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Biology (BIO) Course Descriptions

BIO 5001  Ethical Conduct in Research
(1-0) 1 hour credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
This course provides a basic overview of the requirements for ethical conduct within the research laboratory. The grade report for this course is either “CR” (satisfactory completion) or “NC” (unsatisfactory completion). (Credit cannot be earned for both BIO 5001 and BIO 7413.)

BIO 5013  Survey of Environmental Sciences
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
An integrative examination of living and nonliving environmental systems. A detailed study of interrelationships among plants, animals, and the environment, addressing the chemical, physical, and biological properties of living systems, and the principles that drive their evolution. (Same as ES 5013. Credit cannot be earned for both BIO 5013 and ES 5013.)

BIO 5033  Biotechnology Laboratory
(0-6) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
An organized course offering an introduction to routine procedures employed in the modern research laboratory.

BIO 5063  Environmental Microbiology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: BIO 3713 or consent of instructor.
To provide a basic understanding of environmental microbiology primarily from two aspects: microbial interactions with chemical pollutants in the environment and the fate of microbial pathogens in the environment. Topics covered include microbial environments, detection of bacteria and their activities in the environment, microbial biogeochemistry, bioremediation, and water quality. (Same as ES 5063. Credit cannot be earned for both BIO 5063 and ES 5063.)

BIO 5073  Environmental Microbiology Laboratory
(2-3) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: BIO 3722 or consent of instructor.
To provide an understanding of environmental microbiology laboratory techniques using both traditional and molecular research skills. Basic techniques for isolation and characterization of environmental soil and water microflora including methods for enumeration and measurement of physiological activity. (Same as ES 5073. Credit cannot be earned for both BIO 5073 and ES 5073.)

BIO 5103  River Ecosystems
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in biology or environmental science, or consent of instructor.
This course examines the physical, chemical, and biological factors that determine biodiversity and the distribution of freshwater ecosystems. Key ecological and hydrogeomorphology concepts and their application to environmental concerns are covered. Field trip required. (Same as ES 5113. Credit cannot be earned for both BIO 5103 and ES 5113.)

BIO 5113  Principles of Biochemistry
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: BIO 2313 and BIO 3513, or their equivalents.
Biochemical properties of DNA, RNA, carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins. Enzyme activity. Catabolism. Oxidative and photosynthetic metabolism. Biosynthesis of macromolecular precursors. Regulation and signaling mechanisms.

BIO 5123  Principles of Molecular Biology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: BIO 3513 or an equivalent.
Molecular structure and function of genes and nucleic acids, and the processes of DNA replication, mutation and repair, as well as transcription and translation of genetic material. Genome projects, functional genomics and the genetic control of development will also be covered.

BIO 5133  Principles of Cell Biology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: BIO 3513 and BIO 3813, or their equivalents.
Basic structure, organization and differentiation of cells. Cell cycle, signaling, growth and movement of cells, as well as cellular immunology and cellular aspects of infectious disease will also be covered.

BIO 5143  Advanced Molecular Biology Laboratory – DNA Techniques
(0-6) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: BIO 3913 or an equivalent. BIO 5033 recommended.
An introduction to advanced techniques of molecular biology dealing with manipulations and analyses of DNA, including preparation and analysis of genomic DNA, genomic cloning, the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), Southern blotting, DNA sequencing and computational analysis of DNA sequence data.

BIO 5153  Advanced Molecular Biology Laboratory – RNA Techniques
(0-6) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: BIO 3913 or an equivalent. BIO 5033 recommended.
An introduction to advanced techniques of molecular biology dealing with manipulations and analyses of RNA, including preparation and analysis of cellular RNA, cDNA cloning, the reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), Northern blotting, and recovery and characterization of gene-specific cDNAs.

BIO 5163  Recombinant Protein Biotechnology Laboratory
(0-6) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of BIO 5033. Small- to large-scale growth of microorganisms and eukaryotic cells followed by downstream processing of supernatants and/or cell pellets, protein purification and protein analysis. (Formerly BIO 7542 and BIO 7543. Credit cannot be earned for both BIO 5163 and BIO 7542 or BIO 7543.)

