General Biology

Biology Undergraduate Course Descriptions

A schedule of courses that will be offered each term is available in the department office. Please note: General elective credit refers to courses chosen to complete the minimum 120 hours for a degree in addition to the major, minor, core, and school-wide requirements.

 

General Biology Courses:

100-level courses

200-level courses

300-level courses

400-level courses

 

Marine Science Courses

 


BY 101 - Topics in Contemporary Biology

Selected topics in modern biology, with emphasis on human biology. Only general elective credit for biology major or minor.

Not for biology majors or minors (with BY 102, CORE AREA III).

Prerequisite: None

Credit Hours: 3

 

BY 102 - Topics Contemporary Biology Lab

Experiments and demonstrations in contemporary biology. NOTE: Only general elective credit for biology major or minor.

Prerequisite: BY 101 or concurrent enrollment (with BY 101, CORE AREA III). 1 hour.

Credit Hours: 1


BY 107 - Trials of Life

Animal form and function, behavior, ecology, and evolution, based on video series "The Trials of Life". Classes include video viewing, lecture, and discussion.

NOTE: Only general elective credit for biology major or minor.

Prerequisite: None

Credit hours: 3

 

BY 111 - Ext Topics Contemp Biology

Selected topics in contemporary biology of interest to students with minimal background in biology. Topics presented in interactive lecture/discussion format.

NOTE: Only general elective credit for biology major or minor (with BY 112, CORE AREA III).

Prerequisite: BY 101

Credit hours: 3

 

BY 112 - Ext Topics Contemp Biology Lab

Further examination, interpretation, and discussion of topics in BY 111. Independent and group projects.

NOTE: Only general elective credit for biology major or minor (with BY 111, CORE AREA III).

Prerequisite: BY 111 or concurrent enrollment.

Credit hours: 1

 

BY 115 - Human Anatomy

Principles of vertebrate structure with emphasis on gross and microscopic human anatomy. Survey of human embryology and evolution. Lecture and laboratory.

Prerequisite: None

Credit hours: 4

 

BY 115L - Human Anatomy Lab

Human Anatomy Lab required with BY 115 lecture.

Credit hours: 0

 

BY 116 - Introductory Human Physiology

Integrated functions of human cells, tissues, and organ systems. Only general elective credit for biology majors or minors. Lecture and laboratory.

Prerequisites: BY 115 and (CH 105 and CH 106) or (CH 115 and 116) or (CH 117 and CH 118)

Credit hours: 4

 

BY 116L - Introductory Human Physiology Lab

Human Physiology Lab required with BY 116 lecture.

Credit hours: 0


BY 123 - Introductory Biology I

Basic chemistry, cell structure and function, metabolism, genetics, evolution, bacteria, and protists. For major in biology and related fields.  Lecture and laboratory.

Prerequisite: Eligible for, enrolled in, or have completed MA 106, MA 107, MA 125, or MA 126

Credit hours: 4

 

BY 123L - Intro Biology I Lab

Introductory Biology I Lab required with BY 123 lecture.

Credit hours: 0


BY 124 - Introductory Biology II

Survey of fungi, plant and animal kingdoms. Anatomy and physiology of higher plants. Major organ systems of animals with emphasis on humans. For major in biology or related fields. Lecture and laboratory. 

Prerequisite: BY 123 with a grade of C or better.

Credit hours: 4


BY 124L - Introductory Biology II Lab

Introductory Biology II Lab required with BY 124 lecture.

Credit hours: 0

 

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BY 210 - Genetics

Principles of inheritance and gene expression; molecular genetics.

Prerequisite: BY 123 and BY 124 with C or better or BY 123 and BME major

Credit hours: 3

BY 213- Phage Genomics I
Phage Genomics I is the first semester of a year-long lecture, laboratory, and web enhanced course designed to provide an authentic research experience for undergraduate students.  The course will address themes and techniques from across biology including microbiology, phage genetics, molecular biology, bioinformatics, and electron microscopy. 

Prerequisite: Completed application (contact biology advisor) and permission of instructor.  Freshmen and sophomores only.

