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Biology
BIOL 1040The DNA Revolution in Science and Society (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Imagine a world where your DNA is sequenced for free and any human gene can be altered at will. The goal of this course is to address the question: can our society be better prepared for this transformation in science? Is genetic privacy achievable or genetic discrimination avoidable? Who owns your genes? Do your genes drive your medical future? Classes involve student perspectives and discussions with experts in science, policy, ethics and law.
Course was offered Fall 2016, Spring 2016
BIOL 1050Genetics for an Informed Citizen (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Genetics and Genomics form the basis for much of modern biology and the future of medical practice. A basic understanding of them is important for people to be able to evaluate the science behind many issues both public and private. Genetics and Genomics and some of the ways they confront and inform modern life will be covered in a way that is accessible to non-scientists.
BIOL 1060Principles of Nutrition (3.00)
Paleo or South Beach? Are supplements wise? Together we will investigate advertising claims, discover & evaluate nutritional resources, discuss public policies & food industry regulations, search through data from epidemiological studies and read clinical cases. To do this, we will delve deep into the physiological workings of the gastrointestinal tract, as well as the molecular metabolic pathways that cells and tissues need to survive & thrive.
BIOL 1080Nerve Cells, Networks and Animal Behavior (3.00)
Ecolocation in bats, development of learning in songbirds, paralytic goats and toxic fish. In this course, we'll examine these and other examples from nature to model the fundamental properties of neurons and the neural circuits that underlie various aspects of animal behavior. Building an understanding of the structure & function of the nervous system will include consideration of the evolutionary and developmental emergence of its properties.
Course was offered Spring 2017, Spring 2016
BIOL 1210Human Biology and Disease (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Introduces how the human body works using basic biological principles. Uses disease as a lens to develop healthcare literacy and to understand fundamental healthcare decisions. This course provides tools to help make informed choices as voters and consumers.
BIOL 1559New Course in Biology (3.00)
New course in the subject of Biology.
BIOL 2030Introductory Biology Laboratory I (1.00)
An investigative experience illustrating modern methods of studying genes and proteins including techniques of DNA isolation, separation, cloning, sequencing, creating recombinant DNA, and using bioinformatics tools. Prerequisite: Limited to 2nd, 3rd, 4th year students who have completed BIOL2010
BIOL 2040Introductory Biology Laboratory II (1.00)
Studies life forms, from simple to complex organization, demonstrating the unique properties of living organisms. Exercises focus on evolution, physiology and development. Prerequisite: Limited to 2nd, 3rd, 4th year students who have completed BIOL2020
BIOL 2100Introduction to Biology with Laboratory: Cell Biology & Genetics (4.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
BIOL 2100 is one of two semester courses that together provide an intensive introduction to biology for prospective Biology majors and pre-health (med, vet, dental) students. This course focuses on the fundamentals of cell biology and genetics with an emphasis on classical and modern experimental approaches. Lecture topics and concepts are reinforced and extended during once-weekly laboratory/small group discussions.
BIOL 2200Introduction to Biology w/Laboratory: Organismal & Evolutionary Biology (4.00)
BIOL 2200 is one of two semester courses that together provide an intensive introduction to biology for prospective Biology majors and pre-health (med, vet, dental) students. This course focuses on evolution, physiology and development. Lecture topics and concepts are reinforced and extended during once-weekly laboratory/small group discussions. The Introductory courses are not sequenced and may be taken in either order.
BIOL 2559New Course in Biology (1.00 - 4.00)
New course in the subject of biology.
BIOL 2757Science Writing: Creative Approaches to Biology & Ecology (3.00)
Writing is fundamental to the practice of science. We write about individual organisms, ecosystems, and patterns, to record our findings and to reach broader audiences. This course explores diverse writing styles to improve student communication both inside scientific communities and to the public. Students will be inspired by their experiences at MLBS and by prominent nature and science writers to create a variety of written works.
BIOL 2900Teaching Methods for Undergraduate Teaching Assistants (1.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
This STEM teaching course will help Undergraduate TAs integrate learning theory and effective student engagement practices into their teaching. UTAs will participate in guided discussions to relate recommendations from the education literature to their classroom experiences. Assignments will include learning activities, such as teaching observations & reflections, and designing interventions to assist students with difficult topics/skills.
Course was offered Fall 2016
BIOL 3000Cell Biology (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Examines the fundamental principles of eukaryotic cell biology at the molecular level. Topics will include: structure and function of the plasma membrane, transport of small molecules, ions and macromolecular complexes across membranes, protein trafficking, the cytoskeleton, signal transduction pathways , and the control of cell division and cellular proliferation. Prerequisites: Must have completed BIOL 2010 or BIOL 2100 or BME 2104 and any two of the following classes CHEM 1410, 1420, 1810 & 1820.
BIOL 3010Genetics and Molecular Biology (4.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
What makes humans different from fruit flies? Why does your brain have neurons and not liver cells? This course is all about the answer to these questions: It's the genes! This course covers the chemical make-up of genes, how they're passed on through generations, how they're expressed and how that expression is regulated, how disruption in the structure and expression of genes arise and how those disruptions lead to cellular defects and disease. Prerequisite: Must have completed BIOL 2010 or BIOL 2100 or BME 2104 and either CHEM 1410 or CHEM 1810 or CHEM 1610.
BIOL 3020Evolution and Ecology (3.00)
Examines the mechanisms of evolutionary change, with an emphasis on the genetic and evolutionary principles needed to understand the diversification of life on earth.  Covers the ecology of individuals and population dynamics.  Major topics include the genetics and ecology of natural populations, adaptation, molecular evolution and macroevolution, and the application of evolutionary and ecological concepts to conservation biology.  Required for all Biology majors. Prerequisite: Must have completed BIOL 2200 or BIOL 2020
BIOL 3030Biochemistry (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Biochemistry underlies nearly every biological process, from environmental science to medicine. When living systems are in chemical and energetic balance, organisms thrive. When they're out of balance, as in disease or unpredictable environments, life is compromised. This course will explain how simple chemical and physical principles apply to the major classes of biological macromolecules that maintain life. Prerequisite: BIOL 2010 or BIOL 2100 or BME 2104 and BIOL 2020 or BIOL 2040 and either CHEM 2410 or CHEM 1820
BIOL 3040Developmental and Regenerative Biology (3.00)
Are developmental biology and regenerative biology one and the same? Throughout this course, we will emphasize both classical and modern experimental approaches that have been used to unravel the genetic, molecular and celluar mechanisms of development. Additionally, the practical value of understanding development is enormous, and the relationship between embryology and clinical applications will be a theme that runs throughout the course.
Course was offered Spring 2017, Spring 2016
BIOL 3050Introduction to Neurobiology (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Analyzes the concepts of general neurobiology, including basic electrophysiology and electrochemistry, origin of bioelectric potentials, sensory, motor, integrative and developmental neurobiology, and conceptual models of simple learning. Prerequisite: Must have completed BIOL 2010 or BIOL 2100 or BME 2104 and BIOL 2020 or BIOL 2040. May not take if previously completed BIOL 3170.
Course was offered Fall 2016, Fall 2015
BIOL 3080Virology (3.00)
Presents an in-depth look at the molecular biology, pathogenesis and control of animal viruses. Small pox, influenza and HIV are used as model viruses for the analysis of viral replication mechanisms, viral genetics and the evolutionary relationship between the virus and its host. Epidemiology, transmission mechanisms, patterns of disease, and the societal impact of viruses are all discussed in terms of host/virus evolution. Prerequisite: BIOL 2010, 2020, CHEM 1410, 1420. First semester organic chemistry suggested, but not required.
BIOL 3090Our World of Infectious Disease (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Infectious disease impacts every human, plant and animal on earth. What is the most deadly disease in human history? What is killing our ocean¿s turtles? Why is Zika so scary? We will explore questions related to the biology, transmission, and pathogenicity of infectious agents across the world. We will also place special emphasis on what it takes to successfully control an infectious disease.
BIOL 3120General Microbiology (3.00)
Microbes rule. In this course, we will explore how microbes rule the world and how genomics has revolutionized the way we study them. Fundamental principles of microbiology, together with the basics of genomics will be introduced. Topics include microbial cell structure, metabolism, genetics, microbial diversity and ecology, epidemiology, genome sequencing technologies and bioinformatics. Prerequisites: Must have completed BIOL 2010 or BIOL 2100 or BME 2104 and BIOL 2020 or BIOL 2200
BIOL 3140Biology of Aging (3.00)
This interdisciplinary course will explore our current knowledge of the biology of aging in populations of plants and animals, including humans. Topics include demographic trends across species; analysis of why organisms age in the context of evolutionary theories; analysis of how organisms age in the context of cellular and physiological theories; and the genetic basis of longevity. Prerequisites: BIOL 2010 and 2020.
