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Biological Science

BIOL 1001 Intro to the Biology major (1)
A First Year Experience course created to help students succeed in the biology major, and assist new freshmen and returning students to make a successful transition to being a university student.

BIOL 1010 General Biology (3)
Not for science majors, this course focuses on general principles of Biology, including cell theory, genetics, evolution, and interrelationships of living things, using a variety of teaching methods including lecture/discussion, laboratory, overheads, videos, quizzes and exams

BIOL 1015 General Biology Lab (1)
Lab course designed recommended but not required to accompany BIOL 1010.

BIOL 1100 General Botany (3)
Emphasizes the scientific method; cell processes including basic chemistry, cellular level structure and function; principles of inheritance; photosynthesis; evolution and ecology; history and methods of taxonomy focusing on the plant kingdom.

BIOL 1105 General Botany Lab (1)
Lab portion of BIOL 1100. Lab fee required.

BIOL 1200 Human Biology (1)
Covers basic anatomy and physiology of humans for non-science majors. Focuses on the general structure and function of the human body including tissues, organs, and systems.

BIOL 1300 Evolution & Ecology (1)
Focuses on the fundamental principles of evolution and ecology. Evolution is emphasized as a unifying theme for all of Biology, as an explanation for both the unity and diversity of life.

BIOL 1610 Principles of Biology I (4)
Fulfills General Education Life Sciences requirement. Introductory course required of all Biology majors, including pre-health science, pre-nursing, pre-veterinary, pre-medical, pre-dental, and other pre-professional students.

BIOL 1610A Honors Principles of Biology I (4)
Honors Course. Fulfills General Education Life Sciences requirement. Introductory course required of all Biology majors, including pre-dental, pre-veterinary, pre-medical, and other pre-professional students. Emphasizes the scientific method; cell processes, including basic chemistry, cellular level structure, and function; and the principles of inheritance, evolution and ecology.

BIOL 1615 Principles of Biology I Lab (1)
Lab portion of BIOL 1610. Lab fee required.

BIOL 1615A Honors Principles of Biology I Lab (1)
Honors course. Lab portion of BIOL 1610A. Lab fee required.

BIOL 1620 Principles of Biology II (4)
Required of all Biology majors, including pre-health science, pre-nursing, preveterinary, pre-medical, pre-dental, and other pre-professional students.

BIOL 1620A Honors Principles of Biology II (4)
Honors Course. Introductory course required of all Biology majors, including pre-dental, pre-veterinary, pre-medical, and other pre-professional students. Continues BIOL 1610; emphasizes evolution, diversity processes, animal structure and function, plant structure and function.

BIOL 1625 Principles of Biology II Lab (1)
Lab portion of BIOL 1620. Lab fee required.

BIOL 1625A Honors Principles of Biology II Lab (1)
Honors Lab portion of BIOL 1620A. Honors designation indicates greater student interaction and inquiry driven class. Lab fee required.

BIOL 1800 Biology Work Experience (1-3)
Cooperative Education relates the classroom to the employment community. Those with a designated major and a vocational or career interest may be assisted in locating employment that relates to classroom studies.

BIOL 1810 Biology Work Experience (1-3)
Cooperative Education relates the classroom to the employment community. Those with a designated major and a vocational or career interest may be assisted in locating employment that relates to classroom studies.

BIOL 1820 Biology Work Experience (1-3)
Cooperative Education relates the classroom to the employment community. Those with a designated major and a vocational or career interest may be assisted in locating employment that relates to classroom studies.

BIOL 2060 Principles of Microbiology (3)
For health science, pre-pharmacy and other allied health professionals who need an understanding of microbiology. Focuses on essentials of microbiology, including disease control, nomenclature, function of immune system, pathologies, causes and cures, and laboratory methods for safely studying microorganisms.

BIOL 2065 Principles of Microbiology Lab (1)
Lab portion of BIOL 2060, stressing safety; sterile technique; methods of staining; preparing, culturing, and transferring microorganisms; and identification of an unknown.

BIOL 2320 Human Anatomy (3)
For students pursuing health science fields, including pre-allied health, prenursing, pre-physical therapy, pre-dental, pre-medical, and many others.

