BIOL 1103K Introductory Biology I
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week. Introduction to fundamental concepts in biology, with an emphasis on evolution, inheritance, anatomy and physiology, metabolism and ecology. Application of these concepts to issues affecting society. This course does not fulfill the requirements for a major in biology.

BIOL 1104K Introductory Biology II
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 1103K or BIOL 1107K with grade of D or higher
Description

Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week. Introduction to fundamental concepts in biology, with an emphasis on anatomy, physiology, classification and ecological relationships. Application of these concepts to issues affecting society. This course does not fulfill the requirements for a major in biology.

BIOL 1110K Human Anatomy & Physiology I
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

Three lecture and three laboratory hours a week. Recent course work in biology or chemistry is recommended. Survey of the major organ systems in the human body. Chemical principles related to physiology are included.

BIOL 1120K Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 1110K with grade of C or higher
Description

Three lecture and three laboratory hours a week. Survey of the major organ systems in the human body. Chemical principles as related to physiology are included.

BIOL 2050 Introduction to Drugs and Behavior
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as PSYC 2050.) Provides an introduction to the effects of drugs on behavior. Topics include how drugs affect the brain and, consequently, behavior; the underlying brain and environmental factors thought to be responsible for drug addiction, tolerance and sensitivity; treatment of major psychological disorders (e.g., depression, mania, anxiety) with drug therapy; and the classification of common psychoactive drugs.

BIOL 2100 Introduction to Biological Inquiry
Credit Hours 2.0
Description

Two lecture hours per week. Orientation to the degree in Biology. Topics will include methods of scientific inquiry, critical thinking skills, evaluation of biomedical research, literature review, scientific writing, and experimental design. Class discussion and in-class labs will be included. Recommended for biology majors with less than two years of high school biology. Also appropriate for K-12 science education and health sciences students.

BIOL 2106 Introduction to the Biological Sciences
Credit Hours 2.0
Description

Two lecture hours a week. Introduction to evolutionary theory, plant, animal, microbial diversity, evolutionary history, and ecology.

BIOL 2107K Principles of Biology I
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites CHEM 1211K with grade of C or higher
Description

Three lecture and three laboratory hours a week. Introduction to scientific method, theory and experimentation, cell chemistry, enzymes, metabolism, photosynthesis, genetics, ecology, and evolution. Fulfills Biology Major requirement.

BIOL 2108K Principles of Biology II
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 2107K or BIOL 2800; and CHEM 1211K with grades of C or higher
Description

Three lecture and three laboratory hours a week. Animal and plant biology with emphasis on structure, physiology, ecology, and evolution. Fulfills Biology Major requirement.

BIOL 2240 Introduction to Human Physiology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites BIOL 1104K, BIOL 1108K, or BIOL 2108K with grade of C or higher
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Major organ systems with emphasis on homeostatic mechanisms in health and disease.

BIOL 2250 Human Physiology Laboratory
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites BIOL 2240 with grade of D or higher, or concurrently
Description

Three laboratory hours a week. Exercises dealing with major organ systems. Recommended for health sciences students.

BIOL 2300 Microbiology and Public Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites one year each of high school biology and chemistry recommended
Description

Three lecture hours a week. An introduction to infectious disease agents of significance in individual and community health settings. The characteristics, symptoms, diagnosis, control, and treatment of infectious diseases will be considered.

BIOL 2310 Microbiology and Public Health Laboratory
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites BIOL 2300 with grade of D or higher, or concurrently
Description

Three laboratory hours a week. Basic laboratory techniques for culture and identification of bacteria.

BIOL 2430 Frontiers in Biotechnology
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites BIOL 1104K, BIOL 1108K, or BIOL 2108K, and CHEM 1212K with grades of C or higher
Description

Two lecture hours a week. Basic principles of biotechnology with emphasis on genetic engineering and its application to problems of medical, agricultural, and social importance.