Credit hours:4

BY 214- Phage Genomics II

This course is the second semester of a year-long lecture, laboratory, and web-enhanced class designed to provide an authentic research experience for undergraduate students. Students will learn the concepts and procedures for: annotating segments of a unique mycobacteriophage genome to indentify open reading frames, genes, and regulatory sequences; compare this bacteriophage genome to other sequenced bacteriophage genomes; compare and analyze amino acid sequences to reveal relationships between species; writing and presentation of scientific results.

Prerequisite:  BY 213 and permission of instructor. Freshmen and sophomores only.

Credit hours: 4

BY 216- Pathophysiology
Normal function of systems in human body followed by discussion of common alterations in function and how these are manifested in disease states.

Prerequisite BY 116 and (CH 107 and CH 108) or BY 124

Credit hours: 3


BY 245 - Fundamental Scientific Investigation

Methods of scientific process, experimental design, data interpretation and presentation, and scientific writing.

Prerequisite: BY 124

Credit hours: 3

 

BY 255 - Invertebrate Zoology

Invertebrate phyla, emphasizing evolutionary relationships, biological principles demonstrated by invertebrates, and significance of invertebrates in total ecology. Lecture and laboratory.

Prerequisite: BY 124

Credit hours: 4


BY 255L - Invertebrate Zoology Lab

Invertebrate Zoology Lab required with BY 255 lecture.

Credit hours: 0


BY 256 - Vertebrate Zoology

Comparative approach to the structure, function, ecology, life history, and conservation of vertebrates. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: BY 124 and CH 115 and CH 116

Prerequisite: None

Credit hours: 4

 

BY 256L - Vertebrate Zoology Lab

Vertebrate Zoology Lab required with BY 256 lecture.

Credit hours: 0

 

BY 260 - Botany

Development, structure, physiology, and diversity of plants, emphasizing vascular plants. Lecture and laboratory. 4 hours.

Prerequisite: BY 124

Credit hours: 4

 

BY 260L - Botany Lab

Botany Lab required with BY 260 lecture.

Prerequisite: None

Credit hours: 0

 

BY 261 - Intro to Microbiology

Cell structure and function, microbial genetics, viruses, and epidemiology and infectious disease. Cannot be applied toward requirements for a biology major. Lecture and laboratory.

Prerequisite: BY 116 and BY 123 and (CH 107 and CH 108) or (CH 235 and CH 234 or CH 236) or (CH 237 and CH 238 or CH 239)

Credit hours: 4

 

BY 261L - Intro to Microbiology Lab

Introduction to Microbiology Lab required with BY 261 lecture.

Credit hours: 0

 

BY 267 - Tropical Ecology

Major tropical ecotypes; ecology of terrestrial, aquatic, and marine tropical organisms. Major portion conducted at tropical field station in Caribbean. Lecture and field trips (May session, alternate years).

Prerequisite: BY 124 and Permission of Instructor

Credit hours: 3

 

BY 268 - Galapagos Ecology

An overview of the ecology of the Galapagos Island, with an emphasis on the ecology of terrestrial and marine organisms. Major portion of course conducted on the Galapagos Islands. Lecture & field trips.

Prerequisite: BY 124 and Permission of Instructor.

Credit hours: 3

 

BY 269 - Rain Forest Ecology

Physical and environmental factors that structure rain forest, biodiversity of life, and interactions of its organisms. Prominent biota. Major portion of course taught at tropical field station in Costa Rica. Lecture and field trips (May session, alternate years).

Prerequisite: BY 124 and Permission of Instructor

Credit hours: 3

 

BY 271 - Biology of Microorganisms

Microbiology with emphasis on molecular aspects of microbial cell structure, function, and diversity. Host defense mechanisms, infectious disease, and microbial ecology. Preparation for advanced courses in biology. Lecture and laboratory.

Prerequisite BY 210 and CH 117 and CH 118

Credit hours: 4

 

BY 271L - Biology of Microorganisms Lab

Biology of Microorganisms Lab required with BY 271 lecture.

