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


Course Subject Hours
3113 Biogeography

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.

 3344 Developmental 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.

3434 Entomology

Prerequisite(s): One year of biology.

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

4021 Immunology 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.

4023 Immunology

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.

4444 Histology

Prerequisite(s): One year of biology.

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

4463 Plant 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.

4524 Animal Parasitology

Prerequisite(s): One year of biology.

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

4684 Ecology

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.

4714 Cell 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.

5001 Discussions 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.

5003 Current 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.

5013 Literature 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.

5143 Evolution 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.

5233 Mammalogy

Structure, history, distribution, and natural history of mammals, with special emphasis on those forms found in Texas.

5242 Biochemistry Laboratory (same as Chemistry 4242)

Experimental methods in biochemistry, including quantitative and qualitative techniques, enzyme kinetics, and separation methods for biomolecules.

5243 Biochemistry (same as Chemistry 4243)

The structures and properties of biomolecules, enzyme kinetics and mechanism of action, and metabolic energy-yielding pathways.

5253 Biochemistry (same as Chemistry 4253)

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 5243.

Oxidative phosphorylation, intermediary metabolism, membrane transport, hormone action, replication, transcription, and translation of genetic information.

5331 Molecular Biology Laboratory

Prerequisite(s): Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 5333

Laboratory experiences in the practices of genetic engineering.

5333 Molecular 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.

5553 Biological Electron Microscopy

Theory and application of procedures for transmission and scanning electron microscopy of biological material, including ultra-thin sectioning, coating and micrography.

5564 Plant 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.

5634 Advanced 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.

5693 Tropical 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.

5743 Araneology

Classification, physiology, ecology, food habits, and distribution of spiders and related forms. Emphasis on local fauna. Field trips required.

5911 Special Problems

Directed research in specialized areas of biology. A minimum of 45 laboratory hours per semester hour credit.

5912 Special Problems

Directed research in specialized areas of biology. A minimum of 45 laboratory hours per semester hour credit.

5913 Special Problems

Directed research in specialized areas of biology. A minimum of 45 laboratory hours per semester hour credit.

6003 Seminar

May be repeated for credit.

6983 Thesis 3(0-0)
6993 Thesis 3(0-0)