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Division of Science and Mathematics
Division of Science & Mathematics - Adm
- Human Nutrition
(3.0 cr; no elective cr for biol majors or minors; spring, every year)
Nutrients essential to human life and well-being. Digestion, absorption, and metabolism of nutrients. Changes in metabolism during disease. Nutrients and their roles. Sports nutrition, weight loss/gain diets, nutritional myths. (two 65-min lect)
- Wildlife Biology
(4.0 cr; =[BIOL 1801]; no elective cr for biol majors or minors; fall, spring, offered periodically)
Biological principles and practices illustrated through studies of North American wildlife. Wildlife taxonomy, identification, migration and dispersal, ecological relationships, contemporary problems associated with human activities. (two 65-min lect, one 120-180 min lab/field study)
- Introduction to Conservation Biology
(4.0 cr; no elective cr for biol majors or minors; spring, offered periodically)
Survey of topics in conservation biology, with emphasis on topics that have created controversy and debate: loss of biodiversity; endangered species preservation and management, habitat conservation, environmental degradation, and sustainable development. (two 65-min lect, one 120- or 180-min lab or field study)
- Introduction to Insect Biology
(4.0 cr; no elective cr for biol majors or minors; summer, offered periodically)
Basic concepts in insect biology including evolutionary history, life-cycles, classification, and ecology; examination of how insects and other arthropods interact with human society including insects as vectors of human disease, forensic entomology, insects in agriculture, beneficial uses of insects in the production of food and fiber, and insect-inspired art and literature. (one all-day field trip required in addition to labs)
- Plants of Minnesota
(4.0 cr; no elective cr for biol majors or minors; summer, offered periodically)
Introduction to plant structure and function, especially those found in Minnesota: ecology, physiology, evolution, and conservation. Labs emphasize plant identification and anatomy.
- Fundamentals of Genetics, Evolution, and Development
(3.0 cr; Prereq-biol major/minor or chem major or any health sciences preprofessional program or ElEd or SeEd major with middle school science specialties or #; fall, spring, every year)
Introduction to scientific methods and the history of biology, with an emphasis on mechanisms of inheritance, development, and descent with modification. Overview of pre-Darwinian scientific thought; the theory of evolution; a qualitative introduction to genetics and molecular biology; and a summary of developmental biology. (two 75-min lect)
- The Animals Around Us: Wildlife of Minnesota
(4.0 cr; =[BIOL 1051]; Prereq-new college student in their first semester of enrollment at UMM; fall, offered periodically)
Discussion and examination of basic biological principles illustrated through studies of North American wildlife. Topics include movements and migration, behavior, conservation, and ecological relationships. Students research and discuss wildlife-related issues, and work together to learn how to identify species found in Minnesota. At least one field trip to observe local wildlife; additional field trips, time and weather permitting. (two 65-min lect, one 180-min lab or field study)
- Evolution of Biodiversity
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101 or 1111 or #; spring, every year)
Analysis of evolutionary trends using historical and contemporary evidence. Principles of classification and phylogenetic reconstruction. Includes laboratory survey of the major groups of organisms. (two 65-min lect, one 180-min lab)
- Human Anatomy
(3.0 cr; =[SSA 2102]; Prereq-soph; no elective cr for biol majors or minors; fall, every year)
Same as SSA 2102. Structure of human systems at their organ and cellular level. (two 65-min lect, one 120-min lab)
- Introduction to Human Physiology
(4.0 cr; Prereq-2102 or SSA 2102 or #; no elective cr for biology majors or minors; spring, every year)
Function of human systems at organ, cell, and molecular levels. (three 65-min lect)
- Cell Biology
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101 or 1111, Chem 1102 or #; fall, every year)
Cell structure and function. Includes topics pertaining to the chemistry, physiology, structure, and reproduction of plant and animal cells. (three 65-min lect and one 120-min lab)
- Molecular Biology
(5.0 cr; Prereq-2111, Chem 2301 or #; fall, spring, every year)
Principles and mechanisms of DNA function, protein synthesis, and gene regulation in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Genetic engineering and evolution at the molecular level. (two 100-min lect, 180-min lab, additional lab time arranged)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-Biol 2101 or EnSt 2101, Stat 1601 or 2601, or #; fall, every year)
Basic principles and models of population biology, community structure and function, and ecosystem dynamics. Lab exercises emphasize field work, techniques for characterizing local plant and animal communities, and experimental investigation of topics such as competition and behavioral ecology. (two 65-min lect, one 180-min lab and field study; weekend field trip required)
- Biological Communication I
(1.0 cr; Prereq-Biol 2101, 2111; fall, spring, every year)
Finding and utilizing sources of biological information. Modern techniques for searching the biological literature, as well as reading and interpreting those sources. Principles of technical written and oral communication in biology.
