Graduate Catalog 2019-2021

BIOL - Biology

BIOL 5010 Integrated Life Science

(2-2-3) Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor, PHSC 4010 recommended. A content course clarifying concepts in life science for middle grades teachers. Students acquire a depth of understanding of foundational life science concepts such as unity and biodiversity of life such that they can effectively assist others in learning. Course credit may not count toward M.S. Degree Biology Major Requirements. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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BIOL 5012 Middle Grades Life Sciences

Overview of scientific inquiry and the processes of science, cells and cellular processes, genetics, evolution, organisms, and ecology and the earth.

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BIOL 5050 Teaching Techniques

(3-0-3) The goal for this course is to prepare biology graduate students to fulfill departmental teaching duties and to develop their teaching skills and techniques as part of their professional development. This course is restricted to biology graduate students.

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BIOL 5110 Animal Development

(3-2-4) The embryological development of vertebrates. Includes study of relevant biochemistry, germ cell production, fertilization, differentiation, and the origin of organ systems. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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BIOL 5120 Endocrinology

(3-0-3) An in-depth study of the mechanisms of hormone secretion and interactions with receptors, specific endocrine tissues and their secretions, assaying methodology, and diseases and dysfunctions that involve the endocrine glands.

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BIOL 5130 General Pharmacology

(3-0-3) An overview of the interaction of drugs with tissue receptors; topics include the absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination of drugs.

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BIOL 5140 Histology

(2-3-4) The microscopic anatomy of vertebrate tissues and organs, with an emphasis on human organ systems. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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BIOL 5150 Immunology

(3-0-3) The structure and the normal and abnormal function of the vertebrate immune system, including the interactions of the cellular and humoral components.

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BIOL 5155 Biology of Cancer

(4-0-4) Prerequisite: Undergraduate Genetics (BIOL 2100) and Cell Molecular Physiology (BIOL 3200) or equivalent courses are required. Additional graduate level molecular cellular courses are highly encouraged. The course satisfies the biology major requirement as an upper level course. This course is designed to introduce the mechanistic fundamentals as to how the cancer arises and how this disease should be treated in the future. Emphases are given on understanding of current cancer research directions based on reading and analyzing scientific literature and future perspectives.

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BIOL 5180 Microbiology

(3-2-4) Prerequisite: BIOL 3200. A study of bacteria and viruses. Emphasis on physiologic processes that are peculiar to non-eukaryotic cells and their usefulness as model biological systems. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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BIOL 5185 Medical Microbiology

(3-3-4) Prerequisite: BIOL 2100. This course will focus on mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis and the host response, and the scientific approaches that are used to investigate these processes. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester schedule for amount.

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BIOL 5195 Molecular Biology

(3-0-3) Prerequisite: BIOL 2100. An advanced study of the molecular basis of inheritance. DNA structure, replication, transcription and translation will be presented in detail.

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BIOL 5210 Plant Physiology

(3-3-4) A presentation of the principles of plant physiology through lecture topics, lab demonstrations, and experiments. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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BIOL 5215 Plant Cell Physiology

(3-2-4) Prerequisites: Undergraduate BIOL 3400 and CHEM 1211 or CHEM 2100. A presentation of the principles of plant cell physiology through lecture topics, lab demonstrations, and experiments. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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BIOL 5225 Molecular Ecology

Prerequisites: BIOL 2100, BIOL 3700, and BIOL 2800. The field of molecular ecology encompasses various sub-disciplines within the biological sciences. At its heart, molecular ecology employs molecular variation in nucleic acid and/or protein data to answer question involving populations and communities of organisms. Given this breadth, the principles learned in molecular ecology are directly applicable to both prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and can be utilized to address questions in nearly any research area.

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BIOL 5227 Population Genetics

Prerequisites: BIOL 2100 and BIOL 3700. This course is designed to familiarize students with the field of population genetics,the branch of evolutionary biology concerned with the genetic structure of populations and how it changes through time. In a broad sense, population genetics examines the interaction of basic evolutionary processes in determining the genetic composition and evolutionary trajectories of natural populations. Upon completion of this course students should be able to demonstrate a fundamental understanding of basic population genetic principles.