BIOL 2500 Neurobiology and Behavior
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites BIOL 1104K, BIOL 1108K, or BIOL 2108K, and CHEM 1212K with grades of C or higher
Description

Two lecture hours a week. An introduction to the neural basis of behavior in animals. The emphasis will be on the evolutionary connectedness of all nervous systems, including that of humans, and on demystifying how the brain works, using both reductionist and systems-level approaches.

BIOL 2800 Introduction to Molecular Biology
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites BIOL 1104K, BIOL 1108K, or BIOL 2108K with grade of C or higher, or concurrently, or equivalent
Description

Introduction to understanding DNA structure and replication, transcription, and translation, and the regulation of these processes with an emphasis on improving students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills.

BIOL 3020 Introduction to Marine Biology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites BIOL 1104K, BIOL 1108K, or BIOL 2108K with grade of C or higher
Description

A comprehensive overview of the marine environment and the characteristics of marine organisms and their distinctive communities, such as coral reefs, kelp forests, seagrass beds, and the deep ocean.

BIOL 3021 Infectious Disease and Society
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites BIOL 1104K or BIOL 2108K with grade of C or higher
Description

A consideration of the role played by infectious diseases in shaping civilization and society. The focus will be on HIV/AIDS, but sexually transmitted infections such as syphilis, gonorrhea, genital herpes, and genital warts will be discussed as well. HIV/AIDS will also be compared with other infectious diseases of historical importance including the Black Death, leprosy, smallpox, tuberculosis, influenza, and poliomyelitis.

BIOL 3240 Human Physiology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites BIOL 1104K, BIOL 1108K, or BIOL 2108K, and CHEM 1212K with grades of C or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Integrative physiology of major organ systems, with emphasis on homeostatic mechanisms in health and disease.

BIOL 3250 Human Physiology Laboratory
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3240 with grade of C or higher, or concurrently
Description

Three laboratory hours a week. Exercises dealing with the physiology of the major organ systems.

BIOL 3430 Biotechnology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites BIOL 2108K and CHEM 1212K with grades of C or higher
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Fundamental principles of biotechnology. Topics include genetic engineering of bacteria, plants and animals; molecular and cellular cloning; the human genome project; forensics and DNA typing; cloning of organisms; and gene therapy. Bioethical implications are also considered.

BIOL 3440 Fundamentals of Evolution
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites BIOL 2108K with grade of C or higher
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Mechanisms of evolution, from the molecular to the population level. Topics include population genetics, adaptation, natural selection, speciation, systematics, coevolution, history of life, the geological record, and evolution of humans. This course is also recommended for middle and high school biology teachers.

BIOL 3690 Honors Reading
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites consent of the instructor and Honors Program director
Description

Discussion and readings on selected topics.

BIOL 3800 Molecular Cell Biology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites BIOL 2108K or BIOL 2800; and CHEM 1212K with grades of C or higher
Description

Three lecture hours a week. A survey of biochemistry, molecular genetics, and cell biology including cell structure and chemistry, macromolecular structure and synthesis, protein trafficking, cell motility, signaling, and division. A student may take this class for a grade a maximum of two times.

BIOL 3810 Molecular Cell Biology Laboratory-CTW
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3800 with grade of C or higher, or concurrently
Description

Experiments demonstrating techniques and concepts in molecular cell biology with an emphasis on learning critical thinking through writing. Serves as one of the two Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) courses required of all biology majors. A student may take this class for a grade a maximum of two times.

BIOL 3820 Plant Biology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites BIOL 2108K and BIOL 3800 (or concurrently) with grades of C or higher, or equivalents
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Dynamic aspects of plant function, structure, and growth.

BIOL 3840 Animal Biology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites BIOL 2108K and BIOL 3800 (or concurrently) with grades of C or higher, or equivalents
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Comparative analysis of the behavior, physiology, anatomy, phylogeny, evolution, and ecology of animals.

BIOL 3850 Animal Biology Laboratory
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3810 and BIOL 3840 (or concurrently) with grades of C or higher
Description

Three laboratory hours a week. Comparative structure and function of representative animal types.