BIO 5233  Medicinal Plants
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Biology or Chemistry. An overview of plant secondary metabolism, and the ethnobotany, biochemistry, and pharmacology of some of our most important plant-derived pharmaceuticals.

BIO 5243  Advanced Plant Ecology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: BIO 3283 and BIO 3292, or consent of instructor.
A study of the major biomes of the world, including North America and Texas, and the factors that influence the development of these biomes. Special consideration is given to species interactions that lead to high and low density species. (Same as ES 5243. Credit cannot be earned for both BIO 5243 and ES 5243.)

BIO 5263  Microbial Ecology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: BIO 3713 or consent of instructor.
Interrelationships between microorganisms and their environment, including natural habitats of microorganisms, normal human flora, and pathogens. Special consideration is given to application of genetically engineering microorganisms for environmental problems. (Same as ES 5263. Credit cannot be earned for both BIO 5263 and ES 5263.)

BIO 5273  Global Change Biology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Historical, present-day and future predictions of global changes in biological communities and species will be examined. Gas exchange, mating systems, phenological changes, pollination and pollinators as well as other species interactions, species diversity and species distribution will be examined. Both intrinsic and extrinsic factors influencing the changes will be scrutinized.

BIO 5333  Advanced Population Genetics
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: BIO 2313 and BIO 2322, or their equivalents. Biostatistics highly recommended.
An experimental approach to the interaction of genotype and environment in populations, with emphasis on mutagenesis, selection, polymorphism, and adaptive mechanisms.

BIO 5363  Microbial Genetics and Recombinant DNA
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: BIO 2313, BIO 3513, and BIO 3713, or consent of instructor.
This course covers recombinant DNA and various technologies that it has spawned. It also covers those aspects of microbial genetics that directly relate to recombinant DNA. (Formerly BIO 5373. Credit cannot be earned for both BIO 5363 and BIO 5373.)

BIO 5403  Advanced Comparative Animal Physiology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: BIO 3413 or an equivalent.
Physiology of the organs and organ systems of animals.

BIO 5423  Neuroanatomy
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
The anatomy of the vertebrate nervous system.

BIO 5433  Neurophysiology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: BIO 3433 or an equivalent.
The fundamentals of neurophysiology are presented from the cellular to the systems level.

BIO 5443  Neurochemistry
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: BIO 3433 or an equivalent. BIO 3513 or an equivalent recommended.
An introduction to the biochemical basis of synaptic transmission, and the pathological changes in synaptic transmission associated with neurobiological diseases and disorders.

BIO 5453  Neuroendocrinology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: BIO 3433 and BIO 3813.
Anatomical and molecular neurobiology of the endocrine hypothalamus and associated organs. Morphological, cell biological, and feedback mechanisms of endocrine regulation are emphasized.

BIO 5463  Reproductive Biology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Biology.
Mammalian reproduction including mechanisms involved in sexual differentiation, fertilization, and fetal development. Endocrine regulation and environmental influences with a focus on human reproduction.

BIO 5473  Developmental Neurobiology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: BIO 3433 or consent of instructor.
A study of the development of the nervous system, with an emphasis on neurogenesis, neuronal migration, growth factors, axonal guidance, and the role of neuronal activity in synapse stabilization.

BIO 5483  Computational Neuroscience
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: BIO 3433 or an equivalent.
A non-mathematical approach to the computational functions of the brain, including sensory coding, neural control of movement, and the computational properties of neurons and neuronal networks.

BIO 5493  Cognitive Neuroscience
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: BIO 3433 (or PSY 3103) recommended, or consent of instructor.
The biological foundations of mental phenomena, including perception, attention, learning, memory, language, motor control, and executive function, as well as functional specialization, development and plasticity, through various methodologies.

BIO 5503  Sensory Physiology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: BIO 5433 or consent of instructor.
Principles of sensory physiology, including sensory transduction and central processing of sensory information in vertebrate and invertebrate species.

