Description of Graduate CoursesĀ 

Course

Prerequisites and Description

Hours

BIO 501 Environmental Science  An introductory course for non-major graduate students dealing with the science of the environment and man's relationships through political,  social, economic, and ethical processes.

3

BIO 506  Human Environments and Natural Systems Emphasis placed on fundamental problems that confront man from day to day.  Topics among others for discussion are ecology, population, energy, food, transportation and land pollution.

3

BIOL 506   Human Environments and Natural Systems Lab.   Selected laboratory exercises, visiting lectures and field trips are designed to provide a broad view of applications and concepts in environmental science.

1

BIO 507   Biology for Elementary Teachers Prerequisites: None. The application of biological procedures and techniques at the elementary school level with emphasis on selected topics in biology.

3

BIOL 507 Biology for Elementary Teachers Lab. Prerequisite: Bio 101. Laboratory designed to expand and illustrate subject-matter areas stressed in Bio 507.

1

BIO 508 Fundamentals of Electron Microscopy Prerequisites: Senior, graduate level, and consent of instructor. To introduce the students to the techniques of electron microscopy so that they may be able to initiate their own biological investigations. Emphasis will be placed on laboratory work.

4

BIO 509 General Genetics Prerequisite; Bio 318. A study of the principal concepts of heredity to include the application of classical and modem genetics.

3

BIO 511  Biostatistics   This course is designed for students in biological sciences with no advanced training in mathematics. Basic concepts in statistical methods and experimental techniques and their general applicability in biology will be stressed.

3

BIO 512  Natural Resources and Conservation  A study of our natural resources with emphasis on their origin,   properties,   use   and misuse   and   good conservation practices.

3

BIOL 512 Natural Resources and Conservation Lab. Students are involved in the collection of data concerning the use and the analysis of conservation practices for both domestic and public waste, water, and energy resources.

1

BIO 513   Advanced Human Nutrition Prerequisites: Bio 233 or 218 and CHEM 241. Review of nutrient sources, requirements and deficiency diseases of man. Emphasis on nutritional metabolism under normal and pathological conditions, and current research.

3

BIO 514   Methods of  Environmental Analysis Theory, methods and techniques for identifying and qualifying environmental contaminants.  Sampling methods are discussed and some coverage is provided on methods for separation and concentration.

3

BIO 515 Molecular Biology Study of the structure, synthesis, isolation and interactions of macromolecules of biological interest.

3

BIOL 515 Molecular Biology Lab. Prerequisite: Must be taken concurrently with Bio 515. Laboratory techniques used to purify proteins, DNA, and RNA and the methods used to analyze these macromolecules

1

*BIO 516 Marine Botany Prerequisites: Bio 119, Biol 119, Bio 416; open to qualified undergraduates. Survey of seaweeds (marine algae), marine phytoplankton and maritime vascular plants, treating structure, reproduction, life histories, distribution and ecology. Lecture and laboratory to be taken during same semester.

3

*BIOL 516 Marine Botany Lab. Prerequisite: Must be taken with lectures in Bio 516. Collection, preservation and preparation and microscopic examination with purpose of emphasizing identification of seaweeds.

1

BIO 517 Introduction to Remote Sensing for Environmental Science Prerequisites: Phy201, 202, Math 111, 115, 231. This course introduces the theory and techniques of remote sensing and their application to environmental analysis.  Topics include the concepts of remote sensing; characteristics of spectromagnetic waves; types of remotely sensed data; sensor types; the theory of photogrammetric techniques; digital image analysis for acquisition of geographical information.  Several lab activities involve: learning of basics of ERDAS Imagine; data acquisition through internet search for satellite images; importing datasets, band characteristics & visual presentation.

3

BIO 518 Application of Remote Sensing in Environmental Science Prerequisite: Bio 517. This course covers the quantitative and applied aspects and analysis of remotely sensed digital data.  This course is designed to provide an understanding of digital image processing, analysis, and interpretation techniques.  Topics include digital data visualization; geometric, radiometric, and atmospheric correction; image enhancement and manipulation; information extraction; digital change detection; integration of GIS and remotely sensed data, and spatial modeling.  Laboratory exercises are in-depth applications of the exercise topics that were covered in Bio 417/517 as well as thematic information extraction and change detection.

3

BIO 520 Biological Photography Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. The course is designed to equip students with the knowledge and expertise to produce high quality prints and slides. Emphasis is placed on laboratory work (darkroom).

3

BIOL 520 Biological Photography Lab. Laboratory activities give the student experience in exposing and developing black and white films and making prints with various print papers. Must be taken concurrently with Bio 520.

1

BIO 521Plant Morphology Prerequisite: Bio 119. Study of anatomical, reproductive, ontogenetic and phylogenetic aspects of vascular and non-vascular plants.

