USF 1995-96 Undergraduate Catalog - Pages 67 - 68 | Course Descriptions |
In addition to a set of basic courses in biology, students must have a thorough preparation in other areas of natural sciences to be competitive for jobs or for further study beyond the baccalaureate. A modern biology curriculum is built on a foundation of mathematics, chemistry and physics. Four specific Bachelor of Science degrees (Biology, Botany, Microbiology, and Zoology) are available for students interested in the biological sciences. They are all preparatory for careers in teaching, agriculture, medicine, dentistry, marine biology, biotechnology, or for post-graduate study in any of the various life sciences. The Department attempts to schedule sequences of 5000 level courses which allow seniors in the Biology program to concentrate in such areas as: Ecology, Cell & Molecular Biology, Physiology, and Marine Biology. Students should study the requirements listed below and then make maximum use of the vigorous advising program maintained by the Department in structuring their total program. A reading knowledge of a modern foreign language (German, French, or Russian) is strongly recommended for those who intend to enter graduate school.
1. Department of Biology Courses
2. Supporting Courses in the natural sciences (required for all B.S. degrees, 30-34 cr. hrs.)
3. Liberal Arts Requirements: The student is required to complete the University's Liberal Arts requirements.
4. Free Electives: Courses over and above required courses should be taken to complete a 120-hour program.
5. D and F grades earned in attempting to satisfy major requirements will be used in calculating the major GPA.
The Department of Biology offers specialized technical degrees (tracks) within the General Biology B.S. degree, emphasizing Environmental Science and Biotechnology.
The Environmental Science Tracks are designed to provide both a strong liberal arts education in Biology and the technical skills for active participation in resource management and conservation. These tracks are more structured than traditional degree programs and will require some additional course work (beyond 120 hrs). However, completion of the tracks will better prepare students for graduate school in any of the environmental disciplines, or for applied Biology vocations.
B.S. IN BOTANY - Major requirements (min. 33-34 hrs.):
(a.) BSC 2010C (4), BSC 2011C (4),
(b.) BOT 3373C (4);
(c.) PCB 3023C (4);
(d.) PCB 3063 (3);
(e.) PCB 4043C (3);
(f.) BOT 4503 (4) or approved substitute;
(g.) BOT 4713C (4),
(h.) BOT 5185C (4) or BOT 4434C (3) or approved substitute.
B.S.IN ZOOLOGY - Major requirements (min. 33 hrs.):
(a.) BSC 2010C (4), BSC 2011C (4),
(b.) ZOO 3203C (4),
(c.) PCB 3023C (4),
(d.) PCB 3063 (3),
(e.) PCB 4043C (3),
(f.) PCB 4723C (4),
(g.) PCB 4674 (3),
(h.) PCB 5306C (4) or ZOO 5555C (4) or approved substitute.
Supporting Course Requirements for both Environmental Science Tracks (min. 34-38 hrs.):
(a.) CHM 2041 (3), CHM 2045L (1), CHM 2046 (3), CHM 2046L (1);
(b.) CHM 3200 (4), CHM 3210L (1) or CHM 3210 (4), CHM 3210L (1), CHM 3211 (4), CHM 3211L (1).
(NOTE: CHM 3210, 3210L, 3211, 3211L are especially recommended for biology majors considering graduate or professional schools.);
(c.) BCH 3023 (3);
(d.) MAC 3233 (4), MAC 3234 (4) or MAC 3311 (4), MAC 3312 (4) or MAC 3281 (3), MAC 3282 (3);
(e.) PHY 3053 (3), PHY 3053L (1), PHY 3054 (3), PHY 3054L (1) or PHY 3048 (3), PHY 3048L (1), PHY 3049 (3), PHY 3049L (1).
To ensure a multidisciplinary approach, the environmental science tracks require specific courses to meet the general education and free elective requirements. These requirements are available from advisors in the Department of Biology.
The Biotechnology Track in Biology is designed for students planning to pursue careers in Biotechnology either upon completion of the baccalaureate or after further training at the graduate level. The curriculum provides broad emphasis in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, and Microbiology.
