Biological Sciences : Courses

BIO 129 Perspectives in Human Biology

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Co-requisite: LAB
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Lectures and laboratory for students who need to fulfill one year of science plus one semester of lab, a general education requirement. A non-majors course focusing on human biology. Topics include conception, prenatal development, birth, postnatal development, reproduction, aging, disease prevention and treatment, and end of life.

BIO 130 Perspectives in Human Biology

Credits: 0.5
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LAB
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Lectures and laboratory for students who need to fulfill one year of science plus one semester of lab, and a general education requirement. Structural and functional characteristics of living things emphasizing human biology and genetics; the significance of these characteristics with respect to the future of humanity.

BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology

Credits: 5
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LLB
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Evidence for evolution; principle of genetics; population genetics; selection (natural, sexual, and kin); evolution of major groups of organisms; speciation; adaptation; coevolution; and sociobiology. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade other than W may repeat the course in the summer or only in the fall or spring semester with a petition to the College of Arts and Sciences Deans' Office.

BIO 201 Cell Biology

Credits: 4
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LLB
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Lectures emphasize experimental foundations of our understanding of cells and cell organelles and cover the mechanisms underlying cell reproduction, cell motility, and cell energetics. Laboratories provide practice in quantitative analysis emphasizing pipetting, pH, spectrophotometry, and centrifugation. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade other than W may repeat the course in the summer or only in the fall or spring semester with a petition to the College of Arts and Sciences Deans' Office.

BIO 203 General Physiology

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Pre-requisite: BIO 200 and BIO 201
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Covers general physiology principles, using cells, plants, and animals as models to illustrate mechanisms by which living organisms maintain internal function and adapt to their external environment. Replaces BIO 328.

BIO 205 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Pre-requisite: CHE 201 Or CHE 203 Or CHE 251.
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Basic course in the fundamentals of biological chemistry for students majoring in biological science and nonmajors with an interest in the subject.

BIO 213 General Physiology Laboratory

Credits: 2
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Pre-requisite: BIO 203 Or (
Co-requisites: BIO 203 And Co-Requisite )
Type: LBR
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Computer lab experience to familiarize students with the types of experiments used to demonstrate physiological principles developed in BIO 203. Replaces BIO 338.

BIO 215 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry Laboratory

Credits: 2
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LLB
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introductory laboratory course in biological chemistry. Experiments deal with the basic methods of isolation, measurements, and characterization of macromolecules.

BIO 302 Introduction to Molecular Biology

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisite: BIO 205 Or BCH 403
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Structure and function of molecules, such as carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids. Enzymes and energetics. Nucleic acid synthesis, replication, transcription, protein synthesis, and the genetic code.

BIO 309 Ecology

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Processes that control the abundance and distribution of organisms in their natural environments; emphasizing population, community and evolutionary ecology.

BIO 310 Ecological Methods

Credits: 2
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LLB
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Field exercises to illustrate major concepts of modern ecology, and the techniques and procedures used in ecological research.

BIO 317 Medical Entomology/Parasitology

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Pre-requisite: BIO 200 with a minimum grade of C-
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The course will relate to latest scientific advances in medical entomology, and vector ecology. It will synthesize information gathered about arthropod-borne disease from a variety of research areas, such as evolutionary biology, biochemistry, epidemiology, and ecology. The course will involve field trips and experiments in the Greater Buffalo Region and/or adjacent states. The course is especially suited for students planning a career in the medical, veterinary and public health/ epidemiological sciences.

BIO 318 Plant Biology

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisite: BIO 200 And BIO 201
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
This course focuses on land plants and algae. Topics include photosynthesis, water relations, plant nutrition, reproduction, development, ecology, economic botany, and others, depending on student interest. Topics will be covered from molecular to organismal levels.

BIO 319 Genetics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisite: BIO 201 And (BCH 403 Or BIO 205)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Basic genetic principles emphasizing the molecular basis of heredity. Structure, replication, and function of the genetic material, regulation of gene expression, and genetic recombination.

