Courses Master

Biology Graduate Course Descriptions

Up to 6 credit hours from the listed 3000 & 4000 level courses may be applied toward the Master's Degree in Biology 

CourseSubjectHours
3113Biogeography
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1144 and 1544.
Study of the biological and physical factors which influence the present and historical distribution patterns of plants and animals.
3(3-0)

 3344Developmental Biology
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 3054, 3064, and 3334
Embryogenesis, including fertilization, embryonic patterning, and organogenesis, emphasizing molecular mechanisms. Laboratory overview of classical embryology, introduction of current techniques and survey of primary literature.

 4(3-3)




 3434Entomology
Prerequisite(s): One year of biology.
Principles of insect life. Classification, life histories, and economic relations.
4(2-4)



4021Immunology Laboratory
Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent enrollment in BIOL 4023.
Immunological and molecular techniques used for the diagnosis and identification of bacteria, parasites, and viruses in animals and humans.
1(0-3)

4023Immunology
Prerequisite(s): One year of biology; one year of chemistry; BIOL 3333 and either BIOL 4714 or CHEM 4243 recommended.
Fundamental principles of immunology to include cells and tissues of the immune system, immunoassays, humoral and cell-mediated immune responses, molecular biology of the immune system, immune regulation, and application to clinical diagnostic procedures.
3(3-0)

4444Histology
Prerequisite(s): One year of biology.
Cytology and histology of epithelium, connective tissue, muscular tissue, nerve tissue, and organology.
3(3-2)

4463Plant Anatomy
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1544.
Examination of cells and tissues that constitute the plant body. Primary tissues and their functions in the root, stem and leaf; secondary tissues: vascular cambium, cork cambium, wood; reproductive structures: structure and function of the flower, fruit and seed; sporogenesis and gametogenesis; embryogenesis; secretory structures, ecological plant anatomy.
3(1-4)

4524Animal Parasitology
Prerequisite(s): One year of biology.
Host-parasite relationships in representative groups, with emphasis on taxonomic, ecological, and preventive aspects.
3(3-3)

4684Ecology
Prerequisite(s): One year of biology, MATH 1233; BIOL 3534 recommended.
Distribution of organisms in the world: biomes; the physical environment; energy flow in ecosystems; population structure and dynamics; growth, distribution, dispersal patterns; species interactions; community structure: species abundance and diversity, theories of diversity; community changes: succession.
4(3-3)

4714Cell Biology
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 3054, 3064, and 3333.
Organization, structure, function, and evolution of eukaryotic cells; intermediary metabolism and biosynthesis: respiration and photosynthesis; membrane composition, function and synthesis; cytoskeleton structure and function; signal transduction; regulation of the cell cycle; programmed cell death; gene function and regulation of information flow; growth, and reproduction.
4(3-3)

5001Discussions in Biology
Review and discussion of current scientific literature and research in the biological sciences. Student will describe and critique at least one original research publication during the course. Discussions will focus on the analysis of raw data, methodology, appropriateness of experimental approaches, and hypotheses being tested. May be repeated for credit.
1(1-0)

5003Current Topics in Biology
This course is designed for public school teachers of biology who are seeking to stay abreast of new developments in biology. Topics will include zoology, botany, genetics, physiology, and microbiology. May be repeated once with consent of the graduate coordinator.
3(3-0)

5013Literature and History of the Biological Sciences
Professional development of the scientist focusing on scientific writing and publication, graphs and tables, presentation of results, editorial practices of biological journals, and history of the discipline of biology.
3(3-0)

5143Evolution and Systematics
Study of organic evolutionary processes, including mutations, genetic drift, patterns and rates of change, and how this knowledge is used to determine systematic relationships of taxa.
3(3-0)

5233Mammalogy
Structure, history, distribution, and natural history of mammals, with special emphasis on those forms found in Texas.
3(2-3)

5242Biochemistry Laboratory (same as Chemistry 4242)
Experimental methods in biochemistry, including quantitative and qualitative techniques, enzyme kinetics, and separation methods for biomolecules.
2(0-4)

5243Biochemistry (same as Chemistry 4243)
The structures and properties of biomolecules, enzyme kinetics and mechanism of action, and metabolic energy-yielding pathways.
3(3-0)

5253Biochemistry (same as Chemistry 4253)
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 5243.
Oxidative phosphorylation, intermediary metabolism, membrane transport, hormone action, replication, transcription, and translation of genetic information.
3(3-0)

5331Molecular Biology Laboratory
Prerequisite(s): Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 5333
Laboratory experiences in the practices of genetic engineering.
1(0-3)

5333Molecular Biology
Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor; BIOL 5243 recommended.
Structure and function of nucleic acids in the storage, transmission, and expression of genetic information. Proteins as the primary structural and catalytic agents of cellular and organismal biology. Prokaryotic, eukaryotic, and viral model systems. Principles of genetic engineering.
3(3-0)

5553Biological Electron Microscopy
Theory and application of procedures for transmission and scanning electron microscopy of biological material, including ultra-thin sectioning, coating and micrography.
3(1-4)

5564Plant Physiology
Study of physiological processes in higher plants. Dormancy, germination; mechanisms of transport in the phloem and xylem; mineral nutrition; hormones; role of light on growth and development: phytochrome and cryptochrome, tropic responses; photosynthesis: C3, C4, CAM and photorespiration; nitrogen fixation; flowering: photoperiodism and vernalization; senescence and abscission.
4(3-3)

5634Advanced Genetics
Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor; 1 semester college genetics with laboratory.
Nuclear and organelle genomics, developmental genetic systems, molecular systematics, population/evolutionary genetics, human medical genetics. Laboratory experience with established and emerging methodologies.  
4(3-3)

5693Tropical Rainforest Ecology
An introduction to the neotropical rainforest which includes topics on biodiversity of plants and animals, climate, deforestation and conservation, ecotourism, and other pertinent topics. An organized 10-14 day field trip to a neotropical rainforest is required.
3(3-0)

5743Araneology
Classification, physiology, ecology, food habits, and distribution of spiders and related forms. Emphasis on local fauna. Field trips required.
3(1-4)

5911Special Problems
Directed research in specialized areas of biology. A minimum of 45 laboratory hours per semester hour credit.
1(0-0)

5912Special Problems
Directed research in specialized areas of biology. A minimum of 45 laboratory hours per semester hour credit.
2(0-0)

5913Special Problems
Directed research in specialized areas of biology. A minimum of 45 laboratory hours per semester hour credit.
3(0-0)

6003Seminar
May be repeated for credit.
3(0-0)

6983Thesis
3(0-0)

6993Thesis
3(0-0)