Biology and Chemistry

BIOL 5197 Biology Research

Continuation of thesis or non-theses research by the students under the supervision of the student's advisor. Prerequiste: Graduate standing and permission of the instructor. Can be repeated other semesters. Cannot be substituted for required or elective graduate biology courses. Evaluation of performance in this course is on CR/NC basis.

BIOL 5290 Graduate Seminar in Biology

A seminar on current topics in biology. Emphasis will be on recent research in a field of biology. May be repeated once when topic changes.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of the instructor.

BIOL 5297 Biology Research

Continuation of thesis or non-thesis research by the students under the supevision of the student's advisor. Can be repeated other semesters. Cannot be substituted for required or elective graduate biology courses. Evaluation of performance in this course is on CR/NC basis.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and prmission of the instructor.

BIOL 5371 Special Topics in Biology

A seminar course on topics of interest in biology. Laboratory section at discretion of instructor. May be repeated when topic changes. Lab fee: $27.25, if applicable.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of the instructor.

BIOL 5397 Biology Research

Continuation fo thesis or non-thesis research by the students under the supervission of the student's advisor. Can be repeated other semesters. Cannot be substituted for required or elective graduate biology courses. Evaluation of performance in this course is on CR/NC basis.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of the instructor.

BIOL 5398 Thesis

Includes thesis and research. To be scheduled by the student in consultation with student's major professor. If grade of IP is received, student must enroll again for credit. Evaluation of performance in this course is on CR/NC basis. Lab fee: $27.25.

Prerequisites: Approval of the major professor and the Department Chair.

BIOL 5399 Thesis

Includes thesis, research, seminar, and defense. To be scheduled by the student in consultation with student's major professor. If grade of IP is received, student must enroll again for credit. Evaluation of performance in this course is on CR/NC basis. Lab fee: $27.25.

Prerequisites: Approval of the major professor and the Department Chair.

BIOL 5401 Biometry

A course in experimental design and statistical analysis. The course will include techniques used in different fields of biological research and the application of these techniques for the student's own research.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of the instructor.

BIOL 5402 Advanced Mammalogy

A study of the anatomy, evolution, distribution, systematics, ecology, and physiology of mammals - with special emphasis on local representatives. Saturday field trips required. Lab fee: $30.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.

BIOL 5404 Advanced Herpetology

A study of the anatomy, evolution, distribution, systematics, ecology, and physiology of amphibians and reptiles; primarily North American species with special emphasis on local representatives. Saturday field trips required. Lab fee: $30

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.

BIOL 5407 Behavioral Ecology

A course in the function of behavior in the context of ecology and evolution. Topics will include foraging behavior, habitat selection, mating behavior, parental care, and social behavior.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of the instructor.

BIOL 5408 Advanced Entomology

An advanced study of insects (and arachnids). Topics will include anatomy and physiology, evolution, ecology, and behavior. Special emphasis will be placed on insect diversity and identification of local insects (and arachnids) to family and species. A collection of local representatives is required. Saturday field trips required. Lab fee: $30.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of the instructor.

BIOL 5409 Molecular Sys Biol&Chem Gens

A course dedicated to the discussion of current approaches to study "Omics" or systems biology, and the impact of chemical genetics in understanding how to activate or inactivate gene products as a way to determine the cellular function of proteins. Molecular Systems Biology and Chemical Genetics covers topics at the molecular level, including research in the evolving areas of genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, bioinformatics, microbial systems, and the integration of cell signaling and regulatory networks. Lab fee: $30. (Cross-listed with BIOL 4409 and CHEM 4409)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.

BIOL 5410 Advanced Ecology-Pop&Com

An advanced study of biotic and abiotic ecosystem interactions emphasizing field measurements, statistical procedures, and computer simulations of the growth of populations. Topics will include social and species interactions within populations, analysis of population composition and change, the distribution of communities, and the functioning of ecosystems. Independent study of a selected ecological topic required. Lab fee: $30.

BIOL 5415 Population Genetics

A study of population genetics models, including genetic variation, selection, inbreeding, genetic drift, mutation, gene flow, linkage disequilibrium and recombination. Lecture/laboratory. Lab fee: $30.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.