I. Department of Biology
II. Supporting Courses (min. 43-48 hrs.)
III. Liberal Arts Requirements. The student is required to complete the University's Liberal Arts Requirements.
IV. Free Electives: Courses over and above required courses should be taken to complete a 120-hour program.
For information concerning the degree programs for secondary school teachers and junior college teachers, see the College of Education in this catalog and the USF Graduate Catalog.
The field of marine biology is especially important in Florida, and there is a good demand for trained personnel. Several faculty members in the department teach courses and conduct research in this area. Undergraduates interested in specializing in marine biology may do so by taking marine-oriented courses offered within the department. Appropriate courses include:
The Biology Department offers M.S. degrees and the Ph.D. degree which allow specialization in marine biology.
USF 1995-96 Undergraduate Catalog - Page 145
Chairperson: J. T. Romeo; Distinguished Research Professors: C. J. Dawes, G. E. Woolfenden; Professors: M. R. Alvarez, S. S. Bell, B. C. Cowell, F. E. Friedl, G. W. Hinsch, J. M. Lawrence, D. V. Lim, R. L. Mansell, E. D. McCoy, H. R. Mushinsky, R. C. Richmond, G. G. Robinson, J. T. Romeo, J. L. Simon, S. L. Swihart, D. TeStrake, R. P. Wunderlin; Associate Professors: G. W. Arendash, B. J. Cochrane, M. L. Dao, F. I. Eilers, F. B. Essig, P. J. Motta, M. J. Saunders; Assistant Professors: M. S. Blouin, D. D. Dunigan, S. C. Edwards, K. M. Gray, S. A. Karl, M. Rogers, P. D. Stiling; Lecturer: C. Hendry.
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BSC 1005 PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY FOR NON-MAJORS -NS (3)
Lectures and demonstrations of selected biological principles, usually taught by television. For non-majors only. No credit for majors.
BSC 2010C BIOLOGY II - CELLULAR PROCESSES (4)
PR: CHM 2041. An analysis of biological systems at the cellular and subcellular levels: cell structure and function, respiration, photosynthesis, mitosis and meiosis, genetics, gene expression, and evolution. The course is designed for majors and has a laboratory associated with the lecture.
BSC 2011C BIOLOGY I - BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY -NS (4)
An analysis of biological systems at the organismal and supraorganismal levels: unity and diversity of life, organismal structure and function, and ecology. The course is recommended to be taken before Biology II (BSC 2010C). This course is designed for majors and has a laboratory associated with the lecture.
BSC 2022 BIOLOGY OF AGING -NS (3)
An introduction to the basic biology of aging. Emphasis will be placed on understanding basic principles of biology relevant to time and the aging process which begins at birth. May be taken by majors for free elective credit.
BSC 2025 FOOD: PERSONAL AND GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES -NS (3)
The application of basic biological principles to human nutritional problems; to learn how various cultures achieve adequate nutrition and how environmental changes impact both personal and global nutrition. May be taken by biology majors for elective credit.
BSC 2030 SAVE THE PLANET: ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES -NS(3)
An introduction to environmental sciences using mass communications and independent study. Emphasis will be placed on understanding basic principles of ecology relevant to problems and topics of the earth's environment. May be taken by majors for free elective credit.
BSC 2035 SEX AND TODAY'S WORLD -NS (3)
The application of basic biological principles to female and male sexual behavior and reproduction; current social problems are treated from a biological perspective. May be taken by majors for free elective credit.
BSC 2050 ENVIRONMENT -NS (3)
The application of basic scientific principles to global environmental problems; how human activities impact the environment. May be taken by majors for free elective credit.
BSC 2932 SELECTED TOPICS IN BIOLOGY (1-4)
May be repeated.
BSC 3263C MARINE BIOLOGY (3)
PR: 1 year major's Biology. A survey of the marine environment, the types of organisms found inhabiting a variety of marine habitats, and the adaptations of the organisms to those habitats. Emphasis is placed on shallow water Florida environments.
BSC 4402L BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH METHODS (3)
PR: BSC 4931 or BSC 4932. A course to prepare Biology Honors student to work on their Honors theses. Enrollment is restricted to Biology Honors Program students. S/U only.