BIO 5523  Enzymes
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: BIO 3513 or an equivalent.
A study of enzyme structure and mechanism, inhibitors, cofactor, kinetics, and regulation.

BIO 5533  Human Electrophysiology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: BIO 3433 (or PSY 3103) recommended, or consent of instructor.
The electrophysiological basis of human behavior, with an emphasis on event-related brain potentials associated with cognitive function, perception and action.

BIO 5543  Pharmacology and Toxicology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Biology.
Mechanisms of action of major classes of therapeutic drugs. Clinical uses, drug comparisons, beneficial and adverse effects involved in clinical therapeutics.

BIO 5553  Toxicology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
The molecular mechanisms by which varied environmental toxins impact human physiological systems will be presented, including the metabolic aspects involved in chemical biotransformation. Processes by which chemical exposures induce cancers and genetic and/or developmental anomalies will be addressed. Risk assessment, food production safety issues and biological aspects of regulatory toxicology will also be discussed.

BIO 5563  Proteomics
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: BIO 3513 or an equivalent.
Protein chemistry, sequences, methods, technology, domains, folding, post-translational modifications, and biomarkers. (Formerly BIO 5593. Credit cannot be earned for both BIO 5563 and BIO 5593.)

BIO 5583  Molecular Neuropharmacology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Biology.
A study of drugs that affect nervous tissue, specifically those affecting the brain and autonomic nervous system.

BIO 5623  Bioinformatics for Biotechnology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: BIO 2313 or STA 1993, or an equivalent.
Nucleic acid and protein sequence analysis, phylogenetic analysis, protein structure analysis, microarray technology—experimental design and analysis, proteomics and internet resources and tools related to all these topics. (Credit cannot be earned for both BIO 5623 and BIO 5643.)

BIO 5633  Cytodifferentiation
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Biology.
Detailed study of selected areas of developmental biology relating to cellular differentiation, including nuclear-cytoplasmic interactions, induction, and reversibility of differentiation.

BIO 5643  Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: BIO 2313 or STA 1993, or an equivalent; enrollment in Biology Ph.D. program required, or permission of the Biology Department or instructor.
Computational analysis of sequences, protein structures, and gene expression network on a large scale. Comparative genomics, functional genomics, and proteomics will also be covered.

BIO 5653  Biology of Disease
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: BIO 3513 and BIO 3813, or BIO 5133.
A study of molecular and cellular events associated with disease processes. Diseases to be discussed include: Alzheimer’s, LDL-atherosclerosis, cancer, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and diseases associated with defects in lysosome and mitochondrial function.

BIO 5713 Ornithology
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
A course covering various aspects of the biology of birds, including anatomy, physiology, systematics, evolution, behavior, ecology, and biogeography. Field trips may be included. (Same as ES 5763. Credit cannot be earned for both BIO 5713 and ES 5763.)

BIO 5723  Topics in Biodefense
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: BIO 2313, BIO 3513 and BIO 3713, and instructor’s consent.
This course encompasses the biology of agents important in biodefense and emerging infectious diseases. The course uses the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Select Agent Categories as the curriculum template, with special emphasis on Category A agents.

BIO 5733  Advanced Medical Mycology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: BIO 3522 and BIO 3722.
This course is a comprehensive study of the etiological agents and host factors that lead to fungal disease in humans.

BIO 5743  Advanced Virology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Biology.
A detailed study of the diversity of viruses and biochemical mechanisms for their replication. (Formerly titled “Biochemical Virology.”)

BIO 5753 Conservation Biology
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
The class topics will include the nature of the biosphere, threats to its integrity, and ecologically sound responses to these threats. Also included will be the origin and preservation of biotic diversity, how the rich variety of plant and animal life arose, how it has been maintained by natural processes, and how its destruction can be prevented. (Same as ES 5753. Credit cannot be earned for both BIO 5753 and ES 5753.)