BIOL 3880 Microbiology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites BIOL 2108K and BIOL 3800 with grades of C or higher, or equivalents
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Functional anatomy, metabolism, cultivation, growth, and control of microorganisms with emphasis on the prokaryotes; relationships of these organisms to their environment.

BIOL 3890 Microbiology Laboratory
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3810 and BIOL 3880 (or concurrently) with grades of C or higher, or equivalents
Description

Three laboratory hours a week. Techniques of cultivation, quantitation, isolation, and identification of microorganisms with emphasis on bacteria; effects of physical and chemical agents.

BIOL 3900 Genetics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites BIOL 2108K and BIOL 3800 with grades of C or higher or equivalent course work
Description

CHEM 2400 recommended. Three lecture hours a week. Introduction to classical and molecular genetics including Mendelian genetics, gene mapping, and molecular biology.

BIOL 3910 Genetics Laboratory
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3810 and BIOL 3900 (or concurrently) with grades of C or higher
Description

Three laboratory hours a week. Experiments demonstrating concepts in genetics.

BIOL 3990 Independent Readings
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3800 with grade of C or higher, and consent of instructor
Description

Students will read and review primary literature in the field of biology. Students will discuss the readings with the instructor and/or write papers. Topics may vary. Course may be repeated for credit a maximum of two times.

BIOL 4010 Mathematical Biology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites MATH 2212 or MATH 1220 with grade of C or higher
Description

(Same as MATH 4010.) This course provides an introduction to the use of continuous and discrete differential equations in the biological sciences. Biological topics will include single species and interacting population dynamics, modeling infectious and dynamic diseases, regulation of cell function, molecular interactions and receptor-ligand binding, biological oscillators, and an introduction to biological pattern formation. There will also be discussions of current topics of interest such as Tumor Growth and Angiogenesis, HIV and AIDS, and Control of the Mitotic Clock. Mathematical tools such as phase portraits, bifurcation diagrams, perturbation theory, and parameter estimation techniques that are necessary to analyze and interpret biological models will also be covered.

BIOL 4011 Principles of Paleontology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites GEOL 1122K with grade of C or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

Three lecture and three laboratory hours a week. An introduction to the principles of paleontology including taphonomy, taxonomy, evolution, and extinction by examination of the fossil record. Study of commonly preserved organisms and their use in paleoecology, paleoenvironmental reconstruction, biostratigraphic correlation, and conservation paleobiology will be stressed as well.

BIOL 4014K Invertebrate Biology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3840 and BIOL 3850 with grades of C or higher, or equivalent course work
Description

Three lecture and three laboratory hours a week. Structure, function, distribution, and taxonomic relationships of invertebrate animals.

BIOL 4015K Vertebrate Biology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3840 and BIOL 3850 with grades of C or higher, or equivalent course work, or consent of instructor
Description

Three lecture and three laboratory hours a week. Diversity, taxonomy, structure, function, distribution, and ecology of living and extinct vertebrates.

BIOL 4040 Biol 4040
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites NEUR 3000 or BIOL 4102, or equivalent, with a grade of C or higher
Description

Neuroethology. Four lecture hours per week. (Same as NEUR 4040). The neural basis of behavior from an ethological perspective. The course will cover discoveries, techniques, and concepts underlying neuroethological research. Developmental, evolutionary, and comparative approaches are emphasized. 4.00 credit hours.

BIOL 4045K General Ecology-CTW
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3840 with a grade of C or higher, or equivalent course
Description

BIOL 3820 recommended. Three lecture and two laboratory hours per week. Principles governing distribution and abundance of organisms and their interactions. Experiments, data collection and analysis of ecological processes with an emphasis on critical thinking through writing. Serves as one of the two Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) courses required of all biology majors.