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BIOL 5235 Molecular Biotechniques

(1-6-4) Prerequisite: BIOL 2100. A laboratory-intensive course designed to introduce the student to experimental techniques, instrumentation, and methodology commonly used in the laboratory investigation of molecules and cells. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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BIOL 5240 Neurophysiology

(3-0-3) An introduction to the physiology of the vertebrate nervous system, primarily from a cellular point of view.

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BIOL 5260 Environmental Toxicology

(3-0-3) Prerequisite: BIOL 1107. This course will provide a general understanding of toxicology related to the environment. Fundamental concepts will be covered including fate, transport, biotransformation, natural attenuation of toxicants; target organ toxicity and mutagenesis along with risk assessment. The course will examine chemicals of environmental interest and how they are tested and regulated.

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BIOL 5300 Human Biology Sex & Drugs

(3-0-3) This course is designed to provide an examination of drugs and drug use, human sexuality and reproduction from a biological perspective. Various historical and social issues related to these topics will also be discussed.

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BIOL 5310 Bioethics

(3-0-3) Prerequisite: BIOL 2100 or undergraduate-level genetics course. This course will serve as an introduction to a wide array of bioethical dilemmas faced by researchers, physicians, and the general pubic. There will be a focus on proper construction of moral arguments, logical reasoning, and an exploration of all sides to different issues. In addition, analysis of these topics will occur by using biological and biotechnological knowledge and performing literature-based research.

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BIOL 5410 Biological Systematics

(3-2-4) A study of taxonomy and systematics and the reasons why we name biological organisms and what classifications represent. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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BIOL 5420 Clinical Parasitology

(3-0-3) Symptomatology, pathogenesis, epidemiology and treatment of the major protozoans, trematodes, cestodes and nematodes that most commonly infect humans.

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BIOL 5440 Comparative Animal Physiology

(2-4-4) Comparisons of organ function in both invertebrate and vertebrate animals. Interactions with environmental factors and control mechanisms emphasized. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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BIOL 5450 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

(3-2-4) A study of the gross anatomy, biomechanics, and evolutionary relationships of the chordates. Several types of vertebrates are dissected. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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BIOL 5460 General Entomology

(3-2-4) A study of the natural history, morphology, physiology, taxonomy, evolutionary relationships and behavior of insects. Covers the economic and medical importance of insects. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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BIOL 5470 Herpetology

(3-2-4) Principles of evolution, classification, structure, distribution, adaptation, and life history of amphibians and reptiles. Laboratory and field work deals with various aspects of Georgia species. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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BIOL 5480 Ichthyology

(3-2-4) Taxonomy, morphology, life history, ecology, and distribution of fishes. Laboratory deals with taxonomy and natural history of fishes found in central Georgia. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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BIOL 5490 Phycology

(3-2-4) Prerequisite: BIOL 2800 taken as undergraduate student. Taxonomy, morphology, life history, ecology, and distribution of algae. This course is non-repeatable. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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BIOL 5500 Invertebrate Zoology

(3-2-4) A study of invertebrate animals covering anatomy, physiology, ecology, taxonomy, evolutionary relationships and behavior. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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BIOL 5530 Mammalogy

(3-2-4) A study of the phylogeny, adaptations, and natural history of mammals worldwide. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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BIOL 5540 Ornithology

(3-2-4) An introduction to the scientific study of birds, which includes the fossil record, anatomy, identification, systematics, and biogeography. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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BIOL 5580 Morphology & Anatomy of Plants

(2-4-4) A comprehensive survey of the morphology, anatomy, economic importance and evolution of vascular and nonvascular plants. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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BIOL 5590 Vertebrate Biomechanics

(3-0-3) An advanced study of the structure and function of the vertebrate musculoskeletal system.