Course was offered Fall 2014, Fall 2012, Fall 2010, Fall 2009
BIOL 3150General Microbiology Laboratory (2.00)
An introduction to microorganisms and to basic microbiological principles through laboratory experimentation. Emphasis is on the structure, physiology and genetics of bacteria and bacterial viruses. Prerequisite: BIOL 3120
BIOL 3180Introduction to Plant Biology (3.00)
Examines basic principles of plant structure, development, classification, and physiology. Prerequisite: BIOL 2010, 2020.
BIOL 3200Basic Laboratory Investigations (3.00)
Students complete three of six 4-week laboratory modules offered; cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, development, behavior and evolution. Two of the six modules are offered concurrently in the first four weeks of the semester, two in the second four weeks, and two in the third; students complete one module in each four-week session. The learning objectives of each module are (1) to teach students the basic principles of problem solving through scientific investigation, and the written and oral skills needed to communicate results, and (2) to provide students with basic training in laboratory methodologies, techniques and protocols, and the use of laboratory instrumentation. Prerequisite: BIOL 2030, CHEM 1410, 1420.
BIOL 3210Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology Lab (3.00)
Students will acquire basic training in cell culture, cell fractionation, microscopy, electrophoresis, spectrophotometry, chromatography, and immunological methods through a serries of lab investigatons. Contemporary molecular methods utilizing recombinant DNA and PCR will be included. Prerequisite: CHEM 1410-1420 or equivalent, BIOL 2010 (prerequisite) or BIOL 3000 (co-requisite), AP credit for BIOL 2010 is not sufficient.
BIOL 3220Genetics Evolution, and Behavior Laboratory (3.00)
Students apply contemporary laboratory methods, analytic tools, and experimental approaches in a series of investigations that explore important, basic concepts in the fields of genetics, evolution and behavior. Prerequisite: BIOL 2010 and 2020
Course was offered Fall 2010, Fall 2009
BIOL 3230Animal Physiology (3.00)
Focuses on selected vertebrate organ systems; considers other systems where relevant. Prerequisite: BIOL 2010, 2020.
Course was offered Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Fall 2010
BIOL 3240Introduction to Immunology (3.00)
Studies the genetics and cell biology of the vertebrate immune system, with a focus on adaptive immunity. Classic and current experimental systems are emphasized. Prerequisite: Must have completed or be currently taking BIOL 2010 or BIOL 2100 or BME 2104
BIOL 3250Introduction to Animal Behavior (3.00)
An introduction to comparative studies of animal behavior from neuroethological and evolutionary prospectives. The first deals with proximate causes of behavior, with emphasis on motor, sensory and central aspects of the nervous system. The second deals with ultimate causes, with emphases on natural selection, natural history, and adaptive aspects of behavior. Prerequisite: Must have completed BIOL 2010 or BIOL 2100 or BME 2104 and BIOL 2020 or BIOL 2200
BIOL 3270General Microbiology with Laboratory (4.00)
Microbes rule. In this course, we will explore how microbes rule the world and how genomics has revolutionized the way we study them. Fundamental principles of microbiology will be introduced. Topics include microbial cell structure, metabolism, genetics, diversity, evolution and infectious disease. Laboratory work will complement lecture topics and cover the core themes & concepts, as recommended by the American Society of Microbiology.
Course was offered Spring 2017
BIOL 3280Ornithology (3.00)
This course is an introduction to avian biology. Major topics include evolutionary history, genetics, anatomy and physiology, behavior and communication, reproduction and development, and ecology and conservation. Through the study of birds, the most diverse lineage of terrestrial vertebrates, students learn broadly applicable concepts of organismal biology and gain insight to the scientific investigation of integrated biological systems. Prerequisite: BIOL 2010, 2020.
BIOL 3290Ecology and Conservation of Fishes (3.00)
A laboratory course with a significant field component, an expanded version of a similar course taught at Mt. Lake Biological Station by the same instructor. Major topics of investigation center on the composition of freshwater fish assemblages and on the factors that influence distribution of fishes on multiple scales, from within stream reaches to among basins, including; physical habitat, water quality, and water flow; drainage histories and other zoo geographic processes; morphological, physiological, and life history characters of fishes; competition, predation and other biotic interactions; natural disturbance regimes; and anthropogenic impacts. The first portion of the semester provides an introduction to fish biology and systematics. Prerequisite: BIOL 2010, 2020, 2040.
BIOL 3360Biological Therapy of Cancer (2.00)
This seminar course revolves around weekly two-hour student-led presentations of primary literature in the field of cancer therapy using novel approaches including immunotherapies. Objectives include providing the student with significant exposure to primary literature and the development of critical thinking skills. Prerequisites: Biology 3240
BIOL 3400Functional Morphology of Vertebrates (4.00)
Comparative investigations of functional morphology across major vertebrate lineages.  Lectures are organized into three units; 1) evolutionary history and patterns of development, 2) integumentary, skeletal and muscular systems, and 3) sensory systems, and neural and endocrine integrations.  Topics of investigation focus on biomechanical and physiological performance of biological structures, from cells to organ systems, and on the origins and diversification of form-function complexes among vertebrates.  Lab exercises include dissections, observation of prepared specimens and other material, and modeling/simulation of biomechanical systems.  This course serves as a 3000-level lab requirement for either the B.A. or B.S. in biology. Prerequisite: BIOL 2010, 2020, 2040.
Course was offered Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Fall 2010, Fall 2009
BIOL 3410Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
This course explores human form & function. Integrated lectures and labs focus on systems for support & locomotion, integration & control, regulation & maintenance, reproduction & development. Labs include anatomical dissection, 3D model analysis of organs & organ systems, and computer-based physiology experiments & histological investigations. The first of a two course sequence, this course offers a meaningful single semester A&P experience.
BIOL 3420Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4.00)
This course builds on the material and concepts covered in Human Anatomy & Physiology I (BIOL3410). Coordinated lectures and labs explore topics in anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology across human organ systems. Lab investigations use computer-based physiology experiments, model & dissection-based anatomical studies, and clinical and biomedical case studies to illustrate and expand content presented in lecture.
BIOL 3440Endocrinology (3.00)
Endocrinology
BIOL 3450Biodiversity and Conservation (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Introduction to the fundamental principles of conservation biology (e.g., global species numbers, value of biodiversity, causes of extinction, genetic diversity, island biogeography, priority setting) and current topics of debate (including zoo versus field conservation, effects of global change on species extinction). Conservation case studies will allow students to judge the relevance of biological theory to practical problems in conservation. Prerequisite: BIOL 2010, 2020 or EVSC 3200.
BIOL 3500Field Biology (1.00 - 3.00)
Application of field techniques for biological studies. Cross-listed with EVSC 3660. Prerequisite: BIOL 2040 or instructor permission.
BIOL 3510Field Biology at Mountain Lake Biological Station (1.00 - 4.00)
Field experiential courses in evolution, ecology, behavior and biology taught at the Biology Department's Mountain Lake Biological Station (MLBS), a field research and teaching facility located in southwestern Virginia. Students may enroll for more than one section as each section is a specialized topic. Prerequisites: BIOL 2010, 2020, 2030, 2040 or AP credit or equivalent.
BIOL 3559New Course in Biology (1.00 - 4.00)
New course in the subject of biology.
BIOL 3650Molecular Biology of Human Disease (3.00)
This course addresses molecular mechanisms of gene expression and regulation (e.g., transcription, mRNA splicing, RNA surveillance, and translation) and DNA replication in the context of infectious and genetic diseases. Prerequisites: BIOL 2010 and any two of CHEM 1410, 1420, 1810 & 1820.
BIOL 3660Marine Biology and Coral Reef Ecology in San Salvador (4.00)
The course will introduce students to the plants and animals found in the marine and terrestrial environments of the Caribbean and their adaptations in the context of community ecology. Fishes, invertebrates, reptiles and marine algae will be the major groups encountered and snorkeling will be used for observation and collection. Lectures, labs, discussions, and extensive field work included, plus an independent research project. Prerequisites: BIOL 2010, 2020, 2040, or EVSC 3200, or permission of the instructor.