BIOL 4050K The Natural Environment of Georgia
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 1104K or BIOL 2108K with grade of C or higher, and GEOG 1113 or equivalent, or consent of instructor
Description

Three lecture hours a week with a one day weekend lab every other weekend. Georgia is a state with great a diversity of natural communities, in large part because of the many different landscapes present in the state. Through readings, discussions, tests, field outings, projects and in-class exercises, students will become familiar with the principles involved in the structure and function of Georgia’s dwindling, but diverse, ecosystems. There will be an emphasis on plant communities and the physical environment, but animal communities and landscape management strategies will also be covered. Locations, diversity, and plant indicator species (especially trees) will be examined in the classroom and in the field, and experiential learning is emphasized.

BIOL 4074 Developmental Biology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3840 and BIOL 3900 with grades of C or higher
Description

Four lecture hours a week. Introduction to developmental biology emphasizing cellular, genetic, and molecular aspects and mechanisms of development.

BIOL 4094 Developmental Neurobiology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3800 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

Four lecture hours per week. Introduction to the development of the nervous system. Covers the field of developmental neurobiology from neural induction to the modification of neuronal connections in the adult nervous system and uses a variety of model organisms to demonstrate the rules by which nervous systems develop.

BIOL 4102 Neurobiology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3800 and BIOL 3840 with grades of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

Comprehensive basis for understanding brain research, major discoveries in neuroscience, and the methods employed for those achievements. Topics include the neural basis of learning and memory, sensory perception, motor control, neurological diseases, drug action, and behavior.

BIOL 4104 Zoo Biology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3840 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

Four lecture hours a week. Historical background as well as current issues and developments in zoos. Topics include conservation, SSPs (Species Survival Plans), behavioral enrichment, studbook management, and planning/economics of major exhibits. Course instruction will be on-site at Zoo Atlanta. Students will work directly with animal curators and keepers.

BIOL 4115 Medical Neuroanatomy
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3840 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

Four lecture hours per week. Human brain and spinal cord functional neuroanatomy and associated pathologies.

BIOL 4130 Sensation and Perception
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3840 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

(Same as PSYC 4130.) Three lecture hours a week. Experimental analysis of sensory and perceptual processes at both a physiological and a psychophysical level. The five primary sensory systems will be covered: vision, audition, touch, taste, and smell.

BIOL 4232 Cell Cycle and Cancer
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3800 with a C or better
Description

This course discusses the cell cycle, and how misregulation of this well orchestrated process results in cancer. Current research in cell cycle and cancer biology will be utilized to stimulate critical thinking and communication about the complex biological processes that go awry in cancer and form the basis for intervention with chemotherapeutic drugs.

BIOL 4240 Endocrinology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites CHEM 3410 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent course work; CHEM 4600 is recommended
Description

Four lecture hours a week. Basic biochemistry and physiology of the endocrine system, including synthesis and secretion of steroid and protein hormones, mechanisms of hormone action, and endocrinology of reproduction.

BIOL 4241 Hormones and Behavior
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3840 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

(Same as PSYC 4630.) Four lecture hours per week. Interaction of nervous and endocrine systems in the control of animal behavior, including humans, with emphasis on the mechanisms that adapt behavior to the changing physical and social environments.

BIOL 4242 Circadian Rhythms
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3840, PSYC 2050, or PSYC 4110 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

Functional and physiological aspects of biological timekeeping, with special emphasis on circadian timing. Significant student participation is expected with required essential and timely reading assignments.

BIOL 4246 Advanced Human Physiology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 2240 or BIOL 3240, and BIOL 3800 with grades of C or higher, or equivalents
Description

The circulatory, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and renal physiological systems will be emphasized.

BIOL 4248 Cell Physiology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3840, BIOL 3880, BIOL 3900, and CHEM 3410 with grades of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

CHEM 4600 is recommended. Four lecture hours a week. Mechanisms of cell and organelle function at the molecular level.

BIOL 4250 Cell Cycle and Cancer-CTW
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3800 with a C or better
Description

This course discusses the cell cycle and how misregulation of this well orchestrated process results in cancer. Strong emphasis will be placed on stimulating critical thinking and developing scientific writing skills to effectively comprehend and communicate scientific knowledge in the field of cell cycle and cancer. Serves as one of the two Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) courses required of all biology majors.