3

BIOL 521 Plant Morphology Lab. Selection of exercises involving the structures, developments and relationships of nonvascular and vascular plants.

1

BIO 522  Plant Taxonomy Prerequisite: Bio 119. Classification and nomenclature of flowering plants; introductory method of collection; laboratory and field studies of representative plant families.

3

BIOL 522Plant Taxonomy Lab. Prerequisites: Bio 119. Exercises on collection, classification and nomenclature of flowering plants.

1

BIO 523Ecology Prerequisite: Senior standing or consent of instructor. A study of the tropic relationships and energy transfer in ecosystems.

3

BIOL 523 Ecology Lab. This lab course is designed to be, and should be, taken concurrently with the Ecology lecture course (BIO 523).  The ecology laboratory sessions are structured to reinforce topics discussed in lecture and provide a treatment of technical topics not covered in the lecture.  Methods common to the laboratory and field will be taught.   Students will 1) gain a deeper, understanding of the main concepts of ecology and ecological processes and 2) develop critical and analytical thinking skills along with reasoning and logical thinking skills, and apply them to ecological concepts.

1

BIO 524Plant Physiology Prerequisite: Bio   119.  Principal physiological processes of plants including water relation, synthesis, and use of foods and growth phenomena are discussed.

3

BIOL 524 Plant Physiology Lab. Laboratory exercises will be continued to verify the principles of Plant Physiology.

1

*BIO 525 Introduction to Marine Geology Prerequisites: Bio 408, 408A, or permission of instructor; open to advanced undergraduates. Introductory geology from the marine viewpoint; morphology and origin of ocean basins, plate tectonics, marine sedimentation, coastal features and marine georesources. Lecture and laboratory to be taken during the same semester.

1

*BIOL 525Introduction    to Marine Geology Lab. Prerequisite: Must be taken with lectures in Bio 525. Field and laboratory exercises in recognition of geological features and specimens, study of techniques, core samples, mapping and marine topographic profiles.

1

BIO 526 Mycology Prerequisite: Bio 119. A survey of the principal fungal classes. Morphology and cytology of fungi and their relation to industry and agriculture.

3

BIO 528 Evolutions Prerequisite: Bio 409 or the equivalent. A study of the processes of organic change. Historical developments of the major concepts and mechanisms. (S)

3

BIO 529 Plant Anatomy An introduction to cell division, development, and maturation of the structures of the vascular plants.

3

BIOL 529 Plant Anatomy Lab. Selection of exercises involving cell division, development and maturation of the structures of vascular plants.

1

BIO 530  Advanced    Microbiology   Prerequisites: Bio 313; CHEM 242. Special techniques for culturing microorganisms. Includes a survey of some of the important microbes in medicine, industry and public health.

3

BIOL 530 Advanced Microbiology Lab. Teaches the student special methods in isolating, culturing, and identifying certain microorganisms of medical and industrial importance. Must be taken concurrently with Bio 530.

1

BIO 531     Invertebrate     Zoology  Prerequisites: Bio 114, CHEM 142. Intended for students who wish to obtain a comprehensive knowledge of the invertebrates.

3

BIOL 531 Invertebrate Zoology Lab. Prerequisite: Must be taken concurrently With Bio 531. A taxonomy consideration of the invertebrate fauna. Students are also introduced to empirical observation in such areas as ecology, physiology and behavior

1

BIO 532Advanced Parasitology Prerequisites: Bio 331; CHEM 142, 242. The physiology of specific parasite and host-parasite relationships will be studied in great detail. Clinical specimens will be studied.

3

BIOL 532 Advanced Parasitology Lab. Prerequisite: Bio 331 and/or consent of the instructor. Must be taken with Bio 532. The course will emphasize the experimental approach to Parasitology. Important parasites of man and other animals will be studied from clinical specimens.

1

BIO 533 The Biology of Water Pollution Biological approaches to water pollution problems is discussed. The effect of pollution on life in aquatic environments is emphasized.

3

BIOL 533 The Biology of Water Pollution Lab. Selected laboratory exercises, instrument use, and field trips are designed to further enhance the student's awareness in water pollution effects, analysis and problem solving.

1

BIO 534 Ichthyology Prerequisites: Bio 115, Biol 115; open to advanced undergraduates. Biology and classification of marine and freshwater fish; emphasis on identification and collecting. Lecture and laboratory to be taken during same semester.

3

BIOL 534 Ichthyology Lab. Prerequisites: Bio 115, Biol 115. Must be taken with lecture in Bio 534. Field collecting, sorting, preserving, classification of marine fish; emphasis on identification.

1

*BIO 539 Marine Microbiology Prerequisites: Bio 313, Biol 313, 416, Biol 416; open to advanced undergraduates. A survey of the most important marine microorganisms; emphasis on bacteria, sampling techniques, enumeration of indicator organisms, isolation of pathogenic organisms from seafood. Lecture and laboratory to be taken during the same semester.