- Biological Communication II
(1.0 cr; Prereq-3700, #; fall, spring, every year)
Writing, editing, and revising an extensive review paper on a biological topic under the mentorship of a faculty member. Multiple drafts and revisions are expected.
(4.0 cr; Prereq-2111; fall, offered periodically)
Survey of general principles of neuronal function and formation. Emphasis on comparative aspects of simple nervous systems.
- Flora of Minnesota
(4.0 cr; =; Prereq-Biol 2101; summer, offered periodically)
Identification, ecology, and conservation of vascular plants found in Minnesota. Labs and field trips emphasize plant identification and anatomy.
- Cancer Biology
(4.0 cr; Prereq-2111; A-F only, spring, offered periodically)
Examining cancer processes from a genetic, molecular, and developmental perspective, identifying the cellular events behind uncontrolled growth and metastasis, cell cycle control, apoptosis, and cell signaling and signal transduction. Exploring genetic and environmental factors that can induce cancers.
(4.0 cr; Prereq-2111, prereq or coreq 3121 or #; spring, every year)
The biology of pathogenesis and the treatment and prevention of infectious disease. Emphasis on prokaryotic microbes and viruses. (two 65-min lect, one 180-min lab)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-Biol 2101 or EnSt 2101 or #; spring, even academic years)
Survey of amphibians and reptiles, including their evolution, systematics, identification, behavior, ecological relationships, and contemporary problems associated with human activities. (two 65-min lect, one 180-min lab or field study)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-3121 or #; spring, even academic years)
An overview of virus biology. Consider evolutionary origins of viruses and compare structure, genome organization, replication strategies, and other features of common and unique viruses. (two 100-min lect)
- Vertebrate Natural History
(4.0 cr; Prereq-Biol 2101 or EnSt 2101 or #; spring, odd academic years)
Survey of vertebrates, including their evolution, systematics, and ecological relationships. (two 65-min lect, one 180-min lab or field study)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-Biol 2101 or EnSt 2101 or #; fall, even academic years)
Structure, life histories, habits, and classification of common families of insects, including their economic significance. (two 65-min lect, 180-min lab)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-Biol 2101, 2111 or #; spring, even academic years)
Survey of the history, evidence, and mechanisms of organic evolution. (three 65-min lect)
- Plant Systematics
(4.0 cr; Prereq-2101 or EnSt 2101 or #; spring, odd academic years)
Survey of vascular plant taxa, with an emphasis on the flowering plant families and their evolutionary relationships. Lab emphasizes use of keys for identification of Midwestern plant families and genera. (two 65-min lect, 180-min lab)
- Developmental Biology
(4.0 cr; Prereq-2111; 4312 recommended; fall, spring, offered periodically)
Survey of general concepts in developmental biology, emphasizing molecular mechanisms of positional information, pattern formation, and cellular interactions. Stresses comparative aspects of developmental processes, and the role of development in evolution. (two 65-min lectures, one 180-min lab)
- Freshwater Biology
(4.0 cr; Prereq-Biol 2101 or EnSt 2101, 2111 or #; fall, odd academic years)
Structure, function, and biota of freshwater ecosystems, including lakes, streams, and wetlands. Lab emphasizes independent research and field study in local habitats. (two 65-min lect, one 180-min lab; all day field trip required)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-Chem 2302 or Chem 2304, prereq or coreq Biol 3121, or #; fall, every year)
Structures, functions, and biochemical transformations of proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids. (three 65-min lect) Optional lab offered. See Biol 4611.