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BIOL 5610 Vertebrate Zoology

(3-2-4) A study of the classes of vertebrates in relation to taxonomy, life history, population, and evolution. Includes laboratory and field collections emphasizing Georgia vertebrates. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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BIOL 5705 Population & Community Ecology

(3-0-3) Prerequisite: BIOL 2800. An introduction to quantitative, theoretical and applied population and community ecology including population dynamics, species interactions and community structure.

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BIOL 5710 Biogeography

(4-0-4) Theories and principles concerning regional patterns of plant and animal distributions.

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BIOL 5725 Community & Ecosystem Ecology

(2-3-4) Prerequisite: BIOL 2800. The ecological study of community structure, function, and the interrelated dynamics. major communities of Georgia and the major biomes of North America will be studied. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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BIOL 5730 Comparative Animal Behavior

(3-0-3) Prerequisite: 12 hours of BIOL and/or PSYC. The behavior of organisms ranging from bacteria to humans from the standpoint of genetics, evolution, physiology, ecology, and social organization.

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BIOL 5740 Environmental Conservation

(3-0-3) A consideration of major environmental questions of today’s world and the ecological aspects relating to the conservation of man’s renewable and non-renewable resources.

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BIOL 5750 Environmental Microbiology

(3-0-3) Prerequisite: BIOL 1107. A study of interaction of microorganisms with their environment. Emphasis on microorganisms of terrestrial and aquatic environments, and environmental determinants that control their distribution, activities, and cross-interactions in these environments.

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BIOL 5760 Plant Systematics

(3-2-4) A course using local flora to teach principles of plant systematics. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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BIOL 5770 Field Ornithology

(2-4-4) An introduction to field techniques for studying birds, e.g., field identification by sight and song, census taking, developing a field study. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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BIOL 5780 Freshwater Biology

(3-2-4) The study of freshwater organisms, their identification, natural history, and environmental relationships. Particular emphasis will be given to lotic systems. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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BIOL 5785 Eco of Wetland Ecosystems

(3-2-4) Prerequisite: BIOL 2800. This course introduces students to the principles of wetland science and our practices in managing them, with emphasis on the ecosystem perspective. Students will be expected to develop an understanding of physical, chemical, and biological aspects of wetlands including the processes that form wetlands and their associated plant and animal communities and how we manage these ecosystems. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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BIOL 5795 Aquatic Ecology

(3-2-4) This is an advanced course designed to familiarize students with the ecology of freshwater and coastal ecosystems (both "lotic" and "lentic"). This course will introduce students to field and laboratory techniques, current theory regarding structure and function, important areas of research, and applied issues regarding conservation and management of aquatic habitats. The course will consist of a mixture of lectures and group discussions, coupled with field and laboratory exercises. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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BIOL 5800 People & Plants of the World

(3-0-3) Critical examination of the role neotropical plant resources have played in the culture, economics, and history of Latin America and the world. This course is repeatable for credit.

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BIOL 5820 Topics in Avian Evolution

(3-0-3) An advanced course in ornithology with varying course topics (to be announced before term, e.g., origin of birds, fossil record of birds, migration, avian anatomy). This course is repeatable for credit.

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BIOL 5850 Vertebrate Paleontology

(3-2-4) A detailed study of the evolution and phylogenetic relationships of the major groups of vertebrates. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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BIOL 5860 Vertebrate Field Techniques

(2-4-4) A survey of field techniques used to sample nongame wildlife to include experimental design, data collection, field notes, and final report writing. Group field project required. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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BIOL 5870 Wildlife Management

(3-2-4) Survey of the techniques and methodologies used in wildlife management of game and nongame animals. Field project required. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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BIOL 5915 Graduate Seminar

(2-0-2) The goal of this course is to develop research, presentation, and writing skills in the context of thesis or non-thesis research.

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BIOL 5950 Special Topics

(VAR 1-4) Consideration of topics in which courses are not offered otherwise, but for which there is current need. Subject matter varies. This course is repeatable for credit.