3

*BIOL 539 Marine Microbiology Lab. Prerequisites: 313, 416. Must be taken with lectures in Bio 539. Techniques in sampling, isolation, culture and enumeration of pathogenic and nonpathogenic marine microorganisms.

1

BIO 540 Cell Biology Prerequisites: Bio 111, 119 or 121, 313, and CHEM 241.   Study of cell anatomy as revealed by electron microscopy. Emphasis on bioenergetics, cell metabolism and current cell research.

3

BIOL 540 Cell Biology Lab. Prerequisites: Bio 112,119, 313. Must be taken concurrently with Bio 540. Laboratory activities which develop techniques for isolation of cellular organelles and quantitative analyses of biomolecules.

1

 BIO 544 Arthropod Disease Prerequisites: Bio 115, 427. Emphasis is given to the control and prevention of insect and other arthropod borne diseases, the physiology, taxonomy, life-cycles and ecology of important vectors.

3

BIOL 544 Arthropod Disease Lab. Study the external structure and make outline sketches to indicate the characteristics used in classification of representative forms and unknown specimens of organisms important to medicine and veterinary science.

1

BIO 546 Selected Topics in Marine and Environmental Studies Prerequisites: None; open to advanced undergraduates or others on consent of instructor. Lectures on a broad range of marine and environmental topics of general interest having special application to students in both marine sciences program. No separate laboratory.

1-2

*BIO 547 Introduction to Oceanography Prerequisites: Bio 407, Biol 407. CHEM 254 and CHML 254, or consent of instructor; open to advanced undergraduates. Broad view of the marine world, geological, geographical, chemical, physical and biological; field trips aboard research vessels and laboratories introducing applied uses of oceanographic gear, instruments and sampling techniques. Lecture and laboratory to be taken during the same semester.

3

*BIOL 547 Introduction to Oceanography Laboratory Prerequisite: Must be taken with lectures in Bio 547. Introduction to oceanographic gear, its application methodology and sampling techniques; field work in practical applications.

1

BIO 550  Immunology and Serology The study of antibodies that are elicited in response to antigens and the difference between the protoplasm of one organism and another as reflected in the blood.

3

BIOL 550 Immunology and Serology Lab. Prerequisite: Bio 313. Experimental application of immunology and serology in diagnosis of microbial diseases. In vitro and in vivo techniques in immune response will be investigated.

1

BIO   553 Tropical Marine Ecology   Opportunity for practical field exercises in selected tropical environments.

3

BIO 570Human Physiology Prerequisites:  Bio 115, CHEM 242. The study of physiological processes related to the human. The physiological systems to be examined are: Gastro-intestinal, renal, endocrine, neural, and reproductive.

3

BIOL 570 Human Physiology Lab.  Must be taken concurrently with Bio 570. Selected studies of the physiological processes of mammals with emphasis on man.  

1

BIO 575 Endocrinology Prerequisites: Bio 115, 218; CHEM 142, 242. The basic fundamentals of endocrinology. The role of the endocrine glands and their products (hormones) in the maintenance of a constant internal environment in living organisms.

3

BIOL 575 Endocrinology Lab. Prerequisites: Bio 115, 218; CHEM 142, 242. Must be taken concurrently with Bio 575, or with the consent of instructor. Experimental analysis of normal and abnormal endocrine   functions.   Emphasis is placed on basic laboratory techniques employed in the study of endocrine function.

1

BIO 576 Histopathology Prerequisites:  Bio 115, 218, and 441. Provides general consideration of the principal concepts of tissues and cellular pathology, with emphasis on human tissues and pathology. The course prepares students for further studies in medicine, dentistry, and allied health fields.

3

BIOL 576   Histopathology Lab. Exercises studying gross and microscopic diseased tissues and clinical cases.

1

BIO 580 Limnology Physical and chemical factors affecting the biology of ponds, reservoirs, and streams is presented.  A research project in limnology will be required.

3

BIOL 580 Limnology Lab.   Both chemical and biological monitoring of aquatic systems will be explored. Hack kits, conductivity meters, oxygen probes, BOD's, COD's and map surveys will be utilized.

1

BIO 587 Independent Study   Prerequisite: Graduate standing in biology. Students will elect a specific topic that is not covered in other biology courses. The student, working independently, will be required to submit a research paper that includes an exhaustive review of literature.

2  for M.S. students

BIO  589  Graduate  Seminar A course designed for survey of biological literature. The student will be required to prepare and present reports and assigned projects. Required of all students.

1 for M.S. students

BIO    590    Reproductive Physiology Prerequisites:   Bio   115,   CHEM    142,   242.   Some prerequisites may be waived with approval of instructor. An advanced assessment of the physiology, metabolism and histology of the reproductive system. The etiology of abnormal functions will be presented.