BIOL 2325 Human Anatomy Lab (2)
Lab portion of BIOL 2320. Includes cadaver study

BIOL 2350 Fall Flora (2)
For students interested in learning: “What kind of plant is that?” Teaches plant classification of trees and shrubs, including how to collect and identify vascular plants, primarily trees and shrubs, using manuals.

BIOL 2355 Fall Flora Lab (1)
Lab portion of BIOL 2350; requires frequent field trips. Lab fee required

BIOL 2360 Spring Flora (2)
For students interested in learning: “What kind of plant is that?” Teaches plant classification of spring wild flowers, including how to collect and identify vascular plants, primarily wild flowers, using manuals.

BIOL 2365 Spring Flora Lab (1)
Lab portion of BIOL 2360; requires frequent field trips.Lab fee required.

BIOL 2370 Economic Botany (3)
Focuses on plants and plant products useful to humans, including fibers, forest products, tanning and dying material, rubber and other latex products, gums and resins, essential oils, fats and waxes, sugar, starches, and cellulose products, medicinal plants, food plants, spices, and beverage plants, and many others.

BIOL 2400 Plant Kingdom (3)
Fulfills General Education Life Sciences requirement. Surveys the Divisions traditionally studied by botanists, including structure, reproduction, systematic, and evolution of the major prokaryotic, fungal, algal, and plant groups.

BIOL 2405 Plant Kingdom Lab (1)
Lab portion of BIOL 2400. Lab fee required

BIOL 2420 Human Physiology (3)
Examines how the body’s functions are carried out utilizing a systems approach, including blood chemistry, nerve impulse transmission, kidney function, muscle contraction, and heart function.

BIOL 2425 Human Physiology Lab (1)
Lab portion of BIOL 2420. Lab fee required.

BIOL 3000 Rural Health Scholars (1)
Helps prepare pre-dental, pre-pharmacy, pre-physician assistant, pre-optometry, and other undergraduate health students for entry into professional schools.

BIOL 3010 Biological Evolution (3)
Required of all Biology majors. Focuses on evolution as a fundamental principle of Biology.

BIOL 3030 Molecular Genetics (4)
Required for all Biology degrees and programs. Exploration of the nature of genetic systems including from molecular, information, and evolutionary perspectives. Detailed investigations of the molecular machinations associated with genetic material, with an emphasis on DNA-based transactions and the regulation of gene expression.

BIOL 3040 General Ecology (3)
Required of all Biology majors. Focuses on the nature and development of local, regional, and world communities and their relation to environmental factors controlling them. Covers organisms and their geographical distribution, interorganismic interactions, speciation, and ecological methods of study in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

BIOL 3045 General Ecology Lab (1)
Lab portion of BIOL 3040. Includes frequent field trips. Lab fee required.

BIOL 3050 Head/Neck/Oral Hist Embry (4)
Covers the structure and anatomical systems of head and neck. Emphasizes bones, muscles, blood supply, glandular tissue, TMJ, nervous system, lymphatic’s, fascia and spaces, dental infection, the eye, the ear, and local dental anesthesia that have dental significance.

BIOL 3100 Bioethics (3)
Open to all students. An examination of the recent advancements in medicine and biological sciences in relation to basic ethical theories and traditional value systems, focusing on human reproduction, medical care, genetic engineering, humans as experimental subjects, environmental issues, and death and dying.

BIOL 3110 Scientific Writing (2)
Required of students pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Biology degree. Augments research, writing, and communication skills of science majors.

BIOL 3140 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (3)
Fulfills a program elective for all Biology majors. Covers the evolution of vertebrate design, surveying the tissue types that have changed to allow vertebrates to perform specific functions; emphasizing bones and muscles along with special tissues such as feathers, fur, and scales; and highlighting comparisons between groups of vertebrates to reveal different evolutionary pathways.

BIOL 3145 Comparative Vert Anatomy Lab (1)
Lab portion of BIOL 3140. Requires dissection of representative vertebrates to learn the 3-dimensional anatomy, emphasizing similarities and differences among large vertebrate groups.