BIO 329 Genetics Laboratory

Credits: 2
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisite: BIO 319 Or Co-Requisite BIO 319
Type: LLB
Grading: Graded (A-F)
A semester-long series of experiments planned to simulate an actual research project. Students generate a mutation and isolate the normal gene to complement it. The normal and mutant genes are analyzed using techniques from molecular biology and bioinformatics.

BIO 330 Special Topics

Credits: 1 - 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.
Topics vary by semester.

BIO 332 Advanced Molecular Biology Laboratory

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Pre-requisite: BIO 302 Or BIO 319 and BIO 215 Or BIO 329, Or permission of instructor. Minimum Grade C- in all Pre-Requisites
Type: LAB
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Hands-on experience with cellular and molecular techniques used in today's research environment. These techniques include the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), agarose and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, immunoblotting, and recombinant protein purification.

BIO 337 Pattern & Process

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Pre-requisite: BIO 200
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
This course is designed to explore the major theoretical underpinnings of evolution as a scientific field. The course will be divided into sections that focus on microevolution, macroevolution, and the evolution of intra and nterspecific behavior. Both theoretical and mathematical aspects of the topics will be explored, bringing a more advanced approach to topics that were introduced in Biology 200 as well as novel areas of study.

BIO 367 Developmental Biology

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Pre-requisite: BIO 319
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in growth and differentiation in animal development.

BIO 369 Biology of the Microbes

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisite: BIO 205 or BCH 403
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
This course gives an overview of the cell biology, genetics, development, physiology, ecology, and pathology of a wide variety of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbes. The course also includes information about the immune system and its interactions with microbes.

BIO 370 Developmental Biology Laboratory

Credits: 2
Semester(s): Spring
Pre-requisite: BIO 215 Or BIO 329 And BIO 367
Co-requisites: If BIO 367 was not previously taken, student must register for LBR And BIO 367 in the same term. Minimum grade C in BIO 215 or BIO 329
Type: LBR
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Studies the morphological aspects of vertebrate development as seen in the chick embryo. Presents various techniques used to study developmental processes.

BIO 400 Bioinformatics / Genome Analysis

Credits: 4
Semester(s): Spring
Pre-requisite: BIO 319
Type: LLB
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Computerized analysis of genetic information from a biological perspective. Lectures focus on assumptions, limitations, and strategies of bioinformatics algorithms and statistics. Labs use computers to address biological questions.

BIO 401 Advanced Biological Chemistry

Credits: 4
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisite: BIO 205 Or
Co-requisites: BIO 403
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Structure and function of biological macromolecules: proteins, nucleic acids; mechanisms of enzyme catalysis, energy transduction, and metabolic regulation.

BIO 402 Advanced Cell and Developmental Biology 1

Credits: 4
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisite: BIO 205 or BCH 403
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Covers major topics in cell and developmental biology at the advanced textbook level. Emphasizes the experimental basis underpinning our current knowledge.

BIO 404 Advanced Molecular Genetics

Credits: 4
Semester(s): Spring
Pre-requisite: BIO 319 with a minimum grade C
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Biological information flow, replication, transcription, RNA processing, translation and gene expression.

BIO 405 Advanced Cell and Developmental Biology 2

Credits: 4
Semester(s): Spring
Pre-requisite: BIO 402
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
An in depth coverage of recent advances in cell and developmental biology based on research articles in the field.

BIO 406 Signal Transduction

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Pre-requisite: BIO 205 Or
Co-requisites: BIO 403
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
This course discusses how cells respond to stimuli, which encompasses the mechanisms that transmit signals, "crosstalk" between signaling pathways within a cell, and how these signaling pathways generate the multitude of output responses by the cells.

BIO 407 Advanced Ecology

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Advanced course in the foundations of ecology emphasizing population and community ecology. Supplements lectures on basic ecological principles and models with discussions of both current and historically important issues.