3

BIOL   590   Reproductive Physiology Lab. Prerequisites: Bio 112, 218, CHEM 142, 242. Must be taken concurrently with Bio 590 or with consent of instructor. Experimental analyses of the mammalian reproductive system. Emphasis is placed on basic methodologies employed   in   anatomical and physiological studies of the reproductive system.

1

BIO   591   Advanced Developmental   Biology Prerequisites: Bio 112, CHEM 242. Current experimental findings in the field of developmental biology will be presented. Theories on the mechanisms regulating differentiation and abnormal growth pattern will be discussed.

3

*BIOL   591 Advanced Developmental   Biology Lab. Advanced laboratory techniques in the field of developmental biology will be presented and analyzed.

1

BIO 599Thesis Research Required for M.S. students. Thesis representing original research.

6

BIO 600 Graduate Seminar Required of all students. Advanced topics investigated are presented by students. The student will be required to prepare and present reports and assigned projects.  
BIO 601 Environmental Science Seminar Advanced topics of special interest, current research, field trips, demonstrations, and guest lectures in the areas of environmental science, limnology, ecology, water and air pollution, populations, solar energy, earth resources, and others.  
BIO 602 Environmental Science Special Problems Each student will select an aspect of the environment beyond the limits of the campus. The student will define the problem, analyze it, and report on his findings and possible solutions. This problem will sometimes include on the job training with an environmental agency.

4

BIO 609 Advanced Genetics Prerequisite: Bio 509. Provides detailed considerations of genetic analysis, quantitative inheritance, chromosomal engineering and some concepts in genetics.

4

BIO 610 Environmental Microbiology The study of the roles of microorganisms in natural systems with attention given to the examination of nutrient cycles, methods of analysis of microbial biomass and activities as well as the functional roles of microorganisms.

3

BIOL 610 Environmental Microbiology Lab. Laboratory is designed to acquaint students with modern techniques for measuring microbial biomass and microbial degradative activities of natural and xenobiotic chemicals in natural environments. Specific projects of microbial analysis will be assigned to students.

1

BIO 615 Principles of Bioremediation This course uses modern knowledge in life sciences, as well as new developments in biotechnology to address important issues related to environmental clean-up of hazardous wastes. The nature of environmental pollution is reviewed, and basic concepts in molecular biology, biochemistry, and microbiology and plant physiology are applied to demonstrate the significance of bioremediation and phytoremediation in pollution control. Therefore, an emphasis is put on the use of biological methods and processes for the remediation of contaminated soils and water resources.

3

BIOL 615 Principles of  Bioremediation Laboratory and field experiments conducted to familiarize students and   methodologies.  Identification and classification of microorganisms, use of bacteria in toxicity assessment, biodegradation of organic contaminants, and phytoremediation of toxic metals are discussed.

1

BIO 617 / BIOL 617 Introduction to Remote Sensing for Environmental Science Prerequisites: Phy 201, 202, Math 111, 115, 231. This course introduces the theory and techniques of remote sensing and their application to environmental analysis.  Topics include the concepts of remote sensing; characteristics of spectromagnetic waves; types of remotely sensed data; sensor types; the theory of photogrammetric techniques; digital image analysis for acquisition of geographical information.  Several lab activities involve: learning of basics of ERDAS Imagine; data acquisition through internet search for satellite images; importing datasets, band characteristics & visual presentation.

4

BIO 618 Application of Remote Sensing in Environmental Science Prerequisite: Bio 617. This course covers the quantitative and applied aspects and analysis of remotely sensed digital data.  This course is designed to provide an understanding of digital image processing, analysis, and interpretation techniques.  Topics include digital data visualization; geometric, radiometric, and atmospheric correction; image enhancement and manipulation; information extraction; digital change detection; integration of GIS and remotely sensed data, and spatial modeling.  Laboratory exercises are in-depth applications of the exercise topics that were covered in Bio 617 as well as thematic information extraction and change detection.

3

BIO   620   Independent Study Students will elect a specific topic that is not covered in other biology courses.  The student, working independently, will be required to submit a research paper that includes an exhaustive review of literature.

 

BIO   621 Advanced Plant Morphology Prerequisite:   Bio   521.   Analysis and morphology of vascular plants ranging from   pteridophyta through angiosperms with phylogenetic considerations.

4

BIO  650  Analysis of Hormone Action Prerequisite: Graduate status and consent of the instructor.  An analysis of the cellular mechanisms of hormone action.  The role of target tissues, receptors, hormone analogs and, metabolic inhibitors in studies of hormone action will be discussed.

3

     
*These courses (or close equivalents) also may be taken during summers at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi; Dauphin Island Sea Laboratory, Alabama, or other coastal teaching/research laboratory for credit at JSU subject to approval on individual basis by JSU administration and coastal laboratory administrators.