COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Field trips may be required for any of the courses.

630-120 BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS* -- GL -- 5 cr
A terminal course designed to introduce basic principles of life, such as structure and function, reproduction, evolution, diversity, and adaptation, leading to a broader understanding of man and his biological environment. Four lectures and two hours of laboratory per week.
Prereq: 900-150 or consent of instructor.

630-141 GENERAL BOTANY -- GL -- 5 cr
An introduction to plant life, with emphasis on the basic concepts of structure, function, growth and reproduction. Additional topics will include cell physiology, metabolism, and diversity. Four hours of laboratory and three hours of lecture per week. This course is prerequisite to all advanced courses in biology for majors and minors. Offered every semester.
Prereq: 900-150 or consent of instructor.

630-142 GENERAL ZOOLOGY -- GL -- 5 cr
An introduction to animal life with emphasis on evolution, genetics, development, organ systems, ecology, and classification. Dissection of preserved animal specimens is a requirement for all students enrolled. Four hours of laboratory and three hours of lecture per week. This course is prerequisite to all advanced courses in biology. Offered every semester.
Prereq: 900-150 or consent of instructor.

630-214 ECOLOGY AND SOCIETY* -- GM -- 3 cr
A study of basic ecological concepts and their application to the identification, understanding, and abatement of contemporary environmental problems. Special emphasis is given to those problems resulting from man and his activities. This course is accepted as a course in conservation required for teacher licensure in the sciences.
Prereq: Completion of General Studies science requirements.

630-230 HUMAN SEXUALITY* -- GM -- 1 cr
A study of the biological implications of human sexuality.
Prereq: 900-150 or consent of instructor.

630-251 INTRODUCTION TO GENETICS -- 3 cr
An introduction to the general principles of inheritance; subjects included are basic transmission genetics, molecular genetics, genetic engineering, mutations, and population genetics. Two hours of lecture and two hours of lab per week. Offered every semester.
Prereq: 630-141, 630-142 and 640-102.

630-253 INTRODUCTION TO CELL BIOLOGY -- 3 cr
Introduction to the chemical and physical bases of life; bacterial and eukaryotic cell structure and function; cellular respiration; photosynthesis; and molecular biology. Laboratory exercises will include microscopy, cell culture, and selected chemical and cell organelle isolation and assay techniques. Four hours of lecture and lab per week. Offered every semester.
Prereq: 630-141, 630-142, and 640-102. Coreq: 640-104.

630-257 INTRODUCTION TO ECOLOGY -- 3 cr
A survey of ecosystems and animal and plant populations and communities. Topics include review of the Earth's major biomes and the physical factors that influence them, the ecology and evolution of populations, the nature of biotic communities, the structure and function of ecosystems, and the status and protection of biodiversity. Three hours of lecture per week. Optional field trip. Offered every semester.
Prereq: 630-141 and 630-142. Unreq: 630-214.

630-300 WRITING IN BIOLOGY -- 2 cr
This course is designed to develop the written communication skills of Biology students. It satisfies the Writing Proficiency requirement for all Biology majors. The two credits do not apply towards the 34 credit major or any 22 credit Biology minor. Offered every semester.
Prereq: English 680-102 and Biology 630-141 and 630-142.

630-303 PLANNING AND PRESENTING BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH -- 4 cr
Students will learn fundamentals of hypothesis formation and testing, experimental design, and to evaluate research methodologies published in he biological literature. Students will write about their own research, and become familiar with the standards for publication of resarch results. Critical analysis of quantitative methods in biology. Recommended for the Ecology and Field Biology emphasis; strongly encouraged for Cell Biology and Physiology emphasis.
Prereq: 630-141 and 630-142 and 760-141

630-310 BIOLOGY OF AGING -- 3 cr
A study of the biological phenomena associated with aging, including theories and characteristics of aging, changes in body functions and behavior modifications of physical and physiological changes.
Prereq: 630-120 or 630-142 or consent of instructor. A course in Human Anatomy and Physiology and Chemistry is desirable but not necessary.

630-311/511 MICROBIOLOGY -- 4 cr
Examination of organisms too small to be seen by the unaided eye, ranging from their molecular organization to their role in global ecology. Primary emphasis will be the study of bacteria and viruses, their beneficial or detrimental impacts on humans, animals, and plants, and their current and potential exploitation. Two lectures and two labs per week. Offered every spring.
Prereq: 630-141, 630-142, 630-251, 630-253, 640-102 and 640-104. Recommended corequisite 640-251.

630-327/527 PLANT PATHOLOGY -- 3 cr
A study of the nature and classification of plant pathogens, the ecologic and physiologic relationships between host and pathogen and the principles of plant disease control. Two lectures and two hours of laboratory per week.
Prereq: 630-141 and 630-142 or equivalents.

