Biology

Master of Science Degree
Master of Arts Degree
Courses of Instruction

Available on Master of Arts or Master of Science degrees. Students who have majored in other disciplines may be admitted if undergraduate deficiencies can be removed within a reasonable length of time.

B.S./M.S. Program.
A combined B.S./M.S. program in Biology is available allowing a student the opportunity to obtain both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in only five years. See the Undergraduate Studies Bulletin for a description.

Master of Science Degree


Prerequisites:
Bachelor's degree in Biology; Chemistry through Organic; General Physics (one year); Math through Calculus.

Requirements: Thirty approved graduate hours including: Research in the Biological Sciences (BIOL 60011), Scientific Presentation (BIOL 60001), 1 hour seminar in Biology (BIOL 60910) or Environmental Science, 12 additional hours Biology (minimum), 6 hours thesis, 9 hours of approved electives. Limit of 3 hours of assigned problems unless approved by graduate committee or department chair.

Master of Arts Degree


Prerequisites:
Bachelor's degree in Biology or equivalent; Chemistry through Organic; General Physics (one year); Math through Calculus.

Requirements:
Thirty-six hours of graduate coursework including: Research in the Biological Sciences (BIOL 60011), Scientific Presentation (BIOL 60001), 1 hour seminar in Biology (BIOL 60910) or Environmental Science, 21 additional hours in Biology (minimum); 12 hours approved electives. Limit of 3 hours of assigned problems unless approved by graduate committee or department chairman.

The following is a complete list of courses offered by this department. Go to Class Search on the Registrar's Page to see which courses are being taught this semester.

Courses of Instruction

50103 TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisite: BIOL 30403 or permission of instructor. Concepts, principles, and mechanisms of the function of terrestrial ecosystems, including ecophysiology of component species, nutrient cycling, energy flow, ecosystem stability and global ecology.

50133 BIOCHEMISTRY.
(See Chemistry 50133) Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisite: Chemistry 30133, 40133 or permission of instructor. A general survey of structure and function of biologically important compounds, with methods of analysis.

50143 BIOCHEMISTRY.
(See Chemistry 50143) Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisite: Biology 50133 or Chemistry 50133. Biosynthesis, Replication of DNA, Synthesis and processing of RNA and proteins and special topics, e.g., brains and muscle function, hormones and signal transduction, cancer, development etc.

50303 SYSTEMATICS AND EVOLUTION.
Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisite: Biology 30403. Concepts of classical and numerical taxonomy and the principles of phylogeny, organic evolution and speciation.

50313 BIOGEOGRAPHY.
Prerequisite: Biology 30403 or permission of instructor. Three hours lecture per week. An ecological approach to the study of the distribution of plant and animal communities.

50324 TECHNIQUES IN CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY.
Three hours of lecture and one 3-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Biology or Chemistry 50133 or equivalent and permission of instructor. Survey of techniques central to molecular and cellular biology, including centrifugation, chromatography, electrophoresis, spectrophotometry and radioisotopes.

50463 FUNDAMENTALS OF NEUROSCIENCE.
(See Psychology 50463) Prerequisite: Graduate or senior standing or approval of the instructor. The fundamentals of functional neuroanatomy and neurophysiology with an emphasis on experimental and theoretical analysis of the basic brain behavior relationships.

50472-50482 LABORATORY IN PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY AND NEUROSCIENCE.
(See Psychology 50472-50482.) Prerequisite: PSYC 30463 or its equivalent or PSYC 50653 or its equivalent, or concurrent registration in either PSYC 50463 or 30463. One lecture and one laboratory per week. Emphasis will be on the laboratory techniques employed in physiological psychology and neuroscience in analyzing the neural and hormonal correlates of behavior.

50502 BIOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY.
Two four-hour laboratory periods per week. Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in Biology 50143 or Chemistry 50143.

50602 PREPARATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS.
(See Geology 50602). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Two laboratory periods per week. The methodology of environmental impact statement preparation from initial collection of data to final report drafting is covered. The course is problem-oriented; students are taught to take the initiative in EIS preparation.

50703 ECOLOGY OF LAKES AND STREAMS.
Prerequisite: BIOL 30403 or permission of instructor. Two hours of lecture and one laboratory period per week. Study of the physical, chemical and biological factors affecting the ecology of lakes, ponds and streams.