BIO 5762  Fundamentals of Immunology for Biotechnology
(2-0) 2 hours credit.
An integrated examination of the principles of immunology pertaining to the Biotechnology Industry. An emphasis on current immunological techniques, including: recombinant antibody, flow cytometry and elispot technology. Issues related to vaccine production and therapeutics will also be considered.

BIO 5773  Applied Fungal Molecular Biology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: BIO 3522 and BIO 3722.
Examines basic principles of fungal physiology and genetics and explores how these are exploited in both biomedical research and industrial settings. Particular emphases include the production of modified proteins and the identification of novel protein interactions.

BIO 5783  Introduction to Good Manufacturing Practices and Good Laboratory Practices
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Review of FDA and U.S. Pharmacopia regulations. Practical considerations for the implementation of GMP/GLP systems; data management and reporting, as well as problem solving and interpretive skills, will be emphasized.

BIO 5793 Wildlife Management
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
An introduction to wildlife management including ecological principles dealing with ecosystems, natural communities, and populations. The importance of animal behavior, the availability of food, cover, wildlife diseases, predators, hunting, and trapping will be included. Field trips may be included. (Same as ES 5773. Credit cannot be earned for BIO 5793 and ES 5773.)

BIO 5833  Membrane Structure and Function
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: BIO 3513 or an equivalent.
A study of the composition, organization, transport functions, and permeability of natural and model membranes.

BIO 5971-3  Directed Research
1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Admission to either the Biology or Biotechnology Master’s program or admission as a special graduate or non-degree-seeking student, and permission in writing (form available) of the instructor and the student’s Graduate Advisor of Record.
The directed research course may involve either a laboratory or a theoretical problem. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, in combination with BIO 6951-3 (Independent Study), will apply to the Master’s degree.

BIO 6113  Advanced Plant Physiology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: BIO 3343 or consent of instructor.
Principles of plant physiology, biochemistry, and an in-depth study of topics selected from the following: plant hormones, nitrogen fixation, plant respiration, photosynthesis, together with current research work. (Same as ES 6113. Credit cannot be earned for both BIO 6113 and ES 6113.)

BIO 6123  Plant Molecular Biology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: BIO 5123 or an equivalent.
An overview of plant molecular biology, emphasizing the theoretical and practical aspects of protoplast isolation, introduction of foreign DNA into plant tissues and cells, and the regeneration of transformants. Specific uses of plant genetic engineering to improve agronomic yield and the nutritional quality of crop plants, and to produce novel natural products such as pharmaceutical compounds, will also be covered.

BIO 6133  Methods in Field Biology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: BIO 3283 or an equivalent.
Examination of techniques to collect, identify, and preserve plants and animals. Field methods used in the analysis of populations and communities are considered. (Same as ES 6133. Credit cannot be earned for both BIO 6133 and ES 6133.)

BIO 6213  Advanced Ecology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: BIO 3283 or an equivalent.
Interaction of organisms with their environment, allelopathy, competition, distribution, succession, and factors that control growth and dispersal. Special consideration is given to the concepts of climax, succession, and land management. (Same as ES 6213. Credit cannot be earned for both BIO 6213 and ES 6213.)

BIO 6233  Quantitative Biology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
An introduction of quantitative analysis of biological data and design of experiments. Topics include probability theory and distributions; descriptive statistics; hypothesis testing and confidence intervals for means, variances, and proportions; chi-square statistic; categorical data analysis; linear correlation and regression model; analysis of variance; and nonparametric methods.

BIO 6243  Gene Regulation
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: BIO 5123 or consent of instructor.
A study of the mechanisms that regulate gene expression with an emphasis on those regulating transcription in mammals and certain model systems including bacteria, bacteriophage, and yeast.

BIO 6253  Biodegradation of Organics in Soil and Groundwater
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: BIO 3713 or consent of instructor.
Description of modern pollution problems and potential remediation techniques focusing on the chemistry, biochemistry, and molecular biology of biodegradation of hazardous and toxic compounds. (Same as ES 6253. Credit cannot be earned for both BIO 6253 and ES 6253.)