BSC 4905 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3)
PR: CI and CC. Specialized independent study determined by the student's needs and interests. The written contract required by the Department of Biology specifies the regulations governing independent study. May be repeated. (S/U only.)
BSC 4910 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH (1-4)
PR: CI and CC. Individual investigation with faculty supervision. (S/U only.)
BSC 4930 SEMINAR IN BIOLOGY (1)
Senior or advanced junior standing. May be repeated once. (S/U only.)
BSC 4931 HONORS SEMINAR I (2)
A course linked to the Biology Departmental Seminar in which students read publications related to the seminars, discuss the presentations and write critiques. Enrollment limited to Biology Department Honors students.
BSC 4932 HONORS SEMINAR II (3)
A reading and discussion course involving areas of general interest in biology. Enrollment is limited to Biology Department Honors students.
BSC 4933 SELECTED TOPICS IN BIOLOGY (1-3)
BSC 4970 BIOLOGY HONORS THESIS (1-3)
PR: BSC 4402L and either BSC 4931 or BSC 4932. A thesis based on independent research carried out by the student. Enrollment is limited to Biology Honors Program students. May be repeated; only four credit hours may court for the major. (S/U only.)
BSC 5931 SELECTED TOPICS IN BIOLOGY (1-3)
Each topic is a course in directed study under supervision of faculty member.
PCB 3023C CELL BIOLOGY (4)
PR: CHM 3211, CHM 3211L and PCB 3063. A discussion of the concept and significance of the cell to biology; biological molecules and metabolic processes within the cell; cellular energy conversion systems; and control of cellular metabolism. Lec.-lab.
PCB 3063 GENERAL GENETICS (3)
PR: 1 year major's Biology. Introduction to genetics including the fundamental concepts of Mendelian, molecular and population genetics. Lec.-dis.
PCB 4043C PRINCIPLES OF ECOLOGY (3)
PR: 1 year major's Biology. An introduction to the basic principles and concepts of ecology at the ecosystem, community, and population level of organization. Lec.-dis.
PCB 4064C EXPERIMENTAL GENETICS (3)
PR: PCB 3063. Experimental analysis of genetic systems, Lec.-lab.
PCB 4253 DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY (3)
PR: PCB 3023C. Topics in modern developmental biology to be covered in lecture and through readings so as to gain a working knowledge and understanding of the cellular and molecular mechanisms of cell differentiation in both plants and animals.
PCB 4674 ORGANIC EVOLUTION (3)
PR: PCB 3063. An introduction to modern evolutionary theory. Lecture on population genetics, adaptations, speciation theory, phylogeny, human evolution and related areas. Lec.-dis.
PCB 5115C CYTOGENETICS (3)
PR: PCB 3023C. Survey of the structure and function of cytoplasmic and nuclear components of plant and animal cells. Lec.-lab.
PCB 5235 PRINCIPLES OF IMMUNOLOGY (3)
PR: PCB 3023C or MCB 3030C. Course will emphasize the biological principles involved in the vertebrate immune response. It will present the homeostatic, defense, and detrimental aspects of the immune system in terms of basic cellular and molecular mechanisms. Techniques will be described to familiarize the student with the types of immunological tools available to the cellular and molecular biologist.
PCB 5415 BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY (3)
PR: PCB 4043C or PCB 4674. An emphasis on the evolutionary mechanisms that influence an organisms behavioral responses to environmental events. The theoretical framework is presented and analyzed.
PCB 5525 MOLECULAR GENETICS (3)
PR: PCB 3063. Detailed examination of DNA, RNA and protein synthesis; the effects of mutations on proteins, cellular control; selected aspects of viral, bacterial, and fungal genetics.
PCB 5615C EVOLUTIONARY GENETICS (3)
PR: PCB 3063. Examination of factors such as mutation, migration, natural selection, and genetic drift which modify the genetic structure of populations.
PCB 5835 NEUROPHYSIOLOGY (3)
PR: PCB 3023C. A comparative analysis of the physiochemical basis and evolution of nervous systems and sensory mechanisms.
