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 Department of Biology - 300 Level Courses 

 

SPOTLIGHT

The following key to the courses offered by the Department of Biology may be useful in helping you decide which courses to take if you have specific interests oriented toward animals, plants, microbiology/molecular biology, or are planning to pursue a career in any of the various medical fields:


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 Social and Ethical Issues in Genetics (Biol 300) 
This lecture-based course seeks to provide students from all majors with the framework necessary to permit them to arrive at their own conclusions regarding the role of genetic technology in today's society. Social and Ethical Issues in Genetics may be used by non-Biology majors to satisfy the Challenges of the Modern Age requirement of the Liberal Studies Program.

 Aquatic Plants (Biol 305)                                                              
This lecture and laboratory-based course is designed as an elective course for both Biology majors and majors in the Environmental Science program. Aquatic Plants focuses on the identification, enumeration and productivity of aquatic plants, and on the use of these organisms as important indicators of environmental quality. This course is typically offered each Fall semester.

 Freshwater Biomonitoring of Animals (Biol 306)  
This lecture and laboratory-based course is designed as an elective course for both Biology majors and majors in the Environmental Science program. Freshwater Biomonitoring of Animals focuses on the identification, enumeration and productivity of aquatic animals, and on the use of these organisms as important indicators of environmental quality. This course is typically offered each Spring semester.

 Plant Systematics (Biol 310)                                        
This lecture course, along with the associated laboratory experience, is offered as an elective course for Biology majors. Plant Systematics emphasizes the evolutionary relationships among the various groups of higher plants.

 Entomology (Biol 311)                                    
This lecture course and the associated laboratory experience are intended for Biology majors as an elective course. Topics covered include the classification, ecology and economic importance of insects.

 Ornithology (Biol 320)                                    
This lecture and laboratory-based course is offered as an elective course for Biology majors. The course focuses on the classification, anatomy, ecology and behavior of various groups of birds, and includes two weekend field trips.

 Biometry (Biol 325)                                       
This course and the associated laboratory experience are offered as an elective course for Biology majors and also satisfies the statistics requirement for majors in the Environmental Science program. Biometry introduces students to statistical methods and experimental design with an emphasis on biological problems. The laboratory experience is designed to familiarize students with the use of the SAS statistical analysis software package, one of the leading packages in use today for the analysis of data. This course is generally offered each Spring semester.

 Microbiology (Bio 330)                                                         
A lecture and laboratory-based course, Microbiology is offered as an elective course for Biology majors, and is required for majors in the Medical Technology program. The course includes discussions of the basic biology of microorganisms, including structure, growth, metabolism and genetics, with an emphasis on bacteria and viruses. Microbiology is typically offered each Spring term.

 Cell Biology (Biol 335)                               
Cell Biology is a lecture and laboratory-based course which introduces students to the structure and function of cells. This course is offered as an elective for Biology majors, and is required for majors in the Cytotechnology program. Discussions of the role of the extracellular matrix, signaling and routing of cellular components, cell-to-cell communication, and cellular development are included. Cell Biology is generally offered in the Spring semester of even-numbered years.

 Vertebrate Anatomy (Bio 340)                     
Vertebrate Anatomy lectures, and the associated laboratory experience, take a comparative approach to studying the organs and systems of representative adult vertebrate animals. This course is designed as an elective for Biology majors, and is generally offered in each Fall term.

 Embryology (Biol 343)                                
Offered as an elective for Biology majors, Embryology is a lecture and laboratory-based course which takes a comparative approach to the study of gamete formation, fertilization, and embryonic development in vertebrates. This course is typically offered during the Spring semester of even-numbered years.

 Biological Electron Microscopy (Biol 345)      
This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of using scanning and transmission electron microscopes to observe biological specimens. Designed as an elective for Biology majors, this course is typically offered in the Sping semester of odd-numbered years. Students enrolled in the course are required to attend a workshop at Slippery Rock University during the week prior to the start of classes.

 Evolution (Biol 350)                                     
This lecture-based course emphasizes evolution as a process, and is designed as an elective for Biology majors. Topics discussed include evidence of early theories of evolution, modern synthetic theories of evolution, population genetics and ecology, and speciation. Evolution is generally offered during the Spring term of odd-numbered years.

 Environmental Microbiology (Biol 357)                                    
This lecture and laboratory-based course is offered as an elective for Biology majors and is required for majors in the Environmental Science program. The lecture and laboratory experience investigate the importance of microorganisms in the environment, and include discussions of the interactions between microorganisms and other organisms in various environments, bioremediation and nutrient cycling. Environmental Microbiology is typically offered each Fall semester.

 Field Botany  (Bio 360)                                                   
Field Botany, generally offered during the Summer of odd-numbered years, is an elective course mainly for Biology majors. The course focuses on the field identification of various plants commonly found in western Pennsylvania.

 Molecular Biology (Biol 370)                        
Molecular Biology, a lecture and laboratory-based course, is designed as an elective for Biology majors. The course investigates the structure and function of biological macromolecules as well as the function of living organisms at the molecular level. Discussions of macromolecular structures, gene expression and regulation, and the manipulation of genetic material are included. Molecular Biology is generally offered each year in the Fall semester.

 Vertebrate Field Zoology (Biol 371)                
Vertebrate Field Zoology, generally offered during the Summer of even-numbered years, is an elective course mainly for Biology majors. The course focuses on the field identification, classification and ecology of representative vertebrates commonly found in western Pennsylvania.