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Biology

BI 101, 102, 103 General Biology (5 each)
The major principles and methods of biology: BI 101 includes ecology, the diversity of life and an introduction to evolution. BI 102 considers cellular structure and function, energy transformations, genetics, evolution, reproduction and development. BI 103 emphasizes the anatomy and physiology of plants and animals along with a brief treatment of animal behavior. This sequence is designed for students not intending to pursue further study in the biological sciences. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory period. BI 101 is not a prerequisite for BI 102. BI 102 is a prerequisite for BI 103 – offered during the academic year

 

BI 211, 212, 213 Principles of Biology (4 each)
An introduction to the science of biology, including morphological, physiological and developmental aspects of living organisms; the phylogeny, evolution and ecology of both plants and animals. Designed for the biology major. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: Passing grade in BI 211 required for admission to BI 212. Passing grade required in BI 212 for admission to BI 213. Offered in sequence during the academic year

 

BI 234 Human Anatomy and Physiology (4)
Study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Uses lecture and laboratories utilizing human cadavers to cover the following topics: integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and endocrine system. Three one hour lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisites: BI 102 or BI 212; offered fall term and summer

 

BI 235 Human Anatomy and Physiology (4)
Study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Uses lecture and laboratories utilizing human cadavers to cover the following topics: nervous system, special senses, cardiovascular system and immune system. Three one-hour lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BI 234; offered winter term and summer

 

BI 236 Human Anatomy and Physiology (4)
Study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Uses lecture and laboratories utilizing human cadavers to cover the following topics: respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system and reproductive system. Three one-hour lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BI 235; offered spring term and summer

 

BI 311 Introductory Genetics (4)
Principles and mechanisms of inheritance, including consideration of patterns of inheritance, the nature of the gene, chromosome structure, gene action, population genetics and mechanisms of mutation. Three hours lecture plus one hour discussion section. Prerequisite: BI 211 or consent of instructor – offered fall term

 

BI 312 Evolution (4)
Introduction to the major concepts and principles of evolutionary biology with an emphasis on the sources of variation, mechanisms of evolution, phylogenetics and the evolution of the human lineage. Three hours lecture plus one two-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: BI 311 or consent of instructor – offered winter term

 

BI 313 Cell Biology (4)
An introduction to cell structure and function required for the biology major. Examines the architecture and basic organelle activity in the intact cell and the major techniques currently employed to study cells. Three lectures and one three-hour lab each week. Prerequisites: BI 213 and CH 223 – offered spring term

 

BI 317 Vertebrate Natural History (4)
The classification, behavior, life history and ecology of vertebrate animals, focusing primarily on amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Laboratory will emphasize identification and field studies of vertebrates that occur in Oregon. Three one-hour lectures and one three-hour laboratory. Prerequisites: Introductory biology sequence – offered spring term of odd-numbered years

 

BI 318 Microbiology for the Health Sciences (4)
An introduction to the biology of microorganisms with an emphasis on infectious human disease agents, immunology and the control of disease through antimicrobial strategies and vaccination. Designed for students interested in pre-nursing, pre-dental hygiene and entry level positions in public health laboratories. Laboratory component emphasizes skills with microscopes, identification testing and includes practical exams. Not open for credit to biology majors or minors. However, credit may be applied to the Human Biology minor. Three lectures and one two-hour lab per week. Prerequisites: BI 102 or BI 211

 

BI 321 Systematic Field Botany (4)
Designed to give practical experience in the identification of common plant families and species of the Willamette Valley. Includes the learning of major characteristics of plant families from a phylogenetic perspective and the use of tools for plant identification. Field collections that emphasize careful observation and records of ecological relations as plants are collected and field trips to selected sites are required. Three lectures plus one three-hour laboratory period. BI 101 or BI 213 recommended – offered spring term.

 

BI 324 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (5)
A comparative analysis of vertebrate morphology, emphasizing the study of organs and organ systems, and an introduction to the taxonomy, evolution and functional morphology of the vertebrates. Included in this course will be an examination of human anatomy utilizing cadavers. Three one-hour lectures and two two-hour laboratories. Prerequisite: BI 212 or consent of instructor – offered fall term of even-numbered years

 

BI 326 Vertebrate Embryology (4)
Development of the vertebrate body from fertilization through organogenesis; includes analyses of selected problems in morphogenesis, differentiation and growth. Two lectures and two three-hour laboratory periods. Prerequisites: BI 313 and one year of chemistry, or consent of instructor – offered winter term of even-numbered years

 