BIOL 5420 Adv Environmental Microbiology

An overview of the relationship between microbial metabolism, physiology, and the environment with a discussion of the primary literature. The application of modern microbiological concepts to address and solve current environmental problems is emphasized. Topics include air, water and soil microbiology, geochemical activities of microbes, biotransformations, pollution, and pollution abatement using microbes. Lab fee: $30. (Cross-listed with ENSC 4420/BIOL 4420)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.

BIOL 5425 Advanced Immunology

A detailed study of the immune response and related events, with a discussion of primary literature. Emphasis is placed on cellular and humoral branches of immunity, including the study of blood (serology) as a diagnostic tool. Lab fee: $30. (Cross-listed with BIOL 4425)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.

BIOL 5440 Adv Plant Systematics

An introduction to plant systematics with an emphasis on flowering plants. Topics will include principles of classification, rules of nomenclature, plant identification and the use of keys, the evolutionary relationships among plant groups, species concepts, and experimental approaches to systematics. Lab fee: $30.. (Cross-listed with BIOL 4440)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of the instructor.

BIOL 5441 Adv Plant Physiological Ecolo

This course will examine plant physiological mechanisms that explain ecological patterns. Toics will include the physiological characteristics of plants (photosynthesis, energy balance, water relations, mineral nutrition, growth, and development) and how those characteristics are adaptive to various environments. (Cross-listed with BIOL 4441).

Prerequisites: graduate standing and permission of the instructor.

BIOL 5450 Molecular Gen&Reg Gen Exp

An advanced course on the molecular mechanisms by whih genes are controlled and regulated. Topics include induction, activation, repression and RNA interference of gene function.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of the instructor.

BIOL 5452 Advanced Biochemistry

A detailed study, using primary literature sources, of carbohydrate, amino acids, nucleic acids, and lipid metabolic pathways. Special attention is given to human metabolism in health and disease.

Prerequisites: one semester (3 SCH or more) of biochemistry for majors or permission of instructor.

BIOL 5460 Adv Geographic Info Systems

This course will explore fundamental concepts of geographic information technologies with a focus on applications within the geosciences and natural sciences in general. Students will be exposed to the power of geographic information systems to elucidate complex problems. (Cross-listed with GEOL 4460 and BIOL 4460)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing.

BIOL 5470 Adv Developmental Biology

A study of the molecular and cellular events that lead to the generation of a multicellular organism from a fertilized egg. Emphasis on cell differentiation, development of an entire organism from a single cell involving several stages of differentiation and cell interaction. The course will investigate the cellular and molecular processes involved in generating an embryo, in creating various tissues and organs. Lab Fee: $30

Prerequisites: BIOL 3413.

BIOL 5471 Special Topics in Biology

A seminar course on topics of interest in biology. Laboratory section at discretion of instructor. May be repeated when topic changes. Lab fee: $27.25, if applicable.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of the instructor.

BIOL 5475 Adv Evolutionary Dev Biology

The objective of this course is to integrate two disciplines, evolutionary biology and developmental biology into a common framework of genetics. The focus will be on evolution of developmental genetic pathways in order to explain the evolution of animal development. This course will explore how our growing knowledge of developmental circuits, and their variation, affects our understanding of how organisms evolve.

Prerequisites: BIOL 3413

BIOL 5480 Field Biology

A field course on the diversity and ecology of populations and communities along the Rio Grande. A field trip of two to three weeks will be required. Lab fee: $30.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of the instructor.

BIOL 5497 Biology Research

Continuation of thesis or non-theis research by the students under the supervision of the student's advisor. Can be repeated other semesters. Cannot be substituted for required or elective graduate biology courses. Evlauation of performance in this course is on CR/NC basis.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of the instructor.

BIOL 5597 Biology Research

Continuation of thesis or non-thesis research by the students under supervision of the student's advisor. Prerewuisite: Graduate standing and permission of the instructor. Can be repeated other semesters. Cannot be substituted for required or elective graduate biology courses. Evaluation of performance in this course is on CR/NC basis.

BIOL 5697 Biology Research

Continuation of tehsis or non-thesis reseaarch by the students under the supervision of the student's advisor. Can be repeated other semesters. Cannot be substituted for require or elective graduate biology courses. Evaluation of performance in this course is on CR/NC basis.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of the instructor.

CHEM 5451 Adv Surv of Chem&Bio Proc

This course focuses on new trends in the elimination of pollutants involving recently developed methodologies. The course requires extensive knowledge on general and organic chemistry as well as biochemistry.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.