BIOL 3665Tropical Ecology and Conservation in Belize (3.00)
This course is an introduction to the organisms and ecosystems of Belize, including fresh water, marine and terrestrial examples. Special emphasis will be placed on the interactions of the ecosystem components and on the conservation of specific ecosystems and locales. Prerequisites: The completed sequence BIOL 2010, 2020, 2030, 2040, or their equivalents, or permission of instructor.
BIOL 3710The Biology of Stress (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
What exactly is stress? When is it a good thing; when & why does it become damaging? In this course, we will study how the body responds to physical and psychological stressors. And, we will examine how the physiological mechanisms by which the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis and corticosteroids mediate both positive and negative effects of stress. Understanding of these mechanisms, we can consider how best to prevent damage from stress.
BIOL 3900Independent Readings in Biology (1.00 - 3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Tutorial or seminar course that allows intensive study of the literature in a particular area of biology under the guidance of a Biology faculty member.
Course was offered Fall 2016, Fall 2015
BIOL 4000Laboratory in Molecular Biology (3.00)
Laboratory introduction to fundamental molecular techniques used in many biological research laboratories. Includes basic aseptic technique, isolation and manipulation of genetic material, electrophoresis, cloning, gene library construction/screening, Southern blot analysis, and PCR techniques. Lecture and open laboratory. Prerequisite: BIOL 3210.
BIOL 4005Functional Genomic Screening to Identify Disease Mechanisms & Treatment (3.00)
This course introduces students to scientific-based discovery of how molecular dysfunction leads to disease. It also exposes them to the most current tools used in biomedical research to find novel genes and compounds that could help treat human disease. The course includes discovery-oriented lab, workshops, and lectures. Prerequisite: BIOL3000 and BIOL3010
Course was offered Spring 2016, Spring 2015
BIOL 4015Neural Development Laboratory: From stem cells to neuronal circuitry (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Neural stem cells proliferate throughout development to generate the immense diversity of neuronal cell types present in our adult brains. What are the signals that drive neural stem cells to proliferate & what are the signals that terminate stem cell divisions once development is complete? Using Drosophila we will investigate these questions and address specifically the role of nutrition in regulating profileration of the stem cell population. Prerequisite: BIOL 3000, BIOL 3010
Course was offered Fall 2015
BIOL 4020Ecology and Evolutionary Genetics (3.00)
Examines the mechanisms of evolution within populations, molecular evolution, and the process of speciation. Topics include genetics of adaptation and speciation, natural selection, and the processes influencing the evolution of genes and genomes at the molecular level. Prerequisite: BIOL 3010.
BIOL 4030Evolutionary Biology Laboratory (3.00)
Analyzes important concepts in evolution, and experimental techniques used in evolutionary ecology and population genetics field research, experimental populations, molecular markers, phylogenetic reconstruction including aspects of experimental design and statistical analysis of data. Includes a weekend field trip to Mountain Lake Biological Station. Prerequisite: BIOL 3010, MATH 1310.
BIOL 4040Laboratory in Cell Biology (3.00)
Introduces students to experimental approaches, including mammalian cell culture, gel electrophoresis, western blotting and immunofluorescence microscopy, that are used to study both normal and pathological processes at the level of individual cells. The biological theme of the course will be Alzheimer's disease (AD) and related neurodegenerative disorders. One laboratory lecture and one afternoon laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BIOL 3000
BIOL 4050Developmental Mechanisms of Human Disease (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
This course will cover advanced principles of developmental biology and how embryonic developmental pathways impinge on human disease. Topics will include congenital organ related disease, stem cell biology and its therapeutic applications, regenerative medicine and the impact of environmental factors on disease.
BIOL 4060Organ Development and Tissue Engineering (3.00)
Why do most of our adult body tissues have limited regenerative capacity? How can terminally diseased organs be replaced? This course will cover the cellular mechanisms that regulate animal tissue formation, regeneration and repair in vivo. Students will gain insights into the opportunities, limitations, and risks of tissue engineering in vitro, as an emerging research field that may lead to revolutionary organ replacement strategies. Prerequisite: BIOL 3000
Course was offered Spring 2015
BIOL 4070Developmental Biology Laboratory (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
The goal of this course is to provide an original, unknown outcome research experience in developmental biology. After training in basic methods and descriptions of selected research problems, students form teams and investigate a problem of their choosing. Team members work together in the lab, but each writes an independent research proposal, a notebook, and a final project report on which they are graded. Prerequisite: BIOL 3000 or 3010.
BIOL 4080Neuronal Organization of Behavior (3.00)
Lectures and discussions addressing behavior and sensory processing from the perspective of the neural elements involved. Topics include neuronal substrates (anatomical and physiological) of startle reflexes, locomotory behaviors, visual and auditory processing, echolocation mechanisms, calling song recognition, and the neuronal organization underlying some types of functional plasticity. Prerequisite: BIOL 3170 or equivalent.
BIOL 4090Environmental Public Health (2.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
This is an interdisciplinary exploration of environmental public health issues. Students develop and research topics, lead small group discussions, give oral presentations, and write papers. Scope of student research in topic development includes env. science, ecology, epidemiology, toxicology, pathophysiology, gene-environment interactions, directions in clinical and translational research, and environmental and biomedical policy development.
Course was offered Spring 2017, Fall 2016
BIOL 4100Management of Forest Ecosystems (4.00)
An ecosystem course that treats the ecology of forests and consequences of forest processes in natural and managed systems. The class emphasizes the "pattern & process" concept that is the central theme in modern vegetation sciences at increasing scales: from form/function of leaves and other parts of trees through population, community and landscape ecology to the role of forests in the global climate and carbon-cycling. Prerequisites: EVSC 3200
BIOL 4110Genetics Laboratory (3.00)
A research experience in developmental genetics that uses Drosophila melanogaster as a model system. Prerequisite: BIOL 3010.
Course was offered Spring 2011
BIOL 4120When Good Cells Go Bad (3.00)
This course will cover topics related to major neurodegenerative diseases including Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Muscular Dystrophy (MD), Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor (Neurofibrosarcoma) and Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor (MPNST). Topics related to pathology and molecular mechanism of diseases, possible drug discovery targets, and therapeutic discovery approaches will be emphasized. Prerequisites: BIOL 3000 and BIOL 3010.
Course was offered Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Fall 2011, Fall 2010
BIOL 4130Population Ecology and Conservation Biology (3.00)
The mathematical foundations of population dynamics and species interactions as applied to population and community ecology and problems in conservation biology. One semester of calculus is recommended. Prerequisite: BIOL 3020 or EVSC 3200
BIOL 4135Biology of Aging (3.00)
Aging is an evolutionary paradox because it decreases physiological function and increases the risk of mortality, yet aging persists in most species. We will explore the theories of aging and the diversity of the patterns of aging across species from flies to plants to humans. We will use the primary literature in the fields of evolution, genetics and cell biology to gain a comprehensive understand of the latest advances in this field.
Course was offered Fall 2016
BIOL 4140NextGen Sequencing and Its Applications (1.00)
Students will learn the next generation sequencing technologies and explore their applications in the studies of evolution and ecology. This course is a lecture and journal club format where primary scientific literature will be discussed. Students will also learn basic bioinformatic skills. Prerequisite: BIOL 3020
Course was offered Fall 2013
BIOL 4150Evolution of Sex (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Despite the many benefits of asexual reproduction, the vast majority of eukaryotic organisms reproduce sexually. How sex evolved, and how it persists despite its many associated costs, are major unanswered questions in biology. We will explore the diversity of sexual reproduction and associated evolutionary phenomena with a focus on critically evaluating current research and theory in this field. Prerequisite: BIOL 3020 or permission from Instructor
Course was offered Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2013, Fall 2012
BIOL 4160Functional Genomics Lab (3.00)
The course serves as a hands-on introduction to genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics. Topics that will be covered during the lectures and computer labs of this course include genome sequence analysis, genome expression analysis, and genomic circuits analysis. Prerequisites: BIOL 3010.
Course was offered Spring 2011, Spring 2010
BIOL 4170Cellular Neurobiology (3.00)
Explores a cellular approach to the study of the nervous system. Topics include the structure and function of ionic channels in cell membranes; the electrochemical basis of the cell resting potential; the generation and conduction of nerve impulses; and synaptic transmissions. Three lecture and demonstration/discussion credits. Class meetings include lectures, discussion, student presentations, and computer simulations of neurophysiology with NeuroDynamix. Prerequisite: BIOL 3170 or equivalent; BIOL 3000.