Credit hours: 0

 

BY 280 - Biology of Aging

Current understanding of aging, measurement of aging changes, theories of aging, and aging changes in various human systems.

Prerequisite: BY 123 or permission of instructor

Credit hours: 3

 

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BY 311 - Molecular Genetics

Prokaryotic and eukaryotic gene structure and function.

Prerequisite: BY 210 with a grade of C or better.

Credit hours: 3

 

BY 314 - Embryology

Descriptive and experimental studies of vertebrate development at the molecular, cellular and tissue levels.

Prerequisite: BY 256 and CH 117 and CH 118

Credit hours: 3

 

BY 327 - Histology

Microscopic anatomy of cells, tissues, and organs of animals; correlation of structure and function. Techniques and methodology.

Prerequisite: BY 115 or BY 124

Credit hours: 4

 

BY 327L ­- Histology Lab

Histology Lab required with BY 327 lecture.

Credit hours: 0

 

BY 330 - Cell Biology

Biological molecules and metabolic processes; energetics; synthesis and regulation of macromolecules; differential gene expression; membranes and organelles; cytoskeleton; cell cycle and growth of normal and neoplastic cells.

Prerequisite: BY 123 and BY 124 with C or better, CH 235, CH 236 (or concurrent enrollment).

Credit hours: 3

 

BY 362 - Neurobiology

Biological basis of nervous system function. Comparative approach applying molecular, cellular, and systems concepts to nervous system function to examine electrical and chemical signaling, neural circuitry, and cellular basis of behavior and neural development (irregular offering).

Prerequisite: BY 409 and CH 235 and CH 236 and PH 201

Credit hours: 3

 

BY 394-Bio Lab Teach

Student will assist in instruction of a biology laboratory. Student is required to attend scheduled preparatory sessions each week, assist in teach assigned laboratory section, help develop student assignments such as examinations and/or practical’s and assist the laboratory coordinator in other capacities as assigned. Students work under the direction of the course instructor and/or the laboratory coordinator. May be repeated for credit to maximum of three semester hours.

Prerequisite: Completion of the course in which the student is assisting with a grade of B or higher and permission of the instructor.

Credit hours: 1-3

 

BY 395 - Special Topics in Biology

This course will consider topics from the various disciplines in the biological sciences and the topic will differ each term. Course requirements may include lecture, laboratory, readings, discussion, reporting, and internships or fieldwork, which may be conducted on- or off-campus. May be taken more than once for credit.

Prerequisite: BY 123, BY 124, and BY 210

Credit hours: 1 to 3

 

BY 397 - Advanced Directed Readings

Reading and independent study in selected areas under supervision of faculty sponsor. May be repeated for total of three semester hours credit.

Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of BY with BY GPA of 3.0 and permission of instructor.

Credit hours: 1 to 3

 

BY 398 - Undergraduate Research

Research project under supervision of faculty sponsor. May be repeated for a total of 3 semester hours credit.

Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of BY with GPA of 3.0 and permission of instructor.

Credit hours: 1 to 3

 

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BY 405 - Microbial Physiology

Microbial structure and function, growth, metabolism, and regulation of cellular activity.

Prerequisite BY 271 and CH 235 and CH 236

Credit hours: 3

 

BY 407 - Microbial Ecology

Microorganisms in nature; interactions with each other and with environment.

Prerequisite: BY 271

Credit hours: 3


BY 408- Principles of Human Physiology- Capstone Experience

Physiological processes occurring at cell, tissue, organ, and system levels in mammals with emphasis on humans.  Students that enroll in this capstone experience will be expected to do additional work to fulfill their biology capstone requirement. Lecture and Laboratory. 

Prerequisite: BY 210, CH 237 and CH 238 or CH 239 and senior standing.  Foundation in anatomy recommended (BY 115 or BY 256). 

Credit hours: 4

 

BY 409 - Principles of Human Physiology

Physiological processes occurring at cell, tissue, organ, and system levels in mammals with emphasis on humans.

Prerequisite: BY 210, CH 237 and 238. Foundation in anatomy recommended (BY 115 or BY 256).