BIOL 4278 Immunology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3880 and BIOL 3900 with grades of C or higher, or equivalent course work
Description

Four lecture hours a week. Principles of immunobiology with emphasis on humoral and cellular immunity, immunochemical methods for detection, quantitation and study of humoral antibodies and immune cells.

BIOL 4280 Immunology of Infectious Diseases-CTW
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3880 and BIOL 3900 with grades of C or higher, or equivalent course work
Description

Four lecture hours a week. Principles of immunobiology focusing on human innate and adaptive immune responses and mechanisms that coordinate these responses to protect from infection. Over-reactions of the immune system and principles underlying efficacy of vaccines for infectious diseases. Analysis of research articles to explore recent advances in immunology research with an emphasis on critical thinking through writing. Serves as one of the two Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) courses required of all biology majors.

BIOL 4282 Tumor Immunology-CTW
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3800 with grade of C or higher
Description

This course discusses the molecular basis of tumorigenesis and the interactions between the immune system and tumors/cancer cells. Topics covered include: basic tumorigenesis of common solid tumors, basic immunology, tumor antigen expression, types of immune responses to tumors, mechanisms by which tumors escape/suppress the immune response and novel approaches for immunotherapy of advanced cancers. Serves as one of the two Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) courses required of all biology majors.

BIOL 4428 Medical Microbiology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3880 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent course work
Description

Four lecture hours per week. An overview of significant human and animal pathogens, including aspects of bacterial, viral, protozoan, and helminthic infections and pathogenesis. Pathogen characteristics and features, epidemiology, immunity, and treatment.

BIOL 4430 Microbial Diversity/Systematics
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3880 with grade of C or higher
Description

Four lecture hours per week. Principles of microbial diversity with emphasis on the phylogeny, metabolism, interactions of microorganisms with the environment and molecular mechanisms generating diversity and the impact on modern methods of bioprospecting.

BIOL 4438 Applied Microbiology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3880 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent course work
Description

Four lecture hours a week. Microbiology of industrial processes, including quality control, fermentations, biotransformations, strain selection, and maintenance.

BIOL 4450 Molecular Modeling Methods
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites CHEM 3410 and CHEM 4110 with grades of C or higher, or equivalent work, and consent of the instructor
Description

(Same as CHEM 4450.) Use of molecular mechanics methods to solve structural problems in organic, bioorganic, and biophysical chemistry. May be repeated if topics are different.

BIOL 4451 Aquatic Pollution and Toxicology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 2108K and CHEM 1212K with grades of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

CHEM 2400 recommended. Four lecture hours per week. Comprehensive introduction to water pollution (including relevant methods and techniques) and its relationship to public health.

BIOL 4458 Microbial Ecology and Metabolism
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3880 and CHEM 2400 with grades of C or higher, or equivalent course work
Description

Four lecture hours a week. Microbial communities and the interrelationships of microorganisms and environment. Particular emphasis on metabolic activities and their measurement and applications to environmental problems (bioremediation).

BIOL 4460 Parasitology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3800 with grade of C or higher or consent of instructor
Description

A survey of the important parasites of humans and domestic animals. Emphasis will be placed on medically important parasitic protozoa, helminthes, and arthropods; clinical effects of infection, epidemiology, methods for detection and identification as well as global impact of parasitic diseases in today’s world.

BIOL 4480 Principles of Toxicology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 1104K, BIOL 1108K, or BIOL 2108K with grade of C or higher, or equivalent course work
Description

CHEM 4600 is recommended. Four lecture hours a week. Studies of the absorption, distribution, and excretion of toxicants, their detoxification and bioactivation, and their adverse effects.

BIOL 4484 Laboratory Techniques in Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3880, BIOL 3890, or equivalent course work; BIOL 4438 and BIOL 4458, with grades of C or higher
Description

One lecture and six laboratory hours a week. Techniques and procedures for isolation, characterization, and identification of microorganisms of practical significance; model ecosystems and biofilms; sampling and enumeration of microorganisms; metabolism; and analysis of microbial growth.