Course was offered Fall 2012, Fall 2010
BIOL 4180Behavioral Ecology (3.00)
Behavioral ecology explores the evolutionary analysis and explanations for the diversity of animal behavior, including foraging decisions, altruism, cooperation, mate choice, group living, parental care and range of other sociobiological phenomena. Prerequisite: BIOL 3020.
BIOL 4190Biological Clocks (3.00)
Introduces biological timekeeping as used by organisms for controlling diverse processes, including sleep-wakefulness cycles, photoperiodic induction and regression, locomotor rhythmicity, eclosion rhythmicity, and the use of the biological clock in orientation and navigation. Prerequisite: BIOL 3000 or 3010 or 3020
BIOL 4210Genome Sciences: The DNA Revolution in Science and Society (3.00)
This course will chronicle the meteoric rise in our ability to collect DNA sequence data & reconstruct genomes, and how this contributes to understanding evolution & the genetic basis of traits, including disease. Discussions with leading experts in science, policy or law will allow students to consider the promises & limitations of genomic research, as well as the future societal impact of having nearly ubiquitous genetic information. Prerequisite: BIOL 3010 and BIOL 3020
Course was offered Spring 2015
BIOL 4215Microbial Genomics (3.00)
Explores how genomics has revolutionized every aspect of microbiology. Fundamental principles of microbiology, together with the basics of genomics will be introduced. Topics include microbial cell structure, metabolism, genetics, microbial diversity and ecology, epidemiology, genome sequencing technologies and comparative genomics. Prerequisites: BIOL 3000 and BIOL 3010
Course was offered Spring 2010
BIOL 4220Introduction to Systems Biology (3.00)
An introduction to a new research paradigm that focuses on the systematic study of complex interactions at the molecular, network and genomic level. This course will review state-of-the-art high throughput techniques and modeling methods used to obtain, integrate and analyze complex data from biological systems. This course will be a combination of text based lectures and discussions of the current literature pertinent to Systems Biology. Prerequisites: BIOL 3010. Also recommended is BIOL 3000
BIOL 4230Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics (4.00)
The Genome Era has transformed modern biology, providing sequence data that records genetic changes that occur over time scales from billions of years (evolution) to months (tumor growth). This interdisciplinary course introduces the algorithms, statistics & biological concepts used to make inferences from genome datasets and will provide the computational foundation & practical experience needed to test biological questions using genome data.
Course was offered Spring 2017, Spring 2016
BIOL 4240History and Philosophy of Biology (3.00)
This course will give an overview of the major conceptual and experimental advances in Biology. It will explore the relationships of Biology to mathematics and physical sciences and explore philosophical issues relevant to science in general, Biology in particular.
BIOL 4250Human Genetics (3.00)
Focuses on the fundamental knowledge about organization, expression, and inheritance of the human genome. Reviews classical Mendelian genetics and human genetic (pedigree) analysis. Emphasizes understanding human genetics in molecular terms. Includes gene mapping procedures, methodologies for identifying genes responsible for inherited diseases, the molecular basis of several mutant (diseased) states, the human genome project, and discussions about genetic screening and gene therapy. Prerequisite: BIOL 3010.
BIOL 4260Cellular Mechanisms (3.00)
The course will explore topics in cell biology that underlie mechanisms of human health and disease. Specific topics will depend on interest, but may include cancer and metastasis, metabolic syndromes or pathogen-host interactions (among others). Course materials will be research and review articles from the relevant primary literature. Students are expected to engage in and lead thoughtful discussions of assigned readings ~75% of the class time. Prerequisites: BIOL 3000 and BIOL 3010
BIOL 4270Animal Behavior Laboratory (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
This laboratory course provides hands-on experiences with experimental approaches used to study animal behavior. The laboratory exercises explore visual and auditory sensory perception, biological clock, reproductive and aggressive behaviors using actively behaving animals such as hamsters, cichlid fish, crickets and electric fish. Students are given opportunities to design hypothesis-testing experiments in some laboratories. Prerequisite: BIOL 3250
BIOL 4280The Genetic Basis of Behavior (3.00)
This course studies behavior paradigms in model animals and the modern genetic tools used study and dissect the circuits underlying them. Can an animal as simple as a fly or mouse learn simple tasks, show appetitive behaviors and cravings, and inform studies of human addiction? Readings from classic and current literature will show the historical context of this field and develop critical reading skills. Prerequisites: BIOL 3000, BIOL 3010
BIOL 4290Hormones and Behavior (3.00)
The aspects of hormones (primarialy sex and stress) on vertebrate behavior. Prerequisites: Any two of BIOL 3000, 3010, 3020 or equivalent.
Course was offered Spring 2011
BIOL 4310Sensory Neurobiology (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
This two-lectures-per-week course explores the basic principles of sensory neurobiology. The course consists of four modules. Each module represents one of the senses and consists of an introductory lecture, one or several lectures that will delve into the details of that sense, a current topic lecture on some recent finding, and finally, a guest lecture from a UVa researcher. Prerequisites: BIOL 3170
BIOL 4320Signal Transduction: How cells talk to each other (3.00)
This advanced undergraduate course explores how cells communicate with each other and respond to their environment. This area of biology is referred to as signal transduction and is the basis for most if not all normal and disease processes in humans. Therefore, significant time is spent on defining archetypal signaling modules that all cells use to receive and communicate information to and from their environment. Prerequisites: BIOL 3000 & BIOL 3010
BIOL 4330Wiring the Brain (3.00)
This course will cover the current state of knowledge for how neurons form connections in the brain. The course will initially focus on how relatively simple model systems have provided the critical clues as to how specific synaptic connections form. This will be followed by a discussion of how this knowledge can be applied to the understanding and treatment of human neural disorders. About a quarter of the course will be standard lectures and the remainder student-led discussion of primary literature. Prerequisites: BIOL 3000 and BIOL 3010; BIOL 3170 or Psych 2200.
Course was offered Fall 2009
BIOL 4335Functional Organization of Sensory Systems (3.00)
How do variations in the design of sensory structures and central nervous circuits lead to specialized behaviors as diverse as echolocation, acoustic perception of species-specific mating songs and spatial navigation? Throughout the course, we will examine the scientific literature that relates to the functional design of vertebrate and invertebrate sensory systems through classroom presentations and discussion.
BIOL 4340Experimental Foundations of Neurobiology (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
The course content will focus on three areas of neurobiological research: conduction of the nervous impulse, sensory physiology, and synaptic physiology. Prerequisites: Must have completed BIOL 3050 or BIOL 3170 or PSYC 4200
BIOL 4350Metabolism: In Sickness and in Health (3.00)
A worldwide obesity epidemic exists. With it comes increased risk of chronic disease, such as Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and certain cancers. This course will survey the molecular, genetic, physiologic and behavioral paths that lead to obesity and that contribute to prevalent chronic diseases. Through discussions of scientific literature, we will gain an integrated view of the factors that influence our energy homeostasis. Prerequiste: BIOL 3000, 3010.
Course was offered Spring 2017
BIOL 4360Cytokine Signaling and Neural Development (1.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
This is a journal club format seminar where we perform an in depth analysis of the papers listed below. One paper will be covered per week with a review article also assigned for background. There are no presenters; rather we will have discussion leaders. All participants should be prepared to present any of the panels in the week's paper.
BIOL 4365How to Map a Brain (1.00)
If you want to understand how our brain works, this is the course for you! In this student-driven Journal Club-style seminar series, we will consider recent neuroscience literature for discussion of the most innovative discoveries. A broad range of outstanding neuroscience issues will be considered; topics could include, for example, strategies for gene therapy for human neurological diseases, or the remote control of learning and memory. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
Course was offered Spring 2016, Spring 2015
BIOL 4370Epigenetics (3.00)
Explores the emerging science, Epigenetics. Topics include epigenetics in model organisms and molecular mechanisms such as the Polycomb and Trithorax Group proteins, histone modifications and variants, dosage compensation, DNA methylation, nuclear reprogramming and stem cell pluripotency. Prerequisites: Genetics and Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry strongly recomended.