Credit hours: 4

 

BY 409L - Principles of Human Physiology Lab

Human Physiology Lab required with BY 408 or BY 409 lecture.

Credit hours: 0

 

BY 410 - Comparative Animal Physiology

Comparative examples to illustrate general principles of physiology; study of how animals function in their environment.

Prerequisite: BY 256 or permission of instructor.

Credit hours: 3

 

BY 411 Advanced Human Anatomy

This course will provide students with an interest in medical and health sciences a detailed examination of human anatomy. The lecture/seminar will correlate detailed knowledge of human anatomy with cutting-edge surgical and medical advances including hypothermic treatment of spinal cord trauma, bioengineering of synthetic scaffolds for organ and limb regeneration and nano-particle drug delivery systems. Laboratory sessions will be devoted to focused observation of prosected cadavers and small student-team dissection of entire cadavers.

Prerequisite: BY 115 and junior standing or permission of the instructor.

Credit Hours: 3

 

BY 415 - Ecology-Epidemiology of Arthropod Born Diseases

This course covers the ecology, epidemiology, & control of arthropods and the pathogens they transmit to humans and animals.  Special emphasis will be placed on emerging and re-emerging pathogens such as: dengue, yellow fever, bartonella, Rift Valley fever, typhus, & Chagas disease.  The laboratory will reinforce the lectures with hands-on identification of both arthropods and pathogens.  Lecture and Lab. 

Prerequisite: BY 210

Credit Hours: 3

 

BY 416 - Cellular Physiology

Biochemical and thermodynamic aspects of cellular energy metabolism.

Prerequisite: BY 330, CH 237 and 238 (or concurrent). Foundation in physiology recommended (BY 124, BY 116, BY 409 or BY 410).

Credit hours: 3

 

BY 419 - Reproductive Physiology

Comparative reproductive physiology in mammals, with emphasis on humans.

Prerequisite: BY 256 and CH 235 and CH 236

Credit hours: 3

 

BY 420 - General Endocrinology

Roles of endocrine and neuroendocrine chemical messengers in the control of physiological processes.

Prerequisite: BY 256 or Permission of Instructor.

Credit hours: 3


BY 426 - Evolutionary Medicine

An evolutionary approach to issues relating to human health and disease.

Prerequisite: BY 116 or BY 409) and BY 330

Credit hours: 3

 

BY 429 - Evolution

Introduction to the study of evolutionary processes.

Prerequisite: BY 210

Credit hours: 3

BY 430 - Evolution- Capstone Experience

Introduction to the study of evolutionary processes.  Students that enroll in this class as their capstone experience will be expected to do additional work to fulfill their biology capstone requirement.

Prerequisite: BY 210 and senior standing

Credit hours: 3


BY 431 - Principles of DNA Technology

Manipulation of genes and their regulation; techniques used in recombinant DNA technology. Lecture.

Prerequisite: BY 210 and BY 311

Credit hours: 3

 

BY 433 - Advanced Molecular Genetics

Molecular genetics of eukaryotic organisms, including analysis of the features and nature of eukaryotic genomes, genes, nucleosomes, and chromosomes; processes involved, such as transcription, splicing, transposition, and signal transduction. The role of molecular biology in cell growth and cancer. Lecture.

Prerequisite: BY 311

Credit hours: 3

 

BY 435 - Natural History of Vertebrates

Lecture and field study of adaptations of vertebrate classes for survival in particular environments. Survey and classification of local vertebrates. Lecture and laboratory.

Prerequisite: BY 256 or Permission of Instructor

Credit hours: 4

 

BY 435L - Natural History of Vertebrates Lab

Natural History of the Vertebrates Lab required with BY 435 lecture.

Credit hours: 0

 

BY 440 - Immunology

Immune system and functions of host humoral and cellular immune responses. Mechanisms of antigen and antibody reactions and basic immunological methods.

Prerequisite: BY 271 and BY 330 or permission of instructor.

Credit hours: 3

 

BY 442 - Experimental Phycology

Algae as model systems; experimental approaches to assessing productivity. Lecture and laboratory.