BIO 6313  Molecular Biology and Biophysics of Ion Channels
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: BIO 5433 and BIO 5443, or permission of instructor.
A study of the molecular composition and biophysical properties of ion channels. The course emphasizes three families of ion channels: voltage-gated, ligand-gated and metabotropically-stimulated channels. Their structure and function will be related to how ion channels mediate cellular actions in excitable cells.

BIO 6373  Invertebrate Physiology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: BIO 3413.
An investigation of the mechanisms of respiration, movement, ion and water regulation, and hormonal integration in the invertebrates.

BIO 6483  Animal Behavior
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: BIO 3413 or consent of instructor.
An examination of neural, endocrine, genetic, and environmental determinants of behavior.

BIO 6513  Drug Development
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: BIO 5113, BIO 5123 and BIO 5133.
This course will provide students with an overview of the early drug discovery process, including target identification, validation, assay development and high throughput screening up to pre-clinical trials.

BIO 6523  Cell and Tissue Engineering
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: BIO 5113, BIO 5123 and BIO 5133.
An interdisciplinary course complementing the natural sciences with material sciences to solve critical medical problems involving tissue defects and organ failures. The approaches range from the management of a single cell to exploitation of complex mixtures of cells to repair and produce complete, living tissue to heal currently incurable chronic, degenerative diseases or to prevent acute organ failure.

BIO 6533  Topics in Biotechnology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: BIO 5113, BIO 5123 and BIO 5133.
An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study in an area of biotechnology not normally available as a regular course. Topics in biotechnology may be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 hours may be applied to the Master’s degree.

BIO 6543  Vaccine Development
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: BIO 5762 and permission of instructor.
This course will provide students with an overview of issues about the roles of vaccines in the control of infectious diseases, vaccine development, clinical trials and implementation of vaccine programs.

BIO 6553  Fermentation Science
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: BIO 3713 and BIO 3722, or their equivalents.
The principles and theory underlying industrial fermentations, such as vessel design and construction, media design, up-scaling fermentations, process control, and product isolation.

BIO 6563  Food Science and Biotechnology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: BIO 3713 and BIO 3722, or their equivalents.
An overview of food science covering nutrition, dietary recommendations, food chemistry, food preservation and safety, and an in-depth look at the uses of biotechnology in the food industry.

BIO 6663  Experimental Parasitology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: A course in parasitology or consent of instructor.
A study of animal parasites, with special emphasis on the physiology of host-parasite interactions.

BIO 6773  Host-Parasite Interactions
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: BIO 3713 and BIO 4743, or consent of instructor.
A study of molecular interactions between animals and microorganisms, with emphasis on the nature of infectious disease processes and on the adaptations that allow microbial pathogens to avoid host defenses.

BIO 6803  Advanced Immunology and Immunochemistry
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: BIO 4743 or consent of instructor.
The study of current concepts of humoral and cell-mediated immunity, with emphasis on molecular mechanisms.

BIO 6873  Microbial Physiology and Energetics
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: BIO 3713 or consent of instructor.
Consideration of physiological activities of microorganisms, with special emphasis on metabolic capabilities of bacteria and other microorganisms.

BIO 6883  Bacterial Pathogenesis
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: BIO 3713 and BIO 4743 or consent of instructor.
This course will present a selection of topics in the field of bacterial pathogenesis. Lectures will cover regulation of virulence; colonization and host tissue damage; vaccines, antibiotics and novel antimicrobials; evasion of the immune system; intracellular pathogens; pathogenic mechanisms of Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria; pathogenic mycobacteriology; and experimental tools in bacterial pathogenesis.

BIO 6951-3  Independent Study
1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission in writing of the instructor and the student’s Graduate Advisor of Record.
Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. For students needing specialized work not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, in combination with BIO 5971-3 Directed Research will apply to the Master’s degree.

