BIOL 561. Developmental Biology Credit 4(2-4)
This course is an introduction to the cellular and molecular aspects of development in animal and plant systems.
Laboratory exercises provide an introduction to techniques in classical experimental embryology and modern
developmental biology. Prerequisites: BIOL 401, 260. BIOL 462 is recommended. (S)
BIOL 401. Molecular Biology (Formerly BIOL 201) Credit 4(2-4)
This course examines the molecular events in cell function using molecular genetics, cell biology, and fundamental biochemistry; using both prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems. The laboratory will emphasize fundamental techniques used in molecular biology.
BIOL 260. Comparative Evolution of the Vertebrates Credit 4(2-4)
This course is a comparative study of chordate organ systems with rather detailed emphasis on the evolution and organogenesis of primitive chordates, dogfish shark and the cat. The laboratory emphasizes the comparative anatomy of representative chordates.
BIOL 462. Introductory Cell Physiology Credit 4(2-4)
This course is a treatment at the molecular level of the fundamental processes of living cells. The biochemistry of cellular constituents, bioenergetics, intermediary metabolism, and the regulatory mechanisms of the cell will be discussed. The laboratory will include exercises on the measurement of hydrogen ion activity, physical and chemical properties of macromolecules and membranes, chromatography, enzymes and enzyme kinetics, cell fractionation studies, and the use of spectrophotometry in the identification and characterization of cellular macromolecules.