Course was offered Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Fall 2009
BIOL 4380Evolution and Ecology of Development (3.00)
From the seahorse's body to the venus flytrap's jaws to the human brain, nature abounds with amazing adaptations. This interdisciplinary course explores how and why such biodiversity evolves as well as what limits diversity. Lectures and case studies will focus on core concepts, recent advances, and integrative approaches, placing special emphasis on the interplay between gene regulatory networks, the environment, and population genetics. Prerequisites: BIOL 3010, BIOL 3020
Course was offered Fall 2014
BIOL 4390Biological Therapy of Cancer (2.00)
This seminar course revolves around weekly two-hour student-led presentations of primary literature in the field of cancer therapy using novel approaches including immunotherapies. Objectives include providing the student with significant exposure to primary literature and the development of critical thinking skills. Prerequisite: May not take if previously completed BIOL 3360.
Course was offered Spring 2017, Spring 2016
BIOL 4410Molecular Biology and Genetics (3.00)
A survey of contemporary issues in molecular biology and genetics. The course will be a combination of text based lectures and discussions of the current literature emphasizing the development of critical reading techniques. Prerequisites: BIOL 3000, 3010
Course was offered Spring 2011, Spring 2010
BIOL 4430Experimental Plant Biology Laboratory: Drugs & Infectious Diseases (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
We can't live without plants. Plants make our existence possible, and they hold secrets for a better future. Our experimental approach in this lab will combine genetics and genomics strategies to uncover some of those secrets. We'll search for genes and biosynthetic pathways that contribute to the success of plants at fighting off microbial infections. Ultimately, studies like these will lead to new, highly effective antimicrobial therapies. Prerequisite: BIOL 3010, BIOL 3150
Course was offered Fall 2016, Fall 2015
BIOL 4440Cell Biology of Lipids and Membranes (3.00)
Life requires lipids. Discussion of the literature will integrate lipids into our current protein-centric view of cell biology. Topics considered are current models of membrane structure and its effect on metabolism; synthesis and distribution of lipids to regulate cell communication, gene expression, and the coding of identity; how pathogens turn lipids against host cells; and how common pharmaceuticals affect lipid biology to treat disease.
Course was offered Spring 2017
BIOL 4460Forest Sampling (3.00)
Study of quantitative methods for sampling forest ecosystems
Course was offered Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
BIOL 4480Macromolecular Structure (3.00)
Exploration, in depth, of principles underlying protein and nucleic acid structures and the techniques used to determine those structures. Prerequisite: CHEM2410 and 2420 or BIOL3000 or permission of instructor
Course was offered Spring 2014, Fall 2011, Fall 2010
BIOL 4490Neural Systems and Behavior (3.00)
This is an upper level lecture/discussion course for students interested in pursuing additional studies in neurobiology beyond the introductory level. Prerequisites: BIOL 3170 and BIOL 3250.
Course was offered Spring 2012, Fall 2010
BIOL 4510Field Biology at Mountain Lake Biological Station (1.00 - 4.00)
Field experiential courses in evolution, ecology, behavior and biology taught at the Biology Department's Mountain Lake Biological Station (MLBS), a field research and teaching facility located in southwestern Virginia. Students may enroll for more than one section as each section is a specialized topic. Prerequisites: BIOL 3020 Evolution & Ecology or equivalent.
BIOL 4559New Course in Biology (1.00 - 4.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
New course in the subject of biology.
BIOL 4560Electric Crayfish: Elements of Neurophysiology (3.00)
Course uses electrophysiological techniques with living crayfish material to examine principles of neurobiological function, including cellular resting potentials, propagated action potentials, neuromuscular physiology, aspects of neuromuscular organization, and sensory neuron physiology and organization. A lab lecture will precede each lab session. Grading will be based upon written laboratory reports and two midterm laboratory exams. Prerequisite: BIOL 3170
Course was offered Fall 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
BIOL 4585Selected Topics in Biology (2.00)
Periodic seminar offerings to provide intensive study of the scientific literature in focused areas of Biology.
Course was offered Spring 2012
BIOL 4610Molecular Evolution (3.00)
Life's evolutionary history is encoded in DNA. The field of Molecular Evolution probes patterns of genetic variation within/among species to gain insight into mechanisms that underlie fundamental forces of evolution. This course considers Molecular Evolution¿s historical development, its theoretical basis, & recent studies that exploit genomic & analytic tools as they relate to adaptation, demography, interspecific divergence, & genome evolution.
Course was offered Spring 2017
BIOL 4660How do they do it? Method and Logic in Biomedical Science (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
How has a bioluminescent jellyfish saved lives? What does a Himalayan pond fish have to do with research into the origins of psychiatric disorders? Innovative methods in biomedical research have played a significant part in the development of revolutionary disease cures, treatments and diagnostics. This course will examine many of these technical approaches and how they have led to such significant discoveries in basic biomedical research. Prerequisite: BIOL 3010
Course was offered Spring 2016, Spring 2015
BIOL 4751Plant Diversity& Conservation: Bioinformatics and Systematics (3.00)
The extraordinary diversity of the southern Appalachians will be used to explore the world of plants. We will visit unique mountain habitats to study the different species assemblages in these ecologically wide-ranging sites. Based upon our observations and analyses, we will critique contemporary views of the most effective conservation units (individual, population, species, family, habitat) and the methods used to achieve conservation goals.
BIOL 4752Field Methods in Stream Ecology (3.00)
We will focus on integrating principles of stream and watershed ecology to gain insight into stream dwelling organisms and their environments. Students will be introduced to 1) the physical, chemical and biological organization of aquatic ecosystems, 2) current theories in stream and watershed ecology, and 3) lab and field methods for conducting stream research. Students will conduct independent and group research projects.
Course was offered Summer 2014
BIOL 4753Field Biology of Fungi (3.00)
The southern Appalachians provide an ideal setting to explore the biology of fungi. This class provides an introduction with emphasis on fieldID and current experimental methods used to study fungal genetics, ecology, and evolution. Lab exercises will use filamentous fungi to demonstrate methods for identification, culture techniques, breeding systems, genetic analysis, and interaction biology. Field trips will survey the taxonomic diversity.
Course was offered Summer 2016
BIOL 4754Field Herpetology (3.00)
We will focus on the ecology and evolution of reptiles and amphibians, leveraging their diversity in the southeastern US. In both the field and laboratory, we will study 1) the evolutionary relationships among reptiles and amphibians, 2) key evolutionary innovations that characterize each major lineage, 3) reptile and amphibian systems in ecological and evolutionary research, and 4) location and identification of reptiles and amphibians.
BIOL 4755Field Biology of Fishes (3.00)
MLBS sits on the Eastern Continental Divide providing an incredible diversity of freshwater habitats. Proficiency in ichthyology will be developed through field trips and lab work. Themes include: fish ID; patterns and drivers of diversity; interactions on individual, population, community and ecosystem levels; evolution; and influences of human activities. Students will design and conduct a research project and present at a class symposium.
Course was offered Summer 2017, Summer 2016, Summer 2014
BIOL 4756Field Ornithology (3.00)
Students will be exposed to the biology, ecology, and evolutionary biology of birds through hands-on experience. Field exercises will teach how to identify birds by sight and sound, measure birds in hand, and monitor birds and their behaviors. These opportunities will be augmented with lectures on bird physiology, morphology, and diversity. Independent research projects will enable students to further develop their skills.
BIOL 4757GIS for Field Biologists (3.00)
This course will cover the fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems as applied to biological questions with application in ecology, evolution, conservation, disease ecology, and human land-use. Students will learn spatial theory, analysis, and hands-on use of GIS software (including ArcGIS). Field laboratories will allow students to use Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and learn to incorporate this technology into spatial analyses.
Course was offered Summer 2014
BIOL 4758Field Biology of Insects (3.00)
Insects are perhaps the most important animal group on the face of the earth. Their enormous diversity makes them important models for understanding many concepts in biology. Students will observe the bits and pieces of an insect, they will discover how adaptation relates to diversity, and they will learn to identify the major insect groups. Field trips to varied habitats allow students to collect insects and understand their natural history.
Course was offered Summer 2017
BIOL 4759Field Methods in Wildlife Ecology (3.00)
An introduction to field research methods for measuring and monitoring animals with an emphasis on testing biological and wildlife management hypotheses. We will survey small mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Students will learn sampling designs, protocols, and types of studies. Exercises will include surveying, trapping, marking, and measuring animals. Skills learned will be used in hypothesis-driven group projects.