BIO 6961  Comprehensive Examination
1 hour credit. Prerequisite: Approval of the appropriate Graduate Program Committee to take the Comprehensive Examination.
Independent study course for the purpose of taking the Comprehensive Examination. May be repeated as many times as approved by the Graduate Program Committee. Enrollment is required each term in which the Comprehensive Examination is taken if no other courses are being taken that term. The grade report for the course is either “CR” (satisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination) or “NC” (unsatisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination).

BIO 6963  Critical Thinking & Writing for the Biological Sciences
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Consent of the instructor and of the Graduate Advisor of Record.
This course introduces students to writing and critiquing research proposals, manuscripts, abstracts, and scientific presentations.

BIO 6973  Special Problems
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Problems courses may be repeated for credit when the topics vary, but not more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, may be applied to the Master’s degree.

BIO 6983  Master’s Thesis
3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Permission of the Graduate Advisor of Record and thesis director.
Thesis research and preparation. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours will apply to the Master’s degree. Credit will be awarded upon completion of the thesis. Enrollment is required each term in which the thesis is in progress.

BIO 7041  Biology Colloquium
(1-0) 1 hour credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Oral presentations, discussions, critical evaluation of students’ research in progress, or discussions of current journal articles or reviews of recent scientific advances. May be repeated for credit. The grade report for this course is either “CR” (satisfactory participation in the colloquium) or “NC” (unsatisfactory participation in the colloquium). (Formerly BIO 5041. Same as ES 6941. Unless topic varies, credit cannot be earned for both BIO 7041 and ES 6941.)

BIO 7051  Seminar in Life Sciences
(1-0) 1 hour credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Formal presentations of research by outside authorities in the biological sciences. May be repeated for credit. The grade report for this course is either “CR” (satisfactory participation in the seminar) or “NC” (unsatisfactory participation in the seminar).

BIO 7101  Cell and Molecular Biology Introductory Colloquium
(1-0) 1 hour credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Discussions of current journal articles, reviews, and recent advances in specialized areas of the biological sciences. The grade report for this course is either “CR” (satisfactory participation in the colloquium) or “NC” (unsatisfactory participation in the colloquium). Cannot be repeated for credit.

BIO 7113  Supervised Teaching in Biology
3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy for the Doctoral degree.
Required course for Biology doctoral students. The student will be responsible for all aspects of leading a discussion section or laboratory course. Approval by the chair of the appropriate Doctoral Studies committee required.

BIO 7143  Principles of Biological Scientific Writing
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
This course will provide an overview of scientific grant and manuscript preparation. The class will be directed toward producing a Ph.D. dissertation proposal and a predoctoral fellowship application.

BIO 7211-6  Doctoral Research
1 to 6 hours credit. Prerequisite: Admission to either the Neurobiology or Cell and Molecular Biology Doctoral program.
May be repeated for credit, but no more than 52 hours may be applied to the Doctoral degree.

BIO 7311-3  Doctoral Dissertation
1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy for the Doctoral degree and completion of at least 18 semester credit hours of BIO 7211-6.
May be repeated for credit.

BIO 7413  Research Ethics and Responsible Conduct in Research
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
A case-study approach to formal training in the responsible conduct of research. Includes areas of conflict of interest, responsible authorship, policies for handling misconduct, policies regarding the use of human and animal subjects, and data management. (Credit cannot be earned for both BIO 5001 and BIO 7413.)

BIO 7513  Advanced Biochemistry
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: BIO 5113 and BIO 5123.
Topics in biochemical structure, regulation, signaling, and analysis.

BIO 7563,6,9  Practicum in Biotechnology
3, 6, or 9 hours credit. Prerequisites: Enrollment in Master’s in Biotechnology program and at least 18 hours credit including satisfactory completion of BIO 5033 and one other organized laboratory course.
An internship in a Biotechnology company. Must have approval of Biotechnology Graduate Studies Committee.

BIO 7571-3  Experimental Techniques in Biology
(0-2, 0-4, 0-6) 1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Topics include research methods in cell and molecular biology, molecular neurobiology, and microbiology. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. (Formerly BIO 5571-3.)

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