Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

Biological Sciences - Courses

BIO 129 Perspectives in Human Biology
Biological Sciences

This Lab is a one credit non-majors course which supplements and complements BIO 129 Lecture which is focused on human biology. This is an online life lab which is designed to aid students in developing skills for researching, obtaining, and evaluating information on topics relevant to human health and disease. Enrollment in BIO 129 LAB does not assure enrollment in BIO 129 LEC. BIO 129 cannot be used as credit toward a Biological Sciences major

Credits: 1
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Co-Requisites: BIO 129LEC


BIO 130 Perspectives in Human Biology
Biological Sciences

This course is designated as a laboratory because it emphasizes scientific method/hypothesis testing, evaluation of quantitative data and interactive learning in small groups. It uses a case study approach in which the laboratory methods in the cases are demonstrated and/or explained. The overall aim is to strengthen both awareness and understanding of the importance of scientific literacy among students not majoring in the sciences. Topics covered will be in the fields of genetics and biotechnology, and they may vary from semester to semester, in order to keep topics current and relevant. Enrollment in BIO 130 LAB does not assure enrollment in BIO 130 LEC. Please note that credits for BIO 130 do not fulfill requirements toward a Biological Sciences major.

Credits: 1
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Co-Requisites: BIO 130LEC
Other Requisites: BIO 130LAB



BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology
Biological Sciences

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 winter; or only in the fall or spring semester with a petition to the College of Arts and Sciences Deans' Office.

Credits: 5
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)


BIO 201 Cell Biology
Biological Sciences

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 winter; or only in the fall or spring semester with a petition to the College of Arts and Sciences Deans' Office.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)



BIO 203 General Physiology
Biological Sciences

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BIO 200 and BIO 201


BIO 205 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry
Biological Sciences

Basic course in the fundamentals of biological chemistry for students majoring in biological science and non-majors with an interest in the subject.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: CHE 201 Or CHE 203 Or CHE 251.



BIO 213 General Physiology Laboratory
Biological Sciences

Computer lab experience to familiarize students with the types of experiments used to demonstrate physiological principles developed in BIO 203. Replaces BIO 338.

Credits: 2
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BIO 203 Or (
Co-Requisites: BIO 203 And Co-Requisite BIO 213)


BIO 215 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry Laboratory
Biological Sciences

Introductory laboratory course in biological chemistry. Experiments deal with the basic methods of isolation, measurements, and characterization of macromolecules.

Credits: 2
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



BIO 301 Intermediate Cell Biology
Biological Sciences

This course is designed for students who want to extend their knowledge of cell biology beyond introductory cell biology (Bio 201). A wide range of topics will be covered with emphasis on the basic concepts and the experimental approaches that support these concepts.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BIO 201 and BIO 205


BIO 302 Introduction to Molecular Biology
Biological Sciences

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BIO 205 Or BCH 403



BIO 309 Ecology
Biological Sciences

Processes that control the abundance and distribution of organisms in their natural environments; emphasizing population, community and evolutionary ecology.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


BIO 310 Ecological Methods
Biological Sciences

Field exercises to illustrate major concepts of modern ecology, and the techniques and procedures used in ecological research.

Credits: 2
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



BIO 317 Medical Entomology/Parasitology
Biological Sciences

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.

Credits: 1
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BIO 200 with a minimum grade of C-


BIO 318 Plant Biology
Biological Sciences

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BIO 200 And BIO 201



BIO 319 Genetics
Biological Sciences

Basic genetic principles emphasizing the molecular basis of heredity. Structure, replication, and function of the genetic material, regulation of gene expression, and genetic recombination.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BIO 201 And (BCH 403 Or BIO 205)


BIO 329 Genetics Laboratory
Biological Sciences

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.

Credits: 2
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BIO 319 Or Co-Requisite BIO 319



BIO 330 Special Topics
Biological Sciences

Topics vary by semester.

Credits: 1-3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


BIO 332 Advanced Molecular Biology Laboratory
Biological Sciences

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BIO 302 Or BIO 319 and BIO 215 Or BIO 329, Or permission of instructor. Minimum Grade C- in all Pre-Requisites



BIO 367 Developmental Biology
Biological Sciences

Cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in growth and differentiation in animal development.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BIO 319


BIO 369 Biology of the Microbes
Biological Sciences

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BIO 205 or BCH 403



BIO 370 Developmental Biology Laboratory
Biological Sciences

Studies the morphological aspects of vertebrate development as seen in the chick embryo. Presents various techniques used to study developmental processes.

