Courses offered by the Biology Department
(listed by category)

The course listings on this page are for informational purposes only and subject to change without notice. For the most accurate information regarding course offerings and degree requirements within the biology department, please check the current academic catalog.

General Education Biology Courses for Liberal Arts Majors

Of course any student can take any biology course they desire if they meet the appropriate requirements, but the following courses are appropriate for non-science majors to fulfill the general education requirement in biology.

BIOL 102/102L:
BIOLOGY FOR
EDUCATION MAJORS

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
None

Description: While not restricted to education majors, this course is designed to provide the information needed for the Life Science part of the PRAXIS “Elementary Education: Content Knowledge” exam. By the end of the course, students should: understand the scientific method, including being proficient with science and engineering practices; have an understanding of the basic science upon which biology rests, including the areas of cell biology, genetics, organ systems, energetics, evolution, and ecology; develop a basic understanding of how plants and animals contribute to and function within our environment; and be familiar with plant and animal diversity and physiology. Can be taken as a general education course by all majors, but will not count towards biology major requirements.

BIOL 104/104L:
HUMAN BIOLOGY

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
None

Description: Basic biology of humans and how to interpret emerging technologies such as DNA fingerprinting and genetic engineering. The process of doing science is emphasized. (Does not count towards a biology major.)

BIOL 103/103L:
ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
None

Description: A study of the needs of human beings for food, energy, and other natural resources and the effects of their actions on the air, water, soil, plants, and other animals. The diversity of life, plant anatomy and physiology, ecology and evolution will be included. Throughout the course the process of doing science is emphasized. (Does not count towards a biology major.)

BIOL 212/212L:
NATURAL HISTORY
OF SOUTH CAROLINA

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
None

Description: Topics will include the scientific method and may cover a variety of plants and/or animals. Identification, taxonomy, evolution, ecology, and conservation of these groups will be covered. Laboratories will include outdoor field trips.

Required Courses for Biology Majors

The following courses fulfill the “Introductory Biology” core requirement for the B.S. and B.A. majors in biology. Biology majors and related options can take either BIOL 105/115 or 107 for the first intro course and BIOL 106 or 108 for the second intro course. These courses can be taken in any order. Pre-nursing majors are required to take BIOL 105.

BIOL 105:
BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES I

(3 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
None

Description: The content of this course covers broad concepts of the scientific method, biological chemistry, and the molecular and cellular basis of life. Includes topics of cell structure, energetics and metabolism, molecular genetics, Mendelian inheritance, and cell reproduction, with selected applications at the tissue and organ levels of organization. Required for majors, minors, and collaterals in biology, health physics majors, and pre-nursing majors. Recommended for other science majors and middle level education majors with an emphasis in science. Credit cannot be given for both Biology 105 and 107.

BIOL 107/107L:
INTEGRATED BIOLOGICAL CONCEPTS I

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
None

Description:Introduction to biology’s core concepts from molecules through cells including biological information, evolution, cells, emergent properties and homeostasis. This course covers similar material found in Biology 105 but increases the amount of critical analysis of data and teaches the skills necessary to critically think about biological problems. This course is designed for Biology Majors, Minors, and other science majors. Credit cannot be given for both Biology 105 and 107.

BIOL 115L:
LABORATORY FOR
BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES I

(1 credit)

What are the prerequisites/corequisites?
BIOL 105

Description: This course is a practical examination of life science topics through experimental procedures with instruction on laboratory equipment and techniques. Required for majors, minors, and collaterals in biology and health physics majors. Recommended for other science majors and middle level education majors who have an emphasis in science.

BIOL 106/106L:
BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES II

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
None

Description: A survey of the domains of life in an evolutionary framework. Includes biological evolution and the mechanisms of evolutionary change, a survey of biological diversity with examples of plant and animal structure and physiology, and general ecological principles. Includes laboratory and field experiences. Credit cannot be given for both Biology 106 and 108.

