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* 5301 Conservation Biology (3-0). Theory and practice of conservation biology with emphasis on the maintenance of species diversity, factors affecting extinction, genetic impacts of rarity, and practical management considerations, including design of reserves and captive breeding and release programs. Course meets concurrently with Biology 4301 but requires additional readings, papers, discussion, and/or presentations for graduate students. Prerequisites: Biology 1480, 3301, or consent of instructor.

* 5401 Ornithology (3-3). A study of the biology of birds, their anatomy, evolutionary history, diversity, ecology, behavior, and zoogeography. Laboratory exercises will emphasize the identification and natural history of Texas birds. Course meets concurrently with Biology 4401 but requires additional readings, papers, discussions, and/or presentations for graduate students. Prerequisites: Biology 2402 or equivalent. Permission of Graduate Advisor and Graduate Dean.

* 5402 Mammalogy (3-3). A study of the biology of mammals, their anatomy, evolutionary history, diversity, ecology, behavior, and zoogeography. Laboratory exercises will emphasize the identification and natural history of Texas mammals. Course meets concurrently with Biology 4402 but requires additional readings, papers, discussions, and/or presentations for graduate students. Prerequisites: Biology 2402 or equivalent. Permission of Graduate Advisor and Graduate Dean.

* 5404 Herpetology (3-3). A study of the biology of amphibians and reptiles, their anatomy, evolutionary history, diversity, ecology, behavior, and zoogeography. Laboratory exercises will emphasize the identification and natural history of Texas amphibians and reptiles. Course meets concurrently with Biology 4404 but requires additional readings, papers, discussions, and/or presentations for graduate students. Prerequisites: Biology 2402 or equivalent. Permission of Graduate Advisor and Graduate Dean.

* 5421 Developmental Biology (3-3). A study of the molecular and genetic mechanisms regulating the development of animals. Specific topics include gametogenesis, embryogenesis, and tissue development. Laboratory explores the development of various invertebrate and vertebrate model organisms and emphasizes the application of techniques used with these model systems. Prerequisites: Biology 3301 and 3403.

* 5423 General Physiology (3-3). An advanced course in fundamentals of vertebrate physiology emphasizing functions of molecular levels of activity. Laboratory exercises combine animal surgery, biochemical techniques, and electronic instrumentation. Course meets concurrently with Biology 4423 but requires additional readings, papers, discussions, and/or presentations for graduate students. Prerequisites: Biology 2402 and 2423 or consent of instructor. Permission of Graduate Advisor and Graduate Dean.

* 5435 Plant Taxonomy (3-3). Laboratory and field studies emphasize the use of a dichotomous key using flowering plants of the Concho Valley as topics of study and recognition of the major families of flowering plants. Lecture emphasis is on current problems in plant taxonomy and systematics. (Credit for both RWM 4435 and Biology 5435 cannot be awarded.) Course meets concurrently with Biology 4435 but requires additional readings, papers, discussions and/or presentations for graduate students. Prerequisites: Permission of Graduate Advisor and Graduate Dean.

* 5443 Invertebrate Zoology (3-3). A survey of major invertebrate phyla with emphasis on the classes of Cnidarians, Annelids, Mollusks, Arthropods, and Enchinoderms. Particular attention will be given to phylogenetic relationships and natural history. Course meets concurrently with Biology 4443 but requires additional readings, papers, discussions, and/or presentations for graduate students. Prerequisite: Biology 2402 or equivalent. Permission of Graduate Advisor and Graduate Dean.

* 5450 Molecular Biology (3-4). A study of the synthesis, function, and regulation of biologically important macromolecules (DNA, RNA, and proteins). Laboratory exercises are designed to develop skills with standard techniques in molecular biology such as electrophoresis, PCR, recombinant DNA technology, DNA sequencing, and bioinformatics. Course meets concurrently with Biology 4450 but requires additional readings, papers, discussions, and/or presentations for graduate students. Prerequisite: Biology 3301 and 3403. Permission of Graduate Advisor and Graduate Dean.

6171 Seminar in Science Teaching (1-0). Weekly seminar will involve discussion of current methods of teaching in the life sciences. Students will also gain practical experience as group facilitators in one of the lecture sections of Biology 1480. Must have permission of instructor to enroll.

6181 Seminar (1-0). A review of the literature and current research in various biological fields. May be repeated once for credit when the topic varies.

6191, 6291, 6391 Research. Individual research problems. May be repeated to a total of six semester hours of credit. Approval from the Head of the Department is required prior to enrollment.

6301 Biometrics and Experimental Design (3-0). An examination of statistical methods used in biological research. Emphasis will be on the application of statistical procedures and the design of experiments. This course will include an overview of more complex statistical procedures including multivariate methods, randomization tests, and sampling techniques. Prerequisite: Biology 4480 or equivalent.

6302 Advanced Biology (3-0). A study of the basic principles of biology and levels of organization from the molecule to the community. Required course.

6304 Advanced Instructional Methods in Science Education (3-0). Addresses current teaching strategies, curriculum design, evaluation, and trends/issues in science education. Participants will explore a variety of topics relevant to the teaching and learning of science in the secondary and post-secondary classroom.

6330 Scientific Writing (3-0). The study and practice of all aspects of scientific writing skills. This will include the preparation and critical review of manuscripts, notes, abstracts, grant applications, reports and research presentations.

6342 Advanced Genetics(3-0). Study of recent advances in understanding theory, including mutation, cross-over, and hybridism. Discussion of current genetic technologies, including gene cloning. Familiarity with general principles of genetics is desirable.

6351 Evolutionary Ecology (3-0). An examination of theoretical models and empirical studies of the history and foraging strategies, competition, predation, mate choice, parental care, community structure, and other topics in biology.

6353 Limnology (2-3). An examination of the physical-biological interactions in aquatic ecosystems. Emphasis will be placed upon the composition, variation, and dynamics of fresh water communities.

6354 Physiological Ecology (3-0). A comparative study of the anatomical and physiological adaptations associated with thermoregulation, food, water, and oxygen deprivation. Problems related to adaptation and the maintenance of homeostasis will be stressed.

6381 Special Topics (3-0). Selected topics in advanced biology. May be repeated once for credit when the topic varies.

6399 Thesis. A total of six hours is required for thesis. This course must be repeated once. Students have the option of enrolling in Biology 6699 to fulfill thesis requirements in one semester.

6411 Microbial Ecology (3-3). A study of the interactions of microorganisms in nature and their impact on macroorganisms. Topics will include but not be limited to antibiosis, biofilm formation, co-evolution, normal microbial flora of macroorganisms, competition, commensalism, succession, extreme environments and growth rate. The laboratory will emphasize the isolation and identification of microorganisms from various ecological niches.

6431 Principles of Biosystematics (3-2). An examination of the principles and problems of systematics. The course will include an investigation of major classification systems and an examination of the literature and tools of systematics.

6699 Thesis. A total of six hours is required for thesis credit. Students have the option of enrolling in Biology 6399 for two separate semesters in order to fulfill the six hour thesis requirement. In addition, eight hours of the following senior level courses may be taken for graduate credit with the written permission of the Head of the Biology Department and the Dean of the Graduate School.

* A maximum of eight semester credit hours of 5000-level courses may be taken for graduate credit by graduate students, with the approval of the program advisor and the graduate dean.