Credits: 2
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BIO 215 Or BIO 329 And BIO 367
Co-Requisites: If BIO 367 was not previously taken, student must register for BIO 370LBR And BIO 367 in the same term. Minimum grade C in BIO 215 or BIO 329


BIO 387 Communicating in Biological Sciences
Biological Sciences

This course is designed to introduce students to the ways that biologists communicate, both with each other and with the broader public. The focus will be threefold: 1) Describing data, 2) Describing process & product, and 3) Presenting biology. There will be assignments in each of these sections of the course that allow students to gain skills with scientific styles and modes of expression. The aim will be to foster confidence in a scientific style of communication ? one which is often quite different from that taught in the humanities. Conciseness, clarity, and exactness will be the hallmarks of successful written and oral products in the course. At the completion of Communicating in Biological Sciences students should have developed each of these traits in their written and oral expression.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: ENG 105 or ENG 201



BIO 400 Bioinformatics / Genome Analysis
Biological Sciences

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.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BIO 319


BIO 401 Advanced Biological Chemistry
Biological Sciences

Structure and function of biological macromolecules: proteins, nucleic acids; mechanisms of enzyme catalysis, energy transduction, and metabolic regulation.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BIO 205 Or



BIO 402 Advanced Cell and Developmental Biology 1
Biological Sciences

Covers major topics in cell and developmental biology at the advanced textbook level. Emphasizes the experimental basis underpinning our current knowledge.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BIO 205 or BCH 403


BIO 404 Advanced Molecular Genetics
Biological Sciences

Biological information flow, replication, transcription, RNA processing, translation and gene expression.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BIO 319 with a minimum grade C



BIO 405 Advanced Cell and Developmental Biology 2
Biological Sciences

An in depth coverage of recent advances in cell and developmental biology based on research articles in the field.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BIO 402


BIO 406 Signal Transduction
Biological Sciences

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BIO 205 Or



BIO 407 Advanced Ecology
Biological Sciences

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


BIO 410 Biophysical Aspects of Macromolecules
Biological Sciences

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.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



BIO 411 Tropical Marine Ecology
Biological Sciences

Surveys tropical marine ecosystems, emphasizing coral reef communities. Examines processes controlling abundance and distribution of marine taxa using primary literature.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


BIO 412 Field Course in Tropical Marine Ecology
Biological Sciences

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.

Credits: 2
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Co-Requisites: Students must register for BIO 412LAB and BIO 412LEC in the same term.



BIO 417 Neurobiology
Biological Sciences

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BIO 205 or BCH 403


BIO 418 Integrative Neuroscience
Biological Sciences

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BIO 417



BIO 420 Cytogenetics
Biological Sciences

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BIO 319


BIO 425 Special Topics
Biological Sciences

Credits: 1-3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



BIO 426 Special Topics
Biological Sciences

Credits: 1-3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


BIO 440 Experimental Endocrinology
Biological Sciences

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.

Credits: 2
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



BIO 448 Endocrinology
Biological Sciences

Structure and function of the ductless glands as they coordinate physiological activities and influence animal behavior.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BIO 203 Or PGY 300 Or Permission of Instructor


BIO 449 Comparative Genomics
Biological Sciences

Explores how growing knowledge of developmental circuits, and their variation, affects our understanding of how organisms evolve.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



BIO 456 Evolutionary Genetics
Biological Sciences

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BIO 319 or BIO 337


BIO 458 Molecular Ecology
Biological Sciences

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.

Credits: 2
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



BIO 461 Basic Radiation Science
Biological Sciences

Production, properties, interactions, dosimetry, detection, and instrumentation of radiation from radioisotopes, radiation-producing equipment and nuclear reactors, safe-handling procedures, and survey methods.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


BIO 487 Honors Research Methods
Biological Sciences

This Course is designed to help our top students by introducing them to the world of laboratory research. While much of research is learning techniques specific to your own individual project, all lab students need to understand how to comprehend and communicate effectively (and with confidence!) about the primary literature. This course, thus, has three sections: understanding research, critiquing research, and presenting research. Through assignments in each section, students should gain confidence working with the primary literature that will allow them to better integrate their own novel research into a scientific context.

Credits: 2
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



BIO 495 Undergraduate Supervised Teaching
Biological Sciences

Enrollees participate as undergraduate teaching assistants under the supervision of faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences.

Credits: 1-4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


BIO 497 Honors in Biology
Biological Sciences

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.

Credits: 1-12
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



BIO 498 Undergraduate Research
Biological Sciences

Students collaborate with faculty research mentors on an ongoing faculty research project or conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty member.

Credits: 1-6
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)


BIO 499 Independent Study
Biological Sciences

A program that may include laboratory experience, library research, or tutorial study arranged with a faculty sponsor in the Department of Biological Sciences.

Credits: 1-4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)



BIO 568 Molecular Immunology
Biological Sciences

Molecular Immunology is an introductory immunology course with an emphasis on molecular mechanisms of immunology. The course is taught at the upper division level and assumes that the students have had either no or minimal prior exposure to immunology; but that the students have had both biochemistry and genetics. The course material includes textbook reading, lecture notes and current literature. This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the basic theories of immunology at both a cellular and molecular level. However the extent of the material necessary to provide a basic understanding prevents in depth discussion of many topics. Therefore this course is designed to provide students a background level of immunology, experience in reading and understanding current immunological literature in order to prepare them for meaningful discussions and in depth examination of topics in the Advanced Topics in Immunology course.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



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