BIOL 3150 Introduction to Biometry (2)
Required of students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Includes experimental design, methods of data collection, statistical concepts, probability, testing of hypotheses, graphing techniques, estimation, discrete and continuous distributions, chi-square tests, linear regression and correlation, analysis of variance, and parametric and nonparametric tests.

BIOL 3155 Intro to Biometry Lab (1)
Lab portion of BIOL 3150, designed to provide opportunities to practice and apply statistical concepts. Lab fee required.

BIOL 3200 Invertebrate Zoology (3)
Fulfills a program elective for all Biology majors. General study of invertebrate animal phyla including sponges, cnidarians, flatworms, roundworms, rotifers, mollusks, annelids, arthropods, echinoderms, and others, emphasizing characteristics, variations in body plans, life cycles, adaptations, and evolutionary relationships among major groups of animals.

BIOL 3205 Invertebrate Zoology Lab (1)
Lab portion of BIOL 3200, provides hands-on opportunities to dissect and study representatives of the various invertebrate animal phyla, including field trips. Lab fee required.

BIOL 3230 Cadaver Practicum (2)
For students who desire more experience in human dissection. Students will be instructed in the maintenance, dissection, and demonstration of the human cadaver.

BIOL 3250 Cancer Biology (2)
For Biology majors, and other interested students. Examines “Cancer”, a catchall term for hundreds of diseases that share the common feature of cells that forgo the normal regulatory systems of control and proliferate within the body.

BIOL 3340 Plant Anatomy (3)
Fulfills a program elective for all Biology majors. Study of the microscopic structure of the stems, leaves, roots, and reproductive structures of vascular plants with emphasis on the flowering plants.

BIOL 3345 Plant Anatomy Lab (1)
Lab portion of BIOL 3340. Provides experience using compound microscopy to study the features of various plant tissues such as stems, roots, leaves, and reproductive structures. Lab fee required.

BIOL 3360 Developmental Biology (3)
Fulfills a program elective for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree. Covers major development patterns of animal embryos, stressing recent advances in the roles played by organizational genes and interactions among chemical gradients that cause tissue differentiation, and emphasizing constraints posed by developmental necessities on evolutionary change.

BIOL 3450 General Microbiology (3)
Can be used to fulfill a core requirement for Biology majors. Emphasizes relationships between microbes and their ecosystems, and biotechnological applications including food production, spoilage and preservation, fermentation technology, agriculture, waste disposal, water lecture/discussion.

BIOL 3455 General Microbiology Lab (1)
Lab portion of BIOL 3450; provides basic and applied methodologies, including isolation of commercially useful strains and production and purification of industrial products. Lab fee required.

BIOL 3460 Biology of Infectious Disease (3)
For Biology majors. Provides a modern view of bacterial and viral diseases in order to build a foundation for more advanced studies in microbiology, microbial pathogenesis, and immunology.

BIOL 3470 Introduction to Immunology (3)
For Biology majors who desire more coverage of the immune system and its response to microbes and viruses. General properties of immune responses, cells and tissues of the immune system, antibody-mediated and cell-mediated mechanisms of immunity, immunity to microbes, immunodeficiency and AIDS, autoimmune diseases, and transplantation will be discussed.

BIOL 3550 Eukaryotic Cell Biology (3)
Can be used to fulfill a core requirement for Biology majors. Incorporating biochemistry and molecular biology, provides a solid background in cell biology, a dynamic area of study in Biology that merges studies of cell structure and cell function.

BIOL 3555 Eukaryotic Cell Biology Lab (1)
Lab portion of BIOL 3550, introducing modern cell biology techniques.

BIOL 4130 Biology Teaching Methods (3)
Required of students pursuing a Biology Secondary Education degree. Designed to assist pre-service teachers plan, teach, and evaluate activities for biology classes. Students will examine objectives, instructional methods, and curriculum for biology in secondary schools.

BIOL 4190 Mammalian Histology (3)
Fulfills a program elective for Biology majors who desire a basic understanding of the structural organization of cells, tissues, and organ systems at the microscopic level, focusing on the characteristics of individual cell types within each tissue type as well as how the cells and tissues are organized to form organs, while emphasizing the dynamic relationships between structure and function.

BIOL 4195 Mammalian Histology Lab (1)
Lab portion of BIOL 4190. Lab fee required.