BIO 410 Biophysical Aspects of Macromolecules

Credits: 4
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Applications of spectroscopic techniques to determinations of kinetic, thermodynamic, and equilibrium constants characterizing interactions between biological macromolecules. Microtubule assembly, hormone/receptor interactions, and lac repressor binding to DNA.

BIO 411 Tropical Marine Ecology

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Surveys tropical marine ecosystems, emphasizing coral reef communities. Examines processes controlling abundance and distribution of marine taxa using primary literature.

BIO 412 Field Course in Tropical Marine Ecology

Credits: 2
Semester(s): Fall
Co-requisite: Students must register for LAB and LEC in the same term.
Type: LAB
Grading: Graded (A-F)
An intensive two week field course in the Bahamas focusing on coral reef communities. Combining lectures, fieldwork, and laboratory analyses, students conduct in depth studies of Caribbean marine habitats.

BIO 417 Neurobiology

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisite: BIO 205 or BCH 403
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Lectures and class discussions concerning nervous systems and neural functions of humans and other organisms. Emphasizes the physiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology of motor functions, learning, and memory.

BIO 418 Integrative Neuroscience

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Pre-requisite: BIO 417
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
A continuation of BIO 417; examines the major functions of the nervous system, perception and motor control, at molecular, cellular, and systems levels. Covers the neural basis of behavior and the cellular and molecular basis of neural diseases.

BIO 420 Cytogenetics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Pre-requisite: BIO 319
Type: LAB
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Cytogenetics is the study of the chromosomal basis of heredity. Emphasizes chromosome organization and the segregation of chromosomes during mitosis and meiosis. Hands-on experience in the laboratory through the study of a variety of model systems.

BIO 440 Experimental Endocrinology

Credits: 2
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
A course in current experimental research in endocrinology intended for graduate and advanced undergraduate students. An area of focus is chosen each year, with three recent examples being endocrinology of stress, endocrine responses to starvation, and relationships between endocrine and immune systems.

BIO 448 Endocrinology

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisite: BIO 203 Or PGY 300 Or Permission of Instructor
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Structure and function of the ductless glands as they coordinate physiological activities and influence animal behavior.

BIO 449 Comparative Genomics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Explores how growing knowledge of developmental circuits, and their variation, affects our understanding of how organisms evolve.

BIO 456 Evolutionary Genetics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Pre-requisite: BIO 319
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Genetic and population-level processes that underlie evolutionary change; topics include population genetics, the effects of population size and selection, population structure, molecular evolution, intragenomic conflict, molecular phylogenetics, and evolutionary development.

BIO 458 Molecular Ecology

Credits: 2
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The use of molecular genetic markers is becoming a widespread and important approach to studying ecological phenomena, such as population structure, migration, mating systems, and natural selection. Students learn to isolate and use molecular markers for ecological and evolutionary studies.

BIO 461 Basic Radiation Science

Credits: 4
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LLR
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Production, properties, interactions, dosimetry, detection, and instrumentation of radiation from radioisotopes, radiation-producing equipment and nuclear reactors, safe-handling procedures, and survey methods.

BIO 495 Undergraduate Supervised Teaching

Credits: 1 - 4
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Type: TUT
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.
Enrollees participate as undergraduate teaching assistants under the supervision of faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences.

BIO 497 Honors in Biology

Credits: 1 - 12
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Type: TUT
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.
Research experience during the senior year. Enrollees are sponsored by a member of the faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences. Upon completion of the requirements of an honors research project, recognition is noted on the student's transcript.

BIO 498 Undergraduate Research

Credits: 1 - 6
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Type: TUT
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.
Students collaborate with faculty research mentors on an ongoing faculty research project or conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty member.

BIO 499 Independent Study

Credits: 1 - 4
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Type: TUT
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.
A program that may include laboratory experience, library research, or tutorial study arranged with a faculty sponsor in the Department of Biological Sciences.

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:00:28 EST