Course was offered Summer 2015
BIOL 4760Hormones and Behavior (3.00)
Hormones alter the development and expression of animal behavior. Behavior in turn changes the effects of hormones. We'll take an evolutionary approach in exploring the causation and mechanism of hormone-mediated behaviors. We will use endocrinological techniques to examine behavior and hormone variation in wild populations. Students will help design and conduct a class research project with the goal of publishing our results.
Course was offered Summer 2015
BIOL 4770Synthetic Biology (3.00)
By applying the principles of engineering to biology, students will design molecules, viruses, and cells to solve global problems in public health, food security, manufacturing, information processing, and the environment, changing the traditional question of 'How do cells work?' to 'How can I get a cell to work for me?' Students will gain experience in writing internationally competitive research project proposals. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
Course was offered Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
BIOL 4810Distinguished Major Seminar in Biological Research I (2.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Two-hour, weekly discussion of recent advances in biology; attend biology seminars, interact with seminar speakers, explore the philosophy and practice of science, and learn skills in oral and written research presentation. Prerequisite: Fourth-year DMP in Biology.
BIOL 4820Distinguished Major Seminar in Biological Research II (2.00)
Two-hour, weekly discussion of recent advances in biology; attend biology seminars, interact with seminar speakers, explore the philosophy and practice of science, and learn skills in oral and written research presentation. Prerequisite: Fourth-year DMP in Biology.
BIOL 4850Seminar in Environmental and Conservation Biology (2.00)
In-depth investigation of current research & practice in environmental and biological conservation. Format will include the discussion of fundamental & recent readings in conservation and guest speakers from the local scientific and conservation communities. Prerequisites for this class are BIOL 3450 and 3020. If interested students have taken EVSC 3020 instead of BIOL 3020, or other equivalent classes, contact the instructor for permission.
Course was offered Spring 2012, Spring 2011, Spring 2010
BIOL 4900Independent Readings in Biology (1.00 - 3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Tutorial or seminar course that allows intensive study of the literature in a particular area of biology under the guidance of a Biology faculty member.
BIOL 4910Independent Research in the Life Sciences (2.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Independent research for qualified undergraduates under the direction of a faculty member OUTSIDE of the Biology Department. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
BIOL 4920Independent Research in Biology (2.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Independent research for qualified undergraduates under the direction of a faculty member within the Biology Department. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
BIOL 4930Distinguished Major Thesis Research (2.00)
This course is the final semester of Independent Research for participants of the Biology Distinguished Majors Program. During this semester, students will complete their laboratory investigations, ultimately presenting the sum of their work in a written thesis. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
Course was offered Spring 2017
BIOL 5070Practical Aspects of Light Microscopy in the Biological Sciences (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Practical usage of various microscopy imaging methodologies to study the morphology and cellular function in various biological systems from single cell to single molecule in cells and tissues. Topics include basics theory of microscopy, imaging and image analysis to solve various biological questions, fluorophore labeling, technical and hands on training on various microscopy techniques applied in different biological and biomedical investigations. Lectures, discussion, student presentations and laboratory.
BIOL 5080Developmental Mechanisms (3.00)
Analyzes the cellular and molecular basis of developmental phenomena, reviewing both classical foundations and recent discoveries. Lectures focus on the major developmental systems used for analysis of embryogenesis (e.g., mouse, frog, and fly) and concentrate on several themes that pervade modern research in this area (e.g., signal transduction mechanisms). Readings are from the primary research literature, supplemented by textbook assignments. Lectures and discussion. Prerequisite: BIOL 3000 and BIOL 3010 or equivalent.
Course was offered Spring 2011, Spring 2010
BIOL 5250Ecological Issues in Global Change (4.00)
Introduces development and application of theoretical constructs and mathematical models for projecting the dynamics of terrestrial ecosystems to large scale changes in the environment. Prerequisites: EVSC 3200 or equivalent, one year of college calculus, or instructor permission.
Course was offered Spring 2012, Spring 2010
BIOL 5559New Course in Biology (1.00 - 4.00)
New course in the subject of biology.
Course was offered Summer 2016, Spring 2013
BIOL 5995Biological Research at Mountain Lake Biological Station (1.00 - 4.00)
Biology Research at Mountain Lake Biological Station is designed for students participating in the Mountain Lake Biological Station summer Master's Degree Program.
BIOL 6559New Course in Biology (1.00 - 4.00)
New course in the subject of biology.
BIOL 7020Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics (3.00)
Examines the mechanisms of evolution within populations, molecular evolution, and the process of speculation. Topics include genetics of adaptation and speciation, natural selection, and the processes influencing the evolution of genes and genomes at the molecular level. Prerequisites: BIOL 3010
Course was offered Spring 2011
BIOL 7060Organ Development and Tissue Engineering (3.00)
Why do most of our adult body tissues have limited regenerative capacity? How can terminally diseased organs be replaced? This course will cover the cellular mechanisms that regulate animal tissue formation, regeneration and repair in vivo. Students will gain insights into the opportunities, limitations, and risks of tissue engineering in vitro, as an emerging research field that may lead to revolutionary organ replacement strategies. Prerequisite: BIOL 3000
Course was offered Spring 2015
BIOL 7110Teaching Science in Higher Education (1.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
This STEM teaching course will help graduate TAs integrate learning theory and effective student engagement practices into their teaching. GTAs will participate in guided discussions to relate recommendations from the education literature to their classroom experiences. Assignments will include learning activities, such as teaching observations & reflections, and designing interventions to assist students with difficult topics/skills.
Course was offered Spring 2017, Fall 2016
BIOL 7120When Good Cells Go Bad (3.00)
This course will cover topics related to major neurodegenerative diseases including Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Muscular Dystrophy (MD), Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor (Neurofibrosarcoma) and Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor (MPNST). Topics related to pathology and molecular mechanism of diseases, possible drug discovery targets, and therapeutic discovery approaches will be emphasized.
Course was offered Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Fall 2011
BIOL 7130Population Ecology and Conservation Biology (4.00)
The natural history and mathematical theory of population dynamics, species interactions and life history evolution. Lectures emphasize theory and experimental tests; class discussions focuses on applications to conservation of plant and animal populations.
Course was offered Fall 2011, Fall 2010
BIOL 7140NextGen Sequencing and Its Applications (1.00)
Students will learn the next generation sequencing technologies and explore their applications in the studies of evolution and ecology. This course is a lecture and journal club format where primary scientific literature will be discussed. Students will also learn basic bioinformatic skills.
Course was offered Fall 2013
BIOL 7150Evolution of Sex (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Despite the many benefits of asexual reproduction, the vast majority of eukaryotic organisms reproduce sexually. How sex evolved, and how it persists despite its many associated costs, are major unanswered questions in biology. We will explore the diversity of sexual reproduction and associated evolutionary phenomena with a focus on critically evaluating current research and theory in this field. Prerequisite: BIOL 3020 or permission from Instructor
Course was offered Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2013, Fall 2012
BIOL 7160Functional Genomics (3.00)
The first half of the course serves as an introduction to basic bioinformatics and genomics. The second half of the course concentrates on the rapidly evolving discipline of Functional Genomics, which takes advantage of the dramatic increase in the amount.
Course was offered Spring 2011, Spring 2010
BIOL 7170Cellular Neurobiology (4.00)
Explores a cellular approach to the study of the nervous system. Topics include the structure & function of ionic channels in cell membranes; the electrochemical basis of the cell resting potential; the generation & conduction of nerve impulses; and synaptic transmissions. Three lecture and demonstration/discussion credits. Class mtgs include lectures, discussion, student presentations, and computer simulations of neurophysiology w/ NeuroDynamix.
Course was offered Fall 2012, Fall 2010
BIOL 7180Behavioral Ecology (3.00)
Behavioral ecology explores the evolutionary analysis and explanations for the diversity of animal behavior, including foraging decisions, altruism, cooperation, mate choice, group living, parental care and range of other sociobiological phenomena.
Course was offered Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Fall 2011, Fall 2010
BIOL 7190Biological Clocks (3.00)
Introduces biological timekeeping as used by organisms for controlling diverse processes, including sleep-wakefulness cycles, photoperiodic induction and regression, locomotor rhythmicity, eclosion rhythmicity, and the use of the biological clock in orientation and navigation.