BIOL 4200 Plant Taxonomy (2)
Fulfills a program elective for Biology majors who desire experience in plant systematics. Focuses on the collecting of plants and systems of classification. Successful completers will identify plants in the field using diagnostic techniques including the use of dichotomous keys.

BIOL 4205 Plant Taxonomy Lab (2)
Lab portion of BIOL 4200 designed so students gain hands on experience collecting and classifying plants through field trips, plant dissection, study of herbarium samples, microscopy, and the use of dichotomous keys. Field trips and plant collection required. Lab fee required.

BIOL 4230 General Parasitology (3)
Fulfills a program elective for Biology majors. Emphasizes identification, life cycles, control and economic impact of organisms classified as protists, helminthes, and arthropods of veterinary and medical importance, especially the interaction between host and parasite.

BIOL 4235 General Parasitology Lab (1)
Lab portion of BIOL 4230, emphasizing morphology and identification of representative groups of parasites and diagnostic techniques of parasitic disease. Lab fee required.

BIOL 4240 Virology(4)
Examines the fundamentals of virology. Covers viral structure, biochemistry, genomics, viral multiplication cycles, and techniques used in virus studies. Examines bacteriophage, plant, and animal viruses.

BIOL 4260 Herpetology (2)
Fulfills a program elective for Biology majors. Covers the biology of amphibians and reptiles including evolutionary history, functional morphology, physiological ecology, biogeography, reproductive, and population ecology.

BIOL 4265 Herpetology Lab (1)
Lab portion of BIOL 4260, covering systematics, natural history, and collecting/sampling techniques. Field trips required. Lab fee required.

BIOL 4270 Ichthyology (2)
Fulfills a program elective for Biology majors. Covers the biology of fishes, including evolutionary history, functional morphology, physiological ecology, and biogeography, with an emphasis on Utah species.

BIOL 4275 Ichthyology Lab (1)
Lab portion of BIOL 4270, covering identification, systematic and natural history. Field trips required. Lab fee required.

BIOL 4280 Marine Biology (3)
For students in the physical and biological sciences, covers global oceans with an introduction to oceanography and ocean processes; major marine ecosystems, with an emphasis on the Pacific Coast of California; marine ecology, emphasizing energy flow, populations and community structure and formation; and human impacts on the seas by considering positive and negative human activities that alter or enhance marine resources and environments.

BIOL 4300 Molecular Biology (2)
Fulfills program elective for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree who desire advanced study in molecular genetics, including DNA replication, structure, rearrangement, transposition, recombination, repair mechanisms, genetic engineering, and mechanisms of gene expression and gene modification.

BIOL 4305 Molecular Biology Techniques (2)
Introduces basic laboratory techniques common to all modern molecular biology laboratories. Students will gain ”hands-on” laboratory research experience through an extensive research project involving standard cloning experiment as its foundation and following the “Central Dogma” in vitro from an isolated genomic source to the purified and analyzed protein product.

BIOL 4350 Animal Behavior (3)
Fulfills a program elective for all Biology majors. Covers the definition of behavior and how it is measured, the evolution and genetics of behaviors, and the wide spectrum of behaviors demonstrated by animals that help them survive and reproduce.

BIOL 4355 Animal Behavior Lab (1)
Lab portion of BIOL 4350. Students will learn how behavior can be measured based on a clear definition of what behavior involves and will be shown the various techniques used by researchers to study behavior, in both field and laboratory settings, and the proper design of such studies.

BIOL 4380 Ornithology (2)
Fulfills a program elective for all Biology majors, covers the biology of birds including their origin, evolution, structure, habits, adaptations, distribution, and classification.

BIOL 4385 Ornithology Lab (1)
Lab portion of BIOL 4380. Field trips required. Lab fee required.

BIOL 4400 Pathophysiology (3)
Fulfills program elective for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree. Introduction to pathophysiological etiology and mechanisms that cause disease and altered organ and organ systems functioning throughout the lifespan.

BIOL 4411 Mammalogy (3)
Fulfills a program elective for all Biology majors. Covers the unique adaptations and life histories of mammals, and surveys each order of mammal, describing evolution (where known), natural histories, and geographical ranges of representatives of that order.