BIOL 4500 Human Genetics
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3900 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

Four lecture hours a week. Principles of human heredity, with emphasis on the molecular basis of heredity, detection and treatment of genetic diseases, and genetic counseling.

BIOL 4545 Bioethics and Biotechnology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3900 with a C or higher, or equivalent
Description

Four lecture hours a week.
Ethical issues raised by recent advances in biotechnology, genomics, and other areas of molecular genetics and cell biology. Specific topics include: eugenics; molecular, cellular and organismal cloning; personalized medicine; stem cell research; the genetics of behavior; and the role of epigenetics in the nature vs. nurture debate.

BIOL 4564 Advanced Genetics
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3900 with grade of C or higher
Description

Four lecture hours a week. Advanced topics and techniques in prokaryotic and eukaryotic genetic systems, including gene mapping, molecular techniques, regulation of gene expression, genomics, and population genetics.

BIOL 4565 General Oncology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3900 with grade of C or higher
Description

Four lecture hours a week. Etiology, pathology, mechanisms of metastasis and treatment of cancer. Students will also analyze current primary literature in the field.

BIOL 4575 Virology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3880 and BIOL 3900 with grades of C or higher, or equivalent course work
Description

Four lecture hours per week. Introduction to viruses, including structure and replication of viruses; virus isolation and classification; pathogenesis and epidemiology of virus disease.

BIOL 4576 Neurovirology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3800 with grade of C or higher
Description

Following an introduction to basic neuroanatomy and neuroimmunology, individual lectures will focus on the diagnosis, treatment, and pathogenesis of several neurologic diseases of virus origin. These include encephalitis, meningitis, chronic inflammatory and demyelinating diseases, HIV/AIDS-associated dementia, peripheral neuropathies, retinitis, and transmissible spongiform encephalopathies caused by prions. The concept of virus latency within the nervous system will be emphasized, as will the possible contributions of viruses or prions toward the onset of Alzheimer?s disease.

BIOL 4580 Microbial Pathogenesis
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3880 and BIOL 3900 with grades of C or higher, or equivalent course work
Description

Four lecture hours a week. This course integrates material from pathogenic microbiology, molecular biology and immunology into an overview of bacterium-host interactions including bacterial attributes, virulence factors, and several paradigms of bacterial-host interactions focusing on molecular and genetic approaches.

BIOL 4595 Microbial Physiology and Genetics
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3880 and BIOL 3900 with grades of C or higher
Description

CHEM 4600 recommended. Four lecture hours a week. Molecular biology of bacteria and their viruses, with an emphasis on the use of microbes as model systems for studying molecular processes. Topics include microbial physiology, genetic exchange, gene expression, recombinant DNA technology, and the molecular basis for microbial pathogenesis.

BIOL 4615 History of Science and Technology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 2108K with grade of C or higher
Description

Examination of the histories of different scientific disciplines, their methodologies, practices, forms of knowledge and interrelations, integrating transformations in the sciences with broader historical changes. Topics include the histories of scientific revolutions, the relationship between science and technology, the social and political uses of science, and criticisms of science.

BIOL 4630 Enzymology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites one year of organic chemistry (CHEM 3410) and one semester of biochemistry (CHEM 4600) with grades of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

(Same as CHEM 4630.) Introduction to enzyme catalysis, with emphasis on the general concepts of enzyme kinetics and the common tools for studying enzymes.

BIOL 4640 Fundamentals of Bioinformatics
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3800 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent, or written approval of instructor
Description

(Same as CHEM 4640 and CSC 4640.) Four lecture hours per week. A “hands-on” approach to bioinformatics using PCs, the internet, and computer graphics to analyze, correlate, and extract information from biological databases, emphasizing sequence and structure databases for proteins and nucleic acids, and introducing the computer skills necessary for bioinformatics. Topics include: sequences and three-dimensional structures of proteins and nucleic acids, the major databases, algorithms for sequence comparison, data mining, and prediction of structure and function.