630-340/540 COMPARATIVE VERTEBRATE ANATOMY -- 4 cr Dissection and study of vertebrate types emphasizing characteristic structures, general relationships, comparative anatomy, and the significance of adaptation and evolution. Laboratory work, lectures and quizzes. Offered every spring.
Prereq: 630-141 and 630-142.

630-341/541 ANIMAL DEVELOPMENT -- 4 cr
A study of reproductive cycles, gametogenesis and fertilization; the establishment of tissues, organs and systems. Introduction to embryological experimental techniques and procedures for study of frog, chick, and pig. Laboratory, lecture and quizzes. Offered during the fall of even years.
Prereq: 630-251 and 630-253 or equivalents.

630-345/545 ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY -- 4 cr
A study of the functional mechanisms that underlie the life processes in animals. Six hours of laboratory and lecture per week. Offered every fall.
Prereq: 630-253 or equivalents.

630-351/551 THE PLANT KINGDOM -- 3-4 cr
A study of the major groups of plants with emphasis on structure, reproduction, classification and evolution. Offered during the fall of odd years.
Prereq: 630-141 and 630-142 or equivalents.

630-353/553 PLANT TAXONOMY -- 3 cr
The principles of plant classification and identification, with emphasis on flowering plants of this region. Lectures, laboratories and field trips. Offered every spring.
Prereq: 630-141 and 630-142 or cons instr.

630-354/554 FIELD BOTANY -- 3 cr
A study of the identification and ecology of flowering plants, conifers and ferns. Emphasis will be given to the plants and plant communities in the vicinity of the course location. A collection of local plants is required of all students. Field trips required. Summer session only.
Prereq: 630-141 or an equivalent introductory botany course of consent of instructor.

630-360 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY* -- GM -- 1-4 cr A study of the structure and function of the human body at the level of organs and systems. Two hours of lecture and four hours of laboratory per week. Offered every spring.
Prereq: 630-120 or 630-142 or permission of instr.

630-370/570 AQUATIC BIOLOGY -- 3 cr
The study of aquatic environment, its fauna, flora and general ecology. The laboratory will emphasize the taxonomic study of aquatic organisms. Offered during the fall of odd years.
Prereq: 630-257 and 640-102 or equivalents.

630-375/575 INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY -- 3 cr
A comprehensive study of the structure, physiology, natural history and significance of the major groups of invertebrate animals. Five hours of laboratory and lecture per week. Offered every fall.
Prereq: 630-141 and 630-142 or equivalents.

630-390/590 BIOLOGY COLLOQUIUM -- .5 cr
Lectures on current research and career opportunities in biology through the colloquium format. One credit is required of Biology majors. Offered on a satisfactory/no credit basis only. Offered every semester.
Prereq: Sophomore standing or higher.

630-400 SENIOR BIOLOGY COLLOQUIUM -- .5 cr
Continuation of Biological Sciences 630-390. Lectures on current research and career opportunities in biology through the colloquium format. Required of Biology majors. Offered on a satisfactory/no credit basis only. Offerd every semester. May not be taken concurrently with Biological Sciences 630-390.
Prereq: Senior Standing.

630-412/612 IMMUNOLOGY -- 2 cr
Immunity to infectious diseases related to changes in the constituents of the blood is explored. Transplantation of tissues, allergies, and autoimmune diseases are discussed. One hour of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week.
Prereq: 630-251 and 630-253 or equivalents.

630-415/615 ENDOCRINOLOGY -- 3 cr
A study of the hormonal regulation of metabolism, growth and reproduction. Three hours of lecture per week, laboratory demonstrations arranged. Offered during the spring of odd years.
Prereq: 630-253.

630-417/617 PLANT PHYSIOLOGY -- 3 cr
Organized around the growth of plants stressing the living processes. The laboratory emphasizes nutrition, growth, hormones, water relations, photosynthesis, respiration and bioassay techniques. Offered during the fall of even years.
Prereq: 630-253 or equivalents.

630-420/620 ICHTHYOLOGY -- 3 cr
A study of the taxonomy, distribution, ecology and evolution of fishes. Collection, preservation and identification of local species will be emphasized. Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour laboratory period per week.
Prereq: 630-257 or equivalent.

630-422/622 ORNITHOLOGY -- 3 cr
Laboratory and field study of bird classification, evolution, anatomy, physiology, behavior, ecology, distribution and life histories. Field identification of resident and migrant Wisconsin birds is emphasized. Off-campus field trips. Four hours of lecture and laboratory.
Prereq: 630-257 or equivalent.

630-423/623 MAMMALOGY -- 3 cr
The evolution, classification, morphology, biogeography, ecology, and natural history of mammals of the world. Laboratory emphasis will be on Wisconsin mammals. Two hours of lecture per week and 2 hours of laboratory. Required field trips.
Prereq: 630-257 or equivalent.

630-430/630 ANIMAL BEHAVIOR -- 3 cr
Behavior of animals as individuals and groups, including study of causation, development, integration, evolution and adaptive value of behavior patterns. Lecture and laboratory. Offered during the spring of even years.
Prereq: 630-257 or equivalent.