BIOL 108/108L:
INTEGRATED BIOLOGICAL CONCEPTS II

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
None

Description:Introduction to biology’s core concepts from organisms through ecological systems, including biological information, evolution, cells, emergent properties, and homeostasis. This course covers similar material found in Biology 106 but increases the amount of critical analysis of data and teaches the skills necessary to critically think about biological problems. This course is designed for Biology Majors, Minors, and other science majors. Credit cannot be given for both Biology 106 and 108.

BIOL 499:
SENIOR SEMINAR

(1 credit)

What are the prerequisites?
24 hours of biology courses completed

Description: The course will include reviews of concepts from the core curriculum of biology. Seminars will be presented on biological research, on career opportunities, and on post-graduate educational planning. During the course the students’ knowledge of biology will be assessed by laboratory presentations and the internal and external exit exams.

Organismal Biology Core Courses

The following courses fulfill the “Organismal Biology” core requirement for the B.S. and B.A. majors in biology. If you are completing one of the degree options of the biology major, please check the specific option listing for any modifications to this core requirement.

BIOL 201/201L:
INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 105/115 or 107 and BIOL 106 or 108.

Description: Structure, physiology, ecology, life histories, and evolutionary trends of invertebrate animals.

BIOL 206/206L:
FALL FLORA

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 105/115 or 107 and BIOL 106 or 108.

Description: Collection, preservation, identification, and classification of 250 native and naturalized plants in the Pee Dee region during fall season. Most of the laboratory time is spent in the field studying the taxonomical, morphological, and ecological aspects of plants. Taxonomic keys used extensively. Students may select only two courses from the Biology 206, 207, 208 series.

BIOL 208/208L:
SUMMER FLORA

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 105/115 or 107 and BIOL 106 or 108.

Description: Collection, preservation, identification, and classification of 250 native and naturalized plants in the Pee Dee region during the summer season. Most of the laboratory time is spent in the field studying the taxonomical, morphological, and ecological aspects of plants. Taxonomic keys used extensively. Students may select only two courses from the Biology 206, 207, 208 series.

BIOL 216/216L:
ICHTHYOLOGY

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 105/115 or 107 and BIOL 106 or 108.

Description: The study of fish with emphasis on identification, classification, evolution, anatomy and physiology, and ecology. Emphasis will be on South Carolina species but other important species will be included.

 

BIOL 311/311L:
MICROBIOLOGY

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 105/115 or 107 and BIOL 106 or 108.

Description: Structure, activities, and control of microorganisms, including principles of immunology.

BIOL 312/312L:
HERPETOLOGY

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 105/115 or 107 and BIOL 106 or 108.

Description: The biology of amphibians and reptiles. Along with a review of these two vertebrate groups, emphasis will be placed on the identification of local species through study of specimens and field trips.

BIOL 315/315L:
ORNITHOLOGY

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 105/115 or 107 and BIOL 106 or 108.

Description: Anatomy, physiology, taxonomy, evolution, ecology, behavior, and identification of birds.

BIOL 202/202L:
VERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 105/115 or 107 and BIOL 106 or 108.

Description: Classification, ecology, life histories, and evolutionary trends of vertebrate animals.

BIOL 207/207L:
SPRING FLORA

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 105/115 or 107 and BIOL 106 or 108.

Description: Collection, preservation, identification, and classification of 250 native and naturalized plants in the Pee Dee region during spring season. Most of the laboratory time is spent in the field studying the taxonomical, morphological, and ecological aspects of plants. Taxonomic keys used extensively. Students may select only two courses from the Biology 206, 207, 208 series.

BIOL 209/209L:
ENTOMOLOGY

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 105/115 or 107 and BIOL 106 or 108.

Description: General biology of insects, including anatomy, diversity, physiology, behavior, ecology, and evolution. The lab emphasizes collection, identification, and preservation.

BIOL 303/303L:
THE PLANT KINGDOM

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 105/115 or 107 and BIOL 106 or 108.