BIOL 4648 Biogeography
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites GEOG 1112, BIOL 1104K, or BIOL 2108K with grades of B or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

Spatial variations, processes, and environmental constraints influencing the distribution of life.

BIOL 4670 Principles and Techniques of Practical Biochemistry
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites One semester of biochemistry (CHEM 4600/6600) with grade of B or higher, or equivalents
Description

[Same as CHEM 4670]. A comprehensive and integrated review of principles and modern techniques found in day-to-day biochemical research laboratories. Topics include, but are not limited to: general principles of biochemical investigations, molecular biology and basic techniques, molecular cloning and gene analysis, protein structure, purification and characterization, biomolecular interactions, basic enzyme analysis, spectroscopic techniques, mass spectrometric techniques, centrifugation, electrophoretic, chromatographic, radioisotope and electrochemical techniques.

BIOL 4680 Biological Imaging
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3800 and PHYS 1112K or PHYS 2212K with grades of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

Four lecture hours per week. An introduction to the theory of microscopy and various types of microscopes and their applications to biological research. Topics include: microscopes, basic specimen preparation, and staining techniques.

BIOL 4685 Functional Histology-CTW
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3800 and BIOL 3240 with grades of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

Four lecture hours per week. Topics include preparation and basic staining of tissues, special stains, identification of tissue features and classification. The course will correlate tissue form and function by incorporating concepts of cell, tissue, and organ physiology. Serves as one of the two Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) courses required of all biology majors.

BIOL 4686 Pathophysiology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3800 and BIOL 3240 with grades of C or higher or equivalent, or consent of instructor
Description

Clinical case studies will be used to teach the principles and processes behind adult and childhood diseases. Students will learn basic diagnostic skills in hematology and blood chemistry, histopathology, ECG, spirometry, radiology, and urology.

BIOL 4694 Biosafety: Principles and Practice
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3800 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent, or consent of instructor
Description

Four lecture hours per week. The discussion of pathogenic agents and their associated occupational and public health risks. Topics include emerging biosafety issues such as bioterrorism, human gene therapy, and federal and state regulations guiding use of pathogenic organisms.

BIOL 4696 Laboratory in Molecular Biological Techniques
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3900 with a grade of C or higher
Description

CHEM 4600 recommended. One lecture and six laboratory hours a week. Isolation and characterization of nucleic acids and proteins. Topics include molecular cloning, isolation, characterization and sequence analysis of chromosomal and plasmid DNA, PCR mediated gene amplification, and protein purification.

BIOL 4744 Biostatistics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites MATH 2211 and BIOL 2108K with grades of C or higher, or equivalents
Description

(Same as MATH 4544.) Three lecture hours a week. Principles and methods of statistics as applied to biology and medicine.

BIOL 4780 Biomolecular Simulations
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites CHEM 3410 and CHEM 4120 or equivalents with grades of C or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

(Same as CHEM 4780.) This is an introductory self-contained course on the application of molecular dynamics and related methodologies by which student with a relatively limited background in chemistry, biology, and computer literacy can learn the fundamentals of research in these areas. In this course, students will learn to do computer calculations that quantify biomolecular interaction concepts discussed in lectures in biology, biochemistry, and biophysics.

BIOL 4800 Principles of Cellular Biology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3800, BIOL 3900, and CHEM 1211K with grades of C or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

Four lecture hours a week. Survey of cellular components and processes in different cell types as they relate to the function of the cell. Includes signal transduction, photoreceptors, neurons, muscle, blood cells, cells of the immune system, and cell biology of infection.

BIOL 4870 Honors Thesis: Research
Credit Hours 3.0 TO 6.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor and Honors Program director
Description

Readings or research preparatory to honors thesis or project.

BIOL 4880 Honors Thesis: Writing
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites BIOL 4870 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent and consent of instructor and Honors Program director
Description

Writing or production of honors thesis or project.