PCB 5845C PRINCIPLES OF NEUROSCIENCE (4)
PR: PCB 4723C. Study of the mammalian brain's structure and function, with an emphasis on the neuroanatomy, neuropharmacology, and neurophysiology of the human brain.
BOT 3373C VASCULAR PLANTS: FORM AND FUNCTION (4)
PR: BSC 2010C, BSC 2011C. Introduction to morphology, physiology and evolution of vascular plants, integrating form and function to understand diversity. Lec.-lab.
BOT 3823C HORTICULTURAL BOTANY (3)
PR: Course in botany or biology. Application of principles of botany to give an understanding of basic horticultural operations; seed sowing, dormancy growth requirements, vegetative propagation, pruning, and related problems. Lec.-lab.
BOT 4143C FIELD BOTANY (3)
PR: BOT 3373C. Identification and classification of native and naturalized flowering plants of Florida including historical, climatic and floristic aspects of plant communities. Conducted largely in the field. Lec.-lab. (Fall).
BOT 4223C PLANT ANATOMY (3)
PR: BOT 3373C. Comparative studies of tissue and organ systems of fossil and present-day vascular plants. Functional and phylogenetic aspects stressed. Lec.-lab.
BOT 4434C MYCOLOGY (3)
PR: BOT 3373C or MCB 3030C. A survey of the fungi with emphasis on their taxonomy, morphology, physiology and economic importance. Lec.-lab.
BOT 4503 PLANT PHYSIOLOGY (4)
PR: PCB 3023C. Principles of vascular plant systematics and evolution. Lec.-lab.
BOT 4713C PLANT TAXONOMY (4)
PR: BOT 3373C. Principles of vascular plant systematics and evolution. Lec-Lab.
BOT 4810C ECONOMIC BOTANY (3)
PR: BOT 3373C. Study of the uses of plants by man for food, chemicals, fibers, and medicines.
BOT 4850C MEDICAL BOTANY (3)
PR: BSC 2010C, BSC 2011C, CHM 2045, CHM 2046, Junior standing. Study of agents that are produced by plants and that are toxic or psychoactive in human beings or are useful as remedies.
BOT 5185C MARINE BOTANY (4)
PR: BOT 3373, PCB 4043C. A field course in marine plants with emphasis on ecology and functional morphology. Field work will stress the ecological aspects of plants in a subtropical marine environment in Florida. Lec.-lab.
MCB 3030C GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY (4)
PR: BSC 2010C and 1 year College Chemistry. Organic chemistry and a course in genetics is recommended. Introduction to the biology of microorganisms: structure, physiology, and ecology of bacteria, algae, viruses, protozoa and lower fungi. The laboratory involves preparation of culture media, staining, pure culture methodology, isolation of microbes from nature, enumeration techniques, resistance to infectious disease. Lec-lab.
MCB 4115 DETERMINATIVE BACTERIOLOGY (5)
PR: MCB 3030C. Survey of bacterial classification; detailed examinations of bacteria important to man in agriculture, in industry and as pathogens. Lec-lab.
MCB 4404C MICROBIAL PHYSIOLOGY AND GENETICS (5)
PR: MCB 3030C, PCB 3023C, PCB 3063, BCH 3023. A study of the physiological, metabolic, and genetic phenomena pertinent to understanding the growth, development, ecology, regulation, and reproduction of microorganisms. The course emphasizes the interdependence of physiological and genetic approaches to microbiology. Lec-Lab.
MCB 4486 EXPERIMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY (2)
PR: MCB 4502C. This course is designed to develop practical laboratory skills and the concepts of experimental analysis in virology, and microbial genetics for microbiology students.
MCB 4502C VIROLOGY (3)
PR: MCB 3030C. The biology of viruses associated with plants, animals, and bacteria will be considered; the nature of viruses, mechanisms of viral pathogeneses, and interactions with host cells.
MCB 4652 APPLIED AND ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY (4)
PR: MCB 3030C. A study of the applications of microbiology in industry, agriculture, the biomedical sciences, engineering, and environmental science.