BI 330 Plant Physiology (5)
An examination of the physiological processes and mechanisms involved in plant nutrition, photosynthesis, assimilation of organic and inorganic materials, energy balance, water requirements, growth factors and organismic control. Three hours lecture and one four-hour laboratory periods. Prerequisite; BI 213 and CH 223 or consent of instructor – offered winter term of even-numbered years

 

BI 331 General Microbiology (4)
Selected topics in the science of microbiology with an emphasis on microbial structures and physiology as they impact diversity and ecology, biotechnology, and diseases (bacterial, viral, and protozoal). Involved lab component represents nearly half course grade. Prerequisites: BI 211, 212, 213, CH 221, 222, 223. BI 311 and BI 313 strongly recommended – offered fall and spring terms

 

BI 334 Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology (4)
Selected topics in the area of human anatomy and physiology with an emphasis on the physiological processes that govern the human body and the anatomical landscape that allows for these processes to occur. Three one-hour lectures and one three-hour laboratory. Prerequisite: BI 212 – offered fall term of odd-numbered years

 

BI 335 Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology (4)
Selected topics in the area of human anatomy and physiology with an emphasis on the physiological processes that govern the human body and the anatomical landscape that allows for these processes to occur. Three one-hour lectures and one three-hour laboratory. Prerequisite: BI 334 – offered winter term of even-numbered years

 

BI 336 Human Histology and Physiology (4)
The study of microscopic anatomy of the human body integrated with the function of cells, tissues and organs. Two lectures and two three-hour laboratories. Prerequisites: BI 102, 103 or BI 211, BI 212 or consent of the instructor – offered spring term

 

BI 357 General Ecology (4)
The biology of ecosystems including abiotic factors, energy transformations, population dynamics and interspecific interactions. Course emphasizes basic ecological principles not current problems. Laboratories will focus on a survey of major ecosystems and will include field trips to selected sites. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory. Prerequisite: BI 213 or consent of the instructor – offered fall term

 

BI 360 Animal Behavior (4)
A consideration of the basic problems in animal behavior, including ecological adaptations of behavioral patterns, mechanisms underlying behavior, social behavior, and the nature and organization of animal societies. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory. Prerequisites: Introductory biology sequence (100 or 200 series) or consent of instructor – offered winter term of odd-numbered years

 

BI 361 Marine Ecology (5)
Explores the ecology and diversity of marine ecosystems worldwide, and focuses on adaptations, life histories and interactions of organisms with each other and their environment. Regions covered include temperate, tropical and polar seas, the open ocean and the deep sea. Laboratory time is divided between field trips to the Oregon coast and observation of living marine organisms. Three one-hour lectures and one four-hour laboratory period. Prerequisites: BI 212 and 213 or consent of instructor – offered spring term

 

BI 370 Environmental Science (4)
The study of how humans interact with their environment and the effects of the environment on human society. Topics include basic ecological principals, human population growth, environmental health, air and water pollution, ecosystem change and global impacts. Does not substitute for BI 357 (Ecology) in the biology major program. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory including field work. Prerequisite: BI 101 or equivalent – offered spring term

 

BI 371 Structure of Seed Plants (4)
The morphology, anatomy and reproduction of seed plants from an evolutionary perspective. Two lectures and two three-hour laboratory periods. Prerequisite: BI 213 or consent of instructor – offered fall term of odd-numbered years

 

BI 406 Individual Study (1-15)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

BI 407/507 Seminar (1-15)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

BI 408 Workshop (1-9)

 

BI 409 Practicum (1-9)

 

BI 424 Human Dissection (3)
A study of gross anatomy of the human body through the dissection of a cadaver. Prerequisites: Upper-division standing and permission of instructor – offered spring term

 

BI 431 Medical Microbiology (4)
Explores pathogenic bacteria, viruses, and eukaryotic microbes. Human diseases will be the focus; several animal and insect-borne diseases will also be covered. Students will directly isolate and characterize model pathogen relatives using advanced culture methods, molecular diagnostic approaches and microscopic techniques not covered in General Microbiology. Two lectures and two two-hour laboratories. Prerequisite: BI 331 – offered spring term of odd numbered years

 

BI 432 Immunology (4)
A course on immune mechanisms, including the nature of antigens, antibodies and their interactions, the anatomy, cell biology, genetics, regulation, diseases of mammalian immune system and the use of antibodies as tools in the clinical and research laboratory. Two lectures and two three-hour laboratories. Prerequisites: BI 313 and one year of chemistry, or consent of instructor – offered winter term of odd-numbered years

 