(4.0 cr; Prereq-(or coreq) 3121 or #; spring, offered periodically)
An introduction to the cellular and molecular aspects of immunology that are involved in health and disease. Students consider these concepts through discussion of primary literature and clinical scenarios.
- Plant Biology
(4.0 cr; Prereq-Biol 2101, 2111 or #; fall, even academic years)
Descriptive and experimental study of plants. Anatomy, development, physiology, secondary compounds, evolution, human uses of plants. (two 65-min lect, one 180-min lab)
- Conservation Genetics
(4.0 cr; Prereq-Biol 2101 or #; Stat 1601 or 2601 recommended.; fall, offered periodically)
Introduction to theory of population differentiation and gene flow; applications to managing and recovering rare species. Adaptive and neutral models, linkage disequilibria, effective population size, inbreeding depression, population genetic structure. Labs use computers to model genetic changes in populations and analyze genetic structure. (two 100-min lect, one 120-min lab)
(4.0 cr; =[BIOL 3101]; Prereq-2111 or #; spring, every year)
Principles and mechanics of inheritance and variation, including cytological, organismal, and population genetics; mechanisms of evolution; and the genetic problems of humans. (two 65-min lect, 180-min lab)
- Animal Physiology
(4.0 cr; Prereq-2111; spring, offered periodically)
Functions of animal structures as they relate to coping with different environmental situations. (two 65-min lect, one 120-min lab)
- Global Change Ecology
(4.0 cr; Prereq-3131 or #; spring, odd academic years)
Global cycles of carbon, water, and nutrients. Advanced consideration of community and ecosystem structure and function. Analysis of natural and human drivers of change in biological systems, including use of quantitative methods and computer models. (three 65-min lect)
- Ecology of Agriculture and Forestry
(4.0 cr; Prereq-3131 or #; spring, even academic years)
Global and regional aspects of agriculture, forestry, and biofuel production in the context of community and ecosystem ecology. Nutrient cycling, carbon management, biodiversity, and the ecological challenges of feeding and providing energy to 9-12 billion people in the face of global climate change. Emphasis on analysis of primary literature. Short local field trips required.
Effective: Spring 2015
- Biogeochemistry and Global Change
(4.0 cr; Prereq-3131 or #; spring, odd academic years)
Cycling of elements vital to life, particularly N, P and C. Focus on understanding the feedback between physical and ecological processes and the biologically driven coupling of nutrient cycles. Analysis of humans as drivers of change in the biogeochemistry of ecosystems. Heavy emphasis on current primary literature.
Effective: Fall 2015
- Conservation Biology
(4.0 cr; Prereq-Biol 2101 or EnSt 2101, coreq or prereq Biol 3131, Biol 3700 or #; fall, odd academic years)
Application of demographic and genetic models to protect biodiversity, including planning for uncertainty. Population viability, inbreeding depression, contemporary evolution, design and management of reserves, and invasive species. Lab exercises include field trips and computer modeling of endangered species. (two 65-min lect, one 180-min lab)
- Practicum in Biology
(1.0 - 2.0 cr [max 4.0 cr]; Prereq-#; no elective cr for biol majors or minors; S-N only, fall, spring, every year)
Supervised experience of selected activities; lab preparation/management, greenhouse care/management, animal care, curating museum/herbarium collections. Repeatable with different projects or activities.
- Biochemistry Lab
(1.0 cr; Prereq-(or coreq) 4211; fall, every year)
Experiments using the major separation and analytical techniques of biochemistry, including centrifugation, chromatography, electrophoresis, immunochemistry, and spectrophotometry. (one 180-minute lab)
- Senior Seminar
(1.0 cr; Prereq-3701, sr or #; required of all sr biology majors; full-year course begins fall sem; fall, every year)
Seminar series on selected biological topics. Includes preparation and presentation of a seminar based on original research and/or scientific literature. Enroll in fall, continues all year.
- Directed Study
(1.0 - 5.0 cr [max 10.0 cr]; Prereq-approved directed study form; fall, spring, every year)
An on- or off-campus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum.