Endocrinology     3

Prereq:  Bio 200 or permission of department chair. Structure and function of endocrine systems. Endocrine disease and hormonal control mechanisms involved in regulating reproduction, growth, and homeostatic systems within animals. Spring. (E)


BIO 390     Biology Research Experience II      1

Prereq.:  BIO 290, or permission of instructor and department chair. Specific projects in various aspects of biology under the supervision of one or more department members. Written report or poster presentation, and portfolio review required. Course may be repeated with a different instructor for a maximum of two credits. On demand.


BIO 391     Internship in Biology   1 TO 6

Prereq.:  Written permission of instructor and department chair. Projects in Biology under the supervision of one or more department members. Projects generally involve work with associated organizations off campus. Written report or poster presentation, and portfolio review required. On demand.


BIO 401     Human Nutrition and Metabolism      3

Prereq.:  BIO 200 and BIO 290, or permission of department chair. Biochemical and physiological processes that affect the nourishment of humans, including newborns and the aging. Interactions among nutrients, the environment and the body resulting in perturbations affecting human health are considered. Spring. [GR]


BIO 402     Evolutionary & Ecological Genetics  3

Prereq.:  BIO 200 and 290 or permission of instructor. Study of the genetic processes that affect their evolution, including natural selection, gene flow, and mutation. Review of basic genetics from General Biology. Applications of genetics to modern problems in ecology and conservation. Spring.


BIO 405     Ecology     4

Prereq.:  BIO 200 and BIO 290 (or permission of department chair) and CHEM 163 and CHEM 164 or CHEM 122. Distribution and abundance of different types of organisms and the physical, chemical, and biological features and interactions that determine survival, growth, and reproduction in changing environments. Ecological theory and quantitative analyses included in lecture and laboratory. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week. Fall. [GR]


BIO 410     Ecological Physiology   4

Prereq.:  BIO 200 and BIO 290 and CHEM 163 and CHEM 164 or CHEM 122 or permission of department chair. An examination of the physiological interactions between organisms and their associated ecosystems. Equivalent of three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. Summer. [GR]


BIO 412     Human Physiology  3

Prereq.:  BIO 122; or BMS 201; or BIO/BMS 318 or 319; or permission of department chair. Study of the human body and its reactions to internal and external environmental changes. Physiology of the musculoskeletal, nervous, circulatory, respiratory, excretory and endocrine systems is considered. Integrative mechanisms of the system are emphasized. Cross listed as BMS 412.No credit given to students with credit for BMS 412. Fall. [GR]


BIO 413     Human Physiology Laboratory   1

Prereq. or coreq.:  BIO 412 or BMS 412 (either may be taken concurrently). Laboratory course to accompany BIO 412. One three-hour laboratory per week. Cross listed as BMS 413. No credit given to students with credit for BMS 413. Fall. [GR]  


BIO 414     Human Disease     3

Prereq:  BIO 200 and BIO 290. Human diseases caused by pathogenic organisms, environmental factors, and physiological and immunological disturbances. Review of normal functions and homeostasis followed by discussion of altered function. Irregular.


BIO 416     Immunology  3

Prereq.:  Any 300-level (or higher) course in Biology or Biomolecular Science or permission of chair. Cells and organs of the immune system, immunoglobulin structure and genes, antigen-antibody interactions, major histocompatibility genes and molecules. complement, humoral and cell-mediated immunities, hypersensitivities, immunodeficiencies, transplants, and autoimmunity. Spring. [GR]  


BIO 420     Ornithology 4

Prereq.:  BIO 200 and BIO 290 or permission of department chair. Life histories, physical and physiological adaptations, evolution, ecology, and behavior of birds. Laboratories will include field identification and other behavioral and ecological research techniques. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour field or laboratory period per week. Spring. (E) [GR]  


BIO 421     Marine Invertebrate Biology   4

Prereq.:  BIO 200 and 290; or permission of the department chair. Evolutionary relationships and morphological, physiological, developmental, and ecological variation within and among taxonomic groups of marine invertebrates. Three hours of lecture and one, three-hour laboratory per week. Irregular. [GR]  


BIO 425     Aquatic Plant Biology   4

Prereq.:  BIO 200 and BIO 290, or permission of department chair. Ecology and classification of microalgae, macroalgae and vascular plants from marine, estuarine, and freshwater environments. Laboratories and field trips include collection and identification of plants from Connecticut aquatic habitats. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week. Some Saturday field trips required. Fall. (E) [GR]  


BIO 434     Ecology of Inland Waters      4

Prereq.:  BIO 200 and BIO 290, or permission of department chair and CHEM 163 and CHEM 164 or CHEM 122. A comparison of lotic and lentic freshwater environments, with emphasis on physical and chemical parameters influencing the distribution of aquatic organisms, nutrient cycling, and factors affecting aquatic productivity. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week. Some Saturday field trips required. Fall. (O) [GR]  