BI 434 Comparative Vertebrate Physiology (4)
A comparative analysis of vertebrate physiology, emphasizing how different kinds of vertebrates work and why they have evolved to work the way they do. Included in this course will be an examination of various aspects of human physiology. Three one-hour lectures and one three-hour laboratory. Prerequisite: BI 212 or consent of instructor – offered winter term of odd-numbered years

 

BI 435 Microbial Ecology (4)
Explores the ecology of microorganisms, emphasizing populations from diverse habitats, geochemical cycling, and environmental symbioses. Students will compare methods for enumerating and describing microbial populations using advanced enrichment methods, metabolic assays, molecular diagnostic approaches, and microscopic techniques not covered in General Microbiology. Two lectures and two two-hour laboratories. Prerequisite: BI 331 – offered spring term of even-numbered years

 

BI 437 Endocrinology (4)
An examination of the molecular and physiological mechanisms by which hormones influence the animal body, with emphasis on mammals. This included the role of hormones in regulating growth, reproduction, and maintenance of homeostasis as well as the neurological pathways coordinating the timing of hormone release. Special consideration will be given to the relationship between hormones and behavior. Three one-hour lectures and a one-hour discussion section. Prerequisites: BI 212 or consent of instructor – offered winter term of even-numbered years

 

BI 441/541 Human Heredity (3-4)
Basic principles of inheritance, including Mendelian patterns of inheritance, molecular genetics, chromosomal aberrations, sex determination, gene mapping, genetic engineering and population genetics as it relates to humans. The lab illustrates topics included in the lecture. Offered winter term of odd-numbered years

 

BI 451 Invertebrate Zoology (5)
A systematic study of invertebrates, with a comparative approach to anatomy, physiology, behavior, life history and evolution. Emphasizes the relatedness of structure and function and focuses on the adaptations of these animals to their environments. Observation of living marine invertebrates is emphasized in the lab. Three one-hour lectures and one four-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: BI 212 or consent of instructor – offered spring term of even-numbered years

 

BI 453/553 Marine Vertebrates (4)
Investigates the anatomy, physiology, behavior, and ecology of marine vertebrates, focusing on challenges unique to the marine environment. Students will compare marine fish, reptiles, birds and mammals in exploration of different topics. Current issues such as overfishing and effects of marine pollutants will also be included. Four lecture hours. Prerequisite: Introductory biology sequence (100 or 200 series) or consent of instructor – offered winter term of even-numbered years

 

BI 454/554 Plant Ecology (4)
Fundamentals of plant ecology, population dynamics, seed and pollination ecology, mutualism, competition, predation, colonization and extinction, breeding systems, ecological genetics and physiological ecology. Lab teaches techniques to study plants and illustrate lecture materials. Prerequisite: botany, an ecology course or consent of instructor – offered spring term of even-numbered years

 

BI 458/558 Field Biology (3-4)
Systematics, life histories and field methods in selected areas of biology. Lecture, laboratory and field trips to be scheduled. Prerequisite: Introductory sequence in biology or consent of instructor – offered summer

 

BI 461/561 Conservation Biology (4)
Introduction to the principles and practices of conservation biology. Topics include biodiversity, extinctions, habitat fragmentation, restoration ecology, impacts of invasive species, and sustainability, among others. Particular emphasis will be placed on subjects pertinent to Oregon and temperate regions. Two 80-minute lectures plus three field trips. Prerequisite: Introductory biology sequence or consent of instructor – offered fall term of even-numbered years

 

BI 474 Biology of Insects (5)
Focuses on the anatomy, physiology, behavior and life history strategies of insects. Also examines the evolutionary relationships and diversity of this most varied group of animals. A significant portion of the lab period is spent in the field. Three one-hour lectures and one four-hour laboratory period. Prerequisites: BI 212 or consent of instructor – offered spring term of odd-numbered years

 

BI 475 Molecular Biology (4)
Structure and function of the gene. Study of genome structure and selected cases of the regulation of transcription and translation in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Includes the complexity, stability and alterations of the genome in order to understand molecular evolution and the action of viruses. Two lectures and one four-hour lab. Prerequisites: BI 311, BI 313 and one year of chemistry or consent of instructor – offered spring term of odd numbered years

 

BI 606 Special Individual Studies (1-15)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

BI 608 Workshop (1-15)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

BI 609 Practicum (1-9)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

BI 624 Human Dissection (2-5)
Advanced study of the gross anatomy of the human body through the dissection of a cadaver. The exact number of credits will be determined by the background of the student and goals agreed upon by the student and instructor. Prerequisites: graduate standing and permission of instructor – offered spring term

 

 

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