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BIOL 5951 Special Topics with Lab

(3-2-4) Consideration of topics in which courses are not offered otherwise, but for which there is current need. Subject matter varies. This course is repeatable for credit. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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BIOL 5980 Study Abroad

(VAR 1-15) See the International Studies section of the catalog for details. This course is repeatable for credit.

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BIOL 6000 Intro to Scientific Research

(3-0-3) A practical guide to scientific research with emphasis on principles, techniques and procedures. Includes the choice and statement of the research problems, experimental design, sampling and analysis techniques, scientific illustration, and methods of reporting the results of research.

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BIOL 6120 Environ Fate of BIOL/CHEM Cont

(4-0-4) This course will provide in-depth understanding of toxicology as it is related to the environment and biological systems including humans. Students taking course will develop critical thinking, writing, and presentation skills while focusing on topics in environmental toxicology.

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BIOL 6130 Air & Water Microbiology

(2-3-4) Prerequisite: BIOL 2180 or BIOL 4180. The main focus will be on evaluating water quality and indoor air quality from a microbial stand point. Train students on how to perform EPA approved methods for quantifying on the detection of bacteria and algae in aquatic systems. Current methods used in microbial sourse tracking including PCR, DNA hybridization, and qPCR will be covered. This course is repeatable for credit. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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BIOL 6140 Advanced Microbial Ecology

(2-3-4) Prerequisite: BIOL 4180 or BIOL 4220. An exploration of the extent of biodiversity in the microbial world and the functions of microorganisms in the global ecosystem. An emphasis will be placed on the detection of bacteria in the environment using traditional and molecular techniques.Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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BIOL 6210 Selected Topics in Vert Physio

(3-2-4) An in-depth study of selected areas of vertebrate physiology. Various advanced physiological techniques and small mammal surgery may be employed in the laboratory. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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BIOL 6220 Molecular Bio Informatics

(4-0-4) Prerequisites: none. BIOL 5195 Molecular Biology is recommended. Survey of the information theory, methods and software used to analyze and acquire the digital data from the genetic and genomic study of biological macromolecules. Problem-solving based laboratories examine the breadth and capabilities of molecular bioinformatics analysis. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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BIOL 6230 Select Topics Cellular Biol

(3-0-3) Prerequisite: General college courses in "genetics" in "cellular and molecular physiology. Course will focus on two selected topics in cellular or molecular biology that are the current subject of intense research. Through a combination of instructor-lead lecture and discussion as well as student presentation of key literature, the current models and investigations into the selected cellular or molecular processes will be explored.

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BIOL 6400 Advanced Plant Systematics

(2-4-4) In-depth study of selected vascular plant families with discussions of their classification and evolutionary relationships. Additional laboratory fee required; see semester course schedule for amount.

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BIOL 6700 Evolutionary Mechanisms

(3-0-3) An advanced study of the processes of organic evolution based on current literature in the subject.

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BIOL 6750 Speciation

(3-0-3) Prerequisite: BIOL 3700. A study of the advances in our understanding of speciation. Students will read, discuss, and give presentations on species concepts, how species diversify, and the origin of species.

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BIOL 6760 Antibio Resist & Pathogenicity

(4-0-4) Prerequisites: CHEM 1211, and BIOL 2800 or BIOL 3200. This course will provide in-depth understanding of microbiology as it is related to the environment and biological systems including humans. The course is designed to develop analytical writing and presentation skills, and to apply them to topics in environmental microbiology.

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BIOL 6940 Independent Study

(VAR 1-4) Independent work arranged by the instructor according to the individual student’s preparation, background, and needs. This course is repeatable for credit.

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BIOL 6950 Special Topics

(VAR 1-6) Consideration of topics in which courses are not offered otherwise, but for which there is current need. Subject matter varies.

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BIOL 6960 Internship

(VAR 1-15) An individually designed off-campus course involving study, research and/or work in a science position. This course is repeatable for credit.

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BIOL 6970 Thesis

(VAR 1-6) Individual independent research on a directed thesis project. This course is repeatable for credit.

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