Description: Structure, function, life histories, and evolutionary trends of vascular and nonvascular plants.

BIOL 307/307L:
PLANT STRUCTURE
AND FUNCTION

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 105/115 or 107 and BIOL 106 or 108.

Description: A survey of the fundamental processes, forms, and functions of plants with a focus on flowering plants (Angiosperms). Students will learn about plant anatomy and physiology as well as plant morphology and development. Through the lens of structure and function, students will also examine the evolutionary history of land plants and study ways that plants interact with their environment.

BIOL 313/313L:
MYCOLOGY

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 105/115 or 107 and BIOL 106 or 108.

Description: Study of the taxonomy, form and function of fungi.

BIOL 320/320L:
PLANT EVOLUTION
AND DIVERSITY

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 105/115 or 107 and BIOL 106 or 108.

Description: This course utilizes the framework of evolutionary processes and the tools used by biologists who study systematics to better understand the diversity in the plant kingdom. Students will study the patterns, processes, and mechanisms of plant evolution and speciation. The course will detail each phylum of extant plants and places a focus on flowering plants, covering such topics as plant/pollinator coevolution, plant defense against herbivory, and crop improvement.

Cellular/Molecular Biology Core Courses

The following courses fulfill the “Cellular/Molecular Biology” core requirement for the B.S. and B.A. majors in biology. If you are completing one of the degree options of the biology major, please check the specific option listing for any modifications to this core requirement.

BIOL 301/301L:
CELL BIOLOGY

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 105/115 or 107 and BIOL 106 or 108 and CHEM 201.

Description: Cellular and molecular basis of cell structure and function: chemical composition and physical properties of biological molecules; organization and function of supramolecular structures, organelles, and basic cell types; enzyme action and regulation; energetics and mechanisms of biological transport; flow of energy and information; relationships between cell and whole body functions.

BIOL 407/407L:
IMMUNOLOGY

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 105/115 or 107 and BIOL 106 or 108 and CHEM 201.

Description: Cellular and molecular basis of the immune response; antibody structure and function; antigen-antibody interactions, applications; immunogenetics; and hypersensitivity.

BIOL 302/302L:
DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 105/115 or 107 and BIOL 106 or 108 and CHEM 102.

Description: How a single cell, the zygote, grows into a multi-celled organism. First part of the course focuses on how cells differentiate into specialized types, move around the embryo and communicate with each other. Second part of the course focuses on how molecular mechanisms give rise to major embryonic tissues, organs and organ systems in representative organisms. Also included are discussions about birth defects, sex determination and aging.

Ecology Core Courses

The following courses fulfill the “Ecology” core requirement for the B.S. and B.A. majors in biology. If you are completing one of the degree options of the biology major, please check the specific option listing for any modifications to this core requirement.

BIOL 308/308L:
AQUATIC ECOLOGY

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 105/115 or 107 and BIOL 106 or 108 and CHEM 102.

Description: An examination of the physical, chemical, and biological dynamics of standing and flowing freshwaters and how these dynamics affect the ecology of organisms.

BIOL 318/318L:
TROPICAL ECOLOGY

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 105/115 or 107 and BIOL 106 or 108.

Description: Principles of tropical ecology, plus individual research projects focusing on field techniques, biodiversity, and/or behavioral, population, or community ecology. Travel study course held at FMU and at WildSumaco Biological Station in Ecuador. The course incurs an extra trip expense.

BIOL 402/402L:
TERRESTRIAL ECOLOGY

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 105/115 or 107 and BIOL 106 or 108 and CHEM 102.

Description: Structure and function of terrestrial ecosystems, communities, and populations; relationships of organisms (including human beings) to their environments.

BIOL 411:
ECOLOGY

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 105/115 or 107 and BIOL 106 or 108 and CHEM 102.

Description: General principles of ecology of individuals, populations, communities, and ecosystems from an evolutionary perspective. The scientific method will be stressed.

