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Undergraduate Course Descriptions

1134Anatomy and Physiology I (TCCNS = BIOL 2401)

Structure and function of the human body. Anatomical terminology, chemical and cellular bases of life, tissues, the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems, including sense organs. Concurrent laboratory participation with animal dissection required.

1144General Zoology (TCCNS = BIOL 1413)

Survey of the animal world emphasizing the morphology, life cycles, and distribution of major phyla. Dissection of representative animals.

1234Anatomy and Physiology II (TCCNS = BIOL 2402)

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1134

Structure and function of the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems of humans. Concurrent laboratory participation with animal dissection required.

1544General Botany (TCCNS = BIOL 1411)

An introduction to the plant world including structure and physiology of flowering plants, survey of plant diversity and ecological roles of plants.


Prerequisite(s): One year of biology and one year of chemistry.

Introduction to the study of medically important bacteria, protozoa, viruses, helminths, and fungi. May not be applied to biology major.

3003Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Science

An introduction to medical technology, professional ethics and the major disciplines in clinical laboratory sciences. Students perform basic laboratory experiments and learn the correlation between test results and common disease states.

3024Vertebrate Zoology

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1144 and 1544

Survey of the zoogeography, systematics, and natural history of fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Emphasis on Texas species. Field trips required.

3033Field Zoology

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1144, 1544, and Consent of instructor.

Introduction to vertebrate field studies, involving data recording and collection/preservation of study specimens. Emphasis on non-game species of mammals. Field trips required.

3044BacteriologyPrerequisite(s): One year of biology, CHEM 1241, 1243, or equivalent.

Morphology, physiology, and classification of bacteria; their economic relation to man. Laboratory exercises emphasize culture techniques and identification of bacteria.

3054Principles of Biology I

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1144 and 1544; one year General Chemistry or concurrent enrollment.A study of the cellular basis of life, principles of inheritance, and principles of evolution.

3064Principles of Biology II

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 3054

A survey of the diversity of living organisms; a consideration of structures and functions unique to plants; an overview of mammalian systems and processes; an examination of ecological interactions among living organisms.

3104Fundamental Genetics

Prerequisite(s): One year of biology.

Principles of Medelian inheritance. Introduction to the molecular basis of genetics Application of genetic principles to agriculturea, medica, and evolutionary questions. May not be applied to biology major.


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.

3133Wildlife Management

Prerequisite(s): One year of biology.

Recognition, distribution, and importance of game birds, mammals, and fish of the United States. Principles of management of wildlife resources. The commercial freshwater fishery and fur industry. Non-game wildlife.


Prerequisite(s): BIOL 3054, 3064; CHEM 3001 and 3003; BIOL 3234 and 3333 recommended.

General principles of physiology including the functional analysis of the nervous, muscular, cardiovascular, endocrine, digestive, and respiratory systems.

3234Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates

Prerequisite(s): One year of biology; BIOL 3064 recommended.

Organ systems of chordates considered in relation to each other with emphasis on mammalian groups. Dissection of representative animals.


Prerequisite(s): One year of biology; BIOL 3054 recommended.

Fundamental principles of genetics and their application to living organisms.Laboratory exercises illustrating basic principles of genetics using plant and animal model systems.

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.


Prerequisite(s): One year of biology.

Principles of insect life. Classification, life histories, and economic relations.

3534Systematic Botany

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1544 or equivalent.

Identification and taxonomic classification of plants using local flora as examples. Survey of major plant families indigenous to North America.

3644Invertebrate Zoology (formerly 3643)

Prerequisite(s): One year of biology.

A survey of the structure, function, systematics and habitats of the protist and invertebrate phyla.

3993Cooperative Biology Education Practicum

This course is designed to provide students with opportunities to integrate the basic principles of biology obtained from biology courses to field applications or a research laboratory. The course provides professional experiences in biology prior to graduation, allowing students to have a better understanding of basic principles applications.

4001Seminar in Biology

Prerequisite(s): Restricted to senior biology or general science majors.

Recent advances in the biological sciences.

4021Immunology Laboratory

Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent enrollment in BIOL 4023.

Microscopic, molecular, and serological techniques of basic and clinical immunology.


Prerequisite(s): BIOL 3054, 3064.

Fundamentals of cellular and molecular immunology: structure, function, and gentics of the immune system; regulation of humoral and cell-mediated responses; role of the immune system in human disease.

4143Evolution and Systematics

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 3054, 3064, and 3333

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.

4231Molecular Biology Laboratory

Prerequisite(s): Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 4233

Laboratory experience in the practices of genetic engineering.

4233Molecular Biology

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 3333, CHEM 3011, 3013; CHEM 4243 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.


Prerequisite(s): 1 year of Biology

Cytology and histology of epithelium, connective tissue, muscular tissue, nerve tissue, and organology.

4524Animal Parasitology

Prerequisite(s): 1 year of Biology.

Host-parasite relationships in representative groups, with emphasis on taxonimic, ecological, and preventive aspects.

4564Plant Physiology

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 3054, 3064, and CHEM 3003

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.


Prerequisite(s): 1 year of Biology, MATH 1233; BIOL 3534 recommended.

Biomes; the physical environment; energy flow in ecosystems; population structure and dynamics; growth, distribution, dispersal patterns; species interactions; community structure: theroties of diversity; succession.

4693Tropical 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.

4714Cell Biology

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 3054, 3064, AND 3334 OR consent of the instructor.

Organization, structure, function, and evolution of eukaryotic cells; intermediary metabolism and biosynthesis; membrane composition, function and synthesis; cytoskeleton structure and function; signal transduction; regulation of the cell cycle; programmed cell death; gene function and regulation; growth and reproduction.

4900Research Orientation

Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor and department chair.

An introduction to research topics and methods.

4911Special Problems

Prerequisite(s): A major in the program of biological sciences and consent of the college dean.

Directed research and study in the field of the student's interest and preparation. A minimum of 45 laboratory hours per one semester hour credit.

4912Special Problems

Prerequisite(s): A major in the program of biological sciences and consent of the college dean.

Directed research and study in the field of the student's interest and preparation. A minimum of 45 laboratory hours per one semester hour credit.

4913Special Problems

Prerequisite(s): A major in the program of biological sciences and consent of the college dean.

Directed research and study in the field of the student's interest and preparation. A minimum of 45 laboratory hours per one semester hour credit.