BIOL 7220Introduction to Systems Biology (3.00)
An introduction to a new research paradigm that focuses on the systematic study of complex interactions at the molecular, network and genomic level. This course will review state-of-the-art high throughput techniques and modeling methods used to obtain, integrate and analyze complex data from biological systems. This course will be a combination of text based lectures and discussions of the current literature pertinent to Systems Biology.
BIOL 7230Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics (4.00)
The Genome Era has transformed modern biology, providing sequence data that records genetic changes that occur over time scales from billions of years (evolution) to months (tumor growth). This interdisciplinary course introduces the algorithms, statistics & biological concepts used to make inferences from genome datasets and will provide the computational foundation & practical experience needed to test biological questions using genome data.
Course was offered Spring 2017, Spring 2016
BIOL 7280The Genetic Basis of Behavior (3.00)
This course studies behavior paradigms in model animals and the modern genetic tools used study and dissect the circuits underlying them. Can an animal as simple as a fly or mouse learn simple tasks, show appetitive behaviors and cravings, and inform studies of human addiction? Readings from classic and current literature will show the historical context of this field and develop critical reading skills.
BIOL 7310Sensory Neurobiology (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
This two-lectures-per-week course explores the basic principles of sensory neurobiology. The course consists of four modules. Each module represents one of the senses and consists of an introductory lecture, one or several lectures that will delve into the details of that sense, a current topic lecture on some recent finding, and finally, a guest lecture from a UVa researcher. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission.
BIOL 7320Signal Transduction: How cells talk to each other (3.00)
This advanced undergraduate course explores how cells communicate with each other and respond to their environment. This area of biology is referred to as signal transduction and is the basis for most if not all normal and disease processes in humans. Therefore, significant time is spent on defining archetypal signaling modules that all cells use to receive and communicate information to and from their environment.
BIOL 7360Cytokine Signaling and Neural Development (1.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
This is a journal club format colloquium where we perform an in depth analysis of the papers listed below. One paper will be covered per week with a review article also assigned for background. There are no presenters; rather we will have discussion leaders. All participants should be prepared to present any of the panels in the week's paper.
BIOL 7370Epigenetics (3.00)
Explores the emerging science, Epigenetics. Topics include epigenetics in model organisms and molecular mechanisms such as the Polycomb and Trithorax Group proteins, histone modifications and variants, dosage compensation, DNA methylation, nuclear reprogramming and stem cell pluripotency.
Course was offered Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Fall 2009
BIOL 7380Evolution and Ecology of Development (3.00)
From the seahorse's body to the venus flytrap's jaws to the human brain, nature abounds with amazing adaptations. This interdisciplinary course explores how and why such biodiversity evolves as well as what limits diversity. Lectures and case studies will focus on core concepts, recent advances, and integrative approaches, placing special emphasis on the interplay between gene regulatory networks, the environment, and population genetics. Prerequisite: BIOL 3010, BIOL 3020
Course was offered Fall 2014
BIOL 7410Molecular Biology (3.00)
A survey of contemporary issues in molecular biology and genetics. The course will be a combination of text-based lectures and discussions of the current literature emphasizing the development of critical reading techniques. This course is meant for advanced undergraduate and graduate students. Background material will be from Molecular Biology of the Gene, 5th ed, Watson et al, Pearson/Benj Cummings, More recent material will be from current literature.
Course was offered Spring 2011, Spring 2010
BIOL 7510Field Biology at Mountain Lake Biological Station (1.00 - 4.00)
Field experiential courses in evolution, ecology, behavior and biology taught at the Biology Department's Mountain Lake Biological Station (MLBS), a field research and teaching facility located in southwestern Virginia. Students may enroll for more than one section, as each section is a specialized topic.
BIOL 7516Field Ornithology (1.00 - 4.00)
Students will be exposed to the biology, ecology, and evolutionary biology of birds through hands-on experience. Field exercises will teach how to identify birds by sight and sound, measure birds in hand, and monitor birds and their behaviors. These opportunities will be augmented with lectures on bird physiology, morphology, and diversity. Independent research projects will enable students to further develop their skills.
BIOL 7559New Course in Biology (1.00 - 4.00)
New course in the subject of biology.
BIOL 7585Selected Topics Course (3.00)
Tutorial or seminar course that allows intensive study of the literature in a particular area of Biology under the guidance of a Biology faculty member
Course was offered Spring 2012
BIOL 7660How do they do it? Method and Logic in Cutting-edge Biomedical Science (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Do you know how a bioluminescent jellyfish protein is saving lives? The green fluorescent protein, earning its discoverers the 2008 Nobel Prize, is only one example of the recent biomedical breakthroughs leading to revolutionary diagnostics, treatments and cures that we will cover. Topics will range from how scientists are using roundworms to cure diabetes to why a pond fish from Himalayas might unlock the mysteries of psychiatric disorders.
BIOL 7751Plant Diversity & Conservation: Bioinformatics and Systematics (3.00)
The extraordinary diversity of the southern Appalachians will be used to explore the world of plants. We will visit unique mountain habitats to study the different species assemblages in these ecologically wide-ranging sites. Based upon our observations and analyses, we will critique contemporary views of the most effective conservation units (individual, population, species, family, habitat) and the methods used to achieve conservation goals.
BIOL 7752Field Methods in Stream Ecology (3.00)
We will focus on integrating principles of stream and watershed ecology to gain insight into stream dwelling organisms and their environments. Students will be introduced to 1) the physical, chemical and biological organization of aquatic ecosystems, 2) current theories in stream and watershed ecology, and 3) lab and field methods for conducting stream research. Students will conduct independent and group research projects.
Course was offered Summer 2014
BIOL 7753Field Biology of Fungi (3.00)
The southern Appalachians provide an ideal setting to explore the biology of fungi. This class provides an introduction with emphasis on fieldID and current experimental methods used to study fungal genetics, ecology, and evolution. Lab exercises will use filamentous fungi to demonstrate methods for identification, culture techniques, breeding systems, genetic analysis, and interaction biology. Field trips will survey the taxonomic diversity.
Course was offered Summer 2016
BIOL 7754Field Herpetology (3.00)
We will focus on the ecology and evolution of reptiles and amphibians, leveraging their diversity in the southeastern US. In both the field and laboratory, we will study 1) the evolutionary relationships among reptiles and amphibians, 2) key evolutionary innovations that characterize each major lineage, 3) reptile and amphibian systems in ecological and evolutionary research, and 4) location and identification of reptiles and amphibians.
BIOL 7755Field Biology of Fishes (3.00)
MLBS sits on the Eastern Continental Divide providing an incredible diversity of freshwater habitats. Proficiency in ichthyology will be developed through field trips and lab work. Themes include: fish ID; patterns and drivers of diversity; interactions on individual, population, community and ecosystem levels; evolution; and influences of human activities. Students will design and conduct a research project and present at a class symposium.
Course was offered Summer 2017, Summer 2016, Summer 2014
BIOL 7756Field Ornithology (3.00)
Students will be exposed to the biology, ecology, and evolutionary biology of birds through hands-on experience. Field exercises will teach how to identify birds by sight and sound, measure birds in hand, and monitor birds and their behaviors. These opportunities will be augmented with lectures on bird physiology, morphology, and diversity. Independent research projects will enable students to further develop their skills.
BIOL 7757GIS for Field Biologists (3.00)
This course will cover the fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems as applied to biological questions with application in ecology, evolution, conservation, disease ecology, and human land-use. Students will learn spatial theory, analysis, and hands-on use of GIS software (including ArcGIS). Field laboratories will allow students to use Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and learn to incorporate this technology into spatial analyses.
Course was offered Summer 2014
BIOL 7758Field Biology of Insects (3.00)
Insects are perhaps the most important animal group on the face of the earth. Their enormous diversity makes them important models for understanding many concepts in biology. Students will observe the bits and pieces of an insect, they will discover how adaptation relates to diversity, and they will learn to identify the major insect groups. Field trips to varied habitats allow students to collect insects and understand their natural history.
Course was offered Summer 2017, Summer 2015
BIOL 7759Field Methods in Wildlife Ecology (3.00)
An introduction to field research methods for measuring and monitoring animals with an emphasis on testing biological and wildlife management hypotheses. We will survey small mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Students will learn sampling designs, protocols, and types of studies. Exercises will include surveying, trapping, marking, and measuring animals. Skills learned will be used in hypothesis-driven group projects.