BIOL 317/317L:
MARINE ECOLOGY

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 105/115 or 107 and BIOL 106 or 108.

Description: Structure and function of marine ecosystems, communities, and populations. Adaptations of marine organisms and their relationships to their environments will be examined. The ecology of coastal Carolina systems and animals will be emphasized.

BIOL 400/400L:
FISHERIES SCIENCE
AND MANAGEMENT

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 106 or 108 and MATH 132 or higher

Description: The relationship of fisheries to other natural resources; a survey of aquatic habitats and the characteristics of fish that affect their management; basic principles, practices, and techniques of management of freshwater fisheries.

BIOL 412/412L:
ANIMAL BEHAVIOR

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 105/115 or 107 and BIOL 106 or 108 and Junior status.

Description: Topics within ecology and evolution combine as students examine the adaptive significance of behavior. Key concepts include: altruism and selfishness, evolutionary stable strategies and game theory, coevolution in relation to predation and predator avoidance, competition, sexual selection, parental care and conflict, communication, and human behavior. Students will explore the relevant primary literature and develop and test hypotheses in topic-specific laboratories.

Genetics/Evolutionary Biology Core Courses

The following courses fulfill the “Genetics/Evolutionary Biology” core requirement for the B.S. and B.A. majors in biology. If you are completing one of the degree options of the biology major, please check the specific option listing for any modifications to this core requirement.

BIOL 401/401L:
GENETICS

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 105/115 or 107 and BIOL 106 or 108 and CHEM 201.

Description: Mendelian genetics, the chromosome, probability, and mapping in diploids, fungi, bacteria, and viruses; chemical basis of DNA replication and mutation and the genetic code.

BIOL 409/409L:
EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 105/115 or 107 and BIOL 106 or 108 and CHEM 201.

Description: Topics include the theory of natural selection, mechanisms of evolutionary change, the fossil record, biogeography, molecular evolution, speciation, phylogeny reconstruction and evolutionary rates.

Systems Biology Electives

The following courses do not fulfill the specific core requirements of the B.S. and B.A. majors in biology, but they can be used to fulfill the 8 hours of elective biology course requirements. Some of these courses may be required for specific degree options of the biology major (check specific option listings) and could also be needed to meet application requirements for some post-graduate and professional programs.

BIOL 205/205L:
HUMAN ANATOMY

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 105 & sophomore status or higher.

Description: Designed as anatomic studies for students in medical technology, nursing, and related allied health programs. Fundamental tissues, organs, and systems; anatomic terminology; early development; connective tissue, skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, genitourinary, endocrine, and integumentary systems.

BIOL 217:
PRINCIPLES OF
ANIMAL NUTRITION

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 105/115 or 107 and 106 or 108

Description: An introduction to the principles of animal nutrition. General topics will include the nutritional requirements of animals, the mechanisms animals use for nutrient digestion, absorption and metabolism, and the nutrient composition and formulation of animal feeds.

 

BIOL 309/309L:
INTRODUCTION
TO NEUROSCIENCE

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 104 or 105/115 or 107 and sophomore status or higher.

Description: This course will introduce students to anatomical and physiological properties of the nervous system with special emphasis on the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Neuroscience topics to be covered will include: molecular function, development, disease states, and research techniques. Laboratories will focus on neural anatomy as well as relevant sensory, developmental, molecular, and related nervous system processes.

BIOL 213:
BIOLOGY OF SEX

(3 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
Any course in biology

Description: This course will provide an introduction to the biological principles involved in human reproduction. Topics include the evolution of sex, reproductive anatomy and physiology, endocrinology, puberty, biology of gender, reproductive cycles, pregnancy, birth, fertility control, sexual disorders, and current issues in reproductive technology. This is a 3 credit course and does not have a lab.

BIOL 305/305L:
COMPARATIVE VERTEBRATE
ANATOMY

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 105/115 or 107 and BIOL 106 or 108.