BIOL 4900 Directed Laboratory Study
Credit Hours 2.0
Corequisites BIOL 4910 or equivalent
Description

One lecture hour and one discussion hour per week. Student learning of experimental strategies and procedures through laboratory group meetings and individual discussion with faculty laboratory director.

BIOL 4905 Theme-Based Biology Laboratory
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3810 with grade of C or higher
Description

Students will work in small groups to develop specific biological hypotheses, design and carry out experiments to test these hypotheses, and analyze the results they obtain. May be repeated for credit if topic is different.

BIOL 4906 Theme-based Biology Laboratory
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3810 with grade of C or higher
Description

One lecture and six laboratory hours a week. Students will work in small groups to develop specific biological hypotheses, design and carry out experiments to test these hypotheses, and analyze the results they obtain. May be repeated for credit if topic is different.

BIOL 4910 Undergraduate Research in Biology
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 5.0
Prerequisites at least 20 hours in biology and consent of instructor
Description

Independent laboratory investigation of common interest to student and instructor. May be repeated once.

BIOL 4911 Internship in Zoo Research
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites BIOL 4104 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

Admission by permission of instructor. Nine lab hours per week. Students will directly participate in ongoing primary research at the zoo. This will be under the direction of animal curators and keepers at the zoo and will provide specific research opportunities with the living collections at Zoo Atlanta.

BIOL 4912 Zoo Internship in Animal Management
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites BIOL 4104 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

Admission by permission of instructor. Nine lab hours per week. Supervised hands-on experience with the practical aspects of managing a wide range of exotic animals in a captive setting. Students will work directly with animal curators and keepers.

BIOL 4913 Georgia Aquarium Internship I
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3020 with grade of B or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

Students will participate in the education programs at the Georgia Aquarium one morning a week for about three hours, depending on Aquarium requirements, and under the supervision of Aquarium staff. The primary goal is to train interns to be able to deliver education programs at the Georgia Aquarium.

BIOL 4914 Georgia Aquarium Internship II
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites BIOL 4913 with grade of S and consent of instructor
Description

This is the second part of the Georgia Aquarium internship program. Students will participate in the education programs at the Georgia Aquarium one morning a week for about three hours, depending on Aquarium requirements, and under the supervision of Aquarium staff. The interns will deliver education programs to visiting student groups and train interns in first part of the Intern program (BIOL 4913 or BIOL 6913).

BIOL 4915 Collaborative Internships in Biology
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

Students engage in off-campus internship training arranged through collaboration with biology faculty members. May be taken for credit a maximum of two times.

BIOL 4916 Internships in Biology
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

Students receive hands-on experience in activities that require knowledge and skills related to the field of biology. Specific topics available each semester will vary. May be taken for credit a maximum of two times.

BIOL 4930 Topics in Biology
Credit Hours 3.0 TO 4.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

Three or four lecture hours a week. Detailed examination of a selected area in biological sciences. May be repeated for credit if topic is different.

BIOL 4960 Biology Careers Seminar
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites BIOL 2108K or BIOL 2800 with grade of C or higher
Description

Speakers from different biology-related fields will discuss their jobs from the perspective of helping Biology majors with their career planning. Topics will include graduate training at GSU, health and teaching-related careers, other biology-related careers, and job search strategies. (May be repeated for credit a maximum of two times.

BIOL 4970 Biology Seminar
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites at least 20 hours in biology
Description

Current research topics in biology. May be repeated for credit a maximum of two times.

BIOL 4980 Senior Seminar-CTW
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites BIOL 3810, BIOL 3880, and BIOL 3900 with grades of C or higher
Description

Critical analysis of research in biology using primary literature and seminars in biology. Serves as one of the two Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) courses required of all biology majors.

BIOL 4995 Directed Readings B.I.S.-CTW
Credit Hours 3.0 TO 4.0
Description

Directed Readings designed for Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies students. This course may satisfy the junior and/or senior-level Critical Thinking Through Writing requirements.