Course was offered Summer 2015
BIOL 7760Hormones and Behavior (3.00)
Hormones alter the development and expression of animal behavior. Behavior in turn changes the effects of hormones. We'll take an evolutionary approach in exploring the causation and mechanism of hormone-mediated behaviors. We will use endocrinological techniques to examine behavior and hormone variation in wild populations. Students will help design and conduct a class research project with the goal of publishing our results.
Course was offered Summer 2015
BIOL 7850Seminar in Environmental and Conservation Biology (2.00)
In-depth investigation of current research and practice in environmental and biological conservation. Format will include the discussion of fundamental and recent readings in conservation and guest speakers from the local scientific and conservation communities.
BIOL 7993Independent Study in Biology (1.00 - 4.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
A biology faculty member supervises and approves all components of this course, designating the number of credits to be earned prior to enrollment. Students successfully complete one or more courses offered by the Department of Biology at the 3000 level or above and, for each course, write a 10-page (minimum) paper on a relevant topic.
BIOL 7994Independent Study in Biology (1.00 - 4.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
This course is for graduate students participating in graded, graduate-level courses offered at MLBS during summer sessions. Students enroll in this course during the fall semester following completion of the MLBS summer course. Credits earned are the same as the number of credits designated for the MLBS course. Upon completion of the course, the instructor of record provides a grade and a written evaluation of each student's work in the course
Course was offered Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
BIOL 8010Colloquium in Developmental Biology (2.00)
A weekly conference in which students present reports covering various aspects of development. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
BIOL 8050Advanced Evolutionary Biology (2.00)
This course will cover a range of evolutionary concepts and approaches, including levels of selection, the role of evolution in structuring ecological communities, game theoretical models of adaptation, frequency-dependence, neutral processes and drift, the evolution of sex, the evolution of virulence, the molecular basis of adaptation, population and quantitative genetics, and the evolution of genome structure.
Course was offered Spring 2013
BIOL 8060Colloquium in Circadian Biology (2.00)
Readings and two-hour student seminar preparations focusing on recent research and primary literature in circadian biology. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission
BIOL 8070Colloquium in Population Biology (2.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
A weekly conference arranged around a current topic. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
BIOL 8081Advanced Ecology and Evolution 1 (4.00)
This course introduces grad students to a breadth and depth of concepts and theories in modern ecology and evolutionary biology. The couse is co-taught by two BIOL faculty each fall, with different faculty rotating into the course in alternate years, providing expertise in molecular population genetics, genomics, phylogenetics, integrative biology, speciation, microevolution, life-history evolution, and mating systems.
Course was offered Fall 2016, Fall 2014
BIOL 8082Advanced Ecology and Evolution 2 (2.00)
This course introduces grad students to a breadth and depth of concepts and theories in modern ecology and evolutionary biology.. The course is taught by a different BIOL faculty each spring, with different faculty rotating into the course in alternate years, providing expertise in molecular population genetics, genomics, phylogenetics, integrative biology, speciation, microevolution, life-history evolution, and mating systems.
Course was offered Spring 2017, Spring 2015
BIOL 8083Advanced Ecology and Evolution 3 (4.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
This course introduces grad students to a breadth and depth of concepts and theories in modern ecology and evolutionary biology. The couse is co-taught by two BIOL faculty each fall, with different faculty rotating into the course in alternate years, providing expertise in molecular population genetics, genomics, phylogenetics, integrative biology, speciation, microevolution, life-history evolution, and mating systems.
Course was offered Fall 2015
BIOL 8084Advanced Ecology and Evolution 4 (2.00)
This course introduces grad students to a breadth and depth of concepts and theories in modern ecology and evolutionary biology.. The course is taught by a different BIOL faculty each spring, with different faculty rotating into the course in alternate years, providing expertise in molecular population genetics, genomics, phylogenetics, integrative biology, speciation, microevolution, life-history evolution, and mating systems.
Course was offered Fall 2015
BIOL 8250Communicating in Science (1.00)
This course will supplement the '7 Habits for Highly Effective Grad Students' course with hands-on practice in presenting scientific data and communicating effectively in scientific writing and oral presentations. Students will meet weekly to practice and critique oral presentations, scientific manuscripts, figures and tables, statistical results, grant proposals, etc. Req. of all first-year graduate students in biology.
BIOL 8260Writing in Science: creating grant and research proposals (2.00)
Developing skill in communicating scientific principles and writing compelling research proposals is essential for successful graduate training in the biological sciences. This seminar and workshop course will focus on how to create effective grant and research proposals in preparation for thesis research. Students will be actively involved by presenting their research progress and plans, and critiquing each other¿s written proposals.
Course was offered Spring 2017
BIOL 8270Seven Habits of Highly Effective Graduate Students (2.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Weekly discussion to acclimate new graduate students to rigors of academic research in the Department of Biology. There will be an emphasis on time management, scientific writing, presentations, and work-life balance. A rotation of Biology faculty, students, and staff will contribute to the weekly discussion.
BIOL 8510Field Biology at Mountain Lake Biological Station (1.00 - 4.00)
Field experiential courses in evolution, ecology, behavior and biology taught at the Biology Department's Mountain Lake Biological Station (MLBS), a field research and teaching facility located in southwestern Virginia. Students may enroll for more than one section as each section is a specialized topic.
BIOL 8559New Course in Biology (1.00 - 4.00)
New course in the subject of biology.
Course was offered Spring 2017
BIOL 8820Selected Topics in Developmental Biology (2.00)
A discussion of current problems. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
BIOL 8840Selected Topics in Physiology (2.00)
A discussion of current problems.
BIOL 8870Selected Topics in Developmental Genetics (1.00 - 2.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
A discussion of current problems. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
BIOL 8880Selected Topics in Biochemistry (2.00)
A discussion of current problems. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
BIOL 8900Selected Topics in Developmental Botany (3.00)
A discussion of current problems. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
BIOL 8998Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research (1.00 - 12.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
For master's research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.
BIOL 8999Non-Topical Research (1.00 - 12.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
BIOL 9559New Course in Biology (1.00 - 4.00)
New course in the subject of biology.
Course was offered Fall 2015
BIOL 9910Rotation Research (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
An exposure to the working techniques and interactions of the modern Biological Laboratory. Required of all first-year biology graduate students.
BIOL 9920Rotation Research (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
An exposure to the working techniques and interactions of the modern Biological Laboratory. Required of all first-year biology graduate students.
BIOL 9995Topical Research in Biology (1.00 - 12.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Independent research with a member of the Biology faculty in preparation for thesis or dissertation research.
BIOL 9998Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research (1.00 - 12.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
BIOL 9999Non-Topical Research (1.00 - 12.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.
Human Biology
HBIO 4559New Course Human Biology (1.00 - 4.00)
New Course in the subject of human biology.
HBIO 4810Capstone Seminar in Human Biology I (2.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
A weekly seminar co-organized by participating faculty to integrate students' independent research and coursework with contemporary issues at the intersection of biology, the humanities and social sciences. Students will have the opportunity to present their ongoing research and meet with outside speakers. This course will be taken in the fourth year. Prerequisite: DMP in Human Biology.
HBIO 4820Capstone Seminar in Human Biology II (2.00)
A weekly discussion and workshop co-organized by participating faculty to provide guidance and advice to students on completing their research or independent study and writing their thesis. Occasional seminars and opportunities to meet outside speakers will continue in this semester. This course will be taken in the fourth year. Prerequisite: DMP in Human Biology.
HBIO 4950Independent Research for Human Biology (2.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Independent research/independent study under the guidance of a primary mentor within the College of Arts and Sciences. Prerequisite: DMP in Human Biology.
HBIO 4960Independent Research for Human Biology (2.00)
Independent research/independent study under the guidance of a primary mentor within the College of Arts and Sciences. Prerequisite: DMP in Human Biology.
HBIO 4998Thesis Research in Human Biology I (2.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Independent research/independent study under the guidance of a primary mentor within the College of Arts and Sciences. Research/study forms the basis for the DMP thesis to be submitted at the end of the fourth year. This course must be taken in the first semester of the fourth year and should encompass the majority of the research for the thesis. Prerequisite: First-semester fourth-year DMP in Human Biology.
HBIO 4999Thesis Research for Human Biology (2.00)
The course is currently offered as a 1 credit class. Due to the time commitment required for the course (8-10 hrs per week) I would like to align the credit hourse earned with with HBIO4950 and HBIO4960 both of which are 2 credits and offered as graded credits. Also students taking this class sometime need to be at the 15 credit hrs of graded credit.