Description: Evolution and analysis of vertebrate structure, with laboratory dissection of representative animal forms.

BIOL 406/406L:
HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 105/115 or 107 and BIOL 106 or 108 and BIOL 205 or 305 and CHEM 201.

Description: The normal structure and function of the major organ systems of the human body. Physical and chemical concepts such as bioenergetics and enzyme function will be covered. Credit cannot be given for both Biology 236 and 406.

BIOL 410/410L:
ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 305 and CHEM 201

Description: A comparative study of the function of the major organ systems in different classes of animals.

Other Biology Electives

The following courses can also be used to fulfill the 8 hours of elective biology course requirements. Some of these courses may be required for specific degree options of the biology major (check specific option listings) and could also be needed to meet application requirements for some post-graduate and professional programs.

BIOL 210/210L:
CONSERVATION BIOLOGY

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 105/115 or 107 and BIOL 106 or 108 and MATH 111.

Description: Lecture emphasizes biological diversity, extinction processes, and applied conservation methods, including design principles for biological reserves. Conservation policy is discussed in the context of social, economic, and political factors. Laboratory and field experiences highlight the science of conservation and regional conservation issues.

BIOL 220/220L:
INTRODUCTION TO
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 105/115 or 107 and BIOL 106 or 108.

Description: An introduction to molecular processes of the cell. This course will explore the relationships between molecular and cellular structures and their functions, with special emphasis on proteins and nucleic acids and their roles in coordinating cellular activities. The course will lay a foundation for molecular biology focusing on the concepts of macromolecules, cell cycle, replication, gene expression, and cell communication.

BIOL 413:
BIOSTATISTICS AND
RESEARCH METHODS

(3 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 105/115 or 107 and BIOL 106 or 108 and MATH 132 or higher.

Description: Experimental design and analysis for the biological sciences. Covers considerations in designing experiments as well as appropriate statistical analysis for each design. Designs and analysis from a variety of biological fields will be covered.

BIOL 214/214L:
ISSUES IN
ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 105/115 or 107 and BIOL 106 or 108.

Description: This course utilizes the case study method to teach about major environmental issues facing the world today. These issues include climate change; loss of biodiversity; pollution; water supply and demand; endangered species; ecological footprint; and pesticide use. Students will work together to develop skills in group learning, speaking, and critical thinking, while learning the relevance of biology and environmental issues in their daily lives.

BIOL 306/306L:
SPECIAL TOPICS
IN BIOLOGY

(3-4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 105/115 or 107 and BIOL 106 or 108.

Description: In-depth study of an area of interest in biology. Different areas of study offered on a rotating basis. May be taken twice for academic credit with departmental approval.

BIOL 415:
RADIATION BIOLOGY

(3 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 105/115 or 107 and BIOL 106 or 108 and PHYS 316

Description: Topics include the fundamental physical, chemical, and biological mechanisms that lead to radiation-induced biological damage. The course will begin with interactions and responses at a molecular level and progress towards cellular and systemic responses to the damage. Methods for assessing the dose to biological systems and the corresponding risk will be addressed.

Biology Courses for Pre-Nursing Majors

Pre-nursing majors are required to take at least 4 biology courses. Students pursuing careers in other health professions are encouraged to take the upper level physiology (BIOL 406) and microbiology (BIOL 311) courses instead of BIOL 215 and BIOL 236. These are designed specifically for the pre-nursing curriculum.

BIOL 105:
BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES I

(3 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
None

Description: The content of this course covers broad concepts of the scientific method, biological chemistry, and the molecular and cellular basis of life. Includes topics of cell structure, energetics and metabolism, molecular genetics, Mendelian inheritance, and cell reproduction, with selected applications at the tissue and organ levels of organization. Required for majors, minors, and collaterals in biology, health physics majors, and pre-nursing majors. Recommended for other science majors and middle level education majors with an emphasis in science. Credit cannot be given for both Biology 105 and 107.