50713 MARINE ECOLOGY.
Prerequisite: BIOL 30403 or permission of instructor. Two hours lecture and one laboratory per week. A study of marine communities and factors that influence the distribution of marine organisms. At least one field trip to the Texas coast to sample marine communities. Samples collected during the field trip will be analyzed by students in the laboratory.

50773 INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL LAW.
(See GEOL 50773) Prerequisite: Enrollment in Environmental Sciences, Master of Sciences Program, or senior standing with appropriate major (biology, geology, chemistry or other science; engineering; pre-law; business management). Three hours lecture per week. Introduction to and analysis of selected federal statutes regulating environmental degradation and environmental clean-up, including National Environmental Policy Act and regulation of air quality, water quality, wastes, hazardous and toxic substances and enforcement.

50803 ECOLOGY OF FISHES.
Prerequisite: BIOL 30403 or permission of instructor. Two hours of lecture and one laboratory period per week. Ecology of fishes, basic techniques of fisheries management.

50813 MEDICAL MYCOLOGY.
Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisites: Biology 30303 (20233), Chemistry 30123, 30133 or approval of instructor. Study of the causative etiological agents of the systemic mycoses, their isolation and identification.

50883 INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY.
(Also Geology 50883) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Introduction to fundamentals of pollution control technology; impact of federal and state legislation on the construction, modification and control of industrial plants. Other topics include hazardous pollutants, modification to ambient quality, and basic pollution modeling.

50903 TROPICAL BIOLOGY.
Two hours lecture per week, one week of field work in the tropics and a terminal project. Prerequisites: Six semester hours in Biology, permission of instructors. Travel costs are exclusive of tuition. Systematics and ecology of tropical marine invertebrates and terrestrial vertebrates with emphasis on Cnidarians, Arthropods, Mollusks and Reptiles.

50923 HERPETOLOGY.
One hour lecture and two-three hour laboratories per week. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Classification, laboratory, and field identification and seminars on natural history, ecology, evolution and behavior of reptiles and amphibians.

60000 THE TEACHING OF BIOLOGY.
Three to six semester hours. Seminar in methods of teaching Biology and supervised classroom and laboratory teaching. Open to students who are Teaching Assistants or National Science Foundation Trainees.

60001 SCIENTIFIC PRESENTATION.
The goal of this course is to acquaint the student with the organization, preparation and effective delivery of scientific seminars. ALL BIOLOGY GRADUATE STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE THIS COURSE.

60011 RESEARCH IN THE BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES.
One hour lecture per week introducing students to various aspects of biological research including scientific publication, grantsmanship and research approaches. ALL BIOLOGY GRADUATE STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE THIS COURSE.

60123 ELECTRON MICROSCOPY.
Prerequisites: Biology 50133, 50143 or permission of instructor. Cell ultrastructure with special emphasis on preparative techniques useful in the study of functional morphology of cells.

60223 MEDICAL BACTERIOLOGY.
Prerequisite: Biology 30303 or equivalent. Nature of virulence, types of pathogenic organisms, epidemiology and disease control.

60243 ADVANCED IMMUNOLOGY.
Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisite: Biology 30303 (20233), 40253 or approval of instructor. Immunobiology and immunochemistry of the immune response, especially cell mediated reactions. Current literature, techniques and clinical applications.

60603 VIROLOGY.
Prerequisite: Six hours of biochemistry or permission of instructor. Fundamental properties of viruses and contribution of viral studies to molecular biology.

60723 ADVANCED GENETICS.
Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisite: Biology 30303, 40123, 50133 or approval of instructor. Examination of research literature dealing with selected topics in genetics. Topics in molecular genetics are most common. May be repeated for credit one time with different topic.

60910 BIOLOGY SEMINAR.
Prerequisite: BIOL 60001 or permission of instructor. The primary goal is to acquaint the student with areas of study in the biological sciences not covered in detail in other courses.

70771.
Selected when enrolling only for non-thesis examination or preparation for the examination.

70950 ASSIGNED PROBLEMS IN BIOLOGY.
(Limit 3 hours unless approved by graduate committee or department chair.) This course is designed to give graduate students special projects in the various areas of biology indicated. Each of the assigned projects requires a minimum of 50 clock hours of field, laboratory or library work for each semester hour of credit.

70980 THESIS.


70990 THESIS.
Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy. Continuation of 70980.