BIO 436     Environmental Resources and Management    3

Prereq.:  BIO 200 and BIO 290, or permission of department chair and CHEM 163 and CHEM 164 or CHEM 122. Analysis of the interactions of human population-resource depletion-pollution at local to global scales from an environmental management/protection perspective. Emphasis upon better understanding the impacts of over-population and methods for control, significance and loss of biodiversity, aquatic pollution, and global climate change. Spring. (E) [GR]  


BIO 438     Aquatic Pollution 4

Prereq.:  BIO 200 and BIO 290 (or permission of department chair) and CHEM 163 and CHEM 164 or CHEM 122. Study of the various types of aquatic pollutants, their sources and control/treatment, and the effects of water pollution upon aquatic ecosystems, as well as Federal and State water pollution regulatory programs. Laboratory will include field collection of water samples and measurement of indicators of water quality. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week. Some Saturday field trips required. Spring. (O) [GR]  


BIO 440     Evolution   3

Prereq.:  BIO 200 and BIO 290 or permission of department chair. Mechanisms of inter-generational change including mutation selection, and drift; sexual selection; speciation; and extinction. Fall. (O) [GR]  


BIO 444     Plant Taxonomy    3

Prereq.:  BIO 200 and BIO 290 or permission of department chair. Scientific approach to identification and classification of locally occurring plants using taxonomic keys. Includes ferns, fern allies, conifers and flowering plants, with emphasis on the latter. Field walks and plant collections required. Two hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week. Fall. [GR]  


BIO 449     Plant Physiology  3

Prereq.:  BIO 200 and BIO 290; or BMS 201 or permission of department chair. Basic principles of plant function. Emphasis on the soil-plant-air continuum, phloem transport, photosynthesis and mechanisms of plant responses to the environment. Spring. [GR]  


BIO 450     Investigations in Plant Physiology  1

Prereq.:  BIO 449 (may be taken concurrently) or permission of instructor. Investigative laboratory in plant physiology. Topics include water potential, transpiration, mineral nutrition, phloem transport, photosynthetic and respirational gas exchange, photosynthetic electron transfer, plant movements, and plant hormones. One three-hour lab per week. Spring. [GR]


BIO 470     Field Studies in Biology      1 TO 4

Prereq.:  BIO 200 and BIO 290, or permission of department chair (interview with instructor  required for courses outside of the U.S.). Travel-based field biology experience. Students will learn to identify biological questions, design and  conduct observations and/or experiments, and analyze their data and reach valid conclusions. May be repeated at different field sites. Irregular.


BIO 471     International Field Studies in Biology    1 TO 4

Prereq.:  BIO 200 and BIO 290, or permission of department chair; and interview with instructor. Travel-based international field experience. Students will learn to identify biological questions, design and conduct observations and/or experiments, analyze data, and reach valid conclusions. May be repeated at different field sites. Irregular. [I]


BIO 480     Animal Behavior   3

Prereq.:  BIO 200 and BIO 290 or permission of department chair. Adaptive function, evolutionary history, development and physiological control of animal behavior. Fall. (E) [GR]  

 

BIO 481     Skeletal Biology  4

Prereq.:  BIO 200 and BIO 290 or permission of department chair. The vertebrate skeletal system as a model for the study of evolutionary homology, development, and functional morphology. Physiology and diseases of the skeleton are included. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. Irregular. [GR]  

 

BIO 488     Animal Behavior Laboratory    2

Prereq.:  BIO 200 and BIO 290 or permission of department chair. Laboratory and field exercises designed to test hypotheses about the development, adaptive function, evolution, and physiological control of behavior of vertebrates and invertebrates. Includes an extensive observation-based behavioral catalog for a species of the student's choosing. Three hours of laboratory and one hour of lecture per week. Fall. (E) [GR]

 

BIO 489     Vertebrate Dissection   2

Prereq.:  BIO 200 and BIO 290, or permission of department chair. The anatomy of representative vertebrates, with emphasis on the muscular, digestive, circulatory, reproductive, excretory, and other soft tissue systems. Laboratory work will include dissection of specimens. One hour of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. Irregular.


BIO 490     Topics in Biology 3 TO 4

Prereq.:  BIO 200 and BIO 290 or permission of department chair; minimum of junior status required. For advanced undergraduates. Selected studies in the biological sciences. Lectures, seminars, discussions, independent readings, reports and laboratory work appropriate for the topic will be utilized. Four credit hour offerings will include one three-hour laboratory per week. May be repeated with different topics. Irregular.  


BIO 491     Advanced Studies in Biology   1 TO 3

Prereq.:  BIO 390, written permission of instructor and department chair. Advanced projects in biology under the supervision of one or more department members. It is expected that this research will be a continuation of, or closely related to research begun in BIO 390. Written report or poster presentation, and portfolio review required. May be repeated for a maximum of five credits. On demand.  


BIO 499     Undergraduate Thesis in Biology     1

Prereq.:  BIO 491 (may be taken concurrently), written permission of thesis adviser and department chair. Student must submit thesis proposal based on project done in BIO 491, to the Biology Department and complete the undergraduate thesis under the supervision of the thesis adviser. The same BIO 491 project may not be the subject of both a HON 491 thesis and a BIO 499 thesis. On demand.

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