Prerequisite: BY 124 and CH 117 and CH 118

Credit hours: 4

 

BY 442L - Experimental Phycology Lab

Experimental Phycology Lab required with BY 442 lecture.

Credit hours: 3

 

BY 448 - Psychoneuroimmunology

How neuroendocrine and immune systems communicate with each other. Regulatory processes mediated by interactions between these systems and application to diseases.

Prerequisite: BY 440 or permission of instructor.

Credit hours: 3

 

BY 450 - Plant Physiology

Metabolic activities and growth processes of plants, with emphasis on photosynthesis, respiration, germination, dormancy, and hormones; physiological phenomena associated with phases of development. Lecture and Laboratory.

Prerequisite BY 260 and CH 235 and CH 236

Credit hours: 4

 

BY 450L - Plant Physiology Lab

Plant Physiology Lab required with BY 450 lecture.

Credit hours: 0

 

BY 452 - Field Botany

Plant identification and classification; consideration of phylogenetic systems. Lecture and laboratory.

Prerequisite: BY 260 or Permission of Instructor.

Credit hours: 4

 

BY 452L - Field Botany Lab

Field Botany Lab required with BY 452 lecture.

Credit hours: 0

 

BY 453 - Mycology

Fungi, including morphology, development, physiology, taxonomy, and phylogeny. Lecture and laboratory.

Prerequisite: BY 260 or BY 271 and CH 235 and CH 236 or permission of instructor

Credit hours: 4

 

BY 453L - Mycology Lab

Mycology Lab required with BY 453 lecture

Credit Hours: 0

 

BY 460 - Advanced Invertebrate Zoology

Selected topics. Lecture and student projects.

Prerequisite: BY 255

Credit Hours: 3

 

BY 465 - Limnology

Chemical and physical principles of lakes and streams; biology of freshwater and estuarine organisms. Lecture and Laboratory.

Prerequisite: BY 255 or BY 256 or BY 260

Credit Hours: 4

 

BY 465L - Limnology Lab

Limnology Lab required with BY 465 lecture.

Credit Hours: 0

 

BY 467 - Population Ecology

Structure and dynamics of populations with an emphasis on understanding how reproduction, mortality and dispersal interact to control fluctuations in population size and structure.

Prerequisite: BY 124

Credit Hours: 3

 

BY 469 – Molecular Ecology and Phylogenetics

Course will survey processes and patterns of molecular evolution and methods of phylogenetic analysis using DNA sequences, amino acid sequences, and molecular markers. 

Prerequisites:  BY 124 and BY 210, or permission of instructor

Credit Hours: 3

  

BY 470 - Ecology

Ecosystems and population biology.

Prerequisite BY 255 or BY 256 or BY 271

Credit Hours: 3

 

BY 471 - Ecology Lab

Laboratory in ecosystems and population biology.

Prerequisite or co-requisite: BY 470

Credit Hours: 1

 

BY 474 - Chemical Ecology

Chemical interactions between organism and chemical sensing of the environment, including chemical defenses against threats and chemical communication between individuals.

Prerequisite: BY 124 with a minimum grade of C and CH 235 with a minimum grade of C.

Credit Hours: 3

 

BY 475 - Mammalian Development

Mechanisms of mammalian development with emphasis on humans, from gametogenesis through completion of embryogenesis.

Prerequisite: BY 210 and BY 314

Credit Hours: 3

 

BY 480 - Emergency Med Internship

This semester-long internship is designed to provide undergraduate students with an authentic hands-on medical research experience. The course will allow students the opportunity to assist faculty members and residents of the UAB Department of Emergency Medicine in their clinical research studies. Specifically, students will be involved in patient recruitment for the study, determine patient eligibility, reading information about the studies to patients, and collecting data regarding patient history. Students will also have the methodology associated with clinical research.

Prerequisites: Junior or senior stand & minimum GPA of 3.5; completed application and acceptance into the internship program.

Credit Hours: 3

BY 494 Undergraduate Research - Capstone Experience

Research project under supervision of faculty sponsor.  You must enroll for 3 credit hours and you can only enroll if you are a student with senior standing. Students that identify this class as their capstone experience will be expected to do additional work to fulfill their biology capstone requirement. 

Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of BY with GPA of 3.0, senior standing,  and permission of instructor

Credit Hours: 3

BY 495 - Special Topics in Biology

This course will consider topics from the various disciplines in the biological sciences and the topic will differ each term. Course requirements may include lecture, laboratory, readings, discussion, reporting, and internships or fieldwork, which may be conducted on- or off-campus. May be taken more than once for credit.

Prerequisite: BY 123, BY 124, and BY 210.

Credit Hours: 1 to 3

 

BY 496 - Fundamentals of Clinical Research

Issues relevant to the conduct of clinical research: ethics, hypothesis testing, study design, and data collection and management. Lecture and clinical interaction with patients.

Prerequisite: Junior or Senior level biology majors; 15 hours of biology credit with a 3.5 GPA in biology courses, and permission of instructor.

Credit Hours: 3

BY 497 - Honors Research- Capstone Experience

Research project under supervision of faculty sponsor.  You must enroll for 3 credit hours and you can only enroll if you are a student with senior standing. Students that identify this class as their capstone experience will be expected to do additional work to fulfill their biology capstone requirement. 

Prerequisite: 18 hours of biology with minimum GPA of 3.5 in biology classes, senior standing, and  admission to Honors Research Program

Credit Hours: 3

 

BY 498 - Honors Research

Research project for students admitted to Honors Research Program. Two or three terms required during which minimum of 6 semester hours must be earned. Grade assigned at completion of program. .

Prerequisite: 18 hours of biology with minimum GPA of 3.5 in biology classes and admission to Honors Research Program

Credit Hours: 1 to 6

 

BY 499 - Biology Seminar

Student presentations and discussions. Subject matter varies by term. See current class schedule for topic.

Prerequisite: Senior standing and permission of instructor.

Credit Hours: 1

 

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Marine Science

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is a member of the Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium (MESC). The following courses are taught at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Dauphin Island, Alabama, and most are offered during the summer. For further information and registration procedures, consult the MESC representative, Dr. Ken Marion, Department of Biology, UAB; Telephone: (205) 934-8309; Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Marine Environmental Science (MESC)

 

MESC 106 - Intro to Oceanography

General introduction to the physics, chemistry, geology, and biology of the ocean. Lecture, laboratory, and field trips.

Prerequisite: None

Credit Hours: 4

 

MESC 128 - Ocean Science

Marine environment and relation of ocean to man. Lecture, laboratory, and field work. For non-science majors. Does not count towards the biology major or minor. General elective credit only.

Prerequisite: None

Credit Hours: 4

 

MESC 201 - Oceanology of Gulf of Mexico

Descriptive study of the oceanology of the Gulf of Mexico and adjacent waters, including coastal zone, continental shelf, and deep ocean.

Prerequisite: None

Credit Hours: 2

 

MESC 204 - Coastal Geomorphology

Shape and land forms along coast; factors determining formation. Lecture and lab.

Prerequisite: None

Credit Hours: 2

 

MESC 206 - Marine Biology

Invertebrates, vertebrates, and marine plants. Lecture, laboratory, and field work.

Prerequisite: BY 124 and permission of instructor.

Credit Hours: 4

 

MESC 207 - Commercial Marine Fisheries AL

Biology, harvest techniques, processing, and economic value of local commercial species.

Prerequisite: None

Credit Hours: 2

 

MESC 208 - Biology and Conservation of Marine Turtles

Overview of the biology and conservation of marine turtles. Lecture and laboratory.

Prerequisite: BY 124

Credit Hours: 2

 

MESC 209 - Hurricanes of Gulf of Mexico

Survey of hurricane formation and impacts with emphasis on hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico.  Does not count towards the biology major or minor. General elective only.

Prerequisite: None

Credit Hours: 2

 

MESC 216 - Shark and Ray Biology

Introduction to the biology of sharks and rays, with emphasis on regional shark and ray fauna. Lecture and laboratory.