630-444/644 CELL BIOLOGY -- 3 cr
Advanced topics in eukaryotic cellular structure, regulation, and function, with particular focus on cell growth, synthesis and transport of biomolecules, intra- and intercellular signals, cell differentiation, and cell motility. Laboratory exercises will include protein analysis, cell manipulation, cytochemistry, and transmission electron microscopy. Four hours of lecture and laboratory per week. Offered during the spring of even years.
Prereq: 630-251, 630-253, and 640-251.

630-446/646 ORGANIC EVOLUTION -- 3 cr
History of evolutionary thought, evidences of evolution and analysis of evolutionary mechanisms and processes. Offered every spring.
Prereq: 630-251.

630-452/652 ENTOMOLOGY -- 3 cr
A study of the classification, identification and life cycles of insects. Insects of economic importance will be considered. A collection of insects will be required. Lecture and laboratory.
Prereq: 630-141 and 630-142 or equivalents. 630-375 recommended.

630-453/653 ANIMAL HISTOLOGY -- 3 cr
A study of the minute structure of animal tissues by examination of materials prepared for the light microscope supplemented by micrographs showing details revealed with electron microscopy. Emphasis on human microscopic anatomy. Four hours of laboratory or lecture per week. Offered during the fall of odd years.
Prereq: 630-253 or equivalent.

630-454/654 VERTEBRATE FIELD BIOLOGY -- 3 cr
A study of the classification, distribution, ecology and life histories of the vertebrates. Special emphasis is given to the vertebrates of Wisconsin. A collection of local vertebrates will be required. Six hours of laboratory or lecture per week. Field trips. Offered during the fall of even years.
Prereq: 630-257 or equivalent.

630-455/655 PARASITOLOGY -- 3 cr
The life cycles, epidemiology and control of protozoan, trematode, cestode, roundworm and arthropod parasites of man and domestic animals will be studied. Studies of infections in laboratory animals will be carried out. Lectures and laboratory.
Prereq: 630-141 and 630-142 or equivalents. 630-375 recommended.

630-457/657 GENERAL ECOLOGY -- 4 cr
A study of biotic populations and communities and natural ecosystems. Contemporary ecological theory and techniques will be emphasized. Laboratory exercises will include field studies, laboratory experiments, and computer simulations and analysis. Six hours of lecture or laboratory per week. Offered during the fall of even years.
Prereq: 630-251 or equivalent; 630-257 or equivalent; and 760-231 or 760-342 or 840-215 or equivalent.

630-463/663 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY -- 3 cr
Examination of the molecular control of cellular processes through the study of transcription, translation, and the control of gene expression. Emphasis is placed on activity and analysis of proteins and nucleic acids. Examples of the extensive and diverse use of these techniques throughout biology will be included. Four hours of lecture and lab per week. Offered during the fall of odd years.
Prereq: 630-141 and 630-142 and 630-251 and 630-253 and 640-102 and 640-104 and 640-251. Recommended: 630-311, 640-252, 800-160, 800-162 (800-161, 800-163).

630-467/667 CONSERVATION BIOLOGY -- 3 cr
A study of the application of modern principles of ecology, genetics and evolution to the preservation of natural communities and their constituent organisms. Topics covered include causes and consequences of rarity of organisms, population viability analysis, preservation of genetic diversity, island biogeography, fragmentation and edge effects, and both in situ and ex situ measures for the protection of biodiversity. Three hours of lecture per week. Offered during the fall of odd years.
Prereq: 630-251, 630-257, 760-231 or 760-442 or 840-215 or equivalent statistics.

630-490/690 BIOLOGY WORKSHOP -- 1-3 cr
Repeatable. Prereq: Consent of instructor.

630-491/691 TRAVEL STUDY Repeatable -- 1-3 cr

630-492/692 LABORATORY TEACHING EXPERIENCE -- 1 cr
This course provides teaching experience at the college level for undergraduate students. Undergraduate teaching experience students will assist faculty members in preparing, delivering, and tearing down laboratory or discussion section instructional units in biology courses, conducting review sessions, and tutoring students under the direct supervision of a fculty mentor. S/NC only.
Prereq: Grade of B or better in the assigned course and a GPA of 3.0 or better. Approval of a faculty mentor and the Biological Sciences Department.

630-493 INTERNSHIP IN BIOLOGY Repeatable -- 1-12 cr

630-494/694 SEMINAR -- 1 cr
Repeatable two times for a maximum of 2 credits in degree.
Prereq: 16 hours of biology including botany and zoology.

630-496/696 SPECIAL STUDIES -- 1-3 cr
Repeatable for a maximum of 3 credits in major.

630-498 INDEPENDENT STUDY -- 1-2 cr
Repeatable for a maximum of 4 credits in major.
Prereq: 630-141, 630-142, and a 3.0 grade point average in biology.

*Not applicable to major or minor in liberal arts or secondary education.



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