BIOL 215/215L:
MICROBIOLOGY FOR
HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS

(recommended for pre-nursing majors only)

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 105

Description: Introduction to the cause, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases, with an emphasis on clinical considerations and real-world healthcare applications. Intended for pre-nursing majors.

BIOL 205/205L:
HUMAN ANATOMY

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 105 & sophomore status or higher.

Description: Designed as anatomic studies for students in medical technology, nursing, and related allied health programs. Fundamental tissues, organs, and systems; anatomic terminology; early development; connective tissue, skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, genitourinary, endocrine, and integumentary systems.

BIOL 236/236L:
HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY FOR
HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS

(recommended for pre-nursing majors only)

(4 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
BIOL 205 and CHEM 102.

Description: Structure and function of the major organs and human body systems, emphasizing their mechanisms of operation, including clinical considerations. This course is recommended for pre-nursing majors only. Credit cannot be given for both BIOL 236 and BIOL 406.

Internship/Research Courses in Biology

This are courses that allow you to get academic credit for internship opportunities and research projects. In some cases, these can be performed on or off campus. For more information, please talk to your advisor or the relevant departmental coordinator.

BIOL 490:
VETERINARY STUDIES
INTERNSHIP

(1 or 2 credits – a total of 3 may be earned)

What are the prerequisites?
Permission of Department.

Description: The student gains practical experience working with live animals under the supervision of a trained animal professional. A maximum of 3 semester hours may be earned. Earned hours do not fulfill the requirements of biology electives for a biology major, minor, or collateral.

 

BIOL 494:
PRE-HEALTH PROGRAM
INTERNSHIP

(1 credit – a total of 3 may be earned)

What are the prerequisites?
See description for specific eligibility requirements

Description: Clinical experience under the supervision of a practicing health professional consistent with a student’s career goals. Open only to juniors and seniors with a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher. Interested students should register with the Coordinator of Pre-Health Programs. This course can be repeated until a maximum of 3 semester hours can be earned. Earned hours do not fulfill the requirements of biology electives for a biology major, minor, or collateral.

BIOL 498:
BIOLOGY INTERNSHIP

(1 or 2 credits – a total of 3 credits may be earned)

What are the prerequisites?
See description for specific eligibility requirements

Description: Independent work under the direction of a professional biologist which may include teaching, research or other service. A maximum of 3 semester hours may be earned. Earned hours do not fulfill the requirements of biology electives for a biology major, minor, or collateral.

BIOL 491:
RESEARCH FOR THE
SECONDARY EDUCATOR

(1 credit)

What are the prerequisites?
105/115 or 107 and 106 or 108
See description for additional eligibility requirements

Description: Students devise and carry out an independent research project that can be translated for use in a high school science classroom. The research will address a scientific question and will be formatted as a citizen science project, with open-ended outcomes. Open only to biology majors pursuing the secondary education option.

 

BIOL 497:
SPECIAL STUDIES

(1, 2, or 3 credits – a total of 3 credits may be earned)

What are the prerequisites?
See description for specific eligibility requirements

Description: Open to juniors and seniors with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in their major courses. A maximum of 3 semester hours may be earned. Academic Committee approval required for each seminar and practicum. All individual research projects are reviewed by three faculty members from two different disciplines. May be taken for credit (3 hours) towards the Honors degree by special arrangement.

Special Biology Course

This course is designed for students in majors related to biology. In some cases, the course can be taken by biology majors. Talk to your advisor for more information.

BIOL 415:
RADIATION BIOLOGY

(3 credits)

What are the prerequisites?
PHYS 316 & BIOL 106.

Description: Topics include the fundamental physical, chemical, and biological mechanisms that lead to radiation-induced biological damage. The course will begin with interactions and responses at a molecular level and progress towards cellular and systemic responses to the damage. Methods for assessing the dose to biological systems and the corresponding risk will be addressed.