MCB 4934 SEMINAR IN MICROBIOLOGY (1)
PR: Senior or advanced junior standing. May be repeated. (S/U only.)
MCB 5206 PUBLIC HEALTH AND PATHOGENIC MICROBIOLOGY (3)
PR: MCB 3030C. A comprehensive survey of pathogenic microbes responsible for disease in man and other animals and the impact of these infectious agents on the public health. These pathogens will be studied with respect to their morphology, cultivation, mechanisms of pathogenicity, laboratory diagnosis, and epidemiology.
MCB 5606 SYMBIOLOGY (3)
PR: A course in microbiology, cell biology or biochemistry and advanced standing. Consideration of mutualistic and parasitic symbioses between microbes and various animal, plant and microbic hosts from cellular, biochemical, evolutionary and ecological perspectives.
MCB 5815 MEDICAL MYCOLOGY (3)
PR: MCB 3030C. A modern biological survey of the medically important fungi (yeasts and molds) important to microbiologists and environmental scientists.
BSC 3092 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY (5)
PR: BSC 2010C and BSC 2011C. Lectures and discussions on the structure and function of the human body. May be taken by majors for free elective by S/U only.
ENY 5004 INTRODUCTION TO ENTOMOLOGY (3)
PR: BSC 2010C and BSC 2011C. An introduction to general aspects of insect morphology, development, and classification. The identification of local forms will be emphasized. Lec.-lab.
ENY 5505 AQUATIC ENTOMOLOGY (3)
PR: ENY 4004. Taxonomy, development, and ecology of aquatic insects with emphasis on local forms. Lec.-lab.
PCB 4723C ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY (4)
PR: PCB 3023C. Advanced presentation of mechanisms employed by animals to interact with their environment and to maintain their organization. Lec.-lab.
PCB 5306C LIMNOLOGY (4)
PR: CI. An introduction to the physical, chemical, and biological nature of fresh-water environments. Lec.-lab.
ZOO 3203C INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY (4)
PR: BSC 2010C, BSC 2011C. An introduction to the major invertebrate groups, with emphasis on local forms. Field work will be required. Lec.-lab.
ZOO 3713C COMPARATIVE VERTEBRATE ANATOMY (4)
PR: BSC 2010C, BSC 2011C. Anatomy of selected vertebrate types emphasizing evolutionary trends. Lec.-lab.
ZOO 4503 ANIMAL SOCIAL BEHAVIOR (3)
PR: BSC 2010C, BSC 2011C, or senior standing. An introduction to comparative animal behavior (Ethology), with emphasis on communication, social use of space, and behavioral evolution.
ZOO 4603 ANIMAL EMBRYOLOGY (4)
PR: PCB 3023C. Structural and functional events involved in differentiation and morphogenesis. Lec.-lab.
ZOO 4753C HISTOLOGY (4)
PR: BSC 2010C, BSC 2011C, PCB 3023C, PCB 3063. Comparative approach to the study of tissues and the relation of their structure and function. Lec.-lab.
ZOO 5235 PARASITOLOGY (3)
PR: BSC 2010C and BSC 2011C. Fundamentals of animal parasitology and parasitism, the biology of selected animal parasites, including those of major importance to man.
ZOO 5425C HERPETOLOGY (4)
PR: ZOO 3713C, CI. Major aspects of amphibian and reptilian biology emphasizing fossil history, evolutionary morphology, sensory physiology, life history and reproductive behavior. Lec.-lab. Field trip.
ZOO 5456C ICHTHYOLOGY (4)
PR: Senior or GS in Biology; BSC 2010C, BSC 2011C, ZOO 3713C. PCB 4674 is suggested. Evolution, systematics, structure, behavior, physiology, and ecology of fishes.
ZOO 5475C ORNITHOLOGY (4)
PR: Senior standing in Biology. The biology of birds. Field trips emphasize local avifauna. Lec.-lab.
ZOO 5555C MARINE ANIMAL ECOLOGY (4)
PR: PCB 4043C. Investigation of energy flow, biogeochemical cycles, and community structure in marine environments. Lec.-lab.
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Publication Date: June 1, 1995