Graduate Catalog 2010-12

Biology

 

Note: Additional work will be required for graduate credit in 400-level courses.

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. Three hours of lecture per week. Spring. 

BIO 402     Evolutionary & Ecological Genetics     3
Prereq.:  BIO 200 and 290 or permission of instructor. Study of the genetic diversity of species and populations, and the 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. [Note: BIO 402 was added on 10.18.11 after its omission was discovered.]

BIO 405          Ecology                                                                                                        4
Prereq.:  BIO 200 and BIO 290 and CHEM 163 and CHEM 164 or CHEM 122 or permission of department chair. 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. 

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. 

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. Three hours of lecture per week. Cross listed as BMS 412. Fall. 

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. Fall. 

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. Three hours of lecture per week. Spring. 

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. Equivalent of three hours of lecture and one, three-hour laboratory per week. Irregular. 

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) 

BIO 434          Ecology of Inland Waters                                                                          4
Prereq.:  BIO 200 and BIO 290, and CHEM 163 and CHEM 164 or CHEM 122 or permission of department chair. 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) 

BIO 436          Environmental Resources and Management                                           3
Prereq.:  BIO 200 and BIO 290, and CHEM 163 and CHEM 164 or CHEM 122 or permission of department chair. 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. Three hours of lecture per week. Spring. (E) 

BIO 438          Aquatic Pollution                                                                                        4
Prereq.:  BIO 200 and BIO 290, and CHEM 163 and CHEM 164 or CHEM 122 or permission of department chair. 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) 

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. Three hours of lecture per week. Fall. (O) 

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. 

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. Three hours of lecture per week. Spring. 

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. 

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. Three hours of lecture per week. Fall. (E) 

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) 

BIO 500          Seminar in Biology                                                                            1 TO 2
Prereq.:  Admission to the graduate school or permission of department chair. Study of contemporary topics in biology through individual readings, discussions and presentations. Irregular. 

BIO 508          Coastal Ecology                                                                                           3
Prereq.:  Admission to the graduate school or permission of the department chair. Introduction to northeastern coastal ecology. Emphasis will be upon intertidal and shallow estuarine systems with a comparative ecosystems perspective. Three hours of lecture. Spring. (O) 

BIO 509          Coastal Ecology Laboratory                                                                      1
Prereq.:  BIO 508, may be taken concurrently, or permission of department chair. Laboratory to accompany BIO 508. One three-hour laboratory per week. Some Saturday field trips required. Spring. (O) 

BIO 515          Foundations of Ecology                                                                             3
Prereq.:  Admission to graduate school or permission of department chair. Introduction to the ecological primary literature through review of classic theoretical papers and manipulative experimental tests. This will include mathematical approaches, models, experimental design, and field experimental methodology regarding questions in population biology, community ecology and ecosystems ecology. Three hours of lecture. Spring. (E)

BIO 517          Human Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology                              6
Prereq.: CHEM 311 or 550, or permission of department chair. For students in the Biological Sciences: Anesthesia (M.S.) and Biological Sciences: Health Sciences Specialization (M.S.) programs. Functional anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of man. Review of cell physiology is followed by in-depth study analysis of muscular, circulatory, nervous, respiratory, excretory and endocrine systems with special applications to the health sciences. Summer. 

BIO 518          Pathophysiology and Applied Physiology                                                 3
Prereq.:  BIO 412 or BMS 412 or BIO 517 or permission of department chair. For students in anesthesia and health sciences; others require permission of anesthesia program coordinator.  Continuation of BIO 517, with emphasis on organ system physiology and pathophysiology.  Cardiac, renal, and respiratory systems will be stressed. Three hours of lecture per week. Spring.

BIO 520          Plant Ecology                                                                                               3
Prereq.:  Admission to graduate school or permission of department chair. Interactions between plants and their living and non-living surroundings. Reproductive ecology, species interactions including competition, community structure, succession, phytogeography with emphasis on the tropics, and the biodiversity crisis. One Saturday field trip required. Three hours of lecture per week. Spring. (O)

BIO 528          Pharmacology                                                                                             4
Prereq.:  BIO 412 or BIO 517 or BMS 412, and CHEM 550 or permission of department chair. For students in anesthesia and health sciences; others require permission of anesthesia program coordinator. A comprehensive investigation into the pharmacological agents and their utilization with relevance to the health sciences. Special consideration given to pharmacodynamics. Fall.

BIO 540          Topics in Advanced Biology                                                             3 TO 4
Prereq.:  Permission of department chair. Selected topics in the biological sciences. Lectures, seminars, discussions, independent readings, reports, and laboratory work as 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 571          Advanced Field Studies in Biology                                                  1 TO 4
Prereq.:  Admission to graduate program or permission of depart chair. Interview with instructor required for courses outside the U.S. Travel-based field study experience. Advanced students will develop their abilities to identify biological questions, design and conduct observations and/or experiments that address those questions, and analyze their data and reach valid conclusions. May be repeated at different field sites. Irregular.

BIO 590          Focused Study in Advanced Biology                                               1 TO 4
Prereq.:  Written permission of instructor(s) and department chair. Advanced project in biology under the supervision of one or more department members selected by the student and the graduate advisor. Written and oral research report required. May be repeated under a different topic no more than three times, for a maximum of 8 credits. On demand.

BIO 591          Independent Research Project in Advanced Biology                    1 TO 4
Prereq.:  Written permission of instructor and department chair. Individual student research in biology. Laboratory and/or field study under the supervision of faculty chosen consultation with the graduate advisor. Written research report required. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits. On demand.

BIO 598          Research in Biology                                                                                    3
Prereq.:  Admission to the graduate school or permission of department chair. Designed to familiarize student with techniques and resources associated with research in the specialization. Opportunity for practical application will be provided. Three hours of lecture per week. Fall. 

BIO 599          Thesis                                                                                                 3 OR 6
Prereq.:  BIO 598, permission of thesis advisor, and a 3.00 overall GPA. Preparation of the thesis under the supervision of the thesis advisor. On demand.

 

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