Prerequisite: BY 124

Credit Hours: 2

 

MESC 302 - Coastal Zone Management

Ecological features and set of physical management policies for coastal communities, with description of relevant federal and state programs.

Prerequisite: None

Credit Hours: 2

 

MESC 303 - Coastal Climatology

Physical factors resulting in climatic conditions of coastal regions, with emphasis on northern Gulf of Mexico. Does not count towards the biology major or minor. General elective credit only.

Prerequisite: None

Credit Hours: 2

 

MESC 304 - Marine Geology

Geology of ocean basins, with emphasis on continental shelves, sediments, and sedimentary processes. Only general elective credit for biology major or minor.

Prerequisite: ES 101 and ES 102

Credit Hours: 4

 

MESC 305 - Dolphins and Whales

Classification, anatomy, and ecology of cetaceans. Lecture and laboratory.

Prerequisite: BY 124

Credit Hours: 2

 

MESC 402 - Marine Vertebrate Zoology

Marine fishes, reptiles, and mammals (systematics, zoogeography, and ecology). Lecture, laboratory, and field work.

Prerequisite: 12 semester hours biology.

Credit Hours: 4

 

MESC 407 - Marine Botany

Marine algae and vascular and non-vascular plants (distribution, identification, structure, ecology, and reproduction). Lecture, laboratory, and field work.

Prerequisite: 12 semester hours biology.

Credit Hours: 4

 

MESC 411 - Coastal Welands Ecology

Habitat analysis, natural history studies, and population dynamics of selected organisms. Lecture, laboratory, and field work.

Prerequisite: MESC 412 or BY 470

Credit Hours: 4


MESC 412 - Marine Ecology

Bioenergetics, community structure, population dynamics, predation, competition, and speciation in marine ecosystems. Lecture, laboratory and field work.

PrerequisiteBY 255 or BY 256

Credit Hours: 4

 

MESC 413 - Marine Invertebrate Zoology

Natural history, systematics, and morphology of marine invertebrates. Lecture, laboratory and field work.

Prerequisite: BY 124

Credit Hours: 4

 

MESC 415 - Coastal Ornithology

Coastal and pelagic birds, with emphasis on ecology, taxonomy, and distribution. Lecture, laboratory, and field work.

Prerequisite: BY 124

Credit Hours: 2

 

MESC 417 - Marine Technical Methods

Hardware of marine science, sampling procedures, processing station location, and field equipment maintenance and operation.

Prerequisite: 12 semester hours in a science discipline.

Credit Hours: 2

 

MESC 428 - Oceanography

Physics, chemistry, biology, and geology of oceans.

PrerequisiteCH 117 and CH 118 and MA 106 and PH 202

Credit Hours: 4

 

MESC 472 ­- Marine Aquaculture­

Science, techniques, and economics of marine aquaculture. Lecture and laboratory.

Prerequisite: BY 256 or BY 435; BY 255 recommended

Credit Hours: 2

 

MESC 473 - Marine Fish Diseases

Introduction to aquatic animal diseases, specifically for fish and shellfish.

Prerequisite: BY 255 or BY 256, and BY 271

Credit Hours: 4

 

MESC 475 - Marine Behavioral Ecology

Behavior of marine organisms as it relates to survival in their environment. Lecture, laboratory and field trips.

Prerequisite: BY 255 or BY 256

Credit Hours: 4

 

MESC 478 - Adv Anatomy/Evol Marine Fishes

Anatomical studies of marine fishes with emphasis on function and structure; evolutionary and taxonomic relationships.

PrerequisiteBY 256

Credit Hours: 3

 

MESC 479 - Marine Toxicology

Selected topics of toxicology as related to the coastal environment and marine organisms.

Prerequisite: BY 330 and (CH 235 or CH 237)

Credit Hours: 4

 

MESC 491 - Research on Special Topics

Enrollment by special arrangement in any subject listed.

Prerequisite: Permission of MESC representative, Department of Biology.

Credit Hours: 1 to 6

 

MESC 492 - Special Topics: Lecture

Lectures on selected marine-related topics. Course content varies.

Prerequisite: None

Credit Hours: 2 to 4

 

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