Faulkner University

Biology Upper Level Course Descriptions

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3300 Health Nutrition

Study of the scientific basis and guidelines for proper nutrition is presented. Prerequisites: Students enrolled in Fundamentals of Reading and Writing, and/or Basic Math will not be allowed to take this class. BIO 1300/1100, 1301/1101 or 1302/1102. Helpful: BIO 2393/2193 or 3393/3193 and 2394/2194 or 2394/2194 or 3394/3194. (Offered every spring semester).

3325 Field Biology

Field techniques for identifying and observing wild flora and fauna are covered with emphasis on Alabama ecosystems. Prerequisites: BIO 1301/1101 and 1302/1102. Helpful: BIO 2320 and 2306/2106. (Offered spring semester; even years).

3351 Genetics

Principles of heredity are presented including nuclear and extranuclear inheritance, mutation, population genetics and genetic engineering. Prerequisites: BIO 1301/1101, MH 2340. Helpful: BIO 1302/1102. Lab required. (Offered spring semester; odd years).

3151 Genetics Lab

Lab complementary to BIO 3351. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see BIO 3351. (Offered spring semester; odd years).

3303 Invertebrate Zoology

A study of the phyla of the animal kingdom that have no backbones is presented including the structure, physiology, development and ecological and symbiotic relationships of representative species. Prerequisites: BIO 1301/1101 and 1302/1102. Lab required. (Offered fall semester; odd years).

3303 Invertebrate Zoology Lab

Lab complementary to BIO 3303. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see BIO 3303. (Offered fall semester; odd years).

3304 Vertebrate Zoology

A study of animals in the Chordate Phylum is presented, including the anatomy, physiology, development and ecological and symbiotic relationships of representative species. Prerequisites: BIO 1301/1101 and 1302/1102. Lab required. (Offered fall semester; even years).

3104 Vertebrate Zoology Lab

Lab complementary to BIO 3304. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see BIO 3304. (Offered fall semester; even years).

3312 Cell Biology

Structures and functions of the cell are covered including specialized structures, enzyme activities and the cytoskeleton. Prerequisites: BIO 1301/1101 and 1302/1102. Lab required. (Offered spring semester; even years).

3112 Cell Biology Lab

Lab complementary to BIO 3312. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see BIO 3312. (Offered spring semester; even years).

3353 Microbiology

The morphology, taxonomy, characteristics and bio-chemical activities of microorganisms are presented in the context of human ecology. Prerequisites: BIO 1301/1101 and 1302/1102; Helpful: BIO 3312/3112 and CHM 1312/1112. Lab required. (Offered spring semester; odd years).

3153 Microbiology Lab

Lab complementary to BIO 3353. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see BIO 3353. (Offered spring semester; odd years).

3357 Plant Anatomy and Physiology

The study of the structure, development and functions of plant tissues and organs is presented emphasizing both nonvascular and vascular plants. Prerequisites: BIO 1301/1101 and 1302/1102; Helpful: BIO 2320 and 2306/2106. Lab required (Offered fall semester; odd years).

3157 Plant Anatomy and Physiology Lab

Lab complementary to BIO 3357. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see BIO 3357. (Offered fall semester; odd years).

3362 Ecology

An introduction to the principles of ecology is presented along with how the activities of man disrupt the normal interactions between components of the environment. Prerequisites: BIO 1302/1102. Lab required. (Offered every fall semester).

3162 Ecology Lab

Lab complementary to BIO 3362. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see BIO 3362. (Offered every fall semester).

3393 Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology I

Study of mammalian anatomy and physiology is presented emphasizing systems and functions with special emphasis on the human body, especially the muscular, skeletal, nervous, and endocrine systems. Prerequisites: BIO 1301/1101 and BIO 1302/1102. Helpful: BIO 3304/3104. Lab required. (Offered every fall semester).

3193 Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology I lab

Lab complementary to BIO 3393. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see BIO 3393. (Offered every fall semester).

3394 Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology II

(Continuation of BIO 3393/3193 and 3393H/3193H). Study of mammalian anatomy and physiology is presented emphasizing systems and functions with special emphasis on the human body, especially the circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, urinary, digestive, and reproductive systems.  Prerequisites: BIO 3393/3193. Helpful: BIO 3304/3104. Lab required. (Offered every spring semester).

3194 Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology II lab

Lab complementary to BIO 3394. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see BIO 3394. (Offered every spring semester).

4129 Materials and Methods in Teaching Biology and General Science

The course focuses on the materials and methods of teaching as related to the field of Biology and General Science and the purposes of education and characteristics of adolescents.  Prerequisites:  Admission into the teacher education program, BIO 1301/1101 and 1302/1102 and concurrent enrollment in ED 4229.

4360 Biology Internship

This course offers the student a supervised work experience in a biological field at an appropriate local facility involved with biological research and/or technology. The student will earn credit for learning appropriate skills and for carefully reporting their experiences in written and oral forms. Prerequisites: must be a biology major with a minimum of twelve semester hours of biology classes and a 3.0 average in all biology course work. Students must submit an application and obtain approval one semester prior to internship period. (Offered by arrangement any semester).

4380 Scientific Research

Experimental investigation is conducted under the direction of faculty members. A selected topic should coincide with student's area of concentration. Research is written in standard journal format prior to an oral presentation in a formal biology seminar. Prerequisites: 12 upper division hours in Biology and class rank of Junior or higher. (Offered fall semester; even years).

3099 Individual Study

The course may involve a systematic reading program, library research, laboratory project, studio work, field study or creative expression. Conferences or tutoring will be provided as required, but no formal lectures or recitations will be involved. Quizzes, tests, and examinations as may be appropriate. BIO 3099 is open to juniors and seniors. May be repeated for credit. Number of credit hours awarded (1-3) will be set by department head and approved by the dean.

4357 Taxonomy

The classification and nomenclature of the five biological kingdoms is presented with emphasis on the recognition of life-forms, scientific names and the development and use of identification keys.  Prerequisites:  BIO 2306/2106, or BIO 3303/3103 or BIO 3304/3104 or consent of the instructor.  Lab required.  (Offered spring semester; even years).

4157 Taxonomy Lab

Lab complementary to BIO 4357. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see BIO 4357. (Offered spring semester; even years).

4382 Developmental Biology

A descriptive study of the developmental patterns of representative members of the higher taxa of the plant, animal and fungi kingdoms is presented with emphasis on experimental analysis of the developmental process. Prerequisites: BIO 2394/2194  or 3394/3194 or BIO 3357/3157 or consent of the instructor; Helpful BIO 2306/2106, 3303/3103 and BIO 3304/3104. Lab required. (Offered spring semester; odd years).

4182 Developmental Biology Lab

Lab complementary to BIO 4382. Taken concurrently or with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: see BIO 4382. (Offered spring semester; odd years).


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