BIOL 4415 Mammalogy Lab (1)
Lab portion of BIOL 4411, includes training to skin and stuff representative mammals collected by instructors, review of skins and skeletons for identification, and in articulation of mammalian skeletons for display, as well as observation of mammals and their signs in the wild.

BIOL 4440 General Entomology (3)
Fulfills a program elective for all Biology majors. Includes study of the structure, development, classification, and life histories of insects, as well as ecological, economic, and management considerations.

BIOL 4445 General Entomology Lab (1)
Lab portion of BIOL 4440. Lab fee required. Prerequisite: BIOL 3155 (Grade C or higher).

BIOL 4460 Plant Ecology (2)
Fulfills a program elective for all Biology majors. Emphasizes limiting factors on plant growth and distribution; adaptations and responses at the individual, population, and community levels; species distributions along environmental gradients; and community structure and analysis.

BIOL 4465 Plant Ecology Lab (1)
Laboratory portion of BIOL 4460. Includes data collection on required field trips, learning to analyze data sets, and review current scientific journal articles related to plant ecology. Lab fee required.

BIOL 4500 Comp Vertebrate Physiology (3)
Fulfills a physiology elective for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree. Covers physiological adaptations of vertebrates, including general functions of each organ system and enlightening examples of specific adaptations in those systems in certain taxa.

BIOL 4505 Comp Vertebrate Physiology Lab (1)
Lab portion of BIOL 4500. Lab fee required.

BIOL 4600 Plant Physiology (3)
Fulfills a physiology elective for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree who desire more coverage of botany topics. Emphasizes physical and chemical basis of plant life relative to absorption, transpiration, manufacture of foods, growth, and reproduction.

BIOL 4605 Plant Physiology Lab (1)
Lab portion of BIOL 4600, providing hands-on activities involving observation and measurement of various plant functions and requiring students to collect and summarize data in reports. Lab fee required.

BIOL 4810 Independent Research I (1 – 4)
Individual areas of study will be assigned to students based on preparation and interest. Students will be expected to write a paper (using supporting scientific sources) related to the problem studied.

BIOL 4820 Independent Research II (1 – 4)
Individual areas of study will be assigned to students based on preparation and interest. Students will be expected to write a paper (using supporting scientific sources) related to the problem studied.

BIOL 4830 Independent Research III (1 – 4)
Individual areas of study will be assigned to students based on preparation and interest. Students will be expected to write a paper (using supporting scientific sources) related to the problem studied.

BIOL 4890 Life Science Internship I (1 – 8)
For students who are granted and accept an internship with an approved employer, or a governmental, non-profit, or private agency, that provides an extensive learning experience in the field of biology. Students must be supervised by an agency representative and a faculty advisor.

BIOL 4891 Life Science Internship II (1 – 8)
For students who are granted and accept an internship with an approved employer, or a governmental, non-profit, or private agency, that provides an extensive learning experience in the field of biology. Students must be supervised by an agency representative and a faculty advisor. Written contracts of expectations and terms and permission of the Biology Department Chair are required.

BIOL 4910 Senior Seminar I (1)
One Senior Seminar course is required of students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree. Topics and themes will vary. Each student will be expected to lead the class in a current research and literature in the general fields of biological science for one week and submit a synthesis paper on a selected topic.

BIOL 4920 Senior Seminar II (1)
One Senior Seminar course is required of students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree. Topics and themes will vary. Each student will be expected to lead the class in a current research and literature in the general fields of biological science for one week and submit a synthesis paper on a selected topic.

BIOL 4930 Senior Thesis (1 – 4)
For Biology majors who wish to write a scientific paper of publishable quality that details an extended individual research project planned and carried out by the student under faculty supervision, approved by a committee of at least two faculty members and the department chair.

BIOL 4990 Topics in Virology (3)
Topics in Virology is an upper-division course for Biology majors or others interested in the study of viruses, their role in animal and plant diseases, and their use in biomedical research.

Other

HLOC 1000 Medical Terminology (2)
Strongly recommended for students entering health professions; open to all students. Emphasizes memorization of word roots, suffixes, and prefixes of both Greek and Latin origin, as well as proper pronunciation and spelling of medical terms.